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The 11 Best From 2011

December 31st, 2011 11:00am EST
Southland
2011 was a fantastic year for entertainment. Here are my eleven favorite things from the year that's about to wrap, in chronological order...

1. Southland, TNT

(Season 3 began January 4)

I have to admit that I didn't keep up with TNT's gritty Los Angeles cop drama as much as I would have liked; it fell victim to sharing Tuesday nights with three other shows on my watch list. Yet when I did find time to catch it, I was no less than impressed every time.

There's been talk about the show's TV-MA content (allegedly the reason that NBC axed it), but the real talking point should be the st...
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The Most Illegally Downloaded Films Of 2011 Are...

December 28th, 2011 8:18am EST
Fast Five
Vin Diesel's action film "Fast Five" has topped a new poll as the most pirated movie of 2011.

The actor and his co-stars Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson struck gold with the fifth installment of "The Fast and The Furious" franchise, raking in $626 million worldwide earlier this year.

But the sequel was also in high demand online - and was illegally downloaded a stunning 9.3 million times, according to TorrentFreak.com.

"The Hangover Part II" was the second most pirated film with 8.8 million hits, while "Thor" was third with 8.3 million downloads.

Other films featured in TorrentFreak's to...
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Vin Diesel's 'Chronicles Of Riddick' Sequel Put On Hold

October 30th, 2011 10:29am EDT
CELEBNAME
Production on the latest movie in Vin Diesel's Chronicles of Riddick franchise has been put on hold due to financial issues, according to a report.

The actor starred in 2000 sci-fi film Pitch Black and its 2004 spin-off The Chronicles of Riddick, as well as voicing his character in animated follow-up The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury that same year.

Diesel is working on another live action film in the franchise, but the shoot in Montreal, Canada has reportedly come to a halt over cashflow problems, according to TMZ.com.

The website reports production at the Montreal studio was tempora...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Fast Five' (Extended Edition)

October 6th, 2011 12:38pm EDT
Fast Five photo
Ready to see if Blu-ray and its extras can equal the brawn, beauty and bumpy ride that is the five-star "Fast Five." Well, since this week the 'Extended Edition' hits the shelf via Universal Home Video, we thought we’d speed up and check out the rims, spoilers and hubcaps of this sleek looking Blu-ray baddie – the race results are below!

Title: "Fast Five" (Extended Edition)

Grade: 5

Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

Director: Justin Lin

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 132 minutes

Release Company: Universal

Website: www.UniversalHiDef.com

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Check Out 'Fast Five' On DVD & Blu-ray Oct. 4

October 1st, 2011 7:00am EDT
Fast Five
Director Justin Lin ("The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," "Fast & Furious") returns to the helm for "Fast Five," an adrenaline-charged sequel reuniting series stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker for their biggest thrill ride yet.

With the police in hot pursuit and wanted fugitive Dom (Diesel) in tow, Brian (Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) make their way to Rio, and realize they've run out of luck. In order to earn their freedom, they'll have to pull off their biggest job yet. After assembling a crack team of the top racers in Brazil, the gang prepares to confront the crooked businessm...
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Jordana Brewster Shows Off Her Long Legs In Short Shorts

June 2nd, 2011 8:30am EDT
Jordana Brewster
We spotted "Fast Five" beauty Jordana Brewster in jean shorts leaving the Madewell store in Beverly Hills yesterday. The actress, holding onto a smoothie, left in her white Range Rover.

"Fast Five," which also stars regulars Paul Walker and Vin Diesel and newcomer Dwayne Johnson, took in $83.6 million over its opening weekend last month to score the biggest debut in the franchise's history.

Jordana is starring in the screen adaptation of "Dallas." The story focuses on the offspring of bitter rivals and brothers JR and Bobby Ewing, who clash over the future of the Ewing dynasty while the f...
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'Fast Five' Makes Over $80 Million At Weekend Box Office

May 2nd, 2011 8:27am EDT
Fast Five
The latest movie in the "Fast & The Furious" film franchise has raced to the top of the box office with the biggest opening of 2011.

"Fast Five," which stars regulars Paul Walker and Vin Diesel and newcomer Dwayne Johnson, took in $83.6 million over the weekend to score the biggest debut in the franchise's history.

The film also set a record for the best April debut ever, breaking the previous mark set by the fourth "Fast & The Furious" movie, which opened with $71 million in 2009.

