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Leonardo DiCaprio Transforms Into An Old Man For 'J. Edgar'

10/27/2011 1:00pm EDT
J. Edgar
Director Clint Eastwood delves into the personal life of J. Edgar Hoover with the biopic "J. Edgar," starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the controversial FBI director.

It's a common occurrence for actors to receive Academy Award nominations for their on-screen transformations. Nicole Kidman changed her nose and won Best Actress for "The Hours" in 2000, and Charlize Theron also altered her appearance for "Monster" and won in 2003. Will Leo be next?

Leo has been nominated for three Oscars for his roles in "Blood Diamond" (2007), "The Aviator" (2005) and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1994).


'Shutter Island' Hits Number One Spot With $40 Million

2/22/2010 9:29am EST
Shutter Island
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio's Shutter Island is thrilling cinemagoers - the movie has topped the box office chart, taking $40.2 million during its debut weekend.

The director and star's fourth collaboration, which stars DiCaprio as a U.S. marshal investigating the disappearance of a patient at an insane asylum, is the best opening for the pair yet.

Their last Oscar-winning film, The Departed, debuted at $26.9 million in 2006. They previously worked together on Gangs of New York and The Aviator.

Meanwhile, star-studded romantic comedy Valentine's Day slipped to number two,...

The Best And Worst Of Martin Scorsese

2/17/2010 9:48am EST
Shutter Island
With Shutter Island about to open, cineasts are holding their collective breath wondering if the latest film from legendary director Martin Scorsese will add to his legacy or continue what some perceive as a decline from the Robert De Niro era to the Leonardo DiCaprio years. Take a look back at the best and worst of Scorsese's four-decades-plus career:



Paul Newman and Tom Cruise star in this superfluous sequel to the 1961 pool hall classic, The Hustler. Cruise is in full-on cocky mode (whether that's good or bad is up to you), while Newman seems to...

Our Favorite Short Celebrities

2/3/2010 2:39pm EST
Reese Witherspoon
In honor of our shortest month, February, we compiled a list of some of our favorite short celebrities - starting with the lovely Reese Witherspoon (5' 2").

Verne Troyer, 2' 8"

Notable Works: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Love Guru

Danny DeVito, 5'

Notable Works: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Be Cool, Drowning Mona, Batman Returns

Gary Coleman, 4' 8"

Notable Works: Diff'rent Strokes

Mickey Rooney, 5' 3"

Notable Works: Boy's Town, Baby Face Nelson, The Black Stallion

Peter Dinklage, 4'5"

Notable Works:...

Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

7/1/2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...

The Best & Worst Films Of Leonardo DiCaprio

10/13/2008 10:05am EDT
Leonardo DiCaprio
With such a talented actor like Leonardo DiCaprio, it's hard to find a dubbed "worst film" in his career. Yet, among all of Leo's great roles, there were a few that don't live up to par.


The Man in the Iron Mask

This was Leonardo’s first movie after his groundbreaking role in Titanic so most people expected a lot out of him. And although the movie made a profit, his performance wasn’t exactly riveting.

The Beach

Leonardo’s second movie after "Titanic" wasn’t well received either. Even the steamy sex scene didn’t push this movie into the best catego...

Slideshow: The Lovely Kate Beckinsale

8/5/2008 7:00pm EDT
Kate Beckinsale
Check out the top ten selections from Starpulse's Kate Beckinsale photo gallery (which currently stands at seven pages of super-hotness). Kate got her start at the bottom of the "cast and crew" lists for several movies before landing some starring roles in a few mediocre films. Films such as The Last Days Of Disco and Brokedown Palace led her to be cast as the one good thing in Pearl Harbor.

After that she got our blood boiling in skin-tight black leather as the superhot, gun-wielding werewolf-hunting vampire Selene in Underworld (and it's almost better-than-the-first sequel, Underwor...

The Most Underrated & Overrated Films By Martin Scorsese

5/9/2008 9:25am EDT
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese. The name, like no other director of the modern era, is completely synonymous with quality. A trailer branded with "A film by Martin Scrosese" instantly becomes a must-see for cinephiles, no matter what clips preceded the title card.

Images of dramatic shootouts scored by classic rock and sharp-tounged dialogue of the underworld enter people's minds when they think of Scorsese. The man has changed much about the way films are made. His use of popular music inspired a generation long before MTV, and the way he made violence pop off the screen was a direct antecedent o...

