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John Wayne's Heirs Sue Duke University Over 'Duke' Nickname

7/10/2014 9:51am EDT
John Wayne's Heirs Sue Duke University Over 'Duke' Nickname
John Wayne rose to fame using the nickname "The Duke," and now his heirs are involved in a legal kerfuffle with Duke University over the nickname.

The famed university in North Carolina feels that it has the rights to use the "Duke" trademark, but the family wants to market Duke bourbon. A lawsuit was filed by John Wayne Enterprises in Orange County federal court on July 3 stating that the university does not own the "Duke" trademark for all applications.

"Duke University is not and never has been in the business of producing, marketing, distributing, or selling alcohol," states the co...

Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Aren't That Catchy

4/2/2014 7:00pm EDT
Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Ar
Said Henry Rollins, "I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone." So did the following famous celebrities, who took the names they were given and reinvented them into something more suitable to their personality, or the personality they wanted to cultivate. Want to know why they changed their already perfectly suitable names? We have your answers right here!

1. Lady Gaga

Born That Way: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Music producer Rob Fusari claims to have invented the name...

'The Longest Day' Star Steve Forrest Dies At 86

5/23/2013 12:37pm EDT
Steve Forrest
Steve Forrest, known for starring in "The Longest Day" opposite John Wayne, died surrounded by close friends and family May 18. He was 86.

Before Forrest began an entertainment career that lasted almost 60 years, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Following the war, he moved to Los Angeles to attend college at UCLA. After receiving his bachelor's in theatre arts, he was discovered by Gregory Peck while working as a stagehand at the La Jolla Playhouse. Peck used his influence to get Forrest a screen test with MGM Studios.

Three ye...

Check Out John Wayne's 'Hondo' For The First Time On Blu-ray June 5

6/5/2012 7:00am EDT
Hondo is so perfect a John Ford western that many people assume it was directed by John Ford - or at the very least, Andrew McLaglen. Actually the director was suspense expert John Farrow, who worked with the "Duke" only twice in his career (the second film was an oddball war drama, "The Sea Chase").

In "Hondo," John Wayne plays a hard-bitten cavalry scout who is humanized by frontierswoman Geraldine Page and her young son (Lee Aaker). Try as he might, Wayne can't convince Page to move off her land in anticipation of an Apache attack. He leaves her ranch, only to be ambushed by desperado L...

Johnny Depp Named America's Favorite Actor

1/19/2012 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.

John Wayne Urged Steven Spielberg Not To Make '1941'

12/2/2011 8:34am EST
Movie legend John Wayne urged Steven Spielberg to abandon his World War II comedy 1941 - because he felt it was disrespectful to U.S. troops.

The True Grit star was initially interested in a cameo role opposite Spielberg's zany leading man John Belushi in the 1979 period film but he pulled out of the project after reading the script and told the director to follow suit.

Spielberg tells Entertainment Weekly, "He was really curious and so I sent him the script. He called me the next day and said he felt it was a very un-American movie, and I shouldn't waste my time making it."

"He said,...

John Wayne's Son Selling Off Movie Icon's Treasures At Auction

9/7/2011 10:12pm EDT
John Wayne
Hollywood icon John Wayne's youngest son has teamed up with auction company Heritage to offload a treasure chest of the famous movie cowboy's memorabilia.

Ethan Wayne, who heads up John Wayne Enterprises in California, is planning the first single-owner auction from Wayne's personal collection, which will take place in Los Angeles next month.

Among the highlights going under the hammer are the actor's Golden Globe for the original True Grit, one of his eye patches from the movie, plus numerous hats, costumes and scripts.

The items will be exhibited for fans in Dallas, Texas, New York and...

The '20 Most Effective Political Celebrities' Include Angelina Jolie, George Clooney

4/29/2011 10:15am EDT
Angelina Jolie
Washington political news organization National Journal has named the "The 20 Most Politically Effective Celebrities of All Time."

The list, released online and in the April 30 issue of National Journal magazine, includes current Hollywood activists like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Robert Redford, and Bono, plus some of the most successful celebrity activists in history, including Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, and Elizabeth Taylor.

To help develop the list, National Journal interviewed dozens of staff members on Capitol Hill and Republican and Democratic o...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Little Fockers,' 'True Grit,' & More

12/20/2010 10:11am EST
Hopefully you have finished most of your Christmas shopping by now, but if you still need to brave the crowds for a few last minute gifts, I wish you the best of luck. If you do not celebrate Christmas though, and you'll be looking for something to do on December 25th, fear not, because there are plenty of movies coming out this week for you to see.

