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He tried. He really, really tried. But when John Travolta took the stage at the Academy Awards to introduce Idina Menzel for her performance of the Oscar-winning "Frozen" hit, "Let It Go," the "Hairspray" actor just couldn't seem to get her name right. In fact, what came out -- "Adele Dazeem" -- wasn't even close to the correct pronunciation. And while in the days since Sunday's show we've all been laughing about it and using ...
By Emily Blake »
Though Idina Menzel was the Frozen actress who performed the Oscar-winning original song "Let It Go" on Sunday night, it was presenter John Travolta who was left in the cold when he mispronounced her name. Photos: Oscars 2014: Best and Worst Moments The three-time music-movie actor (Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Hairspray) introduced the Broadway boldface as "the wickedly talented, one and only Adele Nazeem," just before Menzel belted out the anthem amid glistening floor-to-ceiling jewels. The name flub immediately triggered a social media outburst, with viewers and celebrities alike wondering what went wrong.
- Ashley Lee
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"12 Years a Slave"
What's It About? Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, "12 Years a Slave" stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free man who was kidnapped from his home in New York and sold into slavery. Northup ends up on a plantation run by the cruel Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and his equally awful wife (Sarah Paulson), who take special delight in tormenting another young slave named Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o).
Why We're In: The movie took him Best Picture Sunday night -- see director Steve McQueen quite literally jump for joy here -- for good reason. Nyong'o took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her wrenching performance, and John Ridley won for his adapted screenplay.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
- Jenni Miller
Idina Menzel took the Dolby Theatre stage to perform the Oscar-winning original song "Let It Go" from Frozen on Sunday night, but only after presenter John Travolta mispronounced her name. Photos: Oscars 2014: Best and Worst Moments A three-time music-movie actor himself (Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Hairspray), Travolta introduced her as "the wickedly talented, one and only Adele Nazeem," just before Menzel -- in a blush-toned Reem Acra dress -- belted out the anthem amid glistening floor-to-ceiling jewels. While the theater maven of Rent and Wicked (as well as Enchanted and Glee in Tinseltown) doesn't
- Ashley Lee
Amanda Bynes is feeling better and the young actress is back on social media website Twitter. Amanda, who completed three months of psychiatric treatment for both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in December, posted her first message on the social networking site in months on Friday to tell her fans that she loves them. Clearly eager to start afresh after enrolling in the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California, the 27-year-old actress deleted all her old tweets and wrote: ''Hi everyone! I'm busy studying at @Fidm but I want to say I love you to my fans! Xoxo Amanda.'' The 'What I Like About You' star was said to be ''horrified'' by crude comments she made about Drake on Twitter last year when she said she wanted the rapper to ''murder my vagina,'' and posted dozens of positive and negative messages about him on an almost daily basis. »
Why were so many speeches allowed to go on for so long? Did host Ellen DeGeneres let the stars know ahead of time that she’d be collecting donations in Pharrell’s hat? EW caught up to a dead-tired Craig Zadan — who co-executive produced the Oscars for a second time with Neil Meron — at Sunday’s Governors Ball. Fortunately, Zadan was lucid enough to answer a few burning questions.
Entertainment Weekly: Tonally, the show was a lot different from last year.
Craig Zadan: We never want to do the same thing twice. It’s like when we did our movie musicals, »
- Lynette Rice
Amanda Bynes took a very long break from Twitter, after some very memorable disses aimed at some A-list celebs. The 27-year-old broke her months-long silence and gave her followers a sweet quick update on Saturday. "Hi everyone! I'm busy studying at @Fidm but I want to say I love you to my fans! Xoxo Amanda," the former Nickelodeon star shared. She also deleted all of her previous tweets. Bynes certainly appears to be happier and healthier these days. In December 2013, the Hairspray starlet completed a nearly six-month stint in rehab. She then moved in with her parents, Lynn and Rick Bynes, and has created a new life for herself. E! News exclusively reported in January that the actress »
Amanda Bynes is jumping back into the Twitterverse. The Hairspray actress tweeted for the first time in several months on Friday, Feb. 28, and sent love to her fans while doing do. "Hi everyone!" Bynes, 27, wrote. "I'm busy studying at @Fidm but I want to say I love you to my fans! Xoxo Amanda." The star also deleted all of her previous tweets for a fresh start. (She previously deleted erratic tweets that dissed Drake, Rihanna, and Jay Z.) Bynes left a Malibu rehab facility back in [...] »
Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/ Off. Just five of the many iconic John Travolta movies in a career that has spanned five decades and over fifty movies. In that time Travolta has appeared in musicals, horror films, thrillers, comedies, action movies, dramas, animated fares and science fiction epics. He is the actor that has seen it all and done it all. In last 35 years, since his career blossomed with a role in a 1977 musical named Grease, he has overcome personal tragedy, critical acclaim and critical mauling, career highs, career lows and at least two movie rebirths in the late 80s and 90s, most notably with the 1994 cult movie Pulp Fiction, from director Quentin Tarantino; and here he is in London, on perhaps the most glamourous nights of the year, BAFTA night, to celebrate his career and his life with the people he clearly adores the most, »
- Tessa Jones
Pitch Perfect 2 will launch in 2015.
