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5 Most Memorable Celebrity Spokespeople Of The Last Decade

March 22nd, 2014 11:35am EDT
William Shatner
About one in five consumers say celebrity endorsements are important when choosing a brand. However, the power of celebrity is likely to be much greater, as these public figures stick in the minds of consumers and guarantee greater coverage of advertisements. That’s not to say that all celebrity spokespeople are created equally, though. Read on to discover some of the most memorable and best celebrity brand ambassadors from the last decade.

William Shatner Talks Discount Travel for Priceline.com

Roles like Captain Kirk and Denny Crane have made William Shatner a household name, but his ro...
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Clint Eastwood & 10 Other Actors Over Age 80 Who Keep Working

September 19th, 2012 8:00am EDT
Clint Eastwood trouble with the curve
At 82, Clint Eastwood is still very much involved in the movie making business. This weekend he plays an aging baseball scout in "Trouble With The Curve."

Gus Lobel (Eastwood) is losing his sight and hits the road with his estranged daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) to pursue a promising young ballplayer. On their roadtrip from Georgia to North Carolina, the father and daughter learn just how much they have in common.

Eastwood also keeps his plate full directing. His recent films include "Invictus," "Hereafter," "J. Edgar" and "A Star is Born."

Some stars hit their 70s and quit acting (cough....
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James Earl Jones To Be Honored With Career Award

June 5th, 2012 11:20am EDT
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones is to be honored for his iconic career on the stage and screen as the recipient of the 2012 Marian Anderson Award.

The veteran actor will be presented with the prestigious prize in recognition of his "culture-changing" roles at a ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 19 November.

Announcing Jones' win, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter called the award "one of Philadelphia’s greatest cultural events" and hailed Jones as a fixture of American cinema.

Nutter says, "I certainly look forward (to his visit) both officially and, I am comfortable enough with myself to say, ...
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Samuel L. Jackson Opens Up About His Stutter

May 2nd, 2012 10:17am EDT
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson sought help from a speech therapist to cure a stutter when he was a child.

The star confesses he was constantly teased by his fellow classmates for stammering. His aunt finally took him to a communication specialist to boost his self-esteem.

He told New York Magazine, "It manifests itself more when I read than when I talk. I have no idea why."

But the 63 year old no longer feels any shame, insisting some of his best pals and Hollywood greats have also struggled with a speech disorder.

He adds, "Denzel (Washington) stuttered. James Earl Jones stuttered. There are still ...
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'Once' Leads 2012 Tony Awards With 11 Nominations

May 1st, 2012 11:57am EDT
Once
Hit musical Once is leading the way at this year's Tony Awards after scooping 11 nominations.

The popular show has garnered nods across the board including the coveted Best Musical category at the 66th annual prize giving, which honors the best on Broadway. Once will go up against Leap of Faith, Newsies and Nice Work If You Can Get It for the top prize.

Meanwhile Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Peter and the Starcatcher and Venus in Fur will all compete for the Best Play accolade.

Hollywood star Philip Seymour Hoffman is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading ...
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James Earl Jones Presented With Honorary Oscar

November 13th, 2011 9:47am EST
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones was "deeply honored and mighty grateful" after he was presented with a special Academy Award on Saturday.

The veteran actor was the toast of Hollywood's third annual Governors Awards, although he appeared via satellite link from London, where he is starring in Driving Miss Daisy in the West End's Wyndham theater.

The ceremony began as soul star Mary J. Blige sang "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King, which featured Jones providing the voice of Mufasa.

Alec Baldwin then stepped onstage to pay tribute to Jones, telling the crowd, "I wanted James Earl Jones' c...
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Bly-ray Review: 'The Lion King' (Diamond Edition)

October 6th, 2011 10:39am EDT
The Lion King
Can’t ‘Wait to be King’? Ready to get your ‘Circle of Life’ going? Ready to ‘Be Prepared’ with a relaxed ‘Hukuna Matata’ attitude? Well then check out the review of the lush looking ‘Diamond Edition’ of the Blu-ray release for the Disney classic “The Lion King” below! (Will it ‘feel the love tonight’ – stay tuned!)

