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Sound of Music stars pay tribute to Eleanor Parker

December 10th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Sound Of Music
Sound Of Music stars Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews have paid tribute to their co-star Eleanor Parker, who died on Monday (09Dec13).

The 91 year old, who played The Baroness in the beloved 1965 movie musical, passed away at a medical centre near her home in Palm Springs, California, and Andrews has spoken of her fondness for the veteran actress while promoting new film Saving Mr. Banks, which chronicles the story behind her Disney movie Mary Poppins.

She says, "Eleanor was a charming, elegant and beautiful lady. It was an honour to know her and a pleasure to work with her. She was ...
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Carrie Underwood prays for haters

December 7th, 2013 3:20pm EST
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood thinks her haters "need Jesus."
The 30-year-old singer has slammed "mean people" following criticism of her acting in the 'Sound of Music Live!' on Thursday night (12.05.13), including by the one of the film's original stars.
The blonde beauty hit back on Friday night (12.06. 13) tweeting: "Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus.
"They will be in my prayers tonight...1 Peter 2:1-25."
She cited a Bible scripture that states to "rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind."
The 'Blown Away' hitmaker's retort came just hours after ...
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Carrie Underwood: 'I'm not trying to be Julie Andrews'

November 27th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood has responded to "hate tweets" from those who hope her upcoming live The Sound Of Music TV special is a huge flop, insisting she's not trying to take Julie Andrews' place in the hearts of film fans.

The country music superstar is in rehearsals for the ambitious three-hour event, which will air in America next week (05Dec13), and she admits she could do without all the negativity.

But Underwood is refusing to let the criticism ruin the experience for her, telling Entertainment Weekly, "I get hate tweets and stuff like, 'You're not Julie Andrews!' I know I'm not Julie. Nobo...
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Julie Andrews' 'Sound Of Music' Costumes Sell For $1.3 million

July 29th, 2013 3:37pm EDT
The Sound of Music
A selection of costumes from Julie Andrews' classic movie The Sound Of Music have sold at auction in California for $1.3 million.

The garments included the main outfit worn by the Hollywood legend's character Maria, which was described in the auction handbook as "a heavy brown homespun Austrian-style dress with a wheat-coloured homespun blouse".

Floral lederhosen worn by cast members who played the Von Trapp children also went under the hammer at the Profiles in History auction over the weekend.

Another highlight was a costume worn by late actor James Gandolfini in his final scene of Th...
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Steven Tyler & Roger Daltrey Fund Invention To Replace Vocal Chords

November 5th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Steven Tyler
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and The Who's Roger Daltrey are helping to fund a new gel invention that replaces damaged vocal cords.

The singer hopes the pioneering product will help struggling musicians and throat cancer patients.

The gel, which mimics the vibrations of human vocal cords, was created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to TheWeek.com.

The research is also being funded in part by actress/singer Julie Andrews, who quit singing after her voice was affected by surgery in 1997.

Daltrey tells Bloomberg.com, "It's not just for singers. The...
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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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Julie Andrews To Be Honored At Princess Grace Awards

September 27th, 2011 9:42pm EDT
Julie Andrews
Movie icon Julie Andrews will be feted at the 2011 Princess Grace Awards Gala for her success in Hollywood and her dedication to humanitarian causes.

The Sound Of Music star will receive the Prince Rainier III Award in New York on November 1.

Past recipients have included Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta, Glenn Close and Star Wars creator George Lucas.

Director Jon M. Chu will also be honored at the ceremony - he's set to be presented with the Princess Grace Statue Award for career achievement, following the huge box office success of his concert movie Justin Bieber: Never Say Nev...
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Julie Andrews Celebrates 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' In NYC

September 19th, 2011 12:40pm EDT
Julie Andrews Breakfast at Tiffany's 50th Anniversary Screening
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is the kind of movie that feels familiar the first time you watch it, and seems fresher and brighter every time afterwards. It’s iconic. It’s Audrey Hepburn. It’s fashion and the little black dress.

It’s Moon River, a song “Sex & the City” fans may remember Carrie and Big dancing to in the show’s post-9/11 love letter to New York.

It’s New York at its most beautiful, romantic, and hopeful.

