Michael Jackson Music icon Michael Jackson passed away today at the age of 50 after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in L.A.

The King of Pop leaves behind an incredible legend having swept up an entire generation of fans and musical protégés in his wings. His vocal career, which has spanned decades ever since he first performed with his brothers and sisters as a member of The Jackson 5 in the late 60s, has even impacted the movie industry as his songs have been featured on an upwards of 50 soundtracks.

It may be cheesy, but the movie scene in which Michael Jackson's tunes stand out in my mind the most would have to be from 2004's rom com "13 Going on 30." Read More...

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Sandra Bullock and Ryan ReynoldsRomance is difficult enough without worrying about how he (or she!) might pop the question. While a clumsy and comedic proposal could be the story you laugh about when you're older, a disastrous one has the power to destroy your relationship for good.

No proposal could be uglier than the one Sandra Bullock offers to Ryan Reynolds in this weekend's romantic comedy, "The Proposal." While you have to give props to a girl willing to take matters into her own hands and get down on one knee, I'm not sure that it's a good thing to wield power in order to secure a marriage license. I suspect that that Bullock's bitter road to citizenship leads to marital bliss, you might be in the mood for commitments that are a little less power hungry.

So here's five of my favorite movie marriage proposals — and while I wish I had one that was a girl-power counter to "The Proposal," I confess to thinking it's more fun to see the boys do all the ring-offering work. Read More...

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JigsawEvery so often, a song comes along that becomes the darling of every film and television scorer, advertising music supervisor, and Starbucks/Gap playlist mixer. A few years ago, that tune was "Such Great Heights" (both the peppy Postal Service version and its mellower Iron & Wine counterpart). It popped up on the "Garden State" soundtrack. It accompanied "Grey's Anatomy" promos. I drank lattes to it. In short, it was everywhere. And now it seems a new song has emerged to seal the "used and abused" title for 2009: Erin McCarley's "Love, Save the Empty."

This first time I heard this little ditty was on the "There's No 'I' in Team" episode of "Grey's Anatomy," during a saucy Callie/Dr. Hahn makeout session. Next it became the unofficial anthem for Ginnifer Goodwin, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, and the other lonely ladies of "He's Just Not That Into You." And I was OK with that. But now it's popping up on commercials for Jada Pinkett-Smith's new medical drama "Hawthorne," and that's where I draw the line. Read More...

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