'21 Jump Street'


"I really did not want to make a TV show into a movie," Jonah Hill admits while promoting his newest movie, "21 Jump Street."

Yes, that one.

And yet, here we are, on the heels of the reboot's release.

In the wickedly funny, bromance-erific update of the 1987 cult series that launched Johnny Depp's career, Hill and Channing Tatum play Schmidt and Jenko respectively: two former high school rivals (as seen in a flashback to 2005 when Schmidt was a nerdy Eminem wannabe and Jenko was the hot-but-dumb jock) who later become friends when they reacquaint in police academy. They go undercover as students in order to bust up a new synthetic drug ring.

Most similarities to the source material end right there. (Except for this one little thing.)

"[I thought the idea of remaking the show was] really lazy and stupid and eye-rolling and unoriginal," Hill says, echoing a self-referential joke that appears early in the movie. "But there was a 'Back to the Future' element of reliving your high school years and what is that like? What if you think you have all the answers and you go back and you have none of the answers? That, to me, is a really strong idea for a movie. Whether it was called "21 Jump Street" or it was called "Narcs" or it was called "Two Cops Go Back to High School," I don't give a s***. It was that idea that captivated me."

"I loved the TV show growing up," Tatum adds. "I'm not kidding you; I watched it every single week. I would want to see this done, but it's not like it's 'The Godfather' the TV show. It's not sacred territory."

Once Hill and Tatum (who are also executive producers), screenwriter Michael Bacall, and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller honed their "'Bad Boys' meets John Hughes" sensibility, they struck the fine balance of both paying homage to the show and abandoning it entirely for a result that is full of fun, wit, action, affection and penis jokes. Lots of them. But more on that later.

When Schmidt and Jenko return to high school, they find that, in the seven years since they were last students, the social hierarchy of teenagers has been completely upended. Unlike the days when Schmidt was the outcast and Jenko ruled the school, all the coolest kids now hate sports and love recycling. The alpha male is played by Dave Franco (James' younger brother) and his idea of a good time is strumming his acoustic guitar and singing songs about the environment. In this universe, Schmidt becomes the most popular guy in school, while the only friends Jenko can scare up are the science geeks.

"I think originally we thought [Jenko] should hang out with nerds and I should be cool," Hill says, "but [the directors] came up with the funny idea to make it that the cool guys like green stuff. I thought it was funny when Channing came on [to the movie] to really have him be around nerds. When he met these kids in the audition, it was like him meeting E.T. It was literally like God meeting aliens. He had never hung around people like this before. Just them talking was fascinating in a funny way."

That's when the cameras weren't rolling, but Tatum -- who we already know can nail sexy/shirtless from the "Step Up" dance movies, action blockbusters like "G.I. Joe" and chick-flicks like "The Vow" -- delivers an impressive breakout comedic performance on-screen that plays perfectly with Hill's well-honed chops.

"It seemed like some of the most fun that I've read," Tatum recalls. "I was like, as long as you promise me I'll be funny, I'll sign off. And [Hill] really helped me and held my hand all the way through it."
"I think Channing walks away with this movie," Hill says, "because you've never seen him do anything like this before. He's great because he didn't put a wall up or say, oh man, I'm scared, maybe I shouldn't do this. He was just funny and raw in every scene and that's why we became friends, because we are both down to kill ourselves for our movie and don't care about anything else besides it being awesome. I love this guy. He kills it in this movie."

Amid the raunchy humor and sight gags comes one particular gross-out moment at the end of the movie that was improvised at the last minute. It's so over-the-top, so so-wrong-it's-right, Hill says it makes cinematic history. It involves Rob Riggle's wayward genitalia, in real life a corn syrup-covered banana.

"They literally ran over to craft services and cut a banana," says Riggle, who plays a gym teacher at the school. "And I was like, why are you cutting it?"

We won't give it away, but it gets worse from there.

