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Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Aren't That Catchy

4/2/2014 7:00pm EDT
Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Ar
Said Henry Rollins, "I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone." So did the following famous celebrities, who took the names they were given and reinvented them into something more suitable to their personality, or the personality they wanted to cultivate. Want to know why they changed their already perfectly suitable names? We have your answers right here!

1. Lady Gaga

Born That Way: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Music producer Rob Fusari claims to have invented the name...

28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names

11/14/2013 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...

Michael Caine Opens Up About The Origin Of His Garlic Phobia

5/7/2013 10:39pm EDT
Michael Caine
Veteran British actor Michael Caine has an intense hatred of garlic following his tour of duty in the Korean War, because enemy soldiers chewed the pungent onions on the battlefield.

The Cider House Rules star was sent to the Far East in 1952 as part of his national service with the British Army, to aid South Korean troops in their battles with North Korean rivals.

United Nations forces had developed a way of using their sense of smell to detect Chinese soldiers, who were aiding the enemy - but the experience put Caine off garlic for life.

The 80-year-old actor tells Esquire magazine,...

Blu-ray Review: 'The Island'

12/12/2012 10:00am EST
The Island
A regal and refined Michael Caine vs...pirates? Yup, it’s time to revisit the 1980 Peter Benchley "Jaws" follow up titled "The Island," new to Blu-ray Dec. 11 from Shout! Factory’s horror division Scream Factory. Yo-ho a reviewer’s life for me...below!

Title: "The Island"

Grade: 2 1/2

Cast: Michael Caine, David Warner, Angela Punch Mcgregor

Director: Michael Ritchie

Rating: R

Runtime: 109 minutes

Release Company: Shout! Factory


The Flick: Looking from the outside in there are some very interesting elements in "The Island." First off thi...

Snoop Lion And 10 Other Celebrity Name Changes

8/1/2012 4:07pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg has traded a canine for a feline, claiming he has taken up the moniker Snoop Lion following his conversion to Rastafarian. But he's far from the first celebrity to change his name. Here are our Top 10 Celebrity Name Changes:

Carlos Irwin Estevez - Charlie Sheen. Charlie took the esteemed stage name of his father Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (Martin Sheen). His brother, Emilio, kept his real name because it sounded better than "Emilio Sheen."

Farrokh Bulsara - Freddie Mercury: You can understand why Queen's lead singer changed his name. After living in Zanzibar, his famil...

Michael Caine Sends His Prayers To Victims Of Cinema Massacre

7/26/2012 3:30pm EDT
Michael Caine
Michael Caine has been left "speechless" by the deadly cinema massacre in Aurora, Colorado, last week. Twelve cinemagoers died, and 58 others were injured during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises."

The actor is the latest cast member from the film to offer his condolences to the victims of the July 20 shooting.

Caine posted on Twitter, "I have been speechless with sadness for the bereaved, my Prayers are with them and my thanks to you (the fans)."

Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Christopher Nolan have all expressed their devastation about the...

'Dark Knight' Cast Turns Out For Christopher Nolan's Hand & Footprint Ceremony

7/8/2012 2:00pm EDT
Christopher Nolan
On Saturday, Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale and Gary Oldman were among "The Dark Knight Rises" stars who turned out to honor director moviemaker Christopher Nolan in Los Angeles. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also attended the event.

The director left his mark outside Hollywood's famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre during a hand and footprint ceremony.

Nolan, "There is something about the permanence of these things. I'm standing on Clint Eastwood's name right now and there's something about knowing that he actually wrote that. There's something very int...

Michael Caine Dismisses 'Locked In Attic' Story

5/17/2012 11:05pm EDT
Michael Caine
Michael Caine is baffled by reports suggesting he was locked in an attic overnight after falling asleep on the set of his new film, insisting the odd story is "completely untrue".

The Batman Begins star was reportedly caught out after taking a nap in a makeshift dressing room while shooting the thriller Now You See Me in the Old Loews theater in New Orleans.

A supposed source told Britain's Daily Mirror, "When Michael eventually woke up, he realized he was locked in. His mobile phone was in his trailer and there was no electricity in the attic, meaning he couldn't see a thing. It was pitc...

