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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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8 Oscar Moments That Moved Us

February 24th, 2014 10:00am EST
8 Oscar Moments That Moved Us
1. Ben Affleck Arrives At Oscars A Boy, Leaves A Man!

It took fifteen long years for Ben Affleck to recoup highbrow status in Hollywood. After riding high with a win for Best Original Screenplay alongside Matt Damon in 1998 for "Good Will Hunting," Affleck attached himself to a series of box-office bombs. Slowly, Affleck redeemed himself not as an actor but as a screenwriter, and received critical acclaim for his work in 2007's "Gone Baby Gone." He then scored big with 2010's "The Town," which he also co-wrote and starred in. When Affleck attached himself to the George Clooney-produced 20...
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Marlon Brando’s Contact Book To Go Under The Hammer

January 22nd, 2014 4:20pm EST
MArlon Brando
Marlon Brando’s celebrity-filled address book is expected to bring in thousands of dollars in an online auction.

The file contains the contact details of A-list stars of the legendary actor including Johnny Depp and directors Francis Ford Coppola and Oliver Stone.

It has gone on sale via the RR Auction website and had attracted a top bid of $360 on Wednesday.

Bobby Livingston, vice president of RR Auction, says, "Fantastic associations abound within this book, it is essentially a microcosm of Brando's entire life and career, with early entries like director Elia Kazan representing his ...
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Rita Moreno: 'Marlon Brando Romance Drove Me To Suicide Attempt'

February 18th, 2013 1:25pm EST
Rita Moreno
West Side Story star Rita Moreno has told how her turbulent romance with Marlon Brando plunged her into despair and even drove her to attempt suicide.

In a new book, the screen beauty accuses Brando of emotional abuse throughout their eight-year relationship, claiming she was heartbroken by his numerous affairs.

Moreno admits she felt a "full-body blush" when she first met Brando in 1954 on the set of Desiree, recalling, "It was the sort of rush that inspires poetry and songs. I remember how he spoke to me, how he played the drums, how he made love... and how I almost died from loving h...
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Check Out 'A Streetcar Named Desire' 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Book April 10

April 6th, 2012 6:46am EDT
A Streetcar Named Desire
In the classic play "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams, brought to the screen by Elia Kazan, faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes to visit her pregnant sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), in a seedy section of New Orleans.

Stella's boorish husband, Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando), not only regards Blanche's aristocratic affectations as a royal pain but also thinks she's holding out on inheritance money that rightfully belongs to Stella. On the fringes of sanity, Blanche is trying to forget her checkered past and start life anew.

Attracted to Stanley's friend M...
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Marlon Brando Estate & Harley-Davidson Settle Dispute Over A Pair Of Boots

March 8th, 2012 9:34am EST
Marlon Brando
The trustees of Marlon Brando's estate have settled a legal spat with the Harley-Davidson Motor Company over a pair of boots.

Lawyers claimed officials at the motorcycle firm infringed the actor's publicity rights by selling a line of boots called The Brando.

Brando Enterprises bosses sued Harley-Davidson in May, claiming the footwear looked similar to the pair the movie icon's character wore in The Wild One.

The two parties reached a settlement on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Last month, the trustees accepted more than $300,000 from a furniture company to end a legal fi...
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Russell Crowe To Play Jor-El In 'Superman' Reboot?

June 15th, 2011 9:38pm EDT
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe is in talks to take on Marlon Brando's role in the upcoming Superman revamp.

The Oscar winner is slated to portray the Man of Steel's father Jor-El in Zack Snyder's new superhero movie, opposite Brit Henry Cavill.

If he signs on, he'll join Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Kevin Costner in the movie.

His Gladiator co-star Connie Nielsen is also reportedly in negotiations for the film - to play Jor-El's wife, and Superman's mom, Lara.

Brando played Jor-El in Superman: The Movie (1978) and was featured in 2006's Superman Returns, thanks to CGI (computer-generated imagery) effects.
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George Michael Cancels Charity Concert With Alicia Keys

June 15th, 2011 2:27pm EDT
George Michael
George Michael has axed a planned charity performance with Alicia Keys on Wednesday after he was struck down with a tooth infection.

The former Wham! frontman told fans on Twitter earlier this week his face had swollen up like "a hairy football" as a result of the mystery condition, comparing himself to Marlon Brando in The Godfather.

