Christina Aguilera‘s life in the public eye is starting to play out like every possible nightmare scenario of every kid in high school, isn’t it? She went through a questionable fashion phase, constantly vied for the spotlight against her rival, messed up the national anthem during a big game, fell down in front of everyone, endured a painful split, was picked on for her weight, and then got in, like, so much trouble. And while Aguilera has graduated to full-fledged adult, the nightmare still hasn’t ended there, seeing as life is one endless loop of high school hell. (No one tells you that, kids!) READ FULL STORY
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Last week I interviewed the iconic folk singer-songwriter Paul Simon at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was promoting the new documentary Under African Skies. It commemorates the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking and controversial album Graceland – groundbreaking because it fused American and South African folk pop; controversial because Simon broke the international cultural embargo against the South African apartheid regime to record the album. At Sundance, Simon talked about how he still bristles when politicians attempt to co-opt mainstream music for their own gain without giving any consideration or deference to the musicians who created that music. (You can watch our interview at EW’s Sundance hub.) His point is a compelling one: Politicians are happy to vilify pop music, until they need that music to make themselves seem hip and culturally relevant.
Which brings me to to the news this week that one of the co-writers of “Eye of the Tiger” is suing Newt Gingrich for using the song as part of his presidential campaign. READ FULL STORY
Even if the groundhog sees his shadow on Thursday and winter sticks around, awards season is still heating up. Tonight’s Screen Actors Guild awards will honor the industry’s best — and feature some of Hollywood’s hottest names. Later this week, Super Bowl madness begins, starting with Lenny Kravitz at the NFL Honors on Saturday and running straight through to a halftime show starring Madonna and LMFAO that’s sure to blow Indianapolis away. We’ve got all the info on the week for your pop culture needs. xoxo, EW.
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With the lead actor’s race in hot contention, the annual Screen Actors Guild awards are a clash of the (heartthrob) titans this year, as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio are all up for the prize. Check back to EW.com for the winners and on-the-scene updates later tonight! READ FULL STORY
PopWatch Confessional: When have you been (too) frustrated by someone's lack of pop-culture knowledge?
Watching the preview clip below of tonight’s Billy on the Street episode, in which the FUSE trivia game show’s host, comedian Billy Eichner, loses it on a Drew Peterson lookalike who doesn’t know who Tilda Swinton is, made me sort of envious. He gets paid to be freakishly frustrated by people’s lack of pop-culture knowledge. (It’s the highlight of the show.) I, on the other hand, just get to feel guilty about the time I was playing the game Celebrity with three friends years ago, and my partner was unable to name J.K. Rowling and Mel Gibson. It was infuriating on multiple levels. For starters, she had the Harry Potter books on her shelf. Also, she worked at another entertainment magazine. I became so unglued, I announced to the group that I refused to be paired with her for another round, that night or ever again. I am a nice person. Fifteen years in New York, and I still go out of my way to walk around tourists standing in the middle of the sidewalk taking a picture in Times Square so I don’t ruin their shots. But this enraged me.
Your turn. When were you freakishly frustrated by someone’s lack of pop-culture knowledge? READ FULL STORY
Well played, sir. Well played. President Obama’s campaign has turned his short tribute to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” sung last Thursday during a speech at the Apollo Theater, into a ringtone. Get it on the president’s site. And tell us if you’ve already heard someone’s phone crooning it. READ FULL STORY
We Americans are a proud people. It’s no surprise that we expect our national anthem to be sung correctly. So I do understand those of you upset at Steven Tyler for flubbing one teensy lyric during his performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens playoffs game Sunday night. (The American Idol judge sang “as bomb bursting in air” instead of “the bombs bursting in air.”) But I’d also like to think that we Americans are a smart people. So, I have no choice to say that, folks, you’re going all too “Crazy.” (Sorry, pun Monday!)
Yes, the Aerosmith frontman delivered a version of the song that was loud and screechy. But what did you expect? READ FULL STORY
Remember last year when Blake Lively admitted, “When I have bad days, I just eat lots of chocolate ice cream and dance to the Lion King soundtrack” to WWD? Well, she has company. Sort of. In the February issue of Los Angeles Confidential, Shailene Woodley, 20-year-old costar of The Descendants, was asked to name the first film that affected her as something more significant than mere entertainment. Her response: “Some movies have made me cry; some movies have made me laugh, but I’ve never thought, Wow — if it weren’t for that movie, I’d be a different person. Except Pocahontas. It’s true! If you listen to the lyrics they actually have incredibly valuable lessons for human beings to learn, and whenever I need a pick-me-up I just watch Pocahontas.” READ FULL STORY
It’s impossible to remember the late Etta James and not think about her song “At Last.” When EW named the 50 best love songs in 2005, it came in at No. 14. I remember writing the entry: “It’s not the first rendition of this 1942 tune, but Etta’s is the finest, thanks to a strong, sensual delivery that says (or is it shouts?) I deserve this! No wonder every bride on earth thinks it was written just for her.” The lyrics are so simple, her voice and string section so triumphant — no song captures the jubilation of knowing you’ve found love better.
Share your memories of the song below. READ FULL STORY
very protective of girls, especially young performers” and reiterated that critics should “cut some slack” because it’s “hard to entertain people and it takes a lot of work.” READ FULL STORY
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