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The Most Underrated & Overrated Influential TV Shows

August 22nd, 2008 9:28am EDT
Miami Vice
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and on television it often appears to be the only form of creativity. Yes, ever since Milton Berle first stole a joke for "Texaco Star Theatre", TV has been a wild west of borrowing material and copying good ideas until they've become completely stale. Many of these ideas were so good, in fact, that their resonance is still felt today, and that's when a show crosses over from being copied to being influential.

Over the years, many shows have been considered influential. From "The Dick Van Dyke Show" first showing both the home and office l...

Separated At Birth? Stars Who Look Like Other Stars

August 1st, 2008 8:45am EDT
Idina Menzel & Penelope Cruz
Ever hear the theory that everyone has a twin? Some believe that each and every person has a double somewhere on Earth. Whether that theory is true is debatable. However, it's uncanny how some celebrities resemble each other. Sometimes it's an obvious trait: similar hairstyle, body type or facial features. Other times it's more subtle: similar roles or names.

Whatever the reason, the following stars have something about them that makes them look like another famous somebody. And that's not always a good thing.

1.) Perhaps it's the enormous beer gut that makes this trio seem r...

Michael Moore 'Shouldn't' Make 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Sequel

May 18th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Michael Moore
Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore confesses he shouldn't be allowed to make a sequel to his controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 - because its plot is "toxic." The Oscar winner has signed a deal to begin work on the follow-up to his hit film, and is currently offering the idea to foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

The original film took aim at the Bush government in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in September 2001.

But Moore admits making another controversial documentary will be "risky."

He says, "It's something I shouldn't make, so...

Academy Awards Aim To Cure 'Awards Fever' As Show Approaches With Usual Glitz And Glamor

February 24th, 2008 12:30pm EST
Oscar Feature
LOS ANGELES (AP) - No matter who wins, one key prediction from Academy Awards overseers already has come true: The show will go on.

It was a nail-biter for weeks as a Hollywood writers strike threatened to decimate Sunday's Oscars, with stars and filmmakers indicating they would not cross picket lines if the labor quarrel remained unsettled.

In the wake of the Golden Globes, whose celebrity bash was stripped down to a pitiful mid-January news conference because of the strike, Oscar organizers insisted their ceremony would go on as planned.

The 100-day strike ended less than t...

Michael Moore: 'I Want Castro At The Oscars'

February 21st, 2008 12:00pm EST
Michael Moore
Sicko director Michael Moore wants Fidel Castro to be his special guest at the Oscars on Sunday - insisting he would be a great "ratings grabber".

Moore's Oscar nominated documentary on the health-care industry was partly shot in Cuba - so he wants the former politician to attend the ceremony to honor the country. Castro announced his retirement as president last week ending half a century of autocratic rule.

Moore says, "I got some great news today because I was trying to figure out how I was going to get Castro into the Oscars and for me he resigns today so he can come to L.A...

Michael Moore Surprised To Secure Nomination

January 24th, 2008 12:22pm EST
Michael Moore
Michael Moore is amazed his movie Sicko has received an Academy Award nomination, because he thought he'd never be invited back after slamming U.S. President George W. Bush onstage in 2003.

Moore outraged many with his controversial speech, which Oscars producers cut short, when picking up the Best Documentary award for Bowling For Columbine.

But the 53-year-old was pleased to hear his film about America's health care problems had picked up a Best Documentary Academy Award nomination on Tuesday.

He says, "I'm appreciative that they allowed me back in the building (Kodak The...

Writers Guild Of America Nominees Announced

January 11th, 2008 10:21am EST
Diablo Cody
NEW YORK (AP) - While the Writers Guild of America continues its strike, throwing much of awards season into question, it still has some awards of its own to hand out. Among the WGA nominees for best original screenplay are stripper-turned-scribe Diablo Cody for the teen pregnancy comedy ''Juno'' and Tony Gilroy, who wrote and directed ''Michael Clayton,'' about a fixer at an upscale New York law firm.

Also nominated for best original screenplay were Judd Apatow for ''Knocked Up,'' another comedy about an unplanned pregnancy; Tamara Jenkins for ''The Savages,'' about adult siblings car...

'No Country For Old Men,' 'Juno' Win Satellite Awards

December 17th, 2007 3:54pm EST
No Country For Old Men
No Country For Old Men and Juno triumphed at The Satellite Awards on Sunday night, taking home two gongs each. Ethan and Joel Coen's Western thriller, No Country For Old Men, was awarded Best Director and Best Drama, while Juno was hailed as Best Comedy.

