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15 Celebrities Who've Had Near-Death Experiences (NDEs)

10/31/2014 2:30pm EDT
15 Celebrities Who've Had Near-Death Experiences (NDEs)
Many celebrities have come close to death, whether through car crashes (Tracy Morgan), surfing accidents (Gerard Butler) or drug overdoses (Eminem), but only a handful have had what can be described as near-death experiences (NDEs). These are people who have died, seen something on the other side, and have come back to life.

In 2001, actress Sharon Stone ("Basic Instinct," "Total Recall," "Casino") had a brain aneurysm that nearly killed her. She described the incident to Katie Couric, saying she felt like she had been shot in the head. The impact was so great, she fell over the sofa.


Forgotten Friday Flick - 'To Live And Die In L.A.'

4/6/2012 1:45pm EDT
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The great Willem Dafoe is hitting theaters this week with the new Australian outing called "The Hunter," so we thought we’d take a gander at a past Dafoe ditty worth it’s weight in five-star flesh – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! This week’s selection is a personal favorite filled with corruption, murder and double crossing – and that just describes the good guys! The line between cops and criminals gets a bit blurry in the fantastic 1985 William Friedkin flick..."To Live And Die In L.A."

Secret Service agent Jimmy Hart is a man who has seen his fare share of the action. As an...

TV on DVD: New 'CSI,' 'CSI: Miami' and 'CSI: NY'

10/6/2011 1:30pm EDT
The CSI franchise has become a mainstay on CBS - and likewise it's a fixture on DVD shelves. With the new seasons underway, the previous years of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY have arrived for you to add to your collection. Here's a look at all three new releases.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 11

The Show: Season 11 is Laurence Fishburne's third and last as Dr. Raymond Langston. I'm pretty sure that I'm in the minority here, but I liked Fishburne and thought he did a decent job while facing an audience that was and still is incredibly attached to...

'CSI' Star William Petersen Welcomes Twins

8/24/2011 8:24am EDT
William Petersen
William Petersen has become a dad to twins at the age of 58.

The former "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" star and his wife Gina Cirone used a surrogate for the birth.

The twins - a boy and a girl - were born prematurely last month.

Petersen tells, "The babies are doing great and are improving every day and we can't wait for them to come home."

The actor and Cirone wed in 2003. Petersen is also a grandfather to his 36-year-old daughter Maite's two children.

Marg Helgenberger To Quit 'CSI'

8/3/2011 6:30pm EDT
Marg Helgenberger
CSI regular Marg Helgenberger has announced she'll be leaving the forensics drama at the end of the hit show's 12th season.

The actress, who has portrayed Catherine Willows on the show for over a decade, has revealed she had planned to exit the cast earlier this year, but was persuaded to stay on.

Laurence Fishburne, who replaced CSI producer and star William Petersen, quit the show in May. Beloved TV star Ted Danson will take over from him when the popular drama returns later this year.

Ted Danson To Replace Laurence Fishburne On 'CSI'

7/13/2011 3:33pm EDT
Ted Danson
Former Cheers star Ted Danson is stepping in to replace Laurence Fishburne on hit TV drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

The Matrix actor's contract on the series expired at the end of season 11 earlier this year, two years after he was cast to replace series regular William Petersen.

TV bosses have now appointed Danson as the show's chief investigator in a bid to boost ratings, and executive producer Don McGill knew the former Cheers star was perfect for the show as soon as his name was brought up.

He says, "From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear he cou...

Laurence Fishburne To Leave 'CSI'

6/8/2011 8:23am EDT
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Actor Laurence Fishburne is leaving the cast of hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, more than two years after he stepped in to replace series regular William Petersen.

The Matrix star was handed a lead role in the Las Vegas crime show in late 2008 following the departure of Petersen, but the series has been plagued by plunging ratings over the last two seasons.

Fishburne's contract expired at the end of series 11 and will not be renewed for the upcoming season 12, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

TV bosses are reportedly hunting for a replacement for Fishburne to star in t...

Lady Heather Returns To 'CSI'

4/7/2011 9:20am EDT
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As dominatrix Lady Heather on CSI, Melinda Clarke probably knows all too well the trouble with getting excited prematurely. So maybe that's why, when she got the call to play the character for the sixth time, she was both happy and cautious.

"I had a conversation with Anthony [Zuiker, the show's creator] and was like...

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'CSI - The First Season' Comes To Blu-ray May 12

4/22/2009 11:58am EDT
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Arrive on the scene, dust for fingerprints and investigate the cases from the beginning when the #1 crime-show on television, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The First Season makes its case on Blu-ray for the first time ever May 12 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

The original series that birthed a worldwide brand phenomenon, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation features an all-star ensemble cast that includes Golden Globe® nominee William Petersen, Emmy® winner Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, Jorja Fox, George Eads and Paul Guilfoyle.

Presented in 16:9...

TV's Best Crime Shows In Transition

1/22/2009 11:42am EST
Television's best crime show, CSI, enters a new era Thursday night as the first episode of the post-Grissom era. William Petersen had appeared in all but two of the episodes since first airing in 2000. CSI actually got its start on Friday nights, but was moved to Thursdays after Survivor when it started gaining some notice. This was back when Survivor was the hot new sensation, and naturally the viewers stuck around to fall in love with CSI.

The show changed the landscape of crime television. Now you can find a miscellaneous crime drama on every night of the week, including...

