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Damian Lewis Apologizes To Ian McKellen For His 'Fruity Actor' Remark

December 12th, 2013 11:20am EST
Damian Lewis
Damian Lewis has apologized to Ian McKellen after he appeared to poke fun at the renowned movie star in an interview.

During an interview  with Britain's The Guardian newspaper, the Homeland star remarked that he didn't want to become "one of those slightly over-the-top, fruity actors who would have an illustrious career on stage, but wouldn't start getting any kind of film work until I was 50 and then start playing wizards".

Although, the 42 year-old actor did not refer to any individual by name, many fans assumed his comments were directed at McKellen, who plays wizard Gandalf in The ...
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Ian McKellen Responds To Damian Lewis' 'Fruity Actor' Comment

December 10th, 2013 11:23am EST
Ian McKellen
Renowned thespian Ian McKellen has hit back at remarks Damian Lewis made in a British newspaper interview earlier this year, in which he appeared to mock the legendary actor.

The Homeland star was asked about his career plans during an interview with The Guardian and said he didn't want to "end up" as "one of those slightly over-the-top, fruity actors who would have an illustrious career on stage, but wouldn't start getting any kind of film work until I was 50 and then start playing wizards."

The 42 year-old actor refused to name names but many readers were convinced he was taking aim at...
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'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' - Second Trailer Released (Watch It!)

October 1st, 2013 12:04pm EDT
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The second trailer for the middle film in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, has been released, building plenty of anticipation for the film's December release.

Desolation picks up right where the first film, An Unexpected Journey, left off; with Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the party of 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) continuing their quest to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim its treasure and defeat its current inhabitant: the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Other than the usual quick glimpses of the act...
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Patrick Stewart Marries Third Wife, Ian McKellen Officiates

September 9th, 2013 8:15am EDT
Patrick Stuart & Sunny Ozell
Patrick Stewart, 73, has married for the third time. The former "Star Trek" actor and jazz singer Sunny Ozell, 35, wed on Sunday.

Stewart and Ozell met at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music five years ago.

The couple announced the happy news in an unusual photo on Twitter. Stewart posted a photo of himself and Ozell lying in a bunch of plastic balls with the caption, "Yes, married."

The actor's "X-Men" co-star, Ian McKellen, officated the ceremony. He posted a photo of himself holding up a T-shirt reading "Minister" and the couple's marriage certificate. "I did my part," McKellen wrote...
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Ian McKellen To Portray Sherlock Holmes In 'A Slight Trick Of The Mind'

September 5th, 2013 6:31pm EDT
Ian McKellen
Ian Mckellen is the latest British actor to tackle the role of Sherlock Holmes, following in the footsteps of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller.

The renowned thespian will play an elderly version of the enigmatic sleuth in A Slight Trick of the Mind, in which Holmes is haunted by his unsolved cases.

The film is based on the novel of the same name by Mitch Cullin and follows a now retired Sherlock Holmes, who becomes haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years earlier about an angry husband his beautiful, but mentally unstable wife.

Gods and Monsters director Bill Condon will helm...
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Old & New 'X-Men' Casts Unite At Comic Con For 'Days Of Future Past'

July 21st, 2013 11:48am EDT
Hugh Jackman
Fans of Marvel's X-Men got a huge treat at Comic Con on Saturday as director Bryan Singer brought together the casts of the original trilogy and their younger counterparts from last year's prequel X-Men: First Class and upcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past during the panel to promote the forthcoming film.

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Anna Paquin came face to face with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Peter Dinklage, sending fans into a frenzy.

"Walking by Hall H as the entire 'X-Men: Da...
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Ian McKellen Believed Margaret Thatcher's Gift To Him Was A Practical Joke

April 16th, 2013 11:48am EDT
Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen, best known for his part as Gandalf in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and Magneto in the "X-Men" saga, recalls how he was convinced he was the unfortunate victim of a very unfunny practical joke when in 1991 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, on the recommendation of the most unlikely of people.

