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Get Shorty: Hollywood's 15 Shortest Actors

April 24th, 2014 4:03pm EDT
Verne Troyer
Stars come in all shapes and sizes, and these actors prove your height doesn't decide your talent. Here are 15 of Hollywood's shortest actors.

Verne Troyer, 2'8". Verne got his start as a stuntman (he did stunts for an infant in Baby's Day Out), but is widely known as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series.

Peter Dinklage, 4'5". Dinklage is now well known for his work on the series Game of Thrones as Tyrion Lannister. When asked if he should be the "spokesman for little people," he said, "I don't know what I would say. Everyone's different. Every person my size has a different life, a di...
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Joe Pesci Settles 'Gotti' Lawsuit

February 5th, 2013 9:49am EST
Joe Pesci
Oscar-winning actor Joe Pesci has settled a lawsuit with producers behind a biopic of Mafia don John Gotti after suing movie bosses for downgrading his part.

The Goodfellas star signed a $3 million deal to play the gangster's associate and childhood pal Angelo Ruggiero in Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, alongside John Travolta and Kelly Preston.

He filed suit against Fiore Films in July 2011, claiming he had piled on weight to portray Ruggiero, only to be told he would be playing a smaller part.

His attorney, Jessica Trotter, confirmed on Monday that Pesci has reached a undisclosed...
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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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'Gotti' Bosses Fire Back At Joe Pesci

September 22nd, 2011 10:54am EDT
Joe Pesci
Film bosses have hit back at Joe Pesci after he alleged he was pushed out of the upcoming Gotti family movie, calling the actor's lawsuit a bid for attention.

Pesci is suing Fiore Films producers for reportedly reneging on a deal to cast him as Angelo Ruggiero, a close friend to mob boss John Gotti, in upcoming biopic Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father.

In his lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles in July, Pesci claimed he was so sure he had landed the role, he piled on 30 pounds ahead of the shoot - only to be offered a smaller part.

Now executives have spoken out about the dispute, accusing ...
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Joe Pesci Sues Gotti Film Producers For $3 Million

July 28th, 2011 8:19am EDT
Love Ranch
Joe Pesci is suing producers of the upcoming Gotti family biopic for $3 million after he was allegedly pushed out of the movie.

The Goodfellas star signed up to play Angelo Ruggiero, the enforcer of mob boss John Gotti, played by John Travolta. He agreed to the lucrative deal and claims he was so convinced the film was going ahead with him as a main part, he piled on 30 pounds for the role.

However, in papers filed in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, Pesci claims bosses reneged on an agreement to cast him.

He states he was subsequently offered $1 million to play a lesser role, but is...
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Al Pacino Joins John Travolta's Gotti Film

May 10th, 2011 10:51am EDT
Al Pacino
John Travolta's upcoming Gotti family biopic has been given an extra dose of star power - Al Pacino has signed up to play a gangster.

The Scarface star has been cast as Aniello John 'Mr. Neil' Dellacroce in forthcoming film Gotti: Three Generations, which will see Travolta as mob boss John Gotti.

Executive producer Marc Fiore tells TMZ.com, "Pacino will portray Gambino crime family underboss and Gotti associate Neil Dellacroce. We are very pleased to have Al join the extraordinary team that we are assembling to make this movie."

Joe Pesci, Lindsay Lohan and Travolta's wife Kelly Prest...
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Lindsay Lohan Confirmed For Gotti Film & Another Mob Movie

April 21st, 2011 8:56am EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is back onboard John Travolta's new Gotti family biopic after signing on for back-to-back mob films produced by Fiore Films.

The news comes hours after "Gotti: Three Generations" executive producer, Mark Fiore, announced he was tired of negotiating a deal with Lohan's managers and urged the actress to get in touch with him directly - and it seems the actress has done just that.

Hours after he stated, "Maybe if Lindsay calls me up, we can talk about it," Fiore has announced the star has signed on to play Gambino family boss John Gotti's daughter-in-law Kim in the film as part...
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Director Quits John Travolta's Gotti Biopic

April 18th, 2011 10:15pm EDT
Nick Cassavetes
The John Gotti biopic starring John Travolta as the mob boss has been whacked by its director - Nick Cassavetes has quit the project just a week after hosting a press conference to announce the cast.

