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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...

Gary Sinise To Be Honored For His Charity Work With Veterans

March 29th, 2013 6:29pm EDT
Gary Sinise
Actor Gary Sinise is set to be honored in Los Angeles next month for his work helping soldiers.

The star, famed for playing a serviceman who lost his lower limbs in hit movie Forrest Gump, has long supported war veterans' organizations and dedicates much of his time to helping troops and their families, even setting up a self-titled foundation to help those in need.

Now, bosses at the Shelter Partnership group have unveiled Sinise as the recipient of a special award in honor of his charitable work.

The actor says, "I commend Shelter Partnership's tireless work advocating for not only ...

Gary Sinise Has No Recollection Of March Car Crash

November 1st, 2012 11:41pm EDT
Gary Sinise
Forrest Gump star Gary Sinise has opened up about his near-fatal car accident in March, revealing he was on his way to the hospital to visit wounded soldiers when he was sideswiped by another vehicle.

The actor was forced to pull out of a series of promotional and charity appearances as he recovered from his injuries, but he's grateful to still be alive.

Appearing on Live! With Kelly & Michael on Thursday, he said, "I landed at Reagan National (Airport), I got into the car and that's the last thing I remember until waking up in hospital.

"Somebody had plowed into us, going 50 miles an ho...

Blu-ray Review: 'Reindeer Games: The Director's Cut'

March 14th, 2012 10:19am EDT
Reindeer Games photo
Ben Affleck ex-con? Sounds a tad far-fetched, but in the hands of legendary Director John Frankenheimer it is possible. That’s why we’re checking out the new to Blu-ray flick "Reindeer Games: The Director’s Cut" from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In the now sole hands of Frankenheimer, how does the flick hold up – check out the skinny below!

Title: "Reindeer Games: The Director's Cut"

Grade: 4

Cast: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron

Director: John Frankenheimer

Rating: R

Runtime: 124 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate



Gary Sinise's Benefit Concert Raises $130,000 For Injured Marine

March 7th, 2012 9:48am EST
Gary Sinise
Actor Gary Sinise has raised more than $130,000 for a Marine who lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan.

The star, famed for played a soldier who lost his lower limbs in hit movie Forrest Gump, was so moved when he heard of the plight of Lance Corporal Juan Dominguez that he organized a benefit concert to raise cash to build a specially-equipped home for him.

Dominguez, who also lost his right arm while serving in Sangin in 2010, was the guest of honor at the concert in Temecula, California last week.

Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band performed at the event, covering tracks incl...

Gary Sinise Planning Benefit Concert For Injured Marine

January 9th, 2012 8:12am EST
Gary Sinise
Actor Gary Sinise is planning to stage a benefit concert to raise funds for a Marine who lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan.

The star played a soldier who lost his lower limbs in hit movie Forrest Gump and he was moved when he heard of the plight of Lance Corporal Juan Dominguez.

As well as his legs, Dominguez also lost his right arm while serving in Sangin in 2010, and Sinise is hoping his charity event will raise enough to build a specially-equipped home for the solider in Temecula, California.

The actor will outline his plans for the concert, tentatively scheduled t...

TV on DVD: New 'CSI,' 'CSI: Miami' and 'CSI: NY'

October 6th, 2011 1:30pm EDT
The CSI franchise has become a mainstay on CBS - and likewise it's a fixture on DVD shelves. With the new seasons underway, the previous years of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY have arrived for you to add to your collection. Here's a look at all three new releases.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 11

The Show: Season 11 is Laurence Fishburne's third and last as Dr. Raymond Langston. I'm pretty sure that I'm in the minority here, but I liked Fishburne and thought he did a decent job while facing an audience that was and still is incredibly attached to...

Gary Sinise Defends 'CSI: NY's' 9/11 'Tribute' Episode

September 23rd, 2011 8:30am EDT
Gary Sinise
CSI: NY star Gary Sinise has defended TV producers' decision to film a new episode of the crime drama recounting the terrorist attacks of 9/11, insisting it's meant as a "tribute" to the victims of the tragedy.

The eighth series of the show will kick off with a storyline about the characters' own experiences on September 11, when two hijacked planes were flown into the Twin Towers at New York's World Trade Center, killing almost 3,000 people.

The episode's plot has prompted some critics to accuse TV executives of insensitivity, particularly as the show will air on Friday, less than two ...

Gary Sinise: 'They Always Call Me Lieutenant Dan'

May 25th, 2011 3:26pm EDT
Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise enjoys visiting American soldiers as part of his charity work as they always tease him about his army veteran role in Forrest Gump.

