This New Year’s Eve, celebrate in style with themed cocktails based on some of 2013’s most memorable pop-culture moments. Once we pop the cork on our cultural cocktails below, it’ll be likely “We Can’t Stop.” In fact, if you “Take Back the Night” with these themed libations, you’ll be having less than a 20/20 Experience… you’ll probably be seeing “Blurred Lines” (hey hey hey!). READ FULL STORY
Tag: Music (21-30 of 95)
Last week’s E! documentary I am Britney Jean revealed that Britney puts on a decent British accent (thanks, Grandma!) as well as some of the choreography and the 24-song set list for her two-year residency Piece of Me at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, which starts tonight. (Check back tomorrow for EW’s review of the inaugural show.)
The drama – will “Alien” make the list? – is gone, and we know what to expect when Britney takes the stage. Or do we? Planet Hollywood’s new theater is barely finished, Britney’s album sales are miserable, and it’s anyone’s guess how Friday night will go.
In this corner: Charming, charismatic, boyishly handsome Paul Rudd, a potential vampire who successfully made the transition from rom-coms to quirkier comedies long before tonight’s musical guests had anything approaching fame. In this corner: The charming, charismatic, boyishly handsome members of One Direction, a lad band with an army of tweenage fans and the power to make even curmudgeons admit that its songs sure are catchy.
Which of these two will rule the roost at Saturday Night Live tonight? The obvious answer is Rudd. He’s a veteran SNL host with two other stints under his belt already, a talented improviser who’s won membership into a number of exclusive comedic fraternities, and, oh yeah, a lead in one of winter’s biggest movies: Anchorman 2, of which you may be ignorant only if you’ve somehow stayed away from the Internet and television and movie theaters and well-traveled roads for the past few months. Given the film’s nonstop promotional campaign and the backgrounds of Rudd’s co-stars — one starred on an NBC sitcom for seven season, another was a cast member on SNL for just as long, and the third both played the first one’s best buddy on said sitcom and had a brief stint on SNL as well — it’s also almost inevitable that Rudd’s hosting gig will come complete with cameos from Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and Dave Koechner. (In my dream world, Christina Applegate is there too.) A lineup like that would certainly push the night in Rudd’s favor.
But don’t discount Simon Cowell’s most successful pet project. The boys were the stealth stars of Rudd’s promos earlier this week, and they too have SNL experience. Last time they were on the show, they even threw on history’s worst wigs and fake mustaches to play a quintet of visitors to the Manuel Ortiz Show:
Do you remember a certain eclectic bespectacled singer from season four of The Voice? Team Usher’s Michelle Chamuel, who was runner-up to Team Blake’s Danielle Bradbery, charmed audiences with her quirky personality and powerful renditions of Cyndi Lauper and Pink tunes.
EW has first dibs on Chamuel’s new single, “Go Down Singing,” which will be released Nov. 19th.
“I feel so fortunate to be sharing “Go Down Singing” as my first single,” said Chamuel in a statement. “It was created with two of my close friends, producer team Theo Katzman and Tyler Duncan, and celebrates the poignant truth that in each of us is the potential to shine.”
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Few people may be able to relate to Ke$ha’s plight with the ghost in her vagina, but her crush on Will Smith? Yeah, we’ve all been there.
The singer opens up about her days of crushing on the Fresh Prince and more in this EW Pop Culture Personality Test, taken a few weeks ago while Ke$ha was promoting the new season of her MTV docuseries Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life. The show, which airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m, ET, premiered last week.
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When an actor is selected to play the role of a slain music legend, scrutiny and criticism often comes fast and furious.
We’ve seen it happen again and again. Remember the uproar after Zoe Saldana was set to play Nina Simone, or the long road the Marvin Gaye biopic with Jesse L. Martin has taken coming to the big screen? Days after the 17th anniversary of rapper Tupac Shakur’s murder, Deadline has revealed that the long-awaited biopic of the late artist has been picked up, with production starting in February next year.
Since the role of Tupac hasn’t been cast yet, in an effort to save the drama for producers and to ensure a really good portrayal of a legend on the big screen, we’ve listed five actors who should be in consideration for the role of the legendary rapper. Holla if your hear me!
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Fourth of July TV listings: James Gandolfini's Iraq war doc, marathons of your favorite shows, and more
Happy 237th birthday, America — let’s celebrate with TV marathons and specials!
Although we encourage enjoying the sunshine with a hot dog and a cold beverage in hand, you never know when some channel-flipping assistance may come in handy. With this list of choices, there is something for everyone — kid-friendly binge-watching, cable favorites such as The Walking Dead, and Independence Day classics like … Independence Day.
In the event of gloomy weekend weather, a nasty sunburn that sends you indoors, or simply the need for new drinking-game inspiration, check out all the TV marathons and specials happening this Fourth of July weekend:
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There’s a long history of comic book artists treading into the neighboring world of album cover art especially when psychedelia, counter-culture, fantasy or heavy metal bridged the distance between the art table and the turn table. Usually it’s an art table star — like R. Crumb, Berni Wrightson, Barry Windsor-Smith or Paul Pope to just a few — playing the tourist in turntable territory but the exact opposite is the case with the cover for Head Smash.
The haunting image is the handiwork of Joe Perez, the designer and art director best known for his work with Kanye West and Donda. Perez’s portfolio includes the Cruel Summer album cover in 2012, for example, but never a comic book. That changes with the brutal dystopian visions of Head Smash , which features interior art by Dwayne Harris and the original cover by Tim Bradstreet. The world is the creation of Vlad Yudin of The Vladar Company and was co-written with Erik Hendrix of Arcana and premieres down at Comic-Con International. We caught up with Perez to get in tune with his mixed media. See the art below.
The second wave of Teen Choice Awards 2013 nominees is full of aca-awesome. The Monday announcement revealed that Pitch Perfect received four nods, only coming second to Fox’s Glee, which swept round two with five nods.
Whether you find these musical sensations aca-amazing or aca-awful, the show is sure to feature something for everyone. Other nominees include Justin Bieber, Robin Thicke, Adam Levine, and Demi Lovato, who will all join the previously announced nominees across a fun bundle of categories, ranging from Choice Comedian to Choice Twitter Personality.
The show is shaping up to be quite the medley of teenage favorites in film, television, music, fashion, comedy, and sports. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once-a-day per category for their favorite Teen Choice nominees at the TCA website. Voting ends at 11:59 PM PT on Saturday, Aug. 10. A list of second-wave nominees is below, and the two-hour ceremony airs Sunday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
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Michael Jackson may have left us exactly four years ago today, but his music continues to live on in various forms. If you happen to be in England, you can catch Thriller Live (now in its fifth year on the West End), and in Las Vegas, you can see Cirque du Soleil’s latest wowza extravaganza, Michael Jackson: One (opening Saturday at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino).
The new Cirque show promises 22 MJ tunes accompanied by acrobatics and death-defying feats galore, and below we have an exclusive look behind the scenes of the production to show what you’ll be in store for as an eager audience member. One hint: surround-sound speakers in the seats. (Seriously. In your seat.)
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