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Moon helped Shailene Woodley fight height fears for ferris wheel stunt

March 14th, 2014 7:10pm EDT
Shailene Woodley
Actress Shailene Woodley had to battle her fear of heights to scale one of the world's most famous ferris wheels in her new movie Divergent.

The Descendants star signed up to do many of her own stunts in the film and that included one terrifying sequence on the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in Chicago, Illinois.

She tells WENN, "I am afraid of heights and it was 20 degrees. It was freezing.

"I love adrenaline, so that got me going and I convinced myself that I'd be OK because you're hooked up. We literally could've fallen off the side of it (ferris wheel) and been fine."

Woodley admits that wh...
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Shailene Woodley: 'Survivalist lessons have primed me for disaster'

March 13th, 2014 4:10am EDT
Shailene Woodley
Actress Shailene Woodley's survivalist interests have her primed for a disaster.

The hippie chick has collected a series of top tips to help her ride out a national emergency or even an apocalyptic event, and she's convinced she could survive in the wild and in an urban setting longer than most.

The Descendants star tells WENN, "I started studying indigenous cultures a few years ago and I was really inspired by their lifestyles and the way that they lived. Part of that was knowing how to survive in the wild and knowing how to heal yourself with the plants that grow around you. That's how ...
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Shailene Woodley left scarred by Divergent stunts

October 24th, 2013 3:12am EDT
Shailene Woodley
Actress Shailene Woodley was often left crippled with pain on the set of new movie Divergent after sustaining "battle wounds" and suffering multiple hernias due to stress.

The Descendants star is one of the leading actors in the big screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's best selling novel about life in a dystopian world, and while the 21 year old is proud of her action scenes, she reveals she's been left with permanent reminders of her time on the shoot.

She tells Eonline.com, "I got to do some crazy stuff. I got really hurt. I have a scar on my chest (and) a scar on my hip, but all good b...
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Shailene Woodley documents hair makeover on Twitter

August 19th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Shailene Woodley
Actress Shailene Woodley has chopped off her long locks and donated them to charity.

The Descendants star had the drastic cut on Saturday (17Aug13) as she prepares for her role in upcoming drama The Fault in Our Stars, in which she will play a teenager fighting cancer.

Woodley took to her Twitter.com page to document her makeover, posting a photo of her new look and tweeting, "Work in progress... but luckily, it grows back!"

She also wrote about the experience in a post on her Tumblr blog, encouraging fans to follow in her footsteps by donating their tresses to Children with Hair Loss, a...
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George Clooney hails new coffee deal for South Sudan

July 17th, 2013 3:10am EDT
George Clooney
Actor and activist George Clooney is championing a new initiative which will boost the production of coffee in war-torn Sudan.

The Descendants star has long been involved in raising awareness about the troubled African region, and now he is hoping to give the fledgling economy in the newly-independent South Sudan a boost by convincing bosses at coffee brand Nespresso, for which he is a brand ambassador, to do business with local farmers.

During a press conference in Paris, France on Tuesday (16Jul13), Clooney said, "There is a real opportunity here.

"There is only one product coming from...
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Shailene Woodley: 'I Would Love To Play Patti Smith'

May 2nd, 2012 11:53am EDT
Shailene Woodley
Actress Shailene Woodley has named her dream role - she's desperate to play rocker Patti Smith on the big screen.

The Descendants star admits she's obsessed with the godmother of punk and has been reading Smith's memoir Just Kids, about her bohemian days in New York's infamous Hotel Chelsea.

She tells ASOS Magazine, "Movies are where my heart is at. I love dark roles - roles that appear scary. Not in a horror film way, but like Black Swan or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Films that take the audience on an emotional journey. And I would love to play Patti Smith in a film one day - I'm...
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Check Out Critically Acclaimed 'The Descendants,' Now On DVD & Blu-ray

March 20th, 2012 7:14am EDT
The Descendants
Alexander Payne's seriocomic "The Descendants," an adaptation of the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, stars George Clooney as Matt King, a middle-age Hawaiian who runs a trust responsible for millions of dollars worth of untouched real estate that has been passed down to him and various cousins.

He is preparing to sell the area, and make millions for everyone in the trust, when his wife suffers severe head trauma during a boat race. As he attempts to get her affairs in order, he learns that she had been having an affair.

With his two daughters in tow, along with his oldest daughter's ...
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George Clooney To Protest Outside Sudanese Embassy

March 14th, 2012 3:26pm EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney is calling on his fellow Americans to join him for a protest outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C. this week in a bid to halt the region's violent conflict over oil.

