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  • Epic Movie Karaoke Disasters
    By: Sage Young Sep 13, 2013
    TriStar Pictures Karaoke is an exercise in narcisissm, so it's no wonder the dive bar art form figures prominently in so many Hollywood movies. Sometimes the device will reveal a hidden talent or impress a love interest. But not always. Here are five scenes that show just a few of the ways a karaoke performance can go horribly, horribly wrong. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer First of all, why is actual R&B star Brandy handing over the mic to warbly Jennifer Love Hewitt? Secondly, the only people who are allowed to sing "I Will Survive" at karaoke are people who have been on stage at one of those VH1 Divas concerts. And finally, always make sure that the bar's karaoke machine isn't being run by a crazed psycho killer who's been stalking you and the new friends you got to replace the ones who died in the first movie. My Best Friend's Wedding This off-key performance is a triumph for dear candy-covered, chocolate-coated Kimmie (Cameron Diaz). It's a failure for Jules (Julia Roberts), who sets her rival up for humiliation and then watches her win over a roomful of strangers (and their shared love) with her good-natured if inept cover of "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself." The Cable Guy Karaoke brings the crazy to the surface. If you ever see something like this go down in a karaoke bar, just get the hell out of there. Sex and the City 2 We'll love these girls forever, but this scene — this movie — was just one big facepalm. Coyote Ugly The big loser here is common sense, because we're pretty sure that no matter how cute Piper Perabo's crop top is, an impromptu Blondie cover has never put a stop to a full-scale bar fight.  Follow @Hollywood_com // More:Random Stars You Didn't Know Were on 'Dawson's Creek'Outrageous Oscar SnubsMovie Presidents We'd Love to Grab a Beer With From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • How Will 'Parenthood' Destroy Us This Season?
    By: Sage Young Sep 13, 2013
    Chris Haston/NBC The fifth season of NBC family drama Parenthood kicks off on Thursday, September 26th at 10 PM ET, and there aren't enough tissues in the world to get us ready. We can always count on the Braverman clan to make us feel things. Sure, modern life has made us cynical, immovable robot-people. But then cancer patient Kristina (Monica Potter) teaches her autistic son Max (Max Burkholder) to slow dance or Jabbar (Tyree Brown) calls Crosby (Dax Shepard) "Daddy" for the first time, and we robot-people melt into puddles of emotion, kind of like when all the black-and-white people turn into color in Pleasantville. While it's difficult to imagine anything that could make us more weepy than little Victor's adoption ceremony, we're sure that the Parenthood creative team has some heartwarming and heartbreaking moments in store for this year. In an effort to store up the emotional reserves and spare our loved ones our worst ugly-cry faces, let's attempt to guess how our fictional extended family will hit us where it hurts. This 30-second promo spot for the new season confirms what producer Jason Katims predicted at this year's Paleyfest: the premiere leaves off eight to nine months after the events of the season four finale. Jasmine (Joy Bryant) has given birth to a happy and healthy baby, which means that there will be plenty of opportunities to swoon as senstive Crosby falls in love with another kid. (Shepard must have drawn some inspiration from his real-life new dad status.) Ray Romano's grumpy photographer Hank is clearly back in the picture; hopefully perpetual man-fixer Sarah (Lauren Graham) will finally be lucky in love. Amber (Mae Whitman) seems as in love with ex-soldier Ryan (Matt Lauria) as she was when we last saw them, window-shopping for wedding rings. But the casting of All American Rejects' frontman Tyson Ritter may hint that their relationship will be tested. (Haven't you learned not to trust rock stars yet, Amber?) Rough waters might also be ahead for Sydney (Savannah Paige Rae) and Victor's (Xolo Mariduena) mom and dad; Sonya Walger will play an architect who will get close to contractor Joel (Sam Jaeger), and David Denman will be an unemployed dad who helps workaholic Julia (Erika Christensen) transition into being a stay-at-home mom. Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina have weathered her breast cancer ordeal (and how adorable is Potter's new shoulder-length cut?), but is she out of the woods for good? Max made huge strides at his mainstream school last year, but his Asperger's still presents constant challenges. Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) brushed off his family's worries about his heart problems in season four; was that foreshadowing for a serious health scare? Drew (Miles Heizer) had a tumultuous year with Amy's pregnancy and the move into and out of Mark's apartment. How will college pressures weigh on the unexpressed emotions he's still holding in? We assume that Haddie (Sarah Ramos) now knows that her parents kept the truth from her about the severity of Kristina's diagnosis. Does she resent them for their good-intentioned lie? Whatever happens, we can be sure that Parenthood will wage war on our tear ducts with no shortage of grace and nuance. In fact, we can't wait to be destroyed by this TV family all over again. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:TV's Top Dogs — A Show's Best FriendOur Predictions for 'Breaking Bad' Spin-OffTop 10 Returning Comedies to Watch From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • The Bloody Best in British TV That You Can Stream Right Now
    By: Sage Young Sep 10, 2013
    E4 Caught up with Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Doctor Who and looking to scratch that lingering itch for the dry wit and impeccably plotted story that only British television can provide? Netflix and Hulu have a collective treasure trove of Anglo-centric masterpieces just waiting for your eyes and ears. Check out our recommendations in comedy, drama, and sci-fi, but don't blame us when you get addicted. Cheers. Call the Midwife Don't fret if you missed the PBS airing of this critically acclaimed drama. The first six episodes are available on Netflix Streaming and the second series of eight should be up soon.  But we must warn you: Call the Midwife, based on the memoirs of Jessica Worth who served London's poor East End as a nurse in the 1950s, will likely break your heart a few times. But, as with most British series, it'll be worth it. Spaced Your plans for next weekend are sorted. Gather your pop-culture obsessed friends; load up on some truly terrible junk food; and marathon all 14 episodes of Spaced on Netflix. The reference-laden slacker comedy marks the first time Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and director Edgar Wright worked together. See if you can spot all the Spaced cameos and in-jokes in their big screen collaborations Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and summer release The World's End. Torchwood: Children of Earth The run of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood has its share of highs and lows. The season that's most worth your hard-earned free time is the masterfully bleak and self-contained Children of Earth. It's a far cry from the cheeky, innuendo-heavy first and second series, but the seemingly hopeless spot the Torchwood team finds themselves in will keep you glued to your TV until the final seconds. The IT Crowd The IT Crowd is a gift to nerds and the people who love them. The laugh track is jarring at first, but you'll quickly tune it out and concentrate on the antics of computer experts Roy (Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd), Moss (Richard Ayoade), and their clueless boss Jen (Katherine Parkinson). Catch up on all four short seasons on Netflix to be ready for its one-off finale (and first new episode in three years), which is debuting at the end of September. Misfits Where Heroes failed, Misfits succeeds. The premise: a strange electrical storm imbues a group of teenage deliquents with a variety of superpowers while they're completing their community service. The series seamlessly blends comedy, drama, and sci-fi with striking visuals to come as close to feeling like a filmed comic book than a TV show has ever been. The first four seasons are on Hulu Plus, and the fifth and final season is on its way. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:5 Ways Patrick Stewart's Wedding Could Have Been Inspired by 'Star Trek''Crimson Peak' Casts Tom Hiddleston'Futurama' Farewell — 7 Best Episodes From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 5 Albums That Sound Like Fall
    By: Sage Young Sep 10, 2013
    Annabel Staff/Getty Images The days are getting blustery; the boots and jackets are coming out of storage; and the Pumpkin Spiced Lattes are out in full force. Much is made out of declaring a "Song of the Summer," but what's our soundtrack for autumn? It should be introspective and moody, but not too heavy — the perfect accompaniment for bidding farewell to summer freedom and saying hello to a new back-to-school crush. Load your iPod up with these albums before attempting your next self-reflexive walk in the changing leaves. Sara Bareilles — The Blessed Unrest Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has that rare ability to give every one of her listeners the distinct impression that all the songs she's written are exclusively about them. "Brave," the first single from her new album, is a joyful singalong, but the rest of the record is packed with sad and sweet melodies like "Manhattan" and "1000 Times." Various Arists — The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond You may not be a teenage revolutionary caught in a love triangle with the two dreamiest boys in your District, but with the accompanying album to the first film in The Hunger Games trilogy, you can pretend that you are. Contemplative tunes from Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, and on-again, off-again duo The Civil Wars will hold you over until the Catching Fire soundtrack hits iTunes. The Perishers — Let There Be Morning Millions of melancholy teenagers discovered Canadian band The Perishers when their song "Trouble Sleeping" was featured on The O.C.  