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Spotlight On Taraji P. Henson

July 30th, 2009 10:01am EDT
Taraji P. Henson
A star was born in Southeast Washington, D.C. on September 11, 1970 and her name is Taraji Penda Henson, otherwise known as Taraji P. Henson. The first name Taraji means "hope" and the middle name Penda means "love," both being of Swahili origin.

No one can argue against the fact that this 38 year old single mother, with one teenage son, has certainly paid her dues to get to her current level of success. Henson is a graduate of Howard University where she transferred to, earning a degree in Theater Arts. To put herself through college she worked as a secretary at the Pentagon and wait...
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Spotlight On Celebrity Wonk Eyes

April 29th, 2009 11:17am EDT
Gary Busey
According to Urban Dictionary, a wonk eye is "a constant lazy eye, so bad that it is unavoidable to stare at when talking to an individual with this problem, and sometimes difficult to know who the individual is speaking to." Check out some celebrities who have their share of wonkness:

Paris Hilton

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Joan Rivers

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Peter Falk

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Forest Whitaker

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A Look At 'Where the Wild Things Are'

April 10th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
Where The Wild Things Are
A beloved children's book from the 1960s is finally getting a release date for its feature-length film adaptation. "Where The Wild Things Are" is a simple story of a boy, Max, who acts up and is sent to bed with no supper and winds up entering the world of the Wild Things. The book's illustrations walk the line between cool and creepy, and the film's live-action mixed with puppetry promise to yield a visually stunning piece. But we'll have to wait until October 16, 2009, to find out.

Maurice Sendak wrote and illustrated the playful, innocent classic back in 1963. "Where The Wild Things...
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Literary Characters=Oscar Love

March 19th, 2009 10:28am EDT
The Edge Of Love
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a long history of awarding actors who portray real people. For example: Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles (Ray), Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos (Monster), Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena (Boys Don't Cry), Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin (The Last King Of Scotland), Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II (The Queen), and most recently Sean Penn as Harvey Milk (Milk).

Lesser recognized is the Academy's favor for actors who play literary figures or exist in their spheres. It's quite possible the stars of the recently released The Edge of Love, the st...
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Hollywood Stars: 'Please - Just Don't Vote'

October 1st, 2008 4:12pm EDT
Leonardo DiCaprio
NEW YORK (AP) - How do you get kids to vote? Just say no. Leonardo DiCaprio, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Tobey Maguire, Eva Longoria Parker and other stars are using reverse psychology to get young people into voting booths on Election Day.

In a new public service announcement that hit YouTube and other online outlets Wednesday, DiCaprio says: "Please - just don't vote." Others echo his plea: "Don't vote." But the stars soon twist the message: Voting is a civic duty and the only way to effect change.

"I mean, seriously, ... after this whole video - if you're not gonna vote, I d...
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Our Favorite High School Movies

September 18th, 2008 10:00am EDT
The Breakfast Club
Perhaps you've heard about "Assassination of a High School President," the Bruce Willis/Mischa Barton movie that darkly satirizes high school politics. While much of the high school set is eagerly anticipating the film's theatrical release in early 2009, early reviews from its January screening at Sundance have been mixed. MTV has praised it as a cross between "Rushmore" and "The Usual Suspects," while Variety labeled it an "uninventive," "muddled parody." Only time will tell if the movie becomes an instant classic or ends up in the bargain DVD bin next to "Encino Man."

There has been...
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Point/Counterpoint: Is '24' The Most Addicting Show On Television?

September 4th, 2008 9:14am EDT
24
Fans have been waiting almost a year for the return of 24, one of television's most addictive dramas (or is it?). On Sunday, November 23, the wait will be over as FOX presents a special two-hour prequel event.

In the meantime, do you think "24" is the most addicting show on television? Two Starpulse writers weigh in on whether the fast-paced Fox drama is truly habit forming or merely a passing enjoyment.

'24' Is Like Crack

I follow a ridiculous amount of television shows, so much in fact that my roommates and I had to get a second DVR box to accommodate all the shows we wa...
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Spotlight On Talented, Oscar-Winning Movie Stars

June 23rd, 2008 8:45am EDT
Daniel Day-Lewis
There are many talented people in Hollywood who have won a coveted Oscar, and there are so many talented winners that it's difficult to just name a few.

