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The Best and Worst of John Travolta

December 4th, 2008 11:43am EST
John Travolta
In recent years, it's become hip to pick on John Travolta for his movie choices. It's strange, considering not many actors can say that they've starred in three truly iconic films (see numbers 1, 3, and 6 on the "best" list). He's also achieved longevity that many actors can only dream of, due in large part to his genuine, "good guy" persona. So, sure, he's made some bad films. Who hasn't? His good movies still outnumber the bad ones.

Since John is putting on the dog in the new animated hit, "Bolt," we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some notable films from Travolta's...
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A Look At the Best Cheesy/Sappy Christmas Movies

November 28th, 2008 12:00pm EST
The Perfect Holiday
Starting in October, a very special period begins for the entertainment industry, and I'm not talking about awards season: Christmas movies bust out of their shiny tinsel packaging and take over the airwaves. While channels like CBS and ABC run classics (Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas) and ABC Family contributes "25 Days of Christmas" with everything from childhood favorites (Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story) to more recent, low budget productions (A Carol Christmas, Christmas Caper), in my household, I prefer to indulge in a select, specific modern few t...
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Picture Perfect Parts: Actors Who Were Made For Their Roles

October 6th, 2008 9:26am EDT
Napoleon Dynamite
Some actors were absolutely made to play a certain part. Either their agents are amazing or it was the role they were born to play! Check out some actors who were made for their roles:

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

In 2004, Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for his role as Ray Charles in Ray. It was obvious when watching the movie he would at least be nominated. Not only did he look exactly like Ray Charles but he sang like him too. Before Ray Jamie was best known for his comedic roles and after Ray, he is still thought of as Ray Charles.

Steve Carell as Michael Scott in ...
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Battle of The Bulge: Celebrities With Beer Guts

July 15th, 2008 9:12am EDT
Burt Young
Some people may find it cute that their man has a tubby gut whereas some people find it nauseating. In Hollywood, the belly is a sure sign of a man letting himself go and not trying to stay young and pretend he's still a fresh Hollywood actor. Stars have to be perfect, attractive and fit all the time so there comes a time in their career where they get fed up with being so self image savvy. What's wrong with relaxing, packing on the pounds and letting your gut hang over those Diesel jeans? We're talking about the beer gut and these guys don't have a problem showing it off whether it's prett...
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Pulse Patrol: The 'Weakly' Round-Up Of User Comments

July 15th, 2008 9:05am EDT
Pulse Patrol
Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week’s most interesting comments were made on Sacha Baron Cohen's man on man love-fest, Flavor Flav prepubescent love life and the ever vigilant chicken crusader Pam Anderson.

Topic Highlights =There was some incisive observations made about Tiger Woods, Gary Busey and Christopher Atkins as well as the movie 'The Desent' and the group Three 6 Mafia.

Top Commenter=This week’s MVC (Most Vicious Commenter) awar...
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It's Not Too Late To Check Out AMC's 'Breaking Bad'

March 28th, 2008 4:07pm EDT
Breaking Bad
The most shocking show on television isn't found on HBO, Showtime, or even FX. No, instead it can be viewed on a channel known mostly for airing colorized westerns and archaic musicals.

AMC entered the TV fray with last year's brilliant "Mad Men." That classy show fit the old-school mold of the channel with its early-60s setting and nostalgic overtones. It was hard to imagine a show filled with raw fury would be the network's follow-up, but that's precisely what "Breaking Bad" is.

"Bad" ended its initial run a few weeks ago, but luckily for viewers who missed out, AMC will be r...
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Reverse Typecasting: What Happens When An Actor's Current Role Destroys Past Work

March 26th, 2008 12:02pm EDT
James Gandolfini
Typecasting is an actor's worst nightmare. The last thing a professional wants to happen is getting pigeonholed into the same role time after time following a breakthrough performance. Usually this happens at the beginning of a career, such as the case of Bob Denver. Denver was Gilligan for the rest of his career and essentially the rest his life. In fact, we dare you to think of one role Jim Nabors played other than Gomer Pyle (a prize to anyone who shouted out "Lugs Harvey in Stroker Ace").

In recent years, we have noticed a new phenomenon. In the past it was not as common for actors...
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The Three Best & Worst Movies Starring Brad Pitt

March 10th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Brad Pitt
Today's cinemaphiles have yet to come to terms with the career of one Brad Pitt. Dismissed by most as a Hollywood tabloid star, few have openly included him in the category "Best Leading Men Of All Time" where he deserves to be.

