Tearin’ Up My Heart” music video on Total Request Live back in 1998 and thinking that the skinny, blond, curly-haired kid would be the least popular member of the band. And boy, today, on Justin Timberlake’s 30th birthday, am I eating crow or what? During Timberlake’s 30 short years on Earth, he’s managed to anchor a hit boy-band, break out with two massively successful — and artistically impressive — albums, become a Saturday Night Live all-star, and appear in an Oscar-nominated film. All this made me wonder: Which pop culture predictions do you wish you could take back? READ FULL STORYI remember watching ‘N SYNC’s “
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Ellen DeGeneres' birthday show: A hot kiss from Colin Farrell trumps a surprise visit from Julia Roberts -- Watch!
• George, a nurse from Portland, Ore. who wanted to spend his birthday with Ellen, was flown to the show and not only gifted a pair of scrubs with Ellen’s face all over them — he got to be Julia Roberts’ mouthpiece as a blind-folded Ellen asked her first mystery guest questions to try to guess who it was. It was Roberts’ first appearance on the show, which DeGeneres joked was more exciting than John Jacobson, who’d been on moments earlier doing his Double Dream Hands routine. “Just barely,” Roberts joked. (Roberts also joked that she was happy she hadn’t worn khakis, and Ellen said that’s how she should have made her entrance – among his backup dancers. Seriously. Yes.) READ FULL STORY
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee seems to have deserted us on Twitter — his last tweet was on New Year’s Eve and linked to funny animal voiceovers — we’re still going to celebrate him. We can’t write “Happy Birthday Neil Diamond!” in the sky like someone did Sunday over the Bel-Air hills, but perhaps we can take a moment to each write a sentence describing our love for the man. I’ll give you a few ideas:Neil Diamond turns 70 today, and even though the
• My key chain is a silver guitar with the words “Neil Diamond World Tour 2008″ on it.
• My favorite mug says “Diamond Girl,” and it’s from 2001.
• I had this semi-hideous floral/lace/sequin shirt I only felt comfortable wearing once — to a Neil Diamond concert.
• After multiple karaoke attempts, I’ve had to accept that “I Am… I Said” is not in my vocal range. READ FULL STORY
Eli Wallach’s birthday is not a national holiday… yet. But perhaps it should be. The actor, who turns 95 today, has been an old pro for such a long time — he was 50 when he played his most famous role — that he’s practically become a walking symbol of Greatest Generation professionalism. A few years ago, he merrily stole The Holiday out from under his younger co-stars. In a nearly wordless performance in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Wallach made his frail elder banker look like the smartest (and funniest, and most menacing) guy in the room. But we shouldn’t just praise Wallach for being one of the Grand Old Men of Cinema. He’s had a long, winding career on stage and the small screen. He was Mr. Freeze on the Batman TV series. He won a Tony award 50 years ago for a Tennessee Williams play, The Rose Tattoo. Most importantly, he was Tuco in Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Homicidal, relentlessly malicious, hilariously venal and more than a little psychotic, Tuco is also the beating heart of the movie. (Clint Eastwood is just the cool-eyed straight man. You could say that Eastwood’s the pole, and Wallach is the lunatic tetherball.)
All that, and Wallach’s been married to the same woman — Anne Jackson, a fellow performer and frequent co-star — for 62 years. PopWatchers, join me in saluting one of the greats. May he continue to impress (and amuse) well into his 100s. And remember: Always take your gun into the bathtub.
Miley Cyrus turns 18 today, and to celebrate, PopWatch looked back at the EW archives to chart her career — both the highs and the controversies (remember when they were just about the prices scalpers were charging for concert tickets?).
April 2006: EW reviewed the new Disney series Hannah Montana, giving it a C+. “Turns out Saved by the Bell was subtle! Father-daughter team Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus star as a dad and daughter, but stop those achy-breaky hearts midflutter – Hannah Montana is Miley’s show,” Gillian Flynn wrote.
November 2006: EW reviewed the first Hannah Montana album, giving it a C-: “‘I’m individual/I’m not like anyone,’ sings Disney Channel heroine Hannah Montana, as played by Miley Cyrus…. By individualism, she means the ability to mimic Avril, Ashlee, and Britney simultaneously,” wrote Chris Willman. “The TV character leads a Superman-style double life: derivative pop star by night, undercover normal kid by day. Here, that duality results in tween-entitlement anthems about how totally awesome it is to be famous, yet go unrecognized at will — a nice fantasy for Brangelina, but a weird one to push on little girls.” It didn’t matter: It held the top spot on Billboard for two weeks, beating first-week sales of one-name acts like Fergie, Janet, and Diddy. READ FULL STORY
So it’s Martin Scorsese’s birthday today. Sixty-eight years old. The director of such masterpieces as Goodfellas, Raging Bull, and Taxi Driver is a filmmaking legend, but since today is his day, let’s instead focus on his work in front of the camera. He’s not exactly Hitchcock, but I always get a thrill when I catch Scorsese in one of his pictures. In Gangs of New York, he’s the wealthy uptown family man whose mansion is attacked by the rioting mob. In Taxi Driver, he’s the sketchy guy spying on his wife from Robert De Niro’s cab. In The Age of Innocence, he’s the wedding photographer.
Over the years, Scorsese has stretched his onscreen talents (parodying himself in a hilarious American Express commercial), and even stole scenes in Robert Redford’s 1994 Quiz Show, seen below: READ FULL STORY
There comes a day when all teen idols must grow up, and for Zac Efron, that day is today. For today, on Oct. 18, the High School Musical star turns 23, and leaves us fans wondering if he wishes that he could be 17 Again instead of getting one year closer to (deeper into?) adulthood.
I’ve been a fan of Efron since way back in the day when he appeared on Summerland. And though I tried and tried to resist the peppy musical stylings of the High School Musical franchise, my efforts were futile — I quickly became hooked on the Disney trilogy. (I blame a summer internship and a need to learn the “We’re All in This Together” dance routine for a charity contest.) When Efron started to appear in more mainstream (read: you no longer need to hide the DVD jacket to rent in public without any children) titles like Hairspray and 17 Again, I felt this would be the prime opportunity for the public at large to see that Efron is actually a amiable young actor. I can’t help but root for him — he’s just too darn likable.
But then the beard had to happen. That unfortunate beard. Sigh. How is it that facial hair can look so terrible on someone who could even pull off this look? PopWatchers, what do you think is the perfect 23rd birthday present for Efron? A gift card to The Art of Shaving?
Complicated” on repeat in honor of our sk8er girl’s 26th birthday. Yeah, she’s only 26. Who knew? It seems just like yesterday Avril burst onto the scene inspiring girls everywhere to wear men’s ties and heavy eyeliner. (Don’t you remember how many girls in your school dressed up like Avril for Halloween? Let’s bring that back this year! No? Moving on then.)Chill out, PopWatchers, whatcha yellin’ for? There’s no reason to make life complicated, unless, of course, you’re playing Avril Lavigne’s “
I’d mostly forgotten about Avril (sad, I know) until the Glee kids sang a version of “Keep Holding On” last season. After I played that song on repeat for three straight days, I decided to dig deep into my past to see what made Avril so great. And really, her first album Let Go tells the whole story. Avril had a completely different sound than her early 2000 female counterparts (see: Britney or Christina). Along with the aforementioned “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi“became the anthem for all middle school-aged girls. Rounding out the singles for Let Go were “Losing Grip” and “I’m With You.” (And with that, I think I just found my newest karaoke song.) READ FULL STORY
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