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Jennifer Lopez & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Among Those Invited To Join The Academy

June 29th, 2013 12:30pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 276 new members to join this year, including Jennifer Lopez, Jason Bateman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Jason Schwartzman, Milla Jovovich and Lucy Liu.

If they accept, they will be allowed to vote for the winners of the 2014 Oscars and beyond.

Chris Tucker, Danny Trejo, Emily Mortimer, Paula Patton and Jack Huston have also been invited to join the Academy.

Academy President Hawk Koch explained, "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today. Their talent and creativity have captured th...
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Chris Tucker Busts A Move With Conan O'Brien (Video)

February 8th, 2013 4:02pm EST
Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker sat down with Conan O'Brien Thurdsay night to discuss his upcoming stand-up comedy tour (dates at his official site), do a little dancing, and discuss his Silver Linings Playbook co-star Robert De Niro.

Tucker shares that did a little dancing in the film, after which Conan asks him if he's a good dancer.

"I'm a great dancer," Tucker says. "I love to dance."

The Rush Hour then starts putting on the moves in his seat; saying, "I'm feelin' it... I don't have a beat though."

Cue the drummer, who provides a backbeat before co-host Andy Richter says, "You guys should try that ove...
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10 Celebrities Who Have Owed Millions In Unpaid Taxes

October 1st, 2012 12:00pm EDT
Nicolas Cage
Not even the rich and famous can avoid the tax man, and many have been pinched for not paying their fair share.

Nicolas Cage owed $6.2 million in unpaid taxes in 2007. He faced other claims of unpaid taxes related to his earnings between 2002 and 2004, while he was accused of defaulting on a $2 million loan in October, 2009.

The 46 year old was hit with a $6.7 million suit on New Year's Eve in 2010 in relation to unpaid taxes in 2008 - taking his total tax bill to approximately $14 million.

In November 2011, Cage sold his Action Comics 1 in an online auction for a record-breaking $...
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Ice Cube Campaigns To Get Chris Tucker To Do 'Friday' Sequel

March 10th, 2012 12:30pm EST
Ice Cube
Ice Cube has urged fans of his "Friday" film franchise to bombard his co-star Chris Tucker with messages on Twitter to convince the comedian to sign on for another sequel.

The 1995 cult favorite, about a pair of street-smart slackers, spawned two sequels and helped to launch the hip-hop star as a movie mogul.

Ice Cube is currently writing a new installment of the fun comedy, a follow-up to 2002's "Friday After Next," and he's eager to get Tucker on board too.

During an appearance on TV's "106 & Park" earlier this week, he said, "Everybody twitter (sic) Chris Tucker and make sure he's in ...
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Michael Jackson's Kids Joined By Justin Bieber, Quincy Jones & More To Launch Hollywood Celebration Of The King Of Pop (See Pics)

January 26th, 2012 8:33pm EST
Michael Jackson's Kids
Michael Jackson's kids kicked off a celebration of their late father's achievements in Hollywood on Thursday when they placed one of the King of Pop's sequined gloves and a pair of his shoes into wet cement outside Grauman's Chinese theater.

Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and nine-year-old Blanket joined Smokey Robinson, Justin Bieber and Thriller producer Quincy Jones in front of the Los Angeles landmark - just feet away from Jackson's Walk of Fame star, which became a shrine for fans following his death in 2009.

Jackson's brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie and his mother Katherine also attended t...
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Celebrities That Turn 40 in 2012

January 3rd, 2012 8:00am EST
Celebrities That Turn 40 in 2012
In 1972 the Watergate scandal hit the national scene, "The Godfather" ruled the movie box office and songs that dominated the radio airwaves included Don McLean's "American Pie," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," and "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers.

Also that year many of today's prominent stars were born that starred in films such as "Stand by Me," "Good Will Hunting," "There's Something about Mary," and many more. See what stars turn the big 40 in 2012. Check out the slide show below.

Amanda Peet - Born January 11, 1972

Drea de Matteo - Born January 19, 1972

Gabriel Macht - Born ...
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Chris Tucker Sells Florida Homes To Avoid Foreclosure

December 11th, 2011 11:32am EST
Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker has sold his two homes in Florida after he was threatened with foreclosure on the properties.

The "Rush Hour" star was hit with a massive $11 million tax bill last year after allegedly falling behind on payments and officials in the state filed foreclosure papers against him in October.

He sold one of his properties that month for just over $1 million and he has now offloaded his five-bedroom home in Lake County, Florida for $2 million, according to TMZ.com.

Tucker reportedly made a $4 million loss on the house after buying it for $6 million.
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Chris Tucker Jokes About Owing Money To The IRS

October 14th, 2011 2:30pm EDT
Chris Tucker
Funnyman Chris Tucker is laughing off his financial woes by cracking jokes about his money troubles as part of his comedy stand-up routine.