He had hoped to recover in time to take the stage alongside Keys at her Keep A Child Alive Black Ball event in London, which raises money for victims of HIV and Aids in Africa, but he went online again on Wednesday to reveal he was still unable to perform....
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Top Ten Best Movie Sequels Ever

May 27th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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For all those hoping that both Kung Fu Panda 2 and The Hangover Part II opening this week are better flicks then their predecessors this is the Starpulse list for you. We’ve delved deep into our movie minds to come up with some of the most imaginative, innovative, and just plain kick-ass awesome second outings to ever hit the silver screen. (And yes, being that it’s part of a trilogy, Empire doesn’t count movie geeks!) Move over impressive or perhaps in some cases unimpressive cinematic originals – you’re new 35mm baby brother is here and he makes this look good. Here is our list of the...
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Iconic Filmmaker Sidney Lumet Dead At 86

April 10th, 2011 7:38am EDT
Sidney Lumet
Legendary director Sidney Lumet has died at the age of 86.

The critically-acclaimed filmmaker passed away on Saturday morning at his New York home after a battle with lymphoma.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to actor/director Baruch Lumet and dancer Eugenia, he began his career as a child actor, appearing in a number of Broadway plays, including 1935's Dead End and The Eternal Road.

He made his movie debut at the age of 11, in Yiddish short film Papirossen, but halted his acting dreams to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Upon his return, he became involved in Off-Broadwa...
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Producer Walter Seltzer Dies

February 20th, 2011 3:55pm EST
Soylent Green
Producer and publicist Walter Seltzer has died at the age of 96.

The moviemaker passed away at a retirement home in California from an age-related illness on Friday, according to officials at the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF).

Seltzer worked in film publicity from the 1930s until the 1950s but took four years out from the industry to serve in the Marines during World War II.

He also produced several movies including Soylent Green, The Omega Man, Shake Hands With the Devil and One-Eyed Jacks for Marlon Brando and Charlton Heston's production companies in the 1960s and 1970s.

He...
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Last Tango in Paris Actress Maria Schneider Dies at 58

February 3rd, 2011 1:24pm EST
Maria Schneider | Photo Credits: Fabien Klotchkof/FilmMagic.com
Maria Schneider, who shot to international fame with Bernardo Bertolucci's 1972 film Last Tango in Paris, has died after a long bout with cancer, her family told AFP. She was 58.

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Will & Jada Pinkett Smith In Talks To Make 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

July 17th, 2010 3:30pm EDT
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Hollywood power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are reportedly in talks to make their Broadway debuts side-by-side, in a revival of Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire."

According to the New York Post, the pair have been approached to play Stanley and Stella Kowalski in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, which previously starred a then-unknown Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy in the late 1940s.

The revival, directed by Emily Mann, is set to open early next year.

The couple have been a fixture on the New York City theatre scene since they signed on as co-producers of ...
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Can Val Kilmer Make A Comeback In Hollywood?

November 18th, 2009 11:09am EST
Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer makes a triumphant return to the big screen this week in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," an off-kilter project befitting Kilmer's reputation as one of Hollywood's biggest head cases.

Will this film - Kilmer's first to get a wide release since 2006's "Déjà Vu" - get the actor back on the Hollywood map or will he continue to toil away in B-movie wilderness for the rest of his career?

Remember, Kilmer may be king of the straight-to-DVD landscape now, but for a while was considered to be one of the leading men in Hollywood. Kilmer was Iceman for crying out loud! H...
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Is Ethan Peck The New Heath Ledger?

July 6th, 2009 10:33am EDT
Ethan Peck
ABC Family is re-launching the teen comedy hit 10 Things I Hate About You as a weekly TV series. 10 years after the original launched Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles to stardom, the series picks up when the Stratford sisters and Patrick Verona (the Ledger character) move to San Diego.

Ethan Peck plays the new Verona, and he wanted to be clear he's not trying to take over for the late Ledger. "With all due respect I didn't take any inspiration," Peck said. "When I had my first audition, which was in New York, I hadn't seen the film in about 10 years and I went in sort of with something fre...
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Who The Heck Is... Eddie Marsan?

July 2nd, 2009 11:00am EDT
Eddie Marsan
They don't get top billing. You know the face but can't quite place the name. Though they toil in the shadows of more famous leads, to imply that character actors merely 'support' is to vastly underrate the contributions of many remarkable entertainers: Often, it is the performance of lesser-knowns that leaps from screens large and small into the hearts of an audience, leaving them with both a lasting impression and a question that begs to be answered: 'Who the heck is that?'

As a misunderstood 19th-century rent-collector called Pancks, British actor Eddie Marsan sputters and guffaws his...
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Top On-Set Celebrity Feuds

February 27th, 2009 11:32am EST
The View
Hilary vs. Faye, Beyonce vs. Etta and Chris Brown vs. Decent Society: No doubt about it, the celebrity feud is alive and well. Though many celeb squabbles make for amusing gossip fodder, it's rare for public battles to result in real-life rows; except, of course, when volatile stars enact personal wars in the workplace. What do you get when you cross massive egos and crippling insecurities with bright klieg lights and tight shooting schedules? Ten of the juiciest on-set squabbles in Hollywood history, that's what. Lights, camera, altercation!

Debra Winger vs. Shirley MacLaine -- Te...
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Spotlight On Oscar's Best Pictures

January 7th, 2009 12:15pm EST
Oscar
January is the start of award season which means it's a tense time in Tinsel town! Actors are either being recognized or shunned for their tremendous work, agents are either celebrating with their stars or firing their "has-been" actors and we are betting on who is going to take home the Oscar! The stars, the fashion, the ambiance, the parties and actually taking home an Oscar along with the bragging rights that come along with it make this time of year so exciting!

The category of Best Picture is a huge deal and to be a part of the movie that wins is an honor! To say that you starre...
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Our 10 Favorite New York City Films

September 25th, 2008 10:20am EDT
Spider-Man 3
New York City has been a focal point of art, music and movies for generations. And why not? It is a city full of life, culture and excitement. Trend setting and worldly, the city that never sleeps has been a big influence in Hollywood. Check out our 10 favorite New York City movies. This is not a list of the top 10 movies filmed in New York but a list films that make the city the leading lady!

10. Sex and The City

Like the HBO series before it, this new blockbuster gives a great deal of its success to the city that made it. This film not only shows all sides to the city but ev...
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DC Movies vs Marvel Movies: Which Are Better?

June 12th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Dark Knight
After months of anticipation the two candidates are finally ready to square of against one another. There has quite possibly never been such a sharp contrast the American public has to choose between. One candidate possesses the mind of an intellectual while the other uses gut instincts. One maintains a trim and chiseled physique and the other uses brute strength to get his point across. One is a relative newcomer that was born in the early 1960's while one has a long and storied history having been born in the late 1930's. Are we talking about Barack Obama and John McCain? Well… I suppose ...
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Best Movie Lines That Have Stuck In Pop Culture

June 5th, 2008 9:00am EDT
The Sixth Sense
There are some movies that live forever in the minds of humanity generation after generation. They span decades, continents, and cross racial and gender divides. What creates that certain magic is intangible, but it inevitably involves the memorable quotes that make their way into pop culture and every day speech.

These quotes have a universal quality, whether humorous or tragic, and they take you back to that exact moment in the film when Marlon Brando screams into the air or Humphrey Bogart gently touches Ingrid Bergman's chin. These iconic moments are not only remembered but consta...
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In Honor Of Memorial Day Weekend: Our Favorite War Movies

May 23rd, 2008 8:30am EDT
Saving Private Ryan
Memorial Day commemorates members of the armed forces who died in war or any military action. Americans often celebrate Memorial Day by watching the Indy 500, going shopping, or having family picnics. Why not spend this Memorial Day thinking about the soldiers who gave their lives to the United States by watching a war film?

The staff here at Starpulse.com got together and came up with a list of some of our favorite war movies. Here they are in no particular order:

Band of Brothers (2001) - Yes, we know it's technically a mini-series, but it's so good we had to include it. The ...
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Talented Comedian/Actress Whitney Cummings Talks 'Made of Honor' & More

April 29th, 2008 11:45am EDT
Whitney Cummings
Whitney Cummings boasts both brains and beauty. An Ivy League graduate, she resides in Los Angeles, performing stand-up comedy and is currently touring the U.S. with her improv act. She has appeared on shows like Punk'D, VH1's Best Week Ever, What About Brian, and Tell Me You Love Me. She has written for the talk show The Last Call with Carson Daly and is a host for the Sundance Film Festival Dailies. Whitney appears in the upcoming romantic comedy, Made of Honor, starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan, which hits theaters this Friday, May 2.

