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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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Hollywood Honors Comic Genius Mel Brooks

June 7th, 2013 4:30pm EDT
Mel Brooks
On Thursday, Martin Scorsese, Billy Crystal and David Lynch were among the stars who turned out in Hollywood to applaud the amazing career of Mel Brooks as he was feted by the American Film Institute.

The 86 year old director received the 41st Life Achievement Award during a ceremony at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, and a string of famous faces took to the stage to honor him.

Martin Short opened the show by performing to a medley of songs from the moviemaker's films, and declared, "The word genius is used a lot in Hollywood, so I might as well call Mel one."

Amy Poehler, Jimmy Kimmel, C...
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Mel Brooks Lands AFI Life Achievement Award

October 5th, 2012 12:54pm EDT
Mel Brooks
Comedy legend Mel Brooks has landed a lifetime achievement award from the board of the American Film Institute (AFI).

The director and star of The Producers will accept the trophy at a gala dinner held in his honor next June.

Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board of trustees, says, "Mel Brooks is America's long-reigning king of comedy - and as he taught us long ago, it's good to be the king. He's a master of an art form that rarely gets the respect it deserves, and it is AFI's honor to shine a bright light on laughter by presenting Mel Brooks (with) the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award...
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Matthew Morrison Met President Obama While Dressed As A Nazi

June 8th, 2011 11:35am EDT
Matthew Morrison
Matthew Morrison was mortified when he first met President Barack Obama, because the Glee star was dressed as a Nazi stormtrooper at the event.

The actor/musician was invited to perform at the annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC, in December to pay tribute to Mel Brooks, and he sang a version of the director's well-known song, Springtime for Hitler.

Morrison dressed in full Nazi uniform - complete with Swastika - for the performance, and he was still wearing the controversial costume later in the evening when he met the U.S. President.

He tells British TV show Loose Women, ...
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8th Annual TV Land Awards Red Carpet (Video)

April 24th, 2010 3:04pm EDT
TV Land Awards Red Carpet Interviews
This Sunday April 25 at 9 PM EST, the eighth annual TV Lands awards will air and be hosted by everyone’s favorite tool man, Tim Allen. The award show will honor comedic legends Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner as well as the cast of Glee; reunite the cast of Everybody Loves Raymond; and pay tribute to the late Farrah Fawcett.

Before the ceremony, Starpulse had the pleasure of covering the red carpet, come with us and check out who we got to chat with. Don’t forget to tune into the awards show Sunday night!

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Story by Vanessa Mujica

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Starpulse Writer Gets Schooled On Vampirism With New CW Show

September 11th, 2009 12:00pm EDT
The Vampire Diaries
I'm pretty much a vampire virgin. Any cuts on my neck came from bad shave jobs, not the teeth of a pale, blood-seeking eternal being. I just don't get this sudden vampire craze that's seducing the nation. I've never read "Twilight" (really, sparkling guys are considered sexy?) or an Anne Rice novel. I'm not quite sure what a Sookie Stackhouse or Lycan is, and the last vampire movie I saw in theaters was Mel Brooks' misguided 1995 farce "Dracula: Dead and Loving It."

Clearly I'm missing out on something, and if I want to maintain my position as a knowledgeable pop culture enthusiast I de...
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Best Space Movies

June 12th, 2009 9:53am EDT
Moon
The subject of space is a difficult one in terms of selecting films. Qualifying elements are somewhat subjective. Does the film have to take place in space? Must it include aliens? Does a mere reference to space, or different planets, make it a "space" film? In short, is it merely a subgenre of science fiction? Space and science fiction, while not mutually exclusive, can occur without the other.

In celebration of the release of one of the newest and most promising space films, Moon, check out a brief list of our favorite space films. What you will find below is a mix of films t...
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DVD Versus Blu-ray: Enjoying A Film At Its Best

June 3rd, 2009 9:00am EDT
Wall-E
One can only assume the somewhat recent onslaught of the "need" for Blu-ray comes only from a desire to have people buy films and television show sets over again. After having to update a copy of 'Sneakers' from VHS tape to DVD, a completely reasonable choice, the buck stops here. Yes, the technology is interesting at best, but it is brutally frustrating at worst.

