Saturday, 31 July 2010

ARTICLE: Why Rihanna Is More A Singles Than An Albums Artist...

ARTICLE: Why Rihanna Is More A Singles Than An Albums Artist...








This week, Billboard announced that Rihanna Fenty, arguably one of the world's biggest popstars at the moment, has only sold 5 million albums in the US since her debut in 2005. Now, while this may have come as a suprise to some people, we can tell you that it most definitely did not to us.


Why, you ask? Well, we intend to share with you stats, facts and figures and our thoughts as to why it is clear that Rih appears to be more of a singles artist than an album one.


First off, let's truly think about how many albums Rih should be selling in correlation with the extensive promotion she undertakes, the incredible amount of money behind her, the great songs she's been given and the individual image she currently has. For RR and GGGB, L.A Reid has truly been spending that cash like no other. It is possible that Rih has one of the largest marketing budgets in the music industry; the producers hired for her two latest albums have been some of the best and most higly paid in the world - Stargate, Will.I.Am, Justin Timberlake, Tricky Stewart, Timbaland and The Dream. You'd be hard pressed to find better producers/writers (with the exception, of course, of JD and hitmaker Timbaland). They give her incredible song after incredible song, hit after hit - Umbrella, Don't Stop The Music, Take A Bow, Cold Case Love, Rudeboy, Photographs. THEN, in the months preceding and succeeding the release of Rih's albums, we see her all over the place; performing, shopping, on all the hottest talk shows.


Then, of course, there is that individualistic image. Rih is one of the most easily recognisable popstars in the world. With that trademark haircut and fashionista styling, she is often found on best-dressed lists and frequently named as one of the best dressed women in Hollywood.


So, with all these factors; with an incredible team behind her and all this promo, why can she still not shift boatloads of albums?


Well, it's actually quite simple. Rihanna, while having some admittedly incredible songs - and indeed great albums (we own AGLM, GGGB and RR) - is simply not someone who the American public seem to take seriously on a musical level. It is apparent that, while they are willing to buy her singles (and indeed give her 7 #1s) and dance to her music in the clubs, they aren't prepared to actually venture out and buy an entire album. It is possible to argue that there is a world of difference between paying 99c for Rudeboy on iTunes and shelling out $10 for Rated R. People just don't seem to want to spend that kind of money on her.


And, for someone who is supposed to be hovering near the level of The Trinity (who we will discuss shortly) in terms of popularity, it is clear that Rihanna simply isn't as popular as her team would have you believe. Is she merely a victim of excessive hype rather than a testimony to how she is actually viewed by the general public.


Now, we can tell that some of you are probably saying something along the lines of the following: 'But she's sold 15 million albums worldwide! That's significantly more than 5 mill in the US!'. And there you would be correct. But not when you put into perspective how much money Def Jam are spending on Rihanna, her records and the extensive promo she undergoes for each album. To make up for all of that, she should be selling around the region that The Trinity are.




THE TRINITY








The Trinity, comprised of Beyonce Knowles, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears, are the three most famous and powerful popstars in the world (Legends notwithstanding). All three are in the Forbes 100 at #2, #4 and #6 respectively and have combined earnings of $213 MILLION in the last year ALONE.

This same concept applies to Rih's tours. Beyonce, Britney and Lady Gaga are all known for their ability to perform damn well and put on an incredible show. Rihanna, on the other hand, isn't. It isn't possible to argue that she is a better entertainer than the other three, and, while she has improved considerably in the last few months and her voice is both memorable and actually good, it just isn't enough in a B-Brit-Gaga world. The other three sell out date after date because they are entertainers on a level Rihanna will simply never be. And that isn't shade to Rih - that is actually just a fact.


Rihanna, who is arguably just beneath them in terms of popularity, is worlds away when it comes to record and ticket sales. To avoid argument, we'll compare stats.


Beyonce has sold 30 million albums with three solo records, which comes to an average of 10 million per album. Lady Gaga has sold 15 million with two records, for an average of 7.5 million. Britney has sold 78.5 million with six records, for an average of 13 million. In comparison, Rihanna has sold just over 15 million albums with four records, for an average of 3.75 million per album. That is a significant difference for someone who is supposed to be up there with them on the world stage.


Now for tours. Beyonce's latest tour, her I Am... Tour, made over $103 million, Britney's The Circus Starring Britney Spears made over $130 mill, while Lady Gaga's is set to also top $100 mill by the time it's complete. This is a world away from Rihanna's which is rumoured to have grossed only about $20-25 mill for a 58 date tour.


