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Review: 'Barney's Version' 'Two Jews On Film' Give This One A Standing Ovation (Video)

December 16th, 2010 9:37am EST
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Based on the novel by Mordecai Richler, 'Barney's Version' is the story of Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) a Canadian Jew, and a seemingly ordinary guy who lives an extraordinary life. We first meet Barney as an old man and then get to know him through his own memories. Barney's journey starts out in Italy in the 1970's and spans four decades and two continents. Along the way he marries three different women (Rachelle Lefevre, Minnie Driver and Rosamund Pike) and has two children. By Barney's side whenever he needs him, is his father,(Dustin Hoffman) a beat cop from the tough streets of ...
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2011 Golden Globe Nominations Announced; 'King's Speech,' 'The Fighter' & 'Social Network' Lead The Pack

December 14th, 2010 9:47am EST
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The King's Speech is leading the charge for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards after landing seven nominations.

The cinematic tale about the British monarchy is heading up the main categories with nominations for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush have all received acting nods.

Boxing film The Fighter and Facebook-inspired movie The Social Network trailed with six nominations apiece, including mentions in the Best Picture (Drama) category, which also saw nods to ballet movie Black Swan and sci-fi blockbuster Inception...
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The Most Underrated Stars In Hollywood

September 10th, 2010 12:38pm EDT
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From the A-list to the D-list, Hollywood is filled with actors and actresses that have different career ambitions. While some are completely content with starring on a season of Celebrity Rehab, some have wider aspirations, hoping to star in the next summer blockbuster or win an Academy Award.

Adam Sandler blew up back in the early 90s with legendary films such as Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer. Due to his past success, he is now allowed to turn out mediocre comedy flicks, obviously lacking the comedy.

No one wants to show Tom Cruise the money anymore; Jennifer Aniston should have s...
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Check Out 'Pretty Bird' On DVD June 29

June 27th, 2010 6:56am EDT
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At once a humorous look at the folly of human ambition and a parable about the dark side of the American Dream, the wildly entertaining independent film "Pretty Bird" makes its DVD debut on June 29 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Featuring an outstanding ensemble cast including Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, Kristen Wiig, David Hornsby and Anna Camp, "Pretty Bird" is based on the outrageous true story of three would-be entrepreneurs who set out to invent and market a personal rocket belt.

As personalities clash and individual agendas emerge, the partnership begins to unravel in shoc...
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M.C. Gainey Chats About Sandra Bullock, A Satisfying 'Lost' Ending & Being Naked

September 2nd, 2009 9:47am EDT
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M.C. Gainey has made a career out of being the tough guy that you don't want to mess with. His voice is unmistakable, and his face tends to scream danger. You may know him for playing Tom (Mr. Friendly) on Lost or as the crazed naked man who chased after Paul Giamatti's character Miles in Sideways.

We recently sat down with M.C. and talked about his roles in the new film All About Steve, Lost, Sideways and his upcoming series Happy Town - due out mid-season on ABC.

Eric Stromsvold: I'd like to talk to you about the new film "All About Steve." I heard that you're playing a trucker...
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Trailer Talk: 'Halloween II,' 'Taking Woodstock' & More

August 24th, 2009 10:01am EDT
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I have not had the chance to see "Inglourious Basterds" yet, but I'm hoping to catch it in the next couple of days. From the people I have spoken with that have seen it already, it's supposed to be really entertaining.

Other films in my current backlog include "District 9" which I've only heard positive feedback about, and the Paul Giamatti comedy "Cold Souls."

Two of the movies premiering this week are horror movies, and the other two are comedies. One of the films is another sequel annoyingly titled to resemble the first movie's title much like "Fast & Furious." Arriving at the b...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies 7/26 - 8/1

August 3rd, 2009 11:08am EDT
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra
Over the weekend, I caught Judd Apatow's new film "Funny People" starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. "Funny People" lived up to my expectations; it's funny at points with an appropriate seriousness that's present throughout the movie.

