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Snoop Lion And 10 Other Celebrity Name Changes

August 1st, 2012 4:07pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg has traded a canine for a feline, claiming he has taken up the moniker Snoop Lion following his conversion to Rastafarian. But he's far from the first celebrity to change his name. Here are our Top 10 Celebrity Name Changes:

Carlos Irwin Estevez - Charlie Sheen. Charlie took the esteemed stage name of his father Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (Martin Sheen). His brother, Emilio, kept his real name because it sounded better than "Emilio Sheen."

Farrokh Bulsara - Freddie Mercury: You can understand why Queen's lead singer changed his name. After living in Zanzibar, his famil...

Russell Brand & Kristen Wiig Named 'Sexiest Vegetarians' By PETA

June 27th, 2011 11:59pm EDT
Russell Brand and Kristen Wiig
Funnyman Russell Brand is having a great June - just 10 days after he was was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Brit has landed the World's Sexiest Vegetarian title alongside Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig.

The actor/comedian - a vegetarian since age 14 - beat out Joaquin Phoenix, Woody Harrelson and Prince to land atop the male countdown.

"You shouldn't eat animals, it's mean to them," he tells PETA.

Bridesmaids star Wiig finished ahead of new mom Natalie Portman, Olivia Wilde, Joy Bryant and Anne Hathaway on the women's poll.

The meat-free cel...

Joaquin Phoenix To Un-Retire For Paul Thomas Anderson?

April 13th, 2011 8:51am EDT
Wait a minute... Joaquin Phoenix is still here?

Now that the faux-documentary "I'm Still Here" has come and gone (and nobody really cared), Phoenix is looking to get back into actual acting rather than participating in large-scale, head-scratching publicity stunts. And Paul Thomas Anderson might be assisting in his comeback as the two are in talks to work together on PTA's untitled religious drama, according to Variety.

PTA's new film, which will be his first since 2007's "There Will Be Blood," is a period piece based loosely on Scientology starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Do...

Dominic Cooper To Replace Joaquin Phoenix In 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'?

February 11th, 2011 9:22am EST
Dominic Cooper
Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper is in talks to replace Joaquin Phoenix in quirky new movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Bosses at 20th Century Fox are in final negotiations with the English actor to play opposite Benjamin Walker in the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith cult novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Walker landed the coveted role of President Abraham Lincoln last month.

Cooper will reportedly play Henry Sturges, who mentors and trains Lincoln in the ways of vampire hunting.

The Hurt Locker star Anthony Mackie is also rumored to be in talks to join the cast.

Actors Who Can Actually Sing

January 19th, 2011 11:00am EST
Gwyneth Paltrow Country Strong
Who knew they could sing? There are a few actors who are carving out second careers by moonlighting part-time as singers, and others, just by finding ways to exploit their hidden given talents singing on film or television.

Gwyneth Paltrow

She may have raised some eyebrows, but actress Gwyneth Paltrow sure can sing Country music. The Oscar winning actress put her veiled singing talents up front and center for the new film Country Strong.

Jamie Foxx

Actor Jamie Foxx may have won an Oscar award for his performance in the biographic film Ray, but this actor's main passion is music. Fox...

Celebrities Who Are Celebrating National Beard Month

November 3rd, 2010 3:00pm EDT
Zach Galifianakis
November is National Beard Month, and there are a few celebs who take this holiday very seriously, including "Hangover" star Zach Galifianakis, pictured above.

Many stars grow beards and then cut them off (George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Jake Gyllenhaal, to name a few).

And of course there are those experimental types who try it out too (Elijah Wood, Joaquin Phoenix and reality "star" Spencer Pratt).

The diehard beard afficionados keep their facial hair growing all year long. Check out some of the stars who are currently sporting fuzzy cheeks:

Katy Perry's new husband Russell Brand


Joaquin Phoenix 'Wanted Out' Of 'I'm Still Here'

October 1st, 2010 11:26am EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix was desperate to quit work on his hoax documentary I'm Still Here after the first few months of pretending he was a wannabe rapper - because he longed for a return to normal life.

The Oscar-nominee stunned fans in 2008 by announcing he was quitting acting to forge a new career as a rapper and hit headlines with a series of strange stunts, including a shambolic appearance on David Letterman's talk show and falling off stage at his first gig.

It was all filmed by his brother-in-law Casey Affleck for their new film I'm Still Here and Phoenix recently confirmed the whole pro...

Joaquin Phoenix Apologizes To David Letterman

September 23rd, 2010 8:33am EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix publicly apologized to talk show host David Letterman on Wednesday when he returned to the Late Show and revealed all about his odd antics on the program last year.

