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The Explosive Movies That Crushed The Box Office On Independence Day Weekend

July 4th, 2014 8:01am EDT
Wild Wild West
The weekend following Independence Day here in America has become a must-perform spot on the calendar for movie studios. This year, the 4th of July lands on a Friday, leaving us bereft of new releases (although Transformers: Age of Extinction, which came out on the 27th, should do nicely). So with nothing new coming out, let's take a look at the bombastic films we celebrated freedom with in years past.

Wild Wild West

If there's one thing you need to know about Will Smith, it's that he loves July 4th. No other actor has benefited more from releasing films around Independence Day than Wil...
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Michael Bay Never Apologized For 'Armageddon'

April 24th, 2013 2:19pm EDT
Michael Bay
Moviemaker Michael Bay has blasted Miami Herald reporter Rene Rodriguez for twisting his words during a recent interview into an apology over his 1998 disaster flick Armageddon.

Bay says that what most people construed as an apology for the film after the interview was just a misrepresentation of what he actually meant.

"One press writer has gone too far in reporting false information," Bay says. "He has printed the bare minimum of my statement... (and) twisted my words and meaning. I'm not in the slightest going to apologize for the third movie in my movie career, a film called 'Armagedd...
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Michael Bay Apologizes For 'Armageddon,' But Blames Studio

April 23rd, 2013 10:01pm EDT
Michael Bay
Michael Bay has apologized for the final state of 90s blockbuster Armageddon, but has blamed the film's studio for rushing the release and later said his quotes were taken out of context.

Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck starred in the 1998 film, which went on to top the year's box office charts with $553 million gross despite poor critical reception.

While talking about the upcoming film Pain & Gain to the Miami Herald, Michael Bay touched on the editing style of the film. He says, "I will apologize for Armageddon, because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks.

"It was a massive undertak...
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Liv Tyler: 'I Just Had A Rough Couple Of Years'

March 24th, 2011 2:03pm EDT
Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler has opened up about the reasons behind her career hiatus - she has been working to "rebuild" her life after struggling through a "very painful" divorce.

The Armageddon star ended her five-year marriage to British rocker Royston Langdon in 2008 and the split sent Tyler into emotional turmoil, prompting her to step away from the spotlight.

During her time off, the actress made her six-year-old son Milo her main priority, admitting she didn't feel comfortable taking on film roles until her little boy felt "secure".

She tells Bust magazine, "I took a little time off before (most...
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NASA Scientists Slam '2012'

January 3rd, 2011 10:51am EST
2012
NASA scientists have named John Cusack's blockbuster 2012 as the most "absurd" sci-fi film of all time.

Experts at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) put together a list of the least plausible science fiction movies ever made, and the big budget 2009 picture came top. The film, which depicted Earth besieged by natural disasters, featured ahead of two more 'end-of-the-world' movies - 2003's The Core and 1998's Armageddon.

Donald Yeomans, head of NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission, says of 2012, "It's absurd. The film-makers took advantage of public worrie...
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Michael Clarke Duncan Finds Love With 'Apprentice' Star Omarosa

August 16th, 2010 10:43pm EDT
Michael Clarke Duncan
"The Green Mile" star Michael Clarke Duncan has fallen in love with a reality TV star who found fame on Donald Trump's "The Apprentice."

The heavyweight actor recently began dating Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, a participant on the 2004 season of Trump's hit program, after meeting her at a grocery store.

He recalls, "I was in there one day and I saw her and I thought to myself, that is a gorgeous woman. She is fine."

Duncan plucked up the courage to ask her out and the pair has been together ever since.

And Manigault-Stallworth admits the hulking star is really a big softy.

She tells O...
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'Titanic' Theme Voted Best Movie Song

April 29th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Celine Dion
The Titanic theme My Heart Will Go On has been named the best film song of all time, according to a new poll.

Celine Dion's ballad, which won the Best Original Song Oscar in 1997, saw off competition from Rule The World by British pop stars Take That, which was used in 2007 adventure movie Stardust.

