Can you name 10 of the $100-million-plus grossing movies to star Tom Hanks? (Hint: Forget about Joe vs. the Volcano.) Do you lie awake nights reviewing the lyrics to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”? Are you obsessed with all of Madonna’s former flings — including the one she had with JFK Jr.? If so you’ll thrill to the second season of VH1 and Entertainment Weekly‘s World Series of Pop Culture, the on-air tournament competition that separates the nerds from the know-it-alls. The first episode of the new season airs this Sunday at 11 p.m. Before then, you can get all the skinny on the show at www.worldofpop.com. And you can prep by playing VH1′s World Series of Pop Culture trivia game, which is harder than you’d think, frankly, and actually makes us shout insults at our computer screens. But we’re sore losers. Are you?
Mandy Moore is no stranger to romantic comedies. With about a dozen of them under her belt, the adorable pop star seems custom-built for the leading lady role — self-effacing, buckets of charisma and charm to spare. Having worked with the patron saints of the genre (like Hugh Grant in American Dreamz and Diana Keaton in Because I Said So), Moore’s a convert to the canon as well — "I’m the biggest fan of romantic comedies," she says. In her latest License to Wed, she plays Meg Ryan to John Krasinski’s Tom Hanks. She sat down with us to tell us a few of her favorites.
Notting Hill: "I’m just a huge Hugh Grant fan. He’s the quintessential romantic comedy leading man. I’d love to work with him again."
You’ve Got Mail: "I know that’s a random choice, and most people would say Sleepless in Seattle, but You’ve Got Mail is really sweet. I love Tom Hanks, and I love Meg Ryan. The two of them together and their chemistry — it’s just such a cute, modern idea of romance and emailing."
Annie Hall: "It’s the best romantic comedy ever made. I saw it for the first time recently, like two years ago. It’s a miracle."
Something’s Gotta Give: "I’m the biggest Diane [Keaton] fan. She’s incredible, in her quirky self-deprecating way, and she’s so beautiful, and that movie was hilarious and heart-warming. She’s the best. It doesn’t get any better."
Every week we round up selections from the funniest, most obscene and brutal film criticism out there so that you don’t waste your cash at the theaters and laugh a little at Hollywood’s expense. This week: Mandy Moore and John Krasinski are going to have to disappear for awhile before they can be forgiven for the unmitiagted disaster that is License to Wed.
"Sometimes, unfunny romantic comedies are redeemed, at least in part, by a winning love story. Unfortunately, Borat is more romantic than License to Wed." — ReelViews
"Do you solemnly swear to forsake all laughter for as long as this film shall last? Do you vow to be faithful to it through the bad jokes and the worse jokes? Do you swear not to covet your multiplex neighbor’s laughs while he enjoys Knocked Up?" — The New York Post
Lindsay’s New Man’s Famous Roots
The rehabbing starlet was spotted flirting with a new guy at a July 4th BBQ, and the hottie with super ripped abs has been identified as A.J. Lamas, the actor son of 80′s soap opera hunk Lorenzo Lamas. [X17]
Kelly: My Ex Dated Me for Fame
In a new interview, Clarkson reveals that her ex-boyfriend cheated on her and used her in an attempt to gain fame. He probably learned his lesson once he heard "Since U Been Gone." [JustJared]
Mariah: New Movie Gets Major Props
It’s been almost six years since she flopped in her movie Glitter, and now the diva is heading back to the big screen in the upcoming flick Tennessee. Sources are whispering that she is "really, really good in it." Could it be redemption at last? [NY Post]
Don’t forget that the Charm School reunion airs Sunday at 10/9c on VH1. We had an exclusive, all-access pass to the show when it filmed last week and while we don’t want to spoil any surprises, rest assured that beef girlgoesoff was definitely on the menu that evening. With almost the entire cast reassembled, explosions were just waiting to happen — these girls may have been forgiven for their Flavor of Love behavior, but none of them have forgotten how to hold a grudge. In fact, the clip below, which was shot after Charm School wrapped but before it aired is a nice little preview for the bickering that goes down. In it, you’ll see Larissa segregated from the rest of the group — that’s foreshadowing if there ever was.
