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Bill Murray To Voice Baloo In Upcoming 'Jungle Book' Film

August 2nd, 2014 9:26am EDT
Bill Murray
Bill Murray has been cast as the voice of the loveable black bear Baloo in the upcoming adatation of the classic Disney masterpiece. Baloo is well known for his carefree nature, his antics and endearing laziness. He's all about the 'Bare Necessities' - and we're interested to know if Bill Murray will be piping up to sing the classic Disney tune.

Bill Murray's casting of Baloo isn't the first surprising choice, as Christopher Walken has been chosen to play King Louie, the leader of the apes. Idris Elba is scheduled to play the voice of the main antagonist, the tiger Shere Khan, while Ben ...
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28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names

November 14th, 2013 1:03pm EST
28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names
Many celebrities have changed their names before they hit it big, and for many reasons. Let's take a look at some of the biggest stars who didn't take their birth name to Hollywood.

Katy Hudson didn't want to be confused with Kate Hudson, so she took her mother's maiden name and became Katy Perry.

Oprah Winfrey's name is iconic, but it's not actually her real name. It's Orpha, after the biblical figure. However, so many people mispronounced her name while she was growing up that the mispronunciation stuck.

Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus. He took his mother's maiden name...
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'Ender's Game' Review: Asa Butterfield Holds His Own Against Harrison Ford

November 1st, 2013 3:01pm EDT
'Ender's Game'
The film 'Ender's Game' was a pleasant surprise since I never read the book (written by Orson Scott Card). That might have something to do with the fact that I'm not a 12 year old teenage boy or girl. Apparently the book and its sequels sold zillions of copies.

For those of you who don't know what 'Ender's Game is about, here you go. There are these super nasty aliens, known as the Formics that have attacked Earth - I'd probably be nasty as well if I looked like them. Unless you find humongous insects with lots of arms your idea of beauty you won't taking these guys home to your mother any...
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First 'Ender's Game' Trailer Puts Faith In The Next Generation

May 8th, 2013 1:07pm EDT
Ender's Game
What were you doing when you were 6 years old? In the new trailer for Ender's Game, Ender is saving the world.

Of course, in the film adaptation of the Orson Scott Card sci-fi classic, the kids are closer to 16 - we guess the production was gun-shy on the prospect of having a dramatic role in the hands of a group of 6 year-olds.

Instead, we have Asa Butterfield in the titular role (you may recognize him from Hugo), with Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld as his sister and classmate, respectively. All three of the young stars have been nominated for Academy Awards during their short care...
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Review 'The Dictator': Sacha Baron Cohen Fans Will Enjoy Its Crude, Obnoxious & Outrageous Humor

May 16th, 2012 1:16pm EDT
The Dictator
Sacha Baron Cohen... People either love him or hate him. It's hard to feel indifferent about this outrageous, over the top and at times, super obnoxious, man. Personally, I admire his chutzpah.

In his new film, 'The Dictator' a mock-documentary directed by Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno and Religulous) Sacha plays Admiral General Aladeen, a bearded North African dictator of the oil rich country, Wadiyas.

To get a sense about what kind of man the Admiral General is...His heroes are North Korea's Kim Jong-il, Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein.

Aladeen has been in power since he was seven years old...
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Ben Kingsley In Talks To Play 'Iron Man' Villain

April 10th, 2012 9:48am EDT
Ben Kingsley
Oscar-winning Gandhi star Ben Kingsley is in talks to play the villain in the next Iron Man sequel, according to Hollywood trade reports.

The Hugo actor will follow Mickey Rourke as superhero Tony Stark's nemesis in Iron Man 3, if Variety rumors are true.

No details about his role or the film have been released, but Shane Black has replaced Jon Favreau as the director of the third film, which will hit cinemas next year.

Robert Downey, Jr. will return as Stark/Iron Man.
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Interview - 'Hugo' Star Michael Stuhlbarg: The Film Is 'Like A Pop-Up Book In Real Life'

March 19th, 2012 6:00pm EDT
'Hugo'
Author’s note: This review contains spoilers.

Hugo star Michael Stuhlbarg seems to have been just as amazed by the world of the Oscar-winning film as fans and critics alike.

"It was amazing...like being in a pop-up book, but in real life," he said in a recent interview.