They've released three studio albums, a live record, and an E.P. since this 2005 release, but Let There Be Morning is still our pick to Spotify while reblogging sappy love and loss quotes on Tumblr. The Weepies — Be My Thrill Cute but not too cute, the songs of the (adorably) married indie-pop-folk duo The Weepies are a solid choice to score any fall activity, from pumpkin picking to spiking the cider. Matt Nathanson — Last of the Great Pretenders Particularly recommended for fall fans on the West Coast, Matt Nathanson's most recent album was almost entirely inspired by living and recording in San Francisco. From the bouncy groove of "Kinks Shirt" to the regretful sweetness of "Sky High Honey," Last of the Great Pretenders has a track for all the ups and downs of the season. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:Tina Fey and Miley Cyrus to Host 'Saturday Night Live'Fall's 15 Most Anticipated Albums2013's Best Music Videos (So Far) From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 'So You Think You Can Dance' All Stars Who Better Come Back Every Year
    By: Sage Young Sep 10, 2013
    FOX The format of So You Think You Can Dance has evolved considerably over the past ten seasons. But without question, the best addition to the show has been the incorporation of the All Stars into the Top Ten. Once the field has been whittled down to five guys and five girls, the producers bring back favorites from past seasons to partner the contestants. While almost anyone who makes it past the dreaded Vegas Week is up to the task, we have our favorites. These are the All Stars who we hope will keep coming back, both to remind us of their crazy talent and to help propel their partners into the finale. Alex Wong It's always a joy to see Alex Wong back on the SYTYCD stage, not just because he's a versatile, athletic dancer, but also because his own career as a contestant was cut short. What a heartbreak it was to see fan favorite Alex brought down by an injury in season seven, especially after that killer NappyTabs routine with Twitch. Fortunately, the dreaded Achilles has healed and Alex is back leaping across the stage with today's hopefuls. Chelsie Hightower Season four ballroom standout Chelsie Hightower graduated to rival competition show Dancing with the Stars. But to us, she'll always belong right next to Cat, receiving her accolades from Nigel and Mary. She's a little powerhouse and can make any guy look like a lift expert. Robert Roldan Actual Disney Prince Robert looks like the groom on top of a wedding cake, but he's not just a pretty face. The contemporary dancer finished third in season seven. This season, choreographer Travis Wall paired Robert, who recently overcame serious injury, with fellow suvivor Tucker Knox for a breathtaking piece that certainly helped keep Tucker in the competition. Allison Holker Has there ever been a more reliable contemporary female dancer than Allison Holker? The season two star never fails to impress. Every time she's on stage with a contestant, the judges look like they would practically beg her to come back and compete again. She's also one half of the first confirmed All Star love connection — she's engaged to hip-hop heavyweight Twitch. Twitch For a contestant, hip-hop is the most dangerous style to draw and be paired with an All Star. The All Star can't carry the contestant here. In fact, sometimes he can make him look downright uncoordinated, and definitely uncool. Season four's Twitch is guilty of making his partner look bad on numerous occasions, but how can we be mad at him? Hip hop will continue to separate the hopefuls from the champions in an attempt to find out who is the most "bucc." Melanie Moore With her babydoll face and pixie haircut, Melanie Moore is the America's Sweetheart of So You Think You Can Dance. She took the season eight crown and barely broke a sweat. The judges continue to fawn over her, and any guy who draws her is sure to make it through to the next week. Travis Wall We got to know Travis Wall as a contemporary contestant in season two. Since then, he's redefined himself as one of the show's no-fail choreographers and has a handful of Emmy nominations to show for it. Luckily this year, we got the best of both sides of Travis when he choreographed and partnered contestant Amy Yakima in a smoldering routine to Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game." Mark Kanemura The delighfully weird Mark Kanemura pirouetted right off of season four and into the arms of Mother Monster when Lady Gaga hired him as one of her dancers. This season, he came back as an All Star again and rocked the judges' socks with the quirky jazz routine he choreographed for his partner Jenna Johnson. