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Must-See Holiday Movies

11/4/2009 9:35am EST
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The holidays are approaching, and if people are not busy running around thinking of Christmas or Hanukkah gifts, they're considering what to do with their family when they actually have to entertain everyone.

Every year there are big blockbuster films that come out around Thanksgiving and Christmas purposely devoted to people looking to enjoy time with their families, or to escape from them for a few blissful hours.

Here's a look at some of the movies coming out for the holiday season:

November 6 - Disney's A Christmas Carol

Disney is no stranger to taking beloved tales and ma...

Funny Pic Of The Day: Jim Carrey Running With Scissors

10/30/2009 6:34pm EDT
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey runs with a pair of scissors before cutting a ribbon during an event opening the final stop on "Disney's A Christmas Carol" train tour today in New York. See more photos after the jump.

Writer/director Robert Zemeckis adapts Charles Dickens'classic holiday tale in a performance capture/Disney Digital 3-D animated film for all ages.

Carrey takes on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge as well as all three ghosts who come to haunt him.

The filmmaking process is similar to the director's other animated outings, The Polar Express and the adult-themed Beowulf adaptation.


'Star Trek' Tops Spike TV 'Scream 2009' Awards With 17 Noms

9/7/2009 12:00pm EDT
Star Trek XI
"Resistance is futile" this October as Spike TV presents the fourth annual "Scream," the first and only global event of its kind to honor the best in sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic genres. Taping on Saturday, October 17 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, "Scream 2009" celebrates the hottest films, TV shows, comics, actors, creators, icons and pioneers who have influenced and shaped the industry. This year's show will also continue the tradition of featuring exclusive World Premieres from some of the most anticipated movies of 2010. The two-hour extravaganza will premiere on Spi...

No Scrooge Here: Zemeckis Offers Early Peek At 'Christmas Carol'

7/27/2009 12:42pm EDT
One hundred sixty six years after Charles Dickens published his classic "A Christmas Carol," what could possibly be brought to the Christmas dinner table that hasn't already been done by Alastair Sim, The Muppets, and just about every community theater in the country? Incredible 3D animation, duh! Or at least that's what Disney is hoping pulls audiences in for "Disney's A Christmas Carol" come November 6.

To promote the film, the "Disney's A Christmas Carol Train Tour" is currently traveling across the country with stops in over 20 cities. Director Robert Zemeckis and Walt Disney Studios...

Spike TV Announces Nominees For 'Scream 2008'

9/15/2008 8:00pm EDT
It will be one "dark knight" this October as Spike TV presents the third annual "SCREAM," a celebration of the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic genres.

Taping on Saturday, October 18 from The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, "SCREAM 2008" will premiere on Spike TV Tuesday, October 21 (9:00- 11:00 PM, ET/PT). Show host, presenters and musical performers to be announced shortly.

"We're incredibly honored to have the support of such luminaries in the creative community to help determine the nominees for 'SCREAM 2008,'" says Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event prod...

Starpulse Answers Your Burning Questions

6/20/2008 1:52pm EDT
The Ruins
1.) Starpulse user djvandeusencade asks, "I read the book 'The Ruins' and loved it! I see that it came out on [the big screen], but when will it be available on DVD?"

Based on the novel by Scott Smith, director Carter B. Smith's Yucatan-set thriller follows four American tourists as they unwisely venture off the beaten path while vacationing in Cancun. When a friendly German tourist implores the Americans to help search the jungle for his missing brother, the group becomes hopelessly trapped in a nightmare scenario that seems too strange to be true. The film will be released on DVD Ju...

After 19 Years, 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' Phenomenally Exhumes Venerated Roots

5/22/2008 11:16am EDT
Indiana Jones
( – After such a long respite from the beloved film progression, I was initially just as skittish about seeing Harrison Ford back in the Indy saddle as I was watching Sylvester Stallone back in the ring in “Rocky Balboa” in his 2006 comeback and then again in 2008 in his “Rambo” return.

