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Sasha Pieterse shocked by success

April 8th, 2014 12:20pm EDT
Sasha Pieterse
Sasha Pieterse still has to "pinch herself" in disbelief over her career.
The 18-year-old actress - who moved to America from Johannesburg when she was just three years old - is best known for playing Alison DiLaurentis in hit US drama 'Pretty Little Liars' and still can't believe she is a part of the show.
She said: "Every now and then I have to pinch myself, because it doesn't feel like it's my show!"
Sasha, whose parents are acrobatic dancers, began acting and modelling when she was just four years old and admits she thinks there are "misconceptions" that child actors can't go on to enjo...

Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Aren't That Catchy

April 2nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Ar
Said Henry Rollins, "I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone." So did the following famous celebrities, who took the names they were given and reinvented them into something more suitable to their personality, or the personality they wanted to cultivate. Want to know why they changed their already perfectly suitable names? We have your answers right here!

1. Lady Gaga

Born That Way: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Music producer Rob Fusari claims to have invented the name...

Lindsay Lohan's 'Personal Conquest' List Leaked

March 12th, 2014 9:02pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan's 'Personal Conquest' List Leaked
A handwritten list of Lindsay Lohan's supposed lovers has been leaked online by In Touch Weekly. The list includes 36 men, such as Adam Levine, Zac Efron, Justin Timberlake, Colin Farrell, Wilmer Valderrama and Joaquin Phoenix.

The actress reportedly wrote the list at the Beverly Hills Hotel in January, 2013.

A source told the tabloid: "They were giggling and talking s--- about people in the industry. It was her personal conquest list. She was trying to impress her friends with the list and then tossed it aside."

The list includes several names that are blacked out.

An insider revealed,...

John Carter Cash says new Johnny Cash film could be made

March 7th, 2014 1:20am EST
Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash's son says another film about his father's life could be made.
The 2005 movie 'Walk the Line' focused on the late country musician's early life and career and earned Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Johnny, while Reese Witherspoon won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as the singer's second wife June Carter Cash.
John Carter Cash believes there could be another movie made about his legendary dad - who died in 2003 at the age of 71 - and he would like to see a biopic made that focused on his father's latter years.
Speaking at a launch ev...

Her, Gravity and The Great Gatsby triumph at Art Directors Guild Awards

February 9th, 2014 2:29pm EST
Oscar-nominated sci-fi movies Her and Gravity and period drama The Great Gatsby were among the big winners at the Art Directors Guild Awards on Saturday night.

Joaquin Phoenix's film was honoured for its production design in the Contemporary Film category during the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California, while Gravity was named best Fantasy Film and The Great Gatsby Period Film.

In the TV categories, awards went to Game Of Thrones, Veep and Michael Douglas' small screen movie Behind The Candelabra, while legendary Hollywood director Martin Scorsese accepted the guild's presti...

Stars and family attend wake for Philip Seymour Hoffman

February 7th, 2014 6:20am EST
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman's friends, family and co-stars attended his wake in New York on Thursday (02.06.14).
The 46-year-old actor's estranged girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell and the couple's three children Cooper, 10, Tallulah, seven, and Willa, five, paid their respects to the star at the Frank E. Campbell funeral home on Madison Avenue, where those close to him comforted each other ahead of his funeral.
The Oscar-winning actor was found dead in his home last Sunday (02.02.14) after an apparent heroin overdose and stars from stage and screen joined the family to mourn his death.
Mimi, Philip'...

Stars turn out for Philip Seymour Hoffman's wake

February 7th, 2014 3:10am EST
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Cate Blanchett, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Michelle Williams were among the stars who turned out to remember Philip Seymour Hoffman at a wake in New York City on Thursday evening (06Feb14).

The actor was found dead at his home in the Big Apple on Sunday (02Feb14) following a suspected drug overdose, and his famous friends gathered to honour him on the night before his funeral.

Blanchett, who appeared with the actor in 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley, attended the gathering at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan along with Hoffman's The Master co-stars Phoenix and Adams.

George Clooney pays tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

February 5th, 2014 9:20pm EST
George Clooney
George Clooney is struggling to come to terms with Philip Seymour Hoffman's death.
'The Monuments Men' star paid tribute his 46-year-old "good friend," who was found dead in his apartment in New York City from an apparent heroin overdose on Sunday (02.02.14), at the premiere of his new movie in the city on Tuesday night (02.04.14), and confessed he is "going to miss him a lot."
Before introducing the film at the Ziegfeld Theatre, the 52-year-old star said: "I wanted to start by saying it's very odd to be here in New York, particularly a couple of days after a good friend of ours has passed ...

