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Best Of Blu-ray Holiday Gift Guide

December 8th, 2011 3:00pm EST
Elf
It’s beginning to look at lot like...Santa’s Coming!!! Actually, that’s just an inane Christmas rant from Will Ferrell via "Elf." (Sorry – it had to be done!) But seeing as it is getting towards the time when gifts must be purchased for kith and kin, we here at Starpulse wanted to help out – cinematically that is! So we’ve put together a small list of some of coolest, grooviest and kookiest Blu-ray’s in various categories guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the one you love this joyful season. (Or maybe the one you secretly hate and wish would put their teeth back in and go home!) ...
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"Cars 2" a Cynical Clunker

June 26th, 2011 11:19am EDT
Cars 2
For the last five years, Pixar has been on quite a roll, churning out one reliably solid animated film every summer. The last four have won Oscars for Best Animated Feature, and the last three (WALL-E, Up, and Toy Story 3) are, in my mind, stone cold classics. This winning streak and reputation for quality are what make Pixar's latest, "Cars 2," not just disappointing, but puzzling.

The hero of the first "Cars" film, a race car voiced by Owen Wilson, returns to Radiator Springs to spend some time with his best friend Mater, aka Larry the Cable Guy. If there's any time left over, he might ...
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Owen Wilson Remembers Paul Newman Making 'Cars'

June 24th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Cars
Owen Wilson returns as the voice of Lightning McQueen in Cars 2. Unfortunately, since the original Cars, Paul Newman passed away. He was the voice of Doc, and Doc is now gone from the world of Radiator Springs. Wilson remembered his costar fondly while promoting the sequel.

“On the first one I did get to work one day with Paul Newman,” Wilson said. “We went to New York and got to record with him and it was great. He actually had some questions about, 'I don't know if this would really...' because he was so knowledgeable about racing. And then John [Lasseter] took what he was saying and wen...
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Review: 'Cars 2' 'Two Jews On Film' Celebrate Their 100th And Drive In Opposite Directions (Video)

June 23rd, 2011 10:12am EDT
Cars 2
By Joan Alperin Schwartz: 'Cars 2' is the new 3D wonder from director John Lasseter. John and his crew at Pixar have once again proven why they are the best at what they do.

To really enjoy this film, you have to put aside any ideas that cars can't talk, can't have friends and girlfriends, can't experience human emotions and can't be killer spies. (Something the other half of Two Jews On Film, John my husband, wasn't able to do).

Anyway, the story goes like this...Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is the snazzy, red, highly acclaimed racing car. After winning four Pisto...
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British Screenwriter Sues Over 'Cars'

March 22nd, 2011 8:55am EDT
Cars
A British screenwriter is taking legal action in a bid to stop Disney bosses releasing the upcoming sequel to hit animated film Cars, alleging they stole the original movie's concept from his work in the 1990s.

Jake Mandeville-Anthony has filed a lawsuit against studio chiefs at Disney and Pixar, claiming the 2006 box office hit is based on two screenplays which he submitted to a number of production companies back in 1993.

He allegedly created Cookie & Co., based on the experiences of real life racing driver Michael Owen Perkins, and a second screenplay called Cars, which included anim...
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Paul Newman Tribute Planned for 'Cars 2'

March 2nd, 2011 10:04pm EST
Cars
The Cars sequel will feature a touching tribute to late movie icon Paul Newman, who voiced the role of Doc Hudson in the 2006 original.

Newman's car character will not appear in the new movie, but Newman and Doc will be honored, according to director John Lasseter.

He tells the Los Angeles Times' 24 Frames blog, "We have a lovely tribute to Paul in the movie, but we didn't feel it would be right to include him or the character."

Newman's Hudson was a former champion racecar before a terrible accident ended its career. He became a doctor, life coach and elder of Radiator Springs - the for...
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A Sneak Preview Of Pixar Sequels 'Toy Story 3' & 'Cars 2'

March 11th, 2010 11:00am EST
A Sneak Preview Of Pixar Sequels Toy Story 3 & Cars 2
Every Pixar film is an event, just for being Pixar. At the Visual Effects Society Awards, Pixar Studios president Ed Catmull was honored with the George Melies award. He previewed Pixar’s upcoming sequels Toy Story 3 and Cars 2, so in addition to being major Pixar movies, fans of the originals can specifically look forward to those stories continuing.

