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This year's Golden Globes had some surprises and let-downs for everyone, but one of the stranger picks (in my opinion, anyway) was a nod for the Avatar theme by Leona Lewis, "I See You." Like it or not, this pop confection has become quite the ear worm and even has worn some fans of the film down to the point where they like it. (Maybe it's Stockholm syndrome?)
Coincidentally, James Cameron's Titanic also served up a seriously damaging, and perhaps more potent, ear worm in the form of Céline Dion's Oscar-winning song "My Heart Will Go On," written by James Horner and Will Jennings. Like it or not, Dion's soaring vocals stuck with you long after leaving the theater, probably because it was being played everywhere.
- Jenni Miller
When Eminem decided that his status as a superstar musician gave him the credentials to become an actor, the result was “8 Mile,” an Oscar-nominated instant classic; Mariah Carey’s 2001 bomb “Glitter” might just be the worst movie ever made. Somewhere in between, we’ve had Britney’s “Crossroads,” Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard,” 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” and dozens of other boundary-defying debuts. Now, it’s time for Christina Aguilera to finally make the move – and one of her famous co-stars thinks Xtina has what it takes.
“I hear she’s wonderful,” explained Stanley Tucci, the accomplished veteran actor/writer/director of more than 80 movies and TV shows, who has been cast alongside Aguilera in “Burlesque,” also starring Cher, Kristen Bell and Cam Gigandet. “I’ve been talking to some of the people at the studio, and everyone is thrilled with her.”
Written and directed by Hollywood vet Steve Antin, »
- Larry Carroll
Long-time reader of Shadow And Act, Mr Accidental Visitor (Av) penned the below piece, which he sent to me, and asked if I’d post it. You know how we love to inspire dialogue on this site; I’m hoping this post will do just that.
Here ya go… Read on… and certainly share your thoughts with Av in the comments section below:
Allison Samuel’s Guide to Finding a Good, Non-Black Man
By Accidental Visitor
Most of us have our share of inner demons. But few of us have the opportunity to put them out there on full display for the masses as Allison Samuels has. Not that that’s necessarily a good thing. Lately around these parts there have been ongoing comments regarding the sanity of film critic Armond White. But I wonder if Ms Samuels hasn’t earned a rightful place alongside him in the bat-crazy Hall of Fame. »
By Terry Keefe
(This article is currently appearing in this month's Venice Magazine.)
It isn’t necessarily great news for an actor to hear that the television series they’ve been starring in is going to be “retooled” in its second season. Your character can be retooled right out the door. Or, it can develop significantly. The latter has fortunately been the case for actor Ross McCall, who has been playing Kenny Battalgia on “Crash” for both of its two seasons. Earlier in the year, veteran producer and writer Ira Steven Behr (“Deep Space Nine”) was brought on as the new show runner, and he merged Kenny’s storyline with that of billionaire Seth Blanchard, the billionaire played by Eric Roberts in the new season, and the major plot focus. Blanchard has a spiritual reawakening which causes him to forgo the building of a new L. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
There was much hullabaloo with the rumors that Whitney Houston, he Whitney Houston, is set to visit Wisteria Lane with a recurring role on Desperate Housewives. It was reported that the come-backing diva was in negotiations with ABC people for a recurring role.
Reps for Desperate Housewives had denied these rumors and said no such thing is happening. Houston, who recently made a splash with her Oprah interview and new album, is of course no stranger to acting. Other than The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, and The Preacher's Wife, she had made a cameo appearance as herself on Boston Public in 2003.
Whitney Houston has admitted that she and her ex-husband Bobby Brown used to freebase cocaine in marijuana joints. Speaking on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the singer again denied smoking crack cocaine with a pipe. Houston said: "Before The Bodyguard it was very light. After The Bodyguard it started getting heavy. Cocaine. Marijuana. We were lacing our marijuana with base. We would buy a kilo. "We were not doing pipe smoking. You roll it up and you smoke it in your weed. It's almost like heroin-cocaine speedballs but you level it off with marijuana, okay?" (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Jealousy and emotional abuse derailed Whitney Houston's once-happy marriage to Bobby Brown, the R&B diva revealed during an emotional interview with Oprah Winfrey. Telling the talk show host about her post-Bodyguard career highs, Houston says her then-husband couldn't handle her success. "I think somewhere inside, something happens to a man when a woman has that much control or has that much fame," the singer said during her much-hyped appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show that aired Monday. (Part two of the interview will air on Tuesday). Asked if Brown was jealous of her, Houston, 46, told Winfrey, "he's not going to like this, »
- Brian Orloff
Speaking about the explosive segment which will air in the U.S. next week, Oprah said: "It will leave you gasping. She does not blame her ex-husband Bobby Brown and she takes full responsibility for her engagement in drugs."
"At one point she says, 'I didn't get out of my pajamas for seven months.' She talks about doing the drugs and sitting in the house and the two of them going, 'What are we doing?'"
The 46-year-old star also reveals her addiction began shortly after she starred in 1992 film "The Bodyguard."
Oprah Winfrey has claimed that Whitney Houston intentionally played herself down to "fit" her failed marriage to Bobby Brown. In a trailer for a two-part interview with Houston, Winfrey suggested that other women will understand the singer's actions, Music-News reports. Winfrey said: "She talks about when it started to go wrong and it started to go wrong after The Bodyguard, that was a long time ago. "The thing that is the most shocking to me is that Whitney Houston tried (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Whitney Houston rightfully earns the title for "Comeback of the Year" this week, earning her first #1 album in sixteen years. Her latest, "I Look To You," became Houston's fourth #1 album and her first since 1993's "The Bodyguard" soundtrack spent twenty weeks at the top spot. "I Look To You" sold 305,000 copies in its first week. Her last album, "Just Whitney," debuted at #9 in 2002 with 205,000 copies sold.