Ultimately, though, I had faith in director Steven Spielberg not to royally torpedo the monolithically anticipated “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” which resurrects the Chicago-born, 65-year-old Harrison Ford as one of my favorite film characters of all time.


Novel Roots: Best & Worst Films Based Off Of Books

5/20/2008 11:17am EDT
The Bourne Ultimatum
Many filmmakers are taking on the challenge of turning classic novels into feature films. It's a challenge because many people have fallen in love with the books and don't want directors messing with them. There are many books that were translated poorly on the big screen, but there are films that are just as good as the book, if not better.

In no particular order, here is a look at some of the best and worst films that are based off books:



Joe Wright directed the 2007 film "Atonement," which is based off of Ian McEwan's critically acclaimed novel. James...

New Movies On DVD, Feb. 26

2/26/2008 8:00am EST
Inspired by the epic Old English poem of the same name, director Robert Zemeckis's digitally rendered film "Beowulf" follows the Scandinavian hero Beowulf as he fights to protect the Danes from a ferocious beast named Grendel. Also on DVD: 30 Days of Night and The Darjeeling Limited.

Which Animated Films Will Be Nominated For An Oscar?

1/15/2008 4:58pm EST
Bee Movie
It's almost here. The Superbowl of Hollywood (a.k.a. The Academy Awards) will be held for its 80th run on February 24. With the announcement ceremony on January 22, I would like to take a moment to look at one of my favorite categories: Best Animated Feature.

Some real gems have been nominated in this category in the past (i.e. Spirited Away, The Incredibles, The Triplets of Belleville, etc.). For this year's Oscars, there are 12 animated features that have been submitted for consideration:

"Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters," "Bee Mov...

Top 10 Movie Fight Scenes of 2007

12/31/2007 10:23am EST
From the epic shootout in Heat to the Terminator battling the T-1000, everyone loves fight sequences. The two previously mentioned are some of the best of all time. The good fight scenes stand out and the bad ones are forgotten. But it’s the great ones that are seared into our memory. The following is a list consisting of the very best fight scenes that 2007 had to offer.

# 10. Transformers – Optimus Prime vs. Bonecrusher

While this was a guilty pleasure of mine this year, for many fan-boys, it was a dream come true. Their childhood toys and favorite cartoons came to life like...

Idina Menzel's Debut Album, 'I Stand,' To Be Released Jan 29

12/25/2007 9:00am EST
Idina Menzel
Already a star on Broadway, the charismatic Idina Menzel ("Rent," "Wicked") is ready to star on album. To make that happen, she has enlisted the man responsible for launching, or continuing the phenomenal careers of, other recent major female artists. Glen Ballard, best known for Alanis Morissette's 16-times-platinum Jagged Little Pill and who has worked with Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Annie Lennox and Celine Dion, produced and co-wrote all but one of the songs on I Stand with Menzel.

Idina Menzel's Warner Bros. Records debut album, "I Stand" is a powerful collection of exquisite new...

Starpulse Sits Down With Crispin Glover To Discuss His New Film and More

11/24/2007 3:39pm EST
Crispin Glover
Crispin Glover is known to movie fans for his roles as George McFly, the father in the first Back to the Future, The Creepy Thin Man in the Charlie's Angels films, the title character in Willard (you know, the rat movie), and can currently be seen supplying the voice of Grendel in Robert Zemeckis's Beowulf. Glover is taking advantage of the publicity Beowolf has received to showcase his own film, It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine! as well as to perform his Big Slide Show, which is an hour long dramatic reading of books that he has written, and to screen his surrealist film 'What is It?'


Starpulse 2007 Holiday Movie Preview, Part 2

11/14/2007 12:00pm EST
This is the time of year many moviegoers get giddy. In addition to Oscar contenders and holiday films, fantasy often makes its mark on the big screen.