Indeed, 'Hugo' is a story that teems with childlike wonderment and curiosity. The film, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, tells the tale of an orphan who lives Paris’ Gare Montparnasse and his struggles to repair an automaton left to him by his father. As Hugo (Asa B...
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Blu-ray 3D Review: 'Hugo' - Martin Scorsese's Homage To 'Cinemagician' Georges Méliès Proves 3D Isn't Just For Action Films

February 28th, 2012 9:37pm EST
Hugo Blu-ray 3D
When one thinks of Martin Scorsese rarely does the word 'family' cross their mind (unless they're thinking of Goodfellas, that is); and neither does the term 3D. So when the prolific director decided to bring Brian Selznick's 2007 children's book The Invention Of Hugo Cabret to life on the big screen - and in 3D - he was entering new territory.

The end result, Hugo, is nothing short of amazing. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning five: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Five reasons to see it the way it was meant to be...
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Two Jews' Review 'Hugo' Only One Feels Scorsese's 3D Fantasy Will Capture Your Heart (Video)

November 24th, 2011 11:00am EST
Hugo
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: When you hear the name, Martin Scorsese several things may pop into your mind... New York City, Italian Gangsters, Films about Italian Gangsters... Casino, Heat and Goodfellas, just to name a few.

Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure you would never associate this extraordinary filmmaker with a children's fantasy film, shot in 3D and set in Paris in the 1930's. However, with Scorsese's newest film 'Hugo' that's about to change.

'Hugo', directed by Martin Scorsese, is based on the illustrated bestselling novel, The Invention of Hug...
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Will Sacha Baron Cohen Score Again With 'The Dictator'?

July 16th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
dictator
Sacha Baron Cohen, one of the most talented and controversial actors in Hollywood, is currently filming his next movie, The Dictator, which will likely spark as much public discussion as his first two films. In the comedy, which is scheduled to be released May 11, 2012, Baron Cohen plays two different characters: one is an oppressive dictator of a Middle Eastern country who is overthrown, and the second is the poor goat herder lookalike that replaces him. The film’s log line describes it as “the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the ...
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The Beatles & Drugs Inspired Brian Wilson's Iconic 'Pet Sounds'

June 4th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Brian wilson
Beach Boys star Brian Wilson has credited the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album and marijuana for inspiring the iconic "Pet Sounds" recordings.

The "Good Vibrations" hitmaker hosted a listening party at his home when the Fab Four's 1965 album was released and he admits the music and the marijuana "took me away", and the ideas for "Pet Sounds" were born.

Appearing in Beatles fan Seth Swirsky's new documentary, Beatles Stories, Wilson recalls, "We were stoned... I went to the piano and started writing Pet Sounds. It (album) turned me onto Pet Sounds.

"It was a moment that will live forever in m...
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Dev Patel Frustrated By 'Stereotypical' Scripts

August 9th, 2010 10:30am EDT
Dev Patel
Dev Patel is aggravated by the lack of substantial roles for Asian actors in Hollywood, insisting he's bombarded with scripts asking him to play "terrorists" or "geeks".

The London-born actor is currently jobless following parts in Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire and M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender - and insists he's holding out for a role which challenges him.

He says, "Because Slumdog was such a big hit, there was a lot of pressure in terms of what I did next. For my second film I wanted a role that would stretch me, but all I was getting offered were stereotypical parts lik...
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Check Out 'Shutter Island' On DVD & Blu-ray June 8

June 5th, 2010 7:45am EDT
Shutter Island
Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio team up as a pair of U.S. Marshals who travel to a secluded island off the coast of Massachusetts to search for an escaped mental patient, uncovering a web of deception along the way as they battle the forces of nature and a prison riot in the Martin Scorsese-helmed period picture "Shutter Island."

Ben Kingsley co-stars as the head of the institution where the patient resided, while Michelle Williams portrays Leonardo DiCaprio's deceased wife, whose memory haunts him during the investigation. Max von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clar...
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'Prince Of Persia' And Video Game Movies

May 27th, 2010 11:20am EDT
Prince of Persia
Comic book movies have started to be extremely successful in recent media, what with box office hits like Iron Man 2, The Dark Knight, and Wanted. However, video games never seem to translate as well to the big screen. There are a few reasons that might be. For one, comic book heroes are just better known in general. It would be hard to find a person that doesn't know who Batman, Superman, or Wolverine is, even if they've never picked up a comic. The same cannot really be said of Lara Croft or Marcus Fenix, even if video games are slowly making their way into popular culture now. Disney got...
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Schindler's List Up For Auction

March 25th, 2010 10:01pm EDT
Schindlers List
The real Schindler's List is to go under the hammer in New York.

The list of Jewish workers German industrialist Oskar Schindler kept to protect his workforce and their families during the Holocaust inspired Steven Spielberg's moving 1993 film.

