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

April 17th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Clueless
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)....
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Turning Twenty: A Look Back At 1988's 'Beetlejuice'

March 31st, 2008 4:06pm EDT
Beetlejuice
Half "Bloody Mary" and half decomposing sleezeball, Beetlejuice is the titular anti-hero that helped put Tim Burton into the who's who of Hollywood. Now at its 20th anniversary, let's take a look back at a sparkling example of dark comedy that stands as a precursor to Burton's magical films.

The Movie

Reading the cast list will illicit at least one "oh yeah, he/she was in this" reaction. The ensemble would also make a 1990s romantic comedy cast director salivate: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, an appearance by the late Robert Goulet, and...
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Johnny Depp Is Sick Of His Good Looks

January 22nd, 2008 12:07pm EST
Johnny Depp
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp breaks down in tears every time he looks in the mirror - because he is too good looking.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean star is famed for choosing obscure roles - in such films as Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street - that take attention away from his handsome Hollywood image.

The 44-year-old star says, "I cry every morning when I look in the mirror. Every single morning, because I gotta live with this cute face."

On Tuesday Depp picked up a Best Actor Oscar nomination ...
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'Sweeney Todd' A Perfect Fit For Burton And Depp's Dark Sensibilities

December 18th, 2007 8:58am EST
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
''Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'' is the quintessential Tim Burton movie, even though it springs from somebody else's celebrated mind.

Everything about Stephen Sondheim's revered musical, which provided the inspiration for the film, seems tailor-made for the director's sensibilities. Truly, what other filmmaker could tell the story of a vengeful barber (Johnny Depp) who slits his customers' throats and the lovesick baker (Helena Bonham Carter) who grinds up the dead bodies for her meat pies?

It's strangely beautiful and beautifully strange, with horrific subject m...
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Fascinating Facts

December 2nd, 2007 8:09pm EST
Janice Dickinson
Janice Dickinson finished in second place on British reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! on Friday night, after losing out to U.K. theater actor Christopher Biggins.

The contest saw Dickinson endure various 'Bushtucker Trial' tasks, including being covered in cockroaches, meal worms and eels, and she was also bitten by a rat on her hand while sleeping in the Australian jungle.

One of the tracks on rapper Nas' controversial new album Nigger is titled Fear Of The Black Man'S D--k.

Laura Linney is considering eloping to marry fiance Marc Schauer, because they a...
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'Inside The Actor's Studio: Johnny Depp' Coming To DVD Nov. 20

November 15th, 2007 3:47pm EST
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp, who began as one of the most intriguing actors of his generation, has become one of its most respected artists and incandescent stars. Launching his career as a teenage heartthrob, then moving into eccentric roles in films like Edward Scissorhands and What's Eating Gilbert Grape, he has alternated between independent films like Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas and mainstream blockbusters like the Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy, leading to the inescapable conclusion that his future is as bright and varied as his vivid, unbridled imagination.

In one of only a handful of inte...
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Tim Burton Honored In Venice

September 6th, 2007 10:54am EDT
Tim Burton
Director Tim Burton has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival for his groundbreaking film making.

The Edward Scissorhands movie maker was hailed by the Italian festival judges on Wednesday as "one of America's bravest, most visionary and innovative filmmakers" and was presented with the coveted Golden Lion accolade by frequent collaborator, Johnny Depp.

Speaking at the annual film event, Burton said, "I'm very honored. It means a lot to me. Hopefully it just inspires me to keep going." Wednesday's proceedings at the festival were also dubbed ...
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Winona Ryder's Parents Refused To Let Her Wed Johnny Depp

July 30th, 2007 9:44am EDT
Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder would have wed ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp if her parents hadn't put an end to wedding talk. In a new interview with Vogue magazine, the actress and her father, Michael Horowitz, discuss the star's romance with Depp.

And, although the family loved their daughter's Edward Scissorhands co-star, they disapproved of the couple's wedding plans.

In the article, Horowitz says, "They were the hottest couple in the United States at that time, like Brad (Pitt) and Angelina (Jolie)... You guys were cool."

But Ryder recalls, "You stopped a wedding."

The actress' father...
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Tim Burton To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At Venice Film Festival

March 22nd, 2007 10:57am EDT
Tim Burton
Tim Burton is to be honored at the Venice International Film Festival later this year, for his contributions to the movie industry. The Batman director will receive the lifetime achievement award at the Italian festival which begins on August 29, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Organizers also declared yesterday that 5 September will be 'Tim Burton Day' - a full 24 hours dedicated to the 48-year-old, whose credits include Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Danny Elfman's Original Score For Charlotte's Web Hits Stores Dec. 5; Features Sarah McLachlan; Win It!

December 6th, 2006 4:37pm EST
Charlotte’s Web
Three-time Oscar nominee and Grammy Award-winning composer Danny Elfman’s inspiring score for the motion picture Charlotte’s Web will be released December 5 on Sony Classical’s original soundtrack recording, which will also introduce the original song “Ordinary Miracle,” performed by Sarah McLachlan and written by acclaimed songwriter/record producer Glen Ballard and music legend Dave Stewart.

In the classic tale of Charlotte’s Web from writer E.B. White, someone very small finds that the most powerful force in the world is friendship. In the big-screen adaptation, the characters embar...
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Exclusive TV and Movie Memorabilia to Be Auctioned July 28

July 13th, 2006 5:15pm EDT
Wizard of Oz
Fans and collectors looking for Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, The Wizard of Oz, or just about anything related to Hollywood Memorabilia should pencil in Friday, July 28, on their calendars. Joseph Maddalena and his internationally-renowned Profiles In History will be holding their Summer 2006 auction, featuring more than 650 items of original TV and movie memorabilia, worth more than $2 million.

The six-hour auction, starting at 12 noon PDT, will be headlined by an original Mighty Joe Young armature. This incredible artifact, designed by Willis O'Brien and animated for the film by Ray H...
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Tim Burton & Johnny Depp To Team Up for Fifth Time

June 14th, 2006 8:35am EDT
Tim Burton
Director Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are reuniting to make a feature film based on the Stephen Soundheim musical "Sweeney Todd." The actor's schedule has recently been freed up after director Peter Weir quit Depp's Shantaram project Monday, pushing the production back to early next year.

Depp will play Todd in the new musical, a barber and serial killer who cuts his victims throats with a razor.

Burton and Depp have enjoyed a fruitful working partnership which has taken in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands.

(This news article pr...
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