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It can be hard to take an actor seriously when he or she decides to switch gears and become a musician. Even the Real Housewives have opted to release songs available exclusively on iTunes. However, every so often, an actor or celebrity will shock you with their ability to hold a tune or at least produce a booty-shaking song.
This August: Osage County star has been acting since she was a child. However, in 2003 she formed the band Julliette & the Licks and proved that she also had music in her soul. The band captured '70s rock, '80s punk, and '90s alternative into a neat little package. The band broke up in 2009, but Lewis went on to released an additional solo album. Although her fame comes primarily from her roles in films like Natural Born Killers, Lewis has proven herself a part of rock music with multiple successful tours and albums.
Murphy was a gifted actress who we'll always remember for films like Clueless, 8 Mile, and Sin City, but she tried her had at a few forays into music as well. Murphy sang vocals on Paul Oakenfold’s “Faster Kill Pussycat,” which became an international dance hit. She also sang some songs on the Happy Feet, soundtrack including Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland.” There’s no telling that had Murphy had the chance she would have released her own album and found success in the world of music.
McGowan is not the first person you’d think about when you think of music, though she did have a short engagement to Marilyn Manson. However, she has released a few songs. She provided vocals for the dance song “Superfabulous” by BT. She also sang in an episode of Charmed and a few songs for the Planet Terror soundtrack. Like her Bettie Page looks, her throaty soft voice is a throwback to days past.
Meester ruled television as teen fashion icon Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. However, she has the potential to rule the music charts too. Although she hasn’t released her own album she has produced some pretty amazing songs. She sang “Somebody to Love” with a pre-“Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke. She also sang on the Cobra Starship song “Good Girls Go Bad.” She also sang her own songs for the film Country Strong.
Before Osbourne became the fashion icon on Fashion Police and after her punky album Shut Up, Osbourne released Sleeping in the Nothing. It offered a more thoughtful, and on-trend electroclash style. She proved herself to be a viable musician with the song “One Word.”
Banks’ attempts at acting and television hosting may be questionable. However, in Season 2 of America’s Next Top Model she premiered a song that was so painfully catchy that it’s a wonder that she never released an album. Seriously... Tyra lasted painfully long but her music career lasted just one episode. As you can see, her singing voice is way better than her ability to ask serious questions.
Ali made a name for herself as the plucky daughter Ashley on Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She shattered her child star image with a run as a sexy R&B singer. Her album Kiss the Sky has proven that she’s a legitimate R&B songstress.
Sagal has had a ton of success on television with multiple successful series. Before her days as Peg Bundy, Sagal began her career as a singer and sang back-up for Bette Midler, Tanya Tucker, and Bob Dylan. She has also released two albums Well... and Room. She’s proven that not only does she have the golden touch with comedy, she has an amazing singing voice.
Leto has found a ton of notoriety with Dallas Buyers Club. He has proven himself an actor and a heartrhob, but he’s also the face of his well known band 30 Seconds to Mars. The multi-talented figure has a rocking voice that had led his band to notable success.
Birthday girl Lupita Nyong'o and her movie 12 Years A Slave were the toast of the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on Saturday (01Mar14). On the eve of the Oscars, the stars braved torrential rain at the beach and watched Steve McQueen's movie adaptation of Solomon Northup's slave drama pick up five of the biggest awards, including Best Feature, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Nyong'o).
Otherwise, it was an afternoon of favourites - Cate Blanchett and Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto picked up the rest of the acting prizes.
But the big talking point was Paula Patton, who made her first red carpet since announcing her marriage split from Robin Thicke.
The full list of winners is:
Best Feature: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Best Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Best First Feature: Fruitvale Station
Best First Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska
John Cassavetes Award: This Is Martin Bonner
Best Female Lead: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Male Lead: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: 20 Feet from Stardom
Best International Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Robert Altman Award: Mud
Piaget Producers Award: Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston
Someone to Watch Award: Shaka King, Newlyweeds
Truer than Fiction Award: Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn
Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath bandmates are back at the top of the U.K. albums chart for the first time in nearly 43 years. The heavy rockers' long-awaited comeback project, 13, beats Beady Eye's BE to take the coveted title, with just 13,000 copies between them.
It's Black Sabbath's first U.K. chart-topper since Paranoid hit the top spot in October, 1970 - 42 years and eight months ago - earning them the record for the longest gap between number one records. Bob Dylan previously held the honour with 38 years after 2009's Together Through Life scored him his first chart-topper since 1970s' New Morning.
Reacting to the good news, Osbourne says, "I'm in shock! The success of this album has blown me off my feet."
The singer will be hoping to earn a TransAtlantic double when 13's chart position on America's Billboard countdown is announced next week (begs17Jun13).
