10 Kids of Famous People Who Became Awesome


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Let’s be frank with each other: being born into wealth and fame tends to make you…Kim Kardashian. Or Jaden Smith. Well, sure, not all famous kids are like that, but most of them are. We’re all about keeping it positive here, though, so let’s spotlight the 10 scions of privilege that managed to grow up cool.

10. Mavis Spencer

Most kids of celebrities tend to follow their parents into the family business because it requires less effort, but actress Alfre Woodard’s daughter Mavis Spencer has other passions – most notably horses. The lovely 5’11” young woman is a nationally-ranked equestrian who has medaled in multiple competitions.

9. Max Brooks

The author of the flabbergastingly successful World War Z books is the son of actress Anne Bancroft and legendary funnyman Mel Brooks. Despite his father’s way with words, young Max struggled with dyslexia as a child. He overcame that to become a best-selling author, and his 2006 book was turned into a Brad Pitt movie. Sadly, his dad wasn’t chosen to direct the parody version World War Oy!

8. Laila Ali

When you’re the child of the greatest boxer the world has ever seen, it’s only natural that you follow in his footsteps – even if you’re a girl. Laila Ali started boxing at 18 and built herself into one of the sport’s most dominant forces, eventually retiring with an untarnished 24-0 record.

7. Abby Elliott

When your dad created one of the best sitcoms ever in Get A Life and your grandfather is one of the legends of radio comedy, you’ve got a lot of laughs to live up to. Thankfully, former SNL castmember Abby Elliott (daughter of Chris Elliott) keeps her family tradition strong.

6. Evan Ross

The son of legendary singer Diana Ross won the genetic lottery, inheriting a gorgeous falsetto voice that he’s put to good use. When he was growing up, he was mentored by none other than Michael Jackson (no jokes, please), and his singing style is definitely indebted to the King of Pop. Oh, and he also scored a role in the most recent Hunger Games flick, just for fun.

5. Zelda Williams

Being the daughter of one of the world’s most beloved comedians is no laughing matter, but Zelda Williams handles it with poise and grace. Her father Robin named her after the princess in his favorite Nintendo game, and she’s been a strong voice for the best in gamer culture as well as lending her talents to The Legend Of Korra and other projects.

4. Kyle Eastwood

Clint Eastwood has always been a huge jazz fan, so his son Kyle was immersed in the classics from a very young age. He started playing electric bass when he was in high school, and quickly became a musical force to be reckoned with. Since releasing his first album at the age of 20, he’s toured the world and played at Carnegie Hall.

3. Kane Kosugi

Sho Kosugi was one of the most famous martial artists Japan ever produced, mastering ninjitsu, judo, aikido and other disciplines before transitioning into an acting career. His son Kane has carried on the family tradition in grand form. He’s the only American to ever make it to the final stage on Sasuke (known as Ninja Warrior here), which is pretty crazy.

2. Rashida Jones

Daughter of legendary producer Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones has lit up the small screen on The Office and Parks and Rec, as well as penning the screenplay for indie comedy-drama Celeste and Jesse Forever. Throw in a comic book series from Oni Press and doing guest vocals on a Tupac tribute album and you have a famous kid who definitely doesn’t suck.

1. Colin Hanks

The oldest of Tom Hanks’ three sons, Colin Hanks got into acting without leveraging his dad’s famous name. He started out on cult TV show Roswell in 1999 and since has had memorable roles on Dexter and Fargo. He’s also on Comedy Bang! Bang! this Friday at 11p.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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