Mister D: This subject matter seems to rear it’s head twice a year, but I’m printing it anyway. As far as I’m concerned the jury should just close for Madonna. I enjoy most of her CD’s, but as far as screen acting, she has about as much charisma as a turnip. It’s just my opinion, but her record in movies kind of prove it. Even “Evita,” in which she was nominated for an Academy Award. I don’t know what she did to pull that one off. She didn’t have the voice nor the acting skills to earn that. But we know now the Oscars have become very political.
Singers acting up
By OTIS R. TAYLOR JR.
(Original Publication: August 17, 2007)
Elvis Presley broke barriers as a performer. Here are some other performers who have followed in the King’s blue suede footsteps singing, dancing and acting.
Barbra Streisand: “Babs” won an Oscar for her film debut, 1968’s “Funny Girl,” and continued her savory performances in “The Way We Were,” “Yentl” and “The Prince of Tides.”
Will Smith: Sitting through “Independence Day” and “Bad Boys” (1 and 2) might have been a chore, but “Ali” earned Smith a well-deserved Oscar nomination. He’s drifting farther from memories wrapped around his Fresh Prince character.
Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M was superior in “The Rose,” “Beaches” and “For the Boys,” but she was a riot in comedies “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” “Ruthless People,” “Outrageous Fortune” and “Scenes From a Mall.”
Cher: Oscar enjoyed “Moonstruck” more. But don’t forget “Mask” and “The Witches of Eastwick.” Maybe Cher should retire from singing and just stick to acting.
Madonna: “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Shanghai Surprise” and “Who’s That Girl?” were smartly entertaining. We’ll forgive “Dick Tracy” and “Body of Evidence,” but in “A League of Their Own,” Madonna held her own.
Jennifer Lopez: Her film “The Wedding Planner” and her album “J. Lo” were No. 1 the same week in January 2001. She’s had some film and album flops, but she’s still J. Lo, and that’s bankable in Hollywood.
Beyonce: Her film credits include “Dreamgirls,” “The Pink Panther,” “The Fighting Temptations” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” She’s the most-hyped R&B songstress, and for good reason.
Ludacris: He had a pivotal role in the Oscar-winning “Crash,” and now his acting seems to be on a better course than his rap career.