It’s not easy saying goodbye to 2012. Whether we were cheering at The Avengers, dancing Gangam style, or tracking the bad guys on Homeland, this was a wild year for entertainment — and we’ve captured all the excitement for posterity in EW’s 2012 Best & Worst issue, on stands now. Want to debate the year’s greatest hits? Our critics’ annual top ten lists spotlight all the best movies, TV, music, books, games, and stage, from the edgy genius of FX’s Louie to the sugar-rush high of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe. We’ve also come up with our list of Great Performances, honoring the artists — Jessica Lange in American Horror Story, Javier Bardem in Skyfall, Jennifer Hudson remembering Whitney Houston at the Grammys — who made 2012 so unforgettable. And we didn’t forget the jeers either: Our lists of 2012′s worst include clunkers like Christina Aguilera’s Lotus and Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve.
Tag: Music (41-50 of 90)
'Saturday Night Live' recap: Samuel L. Jackson drops f-bomb, Paul McCartney performs with Nirvana's surviving members
Saying last night’s episode of SNL fell short of expectations would be the understatement of the year. Martin Short didn’t disappoint, in fact he was my favorite host of the season. His brand of physical comedy and impeccable comedic timing were refreshing, but he didn’t have adequate material to work with. As expected, the episode was star-studded — complete with cameos from other SNL alums and show favorites — but the celebrity guests acted as background props for the most part instead of contributing to skits. However, every time Paul McCartney took the stage, his tender voice wiped my memory clean of any mediocre jokes that preceded his stellar performance. READ FULL STORY
Last night’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was chock full of buxom beauties, bedazzled bras, and Beliebers. The sexiest night on television opened with a bang and kept its momentum alive throughout the show thanks to the musical stylings of Rihanna, Bruno Mars, and Justin Bieber.
Here are the top 10 moments of the night: READ FULL STORY
Next week, Saturday Night Live will return after a two-week hiatus with a new episode starring Oscar winner Jamie Foxx. As anyone who spent all of 2005 humming “Gold Digger” knows, Foxx is a talented double threat — he showed off his pipes in 2006′s Dreamgirls, not to mention on four studio albums of original tunes.
Which means that in at least one sketch — and probably several — Foxx is going to sing. He’ll likely croon for the first time in his monologue, warbling a goofy song about, I don’t know, Quentin Tarantino’s eccentricities or how it happens to be December.
Cue Liz Lemon’s epic eyeroll.
Of the eight regular episodes of SNL that have aired this season so far, five have kicked off with a musical monologue — six, if you count the striptease dance number Joseph Gordon-Levitt performed in September. READ FULL STORY
Let the hand-wringing and disapproval commence! Last night, Rihanna posted this photo to Instagram, along with the following caption: “@f—yopictures i don’t wanna leave!!! Killed it tonight baby!!!”
@f—yopictures is Chris Brown, who performed in Frankfurt yesterday — and who is still posting filter-distorted shots to Instagram despite having deleted his Twitter page last weekend. Brown’s Instagram profile’s tagline: “The capacity to over think also emmobilizes us with fear… Therefore, being fearless can assure ur sanity!”
Okay — but where does “making up words” fall on the sanity spectrum?
Two weeks ago, EW asked you to tell us who deserved to be on the list of 2012′s Entertainers of the Year. You responded by casting thousands of votes in 15 different poll categories — and now that our Entertainers of the Year issue is on newsstands, we can finally reveal your picks for favorite movie actor, biggest breakthrough entertainer, most entertaining tweeter, and much more.
Read on to learn who you picked as the year’s best — and who just missed the mark. Hint: Jennifer Lawrence better make some room in her virtual trophy case.
It’s that time of year again: EW has begun making lists and checking them twice, all to find out which stars will snag a spot as one of our Entertainers of the Year. And now it’s your turn to make your voice heard. Declare your favorites in movies, TV, music, books and more by voting in the polls below; the winners will appear in our annual special issue, which hits stands Nov. 30. But vote quickly — we’re closing the polls this Monday, Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. ET!
The music of Diane Warren is coming to Broadway. Producer Dede Harris (Clybourne Park, War Horse) has optioned the prolific songwriter’s catalog to create an original Broadway stage musical. “It’s a thrill and an honor be able to present Diane Warren’s brilliant body of work on Broadway,” said Harris, in a statement. “Her songs are a pinnacle of popular culture and will bring fresh energy and excitement to the Great White Way.”
Warren has written more than 100 Top-10 hits for artists as varied as Elton John and Beyoncé. The Grammy winner and six-time Oscar-nominee once had seven different hits on the singles chart at the same time — each performed by a different artist. “I greatly admire the incredible shows and performers that have come from Broadway,” Warren said in a statement. “It has always been a thrill for me to write for musical artists who began their careers on the New York stage, and I’m so happy that my songs will be part of a new musical.”
Harris and her associate David Carpenter did not yet announce a timeline for when the show will open.
Tom Hanks to make Broadway debut
After the Backstreet Boys released their new song, “It’s Christmas Time Again,” I asked my colleagues this question — “Is it bad that I have already started listening to Christmas music?” Answers ranged from “yes” to “you’re supposed to wait until after Thanksgiving,” and “I listen to Christmas music any time I need a pick-me-up and I am not ashamed.”
Bruno Mars told us he was no comedian, but he was game for a surprisingly entertaining episode of Saturday Night Live. Was he of Justin Timberlake caliber? No, but who is? Mars was initially restricted to a lot of song numbers, which had me concerned. Still, the musical sketches were pretty funny, particularly one featuring Pandora, as you’ll see below. Thankfully, after the Pandora one, Mars mostly kept the singing to his duties as musical guest and turned up the charm as a sad mouse, a one-eyed hotel employee and a fake ID maker. I had my doubts about you as a host, Mars, but you showed me wrong. I’d like to see you back someday!
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