My commute is a 45-minute combination of public transportation and walking. I listen to my iPod every day. About once a week, I shuffle onto a song that puts a grin on my face so big, I’m sure I look an idiot. Often, it’s because I’ve flashed back to a particular event, like two friends leading an impromptu dance party in the parking lot of an adventure mini-golf place in the Poconos on a sleepy Saturday afternoon (Lil Jon’s “Get Low”). But the song that gets me the worst (or is it the best?) is Lionel Richie’s “Lady” duet with Kenny Rogers off Tuskegee. Watch them sing it live together below, and you might understand. Part of it, I’m sure, is that I grew up listening to each of them on eight track in the morning before elementary school, so it’s a double dose of nostalgia from a time when I had nothing to do in the morning but listen to an entire album. But mostly, it’s that they sound so damn good together it becomes timeless. There’s an ease, and a confidence, and a sense of perfection when their voices meld together for the crescendo at 2:45. I have to rewind to that point a minimum of five times whenever I play it — and the grin never stops. READ FULL STORY »
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More than 20 years after starring as wisecracking Al Lambert on TGIF sitcom Step by Step, Christine Lakin is back. Well, to be fair, she never left. She’s done everything from acting in teen comedies to choreographing for True Blood. Though she never lived the “washed-up child star” cliché, she’s ready to poke a little fun at it — and herself – with Lovin’ Lakin, a mockumentary-style web series not unlike The Office or Matt LeBlanc’s Episodes.
Lakin plays a version of herself: A 30-something actress poised to make a comeback — or so she thinks. Everyone around her (including Kristen Bell, Step by Step dad Patrick Duffy, and Kristin Chenoweth, and Seth MacFarlane, to name a few) sees Lakin the character a little differently. “Lakin is egotistical, flighty, and totally un-self-aware,” the actress tells EW. “She’s kind of like this lovable Michael Scott type — he thinks he’s so great, but everybody [else] knows he’s the biggest idiot around.”
Below, watch a preview for Lovin’ Lakin, then see who inspired Lakin’s on-screen persona, which ’90s icons she hopes to book if the series gets a second season (hint: ThighMasters will be mandatory), and how she felt when she saw her TV dad in a towel in those (literally) steamy Dallas ads. READ FULL STORY »
Treat yo self to this 1991 footage of the Drive star – back when he was an actual gosling — singing “When a Man Loves a Woman” (the Michael Bolton reprise!) and completely upstaging his older sister in a dance routine to C&C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” in a Mormon talent show.
My overwhelming thought: “Macaulay Culkin WISHES.” READ FULL STORY »
E3 Snap Judgment: 'NBA Baller Beats' is a chance to relive the dribbling drills you hated growing up
I’ve never had to wish I was a little bit taller, or a baller. I am those things. I’m no gaming expert, but I do have a rabbit in a hat with a bat and a ’64 Impala. So when I visited my esteemed gaming colleagues Darren and Adam yesterday at E3 and happened upon a steel cage containing a peaceful, lonely-looking man in generic workout gear who was earnestly practicing some basic dribbling skills with a real basketball in front of a colorful screen featuring confetti, I knew I had found “my people.” That guy would probably be good at recapping reality TV, I thought. We were practically the same person. I walked in. READ FULL STORY »
It’s been a little more than 36 hours since Mad Men‘s antepenultimate episode left viewers collapsed in a heaping pile of dismay and despair. (It goes pretty much without saying that if you haven’t see the episode yet, there are nothing but SPOILERS from here. Consider yourself warned.) Joan’s decision to trade a night with a lecherous Jaguar big wig for a full partnership in the firm — ensuring Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce could win the much coveted Jaguar account — will certainly have repercussions well beyond this season. Viewers will debate the merits of Joan’s decision, and whether it was even in keeping with her character, well beyond the run of the show.
But at least we know Joan’s future with SCDP is secure (as secure as anyone can be on this show, anyway). Peggy Olson, however, is a different matter entirely. READ FULL STORY »
Will Smith might be the world’s most energetic man. On the red — er, black — carpet at last night’s Men in Black 3 premiere, he exuberantly spoke with each reporter even as his publicist tried her best to move him down the line. But even a super-human movie star has limits — Smith told EW that though he really wanted to write MIB 3‘s theme song, he worried that the extra responsibility would be “too much.” We pointed out that he did at least get the chance to perform the Fresh Prince rap on Graham Norton last weekend, and Smith responded with a booming laugh. “Yo, it is amazing how many people know that dag-gone Fresh Prince theme song around the world,” he said, adding that he doesn’t often find himself busting out the catchy tune: “I don’t just be around the house rapping it.”
The premiere’s afterparty suggested otherwise. Around 11 p.m., Smith himself took the stage on the top deck of Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and gamely supported his son, Jaden, while Smith the Younger performed a few of his own raps. (Willow stopped by to say “hello” as well.) Then the Independence Day star grabbed the mic and started performing a few of his old hits, including “Summertime” and the original Men in Black theme song. Smith also informed a cheering throng that the next tune was for his true fans — before, yes, launching into the theme from Fresh Prince. The man knows his audience. Oh, and to make things even more nostalgic, DJ Jazzy Jeff was on hand to back Smith during each song.
Watching the crowd lap up Smith’s (and Jazz’s!) performance made it clear that he could easily launch a concert tour if he wanted. Even though the Oscar nominee is now better known as an actor than as a rapper, his ’90s singles hold up remarkably well — check out the video below, and you’ll find that “Summertime” still works as a warm-weather jam.
'Batman: Arkham City': Watch Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, and Stana Katic play the Joker, Batman, and Talia al Ghul -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Of the many, many great things about Batman: Arkham City, hearing Mark Hamill’s lethal shriek as the Joker opposite Kevin Conroy’s commanding baritone as Batman was a welcome nostalgia bomb for anyone who spent their afternoons in the 1990s glued to Batman: The Animated Series.
To commemorate the release of the “Game of the Year” edition on May 29 — which includes all the game’s downloadable content plus the new level Harley Quinn’s Revenge — EW has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Hamill and Conroy in action for a key scene from the game. And if it’s just too unnerving to watch Luke Skywalker deliver a sinister giggle, just wait for the far more pleasant segment featuring Castle‘s Stana Katic performing as Batman paramour Talia al Ghul.
Check it out below: READ FULL STORY »
Donna Summer was one of disco’s greatest chart divas. But the singer, who passed away Thursday at the age of 63, also made her presence felt on both the big and the small screen.
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A 21-year-old Summer appeared on the German TV series and sang the song “Black Power,” written by Peter Thomas.