Posts By Stacy Lambe

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A Look At the Cast of The Expendables 3 When They Were Young

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With an average age of 57 years old, Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, and the rest of the cast of The Expendables 3 — in theaters on August 15 — are no spring chickens. But these men weren’t always greybeards. Check out vintage pics of the stars, including Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, and Kelsey Grammer, when they were the fresh faces of Hollywood.

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A History Of Repeat Blackface Offenders

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There is no question that blackface is a racist trope too regularly used on film, TV, and in magazines. While not nearly as rampant as it was in the 1930s, there have been hundreds of instances of blackface employed in the past twenty years. Everyone from Paris Hilton to Ben Stiller and Jimmy Fallon to Billy Crystal has donned a form of blackface in an attempt to be funny, controversial, or — in Hilton’s case — cute. (The things people will do for a laugh.)

The most recent use of blackface is by a repeat offender, Chris Lilley (pictured above), who is the star of the new HBO series, Jonah from Tonga. The series, which follows the story of a Tongan teenager, features Lilley in brownface make-up and a curly wig. In other series, the actor has portrayed S.mouse, an African American rap artist from California and Jen Okazaki, a Japanese mother of three.

Sadly he’s not the only entertainer that is a repeat offender. From the early days of blackface in the 1930s to now, several actors and models have turned to the controversial make-up choice to portray a person of another race.

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Check Out the Dudes Behind the New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Outside of Their Shells

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On Friday, America’s favorite mutant turtles are returning to theaters seven years after they were last seen on the big screen. Like the last time, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael, are going to be computer-animated but also sharing the screen with live-action stars, such as Meghan Fox and Will Arnett in Michael Bay’s big budget (read: big explosions) version.

Sadly, that means fans of Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, and Alan Ritchson, won’t get to see the young actors in person in the film. And for Ploszek, they will not even hear him voice Leonardo. (Johnny Knoxville is taking the lead on vocals.)

But thankfully, we have a look at all the actors — minus the CGI — for those not familiar with the dudes portraying the reptiles on the big screen.

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15 MTV Films Every Millennial Should Watch

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The word “millennial” has become a buzzy term over the past year thanks to online outlets that have supplied readers born between the ‘80s and early-‘00s with an endless supply of nostalgic content that has allowed them — or rather, us — to relive the good and bad of everyone’s younger years. (It’s not just BuzzFeed or Vulture. VH1 has also built a brand on nostalgia with I Love the… and our own online content that has us revisiting our favorite films and albums of a certain age.)

When it comes to one film studio (and brand) that has been a pivotal part of the millennial experience, it’s MTV Films. Founded in 1996, the studio was an offshoot of the music TV channel and has since produced the big screen versions of a number of MTV programs, such as Beavis and Butt-head and Jackass, as well as original hits, such as Save the Last Dance and Napoleon Dynamite.

If there are 15 movies every millennial should watch once, they are the ones on these list.

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Photographic Evidence That Chris Pratt and Patrick Wilson Are the Same Person

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It’s no secret that Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt has undergone a physical transformation over the past year. The dopey actor went from lovable with a cuddly squeeze to a lean, mean, sex appealing machine for his role as Peter Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. An unexpected result of that transition was the reveal of Pratt’s inexplicable likeness to fellow actor Patrick Wilson.

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The Evolution of Hercules in Pop Culture

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This weekend marks Hercules’ return to the big screen. A staple in the hero canon, the half man, and half god has slayed lions, bedded mortal women, and even hung out with the Three Stooges. Over the past seven decades, the hero has transformed from an Italian Stallion of the 1950s to the Blockbuster Beefcake we see today thanks to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kellan Lutz taking on the title role. With the former’s film (Hercules directed by Brett Ratner) opening this weekend, we thought it was a good time to look at the evolution of Hercules on the big screen.

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15 Years Later: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Drop Dead Gorgeous

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The year was 1999 and by the summer, teen films were all the rage. The year kicked off with two unexpected box office successes, Varsity Blues and She’s All That, before studios started pumping out hit after hit. In the same year, Drop Dead Gorgeous, a dark comedy about teenage girls competing in a local Minnesota beauty pageant, bombed at the box office. Unable to capture the same excitement as American Pie or 10 Things I Hate About You, the film quickly disappeared from theaters after earning a dismal $10.5 million at the box office.

It was only later, when released on DVD and VHS, did the movie become a cult classic. Similarly to Jawbreaker, which also came out in 1999, Drop Dead Gorgeous proved to be a pivotal film — introducing audiences to Amy Adams, making use of the mockumentary style — even if it was overlooked at the time.

On the 15th anniversary of the theatrical release, we talk to cast members, including Allison Janney, Denise Richards, and Mindy Sterling, who all shared tidbits from the set.

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Liv Tyler Is Not Sad — She’s Actually Really Happy

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Liv Tyler is sad — at least, according to the Internet. Thanks to the new HBO series, The Leftovers, and Vulture (see Lindsey Weber’s “The Saddest Faces of Liv Tyler, Who Is Always Sad”), one would think that the actress is upset all the time. But when Tyler spoke to VH1, it became clear that she is, in fact, not miserable. “They just picked every sad face,” Tyler said with a chuckle in response to the story. “I challenge them to make a happy face one.”

Here at VH1, we will not let a challenge go unanswered, so we pulled together the actress’ happiest moments from her 20-year film career to prove that Tyler is a happy person. (Check it out the gallery above.)

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Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton Are Doing Great and 15 Things We Learned from Her Reddit AMA

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Nicole Richie — star of the new VH1 show, Candidly Nicole — delighted fans on Thursday when she sat down to answer just about anything during a Reddit AMA. The online Q&A series is notorious for connecting fans directly to their favorite stars and getting those unexpected (and candid) answers. Richie proved to be no different, taking on questions about her former BFF and The Simple Life co-star Paris Hilton (“It’s been great“), her father Lionel, and all things Britney Spears. (There were a lot of questions about Ms. Spears.)

We never expected to learn so much about the reality star but we’re happy we did.

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