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Smarter Than The Average Movie Star Natalie Portman Turns 30

June 9th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Natalie Portman
“I'd rather be smart than a movie star,” Natalie Portman once said. ...Turns out she’s both.

The young actress has always been a fascinating contradiction. Youthful in appearance, yet always so mature in her choices, her acting and her lifestyle. A child star who was never childish, (even at just 12 years of age in Leon), she has a natural maturity far beyond any of her peers. Which is why she’s lasted where others have crashed and burned.

Discovered by an agent in a pizza parlour at the age of 11, Portman was being groomed for a modelling career before deciding she’d rather pursue acting...

Natalie Portman: The Best Actress Of Her Generation?

October 1st, 2010 10:10am EDT
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Since her intense breakout role in 1994’s “The Professional,” Natalie Portman has been one of the most respected and versatile actors working in Hollywood. Her filmography spans over 15 years but is as impressive and solid as Audrey Hepburn’s or Meryl Streep’s, two actresses to whom she has rightfully been compared.

It makes sense that Portman has become one of the most talented performers in Hollywood considering the amazing list of directors with whom she’s worked:

Luc Besson (“The Professional”)

Michael Mann (“Heat”)

Ted Demme (“Beautiful Girls”)

Woody Allen (“Everyone Says I Love Y...

Jason Schwartzman And Wife Expecting Baby

August 13th, 2010 12:15am EDT
Jason Schwartzman
Actor Jason Schwartzman is set to become a first-time dad - his wife is expecting a baby this December.

The "Rushmore" star wed designer Brady Cunningham in July 2009 and the couple will welcome the bundle of joy in time for Christmas.

Schwartzman broke the news during an interview on late night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Wednesday after the presenter quizzed him about his new facial hair.

He told host Jimmy Kimmel, "I'm expecting a child in December.

"I decided to grow out this moustache, so when we take photos, my boy or girl, whatever it is, they will be embarrassed. So I am n...

Four Stars Who Regret Going Topless

May 26th, 2010 9:43am EDT
5 Stars Who Wish They Never Went Topless
As film viewers, we often wonder how celebrities react to seeing themselves nude on screen. Stars like Paris Hilton, of course, couldn't care less about being seen without clothing - after all, that's how she and other celebrities with leaked sex-tapes found their fame. However, there are some stars who regret their decision to reveal their private regions.

Our friends at Reel Empire have done some heavy investigation and have learned of a few celebrities who, once careless about showcasing their goodies, have had a change of heart years later...

Kate Winslet ("The Reader")

Nearly e...

Heather Burns Discusses The New HBO Series 'Bored To Death'

September 17th, 2009 11:00am EDT
Heather Burns
Bored to Death is a promising new HBO comedy that stars an excellent cast of comedic players in the form of Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore), Ted Danson (Cheers), Zach Galifianakis (Hangover) and Heather Burns (Two Weeks Notice, Miss Congeniality). We recently had the pleasure of talking with the main players, Heather Burns, and here's what she had to say about Bored to Death.

Eric Stromsvold: Based off of the trailers it appears as though you're playing a character named Leah, who is Ray's girlfriend. What else is going on there?

Heather Burns: Well, she's Ray's...

Adrien Brody Hired Armani To Decorate Castle

October 7th, 2008 12:19pm EDT
Castle Dweller?
Actor Adrien Brody recruited the help of close pal Giorgio Armani to help design the interiors of his castle home in New York after writing a letter to the legendary Italian fashion guru.

The Darjeeling Limited star bought his "dream home" - a 19th century farm in the countryside - last summer as a special birthday present for actress girlfriend Elsa Pataky. The couple, who refuse to hire professionals to finish the property, has since spent all their free time redesigning and decorating it - with the help of their famous friend Armani.

Brody says, "We prefer to do it ourselves....

Movies With Heart: The 100 Best 'Romdramedies' Of The Past 20 Years

April 17th, 2008 8:00am EDT
There's the quintessential romantic comedy, and then there's the romdramedy. Similar to a dramedy (in which there is an equal balance of humor and serious content), a romdramedy combines comedy and drama with that mushy thing we call romance.

