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Franco And Hathaway: Good Choice As Oscar Hosts?

December 1st, 2010 8:42am EST
Anne Hathaway
As reported earlier, the Academy has chosen James Franco (a near nominee for 2008’s ‘Milk’) and Anne Hathaway (a 2008 nominee for ‘Rachel Getting Married’) as the hosts of the 2011 festivities.

This continues the Academy’s favoring of movie stars – this year’s hosts were Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, while 2009’s show was emceed by Hugh Jackman – as well as its desire to draw more and younger viewers to its annual telecast.

The choice is interesting and unconventional. Movie stars have hosted before – think Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal and Goldie Hawn – but Franco and Hathaway are not...
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Oscar Producers: 'James Franco & Anne Hathaway Personify Next Generation Of Hollywood Icons'

November 30th, 2010 11:09am EST
James Franco & Anne Hathaway
It's that time of year again--time to announce the Academy Award host. I hear the groans already. Before you fire off a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, you need to understand one thing. The Academy does not choose the host, it is the job of the Executive Producers to find the perfect host for the show. Did you stare at the TV screen hoping for a laugh from Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin last year? Blame Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic. Were Jon Stewart's two trips to the host podium a bore for you? Well, that was a Gil Cates decision twice over.

Yesterday, Anne H...
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James Franco And Anne Hathaway To Co-Host Oscars

November 29th, 2010 2:00pm EST
Hathaway,_Anne
James Franco and Anne Hathaway have been selected to co-host the 83rd Academy Awards telecast on February 27, 2011. It is the second year in a row that more than one host has been selected, with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin performing the duties last February.

The most interesting twist is that both hosts are in consideration for awards. Franco is considered a favorite to win Best Actor for his performance in Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, whereas Hathaway has a long-shot chance at Best Actress for Love and Other Drugs.

It is only the second time since 1987 that more than one host has been sel...
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Tina Fey Receives The Mark Twain Prize For American Humor

November 10th, 2010 7:54am EST
Tina Fey
Tina Fey's 30 Rock cast and her Date Night co-star Steve Carell were among the comic stars who came together to honor the funnywoman as she picked up the coveted Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Tuesday.

The Emmy Award-winning comedienne was feted in a ceremony at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the audience was packed with colleagues from her former show Saturday Night Live and current TV project 30 Rock.

Fey's movie co-star Carell took to the stage to present his pal with the prize, describing her as "a pretty cool cucumber" and adding, "She d...
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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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31 Days Of Horror: "Little Shop of Horrors" Double Feature

October 13th, 2010 3:24pm EDT
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Continuing on with a similar theme from Monday is a Little Shop of Horrors double bill, first with the 1960 low-budget original, directed by a hesitant Roger Corman, followed by the 1986 film adaptation of the Alan Menken and Howard Ashman penned Off-Broadway musical. Both are funny, neither is particularly horrific, and while one has a very young Jack Nicholson, the other has Bill Murray—so it’s a bit of a toss-up as to which is the better killer plant movie.

By the late 50s Roger Corman had already hit his monster movie stride, churning out an unbelievable number of B-movies for paltry s...
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Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber & Other Celebs Tweet Reactions To Chilean Miners' Rescue

October 13th, 2010 1:50pm EDT
Sebastian Pinera
In what will surely become one of the most memorable events in modern history, the 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped in a collapsed mine underground for 69 days began to be rescued early Wednesday morning, around 1 a.m. Chilean time.

Over 2000 journalists from around the world have gathered around the mine in the small town of Copiapo, 800 kilometers from the capital, Santiago, as well as Chilean president, Sebastian Pinera.

Movie producers and writers have also flocked to the scene, ready to do research and buy rights for future projects.

Here's what celebs have been tweeting ab...
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Tina Fey To Receive Mark Twain Prize For Humor

May 25th, 2010 4:30pm EDT
Tina Fey
Tina Fey will make history by becoming the youngest recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor later this year.

The Date Night star, 40, has been chosen by officials at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as the 2010 honoree. The award is primarily in recognition of her work as a writer and comedian on Saturday Night Live, where she famously mimicked former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the 2008 elections.

