America's sweetheart and everyone's favorie actress, Emma Stone received her first ever Oscar nomination! She's nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her edgier, more foul-mouthed role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, which is a bit of a different role for the 26-year-old who stole our hearts at age 19. In honor of Emma's incredible year, we take a look back at the movies that made us love her more and more.
1. Superbad (2007)
Her breakout role as the cool, gorgeous girl in the Judd Apatow-produced teen comedy set the stage for what we would come to think of Emma herself. Hilarious, beautiful, self-deprecating, and pretty much the person everyone wants to hang out with. It's because of her character that Jonah Hill is inspired to endure all of the challenges in this movie, and we can't say we blame him. Come on, who wouldn't?
2. The House Bunny (2008)
Her role in the not-that-great-but-not-that-bad Anna Faris comedy as Natalie, an unfortunately styled nerdy sorority girl, was maybe a bit hard to believe at first (because she's flawless), but it was fun nonetheless. We would rewatch this movie any time just to watch Emma Stone as the virgin sacrifice at Zeta Alpha Zeta's Aztec party.
3. Zombieland (2009)
Wichita is probably the last person you'd want to encounter during a zombie apocalypse...or so it seems. Once you get over her penchant for conning people and her habit of pointing shotguns at you, you'd realize just how lovely an addition she'd make to your zombie-fighting group. She'll even be there to do drugs with Bill Murray. That is a cool girl.
4. Easy A (2010)
The movie that earned Stone her first Golden Globe nomination, Easy A, is easily her greatest role ever. As Olive Penderghast, Stone lies about losing her virginity, turns that lie into a business of sex-related lies, styles herself as a lingerie-clad Hester Prynne, and battles head-to-head with super conservative Marianne (Amanda Bynes). One of the most entertaining teen movies, this gets extra points for reimagining a book we hated in high school and making it awesome.
5. The Help (2011)
Emma plays the lovable "Skeeter" whose relationship with two black maids during the Civil Rights era in Mississippi begins as the maids assist the aspiring journalist with her cleaning column, but soon intensifies as she chooses to write their stories instead. Though it's Octavia Spencer who steals the show here, Stone's role is still as incredible as we've come to expect.
6. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
As a recent law school grad who first rejects and then falls in love with Ryan Gosling (lucky girl), Stone shined as bright as ever. Our favorite moment of the whole film is when she's Gosling's house, looking "R-rated sexy," and telling him that they're going to "bang" before self-consciously calling the super-hunk out for looking like he's Photoshopped.
7. Friends with Benefits (2011)
Though only a small role, her turn as the girl dumping Justin Timberlake for missing "Your Body Is A Wonderland" at the John Mayer concert is not only totally understandable (because he kind of is "the Sheryl Crow of our generation," right?), but is completely awesome. Her departure from the conversation, entirely over this relationship and more concerned with the Mayer concert, is perfect.
8. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
SHE'S GWEN STACY! Arguably the greatest, most adorable movie girlfriend ever in the history of movies. Going too far? We don't think so! She's Peter Parker's love interest and the daughter of the police captain (who sooo does not approve of his daughter dating the dangerous Spider-Man), and we love her for it. More importantly than anything that happens in the actual movie, though, is her real life romance with the real life Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield. We love them on and off the screen.
9. Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
It should be clear that any movie starring Emma Stone AND Colin Firth is going to be adorable and charming, right? Okay, now that we've settled that... Emma plays a psychic who doesn't really care that Firth is trying to disprove her powers, yada yada yada, she falls in love with him. The most charming part of the movie is, of course, Emma, particularly in her 1920s Gatsby-esque style. To die for!
10. Birdman (2014)
Is this the movie could land Emma her first Oscar?! Stone plays Michael Keaton's aggressive and brash fresh-out-0f-rehab daughter-turned-personal-assistant who seemingly doesn't give a hoot about anything. From her potty mouth to her pursuit of adrenaline highs, we were shocked and amazed at how terrific she was in this role.
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Plenty of singers try their hand at acting… some successfully (Cher, Barbara Streisand) and others not so successfully (Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, etc.). There are times, though, when we're bowled over by the musical talents of our favorite actresses.