The Walk The Line star appeared disheveled and uncomfortable as he attempted to promote what he claimed would be his final film, Two Lovers, on the show in 2009. He evoked the presenter's wrath by refusing to remove his sunglasses for the studio interview and chewing gum as he spoke. Phoenix's brother-in-law, director Casey Affleck, has since admitted the appearance was part of an elaborate "social experiment" ...

Casey Affleck Confesses Joaquin Phoenix Documentary Is A Hoax

September 17th, 2010 8:39am EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Casey Affleck has revealed his new movie about brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix's efforts to quit acting and become a rapper is one big hoax.

Affleck and Phoenix fooled fans and the media last year as the star announced he was turning his back on Hollywood and then grew a bushy beard and started acting strangely on a series of chat shows, and at appearances.

The madcap scenes were shot by Affleck for his newly-released "I'm Still Here" documentary.

And during recent interviews at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, Affleck insisted the documentary was for real - and his pal and sub...

Casey Affleck Settles Sexual Harassment Suits

September 15th, 2010 8:01am EDT
Casey Affleck
Actor Casey Affleck has settled two sexual harassment cases filed by female crewmembers on his Joaquin Phoenix documentary.

Earlier this year Amanda White, a producer on Affleck's I'm Still Here, filed a $2 million sexual harassment lawsuit against the star, alleging she endured "uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace" while making the movie.

Cinematographer Magdalena Gorka filed a separate sexual harassment lawsuit against Affleck, seeking $2.25 million in damages. The deadline in the case was postponed in August as the parties met for mediation, which has resulted in...

Joaquin Phoenix Documentary 'I'm Still Here': Hoax or Not?

September 14th, 2010 11:20am EDT
In late 2008, Joaquin Phoenix announced that he was retiring from acting and going to try his hand at being a rap artist. The general response was: is this a hoax and/or what the heck is he thinking? Since then, neither opinion has changed in the least. The hoax idea really became more prevalent when it was said that his brother-in-law Casey Affleck was following him around with cameras and filming everything. Now their film I'm Still Here is being released to wide audiences on September 17th, and reviewers are still not absolutely certain if the film is a hoax or a real look at an actor l...

Joaquin Phoenix Impersonator Hits Toronto Film Festival

September 9th, 2010 9:32pm EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
A celebrity impostor has sparked more mystery surrounding Joaquin Phoenix's bizarre new documentary "I'm Still Here" at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada - by showing up to events as the eccentric actor.

The hoaxer has been showing up on the red carpet at events and screenings, accompanied by a large entourage of bodyguards and groupies.

"I'm Still Here" director Casey Affleck insists the doppelganger is not part of the press onslaught connected to the movie, which debuts at the festival on Friday night, and he doesn't want film fans to be duped.

Affleck plans to address ...

Joaquin Phoenix: 'I'm A Laughing Stock. My Life Is Ruined'

September 9th, 2010 8:27am EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix was filled with remorse and regret following his humiliating appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" in 2009, and feared his own eccentric behavior would wreck his career.

The actor appeared dishevelled and odd as he attempted to promote what he claimed would be his final film, "Two Lovers."

With a bushy beard and uncombed hair, he evoked the host's wrath by refusing to remove his sunglasses for the studio interview and chewing gum as he spoke.

Letterman even poked fun at his appearance, asking his guest, "What can you tell us about your days with the Unibomber...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Resident Evil Afterlife,' 'The Virginity Hit,' & More

September 7th, 2010 9:32am EDT
Resident Evil Afterlife
Over the Labor Day weekend, I caught Robert Rodriguez’s action epic “Machete,” which is bullet riddled, eye candy, not intended for the faint of heart. Originally a fake movie trailer in the 2007 double feature “Grindhouse,” it wowed audiences with its brutal subject matter and wild visuals. It was not long afterward, that viewers demanded that “Machete” be made into a feature length film however it took Rodriguez a couple of years to make the project happen.

“Machete” is delightfully over-the-top with its many explosions and extensive gore that skillfully pay homage to the exploitation ...

Fall Movie Preview Part 1: September

August 24th, 2010 10:00am EDT
the town
This fall, moviegoers have an extremely large and diverse selection of movies to choose from. The abundance of (hopefully) promising films is unlike any year in recent memory as movies of all kind are set to release during the crucial and often divisive awards season.

This September audiences are in for a slew of independent films that are as different as they are engaging. George Clooney will star in “The American” (Sept. 1), directed by Anton Corbijn whose 2007 film “Control” earned strong praise and attention. The movie is a throwback to the international spy thrillers of the 70s and c...

