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The Best of A Decade : The18 Greatest Movies Of 2000-2009

4/19/2014 4:00pm EDT
The Best of A Decade :  The18 Greatest Movies Of 2000-2009
It may have been just a few years since these films were released, but the early seminal films of the 21st century have been able to hold their own against Hollywood heavyweight classics. From Roman gladiator epics to unconventional family road trips and all the hamburger phones, bottles of Merlot and deadly coin flips inbetween, the films of the early aught's first decade have already made a strong case for cinematic storytelling in the new millenium. Here are the best movies of 2000-2009.

Gladiator (2000)

Ridley Scott’s thrilling Roman battle epic about revenge and redemption surely ent...

Jake Gyllenhaal's 5 Best Movies

9/22/2012 8:00am EDT
Jake Gyllenhaal's 5 Best Movies
You can say this about Jake Gyllenhaal: there’s little chance he’ll ever be typecast. Thanks to his deliberate choice to vary his roles as much as possible, Gyllenhaal continues to be one of the most unpredictable actors working today. He’s done big budget blockbusters (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) and smaller, contemplative indie films (Proof, Moonlight Mile). With each film, Gyllenhaal seems to pick roles in which he can challenge himself as an actor, rarely playing the same type of character more than once.

This weekend Gyllenhaal will continue to surprise audiences with a grit...

Michelle Williams And Jason Segel Go Public With Romance At NYC After Party

4/19/2012 2:30pm EDT
Michelle Williams
Actress Michelle Williams and Jason Segel have gone public with their new relationship by attending the New York after party for the funnyman's new romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement.

The new couple was first pictured together last month, strolling hand-in-hand after enjoying a dinner date near Williams' home in Brooklyn, and she showed her support for her new beau on Wednesday by joining him for his new film's premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater.

The Brokeback Mountain star avoided the media by skipping the red carpet, but she took a seat beside Segel for the Tribeca Film Festival s...

Michelle Williams Says She Became 'Needy' Playing Marilyn Monroe

11/8/2011 1:24pm EST
Michelle Williams
Actress Michelle Williams struggled to switch off from playing Marilyn Monroe in a new movie and became "needier" as she portrayed the screen icon.

The Brokeback Mountain star plays the blonde bombshell in upcoming biopic My Week With Marilyn and immersed herself in playing the star.

However, her dedication to the role had its drawbacks, and Williams admits the part affected her mentally.

She tells Britain's Elle magazine, "Sometimes you don't (switch off). Especially with Marilyn, you don't want to. In some ways I feel like she's part of me, and in some ways I feel like she's an old ...

Michelle Williams Refused To Let Daughter Give Puppy A Stripper Name

10/27/2011 8:27am EDT
Michelle Williams
Actress Michelle Williams talked her young daughter out of giving the new family puppy a stripper name because she thought it inappropriate to call a spaniel Crystal or Diamond.

Matilda, the Brokeback Mountain star's daughter by ex-boyfriend Heath Ledger, eventually settled on the name Lucky.

In a taped interview with Ellen DeGeneres, which will air on TV on Friday, Williams says, "Her first ideas... sounded like stripper names. She wanted something like, Crystal, Gem or Diamond."

"At first I was going to be a controlling mom because I was like, 'We can't have a dog named...' Then I w...

The Underrated Anna Faris Looks Amazing At 'What's Your Number?' Premiere

9/20/2011 11:00am EDT
Anna Faris
Anna Faris attended the "What's Your Number?" Los Angeles premiere yesterday looking cute in a strapless white dress and spiky pumps (see close-up photo below).

Inspired by author Karyn Bosnak's novel "20 Times a Lady," the film centers on hopelessly single Ally Darling (Faris) who's convinced she's passed up the man of her dreams.

With a little help from her mischievous neighbor (Chris Evans), Ally contacts each of her exes in order to find "the one."

Anna, who is best known for her campy roles in the "Scary Movie" franchise, has also appeared in "Lost in Translation" and "Brokeback Mo...

Jake Gyllenhaal Teaches Kids To Garden

8/23/2011 9:36pm EDT
Jake Gyllenhaal
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is urging kids to adopt healthy eating habits by teaming up with American schools to foster the importance of gardening.

The Brokeback Mountain star has partnered with famed chef Alice Waters to promote the Edible Schoolyard Project, a program aimed at teaching children to grow and cook their own food, in order to prevent childhood obesity and other diseases like diabetes.

