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Entertainment Round Up: Octomom Enters Rehab, Hackman Hits Homeless Man, & More

October 31st, 2012 11:13am EDT
Octomom
While the east coast recovers from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the drama in the entertainment world continues. For those who missed the major stories over the past few days, we have a quick round up of the most buzzed about topics.

Over the weekend, Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman checked into a 30-day rehab center to battle a prescription drug problem.

Her rep told TMZ.com the mother of 14 has reportedly become addicted to anti-anxiety drug Xanax. The rehab center is paying for Suleman's treatment, and she's leaving her kids with three nannies and two of her friends.

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Gene Hackman Questioned By Police For Allegedly Slapping A Homeless Man

October 31st, 2012 8:07am EDT
Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman was quizzed by cops on Tuesday after allegedly slapping a homeless man who swore at his wife.

The Royal Tenenbaums star lost his temper after a man, identified by TMZ.com editors as Bruce Becker, approached Hackman and his wife Betsy Arakawa in an aggressive manner outside a restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Police Sgt. Andrea Dobyns confirms the 82-year-old star lashed out and smacked Becker across the face after he called Arakawa a derogatory name and made the couple fear for their safety.

Becker reported the incident to cops, who interviewed Hackman and Arakawa and d...
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Gene Hackman 'Fine' After Motorcycle Accident In Key West

January 14th, 2012 9:24am EST
Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman is back at home following an accident which left him hospitalized.

The star was reportedly knocked off a motorcycle in Key West, Florida, on Friday afternoon but early reports about his condition appear to have been overblown.

A representative for Hackman says, "He is fine... He was taken to a hospital for routine tests after being bumped from behind while riding his bike today in the Keys. He suffered minor bumps and bruises."

Initial reports suggested he had been airlifted to a hospital in Florida with serious injuries to his head and body.
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Gene Hackman Hit By Car, Airlifted To Florida Hospital

January 13th, 2012 9:43pm EST
Gene Hackman
Movie veteran Gene Hackman has reportedly been airlifted to a hospital in Florida after he was hit by a car during a bicycle ride on Friday afternoon.

The French Connection star, 81, suffered serious injuries to his head and body, according to TMZ.com, but he is in a stable condition.

The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

No further details were available at press time.
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Conversation'

October 26th, 2011 1:40pm EDT
The Conversation pic
Remember a time when audio was reel to reel and surveillance done the old fashioned way? If not you need to check out the classic Francis Ford Coppola 1974 thriller "The Conversation" out this week from Lionsgate Home Entertainment starring the great Gene Hackman. The tapped info below!

Title: "The Conversation"

Grade: 4

Cast: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Harrison Ford

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Rating: PG

Runtime: 113 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate

Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com

The Flick: While obviously dated in its old school form of technology, "The Con...
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'The Firm' Makes Its Debut On Blu-ray May 29

May 28th, 2011 7:21am EDT
The Firm
In "The Firm," based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, Mitch McDeer (Tom Cruise) is a young man from a poor Southern family who has struggled through Harvard Law School to graduate fifth in his class. Mitch is entertaining offers from major firms in New York and Chicago, but when Memphis-based Bendini, Lambert, & Locke offer him a 20 percent higher salary than the best offer he's received, in addition to an enticing variety of perks and fringe benefits, he decides to sign on and remain in the South.

Mitch's wife, Abby (Jeanne Tripplehorn), warns him that the deal sounds almost to...
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Top Ten Best Movie Sequels Ever

May 27th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Kung-fu panda 2 photo
For all those hoping that both Kung Fu Panda 2 and The Hangover Part II opening this week are better flicks then their predecessors this is the Starpulse list for you. We’ve delved deep into our movie minds to come up with some of the most imaginative, innovative, and just plain kick-ass awesome second outings to ever hit the silver screen. (And yes, being that it’s part of a trilogy, Empire doesn’t count movie geeks!) Move over impressive or perhaps in some cases unimpressive cinematic originals – you’re new 35mm baby brother is here and he makes this look good. Here is our list of the...
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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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'The Poseidon Adventure' Adventure Director Dies At 99

June 18th, 2010 2:49pm EDT
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British director Ronald Neame has died at the age of 99 after failing to recover from a fall.

The Poseidon Adventure filmmaker passed away at a Los Angeles hospital on Wednesday, his friend Peter Bowes has confirmed.

