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Top 10 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time

August 9th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Top 10 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time
Hollywood loves a sure thing. So it's probably no surprise that when a film enjoys massive success at the box office, Tinsel Town executives immediately start planning the sequel. After all, audiences loved the original so just churning out more of the same is a bullet-proof plan, right?

Wrong.

While there have certainly been a number of great sequels that were as good as or even better than the original, there have also been quite a few times where the sequel failed to live up to expectations. Here are our picks in no particular order for the worst movie sequels of all time.

1. Caddysha...
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Emmy Nominations: 'American Horror Story' Gets 17 Noms, Netflix's 'House Of Cards' Also Dominates

July 18th, 2013 10:01am EDT
House of Cards
After picking up nine nominations, Kevin Spacey's Netflix series "House Of Cards" will be a big contender at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards. The political thriller was recognized in the Outstanding Drama Series category and picked up dramatic acting nominations for its leads, Spacey and Robin Wright. It received a total of nine nominations.

The Netflix series will be facing stiff competition from last year's big winners "Homeland" and "Breaking Bad" as well as "Mad Men", "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey."

In the lead actor category, Spacey will face off against "Homeland's" Damian Lew...
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Al Pacino Claims He Turned Down 'Die Hard' And 'Star Wars' Roles

June 4th, 2013 4:32pm EDT
Al Pacino
Renowned thespian Al Pacino is convinced he gave Bruce Willis his big break in Hollywood by turning down the lead role in Die Hard.

The Scarface star has divulged he was one of the first actors approached to play tough cop John McClane in the 1988 blockbuster, but he passed on the script.

Pacino made the revelation about Willis at a question-and-answer session in London over the weekend, insisting, "I gave that boy a career!"

He then added, "You know who else I gave a career to? Harrison Ford in Star Wars - that role was mine for the taking but I couldn't understand the script."

The...
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Interview: 'Stand Up Guys' Helmer Fisher Stevens On Directing Icons, Memorable Acting And Duty To Docs

May 23rd, 2013 10:15am EDT
Stand Up Guys
Nothing says talented like a show business journeyman and for busy actor/producer/director Fisher Stevens it’s all in a days work.  On the acting front Stevens has created a ton of past memorable work in films like "My Science Project," "Short Circuit" and "Hackers."  His producing work on important documentaries has not only made a social and environmental impact, but in the case of "The Cove" garnered Academy Awards as well.  And on the directing front its full steam ahead as his latest effort, the Christopher Walken/Al Pacino/Alan Arkin starring flick titled "Stand Up Guys," hits DVD/Blu...
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'Despicable Me 2' Producers Race To Complete Film After Al Pacino Drops Out

May 7th, 2013 12:29pm EDT
Al Pacino
Al Pacino has pulled out of his voiceover role in Despicable Me 2, prompting the film's producers to scramble to get the film ready for its July 3 release.

Pacino, who replaced Javier Bardem as new villain Eduardo in the sequel to 2010's hit Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment production, left the production over a "last-minute creative difference," according to Deadline.com.

Since Pacino's exit last week, actor Benjamin Bratt has stepped in to fill the role, and he'll have to re-record all the dialog for the film before its release. Deadline was told there is plenty of time to ...
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Gru & His Minions Are Back With Cool Cars, Gadgets And More In New 'Despicable Me 2' Trailer

March 19th, 2013 9:27pm EDT
Despicable Me 2
It's almost time for Minion madness again as super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) and his three adopted daughters get set to embark on a whole new adventure in Despicable Me 2.

"Gru's back in the game with cool cars, gadgets and weapons!" Gru exclaims in the new trailer, released Tuesday.

This time around Gru is recruited by the 'Anti-Villain League' to use his expertise as a villain to help stop a new bad guy (Al Pacino) from taking over the world.

"Despicable Me 2" hits theaters July 3. Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Moises Arias, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher and Russ...
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HBO's 'Phil Spector,' Starring Al Pacino & Helen Mirren, To Air March 24

March 12th, 2013 1:37pm EDT
Phil Spector HBO film
HBO's "Phil Spector" debutes Sunday, March 24, on HBO. Written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Oscar-nominated playwright David Mamet, the film centers on the relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector (Al Pacino) and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren), who represented Spector during his first trial for murder.

The film also stars Jeffrey Tambor as Bruce Cutler, the original lead defense attorney on the Spector team, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as a mock prosecutor.

In 2007, Spector went on trial for the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson. The music pr...
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Prepare To Be Tempted: The 12 Best Portrayals Of The Devil In The Movies

January 30th, 2013 4:05pm EST
Elizabeth Hurley in Bedazzled
The Devil is always trying to tempt people to sell their souls, and when he comes in the form of Elizabeth Hurley, who starred as the prince, er, princess of darkness in the 2000 remake of Bedazzled the offer can sometimes be pretty enticing.