Title: "The Lion King" (Diamond Edition)

Grade: 4 1/2

Cast: Voices of Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons

Director: Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff

Rating: G

Runtime: 88 minutes

Release Company: Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Website: www.DisneyBlu-ra...
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Lucasfilm Unveils 'Star Wars' Deleted Scenes From Upcoming Blu-ray Set At Comic Con (Video)

July 26th, 2011 10:37pm EDT
Star Wars Saga Blu-ray
Fans at this year's Comic Con who attended the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards were surprised with a short teaser for the upcoming (Sept. 16) Star Wars Saga Blu-ray release featuring a few storied deleted scenes from the original trilogy.

The clip includes a short teaser from last year's event, in which Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is shown building his green lightsaber before heading off to save Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from Jabba The Hutt.

Also included in the clip are shots of a sandstorm scene and an extended shield generator battle from Return of the Jedi; escaping Wampa snow creatures fr...
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James Earl Jones Thought 'Sesame Street' Would Be A Flop

November 30th, 2010 10:11am EST
James Earl Jones
Hollywood actor James Earl Jones was convinced long running children's series Sesame Street would be a big flop - because he feared the colorful puppets would be "too scary for kids."

The Star Wars legend joined pal Burt Lancaster to film pilots for the show in 1969, teaching tots how to count and recite the alphabet, but he was sure the then-groundbreaking format would fail to entice young viewers to learn with Jim Henson's Muppets.

He tells the New York Post, "It was Burt Lancaster and I. He had the letters, and I had the numbers, or vice versa. I said to one of the producers, 'You kn...
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James Earl Jones: 'I'll Never Retire'

March 5th, 2010 4:30pm EST
James Earl Jones
Veteran star James Earl Jones has vowed to "never retire" - because he can't get enough of acting. The 79 year old began his career in the 1950s, and has had a string of notable roles including as the voices of Star Wars villain Darth Vader and the Lion King's Mufasa.

However, despite his advancing years, the actor - who is currently starring in the West End run of Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof - has no intention of taking his final bow.

He says, "I'm a jobbing actor. I never know what I will be doing next. And I'll never retire. I love stage acting but I don't think I can a...
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'House' Recap: Chase & Foreman Freak Out While Original Team Is A Glory To Behold

October 13th, 2009 3:17pm EDT
House
Previously on "House" Foreman took of the team and this caused Taub to quit and Thirteen to be fired. Because Foreman is stupid. Anyway, the original team is back with Chase, Cameron, and Foreman, and House came back too but he's just chilling on the side lines making snarky remarks. Last week Chase killed an evil dictator who planned on a genocide, and Foreman covered for him. This week, they do some more covering and add another accomplice to the murder team. This season is on a roll.

The patient of the week is a billionaire who is a genius businessman but cannot figure out why his you...
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The Best Baseball Movies Ever

October 9th, 2009 11:30am EDT
Best  Baseball  Movies  Ever
The MLB baseball playoffs have already begun and eight teams are battling it out for that prestigious World Series title. For over a century now, baseball has given us memorable moments like game-winning home runs, perfect games, and complete-game shutouts. Baseball has also given us some of the most memorable movies in film history. In honor of our national pastime, we've compiled a list of the greatest baseball films that have captured the essence of the game and inspired sports and non-sports fans alike. ...
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'House' Recap: 'The Tyrant'

October 6th, 2009 12:08pm EDT
House
Oh "House," you think you can seduce me back into your loving arms by giving an episode so reminiscent of season one? Well you're right. That's exactly how to do it. Remember in season one when House wasn't just a jerk but a medical genius who wasn't good with people, and he had these three young doctors under him that were all really different and steadily well developed? And back then the cases weren't always about shock value but sometimes about serious questions in the medical practice, and choices that House and the team had to make. Like the episode with the baby plague where House kn...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

April 20th, 2009 9:44am EDT
The Soloist
This week is fairly busy at the box office, with seven movies arriving. Four of them are general release, while the other three are limited release. I will be going over "Obsessed," "Earth," "Fighting," "The Soloist," "Tyson," "Mutant Chronicles," and "The Informers."

