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Lupita Nyong'o Tops People Magazine's 2014 'Most Beautiful' List

April 23rd, 2014 9:54pm EDT
Lupita Nyong'o People magazine
Oscar winning 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o has been named the 'most beautiful woman in the world' by People magazine.

The 31-year-old actress, who was raised in Kenya, is thrilled to have landed the title and the cover shot on the latest issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands on Friday.

"It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," she said.

The actress is the successor to last year's 'most beautiful' star Gwyneth Paltrow and she beat out the likes of Amber Heard, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Kerry Washington.

"Beauty was what I saw on television, you know, light skin and...
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17 Movies That Prove 2010s Will Be One Of Film's Best Decades

April 20th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
17 Movies That Prove 2010s Will Be One Of Film's Best Decades
With the endless sequel-reboot environment consuming the Hollywood landscape, it can be easy to claim that movies’ best days are already over. But just by looking at the crop of high-quality pictures from this decade alone, the era of top notch filmmaking is still far away from closing credits. From psychotic ballerinas to robotic romances and every top-notch indie and mainstream pic in between, these pics prove that the golden age of Hollywood may just be starting. Here are 17 movies that prove the 2010’s will be one of the best decades in film history.

The Avengers

Marvel movies wer...
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The Feud Behind '12 Years A Slave' Reared Its Ugly Head At The Oscars

March 4th, 2014 11:03am EST
The Feud Behind '12 Years A Slave' Reared Its Ugly Head At The O
If you did a double-take when you saw 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen clap half-heartedly for his screenwriter John Ridley, you weren't alone.

The nation saw a glimpse of McQueen looking like someone who has never clapped before, his hands completely flat and barely coming into contact. Just before the display, Ridley strode by McQueen and looked the other way to hug David O. Russell - who wasn't the director of the film that helped him earn an Oscar, but a competitor for Best Director against McQueen.

According to The Wrap, the two men have been in a feud ever since Ridley ...
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8 Best Moments From The 86th Academy Awards

March 3rd, 2014 7:00pm EST
8 Best Moments From The 86th Academy Awards
Oscars 2014 will forever be known as the year of good vibes, from Ellen DeGeneres' "killing them with kindness" opening monologue to the group victory win for "12 Years A Slave." While the amazing moments that happened were too many to count, here are some of the highlights of the evening (with a few "did that really happen?") events as well!

1. Ellen DeGeneres As Hostess With The Mostess

This was Ellen's second time hosting the biggest awards show of the year. The first time in 2007, she brought a new energy to the tired format and was well-received by critics and celebrities in attenda...
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5 Reasons '12 Years A Slave' Deserved To Win Best Picture

March 3rd, 2014 4:30pm EST
5 Reasons '12 Years A Slave' Deserved To Win Best Picture
With 9 masterful films competing for Hollywood’s top prize, it was still uncertain at the beginning of this past Sunday’s Oscar’s ceremony which would come out on top. Countless great films have been snubbed in the past in favor of their inadequate counterparts, and it seemed that controversy was always rearing its ugly head in this year’s competition. But despite the hurdles in its way, no injustice was made when Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave was awarded the Best Picture statuette. Sure, the other films were top notch, but only “12 Years a Slave” transcended good moviemaking into a bona...
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'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' Win Big At 2014 Oscars

March 3rd, 2014 1:13am EST
'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' Win Big At
Dallas Buyers Club and Gravity were the toast of the 2014 Oscars on Sunday, but it was 12 Years a Slave which was named Best Picture on Hollywood's biggest night.

The Steve McQueen slave drama was a triple threat, also scoring Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.

AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club served up a double win in the male acting categories with Matthew McConaughey earning his first Oscar for Best Actor and Jared Leto claiming Best Supporting Actor, while Cate Blanchett took home the Best Actress title for her star turn in Woody Allen...
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Academy Awards 2014 - '12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Picture

March 2nd, 2014 7:03pm EST
Academy Awards 2014 - '12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Picture
The 86th annual Academy Awards are set to get underway soon, and we'll have full coverage of the winners right here on Starpulse.

Check this page throughtout the course of the night as we'll be posting the winners as they happen.

You can also join the #StarpulseOscars Twitter Party here!

86th Academy Awards Winners List

Best motion picture of the year
"American Hustle" Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
"Captain Phillips" Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
"Dallas Buyers Club" Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
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'Gravity', 'American Hustle' & '12 Years A Slave' Among Oscar Front-Runners

March 1st, 2014 4:05pm EST
'Gravity', 'American Hustle' & '12 Years A Slave' Among Oscar Fr
This year's Best Picture Oscar winner may well have to defy "Gravity" to take home the coveted trophy. Alfonso Cuaron's groundbreaking interstellar thriller leads a pack of nine movies vying for the top prize on Sunday in Los Angeles.

