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Nia Vardalos Talks About Her Struggle To Become A Mom

April 19th, 2013 9:36pm EDT
Nia Vardalos
My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos underwent 13 failed attempts at in vitro fertilization (IVF) in a desperate bid to become a mother before realizing she would never be able to conceive a child. The actress went through years of secret injections and treatments as she attempted to become pregnant.

She tells Access Hollywood, "During my process of trying to be a mom I rarely talked about it, I kept it inside. I had a feeling of shame that is inexplicable to me now.

"I was actually at a Golden Globes party and I had just met Barbra Streisand and (my husband) Ian (Gomez) gave me t...

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 ...

Review: 'Larry Crowne' 'Two Jews On Film' Wonder 'What Were They Thinking? (Video)

June 30th, 2011 11:15am EDT
Larry Crowne
By Joan Alperin Schwartz: Once upon a time, a Hollywood actor named Tom Hanks decided to write a film about a middle aged average guy who loses his job, goes to college, makes some new friends, joins a motor scooter gang, gets a makeover, and has his house foreclosed case I forgot to mention... He meets an alcholic college Professor who looks very much like Julia Roberts. They of course fall in love and live happily ever after.

Don't worry...I'm not spoiling anything. You know that's going to happen the minute Tom walks into Julia's class.

Not only did Tom Hanks write t...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon,' 'Larry Crowne,' & More

June 27th, 2011 10:45am EDT
Last week I saw the Cameron Diaz comedy “Bad Teacher,” which was just about as disappointing as “Green Lantern.” In many ways the film tries to mimic “Bad Santa” and go for outrageous laughs, but the writers force these ridiculous moments and don’t really give their protagonist any redeeming qualities in the end. For more of my thoughts, check out the full review.

Hitting the box office this week are the epic Michael Bay outing “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” the Tom Hanks romantic dramedy “Larry Crowne,” the Selena Gomez teenage vacation adventure “Monte Carlo,” the John C. Reilly ind...

Jennifer Aniston To Star In Los Angeles Play Marathon

April 27th, 2011 9:02pm EDT
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston is set to hit the stage in Los Angeles for the city's inaugural 24 Hour Plays event in June.

The charity initiative, which brings together celebrities and playwrights in an all-day theatrical marathon, has been a fixture on Broadway for years and in 2011, it's heading west.

The Los Angeles debut will also feature Eva Mendes, Nia Vardalos, Sam Rockwell and Rosie Perez.

Six writers, six directors and 24 actors will meet at the Broad Theater on June 17 and create six new plays which will be performed live 24 hours later.

Click for more great Jennifer Aniston pictur...

Stars Pay Tribute To Comic Legend Leslie Nielsen

November 29th, 2010 9:02am EST
Leslie Nielsen
Stars including Russell Brand, Slash, Josh Groban and Nia Vardalos have led tributes to late comedy legend Leslie Nielsen, who died on Sunday.

The Naked Gun star passed away in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 12 days after he was admitted to the hospital suffering from pneumonia. Nielsen's death has sent shockwaves through Hollywood and a number of stars have come out on to honor the late actor and his comedy legacy, with many citing the famous catchphrase from his 1980 movie Airplane!, "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley".

Fellow funnyman Brand paid tribute to Nielsen in a ...

W Hotel Los Angeles Launches "Chill" as the Holidays Begin

November 19th, 2010 7:47pm EST
Last night at the W Hotel Los Angeles- Westwood launch of Chill, the hottest skate rink on the west coast, celebrities came out to skate, support Children's Action Network and share with us exclusively their holiday plans. The Wet pool deck was transformed into a winter wonderland with cabanas full of bean bags, plasma televisions and Christmas lights surrounding the skate rink as celebrities enjoyed music by DJ Neil Jackson, Ciroc vodka drinks, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream and even snow! If that wasn't enough to get the stars in the holiday spirit, we might as well call them G...

Jennifer Aniston Plays A Dead Dog's Ghost

November 16th, 2010 11:15pm EST
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston stunned the audience at a Broadway charity event on Monday night when she made a surprise cameo in short play "The B---h Downstairs."

The former "Friends" star appeared as the spirit of a dead dog in the production - one of six short plays written and performed in a day for the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway bash.