While the city has changed and there are certain details (Mickey Rooney) that may not be considered “timeless,” Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly is the type of stylish modern w...
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Helen Mirren Steams Up 'Saturday Night Live' With Risque Skits

April 11th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Helen Mirren Saturday Night Live
Oscar winner Helen Mirren turned up the heat on Saturday Night Live this weekend when she locked lips with a Marilyn Monroe impersonator for a passionate same-sex smooch.

The Queen star was the guest host on Saturday's episode, which celebrated the actress' busty figure in a series of risqué sketches.

Mirren's opening monologue saw her serenaded by SNL's male regulars in a modified version of There's Nothing Like a Dame from the musical South Pacific, during which they claimed she was "exactly like the Queen", prompting the actress to quip, "Have you ever seen Caligula? I'm in the orgy ...
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2010 Year In Entertainment Review: December

January 2nd, 2011 7:00pm EST
Miley Cyrus
December saw a series of scandals as the stars brought a touch of sex and drugs to the festive season - and wildchild Miley Cyrus led the way. The former Disney star ended 2010 by reminding us all she's a grown up now after she was caught on camera smoking legal hallucinogenic Salvia from a bong, and hit headlines again days later when she was pictured in a girl-on-girl clinch and exposing her bra while surrounded by hunky men.

Her pal Demi Lovato joined the Hannah Montana star in scandal when provocative photos which appeared to show her partly-exposing her breasts leaked on the internet,...
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Anne Hathaway & Julie Andrews Set For 'Glee' Episode?

December 29th, 2010 8:48am EST
Anne Hathaway
"The Princess Diaries" stars Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews are in negotiations to reteam for an upcoming episode of Glee, according to U.K. reports.

Andrews is in talks to play the grandmother of Chris Colfer's gay character Kurt Hummel, while 2011 Oscars co-host Hathaway is reportedly close to signing on to play his aunt, according to the Daily Express.

It's a dream come true for Hathaway, who recently revealed she's desperate to land a guest role on the show. She has even worked out the whole storyline and the song she'd love to sing.

Hathaway said, "In my head, I've cast myself in '...
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Julie Andrews And Dolly Parton To Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammy Honors

December 22nd, 2010 4:49pm EST
Julie Andrews
Veteran entertainers Julie Andrews and Dolly Parton are set to be honored with lifetime achievement Grammy awards by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

The icons will be hailed for their contributions to music, alongside punk rockers The Ramones, The Julliard String Quartet, folk group The Kingston Trio, jazz drummer Roy Haynes and gospel star George Beverly Shea.

Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy, says, "It is a great honor to recognize and celebrate such a distinguished and dynamic group of honorees. Their legendary work has left a lasting impression a...
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Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews' Husband & 'Pink Panther' Creator, Dies At 88

December 16th, 2010 2:04pm EST
the Pink Panther
Julie Andrews' husband, Pink Panther creator Blake Edwards, has died at the age of 88.

The director, writer and producer passed away at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday night after suffering complications from pneumonia. His wife and other family members were by his bedside, according to his longtime publicist, Gene Schwam.

Born William Blake Crump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Edwards began his career as an actor and screenwriter, penning seven scripts for late actor/filmmaker Richard Quine.

He landed his big break on Orson Welles' production of War of the Worlds ...
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Who's That A-List Actress Hiding Under That Big Hat?

December 5th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Guess Who
Who is this polka-dot wearing paparazzi-shy star? Well, She went shopping on Sydney, Australia's Crown Street Sunday morning while promoting her latest film.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 12, 1982, and broke into the A-list with her very first film, which she starred in with the legendary Julie Andrews.

Who is it? Click to find out!

Need another hint? She'll also be hosting the Oscars next year with this guy:

It's Anne Hathaway!

The star was visiting down under to promote her latest film, Love and Other Drugs which she stars in opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.

As for ...
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'Beauty And The Beast' Stars: Where Are They Now?

October 1st, 2010 9:37am EDT
Robby Benson
Possibly Disney's crowning jewel in the company's "renaissance" -- the period from the late '80s to the late '90s that produced wildly popular and widely acclaimed animated flicks that became classics -- "Beauty and the Beast" is being released on DVD and Blu-ray in a combo pack on October 5.

The combo pack includes all kinds of goodies and extras: fully-restored footage (it's the first time it'll be in high def), a sing-along mode, games, a virtual tour of the castle, deleted scenes (including a never-before-seen one), and more.

