We’re still dazed and confused by the fact that the first Smurfs movie was such a success, they needed to churn out a sequel just two years later. For those of us who grew up on these three-apples tall Saturday morning cartoon characters, it’s Alvin and the Chipmunks all over again. If it isn’t a giant movie remake, it’s the scandalous life of the former child stars besmirching our precious memories. What beloved things from our childhood hasn’t Hollywood ruined yet? Actually, we came up with a list. Read on only if you aren’t a studio exec looking for an unoriginal idea to steal.
But let’s not forget! Before this talented hunk needed to a poncho to protect his suit and tie from the drool of females everywhere, he shined as a child star on The Mickey Mouse Club, and dominated the boy band scene as one-fifth of N*Sync – all while perfecting his synchronized dance moves and making girls swoon. So, in honor of his birthday, we’ve put together a gallery of Justin’s journey into all of our hearts, from his Mickey Mouse Club member past to his very sexy present. Check ‘em out!
Thank you, National Enquirer, for calling our attention to an issue we as a pop-culture society should come together to solve: The health and well-being of our national treasures, aged former sitcom stars. We first became aware of this issue last year, when it was discovered that Happy Days star Erin Moran was homeless and bouncing from motel to motel. Today, we learned that another beloved face from the ’70s and ’80s, Eight Is Enough’s Susan Richardson is suffering from a number of health problems and scraping by in a broken down trailer. The diabetic 60-year-old, who played one of Dick Van Patten’s eight children on the ABC show that ran from 1977-81, has had strokes and also an incurable digestive tract condition that made her lose her teeth, the Enquirer reports (via Radar Online). In addition to a pension, she’s earning a living by turning fallen branches into walking canes for vets — which sounds both really sad and rather resourceful. Read more…
Tony Danza (or maybe Judith Light) may have been the boss on Who’s The Boss, by Alyssa Milano was always the best. For those of you 90s babies out there, the gorgeous grownup actress that we all know today got her start as the adorable Samantha Micelli on the long running sitcom. Teen super-stardom soon followed, complete with a record deal, made for TV specials starring Jason Bateman, and shoulder rubbing with a baby Neil Patrick Harris, Corey Feldman and other Reagan-era royalty. Don’t believe us? We’ve got the evidence right here! She’s long since moved on to more “adult” roles on screens small and large. She appeared for two seasons on Melrose Place before finding a new generation of fans as Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed. Most recently, she was one of the approximately three billion A-listers who appeared in the rom-com to end all rom-coms, New Years Eve. It’s hard to believe, but Alyssa turns 40 years old today! To celebrate, we’ve decided to take a look back at 20 awesome throwback photos from her Who’s The Boss era. Enjoy!
I literally have no reason to write about this right now, other than the fact that all of VH1 Celebrity was sitting down for lunch today, saying goodbye to our intern Erin Henry (a.k.a. the best Amanda Bynes impersonator ever), and somehow we got to talking about college Spanish courses. And then some of us got nostalgic for the genius that was Destinos. For those of you who did not take Spanish in the ’90s, we’re talking about the time some very smart people realized that the best way to learn any language is by watching a soap opera. So a professor from the University of Illinois hooked up with public television in 1992 and made a 52 episode educational telenovela that followed the saga of Fernando Castillo Saavedra, a dying old man who tells his family that before he moved to Mexico following the Spanish Civil War, he was married in Spain and had a wife and son, who didn’t actually die in the war as he’d previously thought. The story actually follows Mexican-American lawyer Raquel Rodriguez (Liliana Abud) as she traipses around the Spanish speaking world in search of this son while the story and the dialogue telling it becomes progressively more complex. Anyway, after talking about the show today, we found the entire series on YouTube. It’s worth checking out again, if only for the awesome early-’90s styles and really emphatic revelations made in each episode. LA CARTA.
Raquel (Liliana Abud) and (Arturo) Arturo Puig in Destinos
Everyone has something negative to say about Lindsay Lohan these days and the same goes for her new Lifetime biographical piece based on the love of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Liz & Dick. Last night was the debut of the highly anticipated film, and today it’s the butt of jokes all over social media. Of course so much was riding on the her performance in this film; not only did she have the tricky task of doing the screen legend’s diamond-encrusted life justice, but the flick was generally seen as a make-or-break attempt at a career comeback. Unfortunately, the film didn’t capture the hearts of viewers the way Liz has so many times throughout her career in films such as the sexually frustrated Cat in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or the dynamically powerful Cleopatra.