Trade paper Variety reports scheduling conflicts with another project forced Cassavetes to step down, but the film will be going ahead, as planned, with another director.

Travolta has committed to stay with the project, and Joe Pesci is on board to play Gotti sidekick Angelo Ruggiero. Lindsay Lohan is in talks to play Gotti's daughter Victoria.

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Joe Pesci Joins John Travolta In John Gotti Biopic

April 12th, 2011 10:55pm EDT
Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci has joined John Travolta in the much-anticipated John Gotti biopic.

The My Cousin Vinny star has signed on to co-star in Gotti: Three Generations, which will be directed by Nick Cassavetes.

Travolta will play the mob boss in the project, while Pesci will portray Gotti deputy Angelo Ruggiero.

Pesci tells WENN, "I'm really happy to be making this picture with my good friend Nick Cassavetes. It's going to be a great experience and a rare opportunity to look inside the life of Gotti."

Travolta's daughter Ella Bleu will also have a featured role in the film, according to a release ...
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Check Out 'Raging Bull' On Blu-ray Jan. 11

January 10th, 2011 7:10am EST
Raging Bull
A powerhouse film that introduced unflinching realism to stunned audiences in 1980, "Raging Bull" smashes onto Blu-ray in a special 30th Anniversary Edition from MGM Home
Entertainment on January 11.

With an Academy Award-winning performance by Robert De Niro and celebrated direction by Martin Scorsese, this critically-acclaimed film was described as an "exceedingly violent as well as poetic" fight picture that maps "the landscape of the soul" by The New York Times. The new Anniversary Edition Blu-ray boasts over 50 minutes of brand new features, including exclusive, new interviews with D...
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Tom Cruise, Madonna First Choices For 'Goodfellas'

September 19th, 2010 12:05pm EDT
Martin Scorsese
Superstars Tom Cruise and Madonna were movie bosses' first choices for the lead roles in iconic 1990 mafia movie "Goodfellas."

Studio chiefs were desperate to cast Cruise in the role of mobster Henry Hill and Madonna was wanted to play his wife - until Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco won over director Martin Scorsese and the movie's producers.

Speaking to GQ magazine on Goodfellas' 20th anniversary, producer Irwin Winkler admits, "Tom Cruise was discussed. Marty wanted Ray... Frankly I thought we could do a lot better and then me and my wife were having dinner one night in a restaurant and...
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Helen Mirren Was 'Intimidated' By Joe Pesci

July 6th, 2010 9:30am EDT
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren was terrified of working with Joe Pesci on their new movie Love Ranch, because she felt "intimidated" by the star's acting skills.

The Oscar-winners team up to play Charlie and Grace Bontempo in the new film, which is based on the lives of real couple Joe and Sally Conforte, who opened America's first legal brothel in Nevada in the 1970s.

And despite starting her acting career almost two decades earlier than her co-star, Mirren admits she couldn't help feeling outwitted by the Goodfellas legend.

She tells Britain's Daily Express, "He's such an icon of American cinema so I...
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Helen Mirren Stands Up For Hookers, W**res & Prostitutes

June 30th, 2010 2:58pm EDT
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren has sympathy for sex workers. The actress plays a madam in new movie "Love Ranch."

She explained, "The human race is hypocritical. Sex will always be with us. Prostitution will always be with us. Hookers, w**res, prostitutes, whatever you may call them, are some of the most ignobled people in the world."

