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Ron Howard Talks 'Arrested Development' & More Dan Brown Movies

February 27th, 2010 9:09am EST
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We're still waiting for the "Arrested Development" movie. They finally signed all the cast members, and series creator Mitch Hurtwitz is writing the script. Only producer Ron Howard has any direct information.

"Mitch Hurwitz is working on a story, working on a script and he would direct it," Howard said. "Everyone's hoping but we're not going to go through with anything that we don't think lives up to the standard."

Even Hurwitz is keeping his secrets, but just the tidbits he's shared with Howard are promising. "No clues as to who's in it, no clues as to what the storyline is but every ti...

Ron Howard Taught His Daughter To Listen To Directors

December 25th, 2009 2:00pm EST
Bryce Dallace Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard listens to her dad. Ron Howard was a successful actor and now director. When she thought about entering the family business, he was straight with her.

"The best advice he gave me was that, if there was anything else I could do, to do that," Howard said. "You need to not be able to do anything else, to be in this business. If you have other options, in those unemployed moments, those other options will take precedent."

Her work with filmmakers, from McG and Sam Raimi to M. Night Shyamalan and Kenneth Branagh, makes Howard realize what else she got from her father. S...

Jim Carrey's 'Grinch' Named Worst Christmas Movie Ever

December 24th, 2009 10:21pm EST
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" has been named the Worst Christmas Movie of all time in a new online poll. Editors at have compiled their top festive flops, and crowned the Ron Howard-directed 2000 release top of the pile.

Explaining their decision, a spokesperson for the site tells WENN, "A loud, garish and obnoxious film, certainly a career low for director Ron Howard - and it's not exactly Jim Carrey's finest hour (or two), either."

The worst 10:

1. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

2. The Santa Clause 3 (2006)

3. Deck the Halls (2006)


Slideshow: Child Stars Who Grew Up Normal

September 22nd, 2009 9:45am EDT
Anna Paquin
The media focuses primarily on the failed careers of child stars, their rehab stints and jail time. Lindsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore, Corey Feldman, Britney Spears and Danny Bonaduce are among the celebrities who fall into that stereotypical troubled child star label. However, there have been a few child actors who grew up normal despite the media presence in their young lives.

Jerry O'Connell - The Jerry Maguire actor first appeared in Stand by Me in 1986 at the age of eleven. Following the movie, he went back to school and didn't return to the scene as a full time actor until after he ...

Helen Hunt To Replace Maura Tierney In 'Parenthood'

September 15th, 2009 8:32am EDT
Helen Hunt To Replace Maura Tierney
Helen Hunt is eyeing a role in upcoming TV series Parenthood after actress Maura Tierney pulled out of the project to focus on her cancer battle.

The star has been approached by bosses at NBC to take over the part Tierney played in the pilot episode of the upcoming drama series.

Production on the show was halted in July to allow Tierney to undergo a "medical evaluation" after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but she ruled out a return to work earlier this month.

Hunt, whose career skyrocketed on the back of the sitcom Mad About You, will play a sibling in a family of four a...

Coming-Of-Age Films That We All Remember

July 8th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
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 ...

'King Kong', 'Creature' To Join Universal Studios Hollywood In 2010

May 24th, 2009 4:00pm EDT
King Kong
King Kong, among the screen’s most powerful and enduring icons, will re-emerge on the famed and newly upgraded Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour in summer, 2010 as a thrilling and ground-breaking 4-D multi-sensory marvel, a new signature attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new King Kong attraction, based on the Oscar®-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film, will combine thrilling visceral effects with the world’s largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.

Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Unive...

'Angels & Demons' Is A Complete Mess

May 18th, 2009 2:41pm EDT
Angels and Demons
Dan Brown's novels have a single extraordinary trick to them that play out in both film adaptations, "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels and Demons." Essentially, the movies (and books, respectively) are tours of Europe's most famous landmarks given at break-neck speed and cloaked in a cheesy dinner murder mystery that gives them an edge most museum or Vatican tours don't have. In that context, "Angels & Demons" is a success. In all others however, it fails miserably.

