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Rachel Weisz Tried To Her Change Name

July 21st, 2012 3:04pm EDT
Rachel Weisz
Actress Rachel Weisz was rebuked by her agent for changing her name at the start of her career because her chosen moniker made her sound like a porn star.

The Constant Gardener star grew so tired of teachers botching the pronunciation of her surname, she altered the "weird" spelling in a bid to avoid confusion while breaking into the entertainment industry, but the 42 year old's efforts were shot down by her manager because he didn't want casting directors to get the wrong impression.

She explains, "I did try and change it. In England there's this catalogue called Spotlight, where the ...
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Happy 40th Birthday, Rachel Weisz!

March 7th, 2011 8:19am EST
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz proves she's still a yummy mummy after four decades - the British beauty turns 40 on Monday.

Starting her career in the drama department of Britain's posh Cambridge university, Weisz soon caught the eyes of casting directors around the world and has become one of the U.K. most glamorous exports.

From action queen to indie dream, Weisz has fought ancient enemies in "The Mummy" films, proved her comic timing in Fred Claus and provided an Oscar-winning turn in "The Constant Gardner."

And as the actress moves into her forties, we have come up with 10 terrific facts to quench you...
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Rachel Weisz: Hot Or Not?

November 18th, 2008 10:24am EST
Rachel Weisz
British actress Rachel Weisz has managed to fly under the radar in Hollywood while starring in films such as The Mummy and The Constant Gardner. We think the 37-year-old actress is definitely hot. What do you think? Peruse our photo slideshow, and let us know in the comments!

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Opening October 3: Blindness

September 30th, 2008 12:19pm EDT
Blindness Pictures
The Constant Gardener director Fernando Meirelles joins forces with Canadian writer/director/actor Don McKellar to bring Portuguese Nobel Prize winner José Saramago's 1995 novel to the big screen... Continue summary

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Celebrity Birthdays, December 22

December 22nd, 2007 3:00am EST
Rick Nielsen
Happy Birthday to "The Constant Gardener" actor Ralph Fiennes (1962), Bee Gees twins Robin and Maurice (d. 2003) Gibb (1949), Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen (1946), journalist Diane Sawyer (1945), hall-of-fame pitcher Steve Carlton (1944), "Leave It To Beaver" mom Barbara Billingsley (1922), and Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (1858; d. 1924).
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 7

March 7th, 2007 3:00am EST
Rachel Weisz
Happy Birthday to "That 70s Show" actress Laura Prepon (1980), "The Constant Gardener" Oscar-winner (Best Actress) Rachel Weisz (1971), annoying comedienne Wanda Sykes (1964), "The Young Ones" actor Rik Mayall (1958), "Malcolm In The Middle" actor Bryan Cranston (1956), Pittsburgh Steelers legends Lynn Swann (1952) and Franco Harris (1950), Isley Brother Ernie Isley (1952), J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf (1946), actor John Heard (1945), folk singer Townes Van Zandt (1944; d. 1997), film executive Michael Eisner (1942), Hill Street Blues actor Daniel J. Travanti (1940), "Bolero" composer Ma...
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New Line Cinema Releases "The Number 23," Starring Jim Carrey, On February 23

February 11th, 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 ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 22

December 22nd, 2006 3:00am EST
Rick Nielsen
Happy Birthday to "The Constant Gardener" actor Ralph Fiennes (1962), Bee Gees twins Robin and Maurice (d. 2003) Gibb (1949), Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen (1946), journalist Diane Sawyer (1945), hall-of-fame pitcher Steve Carlton (1944), "Leave It To Beaver" mom Barbara Billingsley (1922), and Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (1858; d. 1924).
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 7

March 7th, 2006 3:00am EST
Laura Prepon
Happy Birthday to "That 70s Show" actress Laura Prepon (1980), "The Constant Gardener" Oscar-nominee Rachel Weisz (1971), annoying comedienne Wanda Sykes (1964), "The Young Ones" actor Rik Mayall (1958), "Malcolm In The Middle" actor Bryan Cranston (1956), Pittsburgh Steelers legends Lynn Swann (1952) and Franco Harris (1950), Isley Brother Ernie Isley (1952), J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf (1946), actor John Heard (1945), folk singer Townes Van Zandt (1944; d. 1997), film executive Michael Eisner (1942), Hill Street Blues actor Daniel J. Travanti (1940), "Bolero" composer Maurice Ravel (1...
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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

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Humane Society Names 'Wallace & Gromit' Best Movie of the Year

February 23rd, 2006 11:02am EST
Wallace And Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit has been voted movie of the year by animal rights campaigners. The Humane Society saluted the claymation romp "for unleashing the inimitable duo on an eccentric adventure, in which Gromit's savvy canine helps them win through with a unique and humane version of pest control."

The family film - which has become the fastest selling DVD in British film in history - even beat the internationally successful documentary March of the Penguins to the award.

Meanwhile, animator Nick Park has revealed how he felt sorry for actor Ralph Fienne...
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Francesca Annis Dumps Ralph Fiennes

February 8th, 2006 10:18am EST
Ralph Fiennes
'The Constant Gardener' star Ralph Fiennes has been dumped by actress Francesca Annis. The pair called time on their 11-year romance just days after it was claimed the 43-year-old actor had a steamy affair with a Romanian singer. Last weekend stunning Cornelia Crisan, who at 31 is 30 years younger than Annis, claimed she had a racy fling with Fiennes for two years.

