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'The Book Of Eli' Directors Hit With Copyright Lawsuit

March 12th, 2012 4:06pm EDT
The Book of Eli
Filmmaker brothers Allen and Albert Hughes have been hit with a copyright lawsuit over their hit Denzel Washington movie The Book Of Eli.

Georgia-based writer Bridgette Burgin has accused the directors of stealing the movie's premise from her unpublished work The Final Call after she submitted 10 chapters of the book into a Writers Digest contest.

Burgin claims that judges, who screened the manuscripts, were allowed to hold on to the works after the competition and she alleges two of them then supplied her project to Gary Whitta, The Book of Eli screenwriter.

Burgin is now seeking dam...
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Former Police Officer Says 'Safe House' Plot Was Stolen From His Book

February 25th, 2012 3:00pm EST
Safe House
A former police officer is attempting to end Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds' run at the top of the box office by launching a lawsuit against the producers of their hit thriller "Safe House."

Retired Chicago, Illinois cop Marty Christopher Lawson is requesting an injunction to stop Universal executives from further distributing the movie, which hit the top of the film charts last week.

He claims the plot of and characters in the film were stolen from his book, "Truth or Treason," which detailed his efforts to uncover an alleged police conspiracy.

Lawson insists the movie has caused h...
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'Safe House' Wins Weekend Box Office

February 20th, 2012 8:59am EST
Safe House
Denzel Washington's Safe House edged out a win at the box office over the weekend after raking in $24 million.

The crime thriller knocked romantic comedy "The Vow" off the top spot, which this week came in a close second with earnings of $23.6 million (£14.8 million)

Premiering at three was Nicolas Cage's "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" with takings of $22 million.

Dropping to number four was adventure family film "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" ($20.1 million) and entering at five was Reese Witherspoon's "This Means War" ($17.6 million).
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Bruce Springsteen Exhibit To Open In Philadelphia

February 16th, 2012 2:37pm EST
Bruce Springsteen
A museum exhibit dedicated to rocker Bruce Springsteen is set to open in Pennsylvania on Friday.

The Born in the U.S.A. singer has long been referred to as one of America's most iconic and patriotic stars and now he's set to be honored with a display at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen will celebrate the musician's long career and feature a variety of memorabilia including hand-written set lists and clothing.

An executive at the center, David Eisner, tells the Wall Street Journal, "No other...
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Predictable Plot but Exciting Action in 'Safe House'

February 12th, 2012 4:34pm EST
Matt Weston in Safe House
At this point, the plot arcs for espionage thrillers are pretty unsurprising, and Daniel Espinosa’s “Safe House” is no different. There’s a rogue spy who is chased by his old agency for his incriminating knowledge of said organization’s dirty dealings. A wary colleague teams up with him, and once trust is built, they start working together.

Even though puns could be made about the title “Safe House,” in reference to its cautious decision to stick with a proven formula, we’ll forgo them, since predictability is the only major faux pas that the film commits.

Any other annoying bits are m...
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The Best Of Denzel Washington

February 11th, 2012 8:15am EST
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With “Safe House” in theaters this weekend, audiences will get to see Denzel Washington as a rogue CIA agent who might possibly be the most dangerous man on the planet. Washington, who has been impressing audiences for over two decades, is one of the rare actors in Hollywood who can successfully portray a character that doesn’t easily fit into either the “good guy” or “bad guy” category.

Even a cursory glance at his filmography, one can easily see the varied career Washington has had. To recognize one of the most talented actors of his generation, here are some of Washington’s most memorab...
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Two Jews' Review 'Safe House' Both Have Seen It All Before (Video)

February 10th, 2012 12:30pm EST
Safe House
Two Jews on Film - Joan Alperin Schwartz: Rogue agent Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) has been off the grid for the past ten years and he's been on the CIA'S most wanted list for the last decade.

CIA agent, Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) has been posted to a remote, empty Safe House in Cape Town, South Africa for over a year. He's job is to make sure the safe house is always ready for 'visitors'. Weston is bored and longs for action.

Out of the blue, Tobin turns himself in, he's transported to Weston's safe house and the novice operative gets his wish... and then some.

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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Safe House,' 'The Vow'& More

February 6th, 2012 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
It turned out that my initial optimism about “The Woman in Black” last week was for naught. Unfortunately it is a ridiculous horror movie that made me laugh much more than it actually scared me. For more on why I thought it was silly, check out my review.