Aerosmith's I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing, featured in 1998's Armageddon, came third in the survey, decided by listeners of U.K. radio station Magic.

Three songs from Dirty Dancing made the list - Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' Time of My Life was at four, while Patrick Swayze's She's Like ...
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Our Favorite Celebrity Siblings

December 4th, 2009 10:04am EST
Brothers
The movie "Brothers" comes out this weekend, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, and Tobey Maguire, and it got everyone at Starpulse.com thinking about brothers ... and sisters. About celebrity siblings to be exact. There are some incredibly talented families out there, and while that occasionally means high family drama, sometimes the siblings who come out of it become celebrity gold. Here's a look at some of the best celeb siblings out there right now.

Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine

There are still people in the world that have no idea that these two Oscar winners are eve...
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Similar Story Smackdown: Which Hollywood Flicks Came Out On Top?

April 27th, 2009 11:57am EDT
Saving Private Ryan
So, have you seen this year's comedy about an overweight, overzealous, loser-y mall cop who takes his job way too seriously and is hopelessly in love with a fellow shopping center employee? If you're not sure whether I'm referring to January's hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop or the newest Seth Rogen comedy Observe and Report (in theaters now), don't be too hard on yourself: Both flicks have eerily similar plotlines. This isn't the first time two films with the same subject matter have been released within a year of one another; Hollywood has a talent for redundancy (see: recycling and ripping off)...
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Famous Celebrity Brothers

November 18th, 2008 12:07pm EST
Owen Wilson
Celebrity families are quickly making headlines throughout Hollywood. From the Kardashian's to the Lohan's, stargazers are reading up on celebrities, their families and their crazy antics. For decades, celebrity brothers in particular have caused a craze for fans across the world. To celebrate the familial wonders, here are three pairs of celebrity brothers that have had fans screaming for one reason or another at one point in time.

Ben and Casey Affleck: Three years Casey's senior, Ben is often known as the more famous of the two. However, both have played big parts on screen and in t...
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TV Spotlight: 'Fringe' Creator JJ Abrams

September 8th, 2008 9:39am EDT
Felicity
Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams is a man of many talents. He's a writer, actor, director, producer, composer, and creator. He was raised in Los Angeles by his father Gerald, another television producer, and got his first job when he was only 15 writing music for a movie titled "Nightbeast."

As a senior in college, he wrote a film script with a friend of his which eventually turned into a full length featured titled "Taking Care of Business." He had a hand in writing "Regarding Henry" with Harrison Ford, "Forever Young" with Mel Gibson, and big movie blockbuster "Armageddon." He produced ...
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'Firefly,' 'Blade Runner' Top Sci Fi 'Visions For Tomorrow' Poll

June 17th, 2008 11:40am EDT
Firefly
SCI FI's Visions For Tomorrow conducted a "Top Things To Read, Watch, And Do To Save The World" online poll to discover which works of science fiction film, television, and literature resonate most with people and the courses of action they inspire. Visions for Tomorrow is a public affairs initiative utilizing the power of science fiction to positively impact the future.

As evidenced by the nearly 20,000 who cast their vote, science fiction's influence on popular culture is undeniable. Crowning the lists are: Blade Runner, the film depicting a dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019; Ge...
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'The Incredible Hulk' Indeed Jacked Up on CGI Roids

June 13th, 2008 9:53am EDT
Incredible Hulk
(Hollywoodchicago.com) – Technology has done double-edged service and disservice to the legendary Hulk superhero character from Stan Lee’s Marvel Comics.

In peering at the CGI-created ripped body of nothing remotely reminiscent of Edward Norton, the 2008 film iteration of “The Incredible Hulk” has a leg light years up on Lou Ferrigno’s character in the 1978 television series of the “The Incredible Hulk”. Then, Ferrigno only had the luxury of makeup. The rest was the real deal.

