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10 Celebrity Brainiacs Whose Careers Took A Backseat To Education

April 5th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
10 Celebrity Brainiacs Whose Careers Took A Backseat To Educatio
Who says you can't have the best of both worlds? Tell that to this fine group of celebrities, who took a leap of faith and followed their hearts towards their college campus of choice. While some did not finish, the tenacity to try and further their education in an industry where many choose another path is commendable.

The following 10 celebrities did just that, and had many different ways to achieve their goals. We also gave honors to the celebrities that had a resume of outstanding academic achievement - so keep an eye out for our praiseworthy (but completely arbitrary) Latin honors!

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Dame Helen Mirren named Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year

January 18th, 2014 4:00pm EST
Meryl Streep
Dame Helen Mirren has been named Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year 2014.
The 'Hitchcock' actress will be honored for her contributions to film by the prestigious university's undergraduate drama society in a ceremony at its Cambridge campus near Boston, Massachusetts on January 30.
The Oscar-winning star, 68, will be the subject of a roast before she is presented with her award at Farkas Hall.
Speaking about the accolade, the British actress said: "How very saucy of the Hasty Pudding organization to offer me their award. As someone who adores Pudding in all its manifestat...
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Celebrities Who Came Out Of The Closet In 2013

December 31st, 2013 3:03pm EST
Jason Collins
2013 saw several notable celebrities reveal their sexuality, including the first professional athlete to reveal he is gay while still an active player. Here are the celebrities who came out in 2013:

NBA player Jason Collins came out in a cover story in Sports Illustrated during the spring, making him the first major league professional athlete to do so while still active in his sport. While there was a positive response to the story from his fellow athletes, Collins has not played basketball since and is currently a free agent.

Jodie Foster revealed she is gay during the Golden Glob...
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Diane Keaton to accept Woody Allen's Lifetime Achievement Award

December 4th, 2013 3:10am EST
Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton will accept her longtime friend and former lover Woody Allen's Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards next year (14).

The Blue Jasmine filmmaker is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious honour, but Allen, who is notorious for shunning awards shows, is not planning to attend the ceremony.

Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who nominate and vote on the awards, have now decided to ask Keaton to accept the award on his behalf, according to Deadline.com.

Keaton and Allen met in 1968 when she was cast in his Broadway production, Play it Again, and she a...
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Thandie Newton admits filming during her pregnancy is mayhem

November 27th, 2013 6:20am EST
Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton has admitted filming her TV show 'Rogue' whilst pregnant has been "mayhem".
The 41-year-old 'Crash' star - now six months pregnant - refused to quit her role as undercover cop Grace Travis in the action packed American drama series and has continued filming well into her third trimester.
Thandie - who already has two daughters Ripley, 13 and Nico, 8. with her writer husband Ol Parker - underestimated the difficulties of carrying a child on set.
In her latest column for Stylist magazine, she revealed: "Basically, I had two options; to withdraw from the show which would have...
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Daniel Radcliffe avoids alcohol and drugs

November 5th, 2013 2:20am EST
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe has banned himself from drugs and alcohol.
The 24-year-old actor - who shot to fame starring in 'Harry Potter' at the age of just 11 - has vowed not to become like other child film stars by hitting the bottle and dabbling in illegal substances.
He said: "I love being on a film set.
"Maybe there are some people out there that love premiere parties, I'm not one of them.
"My idea of fun is being on a film set for 12 hours a day and I think as long as that remains the focus, then generally it can go well.
"The thing is there are so many high-profile cases of people who started...
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Jodie Foster dating Ellen DeGeneres' ex - report

October 1st, 2013 3:11am EDT
Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster has found love with TV host Ellen Degeneres' ex-girlfriend, according to a report.

The Silence of the Lambs star has been linked to photographer Alexandra Hedison, who dated DeGeneres for three years until they split in 2004.

According to E! News, the pair has been dating since the beginning of the summer (13).

A source says, "It's pretty serious. They're totally in love."

Foster finally confirmed longrunning speculation she is a lesbian in January (13) at the Golden Globe awards when she was presented with the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award.

She used her acceptance s...
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Jodie Foster to direct House of Cards episode - report

September 3rd, 2013 8:41pm EDT
Jodie Foster
Actress Jodie Foster is set to direct an episode for the second season of House Of Cards.

The Silence of the Lambs star is reportedly on location in Baltimore, Maryland, where the hit political drama series is filmed, but further details remain under lock and key.

