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Natalie Portman's Pink Crocheted Dress - Hot Or Not?

June 11th, 2010 1:49pm EDT
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman recently attended an event honoring director Mike Nichols in a strapless pink crocheted dress. The star usually looks great on the red carpet, but we're not particularly fond of this pastel creation. What do you think?

The actress has several projects in production, including "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" about a woman who is put through the ringer by her stepson; "Black Swan," which focuses on a feud between two ballerinas; "Your Highness," which follows two princes as they head out on a journey to save their king; "Thor," a big-budget adventure that chronicles the ...

Natasha Richardson To Be Buried On Sunday

March 21st, 2009 12:58pm EDT
Natasha Richardson
Actress Natasha Richardson will be buried in a private family ceremony near her Millbrook Dutchess County home in New York.

The star's husband Liam Neeson, their two sons, members of her family and close friends like Matthew Modine and moviemaker Mike Nichols gathered for a wake at the American Irish Historical Society in Manhattan on Friday and they'll say their farewells to the actress on Sunday.

Police are preparing for traffic congestion and huge crowds as fans head to Millbrook to pay tribute to the late star, who died on Wednesday after suffering a traumatic brain injury whi...

'Charlie Wilson's War'- Momentous But Momentless

December 21st, 2007 10:11am EST
Charlie Wilson
Charlie Wilson was a man who took risks with seemingly no regard to the danger he was placing himself in. He would rather make a joke than admit defeat. Ultimately, when he's resolved to take action, he lowers his head and rams into adversity - crashing down hallways and flying in jet airplanes, unflappable and resolute.

Charlie Wilson's War is no different. Helmed by one of the greatest directors of all time, Academy and Tony award winner Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Catch 22," "The Birdcage," "Primary Colors" and Broadways' "Spamalot," "Odd Couple," and "Barefoot in the Park"), the...

Oscar Winners Tom Hanks And Julia Roberts Star In 'Charlie Wilson's War'; Out Dec. 25

November 22nd, 2007 1:00pm EST
Charlie Wilson
Charlie Wilson's War is the true story of how a playboy congressman, a renegade CIA agent and a beautiful Houston socialite joined forces to lead the largest and most successful covert operation in history.

Their efforts contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, with consequences that reverberate throughout the world today. Oscar® winners Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman team with Academy Award®-winning director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to bring George Crile's best-selling book to the screen.

Charlie Wilson (H...

War Comes to Hollywood

November 12th, 2007 9:43am EST
As far back as the 30s, celebrities and even cartoon characters endorsed the purchase of war bonds to support World War I. Then again, there were those who opposed war. For example, producers came up with films such as "Johnny Got his Gun" in 1971, which was based on the 1938 anti-war novel by Dalton Trumbo.

Today the genre has become a standard by directors, writers, and producers who have a missive for the mass audience. Although many films, such as Robert Altman's 1970 film "M*A*S*H," were thinly disguised as the Korean War to show opposition to Vietnam, just as many were made f...

George Clooney & Renee Zellweger Talk About Work, Prostitutes & More

November 10th, 2007 7:00am EST
George & Renee
In the December issue of W magazine, on newsstands November 23, George Clooney says he didn't know what prostitutes were until he cruised around in a Porsche with his cousin, actor Miguel Ferrer, when he first moved to California: "I didn't know what hookers were. We pulled up at the stoplight, and all of these girls came over, and they were like, 'Hey, do you want to party?' I looked at Miguel and I said, 'Chicks love me, man! I'm on fire here!'"

Following are other comments from George Clooney and Renée Zellweger's interview:

George Clooney


Celebrity Birthdays, November 6

November 6th, 2007 3:00am EST
Thandie Newton
Happy Birthday to hoops star Lamar Odom (1979), Zambian actress Thandie Newton (1972), actor Ethan Hawke (1970), actress Lori Singer (1957), Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (1949), Eagle Glenn Frey (1948), actress Sally Field (1946), director Mike Nichols (1931), baseball player Walter Johnson (1887), and patriotic composer John Philip Sousa (1854).

Emily Blunt Was Starstruck By Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts

April 25th, 2007 9:09am EDT
Tom Hanks
Emily Blunt fears she let director Mike Nichols down while filming love scenes with Tom Hanks in new film Charlie Wilson's War because she was awestruck by the Oscar winner. Blunt couldn't believe her luck when she was cast opposite Hanks and Julia Roberts in her moviemaking hero's latest film - but she isn't proud of her acting.

She says, "I have a rather raunchy scene with Tom Hanks, and he couldn't have been nicer about it. It was that weird thing where I'm crawling all over him, and suddenly my mind drifts off and I'm like, 'Oh, I loved you in Turner & Hooch.'

"The whole tim...

Bowling For Soup Introduce Their 'Six Million Dollar Video'

March 26th, 2007 2:44pm EDT
Bowling For Soup
Jive Recording Artist Bowling For Soup continue to bring their own brand of creative expression with their new video "When We Die," as they cast Lee Majors in a leading role.

