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Razzle Dazzle ‘Em: What Are The Best Movie Musicals Since 2000?


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Didn’t realize Dirty Harry had a thing for four-part harmonies? Jersey Boys hits theaters today, becoming the latest stage to screen adaptation. Musicals filled movie theaters in the ’50s and ’60s, and a recent onslaught of movie musicals in the 21st century proved that modern audiences enjoy sporadic bursts of song just as much as Broadway fans.

2007′s Hairspray saw John Travolta in drag, dancing and bringing the peculiar Baltimore accent to the big screen, while Zac Efron filled out a suit and found new things to do with that mesmerizing head of hair. Dreamgirls proved that American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson wasn’t going anywhere, and that Beyoncé doesn’t always have to be the star. The 2012 Les Miserables adaptation narrowly avoided casting Taylor Swift as Cosette yet still garnered a lot of buzz thanks to Anne Hathway‘s performance (and later on, her Oscar nipples). But can we forgive Russell Crowe for his underwhelming singing voice or Tom Hooper for the incessant close-ups? And we can’t forget Chicago, the 2002 film that began the recent movie musical revival and made breaking into song in public socially acceptable once again.

Will Eastwood’s adaptation hit the right note with audiences? Hopefully! To help celebrate the film’s release and gauge its place in the movie musical canon, here’s how 10 major movie musicals since 2000 stack up.

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Sharon Osbourne ‘Hating on Patricia Heaton’

June 9, 2014 by Adam

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SHARON Osbourne is at war with Patricia Heaton.

The Talk host is furious with the Everybody Loves Raymond actress for slamming reality shows during her May 21 appearance on the CBS chat fest.

“I’m not a big fan (of) reality shows where you’re just filming your life,” Pa­tricia said. “(When) you take your life and you sort of ‘gee’ it up a little, and you do fake things that are supposed to be how you live, it’s just bizarre…”

Sharon and her fam­ily pioneered the format with their groundbreaking The Osbournes. The matriarch smiled throughout the awkward segment with Heaton, but a source says she was ready to explode. That’s when Sharon’s co-host, Julie Chen, jumped in and tried to smooth things over.

“We just want to clarify, you were talking about the Kardashians?” Julie asked Patricia. “You were not talking about the Osbournes, because this lady, she blazed the trail!”

Realizing her mistake, Patricia made a display of trying to stick her foot in her mouth and apologized profusely.

“But the damage was done,” said the source. “Sharon kept it professional while the cameras rolled, but she blew a gasket back­stage.

“Sharon fumed, ‘Who put that woman on her high horse? How dare she insinuate she’s better than me and my family!’

“Patricia attempted to approach Sharon backstage after filming, but  Sharon didn’t want to hear it.

“Sharon never wants to be in the same room with Patricia again. She doesn’t suffer fools lightly, and Sharon is outraged that Patricia had the audacity to ap­pear as a guest on her show, and then bash her family.

“Patricia picked the wrong woman to tangle with. Sharon is fierce – especially when it comes to her work and her loved ones.”


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Did Chris Young Fall Victim to Unlucky No. 13?

06/06/2014 at 06:15 PM EDT

Taylor Swift may love the No. 13, but it has proven to be no friend to Chris Young.

After hosting over 500 fans at his 13th annual fan club party Thursday night aboard the General Jackson showboat in Nashville, the singer returned home and cut his hand while making himself a late-night dinner.

He was taken immediately to a Nashville-area hospital where doctors assessed his injury. As a result, Young canceled his planned four-hour fan autograph session scheduled for today during the CMA Music Festival.

He is expected to make a full recovery and will return to the stage tomorrow night for his performance at LP Field.

Young had a feeling something might go wrong. Earlier in the night PEOPLE Country asked him how he felt about hosting his 13th bash for fans. “It makes me feel old, but it also makes me really nervous because it’s an unlucky number,” Young said. “So far we said hello to all the fans, took photos with everyone, got on the boat and the boat is in the water moving steady, we’ve just got to get through the rest of the night, so don’t jinx it!”

We swear Chris, it wasn’t us!

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Taylor Swift Supports Her Love of Books in READ Campaign: See The Giver Star’s Poster

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06/06/2014 at 12:30 PM EDT

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Taylor Swift in the READ campaign

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Taylor Swift loves reading, and with others such as Kelly Ripa and Rachel McAdams she’s on latest poster in support of READ, a project of the American Library Association.

IN an exclusive first look for PEOPLE, Swift, in a dress to match her signature red lips, digs into author Lois Lowry’s young adult classic The Giver, recipient of the 1994 Newbery Medal.

The book is fitting and timely as the country superstar makes her next big-screen appearance in the film adaptation, where she stars as the character Rosemary alongside Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes.

The film is set to hit theaters on Aug. 15.

Swift is a devoted supporter of public libraries, offering book donations to those in her hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania.

More than 200 celebrities, musicians and cultural icons have stepped up since 1985 to participate in the ALA Celebrity Read campaign.

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