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The Top 10 Greatest Movies From The 90s

February 24th, 2014 9:00pm EST
Forrest Gump
You can't really think of movies of the nineties without mentioning these solid flicks of the decade. The 1994 movie "Forrest Gump" kicks off our list of the best movies from the decade that you cannot do without watching. These movies are the most quotable films of the generation.

The movie gave us the quotes "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get" and "Stupid is as stupid does."

This is a timeless classic that really solidified Tom Hanks as an actor who could carry an entire movie with little help. In fact, if you have yet to see "Forrest Gump", the...
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Mena Suvari Considered Giving Up Her Acting Career

October 9th, 2012 9:56am EDT
Mena Suvari
Actress Mena Suvari once considered turning her back on Hollywood to enroll in college.

Suvari graduated from California's Providence High School in 1997 and landed her breakthrough role in the 1999 Oscar-winning American Beauty aged 20 - having never attended college.

However, in an open letter written to her younger self, Suvari reveals she seriously contemplated giving up her career to continue her education.

The touching note, published in Britain's Glamour magazine, reads, "You've been modeling since you were 12 and won lots of competitions for it. You think you're so mature, tha...
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Kevin Spacey Travels To South Africa For Film Project Premiere

May 14th, 2012 11:35am EDT
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey has unveiled the first movie in his project to discover hidden talent from around the world.

The American Beauty actor last year announced he was giving budding movie makers from the U.S., South Africa, and Russia the chance to direct him in a short film.

He drew up a list of contenders and then chose one winner from each country, who were then given the chance to shoot their movie with Spacey in the lead role.

The actor has travelled to South Africa to attend the red carpet premiere of one of the films - South African Alan Shelley's A Spirit of a Denture - and he's adam...
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Mena Suvari's Estranged Husband Wants $17,000 A Month Spousal Support

May 14th, 2012 8:16am EDT
Mena Suvari
Mena Suvari's estranged husband is demanding the actress to hand over $17,000 a month in spousal support as part of their divorce settlement.

The American Beauty star filed for divorce from her second husband, concert promoter Simone Sestito, in January, just 18 months after they wed.

The former couple's separation proceedings are ongoing and Sestito filed court documents last week claiming he has "negative balances" on both his business and personal accounts and is asking to be awarded $17,000 a month in spousal support, according to TMZ.com.

The documents state Sestito became accust...
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Mena Suvari Hated Feeling Like A 'Pawn' After Success Of 'American Beauty'

May 1st, 2012 9:04am EDT
Mena Suvari
Mena Suvari almost walked away from Hollywood forever when she became disillusioned with the movie industry after the huge success of American Beauty.

The blonde star shot to fame in Sam Mendes' multi-Oscar winning 1999 drama, and was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as vain Angela Hayes.

She was hailed as one of Hollywood's hottest properties following her turn in the film - but Suvari has revealed she nearly quit making movies because she felt like a "pawn."

The actress tells Britain's You magazine, "I did have t...
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'Hunger Games' Star Wes Bentley Talks About Girls' Fantasies, Good Pal Heath Ledger

January 14th, 2012 11:00am EST
Wes Bentley in Details
After substance abuse nearly derailed Wes Bentley’s career, the former teen idol is back in a big way in spring’s most anticipated blockbuster, "The Hunger Games."

Bentley became an overnight sensation thanks to his era-defining role in 1999's "American Beauty;" then, a drug-addled cautionary tale. But the 33-year-old actor is sober now and back in the saddle with the thriller "Gone."

Bentley is featured as "The Comeback" in the February issue of DETAILS magazine, on stands nationwide January 17. In the extended interview, available on Details.com, Bentley dishes on chilling with Lenny K...
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Kate Winslet's Ex Sam Mendes Dating Rebecca Hall

November 28th, 2011 8:41am EST
Sam Mendes
Filmmaker Sam Mendes has finally confirmed he is dating actress Rebecca Hall, more than a year after the pair was first rumored to be romantically involved following his split from Kate Winslet.

The American Beauty director was linked to the 29 year old in the wake of his break-up from Winslet amid rumors his growing friendship with Hall, who he cast in two of his plays, had contributed to the disintegration of their marriage.

Mendes' representatives moved swiftly to quash any speculation of a romance, branding the reports "Utter nonsense. Untrue and ridiculous."