But theatergoers weren't the only ones surprised at Aniston's participation - castmembers including Kyra Sedgwick, Sam Rockwell and Nia Vardalos were also unaware of her cameo, reports

And Aniston only just made it in time for the show, after rushing ove...

Julia Roberts Is Gorgeous Because Of Genetics, Not Exercise

October 23rd, 2010 8:22am EDT
Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts is tired of her fellow celebrities insisting their good looks are down to exercises and healthy living.

She explained, "It is 97 percent genetics. Don't let anybody tell you any c**p about anything else because that's what it is: 97 percent genetics and 3 percent just getting your a** moving. I should know because I've never met a cookie I didn't like."

Julia stars in the upcoming film "Larry Crowne" centering on a man (Tom Hanks) who heads back to college after being laid off, only to draw the attention of one of his professors (Julia Roberts). Hanks helms from his own scri...

Nia Vardalos Keeps Adopted Daughter Out Of Spotlight

March 2nd, 2010 12:49pm EST
Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos refuses to pose with her adopted daughter for a magazine spread - because she's desperate for the child to have a "normal life." The My Big Fat Greek Wedding star and her husband Ian Gomez took in a toddler in 2008 and were so moved by the experience they became advocates for National Adoption Month.

However, Vardalos has vowed never to invite cameras into their home - despite the awareness she could raise for the cause.

She tells Britain's OK! magazine, "We adopted a little girl and we've gone to great lengths not to release a photograph of her or her name. I certainly hav...

Golden Globes Fashion 2010 - The Ladies

January 18th, 2010 11:45am EST
Golden Globes Fashion 2010
Many of the ladies sizzled on the red carpet at last night's Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Purple was a major pick of the evening, as Sandra Bullock, Fergie, Heidi Klum and Jane Krakowski demonstrated.

As usual black was a very popular color, and stars like Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey, Halle Berry, Heather Graham, Vera Farmiga and Penelope Cruz looked fab.

There wasn't a lot of bad fashion, although Tina Fey's billowing skirt was a bit too much, and Rita Wilson's flower pattern dress was simply too floral.

What did you think of last night's red carpet fashion? Who...

This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

June 29th, 2009 10:48am EDT
Public Enemies
I saw "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" last week, and I really enjoyed it. Apparently among critics I was in the minority on that one. The film certainly wasn't perfect, but I didn't think it was nearly as bad as people were saying.

The surprising thing for me though, was how divided people's opinions were about it. For the most part I found that people who viewed the film fell into two camps: those that loved it and those that hated it. I didn't really encounter a many people who fell in between.

July starts out a bit slow this week with "Public Enemies," "Ice Age: Dawn of...

Best Wedding Films - What's Your Favorite?

June 18th, 2009 9:55am EDT
My Best Friend
This weekend Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds light up the screen with a brand new romantic comedy titled The Proposal. They are an unlikely duo who must pretend to get married to get Bullock's character a green card, but as anyone can expect, they start to fancy one another. It got Starpulse thinking about other movies centered around weddings that have captured the interest of movie goers before.

Here's a look at some excellent movies focused on weddings. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!

Image © New Line Productions

My Best Friend's Wedding

Who can for...

Nia Vardalos Slams 'Fat-ist' Hollywood

June 15th, 2009 8:37am EDT
Nia Vardalos
Actress Nia Vardalos has fired off at Hollywood executives who green light film romances featuring "fat" Russell Crowe and Seth Rogen and then poke fun at her for finding love with hunks on the big screen.

The My Big Fat Greek Wedding star is tired of Tinseltown's double standards when it comes to pairing up stars for movie love stories - because older women can't get away with dating hunks, while ageing actors regularly romance hotties. And she's had enough of the questions about her own onscreen match-ups with the likes of John Corbett and My Life in Ruins co-star Alexis Georgoulis.

Opening June 5: My Life in Ruins

June 3rd, 2009 7:00am EDT
My Life in Ruins
A Greek tour guide named Georgia (My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos) attempts to recapture her kefi (Greek for "mojo") by guiding a ragtag group of tourists... Continue summary

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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

June 1st, 2009 4:54pm EDT
Land of the Lost
I'm ashamed to say I still haven't gotten a chance to see "Terminator Salvation," but it's my top priority to see it this week. I also need to get out and see "Drag Me to Hell," because I continue to hear nothing but good things about it.

