Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com:
***Flawless (Vacation) Summer's in full swing, which means you're probably counting down the days until your vacation, even if you're currently stuck inside, at your desk. Luckily, Beyonce's here to brighten up your week and give you some vacation inspiration — nobody holidays better than Bey and Jay — with Celebuzz's gallery of Beyonce's best summer photos.
Kanye West... Soccer Star? The World Cup may be over, but that doesn't mean it won't live on in our hearts, and on the Internet. But if you thought that you spotted some familiar faces while watching the final between Germany and Argentina, you weren't alone; VH1 has a gallery of the biggest stars in the World Cup and their celebrity doppelgangers.
The Engine Really Is Eternal The thrilling, terrifying film Snowpiercer takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all of humanity exists on on train, which makes a complete circle around the world every year. As it turns out, we in the real world might not even have to wait for a new ice age to take a few trips around the globe ourselves, thanks to a cruise ship called The World. Flavorwire has everything you need to know about the futuristic luxury liner.
Jenny Lewis' A-List Backing Band We've seen them all glammed up on the red carpet, but if you've ever wondered what Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, and Brie Larson would look like with a bit more of a masculine edge, Jenny Lewis' new music video should satisfy your curiosity. In fact, Hollywood.com argues that you might even like them more with a mustache.
Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry has successfully won a six-year trademark battle to secure the rights to the phrase 'What Would Jesus Do?' The Alex Cross star filed paperwork to register the saying in the entertainment services category in 2008, a few months after Kimberly Kearney, who appeared as a contestant on U.S. reality series I Want to Work for Diddy, had applied for the trademark.
Kearney, who was known by the nickname Poprah during her time on the VH1 programme, accused Perry of stealing the idea after she allegedly pitched him a reality TV show using the title.
In 2010, Perry's lawyers asked trademark officials to declare her registration abandoned amid claims she was not actively using it, and now, four years later, he has succeeded, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Judges at the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board cancelled Kearney's trademark last month (Jun14), leaving Perry free to use 'What Would Jesus Do?' for live concerts, TV programming and motion pictures.
R&B star Robin Thicke tackled his critics head-on on Tuesday (01Jul14) after taking part in a Twitter.com chat, which had been bombarded with negative comments.
Bosses at U.S. TV network VH1 faced a backlash on Monday (30Jun14) after attempting to field questions from Twitter users for the Thicke session using the hashtag #AskThicke, but the promotional stunt backfired as detractors used the opportunity to attack the singer instead.
The star's reputation has taken a hit over the past year after he was accused of misogyny over the controversial lyrics to Blurred Lines, which many women's rights campaigners claimed promoted sexual violence, while he faced further criticism over his split from wife Paula Patton earlier this year (14) following allegations of his infidelity.
Critics took advantage of the #AskThicke tag and one Twitter user wrote, "Did you really write a rape anthem as a love song for your wife and are you still wondering why she left you?", while another took aim at Thicke for attempting to woo actress Patton back by naming his new album, Paula, after her and issuing multiple public pleas to her, taunting, "How many times do you expect Paula to forgive your bs (bulls**t)..."
The VH1 Twitter chat still went ahead as planned on Tuesday, with Thicke even addressing some of the more critical comments after declaring, "I'm a big boy. I can handle it."
When one fan asked, "Why didn't you write a whole album for her when you were WITH her?", he replied, "She's always been my muse only this time from a distance".
In response to another asking, "Do you honestly think that what you're doing is going to win Paula back?", he wrote, "I have no idea. I just want the world to know how special she is".
Another tweeter suggested he should give his estranged wife some space - and not write songs about her and name his new album after her. The fan wrote, "If you cherish #Paula as much as you say, why can't you respect her desire for space & time to think & heal?" Thicke responded, "If you listen to the album you wouldn't ask that question."
He was also asked if he's still in touch with the 2 Guns star, and replied, "Yes because our child comes first." The former couple has a four-year-old son, Julian Fuego.