In preparation for the sequel, last week I released a review of the original “Tron” film which you can find here if you haven't checked it out yet. I also had the chance to watch the new movie “Tron: Legacy” which is visually stimulating and ...

Meet 'True Grit' Star-In-The-Making Hailee Steinfeld

12/12/2010 3:00pm EST
Hailee Steinfeld
Up-and-comer Hailee Steinfeld had very little acting experience before landing a role in the much-anticipated film "True Grit" opposite Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin.

The Coen brothers reportedly met with nearly 15,000 girls before picking Hailee to play Mattie Ross.

In the film, 14-year-old Mattie joins an aging U.S. marshal (Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory, an adaptation of Charles Portis' original novel.

Sticking more closely to the source material than the 1969 feature adaptation starring Western icon John Wayne, t...

Sylvester Stallone Laments 'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot'

7/14/2010 11:00am EDT
Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone regrets making comedies like Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot - because they ruined his career. The movie star teamed up with Golden Girls star Estelle Getty in the 1992 film and he now accepts it was a big mistake - because his fans didn't approve of him making something so silly.

Stallone tells Cigar Aficionado magazine, "The audience expects certain kinds of films out of certain actors. I made the mistake of going too far off the beaten track. John Wayne knew what his audience wanted; he never would have made Stop! or My Mom Will Shoot. People underestimate the relationsh...

Celebrity Birthdays - May 26, 2010

5/26/2010 3:00am EDT
John Wayne
Happy Birthday to:

Western legend John Wayne (1907; d. 1979)

WWE Diva Ashley Massaro (1979)

South Park co-creator Matt Stone (1971)

"The Corpse Bride" actress Helena Bonham Carter (1966)

Rock star Lenny Kravitz (1964)

"General Hospital" actress Genie Francis (1962)

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (1962)

Film and TV actress Margaret Colin (1957)

"Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier (1949)

Country superstar Hank Williams Jr. (1949)

"Miami Vice" actor Philip Michael Thomas (1949)

Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks (1948)

British guitarist Mick Ronson (1946; d. 1993)

The Band drummer Levon Hel...

The Golden Age Of Black Talent In Hollywood

3/2/2010 10:05am EST
Are Black Men The Dominant Leading Actors Of This Era
Hollywood has always had its share of big-name black talent, from Sidney Poitier to Hattie McDaniel to Louis Gossett, Jr. But looking back, none of those big names owned Hollywood like Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, or Audrey Hepburn did. Poitier, McDaniel, and Gossett, Jr. were immensely talented pioneers, but they were vastly outnumbered by their peers in the industry. Unfortunate as it was, they were the exception in Hollywood, not the rule.

This was probably due in part to the social fabric of America at the time. It can’t have been easy for Sidney Poitier, even with his incredible tal...

And America's Favorite Movie & TV Stars Are...

1/27/2010 11:17am EST
Clint Eastwood
A recent Harris Poll named Clint Eastwood the nation's favorite film star, while Oprah Winfrey has topped a list of television favorites.

Clint recently starred in the 2008 film Gran Torino, in which he was nominated for a Critic's Choice Award. He was also nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards for Invictus.

Meanwhile, Oprah is America's favorite TV personality. She was also recently voted one of the nation's most desirable neighbors, according to the third annual Zillow Celebrity Neighbor Survey.

Where are the young people on this list? Who answered the Harris po...

Eight World War II Movies To Watch Before 'Inglourious Basterds'

8/18/2009 10:40am EDT
The Thin Red Line
With the release of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds Friday, we're excited about what this often-perverse, slightly deranged and mostly genius mind will do with a movie about World War 2's Nazi-occupied France.

Looking back at the movies that Hollywood tackled on the same subject, most have been re-creations of bloody battles or stories of specific personalities involved, but very few ever added the comic punch that Tarantino's flick will surely carry out.

In anticipation of the film, here is a list of World War II films to watch before the release of "Inglorious Basterds" o...

'True Blood' Star Kristin Bauer Talks Whales & Vampires

7/16/2009 3:14pm EDT
Kristin Bauer
If you don't know her as vampire Pam from HBO's "True Blood," you may recognize Kristin Bauer from "Dark Angel", "JAG" or from the classic "Seinfeld" episode where she played Jerry's "Man Hands" girlfriend, Gillian.

