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AnnaSophia Robb To Play Carrie Bradshaw In 'Sex And The City' Prequel

February 28th, 2012 8:52am EST
AnnaSophia Robb
"Charlie & The Chocolate Factory" star AnnaSophia Robb has landed the coveted role of Carrie Bradshaw in a prequel to the "Sex And The City" TV series.

The young actress, who recently portrayed real-life surfing shark attack victim Bethany Hamilton in "Soul Surfer," joins Stefania Owen among the cast of the new high school drama, "The Carrie Diaries," which is set in the 1980s.

"Sex And The City" creator Candace Bushnell will be one of the show's executive producers.
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Ke$ha To Cameo On Victoria Justice's Show 'Notorious'

April 3rd, 2011 4:09pm EDT
Ke$ha
Pop star Ke$ha has filmed a guest role in hit kids show Notorious in an episode inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The "TiK ToK" hitmaker plays herself in an episode titled Ice Cream for Ke$ha, in which she offers up a private performance as the prize in a 'Golden Tickets'-style competition, based on the contest featured in Roald Dahl's famous novel and movie adaptations.

Ke$ha's 11-year-old brother Louie also makes an appearance in the episode.

Notorious star Victoria Justice tells EW.com, "It was really fun to film. It's the first time on my show that we've had a successful...
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Hayden Panettiere Celebrates 21st Birthday With Oompa Loompas & Fire Breathers

August 24th, 2010 11:44am EDT
Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panettiere celebrated her 21st birthday with a kooky party filled with burlesque dancers, fire-breathers and performers dressed as "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory"-style Oompa Loompas.

The actress reached the landmark age on Saturday and was treated to a quirky bash, organized by her "Scream 4" co-star David Arquette who hired out the four-storey Cavern Club venue in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The actor filled the party with performers from Vaudeville-inspired comedy show "Beacher's Madhouse" and presented the star with a specially designed 3D dolphin cake, to celebrate Panettiere's l...
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Johnny Depp Would Have Played Alice In Tim Burton's 'Wonderland'

March 5th, 2010 12:02pm EST
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp was so desperate to team up with his movie collaborator Tim Burton for Alice In Wonderland - he would have happily played the female lead.

Depp and Burton struck up a friendship after the Hollywood hunk appeared in 1990's Edward Scissorhands, and they have made a series of movies together over the last 20 years, including Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

And Depp insists he would have played Alice in Burton's take on the Lewis Carroll classic just to get the chance to work with his pal again.

He tells Para...
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Fairy Tales We'd Like To See Remade By Tim Burton

March 5th, 2010 10:00am EST
Tim Burton
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s newest collaboration, Alice in Wonderland, hits theaters today. Tim usually scores big when he remakes anything, and it is rumored that he is working on revamping the Disney fairy tale Sleeping Beauty as a live-action picture, focusing on the film’s villain, Maleficent.

Best known as the director of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd, Tim usually creates dark and quirky-themed movies and loves using Johnny Depp in his films. We picked a few more fairy tales we’d like to see remade...
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Exclusive: 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Red Carpet Premiere (Video)

November 23rd, 2009 1:49pm EST
Jason Schwartzman, Fantastic Mr. Fox
The highly anticipated release of this year's #1 animated film "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is finally here! This witty film takes us through the life of Mr. Fox (George Clooney), where he has to put his rebellious tendencies aside and mature into a loving, responsible and respectable father.

Along the way, Mr. Fox falls back on his mischievous ways but stays dedicated to his family in the end.

This fox tail is based on the children's book by Roald Dahl, who also brought us one of the greatest stories of all time, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". While being director Wes Anderson's first ev...
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The Best & Worst Children's Books Made Into Films

October 16th, 2009 11:59am EDT
Where The Wild Things
Where The Wild Things Are based on the beloved children's book opens in theaters today. Although some critics say the visuals are spectacular while the script is a little thin, it should draw in massive crowds due to its iconic standing in the children's publishing world.

Children's books made into movies go over much better when viewed in two age brackets: when the audience is comprised of children who have recently read the book, or when the audience is comprised of adults so far removed from childhood that anything resembling their favorite book is romanticized and judged in a less se...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Tim Burton Has Become A Fad Disguised As Art

August 19th, 2009 10:40am EDT
Tim Burton
I'm not against fads per se, but this Tim Burton mess bothers me. It's not the kind of harmless era-defining fad that jelly bracelets and scrunchies were in the 80s, and it's certainly not as subtle as Apple's catchy use of the lower-case "i."

