She is crazy, sexy and cool, and if you blink, you’ll miss her. That’s how fast Gwen Stefani jets in and out of her role in “The Aviator,” the upcoming Martin Scorsese film that finds the No Doubt singer playing a vampy Jean Harlow to Leonardo DiCaprio’s baby-faced Howard Hughes.
But even with her nanosecond of screen time, Stefani carries on a grand Hollywood tradition. From the celestial highs of Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were” to the root-cellar lows of Mariah Carey’s “Glitter,” moonlighting pop stars have provided filmgoers with many indelible movie moments, including a few we couldn’t remove from our brains with a sandblaster.
But enough about Madonna. With Gwen in the wings and Barbra’s “Meet the Fockers” on the way, here is a quiz to help you remember the best and the worst of this crossover hit parade. Please hold your BIC flicking until the final credits. The answers are below, and if you get 10 or more right, give yourself a standing ovation.
1. In honor of Gwen’s barely there appearance in “The Aviator,” name the seminal rock ‘n’ roll film in which Phil Collins is said to appear for about 30 seconds.
2. With 15 nominations and nine awards (including one for Worst Actress of the Century), Madonna is the most decorated member of the Golden Raspberry Awards’ bad-thespian community. Which Razzie favorite is Madge’s nonsinging runner-up?
A. Demi Moore
B. Sharon Stone
C. Bo Derek
D. Pia Zadora
3. Match the talented musician with the unfortunate movie.
1. Michael Hutchence
2. Mos Def
3. Mick Jagger
4. Alanis Morissette
C. “Dogs in Space”
4. Name the 1995 film that co-starred “Marky” Mark Wahlberg and two Oscar nominees, one of whom is also on “The Sopranos.”
5. Which of the following duos has not appeared in the same film? (Documentaries excluded.)
A. Iggy Pop and Deborah Harry
B. Bruce Springsteen and Jack Black
C. Eve and Ice Cube
D. Ice-T and Henry Rollins
6. Which one of these indie films has the busy Courtney Love not appeared in?
A. “Feeling Minnesota”
B. “Chelsea Walls”
C. “200 Cigarettes”
7. Only one of these acting musicians has warbled a best-song nominee during the Oscar broadcast. Who did the honors?
A. Huey Lewis
D. Tina Turner
8. Which of the following rock ‘n’ roll icons appeared on “The Simpsons” as someone other than himself?
A. George Harrison
B. Steven Tyler
C. Johnny Cash
D. Barry White
9. Elvis Presley was never nominated for an Academy Award, but an astounding number of his leading ladies found Oscar success in their extra-Elvis careers. Name as many as you can.
10. Name the 2003 caper film that squandered the talents of Gladys Knight, Dwight Yoakam, Master P, Smokey Robinson, Andre 3000 and Harrison Ford.
11. They’re not wage slaves, they just play them in the movies. Match the musician with the on-screen career.
1. Jon Bon Jovi
3. Queen Latifah
4. Chris Isaak
A. Factory worker
B. House painter
C. Homicidal clown
12. Name six musicians who have been nominated for Grammys, Emmys and acting Oscars.
13. One sings, the other doesn’t need to. Match the musician-actors with their screen-legend co-stars.
1. Jennifer Lopez
2. Bobby Darin
3. Will Smith
4. Ricky Nelson
A. John Wayne
B. Jack Nicholson
C. Donald Sutherland
D. Tony Curtis
14. Match the musicians with the telling line from one of their films.
1. Tom Waits
2. Dolly Parton
3. Doris Day
4. Tupac Shakur
5. Lyle Lovett
A. “What’s the point of sleeping with you if it doesn’t get your attention?”
B. “I have no bedroom problems. There’s nothing in my bedroom that bothers me.”
C. “Yeah, it’s a sad and beautiful world buddy.”
D. “I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence.”
E. “You gotta get the ground beneath your feet, partner, get the wind behind your back and go out in a blaze if you got to!”
15. According to the Internet Movie Database, only one of these multitasking divas does not have at least one movie project on tap for 2005. Who’s the slacker?
B. Gwen Stefani
C. Queen Latifah
D. Barbra Streisand
E. Mariah Carey
1. According to the Internet Movie Database, Collins appeared in “A Hard Day’s Night” in the uncredited role of “Seated fan with necktie.”
2. C. Bo Derek has received 11 Razzie nominations and six awards, including a trophy for Worst Actress of the Decade for the 1980s.
3. 1-C, 2-D, 3-A and 4-B.
4. “The Basketball Diaries,” co-starring Oscar-nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Lorraine Bracco of “The Sopranos.” Bracco’s “Sopranos” co-star Michael Imperioli also makes an appearance.
5. The answer is A. Springsteen and Black were in “High Fidelity”; Eve and Ice Cube co-starred in “Barbershop”; and Ice-T and Henry Rollins were in “Johnny Mnemonic.”
7. A. Huey Lewis and the News performed “The Power of Love” during the 1986 Oscar show. Prince won an Academy Award in 1985 for his “Purple Rain” score and Eminem won a best-song statuette in 2003 for “Lose Yourself,” but neither artist performed during the broadcast. Sadly, Tina Turner has never graced the Oscars with her musical presence, either.
8. The answer is C for “Cash.” The Man in Black guest starred in “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer” as a talking coyote who appears to Homer during a hot-pepper induced hallucination.
9. Mary Tyler Moore (co-starred in “A Change of Habit,” nominated for “Ordinary People”); Ann-Margret (co-starred in “Viva Las Vegas,” nominated for “Tommy” and “Carnal Knowledge”); Hope Lange (co-starred in “Wild in the Country,” nominated for “Peyton Place”); Tuesday Weld (co-starred in “Wild in the Country,” nominated for “Looking for Mr. Goodbar”); Angela Lansbury (co-starred in “Blue Hawaii,” nominated for “Gaslight,” “The Manchurian Candidate” and “The Picture of Dorian Gray”); Barbara Stanwyck (co-starred in “Roustabout,” nominated for “Sorry, Wrong Number”; “Stella Dallas”; “Double Indemnity” and “Ball of Fire”); Joan Blondell (co-starred in “Stay Away, Joe,” nominated for “The Blue Veil”).
10. “Hollywood Homicide.”
11. 1-B (Bon Jovi played a hunky house painter in “Moonlight and Valentino”; 2-A (Bjork did hard factory time in “Dancer in the Dark”); 3-D (Queen Latifah was a janitor-turned-bank-robber in “Set It Off”); 4-C (Isaak made a brief but memorable appearance as a hit man in clown gear in “Married to the Mob”).
12. Julie Andrews, Cher, Judy Garland, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. The equally versatile Dolly Parton and Sting have been nominated for Grammys, Emmys and songwriting Oscars.)
13. 1-B (Lopez and Nicholson co-starred in “Blood and Wine”; 2-D (Darin and Curtis were paired in “Captain Newman, M.D.,” for which Darin was nominated for a supporting-actor Oscar); 3-C (Smith co-starred with Sutherland in “Six Degrees of Separation”); 4-A (Nelson and Wayne both starred in “Rio Bravo.”)
14. 1-C (“Down By Law”); 2-D (“Steel Magnolias”); 3-B (“Pillow Talk”); 4-E (“Juice”); 5-A (“The Opposite of Sex”).
15. D. The choosy Streisand has planned no big-screen follow-ups to the upcoming “Meet the Fockers,” although rumor has it she may drop in on “Will & Grace” next year.
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