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National Teacher Day: Our Favorite Onscreen Teachers

May 7th, 2013 8:00am EDT
School of Rock

May 7, 2013 marks National Teacher Day, and to honor those who have educated and inspired us, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite onscreen teachers.

Dewey Finn (Jack Black), “School of Rock” (2003)

Dewey Finn may have been a rowdy, unemployed wannabe rock star, but after scheming his way into the classroom he became a new kind of role model. Dewey taught his students the true meaning of rock ‘n’ roll and encouraged them to rock out in every aspect of their lives.

Memorable Quote: “I have been touched by your kids... and I'm pretty sure that I've touched them.”

Jaime Escalante (...

Why 'Drive' Could Shift Ryan Gosling's Career Into The Fast Lane

September 17th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Drive Movie
Most of us ladies know Ryan Gosling as the sweet, sensitive and sexy Noah Calhoun from The Notebook, and most guys know him as that guy they can never live up to their girlfriends. But after Ryan’s new movie Drive, there may be a turn in the table resulting in a few more man crushes in this world. This highly anticipated movie may change Ryan’s career and send him to the top of the Hollywood Food Chain.

Love him or hate him, we all know the guy can act - Half Nelson, Lars and the Real Girl and Blue Valentine proves that. But Drive shows that intense, edgy side of Gosling that makes him sex...

How Ryan Gosling Resurrected The Movie Star

September 14th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Movie critics, driven to understandable cynicism by the onslaught of unnecessary remakes (there is no reason for another "Footloose") and re-imaginings of every superhero from the Green Lantern to a hammer-wielding Norse god, have declared the movie star extinct.  I think the stellar year actor Ryan Gosling, 30, is having is inspiring proof that the existence of the movie star in this entertainment climate is still possible. 

For this lover of pop culture, a movie star is more than someone who makes a lot of films and walks a lot of red carpets.  It’s Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman,” “Th...

This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It Or Skip It?

March 30th, 2009 9:25am EDT
Fast & Furious
Welcome to a new weekly column at Starpulse. As a movie trivia guru and trailer addict with practically a photographic memory of actors and directors, I will provide you with the inside scoop before you hit the multiplex with your hard earned cash. You'll receive a first look at the movies premiering each week, and I'll offer my predictions about which ones will be worth your $10, which ones you should wait to rent, and which ones aren't worth your time.


Set in 1987, recent college graduate James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) takes what he thinks will be a dead-end job ...

Who To Watch: A Look At Some Fresh Faces Of Fall TV

September 3rd, 2008 8:46am EDT
Amanda Righetti
Amanda Righetti has played the bombshell beauty in quite a few style-over-substance programs in television seasons past (The O.C., North Shore, Reunion), but this fall she is finally allowed to smarten up and button up in CBS' The Mentalist, where she will star as an FBI agent alongside Simon Baker. Righetti is just one of the many fresh faces gracing the small screen this fall in our Spotlight on TV Stars.

Tristan Wilds, on the other hand, gets to show off his lighter side after dramatic turns in Half Nelson and The Wire with his role as Dixon Mills, a boy adopted into a privileged f...

Kirsten Dunst Parties With Her New Love

April 21st, 2008 3:15pm EDT
Kirsten Dunst
Actress Kirsten Dunst has fueled reports she is romancing fellow screen star Ryan Gosling, after the new couple was spotted partying together in New York on Saturday. The Spider-Man beauty recently moved from Los Angeles to the Big Apple, where she was soon seen dining out with Half Nelson star Gosling.

And the relationship rumors have been gathering pace after they reportedly hit the New York club scene with a visit to The Box at the weekend.

An eyewitness tells an unknown and well-fed celebrity blogger, "They were making out publicly. They didn't try to hide it."


Kirsten Dunst Dating Ryan Gosling?

April 8th, 2008 3:47pm EDT
Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst has reportedly found love in New York, with actor Ryan Gosling - just weeks after swapping Los Angeles for the Big Apple. Last month, the actress bought a $3 million penthouse apartment on the city's west side - which reports claim is her attempt at a fresh start, following a six-week stint in a Utah rehab facility.

And gossips claim she has already found a new partner to spend time with in Manhattan - in the form of the Half Nelson star. The pair was spotted drinking and eating all Saturday afternoon and evening at Lower East Side hotspot Freemans.