Since the turn of the new millennium, Tim Burton has emerged as a kind of self-perpetuating cultural organism, eating other fads and franchises as it grows overstuffed and unable to control its own ego. And now it might be too late for us to do anything about it. It's like a monster straight out of, well - a Tim Burton film.

The kind of people...
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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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Check Out 'Soccer Mom' On DVD

September 13th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Soccer Mom
Missi Pyle And Emily Osment Star In 'Soccer Mom,' On DVD Sept. 30Anchor Bay Entertainment is proud to release the hilarious and heart-warming family film, Soccer Mom on DVD September 30, starring Missi Pyle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Emily Osment ("Hannah Montana").

Soccer Mom tells the story of a single mom who poses as a famous soccer pro to try to save her daughter's soccer team. The movie is presented in partnership by Ladies' Home Journal. Soccer Mom will also air on Starz Kids & Family Channel on September 29, 2008.

When Becca's (Emily Osment) losing soccer tea...
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'The Golden Compass' Arrives In A Two-Disc DVD Edition April 29

April 27th, 2008 9:00am EDT
The Golden Compass
Embark on a heroic journey to save humanity as The Golden Compass arrives on DVD from New Line Home Entertainment on April 29, 2008. The sweeping family fantasy follows a curious young heroine, Lyra Belacqua, and her quest to protect the coveted Golden Compass – the last of a mystical, powerful device that can unveil the truth, reveal what others wish to hide and even see the future. Lyra's courageous nature and determination to protect the device – and rescue her best friend – open the door to an adventure that will take her over sky and ocean to the wilds of the icy north, where she will ...
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Film Review: Reality Trumps Fantasy In 'Spiderwick Chronicles'

February 12th, 2008 5:29pm EST
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Spiderwick Chronicles may not be in the same fantasy league as the tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling. Yet the family flick based on the books of Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black is an all-around class act, even if its world of ogres and goblins is a bit stale in the wake of its more ambitious cousins in the over-the-rainbow genre.

The human characters are the main source of wonder here. Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger and Mary-Louise Parker authentically capture the fractured spirit of a family newly cast into single-parent mode, while David Strathairn adds a wistf...
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Point/Counterpoint: Should Hollywood Stop Remaking Classic Films?

January 18th, 2008 1:45pm EST
Rob Zombie
Over the years many classic movies have been remade. Don't get me wrong, some of those remakes have been really good. But the majority of the movies have been really bad.

These days, special effects are being taken to a whole new level, but that's not always a good thing. One of the main reasons these films are classics is because CGI was in the distant future. People loved the original "Godzilla" because you can see the man in the Godzilla costume crushing a cardboard box, also known as Tokyo.

There are few movies that have scared me, and one of those films was the 1978 movie "Ha...
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Witches, Werewolves And Warlocks Invade ABC Family's Ninth Annual '13 Nights Of Halloween'

October 17th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
13 Nights of Halloween
ABC Family has a frightful line-up of new programming for its ninth annual '13 Nights of Halloween' programming event. The new ABC Family original movie "Nature of the Beast" and the basic cable premieres of "An American Haunting" and "Boogeyman" will join other Halloween themed programming airing the 13 nights leading up to Halloween (October 19 - October 31).

ABC Family's new original movie "Nature of the Beast," premiering Sunday, October 21 (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) is a darkly wicked tale of one happy couple's road to wedded bliss. Julia and Rich are in the throes of planning the...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 13

September 13th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Fiona Apple
Happy Birthday to "Boy Meets World" actor Ben Savage (1980), singer Fiona Apple (1977), Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney (1975), Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (1967), sprinter Michael Johnson (1967), British drummer Zak Starkey (1965), Megadeth singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine (1961), jazz guitarist Joe Morris (1955), record producer Don Was (1952), actor Raymond O'Connor (1952), Village People 'cowboy' Randy Jones (1952), "Designing Women" actress Jean Smart (1951), "Gimme a Break" actress Nell Carter (1948; d. 2003), former Chicago singer Peter Cetera (1944), British actress Ja...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 7