McKellen received word that he would be honored with the coveted British accolade in 1990, when he got a phone call from the British Ministry, and he was told that the beneficiary of the recommendation came from none other than former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, literally the d...
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Ian Mckellen Hosted Hobbit Parties During Long Filming

December 25th, 2012 2:32pm EST
Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen became known as "the king of the social scene" while filming The Hobbit movies in New Zealand as he hosted regular gatherings for the cast and crew at his home.

The veteran actor, who reprises his role as Gandalf the wizard in the franchise, took it upon himself to keep his pals entertained during the 18-month shoot and his co-star Martin Freeman admits he, for one, was grateful to be coaxed out his apartment.

He tells People magazine, "It was lovely to have that time to get to know people properly. I'm a homebody, so I like putting a DVD on and having a beer. But McKellen wa...
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Ian McKellen Defends 'The Hobbit' Trilogy Decision

December 6th, 2012 3:54pm EST
Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen has defended filmmaker Peter Jackson's decision to turn J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit into a movie trilogy, insisting fans will be delighted to see three installments.

The director originally intended to make a two-part prequel to his The Lord of the Rings series, and came under fire after announcing he would release three epics instead.

Critics accused him of trying to make more money by stretching out the classic book, but McKellen, who plays Gandalf the wizard, refutes the suggestion.

He says, "Anyone who thinks Peter Jackson would fall for market forces around him...
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Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen Return In 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

November 28th, 2012 11:07am EST
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as Professor X and Magneto
The next X-Men movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, some old faces are returning after some time off. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen weren't in X-Men: First Class, as the film took place well before the original trilogy. However, both actors will appear in some fashion in the upcoming film, which takes place in present day as well as a dystopian future.

James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult also return from First Class to star in the new film. Director Bryan Singer confirmed the news via Twitter. "I'd like to officially welcome back James McAvoy, Jennifer ...
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Ian McKellen Wanted To Quit 'The Hobbit'

November 14th, 2012 5:30pm EST
Ian McKellen
Veteran actor Ian McKellen almost quit his role in The Hobbit movies as the project rumbled on for five years.

Guillermo del Toro originally signed up to take charge of The Lord of the Rings prequel in 2008, but he had to quit due to production delays when the studio behind the franchise, MGM, fell into financial turmoil.

Peter Jackson took over as director and the movie series eventually got back on track after the company emerged from bankruptcy, but a dispute with an actors' union and a health crisis for the filmmaker led to more postponements.

The first movie in the trilogy - The ...
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Ian McKellen Reprimands New Zealand Prime Minister Over His 'Gay' Remark

November 6th, 2012 10:47am EST
Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen has taken aim at New Zealand Prime Minister John Key after the politician used the word 'gay' in a derogatory manner.

Key caused controversy last week when he referred to a DJ's red jersey as "gay" before a charity golf match. The PM later insisted, "It's just a slang term... I didn't really mean it as anything offensive" and claimed he understood the word to mean "weird".

However, openly-gay star McKellen is upset about Key's turn of phrase and has urged the politician to think about the language he uses as a public figure.

In a post on his website, the Lord of the Rings...
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Billy Connolly To Play Dain Ironfoot In 'The Hobbit'

February 9th, 2012 9:52am EST
Billy Connolly
Peter Jackson has completed the star-studded cast of "The Hobbit" after signing up Billy Connolly to play a dwarf warrior.

The actor will tackle the role of Dain Ironfoot and joins Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom in the director's "Lord of the Rings" prequel.

Jackson tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves, than Billy Connelly, the Big Yin himself. With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of The Hobbit is now complete. We can't wait to see him on the Battlefield!"

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Peter Jackson Offering Hobbit Set Visit For Charity

December 23rd, 2011 3:26pm EST
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The Hobbit director Peter Jackson is offering a fan the chance to visit the set of the movie in New Zealand to raise money for charity.

The filmmaker is currently shooting the Lord of the Rings prequel, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel, with stars including Martin Freeman, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom.

Now Jackson is offering up the chance to visit the set of the film as part of the Stars Come Out Auction, which launched on Trademe.co.nz this week to raise funds for scientist Sir Ray Avery's charity Medicine Mondiale.

Other offers up for auction includ...
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Return To Middle Earth With The First Trailer For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (Watch It!)

