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Check Out 'The Dark Knight' On DVD Dec. 9

December 6th, 2008 7:33am EST
The Dark Knight
The follow-up to Batman Begins, The Dark Knight reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime.

With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves effective, but soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.

Heath Ledger stars as archvillain...
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama, John Malkovich Among GQ Men Of The Year

November 19th, 2008 2:22pm EST
Lenardo DiCaprio
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and John Malkovich walked away with top awards at this year's GQ Men of the Year ceremony.

Body of Lies star picked up the Leading Man Trophy, while Malkovich was named Mad Genius of the Year at the men's magazine awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

President-elect Barack Obama was given the nod as Game Changer of the Year, actor Jon Hamm was handed the Breakout award and Olympic champion Michael Phelps took home the ultimate accolade for Golden Boy of the Year.

The glittering party attracted some of Hollywood's brightest male stars, including ...
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Spike TV Announces Nominees For 'Scream 2008'

September 15th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
SCREAM 2008
It will be one "dark knight" this October as Spike TV presents the third annual "SCREAM," a celebration of the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic genres.

Taping on Saturday, October 18 from The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, "SCREAM 2008" will premiere on Spike TV Tuesday, October 21 (9:00- 11:00 PM, ET/PT). Show host, presenters and musical performers to be announced shortly.

"We're incredibly honored to have the support of such luminaries in the creative community to help determine the nominees for 'SCREAM 2008,'" says Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event prod...
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Carrie Preston Discusses Her 'True Blood' Role And More

August 21st, 2008 9:26am EDT
Carrie Preston
Carrie Preston is not only an actor, she has her own production company. So although she is featured in the new HBO series "True Blood" and has a cameo in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," she is also currently making the indie movie tour with her latest release, "Ready? OK!" We caught up with the classically trained actor in transit and found her to be bright, charming, and a woman of many talents.

Hey Carrie, what's going on?

I'm going to a film festival in North Carolina with a movie that I produced and was in with my husband Michael Emerson ("Lost.")

Tell us about...
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Point/Counterpoint: Does 'The Dark Knight' Live Up To The Hype?

July 25th, 2008 9:00am EDT
The Dark Knight
Most people are aware that "The Dark Knight" made a record $155.3 million during its opening weekend. Fanboys and girls stood in line for hours, some in costumes, to finally catch a glimpse of summer's most eagerly anticipated film.

The hype surrounding "Knight" has undoubtedly been fueled by the untimely death of Heath Ledger, who plays the Joker. The word Oscar has been thrown around more than once. But does the film truly live up to expectations? Four Starpulse writers, all Batman fans, weigh in on whether the latest caped crusader tale is worthy of all the buzz.

Director...
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A Fan's Eye View: The 'Dark Knight' Is Probably The Best Comic Book Film Ever

July 21st, 2008 11:45am EDT
The Dark Knight
When I arrived at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, to the Lincoln Center IMAX, I was not quite certain what to expect. On the bus to New York City from Boston, plenty of texts were coming in from excited friends about how the lines were out the door and wrapped around the street for hours. What were they there for? The preview night of "The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan's incredible follow-up to his hit "Batman Begins."

By now the reports have all come in that this film broke several box office records, but on Thursday that was just a whisper of a possibility. Then again, once I ste...
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'The Dark Knight' Bestows Role of a Lifetime For Heath Ledger, Epic Proportions For Itself

July 17th, 2008 9:59am EDT
The Dark Knight
(Hollywoodchicago) – With only three short words comprising the film’s enigmatic title, “The Dark Knight” also boasts three epic claims to fame: the role of a lifetime for the late Heath Ledger as the hauntingly deranged Joker, one of the best films of 2008 and one of the greatest superhero films of all time.

In a year when Hollywood has the superhero woody comparable to when westerns where the greatest thing since sliced bread, “The Dark Knight” not only fares well against blockbuster competition with films like “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” but also manages to rise above chart...
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Will 'The Dark Knight' Need Darker Villians For Future Films?

July 17th, 2008 9:20am EDT
The Dark Knight
Purple suit, caked-white face, delirious, hand-in-the-cookie-jar grin: the Joker. In 1989's Batman, Jack Nicholson played the role as a coked out 'toon far past loony, at ease in the company of rapists or ravers. In 2008's The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger plays the role like a congenitally hallucinogenic child tight roping over hellfire, dragging behind him the world like limp teddy bear. The newer version is obviously a dark turn for a character with such a light-hearted name, but, so it seems, the entire Batman franchise has taken a dark turn since Batman Begins. In honor of Ledger's, not t...
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Things We Don't Want To See In 'The Dark Knight'

June 11th, 2008 8:45am EDT
The Dark Knight
There were eight years between "Batman & Robin" (1997) and "Batman Begins" (2005), which became a blockbuster hit, and it was no wonder considering the extremely negative backlash "Batman & Robin" received. With cringe-worthy puns from all of the main actors - George Clooney, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, etc. - and a lack of any plot substance or inner contemplation the previous movies had showed, it seemed like the Batman movies would be given an early grave.

