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Blu-ray Review: 'Best Picture - Five Film Collection'

February 1st, 2012 2:45pm EST
Shakespeare in Love photo
What’s more passionate then owning an Academy Award winning flick on Blu-ray? How about five! That’s the premise of the new Lionsgate/Miramax collaboration Blu-ray out Jan 31 containing five best picture flicks including "No Country for Old Men," "Shakespeare in Love," "Crash," "The English Patient" and "Chicago." Check out the review of the 'Best Picture Academy Award Winners – Five Star Collection' below!

Title: 'Best Picture Academy Award Winners – Five Film Collection'

Grade: 3

Cast: Various

Director: Various

Rating: R

Runtime: 634 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate/Mir...
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Brendan Fraser And Paul Haggis Awarded Damages Over 'Crash' Lawsuit

December 21st, 2011 8:46am EST
Crash
Moviemaker Bob Yari has been ordered to pay actor Brendan Fraser and director Paul Haggis $12 million in damages for improperly withholding profits from hit 2004 film Crash.

In 2007, Haggis launched legal action against the movie's producer Yari, claiming he had breached a profit sharing agreement made in 2002 and failed to give him the correct money he is owed.

Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Buckley ruled earlier this year that Yari had breached his contract by "diverting funds to third parties" from the profits of the $100 million -grossing movie.

And Yari has now been ordered to pay...
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'The Blind Side' Tops Most-Rented Movies Of All Time List

December 15th, 2011 8:52am EST
The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock's "The Blind Side" has emerged as the most-rented DVD movie of all time, according to bosses at online film library Netflix.

Officials at the movie delivery service have compiled a group of the Top Ten Most-Rented Movies of All Time and the 2009 Academy Award nominee has topped the list.

Coming in second place was "Crash" and Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson's film "The Bucket List" was third.

Rounding out the top five were "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "The Hurt Locker."

Also making the list were crime thriller "The Departed," "No Country for Old Men," "Ince...
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Ryan Phillippe's Ex-Girlfriend Alexis Knapp Welcomes Baby Girl

July 7th, 2011 2:36pm EDT
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Ryan Phillippe is a dad again, according to reports.

The actor's ex-girlfriend, model Alexis Knapp, gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Friday, according to In Touch magazine.

Phillippe, who has a daughter and a son with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon, was by Knapp's bedside when little Kai was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The actor has yet to discover if he is officially the baby's biological father via a DNA test, but a source tells the publication, "He's acting like he is."

The Crash star, who recently split from actress girlfriend Amanda Seyfried, was photogra...
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Ryan Phillippe Plans To Quit Acting

April 25th, 2011 8:03am EDT
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Ryan Phillippe has announced plans to end his acting career after nearly 20 years in the spotlight.

The 36-year-old star began acting as a teenager and found fame in 1992 playing a gay youth in American daytime drama One Life to Live. He went on to enjoy a stellar Hollywood career with films including Cruel Intentions, Gosford Park and Oscar-winning drama Crash.

Phillippe is adamant he has grown tired of life in front of the camera and now intends to pursue roles behind the scenes. He also wants to move out of Los Angeles and spend more time in New York.

He tells New York Post gossip ...
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Alexis Knapp's Rep Addresses Baby Reports With Ryan Phillippe

March 17th, 2011 6:35pm EDT
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Actress Alexis Knapp's representative has spoken out to address reports suggesting her client is pregnant with Ryan Phillippe's baby, insisting she's preparing to become a single mom with or without the actor's help.

The Crash star briefly dated Knapp last year and the couple split in September.

The actress raised eyebrows earlier this year when she stepped out in Hollywood sporting a distinct baby bump.

Both parties remained quiet about pregnancy rumors, but now Knapp's spokesperson has issued a vague statement, which suggests Phillippe is set to become a father for the third time.

The...
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John Stamos To Guest Star On 'SVU,' Not 'Two And A Half Men'

March 4th, 2011 10:33am EST
John Stamos
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" will feature three star-studded episodes this spring with actor, producer and musician John Stamos, "Law & Order: Los Angeles" star Terrence Howard and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Lori Singer as guest stars.

Since production on "Two and a Half Men" shut down, rumors swirled that Stamos would replace Charlie Sheen on the hit CBS series.

Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons and series alum Diane Neal will also return to make a guest appearance in the upcoming "SVU" episodes.