A New York memorabilia dealer claims he has the last privately-owned copy of the manuscript

Schindler's deception and heroism helped save more than 1,000 Jews during World War II.

The dealer, Gary Zimet, claims the family of Schindler's accountant, played by Ben Kingsley in the film, owned the list for close to six decades before selling it priva...
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Movies To Watch In Early 2010

December 17th, 2009 10:00am EST
Shutter Island
2009 is starting to wrap up with a few big blockbusters left for the Christmas season, but now it is time to look forward into 2010 to see what's coming up. The early months of a year may usually be quiet for movie goers, but there are some great new films releasing in January, February, and March. Take a look at the films you'll be wanting to buy tickets for in early 2010!

January (in order of release date)

"Daybreakers," rated R, is being released January 8th and stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill. This movie is taking advantage of the current vampire popularity, but thi...
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Video Game Movies: The Good, The Bad, And The Boll

February 25th, 2009 9:09am EST
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
With Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li arriving in theaters February 27, it’s time to take a look back at the video game movies that brought us to this point.

While video games run the gamut of quality - from very good to very bad - video game movies have typically been on the “poor” side of the critical spectrum. Games are written with interactivity in mind, and thus their storylines don’t always mesh with the film medium.

Still, there are a few titles one could argue are at least passable – even if fans of the video games they are based on do not find them loyal to the ori...
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2009 Spirit Awards Air Saturday, February 21 on IFC

February 19th, 2009 2:22pm EST
Independent
The 2009 Film Independent's Spirit Awards ceremony, hosted by award winning actor/comedian Steve Coogan, will air uncut, uncensored, and commercial free on IFC (Independent Film Channel) Saturday, February 21 LIVE at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT. IFC.com will deliver up-to-the-minute news and video on the event, including a live streaming webcast during the red carpet arrivals and from the press room, an updated announcement of the winners, and photo galleries of both the red carpet at the event and at the IFC Indie Film Celebration after party. Last year's Spirit Awards telecast was honored with a 200...
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Biggest Box Office Flops

August 5th, 2008 9:26am EDT
Cutthroat Island
Movies tank all of the time. Just last weekend the new X-Files movie only managed to make a few dozen live chickens at the box office. Still that's not too bad, not really. Gillian Anderson might have some trouble getting work, but she's probably happy knowing that people still recognize her name. Some movies get a lot of press for their poor performances. Sure, Jessica Simpson's "Blonde Ambition" made about what The Dark Knight makes in an hour-but even that stinker wasn't a huge loss, not really. A genuine box office disaster is something special. The Anti-Dark Knight. Movies that bombard...
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The Lamest Walk Of Fame Stars

July 22nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
Ryan Seacrest
To the everyday person, it seems like having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is completely unattainable. Yet it may not be that hard to achieve even if you have a minimal amount of fame.

According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, there is a process one must go through to get a star on the Walk of Fame. There are five categories of stars: motion pictures, television, radio, recording and live theatre. A person must be nominated to one of these categories by an organization, agree to attend the presentation ceremony within five years of selection and pay a $25,000 fee. If you ...
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No More Elgin Lumpkin Or Georgios Panayioutous: Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

July 21st, 2008 10:43am EDT
Cher
Marilyn Monroe was originally christened Norma Jean. Archibald Leach opted for the more debonair nom de guerre Cary Grant. At the age of 10, musical prodigy Steveland Morris was dubbed (by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.) "Little Stevie Wonder." These aren't the only celebrities who bid farewell to the names bestowed upon them in infancy; among those in the public eye, adopting a more star-worthy moniker seems to be the rule, not the exception.

Stage Names

Where stage names are concerned, some stars keep it succinct. Musicians Cher and Seal shortened their names from Cherilyn and ...
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'The Wackness' Has A Solid Screenplay, Excellent Performances

July 2nd, 2008 10:08am EDT
The Wackness
Doesn't it seem, at times, that the year 2000 is still in the future? This mostly seems the case when the word "year" appears before "2000;" regardless, I had to do a double take when I first learned that we now live in an era that is producing 1990's era period pieces.

"The Wackness" takes place in New York City circa summer 1994. It's an interesting time for New York that saw the beginning of the Giuliani era and the end of, for better or worse, any tolerance whatsoever for crime.

The recent crackdown on crime is a problem for high school senior and social outcast Luke Shapir...
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Talent-Packed 'The Love Guru' a Script of Destiny From Funnyman Mike Myers

June 20th, 2008 9:16am EDT
Love_Guru
(Hollywoodchicago.com) – Commendably co-written by Mike Myers (who also wrote characters for 2002’s “Austin Powers in Goldmember” and 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”), you know lines like “sheket bevakasha” came directly from his bowels.