Langdon is a symbolism professor called upon by the Vatican to unravel the symbols that point to the location of four card...

Review: 'Angels & Demons' Is Fun And A Serviceable Summer Thriller

May 14th, 2009 9:37am EDT
Angels and Demons
Remember the movie The Man With One Red Shoe? Tom Hanks played an unsuspecting concert violinist who is mistaken for a spy. It was not particularly well made and it was not particularly funny but, hey, it had Dabney Coleman! What it also had was Hanks in the midst of his kinda-silly-movie era -- which also included Volunteers, Dragnet and The Money Pit -- movies that meant nothing, but at least they sort of realized that. What does this have to do with Hanks' new film, Angels and Demons? Not a lot. Other than I kind of miss silly-movie-era Hanks, at times, and Angels and Demons didn't quite...

Opening May 15: Angels & Demons

May 12th, 2009 2:28pm EDT
Angels and Demons
Angels and Demons re-teams director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks for the sequel to their international blockbuster adaptation of Dan Brown's novel -The Da Vinci Code. Continue summary

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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

May 11th, 2009 9:00am EDT
Angels & Demons
Welcome to week three of our summer movie season. Fans of author Dan Brown will finally get to see the long awaited prequel to "The Da Vinci Code." After the original came out in 2006 an immediate follow up was planned, but it was delayed in development due to the Hollywood writers' strike. This week the movies coming out are "Angels & Demons," "The Brothers Bloom," "Management," and "O'Horten."


Harvard Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) returns to the big screen in this prequel to the "Da Vinci Code." Langdon uncovers evidence of the rebirth of a secret soci...

Catholic Reviewers Poke Fun At 'Harmless' 'Angels & Demons'

May 7th, 2009 9:00am EDT
Angels & Demons
Catholic scholars in Rome, Italy have given Tom Hanks' new movie Angels & Demons a pass after sitting through a preview screening of the controversial film.

Reviewers at The Vatican's newspaper have called The Da Vinci Code prequel inaccurate, but "harmless." L'Osservatore Romano ran a review and an editorial in Wednesday's edition, critiquing the movie based on Dan Brown's bestseller.

Film experts expected the reviewers to slate the film for daring to suggest a secret, sinister brotherhood within the Catholic Church was responsible for protecting Jesus Christ's lineage, killin...

Hindus Support Catholics Over 'Angels & Demons' Ruckus

May 4th, 2009 3:11pm EDT
Hindu scholars have joined Catholics around the world by condemning the filmmakers of The Da Vinci Code prequel Angels and Demons for "playing with the sentiments of the faithful for mercantile greed."

Universal Society of Hinduism officials in America have voted to censure the film, starring Tom Hanks, because they claim director Ron Howard and his producers have failed to acknowledge how their film could damage Catholic faith. The film explores the concept that a secret brotherhood slays and murders those who get too close to revealing the truth behind the myth that Jesus Christ fat...

NBC Announces New Scripted Series For 2009-2010 Season

May 4th, 2009 12:42pm EDT
Joel McHale
NBC has announced the pickups of six new series featuring four new dramas: "Trauma," "Parenthood," "Mercy" and the event series "Day One," as well as two new comedies including "Community" and "100 Questions."

Four returning series pickups were also announced today including "Heroes," "Southland," "Parks and Recreation" and the addition of six new episodes of "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" skewering today's top stories in live half-hour primetime shows.

The new and returning series will launch next season and the epic event series "Day One" is slated to premiere ou...

Ron Howard Defends 'Angels & Demons' Against Catholic Outrage

April 22nd, 2009 10:24am EDT
Ron Howard
Movie maker Ron Howard has reached out to the Catholic Church before the release of his controversial film Angels & Demons - insisting even the most devout believers will enjoy the film.

