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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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Celebrities That Turn 40 In 2013

January 2nd, 2013 1:37pm EST
Kate Beckinsale
What were you doing 40 years ago in 1973? Our guess is that many of you reading weren't even born yet? Taking a look back at history, here were a few things going on in the world that year.

The biggest story was then President Richard Nixon told the world he was "not a crook," as the Watergate hearings began. Also that year George Steinbrenner purchased the New York Yankees for a mere $12 million from CBS. Popular films included The Exorcist, The Sting, Live and Let Die and Bobby squealed like a pig in Deliverance. Top TV shows in 73' included The Odd Couple, The Partridge Family, Columbo,...
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'Dexter' Recap: 'Just Let Go' (6.06)

November 6th, 2011 10:00pm EST
Dexter
This week's Dexter sees our hero make an important decision about his direction in life...while those around him continue to have no idea where they're headed.

Dex gets the news from Deb that Brother Sam has been shot, which forces him to abandon his stalking of Travis and makes him seriously angry. He quickly zeroes in on Leo Hernandez, a gang member who replaced the man Dex killed. He doesn't get a chance to exact justice, though, as Leo is shot and killed in a standoff with the cops.

All should be well, but Dexter finds himself not so convinced of Leo's guilt after all. The r...
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'Dexter' Recap: 'A Horse of a Different Color' (6.04)

October 23rd, 2011 9:08pm EDT
Dexter
If last week's Dexter was more of a standalone episode, this week's throws us right back into the season-long arc, inducing squirms and gasps in equal measure.

Dexter's decided to go to the baptism Brother Sam invited him to after all, even though the idea of religious faith goes right over his head. It's too bad that they don't have time to have a discussion, because it might've come in handy when Dex is called out to deal with the "wicked rodeo" we saw at the end of last week's episode. New guy Mike (Billy Brown) quickly points out to the Metro team that it has something to do w...
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'Dexter' Recap: 'Once Upon A Time' (6.02)

October 9th, 2011 10:00pm EDT
Dexter
He might be a serial killer, but this week's Dexter left me wanting to hug Dexter Morgan - after all, he's just realized that he may be his son's worst enemy.

Harrison's getting older now, and Dexter is disturbed to find out that his son has picked up on some of his father's habits, making repeated references to "daddy's box" of blood slides. Having previously stated that he doesn't want to pass his Dark Passenger on to the tot, Dex makes a painful decision at episode's end: that he can no longer show his son his real nature, only the one that everyone else believes to be true.

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Previewing 'Dexter' Season 6 With Jennifer Carpenter

October 2nd, 2011 11:30am EDT
Dexter
Dexter Morgan has sliced his way into a bloody niche on TV. As it begins its sixth season tonight, Showtime's Dexter can boast both critical acclaim and an audience that's enraptured by the life of Miami's most loved serial killer. Dexter's biggest supporter - and also the largest threat to his lethal secret - is his sister, homicide detective Debra Morgan.

The show might be called Dexter, but Deb has been my favorite character on the series. She might have a smart mouth, but beyond that, she has an earnestness to bust the bad guys that I find admirable. She also displays a remarka...
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Mos Def To Change His Name To Yasiin In 2012

September 7th, 2011 8:32am EDT
Mos Def
Mos Def is retiring his famous name at the end of 2011.

The rapper/actor will start 2012 under the moniker Yasiin.

He tells MTV2's Sucker Free show, "Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years; it's a name that the streets taught me, a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment, and I feel I've done quite a bit with that name and it's time to expand and move on."

"Also, I didn't want to have to deal with having any moniker or separation between the self that I see and know myself as."

The Italian Job star's birth name is Dante Terrel...
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Dexter Gets His Wings (Photo)

August 12th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Dexter | Photo Credits: Showtime
Producers promised Dexter would explore faith this season and in this first-look photo, it looks like he's earned his wings — in blood, at least.

Dexter Exclusive: In Season 6, Dexter finds... faith?

