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Alan Rickman To Play Owner Of Legendary NYC Nightclub CBGB

May 14th, 2012 8:49pm EDT
Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman is to play Hilly Kristal in a new movie about the legendary New York club boss.

The British star will shoot "CBGB" in Savannah, Georgia this summer with an all-star cast portraying the likes of the Ramones, Blondie, Television, Talking Heads and Patti Smith - who all headlined at Kristal's fabled Bowery venue, which is now a John Varvatos clothing store.

A film insider tells WENN, "We will be recreating CBGB on a soundstage as the club no longer exists. But it will be an authentic replica of the place."

Kristal's daughter Lisa will serve as a producer on the project, which w...
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Universal Pictures President Wants 'Love Actually' Sequel

May 13th, 2012 4:35pm EDT
Love Actually
The president of Universal Pictures has urged British director/writer Richard Curtis to come up with a follow-up to hit 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually.

The British film, which focused on several different characters trying to find love, was a big hit at the box office, and now Universal chief Eddie Cunningham is hoping to convince the film's mastermind to pen a sequel.

He tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "I think there should be a Love Actually 2. I'd give it a green light. I think many American movies try to emulate that brilliant format where the stories interweave and no one's on sc...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Big Country' / 'Quigley Down Under' / 'The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three'

December 12th, 2011 2:44pm EST
The big Country photo
Ready to rehash some old good guy/bad guy tales now out on Blu-ray via the folks at MGM? Then hang on to that lasso rope tight, jump on your horse and board the moving train cause we’re going on a bumpy ride with the likes of Blu-ray baddies "The Big Country," "Quigley Down Under" and "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three." Hold on tight to the saddle horn stud – the long review road ahead awaits!

Title: "The Big Country"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Charlton Heston

Director: William Wyler

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 165 minutes

Release Company: MGM Home Ente...
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Two Jews' Reviews 'Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows-Part 2': One Gives Standing 'O' To Final Epic Adventure (Video)

July 14th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
'Two Jews on Film' By Joan Alperin Schwartz: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2' is the final adventure in the 'Harry Potter' series. The film is directed brilliantly by David Yates and cleverly adapted for the screen by Steve Klos.

This is not only the last film in the franchise, but it is the best.

From the first shot...where we see Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) holding his sword up to the darkened sky, followed by Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) staring out into the gloomy courtyard at Hogwarts, you know...you're in for one great ride.

For those of you who haven't read the books ...
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The Strange And Surprising Career Of Cameron Diaz

June 23rd, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz is anything but a predictable actor. This Friday, “Bad Teacher” opens and will showcase Diaz’s R-rated comedy skills opposite Justin Timerlake and Jason Segel, an alumnus of the Judd Apatow school of raunchy humor. Directed by Jake Kasdan (“Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”), Diaz stars as the world’s worst teacher who would rather get high in her car than teach her kids anything. While most moviegoers see her as just a pretty face who pops up in mediocre films, Diaz has had an incredibly unique and varied career in Hollywood over the last two decades.

Her breakthrough role ca...
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Alan Rickman's Emotional Letter To Mark End Of 'Harry Potter'

May 26th, 2011 11:43am EDT
Alan Rickman
British actor Alan Rickman has marked the upcoming end of the Harry Potter franchise in an emotional letter praising his now grown-up co-stars, as well as creator J.K. Rowling.

The wizard movies will conclude this year with the release of the final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and Rickman, who plays wizard teacher Severus Snape, has shared his thoughts about the end of Potter.

In a letter written to Empire magazine, Rickman reveals he realized the enormity of his 10-year stint in the Potter franchise when he saw a grown-up Daniel Radcliffe recently performin...
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Five Non-Traditional Christmas Movies

December 13th, 2010 11:18am EST
Die_Hard
Every Christmas I face the same question: how many times can I watch the same old batch of Christmas movies before I get tired of them?  Answer: three.  To that end, I've compiled a list of five non-traditional Christmas movies for you to turn to when you get tired of TBS's 24-hour marathon of "A Christmas Story."

