July 15, 2008 |
An Academy Award can open doors for a performer. Starring roles, directing deals, their pick of projects in a multitude of mediums. But Jamie Foxx, who scored a best actor Oscar in 2005 for his memorable portrayal of legendary musician Ray Charles in "Ray," made what may seem like an unusual choice for a man who can claim Hollywood's greatest honor. He cashed in a bit of his A-list clout for a seat on the D-list.
January 10, 2004 |
Yet another reality show that makes roommates of strangers, "The Surreal Life" is back Sunday night for a second season on the WB. The twist here is that all the participants are celebrities, which is not to say "stars."
November 6, 2007 |
When Cheryl "Salt" James of Salt-N-Pepa asked a potential lover in the hip-hop anthem "Shoop," "Come on, gimme summa that yum-yum chocolate chip, honey dip, can I get a scoop?" she was not exactly referring to ice cream cones. That hit, along with "Push It," "Whatta Man" and "Let's Talk About Sex," defined the group's brash yet innocently catchy approach to sex, making the female rappers groundbreakers in the male-dominated world of hip-hop.
June 26, 2005 |
Remember the days when B-list celebrities and flash-in-the-pan television and music stars were relegated to the stages of dinner theaters in Cleveland and traveling productions of "Grease"? Those seem like medieval times now, for semistars who once relied on supermarket openings to connect with their fans now have the benefit of that vast frontier of opportunity known as reality television. And they don't even have to be able to sing "Beauty School Dropout" to score one of these gigs.