Mark Krantz, executive producer of the Mark Twain award, says, "It's that job as a head writer on a show that's been a tra...
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'It's Complicated' Just The Latest In String Of Successes By Nancy Meyers

April 26th, 2010 12:45pm EDT
Nancy Meyers Its complicated.jpg
Filmmaker Nancy Meyers has directed, written, and produced some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Not only has Meyers been able to be successful in a male-dominated industry, but she has simultaneously changed the face of movies by writing films which feature strong female roles.

Her first big-screen success alone challenged film conventions. Meyers co-wrote and co-produced the 1980 comedy Private Benjamin; she recently told the New York Times that “everybody turned that movie down. Everybody. More than once.” It was abnormal to have a film not only starring a strong woman, but also wi...
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Stars That Started Out Behind The Scenes

April 7th, 2010 2:08pm EDT
Tina Fey
By now most people know that "Date Night" star Tina Fey was the head writer on "Saturday Night Live" before Lorne Michaels had the bright idea to give her the on-screen job of co-anchoring the show's classic "Weekend Update" segment with Jimmy Fallon. Soon she was appearing in movies, winning all of the industry's top acting awards for her role on "30 Rock," and achieving icon status with a brilliant impersonation of a certain moose-hunting republican from Alaska.

It's hard to believe that one of the most recognizable faces in comedy spent several years behind the scenes, and Fey's not th...
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April DVD Releases: 'Avatar,' 'Crazy Heart' & More

March 30th, 2010 9:04am EDT
Avatar
Fans around the world will soon be able to discover every detail and relive every moment of James Cameron's "Avatar" in the comfort of their own homes. But there are plenty of other new DVD releases this month:

April 6

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - Buy it.

Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk

Apparently this is one of those "Good" Nicolas Cage movies. Worth a watch to see why everyone is so excited about his appearance in the upcoming Kick-Ass.

The Collector - Skip it.

Josh Stewart, Michael Reilly Burke, Juan Fernandez, Andrea Roth

Lord of the Rings Tril...
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What We Were All Thinking - The Full Starpulse Oscars Recap

March 8th, 2010 1:50am EST
Oscar Feature
Tonight's Oscar ceremony is probably the most re-designed ceremony in Academy history.

Just look at all the changes. 10 Best Picture nominees, two hosts, no Best Song performances, more dance, a supposed streamlined show, and, weirdest of all, a request for no "thank yous" during the acceptance speeches.

Plus, a few of last year's tweaks will remain. They're sticking with the abhorrent practice of having five actors come out and sing the praises of the year's present crop of nominees (at least only in the Leading categories this year), and the producers are insistent on further expandin...
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Christoph Waltz Dances Off With First Oscar

March 7th, 2010 9:28pm EST
Christoph Waltz
Austrian actor Christoph Waltz got the 82nd Academy Awards off to a great start by picking up the event's first prize.

The heavy-favorite "Inglourious Basterds" star claimed the Best Supporting Actor honor, calling his award "uber bingo".

The big night opened with a special treat when all 10 lead actors and actresses nominated appeared on-stage at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

As the hopefuls took their seats, Neil Patrick Harris took the stage to lead a glitzy song-and-dance number. The actor previously dismissed reports he would be part of an Oscars opening performance.

Co-hosts Ste...
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Razzie Awards Preview: Nominees Include Sandra Bullock, Megan Fox & More

March 5th, 2010 4:24pm EST
Razzie Awards Preview
For the past 30 years on the evening before the Hollywood revels in its own glory at the Academy Awards, the Golden Raspberry Awards do the best they can to gleefully throw sand in the industry's face. The Golden Raspberry Awards (or Razzies) are a kind of Anti-Oscar, dolling out cheap plastic statuettes to the worst movies that Hollywood plops onto the guileless public every year.

Heading up this year’s awards with 7 nominations each are the ultra-big budget sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and the comparably expensive box office sink pit “Land of the Lost.” “Transformers” wa...
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It's Complicated Comes To Blu-ray & DVD April 27

February 24th, 2010 10:15pm EST
Its Complicated DVD
Long forgotten passion and hidden emotions unexpectedly reignite with hilarious results in It's Complicated, coming to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def, DVD and Download to Own on April 27, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Two-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep (nominated again this year for Julie and Julia), Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock," The Departed) and Emmy® winner Steve Martin (The Pink Panther, Baby Mama) star in the latest smart, funny, feel-good comedy that's the perfect gift for Mother's Day from Oscar® nominated writer and director Nancy Meyers (Some...
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Producers Wanted Sacha Baron Cohen To Host Oscars

February 20th, 2010 12:28pm EST
Sacha Baron Cohen
Outrageous funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen was first-time Oscars producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman's first choice to host the 2010 Academy Awards.

