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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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Great Road Trip Movies You Need To See

November 8th, 2010 12:00pm EST
Due Date
Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis make a quirky pair as they team up in Todd Philip’s newest comedy, Due Date, respectfully came in second to Megamind at the box office over the weekend, grossing 33.5 million. With Todd’s writing skills, R.D.J’s incredible acting and Zach’s off-the-wall humor, we recommend you work this movie into your plans. After viewing an early screening and a special Q&A with the writers, Alan Cohen, Alan Freedman and Adam Sztykiel we were inspired to dig a little deeper into the ever exciting road trip genre. So grab your trail mix, Road Bingo game and headphone...
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Jessica Alba Counts Lucille Ball, Peter Sellers & Chevy Chase As Her Top Influences

November 5th, 2010 1:30am EDT
Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba: The Girl Can't Help It! 's interview and photo shoot with Jessica Alba below!

On owning up to her choice of roles:
"I know I haven't been swimming in the deep end with some of the movies I've done. I wasn't trying to. I knew what they were."

On her personality:
"I'm shy. I don't like being the center of attention. But when I do comedy, I lose all inhibition and introspection. I no longer care."

On gaining confidence in her craft:
"I'd been so afraid of criticism ever since I was young. Every time I'd get a critique or some redirection, I'd always just take it very personal...
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Coming-Of-Age Films That We All Remember

July 8th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
SuperBad
Making the transition from adolescence into adulthood is a critical phase in an individual's life. This coming-of-age period, which has been coined "emerging adulthood" by Clark University research professor, Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, is characterized by identity exploration, self-focus, instability, a belief in boundless possibilities, and feeling in-between. According to Arnett's theory, in industrialized societies the types of experiences that people have who are in their late teens to mid-20's have changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Instead of being quick to make that walk down the ...
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Best Celebrity Voice Acting Roles

June 12th, 2009 9:22am EDT
Kung Fu Panda
Voice acting is a much more lucrative business than one might imagine, with the actors in question providing their voice for animated movies, video games, television shows, voice overs, and anything else that requires a voice but no face. Some actors do only that kind of work, giving themselves a certain amount of fame in that industry, such as "The Simpsons" cast.

Everything changed when voice acting became a business not only for unknowns, but also an attractive fad for celebrities who wanted to broaden their horizons ... or make a movie "for the kids." Now it seems that no animated...
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Movie Remakes & Recastings We Hope To Never See

June 8th, 2009 9:40am EDT
Mary Poppins
In the wake of the current brain-draining drive to remake just about everything Hollywood has ever had to offer, there are some films that are so sacred they should never be touched. This is a blatant retort to the deluge of watered down franchises, remakes, medium changes, etc. It ranges in levels of snark from low to apocalyptic strength.

My frustration with this extremely long trend came to a fever pitch after watching the Obsessed trailer. Anyone even peripherally familiar with Fatal Attraction could easily catch the obvious, racially spurred recasting of a classic film.

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It's A Beautiful Day (Links & Stuff)

March 9th, 2009 7:00pm EDT
U2
Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly adding interesting links all the time.

YOU can even add links to stuff you find out there now, like interesting articles, cool YouTube videos, strange news, interesting photo galleries, and, well, just about anything!

U2 announces tour; check out the virtual stage setup. This is going to be awesome. - 360.U2.com

We got your money! Gonna spend your money! Gonna print some more money! - Maggie's Farm

Dancing with the Stars: Seas...
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The Fun And Enchanting 'The Tale Of Despereaux' Comes To DVD April 7

February 11th, 2009 12:27pm EST
The Tale of Despereaux
Get ready for an all-new animated classic that families will enjoy together for years to come! In The Tale of Despereaux, the world's bravest mouse embarks on a noble quest that leads to discovery, courage, honor and ultimately redemption. Journey along with Despereaux as he encounters an unforgettable group of colorful characters and learns about life's important messages in this charming and fun-filled story.

Based on the heartwarming children's best selling book and featuring the incredible voice talents of Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver, Kevin ...
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Interview: 'How I Met Josh Radnor'

January 15th, 2009 10:48am EST
Josh Radnor
I fully admit this particular column is going to be anything but non-partisan. Regular readers will know that I am an unabashed fan of CBS's Monday night sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Once even going so far as to declare it the best show on television. So, it comes as no surprise that I was absolutely thrilled to have this long conversation with the series star, Josh Radnor, who plays the lead character, Ted Mosby.

