Conventional wisdom says Hollywood doesn’t have as many true movie stars as it used to, with the brightest stars’ wattage trending down ever since the days of Humphrey Bogart. Even in the 21st century, however, when devastatingly-good looks and charisma meet in one earthy vessel who makes good career choices, tickets get bought. A lot of tickets. These ten beautiful people’s films have generated over two billion apiece at the box office.
Roleplaying has always been a huge part of hip-hop. Rap lyrics, so often autobiographical, blur lines between reality and fiction almost without exception, and any truly successful rapper has mastered the performance of at least one painstakingly engineered persona. Maybe it should come as no surprise, then, that so many rappers can really act. Unlike those few-and-far-between crossovers from other genres (Tom Waits, Justin Timberlake), rappers who can bring roles to life seem to be the rule, not the exception.
I have seen the future of pop music and it is no longer Lady Gaga’s throne as Queen of Pop! Meet Willow Smith, the daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Hollywood royalty, and the next great pop star. Mark my words. The above video for Willow’s super-catchy single “Whip My Hair” will undoubtedly put…