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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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18 Female Celebrities Who Graduated From College

April 6th, 2014 11:00am EDT
18 Female Celebrities Who Graduated From College
The ability to entertain is not the only asset most female celebrities possess. Quite a few of them furthered their education after high school and graduated with top honors from college. Of course, you do not need a college degree to become a successful actor or singer. However, quite often a celebrity, female or male, put their passion on hold to complete their education or continue working while attending college. The following list of the most educated female celebrities may surprise you.

The "American Idol" season four winner Carrie Underwood graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor'...
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Hot Beefy Babes

March 9th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Hot Beefy Babes
Hollywood is full of women of all shapes and sizes, and it's time to pay tribute to the sexy stars who aren't a size 0. These beefy babes are well-built, robust actresses and singers who are beautiful and talented in their own right.

Khloe Kardashian towers over her sisters, but she knows how to work it on the red carpet. She shows off her best assets and isn't afraid to flaunt her figure in form-fitting clothing.

The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" star told Cosmopolitan: "I'm proud for losing weight when I wanted to and I've never resorted to surgery. I'm not against it - one day I pr...
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Review: Super Bowl XLVIII's Music Performances Exceed Expectations

February 3rd, 2014 8:10pm EST
Bruno Mars
2014 is all about trying new things, personally and professionally – or something like that. Last year, I put my two cents in about the Super Bowl halftime show, but didn’t critique the other performances – “America The Beautiful” and of course “The Star Spangled Banner.” Rather than merely focusing on what my boy Bruno Mars did, I’mma give some analysis to Queen Latifah (“American The Beautiful”) and Renée Fleming (“The Star Spangled Banner”) as well. And yes, it is love – for the most part!

Queen Latifah

“America The Beautiful”

Queen Latifah is nothing short of a Renaissance woman....
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Queen Latifah To Sing At The Super Bowl

January 28th, 2014 10:23am EST
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah will perform "America the Beautiful" at the Super Bowl this weekend. She will sing the tune during the pre-game show at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on February 2.

Queen Latifah, 43, was born in Newark, N.J., and raised in East Orange, so the venue will certainly be particularly special for her. This will be the second time the star has sung the song at the Super Bowl, initially performing in 2010.

During the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, Queen Latifah, whose sexual preference has been the subject of debate, officiated 33 weddings during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' perfor...
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John Travolta, Alicia Keys Help Queen Latifah Kick Off Her New Talk Show

September 17th, 2013 9:00am EDT
Queen Latifah
On Monday, Queen Latifah kicked off her new daytime talk show with celebrity pals John Travolta, Lenny Kravitz and Alicia Keys.

Twelve years after her first short-lived chat show ended, the actress returned to the small screen to launch "The Queen Latifah Show" with a little help from her A-list friends.

Latifah told the audience: "Thank you so much for being with me today, and really throughout my whole career. Everything that I have done has led me to this moment.
 
"This is my chance to do all of the things that I love. I get to introduce you to amazing people who are doing extraordina...
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Justin Bieber And 10 Other Celebrities Who Hosted And Musically Performed On 'Saturday Night Live'

January 9th, 2013 1:07pm EST
Justin Bieber
On February 9, Justin Bieber will become the latest star to simultaneously host Saturday Night Live and perform as the episode's musical act. However, he's far from the first.

The Rolling Stones are the only entire band to provide comedy and music on the show. Everyone but Bill Hyman was involved in the sketch comedy way back in 1978. Last season, Mick Jagger returned to both host and sing, giving him the honor of being the star with the longest gap in time between appearances.

Janet Jackson headed both sides of SNL in 2004, only two months after her infamous wardrobe malfunction du...
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Queen Latifah Didn't 'Come Out' At Gay Pride Festival

June 4th, 2012 10:49pm EDT
Queen Latifah
Rapper/actress Queen Latifah has dismissed a fresh wave of speculation about her sexuality after performing at a gay pride event in California.

The Hairspray star, who has often been dogged by rumors suggesting she's a lesbian, headlined the Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival in Long Beach last month and many blogs and media outlets took that as a sign she was finally 'coming out'.

But Latifah has since brushed off the claim, insisting her appearance was misconstrued.