After the jump, check out a photo of the reunion set.
- I really didn’t believe that hip-hop was dead…and then came along Alvin and the Chipmunks v. 3.0. WHY FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL AND CHEEK-STORING MUST THE CHIPMUNKS RUIN EVERY RELEVANT FORM OF POPULAR MUSIC AND SOCIAL EXPRESSION?!? [Best Week Ever]
- More Nick and Vanessa sex shots surface and these are just slightly naughtier than the last. If things continue at this rate, we’ll have full boobage by 2009. [IDontLikeYouInThatWay.com]
- Orlando Bloom is photographed rocking a patchy, rat-like mustache. Congratulations are in order to him for finally hitting puberty. [I'm Not Obsessed]
- Janet Jackson and bf Jermaine Dupri vacation in Miami. Her badonkadonk has expanded since the last time we saw it, but as with her last weight gain, it’s for a film role: she’s signed on to topline The Butt-y Professor. [CONCRETELOOOP]
- There’s a reason behind Matt Damon and Ben Affleck‘s recent vacation cavorting: they’re planning to write together again. See, I just thought they were gay. [Just Jared]
You read that headline correctly. The King of Pop is checking out vacation homes on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. His publicist told the Washington Post, "He’s always admired the properties on the East Coast because they have
a lot of land. Neverland has 3,000 acres—he
likes privacy. You can’t find as many properties like that on the West
Get your evacuation plans ready, Maryland residents! You’re about to be flooded – with craziness. But hey, maybe Michael is a good neighbor. At least your kids could go next door and play in his amusement park.
Jenny from the block is kicking her old nickname to the curb, a la "Puff Daddy." In a new interview she confesses that J-Lo was created for fun, but then "got out of control and really crazy." Your fault, not ours, Jen. We didn’t force you to use it in every song for three years, nor did we enjoy it.
She also tells The Sun, "That’s all gone with the ridiculous stories about me
throwing tantrums and insisting on Egyptian sheets. That’s all firmly
in my past." After all that warning, even
J-Lo Jennifer got fooled by the rocks that she got. But what’s the future hold for our uptown diva? Word broke today that she and her hubby Marc Anthony will hit the road on a joint tour, covering their own songs as well as duets. What a brilliant plan! Instead of one of them sitting at home worrying about the slew of affairs the other is having on the road, they can head out together and ruin each other’s chances of getting hot, backup dancer booty. Isn’t their marriage over already?
Paris posted a message to fans on her Myspace page, and while she desperately wants you to think she’s a changed woman, the heiress still comes across as a spoiled brat with poor grammar. Below is her sweet little note, with our interpretation of what she’s really trying to say in bold.
Hey everyone! I’m back from my much needed vacation in Maui. It was so beautiful and relaxing. But its good to be home again. I just want to thank you all for your letters of love and support. I am doing my best to respond to each and every one with the letter I wrote–that message was for fans like you who have supported me through it all.
Hey stalkers! I had to go to a tiny island far far away from America just to get the hell away from you and your creepy letters.
If you thought the key to easy street lay with recording a record for G-Unit or maybe inventing a new flavor of Vitamin Water, think again. 50 Cent, budding mogul and onetime golem of Dr. Dre and Eminem, has said enough is enough. Speaking to White Rapper‘s Sacha Jenkins, 50 explained how his artists and their entourages have lightened his wallet by about $8.5 million, give or take. He also said that if his people were looking for a little walking-around money, he was the go-to guy: "Whether I got to give them $500,000 or $300,000 … Just ’cause they want $300,000 more to make what they [are] doing at the time comfortable. Like, ‘yo, I want to get this new place over here.’" Clearly 50′s ideas about friendship differ from most people’s: His ideas about friendship overlap with his ideas about branding and sponsorship. Consider this problem: "I looked around the room, and I was the only person with G-Unit sneakers on. But they were being paid," he adds. "It had become the norm for the check to come, but they were no longer wearing the clothes." Yikes. Those must be some ugly sneakers to risk losing a $500,000 pay day, you know, whenever you feel like it.