The star was hit with a staggering $11 million tax bill from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last year and reports suggesting he's facing foreclosure on his $6 million mansion in Florida emerged this week.

But Tucker is not letting his cash worries get him down - and he has worked them into his comedy show.

During a recent performance in Miami, Florida, the comedian joked, "They (IRS officials) calling you acting like you owe them the money p...
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Chris Tucker Facing Foreclosure On Florida Mansion

October 13th, 2011 3:45pm EDT
Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker's financial woes are worsening - he's facing foreclosure on his $6 million Florida mansion after failing to keep up repayments, according to a report.

The Rush Hour star was hit with a staggering $11 million tax bill last year after allegedly falling behind on fees in 2001, 2002 and 2004 through to 2006.

Reports claimed he would have to sell his $6 million home, which has a monthly mortgage payment of almost $26,000, and now officials have filed foreclosure papers against Tucker, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The star is said to owe $4.4 million to chiefs at SunTrust Ba...
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Blu-ray Interview: Oscar Nominee Robert Forster Jives About Jackie Brown, Being Max Cherry and Going Slow For David Lynch

October 4th, 2011 12:22pm EDT
Robert Forster
Other then the obvious lure of Quentin Tarantino himself, ardent movie fans would be hard pressed to argue that the calm cool of Robert Forster’s Max Cherry isn’t the real icing on "Jackie Brown’s" lovingly layered cake. As the very thoughtful ying to Pam Grier’s cunning yang, Forster gives such a pitch perfect portrayal of a humble aging bail bondsman that he even nabbed a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his movie-stealing work. Having seen early Forster roles in films like "Reflections in a Golden Eye," "Medium Cool" and even "Alligator," movie freak Tarantino knew that the underused...
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Chris Tucker Plans Movie Comeback With Two New Roles

September 8th, 2011 8:31am EDT
Chris Tucker
Comedian Chris Tucker is preparing to make his Hollywood comeback - he's in talks for two new movie roles starring alongside Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper and Ben Stiller.

The funnyman, who was last seen on the big screen in 2007's "Rush Hour 3," is negotiating a part in director David O. Russell's drama "The Silver Linings Playbook," based on the novel by author Michael Quick.

The film follows a former teacher who tries to rebuild his life after four years in a mental institution and would see him work with De Niro, Cooper and Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence.

Meanwhile, Tucker has also...
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Khloe Kardashian Didn't Pay Her Taxes

August 2nd, 2010 8:12am EDT
Khloe Kardashian
Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian has fallen foul of California tax officials - she's been hit with a demand for unpaid bills.

A tax lien filed in Los Angeles on Friday indicates Kim Kardashian's little sister owes $18,490 to the State of California, reports TMZ.com.

The brunette's fees stem from 2007 - the year she shot to fame on reality TV series Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

A number of stars have recently been named and shamed as indebted to the state of California - Chris Tucker, Nicolas Cage and Shannen Doherty are also reportedly being chased for unpaid bills.

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This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Skinny Drew Carey & Tax Troubled Chris Tucker

July 30th, 2010 9:18am EDT
Shining Star Drew Carey
Shining Star - Drew Carey: Drew Carey, come on down...you're the next celeb to be named the "Shining Star of the Week"!

The formerly portly The Price is Right host is rocking a slimmer physique after dropping a reported 80 pounds in less than eight months. Carey told Us Magazine that he trimmed his figure through good ole fashioned diet and exercise because he was "sick of being fat".

And as any good game show host might say, "And that's not all!". Carey also won points this week for handling a minor zinger thrown at him by Bob Barker with class. The Price is Right's former host told a TM...
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Chris Tucker Owes More Than $11 Million In Back Taxes

July 28th, 2010 8:22am EDT
Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker's financial woes have spiralled out of control - the actor has been hit with a demand for more than $11 million in allegedly unpaid taxes.

Officials at the Internal Revenue Service filed documents with the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office on Tuesday, citing Tucker's federal tax debts for the years 2001, 2002 and 2004 through 2006.

The debts add up to a whopping $11,571,909, according to legal paperwork obtained by TMZ.com.

It's not the Rush Hour star's first taxing dilemma - he had a $3.5 million lien filed against him by California state tax bosses last year.

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Chris Tucker To Accept Michael Jackson's Award

June 14th, 2010 8:27am EDT
Chris Tucker
Actor Chris Tucker will accept an award on behalf of late superstar Michael Jackson at the Apollo Theater's annual benefit concert in New York on Monday night.

The late King of Pop and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will be named Apollo Legends at the gala on June 14th, at the venue where Jackson launched his career with the Jackson 5 at the Apollo's Amateur Night in the late 1960s.