Resisting temptation can be pretty tough when it comes to the Devil, especially when he shows up himself, either to blackmail, influence, or just plain collect the souls of those he's won through his deals.

Movie depictions of the dark angel have ranged from serious to hilarious to downright chilling.

Here are our picks for the 12 best portrayals of...
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Al Pacino To Play Joe Paterno?

September 10th, 2012 8:44am EDT
Al Pacino
Al Pacino is in talks to play former college football coach Joe Paterno in a biopic, according to a new report.

Paterno lost his battle with lung cancer on January 22nd, aged 85, and he was remembered by celebrities and sport fans alike for his successful career as the Pennsylvania State University head coach for 46 years.

His legacy was tarnished last year when he was fired for allegedly failing to take action against assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with 45 counts of sexual abuse against young boys, and his life story quickly became the subject of a best-selling no...
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Al Pacino Injures His Eye On 'Stand Up Guys' Set

April 25th, 2012 10:36am EDT
Al Pacino
Al Pacino was treated by medics on the set of his new movie Stand Up Guys after hurting his eye in an explosive gun-wielding scene.

The Scarface legend has teamed up with fellow veteran star Christopher Walken for the movie, in which two ageing gangsters enjoy one last job.

The pair filmed a gunfight sequence on the streets of Los Angeles, with both firing off fake pistols in front of the cameras on Monday.

However, Pacino was left wincing in pain after the scene wrapped, and medics had to wash out his eye with solution.

It's not known how the actor was injured.
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Adam Sandler's 'Jack And Jill' Sweeps The 2012 Razzie Awards

April 2nd, 2012 9:30am EDT
Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler and his flop film Jack And Jill made history at the Golden Raspberry Awards on Sunday by scooping a massive 10 dishonors.

The funnyman was named Worst Actor and Actress for his dual male and female roles in the cross-dressing comedy, which was also branded Worst Picture, Worst Remake and Worst Screenplay.

Sandler also shared the prize for Worst Screen Ensemble and Worst Screen Couple, while his co-star Al Pacino won the Worst Supporting Actor trophy and David Spade was named Worst Supporting Actress for his own cross-dressing role in the movie.

Razzies founder John Wilson...
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Jack Nicholson's R.P. McMurphy Role Named Greatest Movie Performance Of All Time

March 20th, 2012 12:35pm EDT
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
Jack Nicholson's Oscar-winning turn in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest has been voted the greatest movie performance of all time.

The Hollywood veteran's role as R.P. McMurphy, a criminal faking insanity to serve his jail sentence in a mental hospital, came top in a poll by Total Film magazine.

Robert De Niro's acclaimed role as boxer Jake La Motta in 1980's Raging Bull was runner-up, and Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar-winning portrayal of a turn-of-the-century oil baron in There Will Be Blood came third.

The top five was rounded out by Al Pacino's performance as Mafia boss Michael Corleone ...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Son Of No One'

February 24th, 2012 10:27am EST
Son photo
Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Ray Liotta and Juliette Binoche all in the same flick? We’re there! It’s all dissected for your movie reviewing pleasure with the arrival of "The Son Of No One" on Blu-ray this week via Anchor Bay Entertainment. Follow the film about the fuzz below!

Title: "The Son Of No One"

Grade: 2 1/2

Cast: Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, Al Pacino

Director: Dito Montiel

Rating: R

Runtime: 94 minutes

Release Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Website: www.anchorbayent.com

The Flick: "The Son Of No One" is a flick that’s hard to enjoy. Meaning the hardene...
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Check Out Channing Tatum & Al Pacino In 'The Son Of No One' On DVD & Blu-ray Feb. 21

February 18th, 2012 6:29am EST
The Son Of No One
In the police thriller "The Son Of No One," a young officer (Channing Tatum) is assigned to the Queens precinct he grew up in.

When letters start surfacing about two unsolved murders in the neighborhood, they bring back dark memories and secrets that threaten his career and his family. He is forced to break his own moral code to keep himself, his family, and his fellow cops safe.

Joining Tatum on screen are Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan and Juliette Binoche.

The release also contains deleted scenes and audio commentary with writer/producer/director Dito Monti...
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Al Pacino To Play Villain In 'Despicable Me 2'

February 4th, 2012 7:00pm EST
Al Pacino
Al Pacino has signed on to replace fellow Oscar winner Javier Bardem as the villain in the "Despicable Me" sequel.

The star will join Steve Carell and Russell Brand, who are reprising their animated roles for "Despicable Me 2."

Kristen Wiig and "iCarly" actress Miranda Cosgrove will also offer up their voices for supporting characters.
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Gabriel Macht: The Smartest Actor On Television

December 1st, 2011 11:00am EST
Suits
Gabriel Macht is a genius.