In the film, Helen and Joe Pesci star as a married couple whose faithfulness is tested with deadly results after starting Nevada's first legal brothel in this Capitol Films drama. The screenplay is based on a true story that ended with the death of boxer Oscar Bonavena at th...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,' 'The Last Airbender,' & More

June 28th, 2010 9:47am EDT
The Last Airbender
Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups” proved to be utterly disappointing from a comedic perspective. This largely unfunny film has me worried that some of my favorite former cast members of “Saturday Night Live” have fallen into the Eddie Murphy syndrome of making bad family comedies. Juvenile humor that lacks imagination and unenthusiastic performances from the actors make “Grown Ups” seem like it was just another paycheck for them. My Grade: C-

In “Knight and Day,” Tom Cruise makes his zany real life personality work for him on screen, as rogue secret agent Roy Miller. Miller is a suave spy w...
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Spotlight On The Best Big-Screen Lawyers

April 16th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Chicago
Lawyers have been around basically as long as the law has been present - even back in Ancient Rome and Greece there were men who would stand up and speak for the laws they made. Over the years the role of the lawyer has altered a few times, but it always comes back to truth, justice, and honesty ... or the exact opposite of those ideas.

Lawyers have gained a rather negative persona, either due to them wanting too much money or doing it for their own ego rather than what is right. Film often interprets reality, and so lawyers on screen are usually portrayed as either virtuous, helpful,...
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Spy Movies: Which One Is Your Favorite?

March 23rd, 2009 10:52am EDT
Duplicity
The movie Duplicity starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts hit theaters this weekend. In the film, Owen, a former MI-6 agent, and Roberts, a former CIA agent, work together on a project, but neither feels they can completely trust each other. The word duplicity means to conceal one's true intentions by deceptive words or actions, and the title seems very fitting. The release is sure to be one of the more popular movies of the spring, and it got Starpulse thinking about the best spy movies.

One of the most entertaing spy movies is Arnold Schwarzenegger's True Lies, where he plays ...
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Samuel L. Jackson: The Hardest Working Man in Hollywood

June 10th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Samuel L. Jackson
If you have seen more than 10 movies in your lifetime, Samuel L. Jackson was probably in at least 6 of them. You must have noticed that he is in a lot of movies. Often labeled as the hardest working man in Hollywood, he has starred in over 25 films, made countless cameos, and performed voice over roles.

While some movies instantly make you think of Jackson, such as Snakes on a Plane, Pulp Fiction and Coach Carter, there is a whole list of movies he has been in that you might not remember or even have noticed. The following list points out some of these roles and perhaps will make you ...
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Comprehensive Three CD Box Set Spotlights The 4 Seasons' Influential Legacy

June 20th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Frankie Valli
LOS ANGELES - Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. More than 40 years after lead singer Frankie Valli, guitarist Tommy DeVito, bassist Nick Massi and keyboardist Bob Gaudio first topped the charts with "Sherry"-the first of three consecutive #1 hits-the group is back in the spotlight.

Thanks to Jersey Boys, a Tony® award-winning musical based on the band's story, the music and legend of Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons are both finally getting their due. The musical is currently playing to sold-out crowds regularly at the August Wilson Theater ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 9

February 9th, 2007 3:00am EST
Mena Suvari
Happy Birthday to "7th Heaven" actor David Gallagher (1985), Japanese pop star Ami Suzuki (1982), "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (1979), "Memoirs of a Geisha" star Ziyi Zhang (1979), Dominican baseball star Vladimir Guerrero (1976), soap opera star Sharon Case (1971), country musician Travis Tritt (1963), "The Nanny" star Charles Shaughnessy (1955), "Hollywood Squares" personality/actor Jm J. Bullock (1955), New York Mets hero Mookie Wilson (1952), "Who's The Boss" and "Law and Order SVU" actress Judith Light (1949), actress Mia Farrow (1945), 'tough-guy' actor Joe Pesci (1943), sing...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 9

February 9th, 2006 3:00am EST
Mena Suvari
Happy Birthday to "7th Heaven" actor David Gallagher (1985), Japanese pop star Ami Suzuki (1982), "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (1979), "Memoirs of a Geisha" star Ziyi Zhang (1979), Dominican baseball star Vladimir Guerrero (1976), soap opera star Sharon Case (1971), country musician Travis Tritt (1963), "The Nanny" star Charles Shaughnessy (1955), "Hollywood Squares" personality/actor Jm J. Bullock (1955), New York Mets hero Mookie Wilson (1952), "Who's The Boss" and "Law and Order SVU" actress Judith Light (1949), actress Mia Farrow (1945), 'tough-guy' actor Joe Pesci (1943), sing...
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