After starring in 2006’s “Dreamgirls,” Beyonce was recently attached to star in Clint Eastwood’s remake of “A Star Is Born.” She dropped out of the project after production was delayed for her pregnancy.
If there’s a through line in David Bowie’s film canon, wrote Variety’s Steve Chagollan, it’s the ability to transform himself from role to role, from “The Man Who Fell to Earth” to “Labyrinth,” which might have something to do with an androgynous appeal that has served him well as a performer, no matter what the medium.
Cher followed up her Oscar-winning performance in “Moonstruck” with “Mermaids.” The singer just announced the 2014 “Dressed to Kill” tour — her first in eight years.
Common stars in AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” and has built a career as a supporting player in films.
With his trademark baritone, Bing Crosby was one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, and was a star of both television and movies. He won the Academy Award for “Going My Way” in 1944.
Eminem won acclaim for his semi-autobiographical debut “8 Mile” and also picked up the Oscar for Original Song for “Lose Yourself.”
With roots in stand-up, Jamie Foxx was known for comedy, starring in TV’s “In Living Color” and his own sitcom. His film career took off in 2004 – Oscar-nominated for “Collateral” and winning the kudo for “Ray.”
Jennifer Hudson rose to fame in the third season of “American Idol,” and won an Oscar for her role as Effie White in “Dreamgirls.” Her next film, “Black Nativity,” will be released in November.
The N.W.A. rapper made his screen debut in “Boyz in the Hood,” and was encouraged by director John Singleton to write a screenplay. That effort became “Friday” and spawned sequels “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next.” Ice Cube is also a prolific producer — his TV series “Are We There Yet” premiered on TBS in 2010.
Ice-T has been a regular on “Law & Order: SVU” since 2000 and also has a reality series on E! with wife Coco.
As a child, Janet Jackson starred on “Good Times” and “Diff’rent Strokes.” Bigscreen credits include “Poetic Justice” (also starring Tupac Shakur) and Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married” films.
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The rapper survived the genetically-engineered sharks in “Deep Blue Sea” and also stars with Chris O’Donnell on “NCIS: Los Angeles.”
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is one of the crew in the “Fast and Furious” series.
Since 1985’s “Desperately Seeking Susan,” Madonna has starred in films as wide-ranging as “Who’s That Girl,” “Dick Tracy” and “Evita.” She won Golden Globes for acting in “Evita” and for best original song for the song “Masterpiece” from “W.E.”
Known for his collaborations with Jerry Lewis and the Rat Pack, Dean Martin was gifted in comedy, drama and his NBC series “The Dean Martin Show” ran for almost 10 years.
Country singer Tim McGraw starred with Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side.”
The singer received Oscar nominations for “The Rose” in 1979 and “For the Boys” in 1991.
The singer also contributed to the soundtrack in 2002’s “A Walk to Remember,” a teenage romance from novelist Nicholas Sparks.
The hip-hop artist has been acting since the age of 14, and received an Emmy nom for HBO movie “Something the Lord Made.” He recently wrapped his role as Brother Sam on Showtime’s “Dexter.”
Dolly Parton made her big screen debut in the hit “9 to 5.” In 2009, a musical based on the film launched on Broadway, with new songs written by Parton.
Elvis Presley’s big screen debut, “Love Me Tender,” was panned by the critics, but did very well at the box office thanks to Presley’s huge fanbase.
Hip-hop artist and rapper Queen Latifah had a starring role on Fox sitcom “Living Single” and was Oscar-nominated for supporting actress for “Chicago.” Her syndicated daytime talkshow launched in September.
The Korean pop star starred in several Korean television dramas and starred in “I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK” which won a prize at the Berlin Film Festival. His stateside credits include “Speed Racer” and a starring role in “Ninja Assassin.”
The rapper starred with Janet Jackson in John Singleton’s “Poetic Justice.” From the Variety review of his performance: “Shakur has the juicier part and turns in truly outstanding work.”
The singer took home three Oscars — a supporting win for “From Here to Eternity,” the humanitarian award and an honorary award — and was also nominated for “The Man With the Golden Arm” in 1955.
The rapper formerly known as The Fresh Prince starred in his own TV series before hitting the big screen with hits like “Bad Boys,” “Independence Day” and “Men in Black.”
The singer won an Oscar for “Funny Girl” and is alas an accomplished director. Her next project is about the relationship between photographer Margaret Bourke-White and author Erskine Caldwell.
As a child star on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” the singer moved on to the boy band ‘N Sync and a successful solo career. His latest film “Runner Runner” opened Oct. 4 to dismal reviews.
The erstwhile Marky Mark (of the Funky Bunch) made a splash in 2007’s “Boogie Nights.” He has since been nominated for Academy Awards for “The Fighter” and “The Departed.”