Scarlett Johansson Praised For Her Acting Emotions

January 26th, 2014 11:47am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is a good actress because she is "not afraid" of revealing her emotions.

The 29-year-old actress has been praised by 'Her' director Spike Jonze for bringing so much life and character to the role of the computer which falls in love with a human, which she voices.

He said: "Scarlett is not afraid of revealing her pain and emotions. She's attractive, but also smart as hell. She's in some renaissance age, where she is pushing herself to new places. She wants to go deeper and is taking risks."

For her part, Scarlett found it quite easy to get into her role, and sympathized...

The Biggest Snubs From The 2014 Oscar Nominations

January 16th, 2014 12:03pm EST
Captain Phillips
Not everyone or every movie can be nominated for an Academy Award, but that won't stop us from declared who was snubbed by the Academy this morning when the nominations were announced.

Inside Llewyn Davis: Many of today's snubs felt like it was the Academy saying, "give someone else a chance." After six Oscars and countless nominations, Joel and Ethan Coen were stricken from the record this awards season - other than cinematography and sound mixing nods. The film has an astonishing 94% on Rotten Tomatoes after over 200 critic reviews, but it did not receive one best picture nomination from...

Review: 'Her' Is A Wonderful, Quirky Sci-fi Romantic Fantasy

January 8th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Do you love Apple's 'Siri'? Ever thought about having a relationship with her?

Probably not, but in Spike Jonze new film 'Her' - set in the near future - that's exactly what happens to Theodore Twombly, (Joaquin Phoenix); a lonely shy man going through a painful divorce from his wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara).

Theodore works for, where he hand writes personal letters for his customers in their own handwriting.

He lives a solitary existence in downtown Los Angeles. One evening, while playing a computer game, Theodore discovers a brand new artificial, intelli...

Joaquin Phoenix terrified by fans

January 1st, 2014 8:30pm EST
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor Joaquin Phoenix feels terrified when fans approach him because he is not used to dealing with autograph-hunters.

The Walk The Line star tries his best to avoid the Hollywood lifestyle, and admits he feels scared and "overwhelmed" when he has to deal with members of the public who recognise him from his films.

He tells Britain's Event magazine, "Celebrity is so not part of my life. If I'm walking around and somebody comes up with a camera, it terrifies me. I can imagine that if you are Johnny Depp, for years you've had such a level of fame that you are somewhat accustomed to it and y...

Celebrities That Turn 40 In 2014

January 1st, 2014 11:00am EST
Leonardo DiCaprio
Happy New Years everyone and welcome to 2014!

It's that time of year for our annual "who is turning 40" this year extravaganza. Truth is, lots of people do, but we'll just keep it to the more famous variety of peeps in the world.

Doing some simple math, 40 years ago would make it 1974.

For those of you who weren't around that year, the mantra of 74' and the world was energy crisis -gasoline was a little hard to get and lines at gas stations were blocks long. Because of the crisis, our then President, Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon imposed a 55 MPH speed limit on highways. That wasn't the re...

Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Play Lex Luthor In 'Batman Vs. Superman'

December 19th, 2013 8:00pm EST
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix may be joining the cast of "The Man Of Steel" sequel. The actor is being considered to play the role of Superman's arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor, according to Variety.

It's unclear exactly what character he'll play in "Batman Vs. Superman."

Lex Luthor has been played by Kevin Spacey and Gene Hackman on the big screen, while Michael Rosenbaum and John Shea played the character on television.

The highly anticipated film stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurene Fishburne will reprise their roles in the...

Joaquin Phoenix loved Kanye West's Yeezus

December 18th, 2013 11:00am EST
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix says Kanye West's 'Yeezus' gig was "f***ing brilliant".
The 39-year-old actor had a great time watching the show - which hit headlines earlier in the year when Kanye was joined on stage by a man dressed to resemble Jesus - in Los Angeles and it reminded him of the "fun" he had during his adolescence.
He told MTV News: "I went and I saw his tour recently, I saw 'Yeezus' at Staples Center, and it was the most fun I've had since I was like 14.
"It was such an amazing show. That's really the only thing I can say about Kanye, is that I saw his show and I thought it was f***ing ...

Joaquin Phoenix dating 19-year-old DJ - report

November 13th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor Joaquin Phoenix has found love with a DJ 20 years his junior.