Stamos will appear in the episode titled, "Bang," as an...
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Watch Classic Scenes & See the Full List of Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Ever

February 27th, 2011 8:50pm EST
The Artist
2011 (84th) The Artist (Watch scenes)
2010 (83rd) The King's Speech (Watch scenes from this film!)
2009 (82nd) The Hurt Locker (Watch scenes from The Hurt Locker)
2008 (81st) Slumdog Millionaire
2007 (80th) No Country for Old Men (Watch classic scenes from No Country for Old Men)
2006 (79th) The Departed (Watch classic scenes from The Departed)
2005 (78th) Crash

2004 (77th) Million Dollar Baby (Watch classic scenes from this film!)

2003 (76th) The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (Watch more scenes from it!)

2002 (75th) Chicago
2001 (74th) A Beau...
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Paul Haggis Defends His Controversial Scientology Profile

February 24th, 2011 10:24am EST
Paul Haggis
British moviemaker Paul Haggis is refusing to back down after detailing his defection from the Church of Scientology in a hard-hitting New Yorker magazine article, insisting the piece was necessary.

Haggis' profile caused a storm of controversy when it was posted online last week - because it contained details of his 35 years with the celebrity church, which boasts Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its members. The writer/director, who dubbed the church "a cult" in the article, tells USA Today, "I had a lot of friends that I knew who were upset. It was hard. Because those are really good...
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Surprise Oscar Wins: Is There A Pattern?

February 18th, 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...
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Paul Haggis Breaks His Silence About His Scientology Experience

February 8th, 2011 11:13am EST
Paul Haggis
Crash director and former Scientologist Paul Haggis has sparked outrage among the church's leaders after revealing the inner workings of the religion to a magazine.

The screenwriter was a member of the Church of Scientology, which counts actors John Travolta and Tom Cruise as followers, for more than 30 years before quitting over its support for Proposition 8, the bill which outlawed same-sex marriage. He has broken his silence about his time as a member to help The New Yorker journalist Lawrence Wright with a 25,000-word article about the secretive group's practices.

Haggis tells the p...
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Matt Dillon Sues Over 'Crash' Profits

October 1st, 2010 8:45am EDT
Matt Dillon
Hollywood actor Matt Dillon has filed suit against the producers of Oscar-winning movie Crash over allegations he was cheated out of $100,000 in profits.

Dillon appeared in the 2004 film alongside a star-studded cast including Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Don Cheadle and Thandie Newton, and the movie went on to win three Academy Awards, including the coveted Best Picture prize.

However, Dillon claims he wasn't properly paid for his role in the film, which grossed around $98 million worldwide and only found out when his accountants discovered an inaccuracy during a 2006 audit of his co...
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Sandra Bullock Is Sexy On The Cover Of The New EW

September 4th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Sandra Bullock EW
Sandra Bullock wasn't buying the hype. Speaking to EW last fall, weeks before the opening of a little heart-warmer of a movie called The Blind Side, the actress - who had reemerged earlier that year from a two-year hiatus with her biggest hit ever, the romantic comedy The Proposal - predicted that her newly reinvigorated career would soon cool down again. She brushed off The Proposal's success as a cosmic fluke: "I don't pump my fist in the air. I don't want anything karmically crashing down on me." She dismissed the idea that she might score an Oscar nomination for The Blind Side: "The stu...
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Will Smith Named Top Rapping Actor

August 19th, 2010 8:28am EDT
Will Smith
Will Smith has hammered the competition in a poll to find the best rapper-turned-actor.

The I Am Legend star, who enjoyed rap success with hits like Summertime and movie themes Wild Wild West and Men in Black, landed 58 per cent of the vote in the MovieTickets.com survey.

Mark Wahlberg came in second with 23 per cent and T.I. edged out Ludacris and Mos Def to land in third spot with seven per cent.

Crash star Ludacris and The Italian Job's Mos Def both garnered six per cent.

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Terrence Howard To Play Marvin Gaye?

May 17th, 2010 8:55pm EDT
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Terrence Howard is in talks to portray soul legend Marvin Gaye in moviemaker Cameron Crowe's biopic after Will Smith rejected the role.

The "I Am Legend" star pulled out of negotiations in April after months of discussions with Crowe, and the filmmaker was forced to start his search for a leading man all over again.

"Crash" star Howard has now put himself forward to take on the project - but admits he's hesitant about taking on such an iconic role.

He tells Deadline.com, "Nothing's been signed on paper yet. Everybody who loves music will hate me if I get this one wrong."

Crowe has been ...
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Ryan Phillippe Still 'Feels Sad' About His Divorce

April 15th, 2010 7:00pm EDT
Ryan Phillippe
Ryan Phillippe still struggles to come to terms with his divorce from Reese Witherspoon, four years after they split. The Crash actor parted ways with Witherspoon in 2006 after seven years of marriage.