When "the avenging angel returns," Dexter (Michael C. Hall) will take on single parenting while hiding his secret hobby from his increasingly suspicious sister. The Showtime series will further the spirituality theme with the addition to the cast of Edward James Olmos as a renowned professor of religious history and Mos as an ex-con who found his mission in life by helping other cons. Colin H...
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RIP Soul Icon Gil Scott-Heron

May 28th, 2011 8:45am EDT
Gil Scot Heron
Legendary jazz and soul musician Gil Scott-Heron has died at the age of 62.

The iconic artist, poet and activist passed away in New York on Friday afternoon after falling sick following a trip to Europe.

Born in Chicago, Illinois to Jamaican soccer player Gilbert Heron and singer Bobbie Scott, the star spent his early years in Jackson, Tennessee before moving to the Big Apple with his mother following his parents' divorce.

He began his recording career in 1970 with his debut album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, a disc containing songs about social and political topics of the time, includ...
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Mos Def Scraps Tour Down Under

January 19th, 2011 8:35am EST
Mos Def
Rapper Mos Def has disappointed fans in Australasia by mysteriously axing his tour of the continent.

The hip-hop star was scheduled to kick off a series of gigs in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday, with subsequent dates scheduled for Australian cities including Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.

The start date had already been altered once before - a concert in Melbourne on Sunday was canceled at late notice too.

Mos Def has yet to comment on the cancellations.

New dates are expected to be announced within a week.
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Milla Jovovich Doesn't Look So Beautiful At 'Biutiful' Premiere

December 15th, 2010 11:00am EST
Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich attended the Los Angeles premiere of "Biutiful" wearing an African-print dress. Despite being low cut, the very baggy dress does nothing for her figure. What do you think?

Milla stars in the upcoming film "Keep Coming Back" in which a sheltered teenager with a weak heart discovers that there is more to life than he ever imagined when he becomes smitten with a world-weary, alcoholic ex-stripper.

Milla stars as the exotic dancer who becomes charmed by the infatuated teen's naïveté, with Mos Def, Steve Buscemi, and William H. Macy rounding out the cast of this coming-of-age d...
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Sagittarius Celebrities: Happy Birthday To A-List Archers

November 24th, 2010 6:00pm EST
Scarlett Johansson, born November 22nd.
Sagittarius Celebrities are numerous, and as November 22nd marks the beginning of the Sun in Sagittarius now is the perfect time to spotlight some of the most famous—and stereotypical—Sag A-Listers. Whether you are a Sagittarius looking for more information on your Sun Sign, or you merely want to know more about the driving force behind your favorite Celebrities, here is nearly a month’s worth of famous Sagittarius Celebrities. Interested in wooing a Sagittarius? Click here to read about first date ideas for Sag and other Signs.

Sagittarians, symbolized by the Archer and Centaur, are born ...
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Milla Jovovich's Pumpkin-Colored Gown - Hot Or Not?

October 31st, 2010 12:00pm EDT
Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich got into the Halloween spirit earlier this week with a bright orange gown at the 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills.

The actress/supermodel stars in the upcoming film "Keep Coming Back" about a sheltered teenager with a weak heart who discovers that there is more to life than he ever imagined when he becomes smitten with a world-weary, alcoholic ex-stripper.

Milla stars as the exotic dancer who becomes charmed by the infatuated teen's naïveté, with Mos Def, Steve Buscemi, and William H. Macy rounding out the cast of this coming-of-age drama that marks the d...
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Concert Promoters Sue Mos Def

August 28th, 2010 12:41pm EDT
Mos Def
Hip-hop star Mos Def is facing a lawsuit from concert promoters who allege he cancelled a show just 24 hours before his scheduled slot.

The rapper was due to perform at the Kool Haus in Toronto, Canada on February 24, according to papers filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday.

But Mos Def, real name Dante Smith, allegedly pulled out of the gig just one day before, despite taking a $12,500 deposit on the condition he would perform.

REMG Entertainment bosses claim he failed to return the money and they lost another $45,000 in "lost customers, sales, and goodwill", reports T...
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Will Smith Named Top Rapping Actor

August 19th, 2010 8:28am EDT
Will Smith
Will Smith has hammered the competition in a poll to find the best rapper-turned-actor.

The I Am Legend star, who enjoyed rap success with hits like Summertime and movie themes Wild Wild West and Men in Black, landed 58 per cent of the vote in the MovieTickets.com survey.

