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Singing Stars: The 22 Best Actor-Musicians

June 2nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Singing Stars: The 22 Best Actor-Musicians
We recently gave you the 10 worst actors turned musicians, but it’s worth mentioning there are plenty of actors and actresses who were able to translate their talents to music as well - and vice versa for musicians breaking into the acting business. In no particular order, here are 22 of the Best Actor-Musicians.

Jennifer Hudson

Hudson was introduced to the public through American Idol, where she is still considers one of the best contestants to have ever auditioned. Despite that, the american public voted her off the show and she came in seventh place. Since then, she has won an Academ...
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Top 10 Most Ridiculous Celebrity Rumors of 2013

December 27th, 2013 3:00pm EST
Kim Kardashian
Being a celebrity has its ups and downs. You have the fame and fortune, the adoring fans and everything you could possible want – all the perks that come with being a star. But at the same time, you have to deal with gossip rags tabloids publishing crazy rumors about you and your relationships every day of your life. Maybe it’s just a small price to pay for the glitz and the glam? Sometimes, though, the rumors are far too absurd for anyone to actually believe.

Let’s take a look at the 10 most ridiculous celebrity rumors of the year:

Khloe Kardashian and Steve Martin are dating

Khloe Kard...
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Steve Martin Apologizes For Racial Tweet

December 25th, 2013 1:18pm EST
Steve Martin
Steve Martin has issued an apology after posting a comment on his page that some construed as a racially offensive joke.

The actor was asked about the proper spelling of 'lasagne' by a fan, who wrote, "is this how you spell lasonia?"

Martin replied to the tweet, saying, "It depends. Are you in an African-American restaurant or at an Italian restaurant."

The comedian realized his quick witted response might offend and deleted it shortly after, but not fast enough for it to spread like wildfire across the internet.

Martin apologized for the tweet, writing, "I did apologise. But again, a s...
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Oscars Honor Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin And Angela Lansbury At Governors Awards

November 17th, 2013 10:00am EST
Governors Awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its annual Governors Awards presentation at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood on Saturday, officially kicking off awards season. The big recipient of the night was Angelina Jolie, who was awarded an honorary Oscar for her humanitarian work throughout her career.

Funny man and three-time Oscars host Steve Martin was also presented with an honorary award, as well as 88 year old actress Angela Lansbury and costume designer Piero Tosi, 86.

When presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from director George Lucas, the 38 year-old Joli...
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Angelina Jolie To Receive Honorary Oscar For Humanitarian Efforts

September 6th, 2013 3:04pm EDT
Angelina Jolie
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the recipients of four honorary awards it will give out this year at the fifth annual Governor's Awards gala in November.

Angelina Jolie, who will be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, will be joined by Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi.

“The Governors Awards pay tribute to individuals who’ve made indelible contributions in their respective fields,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s honorees and look fo...
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Steve Martin Becomes A Father For The First Time!

February 13th, 2013 8:05am EST
Steve Martin
Steve Martin has become a first-time father at the age of 67, according to a report.

The Bowfinger star and his wife Anne Stringfield welcomed the baby in December but managed to keep their happy news under wraps until now.

A source tells the New York Post gossip column Page Six, "They've had a baby, and how they kept it a secret nobody knows. Steve's very private. They are thrilled. They worked hard to have the baby."

Martin married his second wife Stringfield in 2007 at a surprise ceremony where celebrity guests including Tom Hanks and Diane Keaton arrived expecting a party.
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Steve Martin Scores Another Bluegrass Awards Nomination

August 16th, 2012 11:24am EDT
Steve Martin
Actor Steve Martin will defend his title as Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards next month.

Martin's band Steep Canyon Rangers, which took home the honor last year, will go head-to-head for the prize with The Gibson Brothers, Dailey & Vincent, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, which received the most nods, a total of nine.

Other notable mentions include late guitarist Doc Watson, who scored a posthumous nomination in the Instrumental Performers of the Year category, and singer/songwriter Vince Gill, who is...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Bringing Down The House'

May 22nd, 2012 1:22pm EDT
House photo
Steve Martin and Queen Latifah? (With a little kinky Eugene Levy thrown in for good measure!) All strange but true as we examine the Blu-ray of "Bringing Down the House" now available from Touchstone Home Entertainment. Don’t straight trip boo – the review is below!

