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Everyone seems just as pumped for the Jay-z-produced soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby" as they are for the flick itself. But before we look ahead at what The Hova has in store for what we can only imagine will be the coolest-ever soundtrack to something you were forced to read in high school, let's look back at some of the all-time great movie songs.
Feature by Adam D'Arpino
20. Three 6 Mafia: 'Hard Out Here For a Pimp' ('Hustle & Flow')
Three 6 Mafia took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for this jam that confirmed what we had all already suspected: Pimpin' ain't easy. Terrence Howard and Taryn Manning's performances in "Hustle & Flow" were stellar, but there's little doubt that Three 6 Mafia's Oscar appearance, combined with host Jon Stewart's verbal Oscar tally ("Three 6 Mafia 1, Martin Scorcese 0") is what everyone remembers most about the movie. »
- NextMovie Staff
Comedies mine their humor from every source possible, from the trials, tribulations and awkward mundanities of modern day life to media sources and general, everyday idiocy, and curiously it seems we as comedy fans also get a kick out of utter normalcy. That’s because there is a rich trend in comedy films of actors appearing as themselves, often grotesque versions, but themselves all the same. This usually consists of people such as athletes, musicians, and pretty much anyone who is famous that will garner a reaction from the audience, sometimes with success as in the cases listed within this article, and sometimes not, like whenever Paris Hilton does it.
These appearances can be either small cameos, or have a significant impact on the story line, such as Al Pacino’s head-scratching turn in Jack & Jill. Still, at least he probably made enough money to never have to care about »
- Steve Karantzoulidis
Former major league baseball player turned Hollywood actor Brad Lesley died this weekend in Marina del Rey, Calif. He was 54. Nicknamed "The Animal," Lesley hit the big leagues in 1982 as a relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. Two years later, he would move to the Milwaukee Brewers before participating in a Japanese professional league. After stepping away from the pitcher's mound, the 6-foot-6-inch athlete went on to explore Hollywood with several roles in major sports films. News: Country music legend George Jones dead at 81 His first movie role came in 1992's Mr. Baseball, where he starred alongside Tom Selleck. Lesley would later obtain roles in Space Jam with Michael Jordan »
Brad Lesley -- who played a few years of Major League Baseball before appearing in a slew of '90s sports movies -- passed away this weekend. He was 54.Lesley's ex-wife, Chiho Svimonoff, tells TMZ ... Lesley had been suffering from kidney problems and had been living in a nursing home for the past seven months, where he was receiving dialysis.Svimonoff says Lesley was rushed to a hospital in Marina Del Rey on Saturday night »
- TMZ Staff
How much money did Farrah Abraham finally get for her sex tape with James Deen? Who “stole” Reece Witherspoon‘s brain? And why was Iron Man 3 the big winner at the box office this weekend–even though no one in the U.S. could see it?
Superstar athlete and Space Jam star Michael Jordan got married this weekend to girlfriend and former model, Yvette Prieto, and Tiger Woods was among the guests. Not invited? Tiger’s girlfriend, Lindsay Vonn. [People] Former Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham finally sold her sex tape with James Deen. Porn distributer Vivid bought the rights to the tape for somewhere in the high six figures and will release the tape as Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom. [TMZ.com] In an interview from before her now infamous arrest, Reese Witherspoon said that ever since she had her new son, Tennessee, she “can’t remember anything” and that “the child stole [her] brain. »
- Meghan O'Keefe
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Previously on Glee, Santana finally moved to New York with Kurt and Rachel, and the family they made there — of one gay lady and one straight lady and one gay man and two boyfriend pillows and one girlfriend pillow — was exactly the kind of urban home situation that makes our hearts grow like the Grinch in the presence of Cindy Lou Who, so we were like, "Oh, finally!" And Glee was all, "So what you're saying is you want to see more Marley and Kitty and Ryder and Jake?" And were like, "No." And Glee was like, "So yes?" And we were all, "No, is what we said!" And Glee was all, "But what you meant was yes?" And we were like, "No!" And Glee was like, "Fuck you, too bad, here's Ryder getting Catfished for 600 hours."
William "Fair Play" Schuester has »
In 20 years time, we’re probably not going to remember 84% of the film stars polluting Hollywood at the moment, let’s be honest. The Adam Sandlers and the Robert Downey Juniors are safe, they have a backing with many established films under their belts.