A source tells...

Starpulse's Top 10 Underrated Celebrities

October 26th, 2007 1:01pm EDT
Ryan Gosling
1) Ryan Gosling is easily one of the most underrated male actors in Hollywood today. The Golden Globe-nominated actor made his television debut at a very young age in "The Mickey Mouse Club" alongside future superstars J.C. Chasez and Justin Timberlake of *NSYNC, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears.

Gosling has appeared in several movies, including "Remember The Titans," "The Believer," Murder By Numbers," "Stay" and "The Notebook." Gosling didn't receive much recognition for his acting chops until he was nominated for his role as a drug addict teacher in the sleeper hit "Half Nels...

Hard Rock Hotels And Casinos Launch Limited Edition CD Series Curated By DJ/Producer Mark Ronson

April 18th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Mark Ronson
Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos will pay homage to its distinctive music heritage with the launch of a limited-edition CD series, Mark Ronson Presents Hard Rock, curated by DJ/producer Mark Ronson. The debut CD, featuring 14 rock songs hand selected by Ronson, will be available for purchase beginning May 22 at all Hard Rock Hotel and Casino locations, select Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shops and online at www.hardrock.com. Hard Rock partnered with Allido Records and music executive and producer Rich Kleiman, to release the series exclusively for the brand.

Hard Rock has enlisted Ronson to curat...

Ryan Gosling Bet Friends He Wouldn't Win An Oscar

February 26th, 2007 9:27am EST
Ryan Gosling
Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling was secretly praying his name wouldn't be read out at the Academy Awards last night because he'd be left seriously out of money if it was. The star, who earned a Best Actor nomination for his role in Half Nelson, bet friends he wouldn't even get an Oscars nod - and when he did they all insisted he pay up.

So, Gosling offered his pals the chance to double up their winnings by betting against himself on Oscar night.

Speaking before his big night at the Academy Awards, he says, "In some ways I would have felt better (if I wasn't nominated), because I had ...

Stars Hit The High Notes at Independent Spirit Awards

February 25th, 2007 4:00pm EST
Rosario Dawson
Minnie Driver, Taylor Dayne and Rosario Dawson were among the stars who gave the Independent Spirit Awards a few musical highlights when they performed quirky songs dedicated to the ceremony's five Best Feature nominees.

Driver paid a musical tribute to fantasy film Pan's Labyrinth by performing a reworked version of "Melanie's Brand New Bicycle," and Dayne sang "Screwed Up Family" to the tune of Sister Sledge's disco anthem "We Are Family" to honor Little Miss Sunshine, while Dawson and Jeremy Renner duetted on "Crack-Head Teacher Man," a reworked version of Aretha Franklin's "Son of...

'Little Miss Sunshine' Dominates Independent Spirit Awards

February 25th, 2007 10:17am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine got a pre-Oscars boost yesterday after claiming four honors at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, including the ceremony's Best Film prize.

The movie, which is up for a handful of honors at today's Academy Awards, also earned moviemakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris the Best Director prize, while Alan Arkin claimed the Best Supporting Male award and screenwriter Michael Arndt was also honored.

It was also a good day for Half Nelson, which claimed both lead acting awards, giving Ryan Gosling a boost as he prepared to fight Oscars fa...

New Movies on DVD, Feb. 13

February 13th, 2007 8:00am EST
The Departed
The Departed is a tale of questionable loyalties and blurring identities set in the South Boston organized crime scene. As the police force attempts to reign in the increasingly powerful Irish mafia, authorities are faced with the prospect of sending in an undercover agent or seeing their already frail grip on the criminal underworld slip even further... Also on DVD: Zoom, Half Nelson, Infamous, Marie Antoinette and School for Scoundrels.

And The Nominees For The 79th Oscars Are...

January 23rd, 2007 10:30am EST
Academy awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak theatre at Hollywood & highland center, and televised live by the ABC television network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, “The Road to The Oscars.” Babel is nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

Nominations By Category - 79th Awards

Best Motion Picture Of The Year


The Departed

Letters From Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

The Queen

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

Leonardo Dicaprio -...

