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Exclusive: John Michael Higgins Talks 'The Ugly Truth,' 'Best In Show,' 'Arrested Development' And His David Letterman Experience

July 22nd, 2009 5:09pm EDT
John Michael Higgins
It's possible you don't recognize the name John Michael Higgins -- as he even points out in this interview -- but everyone has seen him in something. John Michael Higgins joins us to discuss his two upcoming films -- "The Ugly Truth" and "Couples Retreat" -- plus speculate on the return of his "Arrested Development" character, Wayne Jarvis, in a possible feature film. He also takes a look back at his roles in "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind" and poignantly discusses what was not the happiest time in his life: Portraying the most powerful man in late night television, David Letterman, in H...

Memorable Movie Santas

December 22nd, 2008 11:18am EST
Fred Claus
First, a disclaimer to all who don't celebrate Christmas. This Santa Claus thing has been shoved down your throat for years if you've bothered to watch just about any holiday special as of late. If there was a way to catalogue the best, oh, Hanukkah Harry movies, this article would be a bit different. At least now everything is accompanied by "happy (generic) holidays!" At the very least, the story of Santa is widely known, and assuming audience literacy this article can be appreciated by most. Sorry illiterate kids.

- Your surly neighbor, since you will never forget them.

Ok, this...

Best & Worst Christmas Movies

December 9th, 2008 10:38am EST
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
They're all over the television starting the day after Thanksgiving. Some of them are miraculously still airing and some can be watched time and time again without getting old. At this time of year, Christmas movies both good and bad dominate the television scene, so here is a list of the great ones... but first, the ones that simply waste time.

Five Worst Christmas Movies

The Santa Clause sequels (2002 and 2006)

Sure, the first film featuring Tim Allen as Santa was decently funny. This is one trilogy; however, that proves the "sequel" stereotype - that most don't live up to ...

New Movies On DVD, Nov. 25

November 25th, 2008 8:00am EST
In Hancock, a hard-drinking lush finds himself thrust into superhero mode in director Peter Berg's unconventional look at the private life of a crime-fighter. Also on DVD: Fred Claus, Space Chimps and Meet Dave.

Check Out 'Fred Claus' On DVD Nov. 25

November 22nd, 2008 6:58am EST
Fred Clause
This is a story you've never heard before, a hilarious and heartwarming comedy about Fred Claus, Santa's brother and complete opposite.

After growing up in saintly Nick's shadow, Fred becomes a grouch who's lost his belief in Christmas. Then, one magical December, Fred flies north (first class via reindeer) to find brother Nick is in trouble: a scheming efficiency expert is out to shut down Christmas forever! Expect fun by the sleighful as Fred helps save Christmas and rediscovers the gift of family.

Join Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Miranda Richardson, Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates,...

WENN 2007 Movie Poll - The Naughty List

December 28th, 2007 10:58am EST
Knocked Up
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 Naughty List


'The Golden Compass' Debuts At Number One

December 10th, 2007 9:17am EST
The Golden Compass
Fantasy movie The Golden Compass has shot straight to the top of the U.S. box-office chart, ending Enchanted's fairytale two-week stay at number one over the weekend.

"The Golden Compass," which stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, debuts in pole position with $26.1 million.

Disney film "Enchanted" drops a place to two with $10.7 million, while seasonal movies This Christmas and Fred Claus are at numbers three and four with $5 million and $4.7 million respectively.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Gabrielle Union: 'Stop Calling Films Starring Blacks Urban Movies'

December 10th, 2007 9:12am EST
Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union has hit out at the 'urban' tag given to her new Christmas film The Perfect Holiday, insisting movies shouldn't be classified that way just because they star black people.

Union wishes "The Perfect Holiday," which has a predominantly African-American cast and will be released next week, could be thought of without race coming into it - like Vince Vaughn's recent festive hit Fred Claus.

She says, "No one calls 'Fred Claus' the white Christmas movie. 'The Perfect Holiday' is a movie about the holidays. It's not race-specific. If there's more than one black person in...

'Enchanted' Still Making Magic

December 3rd, 2007 8:49am EST
Disney fairytale movie Enchanted continues to conjure up magic at the box office, claiming a second week at number one.

The film, starring Amy Adams as an animated princess-to-be who comes to life in modern-day New York City made $17 million in its second weekend on release to hang on to the top spot. The studio estimates, released on Sunday, suggest the film has made over $70 million in just 10 days.

The only new entry in the box office top 10 is Jessica Alba and Hayden Christensen's thriller Awake, which debuted at number four with $6 million.

The new top 10 is:

1. En...

'Beowulf' Rules Box Office

November 19th, 2007 9:28am EST
Ancient warrior Beowulf has slayed the competition at the box office in its first week on release.

The movie adaptation of the epic poem, featuring the voices and animated recreations of Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins and Ray Winstone, claimed $28.1 million in its opening weekend. Almost 50 percent of that figure came from special 3-D screenings.

Animated family film Bee Movie, which stung the countdown by claiming the top spot last weekend, dropped to two on the new chart with a respectable third weekend take of $14.3 million. The film, written and featuring comedian Jerry Sei...

