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Who says there’s no life after The Voice?
Season 5′s Top 5 results telecast felt like an aggressive response to the blogosphere complaint that NBC’s reality-singing behemoth has yet to produce a viable chart-topper — this week’s Top 10 iTunes milestones for covers by three current semifinalists notwithstanding. (Cue Xtina rageface, followed by an indignant, “Excuse me, but I’m No. 10 on Billboard right this very second, bitches!” No, girl, we’re talking about contestants, not coaches.)
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But yes, while it’s true that no alumni of the »
- Michael Slezak
In 2011, I sat down for a lengthy interview with Justin Timberlake, who told me that he was having the time of his life as a big screen star. Even though he’d experienced a few setbacks (“I bombed all my auditions,” he confessed), he was in the middle of promoting two romantic comedies and he had another film out that fall. Most of our conversation focused on his revitalized movie career.
Timberlake, who first appeared on “The Mickey Mouse Club” with Britney Spears and Ryan Gosling, said he had been studying acting for a long stretch. His inspiration was Will Smith, who successfully transitioned from music to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” to box office megastar. But then Timberlake said something that surprised me. “I have no aspirations of being a movie star,” he said. “I need no more attention.”
(Almost on cue, a young man came up to the »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Last night marked Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar's TV returns (his first series regular gig in more than 30 years, she last starred in 2012's Ringer) but judging from social media reactions, you'd think Kelly Clarkson was actually the star of The Crazy Ones.
And it's easy to understand that fan logic since the singer absolutely knocked her role, a sexed-up warped version of Kelly Clarkson, out of the park. Something I don't think anyone who saw From Justin To Kelly was expecting. Clearly the 11 years since that movie came out has made Kelly infinitely more comfortable in front of the camera and in her own skin.
Related - Kelly Says She's Too Busy To Get Married, Will Elope
So, naturally, everyone's wondering when we'll see Kelly on TV next -- and if her next small screen stint will be permanent!
@kelly_clarkson you seriously need to be a regular in a tv series you are »
There have been many movies inspired by television shows and several movies inspired by the idea of reality TV, but few movies have hit the big screen that feature reality TV shows and reality TV stars. We're pretty sure From Justin to Kelly has something to do with that. Nonetheless, One Chance is on its way to theaters, and from the looks of the trailer, it might just be delightful. The movie is based on the life of Paul Potts, the winner of the first season of Britain's Got Talent. Most humans with both souls and internet access will remember him as the opera-singing cell phone salesman who made you cry when he sang Puccini's "Nessun Dorma." Sure, we all know how this one ends, but he does have an awfully inspiring story. It's getting its UK release in just a few weeks, but it won't be in Us theaters »
- Mandy McAdoo
It's finally Labor Day Weekend, which means the summer movie going season is officially closed for business starting this Monday. As summer winds down, and we head into September, many movie fans have made one thing very clear. They think this summer has been a complete wash! But is this summer any different than last summer, or the summer before that? How about a decade removed? Did we have bombs as big as The Lone Ranger, R.I.P.D. and After Earth ten years ago? (Yeah, we did, and it was called Gigli.)
We've decided to take a look at how this summer stacks up to a bygone era. Was 2003 a better year for movies? Or did we actually have it pretty good here in 2013 with Iron Man 3, Man of Steel and Elysium (just to name a few of the better one that have played out over the »
There was a time when American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini was on top of the world. The 34-year-old, who came in second to Kelly Clarkson on the show's first season in 2002, remembers the days when "I couldn't walk the street without being stopped a hundred times" by fans. But on his blog Wednesday, the father of two admitted that he now spends "days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough." While his costar in the 2003 film From Justin to Kelly has gone on to win Grammys and »
- K.C. Blumm
On the evening of September 4, 2002, "American Idol" fans watched the first season finale in anticipation, wondering who would be crowned winner of the now-hit singing competition. Texas native Kelly Clarkson and curly-haired favorite Justin Guarini clutched hands as "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest made the announcement: Clarkson had won.
Though he didn't take home the top honor, Guarini was still praised for his talent and saw his career begin to take off. He landed a record deal, made a movie with Clarkson and appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" where Oprah told him that his graciousness would carry him "a mighty long way."
Yet Guarini didn't achieve much of the success he seemed destined for -- and now, he's opening up about the disappointments he experienced during his post-"American Idol" years on a new episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?"
