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Blu-ray Review: 'Grand Piano'

May 22nd, 2014 11:10am EDT
Blu-ray Review: 'Grand Piano'
Okay piano man - ready to play or die? Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray thriller "Grand Piano" out now from Magnolia Home Entertainment. The review the performance of a lifetime below!

Title: "Grand Piano"

Grade: 4

Cast: Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Kerry Bishe

Director: Eugenio Mita

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Release Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment

Website: www.magpictures.com

The Flick: In the hands of someone without vision, "Grand Piano" could have been a rather stoic story mess. But under the tense direction of helmer Eugenio Mita, the story ...
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20 Pairs Of Incredible Celebrity Eyes

May 2nd, 2014 3:00am EDT
20 Pairs Of Incredible Celebrity Eyes
There are so many beautiful people in Hollywood, that it's hard to stick out in the crowd. But having a striking set of peepers helps an actress or actor make a powerful impact on the big screen.

"New Girl" star Zooey Deschanel has some of the most striking, big blue eyes in Hollywood. It's one of the first things you notice about the quirky star.

In 2013 she was named one of the "Most Beautiful" by People magazine. During a beauty shoot she explained: "The weirdest compliment that I've ever received on my eyes was that I looked like an alien or that I looked like a doll. You know, I'll ...
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Get Shorty: Hollywood's 15 Shortest Actors

April 24th, 2014 4:03pm EDT
Verne Troyer
Stars come in all shapes and sizes, and these actors prove your height doesn't decide your talent. Here are 15 of Hollywood's shortest actors.

Verne Troyer, 2'8". Verne got his start as a stuntman (he did stunts for an infant in Baby's Day Out), but is widely known as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series.

Peter Dinklage, 4'5". Dinklage is now well known for his work on the series Game of Thrones as Tyrion Lannister. When asked if he should be the "spokesman for little people," he said, "I don't know what I would say. Everyone's different. Every person my size has a different life, a di...
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19 Celebrities Who Are Older Than You Think

September 24th, 2013 4:11pm EDT
19 Celebrities Who Are Older Than You Think
Some stars are blessed with youthful looks: would you believe Jim Parsons is 40? Other stars are blessed with youthful roles: we've seen Tom Welling as a young Clark Kent for so long it's hard to believe he's 36.

Speaking of superheroes, Andrew Garfield was able to pull off a believable high school-aged Peter Parker despite being 28 at the time. He's now 30 and looks like he'll play the role just fine once more. Perhaps his girlfriend Emma Stone, who is 6 years his junior, adds to his youthful appearance!

Here are some more celebrities who are older than you think...

Perhaps it's be...
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'Wilfred': Elijah Wood Talks Ryan & Season Three

June 27th, 2013 1:14pm EDT
WILFRED
Wilfred, which returned last week for its third season, has emerged as one of FX’s most intriguing series thanks to its smart writing, interesting stories, and witty characters. And as Wilfred’s trusty sidekick Ryan, series star Elijah Wood has made sure there’s never a dull moment – for the show, or for the character.

“I think the idea of playing someone who has effectively hit a wall in his life and is trying to rebuild himself, and help himself, definitely provides a lot to work with,” Wood said in a recent press call. “There is a sense of growth over the course of now three seasons, an...
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Elijah Wood Defends Grisly New Horror Film

March 10th, 2013 1:44pm EDT
Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood has defended his gory new horror movie following criticisms of the serial killer theme, insisting "Maniac" is not "irresponsible" and is more than just a "straightforward slasher movie."

The Lord of the Rings star is putting his Hobbit character firmly behind him to play Frank, a crazed killer with a fetish for scalps, in a remake of the 1980 film of the same name.

The movie includes grisly scenes of violence, but Wood is adamant there is more to the story than just bloody horror.

He says, "I think the film is playing with that concept (of the slasher movie). It doesn't feel ...
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Elijah Wood Calls Therapy Sessions 'Amazing,' 'Groundbreaking' & A 'Mental Excavation'

February 26th, 2013 11:42am EST
Elijah Wood
A couple of years ago Elijah Wood went through an acting slump and sought therapy to deal with some emotional problems.

The actor reveals he didn't work for two years and got professional help to get over some personal issues.

Wood, 32, told Britain's Live magazine: "I've had things that I had to overcome, like everybody does. I went through a period a couple of years ago where I didn't work for two years. When I was 29 and turning 30, I went to therapy for the first time. It was amazing. It made me learn to laugh a lot at myself, but I also learned a lot of groundbreaking things. It was ...
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Elijah Wood Calls Reports Of Animal Abuse On 'Hobbit' Set 'Ridiculous'

November 23rd, 2012 6:00pm EST
The Hobbit
Elijah Wood isn't taking reports of animal abuse on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" lightly.