Juno's star, Ellen Page, was also named Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role in the Jason Reitman-directed film.

The Best Actor in a Drama prize went to Viggo Mortensen for his part in Eastern Promises, and Marion Cotillard won the female equivalent for her passionate depiction of French chanteuse, Edith Piaf, in La V...

'Sicko' Leads Oscar Documentary Shortlist

November 20th, 2007 10:17pm EST
Michael Moore
Michael Moore's healthcare film Sicko has been named among the 15 documentaries shortlisted for a 2008 Oscar. Officials at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences originally considered 70 movies, but they've narrowed them down to a 15-strong shortlist, from which the five nominees will be announced in January.

As well as Sicko, the documentaries in contention are: Autism: The Musical, Body Of War, For The Bible Tells Me So, Lake Of Fire, Nanking, No End In Sight, Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience, Please Vote For Me, The Price Of Sugar, A Promise To The Dead:...

Bill Maher To Star In Documentary About World Religion

October 2nd, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Bill Maher
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, announced today that it has acquired distribution rights to an untitled documentary about world religion, directed by Larry Charles (Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, Curb Your Enthusiasm) and starring political humorist and author Bill Maher (Real Time With Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect). Jonah Smith and Palmer West of Thousand Words (A Scanner Darkly, Requiem For A Dream) are producing. CAA arranged financing for the film in 2006. Stuart Ford of IM Global i...

Michael Moore: 'Canada Is Funnier Than America'

September 10th, 2007 3:14pm EDT
Michael Moore
Acclaimed documentary-maker Michael Moore is more successful in Canada than the U.S. - because Americans don't get his humor. Moore praised Canada's collective sense of humor during an appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he was promoting his latest project Captain Mike Across America.

He said, "Canadians, you're wired in a different way than we are humor-wise. You understand and appreciate irony and satire... Americans, we take things maybe a little bit too literally and don't always get it."

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Notable Quotables

July 30th, 2007 11:58am EDT
Sharon Osbourne
"They need a bloody good smacking and I'd kick 'em up the bum...I feel sorry for our guys that are in Iraq; I do not feel sorry for those little spoiled b---... If I see anymore of them out at night with all that bloody hair sewn in their heads, skirts up here, no knickers on... Lock 'em all up, throw away the key." Sharon Osbourne has no time for Hollywood's crime-breaking "It" girls.

"We're not homosexuals. We barely talk, let alone kiss... I've always been the 'I'm going to beat the f*&# out of the lead singer' guy." Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum responds to ridiculous rumors ...

Michael Moore Tells Jay Leno He's Been Subpoenaed By The Bush Administration

July 27th, 2007 9:52am EDT
Michael Moore
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore announced that the Bush Administration has subpoenaed him in the wake of his recent trip to Cuba on the July 26 episode of NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (Monday-Friday, 11:35 p.m. - 12:37 a.m. ET).

"I haven't even told my own family yet." Moore began, "I was just informed when I was back there with Jay that the Bush administration has now issued a subpoena for me."

The trip was part of his new film "Sicko" which tackles the question of affordable health care in the United States. Moore, who brought 9/11 rescue workers wit...

Notable Quotables

July 25th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Paris Hilton
"I just saw Sicko and it just made me sad. Like I was crying during it as well." Paris Hilton's was upset by Michael Moore's new healthcare documentary.

"Lindsay is at that age where she needs to be told, 'You can't throw everyone's world totally out of whack.'" Georgia Rule director Garry Marshall believes his young star, Lindsay Lohan, should adopt a more considerate attitude when it comes to film set punctuality.

"She was a Jewish girl named Wendy Herman from Manchester. It's funny that her name was Herman, because it was years before we became Herman's Hermits."Sixties pop ico...

Moore Blasts TV Host & Network Live On Air

July 11th, 2007 12:22pm EDT
Michael Moore
Filmmaker Michael Moore launched into an 11-minute rant on American TV on Monday, during which he blasted the media for misrepresenting his new healthcare documentary Sicko. The controversial director was appearing on CNN show The Situation Room when he blasted both the network and host Wolf Blitzer for having a "poor track record" as journalists.

Moore had been invited onto the program to counter a report made by CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, which pointed out alleged false information and statistics in Sicko, which takes aim at the U.S. healthcare system.