The CSI: NY star dedicates much of his time to helping troops and their families, and is an active supporter of war veterans organizations.

He often takes time to visit servicemen and women, and puts up with plenty of ribbing over his portrayal of Vietnam War survivor Lieutenant Dan Taylor in Tom Hanks' hit 1994 film.

Sinise tells Fox News, "I'm always involved, trying to do what I can. I have a foundation that provides military support and he...

Stephen King Talks About 'The Stand' Remake

February 4th, 2011 1:39pm EST
Stephen King
Legendary horror writer Stephen King is urging movie bosses to cast Jake Gyllenhaal and Billy Bob Thornton in the upcoming big screen remake of his 1978 book The Stand.

The post-apocalyptic story, which sees the United States devastated by a super-flu virus, was used as the basis for a 1994 TV miniseries of the same name starring Gary Sinise in the lead role of survivor Stuart Redman.

Movie bosses have now announced plans to bring the tale to cinemas in a new update, and although King is adamant Sinise was the perfect choice to lead the cast, he would be happy to see Gyllenhaal take the...

Celebrity Weekend In Photos: Video Game Awards, Depp In The Bahamas & More

December 14th, 2009 8:55am EST
Zach Braff Videogame Awards
Zach Braff and a trophy girl on stage at Spike TV's Video Game Awards on Saturday, Dec. 12, in Los Angeles. Check out what other celebs did over the weekend!

Johnny Depp holds a statuette after being awarded with the Bahamas Film Festival's Career Achievement Award in Nassau, Bahamas, Sunday, Dec. 13. At left is fellow actor Sean Connery and at center Leslie Vanderpool, Bahamas International Film Festival founder.

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Image © AP Photo/Tim Aylen

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Salma Hayek arrives on the red carpet prior to the German telethon "Ein Herz f...

Nick Jonas And Chamillionaire To Play Free Show For Army Base

December 9th, 2009 12:40pm EST
Nick Jonas And Chamillionaire To Play Free Show For Army Base
Pop star Nick Jonas and rapper Chamillionaire are pledging their support to the U.S. armed forces by playing a free show in Fort Hood, Texas following a fatal shooting at the army base last month.

The local community was left in shock when Major Nidal Hasan, an army psychiatrist, opened fire on his comrades at the country's largest army post on November 5th, killing 13 and injuring more than 20 others. Hasan, who was subsequently exposed as a Muslim extremist, has since been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder.

The free concert, which will also feature the Zac Brown Band, ...

Laurence Fishburne To Appear In All Three 'CSI' Shows For Three-Part Crossover

October 13th, 2009 2:11pm EDT
Laurence Fishburne
In November episodes, Laurence Fishburne (Dr. Ray Langston) will guest star in "CSI: Miami" and "CSI: NY" and wrap up the case at home in Las Vegas on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

Monday, Nov. 9 (10:00-11:00 PM) CSI: Miami - Horatio Caine (David Caruso) calls Dr. Ray Langston to come to Miami when a severed leg found in the Everglades is discovered to belong to a girl who went missing in Las Vegas a week earlier.

Wed., Nov. 11 (10:00-11:00 PM) CSI: New York - Langston rushes to New York when Det. Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and his team identify a woman hidden in a big rig following...

Similar Story Smackdown: Which Hollywood Flicks Came Out On Top?

April 27th, 2009 11:57am EDT
Saving Private Ryan
So, have you seen this year's comedy about an overweight, overzealous, loser-y mall cop who takes his job way too seriously and is hopelessly in love with a fellow shopping center employee? If you're not sure whether I'm referring to January's hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop or the newest Seth Rogen comedy Observe and Report (in theaters now), don't be too hard on yourself: Both flicks have eerily similar plotlines. This isn't the first time two films with the same subject matter have been released within a year of one another; Hollywood has a talent for redundancy (see: recycling and ripping off)...

Gary Sinise Funds Book Translation For Iraqi Children

March 21st, 2009 12:28pm EDT
Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise funded a reprint of beloved horse racing book "Seabiscuit" in Arabic, so Iraqi schoolchildren can read it.

The actor teamed up with the book's author, Laura Hillenbrand, after learning that kids in Baghdad had become big fans of her tale of a heroic racehorse - following news from a U.S. colonel who had attempted to translate segments for them.

Sinise tells WENN, "Laura wanted to get it translated to Arabic because one of the colonels was reading the book and the Iraqi kids started asking him about it, so he contacted her and asked for Arabic translations of the book. ...