Angels & Demons is the prequel to 2006's The Da Vinci Code, which came under fire from Catholic leaders who claimed the movie attacked the core beliefs of the Christian faith. The Vatican went on to show their distaste for the Tom Hanks project, an adaptation of Dan Brown's novel, by refusing permission for the follow-up to be shot in Rome's churches last year.

And in March, church officials hin...

Oscar Red Carpet Pictures

February 22nd, 2009 11:05pm EST
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The biggest names in Hollywood were all in their finest gowns and tuxedos on the red carpet for the 2009 Academy Awards. Click through the slideshow below to see all the celebs and their fashion & style choices. Who looked hot? Who did not? Leave a comment when you're done!

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2009 Oscar Predictions: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

February 20th, 2009 10:42am EST
After months of speculation, it's finally time to man up and throw down with some hardcore Oscar predictions. But before we tell you who will and should win the Oscar on Sunday night, let's address the whole secrecy notion surrounding this year's event.

You may not have heard (which is probably part of the point) but the Academy has decided to surround this year's ceremony in mystery. Mainly, they've refused to reveal who will be presenting Oscars this year and have gone so far as to forbid its presenters from appearing on the red carpet. Why? Because they think fashionistas will b...

'Slumdog Millionaire's' Danny Boyle Lands Best Director Prize

February 2nd, 2009 10:11am EST
Slumdog Millionaire
Danny Boyle has scooped the top accolade at the Directors Guild of America Awards for his hit film Slumdog Millionaire.

Boyle beat out competition from Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Gus Van Sant (Milk) and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

The Best Director nod is a key indicator of possible Oscar success for Boyle later this month, who is up for the same nod, while the movie will compete in nine other categories.

Accepting his award onstage from directors Joel and Ethan Coen,...

Oscar Nomination Reaction: The Snubs, Surprises & Who Shouldn't Have Been Nominated

January 23rd, 2009 9:55am EST
The Dark Knight
There's nothing better than a good surprise on Oscar morning, and this year we had one in almost every category. Before we get to the snubs, the surprises and who shouldn't be nominated, let's take a look at what type of a morning this was:

This was the morning that The Academy once again showed how out-of-touch it is. By not dominating "The Dark Knight", the Oscars continued to show that it doesn't care about nominating movies people actually like. There was absolutely no reason this film shouldn't get nominated: It has a 94% percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it got an A from audi...

Final Oscar Nominee Predictions

January 21st, 2009 10:46am EST
Slumdog Millionaire
The time has come, after several months of campaigning and voting, we're finally set for the big day. No, not the inauguration. Please. We're talking about Oscar morning.

Those fifteen minutes at the crack of dawn where overly-caffeinated celebs awkwardly read the names of the top five in each category. Always gripping. Also, this is prime time for predictions. All the returns are in, the precursor season is over, so there's not excuses left. Without delay, here are my final Oscar Predictions.

Okay, one delay. I should note that I hate being right. I hate getting predictio...

'Happy Days' Back As X-Rated Film

January 16th, 2009 9:08am EST
Happy Days
Beloved TV sitcom Happy Days is set for the porn treatment, thanks to Hustler video bosses.

After giving The Munsters, Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch the X-rated treatment, Hustler film bosses are now ready to sex up The Fonz, Richie Cunningham and the gang.

This Ain't Happy Days XXX will be directed by Axel Braun and the project stars Alan Stafford as Richie and Tommy Gunn as leather-clad biker The Fonz.

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Kate Winslet Nominated Twice For Best Actress At BAFTAs

January 15th, 2009 12:29pm EST
Kate Winslet
Two-time Golden Globe winner Kate Winslet is set for more glory - she is nominated twice in the best actress category at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs).

The Titanic star has been given the nod for her performances in Revolutionary Road and The Reader.

Winslet will go up against fellow Brit Kristin Scott Thomas for her role in I've Loved You Too Long, Angelina Jolie for The Changeling, and Meryl Streep for Doubt.