However, Phillippe, who recently split from Aussie actress Abbie Cornish, admits he's never fully gotten over the break-up.

He tells Men's Health magazine, "I still have sadness and complicated feelings about my divorce."

Phillippe compares the sad split to suffering a trauma but insists he will use the lessons he's learned to his advantage if he ever weds again.

He adds, "How benefic...
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The Worst Best Picture Academy Award Winners

March 5th, 2010 12:15pm EST
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This year’s Academy Awards mark the 82nd time that an Oscar statuette has been awarded for Best Picture. Since the high-flying war epic Wings first brought home the gold in 1928, some of the most famous movies of all time have shared in the honor: Gone With The Wind, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Godfather. Not only are these titles essential viewing for movie fans, but they’re basically a prerequisite for being a functional human being. Still, with 81 titles to choose from, not every Best Picture winner can be, you know, good.

It seems that every year somebody comes along to complain ...
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The Golden Age Of Black Talent In Hollywood

March 2nd, 2010 10:05am EST
Are Black Men The Dominant Leading Actors Of This Era
Hollywood has always had its share of big-name black talent, from Sidney Poitier to Hattie McDaniel to Louis Gossett, Jr. But looking back, none of those big names owned Hollywood like Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, or Audrey Hepburn did. Poitier, McDaniel, and Gossett, Jr. were immensely talented pioneers, but they were vastly outnumbered by their peers in the industry. Unfortunate as it was, they were the exception in Hollywood, not the rule.

This was probably due in part to the social fabric of America at the time. It can’t have been easy for Sidney Poitier, even with his incredible tal...
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'Valentine's Day' & Other Movies With Star-Studded Casts

February 12th, 2010 2:50pm EST
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Ah, Valentine's Day weekend, the perfect time for Hollywood to embrace the mainstream audience by giving them cheesy and wonderful romantic comedies to prepare for the big day of love. This year the aptly named "Valentine's Day" is perfectly timed to get big notice, but one of the first things that impresses viewers is seeing the celebrity cast involved. It seems like almost every major actor is involved with this project, including Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, Patrick Dempsey, and on and on with at least ten other ...
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'Coraline' Comes To DVD & Blu-ray July 21, For A Limited Time Only

May 29th, 2009 10:05pm EDT
Coraline
From the visionary imagination of filmmaker Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and based on the award-winning novel by Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman ("The Graveyard Book", "Sandman") comes the remarkable handmade, stop-motion animated feature film Coraline, available on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def combo pack, 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD and single disc DVD July 21st, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. While all editions feature both the 2-D and 3-D versions of the film and four pairs of 3-D glasses, the Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD also in...
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Are The Academy Awards Out of Touch With Modern Audiences?

February 20th, 2009 9:18am EST
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Sunday, February 22, 2009, will mark the 81st Annual Academy Awards, but does anyone really care? Last year's telecast was one of the lowest rated in history, pulling in only 31.76 million viewers despite it being the 80th celebration of Oscar. This year producers are trying to reverse the trend. Yet it seems the more they try to fix the ratings slump, the more critics worry that the Oscars are simply out of touch with modern audiences.

It's not just young viewers who have moved on to more enjoyable awards shows like MTV and People's Choice. Academy members over the age of 60, who make...
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'Deadspin' Founder Will Leitch & Starpulse's Mike Ryan Debate The 81st Academy Awards

February 18th, 2009 10:52am EST
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Special guest Will Leitch, Deadspin founder and current contributing editor at New York Magazine, and our own Mike Ryan have taken their Oscar disagreements public in a series of open letters debating this Sunday's telecast of the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

An Academy Awards telecast that Mike will be live blogging this Sunday night at 8:30 PM EST, in real-time, here on Starpulse.

Mr. Leitch,

"Slumdog Millionaire is the film world's first globalized masterpiece." Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal

"Slumdog Millionaire is a ruthlessly effective paean to destin...
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Overrated & Underrated Oscar Winners For Best Picture

February 16th, 2009 9:00am EST
Gladiator
Saying a Best Picture winner is overrated is quite simple. If you think a movie is terrible and it won Best Picture ipso facto it is overrated. But what about an underrated Best Picture winner?

By definition, it should be impossible for a Best Picture winner to be underrated. Why? Because they already won - so their greatness is recognized. It's like having an underrated Hall-of-Famer or underrated Adult Film Award Winner, it should be impossible.