"'American Idol' did wonders for my career, »
- Lisa Capretto
While we’ve spent the past couple of weeks “celebrating” the birthdays of films with dubious honor (though if you are a genuine fan of stuff like From Justin to Kelly and Dumb and Dumberer, that’s cool and we respect your dedication to using less traditional means of tastemaking to pick your faves), it’s important to remember that there are still plenty of good movies with looming anniversaries that are worth actually honoring. You’d like an example now, right? How about the late, great Nora Ephron’s Sleepless in Seattle, which turns twenty years old today? (Also, yes, we’re all really old right now.) The film was the second on-screen pairing of stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (their first was 1990’s Joe Versus the Volcano, a wonderfully weird rom-com if there ever was one) and their first outing with Ephron (she’d direct them five years later in their last pairing, You »
- Kate Erbland
If there’s anything to remember about this week, it’s sadly that we lost one of the great actors of our era — a man who really deserved as much recognition during his career as he’s received since the announcement of his death. We’re going to really miss James Gandolfini. Now that I’ve dried my eyes, let me note some other big stories this week. Movie star Robert Downey, Jr., was officially confirmed to be returning for more Avengers movies just as we were looking at the latest on the death of the movie star following the failure of the Will Smith tentpole After Earth. Speaking of things that can’t stay down, zombies were a big topic thanks to the release of World War Z and apparently Superman thought human beings were as invincible as him in the world of Man of Steel. We also posted a lot of original content that didn »
- Christopher Campbell
Over a decade into American Idol, and it’s easy to forget that the one-time runaway success and pop culture phenomenon has not only turned out twelve winners (can you name more than two? No, no, more than the big two?) over a mind-boggling 475 episodes, but also one roundly dismissed feature film. The idea behind From Justin to Kelly is almost charming – until you remember that stars Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini were contractually obligated to do it and also that the final product is just awful. Why not make a feature film starring two nice kids who have just become America’s sweethearts? Why not throw a bone to Justin Guarini, who just lost out on his dream in front of the entire country? Why not resurrect some good old-fashioned beach blanket hanky? Why indeed. From Justin to Kelly hit theaters ten years ago today, just nine months after Clarkson won the first season of American Idol »
- Kate Erbland
That's right, "Disaster Movie," at least according to IMDb users who voted. The comedy, a send-up of disaster flicks, received 55,112 votes. But here's the more interesting part. Paris Hilton topped the charts with two movies appearing in the Top 10 namely "The Hottie & the Nottie" and 2006's "Pledge This."
So without further adieu, here's your Top 100 Worst Movies of All Time!
Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 1.9 Disaster Movie (2008) 55,112
2. 1.9 The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) 27,996
3. 1.9 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) 20,247
4. 1.9 Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) 27,348
5. 1.9 Pledge This! (2006) 13,121
6. 1.9 Die Hard Dracula (1998) 2,641
7. 1.9 Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) 4,842
8. 1.9 Anne B. Real (2003) 3,325
9. 1.9 From Justin to Kelly (2003) 21,887
10. 1.9 Going Overboard (1989) 7,713
11. 1.9 Track of the Moon Beast (1976) 2,272
12. 1.9 Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985) 2,021
13. 1.9 The Maize: The Movie (2004) 2,284
14. 1.9 The Pod People (1983) 3,089
15. 1.9 The Wild World of Batwoman (1966) 3,097
16. 1.9 Turks in Space (2006) 9,634
17. 1.9 Who's Your Caddy? (2007) 12,991
18. 1.9 The Creeping Terror (1964) 2,764
19. 1.9 Crossover (2006) 8,350
20. 1.9 Girl in Gold Boots (1968) 2,532
21. 2.0 Miss Castaway and the Island Girls (2004) 1,945
22. 2.0 Space Mutiny (1988) 4,376
23. 2.0 Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004) 12,159
24. 2.0 The Starfighters (1964) 2,726
25. 2.0 Fat Slags »
Kelly Clarkson may be one of the highest selling artists from "American Idol," but she's also the star of one of the worst movies ever made, "From Justin to Kelly." At least according to IMDb readers, anyway. The musical rom-com was ranked by IMDb as the ninth worst movie on their "Bottom 100" list, with users giving the film a 1.9 out of 10 rating. Also read: 'American Idol' & 'Voice' Winners: Who's Broken Out, Who's Just Broken (Photos) The 2003 box office flop starred Clarkson as a Texas waitress who goes on spring break »
- Greg Gilman
Never in the history of this column have I wanted to watch a movie less, but so many of you sick bastards have written in and requested that I expose myself to this. And with Spring Breakers about to be a big hit, now is the time to look at the worst spring break movie ever. From Justin to Kelly (2003) Director: Sam Firstenberg Stars: Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini, Anika Noni Rose Corporate Synergy 101. From Justin To Kelly has "contractual obligation" »
- Jason Adams
Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers comes out this weekend and although most of the stories surrounding the movie focus on its Disney starlets (Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens) gone bad, what this movie really got me thinking about is how this is the first year in forever that I haven’t had a spring break.
I didn’t have an older sibling, so everything I knew about college came from movies and TV. Given that, when I was in high school, I imagined spring break would be a 24-hour party where everyone was beautiful, the music bumped all night long, »
- Sarah Caldwell
Godzilla vs. Mothra. Batman vs. Joker. Coke vs. Pepsi. Michigan vs. Notre Dame. Randy Jackson vs. the English language. These are the rivalries that define the modern age. They’re long-standing. They’re heated. And pretty much everybody’s got an opinion on ‘em.
And now we’ve got…Nicki vs. Mariah? Divas, pleeeease.
On tonight’s episode of American Idol — centered on the Season 12 auditions from Charlotte, Nc — a pair of wannabe alpha judges stomped and roared in an effort to establish dominance. Show insiders trumpeted the imbroglio months before it happened. Fox’s promo department heralded it as must-see TV. »
- Michael Slezak
15 items from 2013
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