Blake Shelton has broken chart records in America by scoring his 11th number one on the Billboard Country Airplay countdown. Doin' What She Likes gives the singer/songwriter the edge over Brad Paisley, who has 10 chart-toppers to his name.
The Nielsen chart launched in January, 1990 and Shelton's number one streak began with Hillbilly Bone four years ago (Mar10), according to Billboard.com.
He will celebrate his new record breaker at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (06Apr14). Shelton will co-host the prizegiving with pal Luke Bryan and perform with his The Voice co-star Shakira.
Whether you know him as Opie Taylor, Richie Cunningham, or the dude that narrates Arrested Development, Ron Howard has somehow done the unthinkable and stayed relevant in Hollywood for over half a century. Oh yeah, he directs movies too! Here are five of Howard's most underrated works.
5. WillowThis fantasy tale about a magical dwarf (played by Warwick Davis) that must save a special child from an Evil Queen definitely holds a soft spot for anyone who grew up in the 80s. The film also made a star out of Davis, who later went onto lampoon his typecasting as Willow in the hilarious Ricky Gervais-produced comedy Life's Too Short.
4. Night ShiftIn one of Howard's earliest directorial efforts, Henry "The Fonz" Winkler plays an ex-Wall Street trader that finds refuge in his less stressful job at a wacky New York City morgue. Night Shift also features an early appearance by a young Kevin Costner, as well as a 10-year-old Shannen Doherty and one of TV star Shelley Long's few memorable big-screen roles.
3. BackdraftBefore NBC's (gasp!) Chicago Fire, there was Ron Howard's gritty, authentic-as-a-punch-in-the-face portrayal of a group of rough-and-tumble firefighters that are trying to chase down a serial arsonist. Side note, Backdraft is still the highest grossing-movie ever to be made about firemen. In your face, Ladder 49!
2. RansomGimme back my son! Mel Gibson utters those iconic words with such zeal in this highly-entertaining Howard film about a kidnapping gone wrong that a hysterical YouTube video was recently made parodying it. Never seen it? Check it out below.
1. Cinderella ManThis inspiring rags to riches story about the Depression-era boxer James J. Braddock, who defies all odds (as well as a broken hand) to become the heavyweight champion of the world is right up there with Raging Bull and Rocky as one of the greatest boxing movies ever made. Although nominated for three Academy Awards, however, Cinderella Man was quickly forgotten after its 2005 release. Let's hope film buffs and scholars are kinder to this overlooked Ron Howard classic.
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You know the old saying: March comes in like a lion and out like a bloody, murderous, demonic-looking lamb. At least, that's what we'll have to change it to now that the folks behind the buzzed-about horror flick You're Next have released these creepy teaser posters this month.
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The unnerving images of a new crop of horror villains wearing the bloody likeness of once-cuddly Spring-related animals like lambs and bunnies with the tagline "Did you remember to lock your door?" should pretty much ensure that you will do just that this and every season until the end of time.
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If the posters intrigue you as much as they send a chill down your spine (those Easter baskets aren't going to seem quite as adorable or delicious on Sunday, now are they?), the countdown for August 23rd when Adam Wingard's You're Next finally hits theaters might feel especially long. The long-gestating home invasion movie about a family who becomes terrorized by a pack of arrow-wielding masked menaces — which has been pleasing sufficiently freaked-out audiences on the festival circuit, including a lively, vocal, entertained SXSW crowd earlier this month — will not only be worth your wait, but just as effing scary as the posters would lead you to believe.
Check out the teaser posters for You're Next below. Happy Spring!
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Another year, another Golden Globes. But though the awards have been handed out, the formalwear neatly tucked away, and the attending celebs are starting to recover from their hangovers, we still have some burning questions about the ceremony itself.
1. Why did Lena Dunham thank Chad Lowe?
The Girls creator and star had announced on Twitter that the next time she won an award she would right Hilary Swank’s wrong of 13 years ago: forgetting to thank her husband Chad Lowe when accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Boys Don’t Cry. So that’s exactly what Dunham did. However, she forgot to name-drop Lowe during her first Globe win last night, for Best Actress in a TV Comedy. Lowe immediately tweeted, “Congrats to @lenadunham on your Golden Globe win. But, seriously? You forget to thank me?! After all we've been through? I'm shocked.” Order was restored to the universe when Dunham did thank him after winning for Best Comedy Series. "I also promised myself that if I ever got this chance, I would thank Chad Lowe,” Dunham said. That prompted Lowe to respond, “Dearest Lena Dunham, you complete me” and “Now that I'm trending worldwide (finally) does that mean I don't have to give my daughters a bath or change their diapers anymore?”
