Spelling bee gets dark with pronouncer James Franco in SNL sketch

Saturday Night Live had one of its funniest episodes of Season 43 this week with host James Franco. Taking advantage of his skills as both a dramatic and comedic actor, the writing staff and cast gave Franco plenty of good material to work with. One of the best sketches of the night was set at an Iowa City spelling bee, during which the pronouncer (played by Franco) revealed a bit...
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16 hours ago

Actors the Golden Globes seem to love, but the Oscars seem to hate

Every year, movie lovers with an eye towards winning the Oscar pool at their office pore over the Golden Globes religiously. The awards are universally viewed as a pretty good predictor of what will happen when the Oscars finally roll around – a kind of pregame for the main event.That said, this isn't entirely true. There are plenty of actors and talents that clean house at the Golden...
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Noel Gallagher would spare two Man Utd players tea duty at City

The Oasis star is not a fan of the "mob" from Old Trafford, but would be willing to welcome Marcus Rashford and David de Gea to the Etihad Stadium
Via Sporting News
2 days ago

Do the Golden Globes predict Oscar wins?

Since 1951, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has bestowed awards upon its picks for the best in television and film. For many of those years, a Golden Globe win signaled potential Oscar gold. Since the awards show's inception, the Golden Globes accurately selected 43 of 65 possible Oscar wins for Best Picture.Since awards for Best Picture are given for both Drama and...
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20 artists who weren't afraid to get political in 2017

It was impossible to escape politics in pop culture in 2017 – even trying to remain politically neutral turned into a political act (see the CMA Awards and the conundrum NFL owners find themselves in). Everything from foreign policy to #BlackLivesMatter, from Hurricane Maria to sexual harassment and sexual assault, from LGBTQ rights to the national anthem seeped into pop music this...
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The 25 sequels to look forward to in 2018

There’s only a couple weeks left before 2017’s year in film will come to an end. But don’t fret, because the strong showing in 2017 might get topped by all of the numerous highly anticipated movies making their debuts in 2018. In fact, even the number of sequels alone is impressive, especially when you add prequels into the mix (which, for the record, we did). Here are 25 sequels...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

40 of the most anticipated album releases of 2018

Every year is a big one in the music industry – new stars are made, old stars fade out, trends come and go, awards are handed out, Twitter battles are waged, reputations wax and wane. 2018 promises to be an exciting one, with new albums expected from big stars, stars in the making, ’90s veterans, and elder statesmen and the grand divas. Here’s a guide to some of the most anticipated...
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The most disappointing albums of 2017

The entirety of 2017's pop music output can be boiled down to one simple concept: it was the year of the comeback. And what a joy it was: acts that either had been off their promotional cycles for a good while (Taylor Swift, U2, Arcade Fire) or existed in a nebulous space as to whether any new songs were going to come out (LCD Soundsystem, Kesha, Gorillaz) suddenly decided that 2017...
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The 20 busiest actors of 2017

2017 was a busy year in TV and film, but some actors were busier than others. Many appeared in both mediums, and a few even directed, wrote, produced, and/or narrated some side projects. Since this year is winding down and 2018 is right around the corner, let’s take a look at the 20 busiest actors of 2017.
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The 20 movies that changed the discussion on diversity in America

This week marks the 50th anniversary of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." The movie about an interracial couple meeting the white parents for the first time was groundbreaking; not only did it help normalize interracial marriage and dating, it premiered six months after the Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia that laws outlawing interracial dating were unconstitutional. In celebration...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Underrated or forgotten holiday movies you should watch this season

"Miracle on 34th Street." Check. "It's a Wonderful Life." Check. "Die Hard." Yippie ki-yay, check. You've watched all of the essential holiday movies, and there's still weeks of holiday-ing left. What now? Well, you can gather 'round the yule log and chat with your family. And when you're done laughing at that suggestion, you can read this list of forgotten and/or underrated Christmas...
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Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers testified at the FIFA corruption trial

Get ready for the latest twist of this FIFA corruption trial. Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers was named as a witness for the prosecution and testified about the validity of a Paul McCartney concert that took place in Argentina. Jonas isn’t in any trouble or anything, he also doesn’t even know the defendants in question. Jonas was there to prove to the prosecution that he was at...
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3 days ago

The 25 best sports biopics

This week, audiences will get a chance to relive the bizarre scandal that preceded the 1994 Winter Olympics in "I, Tonya." In case you're too young to remember, American figure skater Tonya Harding's boyfriend concocted a wild plan to incapacitate her main Team USA competition, Nancy Kerrigan, and nearly pulled it off. It's not your typical sports biopic, but sometimes the most fascinating...
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Watch: Vanessa Hudgens zings Michael Bennett in ‘Drop the Mic’ rap battle

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett appeared on a recent episode of TBS’ “Drop the Mic,” and judging by the way his opponent roasted him, he may be regretting the decision to do so.Bennett squared off against actress Vanessa Hudgens in a rap battle, and it’s safe to say she brought the heat. Here’s what Hudgens had to say when she began roasting Bennett.“Your eyes so far apart...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

40 great overlooked pop holiday albums

The playlist for 21st century holiday parties has become predictable – Vince Guaraldi, the Rat Pack, "A Motown Christmas," the Phil Spector-produced "A Christmas Gift for You," Boyz II Men, a Mariah Carey song, Sufjan Stevens. But there’s a lot more Christmas music out there to choose from, from the weird and wild to the unimpeachably classic, with all sorts of odd and unpredictable...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