5 - Die Hard (1988)

Outside of “A Christmas Story,” “Die Hard” is my go-to Christmas movie.  “But ‘Die Hard’ is an action movie!” you might say, and you’d be correct.  But “Die Hard” is special, because it’s an action movie set during Christmas.  “Die Hard,” starring Bruce Wil...
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Tom Felton Dismisses Secret Love Child Rumors

November 27th, 2010 8:38am EST
Tom Felton
Harry Potter star Tom Felton has laughed off internet rumors he has fathered a secret love child.

The British actor found himself embroiled in the scandal when an anonymous postcard featuring a photo of Felton alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and four of their Deathly Hallows: Part 1 co-stars was posted online on November 21st. The picture was accompanied by the caption: "One of these men is the father of the most amazing little girl in the world. He's never met her. He never will. He probably can't even remember my name."

Speculation as to who the baby's father could be was ri...
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A Fantasy Hater's Guide To Harry Potter: Film 6 – 'Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince'

November 19th, 2010 11:52pm EST
HP6
Harry Potter has eluded me. I've never been one for ogres and fairies and magic and more. It seemed to me that anything involving magic was a cop out, as any problem could be solved by saying "Thank God we have the magical ______!"

That said, I have heard over and over again how wonderful this series is. So I'm watching all the HPmovies and critiquing them leading up to the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter 6: wAnd the Half Blood

That’s it. Call me a Pott(er)head. I've toked from the hooka of Hogwarts and...
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Review 'Harry Potter - Deathly Hallows Part 1' 'Two Jews On Film' Don't Find The Magic (Video)

November 19th, 2010 9:40am EST
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'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 1' is the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, told in two parts. It's directed by David Yates and written by Steven Kloves. The crew is back...Daniel Radcliff (Harry Potter) Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) Helena Bonham Carter (Death Eater) and the unrecognizable, Ralph Fiennes as the super evil Lord Voldemort. Bill Nighy joins the cast as The Minister of Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour. Of all the Harry Potter films, for this one in particular, it helps if you read the book. Basically things are not g...
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A Fantasy Hater's Guide To Harry Potter: Film 5 – 'Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix'

November 17th, 2010 9:22am EST
Movie Poster!
Harry Potter has eluded me. I've never been one for ogres and fairies and magic and more. It seemed to me that anything involving magic was a cop out, as any problem could be solved by saying "Thank God we have the magical ______!"

That said, I have heard over and over again how wonderful this series is. So I'm watching all the HP movies and critiquing them leading up to the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1."

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter 5

“Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix” opens on a playground on yet another washed out, gra...
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A Fantasy Hater's Guide To Harry Potter: Film 4 – 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire'

November 16th, 2010 9:54am EST
Harry Potter Movie Poster
Harry Potter has eluded me. I've never been one for ogres and fairies and magic and more. It seemed to me that anything involving magic was a cop out, as any problem could be solved by saying "Thank God we have the magical ______!"

That said, I have heard over and over again how wonderful this series is. So I'm watching all the HP movies and critiquing them leading up to the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1."

Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter fourget it.

When I embarked on my little Harry Potter movie marathon, every person that had been urging ...
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A Fantasy Hater's Guide To Harry Potter: Film 3 – 'Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban'

November 14th, 2010 8:18pm EST
Harry Potter Movie Poster
Harry Potter has eluded me. I've never been one for ogres and fairies and magic and more. It seemed to me that anything involving magic was a cop out, as any problem could be solved by saying "Thank God we have the magical ______!"

That said, I have heard over and over again how wonderful this series is. So I'm watching all the HP movies and critiquing them leading up to the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1."

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter not in 3D

This was cool. This was so cool. The last twenty minutes of “Harry Potter and The Prisone...
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A Fantasy Hater's Guide To Harry Potter: Film 2 – 'Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets'

November 10th, 2010 9:45am EST
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter has eluded me. I've never been one for ogres and fairies and magic and more. It seemed to me that anything involving magic was a cop out, as any problem could be solved by saying "Thank god we have the magical ______!"

That said, I have heard over and over again how wonderful this series is. So I'm watching all the HP movies and critiquing them leading up to the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1."