Born in London to photographer Elwin Neame and actress Ivy Close, Neame began his career in the film industry as a messenger boy at the U.K.'s famous Elstree Studios, where he first met acclaimed director Alfred Hitchcock.

He became an assistant cameraman on Hitchcock's 1929 movie Blackmail, before working as a cinematographer on 1933 musical comedy Happy.

He turned to dire...
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The Best Inspirational Sports Films

November 19th, 2009 8:54pm EST
Blind Side
Sports movies generally come in one of two flavors: comedic efforts featuring a ragtag group of players coming together to achieve success or dramatic situations revolving around a semi-tragic or extremely difficult obstacle that stands in the way of achieving success.

"The Blind Side," which opens Friday, definitely falls into the latter category.

Based on Michael Lewis' novel, the movie adaptation focuses in on one particular story in the book - the rise of Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who went from living on the streets to becoming a first-round draft pick in this year's NFL...
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When Good Movies Turn Bad: The Movie Version Of Jumping The Shark

August 13th, 2009 11:34am EDT
Funny People
Ordinarily, an article such as this warrants a spoiler alert, but since the only thing giving away plot details of the last hour of "Funny People" would spoil is a good nap, that disclaimer is null in this instance.

There's a moment in this film, about three-fifths of the way through it, when Adam Sandler's George Simmons calls Seth Rogen's Ira Wright (née Weiner), and tells him in a strange pirate voice that they're to set sail for San Francisco the next day to perform a comedy show. He then makes a funny phallus-related joke and the camera cuts away.

When Judd Apatow shot this scen...
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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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Samuel L. Jackson Beats Chris Brown; Cast Your Votes In Round 2 Of 'Celeb Madness' (Pt. 2)

March 23rd, 2009 2:40pm EDT
Samuel L. Jackson
Cast your votes for your favorite celebs in Round 2 of Starpulse.com's first annual "Celebrity Madness" tournament! With round one over, you've narrowed the field of 64 down to 32 and we've got 16 more matchups for you to vote on in both our men's and women's brackets!

Round 2 will consist of four parts with eight matchups in each one for you to vote on. Links to both men's and women's below.

-Click here to see the results of the first round!

For more information on the "Celebrity Madness" tournament and to get updated & printable brackets, go HERE.

The Matchup

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Play Starpulse's 'Celebrity Madness 2009 - The Men' (Round 1, Group 4)

March 19th, 2009 4:20pm EDT
Leonardo DiCaprio
Cast your votes for your favorite male & female celebrities in Starpulse.com's First Annual "Celebrity March Madness" showdown! In the spirit of the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, we bring you two celebrity tournaments throughout the month of March that will determine the number one male and female celebrity - chosen by YOU!

All you have to do is cast your vote in the poll under the picture for one of the two celebs in each matchup! At the end of the round, we'll tally the votes and get the next round underway. There's even a bracket (updated after each round) with all ...
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The Elite Eight Of Basketball Movies

March 16th, 2009 10:25am EDT
Glory Road
March Madness has arrived! This is the time of the year when people set up betting pools and eagerly watch as their teams try to make it to the Final Four. March Madness is marked by buzz beaters, upsets, blowouts, Cinderella teams who are destined to win the tournament, Underdog teams who defy their critics, and the love and passion for the game of basketball. These underlying moments and themes have all been a major focus of basketball films. In honor of March Madness, we've compiled a list of the best basketball films ever. Here are the Elite Eight:

1. Hoop Dreams (1994)

Any kid w...
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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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Top 5 Greedy Movie Characters

November 3rd, 2008 10:00am EST
Wall Street
One can argue, rather easily, the reason we are in such a financial mess today is greed. There are, of course, different dimensions to this greed. Whether it be deregulation, or approving mortgages to people at astronomical interest rates that had no money, well, pick your poison. So, perhaps, while we try to kill time while waiting in the unemployment line together, we can find some solace in remembering some of the greediest characters from motion pictures and their eventual comeuppance.

5. Michael Brantley (Tom Everett Scott) - Boiler Room (2000)

A poor man's Gorden Gekko if...
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Owen Wilson's Best & Worst Films

October 21st, 2008 9:21am EDT
Owen Wilson
The Frat Pack has been a powerful force in the new Millennium, and for awhile it was like we could not see a comedy without Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson. These comedic geniuses are quirky, timely, and have a lasting power that will keep them in movies for years to come. The goofy, charming Owen Wilson has proven himself not only as an actor, but as an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. There's a lot more going on beneath those blonde surfer bangs than one might expect, and with "Marley & Me" coming out this Christmas, let's take a look at some of the fine...
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DC Movies vs Marvel Movies: Which Are Better?