The problem is not with the players, although they are extremely expensive still and the best player is still the one that comes in the PlayStation 3, the problem instead lies way back in the beginning of the cycle - the ...
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'King Kong', 'Creature' To Join Universal Studios Hollywood In 2010

May 24th, 2009 4:00pm EDT
King Kong
King Kong, among the screen’s most powerful and enduring icons, will re-emerge on the famed and newly upgraded Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour in summer, 2010 as a thrilling and ground-breaking 4-D multi-sensory marvel, a new signature attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new King Kong attraction, based on the Oscar®-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film, will combine thrilling visceral effects with the world’s largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.

Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Unive...
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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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Our Favorite Bug-Eyed Celebrities

April 21st, 2009 10:11am EDT
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
In Hollywood, you've got show-stopping performances and eye-popping beauties. But what about those Hollywood beauties whose eyes just pop? Some celebrities are recognized by their plunger lips, or by their adorable pair of dimples, while others are distinguished by their bulging peepers. The bug-eye feature is very hit or miss, however. On one hand, bug-eyes have the ability to create unconventional gorgeosity in a person, but on the other hand, they are also capable of making good faces go Muppet.

Christina Ricci falls into the former category of bug-eyed celebrities. Her sizeable...
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Bill Pullman Discusses 'Phoebe in Wonderland', Looks Back At 'Independence Day' And 'Spaceballs'

March 5th, 2009 10:23am EST
Bill Pullman
Sometimes what is brutally obvious to an outsider can, and does, leave the closest to a situation heartbreakingly oblivious. Phoebe in Wonderland dives head-first into this very scenario and the conflicting choices of treating a disorder by over-medicating, under-medicating or the act of self-medicating. By enshrouding oneself in a project that they love so dearly, even the symptoms of that disorder get lost in the axis of that passion.

Elle Fanning, Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman, Patricia Clarkson and Campbell Scott steer this story down to the basic human elements of a parent's love...
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Tom Cruise: How He Should Salvage His Image

January 9th, 2009 10:30am EST
Tom Cruise
He has been one of the most well known actors in Hollywood for almost three decades now, and there are few people who can deny the star power of that shiny giant grin. Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, known to the world as Tom Cruise, is a figure of gossip, lust, admiration, disgust, celebrity, confusion, and in the past few years his reputation has gotten steadily tarnished. Perhaps it was the Oprah Winfrey Show and his newfound love with Katie Holmes, who once had pictures him plastered on her walls, or his war with Brooke Shields over post partum, or how he sometimes laughs for several minutes...
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New Movies On DVD, Nov. 4

November 4th, 2008 8:00am EST
Get Smart
In Get Smart, Steve Carell steps into the telephonic shoes of television's most beloved bumbling detective in a big-screen adaptation of the hit 1960s-era comedy series created by Mel Brooks.
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Muppets Forever: The House That Henson Built

September 30th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Sesame Street
For nearly 40 years Jim Henson’s Muppets have captivated audiences young and old, whether down the block on Sesame Street, from backstage on their own syndicated variety show, or even on the big screen. They’ve earned fans in Kanye West, Feist, Weezer, and Jason Segel, who’s been commissioned to bring them back to the moviehouse. This is the story of Jim Henson and how he built his beloved empire from a discarded housecoat and a pair of ping-pong balls.

When I lived in L.A., one of my favorite pastimes was walking up La Brea Avenue toward Hollywood Boulevard. Amid the hip boutiques, ch...
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Spotlight On Movies That Became Musicals

August 28th, 2008 10:30am EDT
The Little Mermaid
Fans of movie musicals know that most of their favorites, like "Grease," "West Side Story," "The Sound of Music," and "Oklahoma!" were adapted from popular Broadway plays. However, the trend in recent years has been to flip that formula around by taking a big-screen hit and trying to turn it into a small-stage sensation.

Disney has had great success with its theatrical adaptations, starting in 1994 with the critically-acclaimed "Beauty and the Beast." The hits kept coming with stage productions of "The Lion King," "Mary Poppins," and, most recently, "The Little Mermaid."

