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20 Awkward Celebrities

September 24th, 2014 2:16pm EDT
20 Awkward Celebrities
Celebrities have awkward moments just like everyone else. Sometimes they channel it by playing dysfunctional characters; other times they are socially awkward in real life.

And then there are the stars who just look awkward.

Kristen Stewart, who shot to fame after appearing in the "Twilight" franchise, is known for being awkward in social situations. She is often photographed with a frown on a her face and is visibly uncomfortable in the spotlight.

"Road Trip" star DJ Qualls looks awkward and plays awkward roles. You may als...
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13 Greatest Actors Turned Critically Acclaimed Directors

May 3rd, 2014 3:00pm EDT
13 Greatest Actors Turned Critically Acclaimed Directors
Very few actors are afforded success and fame in the brutally competitive film landscape. Those who miraculously do make have trouble-holding relevancy, as Hollywood trades aging veteran actors for relative and good-looking newcomers immediately destined to be the next big thing. But these screen presences who’ve been able to hold Hollywood’s attention even into their later years have also found a strong niche behind the camera, directing Oscar worthy films and Hollywood blockbusters that encapsulate audiences’ attention while reaping critics’ acclaim. Move over Scorsese and Spielberg, beca...
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11 Odd And Interesting Oscar Facts To Get You Ready For The 2014 Academy Awards

February 28th, 2014 12:03pm EST
11 Odd And Interesting Oscar Facts To Get You Ready For The 2014
The Academy Awards are almost here and it's sure to be an entertaining night involving Hollywood's biggest stars. Here are some odd and interesting facts to impress your friends at your Oscar party:

Quvenzhane Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva faced off in 2013 in the Best Actress category and set records as the young and oldest nominee, respectively. Jennifer Lawrence would go on to win for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.

- Tom Hank's acceptance speech for his role in Philadelphia became the basis of the film In & Out. He thanked his high school drama coach and outed him on national te...
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The Biggest Snubs From The 2014 Oscar Nominations

January 16th, 2014 12:03pm EST
Captain Phillips
Not everyone or every movie can be nominated for an Academy Award, but that won't stop us from declared who was snubbed by the Academy this morning when the nominations were announced.

Inside Llewyn Davis: Many of today's snubs felt like it was the Academy saying, "give someone else a chance." After six Oscars and countless nominations, Joel and Ethan Coen were stricken from the record this awards season - other than cinematography and sound mixing nods. The film has an astonishing 94% on Rotten Tomatoes after over 200 critic reviews, but it did not receive one best picture nomination from...
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Ronan Farrow Bashes Golden Globes Over Woody Allen Tribute

January 13th, 2014 3:03pm EST
Ronan Farrow
Ronan Farrow, the son of actress Mia Farrow, took to Twitter to bash the Golden Globes for airing a tribute to his father Woody Allen.

Ronan wrote last night, "Missed the Woody Allen tribute - did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?"

The devastating post is in reference to Vanity Fair's piece on Mia Farrow, which was promoted via snippet claiming Ronan could be the son of Frank Sinatra after an alleged affair. Ronan teased at the time, "Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son."

Another story in the piece, which ...
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28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names

November 14th, 2013 1:03pm EST
28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names
Many celebrities have changed their names before they hit it big, and for many reasons. Let's take a look at some of the biggest stars who didn't take their birth name to Hollywood.

Katy Hudson didn't want to be confused with Kate Hudson, so she took her mother's maiden name and became Katy Perry.

Oprah Winfrey's name is iconic, but it's not actually her real name. It's Orpha, after the biblical figure. However, so many people mispronounced her name while she was growing up that the mispronunciation stuck.

Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus. He took his mother's maiden name...
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Woody Allen Pulls 'Blue Jasmine' From Theaters In India Over Altered Smoking Scenes

October 8th, 2013 12:54pm EDT
Woody Allen
Woody Allen is not happy with a law in India that places mandatory anti-tobacco ads into movie scenes in which the characters smoke cigarettes, so he's pulled his latest film, Blue Jasmine, from theaters in the country.

It's standard for movie theaters in India show anti-smoking ads before every film, in addition to the on-screen messages during smoking scenes, the latter of which upset the director.

"Due to content in the film, it cannot be shown in India in its intended manner," a rep for Allen told Reuters. "Therefore, the film is not scheduled to play there."

The messages are distrac...
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'Blue Jasmine' Review: Cate Blanchett Gives Stunning Performance In One Of Woody Allen's Best Films

July 25th, 2013 3:30pm EDT
Blue Jasmine
There are many reasons to see 'Blue Jasmine' written and directed by Woody Allen, but the main one is the stunning, complex, Oscar worthy performance by Miss Cate Blanchett.

