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We all have a stretch of time in our past where we were on some other stuff or trying to find ourselves. We talked different, dressed odd, and everyone told us it was just a phase, and thankfully they were right. The same can be said of these celebs. While individuality and creativity should be applauded, many people were scratching their heads and raising their eyebrows when these stars went through their weird phases.
Christina Aguilera always knew she would be a star. Getting her start early on the “Mickey Mouse Club,” Aguilera’s career began along the same time as fellow pop diva Britney Spears. Trying to differentiate herself from her rival, Aguilera decided to be edgy and played up her sexuality and bad girl image to help sell records. Catching a lot of negative criticism for her overly sexual image, Aguilera eventually toned things down after a brief hiatus to start a family and retool her image. Most recently, Aguilera has rejoined her red seat on NBC’s hit singing reality competition show “The Voice.”
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After watching this year’s Emmy awards, many people felt as if actress Kerry Washington was robbed. After losing out to Claire Danes in the category for “Best Actress,” the “Scandal” star took it in stride but here is a list of other actors who were passed over for their stellar roles.
Denzel Washington: Malcom X
Denzel Washington has had a long and stellar career in Hollywood that has spanned almost four decades. In addition to playing various characters, Washington also had to flex his acting skills when it came to playing real-life people. He received critical acclaim for his portrayals of Steve Biko, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas, and Herman Boone but it was his starring role in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X that should’ve earned the native New Yorker an Academy award. Although he was nominated for Best Actor, Washington lost out to Al Pacino. Lee was very vocal about his feelings saying, among other things, “I’m not the only one who thinks Denzel was robbed on that one.”
Last week at the Toronto Film Festival, scenes from the premiere of “12 Years A Slave” caused audience members to walk out of the theater due to torturous beating scenes. Despite the backlash, the star of the movie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, defended its violence. He told The Independent it was vital for the film’s viewers to see a clear depiction of Solomon Northup’s autobiography, which shares the same title, on the big screen.
“Solomon’s story is full of [violence] but also full of beauty and hope and human respect and dignity. With Steve [McQueen, the director] there to guide it, we weren’t afraid to explore all that, and go to those dark places.”
“12 Years A Slave” tells the tale of a born-freed man, Solomon Northup, who was a musician in Saratoga Springs, New York. Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. The movie opens up with Northup being beaten 15 times with a bat and then whipped by his kidnappers. The film also features slave lynchings, and most notoriously, a gruesome scene featuring a plantation owner who strung a slave to a post to beat her a total of 41 times.
Although some audience members left the Toronto premiere, “12 Years A Slave” still received a 10-minute standing ovation. Based on that response, many expect the film to receive numerous Oscar nominations. Director Steve McQueen told the audience the reason he wanted to adapt Northup’s story into a motion picture:
“I wanted to see that story on film, It’s that simple.”
Actor Brad Pitt who had a role in the film also served as a producer and said:
”Steve was the first to ask why there have not been more films on the US history of slavery. It’s a question it took a Brit to ask.”
Though we doubt Steve McQueen was the first person who thought the narratives of slaves needed to be heard and served justice, we do know he had the access to provide a platform for the terrifying experience Northup endured. McQueen is a black British director, his nation — England — had a different relationship with slavery than the United States. England abolished slavery in their colonies before America and implemented colonialism instead. Perhaps if a black American filmmaker had a similar approach, media outlets in the States would have viewed ”12 Years A Slave” as an exaggeration of the slave experience.
Below is a trailer of “12 Year A Slave.” What do you think about the film?
’12 Years A Slave’ will be in theaters October 18! Will you go watch the film?
Sometimes a young star will go above and beyond to shake the child-like image that follows them throughout their career, but these 15 child actors didn’t have to worry about that. These former child stars raised major eyebrows by taking on parts in very adult-themed movies.
Rosario Dawson was sitting on the steps of a building in the East Village of Manhattan one day when a director of a movie saw a budding star. Cast in the 1995 film Kids, a 16-year-old Dawson played a wild and loose teenager whose concerns over contracting AIDS forced her to take an HIV test. Dawson has gone on to star in many projects, including independent movies and documentaries. Up next for the native New Yorker is a reprisal of her Sin City character Gail.
