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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Limitless,' 'Paul,' & More

March 14th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Limitless
Last week I was able to interview director Cary Fukunaga and actress Mia Wasikowska about their most recent project “Jane Eyre.” I got to talk with them about their motives for remaking a classic story like Jane Eyre, about working with Judi Dench, and about life on the road promoting movies. If you have not already read it, check out my interview with them, and my review of the film.

I’ve already seen “Paul,” starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, which debuts this week, and I have plans to see two other films coming out: “The Lincoln Lawyer” and “Limitless.” I will also be interviewing ...
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Jon Cryer Admits 'I Am A Troll' On 'Conan'

March 11th, 2011 4:00pm EST
Jon Cryer Troll
Jon Cryer has come forward and admitted that he is, in fact, a troll.

Cryer made a cameo appearance on Conan last night to poke fun at the harsh words from his former Two and a Half Men co-star Charlie Sheen. Charlie said in an interview, "You're with me, or you're with the trolls. Obviously he's (Cryer) with the trolls. Jon has not called me. He's a turncoat, a traitor, a troll. Clearly he's a troll..."

Jon replied on Conan, "The fact is, I am a troll. It's not something I like to talk about. My parents don't even know... It turns out there's not a lot of tolerance for people like me, ...
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Biggest Oscar Surprises Of The Last 10 Years... What's Next?

January 19th, 2011 12:34pm EST
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Every year, the Oscar nominations seem all sewn up. There are so many predictors – winners of critics’ awards, Golden Globe nominees and winners, BAFTA nominees and the SAG nominees. Yet somehow, almost every year, a nominee slips in out of nowhere, and pundits shake their heads asking, “Where did that come from?”

This year’s Oscar nominees will be announced next week, Jan. 25. We won’t speculate yet, but there are bound to be some surprise nominees, even to the pundits.

Let’s take a look back at the last 10 years and look at what was particularly surprising among the major Oscar nomin...
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Golden Globes: 'The Social Network Previals,' Gervais Sails

January 17th, 2011 3:17pm EST
The Social Network
‘The Social Network’ was the big winner at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, with four awards – Best Drama, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Score. 'The King’s Speech' – which led in nominations with seven – came away with just one win, for Best Drama Actor (Colin Firth).

‘The Kids Are All Right’ re-emerged in the Oscar race with two wins (Best Comedy – and how could it NOT win that given the competition?) and Best Comedy Actress for Annette Bening (ditto). And ‘The Fighter’ takes the lead in the supporting races, with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo ...
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'The Social Network' Tops Golden Globes (Full List Of Winners)

January 16th, 2011 11:56pm EST
The Social Network
The Social Network has virtually locked in its Best Film Oscar after landing four big awards at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

Just two days after picking up the main prize at the Critics Choice Awards, the film won top honors at the Globes, while there were also accolades for David Fincher (Best Director), Aaron Sorkin (Best Screenplay) and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Best Score).

The night's big loser was The King's Speech, which led all nominations with seven, but went home with only one - a Best Actor gong for Oscars favorite Colin Firth.

The ceremony's highlight came when Mic...
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'Golden Globes' Picks: 'Two Jews On Film' Almost Agree On Theirs (Video)

January 14th, 2011 11:20am EST
The Kings Speech
It's that time of year...Hollywood's super fun award show, The Golden Globes...where anything can happen. Just look at one of this year's picks from The Hollywood Foreign Press...'The Tourist' for best comedy. You've got to be kidding. The only reason that film was nominated was to get Johnny Depp and Miss Jolie to the show.

That said...there are a lot of wonderful films nominated this year. Darren Aronofsky's dark and brilliant tale of an obsessed ballerina, 'The Black Swan' has Natalie Portman, Barbara Hershey, and Mila Kunis doing some of their best work.

Then there was David Finc...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Green Hornet,' 'The Dilemma' & More

January 10th, 2011 9:13am EST
The Green Hornet
In preparation for the rapidly approaching Academy Awards in February, I’m trying to see all of the films that I missed in 2010, which are receiving Oscar buzz. Last week I saw the Coen brothers’ western “True Grit,” starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld. Normally the Coens can be hit or miss with me, but their latest movie is right on target.