Mark Wahlberg came in second with 23 per cent and T.I. edged out Ludacris and Mos Def to land in third spot with seven per cent.

Crash star Ludacris and The Italian Job's Mos Def both garnered six per cent.

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Gorillaz Return With 'Plastic Beach'; Out March 9

January 21st, 2010 6:30pm EST
Gorillaz
Five years on from the release of "Demon Days", Murdoc Niccals and co. return with Plastic Beach. Gorillaz have taken up residence, recording on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific, a 'Plastic Beach' HQ, made up of the detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This 'Plastic Beach' is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet.

The album is preceded by the first single, "Stylo" (featuring Mos Def and Bobby Womack), which debuted on radio broadcasts last night and will be available for download on January 26.

Confirming ...
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DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

October 15th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
DJ Hero song list
Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...
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Best Space Movies

June 12th, 2009 9:53am EDT
Moon
The subject of space is a difficult one in terms of selecting films. Qualifying elements are somewhat subjective. Does the film have to take place in space? Must it include aliens? Does a mere reference to space, or different planets, make it a "space" film? In short, is it merely a subgenre of science fiction? Space and science fiction, while not mutually exclusive, can occur without the other.

In celebration of the release of one of the newest and most promising space films, Moon, check out a brief list of our favorite space films. What you will find below is a mix of films t...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

May 4th, 2009 9:03am EDT
Star Trek
In the second week of our summer movie season, we have a lull in the number of films coming out. There are just three movies being released, and of those, two are premiering in mainstream theaters. Despite being a quiet week though, we have the release of "Star Trek," one of the most highly anticipated blockbusters of the summer, as well as "Next Day Air" and "Rudo y Cursi."

STAR TREK

In this re-imagination of the "Star Trek" franchise, the story chronicles the early adventures of James T. Kirk, Spock, and the other characters aboard the USS Enterprise from the original series. ...
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'House' Recap: 'Locked In'

April 1st, 2009 9:43am EDT
House
One of the ways that "House" becomes more than just your average procedural is how, occasionally, the writers and directors like to be more surreal and artistic. Occasionally it does not work, but on the most part these episodes are a wide success and praised. The car crash last season with Amber's death is an example, or the second season with House being shot. This week's episode "Locked In" is about perspective and how people make their own prisons, and it guest stars Mos Def as the patient of the week. It is also somewhat based off the excellent movie The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
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Opening December 5: Cadillac Records

December 3rd, 2008 9:59am EST
Cadillac Records
The story of the blues in 1950s Chicago is told in Sony BMG Film's Cadillac Records, a musical drama written and directed by TV veteran Darnell Martin. The film stars Adrien Brody as Chess Records founder Leonard Chess, with Jeffrey Wright portraying R&B legend Muddy Waters, Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon, Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James, and Mos Def doing his best Chuck Berry.

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Warrant Issued For Mos Def's Arrest

November 6th, 2008 8:39am EST
Mos Def
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of rapper/actor Mos Def. Las Vegas authorities are on the hunt for the star, real name Dante Smith, following his alleged attack on a fashion photographer in August.

Mos Def faces charges of felony robbery and malicious destruction of private property, according to TMZ.com.

Photographer Volker Corell claims the rap star ripped a camera from his neck, smashed it to the ground and then took off with it.
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Filling TV's Black Hole: David Alan Grier's 'Chocolate News' Premieres Oct. 15

October 7th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
David Alan Grier
David Alan Grier adds a new flavor to Comedy Central with "Chocolate News," an outrageous, character-driven sketch magazine series debuting Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30 p.m.

In Living Color alum and Tony® Award-nominee David Alan Grier is the creator, executive producer and host of "Chocolate News," a hilarious take on pop culture events that makes no apologies for its biased approach.

An encore presentation of the debut episode of "Chocolate News" will air October 15 at 11:00 p.m. The ten-episode series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. (all times ET/PT)

"Ch...
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Slick Rick Among Honorees At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

October 6th, 2008 3:46pm EDT
Slick Rick
NEW YORK (AP) - Even though he's considered one of rap's all-time greats, when Slick Rick is asked about his most significant accomplishment, he doesn't mention having a platinum-selling record, classic hits like "Children's Story" or even his most recent accolade - getting saluted as a pioneer at the "VH1 Hip-Hop Honors."