Toy Story 3 comes 10 1/2 years after Toy Story 2. “It’s one of those things where it’s good that we waited,” Dr. Catmull said. “We’ve in fact got all the same voices back, including Andy. It all fits together very nicely. It’s a really good f...
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Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade

December 18th, 2009 9:39am EST
Greatest Entertainers of the Decade
This week, we've brought you the Ten Greatest TV Shows, Songs, Albums and Movies of the Decade. Now it's time to roll it all into one with the Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade.

This was a decade where entertainment became increasingly fractured. With 500 channels 500 bazillion websites and every medium on-demand, bringing together any significant chunk of people to one thing was a true sign of greatness. In an era when nobody had to agree - making them agree took something beyond the level of entertainer we saw in the past.

With that in mind, here are the Ten Greatest Entert...
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Tis The Season For... Christmas Movies?

December 24th, 2008 6:20pm EST
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Aah, the holiday season. Strange how we cherish a time of year when the malls are over packed... it's cold outside... it's impossible to find a parking space... the line at the post office is out the door even at their slowest time of day... it's impossible to find the season's latest hot toy... people who have no clue what 'hustle & bustle' means and stroll slowly through busy stores so you're stuck strolling right behind them when all you want to do is get in and out. Christmas shopping is a mission, not a casual day at the mall to comparison shop. That's what the internet and the weekly ...
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ABC Family's Annual '25 Days Of Christmas' Kicks Off Monday, Dec. 1

November 27th, 2008 9:00am EST
25 Days Of Christmas
With over 200 hours of holiday programming this premiere event features Mickey Rooney reprising his role as Santa Claus in ABC Family's new original special "A Miser Brothers' Christmas," a sequel to the holiday classic The Year Without a Santa Claus on Saturday, December 13 at 8PM ET/PT.

As the holiday season approaches, ABC Family launches its eleventh year of "25 Days of Christmas" featuring over 200 hours of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family from December 1- 25. Viewers will celebrate the season with all-new original movies and specials and, of course, the return of...
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'WALL-E' Earns Accolade as 2008’s First Perfect Film

June 26th, 2008 9:24am EDT
Wall-E
(Hollywoodchicago) – While perfection can be characterized in many ways, there’s only one way to define perfect in the world of film: a picture that has everything you could ask for with nothing you could cut. Though this is a highly unlikely proposition, “WALL-E” has become 2008’s first perfect film and one of the best Pixar projects of all time.

The man with the ingeniously imaginative story and the decisive direction to be credited with every inch of success “WALL-E” is destined to reap is none other than Andrew Stanton.

Indeed, Stanton is intimately familiar with w...
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'Superman Returns' Dominates 33rd Saturn Awards

May 11th, 2007 4:18pm EDT
Superman Returns
Superman Returns dominated the 33rd Saturn Awards in Los Angeles yesterday, picking up honors including Best Fantasy Film, Best Director for Bryan Singer and Best Actor for Brandon Routh. The superhero blockbuster also won Best Writing for Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, and Best Music for John Ottman at the annual awards, presented by the Academy Of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

Elsewhere, television show Heroes won Best Network TV Series, Best Supporting Actor for Masi Oka, and Best Supporting Actress for Hayden Panettiere.

Natalie Portman picked up Best Actress In ...
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Larry the Cable Guy To Visit Air Force Base For USO Screening Of 'Delta Farce'

April 12th, 2007 3:54pm EDT
Larry the Cable Guy
Actor and comedian Larry the Cable Guy will provide service members and their families with laughter as part of a USO tour to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on May 1. The tour will feature a special screening of Lionsgate's Delta Farce, which stars Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, DJ Qualls and Marisol Nichols.

Larry's other feature films include Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and Cars. He also created, wrote and will star in an animated half hour pilot for Comedy Central, which is scheduled for production later this year.
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Larry The Cable Guy's 'Morning Constitutions' Comedy Album In Stores April 3

March 28th, 2007 11:00pm EDT
Larry the Cable Guy
Larry the Cable Guy's "Git-R-Done" and "Lord I Apologize" are two phrases that sum up one of the most successful comics to come out of the Blue Collar Comedy group. He continues to sell out theaters and arenas across the United States promoting his new comedy CD "Morning Constitutions" –in stores April 3.

