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What's your favourite Sandra Bullock movie? Digital Spy staff picks

What's your favourite Sandra Bullock movie? Digital Spy staff picks
Many happy returns to Sandra Bullock, who celebrates her 50th birthday today!

The one-time action movie sidekick and Hollywood's favourite funny girl, Bullock has gradually refashioned herself as a bona fide A-lister thanks to her Oscar-winning turn in The Blind Side and last year's box office smash Gravity.

With such an eclectic back catalogue it's hard to single out any one movie. With that in mind, Digital Spy opened up the floor to staff to pose one simple question: What's your favourite Sandra Bullock movie? Here are the results...

Emma Dibdin, Features Editor - The Net

In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that it's been a good ten years since I last watched The Net. Viewing it now, in the cold light of the 21st century, it has not dated well. But aside from being hugely entertaining with a plot that falls just the right side of ludicrous,
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Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves and Jan de Bont look back at 'Speed' 20 years later

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Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves and Jan de Bont look back at 'Speed' 20 years later
There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. As movie premises go, this one is absolutely ridiculous, right? You'd have been forgiven for thinking so, at least, as few involved with Jan de Bont's "Speed," which was released by 20th Century Fox on June 10, 1994, could have anticipated its popularity. The film was a runaway hit, winning two Oscars and grossing over $350 million worldwide. Now, 20 years later, it's a celebrated relic of an era before blockbuster filmmaking was so awash in digital wizardry, an era when practical movie magic sold the highest of concepts to the masses. For actor Keanu Reeves, who starred as the film's hero, Lapd S.W.A.T. officer Jack Traven, it feels like that long ago if only because so much has changed over the last two decades. Though
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First Trailer for ‘Gravity’ Teases Two Hours of Sandra Bullock Screaming in Space

The director of A Little Princess, and the stars of Love Potion No. 9 and Return of the Killer Tomatoes join forces for one of the year’s most anticipated films. Strap yourself in, and take a look at the first teaser for Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity. It certainly does look fantastic, but that should surprise no one as Cuarón’s Children of Men was a visual stunner. The question remains though as to how engaging of a film it can be with only two actors who spend nearly the entire run-time apart. As a fan of Cuarón, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney I’m betting that won’t be a problem at all. The official synopsis should be fairly obvious from the trailer, but here it is anyway. Astronauts attempt to return to earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in space.” Gravity opens October 4th, 2013.
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Watch Jennifer Lopez Recycle the Love Potion No. 9 Plot in Her New 'Papi' Music Video

Watch Jennifer Lopez Recycle the Love Potion No. 9 Plot in Her New 'Papi' Music Video
Aside from providing a cautionary tale about why you should never build a feature-length movie around a doo-wop song, there has never been any use for Sandra Bullock's 1992 flop Love Potion No. 9. Until today -- because its plot has apparently inspired Jennifer Lopez's first post-break-up music video "Papi." Tate Donovan, this could be the pop culture relevance you've been waiting for.
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Legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber, Nick Ashford pass away

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Two giants of pop-music songwriting, Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford, died on Monday (Aug. 22).

Leiber, 78, died in Los Angeles of cardio-pulmonary failure. Ashford, who was 70, died in New York after suffering from throat cancer.

With partner Mike Stoller, Leiber wrote dozens of early rock 'n' roll hits for artists including the Drifters, the Coasters and Elvis Presley, who had No. 1 singles with several of their songs, including "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog" and "Don't."

Some of the duo's other classics include "Kansas City," "Yakety Yak," "Love Potion No. 9," "I'm a Woman," "Stand by Me" (which they wrote with singer Ben E. King), "On Broadway" and "Charlie Brown." They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

Ashford and Valerie Simpson began as a songwriting team for Motown Records and wrote or produced some of the label's all-time great songs, including "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Ain't Nothing Like
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'American Idol' exit Q&A with James Durbin: 'I'm so proud that I was able to bring a voice to metal' -- Exclusive Video

'American Idol' exit Q&A with James Durbin: 'I'm so proud that I was able to bring a voice to metal' -- Exclusive Video
How does James Durbin feel about his unexpected fourth place exit on American Idol? “Sad, relieved, excited, not disappointed at all,” Durbin told EW backstage about 90 minutes after the results show was over. He added, with a chuckle, “Man, only nine other people can say they got fourth place on American Idol. That’s a great way to look at it.”

While he said he felt “strange” when he got up Thursday morning, as if he may go home, he has no regrets about his performances of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Love Potion No. 9″ by songwriters Leiber & Stoller.
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American Idol Recap: 'Nothing' Ventured, Nothing Gained

American Idol Recap: 'Nothing' Ventured, Nothing Gained
Imagine watching a boxing match where a fighter gets bound tightly to the corner post, then relentlessly pummeled by his foe. Or a race where one horse is led to the starting gate, only to be pointed in the opposite direction of the remaining runners. Or a figure-skating competition where everyone performs on ice, except for one girl who gets violently hurled into a lake and told by the judges, “Hey, it’s not our fault you couldn’t get the water to freeze!” That’s kind of what Wednesday night’s edition of American Idol felt like, with Haley Reinhart
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'American Idol' Recap: Don't Stop Believing, Haley!

