It's often noted that the Kardashian clan has managed to rise to stardom despite their inability to act, dance, or sing. Yet, rather than embracing this fact, the family keeps trying to make music. On April 2, they released a cover of "Lady Marmalade" that was shot during their last Christmas photo shoot. Yes, as if it isn't mortifying enough that the family dons coordinated ensembles and poses for a Dynasty-esque holiday cards, this year there was lip-syncing involved. However, this is far from their worst melodic offense. Here's a countdown of the family's most embarrassing musical moments:
5) Kylie and Kendall Jenner — Katy Perry's "Firework"
While this video, which was shot while Kylie and Kendall were on vacation in Wyoming, does feature cowboy hats and horses running in slow motion — the girls get a pass. We too were once teenagers, but since YouTube didn't exist back then, our Britney Spears cover videos may be lost forever.
4) Kardashian/Jenner Family — "Lady Marmalade" by Pink, Mya, Christina Aguilera, and Lil Kim
Singing "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir" with your 14-year-old sister might make some people uncomfortable — but that thought probably doesn't enter your head if you've attempted to wax a family member's bikini area like the Kardashian sisters have.
3) Kardashian/Jenner Family — Katy Perry's "E.T."
It looks like the family had a lot of fun filming this one, but the resulting video blurs the line between adorable and obnoxious. Thankfully, they didn't attempt to rap the Kanye West bit at the end.
2) Kim Kardashian — "Jam (Turn It Up)"
If you don't recall Kim Kardashian's short-lived singing career, that's because the single was so poorly received she tried to pretend she only did it for charity. But then when a clip of the ridiculously bad music video leaked, Kim's rep claimed it was "something she wanted to do for herself and for fun, so the video she made just for herself."
1) Kris Jenner — "I Love My Friends" Still, nothing can compete with the video Kris Jenner made for her 30th birthday. From the treadmill dance to mentioning the Cheescake Factory, bible study, and Judith Leiber in the same breath, it encapsulates everything wrong with the '80s. And to top it all off: A cameo from Kardashian friend, O.J. Simpson! [Khloe Kardashian, Metro UK]
In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.
The One Tree Hill star will join Claire Forlani and Boris Kodjoe in the adaptation of Judith Krantz's beloved novel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Murray will play photographer Spider Elliot - the role Barry Bostwick played in the 1980 miniseries of the same name.
Natalie Portman is among the executive producers of the new project.
The Tony Award winner will miss Monday night's (21Nov11) production and will be replaced by her understudy, Lauren Klein.
Channing is expected to be back onstage by the end of the month (Nov11).
Other Desert Cities at the Lincoln Center Theater also features Stacy Keach, Judith Light and Rachel Griffiths in her Broadway debut.
The star will play lead character Roxie Hart in the West End production for a total of eight weeks, beginning next month (07Nov11).
And Ferrera is counting on an amazing experience - she's already signed on to make her Broadway bow in a revival of the 1984 play The Miss Firecracker Contest.
The show, which centres on a Mississippi girl who enters a beauty pageant, will be directed by Judith Ivey and begin rehearsals in the Big Apple in March (12).
The socialite and reality TV star, who wed professional basketball player Kris Humphries in California last month (Aug11), is offering up the design team behind her lavish bash and $10,000 (£6,250) in goods so one fan can experience a magical day.
Announcing the contest on her blog, Kardashian writes, "I felt so blessed to have some of the world’s most amazing designers make my wedding day the most magical, beautiful and memorable day of my life. Meeting the designers and having them help create my fairytale wedding was a dream come true for me and I want to give one of you the chance to experience the wedding of your dreams.
"Vera Wang, Giuseppi Zanotti, Judith Leiber, Williams-Sonoma and my Glam Squad have all come on board to help me give one couple the most amazing wedding package."
The contest winner, who must be planning to wed next spring or summer (12), will get a Vera Wang gown and up to four bridesmaids dresses, a makeover by Kardashian's stylists, a pair of Giuseppi Zanotti shoes, an exclusive monogrammed Judith Leiber bag and a $5,000 (£3,125) Williams-Sonoma dream kitchen.
To enter the contest, brides-to-be must tell their love story in 250 words or less and and explain why they deserve to win the fairytale wedding package.
The Brothers & Sisters star will join Stockard Channing and Stacy Keach, who launched the play off-Broadway earlier this year (11).
The story revolves around an awkward family reunion in Palm Springs, California.
Channing and Keach will play the parents of Griffiths' character. Beloved actress Judith Light has also been added to the cast.
The show transfers to Broadway in the autumn (11).
America Ferrera's June (11) nuptials were somewhat of an Ugly Betty cast reunion - the ceremony was held at co-star Vanessa Williams' sprawling estate in Chappaqua, New York and actress Judith Light officiated. Ferrera wed Ryan Piers Williams last month (Jun11).
The Ocean's Thirteen star became the first winner of Sunday's (12Jun11) ceremony in New York, claiming victory over Edie Falco (The House of Blue Leaves), Judith Light (Lombardi), Joanna Lumley (La Bete) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (The Motherf**ker with the Hat) for her role as a frustrated doctor in the fight against AIDS in a revival of the Larry Kramer play.
Taking to the stage at The Beacon Theatre, Barkin hailed her win as the "proudest moment in my career" and paid tribute to her theatre colleagues.
She told the crowd, "Thank you for the way you've embraced me and welcomed me into your community. I am so grateful and so humbled to be in your company."
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were also early winners at the 65th Annual Tony Awards, which celebrates the best of Broadway, earning the prize for Best Original Score for their work on The Book of Mormon. The musical is nominated for a total of 14 Tonys.
Host Neil Patrick Harris opened the awards show with a comical song and dance routine titled It's Not Just For Gays Anymore, and stepped into the audience to share the microphone with the likes of TV funnyman Stephen Colbert and model/actress Brooke Shields, although the beauty flubbed her lines three times and had to refer to a cue card to remember her lyrics.
Daniel Radcliffe and Tony nominee John Larroquette performed Brotherhood of Man from their musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, while John Leguizamo also took to the stage to share a sketch from his one-man show Ghetto Klown.
Guests in the star-studded audience included Al Pacino, Whoopi Goldberg, Hugh Jackman, James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave.