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Benjamin Bratt signed up for Despicable Me 2 film to impress kids

July 4th, 2013 11:22pm EDT
Benjamin Bratt
Actor Benjamin Bratt jumped at the chance to join the cast of animated family film Despicable Me 2 in a bid to impress his children.

The former Law & Order star, who has also recently appeared in TV comedy Modern Family and medical drama Private Practice, stepped in at late notice to replace Al Pacino after the veteran quit the film in May (13), and Bratt admits the opportunity to make his daughter Sophia and son Mateo proud of dad was his main motivation for signing up for the project.

And his efforts voicing the loveable Eduardo and villainous El Macho have paid off.

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2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet (Video)

February 26th, 2012 7:20pm EST
Michelle Williams
The stars came out to Santa Monica today for the 27th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards hosted my Seth Rogan. Starpulse was there to cover the carpet arrivals which included many nominees, presenters and special award recipients.

Celebrities who graced the purple carpet included Zoe Saldana, Benjamin Bratt, Max Greenfield, Rashida Jones, Michelle Williams, Wilmer Valderrama, Jessica Chastain, Laura Dern, Matthew Lillard, Patricia Clarkson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, John C. Reilly, Giovanni Ribisi, James Cromwell, Simon Baker, Willem Dafoe, Zac Efron, William H. Macy, Eli...
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Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet Victims Of 'Best Actress' Oscar Curse? (Video)

March 19th, 2010 12:20am EDT
Oscar Curse
The latest news about Sandra Bullock's husband, Jesse James, allegedly cheating on her and the recent revelation that Kate Winslet is splitting from her husband, director Sam Mendes, leads us to believe that perhaps their recent Best Actress Oscar wins have something to do with it.

Yes folks, it appears that an 'Oscar Curse' has been running wild in Hollywood for the last decade. The curse appears to have begun in 2001, when Julia Roberts won the award for her performance in "Erin Brockovich". Shortly after her win (although not married to each other) she dumped boyfriend Benjamin Bratt.

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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Couples Retreat,' 'An Education' & More

October 5th, 2009 9:04am EDT
Couples Retreat
Months of waiting for the horror/comedy "Zombieland" were thankfully not spent in vain. Both hilarious and poignant, this film reminds us that even in the post-apocalyptic world that home and family are what you make them.

Narration by the lead character Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) provides a great deal of humor, especially as he expounds upon his rules of survival in the zombie infested world. These rules make frequent appearance on screen during relevant moments, adding additional laughs.

Woody Harrelson is perfect as Tallahassee, the fearless badass with nothing to lose. He's ...
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'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' Isn't Deep, But It's Entertaining

September 16th, 2009 11:16am EDT
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
An animated film described as "a kids movie that the parents will enjoy" is becoming a bit of a hackneyed characterization. Really, what animated film in 2009 isn't described like that? And lately it's not even true. Are "Wall-E" and "Up" really kids films? Wouldn't it be better to describe those films as "parent films that kids will enjoy ?"

The underlying messages in recent Pixar films are too broad to ignore or simply write off as kid films. Is it even possible to have a children's film today without some deep-seated communiqué about saving the planet? Enter "Cloudy With a Chance of ...
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Exclusive: Benjamin Bratt Gives Insight On 'The Cleaner'

June 23rd, 2009 11:54am EDT
Benjamin Bratt
In the second season premiere of "The Cleaner" -- which airs tonight (Tuesday) on A&E at 10/9C -- Benjamin Bratt's character, William Banks, disables a toilet in order to trick a client into giving him a specimen to test for narcotics. I got the chance to talk to Benjamin about the new season as well as Warren Boyd, the real life addiction counselor that Bratt's character is based, about his experience rummaging through toilets.

Mike: The subject matter of addiction can be pretty grim. Has there been an episode -- last season or this upcoming season -- that has affected you more than oth...
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John Mayer Slams Pitt's New Movie

January 28th, 2009 9:59am EST
John Mayer
Jennifer Aniston's boyfriend John Mayer has poked fun at her ex-husband Brad Pitt in a new online video. Aniston divorced Pitt in 2005 and began dating rocker Mayer last year.

And now Mayer has taken a swipe at her movie star ex - ridiculing his critically acclaimed new movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in a spoof motivational speech posted on video sharing website YouTube.com.

The singer tells the camera, "You're a man of strength, charisma, girth, honor, girth... and influence. You know like that guy in the movie the Curious Case of Benjamin Brat, Benjamin Brat, the ol...
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New TV On DVD, Dec. 2

December 2nd, 2008 7:59am EST
Law & Order
Law & Order season six begins with another cast change - Chris Noth is no longer present as Detective Mike Logan. Benjamin Bratt takes his place as Detective Reynaldo 'Rey' Curtis.
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A&E Picks Up Second Season Of 'The Cleaner'

October 27th, 2008 11:34am EDT
Benjamin Bratt
A&E Network has picked up a second season of the acclaimed drama series, "The Cleaner" starring Benjamin Bratt.

The network's first scripted series in more than 6 years, which initially launched in July 2008, will go into production shortly on thirteen all-new episodes slated to premiere sometime in 2009.

In its first season, on a weekly three telecast cume basis "The Cleaner" averaged 4.2 million total viewers, 2.4 million adults 25-54 and 2.2 million adults 18-49 in primetime. "The Cleaner" has become A&E's number one original drama in network history among adults 18-49 and 25-5...
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Race Matters: Is Hollywood Truly Color Blind When It Comes To On-Screen Romance?

September 29th, 2008 9:49am EDT
Die Another Day
In John Grisham's bestselling novel "The Pelican Brief," investigative journalist Gray Grantham and law student Darby Shaw uncover a political conspiracy and in the process, end up between the sheets. In the 1993 film version, Darby Shaw (played by Julia Roberts) and Grantham merely share a chaste hug in the film's conclusion. What happened between page and screen? One theory: In the novel Grantham is white; in the film, he's portrayed by Academy-Award winning - and black - actor Denzel Washington.

The stigma of interracial relationships in cinema can be traced back to the 1934 Motio...
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Slideshow: Latino Actors - Who Is The Sexiest?

September 14th, 2008 10:29am EDT
Jay Hernandez
These boys are muy guapo. Not only can they act, they're also very easy on the eyes. But which one is the sexiest? That's a hard choice to make. Click through our photo slideshow, and tell us which Latino actor is your favorite.

Mario Lopez

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Edgar Ramirez

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Slideshow: Native American Actors

August 7th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Adam Beach
There are several well-known celebrities that are proud to call themselves part Native American. Click through our slideshow of stars who trace their roots to American soil. A few may surprise you:

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Stars in A&E's "The Cleaner"

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Adam Beach

Starred in "Comanche Moon," "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" and "Flags of our Fathers"

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Lou Diamond Phillips

Known for his role in "La Bamba"

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Benjamin Bratt's Secret Battle With Disabled Daughter

July 28th, 2008 5:27pm EDT
Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt's five-year-old daughter has been battling a secret brain injury she suffered at birth. The actor and his wife, Talisa Soto, shunned the opportunity to share their daughter Sophia's plight with the world, choosing instead to help her adjust to a normal life in private.

But the former Law & Order star confesses the tot's early years were tough, as they struggled with the difficulties of Sophia's disability.

He says, "What my wife and I faced as parents was like being in a tunnel of darkness for the first few years of her life, because we didn't know what to do. But w...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

July 14th, 2008 8:55am EDT
The Closer
Monday, July 14

The Closer (TNT, 9 p.m.) - Jason O'Mara (Grey's Anatomy, the upcoming Life on Mars remake) returns as Brenda's stalker, pyromaniac Bill. This time around, he's helping Brenda out on an arson case.

The Middleman (ABC Family, 10 p.m.) - Are you still not watching this delightfully fun series? Would a helping of trout-eating zombies help convince you to try it out?

The Soup Presents (E!, 10 p.m.) - "Stuff Your Mother Won't Let You Watch," a.k.a. bad reality behavior and pissed off celebs.

Weeds (Showtime, 10 p.m.) - Nancy gets a retail job to cover her drug ...
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Check Out 'The Andromeda Strain' Tonight On A&E

May 26th, 2008 9:00am EDT
The Andromeda Strain
It’s a bad day to be human this Memorial Day when "The Andromeda Strain" infects the airwaves. The four-hour original A&E television event will premiere in High Definition on Monday, May 26 from 9-11 PM ET/PT and Tuesday, May 27 from 9-11 PM ET/PT.

Based on the best-selling novel from Michael Crichton, the miniseries stars Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack, Ricky Schroder, Andre Braugher, Christa Miller, Daniel Dae Kim and Viola Davis.

In "The Andromeda Strain," a U.S. military satellite crashes in a small town and unleashes a deadly plague killing all but two survivors. As the mili...
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'The Andromeda Strain' Premieres May 26 & 27 On A&E

April 19th, 2008 6:00am EDT
The Andromeda Strain
It’s a bad day to be human this Memorial Day when "The Andromeda Strain" infects the airwaves. The four-hour original A&E television event will premiere in High Definition on Monday, May 26 from 9-11 PM ET/PT and Tuesday, May 27 from 9-11 PM ET/PT.

Based on the best-selling novel from Michael Crichton, the miniseries stars Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack, Ricky Schroder, Andre Braugher, Christa Miller, Daniel Dae Kim and Viola Davis.

In "The Andromeda Strain," a U.S. military satellite crashes in a small town and unleashes a deadly plague killing all but two survivors. As the mili...
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Tune In To Cable TV For Top-Notch, Edgy Shows

February 15th, 2008 2:00pm EST
Showtime's Dexter
There's plenty to watch on network television, but we have long been living in the Golden Age of Cable. Ever since HBO told us, "It's not TV. It's HBO," we've been hooked. Ponying up the money for cable can be difficult, but these channels make it worth the price.

The Veterans:

HBO has lost many of the signature shows that made it a household name. The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under - they were all instrumental in defining HBO as the channel for daring, intelligent and mature programming. But don't write off the channel just yet. While its new series don't quite match the ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 16

December 16th, 2007 3:00am EST
ZZ Top
Happy Birthday to actor Benjamin Bratt (1963), ZZ Top singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons (1949), Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann (1939), sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke (1917), English drama author Jane Austen (1775; d. 1817), and German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770; d. 1827).
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Benjamin Bratt's Nephew Killed In Car Crash

December 13th, 2007 11:06am EST
Benjamin Bratt
Actor Benjamin Bratt is mourning the loss of his 20-year-old nephew, after he was killed in a tragic car accident. Kristopher Bratt - the son of the Miss Congeniality star's eldest brother - died early on Tuesday morning when his vehicle was struck by a stolen car being chased by police in San Francisco, California.

The thieves had driven through a red traffic light when they crashed into Bratt's car, killing the youngster on impact. His passenger also passed away shortly after the incident.

The main suspect, Richard Gosnell, has been charged with a total of seven offenses, incl...
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Benjamin Bratt Proud Of Toddler's Way With The Ladies

November 15th, 2007 8:49am EST
Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt's infant son is wowing the girls at his pre-school. The star was surprised when he found out little Matteo Bratt, two, already has three girlfriends - who he regularly kisses.

He says, "Matteo just started pre-school. His first week he was very nervous and tepid about being there. But last week I went to pick him up after a long day at school there, his teacher pulled me aside and said, 'I think I should let you know that Matteo is a bit of a Don Juan.' I said, `Is this something I should be concerned about? What is he doing?'

"(She said), 'Well he's got three gir...
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A&E Original Miniseries 'The Andromeda Strain' To Feature Several Stars

July 12th, 2007 1:39pm EDT
Rick Schroder
Benjamin Bratt, Rick Schroder, Eric McCormack, Christa Miller, Andre Braugher, Daniel Dae Kim, Viola Davis and Ted Whittall have signed on to star in the A&E original miniseries "The Andromeda Strain," it was announced today by A&E Network. Production commenced July 3 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The four-hour miniseries is written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan and is based on Michael Crichton's best-selling debut novel.

A deadly bacteria code named The Andromeda Strain - is let loose after a U.S. government satellite crash-lands in Utah. The bacteria unleashes a le...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 16

December 16th, 2006 3:00am EST
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Happy Birthday to actor Benjamin Bratt (1963), ZZ Top singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons (1949), Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann (1939), sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke (1917), English drama author Jane Austen (1775; d. 1817), and German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770; d. 1827).
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Steven Soderbergh Plans Back-To-Back Films About Che Guevara

November 1st, 2006 9:48am EST
Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh is set to shoot two back-to-back films about Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara. Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro, who will play Guevara, have been working on the movies since they made Traffic together in 2000.

