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Court Rules 'Da Vinci Code' Author Did Not Steal Plot Ideas

3/28/2007 1:01pm EDT
The Da Vinci Code
A lawsuit filed against The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown has been thrown out of a London court today after a judge ruled the writer did not steal plot ideas from other texts. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh - two of the three authors of The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail - alleged Brown had reproduced themes from their 1982 novel and filed a subsequent lawsuit against Random House, the publisher of both books.

Their original suit was dismissed in April 2006, when the London's High Court ruled Brown had not plagiarized themes from the authors' work, but after the ruling in the Court...

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

1/16/2007 8:24am EST
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:




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Starpulse DVD Review: Snakes On A Plane

1/5/2007 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 ...

Starpulse Names The Top 10 Films of 2006

12/31/2006 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...

Nielsen Names Most Popular TV Shows, Movies, Music of 2006

12/21/2006 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 ...

Hollywood Foreign Press Association Announced The Nominations For The 64th Golden Globe Awards

12/14/2006 11:15am EST
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.




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Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- Sherrybaby...

Sony Pictures Makes More Than $3 Billion at Box Office in 2006

12/7/2006 1:57pm EST
Casino Royale
For the first time in its history, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) will exceed more than $3 billion in worldwide ticket sales tomorrow, December 8. This milestone achievement, reached with three weeks still to go in 2006, marks just the fourth time in motion picture history that any studio has reached the $3 billion mark in a single year.

Internationally, the studio has already realized its best year of all time, with just under $1.5 billion and counting. Domestically, the studio has already passed more than $1.5 billion and is on pace to surpass $1.573 billion, the most any studio h...

Queen Latifah To Host 'People's Choice Awards,' More Nominees Announced

11/28/2006 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:




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New Movies on DVD, Nov. 14

11/14/2006 8:00am EST
Da Vinci Code
The largely anticipated but moderately disappointing Da Vinci Code hits store shelves this week. Dan Brown's controversial best-selling novel about a powerful secret that's been kept under wraps for thousands of years comes to the screen in this suspense thriller. Also on DVD: Accepted, John Tucker Must Die, Strangers With Candy and Who Killed the Electric Car?

Tonight's TV Highlights: 'Prison Break' & 'Vanished'

8/21/2006 8:00am EDT
Prison Break
The second season of Prison Break kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX. Michael (Wentworth Miller) and the escape gang begin the run for their lives as a new FBI agent leads the hunt for their capture.

Picking up eight hours after their escape from Fox River, Michael, Lincoln, Sucre, Abruzzi and C-Note are on the run for their lives as a vengeful Bellick leads the prison guards seeking to capture their escaped quarry.

Following "Prison Break" at 9 p.m. is the new FOX series Vanished. It centers on missing person Sara Collins (Joanne Kelly), a senator’s wife. Viewers catch the acti...

Sony Pictures Surpasses $1 Billion in Box Office Dollars

8/9/2006 2:59pm EDT
Talladega Nights
Sony Pictures Entertainment has surpassed the $1 billion mark in box office receipts for calendar year 2006, making it the fifth year in a row the studio has reached that milestone at the box office.

The announcement was made by Jeff Blake, Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group and Vice-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Contributing to the success of the 2006 slate are eight number-one films: Columbia Pictures' The Da Vinci Code, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Click, RV, and Pink Panther; Screen Gems' Un...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 9

8/9/2006 3:00am EDT
Gillian Anderson
Happy Birthday to "The Da Vinci Code" actress Audrey Tautou (1978), English actress Rhona Mitra (1976), "The Practice" actress Jessica Capshaw (1976), Colombian singer Juanes (1972), Carolina Hurricane Rod Brind'Amour (1970), "Munich" actor Eric Bana (1968), "X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson (1968), football and baseball star Deion Sanders (1967), Canadian hockey star Brett Hull (1964), notorious singer/actress Whitney Houston (1963), Movie/TV actress Melanie Griffith (1957), actor Sam Elliott (1944), baseball player Tommie Agee (1942; d. 2001), and "Jaws" actor Robert Shaw (1927; d. 1978)...

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" Soundtrack In Stores July 4

6/28/2006 11:29am EDT
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man
Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack to one of the summer's most highly anticipated blockbuster movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, on July 4, 2006. Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code, The Lion King), who produced the soundtrack to the first movie in the Pirates trilogy, returned to compose the rousing score for Dead Man's Chest, and Dutch DJ Tiësto remixed the theme "He's a Pirate" into a progressive epic trance anthem which is featured on the disc as a bonus track. Also on July 4, nine more remixes from the score will be released exclusively ...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 22

6/22/2006 3:00am EDT
Meryl Streep
Happy Birthday to "Scrubs" actor Donald Faison (1974), MTV/talk show host Carson Daly (1973), Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page (1970), Mighty Mighty Bosstones singer Dicky Barrett, "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown (1964), B-movie actor Bruce Campbell (1958), INXS bassist Garry Gary Beers (1957), "Chico and the Man" star Freddie Prinze (1954; d. 1977), 80s pop singer Cyndi Lauper (1953), "Dances With Wolves" actor Graham Greene (1952), "The Bionic Woman" star Lindsay Wagner (1949), prolific screen star Meryl Streep (1949), singer/songwriter Todd Rundgren (1948), singer/actor Kris Kris...