Josh Radnor and I discuss New York living, the awesomeness of co-star Neil Patrick Harris and the back story behind Neil's People Magazine interview when he decided to come ...
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Spotlight On Oscar's Best Pictures

January 7th, 2009 12:15pm EST
Oscar
January is the start of award season which means it's a tense time in Tinsel town! Actors are either being recognized or shunned for their tremendous work, agents are either celebrating with their stars or firing their "has-been" actors and we are betting on who is going to take home the Oscar! The stars, the fashion, the ambiance, the parties and actually taking home an Oscar along with the bragging rights that come along with it make this time of year so exciting!

The category of Best Picture is a huge deal and to be a part of the movie that wins is an honor! To say that you starre...
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2009 Early Oscar Nomination Predictions

December 23rd, 2008 12:10pm EST
The Dark Knight
The first major precursor award nominations were handed out this morning as the Screen Actors Guild revealed their 15th set of nominations.

This marks the end point of the first phase of the Oscar race as many of the critics awards have been handed out and the more reliable industry awards are starting to trickle in.

This is a perfect time to take a look at the locks, likely nominees, longshots and losers of the Oscar season thus far.

Best Picture

The Locks:

Slumdog Millionaire is the most certain nominee in this category after sweeping through the critics awards, p...
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Underrated & Overrated Child Performances

October 10th, 2008 9:13am EDT
Little Miss Sunshine
Everybody loves a good child performance. This might start with parents parading their children out to sing songs at dinner parties or the endless school plays parents are forced to attend, but whatever it is, kid actors are ingrained in a positive way in the eyes of many filmgoers.

It seems that if a kid simply manages to speak in a way that can be understood the performance earns praise. It's been this way since the 1920s and has since grown to a degree that certain kiddie performers are more powerful than their veteran contemporaries.

But not all such performances are great, i...
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Hollywood Stars: 'Please - Just Don't Vote'

October 1st, 2008 4:12pm EDT
Leonardo DiCaprio
NEW YORK (AP) - How do you get kids to vote? Just say no. Leonardo DiCaprio, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Tobey Maguire, Eva Longoria Parker and other stars are using reverse psychology to get young people into voting booths on Election Day.

In a new public service announcement that hit YouTube and other online outlets Wednesday, DiCaprio says: "Please - just don't vote." Others echo his plea: "Don't vote." But the stars soon twist the message: Voting is a civic duty and the only way to effect change.

"I mean, seriously, ... after this whole video - if you're not gonna vote, I d...
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Movie Sequels We'd Like To See

June 23rd, 2008 1:31pm EDT
Full Baked
For better or worse, sequels are a staple in the movie industry. Media franchises have the benefit of an established audience base, which makes for easier marketing and endorsements. Producers want to cash in and build upon the success of the original films, and moviegoers often get so attached to the characters seen in movies that they'll willingly shell out $10-12 for sub par movies that got rushed to the silver screen to ride the box office wave. Unfortunately, because not every movie can have its own set of action figures and lunch boxes, many sequels that deserve to be made have slippe...
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Spotlight On Talented, Oscar-Winning Movie Stars

June 23rd, 2008 8:45am EDT
Daniel Day-Lewis
There are many talented people in Hollywood who have won a coveted Oscar, and there are so many talented winners that it's difficult to just name a few.

Daniel Day-Lewis is known as one of the most selective actors in the industry; he's starred in only four movies in the last 10 years. Whenever Day-Lewis has a movie being released, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stands up and takes notice. He's won two Academy Awards for Best Actor: His first was in 1989 for his role as Christy Brown in "My Left Foot" and the other in 2007 for his work as Daniel Plainview in "There Wil...
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Interview: Directors Mark Osborne, John Stevenson Create Balance Between Action, Zen in 'Kung Fu Panda'

June 6th, 2008 10:18am EDT
Kung Fu Panda
(HollywoodChicago.com) – In this summer movie season of old men with whips, gals in stilettos and superheroes a go-go, you may ask: “Where’s the cartoon?” (“Speed Racer” doesn’t count.) Indeed, the most highly anticipated animation event of the summer is “Kung Fu Panda”.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman Rating: 5.0/5.0

Filled with the voices of “A”-list Hollywood stars and featuring a classic combination of well-choreographed action, laugh-out-loud comedy and feel-good philosophy, “Panda” doesn’t pander and works on all levels.