Then Christopher Nolan signed on to the "Batman Begins" project, a film loosely based off of "Batman: Year One" written by...
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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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Upcoming Comic Book Films Worth Checking Out, Part 2

January 11th, 2008 12:03pm EST
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (July 11)

This is a sequel to the first "Hellboy" and is based off an enormously well received series created by Dark Horse Comics. Hellboy is the greatest supernatural detective and blends many aspects of classical horror and magic with a uniquely dry sense of humor.

The first movie was moderately popular, and the DVD sales were positive enough that a sequel was given the green light. It will be directed again by Guillermo del Toro, and star Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair as Liz, and Doug Jones as Abe Sapien.

"Hellboy" has always been a f...
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Music From The Movie 'No Reservations' Out July 24

July 14th, 2007 10:00am EDT
No Reservations
(July 10, 2007- New York, NY) –The new movie, No Reservations, starring Academy Award®-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) and Golden Globe® nominee Aaron Eckhart (Thank You for Smoking), is destined to become the romantic film of the summer. This culinary comedy drama, directed by Oscar-nominated Scott Hicks (Shine), is set in a New York City restaurant and also features Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine). The soundtrack will be released on Decca July 24th.

The recipe for this musical masterpiece starts with a generous helping of Italian arias performed ...
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American Troops Write Their Own Stories For 'Operation Homecoming'

March 26th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Operation Homecoming
Praised by the Village Voice, The New York Times, Variety, and Salon, Operation Homecoming is a unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American troops through their own words. The film is built upon a project created by the National Endowment for the Arts to gather the writing of soldiers and their families who have participated in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through interviews and dramatic readings by such actors as Robert Duvall, Josh Lucas, Beau Bridges, Blair Underwood, Justin Kirk, Aaron Eckhart, Chris Gorham and John Krasinski, the film transforms selections ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 12

March 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Aaron Eckhart
Happy Birthday to British singer Pete Doherty (1979), English musician Graham Coxon (1969), "Erin Brockovich" actor Aaron Eckhart (1968), baseball notoriety Darryl Strawberry (1962), Jackson 5 singer Marlon Jackson (1957), Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris (1957), folk singer James Taylor (1948), singer/actress Liza Minnelli (1946), "Get Smart" actress Barbara Feldon (1941), singer Al Jarreau (1940), and beat writer Jack Kerouac (1922; d. 1969).
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Maggie Gyllenhaal May Star In Batman Sequel

March 9th, 2007 12:03pm EST
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal, 30, is set to replace Katie Holmes in the new Batman movie. The actress is involved in talks to star opposite Christian Bale in The Dark Night. Holmes, who starred as Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins, announced her plans to drop out of the project last January.

Heath Ledger will star as supervillain The Joker, while Aaron Eckhart will play crime boss Two-Face.

- Maggie Gyllenhaal photos

- More about The Dark Knight
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Aaron Eckhart Wins Ray-Ban Visionary Award

January 23rd, 2007 12:03pm EST
Aaron Eckhart
Aaron Eckhart was honored with the 2007 Ray-Ban Visionary Award on Sunday, January 21, in Park City, Utah. The Ray-Ban Visionary Award, established in 2003, honors the work and dedication of an individual who possesses extraordinary passion, creativity and leadership, and whose work showcases vision, imagination and originality.

Aaron Eckhart, a great performer capable of transforming himself as the role requires, starred in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia (2006). He was also gleefully provocative in Thank You for Smoking (2006), playing a spokesman and lobbyist for Big Tobacco who s...
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Ugly Betty' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Win Big at Golden Globe Awards

January 16th, 2007 8:24am EST
Dreamgirls
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced the winners of the 64th Golden Globe awards. Babel took home the award for best drama, while Dreamgirls won best comedy/musical. The night's big TV winners were Grey's Anatomy (best drama series) and Ugly Betty (best musical or comedy series). See full list of winners:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Babel

Bobby

The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- S...
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Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #3 Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes

December 25th, 2006 3:00pm EST
Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes
Much of the hoopla surrounding Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes began in 2005--the whirlwind romance, the couch jumping, the pregnancy and so forth--but the frenzy following the couple was just getting started.

In January, a sex scene from Katie’s Thank You For Smoking was allegedly cut out due to Tom’s objections. The film’s director later defended the actress, saying,“She was cool for doing four days of shooting, where two of those days she's in bed with Aaron Eckhart's character.”