Last week the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) suggested animal were mistreated during the making of the film and went public with the news after four wranglers reported allegations of abuse and incompetence.

A purported 27 animals died on a farm near Wellington, New Zealand, where they were housed between takes.

Director Peter Jackson vehemently denied the allegations, and now Wood, who plays Frodo in "The Lord of the Rings" prequel, has backed him up.

Wood ezpl...
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'Where Wild Things Are' Author Maurice Sendak Dies

May 8th, 2012 11:52am EDT
Maurice Sendak
Legendary author Maurice Sendak has passed away at the age of 83.

The writer, known for his best-selling children's classic Where the Wild Things Are, died in Danbury, Connecticut, on Tuesday due to complications from a recent stroke, his long-time editor Michael di Capua tells the New York Times.

Sendak penned 17 books and was also a talented illustrator, a skill which was mostly self-taught. His popular book Where the Wild Things Are was transformed into a Hollywood film in 2009.

A number of celebrities took to Twitter.com upon hearing the sad news to pay their respect to the late w...
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Check Out 'Happy Feet Two' On Blu-ray, DVD & Download March 13

March 3rd, 2012 7:00am EST
Happy Feet Two
The eagerly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-winning hit, "Happy Feet Two" finds tap-dancing penguin Mumble (voice of Elijah Wood) and his pals using their smooth moves to save the penguin nation.

Mumble and Gloria (P!nk) have started a family of their own, and their young son, Erik, is just finding his footing among his fellow emperor penguins when a dire new threat thrusts their future into jeopardy.

Just when it begins to look as if all hope is lost, the penguin nation bands together to dance the darkness away.

Writer/director George Miller and star Robin Williams both return i...
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Billy Connolly To Play Dain Ironfoot In 'The Hobbit'

February 9th, 2012 9:52am EST
Billy Connolly
Peter Jackson has completed the star-studded cast of "The Hobbit" after signing up Billy Connolly to play a dwarf warrior.

The actor will tackle the role of Dain Ironfoot and joins Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom in the director's "Lord of the Rings" prequel.

Jackson tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We could not think of a more fitting actor to play Dain Ironfoot, the staunchest and toughest of Dwarves, than Billy Connelly, the Big Yin himself. With Billy stepping into this role, the cast of The Hobbit is now complete. We can't wait to see him on the Battlefield!"

"The Hobbit: ...
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Elijah Wood Honored For His Charity Work

January 17th, 2012 12:35pm EST
Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood was honored for his tireless charity work at a glitzy ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The actor is a long-time supporter of The Art of Elysium, an organization which helps celebrities visit sick children in the hospital.

He regularly offers his services, along with stars including Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox and James Franco, and charity bosses praised his ongoing commitment at a gala in L.A.

Wood says, "I am constantly inspired by the work of The Art of Elysium and how they use the transportive power of art to heal and inspire children; elevating them beyond the confi...
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Peter Jackson Offering Hobbit Set Visit For Charity

December 23rd, 2011 3:26pm EST
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The Hobbit director Peter Jackson is offering a fan the chance to visit the set of the movie in New Zealand to raise money for charity.

The filmmaker is currently shooting the Lord of the Rings prequel, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel, with stars including Martin Freeman, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom.

Now Jackson is offering up the chance to visit the set of the film as part of the Stars Come Out Auction, which launched on Trademe.co.nz this week to raise funds for scientist Sir Ray Avery's charity Medicine Mondiale.

Other offers up for auction includ...
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Return To Middle Earth With The First Trailer For 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (Watch It!)

December 21st, 2011 12:50am EST
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
It's almost time to return to Middle Earth! On Tuesday Warner Bros. Pictures released the first official trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and you can check it out right here!

An Unexpected Journey follows the adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins that took place before the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bilbo joins 13 dwarves, led by the warrior Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim a lost dwarf kingdom since taken over by the dragon Smaug. Along the way Bilbo encounters Goblins, Spiders, Trolls and Elves; and he finds the precious ring that once belonged to the evil Sauron ...
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Beastie Boys' Star-Studded 'Fight For Your Right (Revisited)' Named 2011's Top Music Video (Watch It!)

December 13th, 2011 11:06pm EST
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right (Revisited)" video, featuring Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood and Danny McBride as the aging rap trio, has topped a new poll to find the music promo of the year.