This week is a big week for comedies, with four premiering. We have "Land of the Lost," "Away We Go," "The Hangover," and "My Life in Ruins." I'm very excited because I will be seeing an advanced screening of "The Hangover." I have high hopes that it will be very funny, but I'll let you know what I think after I see it.



Nia Vardalos Health Scare Forces Her To Lose Weight

June 1st, 2009 9:20am EDT
Nia Vardalos
A bout of ill health was the wake-up call My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos' needed after she piled on the pounds following a bout of depression.

The actress was distraught after doctors told her that she and her husband would be unlikely to be able to conceive, and she retreated from the spotlight. Her weight crept up and Vardalos began to suffer from dizzy spells.

She tells, "My blood sugar went out of control (and) diabetes runs in my family so I went to see my doctor. He was like, 'Buck up', and it was sort of the wake-up call that I needed to hear."


A Pop Culture Focus Group

May 12th, 2009 9:30am EDT
On a seemingly normal sunny Sunday morning, a few lucky "My Life, Made Possible By Pop Culture" readers gathered at a local Los Angeles theater for something they had only previously seen advertised as a "poor man's Chelsea Lately roundtable." The pop culture fans weighed in on everything from the leak of Eminem's new album to the new VH1 shows. They laughed; they ate cupcakes; and they found they agreed…at least on most topics.

Late last week, NBC announced their new fall line-up, which was ripe with an almost surprisingly equal amount of comedy, reality, and drama and included quite ...

Starpulse's Explosive Summer Movie Preview

May 1st, 2009 10:06am EDT
Star Trek
Since the dawn of the American cinematic blockbuster in the late 1970s and early 1980s, moviegoers have eagerly waited for May - the unofficial beginning of summertime. This summer is no different. Films, and most popular media, are social mirrors, and this summer season supports that. The large box office contenders all deal with very similar themes: escapism and the support of the lone, outlaw hero figure (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Up, Transformers 2, Public Enemies, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Inglourious Basterds, et...

Nia Vardalos Adopts A Child

November 15th, 2008 1:00pm EST
Nia Vardalos
My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos and her husband have adopted a five-year-old daughter. Vardalos and Ian Gomez welcomed the toddler into their home several months ago, reports E! Online.

And they are urging other couples to follow suit.

The 46-year-old actress' representative says of the child, whose name has not been released, "They are going public now to bring attention to National Adoption Month and the 500,000 children in foster care. Of these children, 129,000 are 'legally free' for adoption and waiting for a family."

(This news article provided by World Ent...

What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

July 1st, 2008 8:45am EDT
My Boys
Tuesday, July 1

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) - We're a bit skeptical of anything that comes from the creator of 7th Heaven, but we'll give it a shot for Molly Ringwald.

Hell's Kitchen (FOX, 9 p.m.) - Whoopi Goldberg makes a special appearance in the penultimate episode as the two remaining chefs visit Gordon Ramsay's New York restaurant.

Wednesday, July 2

So You Think You Can Dance (FOX, 8 p.m.) - The final 14 dancers take the stage.

Shear Genius (Bravo, 10 p.m.) - The producers may want to watch those scissors extra closely this wee...

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson & Nia Vardalos Keep Fighting For 'Wedding' Cash

April 16th, 2008 8:49am EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson and Nia Vardalos, the star of their hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding production, are set to go to trial to fight for money they claim they're owed.

The trio co-produced the 2002 movie and maintain their co-financiers at Gold Circle Films still owe them a share of the profits.

The ongoing lawsuit was referred to mediation on Monday and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos set a court date for January 20 just in case the trio's mediation battle fails.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

'Big Fat Greek Wedding' Star Granted Rare Access To Film At Acropolis

October 14th, 2007 10:15am EDT
Nia Vardalos
ATHENS, Greece - Nia Vardalos, star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, stood under a big reflector on Saturday, filming a new romantic comedy among the dramatic ruins on the Acropolis.

The scene will appear in ''My Life in Ruins,'' also starring Richard Dreyfuss, and follows a decision by Greek authorities to relax their ban on any commercial use of ancient sites.

Authorities vetted the script for historical accuracy and convened a panel of senior archaeologists to give final approval.