So, you've got this big movie in Ma...
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'Ask Starpulse' Answers Your Burning Questions

April 18th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Charlie Chaplin
1) Starpulse user Babyumyum asks: "I like Charles Chaplin. How many silent films did he make and why only one talkie?"

Chaplin made his first film, Making a Living, in 1914. That same year, he made 34 more films. According to the British Film Institute, he appeared in 81 films, which includes bit parts and shorts. But research is still being conducted by experts and fans that search for sightings of the actor in old footage.

In Modern Times (1936), he included dialogue for the first time, but it was not a full-length "talkie" and is considered to be the last great silent film....
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Coppola's First Movie In A Decade Premieres At Rome Film Festival

October 21st, 2007 3:00pm EDT
Francis Ford Coppola
ROME (AP) - It is Francis Ford Coppola's first movie in a decade, and the Oscar-winning director said Saturday that audiences should be in no hurry before deciding if Youth Without Youth is good or bad.

Youth Without Youth is Coppola's first movie since The Rainmaker in 1997. It was having its public premiere Saturday evening at the Rome Film Festival.

At an earlier screening for the press, reactions were mixed, and Coppola asked people to see it more than once.

''When you venture into new territories ... you know that it's different than Spider-Man or Shrek or other films th...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 7

April 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
Happy Birthday to NFL twins Tiki (RB, New York Giants) and Ronde (CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Barber (1975), actor/comedian Bill Bellamy (1965), "Cinderella Man" Russell Crowe (1964), Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett (1954), Honk Kong action star Jackie Chan (1954), singer/songwriter Janis Ian (1951), musician John Oates (1949), "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola (1939), "Maverick" star James Garner (1928), Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji (1927; d. 2003), Indian musician Ravi Shankar (1920), jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915; d. 1959), and Canadian composer Percy Faith (1908...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 3

April 3rd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Amanda Bynes
Happy Birthday to "She's The Man" star Amanda Bynes (1986), "90210" actress Jennie Garth (1972), Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach (1968), comedic icon Eddie Murphy (1961), "Frasier" actor David Hyde Pierce (1959), prolific screen actor Alec Baldwin (1958), Tie A Yellow Ribbon singer Tony Orlando (1944), Vegas mainstay Wayne Newton (1942), actress Marsha Mason (1942), "Pillow Talk" actress Doris Day (1924), "The Godfather" actor Marlon Brando (1924; d. 2001), and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" author Washington Irving (1783; d. 1859).
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'Superman,' 'Sopranos' and Sci-Fi Among Hundreds of Items Available for Auction

March 14th, 2007 11:32am EDT
Superman
A complete costume worn by Christopher Reeve in his first Superman film, (*$50,000-$70,000), a Bat Suit worn by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (*$50,000-$70,000), an extremely rare Wicked Witch of the West "Winkie" guard costume from The Wizard of Oz,(*$100,000-$120,000), Marilyn Monroe's gown from There's No Business Like Show Business, (*$80,000-$100,000) along with her personal hand-annotated script from The Seven Year Itch (*$60,000-$80,000) are just a few of the items Profiles in History will offer for sale on April 5.

Other coveted items that will be up for bid as part of their 27...
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Exclusive TV and Movie Memorabilia to Be Auctioned July 28

July 13th, 2006 5:15pm EDT
Wizard of Oz
Fans and collectors looking for Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, The Wizard of Oz, or just about anything related to Hollywood Memorabilia should pencil in Friday, July 28, on their calendars. Joseph Maddalena and his internationally-renowned Profiles In History will be holding their Summer 2006 auction, featuring more than 650 items of original TV and movie memorabilia, worth more than $2 million.

The six-hour auction, starting at 12 noon PDT, will be headlined by an original Mighty Joe Young armature. This incredible artifact, designed by Willis O'Brien and animated for the film by Ray H...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 7

April 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
Happy Birthday to NFL twins Tiki (RB, New York Giants) and Ronde (CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Barber (1975), actor/comedian Bill Bellamy (1965), "Cinderella Man" Russell Crowe (1964), Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett (1954), Honk Kong action star Jackie Chan (1954), singer/songwriter Janis Ian (1951), musician John Oates (1949), "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola (1939), "Maverick" star James Garner (1928), Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji (1927; d. 2003), Indian musician Ravi Shankar (1920), jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915; d. 1959), and Canadian composer Percy Faith (1908...
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