On this 237th birthday of our dear country America, we all band together in our patriotism. Yes, we do have quite the uniting country indeed... despite it being split up into 50 states, all of which vehemently hate the other 49 (especially Jersey).
But as brethren of the same land, we must find common ground. We must find something to appreciate each of the states from which we do not hail. The best way to do that: Movies. Hollywood.com has taken a look at every corner of our land of the free and pinpointed the big screen feature that best exemplifies each of the 50 states. Check below, and see if your home state is represented by a particular favorite of yours.
AlabamaForrest GumpSure, he ran all around the country, but that Greenbow pride stuck with him.
AlaskaOut ColdWacky, off-kilter, and a gem that nobody ever talks about. Just like Alaska.
ArizonaPsychoFrom the creepiest corner of the country comes the creepiest movie ever made.
ArkansasTrue GritRemake or original, both have that AK charm.
CaliforniaCluelessNever before has the Valley been so astonishingly well represented.
ColoradoThe Shining Beautiful and inspiring, but haunting nonetheless — we mean the film and the state.
ConnecticutMystic PizzaSoft-spoken and charming? A little bit sad, but able to laugh? That's Connecticut for you.
DelawareThere are no memorable movies set in Delaware. Sorry, Delaware. Sorry, everybody.
GeorgiaThe Legend of Bagger Vance Ah, that whimsical mystery that soars through the Georgia winds... the kind of mystery only a Will Smith Ghost could convey onscreen.
HawaiiLilo & StitchHawaii is such a fantasy land that only an animated Disney flick could appropriately capture its presence.
IdahoNapoleon DynamiteSlow moving, weird, and possibly ingenious. From the fields of Idaho comes a cult classic that nobody could stop quoting for years.
IllinoisFerris Bueller’s Day Off Danke schoen for Chicago and its favorite son, John Hughes.
IndianaBreaking AwayA sleepy state with firecracker passion gives us a coming-of-age dramedy that can be described just the same.
IowaWhat’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Sad, lonely, desperate, hopeless... No. Not hopeless. Just remember: We can go anywhere.
KansasThe Wizard of OzOh gee, as if there was any alternative?
KentuckyGoldfingerYou don't think of James Bond as a Southern boy, do you? Well, he payed a visit to the Bluegrass State in this classic chapter.
LouisianaSteel MagnoliasThat heartfelt hometown passion for which Louisiana is famous just courses through the beloved modern classic.
MaineCasper The other creepiest corner of the state gives us a slightly more charming ghost story.
MarylandThe Blair Witch Project And we thought the scariest thing in Maryland was Omar Little...
MassachusettsJaws Celebrate Boston pride all you want with The Departed, but Jaws captures everything that a Martha's Vineyardian knows to be home.
MichiganAmerican Pie Great Lakes, great friends, great stories... and hardly a worry in the world. American Pie, you've got Michigan right.
MinnesotaGrumpy Old Men I think just about everyone in Minnesota is in fact 75 years of age or older.
MississippiThe Help Granted, Mississippi has come a long way since the days of The Help, but it still has that connotation...
MissouriWaiting for GuffmanWe'll be honest. We've never been to Missouri. We don't know anyone from Missouri. We have no idea what Missouri is like. But we imagine (and hope) it's exactly like Waiting for Guffman.
MontanaA River Runs Through It That old mountain spirit, that true American flavor, that's what Montana, and this Robert Redford classic, are about.
NebraskaElection We always thought there was something suspicious lurking underneath that oh-so-perfect Nebraska... Tracy Fleck just might be the state incarnate.
NevadaFear and Loathing in Las VegasSorry, Nevada, but you're just Vegas to the rest of the world. Crazy, drug-addled Vegas.
New HampshireLolitaThings are a bit off all throughout the beautiful, jovial, captivating Granite State, and throughout Stanley Kubrick's classic comedy.
New JerseyClerks Angry, grungy, and highly polarizing. Yep. Clerks is Jersey.
New MexicoCity SlickersYes, this movie is about people from other states visiting New Mexico... but isn't that what the real New Mexico is all about, anyway?
New YorkAnnie Hall A symphony of neuroses, heartbreak, and wide-eyed fantasy, Annie Hall is everything that the unstoppable city of New York has to offer.
North CarolinaBull DurhamThis movie is set in North Carolina. So it wins.
North DakotaFargo Oh yah. Quite a sinister tone under this kooky snow-laden state and its signature film, yah.
OhioTommy BoyThe good-natured values of hard work and friendship? That's the cornerstone of Ohio livin', we tell you.
OregonThe GooniesWhen Oregon learned it was finally getting a movie, the entire state cheered: "It's our time."
PennsylvaniaRockyPennsylvania is just another nickname for Philadelphia, right?
Rhode IslandDumb and DumberYes, a good portion of the film takes place on the road (and in a place where the beer flows like wine), but Harry and Lloyd are distinctly, undeniably Rhode Island folk.