VIDEO: T...
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Opening June 20: Get Smart

June 17th, 2008 11:07am EDT
Get Smart
40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell steps into the telephonic shoes of television's most beloved bumbling detective in this big-screen adaptation of the hit 1960s-era comedy series created by Mel Brooks. Continue Summary

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Summer Movie Preview: Indy Returns, The Joker Wreaks Havoc On Gotham City & More

April 14th, 2008 10:25am EDT
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The spring movie season had a few hits (21, Horton Hears A Who) and some unfortunate misses (Shutter, 10,000 B.C.). Thankfully, we have warm weather and great movies to look forward to in the upcoming months. Here's a sneak peak at some of the films that will be hitting theaters this summer:

Iron Man

Release Date: May 2

"Iron Man" is an action-packed take on the tale of wealthy philanthropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who develops an invulnerable robotic suit to fight the throes of evil.

Also opening May 2: Made of Honor

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspia...
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Point/Counterpoint: Should Hollywood Stop Remaking Classic Films?

January 18th, 2008 1:45pm EST
Rob Zombie
Over the years many classic movies have been remade. Don't get me wrong, some of those remakes have been really good. But the majority of the movies have been really bad.

These days, special effects are being taken to a whole new level, but that's not always a good thing. One of the main reasons these films are classics is because CGI was in the distant future. People loved the original "Godzilla" because you can see the man in the Godzilla costume crushing a cardboard box, also known as Tokyo.

There are few movies that have scared me, and one of those films was the 1978 movie "Ha...
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It's Aliiive! Decca Broadway Releases 'Young Frankenstein' Cast Album

January 10th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Young Frankenstein
Mel Brooks electrifies his latest creation, a musical rendition of his 1974 film classic Young Frankenstein (That's FRON-kehn-shteen) for the Broadway stage.

The production boasts an all-star cast, starring Roger Bart ("Desperate Housewives"/"The Producers"), Megan Mullally ("Will and Grace"), Tony Award® winner Sutton Foster ("Drowsy Chaperone"), Tony Award® winner Shuler Hensley ("Oklahoma"), Tony Award® winner and SCTV's Andrea Martin, Fred Applegate ("The Producers") and Christopher Fitzgerald ("Wicked").

A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on t...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 28

June 28th, 2007 3:00am EDT
John Cusack
Happy Birthday to actress/singer Danielle Brisebois (1969), "1408" star John Cusack (1966), Denver Broncos star John Elway (1960), "Star Trek: First Contact" Borg Queen Alice Krige (1954), "About Schmidt" actress Kathy Bates (1948), late "SNL" alum Gilda Radner (1946; d. 1989), British actor John Inman (1935), "The Karate Kid" star Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (1932; d. 2005), "The Producers" creator/actor/director/producer Mel Brooks (1926), and theater composer Richard Rodgers (1902; d. 1979).
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G4 To Air 'Spaceballs: The Animated Series' Next Year

September 20th, 2006 1:52pm EDT
Spaceballs
MGM is teaming with the G4 television network, Brooksfilms Limited, and Berliner Film Companie GmbH on the U.S. release of a new original television series based on the classic Mel Brooks comedy Spaceballs.

Similar to the feature film, which parodied iconic science fiction movies, "Spaceballs: The Animated Series" will take the legendary Brooks satirical eye, spoofing the biggest blockbusters of today as well as every genre of entertainment from movies and reality TV to culture and politics.

In the pilot episode of "Spaceballs: The Animated Series," the storyline will be similar t...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 28

June 28th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to actress/singer Danielle Brisebois (1969), "The Ice Harvest" star John Cusack (1966), Denver Broncos star John Elway (1960), "Star Trek: First Contact" Borg Queen Alice Krige (1954), "About Schmidt" actress Kathy Bates (1948), late "SNL" alum Gilda Radner (1946; d. 1989), British actor John Inman (1935), "The Karate Kid" star Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (1932; d. 2005), "The Producers" creator/actor/director/producer Mel Brooks (1926), and theater composer Richard Rodgers (1902; d. 1979).
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