She portrays Jasmine, a onetime wealthy New York socialite who has lost her money, her home, her husband, (Alec Baldwin) her son and perhaps...her sanity.

We first see Jasmine sitting on an airplane talking non-stop to her seat mate, an elderly woman, who from the expression on her face wishes she would just shut up.

From Jasmine's monologue, we find out that she's on her way to live with her sister, Ginger (Sally Ha...
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Zach Braff To Make Broadway Debut In 2014

June 27th, 2013 11:25pm EDT
Zach Braff
Zach Braff is heading to Broadway.

The former Scrubs star is set to make his debut on the Great White Way in a musical adaptation of popular Woody Allen comedy "Bullets Over Broadway."

Braff will star as playwright David Shayne, who obtains funding for a production from a mobster and is then pushed into casting the mobster's talent-lacking girlfriend in his production.

The role was originated by John Cusack in the 1994 film of the same name, which he starred opposite Jennifer Tilly.

"It's thrilling. I keep waking up expecting it to be a dream," Braff told the Associated Press on Thursda...
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Ryan Gosling And 10 Other Actors That Direct Movies

September 2nd, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Ryan Gosling
Earlier in the week it was announced that Ryan Gosling will be making his directorial debut with the film adaptation of the screenplay "How to Catch a Monster." It takes a successful actor to be considered and given the role of director, and Gosling is just that. He's starred and performed in many respected rolls and now is taking a turn behind the camera. Here are some other Actors that have been directors.

Mel Gibson

Mel may be a tabloid favorite these days but he has two Oscars, one for Best Director and the other for Best Picture, both are for Braveheart (1995).

Robert Redfor...
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Review 'To Rome With Love': Woody Allen Does This Magnificent City Proud

June 21st, 2012 9:06pm EDT
To Rome With Love
Last year, one of my top three favorite films was Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, an exquisite homage to the magical city of lights. Now I'm happy to report that Woody has done it again with To Rome with Love!

He's written and directed a quirky, satirical, funny, and beautiful film about the people who visit, live, work, fall in love and get lost in this enchanting eternal city.

We meet famed architect John (Alex Baldwin), who lived in Rome in his youth and is now vacationing there.

Walking the streets of Rome, John meets a young architect student named Jack (Jesse Eisenberg); a young ...
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Interview: Chazz Palminteri, The Flawed Father Of 'Mighty Fine', Talks Characters Past & Present

May 21st, 2012 2:30pm EDT
Mighty Fine photo
When one thinks of on-screen tough guys, nobody does it better then Academy Award Nominee Chazz Palminteri. But the famed writer and talented actor who brought pizzazz to such films as "A Bronx Tale," "The Usual Suspects" and "Bullets Over Broadway" is adding another standout role to his already impressive list – troubled father. In the new film set in the 1970's "Mighty Fine" (out May 25 from Adopt Films) Palminteri plays Joe Fine, a charismatic father and family man who also has an angry side that threatens the happiness of his home. Also starring the lovely Andie MacDowell and featuri...
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Great Actor/Director Combos For The Release Of 'Dark Shadows'

May 11th, 2012 1:03pm EDT
Dark Shadows
Every artist has their muse, whether it be human, imaginary, or in some cases, drug induced. And while certainly some people might joke that the latter is Tim Burton's muse of choice, given the stye and subject of many of his films, it's become quite clear over the years that he draws inspiration from the people he surrounds himself with. Most notable among them are Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp.

Given that his newest film, "Dark Shadows", marks Burton and Depp's 8th film collaboration, we at Starpulse decided to take a look at some of the other actor/director partnerships that hav...
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Penelope Cruz: 'I'll Make One Movie A Year'

April 10th, 2012 5:30pm EDT
Penelope Cruz
Oscar winner Penelope Cruz is scaling back her work commitments now she's a mother, insisting she will only make "one movie a year."

The Vicky Cristina Barcelona star gave birth to little Leo, her first child with actor husband Javier Bardem, in January, 2011, and she headed back to work just months later, reuniting with director Woody Allen to shoot his upcoming romantic comedy To Rome with Love.

Cruz has one other release scheduled for this year, the drama Venuto al mondo, and she admits making two films annually is more than enough to satisfy her acting appetite, because her perfect d...
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Watch As The Stars Arrive On The Red Carpet At The Oscars (Live Stream)

February 26th, 2012 4:00pm EST
Academy Awards
Hollywood's top stars will begin arriving on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif., for the 84th Academy Awards this afternoon and you can watch all the action right here.