HollywoodChicago.com recently interviewed “Kung Fu ...
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Oldies But Goodies: Older Stars Who Keep On Acting

April 29th, 2008 12:28pm EDT
Dustin Hoffman
Everyone basically accepts that the entertainment biz is youth oriented. But in spite of the Hollywood bias, there are some older actors who keep at it. Below is a top 10 list of older folks who are still making it in showbiz (and we dare say these actors could teach Hollywood's current young whippersnappers a thing or two about how to have a long career).

10. Ellen Albertini Dow, age 89.

What's that? Her name doesn't ring a bell? Well, trust us, you know who she is. She had to make our list because at almost 90 Ellen is still lining up project after project. With her cute voice, b...
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Talented Comedian/Actress Whitney Cummings Talks 'Made of Honor' & More

April 29th, 2008 11:45am EDT
Whitney Cummings
Whitney Cummings boasts both brains and beauty. An Ivy League graduate, she resides in Los Angeles, performing stand-up comedy and is currently touring the U.S. with her improv act. She has appeared on shows like Punk'D, VH1's Best Week Ever, What About Brian, and Tell Me You Love Me. She has written for the talk show The Last Call with Carson Daly and is a host for the Sundance Film Festival Dailies. Whitney appears in the upcoming romantic comedy, Made of Honor, starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan, which hits theaters this Friday, May 2.

So, you've got this big movie in Ma...
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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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'Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium,' Where Toys Come To Life, On DVD Today

March 4th, 2008 1:25pm EST
Mr. Magorium
Enter a world of enchantment when Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium opens its doors on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) March 4, 2008 from Fox Home Entertainment. Written and directed by Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction), the fantastical tale features an all-star cast including Academy Award®-winner Dustin Hoffman (Meet The Fockers) and Golden Globe®-winners Natalie Portman (Closer) and Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development") in an engaging and unusual story about the strangest, yet most wonderful toy store.

For centuries the eccentric 243-year-old Edward Magorium (Hoffman) has owned and opera...
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Starpulse 2007 Holiday Movie Preview, Part 2

November 14th, 2007 12:00pm EST
Beowulf
This is the time of year many moviegoers get giddy. In addition to Oscar contenders and holiday films, fantasy often makes its mark on the big screen.

Part Two - Visions of Sugarplums- Fantasy

Closely linked to the "Instant Holiday Classic" is a surge in fantasy films that often accompany the season. The fantasy genre capitalizes on that same childhood yearning for holiday magic that Christmas specials do. These feelings open the door to fantastical worlds, and not just those located in the North Pole.

Last year marked a noticeable absence of these films despite the success...
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Opening November 16: Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

November 13th, 2007 10:31am EST
Mr. Magorium
The eccentric owner of a magical toy store surprises the shop's manager by turning over ownership to her in a warm-hearted comedy fantasy directed by Zach Helm and starring Jason Bateman, Dustin Hoffman, and Natalie Portman. Portman plays the manager of the store that seems to be a reflection of the people who run it, and Bateman stars as the detail-oriented accountant assigned the task of assessing the establishment's monetary value.

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Celebrity Birthdays, August 8

August 8th, 2007 3:00am EDT
The Edge
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer (1981), Australian singer Vanessa Amorosi (1981), "Dancing With The Stars" winner Drew Lachey (1976), N Sync singer J.C. Chasez (1976), former Creed singer Scott Stapp (1973), Poison drummer Rikki Rockett (1961), U2 guitarist Dave "The Edge" Evans (1961), actor Keith Carradine (1949), singer Connie Stevens (1938), "The Graduate" star Dustin Hoffman (1937), country singer Mel Tillis (1932), actor Rory Calhoun (1922; d. 1999), actress/swimmer Esther Williams (1921), and Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata (1879; d. 1919).
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Third 'Meet The Fockers' Movie Set To Star Original Cast

February 26th, 2007 9:26am EST
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro are set to star in a third Meet The Parents film. Director Jay Roach and Universal Pictures intend to reunite the cast from the hit 2000 movie and the sequel Meet The Fockers, which featured Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner and Teri Polo.