2. Was Paul Rudd and Salma Hayek’s awkward presentation of Best Actor in a TV Drama due to technical difficulties?
Afraid so. Rudd and Hayek started off fine with a joke about the nominees, Bryan Cranston, Damien Lewis, Jon Hamm, Steve Buscemi, and Jeff Daniels. Hayek set up the punchline with, “They drink, they do drugs, they have a huge ego, and they are not to be trusted,” followed immediately by Rudd’s, “And that’s just their agents!” Okay, that kinda bombed since maybe agent-related humor is off-limits at awards shows. But it was better than what followed: silence. After their quip, Hayek and Rudd just stood there. It turns out the teleprompter did not display the names of the nominees they were to rattle off. Rudd tried to fill dead air by saying, “Hello, how’s everyone doing?” (Maybe if Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had been around more, they could have salvaged this awkward moment!) Finally, the video of the nominees started to roll, and Rudd and Hayek were spared. But that wasn’t the only glitch of the night. A strange buzz was heard over the speech from outgoing HFPA president Aida Takla O’Reilly, which is a shame because she was pretty funny. And on two different occasions the NBC producers’ countdown clock was heard after the broadcast had already resumed. Maybe the nominees weren’t the only ones drinking….
3. Who did Tarantino fist bump?
The Django Unchained director seemed all smug when he fist-bumped someone at his table after Amy Poehler called movie actors beautiful and TV actors “rat-faced.” It was like, “Look at me. I’m a movie director, and I only surround myself with the genetically gifted.” Definitely a faux pas. But its severity is lessened when you find out whom exactly he fist-bumped, since the recipient was unfortunately out of frame: Sofia Vergara. If she’s “rat-faced,” call me a fan of the Order Rodentia. Obviously, Tarantino was joking.
4. Was Savannah Guthrie’s red carpet dress the same as the one Hilary Swank wore to the 2005 Oscars?
We’ll let you decide for yourself.
5. Is this the first year that no broadcast network series won anything at the Golden Globes?
Yes. Call it another ominous milestone for the Big Four, but not a single broadcast network took him a Globe on Sunday. That marks a departure from last year when Modern Family won for Best TV Comedy. Even then, that was the only award a broadcast network received. This year, the drama categories were dominated by Showtime’s Homeland and PBS’ Downton Abbey, the comedy categories by HBO’s Girls and Showtime’s House of Lies, and the miniseries category by History’s Hatfields & McCoys and HBO’s Game Change.
6. Were the TV Categories basically just a redo of the Emmys?
Almost entirely — except for the fact that the Television Academy hasn’t fully abandoned network TV just yet. Emmy is still hung up on Modern Family, and Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet won in September, with the series itself being honored as Best Comedy. And they also awarded Jon Cryer Best Actor in a Comedy. The only other alteration was that Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Best Actress in a Comedy for HBO’s Veep, but otherwise the awards are precisely the same.
7. How does Michael J. Fox’s son qualify as a "philanthropist"?
The Spin City alum's 23-year-old son, Sam Fox, was Mr. Golden Globe last night, which he meant he shared the duty of handing out the statuettes to the winners alongside Miss Golden Globe, Francesca Eastwood. (Mr. and Miss Golden Globe are traditionally the children of Hollywood A-Listers.) Fox the Younger was described on-air as a “philanthropist." So what exactly does he do? He works for a website called Farmers Web, which is a startup platform that assists small farmers in selling their goods to wholesale buyers like restaurants, so that they can stay competitive against corporate agriculture. As for the tangential burning question, “Can you be a 23-year-old philanthropist, unless you’re the child of a Hollywood star, politician, or business leader?” I think we all know the answer to that.
8. What’s up with Tommy Lee Jones’ Col. Sanders ‘stache?
There was quite a bit of odd facial hair on display at the Beverly Hilton. Bill Murray opted for the full walrus effect. Bryan Cranston’s Walter White goatee was well under way (meaning that the remaining episodes of Season 5 are about to go into production. Yay!). Idris Elba opted for a Burt Reynolds semi-handlebar. But the strangest bit of face whiskers had to be those worn by Tommy Lee Jones, with a mustache and a patch below his lips. Just when you thought you wouldn’t see anything follicle-related from Jones that was more unsettling than his wig in Lincoln! Not to worry, though. He isn’t about to enter the fried chicken racket. Jones has just wrapped shooting Luc Besson’s mob thriller Malavita (due Oct. 18) and he obviously just hasn’t wanted to get a shave yet.
9. Um, why doesn’t Maggie Smith ever show up for awards shows?
She’s never made a public statement about why she's almost always a no-show, but the most likely reason is that she’s just really, really busy. If not on TV or in movies, the 78-year-old is still very frequently to be found on the British stage. In fact, her last appearance at any awards ceremony was at the 2002 BAFTAs when she presented a career achievement honor to Judi Dench. The last time she accepted an award in person in the United States? In 1979, when she won her second Oscar, as Best Supporting Actress for the film California Suite.