The films will also likely star Javier Bardem, Franka Potente and Benjamin Bratt, who are currently in talks for key roles. Both films pick up after the formative Guevara years captured in Walter Salles' film The Motorcycle Diaries.

The first movie, "The Argentine," begins as Guevara and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban ...
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Jennifer Esposito & Bradley Cooper Are Engaged

October 5th, 2006 8:25am EDT
Jennifer Esposito
Wedding Crashers star Bradley Cooper and Crash star Jennifer Esposito are engaged. Cooper, 31 and Esposito, 34, have kept their romance very low profile and refused to confirm rumors they were actually dating.

Esposito, who starred in the sitcom "Related," also dated Benjamin Bratt from 1996 to 1997. Cooper joined the cast of Alias in 2001, and also starred in the short-lived series "Kitchen Confidential."

No wedding date has been announced.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Jacqueline Bisset Judges Julia Roberts

June 26th, 2006 9:16am EDT
Jacqueline Bisset
Jacqueline Bisset has never looked at Julia Roberts in the same way after the star fell for her husband Daniel Moder while he was still married to his first wife. Roberts met cameraman Moder on the set of The Mexican in late 2000 while she was still dating Benjamin Bratt.

Moder's divorce from first wife, make-up artist Vera Steimberg, came through just seven weeks before he wed Roberts in their New Mexico ranch. Roberts and Moder now have two children.

Despite being a fan of Roberts prior to her relationship with Moder, Bisset changed her mind when they got together. Bisset, 61,...
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Julia Roberts Wears The 'Hairy Armpit' Dress Again

June 20th, 2006 9:33am EDT
Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts caused a stir by greeting fans on Broadway wearing a seven-year-old dress. The actress last wore the red sequinned garment to the London premiere of Notting Hill, in 1999, where she shocked onlookers by revealing her hairy armpits as she waved to the crowd.

Roberts slipped into the knee-length Vivienne Tam shift dress again last weekend to greet fans before her final performance in Broadway show Three Days Of Rain.

Back in 1999, Roberts was dating actor Benjamin Bratt and revealed she didn't shave her armpits because he found it a "turn on". The Pretty Woman star is ...
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Naming Son Was No Easy Task for Benjamin Bratt

February 6th, 2006 10:32am EST
Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt agonized over picking a name for his new son because he wanted make sure it was "macho" enough. The actor has a three-year-old daughter with actress Talisa Soto but felt different when his son was born. He explains, "When I had a son I felt immensely more macho. I don't know why. The chest puffed out and I thought 'I have a son!'

He added, "The initial challenge we faced was the name thing, you want to have a cool name for your son. I wanted him to have a name that was reflective of that macho feeling that I had (when he was born)."

After much deliberation the coup...
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Oprah Embarrasses Benjamin Bratt

February 2nd, 2006 11:21am EST
Benjamin Bratt
Benjamin Bratt was left red-faced when Oprah Winfrey asked him to surprise one of his so-called fans, and she had no idea who he was. The actor, 42, reluctantly agreed to go along with the prank as a personal favor to the talk show host. Bratt says, "I got asked to do something that I was initially reluctant to do, but you don't want to refuse Oprah."

A woman had contacted Winfrey to say her niece was a big fan of Benjamin Bratt, in order to score tickets to the show. Winfrey decided to surprise the woman's niece with a spa day at a local hotel and a personal massage from her favorite...
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Presenters Announced For SAG Awards

January 19th, 2006 4:29pm EST
Eva Longoria
Naveen Andrews, Patricia Arquette, Benjamin Bratt, Marg Helgenberger, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Ellen Pompeo, SAG President Alan Rosenberg, William Shatner, David Strathairn and Hilary Swank will be presenters at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, executive producer Jeff Margolis announced today.

They join previously announced Jamie Lee Curtis, who will present SAG's 42nd Life Achievement Award to Shirley Temple Black.

Screen Actors Guild will honor its own at the 12th Annual SAG Awards™ ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center,...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 16

December 16th, 2005 3:00am EST
ZZ Top
Happy Birthday to actor Benjamin Bratt (1963), ZZ Top singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons (1949), Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann (1939), sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke (1917), English drama author Jane Austen (1775; d. 1817), and German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770; d. 1827).
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