She tells Entertainment Weekly, "That definitely wasn't the case. I've never dealt with the question of my personal life in p...
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Beyonce Shares Stunning Photos From Her First Concert Since Having Blue Ivy

May 30th, 2012 10:30am EDT
Beyonce
King B is back!!! Over the weekend Beyonce hit the stage for the first time since giving birth to her daughter Blue Ivy. And word is that the singer almost burned the building down with her smoking hot performances.

The four night concert was held at the Revel in Atlantic City celebrating the luxurious resort's grand opening. Many of the who's whos in Hollywood and other notables attended the festivities during the weekend.

Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian and Queen Latifah were just a few big names. Here are some stunning photos that the "End Of Time" diva shared via Tumblr.

Doesn't she l...
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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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Check Out 'Joyful Noise' On Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download May 1

April 30th, 2012 4:07am EDT
Joyful Noise
The light, gentle comedy "Joyful Noise" from director Todd Graff stars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah in the tale of a small-town choir determined to win a national choral competition.

As the choir leaders, G.G. Sparrow and Vi Rose Hill (Parton and Latifah) band together and set out to win at any cost, supported by their eager young participants (Jeremy Jordan, Keke Palmer and others).

G.G. and Vi Rose have to put aside their differences for the good of the people in their town in order to make the most joyful noise of all. And along the way, two teens fall in love with music and each oth...
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Kelly Clarkson To Star In New TV Singing Show 'Duets'

March 8th, 2012 3:39pm EST
Kelly Clarkson
Former American Idol champion Kelly Clarkson is set to front a new reality TV singing show with Lionel Richie.

The singer, who won the first season of Simon Cowell's talent show in 2002, is becoming a TV judge herself on a new series called Duets, in which a number of stars will head out across America to find a collaborative partner.

Richie will also be joining the show along with Robin Thicke and country star Jennifer Nettles.

During the series, the four stars will go looking for singers to be their duet partner, and each week will feature a performance in front of a studio audience...
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Queen Latifah Launching TV Talent Show

March 6th, 2012 10:19am EST
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah is following in the footsteps of Simon Cowell by launching a new reality TV show with stars including Gloria Estefan and John Rich scouting for talent across the U.S.

The rapper/actress is executive producer of a competition called The Star Next Door, in which celebrity mentors will travel to cities across the country to seek out local performers with potential.

The show will differ from rivals such as American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice by sending the judges out to find potential competitors instead of holding open auditions.

A statement from the CW network reads,...
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Queen Latifah's Father Bought Her A Gun At Age Five

January 12th, 2012 9:23am EST
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah learned how to protect herself at an early age after her dad bought her a gun when she was just five years old.

The R&B singer grew up in New Jersey with her older brother and together they were taught by their police officer father, Lancelot Owens, Sr., how to fend for themselves.

She tells TV host Jay Leno, "He bought us these guns! I was about five. Real guns. He bought me a German Luger (pistol) and he bought my brother a .38 Snub (nosed revolver). My brother was into the cowboy thing, so that kind of worked a little better for him. It was so cool."

However, the Chic...
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Cyrus Clan, Minus Miley, Attend 'Joyful Noise' Premiere

January 10th, 2012 8:38am EST
Cyrus family
Noah, Tish, Brandi and Billy Ray Cyrus attended the "Joyful Noise" Los Angeles Premiere yesterday. The most famous member of the family, Miley, was absent.

The film stars Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah in the tale of a small-town choir determined to win a national choral competition. As the choir leaders, G.G. Sparrow and Vi Rose Hill band together and set out to win at any cost, supported by their eager young participants.

Billy Ray starred with his daughter Miley in "Hannah Montana." Billy Ray's stepdaughter Brandi, 24, and daughter Noah, 12, also guest starred on their sister's show.
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Contraband,' 'Joyful Noise' & More

January 9th, 2012 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
After a great deal of hype, I finally watched David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and honestly I’m not in love with it. Aside from the fact that it’s long-winded at 2.5 hours, the movie isn’t all that exciting in the first act. We get to see two separate storylines involving Lisbeth (Rooney Mara) and Mikael (Daniel Craig), which aren’t very compelling on their own, especially Craig’s portion.

My biggest gripe however, is its over-sexualized lead character Lisbeth. Even though I haven’t read the book series on which the film is based, I understand that Lisbeth is not terr...
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Check Out 'Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas,' Now On Blu-ray & DVD!