It isn't in the conventional sense. Measuring him by his IQ - whatever that may be - wouldn't do him justice. Neither would examining his lengthy filmography of over twenty years. Yet spend a few minutes in his company, and it becomes quickly apparent that he is brilliant. It's in his verbal acuity, which would make many professional writers envious. It's in the thought he gives to even the most casual of conversations. He's just plain smarter than you or me.

He's not the type to need to prove that to anyone. Yet with the success of USA Network's original...
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Two Jews' Review 'Jack And Jill' And Agree Adam Sandler Fell Down The Hill With This One (Video)

November 11th, 2011 1:00pm EST
Jack And Jill
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: I love laughing. Nothing feels as good as a big fat belly laugh... Well, maybe one other thing, but laughing is definitely right up there. So I was really looking forward to seeing Adam Sandler's new film 'Jack and Jill,' directed by Dennis Dugan (Grownups). It's a comedy, right? Wrong!

There is absolutely nothing funny about this movie. This is a really bad film that totally condescends to its audience.

Good comedy has to have a basis in reality. The characters have to be believable. They can be over-the-top, but they have to be real pe...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,' 'Tower Heist' & More

October 31st, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Harold & Kumar 3D - Tower Heist
Last week I watched two classic horror movies: “The Thing” and “The Exorcist.” Watching John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” just further reminded me of how crappy the recent prequel was. With its spooky score, good looking practical effects, and more fully formed characters, Carpenter’s story is far superior. If you were thinking about seeing the prequel, skip it, so you can stay in and watch Carpenter’s version.

Even though I didn’t find myself grossed out by any of the nasty behavior of the possessed little girl (Linda Blair) in “The Exorcist,” I really appreciated the eerie music, the sp...
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John Travolta's 'Gotti' Film 'Put On Hold'

October 10th, 2011 11:59am EDT
John Travolta
John Travolta's upcoming movie about the notorious Gotti family has been put on hold due to financial issues, according to a report.

The Hollywood actor is due to star as late Mafia boss John Gotti, who died in prison in 2002, in upcoming movie Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, alongside his real-life wife Kelly Preston and Al Pacino.

Filming is slated to begin in January ahead of a 2012 release date, but a new report suggests production has been put on hold.

Showbiz411.com reports work on the project has come to a halt and won't resume until more financing is secured.

A source tell...
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Robert Loggia Unhappy About 'Scarface' Remake

September 26th, 2011 8:01am EDT
Robert Loggia
Veteran actor Robert Loggia has urged movie bosses to abandon a planned big screen re-imagining of cult classic Scarface.

Reports emerged last week that the crime drama is set to be remade for a new generation of movie fans.

The 1983 film, which starred Al Pacino as Cuban gangster Tony Montana, was itself an adaptation of Howard Hawks' 1932 picture of the same name, starring Paul Muni as an Italian who takes over the city of Chicago, Illinois.

However Loggia, who played drug lord Frank Lopez in the 1980s adaptation, wants executives at Universal Pictures to scrap their plans for an up...
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'Scarface' Set For Third Big Screen Remake?

September 22nd, 2011 12:54pm EDT
Scarface
Al Pacino's legendary movie Scarface is to be given a big screen make-over for a new generation of movie fans.

The popular 1983 crime drama, which starred Pacino as Cuban gangster Tony Montana, was a remake of Howard Hawks' 1932 film starring Paul Muni as an Italian who takes over the city of Chicago, Illinois.

Now movie bosses are planning to revive the format for a third time, according to Deadline.com.

The website reports executives at Universal Pictures are planning a new version of Scarface with producer Martin Bregman, who worked on the Pacino film, with a new character and sett...
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Blu-ray Interview/Review: 'Scarface's' Steven Bauer - Career Interview Time!

September 6th, 2011 3:30pm EDT
Scarface piece
If Tony Montana was the heavy of his illegal operation, then his right hand man Manny Ribera was most certainly the heart. Brought to life by then newbie actor Steven Bauer, Manny had both a danger and charisma that made him a perfect yin to Tony’s wild and unpredictable yang. So we here at Starpulse thought it only fitting that just in time for the tasty release of the "Scarface" Limited Edition Blu-ray hitting shelves Sept. 6 from Universal Home Video (check out the review below as well!), we wanted to get some movie geek insight about the flick from the bold Bauer himself. And while m...
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Al Pacino Honored At Venice Film Festival

September 5th, 2011 8:28am EDT
Al Pacino
Hollywood legend Al Pacino was the toast of Italy's Venice Film Festival this weekend as he was honored for his work as a moviemaker.