The Walk the Line star, 39, sparked rumours of a new romance over the weekend (09-10Nov13) after he was photographed with his arm around a mystery blonde while enjoying a stroll in Rome, Italy.

The lady has now been identified as 19-year-old Allie Teilz, who joined Phoenix and his filmmaker pal James Gray during a visit to tourist hotspots San Pietro and Gianicolo hill.

Phoenix, who previously dated actress Liv Tyler, is currently in Europe promoting his new movie, Her, directed by Spike Jonze.

William Richert: 'River Phoenix was never a junkie'

October 10th, 2013 3:01am EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Director William Richert has defended the legacy of tragic movie star River Phoenix as the 20th anniversary of his death approaches, insisting the actor was "never a junkie".

The older brother of Joaquin Phoenix died aged 23, after suffering drug-induced heart failure outside The Viper Room club in Hollywood on 31 October, 1993.

Twenty years later, Richert has shared his memories of his A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon star for People magazine, revealing the wild actor was a "risk-taker", but was never hooked on drugs.

He tells the publication, "This idea that there was a drug declin...

Hugh Jackman Has More Money Than He Needs

September 27th, 2013 5:15pm EDT
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman worries he has too much money.

The 'Prisoners' star - who was rumoured to have been offered a $100 million deal to play his Wolverine character across a number of movies - doesn't want to be perceived as greedy, and is conscious about how much money he makes compared to normal people.

Hugh told The Times newspaper: "I've got more than I need, for sure. There's no doubt.

"When does it become gluttony? And is there a point when you say, 'That's enough! Give the rest away!' I'm a little embarrassed by it and a little uncomfortable with it.

"I struggle with it and what effect i...

Casey Affleck: 'I want to make another experimental movie with Phoenix'

June 17th, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Casey Affleck
Actor/director Casey Affleck is keen to create another experimental film with best pal Joaquin Phoenix even though their last project, I'm Still Here, was savaged by critics.

Affleck kept the camera rolling as Walk The Line star Phoenix played himself in a series of bizarre situations as he pretended he was giving up acting to become a rapper.

Phoenix never came out of character for the duration of the mockumentary shoot and even appeared on David Letterman's The Late Show in America as his awkward alter-ego.

But despite the critical bashing he and Affleck took, the filmmaker is keen to ...

Reese Witherspoon reteaming with Joaquin Phoenix for crime drama

May 17th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon is reuniting with her Walk The Line co-star Joaquin Phoenix once again for Paul Thomas Anderson's new crime drama.

The pair won critical acclaim for their portrayal of country music legends Johnny Cash and June Carter in the 2005 movie, with Witherspoon picking up an Academy Award for Best Actress.

The pair are now set for a big screen reunion on upcoming thriller, Inherent Vice. The film is based on Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel of the same name, with Phoenix playing a pot-smoking private detective named Doc Sportello working a missing persons case in 1970s Los Angeles.


Joaquin Phoenix And Casey Affleck Team Up For 'An Uplifting' Death Documentary

March 25th, 2013 3:37pm EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Hollywood stars Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck are re-teaming for a new documentary investigating death.

The brothers-in-law first joined forces for the 2010 'mockumentary' I'm Still Here, which tracked Phoenix's spoof retirement from acting to pursue a rap career.

Phoenix previously admitted he almost fell out with Affleck over the elaborate stunt, and insisted the film was so convincing his script offers dried up - but now he is set to work with his friend again, according to

The duo will chronicle subjects in their last days before death and include home movie foot...

Who Will Win Best Actor At The 2013 Oscars?

February 24th, 2013 1:30pm EST
Hugh Jackman
There's only one sure-thing at this year's Oscars -- Daniel Day-Lewis will win the Best Actor award for his performance in Lincoln.

It's hard to believe that was an actor playing Honest Abe in Steven Spielberg's biopic of the 16th President of the United States, and not Lincoln himself. Day-Lewis wasn't playing Lincoln, he was Lincoln.

Hugh Jackman's performance as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" was nothing short of excellent either, and if these two films had been released in different years there's no doubt both stars would win this award; but unfortunately for Jackman, he'll be headi...

'Everyone Wins At The Oscars' Gift Bag Includes Circus Lessons, Condoms & A 'Vampire Facelift'

February 24th, 2013 11:04am EST
Oscars 2013
Hey Jennifer Lawrence, don't worry if you don't land an Academy Award for your performance in Silver Linings Playbook (you will), because all the nominees who aren't bringing home an Oscar statue this year will get a goodie-bag worth $45,000 as a consolation prize (which will only cost them about $10,000 in taxes to keep).