Title: "Bringing Down the House"

Grade: 4

Cast: Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy

Director: Adam Shankman

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 105 minutes

Release Company: Touchstone Home Entertainment

Website: www.BVHESupport.com

The Flick: I actually avoided this one when it first came out and I’m sad I did....
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Ellen DeGeneres Named 2012 Mark Twain Prize Recipient

May 15th, 2012 2:34pm EDT
Ellen Degeneres
Comedienne-turned-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is to be honored with this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The beloved Finding Nemo star has been named the recipient of the 15th annual accolade, which she will collect at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in October.

Joking about her latest honor, DeGeneres says, "To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder... why didn't I get this sooner?"

Additional former trophy holders include Steve Martin, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.
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Steve Martin To Compose Music For Shakespeare In The Park

March 10th, 2012 1:30pm EST
Steve Martin
Steve Martin is set to add composer to his resume after signing up to create the music for the 50th anniversary season of Shakespeare in the Park concerts in New York's Central Park.

The Grammy-winning banjo player will compose original music for "As You Like It," which will feature a live bluegrass band, according to BroadwayWorld.com.

The classic will begin previews at the Delacorte Theater on June 5.

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical Into The Woods will also be part of the 50th anniversary season.
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Check Out 'The Big Year' On DVD & Blu-ray Jan. 31

January 30th, 2012 6:48am EST
The Big Year
In "The Big Year," three fanatical bird-watchers (Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black) spend an entire year competing to spot the highest number of species as El Nino sends an extraordinary variety of rare breeds flying up into the United States. However, they quickly discover that there are more important things than coming out on top of the competition.

Stu Preissler (Martin) plays a successful businessman,He wants to retire in the woods of Colorado with his wife because he's had it with the corporate rat race. Unfortunately, just when he thought he was out, his business associates ...
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Q&A: John Landis Talks 'Three Amigos!' Turning 25, And Gives Insight On Other Classics

November 22nd, 2011 2:30pm EST
Three Amigos
In the 1986 comedy “Three Amigos!” Steve Martin quips, “You dirt-eating piece of slime! You scum-sucking pig! You son of a motherless goat!” Every time you hear the insult, it’s almost impossible not to laugh with Martin’s matter-of-fact delivery. What makes the statement even more comical though, is that Martin’s character has no idea he’s pissing off, a bad guy, who’s ready to shoot him for the outrage.

“Three Amigos!” tells the story of three unemployed actors (Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short) who mistakenly travel to a Mexican village for a celebrity appearance. This is n...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Three Amigos!: 25th Anniversary Edition'

November 21st, 2011 11:15am EST
three amigos
Wherever there is injustice, you will find us. Wherever there is suffering, we’ll be there. Wherever liberty is threatened, you will find..."The Three Amigos!" – out in a 25th Anniversary Edition hitting Blu-ray on Nov. 22 from HBO Home Entertainment. So cross your arms, hug your hips and thrust that pelvis forward because we’re going for a review ride!

Title: "Three Amigos!: 25th Anniversary Edition"

Grade: 4

Cast: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short

Director: John Landis

Rating: PG

Runtime: 105 minutes

Release Company: HBO Home Entertainment

Website: www.hbo.com

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Fans Want Billy Crystal Or The Muppets To Host The Oscars

November 10th, 2011 10:02am EST
The Muppet Movie
Billy Crystal has emerged as the clear favorite to replace Eddie Murphy as Oscars host in a new online poll.

Fandango.com asked film fans to vote for the star they'd like to see on the Academy Awards stage in February as soon as the news about Murphy quitting the show hit the headlines on Wednesday morning.

Website editor Harry Medved tells WENN, "We put the poll up at 12 noon and we had over a thousand people voting in less than three hours."

Crystal is the early favorite in the ongoing poll with 16 percent of the vote, while The Muppets are ranking second with 14 percent and Tom Hanks ...
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Steve Martin To Release A Book Of 'Tweets'

October 28th, 2011 1:18pm EDT
Steve Martin
Comedian Steve Martin is to release a collection of his posts on Twitter.com as a book to raise money for charity.

The funnyman is gathering all of his 'Tweets' and publishing them together in a book called The Ten, Make that Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make that Ten.

Martin announced the news in a post on Twitter.com and revealed the project will raise funds for good causes.

He writes, "Due to absolutely no demand, soon I'm publishing a book of my 'Tweets'. Many of your replies included! All my profits to charity."

