Beyonce shows off baby bump in 'Countdown'
October 7th, 2011
10:08 AM ET

Beyonce shows off baby bump in 'Countdown'

The wait is over for Beyonce's latest video, which debuted on Thursday as previously promised.

The mommy-to-be promptly took the stage to perform after announcing she was expecting at the MTV Video Music Awards, and she's still working just as hard in the "Countdown" clip.

The video for "4's" danceable track does show off the singer's growing belly, although its absence in some scenes suggests that there may have been pre- and post-pregnancy announcement filming. The imagery is a hodge-podge of modern and retro styling created in an ultra-bright palette, and staccato camera work effortlessly matches "Countdown's" beat. FULL POST


Filed under: Beyonce • Celebrities • Music
Friday's Top Five: Courtroom movies
October 7th, 2011
09:25 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Courtroom movies

Lately, the media seems to be dominated by one high profile court case after another. The dramatic trials of Casey Anthony, Conrad Murray and Amanda Knox have captivated the world, and the latter of the three has already been spun into an actual film.

But of course, movies have some dramatic advantages. Writers, actors and editors make movie lawyers, judges and juries look their best, speak eloquently, and deliver just the right amount of dramatic pause during opening and closing arguments. In fact, growing up with Hollywood’s version of our judicial system can make real life litigators appear a little boring in comparison.

If it pleases the court, this week’s list puts your movie knowledge on trial. What’s the verdict on the best courtroom dramas? And if you were a Hollywood casting agent, who would you cast in the role of Miss Anthony (Natalie Portman), Dr. Murray (Forest Whitaker), and Miss Knox (For a big screen feature, I'd go with Jennifer Lawrence over Hayden Panettiere)?  Clearly, these stories are movies just waiting to be produced.

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