Fascinating Facts

November 15th, 2007 6:00pm EST
John Mayer
John Mayer has topped a new list of celebrity commitment-phobes. Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Love Hewitt's ex beat George Clooney and Matthew McConaughey to find himself atop the new In Touch Weekly magazine countdown. Tommy Lee, Jamie Foxx, Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom also make the top 10.

Reclusive pop icon Kate Bush has written and recorded a new song for Nicole Kidman's upcoming family film The Golden Compass. Bush wrote and produced the song, Lyra - named after the story's lead character, Lyra Belacqua.

Kerry Washington is dating Common after playing his love interest in ...

Frank Stallone Thrilled With Santa Claus Film

November 14th, 2007 11:52am EST
Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone's brother Frank Stallone in back in vogue, thanks to his part in America's current Christmas movie Fred Claus. The actor/singer plays himself in the Vince Vaughn film and admits he was reluctant to appear in the family movie at first.

He says, "At first I was a little leery because I had all but given up on the film business after almost 60 films. I wasn't getting any work and I couldn't find an agent and no one seemed to show any interest, so I rededicated myself to my music full time."

But the film has given the Barfly star fresh faith in the film industry: "...

'Bee Movie' Creates A Buzz At Box Office

November 12th, 2007 8:45am EST
Bee Movie
Animated comedy Bee Movie has executed a sting on mob movie American Gangster by claiming the top spot at the American box-office over the weekend.

The Jerry Seinfeld film climbed a place with takings of $26 million in its second weekend on release, narrowly beating the Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe-starring American Gangster, which made $24.3 million.

At three is new entry Fred Claus with $19.2 million, while Tom Cruise's Lions For Lambs proved a disappointment, debuting at four with just $6.7 million.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Celebrity Snippets

November 10th, 2007 9:15am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson has reportedly given boyfriend Ryan Reynolds one of her teeth, dipped in gold, as a keepsake. The star wears the odd jewelry item - a wisdom tooth the actress had removed - on a chain around his neck.

Vince Vaughn will get the chance to interview Santa Claus when he co-hosts morning show Live With Regis & Kelly on Friday. The funnyman's first interviewee on the show will be his Fred Claus co-star Paul Giamatti, who plays Father Christmas in the festive comedy.

Heroes star Hayden Panettiere has landed her own handbag. The pretty teenager has teamed up with desi...

Starpulse 2007 Holiday Movie Preview, Part 1

November 9th, 2007 1:42pm EST
Fred Clause
It's almost time to stuff the turkey and start dreaming of sugarplums because the pumpkins have been carved, leftover Halloween candy is almost gone, and the holidays are just around the corner.

Some of the season's most anticipated movies, including a Christmas film are two, are now working their way into theaters. In a three-part segment, Starpulse examines the films moviegoers can expect to encounter this holiday season.

Part One - The Ho Ho Holiday Instant-Classic!

Opening this weekend, Fred Clause will be this year's attempt at an instant classic. It tells the never bef...

Vince Vaughn's Nephew Mad He Hasn't Met Santa Yet

November 8th, 2007 8:00pm EST
Vince Vaughn
Vince Vaughn's new role as Santa Claus' brother in new movie Fred Claus has upset his young nephew - the four-year-old is angry his uncle hasn't introduced him to Father Christmas. The actor's nephew spotted his Uncle Vince on a poster for the seasonal film and immediately wanted to know how long Vaughn had known Santa Claus.

Vaughn says, "My nephew Dexter saw a (Fred Claus) poster of me. My sister's really upset with me because he's four.

"And he was like, 'How does Uncle Vince know Santa Claus? And why hasn't Uncle Vince introduced me to Santa Claus?' He thought I was holding o...

Opening November 9: Fred Claus

November 6th, 2007 4:00pm EST
Fred Claus
Santa's black-sheep brother gets a much-needed shot at redemption in this holiday comedy reuniting actor Vince Vaughn and director David Dobkin (Clay Pigeons, Wedding Crashers). It's not easy being the brother of a benevolent and beloved saint, and no one knows that better than Fred Claus (Vaughn). Continue Summary

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Vince Vaughn: 'At 16 I Still Believed In Santa'

October 29th, 2007 4:39pm EDT
Vince Vaughn
Funnyman Vince Vaughn pretended to believe in Santa into his late-teens - for fear of missing out on Christmas presents. The Wedding Crashers star, 37, who plays Santa's brother Fred in new film Fred Claus, remembers the sad day neighbors told him the friendly present-giver wasn't real.

He says, "They go, 'You know there's not a Santa Claus, right?' - and, of course, covering in front of them I was like, 'Well, yeah. Of course there's not a Santa Claus, guys.' I was the youngest. They (my brother and sister) said, 'Don't tell mom and dad, because then we may not get gifts anymore.'"

Vince Vaughan Hates Doing Stunts

October 29th, 2007 1:15pm EDT
Vince Vaughan
Old School actor Vince Vaughan hates doing stunts and would rather watch someone else endure the pain. The 37-year-old Fred Claus star insisted a stunt man was hired for his latest movie, a comedy about the brother of Santa, because he was scared of falling down the chimney.

He says, "I'm an actor, and it's not fashionable to mention stunt guys. A lot of actors are like, 'Yeah, I do my stunts.' I don't do any of my stuff. I like to have a stunt guy do my stuff. So, Joe will go and fall on his head and then we'll do some kind of high five thing or something, and then I will lie on the ...

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