The movie moguls eventually agreed that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin should co-host the big night, but only after Academy bosses laughed off the idea of the Brit comedian's characters Borat, Ali G and Bruno showing up onstage at the Oscars.

Shankman reveals, "The Academy swatted it (idea) down. They thought it was too big of a wild card."

See more photos of Sacha Baron Cohen here!

Image © PR Photos
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Celebrities Who Should Host Saturday Night Live

January 22nd, 2010 6:00pm EST
Celebrities Who Should Host Saturday Night Live
With such an iconic sketch comedy show like Saturday Night Live, it can be very disappointing when the host fails to excite us. Some celebrity hosts surprise the audience and are actually funny like Brian Williams

, whereas some bomb terribly like January Jones, Michael Phelps and Paris Hilton. Most likely if Lorne Michaels invites the celebrity to host again, it's a good sign like Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Goodman, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Drew Barrymore, and Jon Bon Jovi. A few other phenomenal past hosts were Justin Timberlake, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Britney S...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Sherlock Holmes,' 'It's Complicated' & More

December 21st, 2009 9:54am EST
SHERLOCK HOLMES
The arrival of Christmas on Friday brings a solid variety of films to the box office. There's the romantic comedy "It's Complicated," the fantasy adventure "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," the action thriller "Sherlock Holmes," and the family comedy "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel."

IT'S COMPLICATED

Jane (Meryl Streep) rekindles her relationship with her ex-husband Jake (Alec Baldwin) by hooking up with him, on his son's college graduation. In addition to handling the difficulties of being her ex's mistress, Jane's life is further complicated by her attraction to an a...
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'The Jerk' Starring Steve Martin Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

December 14th, 2009 9:47am EST
The Jerk 30th Anniversary
Directed by Carl Reiner, and released on December 14, 1979 "The Jerk" tells the "rags to riches…to rags" story of Navin R. Johnson, an imbecilic, white boy, raised by a family of poor, black sharecroppers, who decides to take his Candide-like optimism and head to the big city to find his place in the world. The film kicks off with a homeless Navin, who says, "I am not a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now, I only have two things: my friends and my thermos." Navin then goes on to recount the particulars of his personal story. He begins with the a...
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Starpulse Scene: Top 10 Latest Hollywood Gossip

November 20th, 2009 9:38am EST
Top 10 Latest Hollywood Gossip
Contributing writer Erin Demchak shares the Top 10 latest Hollywood gossip on the Starpulse Scene. This week Erin discusses a few Hollywood actors taking on some new gigs- Mario Lopez will host the Miss America pageant, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin will co-host the Academy Awards and James Franco will guest star on 30 Rock.

Dakota Fanning was crowned Homecoming Queen at her high school, Rihanna finally opens up about Chris Brown, two Twilight stars may be more than just friends and see who Chris Martin was smooching behind Gwyneth Paltrow's back. Check out these stories and more on thi...
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Top 10 Films With Numbers In The Title

September 26th, 2009 1:52pm EDT
9
In honor of the recent Tim Burton film 9 we're spotlighting numerals and numbers in film. What they have contributed to movies over the years goes beyond simply differentiating an original from a sequel.

For the most part this list excludes sequels. Sorry. It's just too easy. Also, much too simple are the straight up number films. But the English language loopholes are definitely abused throughout this top ten to reflect the best and, well, most viewed options. Check them out!

1. The First Wives Club.

This is the smartass chick's chick flick with a message. Bette Midler. Goldie ...
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Check Out '30 Rock' Season 3 On DVD Sept. 22

September 20th, 2009 7:48am EDT
30 Rock
On the third season of "30 Rock," Liz Lemon tries to avoid jury duty by dressing as Princess Leia, Jenna stars in a biopic about Janis Joplin, and Steve Martin plays a fabulously wealthy agoraphobe. Liz increasingly yearns for a normal life while she navigates two doomed relationships, one with a little person, whom she initially mistakes for a child, and the other with a neighbor, who doesn't realize people have allowed him to skate through life because of his impossibly good looks.