"But," Riggle says, "I looked at Jonah and was like, yup, we gotta do this."

"I will say, I take full credit [for the idea]," Hill says. "But, I will also take full credit for when they showed Chan and I the movie, I was the wrongest I've ever been when I said you can't put that in the movie because people will throw up. Now it's one of the best reactions I've seen in a movie theater. [The scene] is a crazy thing I'd never seen before in a movie. I was so wrong. I gotta give props to Rob for just going for it."

Now that "21 Jump Street" has proven that remakes don't have to suck, which other '80s shows would they like to see on film?

"I don't know if I'd be running to make any after this one -- it would become too much of a trend," Tatum says. "But, if I had to pick one, probably 'Cheers.'"

Hill concurs. "I'm never remaking anything again. I don't want that to be something I'm known for. They came to me with a bunch of TV shows after this started going and I was like, take that elsewhere. But, I think if someone was going to remake something from the '80s, I would hope someone would remake 'Small Wonder.' But it should be someone like Todd Solondz. Some little girl robot who lives in a closet. Her dad made her. It's very dark and weird. I always thought that that would make a great movie."

"21 Jump Street" hits theaters on March 16.

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Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber: What's Up With That Ring ?


Justin Bieber is smart enough to know Selena Gomez is quite a catch—but did he just put a ring on her finger?

Gomez shared this photo of her hand with an extra sparkly "J" ring holding Bieber's hand via Instagram with the caption, "I'm finally home :)"

Um, so what's the dealio?


Unfortunately, we don't know whether it's a promise ring or a Valentine's Day gift or something else entirely.
But whatever the ring does or doesn't mean, we're pretty jealous of all the love going on here (oh, and those beautiful flowers).

Though Gomez and Bieber seem to be going strong, the lady singer did have to part ways with a few loved ones recently.

"my band and I are going our separate ways for a while," Selena wrote on her Facebook page. "This year is all about films and acting and I want my band to play music wherever with whoever. We will be back but, it will be a good while. I love them and I love you guys :)"


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Adele "Queen" of Grammy awards


Adele finally cleared all the awards in six categories in the Grammy Awards nominated him in 2012, held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles (California, USA), Sunday 12 February 2012 local time. Clutched the trophy the last two are from the categories of Record of the Year and, most prestigious, Album of the Year.

"Rolling in the Deep", songs that were created by Adele Adele and Paul Epworth, a Record of the Year. In that category, "Rolling in the Deep" ejecting "Grenade" (Bruno Mars), "Fireworks" (Katy Perry), "Holocene" (Bon Iver), and "The Cafe" (Mumford & Sons). In addition, the album is titled 21, he was able to get rid of the other nominee, the Foo Fighters (Wasting Light), Lady Gaga (Born This Way), Bruno Mars (Doo-Wops & Hooligans), and Rihanna (Loud).
Four other awards that have been won by Adele is the Song of the Year ("Rolling in the Deep"), Best Pop Album (21), Best Pop Solo Performance (song "Someone Like You"), and Best Short Form Music Video (clips video song "Rolling in the Deep").

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Pop Stars, Whitney Houston dies aged 48


Two loud booms jolted awake the music industry executive in her fifth-floor room of the Beverly Hilton hotel.

The time was 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The thuds seemed to be coming from the room below. The voice of a man, loud and urgent, followed.

It was only later that she learned the news: Whitney Houston, a guest in the room below hers, had died.

Cause of death: Unclear.

Time pronounced: 3:55 p.m., February 11, 2012.

Age: A mere 48.

The shock and grief from fans worldwide was immediate: Houston's pipes and presence, her grit and glamour had made her an icon.


For a decade and a half, she ruled the charts: 170 million albums sold, including seven back-to-back multi-platinum ones.

Numerous No. 1 hits, including the biggest-selling U.S. single of all time, "I Will Always Love You."

Emmys, Grammys, Billboard Music awards. Dozens of them.