Daniel Day-Lewis is known as one of the most selective actors in the industry; he's starred in only four movies in the last 10 years. Whenever Day-Lewis has a movie being released, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stands up and takes notice. He's won two Academy Awards for Best Actor: His first was in 1989 for his role as Christy Brown in "My Left Foot" and the other in 2007 for his work as Daniel Plainview in "There Wil...
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Denzel Washington Directs And Stars In 'The Great Debaters,' On DVD May 13

April 17th, 2008 6:00am EDT
The Great Debaters
Inspired by a true story and "one of the year's best films" (Chicago Sun-Times), The Great Debaters is a touching and heartfelt drama about the power of words, fighting its way onto DVD May 13 as a two-disc collector's edition from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company.

Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington (American Gangster) directs and leads an ensemble cast with "strong, emotionally grounded performances" (New York Times) including Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King Of Scotland), Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Jurnee Smollett (Gridiron Gang, B...
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'American Idol' Gives Back, And Michael Johns Is Eliminated

April 11th, 2008 9:07am EDT
American Idol
Tuesday night came and went. Host Ryan Seacrest introduced eight singers and three judges. Each performer chose an inspirational song to sing. As fast as it started, it ended. This week's "American Idol" could not compare to the hype and significance of Wednesday night's success of "American Idol Gives Back."

Why focus on Tuesday night's performances when one of the most popular reality shows dedicated two and half hours to raising money for poverty in the United States and Africa. Celebrities from all parts of the world displayed their compassion and generosity through their part...
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Celebrity Fashion Review: 80th Academy Awards

March 7th, 2008 3:21pm EST
Marion Cotillard
The 80th Academy Awards took place on February 24, 2008 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. As usual we had to give our opinion on some of the red carpet fashion highlights and disappointments.

Highlights

Amy Adams, star of the new movie 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day' looked stunning in a dark emerald green strapless number. This was a spectacular piece which showed off how much attention to detail was taken with such accents as the bustier style top section of the dress, the lovely belt and that amazingly slightly gathered train. Gold accessories are still all the rage ...
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Small-Screen Stars Make Their Mark On The Big Screen

February 8th, 2008 10:01am EST
Made of Honor
TV actors often try to parlay their small-screen fame into big-screen success. Some, like George Clooney, hit the jackpot. Others falter in the transition, but you can't fault them for trying. Here's a sampling of where in the cinema you can currently find some of TV's stars and rental picks for the Netflix-addicted.

Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy) - In a departure from his more dramatic roles on TV in "Grey's Anatomy" and a guest stint on Once and Again, Dempsey has focused on romantic comedies in his film career recently. He's been charming audiences alongside Amy Adams in Enchanted...
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February Movie Preview Review: 'Strange Wilderness,' 'Fool's Gold' & More

February 1st, 2008 9:41am EST
Fool
I'm a fan of previews. There are few joys in this world to 20 minutes of sitting back, relaxing, and forgetting what movie you actually came in to see.

Previews have become something of a mini movie festival, featuring loud music and explosions, two-second snippets of sex, and great one-liners. Most importantly, this festival is instrumental in deciding what movies most people will see for the next month.

Here's the million dollar question: why isn't anyone reviewing these previews? Look no further, here is your one-stop shop for preview reviews. This month we're looking at Str...
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The 2007 Showbiz News Quiz - Part III

December 29th, 2007 9:00am EST
Beyonce
Test your showbiz knowledge with this brain-teasing celebrity quiz based on all the happenings of a busy 2007.

21: Which 'cultured' singer was charged in November with falsely imprisoning a 28-year-old man?

Jon Bon Jovi

Boy George

George Michael

Answer=Boy George

22: Quentin Tarantino directed one segment for the Grindhouse movie double bill. What was it called?

Death Proof

Death Wish

Death Run

Answer=Death Proof

23. And who directed the second film, Planet Terror?

Guy Ritchie

Wes Anderson

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Starpulse Celebrity Spotlight: James McAvoy

December 15th, 2007 2:00pm EST
James McAvoy
James McAvoy was born April 21, 1979, in Glasgow, Scotland. When McAvoy was just seven years old his parents divorced and he, along with his sister Joy, went to live with their grandparents.

At first McAvoy didn't have any plans on being an actor. In fact, it wasn't until film director David Hayman paid a visit to his school and gave everyone information about his work. After hearing Hayman speak, McAvoy started gaining an interest in acting and talked to Hayman about getting work experience.