Until last year's "Up," 1991's "Beauty and the Beast" was...
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Sleeper Hit 'Despicable Me' Makes $60 Million At Box Office

July 12th, 2010 8:51am EDT
Despicable Me
Steve Carell is a hit in 3-D - the comedian's animated family movie "Despicable Me" has come alive at the top of the box office with opening weekend takings of $60.1 million.

The film, about a villain who plans to steal the moon, also features the voices of Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews and is Universal Pictures' first 3-D animation.

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" continues to take a bite out of the box office - the latest installment in the vampire franchise is in second place with $33.35 million, while Robert Rodriguez's "Predators" debuts at three with $25.3 million.

"Toy...
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Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' Lyrics To Be Auctioned

May 18th, 2010 9:45pm EDT
Michael Jackson
The handwritten lyrics to Michael Jackson's "Beat It" are to go under the hammer at a memorabilia auction in California next month.

The late pop superstar gave his scribbled notes, signed by the King of Pop himself, to a producer pal.

Marc Kruskol, spokesman for auction house Profiles in History, says, "This piece has been in private hands since being written. It's an incredible piece from the legendary King of Pop and it's in fine condition."

The "Beat It" lyrics won't be the highlight of the memorabilia sale - the pink satin gown Marilyn Monroe wore in the "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best F...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Shrek Forever After,' 'MacGruber,' & More

May 17th, 2010 10:10am EDT
MacGruber
A lot of other critics have blasted Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood,” but honestly I found it to be pretty interesting. It is slightly long winded and its action scenes are a bit frenetic, however it dares to be different in how it approaches the Robin Hood tale which I appreciate.

As a narrative "Robin Hood" operates like a prequel, covering the events leading to Robin’s branding as an outlaw. This Robin is serious, more like a solider commanding his friends in battle, than the lighthearted rogue whose archery and skills with a sword are so well known in the legend. While he believes in eq...
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Top 5 Embarrassing Oscar Moments

March 3rd, 2010 1:35pm EST
Gwyneth Paltrow
As the highest honor anyone in Hollywood can hope to receive, the night of the Academy Awards is always a classy, star-studded and suspenseful event to remember. But whether due to tense nerves, poor planning, big egos, or maybe just an overabundance of champagne, the Oscars not only award great talent, but produce some very memorable embarrassing moments. Here’s the top five list, stretching all the way back from 1939!

James Cameron’s Titanic Acceptance Speeches – 1998

After producer John Landau rattled off a long list of thanks when Titanic won best picture, Cameron asked the audience t...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies -'Legion,' 'Extraordinary Measures' & More

January 18th, 2010 12:36pm EST
Legion
In a rare feat, I was able to catch two movies last week that came out in theaters: "The Lovely Bones" and "The Book of Eli." I didn't really care for "The Lovely Bones" however

I very much enjoyed "The Book of Eli." To get a more detailed look at my thoughts check out my reviews here on Starpulse.

This week features a bizarre mix of movies including the religious thriller "Legion," the silly family film "Tooth Fairy," the emotional drama "Extraordinary Measures," and the coming-of- age story "To Save a Life."

LEGION

After losing faith in humanity, God sends his legion of angels ...
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'Despicable Me' Boasts All-Star Comedy Cast; In Theaters Summer 2010

December 26th, 2009 7:00pm EST
Despicable Me
No villain – even the world's (second) greatest villain – can do everything by himself. So it comes as no surprise that Gru has an entire army of not-so-bright Minions to help him carry out his diabolical plans... unless of course, they get their hands on a Moo Cow Toy! Hardworking and devoted to their leader and his mad exploits, the Minions are content to serve as his crash test dummies along the way. After all, Gru is planning the biggest heist in the history of the world... to steal the moon!

Despicable Me, the upcoming 3-D CGI animated comedy from Illumination Entertainment and Uni...
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A Few Of The Best Movie Musicals

December 24th, 2009 9:33am EST
Nine
On Christmas Day a brand new musical hits the theaters, titled "Nine," and it got Starpulse thinking about the musical genre. The hits on Broadway always keep people wanting more, and over the years musicals have been beloved on the big screen as well. They've won Oscars, attracted huge movie stars, and everyone loves a good dance routine. Here's a look at the best movie musicals in no particular order.