Watch the trailer for Pitch Perfect below: »
Jack Black and Mike White’s names go so well together that you would think they’d appear in more projects as a team than they already do. Having played buddies in School of Rock, the pair are finally getting the band back together for another comedy. This time they are boarding The D-Train, an upcoming high school reunion comedy co-starring James Marsden.
The D-Train will feature Jack Black as a high school reunion chairman tasked with locating his class’s most popular student (Marsden), now a washed up actor living in Los Angeles. White will appear as the less-than-popular Black’s best friend from high school, presumably there to assist his pal in convincing Marsden to show up at the reunion.
While the plot sounds something like every other high school reunion comedy ever made (high school losers try to make good, popular guy not as great as they thought he was, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Digital Release Date: April 1, 2014; DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Wolfe Video
Documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz (Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story, Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon) turns his camera on the plus-sized “cinematic terrorist” turned international icon of bad taste in the 2013 docu I Am Divine.
Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, comes to life in this complex documentary that traces his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally-recognized drag superstar and cult movie icon. The film includes interviews with many key figures from Divine’s life, including legendary filmmaker John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray), co-stars Ricki Lake (Hairspray), Tab Hunter (Polyester, Lust in the Dust) and Mink Stole (Female Trouble, Desperate Living), and his mother.
I Am Divine received numerous awards on the film festival circuit over the past year, including the »
Positive steps forward! Eight weeks after leaving rehab, Amanda Bynes glowed with good health as she was photographed leaving the gym in her hometown of Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The Hairspray actress, 27, who has been making regular trips to the gym since leaving a Malibu rehab facility back in December, looked fit in her fitness attire. Revealing her toned legs in black running shorts, Bynes looked sporty in a matching black T-shirt and sneakers. The former child star -- who was treated [...] »
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Life stops when it's Super Bowl
There's really only one show in town come Super Bowl Sunday, which is why the weekend session is traditionally a slow one. As fans across the country settled in to watch the Seahawks clobber the Broncos, moviegoing took a back seat.
The top 12 pictures combined for an anaemic $72.4m (£44.2m), which actually gained around 5% on the same session last year, when the top 12 produced $68.9m.
Labor Day misses out
The writing was on the wall last September. It was the world premiere of Jason Reitman's new movie at »
- Jeremy Kay
Amanda Bynes appears to be getting back into a routine of sorts post-rehab. A little less than two months after leaving the Malibu facility where she was seeking treatment for mental health issues, the Hairspray actress, 27, is spending time with her family and making regular trips to the gym. On Friday, Jan. 24, the former child star was spotted en route to a workout in L.A. Dressed for the sweat session in black capri leggings, a loose-fitting T-shirt, and black sneakers, Bynes was photographed getting dropped [...] »
Queen Latifah looked stunning at the 2014 Grammys on Jan. 26. We got the details from her hair and makeup team so you can get it for yourself!
Queen Latifah was part of a beautiful performance at the Grammy Awards — officiating the marriage for 33 couples while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis sang “Same Love.” She looked gorgeous on stage — get her beauty look below!
Queen Latifah At Grammy Awards — Her Amazing Hairstyle
Hairstylist Iasia Merriweather breaks down the look:
“Glamming-up Queen Latifah’s fresh, new bob for the Grammy Awards began, as always, with a gentle shampoo followed by a moisturizing conditioner — my Grammy winners, Pantene Pro-v Smooth and Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner. Both maintain hair’s moisture, elasticity, and promote growth. With the Queen’s hair prepped and primed, Grammy make up and wardrobe choices reviewed, I set out to create what I called the ‘Grammy Glam-Bob!’ The result: a Flawless, yet minimalistic, »
- Dory Larrabee
Even though the theme of the upcoming Academy Awards is heroes, you knew that Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron weren’t going to limit this to spandex-clad superheroes and Gladiator‘s Maximus. So Zadan and Meron, best known for the musicals Chicago, Hairspray and most recently the TV ratings blockbuster The Sound Of Music, have found a way to empower some hoofing and singing. They announced today they will do a big honor thing for the 75th anniversary of The Wizard Of Oz. There will inevitably be complaining this year no matter which film wins Best Picture, but can you believe that that film didn’t win in 1939? Actually, it is hard to whine because the winner was Gone With The Wind. ”We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Mick Jagger is planning on spending some time out of the spotlight so others can have a turn. The Rolling Stones frontman is currently looking into turning 20 Feet From Stardom – the Oscar-nominated documentary that tells the stories of several important backup singers and featured interviews with Jagger – into a one-hour scripted TV series and a Broadway musical. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both adaptations would concentrate on the lives of backup singers who support music luminaries, but the TV series would depart from the film's subject matter by focusing on contemporary artists. »
Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer/Director Jeff Margolis and Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season’s premier events, will honor outstanding performances from 2013 in five film categories and eight television categories, including the distinctive ensemble awards. This year’s Actor® recipients will be announced at »
- Michelle McCue
The bong-tossing case against Amanda Bynes will be dismissed if the actress stays out of trouble for six months and goes to counseling twice a week, a judge ruled Friday. Bynes was charged in New York City last spring with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession after building managers called police because they said she was smoking pot in the lobby of her Manhattan apartment. When officers entered her 36th-floor apartment, they said they saw her heave a bong out the window. The Hairspray star, 27, later appeared in court in a disheveled blond wig and said she didn't do anything wrong. »
- Associated Press
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