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High-Flying Stars Design Kites For Charity Auction

November 30th, 2007 11:02am EST
Madonna, Angelina Jolie and Cher are among the celebrities designing kites for charity. The high-flyers will auction off their authentic Afghan kites on eBay next month as part of the launch of Participant Productions, a social action campaign which will coincide with the delayed release of new Afghan movie The Kite Runner.

Proceeds from the kite auction will benefit the Afghanistan Relief Organization (AFO), which helps raise cash for the training of teachers and the construction of rural libraries in Afghanistan.

James Bond star Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Billy Bob Thornto...

Daniel Craig: 'Best Thing About Bond Is The Cars'

November 30th, 2007 9:50am EST
Daniel Craig
British actor Daniel Craig is convinced the best part of playing James Bond is getting to drive the super-spy's luxury cars.

The 39-year-old loved his role in the last 007 installment - 2006's Casino Royale - because he will be allowed to drive a brand new Aston Martin before anyone else.

He says, "I'm thrilled that I got to drive the new Aston Martin even before Jeremy Clarkson (British motoring journalist). It was a relief that he (Clarkson) liked it but I already knew how good it was."

-More Daniel Craig Pictures

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Sean Connery Will Never Make Another Movie

November 25th, 2007 9:30am EST
Sean Connery
Scottish actor Sean Connery has vowed his retirement from the movie industry is for good this time - but his wife's not convinced. The James Bond legend, 77, has snubbed the previous five $40 million projects offered to him, including the latest Indiana Jones film directed by Steven Spielberg - and he's adamant his door will remain closed to all future propositions.

He vehemently says, "It's over. I will never do another film."

However, Connery's wife of 30 years, Micheline Roquebrune, has little faith in her husband: "He's said that twice before!"

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Notable Quotables

November 24th, 2007 8:04am EST
Patrick Dempsey
"That's funny. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride." Grey's Anatomy hunk Patrick Dempsey jokes about losing out to Matt Damon on People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive 2007" poll.

"If there was life on other planets, and there was a Miss Universe pageant, she would definitely represent Earth. She is gorgeous in person." Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz is in awe of Beyonce Knowles' beauty.

"Take your pictures but don't go 60 miles-per-hour down a one-way street. Don't cause injury to people who aren't involved." George Clooney hands out some advice to the paparazzi.

"That p**sed...

Pierce Brosnan Credits 'Bond' For His Dancing Prowess

November 9th, 2007 3:42pm EST
Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan discovered an unlikely skill while playing super spy James Bond - the movie's fight scenes helped him hone his dancing skills. The actor, who enjoyed four outings as 007 until 2002, is set to star in an all-singing, all-dancing version of hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia - and believes his training as the secret agent prepared him well for fancy footwork.

He says, "I'm really very nimble on my feet. When you do fight scenes it's also choreography so it's not dissimilar."

-More Pierce Brosnan Pictures

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Daniel Craig Signs $60 Million 'Bond' Deal?

October 31st, 2007 10:55am EDT
Daniel Craig
Actor Daniel Craig has signed a $60 million deal to star in a total of five James Bond films, according to reports. The blond 39-year-old is currently filming Bond 22 - his second outing as secret agent 007 following the success of 2006's Casino Royale - and movie executives have reportedly signed him up for another three films, tying him to the franchise for the next 10 years.

A source says, "To date Daniel has been quite cautious over saying how many films he'd be starring in. It was presumed he'd probably do a couple more but the word is the new deal ensures he'll do at least anoth...

Roger Moore Honored For His UNICEF Work

October 26th, 2007 12:30pm EDT
Roger Moore
James Bond star Roger Moore has been honored for his work as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. The 80-year-old actor received the Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration award at a ceremony in New York on Thursday. The prestigious humanitarian award is presented in memory of the second United Nations Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld, who died in a plane crash in September 1961.

Moore is glad his fame has allowed him to devote his time to good causes.

He says, "Bond will never go away, thank goodness. But I would like to think I've done some good in the world. I've been an exceedingly lucky ...

