It can't be disputed that television was Dick Clark's home turf — he will always be one of the most iconic faces of the small screen. But the American Bandstand host did take a few stabs at a feature film career, both in his earlier and later years. He might not exactly be remembered as a movie star, but you couldn't do the man's memory justice without keeping a few of his noteworthy cinematic appearances in mind.
The first time Clark appeared on the big screen, it was for a cameo role in the musical film Jamboree!. The celebration of rock and roll featured Clark playing himself, a television host of a fictional program in the reality of the film. Various colleagues of Clark's appeared alongside him in Jamboree!, most notably Frankie Avalon.
Because They're Young
1960's Because They're Young marked Clark's first role playing a fictional character. In the film, Clark plays idealistic high school teacher Neil Hendry, who strives to help his young, impressionable students through their various hardships. Appropriate, since Clark has been something of a role model for teenagers nationwide throughout his career.
The Young Doctors
A year after Because They're Young, Clark teamed with stars Ben Gazzara and Fredric March for The Young Doctors, a drama about several ambitious men in the very competitive medical field. Interestingly, The Young Doctors also featured narration by a 50 year-old Ronald Reagan.
Clark's most memorable contribution to the world of cinema has got to be Killers Three. Not only did he star in the film — in a challenging role that took him far from the comical nice guy America knows him as today — but he also wrote the story behind the film and acted as producer. Clark played a meek Southerner who gets wrapped up in a bootlegging scheme and reveals his hidden psychotic homicidal tendencies. That's not exactly the image of Clark courtesy of his Rockin' Eve gig.
After the memorable Killers Three, Clark went back to cameo work in music-centric comedies. In 1970, Clark played himself in The Phynx, about a rock band assembled by a computer.
It wasn't until 1999 that Clark appeared on the big screen again, in The Suburbans, where he also played himself in a story about a superstar music group. More than anything else, Clark's expanded role in this Jennifer Love Hewitt and Will Ferrell starrer proved that even into the new millennium, Clark was just as relevant as ever.
For the first time in over 30 years, Clark took on an original character in Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids. Although his role is not large, it's hard to forget the man who funded an army of thumb robot soldiers.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Finally, and perhaps most epically, Clark made an appearance in George Clooney's directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. The story is something between a biography and a piece of historical fiction, depicting The Gong Show host Chuck Barris as a secret agent for the CIA. As a colleague of Barris', Clark delivered talking head segments about the mysterious figure in question.
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Hollywood is a cruel world of glitz and glam. It’s a place that loves to build you up and tear you back down, and for some folks, the only way to stay afloat is to take whatever ungodly, unbecoming, silly, derivative, potentially aimed at over sugared kids, and often desperate roles they can find. There’s a landscape rich with tales of celebs’ desperation to stay in the spotlight, but these are just a few of our favorites.
1. Heather Graham in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Former reputation: After her role as Felicity Shagwell in 1999’s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Graham became known as nothing less than a bonafide hottie. Men wanted her, women wanted to be her, but her career hasn’t been so kind, and aside from that cameo in The Hangover, she’s virtually disappeared.
Desperate move: She stars as the super cool, fun aunt in Judy Moody and The Not Bummer Summer. She’s gone from bouncing around in tiny outfits to helping am 8-year-old cross fun things off her summer to-do list.
2. Jennifer Love Hewitt in Everything, but Specifically Garfield
Former reputation: She’s another fallen hottie. Best known for things like Party of Five and I Know What You Did Last Summer, Hewitt has since lost the title and picked up an awful nickname that even I think is just a little too mean (not to mention, wildly uncreative): Jennifer Love Desperate.
Desperate move: Well, everything since about 2000 could fall into this category, but I think it all went downhill when she did Garfield. Yes, as in the 2004 half-animated “comedy” wherein Bill Murray tried desperately to kill his career.
3. Brendan Fraser in Furry Vengeance
Former reputation: He was a golden boy of sorts. Audiences loves him and his abs in George of the Jungle which allowed him to star in a slew of throwaway comedies before scoring the series we know him best for: The Mummy and its sequels.
Desperate move: Suddenly, Fraser disappeared off the face of the planet (perhaps because he kept insisting that everyone pronounce his name a certain way when he should have just been grateful we were pronouncing it at all), and just as suddenly he popped back up in a little ol’ movie called Furry Vengeance as a developed plagued by animals because he’s trying to destroy the environment. This does entail a port-a-potty stunt. I think you get the idea.
4. Dwayne “The Rock Johnson in Tooth Fairy
Former reputation: There was a time when Dwayne Johnson was somewhat of a badass. Granted, all his badassiest moments are in terrible movies like The Scorpion King or they take place in a very staged wrestling ring, but still, he was mean, angry and audiences loved him for it.
Desperate move: Who knows why he did it, because he can clearly still get work as an oversized buff guy in things like Fast Five and The Other Guys. Instead, he put on fuzzy wings, went by a title with the word Fairy in it and listened to Julie Andrews and now that’s all I can think about when he’s walking around with a lead pipe in his hand.
5. Hilary Duff in Gossip Girl
Former reputation: She was a teen queen, and she was the good one (nothing like that Lindsay Lohan train wreck). She starred in all the cutesiest pre-teen movies, made every little girl want to be like Lizzie Maguire and even recorded an album.
Desperate move: With her firm hold on the teen market slipping – as these things tend to go – and her age pushing her firmly out of that realm, Duff had to do something, anything to stay relevant. So she went on Gossip Girl, but that’s not even the worst part. She went on Gossip Girl to play a hyped version of herself mixed with Kristen Stewart and her character participated in a threesome with her boyfriend and his best friend. If you're looking for desperate, this is it.