''Imagine how I feel being here shooting a movie ... I can't believe things like this can happen ...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 24

September 24th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Nia Vardalos
Happy Birthday to Olympic gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm (1982), WWE star Stephanie McMahon (1976), Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan (1969), "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star Nia Vardalos (1962), "Hercules" star Kevin Sorbo (1958), Morphine bassist Mark Sandman (1952; d. 1999), Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar (1951), "NewsRadio" star Phil Hartman (1948; d. 1998), "NYPD Blue" actor Gordon Clapp (1948), Gerry and the Pacemakers singer Gerry Marsden (1942), singer Linda McCartney (1941; d. 1998), "Muppets" creator Jim Henson (1936; d. 1990), and "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott...

Tom Hanks Sues Over Unpaid 'Greek Wedding' Profits

August 7th, 2007 11:50am EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks is suing production company Gold Circle Films for failing to pay him his share of the profits from hit movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

The actor has teamed up with his co-producers from the 2002 film, his wife Rita Wilson and Gary Goetzman, along with leading actress Nia Vardalos, to launch the legal action against Gold Circle.

The firm is accused of reneging on agreements to pay the four stars a share of the $368 million profits, as stated in their contracts. The producers claim Gold Circle has so far avoided an audit to specify exact revenue from "My Big Fat Greek W...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 24

September 24th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Nia Vardalos
Happy Birthday to Olympic gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm (1982), WWE star Stephanie McMahon (1976), Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan (1969), "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star Nia Vardalos (1962), "Hercules" star Kevin Sorbo (1958), Morphine bassist Mark Sandman (1952; d. 1999), Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar (1951), "NewsRadio" star Phil Hartman (1948; d. 1998), "NYPD Blue" actor Gordon Clapp (1948), Gerry and the Pacemakers singer Gerry Marsden (1942), singer Linda McCartney (1941; d. 1998), "Muppets" creator Jim Henson (1936; d. 1990), and "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott...

Celebrity Snippets

September 18th, 2006 2:45pm EDT
Nia Vardalos
* Greek authorities are lifting a ban on filming at the Acropolis for Nia Vardalos in the hope the exposure will boost the country's image. “My Life In Ruins,” which is being produced by Tom Hanks, will become the first movie ever to be allowed to feature the Athens classical landmark. Shooting on the movie, in which Vardalos plays an archaeologist tour guide, is expected to start next month.

* The house Billy Bob Thornton bought from rocker Slash was once a 'speakeasy' for illegal boozers during America's Prohibition era in the early 1900s.

* Winona Ryder is so embarrassed by so...

Nia Vardalos Considers A 'Big Fat' Sequel

June 22nd, 2006 9:13am EDT
Nia Vardalos
My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos is relieved she has finally started working on a sequel to her hit film because she had been suffering from a terrifying period of writer's block. The 2002 movie was so popular, Vardolos felt the pressure to follow-up with a blockbuster sequel.

She explains, "I ran out of ideas! So I took some time off. I waited and finally some ideas came to me and I've started writing again. I'm not saying there will for sure be a sequel, but I'm not saying there will for sure not be a sequel."

Vardolos insists the next installment won't feature a "bi...

Bravo's Gay & Lesbian Broadband Channel To Launch June 1

May 11th, 2006 10:29am EDT
Bravo has set the date of their "coming out" party in celebration of, the first-ever broadband channel specifically targeted to the gay and lesbian online community. Timed to coincide with the start of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, the site will debut on Thursday, June 1.

Among other things, the new site will feature streaming on demand video such as:

• Comedienne and Bravo's favorite "D-List" celebrity Kathy Griffin - The premiere of three exclusive stand-up webisodes.

• "That Certain Summer" - This groundbreaking 1972 made-for-tv movie was the...

Film and TV Stars Give Extraordinary Performances on Lullabye Compilation

April 24th, 2006 10:00pm EDT
Elton John
Who wouldn't want Hollywood's biggest stars to sing them to sleep? Some of the most surprising voices in Hollywood, accompanied by musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, lend their talents to a new album, "Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars," to be released by Rhino Records on April 25. It's the perfect soundtrack for quiet evenings at home, with your children…or without them.

The CD features 14 spellbinding tunes by composers including Elton John, Billy Joel, Sade, Bob Dylan and Lennon/McCartney, beautifully sung and lushly orchestrated. A portion of the proceeds will be...

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