Stars Pay Thousands To Support Obama/McCain

October 23rd, 2008 8:41am EDT
Jennifer Aniston
Hollywood's biggest names have been paying big bucks to back their favorite presidential candidate, with Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney and the late Paul Newman digging deep for Barack Obama, while Clint Eastwood and Jerry Bruckheimer offering to fund John McCain's White House charge.

According to a new Los Angeles Times report, Aniston has handed over more than $28,000 to Obama's campaign with Clooney adding $33,000 and Newman $4,600.

Meanwhile, Republican moviemakers Bruckheimer and Eastwood are hoping their $9,600 and $2,300 respectively will help McCain's run for America's t...

Owen Wilson's Best & Worst Films

October 21st, 2008 9:21am EDT
Owen Wilson
The Frat Pack has been a powerful force in the new Millennium, and for awhile it was like we could not see a comedy without Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson. These comedic geniuses are quirky, timely, and have a lasting power that will keep them in movies for years to come. The goofy, charming Owen Wilson has proven himself not only as an actor, but as an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. There's a lot more going on beneath those blonde surfer bangs than one might expect, and with "Marley & Me" coming out this Christmas, let's take a look at some of the fine...

New TV On DVD, Oct. 9

October 9th, 2007 8:00am EDT
CSI: New York
Primetime drama CSI: New York follows Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and Detective Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) as they crack cases using evidence they uncover at crime scenes. Season three is now on DVD. Also in stores: season two of Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, and Family Ties; season seven of Murder, She Wrote; Stargate SG-1 the complete series; and Roots the complete collection.

Gary Sinise Reunites With 'Forrest Gump' Costar Mykelti Williamson On 'CSI New York'

April 26th, 2007 6:30pm EDT
Forrest Gump stars Gary Sinise and Mykelti Williamson are set for a reunion on forensics drama CSI: NY.

Williamson, who played Bubba in the hit 1994 film, will join series regular Sinise (Lieutenant Dan) for a two episode arc beginning next week.

Williamson will play a hardcore detective investigating Sinise's character Mac after a serial killer dies in his custody.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Celebrity Birthdays, March 17

March 17th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Billy Corgan
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Birthday to The Darkness' former lead singer Justin Hawkins (1975), The Corrs singer Caroline Corr (1973), US soccer superstar Mia Hamm (1972), Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan (1967), actor Rob Lowe (1964), character actor Casey Siemaszko (1961), "CSI: New York" star Gary Sinise (1955), English actress Lesley-Anne Down (1954), "Sky High" actor Kurt Russell (1951), "Dallas" star Patrick Duffy (1949), Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner (1941), Jazz icon Nat King Cole (1919), golf legend Bobby Jones (1902), Oscar-winner Mercedes McCambridge (191...

Forrest Gump Sequel Planned

March 7th, 2007 8:15pm EST
Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump is set to return to the big screen, 13 years after Tom Hanks turned the unlikely hero into a movie sensation. Hanks, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of the slow-witted Gump, is considering a return for the sequel, while co-star Gary Sinise has reportedly shown interest in reprising his character, Lieutenant Dan.

According to website, celebrated screenwriter Eric Roth's 2001 Gump sequel screenplay is being tweaked by producers Steve Tisch and Wendy Finerman, after they settled an ongoing rights battle with Gump creator, novelist Winston Groom. Roth's sequ...

Gary Sinise Hosts Firefighter Documentary on History Channel

October 13th, 2006 8:00am EDT
Gary Sinise
From big city engine companies to small-town volunteer fire departments, thousands of firefighters across America risk their lives each day to protect our homes and families. “Into The Fire” captures the terror, exhilaration, heartbreak and joy of the self-proclaimed "ordinary people" who have chosen this difficult and dangerous career, even as budget cuts and domestic terrorism add to the challenges of the job.

Hosted by actor Gary Sinise, “Into The Fire” premieres October 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The History Channel. The film will also air on October 22 at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT.


Ex-Replacements Paul Westerberg Releases Soundtrack to "Open Season"

September 19th, 2006 5:42pm EDT
Open Season
Paul Westerberg's legendary status in rock 'n' roll history is more than secure. As leader of Minneapolis post-punk/pre-grunge icons The Replacements, Westerberg was the creative force behind one of the -- if not the -- most influential rock bands of the 1980s, creating a template that would later be adapted by such diverse rockers as Nirvana and Ryan Adams, among numerous others. And since 1991, he's maintained a solo career that would make most of his peers green with envy, if critically-acclaimed albums and fan respect still have anything to do with the equation.