The Descendants star made a secret trip to newly-independent South Sudan last week to gather information about the country's feud with neighboring Sudan ahead of his appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

It was Clooney's sixth trip to the troubled African region and although he admits it was his most "hairy" visit to date after he was caught up i...
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Jim Rash Denies Mocking Angelina Jolie's Leggy Oscars Pose

February 27th, 2012 4:20pm EST
Jim Rash
Comedian Jim Rash insists he mimicked Angelina Jolie's striking, leggy Academy Awards pose as he collected the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay as a "loving tribute" to the Hollywood beauty.

The Community star and co-writers Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon picked up the award for their work on The Descendants at Sunday's big event, and Rash raised a laugh onstage by copying the strong pose Jolie had adopted while reading out the nominees minutes earlier.

Flaunting her long right leg through the slit of her black velvet Atelier Versace dress, Jolie wowed the audience and TV viewers, but i...
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'The Artist' & 'Hugo' Top Oscars With Five Wins Each (Full List Of Academy Award Winners)

February 27th, 2012 12:46am EST
The Artist and Hugo
Tom Hanks, who ended last year's Academy Awards by announcing Best Picture winner The King's Speech, started things off at this year's Oscars by handing out the evening's first two awards, for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Both awards went to Martin Scorsese's 3D family film Hugo, quickly setting the tone for a possible upset in the coveted Best Picture category at the end of the ceremony.

But that wasn't to be, as frontrunner The Artist took most of the night's major awards, including Best Picture, Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Director (Michel Hazanavicius).

Both films finishe...
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Notable Oscar Nomination Predictions: And the Winners Are*

February 26th, 2012 7:24pm EST
Oscars 2012
Last year, I wrote this whole piece about why The King’s Speech would beat out The Social Network for best picture. I found my own comments to be witty, on point. Genius. (I’m kidding… maybe). In fact, I love to go through the nomination list of the Academy Awards and Grammys every year and predict the winners, put up some jellybeans in a friend pool and brag about my winnings later.

The Grammys unfortunately are a joke, which is a huge shame given that music and the politics of it are my first love. The Oscars? Quite relevant, actually! My favorite writer (Grantland’s Bill Simmons) once s...
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Watch As The Stars Arrive On The Red Carpet At The Oscars (Live Stream)

February 26th, 2012 4:00pm EST
Academy Awards
Hollywood's top stars will begin arriving on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif., for the 84th Academy Awards this afternoon and you can watch all the action right here.

The live stream begins today at 2:00pm PST (5:00 pm EST), and will run until 4:30pm PST (7:30pm EST), when the stars will begin taking their seats before the show gets underway.

Check out all the hot fashions and watch all the stars and Oscar nominees as they arrive for Tinseltown's biggest night.
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'The Artist', Christopher Plummer And Octavia Spencer Lead Experts' Oscar Race

February 23rd, 2012 11:07pm EST
The Artist
The Artist appears to be a slam-dunk to win the 2012 Best Picture Oscar on Sunday - all 30 experts picking the victors on top awards website GoldDerby.com have chosen the film to score gold.

Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) also appear to be clear favorites to pick up the Best Supporting Actor and Actress trophies, but the 30 'Oscarologists' are split on the Best Actor and Actress honors.

The majority has picked Viola Davis (The Help) and Jean Dujardin (The Artist), but there are still experts pulling for Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and George Clooney (The D...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Wanderlust,' 'Good Deeds,' & More

February 20th, 2012 3:00pm EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
Leading into the Academy Awards this upcoming Sunday, I’m trying to catch up on all the Best Picture nominees which I missed in 2011. Last night I watched the Alexander Payne drama “The Descendants” starring George Clooney, which I liked immensely. I found its Best Picture and Best Actor nods much deserved, though I felt it was a bit too heavy on the narration and the Hawaiian music for my taste. My Grade: A-

Dropping in at the box office this week are the David Wain comedy “Wanderlust,” the Tyler Perry inspirational story “Good Deeds,” Amanda Seyfried crime thriller “Gone,” the mili...
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Sharon Stone Receives AARP Lifetime Achievement Award

February 7th, 2012 10:25am EST
Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone broke down in tears as she accepted a lifetime achievement prize from Martin Scorsese on Monday.

The veteran star became emotional as her Casino director presented her with the trophy at the 11th Annual AARP Magazine Movies for Grownups Awards in Beverly Hills.

Fighting back tears, Stone told reporters, "I must've died and gone to heaven. I've gotten a lifetime achievement award from Martin Scorsese!"