About four months later Hayman called and offered him an audition, which he won, for the ...
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What To Do On Christmas Day... How About Going To The Movies?

December 14th, 2007 10:32am EST
The Bucket List
For some families, there is no greater holiday tradition than Christmas day at the movies. Perhaps they like to enjoy an activity that, due to everyone's busy schedule during the rest of the year, is not as regular an occurrence as they wish. For some, they probably cannot think of another activity that provides something for everyone.

And then, there are those families who are looking for a dark room to pass some of the agonizing together time that is annually forced upon them. For many, it is likely a combination of the three.

At any rate, Tinseltown is well aware of this tr...
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Winfrey, Other Producers Of 'The Great Debaters' To Receive PGA Award

December 13th, 2007 10:07am EST
The Great Debaters
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Oprah Winfrey and other producers behind the Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker film ''The Great Debaters'' will receive an award from the Producers Guild of America for illuminating provocative social issues.

The film's producers will receive the 2008 Stanley Kramer Award at the PGA Awards on Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the guild announced Wednesday. Among those who produced the film are Todd Black, Kate Forte, Joe Roth and Winfrey.

''Oprah and I are very proud of this film and honored to receive the PGA's Stanley Kramer Award,'' Forte said. '''The G...
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Puffy AmiYumi Announce Five-Date North American Tour This Fall

October 15th, 2007 11:27am EDT
Puffy AmiYumi
Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura, otherwise known as Japan's sweetheart's Puffy AmiYumi have announced a five-date U.S. tour that will bring their electrifying live show and unique brand of J-Pop back to the states. Puffy AmiYumi will preview tracks from the upcoming honeycreeper LP on this string of dates, which is being called the "honeysweeper tour."

You may have recently seen the girls modeling wide-leg jeans in the Annie Leibovitz-shot Gap campaign also featuring Sarah Silverman, Forest Whitaker and Selma Blair. Or you may know them from the hit Cartoon Network series Hi Hi Puffy AmiY...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 15

July 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Terry O
Happy Birthday to "90210" actor Brian Austin Green (1973), System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan (1973), Deftones bassist Chi Cheng (1970), actors Stan Kirsch and Eddie Griffin (1968), "Good Morning Vietnam" actor Forest Whitaker (1961), guitar whiz Joe Satriani (1956), Marky Ramone of The Ramones (1956), late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis (1956; d. 1980), "Lost" actor Terry O'Quinn (1952), wrestler/governor Jesse Ventura (1951), Yes bassist Trevor Horn (1949), singer Linda Ronstadt (1946), actress Diahann Carroll (1935), actor Philip Carey (1923), and Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (160...
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Stars Provide Voices For 'Inspired By - The Bible Experience (Old Testament)'

July 10th, 2007 10:57am EDT
Nick Cannon
The most ambitious, critically-acclaimed presentation of the Bible ever produced, "Inspired By... The Bible Experience," has confirmed more than 200 cast members for the "Old Testament" prequel to its bestselling "New Testament" edition.

Highlighting the cast is 2007 Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker as the voice of Moses, along with Angela Bassett (Esther), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jonah), Denzel and Pauletta Washington (Song of Songs), LL Cool J (Samson), Nick Cannon (Adam), Eartha Kitt (Serpent), Bishop T.D. Jakes (Abraham), Bishop Eddie L. Long (Joel), Della Reese, Bernice and t...
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New Movies on DVD, April 17

April 17th, 2007 8:00am EDT
The Last King Of Scotland
The Last King of Scotland is based on Giles Foden's novel detailing the brutal reign of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin as seen through the eyes of his personal physician. James McAvoy stars as the doctor who slowly realizes that he is trapped in an inescapable nightmare, and Forest Whitaker assumes the role of the notorious despot. Also on DVD: Freedom Writers, Smokin' Aces, Notes On A Scandal, and The History Boys.
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Pop Stars & Other Celebrities To Appear On 'Idol Gives Back' April 24 & 25 On Fox

April 6th, 2007 9:41am EDT
Kelly Clarkson
The original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, along with Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Forest Whitaker, Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Radcliffe, Teri Hatcher and Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson), are scheduled to appear on Idol Gives Back, a two-night special airing Tuesday, April 24 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, April 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Idol Gives Back will raise awareness and funds for organizations that provide relief programs to help children and young people in extreme poverty in America and Africa.