While her luster dimmed in recent years as she battled drug addiction, Houston was in the midst of a comeback. A few shows here and there, mostly abroad, and a movie in the works.

She had appeared healthy and beautiful in recent days, said the music executive -- who did not want to be identified because she didn't want reporters hounding her.

Just days before, the exec had seen Houston swimming in the hotel pool with daughter Bobbi Kristina. They looked happy, she said.

What exactly happened Saturday afternoon now awaits a coroner's examination.

Police and fire officials were called to Houston's room at 3:43 p.m., after Houston's bodyguard found her unconscious body.

Medics tried reviving her, but failed.

There were "no obvious signs of criminal intent," said Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen.

Medics removed her body from the hotel room early Sunday morning and an autopsy has been scheduled.

But the county coroner's office could not say when.

"I just can't talk about it now. It's so stunning and unbelievable," said singer Aretha Franklin on hearing the news. "I couldn't believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen."

Saturday night, fans mourned Houston's death in different ways inside and outside the Beverly Hilton.

Grief flows at hotel where Houston died

Outside, grieving fans laid roses and flickering candles on the front and back entrances of the sprawling complex.

Some sang songs. Others played her music videos on their smartphone.

"Everyone has their own demons, and some overcome them and some never do," said Tya Conerly, referring to Houston's history of drug abuse. "Sometimes life gets the best of us."

Inside the hotel, music industry's biggest names gathered in elegant attire for an annual pre-Grammy party that had been long planned by Houston's mentor, Clive Davis.

"I do have a heavy heart, and I am personally devastated by someone so close to me for so many years," Davis told the gathering of artists and entertainers, that included Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight and Britney Spears.

"My heart goes out to her daughter Bobbi Kristina and her mother, Cissy."

He then asked for a moment of silence.

"We dedicate this evening to her," he said.

Stunned celebrities mourn Whitney Houston

Houston had been scheduled to attend the festivities. She had performed as late as Thursday night at a pre-Grammy event in the area, a raspy rendition "Jesus Loves Me" with singer Kelly Price.

The organizers of Sunday's Grammy Awards said they have retooled the show to pay respect to Houston, with the help of singer Jennifer Hudson.

"It's going to be something respectful," said Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the show. "It's not going to be a full-blown tribute. That's too early and it's too fresh at this moment. It's going to be something respectful to Whitney's memory."

But musician Paul Shaffer said he thinks the whole show will double as a tribute to Houston.

"Here is music's happiest night combined with such a sad note," he said. "You got to be some kind of philosopher to make some kind of sense out of this. I certainly can't."

Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey, on August 9, 1963, the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston.

Her cousin was Dionne Warwick; her godmother Aretha Franklin.

"You couldn't find a more auspicious template for great expectations," said music critic Gene Seymour.

In the mid-1980s, Davis spotted Houston in a New York nightclub and signed her on the spot.

For the next quarter century, he steered her career and served as her mentor.

"I saw a depth and a range and soul ... that rarely ranks at the top level," he said Thursday. "And that's why we've been working together ever since."

Houston's career: A regal rise, a tragic fall

Her string of Billboard No. 1 hits included "Saving All My Love for You," "How Will I Know," "The Greatest Love of All," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)."

In 1991, Houston's commanding performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl, just days into the first Persian Gulf War, electrified audiences and became the gold standard for performing the national anthem, according to many music critics.

The next year, she released the soundtrack to her movie "The Bodyguard," one of the top 10 biggest-selling albums of all time.

Her cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" for the soundtrack has been interpreted by many but rarely duplicated.

TIME.com: Houston's ten most memorable songs

She appeared in several more films in the 1990s, including "Waiting to Exhale."

In 2000, Houston earned her sixth Grammy for best female R&B performance and, a month later, she was named female artist of the decade at the "Soul Train" Music Awards.

But by then, her battle with drugs -- cocaine and marijuana -- and her tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown were taking their toll.

