Mandy Moore

20 Forgotten Movie Roles of Our Favorite ’00s Pop Stars

Thanks to Justin Timberlake’s prominent roles in Inside Llewyn Davis, Friends With Benefits, and The Social Network, we’ve grown used to seeing the once peroxide-blonde ‘N SYNC star acting with aplomb on the big screen. No one else from the Billboard charts of the 2000s has made it to Timberlake’s level of feature-film success. But even JT started somewhere — namely, with the made-for-TV prince-and-pauper redux Model Behavior (2000). As it turns out, tons of other pop stars tried to earn their own “/actor” crowns in movies you may (The Aviator) or may not (Carmen: A Hip Hopera) have seen. In celebration (and in memoriam) of these forgotten career detours, we bring you 20 films that — surprisingly — feature pop stars from the beginning of the… Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Willy Wonka

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Roald Dahl’s most flamboyant factory owner, Willy Wonka. … Read More

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Watch Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore in ‘The Death and Return of Superman’

Screenwriter Max Landis, son of famous director John Landis, had his first film, Chronicle, hit theaters yesterday. To coincide with that momentous event, Landis also chose that day to release his much-anticipated short film entitled The Death and Return of Superman (a mildly-clever marketing move, we admit). Described as a “somewhat-mostly-accurate educational parody film,” with nods to the “drunk history” short film trend, the film features Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Simon Pegg, Ron Howard, Chris Hardwick and more, and is an irreverent, sometimes hilarious, sometimes obnoxious look at DC Comics’ decision to kill and then resurrect Superman in 1992. Click through to watch the video, and let us know if it makes you more or less likely to go see Chronicle in the comments. … Read More

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The 10 Weirdest TV Guest Stars in Recent Memory

This week, Nicki Minaj was a guest judge on the millionth season of America’s Next Top Model. Now don’t get us wrong, we love Nicki, and we even have a soft spot in our hearts for that crazy lady Tyra Banks, but we’re not exactly sure what she was doing there. Aren’t the guest judges usually photographers or people who have anything to do with what’s actually going on in the show, rather than blatant cries for more viewers? Oh, look at us, bemoaning the loss of integrity on ANTM. Silly. Regardless, Nicki’s blonde bobbed cameo got us thinking about the other strange, random or otherwise incongruous guest stars that have popped up on some of our favorite TV shows, whether in integral roles or tiny walk-on parts. Click through for a trip down memory lane of some of the weirdest instances, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite guests in the comments! … Read More

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Literary Mixtape: Veruca Salt

If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: if only to sustain your Easter-fueled candy buzz, Roald Dahl’s magnificent uber-brat, Veruca Salt. … Read More

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Christina Aguilera: The Human Wikipedia for a Decade of Music

The 1999-2001 era of “Boy-Bands and the Subversively Sexual Femme Pop Star” is a recent past that is near forgotten. Not just because a self-induced amnesia prevents us from reminiscing about bungee pants and blond highlights, but also, because the very provocateurs of this era have either moved on or moved on out. Some aged beyond the point of irony (The Backstreet Boys are actually The Backstreet Mid-30’s Men), others faded into semi-obscurity (but you’re still cute, Mandy), and the great one self-destructed (O well, Britney has hair again now). Justin Timberlake is the only true survivor of the Mickey Mouse Club, because he teamed up with the right producer, Timbaland, at the right time and became an unlikely… Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links that made the rounds in our office.

Today at Flavorpill we listened to this Lykke Li Kings of Leon cover on repeat. So pretty. We drooled over Kanye’s LV shoes and naked model gal pal. We enjoyed hearing a laser cutter take on the Super Mario theme. We started polishing our mini-golf clubs for the summer. We laughed… Read More

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