9 items from 2016
Britney was cast in “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” alongside future ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake and rival Christina Aguilera. But before that, she was a child champion on “Star Search” (watch video).
She would go on to star in “Crossroads.”
Like Spears, Justin competed on “Star Search” (as Justin Randall) but lost in his first head-to-head. He would become one of many stars to break out from Disney’s reboot of “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” (watch video).
Aguilera’s powerhouse vocals were evident even when she was a young girl. She starred alongside Spears and Timberlake in the final two seasons of “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” (watch video).
Gosling sang and danced in choreographed routines and coordinating outfits alongside J.C. Chasez and »
- Lawrence Yee
Vaughn began undergoing treatment for the illness this year on the East Coast.
The James Bond-influenced “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” in which Vaughn’s Solo and David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin battled the evil forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. around the globe (thanks to the glories of stock footage), was quite the pop-culture phenomenon in the mid-1960s, even as the show’s tone wavered from fairly serious to cartoonish and back again over its four seasons.
It spawned a spinoff, “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” starring Stefanie Powers, as well as a few feature adaptations during the run of the TV series — “One Spy Too Many,” “One of Our Spies Is Missing,” and “The Karate Killers” — that starred Vaughn and McCallum. »
- Carmel Dagan
Sure, when people think of the Princess of Pop, her acting career may not immediately come to mind. But don’t forget: Britney Spears started as a talented actor, singer, and dancer on “The Mickey Mouse Club” alongside future Emmy nominee Keri Russell, Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling, and fellow multi-hyphenate talents Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. Plus, she starred in 2002’s love-it-or-hate-it feature “Crossroads” with Zoe Saldana and has had more film and TV cameos than we can count. The cherry on top is that her critically acclaimed ninth studio album, “Glory,” hits stands and streaming services today. So what better time than now to take a stroll down memory lane with this pop diva’s early entertainment roots? Below, a young Spears pops up in this 1993 Maull’s Barbeque commercial—and it’s got a jingle that’ll get stuck in your head before you can say, “Oops. »
If you've missed the Britney Spears of the early '00s, you're about to get serious flashbacks watching the video for "Make Me," off her new album. The singer dropped the music video on Friday, and it features a ton of hot guys, a squad that would make the Crossroads cast jealous, and it actually has something to say about Hollywood. Spears is featured auditioning several sexy men before choosing one to take to the back and have her way with - a gender-flip on a sad but known truth about what many women go through auditioning in Los Angeles. That may make it sound more serious than it is; the video is actually really fun, and Spears looks the best we've seen her in a long time - her moves are even enough to make us forgive the copious amount of product placements. »
- Maggie Pehanick
It goes without saying that Britney Spears is one of the most iconic artists of our time, and because of that, she's given us plenty of memorable moments to obsess over. Her "I'm a Slave 4 U" performance with a boa constrictor at the VMAs? Her see-through bodysuit in the "Toxic" video? Don't even get us started on her kiss with Madonna. Amid all of those unforgettable Britney instances, however, there have definitely been a few under-the-radar career and life highlights that have gone down for the pop star. From Crossroads to Colin Farrell, check out which amazing Britney memories had somehow slipped our minds. »
- Quinn Keaney
If you're a Grey's Anatomy fan, there's probably not much you don't know about the show. But seeing as we're in the doldrums of Summer, we thought we'd put together some of the lesser-known facts about the medical drama. If you do already know some of these trivia bits, then pat yourself on the back, because we dug deep. The guts and gore you see on screen are not human but are in fact a mix of cow organs, chicken fat, and red jello. Fun! Rob Lowe was offered the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd but turned it down to star in a CBS drama called Dr. Vegas, which was canceled after five episodes. Kevin McKidd (aka Dr. Owen Hunt) is Scottish, and hearing his accent will mess you up. Miranda Bailey was the only role written with a character description ("tiny with blonde curls"), but when Chandra Wilson auditioned for the role, »
- Amanda Rosenberg
Britney Spears proved once and for all that she's the queen of pop at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. She's the third-ever winner of the Millenium Award, and she opened the show with a medley of her greatest hits, including "Work, B*tch," "I'm a Slave 4 U," "Womanizer," and "Toxic." She even gave Crossroads fans (myself included) a shout-out by singing the chorus of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." Check it out! »
- Maggie Pehanick
No stranger to making memorable moments on live TV, Britney Spears took the Billboard Music Awards stage on Sunday for an unforgettable performance of her greatest hits.
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Dressed in an uncharacteristically modest red trench coat, Spears kicked off her medley with “Work Bitch,” before shedding her modesty for a steamy — and surprisingly bend-y — performance of “Womanizer.” Then it was back to her Crossroads days for that iconic cover of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” followed by a lesser-known gem, “Breathe on Me.”
All it took was the opening »
You remember Crossroads, right? The movie, released in 2002, starred Britney Spears as a high school graduate named Lucy. The sweet, naïve brainiac with pop star dreams was—you guessed it!—at a crossroads in her life. Not yet a girl, not yet a woman, she and two childhood friends, played by Taryn Manning and Zoe Saldana, reunited for a cross-country road trip after previously going their separate ways. The comedy, co-starring Dan Aykroyd, Kim Cattrall, Justin Long, and Anson Mount, earned $61.1 million on a $10 million budget. Crossroads also gave Shonda Rhimes her first major screenwriting credit. To celebrate the number of women involved in its production (and to find out how the film was made), Broadly »
9 items from 2016
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