Gyllenhaal actively set an example and rolled up his sleeves to work with young kids at the Boys & Girls Club in San Francisco, California to prove that tending a garden can be fun and educational....

Justin Timberlake & Mila Kunis 'Stoked' That New York Legalized Same-Sex Marriage

7/26/2011 9:24am EDT
Justin Timberlake
"Friends With Benefits" superstars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis discuss their racy new comedy, "gay cock hounds," and how they both want federal marriage equality in this latest interview with The Advocate.

On gay friends:

Your costar Woody Harrelson plays a character who is probably best described as a gay cock hound.

[Kunis and Timberlake laugh] Timberlake: Well said! That is the best description of his character I’ve heard. Woody is going to be so stoked when I tell him The Advocate called him a gay cock hound.

Do you know guys like him in real life?

Kunis: Yes. [Laughs]


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

6/2/2011 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 ...

Jake Gyllenhaal's Lawyers Taking Legal Action Over 'Fake' Photo

5/20/2011 9:51am EDT
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal's attorneys are taking action against website bosses who posted a picture online which appears to depict the star in his underwear.

The photo shows the Brokeback Mountain actor in tight white briefs and socks as he stretches on one leg in a pose resembling Grace Jones' stance on her Island Life album cover.

Gyllenhaal's legal team has fired off letters to a number of websites, including and, demanding that the photo is removed.

The star's attorneys write, "As anybody could tell from a cursory examination, this is a fake picture, in which our cl...

'Milk' Named Best Gay Film Of The Decade

5/16/2011 11:27am EDT
Sean Penn's Oscar-winning movie Milk has been voted the best gay film of the last decade.

Penn won an Academy Award in 2008 for his role as gay activist and politician Harvey Milk in the biopic, which topped the poll of the most important movies depicting gay people in the last 10 years.

Officials at U.K. charity Stonewall, who conducted the survey, commended director Gus Van Sant's drama for its realistic portrayal of the homosexual community.

Milk's gay activist friend Cleve Jones, portrayed in the movie by Emile Hirsch, says, "This is a fantastic achievement for Milk. As someone wh...

Surprise Oscar Wins: Is There A Pattern?

2/18/2011 5:23pm EST
Juliette Binoche
Some years, certain nominees seem to be locks to win Oscars. Yet almost every year, there is some sort of major upset at the Academy Awards. Some years there are none, but other years there are multiple. What will this year have in store? At this point, it's anybody's guess.

Looking back at the 10 most surprising wins of the last 15 years, can we notice any patterns? Here they are, in chronological order.

1. Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) beats Lauren Bacall (The Mirror Has Two Faces) for Supporting Actress (1996)

Binoche looked like someone whacked her on the side of the h...

Michelle Williams Has Houseguests To 'Stave Off The Loneliness'

1/12/2011 8:20am EST
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams frequently invites friends and family to stay in the home she shared with her late ex-fiance Heath Ledger in a bid to "stave off the loneliness" which haunts her.

The star purchased the New York townhouse with Ledger when the former couple first found out she was pregnant with their daughter Matilda, now five.

Williams now keeps an open-door policy at the property, admitting she surrounds herself with house guests to distract her from feeling sad.

She tells Britain's Telegraph magazine, "(The house is) too much, too sad, too enormous... Every time I come home, there's a...

Michelle Williams To Launch Yoga Center

1/10/2011 3:28pm EST
Michelle Williams
Actress Michelle Williams is launching a yoga center for single mothers. The Brokeback Mountain star has been raising five-year-old daughter Matilda as a single mom since her ex-boyfriend, late actor Heath Ledger, died of an accidental overdose in January, 2008.

She credits yoga with helping her cope with the tragedy and reveals the inner peace she found through the exercise inspired her to co-found The Yoga for Single Moms Project, which is now launching a pilot program in Boston, Massachusetts.

She tells Marie Claire magazine, "Yoga gave me relief like nothing else; it made be a bette...

Tribute Planned For Heath Ledger

1/6/2011 4:00pm EST
Heath Ledger's friends and family have approved plans for a one-off tribute event for the late actor to mark the third anniversary of his tragic death.

The Brokeback Mountain star passed away on January 22, 2008 after suffering an accidental overdose at his New York apartment.

Ledger's father, Kim, has now confirmed a charity gala will be held in the actor's honour in his native Australia in early February.