The Scarface icon is in Venice to promote his new directorial project Wilde Salome, a part-documentary about writer/poet Oscar Wilde and part-movie adaptation of his play Salome, and he picked up the Jaeger Lecoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at a glitzy gala on Sunday night.

Earlier that day, his film was screened to members of the press and, during a news conference after the showing, Pacino admitted he was fascinated by Wilde's lifestyle as a homosexu...
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Al Pacino Recalls Mishap In Famous 'Scarface' Scene

August 30th, 2011 2:20pm EDT
Al Pacino - 'Scareface'
Two weeks before its first ever Blu-ray release, Universal Home Entertainment threw a party for the gangster classic Scarface. Al Pacino sat in a recreation of his lavish Tony Montana throne, joined cast members F. Murray Abraham, Robert Loggia and Steven Bauer, along with producer Martin Bregman to celebrate the film.

Everyone remembers Tony’s final moments in the climactic machine gun battle, following his immortal line, “Say hello to my little friend.” Pacino shared the story you don’t know.

“I’d just fired off 30 rounds, I get hit with the squibs and I start leaping up in the air, fly...
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Chazz Palminteri Joins The Cast Of 'Gotti'

August 24th, 2011 3:24pm EDT
Chazz Palminteri
Chazz Palminteri has joined the cast of John Travolta's new Gotti family biopic - he'll portray crime boss Paul Castellano.

Palminteri joins Travolta, Kelly Preston and Al Pacino in Barry Levinson's movie.

The film, Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father, will begin pre-production in September and start principal photography on location in New York on January 3rd.

Palmintieri tells WENN, "I have seen this film come together from the very start, and am pleased to be able to work alongside such great talent to bring this story to the big screen. I have been a longtime admirer of Barry Levins...
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Al Pacino's Daughter Arrested

July 31st, 2011 7:30pm EDT
Al Pacino
Al Pacino's daughter has been arrested in New York on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).

Julie Pacino, 21, was detained at a checkpoint in Manhattan in the early hours of Saturday after authorities found her blood alcohol level to be over the legal limit.

The aspiring director is being held in the Manhattan Detention Complex pending arraignment.

Julie is the Scarface star's daughter with acting coach Jan Tarrant.
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Helen Mirren Ignores Protesters' Pleas To Pull Out Of Phil Spector Movie

July 31st, 2011 10:34am EDT
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren has ignored calls to drop out of an upcoming biopic about disgraced music mogul Phil Spector.

The veteran British actress prompted outrage among friends of Spector's victim, murdered actress Lana Clarkson, after signing up to play the famed producer's attorney, Linda Kenny Braden. She stepped in to replace an injured Bette Midler in the role.

The Friends of Lana Clarkson campaigners sent a letter to warn Mirren she faces "serious consequences" if she doesn't quit the controversial film, which they fear will portray Spector in a sympathetic light.

The group's spokesperson, Ed...
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Dominic Cooper Lined Up For John Gotti Jr. Role?

July 28th, 2011 12:28pm EDT
Dominic Cooper
Rising star Dominic Cooper has reportedly seen off Johnny Depp, Jeremy Renner and James Franco to play John Gotti Jr. in the mobster biopic.

Gotti: Three Generations focuses on the story of notorious gangster John Gotti and his relationship with his son. John Travolta will play the senior mobster, with Al Pacino also starring in the movie.

New York Post gossip column Page Six reports director Barry Levinson wants Mamma Mia! star Cooper to take the coveted role of Gotti Jr. after being "blown away" by his screen test. The film's bosses are believed to have previously considered a host of...
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Fashion Fails: Tony Awards Edition

June 14th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Candy Spelling
Fashion Fails are usually a weekly occurrence, but the Tony Awards had some fashion blunders that require a post of their own. Check out Candy Spelling in this red lace disaster!

Christie Brinkley? Not Much Better. With a 80s prom dress and hair to match, it's obvious that Christie was vying for past days. That said, her body looks great!

Maybe Al Pacino is trying out for a Flashdance remake? That's the only reason we could come up with as to why the veteran actor is rocking a headband.

Even Al's look couldn't compete with the fashion disaster of the night: Whoopi Goldberg. A hip...
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Labor Dispute Over Tony Awards Settled

June 11th, 2011 12:30pm EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
The 2011 Tony Awards will go ahead in New York without the threat of picketing after show producers and members of a stagehands' union settled a labor dispute on Friday.

Nominated stars including Al Pacino, Vanessa Redgrave, Ellen Barkin and Edie Falco are all expected to walk the red carpet at Sunday's glitzy event at The Beacon Theatre, while performers include Daniel Radcliffe and U2 rockers Bono and The Edge with the Spider-Man musical cast.

Representatives for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees had vowed to stage a noisy protest outside the venue to demonstrate ...
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