The Parenthood star also promised fans he will only incl...
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Celebrity Tweets: Reaction To Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi's Death

October 21st, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Seth Meyers
The big global news yesterday was the capture and death of Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi at the hands of rebels. Of course, celebrities took to their Twitter accounts to react to the stunning news.

Head SNL writer Seth Meyers tweeted: "Gadhaffi's last words were 'How my hair look, Mike?' #Unconfirmed" and "And he was so close to making general #Gadhaffi."

Seth then pointed readers to comic Colin Quinn, who wrote a series of tweets on the situation as was receiving angry responses. Quinn wrote posts such as "Another great innovator who started in the 80's and regained popularity recently...
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'Real Steel' Edges Out 'Footloose' At Weekend Box Office

October 17th, 2011 8:21am EDT
Real Steel
Hugh Jackman's robot boxing movie "Real Steel" has narrowly fought off competition from new dance remake "Footloose" to make it a second week atop the box office chart.

"Real Steel" locked down an extra $16.3 million in ticket sales this week to remain at number one, edging out "Footloose," starring Kenny Wormald in the part made famous by Kevin Bacon in 1984. It debuted in second place with opening weekend takings of $16.1 million.

Horror reboot "The Thing" entered the countdown at three, while Steve Martin's comedy "The Big Year" failed to tickle audiences and opened in ninth place.
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Go See This Movie With Stuart Brazell - 'Footloose',' 'The Big Year' And 'The Thing'

October 15th, 2011 8:03am EDT
Footloose
You've got some seriously diverse choices at the theater this weekend: "Footloose" (Julianne Hough), "The Big Year" (Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson", and The Thing (scary!!!)!

So what's your poison? You'll find me at "Footloose" ... obviously!
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Two Jews' Review 'The Big Year' And Both Find This One Is For The Birds (Video)

October 13th, 2011 11:00am EDT
The Big Year
Two Jews on Flim - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: What does a Fork tailed Flycatch, a Yellow Crested Finch and a Pink Footed Goose have in common with Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin? They are all in a new comedy called 'The Big Year', directed by David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada)

The Big Year refers to a real life competition where birders (people who are obsessed with our feathery friends) race to see, who can spot the most species of birds, within a calendar year.

Sounds exciting? Well if it does, then this is the film for you to see.

When 'The Big Year' begins, we meet thre...
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Happy 40th Birthday, Sacha Baron Cohen!

October 13th, 2011 8:53am EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has every reason to celebrate on Thursday - he turns 40.

The funnyman is famous for creating comedy characters Ali G, Borat, and Bruno - and between his alter-egos he's pulled pranks on stars including David Beckham, Eminem and Paula Abdul.

Cohen, who's married to actress Isla Fisher, keeps his personal life private, but there's no hiding his big day.

To mark Cohen's 40th, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about the star. Happy birthday, Sacha!

- Born in London in 1971, Cohen was raised in a Jewish family and attended the U.K.'s prestigious Univer...
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Steve Martin: 'I Want To Thank All The Other Nominees... For Losing'

September 30th, 2011 8:20am EDT
Steve Martin
Funnyman Steve Martin has scooped the top honor at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.

The Hollywood star-turned-banjo-player was named entertainer of the year along with his band The Steep Canyon Rangers at the ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday.

Martin, who released his first album of banjo tunes in 2009, joked to the crowd at the Ryman Auditorium as he collected the trophy, "I want to thank all the other nominees... for losing."

Other winners on the night included supergroup The Boxcars, who triumphed with four prizes, including instrumental group of the...
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Check Out 'Planes, Trains, And Automobiles,' 'Naked Gun' & 'Airplane!' On Blu-ray Sept. 25

September 24th, 2011 7:00am EDT
The Naked Gun
"Planes, Trains And Automobiles," "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad" make their Blu-ray debut exclusively at Best Buy on September 25 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Written and directed by John Hughes, the hilarious classic "Planes, Trains And Automobiles" stars Steve Martin and John Candy as a businessman and traveling salesman forced together by circumstance as they try to get home in time for Thanksgiving.

The Blu-ray features a brand new, in-depth retrospective on John Hughes’ career that includes new interviews and explores his indelible impact as...
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Eddie Murphy Confirmed As 2012 Oscar Host

September 6th, 2011 3:31pm EDT
Eddie Murphy Confirmed As 2012 Oscar Host
Eddie Murphy has been confirmed as the host of the 2012 Oscars.

Telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer made the official announcement on Tuesday just days after the Rush Hour director made it clear that the funnyman was his first choice to host the 84th annual awards show in February.

Ratner says, "Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever. With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances - especially on stage - I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the s...
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Top 10 Body Swap Movies

August 5th, 2011 8:33am EDT
change up
This weekend, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds will add their names to the long and distinguished list of actors who have tackled the “body swap” movie. In “The Change-Up,” Bateman and Reynolds play friends with drastically different lifestyles: Bateman is the devoted husband and father, Reynolds is the philandering playboy. After a night of drinking, the two wake up in each other’s bodies, something neither of them really wanted.

Body swap movies have been around for a long time and are usually quite entertaining, if formulaic and predictable. Here’s our list of the Top Ten Body Swap Movi...
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Martin Needed False Nails After Banjo Injury

July 26th, 2011 10:53pm EDT
Steve Martin
Legendary comedian Steve Martin was no longer laughing after requiring false nails following a banjo playing injury.

The Father Of The Bride funnyman is an accomplished bluegrass musician, and recently recorded a new album with his band, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers.

But has taken to wearing false nails onstage which need constant refitting because of his vigorous plucking.

Martin tells music magazine Q, "My real nails got torn up from playing. It's a typical thing to have false nails in bluegrass. You go into any beauty parlor and say, 'I need acrylic nails on the first two f...
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Celebrity Tweet Week With Stuart Brazell

June 22nd, 2011 10:06am EDT
Celebrity Tweet Week With Stuart Brazell
Hey everybody - take a look at my fun new show all about celebrities and twitter!!

Hey, there's no need for you to spend hours and hours scouring the twitterverse - let me do it for you! Here are my top tweets of the week, what's trending, who's tweeting who, and of course caption this! This week we check in with Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Britney Spears and more:

Be sure to tweet your captions to @stuartbrazell

http://twitter.com/#!/stuartbrazell
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Steve Martin Saddened By Death Of His Idol

June 5th, 2011 10:30am EDT
Steve Martin
Steve Martin has spoken of his sadness following the death of his comedy idol Wally Boag on Friday.

The Father Of The Bride star has long credited the actor/comedian with inspiring his career and he was devastated when he heard Boag, best known for his role in Disneyland stage show the Golden Horseshoe Revue, had passed away at the age of 91.

Martin first saw Boag's act as a child and is convinced the amusing performance prompted him to seek out a job in comedy.

He has paid tribute to his idol in a post on his Twitter.com page, writing, "My hero, the first comedian I ever saw live, my in...
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Steve Martin To Perform At U.S. Capitol On July 4th

May 23rd, 2011 2:53pm EDT
Steve Martin
Actor-turned-musician Steve Martin and his banjo band will help Americans ring in the Fourth of July by performing a concert at one of the country's most historic venues in Washington, D.C.

The Father of the Bride star and his group The Steep Canyon Rangers will perform Me & Paul Revere at the United States Capitol on Independence Day, according to the Associated Press.

Other singers scheduled for the A Capitol Fourth event include Glee star Matthew Morrison, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Little Richard, and You Raise Me Up hit-maker Josh Groban.

Click Here For More Stev...
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Goo Goo Dolls Singer John Rzeznik Quits Twitter

December 6th, 2010 8:35am EST
John Rzeznik
Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik has become the latest star to stop tweeting to fans because he's convinced his followers on Twitter don't care what he had for breakfast.

The hitmaker admits he was among the celebrities who became hooked on Twitter when it first became a phenomenon - but he started realizing he had nothing of importance to write about and now merely reads Steve Martin's amusing tweets.

He tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "In the modern world of the future that we're living is it's all about access. Everybody wants access. I don't twitter anymore. I was trying to but it's just ...
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Steve Martin Annoyed Over Show Refund

December 3rd, 2010 10:26am EST
Steve Martin
Steve Martin is upset after learning his fans were offered a refund over a flop discussion session with the funnyman earlier this week.

The actor was interviewed by New York Times Sunday writer Deborah Solomon in front of an audience at the 92nd Street Y venue in Manhattan on Monday evening. However, the hour-long chat centered mainly on Martin's passion for art rather than his star status - and organizers offered ticket-holders their money back.

Executive director Sol Adler says, "Steve Martin is and has always been a gracious and inspiring presence on our stage and our patrons showed ...
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