December 11th, 2011 7:04am EST
Ice Age A Mammoth Christmas
If you or your kids are fans of the "Ice Age" films, we have a treat for you! In "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas," America's favorite arctic herd is busy decorating for the holiday season. In his rush to help, Sid (John Leguizamo) destroys Manny's (Ray Romano) favorite decorations.

Manny is so upset he convinces Sid he is now on Santa's naughty list. Sid, Crash (Seann William Scott), Eddie (Josh Peck) and Peaches (Ciara Bravo) take off for the North Pole to plead their case to Santa (Billy Gardell). Meanwhile, Manny, Ellie (Queen Latifah) and Diego (Denis Leary), worry over Peaches' saf...
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Queen Latifah: 'I'm Definitely Going To Adopt'

November 18th, 2011 3:34pm EST
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah is ready to become a mother and wants to adopt a child.

The rapper-turned-actress has long refused to comment on reports she's gay, and keeps her private life strictly out of the public domain.

However, the 41-year-old star has opened up about her desire to be a mom, and reveals she has been eager to adopt a child since she was a teen.

She tells More magazine, "I'm definitely going to adopt - or have - a child. I've wanted to adopt since I was 17 or 18 years old."
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Queen Latifah Lands Her Own Talk Show

November 1st, 2011 12:03am EDT
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah is to host her own syndicated talk show.

The rapper/singer and actress has teamed with Overbrook Entertainment bosses Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith and Sony Pictures Television to produce a new daytime show.

Overbrook's spokesman Miguel Melendez tells WENN, "We have known and admired Latifah for over 20 years, dating back to our music days, to her first television role on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and years later when she worked with Jada on the film Set It Off.

"This forum is the perfect place to showcase Latifah's tremendous range of talents and unique ability to connect...
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Stacey Dash Quits 'Single Ladies' To Focus On Motherhood

September 1st, 2011 8:57am EDT
Stacey Dash
Actress Stacey Dash has quit her role on Queen Latifah's TV show Single Ladies to concentrate on life as a mom.

The Clueless star played fashion boutique owner Val Stokes in the first series of the VH1 comedy, which is filmed in Atlanta, Georgia.

However, Dash has decided to leave the show before season two begins shooting to spend more time with her family, who live in Los Angeles.

She tells GlobalGrind.com, "I truly enjoyed playing Val on Single Ladies, but I have decided to leave the show. I have to be back in L.A. with my children right now and the Single Ladies shooting location ...
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Play Against Queen Latifah On HSN's 'Fall Looks We Love Matching Game'

August 29th, 2011 11:11am EDT
Queen Latifah
HSN Arcade allows shoppers the opportunity to combine casual gaming with the ecommerce experience. Check out the Fall Looks We Love Matching Game against HSN’s newest star, Queen Latifah. The Queen Collection debuted on HSN on August 27.

You will have the chance to beat Queen Latifah until September 12.

The HSN Arcade enables users to play their favorite games online while they simultaneously watch HSN streaming live in HD, view the item currently on-air and quickly shop the last 15 items aired, all on one screen.

Play the game HERE!

* Starpulse received a HSN gift card in conjunction...
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George Clooney's Ex Elisabetta Canalis Reportedly Joins 'Dancing With The Stars'

August 17th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Elisabetta Canalis
George Clooney's ex-girlfriend is to waltz away the blues as one of the celebrity contestants on the upcoming 13th season of hit TV show "Dancing With The Stars," according to a new report.

Elisabetta Canalis split from the movie hunk in June, but she's already moving on with her life after allegedly signing on to dance on TV.

Ironically, Clooney's rumored new love, Stacy Kiebler, is a former contestant on the show.

TV bosses are refusing to comment on Eonline.com's report about the casting; the celebrity dancers will be announced on August 29.

Rumors suggesting "Jersey Shore" star Snoo...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Cast Rumors: Snooki, Kristin Cavallari, More

August 16th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Dancing with the Stars
There are only 13 days left before the live unveiling of the celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars airs on ABC August 29. That means that really juicy rumors are coming through the woodworks over who could be shaking their stuff on the dance floor for the 13th season. Here are some of the best:

Snooki, Tiffani Thiessen, and Queen Latifah were all named in the same rumor recently as shoe-ins for spots on the show. However, Queen Latifah officially said through a representative that she wasn't doing the show, putting the rest of the list in doubt. Still, we think Snooki and Tiffani are gr...
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Queen Latifah Not Joining 'Dancing With The Stars'

August 15th, 2011 9:14am EDT
Queen Latifah
A representative for Queen Latifah has shot down rumours the rapper-turned-actress will be donning her dancing shoes to compete on the forthcoming season of Dancing With The Stars.