Hall also denied she ...
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Jennifer Love Hewitt Crowned Worst Film Actress

June 9th, 2011 8:57am EDT
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt has been voted the worst film actress since 1985 in a new movie survey.

The I Know What You Did Last Summer star has been shamed in the Slate.com poll, which used results from movie ratings website RottenTomatoes.com to determine Hollywood's winners and losers.

Love Hewitt was named Worst Actress thanks to her terrible turns in the horror movie and its sequel, the Garfield films and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.

American Beauty star Mena Suvari came second, while action man Chuck Norris was given a thumbs down by film fans and was crowned Worst Actor.

However...
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Upcoming 'Hunger Games' Star Wes Bentley Opens Up About Drug Past

June 2nd, 2011 8:53am EDT
Wes Bentley
Actor Wes Bentley lost the will to live at the lowest point of his eight-year drug hell.

The actor shot to fame at the age of 20 after the 1999 release of the Oscar-winning "American Beauty," but Bentley struggled to deal with the spotlight and fell into a downward spiral of alcohol and drugs.

He became hooked on ecstasy, cocaine and heroin and turned his back on his career as his substance abuse worsened, and Bentley admits he became so depressed, he had all but given up on life.

He tells People magazine, "There was a point where I had written off survival. I was so numb, I was OK with ...
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Watch Classic Scenes & See the Full List of Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Ever

February 27th, 2011 8:50pm EST
The Artist
2011 (84th) The Artist (Watch scenes)
2010 (83rd) The King's Speech (Watch scenes from this film!)
2009 (82nd) The Hurt Locker (Watch scenes from The Hurt Locker)
2008 (81st) Slumdog Millionaire
2007 (80th) No Country for Old Men (Watch classic scenes from No Country for Old Men)
2006 (79th) The Departed (Watch classic scenes from The Departed)
2005 (78th) Crash

2004 (77th) Million Dollar Baby (Watch classic scenes from this film!)

2003 (76th) The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (Watch more scenes from it!)

2002 (75th) Chicago
2001 (74th) A Beau...
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'Twilight,' 'Psycho,' 'Inception' & More: 17 Classic Film Scenes Recreated With LEGOs

January 10th, 2011 9:05pm EST
LEGO Scenes
"I'm an enormous film fan and when I was growing up everybody had a big bucket of Lego or knew somebody who did," says film student Alex Eylar, 22, of Oakland, Calif.

The aspiring screenwriter began collecting LEGOs when he was five years old and now he boasts somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000 pieces in his collection, which he now uses to recreate classic movie scenes.

"I make all my Lego projects at a table in the corner of [my] living room. I've got five of those big plastic drawer bureaus, filled with pieces divided by color, style, function. For smaller projects, the build can ...
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Starpulse Is Movie Obsessed

December 3rd, 2010 10:59pm EST
bs
Obsession can come in many forms; one can become fixated with an individual, an object or a feeling. At Starpulse, we are obsessed with Glee, Brangelina, Suri Cruise, anything Martin Scorsese and of course The Beiber. In honor of Black Swan's opening weekend, a movie that centers on an obsession, here are a few other movies about being obsessed. Some are creepy, some are fascinating and some are just sick.

Black Swan- Natalie Portman's character, Nina, is a professional ballerina in New York City, who is completely obsessed with perfection. She yearns to be perfect at her craft and will ...
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Kevin Spacey & Sam Mendes Reunite For Shakespeare Production

August 26th, 2010 5:31pm EDT
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey is reuniting with the director who helped him win an Academy Award in a new transatlantic theatre project.

The actor will star as Shakespeare's Richard III in a production due to open in New York and close in London, directed by Sam Mendes. Spacey and Mendes scooped Best Actor and Best Director Oscars for 1999 movie "American Beauty."

Announcing the project, due to open on Broadway in February 2012, Spacey says, "Sam is one of the finest directors I have had the pleasure to work with and to gain this opportunity is beyond my wildest hopes. With such a remarkable character be...
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The Most Memorable Meals We've Seen At The Movies

July 29th, 2010 9:25am EDT
Dinner for Schmucks
Anytime you’ve got Steve Carell and Paul Rudd sitting around a table breaking bread, it’s going to be a unique and hilarious dining experience. At least that's what audiences will be counting on when they sit down to watch the comedy “Dinner for Schmucks.” The film, which opens Friday, July 30, stars Rudd as an executive, who brings Carell’s character to his boss’s monthly dinner party for idiots.