Daniel Lawrence Whitney better known as Larry the Cable Guy's CD The Right To Bare Arms (Jack Records/Warner Bros. Records) debuted at # 1 on the Soundscan Comedy Chart, # 1 on the Country Chart, and # 7 on the Top 200 Chart. This marks the first time in the history of Soundscan tha...
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Survey Says 'Sunshine,' 'Prada' Had The Best Movie Quotes of 2006

February 16th, 2007 10:07am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine, The Devil Wears Prada and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest topped the list of winners, when a Netflix survey revealed the most memorable movie lines from this season's Academy Award-nominated films and performances.

Inspired by the Academy's great movie quotes theme, the survey queried nearly 5000 devoted Netflix members and resulted in humorous and inspiring quotes from an assortment of popular movies from 2006. In addition to the aforementioned films, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, The Departed and ...
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Nickelodeon Announces Kids' Choice Award Nominees

February 8th, 2007 10:33am EST
SpongeBob SquarePants
Star slime fest is back! Justin Timberlake hosts this year's Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards 20th Anniversary celebration, airing live March 31, from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Kids will be able to vote in advance in a total of 16 categories. Surprise awards also will be announced during the show.

Voting begins online March 5 on Nick.com. Kids also will be able to vote via their cell phones. Beginning Sunday, March 11, in TEENick with the Kids' Choice Awards nominee a different category will be featured on-air each week, and kids can then cast their vote online at Nick.c...
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And The Nominees For The 79th Oscars Are...

January 23rd, 2007 10:30am EST
Babel
Academy awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak theatre at Hollywood & highland center, and televised live by the ABC television network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, “The Road to The Oscars.” Babel is nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

Nominations By Category - 79th Awards

Best Motion Picture Of The Year

Babel

The Departed

Letters From Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

The Queen

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

Leonardo Dicaprio -...
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Ugly Betty' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Win Big at Golden Globe Awards

January 16th, 2007 8:24am EST
Dreamgirls
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced the winners of the 64th Golden Globe awards. Babel took home the award for best drama, while Dreamgirls won best comedy/musical. The night's big TV winners were Grey's Anatomy (best drama series) and Ugly Betty (best musical or comedy series). See full list of winners:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Babel

Bobby

The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- S...
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'The Queen' Leads BAFTA Nominations - Full List!

January 12th, 2007 10:37am EST
The Queen
The Queen is the frontrunner at this year's Orange BAFTA awards, after receiving an incredible 10 nominations. Dame Helen Mirren has been nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her performance as Queen Elizabeth in the hit film about the British Royal Family after the death of Princess Diana, while Stephen Frears is in the running for the Achievement in Direction award. Full List of Nominations Below!

The British drama will also do battle with Casino Royale - which is named in nine categories - for Outstanding British Film of the Year. And Daniel Craig - who made his debut a...
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Johnny Depp Takes Three Awards At People's Choice

January 10th, 2007 9:57am EST
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp swept the board at the 2007 People's Choice Awards last night. The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest star took home three prizes, Best Male Star, Best Male Action Star and Best Onscreen Match-Up with co-star Keira Knightley. Full list of winners below.

In his acceptance speech for the Best Male Star award, Depp paid tribute to his fans. He said: "I know that I've said this before but the fact that this award comes from the people makes it all the more special. And thanks for keeping me employed, yeah? You're the boss."

Swashbuckling sequel Pirates of the Carib...
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Starpulse DVD Review: Snakes On A Plane

January 5th, 2007 11:04am EST
Snakes on a Plane
Early in 2006 it was announced that a film called "Snakes on a Plane" was going to hit theaters by the end of summer. Initially the film sounded like a total flop with a name like "Snakes on a Plane"-- a total B-movie that would be a complete bomb at the box office. But then we found out that Samuel L. Jackson would be starring as the film's main character. In fact, Jackson even signed on to do the film based on the title itself and hadn't even read the script. So naturally, as soon as Jackson's name was attached, every blogger from Perez Hilton to The Superficial and news collective from ...
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Producers Guild Announces Film Nominees

January 3rd, 2007 2:54pm EST
Dreamgirls
The Producers Guild of America just picked the nominees for 2006's best films, including the musical Dreamgirls and Martin Scorsese's The Departed. The association of film and television producers is a respected organization, and Hollywood watchers follow its nominees closely when tracking movies competing for an Oscar.