June 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Anna Kournikova
Happy Birthday to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" actor Jordan Fry (1993), Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova (1981), Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson (1975), New Zealand actor Karl Urban (1972), musician Dave Navarro (1967), comedian Jim Gaffigan (1966), WWE star Mick Foley (1965), the purple one, Prince (1958), South African musician Johnny Clegg (1953), "Batman Begins" actor Liam Neeson (1952), late New York Yankees captain Thurman Munson (1947; d. 1979), Welsh singer Tom Jones (1940), film director James Ivory (1928), rat-packer Dean Martin (1917; d. 1995), and "Driving Miss Daisy" ...
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Freddie Highmore Leads An Incredible Line-Up Of Talent In 'Arthur And The Invisibles,' On DVD May 15

May 3rd, 2007 11:39am EDT
Arthur And The Invisibles
A magical tale of a young boy's courageous journey to save his grandfather's home from demolition, Arthur And The Invisibles soars onto DVD May 15th from Genius Products LLC. and The Weinstein Company.

Using a brilliant combination of live-action and ground-breaking 3D-CG animation, Arthur And The Invisibles features heartwarming performances by talented young actor Freddie Highmore (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland) and Hollywood legend Mia Farrow (The Omen, Hannah and Her Sisters) along with the vocal talent of such superstars as Madonna, David Bowie, Snoop Dog...
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Johnny Depp: 'We Should Celebrate Our Individuality'

December 28th, 2006 10:41am EST
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp loves being labeled weird. The actor - who has portrayed a host of eccentric characters on the big screen, including Captain Jack Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean and Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - believes he discovered who he really is as a person by taking on oddball roles.

He said: "I was given the weird badge but I think everybody's weird and that's the key to it. We should celebrate our individuality, not be embarrassed or ashamed of it. We all have idiosyncrasies. People do themselves a great disservice by not allowing themselves to see who...
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Danny Elfman's Original Score For Charlotte's Web Hits Stores Dec. 5; Features Sarah McLachlan; Win It!

December 6th, 2006 4:37pm EST
Charlotte’s Web
Three-time Oscar nominee and Grammy Award-winning composer Danny Elfman’s inspiring score for the motion picture Charlotte’s Web will be released December 5 on Sony Classical’s original soundtrack recording, which will also introduce the original song “Ordinary Miracle,” performed by Sarah McLachlan and written by acclaimed songwriter/record producer Glen Ballard and music legend Dave Stewart.

In the classic tale of Charlotte’s Web from writer E.B. White, someone very small finds that the most powerful force in the world is friendship. In the big-screen adaptation, the characters embar...
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Daddy Warbucks Is The Richest Fictional Character

November 21st, 2006 12:18pm EST
Annie
Daddy Warbucks from Annie has topped the Forbes "Fictional 15," an annual listing of the wealthiest fictional characters. Santa Clause was eliminated from the list this year because Forbes was inundated with letters from children insisting the jolly man is "real."

According to Forbes, Warbucks, an ex-U.S. Army general turned industrialist, is worth $36.2 billion, thanks to the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and because of a contract to provide oil-well maintenance in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Fictional 15 are:

1. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks (Annie)

2....
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 13

September 13th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Fiona Apple
Happy Birthday to "Boy Meets World" actor Ben Savage (1980), singer Fiona Apple (1977), Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney (1975), Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (1967), sprinter Michael Johnson (1967), British drummer Zak Starkey (1965), Megadeth singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine (1961), jazz guitarist Joe Morris (1955), record producer Don Was (1952), actor Raymond O'Connor (1952), Village People 'cowboy' Randy Jones (1952), "Designing Women" actress Jean Smart (1951), "Gimme a Break" actress Nell Carter (1948; d. 2003), former Chicago singer Peter Cetera (1944), British actress Ja...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 7

June 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Anna Kournikova
Happy Birthday to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" actor Jordan Fry (1993), Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova (1981), Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson (1975), New Zealand actor Karl Urban (1972), musician Dave Navarro (1967), comedian Jim Gaffigan (1966), WWE star Mick Foley (1965), the purple one, Prince (1958), South African musician Johnny Clegg (1953), "Batman Begins" actor Liam Neeson (1952), late New York Yankees captain Thurman Munson (1947; d. 1979), Welsh singer Tom Jones (1940), film director James Ivory (1928), rat-packer Dean Martin (1917; d. 1995), and "Driving Miss Daisy" ...
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Prince Evades House Painting Lawsuit

March 22nd, 2006 9:36am EST
Prince
Prince was slapped with a lawsuit - for painting his rented mansion with bright purple stripes. The 80s superstar reportedly customised the $70,000-a-month Hollywood home by covering it with purple lines and his personalised 'Prince' symbol. He was also accused of daubing '3121', the title of his new album, on the house and installing a monogrammed carpet - also in his beloved purple - in the master bedroom.