This is not a list of the best films over the past 20 years. Rather it is a list that gives preferences to those films that best combine all three elements - romance, comedy and drama.

Films like Magnolia and The Matrix were barred from competition, while films like Down with Love were considered (however, that one didn't make the cut)....

Jason Schwartzman: 'Wilson Is Coming Through It'

April 3rd, 2008 12:14pm EDT
Jason Schwartzman
Actor Jason Schwartzman has declared his friend Owen Wilson has made a brilliant recovery from the personal problems which led to his reported suicide attempt last summer. The Wedding Crashers star was rushed to hospital after slashing his wrists at his home in Santa Monica, California, last August.

However, Schwartzman, who starred alongside Wilson in last year's The Darjeeling Limited, insists his pal has had a difficult few months, but is now back to his normal self. He says, "He's doing well. I spoke to him yesterday and he's coming through it. He's had a hell of a tough time, but...

March Movie Preview

February 29th, 2008 1:25pm EST
Horton Hears a Who
With the month of love at our heels and St. Patrick's day right around the corner, the weather is promising to thaw and the movies are starting to get hot. Oscar season is over, which can mean only one thing: the push to summer block busters is right around the corner.

Fans of academy-driven mellow drama, art pictures, or just some more meaningful films must go into hiding for a few months or simply stay glued to George Clooney's IMDb in production page. Meanwhile, mindless summer gags are toning their movie-watching physique at muscle beach getting ready for their time. All that stan...

New Movies On DVD, Feb. 26

February 26th, 2008 8:00am EST
Inspired by the epic Old English poem of the same name, director Robert Zemeckis's digitally rendered film "Beowulf" follows the Scandinavian hero Beowulf as he fights to protect the Danes from a ferocious beast named Grendel. Also on DVD: 30 Days of Night and The Darjeeling Limited.

Wilson, Brody And Schwartzman Star In 'The Darjeeling Limited,' On DVD Feb. 26

February 10th, 2008 10:00am EST
The Darjeeling Limited
A magical train ride through India brings three brothers closer together despite their family baggage in The Darjeeling Limited, a powerful story of self-discovery debuting on DVD February 26 from Fox Home Entertainment.

Featuring an amazingly talented cast including Owen Wilson (You, Me and Dupree, Wedding Crashers) Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist), and Jason Schwartzman (Marie Antoinette, Shopgirl) as estranged brothers who plan a trip through India to rediscover their familial bond a year after their father's death. A comedic series of unexpected twists and turns in...

WENN 2007 Movie Poll- The Nice List

December 28th, 2007 3:00pm EST
The Bourne Ultimatum
As the year nears its close, have you really seen all the 2007 movies that count? The film buffs at WENN locked themselves away in a dark room with a week's supply of popcorn and warm soda and decided to review the last 12 month's hits and misses at the cinema.

We battled over 300, chuckled about Knocked Up, went native as we recalled Into The Wild's highlights and then dressed up for Hairspray - and we came up with the definitive naughty and nice lists. So, if you're keen to check out one of the year's best films and avoid the worst, read on...

The Nice List

1. The...

Notable Quotables

November 29th, 2007 7:00pm EST
Christina Aguilera
"We're so labeled. If you're too sexual, you're slutty. If you're not sexual enough, you're a prude. I like to put it out there as a topic of conversation. Why does it bother you? What's your problem with it? Am I really hurting you? Let's get to the root of it." Christina Aguilera on the subject of female sexuality.

"This is like one of those dreams where you go back to school." Singer/songwriter James Taylor on his historic onstage reunion with one-time collaborator Carole King at Los Angeles' fabled Troubadour. The pair took the stage for the first of six shows celebrating the 50th ...

Jason Schwartzman 'Starstruck' By Owen Wilson

November 25th, 2007 1:30pm EST
Jason Schwartzman
Actor Jason Schwartzman was so intimidated by Owen Wilson on the set of their new movie The Darjeeling Limited - he'd constantly crack jokes to try and impress him.

Schwartzman - son of Rocky actress Talia Shire and nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola - is now good friends with the Wedding Crashers star, but he admits relations weren't always so easy.