"30 Rock" stars Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, show runner of the fictional variety series “TGS with Tracy Jordan...
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Smarter Than The Average Celebrity

September 1st, 2009 10:03am EDT
Natalie Portman
Celebrities are not generally known for being scholarly, brainy, or bookish. On the whole, these types of words are reserved for people like Stephen Hawking, Marilyn Vos Savant, and Kim Ung-Yong. If a celebrity is fortunate, their claim to fame is achieved via artistic talent and entertaining know-how. There are, of course, celebrities who are not so fortunate, like Li Lo, Paris, and Brit, the Hollywood train wreck trifecta, whose notoriety is due more to excessive bed-hopping, drug use, feuds with friends, and wardrobe malfunctions than it is to arty aptitude. But what would the celebrity ...
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Exclusive: Tim Meadows On 'The Bill Engvall Show' And His Favorite Moments On 'SNL'

July 9th, 2009 10:59am EDT
Tim Meadows
Tim Meadows joins us to discuss the upcoming season of "The Bill Engvall Show" (premiering July 18 on TBS). He continues the discussion -- that we had previously begun with Nancy Travis -- about the state of the American sitcom and looks back at his favorite moments on "Saturday Night Live," throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game and tries to answer why, actually, did he sign that SNL 30 year contract.

Mike: How did you get involved with "The Bill Engvall Show"? I've followed your career for some time; I really like you on the show but, I admit, I didn't completely see this one comi...
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Best Wedding Films - What's Your Favorite?

June 18th, 2009 9:55am EDT
My Best Friend
This weekend Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds light up the screen with a brand new romantic comedy titled The Proposal. They are an unlikely duo who must pretend to get married to get Bullock's character a green card, but as anyone can expect, they start to fancy one another. It got Starpulse thinking about other movies centered around weddings that have captured the interest of movie goers before.

Here's a look at some excellent movies focused on weddings. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!

Image © New Line Productions

My Best Friend's Wedding

Who can for...
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Did Kris Allen Win 'American Idol' Because Of His Looks?

May 21st, 2009 9:11am EDT
Kris Allen
Who says looks don't get you far? Certainly no one who watched last night as Kris Allen took the coveted title of American Idol Season 8 winner. After the announcement, he seemed as shocked as we all were and was left with very little to say.

How is it that Kris Allen was able to take home the grand prize when Lambert is clearly the stronger, more artistic and original singer? Well, Allen is simply more likable. Perhaps because of his looks or perhaps because he is the boy next door. As Lambert was by far the most original, "out of the box" contestant the show has ever seen, All...
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'American Idol' Mega Diary - A Blow By Blow Of Last Night's Event

May 21st, 2009 8:37am EDT
American Idol
Two hours, wall-to-wall performances, and the "American Idol" result all in one place? Sounds like the perfect opportunity for a mega diary.

8:00 - Wow, the graphics on the opening with the contestants' name look like they were the group final for a high school A/V class. It never ceases to be amazing how bad the graphics can look on something so prominent.

8:01 - Whose idea was it to dress them both in head-to-toe white? What is this? A Mormon baptism?

8:02 - Joely Fisher with baby: "Hey America, did you know "'Til Death" just got renewed again? Muahahahahaha."

8:0...
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Kris Allen Wins 'American Idol'!

May 20th, 2009 10:58pm EDT
American Idol
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kris Allen's smooth vocals and boy-next-door image propelled him to "American Idol" victory Wednesday, turning the theatrical powerhouse Adam Lambert into the most unlikely of also-rans.

"I'm sorry, I don't even know what to feel right now. This is crazy," said a stunned Allen, 23, of Conway, Ark.

As host Ryan Seacrest said in announcing the result of the viewer vote, "The underdog, the dark horse, comes back and wins the nation over."

Lambert's commanding vocal range and stage presence — and the judges' adoration of him — at times turned "Idol" into "The A...
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An Insider's Look At 'SNL' Behind The Scenes

April 1st, 2009 10:53am EDT
SNL
I am a Saturday Night Live junkie - so much so that at times I have trouble hiding how big of a fan when that little thing called professionalism may be at stake. It was so apparent in the interview I conducted with current featured player Bobby Moynihan - a self-described "SNL" nerd himself - that he casually mentioned the prospect of me attending a show.

Now I could tell Bobby was a really nice guy, but I thought he was just trying to be polite. I was pleasantly surprised (read: screamed like a 12 year old girl!) when a week later he followed up on that invitation and asked if I wan...
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