'Harry Potter' Most Lucrative Film Franchise Of All Time

October 17th, 2007 9:11am EDT
Harry Potter
Harry Potter is shaping up to be the most lucrative movie franchise of all time - eclipsing the profits from Star Wars and all 22 James Bond films combined. The boy wizard franchise is forecast to make $10 billion when all seven installments have made it to the big screen, through box-office takings and DVD sales.

The Bond films have so far grossed $4.36 billion, while the six Star Wars movies have taken $4.16 billion.

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'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.': The Complete Series Comes To DVD November 27

October 14th, 2007 9:00am EDT
The Man From U.N.C.L.E
Open Channel D…. one of the greatest television shows of all time, and the first successful spy show on American television, will finally arrive on DVD, as Time Life and Warner Home Video debut The Man From U.N.C.L.E: The Complete Series this fall. The Golden Globe® award-winning series, starring Robert Vaughn (HU$TLE, Superman III) as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum (NCIS, The Great Escape) as Illya Kuryakin, originally aired on NBC from 1964 to 1968 and earned an astounding 16 Emmy award nominations during its run. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series includes all four seasons o...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 14

October 14th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Stacy Keibler
Happy Birthday to WWE Diva Stacy Keibler (1979), R&B singer Usher (1978), British musician Thomas Dolby (1958), actor/magician Harry Anderson (1948), Moody Blues singer Justin Hayward (1946), "British Elvis" Cliff Richard (1940), designer Ralph Lauren (1939), James Bond portrayer Roger Moore (1927), poet e.e. cummings (1894; d. 1962), "First Lady of the Silent Screen" Lillian Gish (1893; d. 1993), and 34th President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890; d. 1969).

Celebrity Birthdays, October 6

October 6th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Elisabeth Shue
Happy Birthday to Pink Power Ranger Amy Jo Johnson (1970), singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet (1964), actress Elisabeth Shue (1963), Swedish Bond girl Britt Ekland (1935), and actress Carole Lombard (1908).

Bitter:Sweet Releases Sophomore Disc, 'The Remix Game'

October 2nd, 2007 5:21pm EDT
Since the release of The The Mating Game in 2006, it's hard to imagine a night on the town without the intoxicating electronica of Bitter:Sweet. Now, with The Remix Game, released August 7, a handful of today's best euphonious mixologists come together to offer their interpretations of the original album. Add to that an upcoming live show in a city near you, and you'll be drinking from Bitter:Sweet's mood enhancing cup well into 2008.

On this seductive trip-hop album, Bitter:Sweet's debut The Mating Game is revamped by today's top sonic impressionists. Many of the songs on this album a...

'James Bond' Star Lois Maxwell Dies

September 30th, 2007 3:30pm EDT
Dr. No
Canadian actress Lois Maxwell has died. She was 80. The Golden Globe-winning star - famed for her role as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond movies - died at the Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia, on Saturday evening.

Maxwell starred alongside Sean Connery in Bond's first movie Dr. No, in 1962. She played the role until 1985, when she appeared in A View To A Kill with Roger Moore.

She last appeared on the big screen in the 2001 thriller The Fourth Angel alongside Forest Whitaker and Jeremy Irons.

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'Harry Potter' Wins Big At National Movie Awards

September 30th, 2007 12:30pm EDT
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix was the big winners at London's National Movie Awards on Friday night, with the movie blockbuster taking home three gongs.

The fifth installment of the boy wizard franchise was honoured as Best Family Movie, while the film's 18-year-old star, Daniel Radcliffe, was awarded for Best Male Performance - beating his co-star Rupert Grint.

The Best Female Performance award also went to a Harry Potter star - Emma Watson, 17, was praised for her role as Hermione Granger, taking home the gong ahead of Hollywood regulars Kirsten Dunst, Keira Knightl...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

September 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

September 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...

Fascinating Facts

August 29th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Jeremy Piven
Actor Jeremy Piven makes a cameo appearance in rapper Common's new music video Drivin' Me Wild. The pair co-starred in movie Smokin' Aces.