"I am so grateful for this day. I'm grateful I'm here in this moment. I'm grateful I'm here, because it wasn't always a sure thing."

Other big winners at the star-studded ...
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Dress Battle: Future Superstars Rooney Mara & Shailene Woodley Bring Beauty And Style To The Santa Barbara International Film Festival

February 5th, 2012 11:00am EST
Rooney Mara and Shailene Woodley
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara and The Descendants' Shailene Woodley were spotted Friday night at the 27th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Both up-and-coming stars wore short dresses, showing a little leg. While Rooney opted for an emerald green Louis Vuitton frock from the fashion designer's Pre-Fall 2012 collection, Shailene opted for a blue leather 3.1 Phillip Lim dress.

Both actresses receive the film festival's Virtuoso awards, for their performances in their respective films; both of which are up for a Best Picture Academy Award. Rooney is also nom...
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'Hugo' & 'The Artist' Lead 2012 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

January 24th, 2012 9:20am EST
Oscars 2012
Martin Scorsese's first foray into 3D filmmaking, Hugo and director Michel Hazanavicius' black & white silent comedy-drama The Artist topped this year's list of nominations, pulling in 11 and 10 nominations, respectively, for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Both films are nominated for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay awards.

Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar last year for her role in Winter's Bone and stars in the upcoming, highly anticipated The Hunger Games, joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak in Beverly Hills to announ...
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'The Descendants' Named 'Best Movie For Grown-Ups'

January 19th, 2012 8:59pm EST
The Descendants
The Descendants has been named the Best Movie for Grown-Ups at the 2012 AARP Magazine Awards.

Glenn Close has picked up the Best Actress trophy for her gender-bending role in period drama Albert Nobbs and The First Grader's Oliver Litondo claims the Best Actor prize.

Other winners include Vanessa Redgrave (Best Supporting Actress for Coriolanus), Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor for Beginners), Stephen Daldry (Best Director for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) and Woody Allen (Best Writer).

Oscars favorite The Artist has been named Best Comedy for Grown-Ups, while Meryl Str...
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'The Artist' Leads 2012 BAFTA Nominations

January 17th, 2012 8:17am EST
The Artist
Silent movie The Artist looks set to continue its winning streak after picking up a massive 12 nominations for the 2012 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).

The critically-acclaimed film, which won a coveted Best Picture prize at the Golden Globes on Sunday, now looks set to dominate the U.K. film awards after the nominations were announced on Tuesday.

The Artist scored 12 nods in categories including Best Picture and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, as well as acting honors for its stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.

British drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is another major c...
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2012 Golden Globes Fashion: Who Rocked The Red Carpet & Who Didn't?

January 16th, 2012 9:30am EST
2012 Golden Globes fashion
The Golden Globes are the first big awards show of the season, and the stars came out in colorful ensembles to attend one of Hollywood's most prestigious events leading up to the Academy Awards.

There were very few fashion missteps at this year's event. "Homeland" actress Morena Baccarin wore a daring black dress that showed quite a bit of cleavage (is that appropriate?), while "Ringer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar took a chance with a blue and white tie-dyed gown (too bohemian?).

There wasn't a lot of flash on the red carpet. Few stars wore sequins (Laura Dern, Madonna, Diane Lane and did)...
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'The Descendents' & 'The Artist' Triumph At The Golden Globes (See Pics & Full List Of Winners)

January 15th, 2012 11:57pm EST
2012 Golden Globes
Oscar favorites The Descendants and The Artist were the big winners at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Sunday night, picking up the top movie awards and the two Best Actor honors.

The Artist was a triple winner, in addition to Best Picture the film won for Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Best Original Score; while director Alexander Payne's The Descendants took home the Best Motion Picture Drama prize and a Best Actor gong for George Clooney.

There were no multiple wins for any other movie, but TV series Homeland picked up two honors for Best TV Drama and Best Actress (Claire Danes).

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'The Help' And 'The Artist' Dominate The 2012 Critics' Choice Awards

January 13th, 2012 8:12am EST
The Help
The Help and The Artist dominated the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night, scooping the event's top prizes.

The film about the treatment of black maids in 1960s America landed three of the coveted acting honors, including a Best Actress prize for Viola Davis, while her co-star Octavia Spencer picked up the night's first award, Best Supporting Actress.

Davis told the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium, "I consider it an honor to pay homage to these woman who at that time period were not allowed to dream."