Whether it's voicing an animated heroine or taking an unexpected role in a big budget musical, these actresses have proven that they have the pipes to belt out a tune while still delivering top-notch acting performances.
When many people saw the credits for Disney's Frozen, they assumed that Bell was just providing the speaking part for Anna, that surely it was someone else singing on "Love Is an Open Door." Even some hardcore Veronica Mars fans had lost sight of the fact that Bell came from a musical theater background or forgot about her appearance in Refer Madness: The Musical.
So, a lot of people find Hathaway pretentious and annoying… it doesn't change the fact that the girl can sing. Audiences were surprised when her character started singing in one of her early films, Ella Enchanted, but by the time of Les Miserables, we were all aware that she had the ability. Still, her powerful rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" surprised just about everyone.
When Seyfried was first starting out in Mean Girls, we thought she was just another soap opera actress (she appeared on As the World Turns and All My Children) making a jump to the big time… which she subsequently did with her role on HBO's Big Love. Little known to the public, she had training in not only musical theater, but opera. It wasn't until 2008's Mamma Mia! that audiences got a taste of her singing… and then came her performance as Cosette in Les Miserables. C'est magnifique!
Stone doesn't sing much because of some vocal cord issues, but when she was younger she was part of VH1's In Search of the New Partridge Family. She also did some backing vocals for the remake of The Waitresses' "I Know What Boys Like" from The House Bunny. It was her performance during the school assembly scene of Easy A,where she rocked the disco classic "Knock on Wood," that left audiences wondering if it was really her voice. It was indeed, and she was spectacular.
For years, Streep was known as the premier actress of her generation, though not as a performer with any musical ability. Starting with 2006's Prairie Home Companion, however, Streep has been unafraid to put her voice out for public consumption. She looked like she was having a blast playing the lead in Mamma Mia! opposite Seyfried and will soon be back on the big screen playing the Witch in the film adaption of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
Despite starting her career doing Broadway musicals as a girl, the new "It" singing actress first came to notice with largely non-musical roles in Twilight and Up in the Air (although we did get a glimpse with her karaoke version of "Time After Time"). It wasn't until she killed as the reluctant a capella participant in Pitch Perfect that audiences fell in love with her voice. The actresses even scored a hit single with her version of "Cups (When I'm Gone)" from the soundtrack. With roles in Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect 2, we'll get plenty of opportunities to continue enjoying her vocal talent.
Her work with M. Ward on their She & Him projects have turned Deschanel into a legitimate recording artist, but she's still better known for her acting in movies like (500) Days of Summer and her TV show New Girl. Every Christmas the actress pops up in one of her earlier film roles as Will Ferrell's love interest in Elf singing holiday classics and she's set to appear in Barry Levinson's musical comedy Rock the Kasbah.
Adams may be a five-time Academy Award nominee and might turn heads on the red carpet with her plunging necklines, but she knows her way around a song as well. The actress made a believable live-action Disney princess in Enchanted, including taking center stage during the big production number "That's How You Know." She apparently likes to sing in kiddie fare, because her other big on-screen musical moments mostly happened with Jason Segel, Kermit and Miss Piggy in The Muppets.
Paltrow's mother, Blythe Danner, started her film career in the musical 1776 and she has an uncle that's an opera singer, so she comes by her vocal abilities honestly. After making her on-screen singing debut in Emma, she starred in her father Bruce Paltrow's Duets, where her collaboration with Huey Lewis on Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'" spawned an adult contemporary hit. Besides having a recurring spot on TV's Glee, Paltrow also got her twang on in Country Strong.
Production on Will Ferrell's latest comedy He's F**king Perfect has stalled due to scheduling issues. Les Miserables star Amanda Seyfried was cast in the film late last year (Dec13) after Emma Stone dropped out, but now the troubled project has been shelved indefinitely because the actress and co-star Rebel Wilson are preparing to shoot sequels to Ted and Pitch Perfect, respectively.
A source tells the New York Post, "(Moviemakers are) unsure whether the project will come back together with the same cast."
The film centres upon a woman who helps her friends find love online.
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So the holiday season isn't over, but you've already exhausted your holiday entertainment library. What to do? First, watch Love Actually a second time. (Hugh Grant and the Pointer Sisters, guys.) Then turn to these regular old movies that just happen to host some of the best Christmas scenes in film. Finally, congratulate yourself for being so gosh darn resourceful.