Michael Moore Defends 'Sicko' Disinterest

July 5th, 2007 10:53am EDT
Michael Moore
Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore has defended his new documentary Sicko from claims foreign distributors aren't interested. The movie, which takes aim at America's healthcare system, has so far failed to attract bids in the U.K. Industry insiders suggest poor box office takings and mixed reviews in the U.S. could be to blame.

However, Moore insists he's not worried by Britain's apparent apathy, declaring it's still too early to write off his film completely. A spokesman says, "Sometimes these things can take a little time. All I can say is watch this space."

Sicko has alrea...

Michael Moore Confused By 'Controversial' Label

July 1st, 2007 4:02pm EDT
Michael Moore
Filmmaker Michael Moore is confused by critics who label him "controversial", because he doesn't see why people are upset with his documentary making. Moore has made a name for himself with hard-hitting documentaries like 2002's Bowling For Columbine, 2004's Fahrenheit 9/11 and his latest film, Sicko, which follows a group of sick 9/11 rescue workers seeking free medical care in Cuba.

But he insists he is only asking the same questions as other members of the U.S. public, who don't have the platform to air their concerns, and claims he is still a patriotic American citizen, despite wh...

Deaths Of 'Sicko' Cast Made It The Hardest Movie For Michael Moore To Make

June 30th, 2007 11:38am EDT
Director Michael Moore found making his new documentary Sicko one of the hardest movies to make - because some of the castmembers died before filming on the project wrapped.

Sicko chronicles the struggles of everyday Americans as they attempt to get adequate healthcare, and Moore sparked controversy in the film by accompanying a group of sick 9/11 rescue workers to Cuba, where they were hoping to receive free treatments for their ailments.

But the 53-year-old was undeterred by the tragic deaths, and tried to lighten the mood of the documentary by using humor. He tells talkshow hos...

Michael Moore Claims That Teenagers Like His Rebel Status

June 28th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Michael Moore
Michael Moore believes his movies appeal to teenagers because of his anti-establishment credentials. Moore, whose 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 slammed President George W. Bush's response to the September 11th terrorist attacks, is proud his films are teaching a new generation to question their surroundings.

The 53-year-old tells MTV.com, "The reasons my films have been popular amongst teenagers is because I'm an adult your dad's age, but I'm telling you to stick it to the man! I want young people to rebel. I want them to break the rules, to not just do what they're told."


Memorable Celebrity Quotes

June 28th, 2007 11:51am EDT
Maggie Q
"If it was possible to genetically engineer the perfect woman in the world... it would be Maggie Q... She should be cloned." Bruce Willis was impressed with his Live Free or Die Hard co-star.

"Coldplay are the modern Beatles, so I'd love to do a duet with them, especially Chris Martin." Justin Timberlake heaps praise on Coldplay.

"We're putting a ban on all dudes from coming to the show." Actor/singer Tyrese is hoping his upcoming Shirts Off tour with R&B stars Genuwine and Tank is strictly for the ladies.

"At night, before I go to bed, I check on the kids to make sure the...

Tammy Lynn Michaels Criticizes Larry King For Choosing Paris Hilton Over Michael Moore

June 28th, 2007 9:33am EDT
Tammy Lynn Michaels
Actress Tammy Lynn Michaels has blasted CNN newsman Larry King for 'bumping' documentary maker Michael Moore in favor of a chat with Paris Hilton.

The respected talk show titan admits he took seconds to agree to landing the scoop interview with the socialite - rescheduling his chat with director Moore - upsetting fan Michaels, the lesbian lover of rocker Melissa Etheridge.

In an open letter to King, posted on her website hours before the newsman sat down with Hilton, The L Word star first praised the talk show host: "There are not many people who are blessed to have a position s...

Memorable Celebrity Quotes

June 26th, 2007 11:53am EDT
Mandy Moore
"The place we recorded in was definitely haunted. The ghost was nice. It turned my TV on for me... I felt like I wasn't by myself; they were my friends. I had company." Mandy Moore recalls recording her new album in a haunted studio.

"I'm too young to be a legend." Barbra Streisand, 65, doesn't believe she is ready for such a hallowed status.

"I have a very, very, very great relationship with wine. We have been together for about 10 years now, and we just love each other more and more every day." Sienna Miller reveals her biggest love in life.

"I don't think it's such a bad ...