This isn't the first TV show Foster has directed for TV and movie streaming service Netflix, which airs House of Cards - she previously helmed the third episode of hit drama Orange is the New Black.
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Matt Damon: Sci-fi flick 'Elysium' is realistic

August 18th, 2013 9:40am EDT
Matt Damon
Matt Damon claims his new sci-fi film isn't far off real life.

The Elysium actor wants fans to be "completely entertained" but doesn't think they should ignore the action film's deeper meaning.

The film follows two worlds in 2154, where the poor are forced to live in an overpopulated planet ridden with disease while the rich have fled to live on a spacecraft called Elysium.

Damon's character Max, a poor steel worker with a criminal past, is faced with turmoil after suffering an industrial accident and is in need of the medicine held by the First World to survive.

While the plot appears ...
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'Elysium' Review: An Exciting Sci-Fi Film That Actually Makes You Think

August 9th, 2013 7:00am EDT
Elysium
Neill Blomkamp, writer and director of the critically acclaimed, 'District 9,' once again brings us a thought-provoking Sci-fi, fantasy, action film.

'Elysium' starring Matt Damon, takes place in the year 2154.  Earth is polluted, overpopulated and crime ridden. The rich have long ago abandoned the planet for Elysium, an orbital space station that is a 19 minute shuttle ride away.

But those 19 minutes might as well be several light years away. The space station is protected by a killer security force run by Jodie Foster, who will do anything and everything to keep Elysium safe for the wea...
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Jason Biggs: 'I had to pretend to pleasure myself in front of Jodie Foster'

August 6th, 2013 3:11am EDT
Jodie Foster
American Pie star Jason Biggs had an awkward first encounter with Jodie Foster on the set of new Netflix show Orange Is The New Black because he was pretending to pleasure himself at the time.

The actor's lonely character Larry attempts to perfect the solo sex art of 'edging', which brings an individual to the brink of orgasm, in the storyline and Biggs was perfecting his odd scene when director Foster walked onto the set.

He tells Nylon magazine, "Here's Jodie coming in, and I'm masturbating the first day we're working together.

"She's like, 'Um, OK, so... I don't know much about what (...
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Jamie Lee Curtis 'Rescued' By Jodie Foster After Serious Car Accident

August 2nd, 2013 4:02pm EDT
Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis was hospitalized following a car accident in Venice, California on Thursday afternoon when the SUV she was a passenger in slammed into a BMW.

Curtis received minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated and released, while the unidentified driver of the vehicle sustained more serious injuries, according to TMZ.com. The status of the driver is currently unknown.

Immediately following the accident, witnesses told TMZ that Curtis called pal Jodie Foster, who arrived on the scene before emergency service officials.
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Jodie Foster Saves Jamie Lee Curtis From Car Crash

August 2nd, 2013 12:15pm EDT
Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster rescued Jamie Lee Curtis from a car crash.

The 'Panic Room' star lived up to her action heroine status, rushing to help her close friend when she called her from the scene of the accident in Las Vegas, California, on Thursday (08.01.13).

Jamie and one other person were taken to hospital in the back of two separate ambulances after the black Yukon SUV the 54-year-old star was travelling in crashed into a BMW vehicle.

According to TMZ, a witness to the incident saw the stricken 'Freaky Friday' star call Jodie, 50, who arrived within minutes to comfort her pal.

Jamie's injurie...
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Jodie Foster's Role In 'Elysium' Was Originally Written For A Man

July 29th, 2013 3:32pm EDT
Jodie Foster
Actress Jodie Foster's role in new sci-fi film Elysium was originally written for a male actor, but director Neill Blomkamp had a change of heart.

The Silence of the Lambs actress was determined to land a role in Blomkamp's new movie, but there wasn't a part for her initially. The District 9 director later decided to cast a female and put together a short list of actresses, which included Foster.

He says, "I thought, 'That would be f**king awesome, but there's just no way'. But then, within like a day, I had a meeting with her and she said, 'I want to play it'. I was like, 'Holy s**t!'"
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Matt Damon Suits Up To Save The Earth In 'Elysium' - Watch The Trailer

April 10th, 2013 11:15am EDT
Elysium
From the director of 'District 9' comes 'Elysium,' another futuristic tale of the feud between two separate societies. The story follows Max Coburn (played by Matt Damon), who for reasons unknown needs to go to 'Elysium,' a futuristic paradise in space.

The movie shares some things in common with "District 9" - high society completely distanced from the masses, with the plebeians living in squalor on Earth (which has completely fallen into disrepair) and the aristocracy living on Elysium - an enormous utopian society created on a ring in space.

