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19 Stars That Don't Mind Getting Naked For Roles

March 12th, 2014 10:00am EDT
19 Stars That Don't Mind Getting Naked For Roles
One of the greatest dilemmas in becoming an actor or actress is the value in taking your clothing off for a role. Many have clauses in their contracts that state they will not ever do a nude scene (Julia Roberts uses body doubles when a role calls for her to take it all off, and has said, "It's just not my thing.") Still, for as many thespians who will not take it all off, there are just as many who will, and have willfully. Following, in no particular order, are 19 stars that don't mind getting naked for roles.

1. Amy Adams

Although Amy Adams has been in various stages of undress in the ...
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'The Impossible' Crew Feared The Movie Was 'Cursed'

December 29th, 2012 10:29am EST
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The Thai crew working on tsunami film The Impossible initially feared the production was "cursed" and performed a ritual to improve their luck, according to actor Ewan McGregor.

The new drama chronicles the story of a family's survival in the aftermath of the horrific Indian Ocean tidal wave that killed more than 230,000 people on December 26th, 2004.

McGregor travelled to Thailand to shoot scenes on location and admits bouts of bad weather prompted fears among locals that the project was doomed.

He tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "It was a very difficult film to make, especia...
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Levon Helm's Final Recording To Benefit Amnesty International

May 3rd, 2012 3:02pm EDT
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A previously unreleased Levon Helm track is set to hit stores to raise funds for Amnesty International.

The song, called Toast to Freedom, was one of the last tunes the rock icon recorded before his death last month.

It will be available as a digital download from Thursday and all proceeds will benefit the human rights organization.

The Associated Press reports Helm recorded the song at his home studio in Woodstock, New York with friend and producer Larry Campbell. The track features vocals from Ewan McGregor, Kris Kristofferson and Carly Simon.

Campbell reveals Helm had hoped to pe...
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Exclusive: 'Haywire's' Gina Carano On MMA, Soderbergh And 'Fast And Furious 6'

April 30th, 2012 2:33pm EDT
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Beauty is nothing new for a leading lady, but add a healthy dose of lethal to the mix and you’ve got uniquely killer combination. With her equally exquisite loveliness and fast moving fists, former MMA fighter Gina Carano has both qualities in spades – so much so that famed director Steven Soderbergh cast her as the striking lead in his new film. Hitting Blu-ray on May 1 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, "Haywire" has Carano playing a black-ops agent double-crossed and looking for a little vengeance. We’re celebrating Soderbergh’s return to his roots with a cool Blu-ray review, but firs...
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GLAAD Honors Chaz Bono, Josh Hutcherson, 'Modern Family' & More

April 23rd, 2012 10:24am EDT
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Cher stunned her transgender son Chaz Bono by presenting him with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The pop superstar joined Bono's stepmother Mary Bono Mack at the prizegiving in Los Angeles on Sunday and honored the gay rights activist, stating, "I'm here because Chaz has the most courage of almost anyone I know. The other day I was having a big meltdown (like you do) and Chaz said, 'Are you going to come to the (event),' and I went, 'Chaz, you know, I'm not doing well right now'.

"He texted me and said, 'I turned into a very understanding, smart man and...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'John Carter', 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen' & More

March 6th, 2012 6:12pm EST
Trailer Talk March 9, 2012
New movies coming to theaters this week include the highly anticipated John Carter - the film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1912 story "A Princess of Mars", the first tale from his epic science fiction series "John Carter of Mars"; the familiar-looking Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words; the outrageous idea of fishing in the desert in Salmon Fishing In The Yemen. Another thriller, Silent House and the formulaic rom-com Friends With Kids round out this list of movies opening March 9, 2012.

PICK OF THE WEEK: John Carter

JOHN CARTER

Civil War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kits...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Safe House,' 'The Vow'& More

February 6th, 2012 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
It turned out that my initial optimism about “The Woman in Black” last week was for naught. Unfortunately it is a ridiculous horror movie that made me laugh much more than it actually scared me. For more on why I thought it was silly, check out my review.

This week in theaters, there will be a nice mix of action, romance, adventure, and drama. You’ll have the chance to see Denzel Washington’s action thriller “Safe House,” the tragic Rachel McAdams romance picture “The Vow,” the lighthearted adventure film “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” the Woody Harrelson Los Angeles cop drama “R...
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Martin Scorsese Leads Crusade For 'Hugo' Dog Award

January 30th, 2012 9:21am EST
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Martin Scorsese has launched a campaign to land the canine star of his movie Hugo a Golden Collar Award nomination.