His landlord, NBA star Carlos Boozer, lodged a lawsuit against the singer in January. But the star's lawyers insisted Boozer had collected his rent without complaining about the c...
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And The Oscar Goes To ...

March 6th, 2006 9:45am EST
George Clooney
Although Brokeback Mountain wound up walking away with a few Academy Awards last night, the big winner was Crash, which took home statues for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Editing. Thrice-nominated George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana. Read more for a complete list of winners ...

78th Annual Academy Awards Winners:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow

Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line

David S...
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King Kong Set to Sweep Empires

March 2nd, 2006 10:08am EST
Crash
King Kong is set to sweep the board at this year's Empire awards - after receiving five nominations. After being snubbed by the Oscars, the Golden Globes and the Bafta's, the remake of the 1933 monster movie has been nominated for a host of top honors, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor. 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Crash', and 'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' also faired well with four nominations each.

The Best Actor category will be a fight between Matt Dillon for his performance in 'Crash', 'Batman Begins' star Christian Bale, 'Johnny Depp' for his portr...
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Prince Offers Fans a Purple Ticket in New Album

February 9th, 2006 9:48am EST
Prince
Prince is giving fans the chance to win special "purple tickets" to a private concert at his home. The superstar singer is hiding a small number of the 'Willy Wonka' style tickets in his new album '3121' and single 'Black Sweat' - which are released next month.

Fans who buy the lucky CDs will win an "Evening with Prince" - a trip to the reclusive singer's Minneapolis mansion to see the one-off performance. A source from Universal, Prince's record label, said: "This is another great marketing stunt."

Meanwhile, the 80s pop star is reportedly in talks to appear at the Brit awards ne...
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Complete List of 2006 Oscar Nominations

January 31st, 2006 10:58am EST
Best Actor nominee Heath Ledger
As expected, Brokeback Mountain is a favorite among Oscar voters, rounding up eight nominations, including those for best motion picture, director, actor, and supporting actor and actress. Crash and Good Night, And Good Luck follow with six nominations each. Walk the Line was surprisingly shut out of the best motion picture category, but the film earned five nominations, as did Capote, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Munich. Continue reading for a complete list of Oscar nominees...

78th Annual Academy Awards Nominations:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hof...
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ERC Names Top 10 Earning Films of 2005

January 4th, 2006 2:08pm EST
Star Wars Episode III
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith blew away the competition in 2005, making over $380 million at the box office. Here is a list of the top 10 money-making films of last year as compiled by Exhibitor Relations Co. (ERC):

1. Star Wars: Episode III--Revenge of the Sith, $380.3 million

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, $277.1 million

3. War of the Worlds, $234.3 million

4. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, $225.7 million

5. Wedding Crashers, $209.2 million

6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, $206.5 million

7. Batman Begins, $205...
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Johnny Depp & Kate Winslet To Narrate IMAX Film

December 21st, 2005 11:25am EST
The upcoming original IMAX 3D production, “Deep Sea 3D,” will be co-narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet and will feature an original score from award-winning composer Danny Elfman. The film is slated for release on March 3, 2006.

“Deep Sea 3D” will be the first documentary ever to boast the voices of Depp or Winslet and be the first original IMAX production to be scored by Elfman, who has provided the musical backdrop for major Hollywood productions such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chicago, Spider-Man 2, Men in Black and many others.

"Deep Sea 3D is loaded with brea...
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More Nominees Revealed for 'People's Choice Awards'

November 30th, 2005 1:44pm EST
Reese Witherspoon
A second round of nominees for "The 32nd Annual People’s Choice Awards" was just announced. Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Chicken Little, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, U2 and Paul McCartney are among the nominees joining Jennifer Garner, Reneé Zellweger, Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, Gwen Stefani and Usher who were already on the nominee roster.

The first round of nominees was announced November 10 by the show's host, Craig Ferguson, along with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Dominic Monaghan. The winners will be revealed when the program airs live from the Shrine Auditoriu...
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