'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Little Miss Sunshine' & 'Sopranos' Earn 3 SAG Nominations

January 4th, 2007 11:23am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) just announced the nominations for its 13th Annual Awards ceremony. The ensemble drama Babel, the musical Dreamgirls and the comedy Little Miss Sunshine each earned three nominations, as did the TV mob drama The Sopranos.

The full list of nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio / Blood Diamond – Archer - Warner Bros. Pictures

Ryan Gosling / Half Nelson – Dan Dunne - THINKFilm

Peter O’Toole / Venus – Maurice - Miramax Films

Will Smith / The Pursuit Of Happyness – Chris Gardner - Sony Pictures


AFI Picks Top 10 Films, TV Shows of 2006

December 11th, 2006 10:15am EST
Dreamgirls, United 93 and Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan are among the films of 2006, according to the American Film Institute (AFI). The organization has revealed its top ten - chosen by a panel of filmmakers, critics, scholars and AFI trustees - to give gamblers a good hint ahead of the forthcoming awards season.

The other seven entries are Babel; The Devil Wears Prada; Half Nelson; Happy Feet; Inside Man; Letters From Iwo Jima and Little Miss Sunshine.

AFI's TV list, put together by a separate panel, is: Battlestar Galactic...

'Half Nelson' Wins Big at Gotham Awards

November 30th, 2006 1:06pm EST
Half Nelson
Budget drug-addiction drama Half Nelson was a triple winner at this year's Gotham Awards, scooping prizes for Best Feature, Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor. Despite stiff competition from big studio-financed films including The Departed and Marie Antoinette, the $1 million movie dominated the New York ceremony last night honoring independent film-making.

Host David Cross slammed the inclusion of its big-budget rivals, insisting, "We're here to celebrate the films that show you don't need a big studio, films with an untested director and cast - films like 'The Departed.' H...

'Little Miss Sunshine,' 'Half Nelson' Top Spirit Award Nominations

November 28th, 2006 2:19pm EST
Little Miss Sunshine
Don Cheadle and Felicity Huffman just announced the 2007 Spirit Award nominees at a press conference. Nominees for "Best Feature" are American Gun, The Dead Girl, Half Nelson, Little Miss Sunshine and Pan's Labyrinth.

Other major nominations are:


Robert Altman

A Prairie Home Companion

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

Little Miss Sunshine

Ryan Fleck

Half Nelson

Karen Moncrieff

The Dead Girl

Steven Soderbergh



Shareeka Epps

Half Nelson

Catherine O’Hara

For Your Consideration


Maggie Gyllenhaal & Ryan Gosling Triumph at Stockholm Film Festival

November 27th, 2006 8:22am EST
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal won the Best Actress prize for her performance in Sherrybaby at the 17th Stockholm Film Festival Friday night. "Sherrybaby," directed by Laurie Collyer, also picked up the Bronze Horse award for best movie at the Swedish event.

Ryan Gosling was named Best Actor for his role in Half Nelson, while the Audience Award was presented to Little Miss Sunshine.

Swedish filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom, best known for movies like The Cider House Rules, Chocolat and What's Eating Gilbert Grape, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

(This news article provided by Wo...

IFP Announces Gotham Award Honorees and Nominations

October 24th, 2006 12:10pm EDT
Half Nelson
Independent Feature Project (IFP) just announced the Tributees and Nominees for the 16th Annual Gotham Awards. The Awards will be presented on Wednesday, November 29, at New York's Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. The annual Gotham Awards, presented by IFP, celebrate the authentic voices behind and in front of the camera in films made this year.

By recognizing that the best films come from a place that is more firmly rooted in the grasp of filmmakers - and not made by committee - the Gotham Awards salute the innovative American films and filmmakers whose passion and vision make their way on...

Ryan Gosling Pays Tribute To Mom in 'Half Nelson'

August 7th, 2006 10:24am EDT
Ryan Gosling
The Notebook star Ryan Gosling's new role as a teacher in Half Nelson is a tribute to his mom, who put her own life on hold to teach the actor. The movie star admits he learned all about teaching from his patient mother, who took charge of his studies as he embarked on a film career.

He says, "She had a real impact on me. In a lot of ways I pulled from that experience to play a teacher. She just related to me as an equal and it changed my perspective on a lot of things. This is a tribute to her."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

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