Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Isn't She Lucky, This Hollywood Girl?

It's Britney Spears Night at William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio.

And while I personally, am looking forward to the Brittany part of "Britney/Brittany" (which I may be watching on Hulu tomorrow instead, thanks Time Warner), the highlight is of course the 28 year old Ms. Spears, Alexander, Spears, Federline, Spears. And if Glee can do a Britney episode, well I can do a Britney post.

My Top Twenty Favorite Britney Spears Songs:

20. Gimme More
19. Boys
18. Overprotected
17. Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know
16. From the Bottom of My Broken Heart
15. I Love Rock 'n' Roll*
14. Womanizer
13. Me Against the Music
12. Piece of Me
11. I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman
10. If U Seek Amy
9. I'm a Slave 4 U
8. 3
7. Oops!...I Did It Again
6. Everytime
5. Toxic
4. (You Drive Me) Crazy
3. ...Baby One More Time
2. Sometimes
1. Lucky

Yes, I'm a sucker for the old, teenage Britney stuff. The top 7 are all from her first few albums.

*I know Rock 'n' Roll is a cover, and far inferior to the Joan Jett version**, but still it is pretty good.

**Fun Fact #24- The Joan Jett version itself was a cover. The song was originally released by a group named The Arrows.

Of course this isn't Britney's first TV cameo. In 1999, Spears played herself on an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

In 2006 Britney played Jack McFarland's Southern, Conservative, Christian cohost of his talk show on a gay television
                      network on Will and Grace.

And in 2008, Britney appeared in two episodes of How I Met Your Mother, as Stella's (Ted's one-time fiancee and dermatologist) assistant who was in love with Ted. In the second episode, while Barney fought to win back Ted's friendship, he slept with her and mock-proposed to her, the mock part of which she did not pick up on.

Oh yeah, and she had that reality show with ex-husband Kevin Federline. That worked out as well as it worked for Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. Or John and Kate Gosselin. Or Liza Minelli and David Gest. Or the Hogans. Or Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. Or Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. Hey Celebrities! Don't do reality TV with your spouse!

But of course, that wasn't Britney's only acting gig. No, who could forget Crossroads, the 2002 film starring, wait for this, Spears, SNL's Dan Aykroyd, Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall, Avatar's Zoe Saldana, and Dodgeball's (among many others) Justin Long. Oh, and the writing? Shonda Rhimes. Yeah, the one who created Grey's Anatomy. Yup. Crossroads. And what did they get with all that talent?

"I went to Crossroads expecting a glitzy bimbofest and got the bimbos but not the fest." -Roger Ebert

But let's be fair to Britney. Crossroads is no worse than the 4th worst movie in the 2000s starring a late 90s/early 00s attractive female pop star:

3. From Justin to Kelly (2003)- Just an absolutely dreadful idea. Who possibly thought this was a smart decision? How did the conversation go? "You know those 2 kids who have absolutely no entertainment industry experience other than the 12 weeks we've been airing them on national tv? Let's make them make a movie!" To be fair, co-star Anika Noni Rose recovered with Dreamgirls.

2. Glitter (2001)- Mariah Carey is very, very good looking. Mariah Carey has an incredible voice, one of the top couple of her era. But Mariah Carey cannot act. Interesting finds in this movie though- Oscar Nominated Actor Terrence Howard, and Top Chef cohost Padma Lakshmi. Who knew?

1. Gigli (2003)- Gigli is considered by many the worst movie ever made. Is this because of Jennifer Lopez? Probably not. After all, Maid in Manhattan wasn't terrible. But it probably wasn't because of Ben Affleck, Al Pacino, or Christopher Walken either. So we'll put it on J-Lo. At least that makes From Justin to Kelly only the 2nd biggest film flop for someone on American Idol.

Anyway, that wraps up this Britney post. Enjoy "Britney/Brittany!"

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