Instead, he cites: owning a home. "I guess my biggest accomplishment would be to purchase some real estate in the Bronx ... to have something to fall back on a rainy day," Slick Rick, who's now a landlord, said in a recent interview. While that may seem rather mundan...
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Why Are So Many Rappers Acting?

August 27th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Hancock
This isn't to bash rappers, nor is it to say that these artists aren't allowed to pursue different paths in Hollywood. With so many prominent rappers acquiring roles in big movies though, it begs the question-why?

It's not as if rappers in movies are a new thing. In 1991, Mario Van Peebles cast Ice-T as a cop in "New Jack City," a film that is beloved by many. That same year, director John Singleton cast Ice Cube as a Los Angeles gangbanger in "Boyz N the Hood." These two movies helped open the floodgates for rappers to enter the world of acting.

Soon, Will Smith went from rap...
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How Will We Categorize Our Current Decade of Music?

July 24th, 2008 8:45am EDT
50 Cent
We all know that the 70s was the decade of classic/arena rock, the 80s was the decade of hair metal/synth pop and the 90s was the decade of grunge/alternative rock. This brings up a question that a lot of music lovers must wonder: how will we categorize our current decade of music?

It's funny how music tends to change every generation. The 70s was the era of classic rock where groups such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd took over the entire music scene. Next up was the 80s, where both hair metal rockers such as Guns 'N Roses, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi reigned, along with ...
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No More Elgin Lumpkin Or Georgios Panayioutous: Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

July 21st, 2008 10:43am EDT
Cher
Marilyn Monroe was originally christened Norma Jean. Archibald Leach opted for the more debonair nom de guerre Cary Grant. At the age of 10, musical prodigy Steveland Morris was dubbed (by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.) "Little Stevie Wonder." These aren't the only celebrities who bid farewell to the names bestowed upon them in infancy; among those in the public eye, adopting a more star-worthy moniker seems to be the rule, not the exception.

Stage Names

Where stage names are concerned, some stars keep it succinct. Musicians Cher and Seal shortened their names from Cherilyn and ...
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Dub Trio: These Cats Have Claws

March 21st, 2008 9:48am EDT
Dub Trio
As the backing band for Mike Patton's Peeping Tom, DP Holmes, Stu Brooks, and Joe Tomino have performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and in front of 10,000 fans at Madison Square Garden as openers for The Who; individually they've performed with 50 Cent, The Fugees, and Mos Def; and together, as Dub Trio, they create a sound Holmes describes " a cross between metal, punk, rock, ambient, and dub music." Starpulse spoke with Holmes about the trio's latest release, Another Sound is Dying, how fireworks make the recording process easier, and the notion of Funishment.

What significance ...
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Three Rappers Turned Successful Hollywood Actors

March 4th, 2008 11:55am EST
Will Smith
Music entertainers are constantly making the transition from the world of singing to acting. The goal is usually to be a double, triple or quadruple threat via becoming an amazing musician/actor; musician/actor/producer or musician/actor/producer/director.

Specifically, it is not uncommon to hear of rappers going from the music video screen to the small and big screens. There a number of them who have done it quite successfully. But, there are three in particular whose success has surpassed all expectations. They are: Will Smith (a.k.a. Fresh Prince), Mark Wahlberg (a.k.a. Marky Ma...
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Grammy-Nominated Trumpeter Christian Scott To Release Highly Anticipated Sophomore Album, 'Anthem,' Aug. 28

August 14th, 2007 5:27pm EDT
Christian Scott
On August 28, 2007, Concord Jazz will release Anthem, the highly anticipated sophomore album from Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott. Anthem is a powerful collection of 12 tracks teeming indie-rock, neo-soul, hip-hop and jazz and features an appearance by Brother J of X-Clan on the finale track "Anthem (Postdiluvial Adaptation)". The tracks on the album give us a taste of Christian's hometown, New Orleans, and the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, however it also reflects the many changes Scott has gone through since releasing his debut album in 2006. "My life changed completel...
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