Apparently, director Neill Blomkamp is very ...
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Jane Lynch Applauds Jodie Foster's Golden Globes 'Coming Out' Speech

January 21st, 2013 6:05pm EST
Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch has heaped praise on Jodie Foster for seemingly confirming long running speculation she is a lesbian in a speech at the Golden Globes, insisting she is "grateful" to have witnessed the actress' "big moment".

The Panic Room star moved the Hollywood crowd to tears with an impassioned speech about her personal life and career as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award onstage at the Los Angeles prizegiving earlier this month.

She declared, "A big coming out speech tonight... I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age. In those very quaint days ...
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Rumor Patrol: Russell Crowe And Dita Von Teese, Bradley Cooper And Taylor Swift, More

January 18th, 2013 4:07pm EST
Russell Crowe and Dita Von Teese
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Russell Crowe and Dita Von Teese Dating: Is the Aussie actor dating the burlesque dancer? Crowe split with wife Danielle Spencer in October, and Crowe has made a habit of re-tweeting Von Teese's sexy messages - and the two apparently enjoyed a couple's massage at the Four Seasons.

Verdict: False. Crowe shot down the rumors, tweeting, "@DitaVonTeese is brave, smart, sweet and elegant. She is a friend of...
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2013 Golden Globe Awards Fashion: Stars Dazzle In Black, White & Red

January 14th, 2013 9:21am EST
Golden Globes 2013 Fashion
Sunday night was one of the of the biggest events in Hollywood - the 2013 Golden Globes Awards. Red, white and black were some of the more popular choices on the red carpet, with stars such as Zooey Deschanel, Jennifer Garner, Claire Danes, Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Lawrence opting for crimson gowns.

Hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey wore black and white, and Eva Longoria looked very leggy in a black gown with a slit up the thigh. Salma Hayek also stunned in a strapless black dress that showed off her curvy figure. Rachel Weisz wore black with a sheer polka dot skirt and her best accessor...
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Jodie Foster To Receive The 2013 Cecil B. DeMille Award

November 2nd, 2012 9:16am EDT
Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster has been named the recipient of the 2013 Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will honor the actress/director for her contributions to show business at the group's 70th awards ceremony on January 13th.

Foster's Panic Room co-star Kristen Stewart and actor Simon Baker made the announcement at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday morning.

The 49 year old, who already has two Golden Globes for her performances in The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs, will be the youngest celebrity to be feted with the trophy since Charlton Heston ...
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Ryan Gosling And 10 Other Actors That Direct Movies

September 2nd, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Ryan Gosling
Earlier in the week it was announced that Ryan Gosling will be making his directorial debut with the film adaptation of the screenplay "How to Catch a Monster." It takes a successful actor to be considered and given the role of director, and Gosling is just that. He's starred and performed in many respected rolls and now is taking a turn behind the camera. Here are some other Actors that have been directors.

Mel Gibson

Mel may be a tabloid favorite these days but he has two Oscars, one for Best Director and the other for Best Picture, both are for Braveheart (1995).

Robert Redfor...
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Stars Rally Behind Jodie Foster, Who Wrote Essay Supporting Kristen Stewart

August 16th, 2012 9:59am EDT
Jodie Foster
Rob Lowe and Ryan Murphy have patted Jodie Foster on the back for defending Kristen Stewart after reports surfaced that the "Twilight" star had an affair with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director.

On Wednesday, Foster slammed the media for hounding her "Panic Room" co-star, who is dealing with public fall out over the scandal.

Foster wrote on TheDailyBeast.com, "There's no guilt in acknowledging the human interest in public linens. It's as old as the hills. Lift up beautiful young people like gods and then pull them down to earth to gaze at their seams. See, they're just like us. Bu...
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Jeremy Renner In 'Bourne Legacy' And 10 Other Franchise Recasts

August 9th, 2012 12:07pm EDT
The Bourne Legacy
Jeremy Renner isn't playing Jason Bourne, but he's taking over the Bourne franchise for Matt Damon in The Bourne Legacy. Renner's also not the first actor or actress to become the new face of a franchise. Here are 10 other franchise recasts:

Bruce Banner - Eric Bana/Edward Norton/Mark Ruffalo: Bana signed for three Hulk films, but was replaced by super fan Norton when Marvel re-acquired the rights. Norton re-wrote The Incredible Hulk and starred in a hit, but was unable to come to a deal when a role in The Avengers was available. Ruffalo filled in, and was given positive reviews.

Ra...
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Comic-Con: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt And Jodie Foster

July 14th, 2012 6:28pm EDT
Colin Farrell at Comic-Con last year for
Friday at Comic-Con brought megastars to San Diego. Columbia Pictures brought three movies each with all star casts. First was Total Recall, the remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. Colin Farrell now plays the hero who doesn’t know whether his adventure is really happening, or is just a memory implant he paid for. Farrell joked that Schwarzenegger won’t return his calls.