Director Justin Lin's "Fast Five" is also doing big business around the globe, making and extra $81.4 milli...
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Review: Lin's 'Fast Five' Is Furiously Long

April 29th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Fast Five
When you hear that the runtime for “Fast Five” is 130 minutes, you’ll probably wonder why a mere 90, is not enough to unravel the fifth “Fast and the Furious” yarn. Ultimately, the reason is that the filmmakers tell an overly complex tale, in an effort to milk the actors, the chase sequences, and even the series itself for all they are worth.

Picking up where the fourth film left off, “Fast Five” starts with flashbacks to the sentencing of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his transportation to captivity. En route, his pal Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster)...
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'Fast Five' An Engine-Roaring Success

April 29th, 2011 6:29am EDT
Fast Five
Ten years and still going strong -- Fast Five cements the staying power of the Fast and the Furious series.

2009's Fast & Furious was the real sequel that The Fast and the Furious deserved, and Fast Five is an equally remarkable follow-up to that film, picking up from the final minutes of Fast & Furious and charging forward. This new entry has all the hallmarks that fans have come to expect from the series: great cars, terrific driving, beautiful women, and a definite adrenaline rush. Most importantly, although it's an action flick, it's one that's got character, putting it head and ...
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Review: 'Fast Five' 'Two Jews On Film' Drive In Different Directions With The Latest In This Franchise (Video)

April 28th, 2011 12:18pm EDT
Fast Five
'Fast Five' directed by Justin Lin is number Five in the 'Fast and the Furious' franchise.

The film continues where 'Fast and Furious' left off...Dominic (Vin Diesel) is sentenced to twenty five years in prison for murder. Of course, his good friend and ex cop, Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Dom's sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster) have different plans for him...

Let's just say this involves a really big bus crash, super fast cars, some kick ass driving that ends with Dom, Brian and Mia escaping to the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro.

Unfortunately it's not all 'fun in the sun' for our tr...
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Top Ten Coolest Movie 'Car Chases'

April 28th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Fast Five photo
What really makes a memorable movie car chase? Could it be speed, style, sass – or maybe all of the above? The arrival of "Fast Five" (hitting theaters on April 29), which combines all the original Fast and Furious gang with some highly decked out new roadsters, has us at Starpulse revving our engines with nostalgia. With so many seriously significant car sequences in cinema history, how do you choose what’s really the best? Well, the brain has been wracked and the result is a list (complete with visual aids!) of some of the most speedometer pushing, gas peddle slamming, tongue-in-cheek...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Fast Five,' 'Prom,' & More

April 25th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Fast Five
Last week I took a breather from the theater, because I knew things would be incredibly busy for me this week. From Thursday April 28 through Sunday May 1, I will be covering Independent Film Festival Boston, bringing you the inside scoop on what indie films to catch this summer when they hit your area, and speaking with the filmmakers behind them. Stay tuned for my festival coverage, which will include reviews and interviews.

Opening this week in theaters are the high octane “Fast & Furious” follow-up “Fast Five,” the Disney teen drama “Prom,” the sci-fi detective story “Dylan Dog:...
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Why We're Gearing Up For 'Fast Five'

April 23rd, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Fast Five
In less than a week, the fifth Fast and the Furious flick, simply titled Fast Five, will roll into theaters. I know I'll be seeing it on opening day. Though I rarely catch a movie in the theater anymore, much less on its first day, there's something about this franchise that has me addicted.

I can't believe that The Fast and the Furious was ten years ago. How time flies when you're having fun. That first film was undoubtedly fun, tapping into the subculture of street racing. It was a new world for a lot of people - myself included, considering that the sum total of my automotive kno...
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Keanu Reeves Named The Worst Actor In Hollywood History (See Who Else Sucks)

February 23rd, 2011 9:34am EST
Keanu Reeves
The editors at Complex Media Network just released the "50 Worst Actors in Hollywood History." The list includes some of the worst performances by several well-known actors, including Keanu Reeves, Ashton Kutcher, Vin Diesel and William Shatner.

Check out the top ten below and the full list here.

1. Keanu Reeves
2. Hayden Christensen
3. William Shatner
4. Orlando Bloom
5. Brendan Fraser
6. Hugh Grant
7. Paul Walker
8. David Arquette
9. David Caruso
10. Matthew Lillard

Do you agree with this list? Let us know in the comments.