She revealed she used to meet Fiennes - who started romancing Francesca after they both starred in 'Hamlet' in 1995 - for secret sex romps at a house he owns in London. Annis's solicitors released a statement confirming the ...
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Wedding - Ireland, This Year?

February 6th, 2006 9:50am EST
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly set to wed in Ireland this year. The Hollywood couple - who are expecting their first baby together - will hold their nuptials in a secret venue near Dublin. The stars have decided on a romantic, low-key ceremony, according to News of the World newspaper.

Last month it was claimed the smitten pair were bickering about whether to tie the knot at all. Angelina - who has two adopted children, Maddox, 4, and one-year-old Zahara - reportedly told 'Sin City' director Robert Rodriguez: "We will never marry".

According to Star magazine, the bea...
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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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Angelina Jolie says: "We will never marry"

January 27th, 2006 9:47am EST
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly bickering about whether to get married. The Hollywood lovebirds - who are expecting a child together in the summer - can't agree on whether to wed in the near future. Angelina reportedly told 'Sin City' director Robert Rodriguez: "We will never marry."

According to Star magazine, the beautiful actress was overheard saying: "If the kids get older and demand that we have a ceremony, we might. But that's a touchy subject with us." On the same day, Pitt allegedly told 'Constant Gardener' director Fernando Meirelles he and Angelina were planning t...
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'The Constant Gardener' Gets Most BAFTA Nominations

January 19th, 2006 9:50am EST
The Constant Gardener
British thriller The Constant Gardener has been nominated for 10 BAFTAs from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The adaptation of the John Le Carre novel, which stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, is up for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress and seven other awards. Ang Lee's gay cowboy film Brokeback Mountain and racial drama Crash both received nine nominations.

The awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Stephen Fry, will take place at the Odeon, in London's Leicester Square, on February 19. The Constant Gardener will face stiff competition in the Best Film category...
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'Brokeback Mountain' Snags Top Honors at Golden Globes

January 17th, 2006 9:14am EST
Brokeback Mountain
Gay cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at last night's Golden Globe awards scooping four honors - including Best Motion Picture. The movie - which had seven nominations at the prestigious ceremony - also won Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Screenplay and Best Original Song. But lead actor Heath Ledger lost out on the Best Dramatic Actor award to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the award for his performance in Capote.

Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were both honored for their performances in Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. The film also won the award for Best Mo...
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New Movies on DVD, Jan. 10

January 10th, 2006 8:00am EST
Three very different flicks are new on DVD this week. First check out the popular thriller Red Eye, starring Rachel McAdams as a young woman who is caught up in a terrorist plot. The suspense drama The Constant Gardener is about a man (Ralph Fiennes) who discovers a deadly secret when he tries to find out who killed the woman he loves. In Transporter 2, retired mercenary Frank Martin (Jason Statham) must use all his skills to hunt down a kidnapper that took his boss's son.

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'Brokeback Mountain' Garners Most SAG Nominations

January 5th, 2006 11:15am EST
Brokeback Mountain
Nominations for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2005 in five film and eight primetime television categories were just announced. Brokeback Mountain leads the pack in film with four nominations, followed by Capote and Crash (each with three nominations).

The film nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Russell Crowe / CINDERELLA MAN – Jim Braddock

Philip Seymour Hoffman / CAPOTE – Truman Capote

Heath Ledger / BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – Ennis Del Mar

Joaquin Phoenix / WALK THE LINE – John R. Cash (

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Screenwriters Nominate Top Films of 2005

January 4th, 2006 1:47pm EST
Good Night, And Good Luck
The Writers Guild of America just announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the 2005 season. Nominees for original screenplay are: Cinderella Man; Crash; The 40-Year-Old Virgin; Good Night, and Good Luck; and The Squid and the Whale.

Nominees for adapted screenplay are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, The Constant Gardener, A History of Violence, and Syriana.

Films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were produced signatory to the Writers Guild minimum basic agreement, and released in the year 2005 under the jurisdiction of Writers Guild of Amer...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 22

December 22nd, 2005 3:00am EST
Rick Nielsen
Happy Birthday to "The Constant Gardener" actor Ralph Fiennes (1962), Bee Gees twins Robin and Maurice (d. 2003) Gibb (1949), Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen (1946), journalist Diane Sawyer (1945), hall-of-fame pitcher Steve Carlton (1944), "Leave It To Beaver" mom Barbara Billingsley (1922), and Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (1858; d. 1924).
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More Awards for 'Brokeback Mountain'

December 20th, 2005 10:05am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal from Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at the Satellite Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, picking up four accolades. Ang Lee picked up Best Director for the film, which was also named Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Editing and Best Song for "A Love That Will Never Grow Old," at the 10th annual awards, which are organized by the International Press Academy.

Meanwhile, Philip Seymour Hoffman was named Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama for Capote, while Felicity Huffman garnered Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama for Transamerica.

In the Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy catego...
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Rachel Weisz Expecting Baby in Summer

December 6th, 2005 9:18am EST
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz is pregnant with her first child.

The sexy actress and her husband, film director Darren Aronofsky, are said to be expecting the baby next summer.

The star, who last week was named Best Actress in the British Independent Film Awards for her role in 'The Constant Gardener', is said to be thrilled with the news.

A source told Daily Telegraph newspaper: "She is three months pregnant and is absolutely thrilled. A baby was the one thing she felt had been missing in her life."

The screen beauty recently admitted wearing a prosthetic pregnant in the movie made her ...
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