Too many have placed too much focus on his relationships with Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, rather than confronting that which we know deep down in our hearts to be true: Brad Pitt is a great actor.

He is so great that his performances in films like Snatch (2000), Ocean's 11 (2001) and Ocean's Twelve (2004) and 12 Monkeys (1995) d...
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TV On DVD Recommendation: 'The Sopranos'

February 4th, 2008 9:26am EST
The Sopranos
"The Sopranos" (HBO) - Six seasons, 86 episodes total. Perfect For: Anybody who's never seen an episode of television's finest series.

Everyone already knows how it ended, but accompanying television's greatest family on its journey to the famous black screen is the perfect remedy for the writers' strike blues.

"The Sopraons" hit the airwaves in 1999 to acclaim never before heaped upon a television series. This was the first time something on the small screen garnered critical notice on par with its big-screen contemporaries.

The praise was well-deserved because "The Soprano...
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The 2007 Showbiz News Quiz - Part III

December 29th, 2007 9:00am EST
Beyonce
Test your showbiz knowledge with this brain-teasing celebrity quiz based on all the happenings of a busy 2007.

21: Which 'cultured' singer was charged in November with falsely imprisoning a 28-year-old man?

Jon Bon Jovi

Boy George

George Michael

Answer=Boy George

22: Quentin Tarantino directed one segment for the Grindhouse movie double bill. What was it called?

Death Proof

Death Wish

Death Run

Answer=Death Proof

23. And who directed the second film, Planet Terror?

Guy Ritchie

Wes Anderson

Robert Rodrig...
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2007 TV Year In Review: Great Performances

December 26th, 2007 10:02am EST
30 Rock
In 2006, television asserted itself as the premier of visual literature in present-day America. Our sets burst forth with so much art that they put the current cinema and recycled shows of the stage to shame.

2007 saw a decided step back for TV as a medium with several great shows either coming to an end, being canceled, or losing there way. The new crop of shows the networks trotted out in the fall did little to build upon the incredible year enjoyed by TV in 2006 and was instead cause for a reversal of course.

Despite the troubling year on the small screen, it was still easy...
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LeAnn Rimes To Release New Album 'Family' On October 9; Win A Copy!

October 4th, 2007 2:30pm EDT
LeAnn Rimes
Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter LeAnn Rimes will release her deeply personal new album, Family, on October 9, on Curb Records. Executive produced with Dan Huff (Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts), LeAnn for the first time wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, which she says "is my most personal yet."

The album is led by the rousing, infectious first single "Nothin' Better to Do," which hit radio on May 29. LeAnn says of the song, which she co-wrote with her husband Dean Sheremet and Darrell Brown, "I was born in Mississippi and grew up for the first few years of my ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 18

September 18th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Lance Armstrong
Happy Birthday to "Flicka" actress Alison Lohman (1979), rapper Xzibit (1974), Puffy Amiyumi singer Ami Onuki (1973), "X-Men" actor James Marsden (1973), "The Matrix Revolutions" actress Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (1971), New Edition singer Ricky Bell (1967), "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson (1964), "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini (1961), Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1952; d. 2002), Kansas singer Kerry Livgren (1949), "A Mighty Wind" actor Fred Willard (1939), singer Frankie Avalon (1939), "Baretta" star Robert Blake (1933), actor Jack ...
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Winners At Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards

September 17th, 2007 8:29am EDT
The Sopranos
Winners in major categories for the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (in bold):

Drama Series: ''Boston Legal,'' ABC; ''Grey's Anatomy,'' ABC; ''Heroes,'' NBC; ''House,'' Fox; ''The Sopranos,'' HBO.

Comedy Series: ''Entourage,'' HBO; ''The Office,'' NBC; ''30 Rock, NBC; ''Two and a Half Men,'' CBS; ''Ugly Betty,'' ABC.

Miniseries: ''Broken Trail,'' AMC; ''Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS; ''The Starter Wife,'' USA.

Made-for-TV Movie: ''Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,'' HBO; ''Inside the Twin Tow...
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John Travolta And James Gandolfini Play Detectives In 'Lonely Hearts,' Opening April 13

April 5th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Lonely Hearts
An absorbing true story about serial killers on the lam, Lonely Hearts is based on the murder spree of Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez during the late 1940s and Detective Elmer C. Robinson's participation in their capture, incarceration and subsequent executions.