This got us thinking about some of the most memorable meals we’ve seen at the movies. Take a look, and let us know which of your favorites weren’t on the menu!

"American Beauty" - Pass the as...
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Mena Suvari Weds In Italy

June 27th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Mena Suvari
Actress Mena Suvari has married music producer Simone Sestito in an intimate ceremony in Italy.

The couple exchanged vows in a private church in Vatican City, Italy on Saturday followed by a reception for their closest friends and family.

A guest tells People.com, "The ceremony was truly unique and Mena looked breathtaking. They are very much in love."

The American Beauty star, 31, accepted Sestito's proposal during a Jamaican vacation in 2008 after a year of dating.

It is Suvari's second marriage - she was previously wed to German-born cinematographer Robert Brinkmann. They split i...
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The Worst Best Picture Academy Award Winners

March 5th, 2010 12:15pm EST
worst best picture winners
This year’s Academy Awards mark the 82nd time that an Oscar statuette has been awarded for Best Picture. Since the high-flying war epic Wings first brought home the gold in 1928, some of the most famous movies of all time have shared in the honor: Gone With The Wind, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Godfather. Not only are these titles essential viewing for movie fans, but they’re basically a prerequisite for being a functional human being. Still, with 81 titles to choose from, not every Best Picture winner can be, you know, good.

It seems that every year somebody comes along to complain ...
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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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'Deadspin' Founder Will Leitch & Starpulse's Mike Ryan Debate The 81st Academy Awards

February 18th, 2009 10:52am EST
oscars
Special guest Will Leitch, Deadspin founder and current contributing editor at New York Magazine, and our own Mike Ryan have taken their Oscar disagreements public in a series of open letters debating this Sunday's telecast of the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

An Academy Awards telecast that Mike will be live blogging this Sunday night at 8:30 PM EST, in real-time, here on Starpulse.

Mr. Leitch,

"Slumdog Millionaire is the film world's first globalized masterpiece." Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal

"Slumdog Millionaire is a ruthlessly effective paean to destin...
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Spotlight On Oscar's Best Pictures

January 7th, 2009 12:15pm EST
Oscar
January is the start of award season which means it's a tense time in Tinsel town! Actors are either being recognized or shunned for their tremendous work, agents are either celebrating with their stars or firing their "has-been" actors and we are betting on who is going to take home the Oscar! The stars, the fashion, the ambiance, the parties and actually taking home an Oscar along with the bragging rights that come along with it make this time of year so exciting!

The category of Best Picture is a huge deal and to be a part of the movie that wins is an honor! To say that you starre...
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12 Upcoming Films To See Before Oscar Night

November 12th, 2008 9:52am EST
Revolutionary Road
This year's Oscar race isn't very deep with talent, and at this point there are probably only eight films with a legitimate shot at getting a nod for Best Picture. But those that have a chance at a nomination also have a great chance of winning.

One such film, "The Dark Knight", has already hit screens, but the rest of this group will premiere in the coming weeks as studios scramble to get their prestige pictures on the big screen before the year-end deadline.

Every year, film fans are tormented by the true snobs who catch all these possible nominees before the big awards show att...
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'True Blood' Creator Alan Ball Discusses Vampire Sex Appeal & More

September 2nd, 2008 9:30am EDT
True Blood
Vampires are the "it" supernatural species of the moment. When the CBS series "Moonlight" was canceled earlier this year, fans were devastated. Readers of the popular "Twilight" series attended midnight release parties across the country this month to get their hands on the final book. And on Sept. 7 "True Blood" will premiere on HBO.

Adapted from the Charlaine Harris novels, "True Blood" follows the romance between telepathic Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and a civil war-era vampire named Bill (Stephen Moyer).

There's something very sexy about vampires, ...
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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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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters A Through K

May 7th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Chris Cooper
Hey, isn’t that...? You know, that guy. The guy that always plays someone in the military. He was in, uh, Syriana, The Kingdom... Oh yeah! He was the father of the emo kid in American Beauty!

Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy."

After reading this you can impress your friends! Win the movie game (the one where you name an actor, someone names a film he or she was in, next player names another actor in that film, etc....
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Movies With Heart: The 100 Best 'Romdramedies' Of The Past 20 Years

April 17th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Clueless
There's the quintessential romantic comedy, and then there's the romdramedy. Similar to a dramedy (in which there is an equal balance of humor and serious content), a romdramedy combines comedy and drama with that mushy thing we call romance.