The ladies were handed another trophy, Best Acting Ensemble, bu...
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Directors Guild Awards Awards Include David Fincher, Oust Steven Speilberg

January 10th, 2012 9:25am EST
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'
The Directors Guild Awards announced the nominees for the best film director award yesterday. There were a couple of surprises that may change the shape of the Oscar race.

There are only five nominees at the DGAs. This year, they are:

Woody Allen for ‘Midnight in Paris’

David Fincher for ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Alexander Payne for ‘The Descendants’

Michael Hazanivicius for ‘The Artist’

Martin Scorsese for ‘Hugo’

The most surprising inclusion here is Fincher. ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ has gotten good reviews, and while the box office is steady, it’s not exactly a run...
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Brad Pitt Voted Top Money-Making Star Of The Year By Movie Theater Owners

December 30th, 2011 2:13pm EST
Brad Pitt in Moneyball
Brad Pitt has been named the "Top Money-Making Star of 2011," according to an annual survey of movie theatre owners.

Bosses at Quigley Publishing Company have asked theatre owners and film buyers to vote for their top 10 box office generators, and this year exhibitors credited Pitt with bringing in more traffic than any other celebrity due to his acting and/or vocal appearances in "Moneyball," "The Tree of Life," and "Happy Feet Two."

Coming in at number two was Pitt's pal George Clooney for both "The Ides of March" and "The Descendants," and last year's winner, Johnny Depp, fell to third...
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Shailene Woodley Faked The Flu To Get Out Of Work And Audition For 'The Descendants'

December 27th, 2011 7:45pm EST
Shailene Woodley
Actress Shailene Woodley faked the flu and skipped her shift as an American Apparel shop assistant so she could audition for a part in The Descendants.

The young star was living in New York City and working at the fashion chain when she received a call from her manager about the role. Not wanting to miss her second day of work, Woodley tried to set up a video chat with director Alexander Payne instead.

But he insisted on a face-to-face meeting in Los Angeles.

She tells Black Book magazine, "I was like, 'Can't we Skype or something?' I made a commitment at American Apparel, and I didn't w...
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'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' And 'Drive' Lead London Film Critics' Circle Nominations

December 20th, 2011 1:17pm EST
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Drive look set to lead the 2012 London Film Critics' Circle awards after landing six nominations each.

Both movies have been named in the coveted film of the year category, alongside silent movie The Artist and The Tree of Life.

Gary Oldman is up for actor of the year for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, against other contenders including George Clooney (The Descendants), Michael Fassbender (Shame), and Ryan Gosling (Drive).

Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), Anna Paquin (Margaret), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn), a...
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'Drive' Dominates The 2011 Satellite Awards

December 19th, 2011 10:28am EST
Drive Movie
Action thriller Drive was the toast of the 2011 Satellite Awards on Sunday night, winning four of the ceremony's top honors.

Nicolas Winding Refn was named Best Director, while the movie's lead Ryan Gosling fought off competition from stars including George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt to take home the Best Actor prize.

Albert Brooks landed the Best Supporting Actor trophy, and Refn's movie also won the Best Sounding Editing prize.

However, Drive missed out on the Best Picture Of The Year award, which went to Clooney's The Descendants. The film, a top tip for ...
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Golden Globe Nominations: Snubs And Surprises

December 15th, 2011 7:43pm EST
The Ides of March
‘Tis the season… for Ricky Gervais to make nasty jokes and make Robert Downy Jr. blush…. Fa la la la la la la la la. That’s right, the Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning. There were a few surprises, a few snubs, and a few nominees that make you go, “Hmmmm”? Let’s break it down by Movie and TV categories.

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Films like 'The Artist' and 'The Help' dominated, not surprisingly.

The most surprising inclusion here? ‘The Ides of March,’ which up ‘til now was considered an also-ran in awards season. But the film picked up nods for Best Drama, Best Director (George Clooney),...
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'The Help', 'The Artist' And 'The Descendants' Dominate 2012 Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2011 10:30am EST
The Artist
The Help, The Artist and The Descendants will be the ones to beat at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards after landing four nominations each.

The Help will go head-to-head with The Descendants in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) category alongside The Ides of March, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Moneyball.

The Help also received nods in the Best Performance by an Actress (Drama) category, thanks to Viola Davis, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, for Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer's work.

The Descendants scooped mentions for Best Performa...
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'The Help' Tops List Of 2012 SAG Film Nominees

December 14th, 2011 10:22am EST
The Help
The Help has been tipped for glory at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards after receiving four nominations.

The movie will compete for the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture prize, alongside The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris.

The film also earned nods in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category for Viola Davis, as well as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role thanks to Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.

Trailing with three nominations was silent film The Artist and...
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