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter 2: The Squeakuel

The Story so far: Harry Potter is summoned to Hogwarts Academy to learn the ways o...
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A Fantasy Hater's Guide To Harry Potter: Film 1 – 'Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone'

November 9th, 2010 10:30am EST
Harry Potter
Harry Potter has eluded me. I've never been one for ogres and fairies and magic and more. It seemed to me that anything involving magic was a cop out, as any problem could be solved by saying "Thank god we have the magical ______!"

That said, I have heard over and over again how wonderful this series is. So I'm watching all the HP movies and critiquing them leading up to the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1." So let's begin.

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone.

(Happy Potter 1)

So this is my first Harry Potter movie, and I was mostly delighted. It seemed a ...
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Emma Watson Parties At England's Glastonbury Festival

June 26th, 2010 9:54pm EDT
Emma Watson
"Harry Potter" star Emma Watson has fueled speculation she's dating model George Craig after they were spotted partying together at this weekend's Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts.

The British actress, 20, split from long term partner Jay Barrymore in March and she sparked rumors of a new romance with Craig - one of the models who appeared in her latest ad campaign for British fashion house Burberry - after she was seen out in London with him earlier this month.

Watson has further added to the speculation by spending time with Craig, who also fronts rock band One Night...
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Daniel Radcliffe Fears 'Harry Potter' Will Return - In 30 Years

May 27th, 2010 11:59pm EDT
Daniel Radcliffe
"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe fears he won't be the last kid to play the boy wizard - he has a sneaking suspicion the franchise will be re-imagined for a new generation when he's in his 50s.

The young Brit worries that movie executives won't be able to resist remaking the Potter films as J.K. Rowling's hit books continue to top bestseller lists around the world.

He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "The books will be around for decades to come which makes me wonder if, in 30 years time, we will be seeing remakes of all these movies.

"I have a very dark suspicion that that will ...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Alice In Wonderland,' 'Brooklyn's Finest' & More

March 1st, 2010 10:02am EST
Alice In Wonderland
Kevin Smith’s “Cop Out” turned out to be a delightful action comedy in the vein of typical buddy cop movies from the 80s and early 90s. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I laughed throughout the film. This was primarily due to hilarious performances from Tracy Morgan and Sean William Scott. To read more about what I thought of “Cop Out” check out my Starpulse review here.

The first week of March delivers to theaters Tim Burton’s long awaited whimsical tale “Alice in Wonderland,” the gritty cop drama “Brooklyn’s Finest,” and the NYC release of the animated feature “The Secret of ...
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Movies To Watch In Early 2010

December 17th, 2009 10:00am EST
Shutter Island
2009 is starting to wrap up with a few big blockbusters left for the Christmas season, but now it is time to look forward into 2010 to see what's coming up. The early months of a year may usually be quiet for movie goers, but there are some great new films releasing in January, February, and March. Take a look at the films you'll be wanting to buy tickets for in early 2010!

January (in order of release date)

"Daybreakers," rated R, is being released January 8th and stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill. This movie is taking advantage of the current vampire popularity, but thi...
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Best Casting Decisions For The 'Harry Potter' Franchise

July 14th, 2009 9:30am EDT
Harry Potter
Get out your wands and your magical cloaks everyone, because Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is on the horizon and it promises to be the best HP film yet! The epic series is almost coming to a close, with only one more adapted book left, and this one is full of major betrayals, coming of age disasters, and the characters we love and hate developing further. One of the hardest parts about putting a book to life on the screen is finding the right actor to portray a beloved character. Fans are some of the harshest critics in the world. Here's a look at some of the most inspired casting ...
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Best Space Movies

June 12th, 2009 9:53am EDT
Moon
The subject of space is a difficult one in terms of selecting films. Qualifying elements are somewhat subjective. Does the film have to take place in space? Must it include aliens? Does a mere reference to space, or different planets, make it a "space" film? In short, is it merely a subgenre of science fiction? Space and science fiction, while not mutually exclusive, can occur without the other.

In celebration of the release of one of the newest and most promising space films, Moon, check out a brief list of our favorite space films. What you will find below is a mix of films t...
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'Bottle Shock' Uncorks Onto DVD Feb. 3; Win A Copy!