But regardless of whether Lindsay’s acting in the film was horrible or not, we have to remember she has made some films in her career that are staples in pop culture history. Who could forget Mean Girls, where we see every high school girl of this generation’s life being simulated through a quirky story of lies. Don’t get us started on the young starry eyed, red-haired girl we all fell in love with when she fooled us all into believing she had an identical twin in The Parent Trap. Then there’s the under the radar film Bobby, based on the shooting of Robert F. Kennedy where she shined bright as Hollywood Film Festival’s Best Breakthrough Actress of 2006 playing the role of Diane Howser.
We’re not sure whether or not Lindsay Lohan’s career can rise from the ashes, but instead of joining the roasting session this time around, we’ll take a second to bask in some of her best on screen moments.
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When we were freshmen in high school ten years ago, Eminem’s portrayal of struggling rapper Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith (A.K.A. himself) in 8 Mile was an inspiration. The monster hit “Lose Yourself” from the soundtrack became our personal pump up jam to run laps during gym class, and gave us the confidence to take that “one shot” and ask Jenna to the prom, try out for the class play, or pass that chem test! Plus it was also notable for changing the way we thought of the phrase “mom’s spaghetti” forever.
However as we got a little older, we realized the one shot ol’ Marshall Matthers was rapping about was much more serious than our day to day high school drama. It was about reconciling hopes and dreams with growing up and responsibility, all against the bleek Detroit backdrop. By no means a quick flick rushed out to capitalize on his skyrocketing fame, Eminem gave an incredible performance, made all the more amazing considering it was his first movie!
But Eminem is by no means the only rapper who tried his hand at acting. In fact, it seemed like every MC has made the jump to films at one time or another. Some totally killed it and became a successful multi-talented crossover artist, while others…made Soul Plane. So in honor of Em’s epic 8 Mile turning 10 years old today, we’ve decided to take a look back at some of our favorite rappers-turned-movie stars over the years. Enjoy!
It’s Halloween season, the time of year when we watch all of those super scary movies that guarantee we sleep with the light on until Thanksgiving. But not all horror flicks have blood and guts. Some of them are right there in the kid’s section next to the Yo Gabba Gabba DVDs! Yes, the most terrifying things we have ever seen have come directly from movies we saw as little kids. No matter how many decades go by, we will never be ready for these G-rated terrors!
We’re older now and more mature, and finally able to come out from under our blankeys and stand up for ourselves. So now we’d like to say what we’ve been meaning to say to the makers of these films for years: What the f–, you guys!? We were kids for god’s sake, and we trusted you to make light and entertaining movies for us. What the hell we you doing tricking us into watching this stuff!? Jerks. We’ve already done the 7 Most Traumatic Pixar Movie Moments list, so now join us as we count down the 12 scariest kid’s movie scenes of all time. Come on, do it. It’s all part of the healing process.
12. Willy Wonka Takes A (Boat) Trip
Jeez, did Wonka lace the candy with LSD? What the hell was in that mushroom? All we know is that the slug moving across the person’s face is probably the only thing in this movie more unsettling than Oompa Loompas.
When last we saw Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow), they had turned their failed lie about inventing Post-It notes into very successful careers as fashion boutique owners. They were supposed to be only 28 at the time, and a lot can happen between ages 28 and 43 — which is how old they’d be now. Even if you aren’t a superfan of the 1997 cult classic Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, you have to admit, objectively speaking, that there is plenty of room for a story about the ladies’ 25th high school reunion.
Not that we’re being objective here. We first got excited about the possibility of a reunion last month, when Sorvino visited VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live and said she was fully onboard with doing a sequel. Read more…
We’re pretty sure there were a couple of decades in which both John Cusack and Peter Gabriel were a little sick of people imitating that whole boombox-in-the-air scene from Say Anything. But when Gabriel celebrated the 25th anniversary of his album So, Cusack gave in to our collective nostalgia for the 1989 movie, stepping onstage to deliver a boombox to the singer as his band played opening bars of “In Your Eyes.”
It was a cute, brief interlude. But what really gets us about this exchange is what happened afterwards. Cameron Crowe, the writer/director of Say Anything, tweeted about it, and Cusack responded: Read more…