The film was one of 2013's biggest blockbusters, earning over $700 million dollars at the box office. The movie centers on a routine spacewalk that goes wrong. After their shuttle is destroyed, a brilliant engineer (Sandra Bullock) and veteran astronaut (George Clooney) are abandoned in space, tethered to nothing but each other as they try to get back home a...
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Oscar Predictions: Does 'Gravity' Carry Enough Weight?

February 28th, 2014 8:01pm EST
Oscar Predictions: Does 'Gravity' Carry Enough Weight?
For the most part, the major categories at the Oscars are fairly easy to predict. But some years there are upset winners (‘Shakespeare in Love,’ Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Binoche, Adrien Brody, to name a few) that remind us that anything can happen.

This year is a little different. Who remembers a year where the race for Best Picture is down to three films, two of which are so close that they tied at the Producers’ Guild? It seems like there are some definite locks this year (Hello, Cate Blanchett) but you read it here: Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing.

That said, here are the most likely...
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Oscar Voter Calls Sandra Bullock 'Weak Link' In Revealed Ballot

February 27th, 2014 10:03pm EST
Sandra Bullock
An anonymous Oscar voter has had his or her ballot revealed, and they had some unflattering things to say about several nominees.

The ballot is one of a handful The Hollywood Reporter will be revealing leading up to the Oscars on Sunday night. This particular ballot is from "a longtime member of the Academy's 377-member directors branch."

The director picks American Hustle as Best Picture and says making 12 Years a Slave would require courage, "if you made it in Mississippi in 1930." The director then snubs Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron for Best Director, writing, "I have seen things at the pl...
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2014 Oscars Favorites: A Year Of Adversity, Heroes, And Con Men

February 22nd, 2014 4:01pm EST
2014 Oscars Favorites: A Year Of Adversity, Heroes, And Con Men
2013 was one of the best years in a long time for great films and great performances - they were so great in fact, it was hard to come up with our favorites.

But we did! Now these aren't John's picks, but another 'Jew' (Marilyn) has opinions that are as strong as my wonderful husband's.

Two Jews on Film Oscars 2014 Favorites: This is the year that reminded us of how cruel and ignorant we humans can be...

'12 Years a Slave,' 'Mandela,' '42' and 'Philomena,' all these films demonstrated the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity and in the end, to more than prevail.

2013 was al...
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'12 Years A Slave' Wins Best Picture At 2014 BAFTAs, 'Gravity' Is Night's Biggest Winner

February 17th, 2014 7:45am EST
12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave won the Best Film award at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards in London on Sunday, but the night belonged to Alfonso Cuaron's astronaut thriller Gravity.

The film, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as a pair of astronauts fighting for their lives after a freak accident during a space walk, was the big winner, pulling in six awards, including Best British Film, Best Director (Cuaron), and the awards for visual effects, sound, music and cinematography.

12 Years star Chiwetel Ejiofor won the best Leading Actor award, while Cate...
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Hayley Atwell Deems '12 Years A Slave' Torture Porn

February 7th, 2014 9:44am EST
Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell has caused an uproar by deeming critically acclaimed movie 12 Years A Slave as "torture porn".

The British actress sparked a debate on Twitter when she shared her thoughts on Steve McQueen's movie, which tells the true story of a free man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.

Atwell described the real life story as "remarkable" but criticized McQueen's inclusion of scenes depicting brutal rape and violence.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Captain America: The First Avenger star writes, "OK. I'm going to say it. 12 Years a Slave...' movie.. felt like a film for ignoran...
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'Gravity' And '12 Years A Slave' Share Improbable Tie At PGA Awards

January 20th, 2014 1:03pm EST
12 Years A Slave
After correctly predicting the Best Picture winner at the Oscars 17 times in the last 24 years, the Producers Guild Awards named two films for its best movie of the year.

Over the last six years, the film to win the Darryl F. Zanuck award also won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. This year, Gravity and 12 Years A Slave tied for the award, something that has never happened in the history of the awards show.

One of the reasons for the improbability of the tie is the fact that PGA Awards votes with a preferential ballot, meaning voters mark first, second, third, and so on - not just their...
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20th Screen Actors Guild Awards -- Who Will Win?

January 18th, 2014 4:01pm EST
SAG Awards
The 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards is set to get underway at 8pm tonight from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The award ceremony, which honors movie and television actors for the roles they played in 2013's biggest films and TV series, is a precursor for the Oscars, which almost always sees the winners culled from those of the SAG awards.

Awards are handed out in 13 categories, five for motion pictures and eight for television.