Christopher Nolan Says Completing 'Dark Knight Rises' Was 'Pretty Emotional'

12/31/2011 8:30am EST
Christopher Nolan
Moviemaker Christopher Nolan is experiencing mixed emotions as he completes editing on his final "Batman" movie after saying farewell to his cast just before Christmas.

The shoot on the hotly-anticipated "The Dark Knight Rises" is complete, and now Nolan is in post-production getting the sequel ready for its summer release.

And he admits his Christmas was tinged with sadness as he realized there were great friends he'd never get the chance to work with again.

He tells the Los Angeles Times, "It was pretty emotional as we would finish these characters and say goodbye to Alfred (Michael Ca...

Best On-Screen Crime Fighting Duos

12/16/2011 12:00pm EST
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows
Everyone loves a hero. They stand up for what’s right, battle the forces of evil, and somehow manage to look sexy in spandex. But sometimes one hero isn’t enough. Sometimes the problem is too great for any one man (or Superman) to handle. Sometimes audiences want to hear a dick-joke while justice is being served. That’s where Dynamic Duos come in. Two heroes, paired together, fighting the good fight and keeping us laughing the whole way through. That’s what audiences love more than anything. To honor the release of Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, let’s take a look at the best on-screen cr...

Blu-ray Review: 'The Cider House Rules'

10/12/2011 10:12am EDT
Cider house Rules photo
Ready to obey the house rules – in Blu-ray? Then check out the review for the Tobey Maguire/Charlize Theron storybook romance "The Cider House Rules" out now on Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Title: "The Cider House Rules"

Grade: 3

Cast: Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron

Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 125 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate


The Flick: Having missed "The Cider House Rules" the first time around, it was good to catch its award winning wares on Blu-ray. Not that it’s all wine and...

Blu-ray Review: 'Dressed To Kill'

9/19/2011 4:12pm EDT
Dressed to Kill photo
Ready to revisit that flick that gave movie fans second thoughts about a sensual shower tryst - all in a stunning Blu-ray format? Look now further then the Brian De Palma masterwork "Dressed To Kill" out from 20th Century Fox reviewed below – razor swipes to follow!

Title: "Dressed To Kill"

Grade: 5

Cast: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen

Director: Brian De Palma

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 105 minutes

Release Company: 20th Century Fox


The Flick: Besides the amazing "Blow Out," this is Brian De Palma’s finest Hitchcockian hour. ...

"Cars 2" a Cynical Clunker

6/26/2011 11:19am EDT
Cars 2
For the last five years, Pixar has been on quite a roll, churning out one reliably solid animated film every summer. The last four have won Oscars for Best Animated Feature, and the last three (WALL-E, Up, and Toy Story 3) are, in my mind, stone cold classics. This winning streak and reputation for quality are what make Pixar's latest, "Cars 2," not just disappointing, but puzzling.

The hero of the first "Cars" film, a race car voiced by Owen Wilson, returns to Radiator Springs to spend some time with his best friend Mater, aka Larry the Cable Guy. If there's any time left over, he might ...

Review: 'Cars 2' 'Two Jews On Film' Celebrate Their 100th And Drive In Opposite Directions (Video)

6/23/2011 10:12am EDT
Cars 2
By Joan Alperin Schwartz: 'Cars 2' is the new 3D wonder from director John Lasseter. John and his crew at Pixar have once again proven why they are the best at what they do.

To really enjoy this film, you have to put aside any ideas that cars can't talk, can't have friends and girlfriends, can't experience human emotions and can't be killer spies. (Something the other half of Two Jews On Film, John my husband, wasn't able to do).

Anyway, the story goes like this...Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is the snazzy, red, highly acclaimed racing car. After winning four Pisto...

Sidney Poitier To Receive Prestigious Film Award

5/2/2011 7:54am EDT
Sidney Poitier
Movie legend Sidney Poitier is to be honored with one of the film industry's most prestigious awards at a ceremony in New York City on Monday.

The In the Heat of the Night star, who became the first black actor to win an Academy Award in 1963, will be feted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center with a star-studded gala in Manhattan.

Poitier, 84, will be presented with the coveted Chaplin Award in recognition of his career achievements, following in the footsteps of other Hollywood greats including Al Pacino, Michael Caine, Clint Eastwood and Audrey Hepburn, as well as last year's recipie...