Organizers had initially planned to hand Jackson's trophy to the late star's family, but it has now been confirmed that Rush Hour star Tucker will take the stage in their place to accept the prize, according ...
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Celebrities In Financial Trouble

October 15th, 2009 9:24am EDT
Celebs in financial trouble
They may be famous, but it doesn't mean they're rich. It also doesn't mean the taxman will let them slide. The economy certainly is hard for us regular folk these days, but it's also affecting Tinseltown's finest. Check out our slideshow of celebrities that are facing foreclosure, bankruptcy, and other problems for failing to pay up.

Toni Braxton owes more than $12,500 on her mansion in Century City, California and officials at Bank of America are now looking to foreclose on the property.

Toni Braxton

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Top 10 Films With Numbers In The Title

September 26th, 2009 1:52pm EDT
9
In honor of the recent Tim Burton film 9 we're spotlighting numerals and numbers in film. What they have contributed to movies over the years goes beyond simply differentiating an original from a sequel.

For the most part this list excludes sequels. Sorry. It's just too easy. Also, much too simple are the straight up number films. But the English language loopholes are definitely abused throughout this top ten to reflect the best and, well, most viewed options. Check them out!

1. The First Wives Club.

This is the smartass chick's chick flick with a message. Bette Midler. Goldie ...
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Nickelodeon Names Nick Cannon 'Chairman Of TeenNick'

September 25th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
Nickelodeon Nick Cannon Chairman Of TeenNick
Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, announced today that multi-talented, actor/comedian/artist/producer Nick Cannon, former Nickelodeon and MTV Networks star, returns to the Nickelodeon family as Chairman and development consultant for TeenNick, it was announced today by Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon /MTVN Kids and Family Group.

The network's groundbreaking two-year deal with Cannon, which begins immediately, positions him in front of the camera and behind the desk as Chairman of The N as it transforms into TeenNick. On Monday, Sept. 28, The N will rebrand ...
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Q&A: Brett Ratner On 'Beverly Hills Cop IV,' 'The Shooter Series,' And What He Thinks Of Comic Book Fans

September 9th, 2009 12:01pm EDT
Brett Ratner
Is Brett Ratner misunderstood? The "Rush Hour" and "X-Men: The Last Stand" director thinks that's quite possible.

His new retrospective DVD series, "The Shooter Series," (to be released September 15) paints the some may call party-boy director in a different light. Contemporaries such as Quentin Tarantino share their experiences about working with Ratner; and the director's early student films, commercials, and music videos are also chronicled.

Ratner also doesn't parse words about his feelings toward the vocal online community who criticized his work on "X-Men: The Last Stand," and h...
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James Roday & Dule Hill Talk About 'Psych's' Upcoming Season

August 7th, 2009 9:30am EDT
Psych
Good news "Psych" fans, the wait is over! Your favorite fake psychic Shawn (James Roday) and his faithful wingman Gus (Dule Hill), return with their hilarious and unique brand of detective work, when the fourth season of "Psych" premieres on Friday, August 7 at 10 PM ET on the USA Network.

We had a chance to chat with the show's stars Roday and Hill, on what they have in store for fans this upcoming season, their experiences at Comic-Con, and which celebrities they would like to have on the show.

How do you guys keep this show so fresh?

Roday: It's a good question, and I think par...
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Owen Wilson's Best & Worst Films

October 21st, 2008 9:21am EDT
Owen Wilson
The Frat Pack has been a powerful force in the new Millennium, and for awhile it was like we could not see a comedy without Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson. These comedic geniuses are quirky, timely, and have a lasting power that will keep them in movies for years to come. The goofy, charming Owen Wilson has proven himself not only as an actor, but as an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. There's a lot more going on beneath those blonde surfer bangs than one might expect, and with "Marley & Me" coming out this Christmas, let's take a look at some of the fine...
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Memorable Stoner Movie Scenes

October 2nd, 2008 11:53am EDT
The Pineapple
Marijuana doesn't need a stoner-movie to make things funny-but it helps. Here are ten scenes which pay tribute to the drug, rather than just exploit its controversial but distinctive place in pop culture (see: Dazed and Confused). Marijuana and its paraphernalia are not just in these scenes, but have lead roles in them- (see: Mallrats). It-well, you get the idea.

10. Do I look high?

Friday (1995)

The plot: Ice Cube and Chris Tucker do absolutely nothing for a while. When Ice Cube tries to mac it to Nia Long, his brain kills the mood. Chris Tucker goes on to co-star in a ...
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Interview: Brandon T. Jackson of 'Tropic Thunder'

August 13th, 2008 9:57am EDT
Tropic Thunder
(Hollywoodchicago) – For “Tropic Thunder” star and Chris Tucker protégé Brandon T. Jackson, the fictional Booty Sweat literally is his Hollywood calling card.