Miley Cyrus, who got an unofficial head start last week with copies sold before it's official release date, moves up to #2 this week with the Walmart-exclusive "The Time of Our Lives" Ep in its first official week of release. The Ep, which features her #1 digital single "Party in the U.S.A., sold another 153,000 copies.
Houston is also joined in the top 10 by five other new entries. Trey Songz debuts at #3 with "Ready," his first top 10 debut. He sold 131,000 copies in his first week. »
Whether you're looking to stay on the sofa or you need to know what channels to avoid so you don't end up there on Monday, here's our cheat sheet of notable Labor Day TV marathons. Because we know certain movies can be as sure a thing as, say, 19 hours of The Golden Girls, 18 hours of Dirty Jobs, and 15 hours of NCIS, we've included a bonus list of films to watch/not watch. TV Marathons, Monday, Sept. 7: A&E: Criminal Minds (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) ABC Family: Secret Life of the American Teenager (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Animal Planet: Whale Wars (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) BBC America: Torchwood: Children of the Earth (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Bet: The Game (9 a.m. to 11 p.m.) Bravo: The Real Housewives of Atlanta (10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and Top Chef: Las Vegas (3:30 p. »
- Mandi Bierly
By Wrap Staff
The 36th Ghent International Film Festival will honor Kevin Costner with its Career Achievement Award.
The Belgian fest will present the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award to the actor on October 11th, followed by a performance by Costnery’s band “Modern West.”
Previous honorees include Morgan Free »
- Deborah Stokol
After seven years in the wilderness and a messy divorce from fellow musician Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston will return this summer with her long-awaited sixth album I Look To You. Despite tearing up the charts in the late '80s and early '90s with hits like 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' and 'I Will Always Love You' from The Bodyguard, Houston fell from grace amid rumours of drug use and dwindling record sales. Read on to to find out some little-known facts about the rise and fall (... and rise) of one of the world's biggest singers. 1. Born on August 9, 1963 to gospel-singing mother Cissy Houston, Whitney was always likely to be a musical superstar; she's also the cousin of Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, and the goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin. 2. She started her singing career early, and you can find Whitney's name (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Aussie actor Jackman was expected to play a New York police detective hired to guard a spoiled teen heiress - played by Cyrus - after she receives a kidnap threat.
But the X-Men star has no plans to get in the firing line - he won't be appearing in the film.
A spokesperson for the actor says the reports are "totally false". »
When people say they worship at the altar of their favorite famous hottie, they typically don't mean literally. Not so for Shia Labeouf. Fans of the Transformers star have created the Church of Shiantology, complete with the star's face superimposed on iconic religious works of art. And nothing is sacred. The Disturbia actor disturbingly stands on the mountaintop, gets cradled by (a Shia-faced) Madonna and appears repeatedly on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Oh, and apparently he took over for both Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard. (Yeah, we're not really sure why this image landed on the holy site either). And here we thought the Robert Pattinson fans were »
The Box Office success of the Transformers franchise is paving the way for another attempt at a live-action Voltron movie.
Atlas Entertainment has acquired the film rights from owners World Events Productions, according to Risky Biz. Previously, Fox production company New Regency and then Relativity Media had each been interested in the project.
Voltron was a Japanese animated TV series that aired from 1984-1985, showing the exploits of five pilot-controlled robot lions that can combine into the massive, sword-wielding title character to fend off alien invaders.
A second series was made in the 90s and there have also been toys and comic books.
World Events' Ted Koplar said: "Unlike other robotic action movies, Voltron is the personification of the human spirit, a quality »
- David Bentley
Hugh Jackman and Miley Cyrus will star in a new film loosely based on The Bodyguard, it has been reported. The pair are said to be attached to the project, tentatively titled Personal Security. The proposed movie musical has been likened to the 1992 film that starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, says Contactmusic. Earlier this year, Variety suggested that Jackman (more) »
- By Tim Parks
It’s another jam packed edition of Gays Of Our Lives, with our round the world coverage of everything that’s gay in the world of soap, starting with Gool Theater.
We’ve got several clips you simply do not want to miss including The Young and the Restless where we see the two different looking Adams (including and a romantic scene that has daytime audiences talking!) as well as EastEnders clips of Syed and Christian setting off some serious heat, and Hollyoaks’ bisexual Ravi getting some really bad news.
Gool Scoops And Spoilers gives you all the dish on the latest drama caused by Noah’s homophobic killer dad on As The World Turns and the return of gay characters to Good Times, Bad Times and River City.
Also, find out why a One Life To Live actor was fired over yet another controversy about a gay storyline plus »
- Anthony D. Langford
The Aussie star will play a New York police detective hired to bodyguard a spoiled teen heiress (Cyrus) after she receives a kidnap threat, according to Daily Variety.
The new film is tentatively titled Personal Security. »
The NY Daily News is reporting that battered pop star Rihanna visited New York over the weekend to discuss roles in "The Bodyguard" remake and the third "Charlie's Angels" film. In "The Bodyguard," Rihanna would be taking the role of Whitney Houston, while Channing Tatum (GI Joe) is currently rumored to take over for Kevin Costner. The new film is said to be a "young and sexy take." "Before the situation with Chris, Ri was getting a lot of scripts. She's been wanting to do movies for a while now," said the paper's insider. One other project she is considering is a film with Justin Timberlake, with whom she released her hit single "Rehab." »
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