A wise woman (and a rapping cat hallucination) once sang, "I take two steps forward, two steps back. We go together 'cause opposites attract." "American Idol" bought into that reasoning by booking Lady Gaga as a mentor for Leiber & Stoller night. They snagged one of the biggest pop stars making music today ... to talk about songs that may have been written before Scotty McCreery's grandparents were born. (Anyone know how old Grandma Piquita is? Tweet me! This is important!)

The top four had added pressure to be "in it to win it" because next week's home visits are dangling in front of them like a carrot on a string. Nobody wants to go home before home visits! Your "hero" parade is canceled! That's like going to a wedding and leaving before the main course is served. A free filet mignon is a terrible thing to waste.

In an added
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American Idol Recap: Who Stood Out?

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Here is how difficult of a night it was to assess on American Idol on Tuesday: Lauren Alaina gave both the best and the worst performance.

Dedicating a cover of Martina McBride's "Anyway" to victims of the recent tornadoes in Alabama, the aspiring country star nailed every note and every emotion during her first time on stage, causing self-proclaimed heartbreak for Steven Tyler.

See what we mean here:

Lauren Alaina Covers "Anyway"

However, Alaina's follow-up attempt to act sassy during a version of "Trouble" came across as forced. Tyler admitted he wasn't sure if she pulled it off.

Scotty McCreery had an equally uneven evening, bringing tears to the eyes of viewers with the post 9/11 ballad "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," yet getting overly hokey with an odd rendition of "Young Blood."

James Durbin was probably the most consistent, though neither "Don't Stop Believing" nor "Love Potion No. 9
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'American Idol' Recap: Haley Reinhart Makes the Best Performance

The four finalists of "American Idol" were returning to the stage on Wednesday, May 11 to compete for the top three spots. With Lady GaGa as guest mentor, they performed two songs: one is an inspirational song, and the other is from Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's catalog.

James Durbin opened with Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' ". Randy Jackson said, "That was the highest degree of difficulty and you did it," and Steven Tyler added, "You did it right, man." Jennifer Lopez called it "a really, really great job."

Haley Reinhart delivered her version of Michael Jackson's "The Earth Song". J.Lo felt the song "did inspire" Haley, but she should have picked a song that is as popular as the one sung by James. Randy said, "It confused me with who you are as an artist...I didn't like it. I thought you were screaming," but Steven disagreed, stating "They're both wrong.
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James Durbin's 'Love Potion No. 9' rocks the 'American Idol' stage

In addition to getting to dance with Lady Gaga, James Durbin took to the stage during the "American Idol" Top 4 and slayed his second performance. He has easily come out the best of the four finalists left.

His "Love Potion No. 9" was an odd choice to us (at first). But he proved us very, very wrong. It completely rocked. He managed to make a very dated song sound extremely current (and hard-core and manly). 

The judges loved it. J.Lo expressed the same trepidation about James handling the Leiber and Stoller songbook choices, but admits she was completely wrong to doubt him after that performance. So is it just a matter of who joins James in the finals now?
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'American Idol' Top 4: Haley Reinhart, James Durbin slay it

The "American Idol" judges come out and I am struck by how much Tyler looks like somebody's wacky maiden aunt named Helen. Conversely, when the Idols come out - Haley and Lauren look amazing. Amazing.

Lady Gaga is on hand to mentor the Idols, which is cool. The two themes are Inspirational for the first song and then the Leiber and Stoller songbook for song two, which is the part Gaga mentored.

Before we get to the rankings of the Idols from best to worst, just let me say that it was pretty [not nice word] of Randy and J.Lo to say that everybody did well in round one except Haley. Seriously? You can't just act like you can't pick who was best? You have to say, "All of you were good but Haley"? You didn't beat her up enough after her song was over? D*** move. And it did not smack
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American Idol Top 4 Performance Night: Who Did Best? Who's at Risk?

American Idol Top 4 Performance Night: Who Did Best? Who's at Risk?
Watching the “judges” “performing” their “duties” tonight on American Idol brought to mind a classic Sesame Street ditty: “One of these things is not like the others. Which one is different, do you know? Can you tell which thing is not like the others? I’ll tell you if it is so.”

Yes, folks, it was another evening of watching Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson heap copious amounts of praise on anything and everything (and I do mean anything and everything) that came from the mouths of Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, and James Durbin, then suddenly summon the ability to give direct,
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‘American Idol’: The Final Four Compete, Plus Lady Gaga

‘American Idol’: The Final Four Compete, Plus Lady Gaga
Michael Becker / Fox “American Idol’s” Final Four: Haley Reinhart, Scotty McCreery, James Durbin and Lauren Alaina.