Linkin Park Teams Up With 'CSI'

10/21/2008 4:11pm EDT
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Grammy Award-winning rock band Linkin Park's new hit single, "Leave Out All The Rest," will be prominently featured in the episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation airing on Thursday, Nov. 6 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. This is the first time a television series has taken the melody of a rock song and incorporated it into the underlying score of an episode in such a unique fashion.

The episode opens and closes with - and is named after - "Leave Out All The Rest," the fifth single from Linkin Park's latest album, Minutes to Midnight, currently approaching six million worldwide sales....

Fall TV Preview

8/22/2008 9:00am EDT
Summer's almost over, which means cooler weather and time to hit the books for school. But it also marks the return of our favorite shows and the beginning of a few fresh new series. Old favorites will be back and some new shows are hoping to hit it big with viewers and make it to a second season.

With the presidential election coming up, most of the shows will not air until after all of the presidential debates. So expect to see many of your favorite series hitting the airwaves in mid to late September. To hold you over until then, here's a sneak peek at the fall 2008 TV lineup and s...

2008-09 TV Premiere Dates

8/20/2008 8:54am EDT
Admit it. You can't wait to see if Meredith and Derek will finally make it work on "Grey's Anatomy." You're dying to know who the new baddie will be on "Heroes." And you wonder if Laurence Fishburne will be able to fill William Petersen's shoes on "CSI." Whatever your TV poison, you won't be waiting much longer. The new television season kicks off in September, and Starpulse is here to provide you with the premiere dates of new and returning shows so you won't miss a thing:

Monday, Sept. 1

Prison Break (8-10 p.m) FOX

Gossip Girl (8-9 p.m.) CW

One Tree Hill (9-10 p.m.) CW


Our Favorite TV Ensembles

6/12/2008 9:00am EDT
An ensemble cast is a group of actors in which each character/actor is assigned an equal level of importance to the story. Sometimes even if there is an established "main character," a show can be considered an ensemble because individuals are treated with the same care and development as everyone else on the show.

This sort of cast style gives the audience a chance to connect with several different characters rather than just one; if a viewer does not like one of the characters or cannot relate to them, there will be several more to choose from. It creates very broad storylines and v...

TV's 10 Most Unrealistic Couples

1/22/2008 10:14am EST
Reality is not always a factor when it comes to TV relationships. Actually, it usually isn't. Often, two characters that would never come together in real life are forced into a relationship for any number of reasons. It's not really a problem for most TV viewers because they understand that entertainment value will always trump reality.

That being said, there are some on-screen relationships that make perfect sense. Then there are the head scratchers. Below is a sampling of the latter. Please note, just because these relationships are unrealistic doesn't necessarily mean they ...

Starpulse Quiz: Test Your TV Knowledge

12/19/2007 12:36pm EST
Think you know everything there is to know about today's TV stars and their climb to fame? Then take our quiz to see how tuned in you really are:

1) Which "Grey's Anatomy" actress starred in "Knocked Up?"

Katherine Heigl

Sandra Oh

Ellen Pompeo

Sara Ramirez

Katherine Heigl

Sandra Oh

Ellen Pompeo

Sara Ramirez

We started with an easy one to give you confidence.

2) In what film did "Heroes" actress Hayden Panettiere get her start?

Finding Nemo

Fantastic Four


A Bug's Life

Finding Nemo

Fantastic Four


A Bug's Life


Celebrity Birthdays, February 21

2/21/2007 3:00am EST
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Happy Birthday to Welsh singer Charlotte Church (1986), "Ghost Whisperer" actress Jennifer Love Hewitt (1979), actor William Baldwin (1963), "Blue Lagoon" actor Christopher Atkins (1961), country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter (1958), "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer (1955), "CSI" star William Petersen (1953), stage & screen actress Christine Ebersole (1953), Talking Head Jerry Harrison (1949), "Harry Potter" actor Alan Rickman (1946), "Star Wars" droid Anthony Daniels (1946), "Judging Amy" actress Tyne Daly (1946), record and movie producer David Geffen (1943), "Golden Girl" Rue McClanahan (193...

26 Million Tuned in To See Grissom Embark on 'CSI' Sabbatical

1/8/2007 10:41am EST
CSI hit season high deliveries in viewers and all key demographics as over 26 million viewers watched Grissom (William Petersen) embark on his "CSI" sabbatical, according to final Nielsen Live Plus same-day ratings for Thursday, Jan. 4.

In the episode, Grissom stunned his CSI colleagues when he abruptly announces he is temporarily leaving the team for a teaching assignment on the East Coast.

CSI won its time period in households (15.8/24), viewers (26.12m), adults 25-54 (10.5/23), adults 18-49 (8.4/21) and adults 18-34 (6.1/17). These mark "CSI's" best deliveries this season in ho...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 21

2/21/2006 3:00am EST
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Happy Birthday to Welsh singer Charlotte Church (1986), "Ghost Whisperer" actress Jennifer Love Hewitt (1979), actor William Baldwin (1963), "Blue Lagoon" actor Christopher Atkins (1961), country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter (1958), "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer (1955), "CSI" star William Petersen (1953), stage & screen actress Christine Ebersole (1953), Talking Head Jerry Harrison (1949), "Harry Potter" actor Alan Rickman (1946), "Star Wars" droid Anthony Daniels (1946), "Judging Amy" actress Tyne Daly (1946), record and movie producer David Geffen (1943), "Golden Girl" Rue McClanahan (193...