12 items from 2016
The 38-year-old singer and actor — currently earning rave reviews for his turn in Broadway’s new musical In Transit — told People that while there are things he would have changed about his time on the show, beating out Kelly Clarkson for the top prize isn’t one of them.
“I think my life would have gone differently had I won,” Guarini said. “I was not ready, and I was just naive. »
- Dave Quinn
As the Marvel and DC universes expand, audiences were treated to more superhero flicks than you could shake a cape at. But which was the best?
It might be slightly redundant to say that superhero movies have entered their baroque phase. After all, unbridled spectacle, melodrama, and ornate design elements are inherent to the genre. Still, the 2016 slate of comic book epics felt even more exaggerated than usual. There are more of these movies than ever, with budget-bulging cataclysmic finales all gunning to top each other. The superhero films (and spin-off TV series) that succeeded most emphatically are the ones that went just a notch smaller, to satisfying effect.
This spring’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a film reviled by critics, opens with the destruction of most of downtown Metropolis within the first 10 minutes. That this is a callback to the end of the previous film in the DC Comics continuity, »
- Dave Schilling
Kelly Clarkson gave her children the royal treatment in Orlando this month.
The "Piece by Piece" singer took her 7-month-old son, Remington Alexander, and 2-year-old daughter, River Rose, on a whirlwind trip to Florida's Walt Disney World on Saturday, documenting every little "magical" moment on her Twitter account.
That included one very important vacation must-have: caffeine. "First of all @WaltDisneyWorld Is the most magical place on »
Who did you vote for? Today, American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson posted an Election Day message about former foe Justin Guarini, The Wrap reports.Clarkson and Guarini were finalists on the first season of the Fox singing series. Clarkson ending up winning the competition, but the two did star together in the 2003 musical film From Justin to Kelly. American Idol ended this past spring after 15 seasons.Read More… »
Image Source: Getty / S. Granitz Kelly Clarkson used Election Day as a way to poke a little fun at her fellow American Idol contestant (and From Justin to Kelly costar) Justin Guarini. On Tuesday, Kelly, who has publicly declared her support for Hillary Clinton, shared a photo of herself and Justin during the first season finale of the singing show; as you can probably remember, Kelly won the title while Justin came in second place. The onstage snap was captioned, "Make the right choice again, America. #Election2016," and Kelly retweeted it with cry-laughing emoji, adding, "Just kidding, Justin." Savage. »
- Brittney Stephens
Fox’s treatment of Marvel properties is unacceptable. There, I’ve established how I feel. Now, let’s run down why it’s so exciting that one day we may see them work with Marvel in a capacity similar to Sony. To put it bluntly, it feels like Fox is just in it for the money. I’m aware of how capitalism works, but the difference between someone who cares about what they are doing and someone rifling through your pockets is glaringly obvious. Many of you will disagree, but let’s take a peek back in time. We’ll begin with X-Men.
In 2000, a time before Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man film, X-Men was a triumph. Not many people cared about the fact that Hugh Jackman looked nothing like the comic book version of Wolverine. It was just cool to see a man with claws tearing through stuff. But, »
- Tyler Richardson
Nearly 14 years have passed since the first season of American Idol. Yup, Kelly Clarkson has been in our lives for over a decade. The fifteenth (and final) season finale airs on Wednesday and Thursday nights, and we're getting nostalgic about it - "it" being the show and the year 2002 in general (a gallon of gas cost $1.61. $1.61!). Here are some of the moments, people, performances and quirks from American Idol Season 1 that we almost forgot about. 1. Calling in to vote.Remember when the only way to vote for our favorite contestants was to pick up the telephone to call? Once again, »
- Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda
The juggernaut known as American Idol is coming to an end after nearly 14 years on the air, and the conversation around its final season has focused on its musical legacy, gifting the world a constellation of bright stars like Jennifer Hudson (she won an Oscar!) and Katherine McPhee (she starred in a 3-D movie about sharks in a supermarket!). But as the show sings its swan song, we can't forget another indelible mark the series left on pop culture: specifically, 2003's would-be summer blockbuster and the stillborn brainchild of Idol mastermind Simon Fuller, »
With the end of American Idol near, we've found ourselves taking a trip down memory lane more than once, getting a bit wistful about the long-running Fox series' early days. And in doing so, we've stumbled upon perhaps one of the strangest points in the franchise's early history—one we'd completely forgotten about. In 2003, after Kelly Clarkson had been crowned America's inaugural Idol, someone had the grand idea to gather the reigning Idols from 11 countries and pit them against one another in a one-off competition. We present to you: World Idol. If you thought the biggest indignity forced upon Kelly following her crowning was From Justin to Kelly, you were wrong. World »
American Idol heads to Hollywood Week — for the very last time — on Wednesday (8/7c on Fox).
But don’t go getting all weepy about the wrecking ball heading toward The Only House That Owns a Copy of From Justin to Kelly — save your tears for the inevitable (and unexplained) disappearance of multiple front-runners in those “please step forward” montages.
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Before those horrors begin, I took the opportunity to rank the 20 most promising contestants headed to Hollywood Week in Season 15. Use it to refresh your »
But as Season 2 grad Clay Aiken points out in the following exclusive promo video of the reality behemoth’s farewell tour, the person who’s crowned the Season 15 champ come April 7 will earn a place as the omega to the Lady Clarkson’s alpha.
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Nearly 14 years have passed since the first season of American Idol. Yup, Kelly Clarkson has been in our lives for over a decade. The fifteenth (and final) season begins on Wednesday, and we're getting nostalgic about it - "it" being the show and the year 2002 in general (a gallon of gas cost $1.61. $1.61!). Here are some of the moments, people, performances and quirks from American Idol Season 1 that we almost forgot about. 1. Calling in to vote.Remember when the only way to vote for our favorite contestants was to pick up the telephone to call? Once again, we are confronted with »
- Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda
12 items from 2016
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