"The Sound of Music," made in 1965, is an Academy Award winning movie and one of the most successful film musicals of all time. After being adjusted for inflation, it is rumored the movi...
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Movie Remakes & Recastings We Hope To Never See

June 8th, 2009 9:40am EDT
Mary Poppins
In the wake of the current brain-draining drive to remake just about everything Hollywood has ever had to offer, there are some films that are so sacred they should never be touched. This is a blatant retort to the deluge of watered down franchises, remakes, medium changes, etc. It ranges in levels of snark from low to apocalyptic strength.

My frustration with this extremely long trend came to a fever pitch after watching the Obsessed trailer. Anyone even peripherally familiar with Fatal Attraction could easily catch the obvious, racially spurred recasting of a classic film.

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Spotlight On Anne Hathaway's Best & Worst Films

January 27th, 2009 10:41am EST
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway has built herself a highly regarded career, but like many actors she has had good movies and not-so-good movies. Here are two of her best works and two of her worst that we thought were worthy of praise...and mockery.

THE BEST

The Princess Diaries

In Disney's "The Princess Diaries," Anne Hathaway plays Mia Thermopolis, a 15-year old who finds out she is the princess of a small country called Genovia. Hathaway portrays the clumsy and lovable Mia admirably, to the point where it is hard to imagine anyone else playing the part. In fact, according to IMDB.com, ...
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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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Oldies But Goodies: Older Stars Who Keep On Acting

April 29th, 2008 12:28pm EDT
Dustin Hoffman
Everyone basically accepts that the entertainment biz is youth oriented. But in spite of the Hollywood bias, there are some older actors who keep at it. Below is a top 10 list of older folks who are still making it in showbiz (and we dare say these actors could teach Hollywood's current young whippersnappers a thing or two about how to have a long career).

10. Ellen Albertini Dow, age 89.

What's that? Her name doesn't ring a bell? Well, trust us, you know who she is. She had to make our list because at almost 90 Ellen is still lining up project after project. With her cute voice, b...
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Dame Julie Andrews 'Forced To Kiss' Her Stepdad

March 12th, 2008 9:12am EDT
Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews was forced to sleep with a bolt on her bedroom door as a child because her stepfather tried to kiss her. The Sound Of Music star, 72, reveals in her forthcoming autobiography Home: A Memoir Of My Early Years how she hid from her stepfather, Ted Andrew, after he kissed her drunkenly in her bedroom in 1951.

She writes, "Suddenly he said, 'I really must teach you how to kiss properly' and kissed me full on the lips. It was a deep, moist kiss - a very unpleasant experience. Ten minutes later he came back in. I was burrowed beneath the covers, facing the wall. He leaned over ...
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Burt Reynolds To Present Pal With SAG Honor

January 18th, 2008 12:20pm EST
Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds will present the Life Achievement Award to Charles Durning at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27 in Los Angeles. Beloved TV and film actor Durning will be honored for his career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments.

Past recipients of SAG's Life Achievement Award include Julie Andrews, James Garner, Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Redford.

Reynolds was chosen to honor Durning because he is a longtime friend of the actor's, and frequent collaborator.

The two starred together in TV comedy seri...
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Robert Goulet In Critical Condition

October 23rd, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Robert Goulet
Veteran singer/actor Robert Goulet has been hospitalized with lung disease Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis. The 73-year-old was taken to a Las Vegas hospital on September 30, after feeling increasingly weak and suffering from a shortage of breath.

After being diagnosed with the rare and potentially fatal disorder, he was transferred to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on October 13 to undergo an emergency lung transplant, where doctors are awaiting a donated lung. He is said to be in a critical condition.

Goulet's third wife, Vera, says, "Our friends have been incredibly ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 1

October 1st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Randy Quaid
Happy Birthday to British DJ and rapper Dizzee Rascal (1985), baseball slugger Mark McGwire (1963), Puerto Rican actor Esai Morales (1962), comedic actor Randy Quaid (1950), Panamanian baseball star Rod Carew (1945), Mary Poppins star Julie Andrews (1935), Harry Potter's first "Dumbledore" Sir Richard Harris (1930), "Hannibal Smith" from The A-Team George Peppard (1928), Happy Days actor Tom Bosley (1927), 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter (1924), comedic actor Walter Matthau (1920), and Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903).
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