But there are numerous stars out there who are simply place holders, with nothing special marking them out. If you think about it, there are so many people out there with a pretty face or a good body, but only a small handful will be remembered. Most of them will die off in a couple of years.
It’s not that I’m bitter though. Sure, I’d like to look like Channing Tatum, or earn thousands of pennies for starring in a massive franchise like Twilight. It’s the truth. So many film stars in the movies nowadays are just your flavour of the month. »
- James Brown
With March Madness in full swing, Xfinity on Demand is featuring films that will prepare you for the occasion. "Blue Chips," “Space Jam,” and "Radio" are available. Haven’t seen them, or want to watch them again? Check out the descriptions below and tune in. "Blue Chips" – A college basketball coach, played by Nick Nolte, bends the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive in this film featuring Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway as talented finds, and directed by William Friedkin ("The Exorcist"). "Space Jam" – Michael Jordan meets Bugs Bunny in this fantasy from music video director Joe Pytka (the man behind Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and »
- Shadow And Act
Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...
"No, that is not the correct procedure for donning a condom."
Thanks to dostka for this week's winning caption!
Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Steven Strait (above) is 27, Reese Witherspoon is 37, Chaka Khan is 60, Nena is 53, Allyson Hannigan is 39, and Jim Parsons is 40. In ratings news, Glee was even with last week.Robert Redford is in talks to join Chris Evans in Captain America: Winter's Soldier.Sony Pictures boss Amy Pascal was honored at the La Gay & Lesbian Center last night, and gave a lengthy speech asking Hollywood to change the way they depict gay characters: “How about next time, when any of us are reading »
Acting and basketball don't immediately seem to have much in common — one involves running, jumping, passing, dribbling and heaving a big orange ball through a ten-foot-high net; the other involves standing in front of a camera. So it's safe to say that being good at one does not make you good at the other.
That hasn't stopped plenty of basketball players from making the leap to feature films, though. So with March Madness upon us, we thought we'd take a look at basketball stars whose acting turns were either slam dunks — or flagrant fouls.
We've ranked the players from worst to best in terms of their acting, but ranking them in terms of their basketball skills would be much tougher: Every one of the eight players on our list won at least one NBA championship. But do any of them have a chance at an Oscar? Check it out and let the Madness begin. »
- Scott Harris
Well, that was the weirdest possible way to introduce season 12's finalists to America, wouldn't you say? To recap, Ryan Seacrest sat the 20 remaining hopefuls in what looked like a cramped classroom (very Up the Down Staircase) and led each surviving finalist through a long corridor and to the stage for a victory performance. In case that wasn't bizarre enough, Ryan sometimes gave the performers little pep talks before they hit the stage. And we all know what a sympathetic character Seacrest is.
"You did it. All the hard work paid off," Seacrest muttered to Candice Glover like a scripted high-school guidance counselor. So, so weird.
Here's what's important. The ten finalists (chosen by home viewer votes) were announced, and now it's our job to rank them in two ways: 1) by merit, based solely on who deserves to be the next American Idol most; 2) by likeliness to win, based solely »
American Idol's Top 10 men have one thing in common: Like the best/worst politicians, they're sure that their "sincerity" and teary-eyed stage presence warrant massive attention. Please, Curtis Finch Jr. Admittedly, this is a batch of mostly good vocalists and fine dressers (with a couple of notable exceptions, like the now-deflated phenomenon known as Charlie Askew), but the male half of season 12 reeks of eager-to-please spinelessness. I wouldn't write off a few of these chaps, though. Not by a long shot.
Let's rank 'em all, worst to first. Be sure to look out for my livid appraisal of Keith Urban's horrible judging. Cheers!
10. Charlie Askew, Genesis' "Mama"
Dear lord. I don't know what's more grating: Charlie's elfin whine or his entitled attitude and crocodile tears. After screeching this Genesis tune with as little attention to pitch as possible, Mr. Askew proceeded to fuel his own breakdown during the judges' critiques. »
The Top 10 girls of American Idol season 12 threw down the gauntlet last night, and tonight the Top 10 guys will attempt to answer the challenge. And what a big challenge it is.
Can the guys match the girls' talent? Let's find out now...