The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters A Through K

5/7/2008 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....

Journey Into The Elusive Life Of Bob Dylan in 'I'm Not There,' On DVD May 6

4/18/2008 10:51am EDT
Exploring the multidimensional nature and shifting personae of revered musician Bob Dylan - from the public to the private to the fantastical - I'm Not There debuts on DVD on May 6th from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company.

Featuring the Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning performance by Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Aviator), I'm Not There weaves together a daring and complex narrative of an ever-elusive American icon. Garnering three awards at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, including Special Jury Prize and Best Actress, Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There was...

Blanchett Shines While 'Elizabeth: The Golden Age' Burns

10/11/2007 10:35am EDT
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
It is hard to know what to expect when coming into Elizabeth: The Golden Age, a delayed sequel of a film that 10 years prior had been a heavy player at the Oscars. Back then, the film centered around the performance of Cate Blanchett, who stunned viewers with her complex portrayal of the loose cannon lover who becomes England’s famous virgin monarch. (A Queen and Oscar buzz? Sound familiar? It should! See Oscar Queen Facts at bottom of page.)

Blanchett does a superb job, but this film has a hard time finding its center and its pains dull the effort of a strong cast.


Morgan Freeman To Host AFI's '100 Years ... 100 Movies - 10th Anniversary Edition'

5/30/2007 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...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 14

5/14/2007 3:00am EDT
Cate Blanchett
Happy Birthday to "Joan of Arcadia" star Amber Tamblyn (1983), British singer/actress Martine McCutcheon (1976), "Lost In Translation" director Sofia Coppola (1971), "The Aviator" Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (1969), The Cult leas singer Ian Astbury (1962), "Pulp Fiction" actor Tim Roth (1961), singer/songwriter Tom Cochrane (1953), film director Robert Zemeckis (1952), Talking Heads singer David Byrne (1952), "Star Wars" creator/director George Lucas (1944), "Beyond the Sea" singer Bobby Darin (1936; d. 1973), and Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265; d. 1321).

New Line Cinema Releases "The Number 23," Starring Jim Carrey, On February 23

2/11/2007 11:00am EST
The Number 23
The psychological thriller The Number 23 stars Jim Carrey as a man whose life unravels after he comes into contact with an obscure book titled The Number 23. As he reads the book, he becomes increasingly convinced that it is based on his own life. His obsession with the number 23 starts to consume him, and he begins to realize the book forecasts far graver consequences for his life than he could have ever imagined.

Directed by Joel Schumacher (Phone Booth), the film co-stars Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Danny Huston (The Constant Gardner, The Aviator), Logan Lerman and Rhona Mitra. The ...

"Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Complete Recordings" Released; Win It

12/17/2006 12:00pm EST
The Complete Two Towers
Howard Shore's complete Grammy-winning score for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, from the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, was recently released in a deluxe four-disc edition from Reprise/WMG Soundtracks.

This historic release contains over 180 minutes of music on three CDs, comprising the full score of the 2002 film, composed by Howard Shore. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Complete Recordings marks the second edition of the three complete recording releases of the film trilogy whose score has been honored with three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards and tw...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 14

5/14/2006 3:00am EDT
George Lucas
Happy Birthday to "Joan of Arcadia" star Amber Tamblyn (1983), British singer/actress Martine McCutcheon (1976), "Lost In Translation" director Sofia Coppola (1971), "The Aviator" Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (1969), The Cult leas singer Ian Astbury (1962), "Pulp Fiction" actor Tim Roth (1961), singer/songwriter Tom Cochrane (1953), film director Robert Zemeckis (1952), Talking Heads singer David Byrne (1952), "Star Wars" creator/director George Lucas (1944), "Beyond the Sea" singer Bobby Darin (1936; d. 1973), and Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265; d. 1321).

Dane Cook, Jack Black & Alec Baldwin To Host SNL This Month

11/30/2005 1:09pm EST
Alec Bladwin
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" brings out new faces and perennial favorites in December. The late night show's hosts this month include comedian Dane Cook, actor Alec Bladwin and funnyman Jack Black. They will be joined by musical guests James Blunt, Shakira and Neil Young.

December 3 finds red-hot standup comedian Dane Cook hosting the show. Cook comes to the show on the heels of the historic success of his comedy album "Retaliation" which debuted at Number 4 on the Billboard 200, making him the highest-charting comedian in 25 years. Cook has built a large and loyal following through rel...