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:Miley Cyrus Is Still Trying To Get Our AttentionConstructing the Perfect Bruno Mars Halftime Show2013's Best Music Videos (So Far) From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 5 More Badasses to Cast as 'Community' Professors
    By: Sage Young Sep 09, 2013
    HBO Community has always had a soft spot for some tough customers. We're not surprised, since keeping the Greendale Seven in line is no job for the weak. Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks and Justified's Walton Goggins have already been locked down for the upcoming fifth season, joining Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire) and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) in the show's tradition of the unlikely comedic casting of guys-you-do-not-want-to-mess-with. Should any more teaching positions open up, we've got five more bruisers for consideration. Erik King As the suspicious and intimidating Sgt. James Doakes, Erik King went head-to-head for two seasons with principled serial killer Dexter Morgan. And Dexter hasn't been quite the same since he left. We see him as Community's new Calculus professor, who will terrify Annie with his sadistic predilection for the dreaded pop quiz. Ian McShane From playing the legendary Al Swearengen on Deadwood to a psychotic Santa Claus on the most recent season of American Horror Story, Ian McShane has cultivated a menacing reputation. He can run Greendale's Foreign Language department, where he can creatively curse to his heart's content without offending network censors.  Jack Huston Jack Huston is responsible for one of Boardwalk Empire's most intriguing characters, mysterious war veteran Richard Harrow. We see him as a dashing yet untrustworthy Comparative Lit professor who seduces Britta and irks Jeff. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Coster-Waldau, Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones, could shake things up as a visiting professor from the Human Beings' sister school in Denmark. Abed would be obsessed with uncovering his true identity and place of origin, since he bears a striking resemblance to a certain Kingslayer. Eliza Dushku Bad-asses are not exclusively male. Who could be more qualified to teach a Greendale class on Self-Defense than Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku? She would turn an initially reluctant Shirley into a lean, mean, fighting machine.  Follow @Hollywood_com // More:'Breaking Bad' Recap: Season 5, Episode 13'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4 Premiere RecapWillem Dafoe to Terrorize Shailene Woodley in 'The Fault in Our Stars' From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 10 Things To Know About Peter Capaldi
    By: Sage Young Sep 06, 2013
    WENN Filming has begun on the annual Doctor Who Christmas special, which will see current star Matt Smith regenerate into new lead Peter Capaldi. For the uninitiated: one of the rules of the long-running British sci-fi series is that the Doctor can dodge death by altering every cell in his body, allowing the show to continue even as Ryan Gosling steals Smith away to embark on a promising film career. The Scottish Capaldi will be the 12th actor to take on the role of the traveling Time Lord. At 55, he ties first Doctor William Hartnell as the oldest man in the part. But what else should we know about the new captain of the TARDIS? Read on to meet the new man of mystery behind the universe's ultimate man of mystery. He's an Oscar Winner!The next actor to whisk us across time and space is the only one who can boast an Oscar! Peter Capaldi won the Live Action Short Film Academy Award in 1995 for directing Franz Kafka's It's A Wonderful Life. Confident from his win, he claims to have taken one disappointing meeting in Los Angeles before getting on the next plane back across the pond. He's Totally Punk Rock!While in art school in Glasgow, Capaldi was the lead singer of a post-punk band called The Dreamboys. The drummer? Future chat show host and Doctor Who superfan, Craig Ferguson. Ferguson introduced Capaldi on his show as a guest with whom he's "dropped acid." Wouldn't you have liked to have partied with those guys? He Has ExperienceCapaldi has already been seen in