Again, some may argue that Rihanna has only been out since 2005 so it's unfair to compare her to Britney and Beyonce, and we'll go so far as to say it's unfair to compare her to Lady Gaga as well. However, please remember that Rih is on her FOURTH album. By this time, Britney had had three sold out world tours, Beyonce was on Destiny Fulfilled level of fame and success (along with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams) and God only knows how successful Lady Gaga will be in two records time. So Rihanna should most definitely be selling a lot more records and tickets than she is at the moment.


Our opinion as to why The Trinity is outselling Rihanna by a clear margin when it comes to albums is that people are more interested in purchasing their albums than hers. Whenever you read the comments beneath blog posts on the four ladies concerning their next releases, you will see the following beneath a Trinity post - 'I can't wait for ______'s new album!' or 'I need a new ____ album'. Under a Rihanna post, you'll see 'I can't wait to hear Rih's new music' or 'Yet another #1!'


There is a world of difference between these statements. While the former give an insight into why The Trinity sell records on a superior level, the latter shows you just why Rihanna has yet to have a #1 album five years into her career. People are more interested in buying her singles and hearing them on the radio, than they are in buying her actually very good bodies of work.

And all these factors contribute to why we are sure that Rihanna, while being incredibly popular and considerably commercially successful (when not compared to The Trinity), will never be a legend or an icon. She can neither perform like them (and, while Britney may not have the best voice, she is still one of the most influential popstars of the last decade and can put on a damn good show) or sell records on their level. When you ask someone about, say, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Madonna or Prince and what made them icons, most often album titles will feature or memorable performances will pop up in their explanation about what makes these artists stand out. Indeed every legend has that iconic/memorable performance, i.e. one that can be considered a turning point in their career. For Beyonce, one could argue that it was her incredible 2003 VMA performance, for Britney, her 2000 VMA showing, for Lady Gaga, her 2009 VMA shocker. Rihanna has yet to have that.

Conclusively, we have no idea what steps Rih could take in order to up her credibility when it comes to albums or have a performance where it is just her OWNING the stage, with no props, dancers or explosions. Yes, she has improved greatly in the last few months, yes, in our opinion, her albums are some of the best of the last ten years and, yes, she can sing. But this isn't enough. She needs to come even harder. She needs to prove her naysayers wrong, that she deserves to be just under The Trinity on the world stage and that she CAN roll with them.

If not, we fear she may just be lost in pop history along with the many other, hot-at-the-moment, stars who came. And went.


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INTERVIEW: 50 Cent Talks To Jimmy Fallon About His New Movie 'Twelve'...

INTERVIEW: 50 Cent Talks To Jimmy Fallon About His New Movie 'Twelve'...







50, please never lose that kind of weight again. You looked like a chocolate alien.


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PERFORMANCE: Alesha Dixon's First Performance Of New Single 'Drummer Boy' At Leed's 'Party In The Park'...

PERFORMANCE: Alesha Dixon's First Performance Of New Single 'Drummer Boy' At Leed's 'Party In The Park'...







Alesha, sweetie, we love you, but that song is a HOT MESS and that performance wasn't much better.

NEXT!


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CANDIDS: Ed Westwick At CBS' Press Tour For The TCAs...

CANDIDS: Ed Westwick At CBS' Press Tour For The TCAs...






Ed, we love you but that nasty forest-foliage type chest hair just isn't going to wash. Fix it. Asap.

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CANDIDS: Blake Lively Snapped At The NYC Premiere Of Friend Chace Crawford's Movie 'Twelve'...

CANDIDS: Blake Lively Snapped At The NYC Premiere Of Friend Chace Crawford's Movie 'Twelve'...








Above, and after the jump, are some photos of the lovely Blake Lively at the NYC premiere of Chace Crawford's new film, Twelve. We love the dress, B, but this just proves our theory that Taylor Momsen is the only GG cast member that isn't besties with the other core cast. Blake, Leighton, Ed, Penn, Jessica and Chace are always at each others events showing their support, but you never see her there - and you never see them showing up at her concerts.


In fact, as we all know by now, Taylor spends most of her time talking down about her them - such as suggesting that Leighton's only diversifying into music for the fame.


SMDH.