The legendary director was upset after Blackie the Doberman failed to secure a nod for Best Dog In A Theatrical Film at the annual prize giving, which recognizes the most talented pooches in Hollywood.

He wrote a letter to the Los Angeles Times to complain about Blackie's snub, and pointed out that Uggie the Jack Russell scored two nominations for The Artist and Water for Elephants.

Scorsese ranted, "How could she not be nominated? Jack Russell terriers are small and cut...
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Carano Is Strong AND Sexy in Soderbergh's 'Haywire'

January 23rd, 2012 6:54am EST
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Hollywood needs more action heroines like Mallory Kane. The protagonist in Steven Soderbergh’s spy thriller “Haywire” is strong and sexy like Lisbeth Salander, except she doesn’t have to show any skin to prove it. Portrayed by MMA fighter Gina Carano, Kane has the cunning of Jason Bourne combined with the fighting skills of Jackie Chan.

What really separates Kane from her sisters in the genre though, is her lack of emotional attachment. This isn’t to say that she doesn’t care about anyone, because she does love her father. However Kane doesn’t let her emotions cloud her judgment, i...
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Review: 'Haywire' Apt Title For Shaky Action Flick

January 20th, 2012 11:00am EST
Haywire
Haywire is an apt title for a film that comes across more as a work in progress than a finished product.

In its promotional spots, the flick seems like another of the tried-and-true "action hero goes on a rampage to right a wrong" films, and there's nothing wrong with that. Many enjoyable movies have come out of that mold. But Haywire bills itself as having "reinvited the espionage thriller" in its production notes. It doesn't just want to be a popcorn flick, but also something more mysterious, and it doesn't succeed in either category.

Mixed martial artist and former American Gl...
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Two Jews' Review 'Haywire' & Only One Finds It Exciting, Action Packed and Sexy (Video)

January 20th, 2012 8:00am EST
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Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: I knew I was going to love 'Haywire' directed by Steven Soderbergh from the first scene.

A girl walks into a coffee shop in the middle of nowhere. She sits down...blows on her hands to warm them. The waitress takes her order.

A few seconds later, a man comes in, sits down opposite her. They briefly chat...and then SUDDENLY...

Its wham...bam...pow-kick-punch....Translation...Girl and Guy get into a very, very exciting, take no prisoners, fight with each other.

And this is no ordinary movie fight...because the girl is Gina Carano, a mixed mart...
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Review: Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire' A Welcome Return To The Fabulous Films Of His Past

January 17th, 2012 11:00am EST
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I’ll come clean - I’m more of an early Steven Soderbergh film fan. "Sex, lies, and videotape" was a stunning five-star debut, "Kafka" a fantastically strange experience and "King of the Hill" a nostalgic favorite. But it was his fourth film, the highly underrated masterwork "The Underneath," where the director not only showed some cinematic savvy, but also began to play with what would eventually become (for better or worse!) a Soderbergh staple – playing with time. Over the years it has had varying degrees of effectiveness on his work including adding charm to the Clooney fest "Out of Si...
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Naomi Watts & Ewan McGregor Star In Film About 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

December 24th, 2011 1:00pm EST
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Producers of a movie depicting the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hired the biggest water tank in Spain to recreate the horrific tidal wave.

Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star as parents caught up in the disaster while on vacation in Thailand - where thousands were killed when the tsunami came ashore - in upcoming film The Impossible.

Director Juan Antonio Bayona refused to use computer-generated special effects to recreate the enormous wave, and he was so determined to make the movie realistic, the cast and crew decamped to a huge man-made reservoir in Spain to shoot the crucial scenes.

They...
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Q&A: Danny Boyle Talks 'Trainspotting' Sequel Plans With Original Cast, His Films, Plus Bonus Blu-ray Review

September 12th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Danny Boyle
If there is one filmmaker who I could proudly proclaim as the best and most diverse director working today, hands down it’s Danny Boyle. His amazing originality, ability to re-invent himself with each movie and sheer eclectic vibe of his body of work makes Boyle a filmmaking force to be reckoned with, bar none. One of his early calling cards is hitting glorious Blu-ray via Lionsgate on Sept. 13 in the form of one five-star "Trainspotting: Collector’s Edition" and I don’t mind saying not only does it look picture perfect, it’s chocked so full of extras that it might as well have been a box...
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Ewan McGregor Signs Up For Charity Yacht Race

August 5th, 2011 12:24pm EDT
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Actor Ewan McGregor is hitting the high seas off the coast of Britain to compete in a sailing race for charity.

The Trainspotting star will hop onboard a yacht with British sailor Alex Thomson for the 50-mile high speed sprint around England's Isle of Wight.