In addition to the stars, the SAG Awards also honors the stuntmen and women who make the films possible, with those awards revealed as the stars hit the re...
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Watch The SAG Awards With Red Carpet Host Stuart Brazell Live

January 18th, 2014 1:20pm EST
SAG
Are you ready to see all your favorite celebs from both Television and Film at the SAG Awards!

Get ready because this promises to be an absolutely star studded event! And no matter where you are in the world, you can watch AP's Live Red Carpet Show and see all your favorite celebs strut their stuff.

Are you an 'American Hustle' or '12 Years a Slave' fan? Are you dying for 'Breaking Bad' to sweep!? It is all going down at the Shrine Auditorium in just hours!

Be sure to watch the live red carpet show right here on Saturday, January 18th from 3 - 5pm PT 

See you on the red carpet!

I'll ...
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'12 Years A Slave' Star Lupita Nyong'o Pays Tribute To Late Uncle At Critics' Choice Awards

January 17th, 2014 10:31pm EST
Lupita Nyong'o
12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o gave a heartwarming speech during her acceptance of the Best Supporting Actress award at Thursday night's 19th Annual Critics' Choice Awards.

The Kenyan actress and film director thanked Slave director Steve McQueen for his inspiration during filming, and dedicated her award to her late uncle.

"Steve, your passion, your dedication and your smile inspired me every day on set, and it continues to inspire me now," she said. "I want to thank my team and my family for their support and I'd like to dedicate this to my uncle...who always came to watch every s...
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Oscar Nominations 2014: No Sure Thing – Looking At The Snubs And Surprises

January 17th, 2014 12:00pm EST
2014 Oscar Nominations
The 2014 Oscar nominations have arrived in a busy week filled with Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards and SAG Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filled this competitive film year with quite a few snubs. Left off the Oscar list are big names like Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford. Movies that seemed to be sure-things in September are nothing but a distant memory to Oscar voters like Saving Mr. Banks and Lee Daniels' The Butler. Who will come out on top? Well, it no longer seems to be handed to 12 Years a Slave because Gravity and American Hust...
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'Gravity,' 'American Hustle' & '12 Years A Slave' Dominate 2014 Oscar Nominations (See Full List Of Nominees)

January 16th, 2014 9:38am EST
Gravity
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards® today (January 16).

Hemsworth and Boone Isaacs announced the nominees at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Academy Awards website, www.oscar.com.

Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Featur...
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Predictions: 2014 Oscar Nominations Could Be A 'Hustle'

January 15th, 2014 8:50pm EST
American Hustle
The Oscar nominations are relatively easy to predict most years, but there are always a couple of nominees that seem to sneak in out of nowhere. Remember Maggie Gyllenhaal in ‘Crazy Heart’ a couple of years ago? Or Jacki Weaver for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ last year?

That being said, there are a few question marks this year. Let’s take a look at who has the best shot at being nominated tomorrow morning.

Best Picture

Most likely:

’12 Years a Slave’

‘Gravity’

‘American Hustle’

‘Dallas Buyers Club’

‘Her’

‘Captain Phillips’

‘Nebraska’

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

There could be anywhe...
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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Wins Big At Film Critics Awards

January 6th, 2014 12:41pm EST
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joel and Ethan Coen's latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, was the big winner at this year's National Society of Film Critics on Saturday.

The film, about a struggling New York City folk singer out to audition for a music mogul during the 1960s, landed four awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Oscar Isaac) and Best Cinematography.

Coming in second and third in the voting were American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave, the latter of which saw star Chiwetel Ejiofor place second in the Best Actor voting.

The Best Actress prize was given to Cate Blanchett for her role in Woody All...
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Best Of 2013 - Top Five Male & Female Performances

January 3rd, 2014 12:15pm EST
Top Five Performances
Jason Coleman's Top Five Male & Female Performances

I am very happy for this particular acting "best of" list this year, mostly because notable films that didn’t make it to my Top Ten still had some memorable performances.  So even though movies like "American Hustle," "12 Years A Slave" and "Frances Ha" didn’t make the final film cut, the acting work within is lovingly highlighted here.  From oddballs to slaves, sassy ice cream truck workers to sexy hustlers here are my..."Best of 2013 - Top Five Male & Female Performances."

Ladies first this year!  

 

1. Jess Weixler - "Free Samples...
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'American Hustle,' 'Her' And '12 Years A Slave' Top Producers Guild Nominees

January 2nd, 2014 11:38pm EST
American Hustle
American Hustle, Her and 12 Years a Slave are among the top films of 2013, according to the Producers Guild of America, which announced its list of nominees for the 25th annual Producers Guild Awards on Thursday.