We could care less about Taylor, and, to be honest, while the rest of the cast are all fantastic actors, she drags it down with her C grade ability. It's a damn good thing she can sing, because, with that attitude, it'll be a miracle if she sees GG's inevitable fifth season.


*kanye shrug*


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COVER: Taylor Swift Releases The Cover Artwork For Her New LP's Lead Single 'Mine'...

COVER: Taylor Swift Releases The Cover Artwork For Her New LP's Lead Single 'Mine'...







Taylor, you know that we love you, we appreciate you, but we were hoping for something a little different with this era. And, right now, it's looking like you're just coming with more of the same.

Please switch it up. Monotony is NOT the key to longevity.


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PERFORMANCES: Black Eyed Peas Perform Their Hits On GMA...

PERFORMANCES: Black Eyed Peas Perform Their Hits On GMA...










Will.I.Am said that we can expect a brand new BEP album by the end of the year - which is welcome news to us.


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VERDICT: Lady Gaga On Her First Cover Of Hollywood Bible 'Vanity Fair'...

VERDICT: Lady Gaga On Her First Cover Of Hollywood Bible 'Vanity Fair'...








We have no complaints, MM! Though you are looking FAR more demure than usual (we all remember remember the Underwear Incident at the Yankees Stadium not too long ago), your hair and makeup is FABULOUS and this only serves to further cement your position in The Trinity.

love it. Love it. LOVE it.


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Friday, 30 July 2010

VERDICT: Emily Blunt Graces The September Cover Of 'Elle' UK...

VERDICT: Emily Blunt Graces The September Cover Of 'Elle' UK...








Emily, dahling, we actually have very little to complain about with this cover - well, except for that single strand of hair across your forehead which is kinda irritating. But we blame the hair stylist and not you; either go with several strands covering the face, or none at all. But don't go halfway.


KMT.


Other than that, the outfit, the smouldering stare, the Tyra-esque pose - we love it all.


(This edition hits stands 4th August)


VERDICT: 8.67/10




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CANDID: Kelly Rowland At The iPhone 4 Launch In Sydney, Australia...

CANDID: Kelly Rowland At The iPhone 4 Launch In Sydney, Australia...






Here is a photo of Kelly Rowland performing at the iPhone 4 launch at the Optus Wireless Store in Sydney, Australia. We don't think she's ever looked better; fabulous dress, great hair, mile-long pins. Love it. Love it. LOVE it.


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FILM CLIPS: SIX New Clips From 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World' Are Released...

FILM CLIPS: SIX New Clips From 'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World' Are Released...









This movie just keeps looking more and more amazing the more we see of it. Don't be surprised if we rudely push our way past you in the ticket line come 13th August.

R.D. 13.08.10

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COVER: Usher Releases The Cover Artwork For The Deluxe Edition Of 'Raymond Vs Raymond'...

COVER: Usher Releases The Cover Artwork For The Deluxe Edition Of 'Raymond Vs Raymond'...





Now this is just lazy.


R.D. 24.08.10


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CLOSE UP: An Exclusive Close Up With The Stars Of 'The Vampire Diaries' At Comic Con...

CLOSE UP: An Exclusive Close Up With The Stars Of 'The Vampire Diaries' At Comic Con...







SEASON 2 PREMIERES THURSDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER AT 9/8 C.


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INTERVIEW: Matthew Fox Visits Jimmy Kimmel...

INTERVIEW: Matthew Fox Visits Jimmy Kimmel...












What was with all the heavy breathing in Part 1? Had he run a race or something?

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INTERVIEW: Josh Hutcherson Talks To Jimmy Kimmel...

INTERVIEW: Josh Hutcherson Talks To Jimmy Kimmel...









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INTERVIEW: Barack Obama Talks To The Ladies Of 'The View'...

INTERVIEW: Barack Obama Talks To The Ladies Of 'The View'...
















SMH at Elizabeth trying it.

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PERFORMANCE: Flo Rida Performs New Single 'Club Can't Handle Me' On The Today Show...

PERFORMANCE: Flo Rida Performs New Single 'Club Can't Handle Me' On The Today Show...







We are not feeling this nor the movie whose soundtrack it's on. Flo Rida, you can do better.


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TV SPOT: First TV Spot For 'The Social Network' Released...

TV SPOT: First TV Spot For 'The Social Network' Released...






We're just feeling a whole lot of *kanye shrug* about this.


