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15 Surprising Celebrity Birthplaces

March 27th, 2014 4:03pm EDT
Nicole Kidman
Unless you are a celebrity trivia champion, it may surprise you to learn some of your favorite actors and actresses were born far away from the countries we associate them with. While Nicole Kidman's parents are Australian, the actress was actually born in Hawaii and lived the first four years of her life there before moving Down Under. (Continue reading bio)

Mel Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York and lived the first twelve years of his life there. It wasn't until after his father settled an injury lawsuit that Mel moved to Australia, where he became a star for his work in the Mad ...
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Blu-ray Review: 'How I Live Now'

February 13th, 2014 11:00am EST
Blu-ray Review: 'How I Live Now'
Love, romance and the apocalypse? We’re checking out the new to Blu-ray flick "How I Live Now" out now from Magnolia Home Entertainment. The spoils of war and love get reviewed below!

Title: "How I Live Now"

Grade: 2

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay, Tom Holland

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Rating: R

Runtime: 101 minutes

Release Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment

Website: www.magpictures.com/howilivenow

The Flick: "How I Live Now" is "The Last King of Scotland" director Kevin Macdonald’s stab at "Slumdog Millionaire" style material that’s filled with whimsy, hear...
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Zac Efron in talks for Star Wars

February 1st, 2014 3:20pm EST
Zac Efron
Zac Efron is in talks to appear in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.
The 'That Awkward Moment' actor has met with movie bosses about a role in the new episode of the sci-fi franchise, which has recently been acquired by Disney.
Asked if he'd take a part in the movie, he told MTV: "Yeah, I just went and met with them. So I don't know. It would be cool. I love [the 'Star Wars' movies], but... who knows?"
'Star Wars: Episode VII' will be directed by J.J. Abrams and actors linked to roles include Michael Fassbender, Michael B Jordan, Saoirse Ronan, Jesse Plemons, Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving.
It has ...
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The Hottest Female Celebrities Under 21

November 19th, 2013 3:03pm EST
Miley Cyrus
Who says youth is wasted on the young? We took a look at the hottest women (in terms of beauty and career) and found 14 with a successfulcareer before they could even drink in the United States.

Miley Cyrus, 20

(She turns 21 this weekend, cut us some slack)

Already Under Her Belt: Hannah Montana, Bolt, The Last Song, four top 10 Billboard albums (including three #1 rankings), two platinum records.

Coming Up: She's already working on a follow-up to Bangerz and will be touring in 2014. She'll probably make a few headlines along the way, too.

Taylor Momsen, 20

Already Under Her Belt:...
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Saoirse Ronan eager to make stage debut

November 5th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Saoirse Ronan
Actress Saoirse Ronan is eager to overcome her severe stagefright to make her theatre debut.

The Oscar nominee admits she has long harboured dreams of treading the boards, like her actor father, The Devil's Own star Paul Ronan, but she will have to confront her fears of performing in front of a live audience first.

She tells The New York Times Style Magazine, "I think it (performing in a theatre) is in the blood. And even though I'm terrified about doing it, if something goes all right on stage, it must be the most amazing feeling."

However, Ralph Fiennes, the actress' co-star in upcomin...
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Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' To Premiere At The Berlin Film Festival

November 5th, 2013 4:15pm EST
CELEBNAME
Wes Anderson is set to kick off the 64th Berlin International Film Festival on February 6, 2014 with the world premiere of his new film, Grand Budapest Hotel.

The film, Anderson's eighth as director, stars Ralph Fiennes as the titular hotel's concierge befriends a young lobby boy (newcomer Tony Revolori) and takes him under his wing as his unofficial apprentice.

The film was shot on location in Germany, making it the perfect place for it to premiere, as many had assumed it would bow at next year's Cannes Film Festival.

Two of Anderson's previous films, "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou...
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'Fantastic Four' Begins Search For Heroes, Kit Harington And Saoirse Ronan Rumored

October 10th, 2013 5:07pm EDT
Kit Harington
The minds behind the Fantastic Four reboot have a list of several up-and-comers they hope to test for the roles of Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Sue Storm (Invisible Girl).

Variety reports the men in the running for Richards includes Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, Jack O'Connell and Miles Teller. Actresses vying for Sue Storm will include Saoirse Ronan and Kate Mara. Margot Robbie and Allison Williams were previously rumored for the role, but appear to have fallen out of the running.

Another hot rumor is that Michael B. Jordan is the favorite to get the role of Johnny Storm, The ...
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Saoirse Ronan: 'I'd like dad to kill me in Mary Queen of Scots film'

October 9th, 2013 3:02am EDT
Saoirse Ronan
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is hoping to land her dad a role in a new Mary Queen of Scots biopic - as her character's executioner.

