Weird Al parodies: Which one is the top of the charts?

Published: Monday, October 07, 2013 @ 8:50 AM
Updated: Monday, October 07, 2013 @ 8:50 AM

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so musical artists, no matter the genre, over the past 30 years must be really flattered.  From Nirvana to Queen to Don McLean and of course Michael Jackson, no hitmaker is immune to the likes of Weird Al Yankovic's talent to parody the hits.

 The accordion player took "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and turned it into "Smells Like Nirvana."  Queen got the treatment with Yankovic's "Another One Rides the Bus," his version of "Another One Bites the Dust."   

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The '60s anthem "American Pie," may not have a similar title, but "The Saga Continues" tackles the legend of "Star Wars" with lyrics like "my, my, this here Anakin guy," instead the traditional "my my Miss American Pie."  

What Weird Al Parody is your favorite?  Vote in our poll. 

Netflix nabs Lupita Nyong’o, Rihanna film pitched by Twitter users

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:39 PM

Actress Lupita Nyong'o and singer Rihanna are starring in a Netflix movie directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Issa Rae.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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It’s happening! Netflix just scored a deal to produce a movie starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o -- a concept created by Black Twitter. 

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According to Entertainment Weekly, the project was just made official during a negotiation session at the Cannes Film Festival this week, but the idea originally started brewing on social media in April. 

It began when one Twitter user posted a photo of the stars at a 2014 fashion show with the caption, “They look like they’re in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker.”

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Nyong’o quoted the tweet and tagged Rihanna, saying, “I'm down if you are @rihanna.”

“I’m in Pit’z,” Rihanna replied

When other tweeps caught wind of the idea, they recruited Ava DuVernay as the director and Issa Rae as the screenwriter. 

Now, the plan is actually coming to fruition. 

There is no word on the flick’s final storyline, but production is set to begin in 2018, and the crew is thrilled. Check out DuVernay’s response below. 

Tom Cruise confirms ‘Top Gun’ sequel is in the works

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 7:54 PM

Tom Cruise confirmed a

It’s official and straight from Maverick’s mouth.

Despite reports about a sequel to the 1986 Naval airplane action/drama film circling for years, Tom Cruise has not confirmed it’s happening until he was asked about it on “Sunrise,” Australia's morning talk show Wednesday local time.

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“It's true, yeah it's true,” Cruise said. “You know what? I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. I know. It's happening. It is definitely happening.”

Cruise is in Sydney promoting is upcoming movie, “The Mummy.”

“You're the first people that I've really said it (to), he said. “This is going to happen.”

In 2016, Cruise addressed rumors about a sequel on the U.K.’s “The Graham Norton Show.” At the time, when host Norton asked, Cruise said “no.” When pressed further and asked about a tweet teasing “Top Gun 2” from “Top Gun” producer Jerry Bruckheimer, he said, “Yes, we’re discussing it.”

It looks like the discussions went well.

“Top Gun” celebrated its 31st anniversary in the U.S.  May 16.

Actress, heiress Dina Merrill has died; grew up at Mar a Lago, sold to Trump 

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 4:40 PM

Actress and heiress Dina Merrill, seen here at the Waldorf-Astoria for the American Museum of the Moving Image's Salute to Julia Roberts in 2000, died Tuesday at her home in East Hampton, New York. Merrill appeared in movies, on television and on the stage beginning in the late 1950s. 
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Actress and rebellious heiress, Dina Merill, who defied her super-rich parents to become a movie star, often portraying stylish wives or “the other woman,” has died at age 93.

Merrill, raised in part at the Mar a Lago estate in Florida now owned by President Donald Trump, died Monday, according to a family spokeswoman.

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Merrill had Lewy Body dementia, according to her son, Stanley H. Rumbough.

Starting in the 1950s, Merrill appeared in more than 100 films and television programs, her break coming after Katharine Hepburn recommended her for the 1957 Tracy-Hepburn comedy “The Desk Set.” Merrill, who had the poised, aristocratic beauty of fellow blonde Grace Kelly, co-starred with Cary Grant and Tony Curtis in “Operation Petticoat,” Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr in “The Sundowners” and Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor in “Butterfield 8.” More recently, she was part of Robert Altman’s ensemble cast for the Hollywood satire “The Player” and in television programs such as “Murder, She Wrote” and “The Nanny.”

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But becoming an actress was not considered proper for someone of Merrill’s privileged status. Her mother was Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post cereal fortune and one of the nation’s richest women. Her father was E.F. Hutton, founder of the stockbroker firm that bore his name. Heiress Barbara Hutton was a cousin.

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“Mother was politically and diplomatically and every which way well connected,” Merrill remarked in 2000, “but she didn’t know anyone in show business. Of course my parents’ eyebrows shot up when I said I wanted to be an actress. And I guess they said, really between themselves, ‘Let the dear girl try and fall on her face.’”

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Manchester attack at Ariana Grande concert: What we know now

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:53 AM

An explosion was reported near Manchester Arena in the U.K. where an Ariana Grande concert was being held on Monday. Greater Manchester police said early Tuesday that at least 22 people were killed and 59 injured in the incident, which they believe was a terrorist attack conducted by a male suicide bomber. Children were among the dead.

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BBC News reported that police have warned people to avoid the area around the venue amid reports of an explosion around 10:35 p.m. local time.

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