I thoroughly enjoyed the bond that Sandler and Rogen's characters form over the course of the film. Rogen plays a socially awkward comic struggling to find his way, and Sandler is a jaded celebrity trying to make meaning out of his tragic situation. I was surprised by how unlikable Sandler's character is at points, revealing that his problems in life a...
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Starpulse's Explosive Summer Movie Preview

May 1st, 2009 10:06am EDT
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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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Similar Story Smackdown: Which Hollywood Flicks Came Out On Top?

April 27th, 2009 11:57am EDT
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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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Katheryn Winnick Talks About Her Latest Movie 'Cold Souls' With Paul Giamatti And More

February 5th, 2009 12:00pm EST
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Having just gotten great news about her new movie, "Cold Souls," in which she co-stars with Paul Giamatti, we chatted with Katheryn Winnick and found her to be real, honest, and a dedicated artist to her craft. Not to mention superwoman in the martial arts.

We hear you recently came back from Sundance.

I did! We found out that Goldwyn just bought our movie, "Cold Souls."

Yay!

It's really exciting!

How did you like it there?

It's the first time. It's beautiful. What they say is true. When you go to Sundance, you get a mix of seeing good movies and a chance to m...
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Memorable Movie Santas

December 22nd, 2008 11:18am EST
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First, a disclaimer to all who don't celebrate Christmas. This Santa Claus thing has been shoved down your throat for years if you've bothered to watch just about any holiday special as of late. If there was a way to catalogue the best, oh, Hanukkah Harry movies, this article would be a bit different. At least now everything is accompanied by "happy (generic) holidays!" At the very least, the story of Santa is widely known, and assuming audience literacy this article can be appreciated by most. Sorry illiterate kids.

- Your surly neighbor, since you will never forget them.

Ok, this...
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Best & Worst Christmas Movies

December 9th, 2008 10:38am EST
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They're all over the television starting the day after Thanksgiving. Some of them are miraculously still airing and some can be watched time and time again without getting old. At this time of year, Christmas movies both good and bad dominate the television scene, so here is a list of the great ones... but first, the ones that simply waste time.

Five Worst Christmas Movies

The Santa Clause sequels (2002 and 2006)

Sure, the first film featuring Tim Allen as Santa was decently funny. This is one trilogy; however, that proves the "sequel" stereotype - that most don't live up to ...
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Lucid Absinthe: Hollywood's Hot New Drink

December 1st, 2008 12:04pm EST
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Whenever a new trend in Hollywood emerges all the celebrities need to have a piece of it! They will throw their assistants out in the streets if they aren't the first to be pictured with the hot new trend! UGG boots, Toyota Hybrids, Hermes Birken bags, skinny jeans and now Absinthe. It's the drink of choice for lots of celebrities since its recent comeback after being banned for almost a century. Lucid is one of the hottest labels to bring Absinthe back onto the market. Drinking it makes you feel a little rebellious and bad ass. Hollywood loves edgy!

Absinthe is a distilled, highly al...
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Check Out 'Fred Claus' On DVD Nov. 25

November 22nd, 2008 6:58am EST
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This is a story you've never heard before, a hilarious and heartwarming comedy about Fred Claus, Santa's brother and complete opposite.

After growing up in saintly Nick's shadow, Fred becomes a grouch who's lost his belief in Christmas. Then, one magical December, Fred flies north (first class via reindeer) to find brother Nick is in trouble: a scheming efficiency expert is out to shut down Christmas forever! Expect fun by the sleighful as Fred helps save Christmas and rediscovers the gift of family.

Join Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Miranda Richardson, Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates,...
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Interview: Writer, Director Neil Burger Follows Iraq Soldiers on Leave in 'The Lucky Ones'

October 1st, 2008 10:52am EDT
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(HolywoodChicago) – In his short career as a writer and director, Neil Burger has taken on the John F. Kennedy assassination in “Interview with the Assassin” and the mysteries of magic in “The Illusionist,” which starred Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel.

With his new film “The Lucky Ones,” Burger tackles the dichotomy between the fighting soldiers in Iraq and a country that can’t equal that sacrifice on the home front during wartime.

Tim Robbins as Cheever in “The Lucky Ones,” which is directed by Neil Burger.