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Even celebrities want to quit their day job every now and again. These 15 stars have threatened to walk away from it all, but truth be told, we don’t think they’re going anywhere.
R&B singer Chris Brown knows his fans and the media hang on to every move, word and tweet, so when the “Don’t Judge Me” singer took to his twitter page recently, he must’ve known it’d start a fire storm. Hinting at retiring from music, Brown tweeted that his upcoming “X” album will probably be his last. He later said, “Being famous is amazing when it’s for ur music and talent. I’m tired of being famous for a mistake I made when I was 18. I’m cool & over it!” Brown has faced a backlash ever since he brutally attacked his then girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009.
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Back in the day, everybody had somebody they’d see in a movie or on television and say, “DAMN he’s fine!” Like the Idris Elbas and Lenny Kravitzs of today, in the ’90s and earlier we were fanning ourselves over these good looking guys. While some of our crushes didn’t blossom the way we thought they would, the good news is, these fellas just kept on looking good. Here are 14 fine men we used to crush on who managed to somehow stay delicious years (and a few kids) later.
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Yesterday’s arrival of Prince William and Kate’s son has many of us suffering from a mild case of Royal baby fever. There is something about those little faces that make us swoon with excitement. In particular, there seems to be something about celebrity babies that makes us rush to our computers or the newsstands for the first images.
Most celebrities make more money than we will ever see in our lifetime. And when they have kids, some magazines are willing to shell out millions for a first look at their bundle of joy. Here are some of the most expensive celebrity baby photos with crazy payouts.
Pop culture has been known to influence many of our habits and choices. Whether it’s how we dress, what we listen to or watch, or even what we eat for that matter. We have all, at some point in our lives, been enticed to rock what our favorite stars are rocking. With more and more celebrities hopping on the endorsement deal bandwagon, the question now becomes whether you will buy into the hype.
Here are some celebrity endorsements that are currently making waves. Will you purchase the products based on its known quality, or because of the star promoting it?
The Last Slave Movie: See The First Trailer For “12 Years A Slave” Starring Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, And Alfre Woodard
Now I know you’re probably sick and tired of the slave/black maid movies that have been all over the place for the last couple of years, but before you turn a side-eye to this new film, 12 Years A Slave, you should check out the trailer first. It looks like it’s going to be epic.
Starring British (and Nigerian) actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry (from Beasts of the Southern Wild) and directed by London-born talent Steve McQueen (and he’s black too!), 12 Years A Slave is of course about the true story of Solomon Northup, a free-born black man who was later kidnapped and sold into slavery. After 12 years in slavery, he was later freed and because of his struggle, in 1840 a law was passed in New York to help recover free-blacks who were being taken against their will and sold into slavery.
The movie seems to tell Northup’s tale with brutal honesty, as well as his fight not to give up under a form of adversity most would crumble under. The acting looks great, the movie looks both entertaining and moving, and as usual, McQueen (Shame, Hunger) is providing us with another true story of courage in a way that only he can (and with the help of actor Michael Fassbender for the third time straight). Check out the trailer and let us know if you would go see it. 12 Years A Slave will be released October 18.
Some celebrities are known for their philanthropic work, whether it be giving back to the community or volunteering their time for a specific cause. Here’s a list of celebrities who dug deep in their hearts and wallets to donate big when a natural disaster struck:
When a catastrophic earthquake rocked the tiny Caribbean country of Haiti, it killed more than 230,000 and left millions more without a home. Former Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean was one of the first people who made their way down to his home country to help search for survivors. In addition to helping out physically, the rapper/producer used the power of social media to ask for help, raising more than $1 million for Yele Haiti with a single tweet. All of Jean’s hard work would be overshadowed a year later when his charity came under fire for allegedly squandering millions of dollars in donations. Jean has since released a statement acknowledging the organization’s mistakes and vowed to continue on. “The new and good news is that Yele, under new leadership, despite efforts to undermine its credibility and effectiveness, continues its mission to serve people in need.”