Open Season; Featur...

Real Corpse Found On 'CSI: New York' Set

September 14th, 2006 8:59am EDT
CSI New York
The cast of CSI: New York had to deal with a real life corpse Tuesday when an actual mummified body was discovered inside a building where the show was shooting. The series is actually filmed in downtown Los Angeles, not New York, and the body was found on the fifth floor of a building used as a location shoot.

According to a source the body, "was discovered by a building engineer who checked on the tenant because he had not paid rent for the month."

Making matters even stranger was the fact that the show had already shot a similar episode revolving around the discovery of a mum...

DMX To Visit Troops in the Persian Gulf

August 23rd, 2006 12:02pm EDT
Rapper DMX will soon embark on his first USO tour to perform for troops stationed in the Persian Gulf region. The raspy-voiced rap superstar also will meet and greet service members.

Currently starring in his own reality show, "Soul of a Man," DMX recently released Year of the Dog ... Again, his first full-length album in three years and the sixth solo release for the Yonkers, N.Y., native. The album made its debut at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200.

This tour continues the USO's tradition of bringing entertainment to troops stationed far from home. Celebrities who have recently made...

Claire Forlani To Play Medical Examiner on 'CSI: NY'

August 9th, 2006 3:08pm EDT
Claire Forlani
Actress Claire Forlani is set to join the cast of hit forensic drama CSI: NY as a new love interest for Gary Sinise's character Mac Taylor. The star, who was romantically linked to Keanu Reeves earlier this summer and is now dating Scottish hunk Dougray Scott, will play a medical examiner on the show.

Forlani will initially appear in four episodes, but the period may be stretched if fans of the show like her character and the love match between her and widower Taylor.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

SCI FI Channel Acquires 'Star Trek: Enterprise,' 'Twlight Zone' & Other Series

August 3rd, 2006 11:47am EDT
The Twilight Zone
The SCI FI channel has acquired the rights to multiple made-for-television movies and series from CBS, including Star Trek: Enterprise, the Star Trek prequel series starring Scott Bakula and Jolene Blalock. The deal also includes exclusive cable rights to the classic series The Twilight Zone; the series "Tales from the Darkside"; several Stephen King miniseries; made-for-TV movies; and series such as "Haunted," Jake 2.0 and last fall's "Threshold."

“Enterprise,” which ran for four seasons between 2001-2005 on UPN, will premiere in early fall on the SCI FI Channel. The popular antholog...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 17

March 17th, 2006 3:00am EST
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Birthday to The Darkness' lead singer Justin Hawkins (1975), The Corrs singer Caroline Corr (1973), US soccer superstar Mia Hamm (1972), Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan (1967), actor Rob Lowe (1964), character actor Casey Siemaszko (1961), "CSI: New York" star Gary Sinise (1955), English actress Lesley-Anne Down (1954), "Sky High" actor Kurt Russell (1951), "Dallas" star Patrick Duffy (1949), Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner (1941), Jazz icon Nat King Cole (1919), golf legend Bobby Jones (1902), Oscar-winner Mercedes McCambridge (1918; d. 20...

Martin Lawrence's 'Open Season' To Be Released In Theaters & In IMAX 3D

March 9th, 2006 2:26pm EST
Open Season
3D simultaneously with the motion picture's premiere in conventional theatres on September 29, 2006.

The film centers on Boog (Martin Lawrence), a grizzly bear with no survival skills, who has his perfect world in the tranquil town of Timberline turned upside-down when he meets Elliot (Ashton Kutcher), a scrawny, fast-talking wild mule deer.

Elliot arrives in Timberline, missing an antler, and strapped to the hood of a truck, courtesy of the paranoid uber hunter Shaw (Gary Sinise). Against his better judgment, Boog frees Elliot. Elliot attempts to return the favor by "freeing" B...

Coldplay To Debut 'Talk' Ringtone On CSI: New York

November 29th, 2005 2:41pm EST
In a unique agreement that links the worlds of network television, music and wireless communications, a ring tone featuring a single from the Grammy Award-winning band Coldplay will be woven into an upcoming episode of CSI: New York. Moments later, after the scene is broadcast, a ring tone from that song will be offered to viewers for download on their personal cell phones.

As part of the cross promotion agreement between CBS and Capitol Records, a ring tone of Coldplay's "Talk," the second single from the double platinum album X&Y (click for review), will be embedded into the content...

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