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Jordin Sparks isn't the first "American Idol" star to step away from the reality boob tube and give Hollywood a go, and she won't be the last. Her loosely biographical movie "Sparkle" — also featuring the late Whitney Houston, Mike Epps and Cee-Lo Green — is but the latest instance of an "Idol" star getting a close-up on the big screen.
The movie successes of Sparks' predecessors in "Idol" alumni-hood have been a mixed bag of total wins and, well, sheer embarrassment. So, how will the season six-winning songstress' flick fare?
Let's compare "Idol" in Hollywood notes to find out. Get More »
Kevin Covias is all grown up. The cherubic singer who finished 11th on the fifth season of "American Idol" when he was just 16 has officially crossed over—to the big screen, that is.
According to Variety, Covias is set to join comedy gurus Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy and Amanda Peet in Seth Gordon's upcoming "Identity Thief."
Penned by Craig Mazin ("The Hangover Part II") and Steve Conrad ("The Pursuit of Happyness"), the story follows a man whose life falls apart after his identity is stolen (Bateman). Get More »
Liv Tyler's come a long way since cavorting half-naked with Alicia Silverstone -- at the tender age of 16 -- in her dad Steven Tyler's video "Crazy." Her Aerosmith-fronting father may have given her the leg up in Hollywood, but it's her long career (and, of course, her high-profile portrayal of Elf princess Arwen in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) that makes her famous now, nearly two decades later.
Tyler's recent choices have been a departure from "Hobbit"-sized productions. She's appeared in two films this year: "Super," an indie co-starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page, and "The Ledge," a philosophical thriller (yes, you read that right) with "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam -- both movies with smallish budgets and the kind of subtext you won't find in many Hollywood blockbusters.
We spoke to Tyler about "The Ledge," an edgy post-religious love letter to morality for morality's sake written by the great-great grandson of Charles Darwin, as well as "American Idol" and the increasingly slim chance she'll show up in "The Hobbit." Get More »
Ashthon Jones, the first finalist ousted from the current season of "American Idol," won't be the nation's favorite televised singer this year -- but that doesn't mean she has plans to disappear from the public eye.
"I'd love to be in a movie, a TV show, a commercial, anything with a camera," she tells NextMovie exclusively after her appearance on MTV's "The Seven."
" 'American Idol' gives you some pointers on how to do interviews; it opens up the door if you constantly want to be on camera, you know? I think that would be a really cool thing to do."
Jones would be happy to mirror the path of fellow "Idol" alum Jennifer Hudson, who follows her "Dreamgirls" success with a starring role in the upcoming Mandela biopic "Winnie."
"I would love to play Whitney Houston," Jones admits. "I did one of her songs on 'Idol.' I think I could do her really well." Get More »