Penelope Ann Miller & Esai Morales Join 'Vanished'

6/20/2006 10:09am EDT
Esai Morales
Golden Globe nominee Penelope Ann Miller and Esai Morales are joining the new FOX drama Vanished. The series combines the investigative twists and turns of CSI, the nonstop pace and tension of 24 and the scope of The Da Vinci Code. It will air Mondays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) this fall.

Miller joins the series as Jessica, the ex-wife of prominent Georgia Senator Jeffrey Collins (John Allen Nelson), whose current wife has inexplicably disappeared. Morales plays Kyle Tyner, supervisor of the high-stakes FBI investigation team of Graham Kelton (Gale Harold) and Agent Len Mei (Ming-Na).


Guatemalan Singer Martita Roca Challenges Modern Religion, Da Vinci Code Style

6/19/2006 5:05pm EDT
Martita Roca
Like the Da Vinci Code suggests, religion as we know it today has, in fact, kept secrets from humanity for over 2000 years. There is undeniable proof that further truths exist than what this film suggests, which have been hidden from the world for ages. The renowned singer/actress Martita Roca of 'Love For Rent' (HBO) can attest to this with great evidence, and has indicated she will not stop until the entire planet learns about these mysteries that are now being decoded.

Not only is the talented Latin Artist leading Miami protests that confront the lies 'religion' has sold to the wor...

Tom Cruise Tops Forbes 100 List ... Again

6/16/2006 9:05am EDT
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise has topped the annual Forbes magazine Celebrity 100 list. Angelina Jolie is the covergirl for the much-anticipated publication, which hits newsstands today, but it's Cruise's movie successes and his romance with Katie Holmes that propels him to the top, with an estimated $67 million fortune.

It is the second time the actor has topped the list, but his reappearance in the number-one spot came as a surprise in light of recent bad press over his controversial Scientology beliefs and exaggerated display of love for Holmes in the infamous Oprah Winfrey couch-jumping exhibition. ...

'Conan' Movie Planned, Online Game Due Q4 2006

6/15/2006 10:40am EDT
Funcom points to an announcement from Paradox Entertainment where plans related to an upcoming Conan movie from Warner brothers are revealed and confirmed. According to Paradox Entertainment the deal may include several Conan movies.

Boaz Yakin has been hired as scriptwriter on the upcoming movie. He is known for titles like Remember the Titans and The Rookie. One of the producers will be Akira Goldsman, known for titles like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Cinderella man, DaVinci code and the Oscar-winning A Beautiful mind, while additional producers include Irving Azoff, Jon Jashni and Richard A...

Top Fictional Power Player? Wolverine

6/6/2006 10:38am EDT
Wolverine in X-Men The Last Stand
X-Men's violent mutant Wolverine has topped a poll of fictional power players, beating off stiff competition from boy wizard Harry Potter and comic book-hero-turned-movie icon Spider-Man. The survey, conducted by Entertainment Weekly, sees Hugh Jackman's character destroy a string of high-grossing film and TV rivals. The result boosts Jackman's chances of fronting a spin-off solo movie for his character.

Cartoon bad boy Bart Simpson enters the list at just ninth position, while reserved The Da Vinci Code academic Robert Langdon is a surprise choice at number five. Only one female char...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 27

5/27/2006 3:00am EDT
Paul Bettany
Happy Birthday to British TV Chef Jamie Oliver (1975), Outkast half Andre 3000 (1975), late TLC singer Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (1971; d. 2002), "The Da Vinci Code" actor Paul Bettany (1971), "Shakespeare in Love" star Joseph Fiennes (1970), Oakland A's slugger Frank Thomas (1968), Houston Astros star Jeff Bagwell (1968), comedian Adam Carolla (1964), "Frasier" actress Peri Gilpin (1961), actress Linnea Quigley (1958), Crowded House singer Neil Finn (1958), Siouxie and the Banshees frontwoman Siouxie Sioux (1957), WWE star Eric Bischoff (1955), Canadian musician Bruce Cockburn (1945), actor Br...

Tom Hanks Hires More Bodyguards After 'Da Vinci Code'

5/26/2006 9:30am EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks has employed extra bodyguards over fears for his family's safety. The 49-year-old actor, who is currently starring in the The Da Vinci Code, was forced to hire more security because he fears the controversial film could put his family at risk from disgruntled Christian groups.

A source is quoted in Daily Star newspaper as saying: "Tom and director Ron Howard try to play it all down, but religion is a very sensitive subject. There is no question that some people are very offended by elements of the story."

The Oscar-winning actor and his family now have security with them...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 24

5/24/2006 3:00am EDT
Bob Dylan
Happy Birthday to country singer Billy Gilman (1988), basketball star Tracy "T-Mac" McGrady (1979), rapper Heavy D (1967), "Boogie Nights" star John C. Reilly (1965), "The English Patient" actress Kristin Scott Thomas (1960), country singer Rosanne Cash (1955), "The Da Vinci Code" actor Alfred Molina (1953), "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe" actor Jim Broadbent (1949), actress Priscilla Presley (1945), Lady Marmalade singer Patti LaBelle (1944), "M*A*S*H" actor Gary Burghoff (1943), legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan (1941), and Canadian actor/comedian Tomm...