R.D. 01.10.10


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FEATURETTE: New Poster AND Featurette For 'Tangled' Released - Zachary Levi & Mandy Moore...

FEATURETTE: New Poster AND Featurette For 'Tangled' Released - Zachary Levi & Mandy Moore...





Walt Disney Pictures presents “Tangled,” one of the most hilarious, hair-raising tales ever told. When the kingdom’s most wanted—and most charming—bandit Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi) hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn’s curious captor, who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs. In theaters this holiday season in Disney Digital 3D™,Tangled” is a story of adventure, heart, humor and hair—lots of hair

So far, this actually has been looking pretty good. And we love both Zachary and Mandy, so...

Watch the featurette after the break...

R.D. 24.11.10


Thursday, 29 July 2010

SNEAK PEEKS: THREE New Sneak Peeks From 'True Blood's Next Episode - 'Hitting The Ground'...

SNEAK PEEKS: THREE New Sneak Peeks From 'True Blood's Next Episode - 'Hitting The Ground'...













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INTERVIEW: An Excerpt From Barack Obama's Trip To 'The View' - Snooki, Lindsay, Mel Gibson & Tweeting...

INTERVIEW: An Excerpt From Barack Obama's Trip To 'The View' - Snooki, Lindsay, Mel Gibson & Tweeting...






LOL at him not knowing who Snooki is. OWNED!


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INTERVIEW: Eva Mendes Talks To Jay Leno...

INTERVIEW: Eva Mendes Talks To Jay Leno...







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INTERVIEW: Kelly Rowland Talks To German 'KR' Site...

INTERVIEW: Kelly Rowland Talks To German 'KR' Site...










Pushing back your album even more when the hype is already dying down and you're doing little to no US promo?

SMDH.

Kelly, boo, we are rooting for you, so get your ish together.

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REVIEW: Our Review Of Christopher Nolan's Latest Masterpiece 'Inception'...

REVIEW: Our Review Of Christopher Nolan's Latest Masterpiece 'Inception'...







Inception.

Where to even start?

How about the sheer genius of this film, the depth of the storywriting, the extremely high quality of acting; all factors that combined to give us LIFE. With Inception's incredible stunts, special effects and Christopher Nolan's unparalled visual mind (James Cameron excepted, of course), we were given everything we never even knew we needed.

And the score. Dear Lord above, THE SCORE. To put it very bluntly, Hans Zimmer (of Rain Man, Gladiator and The Dark Knight fame - amongst many, many others) did the damn thing like no other. Every piece of music matched the mood and set the scene to absolute perfection. There is nobody - NOBODY who could have done a better job than HZ.

And Leonardo Di Caprio really outdid himself in this film. There were some scenes so emotive, that it would take only the most skilled actor to pull them off. Which he did. Every. Damn. Time.

Honorary mentions must also go to Oscar nominee, Ellen Page, and Oscar Winner, Marion Cotillard - both actresses we love, and who portayed two of our favourite characters. Now, that's not to say that the other actors aren't worth mentioning - hardly! But these three are the ones who really shone.

Now, unusually for us, we're not going to give you any spoilers - this is the kind of movie that is almost unspoilable, anyway, but, trust us, you will want to be Inception virgins when you go into the theatre.

All we will tell you is the most basic summary of the idea. Inception is all about the theory of dreams, one's ability in them and why the least safe place to hide something is inside your own subconscious. Those who've already seen Inception will know exactly what we're talking about, those who haven't - well, what exactly is wrong with you? After everything you've heard about it; on TV, the internet, the media, why haven't you already made a trip to the cinema with your Inception ticket firmly in hand?

We didn't think that there was any way Christopher Nolan could top the EPIC Dark Knight, but damn it if he hasn't done just that with Inception. How on earth is he going to top it with the next Batman movie, set to begin shooting next April and due out in July 2012? Thank God, we have him at the helm, because if anyone can do it, he can.

Dear God, if you haven't seen Inception already, do so now.

As in right now.

Really, why are you still reading this?


VERDICT: 10.0/10




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INTERVIEW: Diddy Talks To George Lopez About Possibly Replacing Simon Cowel On AI...

INTERVIEW: Diddy Talks To George Lopez About Possibly Replacing Simon Cowel On AI...






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AD: Princess Brit's New Ad For Her New Perfume 'Radiance'...

AD: Princess Brit's New Ad For Her New Perfume 'Radiance'... .