2018 Grammys snubs and surprises, why top acts were left out

The predicted 2018 Grammy showdown between Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran won’t be the main drama when the annual awards are announced on Jan. 28 – this year’s reminder that there’s no such thing as a sure thing at the Grammys. Lamar kept up his part of the deal with seven nominations, including a nod for Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Sheeran, however, earned only two...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

The 20 greatest musical beefs in history

Hip hop fans woke up the day after Thanksgiving looking for leftover turkey got a fresh serving of beef instead. While it's not entirely clear what made the "Harlem World"' rapper go in on Cam'ron, it is clear that the rapper-turned-pastor-turned-rapper was not playing around in the least when he released the diss track "The Oracle" aimed at the Dipset leader. What Ma$e put on wax...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Spike Lee helps officials do their job with funny hand motion

Knicks superfan Spike Lee attempted to temporarily become an official during Wednesday’s game against the Raptors at Madison Square Garden, and it was entertaining to watch.It happened when CJ Miles was whistled for traveling in the second half of the game — right in front of Lee, who was standing up wearing a jacket that displayed “Kaepernick” on the back of it. The official was...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

The music that blew us away in 2017

In 2017 we wanted our music loud, provocative and unflinchingly honest about the world as protest songs, declarations and comebacks ruled our playlists this year. From Kendrick Lamar, Kesha, SZA, Migos to St. Vincent, the personal was political – and we couldn't get enough of it. 
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Greatest cinematic star-crossed lovers of all-time

It’s the 75th anniversary of Casablanca, so we are taking a look at some of the greatest star-crossed lovers in movie history. Rick and Ilsa really set the gold standard in this category – truly and deeply in love, but kept apart by her husband, his bar, World War II and evil German soldiers. As time goes by, we are still dealing with doomed romances – some things never change as...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Artists who never found work again after controversy

On November 25, 1947, ten successful Hollywood filmmakers (mostly screenwriters) were officially blacklisted by their industry for failing to answer questions before the House Un-American Activities Committee (aka HUAC). This was the beginning of the "Red Scare" in America, and these men would struggle for years to find work due to their (perceived or actual) affiliation with the...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Why we need more women in the 2018 Grammy nominations

The last few months of 2016 should serve as a reminder that the media, in general, isn’t very good at prognostication. There’s the coverage of the presidential election, of course – that’s the big lesson. But Billboard offered another example of how bad so-called experts can be at predicting the future. In a brief analysis of the 2017 Grammy nominations that ran last December, Chris...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

How has music changed with the recent loss of so many artists?

2016 seemed like an all-time downer of a year. And then 2017 got here. Besides everything else – political chaos, natural disasters and "The Emoji Movie" – the last two years have been flooded by what seems like a record number of music celebrity deaths. The list of the recently deceased reads like a roster of potential Bonnaroo headliners: David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

The 25 most iconic film quotes

What makes an iconic film quote? It should be a memorable part of the movie, of course. The film it is from should also be identifiable based on the recitation of the line alone. But the most iconic quotes, however, are the ones that are so famous that you can’t even use those words in casual conversation without them reminding the average person of the movie. To celebrate the 75th...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Supreme being: A look back on the life of Diana Ross

On November 17, 2017, Diana Ross will receive the American Music Awards' Lifetime Achievement honor. Ross already won the Grammys' equivalent award in 2012 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. She's not exactly lacking for recognition. But anything that gets Ross out on stage and in front of the cameras should be considered a blessing. She is the First Lady...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Famous songs you didn't know were covers

The soundtrack to the Whitney Houston/Kevin Costner flick "The Bodyguard" was responsible for some remarkable achievements. Ever since they began tracking individual units scanned, it was the first album to sell a million copies in a single week, was nominated for two Oscars for Best Original Song (making it one of only 16 films to ever pull that achievement), and "I Will Always...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

The 25 best soundtracks of the '90s

It was the decade of grunge, hip-hop and techno, and while Hollywood milked all of these musical genres for every last drop of marketability, many of the best soundtracks of the '90s were backwards-looking compilations of familiar and forgotten classics. The decade's defining filmmakers – among them Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson – took their...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

The 20 moments that defined Bruno Mars

The 2017 American Music Awards are just around the corner, and by the looks of it, it'll be a night heavy on Bruno Mars. The charismatic and highly energetic performer leads all nominations with eight, including "Artist of the Year," "Best Pop/Rock Album" and "Video of the Year." In anticipation of what will most likely be a big night for Bruno Mars, here are the 20 moments in his...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The 20 best movie soundtracks and scores of the 1970s

In the most simplistic of terms, yes, the soundscape of the '70s was defined by disco, but literally no one – including the very band that helped launch it into the mainstream – had any idea it would turn into a decade-defining cultural movement. While it's been a full 40 years since a folk-rock band of brothers turned mirror balls into year-round dance floor mistletoe, let's not...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The longest-living Hollywood stars still with us

With stars like Connie Sawyer and Norman Lloyd celebrating milestone birthdays of 105 and 103 respectively this month, we should take a moment to honor some of our favorite superstars who have been making us laugh and cry for decades — from radio shows to Twitter accounts, these stars haven't stopped performing for generations. 
November 06, 2017  |  Discuss

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