The event, titled Heath: A Night Under the Stars Celebrating One of Its Finest, will showcase the star's Academy Award-winning turn in The Dark Knight and the proceeds will be handed ...

Anne Hathaway And Jake Gyllenhaal Compared Sex Stories To Portray Lustful Couple

12/31/2010 11:30am EST
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal watched famous movie love scenes to help perfect their saucy clinches in Love And Other Drugs - and even discussed their own bedroom experiences.

The Brokeback Mountain co-stars reunited for the film about a Viagra salesman and had to strip off to shoot a number of saucy scenes. And to help them portray a lustful couple, the two actors discussed their own romantic histories and watched old movies to decide how best to film the intimate moments.

Hathaway tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "We had to go to a lot of emotionally and physically vulnerable places ...

Michelle Williams Wants To Watch 'Brokeback Mountain' With Her Daughter

12/30/2010 2:13pm EST
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams plans to watch "Brokeback Mountain" with her daughter by Heath Ledger so her little girl can see the film that brought her parents together.

The actress met her late ex-fiance Ledger on the set of the cowboy drama in 2004, and they went on to welcome Matilda the following year.

The couple parted ways in 2007 and a year later, the actor died of an accidental overdose in his New York City apartment.

Williams has since raised Matilda on her own, but she hopes to share the film with her daughter so the youngster can see her parents together.

She tells Angeleno Magazine, "W...

Jake Gyllenhaal's Rep Slams Taylor Swift Diamond Gift Reports

12/23/2010 8:22am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal's representative has dismissed reports the actor bought rumored girlfriend Taylor Swift a stunning $100,000 white gold bracelet for her recent 21st birthday, branding the story "all false".

The Brokeback Mountain star has been romantically linked to Swift since October, and they appeared to seal their romance by spending the Thanksgiving holiday together in November.

Swift celebrated the milestone age on December 13th and Gyllenhaal was said to have lavished a dazzling bracelet on the country singer.

However, the actor's rep has moved swiftly to brush off the speculati...

Taylor Swift And Jake Gyllenhaal Spotted Together On Thanksgiving

11/26/2010 6:00pm EST
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal fueled speculation of a new romance by reportedly celebrating Thanksgiving Day together.

The couple was first rumored to be in a relationship after they were spotted holding hands during a stroll around Brooklyn, New York last month.

And despite telling reporters she planned to spend the holiday with family in Missouri, Swift opted for a Big Apple Thanksgiving on Thursday - which she spent with the Brokeback Mountain actor, according to

The stars are said to have visited the Gorilla Coffee shop in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighbourhood and ...

Delay In Randy Quaid Case Due To Immigration Concerns

11/26/2010 9:10am EST
Randy Quaid
Brokeback Mountain star Randy Quaid is facing yet another delay before officials decide whether to grant him refugee status in Canada.

Quaid turned up for a hearing at the Immigration and Refugee Board in Vancouver on Tuesday to state his case for sanctuary.

But the actor's hearing was delayed after his lawyer asked for more time to review documents, reports

It's the second time this month that attorney Catherine Sas requested and received a continuance to allow further preparation.

A new refugee hearing has not been scheduled but a pre-hearing is set for December 22.

Anne Hathaway Wants To Finish College

11/5/2010 8:14am EDT
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway dreams of taking an extended break from acting - so she can finish her college degree.

The actress put her Hollywood career on hold to take English classes at New York University, but she then left her studies to shoot the 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada.

And now she wants to go back to school to learn more about her new interests: poetry and philosophy.

She says, "I finished two (years) and I'm hoping that I get back. The last time I went to college was in between Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada and I've been really busy since then."

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Randy Quaid & Wife Skip Court Again

11/2/2010 11:21pm EDT
Randy Quaid
Actor Randy Quaid and his wife EVI have missed another court appearance - the couple chose to remain in Canada rather than attend a mandatory arraignment in Santa Barbara, California.

The Quaids were due in court on Tuesday to face charges they have been illegally squatting at a California home they once owned.

The actor and his wife are seeking asylum in Canada, insisting they fear for their welfare if they return to California.

Quaid's attorney insists his client has been advised to stay in Canada for an immigration hearing on November 8.

Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Donna Geck ...

Anne Hathaway: 'I Think I Cried Every Single Day'

10/18/2010 2:26pm EDT
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway was an emotional wreck filming sex scenes with Jake Gyllenhaal for new movie Love & Other Drugs and "cried every single day" she had to strip off for the cameras.