The three films, along with Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska were all given a strong Oscar boost as they were announced as the nominees for the 2014 Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.

The films that make the short list of nominees each year usually go on to land several Golden Globe and O...
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Italian Film Distributor Apologizes For Racist '12 Years A Slave' Movie Poster Change

December 27th, 2013 5:18pm EST
12 Years a Slave
The film distribution company handling the Italian release of 12 Years a Slave has apologized for changing the artwork on the movie poster from black British star Chiwetel Ejiofor to his two white co-stars, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender.

BiM Distruzione has issued a public apology for replacing the film's official one-sheet poster to an unofficial and unauthorized version that many have called a racist move.

The company has since replaced the posters with the proper promotional imagery distributed by Lions Gate subsidiary Summit Entertainment.

"We are very proud of the film and regret...
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Golden Globe 2014 Nomination Predictions

December 11th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Dallas Buyers Club
The Golden Globe nominations are tomorrow morning. The Globes tend to nominate big films and big actors. Case in point, the Globes nominated The Tourist. So, smaller actors in smaller films are likely to get lost. This is not the awards show for Fruitvale Station. That being said, there are always a few performances from new actors that can’t be ignored. Even though no one knows who she is, Lupita Nyong’o is still going to get a globe nomination. Here’s a brief overview of what I think will land where:

BEST DRAMA:
12 Years A Slave
Gravity
Captain Phillips
Saving Mr. Banks
Dallas Buyers Clu...
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SAG Award Nominees Named: '12 Years A Slave' Tops Nods (Full List)

December 11th, 2013 11:14am EST
12 Years a Slave
Some people were surprised by The Butler’s presence here, but I don’t see any surprises from them. Movies like Gravity and Her (which are frontrunners for a Best Picture nomination) aren’t large cast films, and wouldn’t get the Ensemble nomination over The Butler. The big surprise is Dallas Buyers Club, which is a relatively small cast, and did manage an Ensemble nomination. That could go a long way in getting DBC to a Best Picture nomination. Also, Daniel Bruhl is back in the race with a Supporting Actor nomination for Rush.

Kudos to the SAG members for nominating James Gandolfini for E...
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'Gravity' & 'Her' Both Win Best Picture At Los Angeles Film Critics Awards

December 9th, 2013 12:00pm EST
Her
"Gravity" and "Her" tied for Best Picture at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LACFA) annual prizegiving on Sunday. Alfonso Cuaron's space drama and Spike Jonze's unconventional love story were just one of three ties at the event.

Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") and Adele Exarchopoulos ("Blue Is the Warmest Color") both won Best Actress awards, while James Franco ("Spring Breakers") and Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") shared the Best Supporting Actor awards. Leto is considered a frontrunner in the race for an Oscar for his portrayal of a transgender person dealing with AIDs.

Bru...
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Box Office Predictions: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Should Set November Opening Weekend Record

November 22nd, 2013 11:30am EST
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
1) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire- 170M Weekend, 170M Total

The Hunger Games is tracking to be the biggest opening in November, ever. Simply put, it is tracking to do better than the original, which already had a stunning 152.5M opening weekend in March 2012. Even if it matched the opening of the original, it would set a new opening weekend record for November. So, this is a pretty epic weekend. Catching Fire has a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, pleasing critics across the board. Midnight shows should be huge, and will help to push Catching Fire to new heights.

2) Thor: The Dark World- 16M Week...
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Box Office Predictions: 'Thor: The Dark World' Will Repeat At No. 1

November 15th, 2013 12:11pm EST
Thor: The Dark World
1) Thor: The Dark World- 40M Weekend, 145M Total

With no real direct competition, and good word of mouth, Thor is still “the movie to see” this weekend. It will likely dip in half, and still do far more than everything else in theatres. It will have to contend with the juggernaut that is The Hunger Games next week, so it’s good that it is mopping up as much money as it can right now.

2) The Best Man Holiday- 17M Weekend, 17M Total

As the weekends only new release, as well as being a holiday themed release, you’d think The Best Man Holiday would shoot to the top. Unfortunately, I’m not su...
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Weekend Box Office Predictions: 'Thor: The Dark World' Obviously Will Take No. 1

November 7th, 2013 7:10pm EST
Thor: The Dark World
1) Thor: The Dark World- 75M Weekend, 75M Total

It’s almost an unprecedented move. A summer blockbuster is opening in November. The good news is that the Top 10 films of November (All Time) are almost entirely franchise films. However, most of those are Harry Potter or Twilight films. There really isn’t a superhero sequel in November, ever. That being said, five films have managed to gross over 100M on their opening November weekends. Thor has already been doing some great overseas business, and managed some good reviews. The original opened to 65M, and it’s safe to say the sequel will bea...
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