Joaquin Phoenix Walks The Line Of Reality And Performance Art In Trailer For 'I'm Still Here' (Video)

August 18th, 2010 11:01am EDT
Joaquin Phoenix
Did Joaquin Phoenix really tumble off the edge and let himself go last year? Or did he simply stay "in-character" for several months? The trailer for I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix offers a sneak peek at what's to come, with little answers.

We are either watching a man's tragic downfall towards Howard Hughes levels of insanity, or a brilliant actor taking on a role of himself in another life. In the trailer we see Phoenix gain weight, allow his hair to grow thick and unkempt along with a beard - but we also see him apparently thrive on the streets, on a speeding boat, and...

Casey Affleck's Rep Brands Second Lawsuit 'Fishy'

August 2nd, 2010 10:30am EDT
Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck's rep has branded a second sexual harassment lawsuit levied at the actor "total fiction," dismissing the fresh allegations as "fishy".

The Hollywood star has been hit with a second lawsuit in as many weeks relating to his time working on his documentary I'm Still Here, which follows his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix's attempts to launch a rap career.

Cinematographer Magdalena Gorka filed suit on Friday alleging Affleck's brother climbed into bed with her and groped her while she slept during a stay at Phoenix's New York apartment. She also claims she was subjected to a ho...

A Second Woman Accuses Casey Affleck Of Groping Her

July 31st, 2010 9:29am EDT
Casey Affleck
A second woman has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Casey Affleck, alleging the star climbed into bed with her and groped her while she slept.

Cinematographer Magdalena Gorka filed a $2.25 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, alleging Ben Affleck's brother harassed her during work on his documentary "I'm Still Here," which follows Joaquin Phoenix's attempts to launch a rap career.

Gorka claims she was forced to leave the project without proper pay or a production credit after Affleck "crawled" into her bed at Phoenix's New York apartment, where they were stayi...

Casey Affleck's Lawyer Calls Sexual Harassment Accuser 'Extortionate'

July 30th, 2010 5:23pm EDT
Casey Affleck
The producer suing Casey Affleck for sexual harassment has been accused of withholding "key production documents" from her bosses while trying to negotiate a higher salary, according to new legal filings.

Affleck is being sued for $2 million by Amanda White, a producer on his documentary "I'm Still Here," which follows actor Joaquin Phoenix's attempts to launch a rap career.

In a new court submission, Affleck's attorney Marty Singer claims White refused to hand over important paperwork until her contract was finalized, describing her move as "extortionate."

Singer includes an email in wh...

Casey Affleck's Lawyer Wants Sexual Harassment Case To Be Arbitrated

July 29th, 2010 8:05am EDT
Casey Affleck
A lawyer representing Casey Affleck filed a request on Wednesday asking for the sexual harassment case against the actor to be moved away from the court system and into arbitration.

Ben Affleck's brother is being sued for $2 million by Amanda White, a producer on his documentary I'm Still Here, which follows actor Joaquin Phoenix's attempts to become a rap star. White filed suit last week alleging she endured "uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace" while making the movie. The producer has a list of accusations, which include sexual harassment, breach of oral contract an...

Casey Affleck Denies 'Preposterous' Sexual Assault Claims (Video)

July 26th, 2010 2:10pm EDT
Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck has denied claims that he sexually assaulted a woman while working on a documentary with Joaquin Phoenix.

Amanda White claims Affleck refused to pay her salary because she would not spend a night in a hotel room with him. She is suing for $2 million dollars for claims of "uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace."

Affleck is married to Joaquin Phoenix' sister Summer. The alleged assault occurred during work on a documentary titled "Joaquin Phoenix: I'm Still Here," detailing the behavior of Joaquin as he grew out his beard and attempted to be a rap artist in ...

Casey Affleck Sued For Sexual Harassment

July 24th, 2010 12:00pm EDT
Casey Affleck
Actor Casey Affleck has been accused of sexual harassment by a producer of his quirky documentary about brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix's attempts to become a rap star.

Amanda White claims Affleck acted inappropriately while directing I'm Still Here and she is suing him for $2 million.

In papers filed in Los Angeles on Friday, White alleges she endured "uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace" while making the movie.

She claims Affleck referred to women as 'cows' and discussed his sexual exploits in front of her. The producer also alleges Affleck, who is married to Phoeni...

Film Company Buys Into Joaquin Phoenix Documentary

July 16th, 2010 3:18pm EDT
Film Company Buys Into Joaquin Phoenix Documentary
Remember in 2008 when Joaquin Phoenix seemed to go off the deep end? He announced his retirement from acting on his knuckles, launched a rap career and grew a pretty awesome looking homeless man beard.