Pharrell Williams stunned members of the Harlem Gospel Choir on Monday (26May14) when he joined them on TV for an uplifting a capella version of his hit Happy.
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The nine-piece choir was performing a mash-up of gospel favourite Oh Happy Day and the hitmaker's tune on VH1's Big Morning Buzz when he stepped out from behind a curtain. The singers kept their composure and sang on as Pharrell clapped along.
After the performance he told host Nick Lachey, "This is an amazing gift... We're blessed." Williams is taking the morning show this week (beg26May14), performing tracks from his new album G I R L every day.
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Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
These movie stars are making the big move...to TV! Find out what shows Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer will be on in Celebuzz's list of stars transitioning to the small screen this fall.
Happy birthday Tina Fey! To celebrate her birthday this week, Flavorwire has her best SNL moments.
And happy birthday Pulp Fiction! The Tarantino film is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and VH1 shares 15 surprising facts about the film.
From crazy makeup to clowns, from A Tribe Called Quest to Iggy Azalea...Hollywood.com has hip hop's trippiest music videos.
Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
Happy Mother's Day, sexy single moms of Hollywood. From Miranda Kerr to Sandra Bullock, see a gallery of sexy single moms.
In honor of Neighbors, here are cinema's scariest neighbors. From serial killers to Stepford wives, here are the people who you really don't want to live next door.
In other Zac Efron news, here's a supercut of all of his shirtless scenes. You know you want to look. Check out the video at Celebuzz.
A good song can make or break a movie love scene. Listen to some classic movie love songs at Hollywood.com.
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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.
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March 4, 2014
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March 3, 2014
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February 26, 2014
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E! Online - Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Separate After Nearly 9 Years of Marriage - 2.4x
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Nick Lachey made his debut as the host of U.S. breakfast TV show Big Morning Buzz Live on Monday (03Mar14), returning to the same stage which helped launch his career over 15 years ago. The 98 Degrees star became the official presenter for the pop culture news show on America's VH1 network, which films in the heart of Times Square in New York City in the same studio that used to house popular MTV music video countdown show Total Request Live in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
And it was not lost on the singer that the home of his new daytime talk show career is where his band got their big break.
He admitted, "It's kind of a surreal, out-of-body moment for me. I mean, I look around this studio and I have so many memories of being in this space, you know back in the day, on TRL. Actually 1999, New Year's Eve, I was standing right over there with my buddies from 98 Degrees, we performed and brought in the new year."
The studio is also where he first met his now wife, Vanessa Lachey, who used to serve as a presenter on TRL.
Lachey adds, "Seeing my career launch from this point, it's crazy to be back in the studio all these years later. My now wife interviewed me in this space. It is a full circle moment."
The singer/host kicked off his first show in an unusual way - guest Sophia Bush showed off the skills she has learned from her new show Chicago PD (Police Department) by handcuffing Lachey, and he stayed locked up for half of the show.
Rockers Fall Out Boy warmed up for their forthcoming joint tour with Paramore by inviting frontwoman Hayley Williams to join them onstage during a special show in New York on Wednesday (29Jan14). The Dance, Dance hitmakers recently announced plans to hit the road with Paramore on the Monumentour this summer (14), but they decided to give fans a preview of what to expect by joining forces with Williams at a VH1 pre-Super Bowl gig at Brooklyn Bowl to perform 2005 track Sugar, We're Goin Down.
Taking to her Twitter.com page after the surprise appearance, Williams wrote, "Well that was fun!! Thx (thanks) @falloutboy for letting me crash their set tonight w/ (with) @VH1Music .. Even more psyched for #MONUMENTOUR now."
The VH1 Blitz event, part of a week-long series of concerts in the lead up to the big American football game on Sunday (02Feb14), was televised live in the U.S.
Rapper J. Cole and R&B star Janelle Monae kicked off the series earlier this week (begs27Jan14), while TLC will play the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan on Thursday night (30Jan14).
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