Gift bags containing all sorts of expensive tchotchkes are nothing new at awards ceremonies like the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys. They started out as a way for companies to get the stars photographed with their wares in exchange for free stuff, ultimately evolving into a p...

Celebrities Reveal Their Oscar Predictions

February 23rd, 2013 8:00am EST
85th Academy Awards
Who will take home Oscar gold this Sunday? Several stars are chiming in with their picks for the coveted awards.

Viola Davis, Best Actress nominee for "The Help" in 2012, insists she's rooting for "everyone," but she "loved Lincoln."  She added, "I love Daniel Day-Lewis, everyone does." She also gave props to his co-stars Sally Field and Tommy lee Jones.

She gushed: "I felt like I spent two and a half hours with Lincoln."


Olivia Munn is looking forward to the Best Actor race. She also praised Day-Lewis but has another man on her min...

Joaquin Phoenix's PETA Ad Banned By ABC

February 14th, 2013 1:15pm EST
Joaquin Phoenix
A TV advert showing Joaquin Phoenix 'drowning' has been banned from broadcast during the Oscars.

The Walk the Line actor shot the hard-hitting commercial, in which he is shown panicking and struggling to breathe underwater, to highlight the horror of a fish's death as part of a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign.

Organizers wanted to achieve maximum impact by screening the advertisement during the TV broadcast of the Academy Awards ceremony later this month  but claim bosses at the ABC network vetoed the move, insisting the film is too political to show.

A U....

Lincoln, Life Of Pi & Les Mis Lead 2013 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

January 10th, 2013 10:13am EST
This year's Oscars host, Seth MacFarlane, was accompanied by actress Emma Stone Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Over 400 media representatives from around the world attended the 5:30am (Pacific) press conference to find out which films and stars are this year's cream of the crop.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln biopic Lincoln led the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day Lewis), and Best Director (Spielberg).

There were few surprises amongst this year's nominees, most notably ...

Joaquin Phoenix Backpedals On Oscars Comments

November 10th, 2012 8:45am EST
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix regrets his recent dismissal of the Academy Awards as "the stupidest thing in the whole world," insisting his comments don't reflect his real views on the Hollywood prize giving.

The actor has twice been nominated for an Oscar, for his films Gladiator and Walk The Line, and is rumored to be in the running to receive a nod at the 2013 ceremony for his role in critically-acclaimed new movie The Master.

However, he appeared to have blown his chances of another nomination when he apparently criticized the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the revered awards, te...

Joaquin Phoenix Thought His Career Was Over After 'I'm Still Here' Mockumentary

October 22nd, 2012 3:27pm EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix feared he had blown his career with his spoof documentary I'm Still Here as script offers dried up in the wake of the bizarre project.

The Walk the Line actor fooled fans and critics in 2008 when he 'quit' Hollywood to launch a rap career, later admitting the stunt was an elaborate prank with his brother-in-law, fellow actor Casey Affleck.

However, the Oscar-nominated star was so convincing in his new 'role' that A-list movie offers dried up following the highly-publicized project.

He tells British magazine Live, "There was definitely a period after I'm Still Here when...

'The Master' Rules Venice Film Festival

September 9th, 2012 2:08pm EDT
The Master
New movie The Master was the toast of the Venice Film Festival in Italy on Saturday night after scoring the top prizes, including acting awards for stars Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson was awarded the Silver Lion prize for direction for his work on the film, which is loosely based on late author and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The movie's stars Phoenix and Hoffman shared the festival's acting prize, but the picture lost out on the festival's highest honor - the coveted Golden Lion Award - to South Korean drama Pieta.


Joaquin Phoenix Studied Caged Animals For Role In 'The Master'

September 6th, 2012 4:54pm EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor Joaquin Phoenix studied the behavior of caged animals in order to play a crazed prisoner in new movie The Master.

In the upcoming drama, the Gladiator star plays Freddie Quell, a troubled World War II veteran who turns violent when he begins questioning his mentor Lancaster Dodd, portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

And, in order to get in the right mindset for a scene in which the pair get thrown into neighboring prison cells, the 37 year old watched videos of animals held in captivity in a bid to imitate their deranged habits.

He tells the New York Times, "You can see their brain...

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