December 21st, 2011 12:50am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
It's almost time to return to Middle Earth! On Tuesday Warner Bros. Pictures released the first official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and you can check it out right here!

An Unexpected Journey follows the adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins that took place before the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bilbo joins 13 dwarves, led by the warrior Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim a lost dwarf kingdom since taken over by the dragon Smaug. Along the way Bilbo encounters Goblins, Spiders, Trolls and Elves; and he finds the precious ring that once belonged to the evil Sauron ...
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Evangeline Lilly 'Very Concerned' Over Her 'Hobbit' Role

September 22nd, 2011 11:13am EDT
Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline Lilly fears "purist" fans will hate her role in The Hobbit because her character didn't feature in the book and was invented solely for the fantasy film adaptation.

The Lost actress' Sylvan elf Tauriel was created especially for director Peter Jackson's upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel The Hobbit.

However, Lilly admits she is terrified Tolkien devotees won't respond well when the movie epic is released next year.

She says, "The Hobbit didn't include female characters at all. I can see why additional characters were needed to round ...
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Liv Tyler Hoping For A 'Hobbit' Cameo

June 27th, 2011 11:29am EDT
Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler is eager to re-team with her Lord Of The Rings cast mates Ian Mckellen, Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood by joining the cast of the highly-anticipated prequel The Hobbit.

The actress played Arwen in the first three films in the fantasy franchise, but she has so far been left out of the line-up for Peter Jackson's new epic adventure.

Tyler admits seeing the rest of the Lord Of The Rings cast get back together has made her long for a cameo role.

She tells Britain's Daily Express, "I've seen some of the other actors. I had such an amazing time making those films. I wish that I co...
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Evangeline Lilly Cast In 'The Hobbit'

June 20th, 2011 1:54pm EDT
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Lost's Evangeline Lilly has joined The Hobbit.

"Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character—the Woodland Elf, Tauriel," director Peter Jackson announced on Facebook. "Her name means 'daughter of Mirkwood' and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life."

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Top Ten Best Movie Sequels Ever

May 27th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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For all those hoping that both Kung Fu Panda 2 and The Hangover Part II opening this week are better flicks then their predecessors this is the Starpulse list for you. We’ve delved deep into our movie minds to come up with some of the most imaginative, innovative, and just plain kick-ass awesome second outings to ever hit the silver screen. (And yes, being that it’s part of a trilogy, Empire doesn’t count movie geeks!) Move over impressive or perhaps in some cases unimpressive cinematic originals – you’re new 35mm baby brother is here and he makes this look good. Here is our list of the...
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Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart's Shakespearean Costumes Sell at Auction

February 13th, 2011 4:20pm EST
Ian McKellen
Costumes worn onstage by Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart have been auctioned off by bosses at Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

More than 15,000 items from the RSC costume department raised $82,500 after going under the hammer in Stratford-upon-Avon, England on Saturday.

Thousands of theater fans lined up for hours to check out the display of outfits and accessories, including Egyptian headdresses, capes and cloaks from past plays.

A plain white shirt worn by Patrick in Hamlet in 2008 fetched $90, while green embroidered doublet and breeches donned by David Tennant in a 2008 pr...
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Elijah Wood Joins 'The Hobbit'

January 10th, 2011 8:13am EST
Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood is returning to Middle Earth - the actor has signed on to star in the "Lord Of The Rings" prequel "The Hobbit."

The actor will reprise the role of Frodo Baggins in the film, which will start shooting in New Zealand next month. Wood played Frodo in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen will also reprise their roles from the trilogy.
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Hot Legs: Julia Roberts Promotes 'Eat Pray Love' In San Sebastian, Spain

September 21st, 2010 12:39pm EDT
Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts showed off her lean legs while promoting "Eat Pray Love" at the San Sebastian International Film Festival on Monday.

Julia was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at the film festival in Spain. Her "Eat Pray Love" co-star Javier Bardem presented her with the Donostia Award last night.