The live stream begins today at 2:00pm PST (5:00 pm EST), and will run until 4:30pm PST (7:30pm EST), when the stars will begin taking their seats before the show gets underway.

Check out all the hot fashions and watch all the stars and Oscar nominees as they arrive for Tinseltown's biggest night.
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'The Artist', Christopher Plummer And Octavia Spencer Lead Experts' Oscar Race

February 23rd, 2012 11:07pm EST
The Artist
The Artist appears to be a slam-dunk to win the 2012 Best Picture Oscar on Sunday - all 30 experts picking the victors on top awards website GoldDerby.com have chosen the film to score gold.

Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) also appear to be clear favorites to pick up the Best Supporting Actor and Actress trophies, but the 30 'Oscarologists' are split on the Best Actor and Actress honors.

The majority has picked Viola Davis (The Help) and Jean Dujardin (The Artist), but there are still experts pulling for Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and George Clooney (The D...
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Celebrities Raise $1.4 Million For AIDS Research

February 10th, 2012 10:45am EST
Lindsay Lohan
Stars including Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker and Julianne Moore turned out to help raise more than $1.4 million for Elizabeth Taylor's AIDS charity at a gala in New York on Wednesday.

The event at Manhattan's Cipriani Wall Street was hosted by Sex and the City star Parker to benefit Taylor's American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and included performances by rapper Theophilius London, R&B star Janelle Monae and opera singer Michelle Johnson.

The bash also featured an auction in which a portrait of Richard Gere, taken by late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, sold for $20,000...
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Sharon Stone Receives AARP Lifetime Achievement Award

February 7th, 2012 10:25am EST
Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone broke down in tears as she accepted a lifetime achievement prize from Martin Scorsese on Monday.

The veteran star became emotional as her Casino director presented her with the trophy at the 11th Annual AARP Magazine Movies for Grownups Awards in Beverly Hills.

Fighting back tears, Stone told reporters, "I must've died and gone to heaven. I've gotten a lifetime achievement award from Martin Scorsese!"

"I am so grateful for this day. I'm grateful I'm here in this moment. I'm grateful I'm here, because it wasn't always a sure thing."

Other big winners at the star-studded ...
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Rachel McAdams' Top 5 Films

January 30th, 2012 12:00pm EST
Rachel McAdams
Blonde beauty Rachel McAdams stars in the upcoming film "The Vow" about a man (Channing Tatum) who tries to win back his new bride's heart (McAdams) after she loses her memory in a tragic car accident. It hits theaters Feb. 10.

In honor of this sure-to-be tear jerker, we're looking back at some of McAdams' most interesting and popular roles:

Perfect Pie (2002)

This film centers on two girls and their prom night when one was sexually abused by more than one boy. McAdams was nominated for a Genie award (the Canadian equivalent of an Oscar) for her performance.

Mean Gir...
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Q&A: Elizabeth Banks Talks ‘Man on a Ledge,’ Working in Comedy, and Woody Allen

January 27th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Elizabeth Banks
Whether you’re into television junkie or a film nerd, you probably know Elizabeth Banks. In television the actress has had memorable turns on “30 Rock” and “Scrubs,” while her film credits include a mixture of comedic and serious efforts like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “The Next Three Days.”

This week, in the thriller “Man on a Ledge,” Banks plays a police negotiator named Lydia Mercer. When a disgraced ex-cop Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) climbs up on a New York hotel threatening to jump, Mercer is tasked with talking him down. What she doesn’t know is that the stunt is merely a sm...
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'The Help' And 'The Artist' Dominate The 2012 Critics' Choice Awards

January 13th, 2012 8:12am EST
The Help
The Help and The Artist dominated the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night, scooping the event's top prizes.

The film about the treatment of black maids in 1960s America landed three of the coveted acting honors, including a Best Actress prize for Viola Davis, while her co-star Octavia Spencer picked up the night's first award, Best Supporting Actress.

Davis told the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium, "I consider it an honor to pay homage to these woman who at that time period were not allowed to dream."

The ladies were handed another trophy, Best Acting Ensemble, bu...
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Directors Guild Awards Awards Include David Fincher, Oust Steven Speilberg

January 10th, 2012 9:25am EST
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'
The Directors Guild Awards announced the nominees for the best film director award yesterday. There were a couple of surprises that may change the shape of the Oscar race.

There are only five nominees at the DGAs. This year, they are:

Woody Allen for ‘Midnight in Paris’

David Fincher for ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Alexander Payne for ‘The Descendants’

Michael Hazanivicius for ‘The Artist’

Martin Scorsese for ‘Hugo’

The most surprising inclusion here is Fincher. ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ has gotten good reviews, and while the box office is steady, it’s not exactly a run...
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'The Tree Of Life' Tops Online Film Critics Awards

January 3rd, 2012 10:00am EST
The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick's complex The Tree Of Life has been handed another honor - officials at the Online Film Critics Society have named the movie their Best Picture of the Year.