Review: 'Gnomeo & Juliet' 'Two Jews On Film' Discover Their Inner Gnome (Video)

2/11/2011 10:18am EST
Gnomeo & Juliet
Can two young teenagers find love despite their warring families? Well, we all know how Romeo and Juliet ended up. However in the 3D version of 'Gnomeo & Juliet' directed by Kelly Asbury, things don't turn out quite as tragic for our lovers.

'Gnomeo & Juliet' takes place in contemporary Stratford-onAvon, Shakespeare's birthplace. Miss Montague (voice of Julie Walters) and Mr. Capulet (voice of Richard Wilson) are neighbours and they absolutely hate each other.

Their respective collection of garden gnomes, the Reds and the Blues view each other with hostility as well. After Blue Gnomeo...

Vanessa Hudgens Talks 'Sucker Punch,' Michael Caine, Zac Efron & Quentin Tarantino

2/10/2011 2:25pm EST
Vanessa Hudgens Details
Vanessa Hudgens appears in the March issue of Details magazine and its clear this starlet, best known for a puppy-love romance with Zac Efron, has finally shed her squeaky-clean image. Hudgens can be seen in this month's Sucker Punch, a Zack Snyder film in which she plays a gun-toting asylum inmate, but right now she can be seen as an all-grown-up sex symbol!

Vanessa fidgets a lot at the beginning of the interview but says "I'm not nervous, I'm excited. I get excited. I'm, like, a very hyper energetic, crazy type of crazy. I have a lot going on. Always. I'll dance on a table sober."


Michael Caine Is Awesome (And The French Agree)

1/6/2011 2:20pm EST
Michael Caine
Acting legend Sir Michael Caine has been made a Commander of Arts and Letters in France after receiving the country's highest cultural honor on Thursday.

"The Italian Job" star, 77, was awarded the medal by Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, who paid tribute to his lengthy movie career and highlighted his most iconic roles from "Alfie" to the "Batman" franchise.

Caine's wife, Shakira Baksh, looked on with pride as Caine was hailed a "true gentleman" and "a giant" of the acting profession, who embodied "the humour, magic and the warmth of the cinema."

Accepting the honor in French, the...

Check Out 'Inception' On Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand, & Download Today!

12/7/2010 8:50am EST
Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film Inception about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others.

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) doesn't steal things, he steals ideas. By projecting himself deep into the subconscious of his targets, he can glean information that even the best computer hackers can't get to. In the world of corporate espionage, Cobb is the ultimate weapon. But even weapons have their weakness, and when Cobb loses everything, he's forced to embark on one final mission in...

A Writer's Theory On 'Inception' (Part 2 of 2)

8/6/2010 3:00pm EDT
Leonardo DiCaprio and the World
Note: This is continued from my previous post and makes no sense if you have not read that post. Oh, and MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT!!! Do not continue if you have not seen Inception!

Now then, where was I? Oh, right, I was trying to convince you all that (a) I'm not a complete lunatic and (b) Inception is nothing but a dream.

My third point then, is that little conveniences abound throughout the film. The team for a blatantly illegal enterprise is located quite easily (all while time is compressed dream-style), and even Ariadne (Ellen Page) simply says "Yes" despite the fact that we have zero ...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice,' 'Inception,' & More

7/12/2010 9:42am EDT
I saw one of this week’s films “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” last Thursday; however as part of my agreement in seeing the advanced screening, I am not allowed to share my opinion on the film until its release on Wednesday. Keep your eyes peeled for a review later this week though.

There are only three films opening during the current week: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Inception,” and “The Concert.” Personally I’m incredibly excited about seeing “Inception” because I’m a huge fan of both Leonardo DiCaprio and director Christopher Nolan.


The master sorce...

Oldies But Goodies: Stars Who Haven't Lost Their Touch

5/19/2010 9:10am EDT
Oldies But Goodies Stars Who Havent Lost Their Touch
Betty White kicked ass last weekend on Saturday Night Live showing her fans that she still has it at the rip old age of 88 and a half. Her Mother's Day episode reached its largest TV audience in 18 months and it was no surprise considering she had an entire Facebook fan page devoted to her. After her top viewed Snickers commercail that aired on Superbowl Sunday, fans built a Facebook page to encourage the actress and NBC to host Saturday Night Live- and it worked.

Betty is an Emmy-award winning actress best known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rosew Nylund...