Father and daughter have appeared onscreen together twice - in Irish TV drama The Clinic and new movie How I Live Now - and they've killed each other in both projects.

Now the Hanna star is hoping her dad, Paul, will be on-set for her royal death scene in her latest project.

She says, "It's his turn. He could do it for Mary Queen Of Scots.

"They needed a man to almost knock me down in a car (in The Clinic) (and) clearly they thought my dad would be a good ch...
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Saoirse Ronan auditions for Star Wars

October 3rd, 2013 1:10am EDT
Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan has auditioned for 'Star Wars Episode VII'.
The 'How I Live Now' actress has confirmed rumours she read for a part in Disney's blockbuster sequel, to be directed by J.J. Abrams, but insists "so has everyone".
The Irish star refused to divulge details of the role she's up for in the movie, telling Sky News that producers would "chop off her head with a lightsaber" if she revealed any more.
Little is known about the latest addition to the space saga, which will be scripted by 'Toy Story 3' writer Michael Arndt.
It's thought original 'Star Wars' trilogy actors Harrison Ford, Mark...
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Saoirse Ronan Auditioned For Role In 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

October 2nd, 2013 5:00pm EDT
Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan has confirmed that she auditioned for the seventh "Star Wars" film, but she's keeping tight lipped about the highly anticipated sequel.

The Irish star revealed to Sky News that she met with casting directors for "Star Wars: Episode VII" but is unable to talk about J.J. Abrams' upcoming movie. She explained that producers would "chop off my head with a lightsaber" if she unveils anything about the project.

Ronan has starred in films such as "The Host," "Hanna" and "The Lovely Bones."

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to reprise their roles as Luke Sky...
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Saoirse Ronan: 'I've Auditioned For Star Wars VII'

October 1st, 2013 8:43pm EDT
Saoirse Ronan
The Lovely Bones star Saoirse Ronan has confirmed she auditioned for the seventh Star Wars movie.

The Irish actress tells Sky News she met with casting directors connected to Star Wars: Episode VII, but she can't reveal anything about the much-anticipated J.J. Abrams film.

The 19-year-old actress insists producers would "chop off my head with a lightsaber" if she reveals anything about the sequel.

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to return to the franchise as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, while Alex Pettyfer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Gosling, Leon...
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Review: Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium' Is Desperate To Prove It's Smart

June 28th, 2013 1:25pm EDT
Byzantium
Back in 1994, Director Neil Jordan took on his most prolific work to date – Anne Rice’s novel turned flick "Interview with a Vampire."  It continued the cool character work shown so aptly in the brilliant "The Crying Game," but added back some of the genre lush previously seen in "The Company of Wolves."  With his return to the fanged film scene with the new film "Byzantium," Jordan does once again display signature style, but is also working from a script that has a severe lack of focus.  As a result the film is not a sharp as it should be – classic bark overpowering bite.

Eleanor and Cla...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Host'

June 28th, 2013 11:00am EDT
The Host
Stephanie Meyer and loves triangles – need we say more?  We’re checking out the Twilight gal’s latest creation "The Host" out now on Blu-ray from Universal Home Entertainment.  The love and all it’s facets get reviewed below!

 

   

   Title: "The Host"

   Grade: 3 1/2

   Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt

   Director: Andrew Niccol

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 126 minutes

   Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment

   Website: www.UniversalHiDef.com

 

The Flick: "The Host" is certainly more relationship fluff from "Twilight" author Stephanie Meyer, but ...
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Review: 'Violet & Daisy's' Top-Notch Cast Seriously Saves The Show

June 6th, 2013 3:20pm EDT
V and D
Over my years as a critic (yeah, I’m getting old!) I’ve always maintained that too much talk can bog a film down.  Meaning endless still chatter instead of forward moving action can make a cinema experience feel like watching a stage play.  The new film "Violet & Daisy" starts off killer, with a style and speed reserved for novices like David Fincher and John Woo, but then tragically turns to talk.  It would have ground the flick to a halt and been destined for the bargain bin if not for one small thing – the performances. 

Young gum-chewing teens for hire, Violet and Daisy are a killer co...
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Saoirse Ronan Gets Queen Of Scots Role

August 11th, 2012 10:07am EDT
Saoirse Ronan
The Lovely Bones star Saoirse Ronan has signed on to play Mary Queen of Scots in a new film about the tragic royal.

The movie is screenwriter Michael Hirst's latest historical epic after he penned the screenplays for Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and TV dramas The Tudors and Camelot.