The guys show up to a post-heist Christmas party with new coupes and gals draped in furs. Jimmy is not pleased. "Are you stupid or somethin'? What's the matter with you?" Sounds like the holidays to us.
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The deliciously '90s and saxophone-drenched New Year's Eve scene may be flashier, but we prefer this understated gift exchange between the figure skater and the hockey player. Kate, because she's insufferable, gives Doug an unwieldy copy of Great Expectations. Doug, because he's falling in love with her anyway, gives her his lucky jersey.
Featuring Christan Bale in novelty reindeer antlers; a pot-bellied pig named Snowball; and a very PC Reese Witherspoon telling everyone to have a "Merry X-Mas!"
The Plastics perform a sexy dance for their school's holiday show; Amy Poehler still manages to steal the scene.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Who wouldn't want to pull on a Weasley sweater and spend Christmas at Hogwarts? The Great Hall looks even more magical than usual and a festive John Williams score follows everyone around. Plus, Harry getting his very first presents from his new friends gets us every time.
Not a scene, perhaps, but we can't snub a cameo by Peter Jackson as a demented Father Christmas.
Life of Brian
Brian is just Brian, so this scene may not actually count as a Christmas one. But the Monty Python classic is one of the most hilarious movies of all time, so we actually may not care.
Lady and the Tramp
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Sinead O'Connor has threatened Miley Cyrus with legal action after she seemingly mocked the Irish singer's mental health issues in response to an open letter. Irritated by Cyrus' claims to Rolling Stone magazine that her new video for Wrecking Ball was inspired by her Nothing Compares 2 U promo, O'Connor penned a lengthy message to the 20 year old, urging her to stop prostituting herself.
The former Hannah Montana star refused to heed the advice, and hit back on Twitter.com - likening O'Connor to troubled actress Amanda Bynes, before uploading a string of tweets O'Connor wrote during a meltdown last year (12), when she had attempted to take her own life while battling severe depression.
Now in a second letter to Cyrus, O'Connor angrily accuses her younger peer of mocking the mentally ill, and has warned her to take down the tweets or face action from her lawyers.
On Facebook.com on Thursday (03Nov13), she writes, "Miley... Really? Who the f**k is advising you? Because taking me on is even more f**kin' stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help...
"I am staggered that any 20 yr old woman of the 21st century could behave in such a dangerous and irresponsible manner as to not only send the signal to young women that its ok to act like prostitutes but also to the signal that those who have suffered or do suffer mental health problems are to be mocked and have their opinions invalidated. Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers. I am certain you will be hearing from all manner of mental health advocacy groups also. It is not acceptable to mock any person for having suffered."
Unwilling to back down, Cyrus then replied via Twitter.com, writing, "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL (Saturday Night Live) this week. So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter."
Miley Cyrus has responded to an open letter addressed to her and posted online by Sinead O'Connor, by alerting fans to the Irish singer's mental health issues. Irked by Miley's claims in a Rolling Stone interview that her new video for Wrecking Ball was inspired by her Nothing Compares 2 U promo, O'Connor penned a lengthy ode to the 20 year old, urging her to stop prostituting herself on film.
The Irish star also expressed her fears and concerns that Miley was being pimped and exploited by her handlers.
Cyrus has now fired back by comparing O'Connor to troubled actress Amanda Bynes, who is currently seeking treatment in rehab following a reported mental health crisis.
Posting a screen grab of the worried Irish star's Twitter letter, Miley writes, "Before Amanda Bynes... There was..."
She has also posted a photo of Sinead ripping up a photo of the Pope as part of a headline-grabbing protest during a 1992 appearance on U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live, which Miley will host this weekend (05Oct13).
Patience is a virtue. Thanks for reminding us of that, Justin Timberlake. We'll try to remember it from here on out. Thursday night we threw what was admittedly a bit of a hissy fit due to Timberlake's slow unveiling of his first single off The 20/20 Experience's second half. Had we just kept that old mantra in mind, we would have been generously rewarded, as Timberlake did indeed release his new single, "TKO," only hours after we expressed our restlessness.