The actors battle their future selves, played by Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly, in the hilarious short film, released to promote the rap group's acclaimed 2011 album "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two."

The video beat Ke$ha's "Blow" and Tyler, the Creator's "She" in Spinner.com's end-of-year round-up.

Lana Del Rey's "Video Games and Money" and "Run" by UNKLE featuring Nick Cave round out ...
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P!nk, Carey Hart & Baby Make Three At 'Happy Feet' Premiere

November 14th, 2011 8:26am EST
Pink & Carey Hart
P!nk, her husband Carey Hart and four-month old baby Willow attended the "Happy Feet Two" Los Angeles premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood yesterday.

The singer revealed that she and Hart are looking forward to expanding the family and giving Willow plenty of brothers and sisters.

"We want a basketball team. We want lots and lots and lots," she says.

In the sequel to 2006's Happy Feet, Mumble (Elijah Wood) and his pals use their dancing to save the penguin nation. Mumble and Gloria (P!nk) have started a family of their own, and their son finds his footing among his fellow ...
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Starpulse Exclusive: Elijah Wood Talks 'Wilfred,' DJ'ing, His Love For Whiskey & More (Video)

October 10th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Elijah Wood
We caught up with Eljiah Wood at his campaign launch with Bushmills Whiskey to chat about his hit FX series Wilfred, what’s on his iPod and so much more. He even let us in on some of his DJ’ing skills! Check it out!

Starpulse: Tell me all about this partnership with Bushmills Whiskey.

Elijah Wood: I was sort of impressed with the simplicity of the campaign, the fact that it wasn’t overly celebrity driven and really a wide array of creative individuals. And just tying it into that notion of friendship and that also being complimentary into the brand itself—you know Bushmills has been aroun...
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Evangeline Lilly 'Very Concerned' Over Her 'Hobbit' Role

September 22nd, 2011 11:13am EDT
Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline Lilly fears "purist" fans will hate her role in The Hobbit because her character didn't feature in the book and was invented solely for the fantasy film adaptation.

The Lost actress' Sylvan elf Tauriel was created especially for director Peter Jackson's upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel The Hobbit.

However, Lilly admits she is terrified Tolkien devotees won't respond well when the movie epic is released next year.

She says, "The Hobbit didn't include female characters at all. I can see why additional characters were needed to round ...
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Lollapalooza 2011 Party Picks

August 3rd, 2011 9:58am EDT
Black Cards
Lollapalooza is taking over Chicago August 5th-7th and a concert ticket isn't the only hot commodity, it's getting on the VIP party guest list. From Taylor Momsen to Topshop, Starpulse has put together your go to guide for the best events to snag an invite to this weekend.

Topshop Topman Exclusive After Party

Clothing megastore Topshop opens this Fall in the Windy City but the store is already making a splash. The brand is holding their invitation only party at Bar Deville on Friday August 5th with special musical guests Tinie Tempah, DJ Kid Color, and DJ Moneypenny.

The Hard Rock Ho...
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Liv Tyler Hoping For A 'Hobbit' Cameo

June 27th, 2011 11:29am EDT
Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler is eager to re-team with her Lord Of The Rings cast mates Ian Mckellen, Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood by joining the cast of the highly-anticipated prequel The Hobbit.

The actress played Arwen in the first three films in the fantasy franchise, but she has so far been left out of the line-up for Peter Jackson's new epic adventure.

Tyler admits seeing the rest of the Lord Of The Rings cast get back together has made her long for a cameo role.

She tells Britain's Daily Express, "I've seen some of the other actors. I had such an amazing time making those films. I wish that I co...
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Evangeline Lilly Cast In 'The Hobbit'

June 20th, 2011 1:54pm EDT
Evangeline Lily | Photo Credits: Marcia Campbell Photography/Fil
Lost's Evangeline Lilly has joined The Hobbit.

"Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character—the Woodland Elf, Tauriel," director Peter Jackson announced on Facebook. "Her name means 'daughter of Mirkwood' and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life."

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Elijah Wood Saves Gogol Bordello From Lengthy Police Investigation

June 14th, 2011 11:44pm EDT
Elijah Wood
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood became gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello's savior on the road - when his celebrity helped save the group from a time-consuming police investigation.

The actor joined his girlfriend, Gogol Bodello drummer Pamela Racine, on tour and he quickly proved he can be useful to have around - especially when your band is stopped by the infamously thorough cops in Arizona.