January 13th, 2009 5:22pm EST
Bottle Shock
Pour out the laughs and brim over with American spirit as the incredible true story that put Napa on the map of fine wines is uncorked with Bottle Shock, debuting onto DVD February 3rd from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE). Premiering at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Bottle Shock has won the hearts of critics and audiences alike. Praised as "Rocky for wine aficionados" (The Hollywood Reporter), Bottle Shock follows novice vintner Jim Barrett who, against all odds and expectations, defeated the heavily favored French varietals at the 1976 blind taste challenge called "The ...
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Opening December 5: Nobel Son

December 3rd, 2008 9:48am EST
Nobel Son
A young man's moment of triumph is spoiled when he gets kidnapped before he can impress his father in this black comedy. Eli Michaelson (Alan Rickman), a well-respected scientist, has learned that he's won the Nobel Prize... Continue Summary
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Slideshow: Creepy Actors - Who's The Creepiest?

October 13th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Steve Buscemi
These actors have either played someone creepy or just look creepy. There's something about them that reminds us of fingernails on a chalkboard. Peruse our photo slideshow, and tell us who you think is the creepiest one of them all!

Willem Dafoe

Wild at Heart, Shadow of a Vampire

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More Willem Dafoe Pictures

Gary Oldman

Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Professional

More Gary Oldman Pictures

Joan Rivers

Plastic surgery junkie

More Joan Rivers Pictures

Steve Buscemi

Reservo...
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Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

September 30th, 2008 9:30am EDT
Pulse Patrol
Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most stirring and comical annotations were made on the latest stories on the completely shocking and stunning Gay Aiken story, Chris Kattan’s Break-up, and C.Nor’s political views, as well as a Story about Paris’ Porn Portrait.

Topic Highlights = There were some gracious and pleasant remarks made about Richard Dean Anderson and actress Mimi Rogers on the other hand, there even more love and affection for J...
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Spike TV Announces Nominees For 'Scream 2008'

September 15th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
SCREAM 2008
It will be one "dark knight" this October as Spike TV presents the third annual "SCREAM," a celebration of the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic genres.

Taping on Saturday, October 18 from The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, "SCREAM 2008" will premiere on Spike TV Tuesday, October 21 (9:00- 11:00 PM, ET/PT). Show host, presenters and musical performers to be announced shortly.

"We're incredibly honored to have the support of such luminaries in the creative community to help determine the nominees for 'SCREAM 2008,'" says Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event prod...
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Lord Voldemort Named Top Movie Villain

July 15th, 2008 3:09pm EDT
Villain
Ralph Fiennes' Lord Voldemort character in the Harry Potter films has been named the best movie villain of all time - beating Heath Ledger's The Joker into sixth place.

Ledger's performance in new Batman sequel The Dark Knight, the last movie he completed before his death in January, has been lauded by critics and tipped for an Oscar nomination. However editors of Moviefone rank him behind Fiennes; James Earl Jones and Hayden Christensen's Darth Vader; Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West and Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lector in the onscreen evil stakes.

A Moviefone edito...
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'Sweeney Todd' A Perfect Fit For Burton And Depp's Dark Sensibilities

December 18th, 2007 8:58am EST
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
''Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'' is the quintessential Tim Burton movie, even though it springs from somebody else's celebrated mind.

Everything about Stephen Sondheim's revered musical, which provided the inspiration for the film, seems tailor-made for the director's sensibilities. Truly, what other filmmaker could tell the story of a vengeful barber (Johnny Depp) who slits his customers' throats and the lovesick baker (Helena Bonham Carter) who grinds up the dead bodies for her meat pies?

It's strangely beautiful and beautifully strange, with horrific subject m...
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'Sweeney Todd' Starts Principal Photography in London

February 27th, 2007 11:26am EST
Johnny Depp stars in Sweeney Todd
Principal photography has begun in London on Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp in the Tim Burton directed screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller. The DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. co-production presents Depp as Sweeney Todd, a man unjustly sent to prison, who vows revenge not only for that cruel punishment but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to reopen his barber shop, he becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street who "shaved the heads of gentleman who never thereafter were heard from again."

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Celebrity Birthdays, February 21

February 21st, 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...
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