PETA Slams 'Sicko' Michael Moore For Eating Meat

June 26th, 2007 11:44am EDT
Michael Moore
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has been branded a "sicko" by an animal-rights group for eating meat. The controversial director is accused of being a "hypocrite" by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for criticizing the U.S. healthcare system in his new documentary Sicko.

PETA claims Moore should not have publicly slammed the health authorities because they say he's in such poor health himself. President Ingrid Newkirk wrote in a letter to Moore: "There's an elephant in the room, and it is you."

Opening June 29: Sicko

June 26th, 2007 10:53am EDT
After exploring the predominance of violence in American culture in Bowling for Columbine and taking a critical look at the September 11th attacks in Fahrenheit 9/11, activist filmmaker Michael Moore turns his attentions toward the topic of health care in the United States in this documentary that weighs the plight of the uninsured against the record profits of the pharmaceutical industry. Continue Summary

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Michael Moore Takes Steps To Protect Film

June 23rd, 2007 12:30pm EDT
Michael Moore
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has locked the negative of his new film Sicko away to make sure government officials can't confiscate the project ahead of its June 29 release.

The controversial director faces jail after reportedly breaking trade laws to make parts of his hard-hitting new movie, which takes aim at America's health system.

And, as he fights allegations his trip to Cuba to shoot footage was illegal, Moore isn't worried about jail time - he fears his film could be confiscated.

He says, "We've responded to the government, saying we did not break the law, th...

Michael Moore Is Not Worried About 'Sicko' Leak

June 22nd, 2007 9:21am EDT
Filmmaker Michael Moore insists he doesn't care his new documentary Sicko has been leaked online - he's just glad people get to watch his movie.

Video-sharing website YouTube.com was forced to pull links to pirated versions of the U.S. healthcare expose last weekend after learning as many as 600 people had seen the film illegally online.

A 124-minute version of "Sicko," which is released across America on June 29, was posted on YouTube by two users on Friday. Distributor Weinstein Co alerted YouTube bosses after they learned of the leak, and the links to the footage were immedia...

Michael Moore Loses 30 Pounds In Three Months

June 21st, 2007 3:38pm EDT
Michael Moore
Moviemaker Michael Moore has lost 30 pounds in three months after research for his new documentary about the U.S. medical system left him keen to lose weight. The larger-than-life director admits he started to feel like a hypocrite as he attacked a healthcare system without taking care of his own health.

He says, "I just started to do a few things differently. I'm from the Midwest and guys like me don't go on diets. We don't do well on spinning classes. But we should be smart enough to know that by eating a few fruits and vegetables a day and going for a walk every day can't be a bad ...

Michael Moore Believes Film Leak Was An Inside Job

June 21st, 2007 9:16am EDT
Michael Moore
Documentary maker Michael Moore has accused movie executives of leaking his new film Sicko on the internet because he insists the weekend controversy must have been an inside job.

The editors of video-sharing website YouTube.com were forced to pull links to pirated versions of Moore's new healthcare film after learning as many as 600 people had seen the movie illegally online. But Moore isn't buying suggestions the leak was a mistake or the result of a clever pirate - because the online footage was too good.

He fumes, "The film that's leaked onto the internet is not taken at a m...

Michael Moore Faces Jail Over Cuban Filming

June 18th, 2007 2:03pm EDT
Michael Moore
Controversial documentary maker Michael Moore faces jail after breaking U.S. trade laws to make parts of his hard-hitting new film, Sicko, in Cuba. Moore hired a boat and took a group of ill 9/11 rescue workers to Guantanamo Bay in the hope of getting them the same healthcare as Al Qaeda detainees, after learning they get free teeth cleaning, eye care and nutrition counseling.

The filmmaker and the rescue workers were turned away and instead found a doctor in Havana, Cuba willing to treat each one.

Moore shot footage of their Cuban healthcare encounter for his film, which address...

Michael Moore Gets Nurses Support For 'Sicko'

June 15th, 2007 3:17pm EDT
Michael Moore
Michael Moore's new documentary about the state of U.S. healthcare, Sicko, has been given a huge boost by California's nurses - they will flood cinemas later this month when the film is released.

The California Nurses Association are planning to stage a Scrubs for Sicko campaign in state cinemas to support the film and to answer questions cinemagoers may have.

Nurses will wear their uniforms to the screenings, where they'll ask film fans to sign petitions and lobby politicians in an effort to push health care reform across America.

Over 1,000 nurses joined Moore at a rally...

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