This week in theaters, there will be a nice mix of action, romance, adventure, and drama. You’ll have the chance to see Denzel Washington’s action thriller “Safe House,” the tragic Rachel McAdams romance picture “The Vow,” the lighthearted adventure film “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” the Woody Harrelson Los Angeles cop drama “R...
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Morgan Freeman Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

February 6th, 2012 8:22am EST
Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman was the toast of Germany's Golden Camera awards on Saturday as he was honored for his career achievements.

The Invictus star was handed the top prize of the night at the prestigious awards ceremony in Berlin, and he thanked the crowd in German as he accepted his accolade, declaring, "Danke schon."

Freeman later told reporters it was "a great honor" to accept the prize.

Denzel Washington also showed off his German speaking skills as he picked up the Best International Actor award, while Scarlett Johansson took home the Best International Actress award.

Dionne Warwick w...
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Check Out 'Malcolm X' On Blu-ray Jan. 31

January 31st, 2012 6:24am EST
Malcolm X on bluray
Writer-director Spike Lee's epic portrayal of the life and times of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X begins with the cross-cut imagery of the police beating of black motorist Rodney King juxtaposed with an American flag burning into the shape of the letter X.

When the film's narrative begins moments later, it jumps back to World War II-era Boston, where Malcolm Little (Denzel Washington) is making his living as a hustler. The son of a Baptist preacher who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, Little was raised by foster parents after his mother was deemed clinically insane; as an adult...
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Denzel Washington To Play Drug-Addicted Pilot

January 30th, 2012 10:12pm EST
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is set to challenge his good guy image again by playing a drug-addled pilot in a new drama.

The movie star has signed on to lead the cast of Flight and he admits he can't wait to play another bad guy.

He tells WENN, "The next picture I made, which will come out the end of the year or the beginning of next year, is Flight. I play a alcoholic, drug-addicted pilot who crashes a plane but saves a lot of lives.

"It was the most intense film I've done probably in 20 years. I would say bad guys do have more fun."
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Johnny Depp Named America's Favorite Actor

January 19th, 2012 9:51pm EST
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp has been named America's favorite actor for the second consecutive year.

The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End star beat out movie veteran Clint Eastwood and Denzel Washington to top the annual Harris Poll, which also ranks Tom Hanks at four and late icon John Wayne at five.

Dirty Harry legend Eastwood has not featured in a movie since 2008's Gran Torino and has instead turned his focus to directing, taking charge of 2011's J. Edgar.

The top 10 is rounded out by George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Harrison Ford, Will Smith and Adam Sandler.
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'Community' Will Have To Deal With John Goodman's New Hair

November 11th, 2011 1:20pm EST
John Goodman 'The Artist'
This season, Community cast John Goodman in the role of the principal of the air conditioning repair school that competes with Greendale. Goodman just took a role in the Denzel Washington film Flight in which he has grown a pony tail and goatee. He goes back to work on Community next week.

“I’m screwed there,” Goodman said. “I’ve gotta work there next week and I told them as soon as I get the Flight job what was going to happen with the beard, so I don’t know what they’re going to do. I don’t know how we’re going to deal with it. I’m worried sick about it but I can’t [change it.]”

If any ...
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Drew Barrymore Is Hollywood's Most Overpaid Star - See Who Else Made The List!

November 4th, 2011 9:00am EDT
Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore and Eddie Murphy have been named and shamed as the most overpaid actors in Hollywood.

The Forbes.com poll suggests Barrymore's recent movies have generated a return of just $0.40 for every $1 she is paid by film studio bosses, thanks to box office flops "Whip It," "Everybody's Fine" and last year's "Going The Distance," which earned a paltry $17.8 million in U.S. ticket sales.

Murphy fared considerably better - his films returned $2.70 for every dollar, but it wasn't enough to save him from second place on the list as 2008's "Meet Dave" and 2009's "Imagine That" failed to a...
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Julie Andrews Honored At 2011 Princess Grace Awards

November 2nd, 2011 12:18pm EDT
Julie Andrews
Movie icon Julie Andrews was handed the top honor at the 2011 Princess Grace Awards Gala on Tuesday to mark her success in Hollywood and her dedication to humanitarian causes.

The Sound of Music star received the Prince Rainier III Award at the New York event, and her The Princess Diaries co-star Anne Hathaway looked on as she accepted the accolade.

As part of her prize, Andrews was also given a $25,000 grant, which will benefit children's charities.

The 76 year old says, "I'm very honored to be given an award this evening and it's a fabulous opportunity to speak about the importance o...
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Denzel Washington Donates To Theater Programs At Alma Mater

October 5th, 2011 7:46pm EDT
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington has donated $2.25 million to his alma mater to help fund new theater improvements at the school.