The story follows a 14-year-old girl named Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), whose father has been murdered by an outlaw named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Mattie believes the authorities will do little to capture and punish of Tom Ch...
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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
The Kings Speech
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
Pretty Bird
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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Gary Busey Named 'Unsexiest Star In Hollywood'

November 30th, 2009 2:53pm EST
Gary Busey Named
Movie veteran Gary Busey has been named and shamed as the unsexiest man in Hollywood in a new internet poll, edging out surprise contenders Justin Long, Kevin Spacey, Mickey Rourke and Joaquin Phoenix.

Editors at Moviefone.com compiled the list of Tinseltown's least desirable leading men, following People magazine's recent decision to name Johnny Depp Hollywood's top hunk.

Busey tops the unsexy list, "because he's outrageous and he has gigantic teeth". Long, Drew Barrymore's on/off beau came in third, because Moviefone editors decided "he is a 31-year-old man that (sic) looks like a...
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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
HALLOWEEN II
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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Peter Farrelly: 'Jim Carrey Out, Paul Giamatti In For 'Three Stooges''

August 10th, 2009 3:07pm EDT
Peter Farrelly
Jim Carrey has walked away from Peter and Bobby Farrelly's upcoming remake of The Three Stooges, according to a new report.

The funnyman was expected to take on the role of silver screen clown Curly in the long-awaited film, after entering negotiations in April. Carrey had even begun to master his comedy voice and started to pile on the pounds to play the chubby character, with his girlfriend Jenny McCarthy admitting fans would be impressed with his performance.

She said, "He's definitely practicing the role of Curly... He's basically enjoying his desserts... He's going to gain 50 p...
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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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Nia Vardalos Slams 'Fat-ist' Hollywood

June 15th, 2009 8:37am EDT
Nia Vardalos
Actress Nia Vardalos has fired off at Hollywood executives who green light film romances featuring "fat" Russell Crowe and Seth Rogen and then poke fun at her for finding love with hunks on the big screen.

The My Big Fat Greek Wedding star is tired of Tinseltown's double standards when it comes to pairing up stars for movie love stories - because older women can't get away with dating hunks, while ageing actors regularly romance hotties. And she's had enough of the questions about her own onscreen match-ups with the likes of John Corbett and My Life in Ruins co-star Alexis Georgoulis.
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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
Katheryn Winnick
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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'30 Rock' Triumphs At Screen Actors Guild Awards

January 26th, 2009 8:46am EST
30 Rock
Comedy series 30 Rock was a triple winner at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night, but Hollywood was toasting Slumdog Millionaire and Heath Ledger.

After claiming gold at the Golden Globe Awards and Producers Guild Awards, director Danny Boyle's acclaimed movie was named the Best Film at the SAGs - making it a clear favorite for the big prize at the Oscars in a month.

Meanwhile, Kate Winslet's amazing 2009 continued as she claimed a Best Supporting Actress accolade for her role in The Reader, and Ledger, who recently landed a Golden Globe, was again post...
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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
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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
Fred Clause
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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Paul Giamatti Thrilled To Be Part Of British Fart Film

July 25th, 2008 9:44am EDT
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Actor Paul Giamatti's favorite movie experience was on the set of a little-known British film about a kid who couldn't stop farting. The Oscar nominated star of Sideways has gone on to become one of Hollywood's most respected actors, but he fears his best work came on 2002 film Thunderpants, which featured Ned Beatty, Stephen Fry and Harry Potter star Rupert Grint.

Giamatti says, "Thunderpants is a fine motion picture that I made in England a long time ago about a kid who farts uncontrollably. This came across my desk and I had to be a part of it... I play a guy from NASA who kidnaps h...
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'Mad Men' Wins Television Critics Association's Program Of The Year

July 21st, 2008 10:53am EDT
Mad Men
The Television Critics Association has named New York advertising drama Mad Men its TV program of the year.

The show, set in 1960s Manhattan, landed the coveted prize as well as gongs for outstanding new show and outstanding drama.

Other winners at the awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday included Tina Fey's comedy series 30 Rock - which took two awards including a comedy prize for Fey.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Program Of The Year: Mad Men

Outstanding New Program: Mad Men

Outstanding Achievement In Drama: Mad Men

Outstanding Achievem...
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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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