I’m not sure much could trump the appearance of tonight’s very modern mentor Lady Gaga and her fascinating two-toned hair and face-dot on tonight’s “American Idol,” but the contestants tried with some rock star performances.

America got a double-treat from the remaining four Idol hopefuls with two songs per contestant. The first was to be a song that inspired the
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Amazing Race Winners Meghan Rickey & Cheyne Whitney Marry!

Amazing Race Winners Meghan Rickey & Cheyne Whitney Marry!
Talk about one amazing night! Amazing Race winners Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney gathered over 200 of their closest friends and family for their romantic and stylish nuptials Saturday evening at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. "I'm a little bit hoarse, a little sick, but I'm excited," Rickey told People. "This is our day!" Added Whitney: "It's been perfect. The ceremony couldn't have been better." Related: Who Will Win the Amazing Race? With a nod to the Amazing Race, the couple included three teams of contestants from the show in the bridal party: Tiffany Michelle and Maria Ho (professional female
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Lady Gaga to Mentor 'American Idol' Top 4

Lady Gaga to Mentor 'American Idol' Top 4
The remaining finalists on this season's "American Idol" will be going Gaga next Wednesday. Fox said on Thursday that "Born This Way" chanteuse Lady Gaga will mentor "Idol"'s Top 4 on the May 11 performance episode. The remaining contestants will perform selections from the songbook of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, composers of classics such as "Hound Dog," "Stand by Me" and "Love Potion No. 9," on the episode. Also read: "Lady Gaga's 'Judas' Video Betrays a Familiar Taste for Spectacle" Following Thursday's ouster of Jacob Lusk, the Final 4 consists of Lauren
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'American Idol': Lady Gaga to mentor Top 4 on Leiber and Stoller week

Lady Gaga is coming to "American Idol" for the Top 4 next week, not only as a performer for the results show, but also as a mentor for Leiber and Stoller week.

It's an interesting week to have Gaga as the mentor, since she very much the hot thing right now and Leiber and Stoller songs are largely from the 1950s and 1960s. But maybe having someone as off-the-wall as Gaga will help the Idols not be too old-fashioned with their oldies theme.

And - this past week the Idols did the "Now and Then" theme and overall, the oldies were better than the new songs, so Leiber and Stoller might be alright. Their hits include "There Goes My Baby," "Hound Dog," "Yakety Yak," "Stand By Me" (with Ben E. King), "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Potion No. 9," "I'm a Woman" and "On Broadway."

The last time "Idol" did Leiber and Stoller,
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Exclusive! Sandra’s Actor Friend Tells Us She’ll Come Bounce Back From Her Husband’s Cheating Scandal Stronger Than Ever!

Sandra Bullock’s two-time co-star, Ric Reitz, tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively why America’s sweetheart will not only survive, but Thrive, despite her marriage scandal!

After learning that her husband of five years had cheated, Sandra Bullock became a virtual recluse, emerging only once since the news of Jesse James’ multiple affairs broke March 17. But even though the Academy Award winner may feel like her life is at an all-time low right now, the actress’ two-time co-star, Ric Reitz, tells HollywoodLife.com he’s positive she’ll not only bounce back, but come back stronger and more popular than ever!

“I think Sandra has a much stronger future. America’s sweetheart won an Oscar and Still became an underdog,” says Ric — an actor who worked with Sandra on 1992’s Love Potion No. 9 and the 2000 drama 28 Days. “I think her popularity will not be changed at all…it may even grow as a result.
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Five Things You Need to Know About Sandra Bullock and Jesse James

By now, we're pretty much all looking in our crystal balls and fearing that the end of what we thought was one of Hollywood's best love stories is imminent. Things between America's sweetheart Sandra Bullock and her supposedly reformed bad boy Jesse James are lookin' rather rocky, at least from where we're sitting. She's already pulled out of the London premiere for The Blind Side and he's already pulled out of his Twitter account. But it certainly hasn't always been this way. Here are five things you should know about their relationship... Before the Buds: The Virginia native had been mostly unlucky in love, having a failed engagement to her Love Potion No. 9 costar Tate...
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Sandra Bullock to Be Honored at Santa Barbara Festival

Sandra Bullock, the star of the year-end sleeper hit The Blind Side, will receive the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s American Riviera Award on Friday, February 5, 2010. Among Bullock’s credits are Love Potion No. 9, While You Were Sleeping, Practical Magic, Miss Congeniality, The Net, A Time to Kill, 28 Days, Murder By Numbers, The Lake House, the Academy Award winner Crash, the recent hit The Proposal, and the recent flop All About Steve. As per the Sbff’s website, the American Riviera Award, sponsored by Chopin Vodka, "was established to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema." Past recipients include: Mickey Rourke (09), Tommy Lee Jones (08), Forest Whitaker (07), Philip Seymour [...]
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