"When We Die," a the current single from their album, The Great Burrito Extortion Case is a departure from the usual happy go lucky videos that fans may have been accustomed to, but in its essence it is still a Bowling For Soup video. The video revolves around the tumultuous relationship between a father, played by Lee Majors, and son and how they overcome past differences to rejoin, make amends and hopefully s...

Mike Nichols Taught George Clooney German For 'The Good German'

March 20th, 2007 10:32am EDT
The Good German
The Good German director Mike Nichols had to double up as a dialect coach, because the expert hired for the movie couldn't speak German. The coach was fired after the film was shown to German speakers and they couldn't understand what was being said.

Star George Clooney reveals German-born Nichols ended up helping him perfect the language and accent at the very last minute.

He says, "It was brutal. We had a dialect coach on the set who apparently didn't speak any German. We didn't know. He would say, 'That was good.'

"So, for dubbing, Mike was my dialect coach. He would say, ...

Special Effects Assistant Is Hurt On Set Of Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts Film

January 19th, 2007 10:40am EST
Tom Hanks
A special effects assistant testing a mock-shoulder-fire stinger missile on the set of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts' new movie is fighting for his life in a California hospital after the weapon blew up in his face. The 35-year-old man was testing the missile yesterday for a scene in Charlie Wilson's War that was to be shot later today at Downey Studios in the California desert. The assistant is in critical condition.

Fire Captain Darren Moon, who was among the first on the scene after the accident, reveals the unnamed assistant breached health and safety violations by testing the missi...

Director Helped George Clooney Perfect His German

December 5th, 2006 10:10am EST
The Good German
Moviemaker Mike Nichols had to be drafted in at the last minute to help George Clooney perfect his German in new period thriller The Good German. The director is fluent in German and assisted Clooney when it was clear the lines he'd learned phonetically from a dialect coach were nonsense.

Clooney, who also learned to speak a little Farsi for the Steven Soderbergh film, explains, "We had this dialect coach on the set who clearly didn't speak a word of German. The dialect coach said, `Perfect, yah that was gud.' Then he went away and I recorded the dialog. The months passed and Steven c...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 6

November 6th, 2006 3:00am EST
Thandie Newton
Happy Birthday to hoops star Lamar Odom (1979), Zambian actress Thandie Newton (1972), actor Ethan Hawke (1970), actress Lori Singer (1957), Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (1949), Eagle Glenn Frey (1948), actress Sally Field (1946), director Mike Nichols (1931), baseball player Walter Johnson (1887), and patriotic composer John Philip Sousa (1854).

Streep's 'Devil Wears Prada' Role Was Inspired by Clint Eastwood

September 8th, 2006 9:27am EDT
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep mentally "put a dress" on directors Clint Eastwood and Mike Nichols in order to garner inspiration for her hard-bitten role in The Devil Wears Prada. Streep, who plays fashion editor Miranda Priestly in the movie, has always been bemused that toughness in men is always accepted, but in women it is seen in a negative light.

But she chose to use this reality to inspire her steely character. She says, "Clint Eastwood would say 'Give me that' and it would be given to him. That same directive, that same tone of voice from a woman is intolerable. A woman who says 'Give me that'...

Natalie Portman Finds a Mentor in 'Closer' Director Mike Nichols

March 13th, 2006 5:00pm EST
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman turns to her Closer director Mike Nichols whenever she struggles to make a career decision or master a movie role. The actress has adopted the revered movie maker as a mentor, and his advice helped her nail roles in films like V For Vendetta and make decisions like the one that led to her switching agencies. Nichols even offers her romance tips.

Portman says, "He'll take me out to dinner and be like, 'This guy's not treating you right...' (or), 'You need a new agent.' You send him a book, he reads it the next day. You ask him for advice on a script, he reads it and giv...

Don't Expect To See Nude Shots of Natalie Portman From 'Closer'

March 9th, 2006 9:49am EST
Movie maker Mike Nichols agreed to "burn" scenes of Natalie Portman in various states of undress because he didn't want them falling into the wrong hands. The sexy actress played a pole dancer in provocative movie Closer and briefly appeared topless, but she reveals there were many saucy scenes which didn't make it into the film.

She explains, "I will not allow myself to be on a porn site ... I don't want to be used by someone else for turning me into something that I'm not. (But) I was doing everything because I knew that Mike was going to get my permission about everything and show m...

Celebrity Birthdays, November 6

November 6th, 2005 3:00am EST
Ethan Hawke
Happy Birthday to hoops star Lamar Odom (1979), Zambian actress Thandie Newton (1972), actor Ethan Hawke (1970), actress Lori Singer (1957), Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (1949), Eagle Glenn Frey (1948), actress Sally Field (1946), director Mike Nichols (1931), baseball player Walter Johnson (1887), and patriotic composer John Philip Sousa (1854).

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