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It's time to raise your glass and rattle your jewelry for a birthday toast to Elizabeth Taylor, who'd have turned 83 on Feb. 27. Though memories of her begin to fade, the legacy of the woman who was perhaps the most beautiful, most popular, most everything movie star of all time remains as vivid as ever.
Younger moviegoers may wonder what all the fuss was about. Here, then, are 13 reasons why Taylor remains, decades after her prime and four years after her death, the queen of Hollywood.
1. In a way, she never left.
Even though she died in 2011, they're still showing her in commercials for her perfume, White Diamonds.
2. She's the original diva.
Long before Beyonce, the Kardashians, Jennifer Lopez, and other current divas, Taylor pretty much invented the concept that a celebrity's offscreen life was just as much a performance as onscreen, and just as much part of the job description. »
- Gary Susman
Lady Gaga is performing at the Oscars. And we don't know why. This is the kind of mystery that enthralls homosexual detectives the world over. What could Stefani Germanotta be doing at the most refined event on the planet? She's confirmed she'll be giving a "special performance" at this year's Academy Awards, and that means she has a pretty big opportunity to give a memorable performance. Here are five ways she could thrill us during Neil Patrick Harris' big show. 1. An actual "In Memoriam" to remember Face it: Anytime Lady Gaga puts the focus squarely on her voice, that quavering, haunted, kooky, damn-near flawless musical instrument, she instantly reminds everyone how distinct a talent she is. The "In Memoriam" segment of the Oscars strikes me as a staid venue for her bravado, for but she could nonetheless rile us with a performance of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" that would be more bad-ass than most. »
- Louis Virtel
Madonna returned to the spotlight in a big way this week, debuting the music video for her new single on Snapchat. Now the "Living For Love" clip has been released on Vevo, and it's garnering attention from an entirely new audience. Complete with a circus vibe, religious symbols, and a struggle between bulls and a matador, the video pays homage to themes Madonna explored in 1996's Evita and the music video for "Take a Bow" from her 1994 album, Bedtime Stories. At the same time, we can't help but think it's the American Horror Story version of a musical number. Find out what we're talking about in the clip below, and be sure to catch up on the latest viral videos. »
The Spanish-born actor has starred in dramas (Philadelphia), comedies (Two Much), musicals (Evita), horror films (Interview with the Vampire), action movies (Desperado), and adventures (The Mask of Zorro). His credits for the younger set include Spy Kids, Shrek, and Puss in Boots.
"To me, yes, but this is my way of understanding this profession. To me acting means visiting many genres and very different characters. ... I really like the possibility of change and since I came to the United States I have virtually tried it all," Banderas told The Associated Press in a recent interview.
"One of my biggest satisfactions as an actor was, a few years ago, when I was strolling in New York and I walked by a movie theater and saw that they were showing Puss in Boots »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
4 items from 2015
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