That simply isn't true, however. There are several Best Picture winners that have been completely forgotten over the years, many...
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An Idiot's Guide To The Oscar's Best Actor Award

January 28th, 2009 10:16am EST
Sean Penn/Mickey Rourke
(TJAGS is a weekly column) "Whatever happens, whether it includes Mickey or I, or not, at this next thing ... we know that the TV people have got their dog fight. But, they're idiots."

- Sean Penn, during his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the Screen Actors Guild Award Ceremony

I am not what Sean Penn would probably classify as a "TV person" (I do like TV, though, if that's what he meant); luckily though, I am kind of an idiot. So, yeah Sean, you're right! We do have a dogfight for the Best Actor Academy Award on February 22. In fact, if recent reports are to be believed, it ...
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Tim Robbins & Rachel McAdams Star In 'The Lucky Ones,' On DVD Jan. 27

January 23rd, 2009 5:30pm EST
The Lucky Ones
From the director of The Illusionist, The Lucky Ones, starring Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) with Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins (Mystic River, 2004) and Michael Peña (Crash), is the humorous, yet gripping drama about three soldiers on leave who take an unexpected road trip across the United States. An Official Selection of the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, The Lucky Ones was called "Spellbinding" by Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) and "a sharply observed, smart road movie" (Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News) with "sharp, heartfelt performances" (Philadelphia Inquirer). The DVD contains ...
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2008 Overrated/Underrated Awards

January 16th, 2009 12:55pm EST
Katy Perry
All this year we've used this space to chronicle the annals of pop culture. Specifically, whether or not certain members of this all-encompassing umbrella term are overrated or underrated.

The time has come to focus our microscope a little more sharply and turn our critical eye on the year that was.

So, here they are, the first annual All Overrated/Underrated Awards in the fields of music, television and film.

MUSIC

The "'Everywhere' by Michelle Branch" Award for Most Underrated Record of the Year:

The Winner is: "Run (I'm a Natural Disaster) by Gnarls Barkley

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Spotlight On Oscar's Best Pictures

January 7th, 2009 12:15pm EST
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January is the start of award season which means it's a tense time in Tinsel town! Actors are either being recognized or shunned for their tremendous work, agents are either celebrating with their stars or firing their "has-been" actors and we are betting on who is going to take home the Oscar! The stars, the fashion, the ambiance, the parties and actually taking home an Oscar along with the bragging rights that come along with it make this time of year so exciting!

The category of Best Picture is a huge deal and to be a part of the movie that wins is an honor! To say that you starre...
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'Prison Break' Season 3 Escapes On DVD Aug. 12; Win It!

July 22nd, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Prison Break
Most men would think breaking out of prison once is hard enough. However, escaped convict Michael Scofield finds himself wrongly incarcerated, this time in a Panamanian Prison where there are no rules, no wardens and no escape.

In Prison Break Season Three, breaking-out on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc (BD) August 12th from Fox Home Entertainment, Scolfield, morally-deprived T-Bag, former-guard Bellick and FBI Agent Malone, must not only fight to survive but also plan the most dangerous prison escape yet. Deemed "gripping, gut-wrenching" (Dallas Morning News) and "one of TV's guiltiest pleasu...
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Academy Awards Aim To Cure 'Awards Fever' As Show Approaches With Usual Glitz And Glamor

February 24th, 2008 12:30pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - No matter who wins, one key prediction from Academy Awards overseers already has come true: The show will go on.

It was a nail-biter for weeks as a Hollywood writers strike threatened to decimate Sunday's Oscars, with stars and filmmakers indicating they would not cross picket lines if the labor quarrel remained unsettled.

In the wake of the Golden Globes, whose celebrity bash was stripped down to a pitiful mid-January news conference because of the strike, Oscar organizers insisted their ceremony would go on as planned.

The 100-day strike ended less than t...
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Jessica Alba & Hayden Christensen Explore A Horrifying Reality In 'Awake'; On DVD March 4

February 20th, 2008 8:00pm EST
Awake
Every year 21 million people are put under anesthesia… one in 700 remain awake. Experience the pain and terror of "Anesthetic Awareness," when Awake debuts on DVD March 4, 2008 from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company. Featuring an ensemble cast including Golden Globe® nominee Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four, Sin City), Golden Globe® nominee Hayden Christensen (Factory Girl, Star Wars flms) and Oscar® nominee Terrence Howard (Ray, Four Brothers, Crash), Awake is a treacherous story about a man whose failed anesthetic leaves him conscious but paralyzed throughout an operation. As he is...
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