British director Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire - which scooped four Golden Globes this year - has been nominated in eleven catego...

Must-See Movies of 2009

December 26th, 2008 10:00am EST
As 2008 comes to an end, it is time to close the book on the entertainment experiences that we have had this year. Yes, Transformers blew our minds. Girls, Sex and the City blew your minds. To anyone who watched The Haunting of Molly Hartley, I'm sure you want your money back as well. It is time to put all of that behind us, however, and look forward to a new year, and new movies that none of us should miss.

Defiance (Release Date: 01/16/09)

Director: Edward Zwick

Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber

Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber star in Defiance, the story of three brothers...

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...

Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

December 9th, 2008 10:10am EST
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 inspiring and humorous comments were made on the latest stories on Boy George and his Kinky Friend, the two most annoying “Hills” cast members and Britney Spears and her latest physique, as well as a Story about Marilyn Manson and his newest Girlfriend.

Topic Highlights = There were some gracious and pleasant remarks made about Anneliese Van der Pol and baseball legend Ted Williams however, there was ...

Ron Howard Hesitated On Obama Video

December 1st, 2008 11:38am EST
Ron Howard
Director Ron Howard nearly scrapped his plans for a pro-Barack Obama video before he even began filming - because he was convinced celebrities had no place in politics.

The movie maker reprised his role as Opie Taylor, from The Andy Griffith Show, and acted alongside his former Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler for the video endorsement. But Howard admits his passion for the U.S. President-elect's campaign pushed him to make his foray into politics leading up to the November election.

He says, "I'm actually one of those people that thinks celebrities should be very cautious about...

Ron Howard Banned From Filming In Catholic Churches

November 18th, 2008 2:48pm EST
Ron Howard
Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard had to shoot the movie's forthcoming prequel using imitations of the Catholic churches in the storyline - after the Vatican banned him from all of its holy buildings.

The first movie's portrayal of the Catholic Church angered the religion's heads, who were in no mood to cooperate when Howard headed to Rome, Italy this year to shoot an adaptation of author Dan Brown's 2000 book Angels & Demons, which is set in the Vatican City. As a result, Howard has been forced to used camera trickery and substitute locations.

He reveals, "We've had problems fi...

12 Upcoming Films To See Before Oscar Night

November 12th, 2008 9:52am EST
Revolutionary Road
This year's Oscar race isn't very deep with talent, and at this point there are probably only eight films with a legitimate shot at getting a nod for Best Picture. But those that have a chance at a nomination also have a great chance of winning.

One such film, "The Dark Knight", has already hit screens, but the rest of this group will premiere in the coming weeks as studios scramble to get their prestige pictures on the big screen before the year-end deadline.

Every year, film fans are tormented by the true snobs who catch all these possible nominees before the big awards show att...

Video: Ron Howard Brings Back Opie & Richie Cunningham For Obama

October 23rd, 2008 11:43am EDT
Ron Howard Obama Video
Ron Howard wanted to talk about the election, Obama and McCain. To do so, he decided to bring back his beloved characters from Happy Days and The Andy Griffith Show plus Henry Winkler and Andy Griffith to help him out.

Watch Ron Howard's Call To Action:

Funny or lame? Leave a comment below!

More political spoof videos:

- 'Paris Hilton For President' Music Video

- Obama vs. McCain Dance Off

- Gina Gershon Does Sarah Palin

- Thomas Haden Church vs. Joe The Plumber

- Best And Worst Music Videos Supporting Barack Obama

- First Minute Of 'Who's Nailin' Pa...

Downey Jr. In Talks To Play Cowboy In Quirky Sci-Fi Western

June 17th, 2008 11:24am EDT
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. is set to bring a 10-year-old sci-fi movie idea to the big screen after negotiating to star in "Cowboys & Aliens."

The Iron Man star is in talks to sign on to the film, about an alien spaceship that lands in the Wild West, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will produce the film, which has been in development for a decade.

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

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