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A Bra-less Paris Hilton Gets Her Hair Done

June 16th, 2010 8:46am EDT
Paris Hilton
We caught Paris Hilton carrying her Apple laptop and cell phone after getting her hair done at a salon in Beverly Hills yesterday.

The hotel heiress took to Twitter on Sunday to let friends know that she lost her cell phone. Everybody panic! Someone stole her T-Mobile Sidekick account back in 2005. Her famous friends feared people would gain access to the numbers and details of the rich and famous.

A prankster posted numbers of numerous celebrities online. Those whose direct numbers were revealed included Christina Aguilera, Ashlee Simpson, Vin Diesel and even San Francisco Mayor Gav...
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Uh-oh, Paris Hilton Lost Her Phone Again

June 14th, 2010 9:33pm EDT
Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton's celebrity pals are on red alert again - the socialite has lost her phone.

The hotel heiress took to Twitter.com on Sunday to let friends know that she was without her ever-present cell.

She wrote, "I lost my phone last night, so if you texted me last night or today and I didn't answer, it's cause I didn't get it."

That tweet has sent shockwaves through Hollywood - someone stole her T-Mobile Sidekick account back in February, 2005 and caused chaos in celebrity circles by gaining access to the numbers and details of the rich and famous.

The prankster posted numbers of numer...
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Hollywood Muscle Guys Who Have Starred In Ridiculous Movie Roles

January 28th, 2010 10:00am EST
Tooth Fairy
Dwayne Johnson's latest movie role as a tutu wearing male Tinkerbell in "Tooth Fairy" is another embarrassment in the long line of embarrassments for Hollywood muscle guys. For some reason, the muscle guys of Hollywood think it's a good idea to go from starring in action movies to starring in Disney kid movies or movies that muscle guys shouldn't be in. Let's take a look at some of the muscle guys who have starred in the most ridiculous movie roles.

Sylvester Stallone

Famous for his movie roles as Rocky Balboa and John Rambo, Sly Stallone is one of the biggest movie muscle guys in Hol...
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Sequels We'd Like To See & The Odds They Will Really Happen

November 20th, 2009 11:00am EST
Anchorman
Now that it looks as if the interminable "Saw" franchise has run out of gas after its sixth chapter, we can turn our attention to sequels that we'd really like to see, and what the odds are of them actually being produced.

ANCHORMAN 2: This is the biggie that most comedy fans would love to see. Star Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay have danced around the sequel for years, tantalizing fans with potential story ideas, fake titles and other tidbits, but nothing seems to be concrete. Still, the phenomenal popularity of the first film would make it a slam dunk, box-office smash. And, as ...
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Slideshow: Actors Who Have Battled Gay Rumors

August 12th, 2009 11:00am EDT
Tom Cruise
Even though many have girlfriends, wives or children, several male celebrities have been accused of being gay. Check out our slideshow of hot male stars who've battled gay rumors...

South Park did an episode with Tom Cruise coming out of the closet. Richard Gere, well, you know the gerbil story. Daniel Radcliffe recently handed over a "generous" donation to homosexual support group The Trevor Project.

Are these guys gay? Are they straight? Does it really matter? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Daniel Radcliffe

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New Movies On DVD, July 28

July 28th, 2009 8:00am EDT
Fast & Furious
In Fast & Furious, fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) is back in Los Angeles to seek out the truth behind a high-profile crime, but his presence in town doesn't sit well with Agent Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker). Also on DVD: Miss March and Dragonball: Evolution.
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Sandra Lee's Cocktails, Kid Cudi's New One, Paula: American Idle? Vin Diesel's Short & More (Videos)

July 20th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Sandra Lee Cocktails, Paula: American Idle?, Kid Cudi
Food Network hostess Sandra Lee proves she's the 'hostess with the mostest' in a fantastically hilarious mashup of her shows; Darth Vader is too legit to quit. Paula Abdul is in the news today because she might not be returning to "American Idol" next season... Kid Cudi drop the new video for his single "Make Her Say". There's also three very hilarious PSAs from the future and Vin Diesel's short film "Los Bandoleros"... check 'em all out!

Sandra Lee, from the Food Network, loves her cocktails...