TMZ.com recently claimed the star had signed up to show off her fancy footwork on the reality TV competition, alongside R&B singer Christina Milian.

But the rap icon has no plans to step on the dancefloor when the 13th series of the programme launches in September.

Her spokesperson tells UsMagazine.com, "Queen Latifah will not appear on Dancing With the Stars."
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Mary J. Blige Takes Acting Lessons To Prepare For Film Career

August 8th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Mary J. Blige
R&B star Mary J. Blige is taking acting lessons in an effort to ensure she's worthy of future film roles.

The singer made her big screen acting debut in I Can Do Bad All By Myself and she's currently shooting musical Rock of Ages.

Blige will also play jazz and blues legend Nina Simone in a new biopic - and she's determined to master her new craft.

She says, "I'm trying to do everything - I have a dialect coach, acting coach, piano coach... everything. I'm just doing what I'm doing. The film thing is going to start happening more often because I'm trying to nail it, not just get an act...
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Nicki Minaj And Heather Morris Join The Cast Of 'Ice Age 4'

August 5th, 2011 8:51am EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj and Glee regular Heather Morris have joined the cast of Ice Age for the prehistoric film franchise's next sequel.

The hip-hop star and the dancer/actress will join newcomers Joy Behar, Nick Frost, JB Smoove and Alan Tudyk in Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Ice Age regulars Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo will return for the film, which will also feature Jeremy Renner, Seann William Scott, Wanda Sykes, Drake and Jennifer Lopez.
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Dina Lohan Could Join 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 13

July 11th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Dina Lohan
Dina Lohan may join the cast of Dancing with the Stars for its 13th season. According to the NY Post, Dina was at a party when it was overheard that she was in talks with ABC to join the reality competition.

If she signs on, she'll be in a cast that allegedly includes Shaquille O'Neal, Donnie Whalberg, Khloe Kardashian, Nick Jonas, Queen Latifah, Regis Philbin, and Mike Tyson.

In other Dancing news, Season 12 champion Hines Ward was arrested over the weekend for DUI. His lawyer has since refuted the police's claims of intoxication.
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Queen Latifah To Launch Clothing Line

May 24th, 2011 2:16pm EDT
Queen Latifah
Rapper/actress Queen Latifah is branching out into the fashion industry - she's launching her own clothing line.

The Bringing Down the House star has teamed with cable TV bosses at the Home Shopping Network (HSN) for The Queen Collection, a venture which includes clothes, handbags and other accessories.

Latifah says, "I wanted my collection to reflect my personal style while giving women the tools to build a wardrobe they can feel good in. I partnered with HSN because it's the ideal platform to share my story and the stories of women who inspired me. I hope to instill confidence in hund...
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Stars Come Together To Support Mary J Blige's Charity

May 2nd, 2011 4:32pm EDT
mary j
Last night, some of the hottest women in music came together at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom to support Mary J. Blige and her charity, FFAWN, supporting women to reach their full potential. Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Corrine Bailey Rae, Jill Scott and Anita J joined forces with Mary J on stage to deliver some jaw-dropping performances.

Other celebrities in attendance included Evan Rachel Wood, Dianna Agron, Russel Simmons, Queen Latifah and a whole lot more. In true Manhattan fashion, the event was decorated by one of the fashion industry’s finest, Donna Karan, with cocktails flo...
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Royal Wedding Or Royal Pain?

April 29th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
The Royal Couple
The Royal Wedding media frenzy has reached its long awaited and much anticipated climax of annoyance. Millions followed the 24-7 coverage surrounding the impending nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton and their dutiful allegiance and support has not been in vain. Today, Kate Middleton’s fairy tale came to a dramatic close. As the world watched, glued to their TV sets, Kate said goodbye to her pauper past when she said “I do” to her prince. Oh wait, Kate Middleton hails from a wealthy, high society, upper-class British family. Oh well…

If you weren’t fortunate enough to procur...
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