Photo credit: James Bridges

In a recen...
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Complete List Of Emmy Winners

September 22nd, 2008 9:33am EDT
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Complete list of winners at Sunday's 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

— Drama Series: "Mad Men," AMC.

— Comedy Series: "30 Rock," NBC.

— Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC.

— Actress, Drama Series: Glenn Close, "Damages," FX.

— Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC.

— Actress, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, "30 Rock," NBC.

— Reality-Competition Program: "The Amazing Race."

— Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Jeff Probst - "Survivor."

— Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Z...
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Will 'The Dark Knight' Need Darker Villians For Future Films?

July 17th, 2008 9:20am EDT
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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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Is HBO Losing Its Edge?

April 14th, 2008 10:57am EDT
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Remember the slogan, "It's not TV, It's HBO?" Well, up until a couple months ago this marketing ploy actually rang true. HBO has long been the trendsetter of original series that break all boundaries and push audiences' perception of what television is and should be.

Unfortunately, thanks to the culminations of the network's most beloved quartet of series - Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and most recently The Wire - the Crown Royal of premium cable programming is in threat of losing its edge over the best of the rest.

There was a time when HBO stood for first-run...
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April Fool's Day Entertainment News

April 1st, 2008 10:25am EDT
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With stories like Britney Spears being offered a $1,000 by PETA to work as their secretary for a day, it's getting harder and harder to tell what's true and what's false. In this case, the story is true. But there are a few other stories out there that may be harder to discern.

Don't worry, Starpulse breaks it down for you. The following are hoax stories coming out of the Starpulse April Fool's Day newsroom:

After swearing to a life of bachelorhood, George Clooney marries himself.

Hillary Clinton picks Bill as her running mate. Bill refuses and runs away giggling because he ...
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HBO's 'John Adams' Is An Unflinchingly Realistic Portrait Of Our Country's Formative Years

March 21st, 2008 3:08pm EDT
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It's been nearly 250 years, and not a whole lot has changed.

"John Adams", HBO's 7-part miniseries based on David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of our country's second president, premiered last Sunday with a pair of installments outlining the events leading up to our country declaring its independence from England.

The series begins with Adams (Paul Giamatti) witnessing the Boston Massacre and his subsequent defense of the British soldiers accused of murder for their actions. Adams takes the case after convincing his wife Abigail (Laura Linney) that in a free coun...
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Comic-To-Film Dream Casts: Miley Cyrus As Spider-Girl & More

January 14th, 2008 10:17am EST
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Comic book movies have steadily crept into mainstream media, and with the addition of some extremely popular fantasy-based television shows like "Lost" and "Heroes," the strange and unfamiliar are becoming more widely accepted.

I've been a long-time fan of comics, mini-series and graphic novels, and seeing some of my favorite characters live on the big screen can be both exhilarating and horrifying. It is just a matter of time before most of them are made into movies, and because of this I put forth a modest proposal for a few dream casting and origin/first movie plot choices. In some...
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Clive Owen Stars In 'Shoot 'Em Up,' On DVD & Blu-Ray Jan. 1; Win A Copy!

December 31st, 2007 1:00pm EST
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Brace yourself for explosive action that starts with a bang and never slows down as Shoot 'Em Up arrives on DVD from New Line Home Entertainment on January 1, 2008.

This sexy, action-packed thriller stars Clive Owen (Sin City, Children of Men) as a mysterious loner who joins forces with an unlikely partner (Monica Bellucci; The Matrix films, The Passion of the Christ) to protect a rescued newborn baby from an evil, ruthless criminal (Paul Giamatti; Sideways, The Illusionist).

-Enter here for your chance to win one of five copies of 'Shoot 'Em Up' on DVD!

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Scarlett Johansson Stars 'The Nanny Diaries,' On DVD Dec. 4

November 20th, 2007 5:31pm EST
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In The Nanny Diaries, Golden Globe® Scarlett Johansson (The Island, Lost In Translation) stars as Annie, a recent college grad who goes to work for an uber-wealthy family and finds herself juggling their dysfunction, a new romance and the spoiled brat in her charge.