Kristin recently talked to Starpulse about her passionate advocacy for animal welfare, as well as her role as a vampire. She has worked with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Tails for Whales campaign, which raises awareness about the threats facing whales and their habitats, including commercial whaling and climate change.

Starpulse: When you started w...

Robert Pattinson Is Dethroning Brad Pitt

6/18/2009 2:51pm EDT
Robert Pattinson & Brad Pitt
It seems as though the celestial stars are not the only ones shifting these days. Hollywood's biggest stars seem to be morphing into new and younger ones. Changes in Hollywood, however, are not uncommon - we have seen many older celebrities either die or simply fade away.

From Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, John Wayne and countless others, superstars of the screen are after all, human. As they age, so do their fan bases. In the last several years Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have risen to superstardom, and they have managed to remain there unscathed. Brangelina are ever...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 26

5/26/2009 3:00am EDT
Ashley Massaro
Happy Birthday to WWE Diva Ashley Massaro (1979), South Park co-creator Matt Stone (1971), "The Corpse Bride" actress Helena Bonham Carter (1966), rock star Lenny Kravitz (1964), "General Hospital" actress Genie Francis (1962), comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (1962), film and TV actress Margaret Colin (1957), "Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier (1949), country superstar Hank Williams Jr. (1949), "Miami Vice" actor Philip Michael Thomas (1949), Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks (1948), British guitarist Mick Ronson (1946; d. 1993), The Band drummer Levon Helm (1942), jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (1926; d...

Spotlight On The Coen Brothers' Remake Of John Wayne Classic 'True Grit'

4/7/2009 11:52am EDT
Coen brothers
It's difficult to conceive the Coen Brothers' next big venture, a remake of the classic John Wayne western True Grit, as either a traditional western or a traditional remake. Our blogger friends are reluctant to speculate. They call it a case of the "remake bug" or "disappointing" (the spurs of the Duke can never be filled, right?), and the most common thread is that this isn't actually a remake since the Coens plan on staying true to Charles Portis' original novel.

Don't be fooled by the naysayers. This is absolutely a remake, somebody will play John Wayne, or rather Rooster Cogburn, ...

David Chase To Develop Miniseries For HBO

3/16/2009 2:20pm EDT
David Chase
David Chase, multi-award-winning creator of "The Sopranos," is returning to HBO to develop a miniseries about the invention of cinema and subsequent growth of the Hollywood film industry.

Entitled "A Ribbon Of Dreams," the miniseries will begin in 1913 and follow two men, one a college-educated mechanical engineer, the other a cowboy with a violent past, who form an unlikely producing partnership and together become pioneers and then powers for a time in motion pictures.

Chase will write and executive produce the miniseries, as well as direct the initial episodes. Paramount Pictur...

Interview: Melissa Leo Channels John Wayne in Sundance Hit 'Frozen River'

8/14/2008 4:05pm EDT
Frozen River
(HollywoodChicago) – Melissa Leo is a familiar face to admirers of the TV show “Homicide: Life on the Street”. After playing Sgt. Kay Howard for five years on that popular series, she left the show to pursue character roles in such films as “21 Grams” and “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada”. Taking on a leading role in her latest film “Frozen River,” Leo captures the desperation and strength of a woman with everything to lose.

“Frozen River” star Melissa Leo in Chicago on July 16, 2008.

Photo credit: Patrick McDonald, recent...

No More Elgin Lumpkin Or Georgios Panayioutous: Celebrities Who Changed Their Names

7/21/2008 10:43am EDT
Marilyn Monroe was originally christened Norma Jean. Archibald Leach opted for the more debonair nom de guerre Cary Grant. At the age of 10, musical prodigy Steveland Morris was dubbed (by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.) "Little Stevie Wonder." These aren't the only celebrities who bid farewell to the names bestowed upon them in infancy; among those in the public eye, adopting a more star-worthy moniker seems to be the rule, not the exception.

Stage Names

Where stage names are concerned, some stars keep it succinct. Musicians Cher and Seal shortened their names from Cherilyn and ...

Graphic Novels We'd Like To See As Films

7/8/2008 10:44am EDT
graphic novels
With graphic novels becoming widespread with the arrival of big movies such as "300," "Sin City," and "V for Vendetta" that gathered huge audiences, new interest arose in the stylistic hard cover comics. A graphic novel is a type of comic book usually aimed at adults with a long and complicated story that eventually does have a distinct ending. It can also be a collection of comic books bound into a single collection under a particular story arc. In any case, the world is becoming more enamored with comic book as blockbusters like "Iron Man" and "The Dark Knight" keep coming along, but ther...