The nominees are:

Best Movie

Dreamgirls

The Departed

Little Miss Sunshine

Babel

The Queen

Best Animated Movie

Cars

Happy Feet

Ice Age: The Meltdown

Monster House

Flushed Away

See the list of previously announced television nominees
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Starpulse Names The Top 10 Films of 2006

December 31st, 2006 9:00am EST
Dead Man
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is unquestionably the number-one film of 2006. It made over $400 billion at the box office nationwide (and over $1 billion worldwide!), nearly double the number-two grossing film, Cars. "Dead Man's Chest" had Johnny Depp fans swooning and children rushing out to buy pirate costumes for Halloween.

The top 5 grossing films of 2006:

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $423,416,000

Captain Jack Sparrow returns to the screen for another round of supernatural adventures on the high seas in this spirited sequel to the 2003 Disney h...
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Nielsen Names Most Popular TV Shows, Movies, Music of 2006

December 21st, 2006 10:13am EST
American Idol
Several Nielsen media tracking businesses just released a year-end look at the most popular media trends among Americans during 2006. This is the first time the Nielsen companies have released a compilation of "Top 10's" for the Nielsen brands. Following is a sampling of Nielsen's results:

Top 10 TV Programs - Regularly Scheduled - 2006

1 American Idol-Tuesday FOX

2 American Idol-Wednesday FOX

3 Dancing With The Stars ABC

4 CSI CBS ...
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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Announced The Nominations For The 64th Golden Globe Awards

December 14th, 2006 11:15am EST
Babel
Jessica Biel, Rosario Dawson and Matthew Perry joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk to announce the Nominations for “The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards” on Thursday morning, December 14, 2006 at The Beverly Hilton. Babel leads with 7 nods. Complete list of movie nominations below.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Babel

Bobby

The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- Sherrybaby...
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Queen Latifah To Host 'People's Choice Awards,' More Nominees Announced

November 28th, 2006 10:38am EST
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah will host "The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards" to be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on CBS. The first awards show of 2007 honors favorite performers in television, motion pictures and music. The list of new nominees follows:

MOVIES

FAVORITE MOVIE

Cars

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

X-Men: The Last Stand

FAVORITE MOVIE DRAMA

The Da Vinci Code

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

X-Men: The Last Stand

FAVORITE MOVIE COMEDY

Click

Failure to Laun...
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New Movies on DVD, Nov. 7

November 7th, 2006 8:00am EST
Cars
In animated film Cars, a pedal-to-the-metal race car determined to prove his worth on the tracks discovers that life isn't always about crossing the finish line first. This mechanically minded tale of friendship and loyalty centers on Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson), who breaks down on his way to the Piston Cup Championship and meets an unlikely crew of friends in the process. Also on DVD: Little Man.
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THQ Announces Wii Launch Line-up

October 17th, 2006 10:00am EDT
Wii
Leading independent publisher THQ Inc. today announced its robust launch line-up for Nintendo's highly anticipated next-generation gaming system, the Wii home video game console. THQ's Wii line-up features games based on some of the most popular television and movie properties, including Disney Pixar's Cars, as well as Avatar: The Last Airbender, Barnyard and SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab.

"Nintendo has a remarkable ability to inspire game developers to create compelling interactive experiences for their increasingly innovative game systems," said Kelly Flock, ex...
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Fall 2006 Movie Preview: Animated Films

August 13th, 2006 1:45pm EDT
Everyone
It’s been hit-or-miss with animated films this summer. Cars took in an impressive $237 million at the box office, grossing over $60 million in its first three days. In contrast, The Ant Bully bombed with an $8.4 million purse in its three-day debut, while Monster House also disappointed with a $22 million three-day bow.

Perhaps the tides will turn when the 20th Century Fox release Everyone’s Hero hits the big screen on Sept. 15 (eight days before the official start of fall). The film tells the story of a young boy's cross-country journey to help Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees wi...
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Superman Flies High At Box Office

July 3rd, 2006 11:20am EDT
Superman Returns
Superman Returns failed to shatter box office records, but still took in $52.15 million during its opening weekend, claiming the top spot and lifting its five-day total to $84.2 million.

The Man of Steel finished far behind Spider-Man 2, the record-holder for best five-day opening with $152.4 million over Fourth of July weekend in 2004.

New release Meryl Streep-starring The Devil Wears Prada was an impressive debut in second place with $27 million.

Last week's number one film, Adam Sandler's comedy Click, fell to third place with $19.4 million.

Rounding out the top five...
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