Elijah Liu starts the night with Rihanna's "Stay." It's a bold move to take on a song currently receiving so much airplay, and one written for a female voice at that. It starts off really nicely, but he's not very dynamic during the performance. He plays it safe and doesn't show much of his range. Keith thought the song suited Elijah's voice and showed control. Nicki loved it and still wants to have Elijah's babies. Randy felt the performance was flat and didn't really go anywhere compared to his performance last week. Mariah thought it was one of his better performances and liked his decision to choose a song with intimate lyrics. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Miranda Wicker)
Bombshell number one: Microsoft will replace all Hotmail accounts with Outlook.com accounts by this summer. Bombshell number two: Wait, Hotmail still exists?
It’s true — that spam-choked email account you used while signing up for Neopets in 1998 is still alive and kicking, though only for a few more months at most. But while longtime web users may mourn Hotmail’s death — making jokes about out-of-touch Internet users is about to get just a little bit harder — they should take comfort in knowing that plenty of other obsolete sites and hosting services haven’t budged from their virtual perches. For »
- Hillary Busis
For once this season, the laughs at Staples Center had nothing to do with how poorly the Los Angeles Lakers were playing. As the Lakers faced off against the Phoenix Suns at home, defeating them 91-85, actor Will Ferrell made an unexpected debut as an usher. Sporting a full dad-stache, the obligatory hideous red suit and a name tag that identified him as "Ted Vagina" (possibly an oblique reference to one of the more notorious lines from "Anchorman"), Ferrell's appearance was more puzzling than out-and-out funny. The highlight of the evening occurred when Ferrell "ejected" former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal from the game, presumably because of Shaq's history of bad blood with guard Kobe Bryant. (Or maybe he's seen Shaq's "analyst" work on TNT.)
- Hunter Felt
It couldn't last forever. Last week's amazing streak of quality Golden Ticket holders on American Idol (which included a questionably self-satisfied Anthony Perkins doppelganger named Paul Jolley) was bound to hit a few bumps, and on Wednesday night's episode featuring auditions in San Antonio and Long Beach, we heard more than our share of underqualified, overannoying singers who were let through anyway. But forget about them. All of them. Well -- except for one of them.
A gorgeous weirdo named Papa Peachez emerged at some point to sing a song he penned himself. The song? Is awful. His voice? Is not nearly good enough for Hollywood. But Nicki Minaj praised his wackiness because she, too, has thought about renaming herself after fruit, and now he's on the road to stardom. I normally wouldn't bring up such a dazed, kooky gent, but listen to the lyrics of his ditty and tell »
Listen up! Kid President has some words of wisdom to share. The young, self-proclaimed child chief of the United States doesn't identify himself by name in his video, apparently preferring that his message get all the attention. "Life is not a game, people," says the tux-wearing "chief executive" - identified by Tennessee's Jackson Sun as 9-year-old Robbie Novak, a third-grader at East Chester Elementary School - says on a video posted on his Kid President website. "Life isn't a cereal, either," he says in the video, which has already been viewed on YouTube 3 million times. "Well, [rolls eyes], it is a cereal. »
- Dahvi Shira and Stephen M. Silverman
Three important notices for all Spoiler Room readers:
1) Next week, I’ll be in California, so expect this column to be 30 percent less cold and bitter. 2) Don’t forget to send in your questions. (email@example.com) If you do — I don’t know if you know this — but all the puppies everywhere will cry. And 3) Space Jam is awesome — and so are you.
‘Revenge’: Who’S On The Boat?
As we know, someone is going down with the Amanda. But who? We’ll definitely find out sooner than you might think.
In fact, Gabriel Mann tells me that »
- Sandra Gonzalez
In the game of bad movie coverage, we are poised on the same lofty levels of excellence as either the 1975 Washington Capitals or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back when they had those supposedly heterosexual tangerine uniforms with the smiling pirate on the helmets. Every week, Junkfood Cinema brings you the best of the worst of the best movies ever made; exposing their faults and cackling like insane toddlers at their dense layers of absurdity. We really do love these films, and that fact of remains despite the mockery, and despite our therapist taking the controversial tact of encouraging us to repress our feelings. To reward you, the unsuspecting reader, for eye-prancing all the way to the end of the article, we will top things off with a sinfully tasty snack themed to the movie. All that being said, today’s piece is different. It will not focus on a bad movie, but »
- Brian Salisbury
19 items from 2013
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