The murders are bloody and demented as lovers Ray and Martha travel together, Ray seducing lonely, vulnerable women, milking them of their money, then killing them. All the while Martha falls deeper into obsession for Ray, convinced of their undying bond because he kills for her, and ultimately drawn to participate in the g...
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'Sopranos' Stars Reveal How They Would End The Series

March 26th, 2007 9:58am EDT
The Sopranos
In an exclusive interview with DISH Entertainment Magazine, 10 main cast members of HBO's The Sopranos tell how they would end the series, which is coming to a close after a six-year run. The final nine episodes begin airing in April.

James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano), Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano), Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti), Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Jennifer Melfi), Steve Van Zandt (Silvio Dante), Tony Sirico (Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri), Robert Iler (Anthony "A.J. Soprano Jr.), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano), Steve Schirripa (Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri) and Dominic Chian...
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'Superman,' 'Sopranos' and Sci-Fi Among Hundreds of Items Available for Auction

March 14th, 2007 11:32am EDT
Superman
A complete costume worn by Christopher Reeve in his first Superman film, (*$50,000-$70,000), a Bat Suit worn by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (*$50,000-$70,000), an extremely rare Wicked Witch of the West "Winkie" guard costume from The Wizard of Oz,(*$100,000-$120,000), Marilyn Monroe's gown from There's No Business Like Show Business, (*$80,000-$100,000) along with her personal hand-annotated script from The Seven Year Itch (*$60,000-$80,000) are just a few of the items Profiles in History will offer for sale on April 5.

Other coveted items that will be up for bid as part of their 27...
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Little Miss Sunshine' & 'Sopranos' Earn 3 SAG Nominations

January 4th, 2007 11:23am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) just announced the nominations for its 13th Annual Awards ceremony. The ensemble drama Babel, the musical Dreamgirls and the comedy Little Miss Sunshine each earned three nominations, as did the TV mob drama The Sopranos.

The full list of nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio / Blood Diamond – Archer - Warner Bros. Pictures

Ryan Gosling / Half Nelson – Dan Dunne - THINKFilm

Peter O’Toole / Venus – Maurice - Miramax Films

Will Smith / The Pursuit Of Happyness – Chris Gardner - Sony Pictures

F...
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James Gandolfini Stays Fat For Tony Soprano Role

December 27th, 2006 9:15am EST
James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini insists all mafia characters have to be fat. The 45-year-old actor, famous for his role as a mob boss in The Sopranos, insists he is too old to exercise but it doesn't matter because he needs to be overweight to play Tony Soprano.

He told Esquire magazine: "I should exercise, but I'm too old for that s**t. I lost 30lbs to play my character in The Mexican, but people don't take to skinny mafia men, and I don't feel right when I'm thin. I was voted best-looking kid in high school but, as you can see, things changed. I used to say I was a 260lb Woody Allen. You can make t...
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'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' Stuns 'Gears of War' At Spike TV Video Game Awards 2006

December 12th, 2006 11:26am EST
Oblivion
In a result that will surely send fanboys into a rage, action-RPG The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion beat out favorite Gears of War for Game of the Year at Spike TV Video Game Awards 2006. You can watch the star-studded event on Spike TV this Wednesday, December 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. List of nominees below, winners in bold:

GAME OF THE YEAR

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda)

Okami (Capcom/Clover Studio)

Gears of War (Microsoft/Epic Games)

Guitar Hero 2 (Red Octane/Harmonix)

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Ubisoft)

CRITIC'S CHOICE

(game to be release...
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Opening September 22: All the King's Men

September 19th, 2006 2:00pm EDT
All the King
The legacy of a populist Southern politician whose lofty ambitions for the future leave him open to corruption and scandal is detailed as author Robert Penn Warren's thinly veiled portrait of Depression-era Louisiana governor Huey Long. Continue summary...

Starring: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 18

September 18th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Lance Armstrong
Happy Birthday to "Flicka" actress Alison Lohman (1979), rapper Xzibit (1974), Puffy Amiyumi singer Ami Onuki (1973), "X-Men" actor James Marsden (1973), "The Matrix Revolutions" actress Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (1971), New Edition singer Ricky Bell (1967), "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson (1964), "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini (1961), Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1952; d. 2002), Kansas singer Kerry Livgren (1949), "A Mighty Wind" actor Fred Willard (1939), singer Frankie Avalon (1939), "Baretta" star Robert Blake (1933), actor Jack ...
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Fall 2006 Movie Preview: Drama

August 24th, 2006 4:00pm EDT
Jude Law stars in All The King
This fall is flooded with comedies, horror films, and action flicks, while there are just a few dramas set for release. In All The King’s Men (Sept. 22), Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Patricia Clarkson, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, and Anthony Hopkins lead an all-star cast in the third screen version of Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 novel. Willie Stark (Penn), a fast talking politico, is quick to discover just how far one can fall when ambition and power compels a person to betray his or her original stance.