10. Was Damien Francisco robbed of the Globe for Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for Dog President?
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! The miniseries’ answer to Johnny Depp was up for his stirring turn in Dog President, which we assume is another Quality with a Capital Q HBO production from the makers of Warm Springs. But Francisco lost to Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys. Maybe he'll get another shot if Dog President spinoff Canine-in-Chief ever goes into production.
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Coming to prominence in the 1980s with his cult comedy horror movies, Jackson proved his worth behind the camera for Kate Winslet's breakout film Heavenly Creatures in 1994.
But it wasn't until several years later that the Kiwi had Hollywood at his feet when he transformed J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy tales into one of cinema's highest-grossing franchises.
He is currently shooting the prequel films in his native New Zealand, but the director is sure to put the camera down for a glass of champagne when he hits the milestone on the last day of October.
And in recognition of his stellar career and his milestone birthday, WENN has dug deep in Middle-Earth to find 10 fascinating facts about the moviemaker.
- Jackson is obsessed with aviation - he collects models of airplanes from World War I.
- When he left school at the age of 17, the director worked as a photo lithographer at a Wellington newspaper for seven years.
- His films have won 20 Academy Awards altogether - 17 for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and three for King Kong.
- The joy of helming The Lord of the Rings trilogy was overshadowed by the death of his parents, who both passed away during filming of the franchise.
- On his first feature film, cult sci-fi horror Bad Taste, Jackson did all the special effects and make-up.
- He was ranked number seven in Empire magazine's Greatest Directors Ever countdown in 2005.
- Filming on The Hobbit was stalled earlier this year (11) when Jackson had to undergo emergency surgery to treat a perforated ulcer.
- He was knighted in his native New Zealand last year (10). The honour was sanctioned by the country's head of state, Queen Elizabeth II.
- Jackson's wife Fran Walsh has worked on the screenplays of all of Jackson's movies apart from Bad Taste and has taken home three Oscars for her contributions.
- Jackson owns three film production companies; WingNut Films, Weta Limited and Three Foot Six.
Top Story: Pitt and Aniston Have No Nursery Plans
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are not building a nursery in their house--yet. Pitt, who has been shooting the Trojan War epic Troy in Malta, told Access Hollywood that while the nursery rumor is a good story, it isn't happening at the moment. But the 40-year-old actor added, "That time will come. Yeah, the time will come, certainly." According to The Associated Press, Pitt said Aniston has visited him on the set in Malta and they "had a good, nice, kind of husband and wife week" when he had some time off. He also said he and Aniston just found out that Malta is the island of fertility. Pitt and Aniston began dating in spring 1998 and were married on July 29, 2000.
WGA, PGA Announce Awards Show Dates
The first months of 2004 are shaping up to be busy ones. The Writers Guild of America announced Monday that its 56th annual awards show will be held Saturday, Feb. 21--just eight days before the Academy Awards. The Producers Guild of America, meanwhile, unveiled the date for its 14th annual show: Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The Directors Guild of America already announced a February 7 date for its show.
Winslet and Mendes Tie the Knot
Actress Kate Winslet married American Beauty director Sam Mendes in an intimate Caribbean ceremony in late May, her publicist said on Monday. Winslet's 2-year-old daughter Mia, from her previous marriage to director Jim Threapleton, and three close friends attended the small ceremony. Winslet, 28, is best known for her performance in the 1995 drama Sense and Sensibility, which earned the actress her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and as the heroine Rose in James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster Titanic.
Studdard Ditches 205 Jerseys
You won't see American Idol winner Ruben Studdard won't be sporting any more jerseys bearing the now-famous 205 area code, a reference to his hometown of Birmingham, Ala. Studdard, who is in Birmingham to shoot the video for his new single "Flying Without Wings," told The Birmingham News Sunday that "a combination of things" factored in his decision to no longer wear the jerseys, made by 205 Flava Inc. "I will always represent the area 205, but 205 Flava is not indicative of what I am about," he said. The 24-year-old idol, however, would not elaborate further on his decision, the AP reports.
Ron Howard Pic Gets Early Release
Ron Howard's upcoming thriller The Missing starring Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett will be released earlier than scheduled, Reuters reports. Sony had originally planned a wide release for the pic on January 16, 2004, but decided to roll it out in theaters earlier after seeing some early footage. The Western-set drama, based on a novel by Thomas Eidson, will receive a platform release beginning Dec. 10, in New York and Los Angeles in about six theaters. By Christmas, the film will be playing in about 125 theaters, with wide national release is set for Jan. 9.