Pirated Versions Of "The Da Vinci Code" Already On Sale

5/23/2006 10:27am EDT
The Da Vinci Code
Pirate DVDs of The Da Vinci Code are already on sale in China. The bootleg copies of the blockbuster were available on the streets of Shanghai within days of controversial movie's premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

The DVD's are changing hands for as little as sixty cents each, however, the quality of the DVDs is reportedly so poor that people were forced to stop watching it halfway through the film.

One customer said: "People kept walking in front of the cinema screen and obstructing my view. I could even hear someone drinking Coke or something." Staff at the shop said the DVD...

Opens May 19: The Da Vinci Code

5/17/2006 10:45am EDT
Dan Brown's controversial best-selling novel about a powerful secret that's been kept under wraps for thousands of years comes to the screen in this suspense thriller from director Ron Howard. The stately silence of Paris' Louvre museum is broken when one of the gallery's leading curators is found dead on the grounds, with strange symbols carved into his body and left around the spot where he died.

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Cast and Crew:

Tom Hanks - (Robert Langdon)

Audrey Tautou - (Sophie Neveu)

Ian McKellen - (Sir Teabing)

Jean Reno - (Bezu Fache)

Alfred Molina - (B...

Tom Hanks Sets Guinness World Record

5/10/2006 2:09pm EDT
Tom Hanks
Guinness World Records just announced Tom Hanks' entry into the record books for Actor With Most Consecutive $100 Million Grossing Movies. The world-renowned actor was recognized for this achievement after an impressive run from 1998 to 2002 with seven films in a row reaching the milestone mark.

As his latest film Da Vinci Code nears release May 19, Hanks looks to chalk up another $100 million maker and start a new streak picking up from his last film, Polar Express.

According to Guinness World Records, Hanks has appeared in 14 movies with a domestic gross of over $100 million, s...

Test Audiences For 'Da Vinci Code' Hate Tom Hanks' Hairstyle

4/18/2006 9:47am EDT
Tom Hanks
The Da Vinci Code movie has been thrown into chaos after test audiences admitted they hated Tom Hanks' hairstyle. The normally short-haired actor grew his locks for the role of Robert Langdon in the adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, but viewers admitted to researchers they found his lank locks a major turn-off. A studio insider told The Sun newspaper: "Much of the talk is about the hair. But it's too late to fix it."

Hanks admitted to Japanese Prime Minister Junichro Koizumi earlier this month he had modelled his 'bowl cut' hairstyle on the world leader. On meeting Koizumi,...

'Da Vinci Code' Author Denies Plagiarism

3/14/2006 11:19am EST
The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown has slammed allegations he plagiarised the best seller's plot as "completely fanciful" and is "astounded" by the current copyright wrangle. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh have taken Brown to London's High Court, insisting he ripped off their "The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail."

However, Brown says Baigent and Leigh are two of many writers who have written about the theory that Jesus Christ didn't die on the cross but lived to have children with Mary Magdalene, whose descendants live to this day.

Brown says in a statement: "I have been shock...

Madonna and Brad Pitt Tapped for 'Extras'?

2/7/2006 9:32am EST
Brad Pitt
Madonna and Brad Pitt have reportedly signed up for the second series of 'Extras'. Ricky Gervais is rumoured to have persuaded the singer and 'Ocean's Eleven' actor to play themselves in the comedy show. The first series featured many A-list stars including Oscar winning actress Kate Winslett, 'Pulp Fiction's Samuel L Jackson and Ben Stiller.

Gervais recently told talkshow host David Letterman that he was star-struck when he met Jude Law at the Golden Globe awards. He revealed: "What do I say to them? They say, 'I love the show,' and I go, 'You're, uh, good too.' You want to be like Os...

'The Da Vinci Code' To Open Cannes Film Festival

1/23/2006 3:00pm EST
Tom Hanks stars in The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer and John Calley for Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, will open Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday May 17, 2006. The film will be presented Out of Competition.

The Da Vinci Code was adapted from Dan Brown's esoteric thriller with more than 30 million copies sold throughout the world. Top billing goes to Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Jean Reno with Paris's Louvre and Saint-Sulpice Church among the star sets of both the novel and film.

The Da Vinci Code will be released in French theatres on the same day...

Bravo Honors Director Ron Howard

1/7/2006 8:00am EST
Ron Howard
Bravo will pay tribute to the nearly five-decade career of director Ron Howard in the special, "Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard" on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 9 pm. The salute will include presentations from Howard's star-studded colleagues and friends as well as exclusive film clips.

Special guests and presenters include Jim Carrey, Edie Falco, Paul Giamatti, Howard's long-time producing partner Brian Grazer, surprise guest Tom Hanks, Goldie Hawn, Bryce Dallas Howard, Michael Keaton, Kurt Russell, Jeffrey Tambor and Renee Zellweger.

The Salute will include a first look at Howard's ad...