The Training Day star graduated from New York's prestigious Fordham University in 1977 with a degree in drama and journalism, and now he's giving back to the community which once fostered his acting career.

The star will use a portion of the proceeds to set up the Denzel Washington Chair in theater, which will be filled by The Cosby Show veteran Phylicia Rashad, and the remaining money will be used to establish a scholarship for a minority student interested in the arts.
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Whitney Houston To 'Sparkle' In Her Big Screen Comeback

September 13th, 2011 8:20am EDT
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston is in talks to make her big screen comeback in a reboot of 1976 musical movie Sparkle.

The I Will Always Love You hit-maker has not starred in a film since her 1996 hit The Preacher's Wife alongside Denzel Washington, but now she's in negotiations to return to acting after 15 years.

Sparkle focuses on three Harlem-based sisters who form a musical group in the 1960s and Jordin Sparks is already on board to make her film debut.

Despite the success of her first big screen outing, The Bodyguard in 1993, Houston only made three movies before her personal problems and addict...
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Betty White Named America's Most Trusted Star

August 19th, 2011 11:26am EDT
Betty White
Betty White is America's Golden Girl - she's the celebrity most trusted to front a company's campaign, according to a new poll.

In the survey by Reuters, Americans voted the beloved 89-year-old actress as the best person to drive up business for any brand she endorsed, with an 86 per cent lead.

Next in the popularity stakes is Denzel Washington with 85 per cent, Sandra Bullock is third (84 per cent) with acting legend Clint Eastwood fourth and Tom Hanks in fifth.

The top ten is rounded out by Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Catherine, Duchess of Cornwall, Will Smith and Johnny Depp.

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Starpulse Spotlight: DJ Jesse Marco

May 19th, 2011 12:53pm EDT
DJ Jesse Marco
With spinning for celebrities like Heidi Klum, Russell Simmons, Denzel Washington, Rihanna, Usher, Jay-Z, and Lebron James, 22 year old DJ Jesse Marco definitely has a client list to envy. Not only is this New York native an encyclopedia of music knowledge and a past Marc Jacobs and Converse model, Jesse is setting his sights on more than just playing the best. He plans to make the best, adding producer to his name by remixing tracks for Kings of Leon, Brandon Flowers, and Peter Bjorn and John. Starpulse caught up with Mr. Marco after his appearance at the Redbull Bulletin Launch Party in ...
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Who Is The A-List Actor Spreading Herpes?

May 12th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Who Is The A-List Actor Spreading Herpes?
An unnamed plaintiff has stepped forward and sued "an A-list celebrity of substantial fame internationally," after the actor infected him or her with herpes. The actor had earlier claimed he was STD free.

TMZ.com broke news of the suit, which claims the plaintiff and defendant engaged in "mutual oral copulation, mutual self-gratification, rubbing and massaging each other, play-wrestling, licking and (unprotected) intercourse."

The plaintiff has not been identified as male or female, but is demanding more than $20 million in damages.

However, the story gets worse. Apparently this celebri...
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Outstanding Supporting Actress Winner Sofia Vergara Looked Gorgeous on the NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet

March 6th, 2011 1:12pm EST
Sofia Vergara
Colombian actress Sofia Vergara wore a sexy beaded strapless dress to the NAACP Awards Friday night at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium. The actress won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in hit ABC show Modern Family.

But the big winner of the night was Tyler Perry, whose latest film, For Colored Girls, took prizes for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Kimberly Elise). Perry's TV show Tyler Perry's House of Payne won awards for Outstanding Comedy Series; and David Mann, star of Perry's Meet The Browns, was awarded Outstanding Actor in a Com...
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Ryan Reynolds Moves On From Scarlett Johansson With German Model

March 5th, 2011 9:26am EST
Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds has reportedly found love with a stunning German model just three months after filing for divorce from actress Scarlett Johansson.

The star has been photographed hugging Agnes Fischer as she looks lovingly into his eyes on the set of his new film in South Africa.

Reynolds' representatives are refusing to confirm reports the pair is dating, offering a no comment instead.

Fischer, 24, has been a frequent visitor to the set and reportedly has a small part in the film, which also stars Denzel Washington.

It appears Johansson has moved on too - she has been spotted out and abou...
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30 Quick Interesting Facts About African Americans In Entertainment

February 15th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Ray Charles
In celebration of Black History Month, we compiled a list of quick facts that consists of record-breaking moments, first accomplishments, and obscure facts that relate to African Americans in Entertainment.

The quick facts were taken from the 366 Fast Facts list that was created by Biography.com. Some of the facts include information about Aretha Franklin, Halle Berry, Harry Belafonte and Beyonce, just to name a few.