The Red Bull-like energy drink is a scripted creation of writer, director, producer and star actor Ben Stiller in the new comedy. The film’s talent list, which includes both “A”-list actors and up-and-coming actors, is longer than two or three typical films today combined.

Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller, left) and Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr., right) are shooting an epic war movie and wind up in a real battle in the action...
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Top 10 Worst Disney Films

February 29th, 2008 3:43pm EST
Snow Dogs
Disney has produced some huge animated hits (The Lion King, Aladdin, Lady and the Tramp) and extremely popular live-action flicks (Pirates of the Caribbean, High School Musical, National Treasure). But the studio that brought us Pocahontas also subjected Mickey Mouse fans to Snow Dogs. Here's our list of the top 10 worst Disney films:

10. The Haunted Mansion

Oh, Eddie Murphy, what were you on when you agreed to do a movie based on a Disneyland ride? I wonder what the execs at Disney were thinking: "Let's put Eddie Murphy in anything, he can sell it! We could have a whole movie of...
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Movie Sequels: A List Of The Best & Worst

February 7th, 2008 9:40am EST
Spider-Man 2
It seems every year we are inundated with dozens of sequels to films we love and those we've already forgotten about. But what are the best? What are the worst? What shouldn't have been made and what beat the original? Answers to those questions are below, but before a list of the best and worst sequels is determined a few ground rules must be established.

1. The Sequel Cannot Be Planned. There are plenty of movies where the sequel is somewhat planned (I highly doubt anybody wasn't thinking sequel during Spider-Man) but some movies are part of a planned series from day one. The mo...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 31

August 31st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Richard Gere
Happy Birthday to rapper Joe Budden, Vines singer Craig Nicholls (1977), "Rush Hour 2" star Chris Tucker (1972), singer Deborah Gibson (1970), Winger guitarist Reb Beach (1963), prolific actor Richard Gere (1949), Irish singer Van Morrison (1945), actors Noble Willingham (1931; d. 2004) and James Coburn (1928; d. 2002), comedian Buddy Hackett (1924; d. 2003), composer Alan Jay Lerner (1918; d. 1986), actor Richard Basehart (1914; d. 1984), and Roman Emperors Commodus (161; d. 192) and Caligula (12; d. 41).
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Opening August 10: Rush Hour 3

August 7th, 2007 2:05pm EDT
Ruch Hour 3
In this third installment of the popular action-comedy franchise, LAPD Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) and Chinese Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) discover that Chinese Triads have extended their criminal influence to the City of Lights. They book a flight for Europe and prepare to clean up the Paris streets. Continue Summary

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Chris Tucker And Jackie Chan Return To Theaters August 10 In 'Rush Hour 3'

July 12th, 2007 6:30pm EDT
Rush Hour 3
Chris Tucker returns to the big screen after a six-year absence as he reunites with the all-star team of co-star Jackie Chan, director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Red Dragon), and screenwriter, Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 2, Catch Me If You Can) to deliver the third installment of the blockbuster Rush Hour franchise.

Arriving in theaters on August 10, 2007, Rush Hour 3 sees the beloved action comedy duo of Tucker and Chan reprising their roles as LAPD Detective James Carter and Chinese Chief Inspector Lee respectively. This time around, the two must trav...
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Emerging Artists & Established Superstars Hit the Stage For '2007 MTV Movie Awards'

May 8th, 2007 2:45pm EDT
Rihanna
MTV: Music Television today revealed performers and presenters of Hollywood's highly-anticipated, irreverent awards ceremony, the "2007 MTV Movie Awards." Known for introducing diverse line-up of up-and-coming artists to the masses, this year's ceremony also promises to be an explosive musical showcase.

Taking the stage to debut new music and deliver eagerly awaited live performances are Rihanna featuring Jay-Z and British singer/songwriter, Amy Winehouse. In other news, Jessica Alba, Josh Duhamel, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Bynes, Chris Tucker, Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogen, Shia LaBeou...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 31

August 31st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Richard Gere
Happy Birthday to rapper Joe Budden, Vines singer Craig Nicholls (1977), "Rush Hour 2" star Chris Tucker (1972), singer Deborah Gibson (1970), Winger guitarist Reb Beach (1963), prolific actor Richard Gere (1949), Irish singer Van Morrison (1945), actors Noble Willingham (1931; d. 2004) and James Coburn (1928; d. 2002), comedian Buddy Hackett (1924; d. 2003), composer Alan Jay Lerner (1918; d. 1986), actor Richard Basehart (1914; d. 1984), and Roman Emperors Commodus (161; d. 192) and Caligula (12; d. 41).
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