This is not a list of the best films over the past 20 years. Rather it is a list that gives preferences to those films that best combine all three elements - romance, comedy and drama.

Films like Magnolia and The Matrix were barred from competition, while films like Down with Love were considered (however, that one didn't make the cut)....
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'21': An Entertaining Thriller

March 28th, 2008 11:19am EDT
21
So, I couldn't help but wait for Jim Sturgess, the dashing leading actor in 21, to break out into a full-fledged Beatles cover of "I've Just Seen a Face," one of the several numbers he killed as the Paul McCartney equivalent in last year's tour de ummmmm, Across the Universe. He settles down into a generally believable American accent, or totally believable if you don't know he's British, and cascades through the emotions of any young protagonist put to screen. 'Yeah,' I keep thinking, 'But where's The Beatles, man?' Seriously though, with all jokes aside, 21 turns out to be if nothing else...
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TV On DVD Recommendation: 'Six Feet Under'

February 8th, 2008 2:08pm EST
Six Feet Under
A very eclectic recommendation for a very eclectic series that those without premium channels have only heard about. Alan Ball's ("American Beauty") landmark HBO series "Six Feet Under" seamlessly blended family drama and whimsical fantasy into the morose confines of a funeral home.

"Six Feet Under" tells the story of the Fisher family. They are a Southern California clan no more dysfunctional than the usual 21st Century family with a few wrinkles: they run a funeral home and their patriarch, Nathan Fisher, Sr., (Richard Jenkins) is hit by a bus in the series premiere.

As the fa...
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Violence Propels Filmmakers, Moviegoers & The Academy Awards

January 11th, 2008 12:07pm EST
No Country For Old Men
The lights go down. A low, rumbling bass slightly shakes the seats as the occupants draw in a tight, anticipatory breath. The first thing to break the tension is a thin beam of light across the center of the screen. It is accompanied by a low, rat-at-tat rhythm that could be rain on a tin roof- if it weren't for the high-pitched shriek in the background.

Is that yelling? Shouting? The shriek morphs into a scream of mechanical menace. It's a bomb, and it's followed by an explosion linked to the picture exploding into life. The audience sees all-out war. Guts are flying, blood is strea...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 4

September 4th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Beyonce Knowles
Happy Birthday to pop superstar Beyonce Knowles (1981), "American Beauty" actor Wes Bentley (1978), New Found Glory bassist Ian Grushka (1977), Pussycat Doll Carmit Bachar (1974), Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera (1970), baseball catcher Mike Piazza (1968), comedic actor Damon Wayans (1960), "Babylon 5" actress Patricia Tallman (1957), Quicksilver Messenger Service drummer Gary Duncan and guitarist Greg Elmore (both 1946), actress Mitzi Gaynor (1931), "Bewitched" actor Dick York (1928; d. 1992), and English actor Nigel Bruce (1895; d. 1953).
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The Sensuality, Style And Vivacious Spark Of 'Factory Girl' Arrives On DVD July 17

July 4th, 2007 1:00pm EDT
Factory Girl
SANTA MONICA, CA - Detailing the rise and fall of Edie Sedgwick - the blazing mid-sixties superstar, the "It Girl," the muse to eccentric artist Andy Warhol - the unrated director's cut of Factory Girl comes to DVD on July 17 from Genius Products LLC. and The Weinstein Company.

Powerful performances from Sienna Miller (Alfie, Casanova) and Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential), combined with a riveting multi-media collage of actual footage including archival tapes, still photos, and scenes from Warhol's movies, Factory Girl brings to life Sedgwick's ascension to the quintessential ic...
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Morgan Freeman To Host AFI's '100 Years ... 100 Movies - 10th Anniversary Edition'

May 30th, 2007 2:14pm EDT
Morgan Freeman
Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman will host AFI'S "100 Years ... 100 Movies — 10th Anniversary Edition," a new entertainment special counting down the greatest movies of all time, to be broadcast Wednesday, June 20 (8:00–11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. During the broadcast, the confidential list of the 100 greatest American films of all time will be revealed by some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Those scheduled to be included in the special are Tim Allen, Halle Berry, Peter Bogdanovich, Jeff Bridges, Laurence Fishburne, Peter Fonda, Harrison Ford, William Friedkin, Dennis Hopper, Norman Je...
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