South CarolinaThe Notebook That deep, abiding love that can only exist in a small state sheltered from the rest of the world? That can only come from a man like Nicholas Sparks? That can only be appropriately sold through a stunner like Ryan Gosling? Yep.
South DakotaLittle Big ManIt's appropriate that South Dakota's pick is riddled with historical color... and some wacky adventure.
TennesseeThe Blind SideA simple story of family, pride, acceptance, and overcoming adversity. Tennessee should be proud of this Oscar winner.
TexasDazed and ConfusedOf course our Texas pick had to come from Richard Linklater, master of the Lone Star State. And which film better than his most iconic, nihilistic, dreamy high school graduation picture?
Utah127 HoursIn Utah, no one can hear you scream. =
VermontSuper TroopersCall it a mindless stoner comedy, but the Broken Lizard debut packs a lot of that wintry Northeast flavor into its wild, witty mix.
VirginiaThe PatriotAs if there was anything more Virginian. As if there is any state more American.
WashingtonThe Twilight SagaWhat's with the corners of this country being so dang creepy? At least this one has some glitter.
West VirginiaOctober SkyCoal mines and dreams of escaping the coal mines. That's what ol' West Virginia was all about in its day.
WisconsinLars and the Real Girl There's something cold, eerie, and wonderfully beautiful about small town Wisconsin. Ditto Gosling.
WyomingButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Wyoming, even though we're not entirely sure that you actually exist, you might win the pot with the best movie on the list.
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Aerosmith stars Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and R&B singer John Legend were inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on Saturday night (22Jun13). The musicians were all honoured during a star-studded concert at the Los Angeles venue to mark the beginning of the summer concert season.
Actress Angela Basset hosted the event, and presenters included Glee star Darren Criss and funnyman Arsenio Hall, while music legend Stevie Wonder was on hand to induct Legend.
In a subsequent post on Twitter.com the Green Light hitmaker wrote, "Stevie Wonder inducted me into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame tonight. Feeling very grateful."
Veteran actor Peter Fonda inducted the Aerosmith stars, and Perry tweeted about the honour, "Thanks to the amazing Peter Fonda for our great introduction introduction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame... Thanks to all who congratulated us tonight on our induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. We couldn't have done it without you."
Jazz singer Patti Austin was also among the inductees.
The event raised money for the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the organisation's music education program for youngsters.
Jack Johnson and Daryl Hall & John Oates will share top billing with kids' act Yo Gabba Gabba at the 2013 Life is Good Festival in Massachusetts. The two-day family event will be held at Prowse Farm in Canton on 21 and 22 September (13). The Roots, Dawes and Amos Lee are also on the bill.
Billy Joel and Sir Elton John ended their feud at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City on Thursday night (13Jun13) after the Piano Man told the Rocket Man to call him just after he introduced inductees Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner. The former pals and touring partners fell out in 2011 when the Brit publicly accused Joel of not taking rehab seriously as he attempted to battle alcoholism in a blunt magazine interview, during which he also suggested the New Yorker was lazy.
The I'm Still Standing rocker told Rolling Stone, "He's going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they've been light. When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love."
He added, "At the end of the day, he's coasting. I always say, 'Billy, can't you write another song?' It's either fear or laziness. It upsets me."
Joel was clearly saddened by Elton's comments and publicly reprimanded him, but revisiting the feud in a New York Times Magazine article, which was published last month (May13), it appeared the My Life hitmaker had mellowed, stating, "He (Elton) tends to shoot off his mouth - he shoots from the hip. I think his heart is in the right place. Maybe he's trying to motivate me, to get me mad or something. He's kind of like a mum."
Joel also recently stated he would be interested in performing with his fellow rock pianist again.
Elton, who was honoured with the Johnny Mercer Award at the music gala, offered to officially end the pair's stand-off at the Songwriters Hall of Fame event when he took the stage and said, "I didn't see you tonight Mr. Joel, but I want to see you."
And his gamble paid off - Joel later took to the microphone and asked, "Is Elton still here by the way?" before adding, "Anyway, we're OK. Call me. It's the same phone number."
As well as Elton and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and singer-songwriter J.D. Souther were saluted at Marriott Marquis Hotel gala, while Motown founder Berry Gordy was handed the Pioneer Award.
Aerosmith rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were celebrated for their hit records on Thursday (13Jun13) as they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Walk This Way hitmakers were joined by Sir Elton John, his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin and singer-songwriter J.D. Souther for the star-studded ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Existing inductees Sir Elton and Taupin were presented with the Johnny Mercer Award, while legendary singer Smokey Robinson was on hand to give his good friend Motown founder Berry Gordy the Pioneer Award.
Celebrity guests including rock couple Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, and singer Jordin Sparks were treated to performances by Sting and Foreigner.
Hall & Oates star John Oates has teamed up with rockers Hot Chelle Rae for a new single. The quartet provides backing for the Maneater hitmaker's new single, High Maintenance.