The 42-year-old Oscar winner told the audience she was overwhelmed to receive the prize. She said, "What a fortunate woman I've been in my life for a variety of reasons. If we were having dinner, I'd tell you all of them. But now, I'll just say thank you from the bottom of my heart. And ...
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Michael Fassbender Lands 'X-Men' Role

June 18th, 2010 9:06pm EDT
Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender has reportedly seen off strong competition to land a coveted role in the new X-MEN movie - playing a younger version of Ian McKellen's character.

The Inglourious Basterds actor, 33, is said to have been offered the part of villainous Magento in X-Men: First Class ahead of a host of younger stars including Kick-Ass' Aaron Johnson and Anjelica Huston's nephew Jack Huston, according to Deadline.com.

Fassbender will appear alongside James McAvoy, who will step into Sir Patrick Stewart's role of Charles Xavier in the upcoming prequel.

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James McAvoy Joins 'The X-Men'

May 28th, 2010 9:00am EDT
James McAvoy
James McAvoy has joined the X-Men - he will step into Patrick Stewart's role of Charles Xavier in the upcoming prequel. The Scottish actor will play a younger version of Stewart's character, also known as Professor X, in X-Men: First Class, which will chart the beginnings of the superhero saga.

The movie will focus on the early years of Xavier and Erik Lensherr, who later became known as magnetic mutant Magneto and was played by Ian McKellen in the blockbuster trilogy. It is not yet known who will play the younger version of McKellen's character.

The film, which will be directed by Kick...
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Ian Mckellen Speaks Out At Australian Gay Rights Rally

May 17th, 2010 10:30am EDT
Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen attended a gay rights rally in Australia on Sunday, where he urged government officials to allow same-sex marriage Down Under.

The veteran star took a break from his current Waiting for Godot tour to join the gathering outside Melbourne's State Library, which was organized to raise awareness for International Day Against Homophobia on Monday. The British actor argued the right to marry would "change lives" of gay couples who want to make their union official - and would also boost the country's image.

He said, "Establishing the rights for gay people to be married would cost...
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Peter Jackson Dismisses 'Hobbit' Trouble

April 20th, 2010 8:35am EDT
Peter Jackson
Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson has dismissed rumors upcoming prequel The Hobbit has been delayed due to production problems - insisting the project is still in its early stages.

The adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's first book in the fantasy series was reportedly scheduled to begin filming this summer. Ian McKellen, who stars in the series as wizard Gandalf, apparently confirmed the news in a recent post on his website, revealing the movie will be split into "two films" and will "start shooting in New Zealand in June."

Subsequent reports that movie bosses are not yet ready to beg...
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Check Out 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy' On Blu-ray April 6

April 3rd, 2010 7:43am EDT
Lord OF The Rings trilogy
All three original theatrical films together for the first time on Blu-ray! Assisted by a Fellowship of heroes, Frodo Baggins plunges into a perilous trek to take the mystical One Ring to Mount Doom so that it and its magical powers can be destroyed and never possessed by evil Lord Sauron.

The astonishing journey begins in the first film of director/co-writer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy that redefined fantasy filmmaking. This imaginative foray into J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth won four Academy Awards and earned 13 total nominations including Best Picture.

"The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy...
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Ian McKellen Opposes Pedophile Background Checks

February 8th, 2010 9:17am EST
Ian McKellen Opposes Pedophile Background Checks
Ian McKellen has spoken out against Britain's new anti-pedophile database, insisting the new scheme will dissuade amateur theaters from casting children. The Lord of the Rings star fears the Vetting and Barring Scheme, which requires any adult working with children to register and submit a background check, will result in limited roles for young performers.

Adults who don't comply face a fine of up to $8,000 and a criminal record, which McKellen maintains is unnecessary in the world of amateur theater.

He says, "People are all there for the love of it - that's what amateur means. It...
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Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

September 21st, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?

MAJOR NETWORKS

ABC: B

The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...
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The Beatles' Entire Original Recorded Catalog Remastered; Out Sept.9

April 10th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
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Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are delighted to announce the release of the original Beatles catalog, which has been digitally re-mastered for the first time, for worldwide CD release on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (9-9-09), the same date as the release of the widely anticipated "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game. Each of the CDs is packaged with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. On the same date,...
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