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Ron Howard Taught His Daughter To Listen To Directors

December 25th, 2009 2:00pm EST
Bryce Dallace Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard listens to her dad. Ron Howard was a successful actor and now director. When she thought about entering the family business, he was straight with her.

"The best advice he gave me was that, if there was anything else I could do, to do that," Howard said. "You need to not be able to do anything else, to be in this business. If you have other options, in those unemployed moments, those other options will take precedent."

Her work with filmmakers, from McG and Sam Raimi to M. Night Shyamalan and Kenneth Branagh, makes Howard realize what else she got from her father. S...
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'Up In The Air,' 'Nine' Lead Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2009 9:19am EST
Up in the Air
The 67th annual Golden Globe nominations were just announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

"Up in the Air" leads the pack with six mentions, including best picture, drama. The musical "Nine" ran second with five nominations, including best musical or comedy and acting slots for Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

The Golden Globes, Hollywood's second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, will be presented Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by comic actor Ricky Gervais.

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Best Casting Decisions For The 'Harry Potter' Franchise

July 14th, 2009 9:30am EDT
Harry Potter
Get out your wands and your magical cloaks everyone, because Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is on the horizon and it promises to be the best HP film yet! The epic series is almost coming to a close, with only one more adapted book left, and this one is full of major betrayals, coming of age disasters, and the characters we love and hate developing further. One of the hardest parts about putting a book to life on the screen is finding the right actor to portray a beloved character. Fans are some of the harshest critics in the world. Here's a look at some of the most inspired casting ...
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Starpulse's Explosive Summer Movie Preview

May 1st, 2009 10:06am EDT
Star Trek
Since the dawn of the American cinematic blockbuster in the late 1970s and early 1980s, moviegoers have eagerly waited for May - the unofficial beginning of summertime. This summer is no different. Films, and most popular media, are social mirrors, and this summer season supports that. The large box office contenders all deal with very similar themes: escapism and the support of the lone, outlaw hero figure (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Up, Transformers 2, Public Enemies, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Inglourious Basterds, et...
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Philip Seymour Hoffman Stars In 'The Boat That Rocked'; In Theaters Aug. 28

April 24th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
The Boat That Rocked
In the late 1960s, American radio stations blasted rock and roll 24 hours a day. But in the home country of the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the only way 25 million people could hear their music was to tune in…to a boat.

Celebrated filmmaker Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, Love Actually) brings the incredible story of a band of rogue deejays who captivated British radio listeners in the '60s, playing the music that defined a generation and boldly defying the government that tried to shut them down - The Boat That Rocked.

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Slideshow: Irish Celebrities - Who Is Your Favorite?

March 17th, 2009 8:47am EDT
Colin Farrell
Happy St. Patrick's Day! In honor of Irish actors and musicians, Starpulse salutes those who have brought a wee bit of luck and whimsy to fans across the world:

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'Valkyrie' Takes An Intriguing Look At Historical Event

December 19th, 2008 12:20am EST
Valkyrie
Tom Cruise must be the only actor on the planet who can get away with playing any character, at any time, with an American accent. He never really disappears in his roles, not like Daniel Day-Lewis or Jamie Foxx with his portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray"-no matter what he does, you can't help but looking at the screen and simply thinking to yourself, that's Tom Cruise. If that's the worst thing that can be said about a film, it probably stands a fighting chance.

As it turns out, Cruise's refusal to be anyone other than himself proves to be but a slight annoyance in an otherwise terrif...
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Tom Cruise Stars In 'Valkyrie,' In Theaters Dec. 26; Watch The Trailer Here

November 5th, 2008 11:23am EST
Valkyrie
In a country in the grips of evil, in a police state where every move is being watched, in a world where justice and honor have been subverted, a group of men hidden inside the highest reaches of power decide to take action. Tom Cruise stars in the suspense film, Valkyrie, based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) and the daring and ingenious plot to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known.