“You know, he doesn’t write, he doesn’t call, he won’t even send a pigeon, nothing,” Farrell said. “His phone keeps ringing, it doesn’t go to voice mail, I don’t know what to do. He’s busy though. He’s got his own ...
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Kate Winslet: 'I'm Actually Quite Proud Of My Vomiting'

January 21st, 2012 3:00pm EST
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet left the set of her new movie Carnage "smelling of sick" every night after having to projectile vomit over and over again for one key scene.

The actress stars alongside Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz as two sets of parents who meet up after their kids are caught fighting at school, and one part sees Winslet's character, Nancy, throw up mid-discussion.

The Brit admits the excess vomit made the set rather unpleasant to work on, but she enjoyed every moment of it.

She tells People magazine, "I'm actually quite proud of my vomiting! It was everywhere: in my hai...
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2012 Golden Globes Fashion: Who Rocked The Red Carpet & Who Didn't?

January 16th, 2012 9:30am EST
2012 Golden Globes fashion
The Golden Globes are the first big awards show of the season, and the stars came out in colorful ensembles to attend one of Hollywood's most prestigious events leading up to the Academy Awards.

There were very few fashion missteps at this year's event. "Homeland" actress Morena Baccarin wore a daring black dress that showed quite a bit of cleavage (is that appropriate?), while "Ringer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar took a chance with a blue and white tie-dyed gown (too bohemian?).

There wasn't a lot of flash on the red carpet. Few stars wore sequins (Laura Dern, Madonna, Diane Lane and did)...
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Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2012

January 4th, 2012 8:00am EST
Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2012
The year was 1962, John F. Kennedy was President of the United States and the cold war with Russia was in full swing as the world witnessed the Cuban Missile Crisis. Also in 1962, Marilyn Monroe died of a drug overdose at the age of 36 and Johnny Carson took over the duties of "The Tonight Show." Landmark movies that hit the big screen in '62 included "Lawrence of Arabia" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." The Academy Award winner for best picture that year was none other than "West Side Story."

We think you'll be surprised at how young many of today's popular celebrities look who were born in ...
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2011 - The Year In Review, December

January 1st, 2012 8:00pm EST
2011 - The Year In Review
The holiday bells were peeling for newlyweds AJ Mclean, actress Judy Greer, reality TV star Jeff Probst and Yeah Yeah Yeahs rocker Karen O, while Sinead O'Connor married an addiction counselor in Las Vegas only to call off the union 16 days later. There were also splits for actress Debra Messing and Chaz Bono.

Britney Spears led the month's bride and grooms-to-be when she accepted former agent Jason Trawick's proposal on his 40th birthday, while Steven Tyler, John Legend, Matthew Mcconaughey, basketball legend Michael Jordan and Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood all popped the question to the...
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Golden Globe Nominations: Snubs And Surprises

December 15th, 2011 7:43pm EST
The Ides of March
‘Tis the season… for Ricky Gervais to make nasty jokes and make Robert Downy Jr. blush…. Fa la la la la la la la la. That’s right, the Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning. There were a few surprises, a few snubs, and a few nominees that make you go, “Hmmmm”? Let’s break it down by Movie and TV categories.

Movies

Films like 'The Artist' and 'The Help' dominated, not surprisingly.

The most surprising inclusion here? ‘The Ides of March,’ which up ‘til now was considered an also-ran in awards season. But the film picked up nods for Best Drama, Best Director (George Clooney),...
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'The Help', 'The Artist' And 'The Descendants' Dominate 2012 Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2011 10:30am EST
The Artist
The Help, The Artist and The Descendants will be the ones to beat at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards after landing four nominations each.

The Help will go head-to-head with The Descendants in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) category alongside The Ides of March, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Moneyball.

The Help also received nods in the Best Performance by an Actress (Drama) category, thanks to Viola Davis, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, for Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer's work.

The Descendants scooped mentions for Best Performa...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,' 'Carnage,' & More

December 12th, 2011 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
Sadly, I haven’t caught last week’s pick yet: “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” However I did have the misfortune of watching the David Gordon Green comedy “The Sitter,” which turned out to be a complete dud. If you haven’t already read my review, give it a look to find out why I think Jonah Hill deserves better.

Arriving in theaters this week are the Guy Ritchie sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” the Roman Polanski parental dramedy “Carnage,” the third Chipmunks adventure “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked,” and the Roger Corman themed documentary “Corman’s World: Exploits of a...
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