He says, "I'm a really big fan of Owen's and I think he's so funny. And when I first met him I was a little bit nervous because I really wanted to make him laugh. I can remember every day on set in the morning I would go up to hi...

Adrien Brody Escapes Death In India

November 20th, 2007 1:39pm EST
Adrien Brody
American actor Adrien Brody narrowly escaped death when he nearly crashed into a cow while speeding on a highway in India. The 34-year-old actor - who also had a life-threatening encounter with a low-hanging power line on the Indian shoot for The Darjeeling Limited - was testing the speed of his motorcycle when the animal stepped onto the road.

He says, "I almost died. I was behind a tuk-tuk, one of those little motorized rickshaws, when the driver suddenly pulled to the side and revealed a cow walking away from me on the road. I jammed on the brakes, skidded and nearly slammed straig...

Wes Anderson Denies 'Racist' Accusations

November 12th, 2007 12:33pm EST
Wes Anderson
Director Wes Anderson denies claims his new movie The Darjeeling Limited is racially offensive to Indian nationals. The filmmaker, 38, spoke out after U.S. film critic Jonah Weiner accused him of portraying the non-white characters in the film particularly shallowly.

Anderson says, "It's a harsh thing to be accused of, racism. It's hard not to be offended by that. I mean, this is a movie from the point of view of three American tourists, so their window is always going to be pretty narrow. But this notion that we are somehow using India as fodder, that's just so wrong. One does feel m...

Owen Wilson Criticizes Monkeys

October 29th, 2007 8:33am EDT
Owen Wilson
Troubled movie star Owen Wilson has slammed his The Darjeeling Limited monkey co-stars in his first interview since an August suicide attempt.

The actor was interviewed by pal and longtime collaborator Wes Anderson - who directed "The Darjeeling Limited" - for the MySpace Artist On Artist series, with the chat posted on the social networking site on Friday at midnight.

He told Anderson, "At first you think, gosh, monkeys, that's so kind of incredible... But they didn't have your best interests at heart. They weren't these adorable little creatures. They want to replace you."


Owen Wilson, 'The Darjeeling Limited,' & Wes Anderson's Monster

October 26th, 2007 12:21pm EDT
The Darjeeling Limited
On the night The Darjeeling Limited opens, Owen Wilson's suicide attempt makes him a Tenenbaum for life (Aquatic).

There is a place in every human psyche reserved for the dark, brooding thoughts associated with death. There is even a sleeping monster that may ponder what holding a dead man would be like, or what people would say at one's funeral, or what sort of effort it takes to kill oneself? For most this dark spot of the brain remains largely inactive, awaking in nightmares and freak daydreams, only to be quickly pushed out of the mind until the next time it is unwillingly rejuven...

Owen Wilson Gives First Interview Since Suicide Bid

October 26th, 2007 9:06am EDT
Owen Wilson
Troubled movie star Owen Wilson has given his first interview since his suicide attempt - to his longtime friend, director Wes Anderson. The interview, to be posted online on Friday at midnight, sees the actor talk candidly to the director of his latest film, The Darjeeling Limited, as part of the MySpace Artist on Artist series. It will be Wilson's first public airing since he rushed to hospital after slashing his wrists at his Santa Monica home two months ago.

At the time, the Wedding Crashers star asked for privacy with a statement saying, "I respectfully ask that the media allow m...

Wes Anderson Makes Budget Cuts

October 23rd, 2007 2:43pm EDT
Wes Anderson
Director Wes Anderson has slammed the huge budget on his last film The Life Aquatic because the money took its toll on the movie's stars, including Bill Murray.

The budget of $50 million allowed the filmmaker to shoot underwater scenes on elaborate sets, but ultimately meant the film was a large, complicated production.

However, the experience did teach the 38-year-old a valuable lesson - Anderson cut the budget of newest film The Darjeeling Limited down by two-thirds.

He tells London's Time Out magazine, "I didn't like the process. The actors found it difficult. Bill Murr...

Memorable Celebrity Quotes

October 8th, 2007 11:17am EDT
Alyssa Milano
"I was kind of awkward in the '80s with the MC Hammer pants and the acne and the big hair." Alyssa Milano recalls her former look with horror.

"I've seen it done enough. I've been on sets enough." Ben Affleck had no worries directing his first film.