Strolling its way onto DVD December 4, 2007 from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company, the film co-stars MTV Movie and Teen Choice Award® nominee Chris Evans (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Sunshine) as the gorgeous, sexy man who catches Annie's eye. The film also stars Academy Award® nominees Laura Linn...
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Starpulse 2007 Holiday Movie Preview, Part 1

November 9th, 2007 1:42pm EST
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It's almost time to stuff the turkey and start dreaming of sugarplums because the pumpkins have been carved, leftover Halloween candy is almost gone, and the holidays are just around the corner.

Some of the season's most anticipated movies, including a Christmas film are two, are now working their way into theaters. In a three-part segment, Starpulse examines the films moviegoers can expect to encounter this holiday season.

Part One - The Ho Ho Holiday Instant-Classic!

Opening this weekend, Fred Clause will be this year's attempt at an instant classic. It tells the never bef...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 6

June 6th, 2007 3:00am EDT
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Happy Birthday to country rocker Matthew Shafer aka Uncle Kracker (1974), "Lady in the Water" star Paul Giamatti (1967), White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult (1965), Slayer frontman Tom Araya (1961), guitar hero Steve Vai (1960), comedian Colin Quinn (1959), comedienne Sandra Bernhard (1955), stage and screen actor Harvey Fierstein (1954), "Freddy Krueger" star Robert Englund (1949), TV actor David Dukes (1945; d. 2000), and rocker Gary U.S. Bonds (1939).
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Opening August 18: The Illusionist

August 16th, 2006 11:30am EDT
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Summary:

A supernaturally talented magician attempts to undermine the rigid social structure of turn-of-the-century Vienna by using his powers to win the love of his upper-class, childhood sweetheart.

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Cast and Crew:

Edward Norton - (Eisenheim)

Jessica Biel - (Duchess Sophie von Teschen)

Paul Giamatti - (Chief Inspector Uhl)

Rufus Sewell - (Crown Prince Leopold)

Eddie Marsan - (Josef Fischer)

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Opens July 28: The Ant Bully

July 26th, 2006 1:53pm EDT
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Summary:

A kid who hates ants finds himself living among the six-legged critters in this computer-animated comedy-adventure.

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Cast and Crew:

Julia Roberts - (Hova)

Nicolas Cage - (Zoc)

Meryl Streep - (Queen)

Paul Giamatti - (Stan Beals)

Zach Tyler Eisen - (Lucas Nickle)

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'The Ant Bully' Videogame Ships Today

July 24th, 2006 12:21pm EDT
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Midway Games Inc., a leading interactive entertainment industry publisher and developer, today announced that it has shipped The Ant Bully videogame, licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and personal computers. A Nintendo Wii version of The Ant Bully videogame is scheduled to be released in November.

Backed by a multi-million dollar marketing campaign complementing the feature film release, The Ant Bully videogame follows the general storyline of the film, in which a young boy named ...
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Opens July 21: Lady in the Water

July 19th, 2006 11:56am EDT
Lady in the Water
Summary:

M. Night Shyamalan writes and directs this grown-up bedtime story about an apartment building superintendent named Cleveland (Paul Giamatti) who attempts to save a woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) from drowning, only to discover that she is a magical character from a fictional story...

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Cast and Crew:

Paul Giamatti - (Cleveland Heep)

Bryce Dallas Howard - (Story)

Jeffrey Wright - (Mr. Dury)

Bob Balaban - (Harry Farber)

Sarita Choudhury - (Anna Ran)

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Celebrity Birthdays, June 6

June 6th, 2006 3:03am EDT
Paul Giamatti
Happy Birthday to country rocker Matthew Shafer aka Uncle Kracker (1974), "Lady in the Water" star Paul Giamatti (1967), White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult (1965), Slayer frontman Tom Araya (1961), guitar hero Steve Vai (1960), comedian Colin Quinn (1959), comedienne Sandra Bernhard (1955), stage and screen actor Harvey Fierstein (1954), "Freddy Krueger" star Robert Englund (1949), TV actor David Dukes (1945; d. 2000), and rocker Gary U.S. Bonds (1939).
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