On the other hand, Ferrigno – who treats 2008 audiences in a gasping reveal when he appears in...
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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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Video Games Do Not Make Good Movies

January 14th, 2008 11:18am EST
Street Fighter
There are some things in Hollywood that just do not work: Lindsay Lohan and sobriety, most marriages, Tim Allen tackling roles not involving Christmas, and successfully adapting a video game into a movie. Why is this so hard?

The powers that be can take a 700-page book and trim it down to a two-hour story. Either they are picking really bad video games to adapt or the people involved just suck. There has yet to be a quality adaptation. So why do studios keep insisting on producing them? They even screwed up Doom, a story that involves Marines fighting aliens. How is that even possible...
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Escape Was Only The Beginning! 'Prison Break' Season 2 Comes To DVD Sept. 4; Win A Copy!

August 8th, 2007 3:38pm EDT
Prison Break
CENTURY CITY, Calif. - In the thrilling first season of Prison Break, structural engineer Michael Scofield achieved the impossible by breaking his wrongly accused brother out of prison. Now, free from incarceration but one step ahead of the law, the two fugitives face an even greater challenge in "Prison Break" Season Two, coming to DVD September 4th from Fox Home Entertainment.

Ranked #1 in its time slot among the core male demographic, the "crazily addictive" (LA Daily News) drama series returns for even more "gripping, gut-wrenching" (Dallas Morning News) action, as it "evolv...
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Bruce Willis & The Accelerators To Headline 'Netflix LIVE! On Location' Summer Movie & Music Series

April 11th, 2007 10:32am EDT
Bruce Willis
Netflix, Inc. just announced plans to stage a unique movie and music series this summer called "Netflix LIVE! On Location." Headlining the traveling event will be motion picture superstar Bruce Willis and his band, The Accelerators, who will play a live, public concert at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., prior to an outdoor screening of Willis's 1998 film Armageddon.

Netflix will announce additions to the "Netflix LIVE! On Location" series in the coming weeks. The series will pair classic films with live musical performances by the films' featured stars in locations un...
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'The Very Best of Aerosmith' Drops Oct. 17

October 7th, 2006 9:30am EDT
Aerosmith
Columbia/Universal will release new Aerosmith album “Devil's Got A New Disguise: The Very Best Of Aerosmith” on Tuesday, October 17. The album is a definitive career-spanning collection of absolute high points from one of America's greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands.

“Devil's Got A New Disguise: The Very Best Of Aerosmith” is the first-ever single disc Aerosmith collection to include signature songs from the group's Columbia Records and Universal Music Enterprise catalogs.

As an added bonus for Aerosmith fans, “Devil's Got A New Disguise: The Very Best Of Aerosmith” includes two brand-...
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Casablanca Tops List Of 'Movies Film Fans Should Watch'

July 18th, 2006 9:59am EDT
Casablanca
Casablanca has topped a list of movies all real film fans should watch. The tear-jerking war romance heads a list of classics, drawn up by Radio Times magazine as a 'Film Buff's Guide'. Full List Below!

Despite the list featuring a number of box office flops - including the biggest disaster in cinema history, the 1980 anti-western Heaven's Gate - the author of the list, Radio Times film editor Andrew Collins, has defended his peculiar choice of entries.

He said: "Snobbery does not belong to the film buff." He also pointed out that, to truly reflect on the greatest cinema of all ti...
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Megan Fox To Star In 'Transformers' Movie

May 4th, 2006 9:29am EDT
Megan Fox
Little-known actress Megan Fox is to star in the new Transformers movie. The brunette beauty will play Mikaela the love interest of Spike Witwicky, played by actor Shia LaBeouf, in the live-action adaptation based on the hugely popular 80s Hasbro toys and television series.

LaBeouf's character helps repair the Autobots - heroic robots who can transform into a variety of vehicles and weapons, including cars, planes and guns - in their battle against their arch-enemies the Decepticons.

Fox previously starred in hit teen film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen with Lindsay Lohan an...
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