Mary Queen of Scots, about the 16th century queen who was shunned by her people following the murder of her husband Henry Stuart and eventually executed by Elizabeth I, has yet to land a director.
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Best Actresses Under 25

July 20th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Emma Stone
It seems like the actresses in Hollywood are getting younger and younger - and so many of them are very talented.

Emma Stone, above, is 23 and currently stars in "The Amazing Spider-Man." She already has an impressive resume. She's appeared in films such as "Superbad," "Zombieland," "Easy A," "Friends With Benefits" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love."

Stone was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance in "Easy A," and along with the rest of the cast won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work in "The Help."

Our list of best actresses under age 25 includes a few teenagers - one who ...
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'The Host' Teaser Trailer Is Intriguing (Watch It!)

March 23rd, 2012 11:30am EDT
The Host
"The earth is at peace. There are no wars. There is no hunger. Honesty, courtesy and kindness practiced by all. The world has never been more perfect. It is no longer your world." That's how the trailer begins for "The Host."

The film, set to hit theaters in 2013, is based on the book by Stephenie Meyer (you know, the author of the massively popular "Twilight" saga?)

"The Host" centers on a body-snatching alien who infiltrates a group of human rebels and takes over the soul of Melanie (Saoirse Ronan). The alien then begins to feel bits of her personality coming through. Max Irons will pla...
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Jeremy Irons' Son Max Lands Coveted Role In 'The Host'

March 22nd, 2012 8:50am EDT
Max Irons
Max Irons has landed the leading role in "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's upcoming film adaptation of "The Host."

The 26-year-old son of veteran Jeremy Irons has beat out Miley Cyrus' boyfriend Liam Hemsworth and "Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington for the part.

Irons will play Saoirse Ronan's boyfriend, Jared, who falls in love with both her free spirit character Melanie and the alien who takes control of her soul, Wanderer in the new movie.

Director Andrew Niccol tells People magazine, "Stephenie was very involved (in the casting)... It's a love story on a grand scale."

The movie,...
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Saoirse Ronan Turns Down 'Hobbit' Role

May 10th, 2011 11:49am EDT
Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan has been forced to turn down a role in Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit because of her busy schedule.

The Irish actress was in talks to reunite with her The Lovely Bones director Peter Jackson for the two-part project, which is currently filming in New Zealand, but Ronan has decided to pass on the offer.

She tells Digital Spy, "I won't be able to do The Hobbit unfortunately. I would have been tied up for quite a long period of time and there's a lot of projects in the meantime that are also really interesting and I'd like to be a part of."

However, Ronan can't wait t...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Way Back'

April 20th, 2011 11:00am EDT
No Way Back photo
Weir is the word for Blu-ray! (Think "Master and Commander" – in high def!) We’re taking a look at the new "The Way Back" (hitting home video on April 19) by acclaimed drama director Peter Weir.

Title: "The Way Back"

Grade: 2 1/2

Cast: Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell

Director: Peter Weir

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 133 minutes

Release Company: Image Entertainment

Website: www.image-entertainment.com

The Flick: More often then not, I’m a big Peter Weir fan. The filmmaker behind "The Truman Show," "Dead Poets Society" and "Master and Commander" unquest...
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Check Out 'The Way Back' On Blu-ray & DVD

April 20th, 2011 7:43am EDT
The Way Back
A small band of multicultural convicts stages a daring escape from a World War II-era Siberian gulag, and embarks on a treacherous journey across five countries in a desperate race for freedom and survival in "The Way Back."

Inspired by an incredible true story, the film begins in 1940 when seven prisoners attempt the impossible: escape from a brutal Siberian gulag. Thus begins a treacherous 4,500-mile trek to freedom across the world's most merciless landscapes. They have little food and few supplies. They don't know or trust each other. But together, they must withstand nature at its mos...
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Eric Bana Endured Minus 29 Degrees Filming 'Hanna,' Feared Hypothermia

April 12th, 2011 9:14am EDT
Eric Bana
Eric Bana feared hypothermia while filming new movie Hanna in freezing Finland.

The Aussie star admits he wasn't used to the big freeze he experienced when he arrived on set for the action thriller - and he only hoped medics would recognise the symptoms of hypothermia before they took hold on him and the rest of the cast.

He tells WENN, "The cold in Finland was something else, but we were well looked after. The funniest thing was we got a memo about how to diagnose hypothermia in your co-worker, because apparently it's easier to diagnose it in someone else rather than yourself.

"One of t...
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'Hanna' Usurps 'Arthur' At Weekend Box Office

April 12th, 2011 8:40am EDT
Hanna
Russell Brand has been robbed of a one-two at the top of the box office thanks to a recount of the weekend estimates.

The British funnyman was expected to start the week with family film "Hop" and new comedy "Arthur" at number one and number two, respectively, but he has been upset by a teenage assassin.