In Breaking & Entering (Oct. 6), a young landsca...
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James Gandolfini To Produce Programming for HBO

August 21st, 2006 2:11pm EDT
James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini, three-time Emmy Award-winning actor and star of The Sopranos, has signed a three-year exclusive producing deal with HBO, it was announced today. The agreement marks the first overall production deal for Gandolfini, who along with his producing partner, former Paramount executive Alex Ryan, is simultaneously launching his production shingle, Attaboy Films.

Under this exclusive producing arrangement, Gandolfini will develop and produce original television programming for HBO and will also have a first-look deal for feature projects at Picturehouse, HBO's specialty film...
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More Presenters Added to Emmy Awards

August 7th, 2006 3:12pm EDT
Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Tina Fey, Wentworth Miller, Stephen Colbert, Helen Mirren, and Bradley Whitford have been confirmed as presenters for the "58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards."

Previously announced presenters include: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Dennis Haysbert, Felicity Huffman, Heidi Klum, Hugh Laurie, Evangeline Lilly, Matthew Perry, Jon Stewart, and Kiefer Sutherland.

The show, hosted by Conan O'Brien, will broadcast live from Los Angeles' historic Shrine Auditorium, Sunday, August 27 (8:00-11:00 ET Live/ PT tape delayed) on NBC.
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Rob Zombie To Host New TCM Movie Showcase

May 24th, 2006 12:35pm EDT
Rob Zombie
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is taking a walk on the wild side as it welcomes auteur filmmaker and legendary rocker Rob Zombie as the host of the network's newest weekly movie showcase, "TCM Underground." The late-night franchise, which will feature off-the-wall movies chosen and introduced by Zombie, is set to launch in October.

"TCM Underground will serve as home to some of the truly visionary cult films that have been made over the past century, from stylish horror movies to offbeat black comedies," said Tom Karsch, executive vice president and general manager for TCM. "We are proud ...
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'Sopranos' Game Announced By THQ

May 4th, 2006 12:31pm EDT
The Sopranos
THQ Inc. today announced its upcoming videogame based on HBO's critically acclaimed series The Sopranos. Currently under development, the game will evoke the atmosphere, action and conflicts that are the cornerstone of the hit show, which has found worldwide success as one of HBO's premier original programs.

The game is backed by key members of the all-star cast who will lend their voices and likenesses, including James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano. The Sopranos game is scheduled to release for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 2 computer en...
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New Season of 'The Sopranos' Starts Tonight

March 12th, 2006 9:00am EST
The Sopranos
The sixth season of The Sopranos opens with Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) worrying about Johnny Sack's RICO trial and the effect it is having on both the New York and New Jersey families. As the new season begins, Tony is off his anti-depressants and is noticeably more upbeat after a tumultuous year in which he narrowly avoided a turf war, killed his cousin Tony Blundetto (Steve Buscemi) and had to deal with rats in his extended mob family.

The popular Mafia drama will end with an eight episode run on TV next January, according to the show's creator, David Chase. However, Chase isn't...
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The Sopranos Will End Next Year

February 28th, 2006 9:32am EST
The Sopranos
TV mobsters The Sopranos are to be whacked. The popular Mafia drama will end with an eight episode run on US TV next January, according to the show's creator, David Chase. However, Chase isn't ruling out a comeback - possibly on the big screen. He said: "It may be that in two or three or four years I could be sitting around and get an idea for a really great 'Sopranos' movie.

"I don't think that will happen. But if one morning somebody woke up and said this would make a really good and concise 'Sopranos' story, I wouldn't rule that out."

Meanwhile, the show's main star James Gand...
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CMA Awards Rundown and Winners

November 16th, 2005 10:06am EST
Lee Ann Womack
The Big Apple provided a big night for some of Country Music's biggest stars. "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" was broadcast on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for the first time outside of Nashville, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on the CBS Television Network. Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack were the big winner's of the night. Read on for a complete recap of the evening and a full winner's list...

Keith Urban won his second consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and his first Entertainer of the Year Award, making him the only Country artist in CMA Awards history to win the Horizon, ...
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