The couple appeared together in the mid-2000s on the reality show "Being Bobby Brown," and had one child together, Bobbi Kristina.

HLNtv.com: What about Bobbi Kristina Brown?

In a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Houston recalled how her mother arrived one day at her doorstep with sheriff's officers and a court order in a drug intervention.

"(My mother) says, 'I have a court (injunction) here,'" Houston said. "Either you do it my way, or we're just not going to do this at all. We are both going to go on TV, and you're going to retire.'"

She entered rehab and took a long hiatus. Her 2009 release, "I Look To You," was her first in seven years.

"I just took a break, which sometimes you have to," Houston said. "You have to know when to slow that train down and kind of just sit back and relax for a minute."

TIME.com: Houston's life in photos

She recently returned to a movie set for "Sparkle," a remake of the 1976 hit that was loosely based on the story of The Supremes.

It is scheduled to be released nationwide in August, her first movie role since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife."

Music mogul Simon Cowell said Houston's death is one of those events where you remember what you were doing when you heard the news.

"It's that significant," he said. "I'm so sad for her. She was undoubtedly one of the greatest superstars of all time, one of the greatest voices in our lifetime we're likely ever to hear."


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Wildest Grammy looks of all time

With the Grammy Awards coming up this weekend, most will be buzzing about not only Kanye West and Adele, but also what the nominees and artists will be wearing.

See some of the most unbelievable outfits from music's biggest stars.

Rihanna, 2011
Sultry Rihanna played peek-a-boo in a frilled illusion gown from Jean Paul Gaultier. "He's one of my favorite designers," she said. "I pretty much snatched [the dress] off the runway."



Katy Perry, 2011

An angelic looking Katy Perry called her Giorgio Armani Prive ensemble "classic, but with a theatrical edge." The look paired a Swarovski crystal-encrusted bustier with an iridescent ruffled skirt and feather wings.




Lady Gaga, 2010

Giorgio Armani designed a trio of stellar ensembles for Lady Gaga's Grammy night, including this crystal-studded bodysuit and ultra-minidress. Milliner Philip Treacy collaborated on her intergalactic headpiece.



Toni Braxton, 2001

Toni Braxton wore Richard Tyler (and lots of double-stick tape) to pick up her Best Female R&B Vocal Performance trophy. "I've always gone a little risque with all my other awards [show outfits]," she told People. "I decided that before I got married and had babies, I'd wear this."


Mary J. Blige, 1996

Who's that mystery woman? A shades-wearing Mary J. Blige picked up her first Grammy for the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in head-to-toe leopard print. The covered-up look included a hood and gloves.





Christina Aguilera, 2001

Christina Aguilera showed some skin in a Trish Summerville gown with a lace-up neckline (and matching bra). Aside from her major braids, the double nominee made a beauty statement with a dress-matching temporary rose tattoo on her lower back.



Annie Lennox, 1995

"What else is a girl going to wear to the Grammys?" joked Annie Lennox of her dominatrix-meets-Minnie Mouse ensemble.




M.I.A., 2009

A 9-months-pregnant M.I.A. performed on her baby's due date in a sheer House of Holland dress with strategically-placed patches.




Gwen Stefani, 2005

Double nominee Gwen Stefani went sheer with a ribbon-trimmed translucent dress from Viktor & Rolf over a pair of briefs.






Missy Elliott, 2000

Talk about razor-sharp tailoring! Missy Elliott opted for a purple Versace two-piece covered in blades.




Sheryl Crow, 2002

A floor-length coat did little to cover up Sheryl Crow's mini Henry Duarte jumpsuit. "Turning 40 really agrees with me," she told People. "I'm busting out."




Erykah Badu, 2002

"The most rock and roll accessory I have on tonight is my headband," Erykah Badu told InStyle. "It's made of copper leather, which I cut myself." Her avant-garde ensemble also included a draped dress with a leather sash, silver moonboots and waist-length green extensions.





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