Ellen Page Is Keeping Christopher Nolan's 'Inception' A Secret

10/1/2009 11:34am EDT
Ellen Page
After "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan knows he has to deliver a big bang with his next film. That's why he's not telling anyone what "Inception" is about. At least he can make it a surprise until it's released. All we know is it's a sci-fi blackmail thriller.

Ellen Page, who costars in the film with Leonardo DiCaprio, is enjoying keeping the secret. "I'm so happy that it's so secretive," Page said. "The other cast I'm working with, we just constantly reflect on what we're doing and are all so excited to be a part of it."

If we can't know what Nolan has in store for us next summer...

When Good Movies Turn Bad: The Movie Version Of Jumping The Shark

8/13/2009 11:34am EDT
Funny People
Ordinarily, an article such as this warrants a spoiler alert, but since the only thing giving away plot details of the last hour of "Funny People" would spoil is a good nap, that disclaimer is null in this instance.

There's a moment in this film, about three-fifths of the way through it, when Adam Sandler's George Simmons calls Seth Rogen's Ira Wright (née Weiner), and tells him in a strange pirate voice that they're to set sail for San Francisco the next day to perform a comedy show. He then makes a funny phallus-related joke and the camera cuts away.

When Judd Apatow shot this scen...

Similar Story Smackdown: Which Hollywood Flicks Came Out On Top?

4/27/2009 11:57am EDT
Saving Private Ryan
So, have you seen this year's comedy about an overweight, overzealous, loser-y mall cop who takes his job way too seriously and is hopelessly in love with a fellow shopping center employee? If you're not sure whether I'm referring to January's hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop or the newest Seth Rogen comedy Observe and Report (in theaters now), don't be too hard on yourself: Both flicks have eerily similar plotlines. This isn't the first time two films with the same subject matter have been released within a year of one another; Hollywood has a talent for redundancy (see: recycling and ripping off)...

This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

4/13/2009 8:57am EDT
17 Again
I must admit that two weeks ago, I grossly underestimated how popular "Fast & Furious" would be. The film captured the title of highest grossing opening weekend for a car-themed movie by taking in $72.5 million. I think it's important to note this, because I believe I'm an excellent judge of movies, but I admit the movies I recommend will not always reflect the average American movie patron's opinion.


Things seem to be perfect for up-and-coming U.S. congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck), until the murder of his research assistant and mistress. It becomes ...

The Irony Of A Searchlight (Links & Stuff)

4/9/2009 8:41pm EDT
Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly adding interesting links all the time.

YOU can even add links to stuff you find out there now, like interesting articles, cool YouTube videos, strange news, interesting photo galleries, and, well, just about anything!

3rd STAR TREK Clip Hits the Internet - Collider

The 9 Awesomest Things that William Shatner Has Done That Have Nothing to Do with Captain Kirk - Topless Robot

50 mistakes in The Simpsons - Movie Mistakes


Literary Characters=Oscar Love

3/19/2009 10:28am EDT
The Edge Of Love
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a long history of awarding actors who portray real people. For example: Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles (Ray), Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos (Monster), Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena (Boys Don't Cry), Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin (The Last King Of Scotland), Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II (The Queen), and most recently Sean Penn as Harvey Milk (Milk).

Lesser recognized is the Academy's favor for actors who play literary figures or exist in their spheres. It's quite possible the stars of the recently released The Edge of Love, the st...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 14

3/14/2009 3:00am EDT
Michael Caine
Happy Birthday to "Billy Elliot" star Jamie Bell (1986), Hanson keyboardist Taylor Hanson (1983), "American Pie" actor Chris Klein (1979), TV actress Catherine Dent (1965), "Weekly Top-40" deejay Rick Dees (1950), comedian Billy Crystal (1947), movie director Wolfgang Petersen (1941), prolific screen legend Michael Caine (1933), music producer Quincy Jones (1933), and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein (1879; d. 1955).

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If You Seek Amy (Links & Stuff)

3/6/2009 7:00pm EST
Britney Spears
Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly adding interesting links all the time.

YOU can even add links to stuff you find out there now, like interesting articles, cool YouTube videos, strange news, interesting photo galleries, and, well, just about anything!

Miley's boyfriend Justin Gaston is bringing Speedos back - The Evil Beet

Britney Spears thinks this is kid-friendly - Superficial

Miss Universe at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. Oh yeah, in the pool in a bik...