Food Network's Sandra Lee:

Darth Vader and a quartet of Stormtroopers do the ...
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'Fast & Furious' Races To DVD & Blu-ray July 28

June 5th, 2009 10:46am EDT
Fast & Furious
The cast of the original built-for-speed, action-packed blockbuster is reunited in Fast & Furious, the fiery, all-new turbo-charged film screeching to Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD on July 28 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Packed with more fast cars, hot bodies and edge-of-your-seat street racing than ever, Fast & Furious is available on 2-Disc Blu-ray Hi-Def, 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, single-disc DVD and download to own. Both the Blu-ray and Special Edition DVD sets are packed with bonus features and contain a digital copy of the film that can be enjoyed on an array of electronic ...
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Tyrese Gibson Ready For 'Fast & Furious 5'

May 4th, 2009 10:15am EDT
Tyrese Gibson
It took until the fourth Fast & Furious to get Vin Diesel back. By then, the family had grown in the two intermediate sequels. The gang wants to get Tyrese Gibson, star of 2 Fast 2 Furious, back for a fifth one and Gibson is ready to get behind the wheel.

"Listen, love Fast and the Furious, love the numbers it did, love the cast," Gibson said. "If my phone rings for 5 I'm right there. They were all beating the door down to try to get me in in 4. Would've loved to have been a part of it. Didn't work out for whatever reason so my phone is wide open for 5 and I would love to do it."

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

April 27th, 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)...
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'Fast & Furious': A Love Story

April 17th, 2009 9:31am EDT
Fast & Furious
When I first heard that yet another installment of the "Fast & Furious" was coming out, I stifled a yawn and made a mental note to catch it on TBS 6 months later. But after watching the trailer and seeing a good amount of car chases, explosions, and Vin Diesel looking delicious as ever in that wife beater of his…I was convinced to see it in theaters. What I saw wasn't your run-of-the-mill action flick, but dare I say it, something deeper? The storyline is well crafted, with moments of laughable dialogue, but that's to be expected. I never saw a love and revenge plot coming out of a test...
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Vin Diesel: Action Star, Father, Proud Geek & Heartthrob

April 3rd, 2009 9:16am EDT
Vin Diesel
The first thing anyone should know about Vin Diesel, AKA Mark Sinclaire Vincent, is that he is a huge Dungeons and Dragons nerd. The actor admitted with charming self-deprecation that he has been a fan of the game for over two decades. It is hard to imagine Riddick pretending to be a dwarf mage, but somewhat sweet and unique at the same time.

Born in New York City 41 years ago, Vin is biracial and was raised by his stepfather and mother with his three siblings. His mixed racial origins came back in a big way early in his career when Vin wrote, directed, and starred in a film called "M...
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Opening April 3: Fast & Furious

March 31st, 2009 10:30am EDT
Fast & Furious
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return to the film franchise that helped to launch each of their respective careers as the Fast and the Furious series winds to a close under the creative eye of... Continue summary

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

March 30th, 2009 9:25am EDT
Fast & Furious
Welcome to a new weekly column at Starpulse. As a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with practically a photographic memory of actors and directors, I will provide you with the inside scoop before you hit the multiplex with your hard earned cash. You'll receive a first look at the movies premiering each week, and I'll offer my predictions about which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent, and which ones aren't worth your time.

Adventureland

Set in 1987, recent college graduate James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) takes what he thinks will be a dead-end job ...
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Vin Diesel & Paul Walker's 'Fast & Furious' Muscle Cars On Display At Universal Studios

March 13th, 2009 12:19pm EDT
Fast & Furious Cars
The high-octane muscle cars featured in Universal Pictures' upcoming action-thriller Fast & Furious are on display exclusively at Universal Studios Hollywood as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. adds the exotic street racers to its world-renowned collection of authentic movie picture cars and props.

The 1987 Buick Grand National and a 2009 Subaru WRX STI that are driven by the stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are parked inside the theme park within arm's reach of fans and car aficionados.

1987 Buick Grand National -- driven by "Fast & Furious" star, Vin Diesel

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Morning Links

September 4th, 2008 10:05am EDT
Britney
Check out some of the best links from around the web! And be sure to visit the Starpulse Daily Links section where the staff of Starpulse and other blogs are constantly posting the funniest, interestingest, and bestest links we find out there!

The ultimate fantasy: a gallery of women in Princess Leia gold bikinis - Geekologie

New Britney is looking more and more like the old Britney in these bikini pics. We're pretty sure she's still a bipolar psycho though. - Superficial

The 25 most controversial movies of all time. And a Disney film made this list. - Entertainment Weekly

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