Friday's Top Five: Best musical movies
June 15th, 2012
12:33 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: Best musical movies

From "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) to "Mamma Mia!" (2008), the category of musical movies is filled with hits.

But for some reason, the idea of using song and dance to help tell a story can still be viewed as pretty cheesy, leaving us skeptical whenever we hear the word "musical" and "movie" in the same sentence.

A prime example of that skepticism surrounds this weekend's "Rock of Ages," in which Tom Cruise stars as '80s hair metal rocker Stacee Jaxx, and Julianne Hough as the small town girl pursuing her dreams of stardom in Hollywood.

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Music appreciation: Songs about school
June 15th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

Music appreciation: Songs about school

With students around the country anticipating – and then celebrating – that final bell before summer, there is one song that is absolutely inescapable this time of year.

“No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks.” (All together now) “School’s out for summer!”

So it seems like the perfect opportunity to delve into some music appreciation, specifically songs about schools:

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Overheard on CNN.com: All-American success stories? Porn stars gone mainstream
Steven Soderbergh cast adult film star Sasha Grey in the 2009 feature film "The Girlfriend Experience."
June 15th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: All-American success stories? Porn stars gone mainstream

[Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.]

After Bret Easton Ellis tweeted that he cast adult actor James Deen opposite Lindsay Lohan in an upcoming film, we wanted to learn about other adult movie stars who have transitioned into mainstream Hollywood.

James Deen, other porn stars who've gone mainstream

The discussion that followed, we're sure you're not surprised to find out, was quite interesting. Readers tried to reconcile these all-American success stories with feelings about the industry they represent.

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Yvette Wilson of 'Moesha,' 'The Parkers' dies
Yvette Wilson, far left, seen with her co-stars on "The Parkers" in 2002.
June 15th, 2012
10:34 AM ET

Yvette Wilson of 'Moesha,' 'The Parkers' dies

Actress and comedian Yvette Wilson has lost her fight against cervical cancer at the age of 48, CNN's confirmed. A friend of Wilson, Jeffrey Pittle, tells us that she passed away on Thursday around 7 p.m.

Wilson was perhaps best known for portraying Andell Wilkerson on the '90s sitcom "Moesha," on which she starred alongside singer Brandy in the titular role. She also played Andell on the "Moesha" spin-off "The Parkers," which also starred Oscar winner Mo'Nique and aired from 1999 to 2004.

Wilson's "Moesha" co-star Shar Jackson, who's also appeared on reality shows "Ex Wives Club" and "Celebrity Fit Club," mourned the loss of Wilson on Twitter Thursday.

"Oh God. My heart is soooo unbelievably broken," she posted. "I wanna thank all my tweeties for their prayers but God has chosen to take my sister Yvette home."

"Moesha" star Brandy and her brother Ray J, who also appeared on the series, also shared their condolences.

"Yvette Wilson was one of the most genuine and funny people I've ever met," Ray J said in a statement. "The advice she gave me as a young actor to work hard and to believe in myself was very instrumental. She will truly be missed."

Added Brandy via her Twitter account, "So saddened by the loss of Yvette Wilson. She was such a beautiful spirit. May she rest in peace."

'The Killing': Our top suspects
June 15th, 2012
09:29 AM ET

'The Killing': Our top suspects

OK, let’s be clear: When it comes to “The Killing,” we do not know who killed Rosie Larsen.

But AMC has their Suspect Tracker and, at last count, the top answer for viewers on the question of "Who Killed Rosie Larsen?" is none other than Jamie Wright (Eric Laden).

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