"There's only one way to keep your shape - put on your bikini every day or at least every other day, so you keep an eye on your weight." Pamela Anderson hands out some advice on staying in shape.

"Love the hardware store. I have my own power tools!" Michelle Pfeiffer is a keen handywoman.

"He's good. I left him a message to...

Adrien Brody Is Embarrassed By Mistaken Photo Op

October 6th, 2007 5:00pm EDT
Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody was left red-faced at The Darjeeling Limited’s world premiere last month when photographers calling his name actually wanted to take pictures of Talia Shire.

Shire, who plays Sylvester Stallone's homely wife Adrian in the Rocky movies, is used to people shouting out her best-known character's name and immediately understood the snappers at the Venice Film Festival were calling for her.

But Brody didn't realize people regularly call Shire, the mother of his "The Darjeeling Limited" co-star Jason Schwartzman, 'Adrian'.

Schwartzman says, "We were walking together...

Adrien Brody's Near-Death Experience In India

October 2nd, 2007 12:48pm EDT
Adrien Brody
Actor Adrien Brody almost died during a night-off from shooting new movie The Darjeeling Limited in India last Christmas, when he had an unexpected encounter with a low-hanging power cable.

The Oscar winner had been enjoying a mountain ride on the back of a pick-up truck when he suddenly had to fight for his life.

He says, "We had this wonderful dinner together. The whole cast and crew ate in front of a fireplace and we went out in these ox carts. It was really beautiful. On the way back, the oxes had gone home and I hopped a ride on the back of a pick-up truck and was riding back...

Indian Star Learns To Smoke For Owen Wilson Film

September 30th, 2007 2:30pm EDT
The Darjeeling Limited
The Indian star of Owen Wilson's new movie insists she'll never pick up another cigarette after chain smoking her way through the film.

Pretty Amara Karam had never smoked before landing the part of Rita in The Darjeeling Limited - and asked friends to help her master the habit, so that by the time she first met director Wes Anderson she'd be puffing like a pro.

But she hated every moment she had to put a cigarette to her lips.

She says, "As part of the audition process I made sure that I lit up at some point during the day because I wanted Wes to see me smoking because I di...

Jason Schwartzman Breaks Toes Playing Shoeless Soccer

September 28th, 2007 9:17am EDT
Jason Schwartzman
Jason Schwartzman is hobbling around Hollywood after breaking his toes playing shoeless soccer. The actor spent months barefoot in India, filming new movie The Darjeeling Limited, and decided he could tackle soccer without his boots upon his return to Hollywood.

He says, "I went through India shoeless for four months. Though I got quite dirty my skin remained unbroken and my toes unscathed. But then I played soccer in Santa Monica and I broke the heck of some toes. I believe it was Alanis Morissette who said 'Isn't it ironic?' and, yes, I really do think this is a little too ironic." ...

Owen Wilson Is 'Happy' Movie With Suicidal Role To Be Released

September 28th, 2007 8:47am EDT
Owen Wilson
Owen Wilson is "very happy" his new movie is to be released in on Friday, despite the fact he plays a man with suicidal tendencies. A depressed Wilson allegedly slashed his wrists in an apparent suicide attempt at his home in Santa Monica, California last month.

And, in a bizarre coincidence, his latest movie character is involved in a deliberate motorcycle accident in The Darjeeling Limited.

But director Wes Anderson - a longtime friend of Wilson's - insists the actor doesn't want the movie's release postponed in light of his recent troubles. Anderson says, "That's not what I w...

Director Denies Owen Wilson Contributed To Suicide Character

September 26th, 2007 8:39am EDT
Wes Anderson
Movie director Wes Anderson has denied reports Owen Wilson's troubled private life contributed to his latest film character - a man with suicidal tendencies.

A depressed Wilson allegedly slashed his wrists in an apparent suicide attempt at his home in Santa Monica, California last month. And, in a bizarre coincidence, his latest movie character is involved in a deliberate motorcycle accident in The Darjeeling Limited.

But filmmaker Anderson insists Wilson had no hand in writing the role.

He says, "It (suicide theme) comes more from me than Owen. He is just playing a role. ...

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