6. Heather Locklear in Melrose Place (Redux 2009)
Former reputation: As Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place back in the 1990s, Locklear solidified her rep as an incredibly sexy mega bitch, and it served her well until about 2001.
Desperate move: Finding that nothing else seemed to be working, Locklear returned right back to square one: Melrose Place. Only this time, it was on a CW reboot with an all new cast that only made her look even more desperate. Oh, and did I mention it didn’t even make it past its first season?
7. Paris Hilton in The World According to Paris
Former reputation: Well, her reputation has never been good – she rose to fame for that infamous sex tape – but her fame has been higher before. She’s the reason half of America lost their brain cells in the first decade of the new millennium. It took some people a while to learn than “That’s hot” is not an acceptable response to anything. While we’re at it, let’s go ahead and blame her for tiny, ugly dogs in purses, too much pink, and skirts that refuse to actual cover girls’ asses.
Desperate move: The World According to Paris is her attempt to stay famous now that she’s 30 and most of America has seen the error of their ways and her attempt to “set the record straight.” All we’re learning is that wisdom does not come with age and personally, I’ve got a theory that that much pink kills brain cells (but you know, it could be that illegal white powder she keeps in empty Chapstick tubes).
8. Cuba Gooding Jr. in Snow Dogs
Former reputation: He was Cuba Gooding Jr. (bear with me), an Oscar-winner, the man who asked us to show him the money in Jerry Maguire, the one who made us laugh in a little Oscar-winning film called As Good As It Gets, the one who was a serious actor on the rise.
Desperate move: Then he wasn’t. And as if he had no hope of every returning to those days of glory, he took on Snow Dogs. There are literally six dogs with bigger pictures than Cuba on the poster for this movie. Oh, and then there’s the part about how it was absolutely awful.
9. Frankie Muniz in Agent Cody Banks Series
Former reputation: He made us laugh as Malcolm from Malcolm in the Middle. We loved that tortured little rascal, then suddenly, the show was over and no one cared anymore.
Desperate move: Muniz wasn’t willing to just disappear. He even made some effort preemptively, before the show ended. He tried that terrible movie with Amanda Bynes, but Paul Giamati was in it, so we’ll give him a pass. The really awful move came when he not only made Agent Cody Banks, but he made Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London. Honestly, I don’t know what else he could have done, because for me it’s Malcolm or bust.
Early this morning, the Golden Globe nominations were announced, and the crew behind The King's Speech came out on top with seven nominations. The Social Network and The Fighter were right behind with six nominations each. Burlesque was nominated for comedy or musical as well as two noms for best original song, and in terms of television, Glee came off on top with five nominations. Below is a full list of the new hopefuls in both movies and t.v.
Best motion picture, drama
The King's Speech
The Social Network
Best motion picture, musical or comedy
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
David Fincher - Social Network
Tom Hooper - King's Speech
Christopher Nolan - Inception
David O. Russell - The Fighter
Best Actor in a motion picture
Jesse Eisenberg - Social Network
Colin Firth - The King's Speech
James Franco - 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter
Best supporting Actor in a motion picture
Christian Bale - The Fighter
Michael Douglas - Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps
Jeremy Renner - The Town
Jeffrey Rush - The King's Speech
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
Best Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp - The Tourist
Paul Giamatti- Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal - Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack
Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie
Idris Alba - Luther
Ian McShane - Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino - You Don't Know Jack
Dennis Quaid - The Special Relationship
Edward Ramirez - Carlos
Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series, or TV movie
Scott Caan - Hawaii 5-0
Chris Colfer - Glee
Chris Noth - The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family
David Strathern - Temple Grandin
Best Actress in a motion picture, drama
Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine
Best supporting Actress in a motion picture
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
Mila Kunis - Black Swan
Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Jackie Weaver - Animal Kingdom
Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie The Tourist
Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone - Easy A
Best Actor, TV series, comedy
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Steve Carell - The Office
Thomas Jane - Hung
Matthew Morrison - Glee
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Actor in a TV series, drama
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall - Dexter
John Hamm - Mad Men
Hugh Laurie - House
Best Actress in a TV series, comedy
Toni Collette - Unites States of Tara
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Laura Linney - The Bic C
Lea Michele - Glee
Best Actress in a TV series, drama
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Elizabeth Moss - Mad Men
Piper Perabo - Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal - Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick - the Closer
Best Actress in a mini-series or TV movie
Hayley Atwell - Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes - Temple Grandin
Judi Dench - Return to Cranford
Romola Garai - Emma
Jennifer Love Hewitt - The Client List
Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie
Hope Davis - The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch - Glee
Kelly McDonald - Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles - Dexter
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family
Best TV movie or mini-series
Pillars of the Earth
You Don't Know Jack
Best original score – motion picture
Alexander Desplot - The King's Speech
Danny Elfman - Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Robin - 127 Hours
Trent Reznor - The Social Network
Hans Zimmer - Inception
Best screenplay – motion picture
Danny Boyle - 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Hart - Kids are All Right
Christopher Nolan - Inception
David Seidler - Kings Speech
Aaron Sorkin - Social Network
Best TV Series, comedy
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Best foreign language film
Beautiful, Mexico - Spain
The Concert - France
The Edge - Russia
I Am Love - Italy
In a Better World - Denmark
Best animated feature film
How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3
Best original song – motion picture
Bound to You - Burlesque
Coming Home - Country Strong
I See the Light - Tangled
There's a Place for Us - Chronicles of Narnia: The Dawn Treader
You Haven't Seen the Last of Me - Burlesque
Best TV series, drama
The Good Wife
The Walking Dead