Part Two - Visions of Sugarplums- Fantasy

Closely linked to the "Instant Holiday Classic" is a surge in fantasy films that often accompany the season. The fantasy genre capitalizes on that same childhood yearning for holiday magic that Christmas specials do. These feelings open the door to fantastical worlds, and not just those located in the North Pole.

Last year marked a noticeable absence of these films despite the success...

Opening November 16: Beowulf

11/13/2007 12:04pm EST
Inspired by the epic Old English poem of the same name, director Robert Zemeckis's digitally rendered film follows the Scandinavian hero Beowulf (Ray Winstone) as he fights to protect the Danes from a ferocious beast named Grendel (Crispin Glover). Though at first Grendel seems invincible, Beowulf eventually manages to defeat him in a desperate battle to the death. Continue Summary

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Check Out 'Beowulf,' In Theaters Nov. 16

11/10/2007 8:32am EST
Inspired by the epic Old English poem of the same name, director Robert Zemeckis's digitally rendered film follows the Scandinavian hero Beowulf (Ray Winstone) as he fights to protect the Danes from a ferocious beast named Grendel (Crispin Glover).

Though at first Grendel seems invincible, Beowulf eventually manages to defeat him in a desperate battle to the death. Devastated by her son's violent demise at the hands of Beowulf, Grendel's mother (Angelina Jolie) sets out in search of revenge. Later, Beowulf faces the biggest challenge of his life when he attempts to slay a powerful dra...

Check Out Tony Award Winning Singer Idina Menzel

11/7/2007 3:41pm EST
Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel is a Tony Award winning star of Wicked and Rent. Idina made a singing appearance on Ugly Betty last week in the Wicked Theater scenes. She can also be seen in the new Disney movie Enchanted & heard in the Beowulf soundtrack singing A Hero Comes Home during the movie credits.

She will be releasing her album, I Stand – produced by Glen Ballard, on Warner/Reprise Jan 29th, 2008.

Her first single 'Brave' is now available on Itunes and you can watch the video right here:

New 'Star Trek' Film, 'Indiana Jones 4' Among Hot Topics At Comic-Con

7/27/2007 10:06am EDT
Harrison Ford
The halls of the San Diego Convention Center were abuzz with the news that came pouring out of the panel hosted by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. Exclusive footage and major casting announcements included:

Director/Producer J.J. Abrams revealed his first casting for the "Star Trek" adventure: Zachary Quinto (Sylar on "Heroes") will step into the ears of the young Mr. Spock and veteran Leonard Nimoy will return to the role he made famous. Both Quinto and Nimoy made surprise appearances and were greeted with wild applause. Abrams, producers Damon Lindelof...

Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #2 Brangelina: Adoption And Humanitarian Efforts

12/25/2006 4:00pm EST
2006 was a whirlwind year for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (aka "Brangelina"). The pair begun the year by announcing that Angelina was pregnant with Brad's child; and finished the year by continuing on with their humanitarian efforts across the globe.

The pregnancy announcement came in January, and shortly after Pitt officially adopted Jolie's two adopted children, Maddox, four and Zahara, one. Jolie's friend, Fugees singer Wyclef Jean, was one of the first to congratulate her. The couple visited Haiti on a UN Goodwill trip, and Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation charity is one that Jolie...

Angelina Jolie Employs People Just To Hide Her Tattoos

2/1/2006 9:48am EST
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has a private team of make-up artists who cover her tattoos before filming. Since film bosses ordered the pregnant actress - who is currently shooting new movie "Beowulf" - to hide her extensive body art, the gorgeous star has had to endure four hours of make-up on the set of her films.

The 30-year-old star has more than ten tattoos and symbols etched onto her person. They include a 12-inch tiger on her back and the words "quod me nutrit me destruit" on her stomach - Latin for "what nourishes me destroys me." But it takes so long to cover them that Angelina has had to t...