Spike Lee Defends Lawsuit
Filmmaker Spike Lee said he is suing Viacom Inc. over its planned Spike TV because programs like its Pamela Anderson Stripperella cartoon will damage his reputation. Viacom, which bought TNN in 2000, announced in April that it would change TNN's name to Spike TV on June 16 in an attempt to attract more men to an audience that is already about two-thirds male. Lee's lawyer Johnnie Cochran argued in court Monday that Viacom is changing TNN's name in a deliberate attempt to capitalize on Lee's name and prestige. "They hope to get a boost in the ratings," Cochran told State Supreme Court Justice Walter Tolub. "They don't have a right to misappropriate his name to do that."
Carson Daly To Get Roasted
Madonna, Britney Spears, and Nelly are set to join artists and comedians at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on June 28 for the first MTV Bash--a comedy/concert roast of late-night TV host Carson Daly. Daly is the host and executive producer of MTV's popular daily countdown show Total Request Live. The guests, many of whom are friends of Daly, are expected to ridicule and poke fun at Daly's public image, work, and love life. Other attendees will include Jessica Simpson, Papa Roach, Carmen Electra, Andy Dick, Jon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel. The event will be recorded for a July 13 telecast.
Tom Green Returns to Late Night TV
In more late-night news, comedian Tom Green is jumping again into the now crowded arena of young late-night talk show hosts, the AP reports. In The New Tom Green Show, the 31-year-old comedian will wear a suit and perform a monologue, then interview celebrity guests. Green will also mix in some comedy segments in the hour-long, late-night talker, which is set to air weeknights at midnight beginning June 23 on MTV.
Role Call: Halle Berry Lends Voice for CGI Pic Robots
Twentieth Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios and director Chris Wedge, the trio behind last year's computer-animated hit Ice Age, will regroup for the CGI project Robots. The pic, set in a world composed entirely of robots, revolves around a young genius inventor who dreams of making the world a better place. Halle Berry, Ewan McGregor,
Top Story: She Shoulda Seen It Comin'
Singer/Psychic Friends spokesperson Dionne Warwick, 62, recently told The Associated Press that her Miami drug arrest last May was the result of a frame-up. "Somebody that didn't want to get caught thought it would be better off in somebody else's bag," the Grammy winner said. Charges against Warwick were dropped after a plea bargain was struck last June.
Great White Will Not Continue Touring
In the aftermath of last week's Rhode Island nightclub fire and subsequent stampede during a Great White show, the band's spokesperson Byron Hontas is telling Reuters that the group has no intention of continuing its tour, "despite all rumors." Investigation into the incident, which killed 97 people including Great White guitarist Ty Longley, is ongoing.
Pam Anderson To Host CMT Awards
Pamela Anderson, along with country singer Toby Keith, will host Country Music Television's second annual viewer-chosen music video awards show, Flameworthy 2003, CMT announced. Last year's show, hosted by Kathy Najimy, had 6.3 million viewers; we suspect Anderson's presence may be intended to raise the bar a bit.
"My Big Fat Greek" Ratings
CBS told AP that Monday's premiere of the new series My Big Fat Greek Life, based on the sleeper hit movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, won its time slot with 22.7 million viewers and was the network's most-watched comedy premiere in more than four years. The series debuted in a special airing on Monday at 9:30 p.m.; it will now move to its regular time slot, Sunday at 8 p.m. It stars several members of the film's cast, including Nia Vardalos, Andrea Martin, Michael Constantine, Louis Mandylor and Gia Carides.
MSNBC Drops Donahue
Poor Phil Donahue. It just doesn't pay to be a liberal pundit on a conservative network. MSNBC announced on Tuesday that it was canceling Donahue's nightly talk show--after a mere six months--due to low ratings. The net is replacing the program with an expanded Countdown: Iraq, hosted by Lester Holt, starting next week. Wonder how long that one will last?
The Writers Guild of America, East, will honor screenwriter Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle, Silkwood) with its lifetime achievement award when the 55th Annual Writers Guild Awards take place on March 8 in L.A. and New York.
Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Dies at 90
Daniel Taradash, who won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay for From Here to Eternity, has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 90. For a complete biography, click here.
Role Call: Diane Lane, Heather Locklear, "M: I3"
Oscar nominee Diane Lane is in talks to share the screen with Bruce Willis in the mystery Me Again, while Heather Locklear has signed on for the lead in a new NBC comedy tentatively called Once Around the Park. Changing more than once is the leadership of the third Mission: Impossible movie. The director's chair will now be filled by Narc's Joe Carnahan; original director David Fincher (Panic Room, Fight Club) gave up the helm in favor of skater flick The Lords of Dogtown.
Report on the final preparations at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium for the presentation of the 72nd annual Academy Awards. Includes visits with fans in the outdoor bleachers and predictions of Oscar winners by film authorities.