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan's "Hanna" has leapfrogged Arthur for the number two spot on the countdown, behind Hop.

The official figures show "Hanna" has a revised $12.4 million opening take - $200,000 more than Brand's remake.
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'Anna Karenina' Cast Takes Shape

April 9th, 2011 8:00am EDT
Keira Knightley
Moviemaker Joe Wright appears to be re-assembling his "Atonement" cast for his ambitious movie adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece "Anna Karenina" - Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed to join Kiera Knightley in the project, while James Mcavoy and Saoirse Ronan are still negotiating roles.

Knightley, Aaron Johnson and Jude Law were previously confirmed for roles, while "Sherlock Holmes" star Cumberpatch and "Trainspotting" actress Kelly MacDonald have just been added to the all-star cast.

Wright tells ThePlaylist.com, "Kelly Macdonald's confirmed, Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed. I'm ...
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Saoirse Ronan Rivets In 'Hanna'

April 8th, 2011 2:15pm EDT
Saoirse Ronan leaps for her life in Hanna
Hanna is Saoirse Ronan in so many ways. The young actress is astounding as the title character in Joe Wright’s latest film and she sat down with SheKnows for an exclusive video interview to talk about what should be her breakout role into stardom.

Saoirse Ronan first garnered audience attention with her scene-stealing role in Atonement . The young starlet has wowed in City of Ember, The Lovely Bones opposite Rachel Weisz and Mark Wahlberg, and in this year’s The Way Back from director Peter Weir starring Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess and Colin Farrell.

In Hanna, Ronan begins her journey as a ...
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Review: 'Hanna' A Five Star Sight To Be Seen

April 5th, 2011 7:00am EDT
hanna picture
I remember seeing the trailer for "Hanna" and definitely being intrigued – action and intensity with a pinch innocence. Though upon expressing my reaction to others, a strange and very resounding 'looks bad' vibe seemed to come down the pike. After seeing the film such an opinion would be a crying shame, as "Hanna" is hands down one of the most touching, funny and downright kinetic films of 2011 – a five star sight to be seen.

The film follows young teenage girl Hanna (Lovely Bones alum Saoirse Ronan), who lives with her rough and tumble widowed father Erik (Original movie Hulk Eric Bana...
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Review: 'Hanna' 'Two Jews On Film' One Is Left Breathless By This Action Thriller (Video)

April 4th, 2011 7:03pm EDT
Hana
'Hanna' directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) is the story of a teenage girl who goes out into the world for the first time and has to battle for her life.

Hanna, played by Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronana of 'Atonement' is a 16 year old girl...bright, inquisitive and a devoted daughter. But she is far from your typical teenager...Hanna has the strength, the stamina and the smarts of a super solder.

Her widowed father. Erik (Eric Bana) is ex-CIA. The two of them live nestled away in the snow covered forests of Northern Finland. The only other living creature Hanna has ever seen are the ...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Company Men,' 'No Strings Attached,' & 'The Way Back'

January 17th, 2011 9:35am EST
Company Men
Keeping with my plan from last week, I had the chance to see another film this week from 2010 receiving Oscar buzz: “The Kids Are All Right.” Honestly I was surprised that the movie has received such high acclaim, because it failed to hook me.

“The Kids Are All Right,” tells the story of an alternative family with lesbian parents named Nic (Annette Benning) and Jules (Julianne Moore). Their children Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson) become curious about their biological father, so they contact the fertility company their mothers used to find their sperm donor. They find...
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April DVD Releases: 'Avatar,' 'Crazy Heart' & More

March 30th, 2010 9:04am EDT
Avatar
Fans around the world will soon be able to discover every detail and relive every moment of James Cameron's "Avatar" in the comfort of their own homes. But there are plenty of other new DVD releases this month:

April 6

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - Buy it.

Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk

Apparently this is one of those "Good" Nicolas Cage movies. Worth a watch to see why everyone is so excited about his appearance in the upcoming Kick-Ass.

The Collector - Skip it.

Josh Stewart, Michael Reilly Burke, Juan Fernandez, Andrea Roth

Lord of the Rings Tril...
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'The Hurt Locker' Wins Big At BAFTAs; Kristen Stewart Wins Popularity Prize

February 22nd, 2010 8:42am EST
Kristen Stewart Looking hot At BAFTAs
The Hurt Locker stole the show at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday night - scooping six trophies including Best Film and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow. The war thriller also won prizes for original screenplay, cinematography, editing, and sound during the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.

Accepting her award for Best Director, Bigelow said, "What an honor, especially to be in this room filled with so many incredibly talented people that I've admired and been inspired by for decades."

Colin Firth saw off Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Ge...
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