Click the 'play' button to watch the trailer for "Valkyrie"

Director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men, Superman Returns) re-teams ...
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'Valkyrie' Release Date Changed To December

August 14th, 2008 10:57am EDT
Valkyrie
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures announced today they will be releasing the suspense film, Valkyrie, from Director Bryan Singer, on Friday, December 26, 2008. The film was last slated for release on Oct. 3, and then it was moved to President's Day weekend starting Feb. 13. It was originally slotted for June, 2008.

“We saw and tested the movie,” says Clark Woods, President of MGM Distribution. “and we believe a strong movie deserves a strong playdate.”

Tom Cruise stars in the suspense thriller, "Valkyrie," based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) and the da...
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A Salute To Irish Actors On St. Patrick's Day

March 17th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Colin Farrell
There’s something undeniably sexy about an Irish accent. Add celebrity into the mix, and you have a pretty powerful combination. Here are some of the Irish actors whose charisma, talent and lilting speech have made them favorites among moviegoers and TV fans:

When you think "Irish actor," Colin Farrell immediately comes to mind. A reformed bad boy who reportedly dated Britney Spears and made an infamous sex tape with former girlfriend and Playboy model Nicole Narain, Farrell has altered his priorities in the past few years.

Farrell recently showed his tender side when he opened...
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'Valkyrie' Begins Principal Photography In Berlin

July 19th, 2007 12:06pm EDT
Valkyrie
United Artists Entertainment LLC announced the start of principal photography in Berlin on the international production of "Valkyrie," a suspense thriller based on the true story of the daring German officers' plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944.

Superstar Tom Cruise heads an international cast as Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, the aristocratic German officer who led the heroic attempt to bring down the Nazi regime and end the war by planting a bomb in Hitler's bunker. Also starring are Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel, Thomas K...
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Branagh Adapts And Directs Shakespeare's 'As You Like It,' Debuting Aug. 21, On HBO

July 16th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Kenneth Branagh
In the latter part of the 19th century, Japan opened up for trade with the West. Merchant adventurers arrived from all over the world, many of them English. Some traded in silk and rice and lived in enclaves around the "treaty ports." They brought their families and their followers and created private mini-empires where they tried to embrace this extraordinary culture, its beauties and its dangers... A dream of Japan... Love and nature in disguise... All the world's a stage...

HBO Films presents director Kenneth Branagh's imaginative adaptation of Shakespeare's classic As You Like I...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 10

December 10th, 2006 3:00am EST
Raven-Symone
Happy Birthday to "That's So Raven" star Raven-Symone (1985), White Stripes drummer Meg White (1974), Placebo's androgynous singer Brian Molko (1972), Irish actor/director Kenneth Branagh (1960), "The Green Mile" actor Michael Clarke Duncan (1957), "Partridge Family" actress Susan Dey (1952), actress Dorothy Lamour (1914; d. 1996), and reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson (1830).
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'Empire Falls,' 'Boston Legal' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Lead SAG Nominations

January 5th, 2006 11:58am EST
Boston Legal
Nominations for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2005 in five film and eight primetime television categories were just announced. In the television categories, the HBO miniseries Empire Falls garnered four nominations, including one for Paul Newman and one for Ed Harris. Boston Legal is tied with Grey's Anatomy, both of which lead with three nominations.

The television nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Alan Alda / THE WEST WING – Arnold Vinick

Patrick Dempsey / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Derek Shep...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 10

December 10th, 2005 3:00am EST
Raven-Symone
Happy Birthday to "That's So Raven" star Raven-Symone (1985), White Stripes drummer Meg White (1974), Placebo's androgynous singer Brian Molko (1972), Irish actor/director Kenneth Branagh (1960), "The Green Mile" actor Michael Clarke Duncan (1957), "Partridge Family" actress Susan Dey (1952), actress Dorothy Lamour (1914; d. 1996), and reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson (1830).
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