Rumors then began swirling about the scientology birth process. Katie planned to adhere to strict scient...
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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Announced The Nominations For The 64th Golden Globe Awards

December 14th, 2006 11:15am EST
Babel
Jessica Biel, Rosario Dawson and Matthew Perry joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk to announce the Nominations for “The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards” on Thursday morning, December 14, 2006 at The Beverly Hilton. Babel leads with 7 nods. Complete list of movie nominations below.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Babel

Bobby

The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- Sherrybaby...
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'Little Miss Sunshine,' 'Half Nelson' Top Spirit Award Nominations

November 28th, 2006 2:19pm EST
Little Miss Sunshine
Don Cheadle and Felicity Huffman just announced the 2007 Spirit Award nominees at a press conference. Nominees for "Best Feature" are American Gun, The Dead Girl, Half Nelson, Little Miss Sunshine and Pan's Labyrinth.

Other major nominations are:

BEST DIRECTOR

Robert Altman

A Prairie Home Companion

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

Little Miss Sunshine

Ryan Fleck

Half Nelson

Karen Moncrieff

The Dead Girl

Steven Soderbergh

Bubble

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Shareeka Epps

Half Nelson

Catherine O’Hara

For Your Consideration

Eliz...
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Opening September 15: The Black Dahlia

September 13th, 2006 5:04pm EDT
The Black Dahlia
Director Brian De Palma returns to the helm for the first time since 2002's Femme Fatale with this stylish screen adaptation of James Ellroy's novel detailing one of the most notorious unsolved murders in Hollywood history. Continue summary... (movie gallery)

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Mia Kirshner
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Fall 2006 Movie Preview: Crimes & Thrillers

August 21st, 2006 11:37am EDT
Aaron Eckhart stars in The Black Dahlia
One week before fall officially begins, The Black Dahlia hits theaters (Sept. 15). Based on a novel by James Ellroy, the film details one of the most notorious unsolved mysteries in Hollywood history. It centers on two cops, Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) and Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart), who investigate the death of a brutally murdered young woman (Mia Kirshner). Bucky soon realizes his girlfriend had ties to the victim and also uncovers corruption and conspiracy within the police department. Scarlett Johansson also stars.

The Departed (Oct. 6) follows a rivalry between a Boston p...
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"The Black Dahlia" To Be Opening Film at Venice Film Festival

July 29th, 2006 11:00am EDT
The Black Dahlia
The Black Dahlia will be the opening film at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival. The eagerly-awaited film is directed by Brian De Palma and stars Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Mia Kirshner, Mike Starr, and Fiona Shaw.

The film was adapted from the famous novel of the same name by James Ellroy and was inspired by a crime in 1940s Los Angeles. It centers on two cops, Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) and Lee Blanchard, who investigate the death of a brutally murdered young woman. Bucky soon realizes his girlfriend had ties to the victim and also...
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Tom Cruise Cut Topless Scene From 'Thank You For Smoking'

May 8th, 2006 9:48am EDT
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise has ordered topless scenes of his fiancée Katie Holmes to be cut from her latest film. The Mission: Impossible III actor insists the actress' sexy stripping scenes in 'Thank You For Smoking' go against his strict Scientology beliefs, which instruct followers to act with decency and integrity.

A source said: "Tom wasn't too pleased when he found out about Katie. She flashed quite a lot of flesh and he didn't think it was appropriate because of their Scientology beliefs. Katie was happy to go along with it."

The brunette's raunchy sex scene with Aaron Eckhart was included...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 12

March 12th, 2006 3:00am EST
Liza Minnelli
Happy Birthday to British singer Pete Doherty (1979), English musician Graham Coxon (1969), "Erin Brockovich" actor Aaron Eckhart (1968), baseball notoriety Darryl Strawberry (1962), Jackson 5 singer Marlon Jackson (1957), Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris (1957), folk singer James Taylor (1948), singer/actress Liza Minnelli (1946), "Get Smart" actress Barbara Feldon (1941), singer Al Jarreau (1940), and beat writer Jack Kerouac (1922; d. 1969).
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Did Tom Cruise Object to "Thank You for Smoking" Sex Scene?

January 25th, 2006 9:21am EST
Katie Holmes
A steamy sex scene between Katie Holmes and Aaron Eckhart has been cut from new movie 'Thank You for Smoking' - sparking speculation Tom Cruise objected to it. Holmes, who plays an investigative reporter, and Eckhart, who plays a tobacco lobbyist, had filmed a racy romp for the film.

The sexy scene was still included in the film when it debuted at last year's Toronto Film Festival. But it has now vanished from the version shown at the Sundance Film Festival - causing some to wonder if Holmes' fiancé, Tom Cruise, used his influence to remove the footage.

A spokeswoman for Fox Searc...
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