Kid Rock was an unexpected guest at Paris Hilton's end-of-summer beach party in Malibu, California on Saturday. The socialite played hostess to rap mogul Russell Simmons and Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin at her rented beach house.

Joss Stone, Aimee Mann, Lloyd Cole and The Raconteurs star Brendan Benson will take part in an all-star tribute to the music of Elton John at New York's Carnegie Hall in October. Each artist will perform a cover ...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 25

August 25th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Gene Simmons
Happy Birthday to "The O.C." actress Rachel Bilson (1981), "Kenan & Kel" star Kel Mitchell (1978), German supermodel Claudia Schiffer (1970), "All My Children" actor Cameron Mathison (1969), Powerman 5000 singer Spider One (1968), Belle & Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch (1968), Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy (1967), actor Blair Underwood (1964), country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (1961), "The Corpse Bride" director Tim Burton (1958), English musician Elvis Costello (1954), Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes (1952), Judas Priest singer Rob Halford (1951), Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons (1949), "Alien Loc...

Soundtrack For 'The Bourne Ultimatum' Features Moby's Remake Of The Movie's Theme Song

August 2nd, 2007 11:48am EDT
The Bourne Ultimatum
(New York, NY) The soundtrack for one of this summer's most anticipated action thrillers, The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Academy Award®-winner Matt Damon, was released July 31 on Decca. Composer John Powell (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity) once again scored original music for this latest installment in the Bourne series. A new version of Moby's hit song "Extreme Ways," which was the end-title song for the first two movies, is also featured.

Steeped in classical tradition, yet drawn to the idea of turning it on its head, John Powell has composed a series of acclai...

Roger Moore: 'I Have Not Retired'

July 23rd, 2007 10:25am EDT
Roger Moore
Former James Bond star Roger Moore has denied reports he is to quit the film industry, insisting he's not yet ready to retire from Hollywood. The 80-year-old actor has featured in a string of made-for-TV movies in recent years, but has not been seen on the big screen for the last five years, prompting speculation he is preparing for retirement.

However Moore admits he is simply holding out for a "decent script" and a good wage. He says, "I'm not retired yet. If someone offers me a decent script with a nice schedule and a bit of dosh (money) to sweeten the deal, then I'm for hire!"


Travolta Shocked When Connery Asked Him To Dance

July 20th, 2007 1:14pm EDT
John Travolta
A shocked John Travolta was once asked to dance at a party by Sean Connery - and accepted because he couldn't turn down the James Bond legend. Following his breakout role in 1977's Saturday Night Fever, Travolta admits he was regularly asked to dance, but even he was taken aback when Connery popped the question at a posh bash in the 1980s.

He says, "I was asked to dance by Sean Connery. We were at a party for Frank Sinatra and we were on our way out, my wife and I were leaving. And he (Connery) said, 'John, where you going?' And I said, 'I've got to go home, I'm filming tomorrow.' A...

Pierce Brosnan Takes On Children's TV Role

July 19th, 2007 10:19am EDT
Pierce Brosnan
Actor Pierce Brosnan is following in the footsteps of Ringo Starr and Alec Baldwin by narrating children's TV classic Thomas The Tank Engine. The former James Bond actor will swap his Astin Martin for a steam train to become the latest celebrity to provide the voice over for the railway show.

Brosnan, who has already recorded his first scenes for a new series, has signed a three year contract for three TV series' and three DVD specials. He says, "I am thrilled by the opportunity to be the narrator of this beloved series, following in the shoes of so many famous names and helping intro...

Mark Ronson Eyes Bond Job

July 2nd, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Mark Ronson
British music producer Mark Ronson is hoping Amy Winehouse will sing the next James Bond theme tune - so he can produce the track. Ronson - who is the brainchild behind Winehouse's chart success - hopes he and the Rehab hitmaker could work together on the next spy-franchise installment.

He says, "It's my dream to produce a song for a James Bond film so I told Amy that if she gets offered the Bond thing, as has been rumored, then she'd better let me produce the song, or I'll never talk to her again."

