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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.

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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.

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Tim Roth Has No Regrets After Missing Out On 'Harry Potter' Role

January 23rd, 2008 7:00pm EST
Tim Roth
British tough guy Tim Roth refuses to regret not grabbing a lead role in the Harry Potter movie franchise - because countryman Alan Rickman is the perfect Professor Severus Snape. Roth was offered the dark role before Rickman but turned it down because he thought the character was "under-developed."

The Reservoir Dogs star reveals, "There were only a couple of Harry Potter books out at that point, and Snape seemed under-developed. I've watched the films, and Alan Rickman does a good job. If you pass on a project and it turns out well, then it was probably the right thing to do, but, at...
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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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No Stage Musicals For Alan Rickman

December 11th, 2007 4:01pm EST
Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman won't be using his singing skills in the Sweeney Todd movie musical as his inspiration to get back to Broadway because his last New York stage tune was a disaster.

Fans of the British thespian hope Rickman will follow his performance in Tim Burton's new movie with a return to Broadway - but he insists that's not in his future because he's still smarting from the experience of singing in Private Lives.

Rickman explains, "Eight shows singing a week is different than one song recorded, as people find out to their peril and the loss of their voice. I actually did sing in...
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Tim Roth Desperate To Appear In 'Harry Potter'

December 3rd, 2007 10:58am EST
Tim Roth
British actor Tim Roth is desperate to appear in the final two Harry Potter films - despite turning down a role in the boy wizard franchise six years ago.

The Reservoir Dogs star was offered the part of Severus Snape in the movie adaptations of the book, but passed up the role which was eventually given to Alan Rickman.

However Roth insists he wants to get involved in the remaining films, Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince or Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows because his three sons - Jack, Timothy and Cormac - are big Harry Potter fans.

He says, "I had various reaso...
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A Cavalcade Of Stars Plead To Save Theatre Company

July 30th, 2007 10:08am EDT
Emma Thompson
Judi Dench,Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons are among a host of British stars who have joined forces to save one of the U.K's oldest theatres from closure.

Over 120 prestigious actors and actresses have agreed to lend their names to a petition which objects to the closure of the Bristol Old Vic for 18 months while it undergoes $14 million refurbishment work.

The stars are against plans to hire out the venue for weddings and conferences, as many believe the resident Old Vic Theatre Company will be killed off. The petition says, "What is clear is that the Bristol Old V...
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Helena Bonham-Carter Was Shocked By Filming On 'Harry Potter'

May 17th, 2007 9:06am EDT
Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix
Helena Bonham-Carter was shocked her three-line appearance in the forthcoming Harry Potter movie took six weeks to film. The star, who plays character Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix, admits the excessive waiting time was frustrating as she had such a small part.

She says, "I had five lines in that. I think they cut three of them - and I was there for six weeks. I don't know quite how, still, to this day, I was there for that long. It really is 90 percent waiting. I mean, nice waiting - waiting's OK if you have a nice trailer."

And Bonham-Carter i...
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Kylie Minogue 'Charmed' By British Chancellor

March 17th, 2007 9:30pm EDT
Kylie
Pop superstar Kylie Minogue was "charmed" by British Chancellor Gordon Brown last month at a dinner party /hosted by Australian author Kathy Lette.

The Spinning Around singer was a guest at the meal in London, which was also attended by British film stars Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman and Ronnie Ancona.

And Lette revealed Minogue enjoyed chatting with the politician, because he was such a smooth talker.

She says, "Gordon and Kylie got on really well. They spent quite a bit of time talking to each other over drinks. He was very sociable and charming. He absolutely charmed every...
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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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Catherine Zeta-Jones Won't Allow Filmmakers To Use Her Name

September 6th, 2006 8:54am EDT
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones was furious to learn her name was to inspire a canine character in new movie Snow Cake and ordered her lawyers to halt the unflattering tribute immediately. The film, starring Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman, was to feature a pooch bearing the same moniker as the Hollywood actress - but Zeta-Jones was not amused.

An aide for production company Revolution Films says, "Her lawyers wrote back and said that on no account could her name be used for a dog."

Scriptwriter Angela Pell says, "I liked the idea of naming the dog Catherine Zeta-Jones because in the fil...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 21

February 21st, 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...
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