Meanwhile, R&B star Robin Thicke continues to dominate the U.K. singles chart with Blurred Lines - the collaboration with rapper T.I. and superproducer Pharrell Williams enjoys its third consecutive week at one.
Naughty Boy's La La La remains at two and Let Her Go by Passenger climbs up one to three.
Top Story: Justin Timberlake, Seann William Scott Host MTV Awards
Singer Justin Timberlake and Bulletproof Monk star Seann William Scott will co-host the 12th annual MTV Movie Awards. "You could not ask for a more dynamic duo than Justin and Seann to help celebrate the year in movies," MTV president Van Toffler told Reuters Tuesday. "The MTV Movie Awards has always been about twisted, unexpected moments and this year's show will no doubt provide our audience with a night of celebrity sloppiness and fun." The superhero actioner Spider-Man and the fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers lead this year's nominations with five nods apiece. The ceremony is set for May 31 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and is scheduled to air on MTV at 9 p.m. EDT June 5.
"Matrix"Coming to Bigger Screens
IMAX announced Wednesday it will release The Matrix sequels on its large screen format to coincide with the films' standard theatrical releases. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the IMAX version of The Matrix: Reloaded will open two to three weeks after the film's May 15 theatrical release, while the large-screen The Matrix: Revolutions will premiere on the same day as the film's Nov. 5 35mm release. This marks the first time a Hollywood event film will be released concurrently in both formats.
NBC Cans "Just Shoot Me"
NBC informed the producers of the workplace comedy Just Shoot Me Wednesday it was immediately pulling the sitcom from the schedule and shelving 13 unaired episodes until sometime in the summer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will be temporarily replaced with specials, including The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments 4. Just Shoot Me's executive producer Steve Levitan said the network's move was representative of a larger trend in the industry, with network executives growing increasingly enamored with reality shows and impatient with scripted fare.
Tom Brokaw Interviews President Bush
NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw has landed the first one-on-one interview with President Bush since the start of the war with Iraq. The Associated Press reports Brokaw will travel with Bush on Air Force One Thursday to two events in the Midwest and talk to the president about the war, the rebuilding effort, the economy and a potential re-election campaign. The interview will be broadcast as a one-hour special Friday, with parts of the interview also being seen that night on NBC Nightly News.
Sarandon, Robbins To Appear on Costas Show
Bull Durham stars Susan Sarandon and long-time partner Tim Robbins, who were recently snubbed by baseball's Hall of Fame because of their political beliefs, will talk about baseball, movies and politics when On the Record With Bob Costas begins its third season on HBO May 2. The roundtable session will include actor Robert Wuhl and writer-director Ron Shelton.
Film Fest Honors Hoffman's Career
Dustin Hoffman, who won a best actor Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer in l979 and Rain Man in l988, was honored Wednesday night at the San Francisco International Film Festival with the festival's Peter Owens award for "brilliance, independence and integrity," Reuters reports. Hoffman, 65, also earned Oscar nominations for Wag the Dog, Tootsie, Lenny, Midnight Cowboy and The Graduate. The festival also honored the work of director Robert Altman.
Alan Thicke Injured by Errant Hockey Puck
Canadian-born actor Alan Thicke, who played the dad on the hit comedy Growing Pains, lost five teeth and required 30 stitches after getting hit with a hockey puck, Reuters reports. Spokesman Jerry Digney said Thicke was playing hockey with Alias star Michael Vartan when he took an errant puck to the face. Thicke, who was not wearing proper headgear at the time, will need extensive dental work and possibly cosmetic surgery to repair the damage.
"The Star" Redesigns to Compete With Celeb Mags
Celeb gossip tabloid The Star will move its headquarters from Boca Raton, Fla., to New York City where it will relaunch with a new design and writing style to take on competitors People, US Weekly and In Touch. David Pecker, American Media Inc. chairman and president, told the AP Wednesday, "Our competitors are in New York and we want to be in their sandbox." The redesigned Star, which has a weekly circulation of about 1.4 million, should be ready for launch in June.
Role Call: "Cody Banks 2" Gets New Helmer, Jovovich in "Resident Evil" Sequel
Director Kevin Allen will take over the directorial reins of MGM's Agent Cody Banks 2. Allen will replace the sequel's original helmer Harald Zwart, who stepped down during the weekend because of budgetary concerns. The film begins shooting next month in London ... Milla Jovovich will reprise her role in the sequel to Screen Gems' Resident Evil for first time director Alexander Witt. Paul W. S. Anderson, who wrote and directed the first Resident Evil, penned the sequel's script and will also serve as produce. Production is scheduled to begin in August in Toronto.