This just in: Karaoke isn't just for "regular" (and slightly intoxicated) folks anymore. Maybe it's the instant broadcast power of YouTube, but it seems that more and more movie stars are getting the urge to show off their singing chops to rooms full of strangers.
Last weekend at Fantastic Fest, Dominic Monaghan strapped on an A's hat and belted out some classic Vanilla Ice. And he's not the only one. From Emily Blunt to Gerard Butler, the stars are taking iconic songs into their own hands. And from the looks of it, they can ruin them just as well as the rest of us.
Dominic Monaghan Raps 'Ice Ice Baby'
If you're going to karaoke, go big or go home. That's Dominic's motto, apparently. Which is probably why, when he picked up the mic at Fantastic Fest, he went straight to the classic crowd-pleaser "Ice Ice Baby." And we've got to give it to him: The man can rap. He barely missed a beat, and he had some fancy footwork to boot.
Jude Law Tries to Keep Up with 'Johnny B. Goode'
Jude Law seemed to have a wee bit o' trouble keeping up with the speedy lyrics of "Johnny B Goode," though what he lacks in skill, he more than makes up for in enthusiasm (bonus points for breaking out the air guitar). Plus, he looks pretty good even if he's barely breathing. Our only question is whether it would be nearly as enchanting without the old guy on backup tambourine.
Jack Black Performs 'War Pigs'
Jack Black needs no backup when he belts out an, umm, interesting version of "War Pigs." "School of Rock" this is not. Granted, this isn't an easy song to pull off -- and he does a pretty solid job of filling in the musical sections with lots of arm-flailing, finger-pointing and hair-tossing. Oh, and beer-pounding. Even if he is wearing a lavender polo.
Jason Segel and John Krasinski Get By 'With a Little Help from My Friends'
Another sound karaoke strategy is not going it alone, which might be why Jason Segel and John Krasinksi paired up for their duet version of "With a Little Help from My Friends" when they took to the stage in Ann Arbor. It's easier to hear some girl screaming, "Is that John? That is John!" than to hear the boys singing, but something tells us it might be better that way.
Emily Blunt and Alison Brie Suffer a 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'
Mrs. John Krasinski, aka Emily Blunt, and fellow actress Alison Brie followed suit by belting out "Total Eclipse of the Heart" together. In front of a seriously fabulous mural (of what exactly, we're not sure), the ladies show us why they're on the silver screen, and not so often on the karaoke stage.
Demi Moore and Gerard Butler (and a Bunch of Other People) Belt Out 'Shook Me All Night Long'
Demi Moore and Gerard Butler don't just make "Shook Me All Night Long" a duet; they make it a sing-along with a complete entourage. This is nothing short of a karaoke mob, making it totally impossible to actually hear either of the stars -- which was probably the point. But we won't hold that against them, because karaoke is about enthusiasm, and they've certainly roused the crowd.
Rupert Grint and Oliver Phelps 'Fight for Your Right to Party'
No strangers to screaming fans, Rupert Grint and Oliver Phelps paid homage to the glory that was 1986 with "Fight for Your Right to Party." (Were they even alive then?) Even though the lyrics for this song sound a lot more like a speech, they certainly have the spirit. Plus they get bonus points for their coordinated necklaces.
In closing, if that's not enough karaoke-ing for you, check out these two bonus clips of Rupert flaunting his pipes with his personal assistant ("I Got You Babe") and his stunt double ("We Are Family"). All we can say is, maybe don't quit your day job, Ron.