The first place team will take home $16,000 for their chosen charity - and McGregor has vowed to donate the cash to the food crisis in East Africa if he wins.

He says, "I'm excited to experience the thrill of yacht racing from the very deck of the boat and I'll be doing my best to help Alex win so that we can donate the prize mone...
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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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Upcoming Star To Watch: Gina Carano

July 26th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Gina Carano
Fans of mixed martial arts and those who watched the return of American Gladiators know who Gina Carano is. She holds a 7-1 record in the ring and starred as "Crush" in the short-lived remake of the athletic game show. Now, she's ready to make an impact in Hollywood when she stars in Haywire.

Gina Carano stars as a secret agent double-crossed - isn't that always the case? She needs to protect her family while dealing with her former partners. The movie has a grand ensemble cast: Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, and Channing Tatum.

Gina was #16 on Maxim's ...
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Ewan McGregor Welcomes Daughter Number Four

June 30th, 2011 8:46am EDT
Ewan McGregor
Scottish actor Ewan McGregor has a fourth daughter.

The Moulin Rouge! star has two biological children with his wife Eve Mavrakis - 15-year-old Clara Mathilde and Esther Rose, nine. The pair added to its brood in 2006 when they adopted daughter Jamiyan, nine, from Mongolia.

Now, McGregor and his wife are caring for a new baby, although he has refused to reveal her name or details of her background, according to Scotland's Daily Record newspaper.

The actor told the New York Post, "My wife and four girls - 15, two nine year olds and a baby of four months - often come with me if it's a h...
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Check Out 'The Island' Starring Scarlett Johansson On Blu-ray June 21

June 19th, 2011 6:55am EDT
The Island
Blockbuster action director Michael_Bay delivers a striking look at a strange world of the future in the sci-fi action drama "The Island."

Midway through the 21st century, Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) lives in a confined indoor community after ongoing abuse of the Earth has rendered most of the planet uninhabitable.

One of the only places in the outside world still capable of sustaining life is an idyllic island where citizens are chosen to live through a lottery. Or at least that's what Lincoln and his fellow citizens are taught to believe; the truth is that Lincoln, like every...
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Review: 'Beginners' 'Two Jews On Film' Almost Agree On This Indie Gem (Video)

May 31st, 2011 2:15pm EDT
Beginners
By Joan Alperin Schwartz: All I can say is...'Beginners' had me from the moment Ewan McGregor looks deep into the eyes of his newly acquired Jack Russel Terrier and says...'Look it's lonely out here so you and I better learn how to talk to each other'. The camera does a close up on the dog and the caption on the screen reads...I understand 150 words but I don't speak any.

Get the picture. 'Beginners' written and directed by Mike Mills is one of those independent quirky films that you can't help but fall in love with. At least I did.

Oliver (Ewan McGregor) a graphic artist, goes to a p...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'X-Men:First Class,' 'Beginners,' & More

May 31st, 2011 11:00am EDT
X-Men
Last week I had the opportunity to see “The Hangover Part II,” the sequel to the wildly successful 2009 hit comedy. Director Todd Philips does not really change the formula for the film or the format in which he tells the story, but there are still plenty of laughs to be found. Check out my review if you haven’t already.

This week you’ll have the chance to see what Professor X and Magneto used to be like in the prequel “X-Men: First Class,” you could follow along with Ewan McGregor as he deals with his father’s coming out in “Beginners,” you can laugh as the teenager Oliver Tate atte...
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Blu-ray Review: 'I Love You Philip Morris'

April 13th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Philip Morris Photo
Continuing the love of all things Blu-ray (we’re purists!), here is a review of the recently released Jim Carrey/Ewan McGregor man-love comedy fest "I Love You Philip Morris."

Title: "I Love You Philip Morris"

Grade: 4

Cast: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann

Director: John Requa & Glenn Ficarra

Rating: R

Runtime: 98 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate

Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com

The Flick: Right off the bat you can tell that this film was written by the guys who wrote the vile and hilarious Terry Zwigoff flick "Bad Santa." Both are brutally revealing, total...
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Happy 40th Birthday, Ewan McGregor!

March 31st, 2011 8:35am EDT
Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor will be celebrating on Thursday - the great Scot turns 40 years old.

Born in Crieff, Scotland, drama school drop-out McGregor has been working steadily on the stage, in Hollywood and indie arthouse flicks ever since he wowed with his break-out role as a junkie in 1996's "Trainspotting."

He's proved there's no part he can't tackle, portraying everything from a glam rock star to a priest and, of course, a Jedi Knight.