The first two movies made a combined total of $850 million around the world, convincing movie bosses to make a third addition to the franchise, tentatively called Meet the Little Focker.

In Meet the Parents, Stiller plays Gaylord 'Greg' Focker, who visits his girlfriend Pam's parents to ask her father...
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Many Stars To Voice Roles in 'The Tale of Despereaux'

September 13th, 2006 10:28am EDT
Dustin Hoffman to star in The Tale Of Despereaux
Universal Pictures announced today that its computer-animated big-screen feature, "The Tale of Despereaux" -- an adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning children's bestseller -- will feature a stellar cast to voice the story of one small mouse's quest to change a kingdom forever.

Now cast are 10 actors whose stage and screen work, coupled with their signature voices, lends "The Tale of Despereaux" the humor and drama needed to tell the enchanting story. Included are actors:

* Robbie Coltrane as the palace jailer, Gregory. Gregory has a mysterious past and has suffered great los...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 8

August 8th, 2006 3:00am EDT
The Edge
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer (1981), Australian singer Vanessa Amorosi (1981), "Dancing With The Stars" winner Drew Lachey (1976), N Sync singer J.C. Chasez (1976), former Creed singer Scott Stapp (1973), Poison drummer Rikki Rockett (1961), U2 guitarist Dave "The Edge" Evans (1961), actor Keith Carradine (1949), singer Connie Stevens (1938), "The Graduate" star Dustin Hoffman (1937), country singer Mel Tillis (1932), actor Rory Calhoun (1922; d. 1999), actress/swimmer Esther Williams (1921), and Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata (1879; d. 1919).
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Angelina Jolie Joins 'Kung Fu Panda'

July 10th, 2006 2:12pm EDT
Angelina Jolie
DreamWorks Animation announced today that Angelina Jolie will join Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane in the cast of the computer-animated comedy Kung Fu Panda. The film will reunite Jolie and Black after having voiced lead characters together in the hit 2004 animated comedy, Shark Tale.

Jolie will play Tigress, a martial arts master who joins in training Black's Po the Panda in the art of kung fu. "Kung Fu Panda" features Jack Black as Po the Panda, a lowly waiter in a noodle restaurant, who is a kung fu fanatic but whose shape doesn't exactly lend itsel...
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Errol Flynn, Not Johnny Depp, Tops Best Pirate Poll

July 10th, 2006 9:35am EDT
Errol Flynn
Swashbuckler Errol Flynn has dented Johnny Depp's Pirates Of The Caribbean celebrations by being hailed Hollywood's top buccaneer in a new World Entertainment News Network (WENN) poll. WENN editors teamed up with British buccaneer buff David Cordingley - a consultant on the first Pirates of The Caribbean movie - to scour the movie seas in a bid to come up with the definitive movie pirates poll.

Cordingley, the author of pirate guide "Under The Black Flag: The Romance & Reality Of Life Among The Pirates," Is keen to point out that no movie has correctly portrayed the true horror of the...
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Adam Sandler Is A Father

May 8th, 2006 9:31am EDT
Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler has become a dad. The baby girl is the first child for the Happy Gilmore star and his wife, Jackie. A statement on the comic actor's website reads: "Kid is healthy!! Wife is healthy!! He's still a moron, and that's all that counts!!!"

The girl - who has yet to be named - was born on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Sandler met his 31-year-old wife seven years ago when she had a brief role in his film Big Daddy. Jackie - who is an actress and model - played a waitress who took his character's order for a root beer in a scene set in a sports bar.

They tied the kn...
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Hoffman, Hanks, Downey Jr. & Others To Appear on 'Inside The Actor's Studio'

March 14th, 2006 2:50pm EST
Robert Downey Jr.
Bravo announces some of the silver screen's most influential and intriguing stars to continue the 12th season of "Inside the Actors Studio." Scheduled to share the stage with host James Lipton this spring are Al Pacino, Don Cheadle, Tim Allen, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman as a milestone 200th guest, and Tom Hanks as the first ever encore guest.

"The fact that acclaimed actors such as these continue to come and share their craft with us is a testimony to the enduring strength of this franchise," said Frances Berwick, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, Bravo. "We are...
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