Granted, I was one of the few at my screening to understand this Hebrew line as “quiet, please” and laugh at its precision placement, but that’s OK.

Though always known as a hippie funnyman, the novel script for “The Love Guru” actually holds personal and grave emotional value for Myers. He has said the film is a “reflection of the ...
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Video Games Do Not Make Good Movies

January 14th, 2008 11:18am EST
Street Fighter
There are some things in Hollywood that just do not work: Lindsay Lohan and sobriety, most marriages, Tim Allen tackling roles not involving Christmas, and successfully adapting a video game into a movie. Why is this so hard?

The powers that be can take a 700-page book and trim it down to a two-hour story. Either they are picking really bad video games to adapt or the people involved just suck. There has yet to be a quality adaptation. So why do studios keep insisting on producing them? They even screwed up Doom, a story that involves Marines fighting aliens. How is that even possible...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 31

December 31st, 2007 3:00am EST
Val Kilmer
Happy Birthday to New Kid Joey McIntyre (1972), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (1963), Wonderland star Val Kilmer (1959), stage and screen actress Bebe Neuwirth (1958), rocker George Thorogood (1951), disco queen Donna Summer (1948), Animal House actor Tim Matheson (1947), lead singer of The Guess Who Burton Cummings (1947), Ray director Taylor Hackford (1944), "Gandhi" actor Ben Kingsley (1943), country/folk musician John Denver (1943; d. 1997), Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins (1937), and French Fauve painter Henri Matisse (1869; d. 1954).
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Opening June 22: You Kill Me

June 19th, 2007 9:23am EDT
you kill me
An alcoholic hit-man from Buffalo sent to the West Coast in order to dry out finds his quest to stay off the bottle complicated when he accepts a job at a small mortuary and comes face to face with the relative of a recent target. Ben Kingsley, Luke Wilson, and Tea Leoni star in a dark crime comedy penned by writing partners Christopher Markus and ... Continue Summary

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'Basic Instinct 2' & 'Little Man' Lead RAZZIE Nominations

January 22nd, 2007 11:57am EST
Basic Instinct 2
Voters for this year's 27th Annual RAZZIE Awards had dozens of films to choose from. Heading the list of "Worst Achievements in Film" this year is Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct 2 and Shawn and Marlon Wayans in Little Man. Joining these films in the "Worst Picture" category are M. Night Shyamalan's Lady In The Water, Wicker Man and Bloodrayne.

The Wayans brothers and 'Wicker Man's Nicolas Cage will be competing for "Worst Actor" of 2006 against last year's "winner" Rob Schneider in Benchwarmers, former TV funnyman Tim Allen, with a trio of terrible titles (Santa Clause 3, Shaggy Dog a...
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Ugly Betty' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Win Big at Golden Globe Awards

January 16th, 2007 8:24am EST
Dreamgirls
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced the winners of the 64th Golden Globe awards. Babel took home the award for best drama, while Dreamgirls won best comedy/musical. The night's big TV winners were Grey's Anatomy (best drama series) and Ugly Betty (best musical or comedy series). See full list of winners:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Babel

Bobby

The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- S...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 31

December 31st, 2006 3:00am EST
Anthony Hopkins
Happy Birthday to New Kid Joey McIntyre (1972), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (1963), Wonderland star Val Kilmer (1959), stage and screen actress Bebe Neuwirth (1958), rocker George Thorogood (1951), disco queen Donna Summer (1948), Animal House actor Tim Matheson (1947), lead singer of The Guess Who Burton Cummings (1947), Ray director Taylor Hackford (1944), "Gandhi" actor Ben Kingsley (1943), country/folk musician John Denver (1943; d. 1997), Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins (1937), and French Fauve painter Henri Matisse (1869; d. 1954).
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'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Weeds' Receive 4 Golden Globe Nods; Several New Series Also Get Nominations

December 14th, 2006 11:06am EST
Grey
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced the nominations for the 64th Golden Globe awards. Strong contenders this year include Weeds and Grey's Anatomy, which each garnered four nominations. Full list of TV nominees follows:

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

24

Big Love

Grey’s Anatomy

Heroes

Lost

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Patricia Arquette -- Medium

Edie Falco -- The Sopranos

Evangeline Lilly -- Lost

Ellen Pompeo -- Grey’s Anatomy

Kyra Sedgwick -- The Closer

BEST ...
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