Brit, you know that we love you, so you know that when we say this, it's coming from a good place. We are not checking for this photoshop job in any way, shape or form. It looks just as real as that Cosmo cover. Now, we know how you feel about photoshop so we're sure you had little to with this. But you need to check your people - you have been looking very good lately and your body is ON POINT, you do not need this extensive reworking.

Aside from that, we're really excited for what looks like the start of a new record-breaking, Princess B era.


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FILM CLIPS: Two More Clips From 'Scott Vs The World' Are Released...

FILM CLIPS: Two More Clips From 'Scott Vs The World' Are Released...









R.D. 13.08.10


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INTERVIEW: Kelly Rowland Talks To 'DT' In Australia...

INTERVIEW: Kelly Rowland Talks To 'DT' In Australia...







Much as we appreciate you doing promo over here in Europe and in Australia, you need to be doing some Stateside too.

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INTERVIEW: Zac Efron Visits Jimmy Kimmel...

INTERVIEW: Zac Efron Visits Jimmy Kimmel...









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PERFORMANCE: Diddy Dirty Money Perform 'Hello, Good Morning' On Lopez Tonight...

PERFORMANCE: Diddy Dirty Money Perform 'Hello, Good Morning' On Lopez Tonight...







Yet another great performance from Diddy And Company but we've had enough of Hello, Good Morning. It's follow-up-single time, now, D.


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INTERVIEW: 50 Cent Discusses His Weight Loss And Removal Of Tatoos On 'The View'...

INTERVIEW: 50 Cent Discusses His Weight Loss And Removal Of Tatoos On 'The View'...







Well, 50 always did say he was a businessman first, a rapper second. And judging by his bank account, we'd have to agree with him.


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NEW TRAILER: First Trailer Released For Marvel's 'Thor' At Comic Con...

NEW TRAILER: First Trailer Released For Marvel's 'Thor' At Comic Con...







R.D. 06.05.11


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NEW TRAILER: First Trailer For 'Yogi Bear' Is Released...

NEW TRAILER: First Trailer For 'Yogi Bear' Is Released...






A Yogi Bear movie? Really?

R.D. 17.12.10


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NEW TRAILER: First Red Band Trailer For '30 Days Of Night: Dark Days' Released...

NEW TRAILER: First Red Band Trailer For '30 Days Of Night: Dark Days' Released...







It's been a year since the Alaskan town of Barrow's population was decimated by vampires during its annual month long sunset. Riddled with grief over the death of her husband, bound by nightmares and void of all emotions beyond hate and sorrow, Stella (Sanchez) has spent the past months traveling the world, trying to convince others that vampires exist. Met with skepticism and laughter, Stella is ready to throw in the towel when a group of lost souls (Coiro, Baird and Perrineau) offers an incredible opportunity: the chance to exact revenge upon Lilith (Kirshner), the vampire queen responsible for the assault on her sleepy Alaskan town. With nothing remaining to live for, and nothing left to fear, Stella joins their mission and ventures into the uncharted underbelly of Los Angeles where she pushes herself to the most extreme limits to stop the evil from striking again.




This is direct-to-DVD, which is code for 'nobody could care less whether this is released or not, but we have to fulfill the terms of the contract, so...'

*sideeye*

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TV SPOT: New TV Spot For 'Smallville' Tenth Season Released At Comic Con...

TV SPOT: New TV Spot For 'Smallville' Tenth Season Released At Comic Con...





R.D. 24.09.10


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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

SNEAK PEEKS: Five New Sneak Peeks For 'Pretty Little Liars' Next Ep - 'The Perfect Storm'...

SNEAK PEEKS: Five New Sneak Peeks For 'Pretty Little Liars' Next Ep - 'The Perfect Storm'...



















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INTERVIEW: Steve Carell On Lopez Tonight...

INTERVIEW: Steve Carell On Lopez Tonight...







We're gonna miss you on The Office, Steve, but if it means we'll see you in more movies, then this move is just fine by us.

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INTERVIEW: Christina Applegate Talks To Jimmy Kimmel...

INTERVIEW: Christina Applegate Talks To Jimmy Kimmel...













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INTERVIEW: America Ferrera Talks To The Ladies Of 'The View' About Her New Movie 'The Dry Land'...

INTERVIEW: America Ferrera Talks To The Ladies Of 'The View' About Her New Movie 'The Dry Land'...







And to think our girl, America, wasn't nominated for an Emmy.

KMT.


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