The film, starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn, picked up seven awards on Monday, including Best Director for Malick, Best Supporting Actress for Chastain and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezski.

Other winners included Michael Fassbender (Best Actor for Shame), Tilda Swinton (Best Actress for We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor for Beginners).

Meanwhile, W...
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'The Help', 'The Artist' And 'The Descendants' Dominate 2012 Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2011 10:30am EST
The Artist
The Help, The Artist and The Descendants will be the ones to beat at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards after landing four nominations each.

The Help will go head-to-head with The Descendants in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) category alongside The Ides of March, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Moneyball.

The Help also received nods in the Best Performance by an Actress (Drama) category, thanks to Viola Davis, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, for Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer's work.

The Descendants scooped mentions for Best Performa...
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Lady Gaga Wants To Audition For Films

December 11th, 2011 1:30pm EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has warned movie executives to stop offering her film roles if they are not prepared to make her audition because she wants to "work" to land her big screen acting debut.

The hitmaker reveals she is being courted to appear in Hollywood projects, but she can't understand why producers are so ready to hand her the job without seeing if she is any good.

She tells talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, "I'm not sure (about acting). When I talk about acting I'm always surprised that no one ever asks me to audition. They just say, 'We want you to do this movie.' I'm like, 'Why? You've never ...
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Woody Allen Changes Title Of 'Bop Decameron' To 'Nero Fiddled'

October 15th, 2011 1:30pm EDT
Woody Allen
Director Woody Allen has changed the name of his new movie after the original title left fans baffled.

The filmmaker shot his latest project in Rome, Italy, with Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin and Jesse Eisenberg, and the original title was slated to be "The Bop Decameron."

But Allen has decided to change the name to "Nero Fiddled" because the former title drew blank expressions.

He says, "I couldn't believe how few people had heard of The Decameron, even in Rome. And the few that did assumed the movie was based on Boccaccio's tales, which it's not.

"Anyhow changed the title to 'Nero Fiddl...
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Happy 70th Birthday, Paul Simon!

October 13th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Paul Simon
Happy birthday, Paul Simon - the singer/songwriter turns 70 today.

Folk legend, 12-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Simon has done it all and has yet to hang up his mic - he's clearly "Still Crazy After All These Years!"

He helped define the sound of the Sixties as one half of Simon & Garfunkel before making his mark as a successful solo artist with a string of critically-acclaimed albums.

Now Simon celebrates another milestone as he enters his next decade and WENN has dug up 10 fascinating facts to mark the occasion.

- Simon was named one of the "100 People W...
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Review: 'Midnight In Paris' 'Two Jews On Film' Only One Feels The Magic In This Fantasy Comedy (Video)

May 18th, 2011 2:17pm EDT
Midnight In Paris
I know critics are supposed to be objective (if that's even possible) but in the case of Woody Allen's new film, 'Midnight In Paris' it's going to be really hard. I thought it was one of the most beautiful, original, magical and romantic films I've seen in a very long time. It completely grabbed my heart.

The film opens with images of Paris...beautiful, moving images. The lights of the city, the empty streets, the gardens, museums, cafes, flea markets, parks and cathedrals. The montage goes on for quite a while...No actors...just visuals of this magnificent city....

And then we meet ...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' & 'Midnight in Paris'

May 16th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Pirates of the Caribbean
I still have not had the opportunity to see the much talked about “Thor,” which seems to be receiving mixed reviews from everyone I know. Some people I’ve spoken to have loved it, while others have despised it, so I will have to see it for myself soon.

Last week though, I checked out the indie drama “Hesher” starring Rainn Wilson, Natalie Portman, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt which I loved. It’s definitely not your typical story of recovery from grief, mainly because of the character Hesher, played by Gordon Levitt. The squatter invites himself into the home of Paul (Wilson) and his son TJ ...
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Rachel McAdams Looks Sultry In Cannes With Red Lips, Corset-Like Top

May 13th, 2011 8:15am EDT
Rachel McAdams
We spotted Rachel McAdams on the red carpet for the premiere of "Sleeping Beauty" at the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival yesterday. We love the make-up, but we're not too sure about the high-waist pants. What do you think?

The actress is in France promoting her new film "Midnight In Paris," Woody Allen's romantic comedy about a family on a business trip in the City of Light.

She also stars in the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"

Click for more great Rachel McAdams pictures:
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