Hathaway hooks up with her Brokeback Mountain co-star, who plays a Viagra salesman, in the new film. However, the actress insists she's nothing like her free-spirited character, and was an emotional mess when it came time to bare all for the racy scenes.

She tells Vogue magazine, "These (characters) are people who have no trouble taking their clothes off - in a way, their bodies are their currency. But they're te...

Randy Quaid & His Wife Arrested On New Burglary Charges

9/19/2010 10:31am EDT
Randy Quaid
Troubled actor Randy Quaid and his wife EVI have been arrested and charged with burglary amid allegations they have been illegally squatting in the house they called home.

Officials at the Santa Barbara County sheriff's department in California visited the property on Saturday afternoon after receiving a complaint from the owner of the property.

But when cops turned up to investigate, they found Randy and Evi Quaid at the door - with the pair insisting they had owned the home since the 1990s.

The man who called in the police provided documentation confirming he had been the rightful owne...

Michelle Williams: 'I'm An Email Addict'

9/14/2010 1:30pm EDT
Michelle Williams
Actress Michelle Williams forced herself to give up emailing and start writing letters while filming her new period movie Meek's Cutoff - because she realized she had become addicted to the internet.

The Brokeback Mountain star shies away from Googling herself but loves nothing more than firing off online messages to her friends. However, Williams made herself give up email during filming of the Western - and instead began penning handwritten notes.

She tells W magazine, "I actively stay away from reading about myself. But I am a slave to my computer. I don't think that's good - would T...

Isabel Lucas 'Just Friends' With Jake Gyllenhaal

6/4/2010 9:17am EDT
Isabel Lucas
Isabel Lucas has laughed off reports she is Jake Gyllenhaal's new girlfriend - insisting the pair's relationship is "purely platonic."

The Brokeback Mountain star was rumored to have moved on from his relationship with Reese Witherspoon by sparking up a romance with the Australian actress, after they were spotted enjoying time together in Montreal, Canada in April.

However, the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen beauty insists there is no truth to the speculation.

She tells, "We're just friends! Our relationship is purely platonic."

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Family Can't Watch Heath Ledger's Films

5/15/2010 10:42am EDT
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger's mother and sister are still so distraught by the loss of the star, they've been unable to watch any of his films since his death in 2008.

The "Brokeback Mountain" actor was found dead in his New York apartment in January, 2008, after suffering an accidental overdose.

His mother Sally Bell and sister Kate celebrated his memory at the Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, when they watched as actor Colin Farrell presented newcomer Bella Heathcote with the second Heath Ledger Scholarship, a fund established in his honor.

But the actor's relatives...

Jake Gyllenhaal Wants To Play Joe Namath

5/13/2010 8:41am EDT
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal is hoping to score a touchdown with studio bosses and receive the green light to play football legend Joe Namath in a big screen biopic.

The Brokeback Mountain star has revealed he is trying to get a screenplay about the life of the New York Jets icon off the ground - and insists it would be a "dream" to play the sports hero.

He says, "I would love to play Joe Namath. I've been working on it for a long time, trying to develop that story. We got to get it right, got to get the extraordinary story perfect if we're going to do it. But it would be a dream to play him."

But ...

Jake Gyllenhaal Wants To Be Taken 'Less Seriously'

5/7/2010 12:30pm EDT
Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal is hoping his new Prince Of Persia blockbuster will allow him to be taken "a little less seriously" in Hollywood.

The Brokeback Mountain star is known for his dramatic roles but insists it will be an "honor" to be recognized as an action hero when Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is released - and he's already dreaming of shooting a sequel to the fantasy film.

He says, "I think about kids saying 'you're the Prince of Persia!' That I wouldn't mind being locked into. I wanted to fulfill the dreams of those movies I loved watching, like Robin Hood with Errol Flynn. Who k...

Quentin Tarantino To Lead Venice Film Festival Jury

5/6/2010 2:00pm EDT
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino will head the jury of September's Venice Film Festival in Italy.

The Pulp Fiction director will lead a selected panel of industry experts to choose the festival's honorees, including the coveted Golden Lion trophy, which is often seen as a key indicator of a movie's potential at other prize giving ceremonies.

Tarantino, whose films have won him a string of honors including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and the Cannes Film Festival's revered Palme d'Or, has been hailed as "one of the major creative figures in contemporary cinema" by festival organizers.

A spokesper...