OBSESSED

Successful asset manager Derek Charles (Idris Elba) has everything a man could want. He just received a promotion at work and he has a happy marriage, but when an obsessed temp in his office (Ali Larter) starts stalking him, his picture-perfect life is placed in serious danger.

"Obsessed" is the first fe...
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Our Favorite Films About Animals

November 24th, 2008 12:39pm EST
The Lion King
'Tis the season to slaughter turkeys. Did anybody not see former Vice President wannabe Sarah Palin hold a Q&A downstage of a turkey’s obvious death? (Go HERE if you didn't.)

On a more cheerful note, here are a few gems from Hollywood made for the animal lover in all of us:

Best All-Around Animal Film

The Adventures of Milo and Otis

The film is the best all-animal movie, with March of the Penguins coming in as an understudy. A documentary showing a death of a cute baby penguin? Definitely going to lose against a Japanese (yes, really, Japanese) movie with Dudley Moore as a...
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Lord Voldemort Named Top Movie Villain

July 15th, 2008 3:09pm EDT
Villain
Ralph Fiennes' Lord Voldemort character in the Harry Potter films has been named the best movie villain of all time - beating Heath Ledger's The Joker into sixth place.

Ledger's performance in new Batman sequel The Dark Knight, the last movie he completed before his death in January, has been lauded by critics and tipped for an Oscar nomination. However editors of Moviefone rank him behind Fiennes; James Earl Jones and Hayden Christensen's Darth Vader; Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West and Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lector in the onscreen evil stakes.

A Moviefone edito...
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Spike TV Enters A New Galaxy With The Complete 'Star Wars' Saga

April 4th, 2008 12:09pm EDT
Star Wars
The Force is with Spike TV this April as the complete Star Wars Saga comes to basic cable. Airing Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6, and Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13, the two-weekend event includes the broadcast premiere of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and the basic cable premieres of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. Spike TV’s Star Wars presentation marks the first time that all six movies will be presented together on a basic cable network.

Spike TV’s presentation of the Star Wars Saga will feat...
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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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Celebrity Birthdays, January 17

January 17th, 2007 3:00am EST
Kid Rock
Happy Birthday to "Thirteen" star Nikki Reed (1988), Atreyu singer Alex Varkatzas (1982), "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" actress Zooey Deschanel (1980), Detroit singer/rapper Kid Rock (1971), NHL star Jeremy Roenick (1970), Jamaican singer Shabba Ranks (1966), "Bruce Almighty" star Jim Carrey (1962), Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs (1959), British singer Paul Young (1956), roots rocker Steve Earle (1955), "Taxi" star/comedian Andy Kaufman (1949; d. 1984), prolific boxer Muhammad Ali (1942), hunky actor Troy Donahue (1937), "Lamb Chop" puppeteer Shari Lewis (1933; d. 1998), baseball coach D...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 17

January 17th, 2006 3:00am EST
Kid Rock
Happy Birthday to "Thirteen" star Nikki Reed (1988), Atreyu singer Alex Varkatzas (1982), "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" actress Zooey Deschanel (1980), Detroit singer/rapper Kid Rock (1971), NHL star Jeremy Roenick (1970), Jamaican singer Shabba Ranks (1966), "Bruce Almighty" star Jim Carrey (1962), Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs (1959), British singer Paul Young (1956), roots rocker Steve Earle (1955), "Taxi" star/comedian Andy Kaufman (1949; d. 1984), prolific boxer Muhammad Ali (1942), hunky actor Troy Donahue (1937), "Lamb Chop" puppeteer Shari Lewis (1933; d. 1998), baseball coach D...
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