-Amy Winehouse Pictures

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Shirley Bassey 'Too Lazy' For Opera

June 24th, 2007 10:32am EDT
Shirley Bassey
Veteran singer Shirley Bassey nearly became an opera singer - but admits she was too lazy to put in the practice. The Goldfinger hitmaker - who has performed the title songs for three James Bond movies - was put off by the gruelling training regime required of opera singers and chose to stick with her trademark big band music instead.

She says, "My vocal coach said if I'd had the right training, I could have been an opera singer. I would have been a contralto, not a soprano. I'd have been a good candidate but I'm basically very lazy, and opera singers have to train every day."


Celebrity Birthdays, May 28

May 28th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Kylie Minogue
Happy Birthday to "Swimfan" star Jesse Bradford (1979), Australian singer Kylie Minogue (1968), country singer Phil Vassar (1964), "The Drew Carey Show" actress Christa Miller (1964), The Plasmatics singer Wendy O. Williams (1949; d. 1998), actress Sondra Locke (1947), Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty (1945), singer Gladys Knight (1944), former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani (1944), American musician Papa John Creach (1917; d. 1994), singer T-Bone Walker (1910; d. 1975), and "James Bond" author Ian Fleming (1908; d. 1964).

Reports Name Amy Winehouse As Next 'Bond' Girl

May 7th, 2007 10:01am EDT
Amy Winehouse
British singer Amy Winehouse will reportedly get up close and personal with hunky actor Daniel Craig in the next installment of the James Bond movie series. Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has offered Winehouse a part in the Casino Royale sequel after falling in love with the Rehab star's hit album Back to Black.

A source tells British newspaper News Of The World, "She's perfect for the role because she's the embodiment of the retro glamor of the original movies."

The latest film in the superspy franchise is set for release next year.

- Amy Winehouse Pictures

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Lynsey de Paul Regrets Sean Connery Affair

April 10th, 2007 9:48am EDT
Sean Connery
Pop star Lynsey de Paul bitterly regrets her adulterous affair with actor Sean Connery, and would never have romanced him if she knew he thought it was acceptable to hit women. The singer, who is at the forefront of an anti-domestic violence campaign, fell for the former James Bond actor in 1989 while he was married to French artist Micheline Roquebrune.

But Connery had sparked controversy in 1987 when he claimed it was fine to hit a woman to "keep her in line".

She says, "I wasn't aware of Sean's violent side when I was with him, but I was quite horrified to read that he said it ...

Notable Quotables

April 8th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Quentin Tarantino
"Every once in a while someone says, 'That's a long time to stay at the movies.' But, if you remember a double feature, you don't have to watch both movies, if you don't want; if you see Robert's (Rodriguez) movie, watched the trailers and you're happy, go home." Quentin Tarantino has no time for people who complain about the three hour-plus running time of his and Rodriguez's Grindhouse double bill.

"How can I be the next Bond girl? My cellulite wouldn't look very good in a bikini." Sienna Miller on rumors she's set to join Layer Cake co-star Daniel Craig in the next James Bond movie...

Ice Cube Amused That 'XXX' Director Busted For Transgender Prostitution

April 8th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Ice Cube
Rapper/actor Ice Cube was more than a little amused when his XXX: State Of The Union director was arrested as part of a transgender prostitution sting last year - because he never liked the guy.

The It Was A Good Day hitmaker admits he and Lee Tamahori constantly "bumped heads" while they made the 2005 action movie, and he found the director's embarrassing arrest a real giggle.

Ice Cube says, "What was cool is after we finished the movie I read in the paper that he got arrested on Santa Monica Boulevard, dressed like a transvestite, so (it was) poetic justice."

Tamahori, w...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 5

April 5th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to Neptune Pharrell Williams (1973), Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready (1965), fmr. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell (1937), British actor Nigel Hawthorne (1929; d. 2001), director/producer Roger Corman (1926), "Mr. Belvedere" star Christopher Hewett (1922; d. 2001), "To Kill A Mockingbird" star Gregory Peck (1916; d. 2003), "James Bond" producer Albert R. Broccoli (1909; d. 1996), and legendary thespians Bette Davis (1908; d. 1989) and Spencer Tracy (1900; d. 1967).

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