To salute Ewan on his special day, WENN has opened up the archives and dug up 10 facts about his life.

- Early on in his career, McGregor shared an apartmen...
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Ewan McGregor: 'I Don't Want To Become Clint Eastwood'

March 21st, 2011 11:11am EDT
Ewan McGregor
Actor Ewan McGregor avoids stripping off for movie roles nowadays to keep younger female co-stars from thinking he's "taking advantage of the situation."

The Scottish star, who turns 40 later this month, admits he's aware many actresses are considerably younger than him and he wants to avoid any awkward experiences.

He says, "I'm getting older and the actresses stay younger. I don't want to become Clint Eastwood, where his love interests seem 50 years younger than him. You never want female co-stars to feel like you're taking advantage of the situation. Anyhow, sex scenes are terribly e...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Tron: Legacy,' 'Yogi Bear,' & More

December 13th, 2010 9:29am EST
Tron Legacy
Last Thursday I saw “I Love You Philip Morris” starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. This film, which is written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and Jon Requa, the team behind “Bad Santa,” advertises itself as a funny movie; however it leans more dramatic than expected. Most of the hilarious lines are spoiled by the trailer, so when you get a chance to see the whole product, you’ll find yourself a bit let down.

Both Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor are incredibly convincing as a gay couple from the manner of their speaking down to the body language that they use. Their story is one that pull...
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Jim Carrey Took Big Pay Cut To Star In 'Phillip Morris'

December 1st, 2010 8:09am EST
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey had no problem with taking a big salary cut to star in I Love You Phillip Morris - because he loves tackling "extreme and interesting" movies.

In the film, inspired by true events, Carrey stars as jailed con artist Steven Jay Russell who falls in love with his cellmate, Phillip Morris, played by Ewan McGregor.

Carrey agreed to lower his fee to appear in the $15 million budget movie - but he was determined to play Russell because he resonated with the character's dedication to finding real love.

He tells Parade magazine, "There are very few scripts that I would come across t...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Black Swan,' 'All Good Things,' & More

November 30th, 2010 9:33am EST
Black Swan
I hope everyone had a happy and safe Thanksgiving filled with good food and excellent company. As part of a tradition in my family, we watched the movie “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” starring John Candy and Steve Martin. This road trip comedy which no doubt influenced this year’s “Due Date,” tells the story of a man (Martin) racing home to Chicago for Thanksgiving with his family.

His journey is terrorized by an obnoxious stranger (Candy) he can’t seem to shake. The odd couple is forced to travel together, enduring a comical series of catastrophes, while unwittingly forming a frien...
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Review: 'Two Jews On Film' Believe Jim Carrey's 'I Love You Phillip Morris' Performance Is Oscar Worthy

November 29th, 2010 11:00am EST
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'I Love You Phillip Morris' stars Jim Carrey as real-life con man, Steven Russell. Steven is a happily married man living in Texas with his Christian wife (Leslie Mann) and their baby. Steven is an ex policeman, working in the produce business. He plays the organ in church, sings with the choir and is living the perfect life....Except for one thing...Steven is gay. After getting into an automobile accident, Steven realizes it's time for him to come out of the closet. And does he ever. Steven leaves his family, moves to Miami, hooks up with a gorgeous hunk (Rodrigo Santoro) and begins ...
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Ewan McGregor Grounded By Monsoon

November 26th, 2010 11:00am EST
Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor was forced to miss a movie screening in New York this week after he was trapped in Thailand during a monsoon, according to a U.S. report.

The Scottish actor was due to attend the I Love You Phillip Morris showing on Monday but heavy rain left him grounded in Asia.

McGregor is currently in Thailand filming forthcoming tsunami disaster movie The Impossible, reports New York Post gossip column Page Six.

His co-star Jim Carrey - who plays McGregor's onscreen lover in the comedy - was in attendance at the event, as well as the real Phillip Morris, whose life story inspired th...
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John Cusack To Play Edgar Allen Poe

August 30th, 2010 9:45am EDT
John Cusack
John Cusack has confirmed he is set to play Edgar Allan Poe in a new murder mystery.

The actor will star as the horror writer in director James McTeigue's forthcoming "The Raven," a fictionalized account of Poe's mysterious last days chasing a serial killer.

In a post on Twitter, Cusack announces: "Official I will play Edgar Allen Poe in fall. A film called The Raven, send any Poe gold my way as I begin this journey into the abyss."

Ewan McGregor and Jeremy Renner were previously in talks for the project but their parts were not specified. It is unclear if either actor is still involved....
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