Apparently Magnolia Pictures has acquired the film "I'm Still Here: The Lost Year Of Joaquin Phoenix" which was filmed and directed by brother in law Casey Affleck. The film will hit theaters on September 10 of this year with plans to go wide the following week.

Was the whole thing a prank or was it real? Apparently there is some pretty outlandish stuff in this film that leaves the viewer u...

Joaquin Phoenix Records Animal Rights Video For PETA (Watch Here)

March 25th, 2010 12:47pm EDT
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Actor-turned-rapper Joaquin Phoenix has stepped in front of the camera one more time in the name of animal rights - he's recorded a PETA campaign clip to urge stars against wearing exotic animal skins.

The "Walk The Line" star has recorded a short film for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) calling on celebrities to stop wearing clothes and accessories made from creatures such as alligators, lizards and snakes.

He says, "Exotic animals are mostly unknown to us, and so is what they suffer before being turned into belts and bags. Every year millions of reptiles are slaughter...

Rep: Joaquin Phoenix Will Not Play Edgar Allen Poe

March 14th, 2010 9:00am EDT
A representative for Joaquin Phoenix has shot down reports the star is preparing to return to the big screen as Edgar Allen Poe.

Slumdog Millionaire sound designer Resul Pookutty claimed earlier this week that Phoenix was tuning his back on his newfound rap career to head back to filmmaking.

He told India's Mumbai Mirror the star had signed up to play iconic American writer and poet Poe in an upcoming movie.

But Pookutty's claims have been dismissed by Phoenix's rep, who tells the star will not be appearing in the picture.

The Walk The Line actor quit Hollywood last year, ...

Joaquin Phoenix Comes Out Of Retirement To Play Poe

March 12th, 2010 11:50am EST
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix's rap career has been put on hold - he will return to the big screen as Edgar Allen Poe, according to Oscar-winning sound engineer Resul Pookutty.

The "Walk The Line" actor quit Hollywood last year, announcing plans to focus on becoming a hip-hop star. He disappeared from the spotlight, only emerging for a string of bizarre TV interviews, which saw him sporting a scraggly beard and giving one-word replies to questions, and a couple of disastrous gigs.

However, "Slumdog Millionaire" sound designer Pookutty has revealed Phoenix is heading back to acting to play iconic Ame...

Gary Busey Named 'Unsexiest Star In Hollywood'

November 30th, 2009 2:53pm EST
Gary Busey Named
Movie veteran Gary Busey has been named and shamed as the unsexiest man in Hollywood in a new internet poll, edging out surprise contenders Justin Long, Kevin Spacey, Mickey Rourke and Joaquin Phoenix.

Editors at compiled the list of Tinseltown's least desirable leading men, following People magazine's recent decision to name Johnny Depp Hollywood's top hunk.

Busey tops the unsexy list, "because he's outrageous and he has gigantic teeth". Long, Drew Barrymore's on/off beau came in third, because Moviefone editors decided "he is a 31-year-old man that (sic) looks like a...

Spotlight On Celebrities Who Practice The Vegan Lifestyle

November 19th, 2009 10:15am EST
Celebrity Vegans
Whether you practice the vegan lifestyle (consuming no animal products) or not, it is a craze that is more common than you think. Here are a few celebrities that choose to eat leafy greens instead of our furry friends.

Alicia Silverstone would definitely rather go naked than wear fur- literally. This hot vegan bared it all in PETA's first-ever naked veggie testimonial PSA. Alicia has followed a strict vegan diet for ten years and told PETA that is has made her feel physically and spiritually better than she could have ever imagined.

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Alyssa Mila...

Can Val Kilmer Make A Comeback In Hollywood?

November 18th, 2009 11:09am EST
Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer makes a triumphant return to the big screen this week in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," an off-kilter project befitting Kilmer's reputation as one of Hollywood's biggest head cases.

Will this film - Kilmer's first to get a wide release since 2006's "Déjà Vu" - get the actor back on the Hollywood map or will he continue to toil away in B-movie wilderness for the rest of his career?

Remember, Kilmer may be king of the straight-to-DVD landscape now, but for a while was considered to be one of the leading men in Hollywood. Kilmer was Iceman for crying out loud! H...

Celebrity 180s: Stars Who Have Drastically Changed

April 27th, 2009 2:41pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Celebrities are supposed to reinvent themselves. While some of these reinventions work out, sometimes they are complete failures. Take a look at these notable celebs that have drastically changed their appearance, behavior, or both.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera has gone through a few changes of music and style, but her most recent is her most drastic. In 2002, Aguilera released Stripped and donned a variety of scant outfits. In addition, she wore heavy make-up, black hair extensions, and sang about getting "dirrty." With her most recent album, Back to Basics, Aguilera...

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