'The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself,' Due June 24

6/19/2008 7:00pm EDT
Billy Idol
Billy Idol has recorded two brand new songs for The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself, a new career-spanning CD, Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and digital collection to be released June 24 by Capitol/EMI. The two songs, "John Wayne" and "New Future Weapon," will be exclusively available on the new release, which features all seven of Idol's Top 10 hits among its 18 tracks, including two #1s. The Deluxe Edition adds 13 music videos making their DVD release debuts, including two alternate video edits that have never before been released in any format. The CD and CD/DVD packages are both des...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 26

5/26/2008 3:00am EDT
Matt Stone
Happy Birthday to WWE Diva Ashley Massaro (1979), South Park co-creator Matt Stone (1971), "The Corpse Bride" actress Helena Bonham Carter (1966), rock star Lenny Kravitz (1964), "General Hospital" actress Genie Francis (1962), comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (1962), film and TV actress Margaret Colin (1957), "Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier (1949), country superstar Hank Williams Jr. (1949), "Miami Vice" actor Philip Michael Thomas (1949), Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks (1948), British guitarist Mick Ronson (1946; d. 1993), The Band drummer Levon Helm (1942), jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (1926; d...

Robin Moore, Author Of 'Green Berets,' 'The French Connection,' Dies In Kentucky At 82

2/24/2008 11:30am EST
The French Connection
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Robin Moore, a nonfiction author best known for writing The French Connection and The Green Berets, has died after a long illness. He was 82.

Moore died Thursday night at a hospital in southwestern Kentucky, said Dennis Monroe with Lamb Funeral Home.

Born Robert L. Moore Jr. on Oct. 31, 1925, in Massachusetts, he wrote several books under the name Robin Moore.

''The French Connection,'' published in 1969, was about a New York drug bust. It inspired a movie that won five Academy Awards in 1971, including best picture.

''The Green Berets,'' publish...

'Snoop Dogg's Father Hood' Is Worth Watching Despite Scripted Moments

1/28/2008 9:37am EST
Snoop Dogg
"Snoop Dogg's Father Hood," airing on the E! Channel, is a reality show that gives viewers a glimpse into a day in the life of Snoop Dogg and his family. If you are tuning in hoping to see him getting arrested, smoking blunts, and chasing women, you may be disappointed to find a family man who's family, despite his claims, is not unlike the Huxtables from The Cosby Show.

At the start of one episode, Cori, Snoop's 8-year-old daughter, informs Snoop's wife Shante, that their 13-year-old son, Corde', was planning on going to a party with girls without telling his parents where he was go...

John Wayne's Grandson, Shooter Jennings, More To Guest Star On 'CSI'

11/19/2007 2:03pm EST
Shooter Jennings
Brendan Wayne, the grandson of John Wayne, professional rodeo cowboy Ty Murray, Nicole Sullivan ("The King of Queens") and country music singer Shooter Jennings will guest star on an upcoming episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS.

In the episode, the CSI team investigates two murders during the annual bull riding rodeo in Vegas that may be connected to illegal bull breeding. Singer Jewel makes a cameo appearance performing the national anthem at the rodeo.

Tiger Woods, Elizabeth Taylor & More To Be Inducted Into California Hall Of Fame

8/21/2007 10:03am EDT
Tiger Woods
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver announced the inductees for the 2007 California Hall of Fame, a landmark destination of The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.

Billie Jean King, 2006 California Hall of Fame inductee, revealed the names on The California Museum's web site,, listing extraordinary Californians who embody California's innovative spirit and have made their mark on history.

The California Hall of Fame formal induction ceremony will take place on December 5, 2007, at The California Museum in Sacramento and...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 26

5/26/2007 3:00am EDT
Matt Stone
Happy Birthday to WWE Diva Ashley Massaro (1979), South Park co-creator Matt Stone (1971), "The Corpse Bride" actress Helena Bonham Carter (1966), rock star Lenny Kravitz (1964), "General Hospital" actress Genie Francis (1962), comedian Bobcat Goldthwait (1962), film and TV actress Margaret Colin (1957), "Jackie Brown" star Pam Grier (1949), country superstar Hank Williams Jr. (1949), "Miami Vice" actor Philip Michael Thomas (1949), Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks (1948), British guitarist Mick Ronson (1946; d. 1993), The Band drummer Levon Helm (1942), jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (1926; d...