June 12th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Dark Knight
After months of anticipation the two candidates are finally ready to square of against one another. There has quite possibly never been such a sharp contrast the American public has to choose between. One candidate possesses the mind of an intellectual while the other uses gut instincts. One maintains a trim and chiseled physique and the other uses brute strength to get his point across. One is a relative newcomer that was born in the early 1960's while one has a long and storied history having been born in the late 1930's. Are we talking about Barack Obama and John McCain? Well… I suppose ...
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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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'Best Of The Little Guy' Sports Movies

February 11th, 2008 5:20pm EST
Little Giants
One week later, I'm still walking in circles around my house: pinching myself, reading newspaper articles, Tivoing ESPN, and gazing up at pictures of David Tyree. I just can't believe it. The New York Giants, my team, my sloppy, win ugly, stab me in the heart again and again until I'm either screaming or crying or laughing like a crazy person Giants have done the impossible-- they defeated the big, bad, *perfect* New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

It's like something out of a movie. Inspirational. Against all odds. Team victory. In my mind, it's already the greatest sports movi...
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Roy Scheider, Best Known For Role In Blockbuster Movie 'Jaws,' Dies At 75

February 10th, 2008 10:58pm EST
Roy Scheider
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Roy Scheider, the actor best known for his role as a police chief in the blockbuster movie Jaws, has died. He was 75.

Scheider died Sunday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital in Little Rock, hospital spokesman David Robinson said. The hospital did not release a cause of death.

However, hospital spokeswoman Leslie Taylor said Scheider had been treated for multiple myeloma at the hospital's Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy for the past two years.

Scheider received two Oscar nominations, for best-supporting actor in 1971...
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15 Football Films Worth Watching

January 28th, 2008 12:14pm EST
We Are Marshall
This is a bittersweet time of year for all football fans - the season is over, and the Super Bowl peaks over the horizon. Then comes the pain of football withdrawal. What will we do on Sunday afternoons and Monday nights? We've compiled a list of movies that we hope will ease the misery.

Some football films have rousing, rough-and-tumble-scream-at-the-TV football action. This is the "Football Factor." They're just like watching a game with two great defenses. Others have an interesting football story. This is the "Heart Factor." Often there are a lot of both factors in each movie. Her...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 30

January 30th, 2007 3:00am EST
Wilmer Valderrama
Happy Birthday to "Lizzie McGuire" actor Jake Thomas (1990), "That 70s Show" star Wilmer Valderrama (1980), American actor/comedian Andy Milonakis (1976), "Batman Begins" star Christian Bale (1974), singer Jody Watley (1959), late golfer Payne Stewart (1957; d. 1999), actor Charles S. Dutton (1951), Genesis drummer/solo singer Phil Collins (1951), Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin (1943), Vice President Dick Cheney (1941), British actress Vanessa Redgrave (1937), prolific screen actor Gene Hackman (1930), musician Roy Eldridge (1911; d. 1989), and 32nd President of the United States Fra...
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Clint Eastwood Returns As Dirty Harry In New Videogame

October 22nd, 2006 6:00pm EDT
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood has reprised his iconic Dirty Harry character for a new videogame.

The movie mogul will recreate the gritty detective's most famous lines in a new Dirty Harry game, which will also feature Gene Hackman and Laurence Fishburne.

He says, "It's good. I get to see myself as a younger person."
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 30

January 30th, 2006 3:00am EST
Wilmer Valderrama
Happy Birthday to "Lizzie McGuire" actor Jake Thomas (1990), "That 70s Show" star Wilmer Valderrama (1980), American actor/comedian Andy Milonakis (1976), "Batman Begins" star Christian Bale (1974), singer Jody Watley (1959), late golfer Payne Stewart (1957; d. 1999), actor Charles S. Dutton (1951), Genesis drummer/solo singer Phil Collins (1951), Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin (1943), Vice President Dick Cheney (1941), British actress Vanessa Redgrave (1937), prolific screen actor Gene Hackman (1930), musician Roy Eldridge (1911; d. 1989), and 32nd President of the United States Fra...
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