Band frontman Eugene Hutz explains, "They were really determined to find some drugs, so they're searching for, like, an hour until they obviously don't find any.

"One cop comes back with this shiny ...
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Chris Klein Confirmed For 'American Pie 4'

April 19th, 2011 8:25am EDT
Chris Klein
Actor Chris Klein has signed up for another slice of American Pie following a two-month rehab stint last year.

The star has joined another original Pie favorite, Seann William Scott, who also sought treatment in rehab recently for "health and personal issues." Klein will return as Chris 'Oz' Ostreicher in the fourth installment of the teen comedy, titled American Reunion.

Following his success in the films, Klein fell from grace after twice being arrested for drunk driving - once in 2005 and again in 2010. After he was caught for the second time last year, Klein checked himself into a r...
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The Beastie Boys Release 'Fight For Your Right - Revisted' Trailer With Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Danny McBride & More

April 8th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys have released a hilarious trailer to their 30 minute movie "Fight for Your Right - Revisited." Watch it below!

The trailer stars Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Elijah Wood, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Ted Danson, Stanley Tucci, Rainn Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Steve Buscemi, Will Arnett and Susan Sarandon.

The short film apparently takes place right after the original "Fight for Your Right" music video, and has something to do with the Beasties Brothers from the 80s meeting the Beastie Boys from today.

Their new album, Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2, comes out May 3...
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Chris Klein Lands New TV Role

March 15th, 2011 4:24pm EDT
Chris Klein
Actor Chris Klein will make a TV comeback this summer, following a two-month rehab stint.

The American Pie actor has signed on to star alongside Elijah Wood in the new comedy, Wilfred, reports People.com. The show, which will premiere in June, is based on an Australian sitcom of the same name.

The show will debut almost a year to the day after Klein was arrested after failing a sobriety test when his car was pulled over by cops on an Los Angeles freeway. It was his second DUI arrest in five years. He was busted on a similar charge in 2005.

Klein was charged with two misdemeanors and s...
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Elijah Wood, Donald Sutherland Head to Syfy's Treasure Island

February 3rd, 2011 8:38am EST
Elijah Wood, Donald Sutherland | Photo Credits: Frederick M. Bro
Elijah Wood, Donald Sutherland and Eddie Izzard have been tapped to star in Syfy's Treasure Island.

Wood (The Lord of the Rings) will take the role of...

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Check Out Katie Holmes & Anna Paquin In 'The Romantics' On DVD Feb. 8

January 29th, 2011 6:53am EST
The Romantics
Wedding bells are bringing together a group of old friends as well as reawakening some old rivalries in the comedy drama "The Romantics." Lila Hayes (Anna Paquin) and Tom McDevon (Josh Duhamel) first met when they were attending the same Ivy League college, and they became part of a circle of close friends who called themselves The Romantics.

Six years after graduating, Lila and Tom are getting married, and their friends are seeing each other for the first time in years as they come together for the wedding. Laura Rosen (Katie Holmes), Lila's college roommate, has been invited to b...
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Brittany's TCA 2011 Blog: FX - 'Louie,' 'Wilfred' & 'Justified'

January 19th, 2011 11:15am EST
Justified
The last day of the TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter/Spring 2011 press tour was the one I'd had circled on my calendar, because it was all about FX. I have really fallen in love with this network and the people behind it over the past year. They gave me the highlight of my trip: a panel devoted to one of my all-time favorite series (Justified), putting me in the same room with one of my all-time favorite actors (Timothy Olyphant). I'll geek out about that later, though. First, let's talk about what else the cable net has up its sleeve...

Executive Session

I gained an enormous a...
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James Franco Honored For His Charity Work

January 17th, 2011 9:52am EST
James Franco
James Franco was honored for his tireless charity work at a glitzy ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The actor has been a long-time supporter of The Art of Elysium, an organization which helps celebrities visit sick children in the hospital, ever since his Spider-Man co-star Kirsten Dunst introduced him to the cause.

He regularly offers his services, along with stars including Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox and Elijah Wood, and charity bosses praised his ongoing commitment at a gala in L.A.

Franco says, "I wanted a place where I could give back. I didn't know what I could give but I wa...
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Elijah Wood Joins 'The Hobbit'

January 10th, 2011 8:13am EST
Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood is returning to Middle Earth - the actor has signed on to star in the "Lord Of The Rings" prequel "The Hobbit."

The actor will reprise the role of Frodo Baggins in the film, which will start shooting in New Zealand next month. Wood played Frodo in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen will also reprise their roles from the trilogy.
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