Doctor Who, playing a desperate father dealing with a ready-to-pop Mount Vesuvius right outside his front door in Season 4 episode "The Fires of Pompeii." He also played a significant role in the third season of Who spinoff Torchwood. Tissues required for that one. The Cumberbatch ConnectionHe costars with Hollywood's current Brit obsession Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming Julian Assange flick The Fifth Estate. But they've also played the same suspicious angel in two different adaptations of fantasy author Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Capaldi's was a charmingly low-budget 1996 miniseries, while Cumberbatch's is a 2013 radio play co-starring James McAvoy. He's Most Likely Not in Harvey Weinstein's RolodexCapaldi tells reporters that he based his breakout role as the fabulously foul-mouthed Malcom Tucker in comedy series The Thick of It and spin-off film In The Loop on blustering Hollywood heavyweights, particularly Weinstein. His Last Role Was Creepily PropheticCapaldi was last seen by American audiences in the Brad Pitt-fronted summer blockbuster World War Z,  credited as a "W.H.O. Doctor." We know that acronym stands for World Health Organization, but still, hmmmm... He's a BeatleSort of. He played George Harrison in the 1985 TV movie, John and Yoko: A Love Story. He's a Grown-Up Fanboy.During the initial, classic run of Doctor Who, UK magazine The Radio Times published a fan letter from 15-year-old Capaldi congratulating them on a recent special edition focusing on the show. Now he's all grown up and essentially becoming his childhood hero, giving faith to Whovians everywhere. Oh My God, He Totally Knows Brangelina!After fighting zombies with Brad, Capaldi joins Angelina Jolie on the darker side of one of our favorite fairy tales. He spent six hours in makeup every day for his upcoming role as King Kinloch in Maleficent, the origin story of Sleeping Beauty's evil witch. The Silver Fox EffectThe Doctor is regenerating in December, but his companion is staying put. Jenna Louise Coleman, who plays the Time Lord's current best pal Clara Oswald, is 28 years Capaldi's junior, making their age difference the largest in the show's history. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:Best 'Abbey Road' Photo TributesRicky Gervais on His Favorite Comedians'Sesame Street': Watch Tom Hiddleson Teach Cookie Monster From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 5 "Playing House" Movies
    By: Sage Young Sep 06, 2013
    Touchstone Pictures This summer, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis role-played a happy, suburban family to smuggle a huge pot shipment over the border in We're the Millers. But that's not the first time the "assumed identity" plot has been put to hilarious use. Hollywood cops and criminals are always going undercover to infiltrate, shake off suspicion, and generally make fools of themselves. Here are a few of our favorite comedies about going incognito. Sister Act Whoopi Goldberg plays Deloris Van Cartier (easily one of the best movie character names of all time), a lounge singer who's tucked away in a convent after she witnesses a murder. Initially wary of the "sisters," Deloris opens up when she takes over their music program. They teach her about friendship and selflessness; she teaches them how to access that deep "shoulder action." Bringing Down the House A guilty pleasure through and through, this late-era Steve Martin vehicle has him harboring escaped con Charlene (Queen Latifah) and passing her off as his nanny. Despite some cringey "soul sister" dialogue, this one is an excellent, mindless choice for a lazy (or hungover) Saturday afternoon. Bird on a Wire The action-comedy was a late '80s/early '90s specialty, probably because it's a genre that sets up countless opportunities to follow up an explosion with a really great pun. This mash-up stars Goldie Hawn as a former girlfriend who finds her ex (Mel Gibson, pre-crazy) as an FBI informant under deep cover and joins him in the fray. Point Break Keanu Reeves goes undercover to bust a group of surfer/bank robbers led by Patrick Swayze in one of Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow's first features. So Point Break isn't technically a comedy. But it is a cult favorite, thanks in large part to Reeves' and Swayze's glorious surf-dude manes and ambiguous tension. 21 Jump Street 21 Jump Street is TV-to-film adaptation done right. Come for the undercover high school antics of unlikely comedy duo Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, stay for the inspired cameo by original Jump Street star Johnny Depp. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:5 Quentin Tarantino CameosThe Gender Politics of Vin Diesel's 'Riddick'5 Pop Star Vehicles You May Have Forgot From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)