Oates says, "What I really was excited about was to get to experience the way they make a record. I wanted them to produce me. I wanted to jump into their world and see how a modern pop band really makes their records."
High Maintenance is the lead single from Oates' forthcoming Good Road to Follow album.
The 1980s star is planning to release a single each month from the project, which also includes a collaboration with country singer Vince Gill.
David "Deacon" Jones, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end, has passed away at age 74. The news surfaced late Monday night via the Redskins official Twitter account. Jones, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980, died of natural causes at his home in Southern California. The legendary athlete will be remembered as one of the most impressive defensive ends in NFL history.
Jones is credited as the originator of the term "sack." The Sackmaster, as he was nicknamed, famously knocked down quarterbacks a left end for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and the Washington Redskins. Coach George Allen saluted Jones by lauding him as the "greatest defensive end of modern football."
Not only did Jones leave his mark on the football field, he also did so the entertainment industry. As a radio and television personality, Deacon's humor and charisma led him to appearances on the shows Bewitched, The Brady Bunch, and The Odd Couple, and also in the film Heaven Can Wait.
Jones even launched his own charity, which led him to visit troops stationed in the Middle East on various occasions. The notable football star also dabbled with music as a member of the band War. Although Deacon Jones will primarily be remembered for his triumphs on the football field, his legacy clearly extends into many other terrains.
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American author Jack Vance has died at the age of 96. The sci-fi and mystery writer passed away at his home in Oakland, California on Sunday (26May13).
Vance wrote more than 60 books, including 11 mystery novels as John Holbrook Vance, three as Ellery Queen and several other pseudonyms.
He was feted with the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement honour in 1984 and was named Grand Master of Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America in 1997.
In 2001, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
The Dells lead singer Marvin Junior has died, aged 77. The star, best known for the group's hit song Oh, What a Night, passed away at his home in Harvey, Illinois on Wednesday (29May13) after suffering kidney failure.
The news was confirmed by his son, Marvin Junior, Jr.
Junior was among a group of high school friends who formed the doo-wop band in 1952 under the name the El-Rays, and as The Dells, they went on to achieve success with their hit track Oh, What a Night in 1956.
The group disbanded briefly after they were involved in a car crash in 1958, but they reformed in 1960.
They enjoyed hits with tracks including Wear It on Our Face, Always Together and Stay in My Corner, and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.
The news of Junior's death comes amid reports his bandmate and fellow founding member Chuck Barksdale is gravely ill.
Former bandmember Johnny Funches died of pneumonia in 1998, and John E. Carter, who replaced him in the line-up, died of cancer in 2009.
The Doors star Ray Manzarek has died following a secret battle with bile duct cancer. The keyboard player, who co-founded the band with Jim Morrison in 1965, passed away at a clinic in Germany, according to a post on the band's Facebook.com page. He was 74.
Bandmate Robby Krieger has released a statement which reads, "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek.
"I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."
Born Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr., in 1939, on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, the star was a young basketball prodigy who turned to music after quitting his high school team following a bust-up with his coach.
Manzarek graduated from DePaul University with a degree in economics and headed for California, where he studied in the Department of Cinematography at UCLA. He befriended film student Jim Morrison and the two decided to form a band, putting the budding poet's words to music. They founded The Doors with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Krieger.
Success snowballed for the band once Manzarek and his bandmates secured residencies at The London Fog and the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood and, after a brief spell at Columbia Records, the bandmates found a home at Elektra Records and became superstars.
Following Morrison's death in 1971, the remaining members of the group continued as a trio until finally disbanding in 1973, when Manzarek went solo, recording three cerebral albums, and also performed with Los Angeles punk band X, Iggy Pop, poet Michael McClure and others.
Krieger, Manzarek and Densmore reunited in 1978 for An American Prayer, in 1993 when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1997 in the studio to complete Morrison's Orange County Suite epic poem, and again in 2000 for VH1's Storytellers: A Celebration and on the tribute album Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors.
Relations between the trio have been strained over the past decade after drummer Densmore took his former bandmates to court over their plans to sell The Doors songs to Cadillac for use in commercials. He also objected to Manzarek and Krieger touring under the name The Doors of the 21st Century. Densmore won both battles and Manzarek and Krieger were forced to tour as Riders on the Storm, taking their name from a The Doors hit.
In recent years the pair had been touring as Manzarek–Krieger, with Densmore refusing to take part in any Doors-related reunion.
Manzarek has published a memoir, Light My Fire: My Life with The Doors, and a study of his late frontman Morrison, The Poet in Exile. He is also a celebrated novelist thanks to the success of his Civil War ghost story Snake Moon.
The keyboard player is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Pablo, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to standup2cancer.org in the rock legend's name.
Flowers were placed on his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday (20May13). Meanwhile, all concerts at the Whisky a Go Go this week will be dedicated to Manzarek.