Here are the 30 quick facts about African Americans in Entertainment. Be sure to take a look at the list and let me know what you think.

Fact #1
Comedian Bill Cosb...
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Whoopi Goldberg Hurt Over 'Sloppy' New York Times Oscar Article

February 14th, 2011 7:36pm EST
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Whoopi Goldberg has slammed reporters at the New York Times for their "sloppy" journalism after they failed to mention the Ghost star's Oscar win in a factually inaccurate article about the lack of black honorees in Academy Awards history.

In a piece entitled Hollywood and the Year of the Whiteout, which was published on Sunday, writers Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott claimed that in the past 73 years, only seven black actors have won Oscars. They referenced triumphs by the likes of Halle Berry, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and acting legend Sidney Poitier, who made history in 1963 when he ...
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Biggest Oscar Surprises Of The Last 10 Years... What's Next?

January 19th, 2011 12:34pm EST
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Every year, the Oscar nominations seem all sewn up. There are so many predictors – winners of critics’ awards, Golden Globe nominees and winners, BAFTA nominees and the SAG nominees. Yet somehow, almost every year, a nominee slips in out of nowhere, and pundits shake their heads asking, “Where did that come from?”

This year’s Oscar nominees will be announced next week, Jan. 25. We won’t speculate yet, but there are bound to be some surprise nominees, even to the pundits.

Let’s take a look back at the last 10 years and look at what was particularly surprising among the major Oscar nomin...
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Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis & Johnny Depp Top Movie Deaths List

December 28th, 2010 3:00pm EST
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro has topped a gruesome new survey - he has "died" on screen more times than any other Hollywood star.

The "Taxi Driver" legend has met a nasty end in 15 different movies, including "Cape Fear," "Jackie Brown," and "Heat," topping a poll by ChaCha.com.

Second in the list is Bruce Willis, who has racked up 11 movie deaths, including two at the hands of his real-life ex-wife Demi Moore - in "Mortal Thoughts" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle."

Third place goes to Johnny Depp, with 10 onscreen deaths, including his blood-spattered exit in "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

Dustin...
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'Narnia' Triumphs Over 'The Tourist' At Weekend Box Office

December 13th, 2010 8:30am EST
Dawn Treader
The latest film in "The Chronicles Of Narnia" saga has shot to the top of the box office, taking in $24.5 million over its opening weekend.

"The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" overshadowed Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie's romantic thriller "The Tourist," which debuted in second-place at $17 million.

Meanwhile, Disney's animated musical "Tangled" slipped from the top spot to three, with $14.6 million, raising its box office total to $115.6 million.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" fell from two to four with $8.5 million, followed by Denzel Washington's action thriller "Unstoppa...
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Hot Legs: Jennifer Lopez Shows Sexy Side At Boys & Girls Club Event

December 1st, 2010 8:34am EST
Jennifer Lopez
In Los Angeles yesterday Denzel Washington announced Jennifer Lopez will join him as a national spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She looked sexy as ever in a form-fitting beige dress that revealed her assets.

Jen just parted ways with her longtime publicists after an alleged dispute over her manager Benny Medina. The singer/actress is no longer represented by top publicist Leslie Sloan and her BWR colleague Nanci Ryder, who have provided the star with good PR since 2004.

Meanwhile, Jen is prepping for the new season of "American Idol." The revamped reality show will include...
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Denzel Washington: 'Being An Idiot Is What Compelled Me To Do My Own Stunts'

November 24th, 2010 7:18pm EST
Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington took his life in his hands to film new action movie Unstoppable - the actor insisted on filming his own death-defying stunts.

The Training Day star appears alongside Chris Pine in the story of a runaway train, which the two men attempt to stop, and Washington is seen clambering on top of the fast-travelling carriage. The 55 year old admits his decision to tackle the dangerous move is "the stupidest thing" he's ever done for a film, but he wanted the shoot to look realistic for audiences.

He tells BBC Radio 1, "Being an idiot is what compelled me to do my own stunts. I ...
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'Harry Potter' Leaves Box Offices Spellbound

November 21st, 2010 9:55pm EST
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
"Harry Potter" has worked its magic on the U.S. box office chart once again, opening with a spell-binding gross of $125.1 million.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," scored the franchise's best debut to date, ahead of 2005's "Goblet of Fire," which took $102.7 million in its first weekend of release.

The seventh "Potter" film raked in a whopping $24 million from midnight showings alone when it opened across America on Thursday night.

The stellar figures toppled animated hit "MegaMind" from number one - the Brad Pitt and Will Ferrell-voiced film slips to two with $16.2 millio...
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