These celebrities join previously announced talen...
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And The Oscar Goes To - Full List of Oscar Winners!

February 26th, 2007 9:01am EST
The Departed
Dame Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker were crowned queen and king of the Oscars last night. The stars of The Queen and The Last King of Scotland won Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Martin Scorsese won Best Director for The Departed - his first win out of six nominations in the category and 31 years since his first nomination. Full List of Winners Below!

As she accepted her award, Helen, struggling to hold the statuette, said: "I've got my purse in one hand, my earring in the other. Thank you, Academy. You know, my sister told me that all kids love to get gold stars, and...
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Nielsen Takes a Look at Academy Award Trends

February 21st, 2007 11:21am EST
The Queen star Helen Mirren
Several Nielsen businesses just released a wide range of consumer and media information illustrating the enormous impact that the Academy Awards has on the United States. As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences prepares to announce the Oscar winners in Hollywood on February 25, Nielsen has combined data on box-office receipts, album sales, television ratings, advertising trends, Internet measurement, and lifestyle information of Academy Award nominees from this year and past years. Among the findings:

-- Box Office figures for Best Picture nominees show an impressive increas...
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'Little Miss Sunshine' Wins at SAG Awards

January 29th, 2007 10:04am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine scooped the Ensemble in a Film prize at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. The low-budget comedy unexpectedly took home the prestigious accolade, which is the ceremony's equivalent of the Best Picture Oscar. Full List of Winners Below

Greg Kinnear, who plays stressed dad Richard in the film, expressed his Oscar hopes as he accepted the prize. He said: "I think we feel good. An Oscar would mean a great deal to us. Making a movie isn't always a great experience, that's the facts. But this really was a remarkable experience."

British actress Da...
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'The Shield' Leads NAMIC Vision Award Nominations

January 24th, 2007 11:15am EST
The Shield
Nominations for the 13th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards were announced today by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). A record number 37 networks received nominations for the only entertainment industry award honoring outstanding achievements in original, multi-ethnic cable programming.

A total of 73 nominations were presented in the 15 award categories, which include newly established honors for Animation, Music Video and Original Movie and/or Special. Additionally, the performance categories have been expanded this year to include awards for the best act...
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And The Nominees For The 79th Oscars Are...

January 23rd, 2007 10:30am EST
Babel
Academy awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak theatre at Hollywood & highland center, and televised live by the ABC television network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, “The Road to The Oscars.” Babel is nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

Nominations By Category - 79th Awards

Best Motion Picture Of The Year

Babel

The Departed

Letters From Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

The Queen

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

Leonardo Dicaprio -...
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Ugly Betty' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Win Big at Golden Globe Awards

January 16th, 2007 8:24am EST
Dreamgirls
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced the winners of the 64th Golden Globe awards. Babel took home the award for best drama, while Dreamgirls won best comedy/musical. The night's big TV winners were Grey's Anatomy (best drama series) and Ugly Betty (best musical or comedy series). See full list of winners:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Babel

Bobby

The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- S...
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'The Queen' Leads BAFTA Nominations - Full List!

January 12th, 2007 10:37am EST
The Queen
The Queen is the frontrunner at this year's Orange BAFTA awards, after receiving an incredible 10 nominations. Dame Helen Mirren has been nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her performance as Queen Elizabeth in the hit film about the British Royal Family after the death of Princess Diana, while Stephen Frears is in the running for the Achievement in Direction award. Full List of Nominations Below!

The British drama will also do battle with Casino Royale - which is named in nine categories - for Outstanding British Film of the Year. And Daniel Craig - who made his debut a...
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Little Miss Sunshine' & 'Sopranos' Earn 3 SAG Nominations

January 4th, 2007 11:23am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) just announced the nominations for its 13th Annual Awards ceremony. The ensemble drama Babel, the musical Dreamgirls and the comedy Little Miss Sunshine each earned three nominations, as did the TV mob drama The Sopranos.

The full list of nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio / Blood Diamond – Archer - Warner Bros. Pictures

Ryan Gosling / Half Nelson – Dan Dunne - THINKFilm

Peter O’Toole / Venus – Maurice - Miramax Films

Will Smith / The Pursuit Of Happyness – Chris Gardner - Sony Pictures

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