With an upbeat tempo that evokes a bumpin' club scene, "TKO" would have been more at home on Timberlake's 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds than this year's 20/20 Experience, but we'll take it.
The majority of criticism The 20/20 Experience faced focused on the album's meandering quality; in his eagerness to create new material, Timberlake seemingly forgot about the benefits of a bit of self-editing. Clocking in at a whopping seven minutes, "TKO" could possibly have benefitted from a bit more scrutiny, but that doesn't take away from its infectious melody and syncopated rhythms. If "TKO" is representative of what we'll see from the second half of Timberlake's latest opus, we think fans who favored his older work over The 20/20 Experience will be drawn right back into the JT cloud of unabashed devotion.
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I love you, Justin Timberlake, but you're freaking killing me. Killing me. You think you can just swoop on in here, post tricksy notes on your Instagram, give us 15 seconds of a new song and think everyone is going to lose their minds? Well... you might be right, but that doesn't mean it's nice.
On Thursday, big meany Timberlake posted a handwritten note to the photo sharing site asking if fans wanted him to drop a new single that day. Yes, yes we do. He captioned it with, "Stay tuned #youneverknow #The2020Experience#2of2 http://justintimberlake.com."
Close on the note's heels, Timberlake revealed a snap of himself in a recording studio with the caption, "Get ready... #The2020Experience #2of2#youneverknow." I'm ready, Justin.
And then, because Timberlake didn't feel like he had f**ked with us enough, he posted a 15-second snippet of said hinted-at new single. "First look at... #newsingle #The2020Experience #2of2," he wrote.
So... what now?
When you head to JustinTimberlake.com, like the tweets suggest you do, you are treated to a mosaic of seven quadrilaterals with locks on them. The top three are filled in with Timberlake's above tweets. Deductive reasoning leads us to believe that in due time all seven locks will be opened and — ta da! — Timberlake's new song will be revealed. But, to quote a favorite character of ours, we want it now!
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Labor Day has come and gone and most students have just started the new school year. If you don't feel like hitting those books yet, check out these movies perfect for a little back-to-school procrastination.
Mean GirlsRemember when Lindsay Lohan was known more for her acting than her off-screen antics? Lohan starred in this high school comedy starring and written by Tina Fey that analyzes the queen-bee hierarchy of the teenage social system like a anthropological project. Also featuring young versions of Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried, Mean Girls is an incredibly smart, quick-witted, and hilarious take on the genre.
Pitch PerfectAca-cuse me? Last year's surprise hit Pitch Perfect took a look at the competitive acapella scene and belted out a perfectly tuned comedic movie. Anna Kendrick plays the rebellious freshman who joins her new college's traditional all-female acapella group, The Bellas, and brings to it a much needed edge. You'll find yourself singing along all the catchy mash-ups of pop songs, as well as Kendrick's unexpected hit single "Cups."
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's StoneAlmost every Harry Potter movie begins with a trip back to the Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, but there was nothing quite like seeing the J.K. Rowling's vision of the wizarding world come to life for the first time in Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (watching the Great Hall fill up with snowflakes is still mesmerizing). But we've all gone through that shaky first time of going into a new school and meeting new friends and teachers, something Harry knows all too well when he boards the train on Track 9-3/4.
Dead Poets Society"O Captain, My Captain" isn't just a Walt Whitman poem; it's what you'll be saying after watching Dead Poets Society. More serious than the other movies on this list, the film is an inspirational story about how one teacher can make a difference in the lives of his students. You wish Robin William's John Keating was your poetry teacher to teach you such cool Latin phrases like "Carpe Diem."
Fast Times at Ridgemont HighIf there's one movie that tells how wild a school year can get, it's Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The movie follows the lives of several students throughout the entire academic year, which involves car crashes, teenage pregnancy, job loss and getting high. Sean Penn's Spicoli has since become a pop culture icon and decades later, Phoebe Cates is still every teenage boy's fantasy.
HeathersSchool isn't always fun and games. For those who dread the socializing that marks the beginning of every school year, Heathers is the movie just for you. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater play the school outcasts who wreak havoc on the social order by killing off the most popular kids and making it look like suicide. It's actually funnier than it sounds, but the satire and escapist fantasy of the bullied are spot on.
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