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Naomi Watts Honored At This Year's Deauville American Film Festival

September 11th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts looked gorgeous in a light pink Nina Ricci Resort 2012 gown Friday night at the 37th annual Deauville American Film Festival. The star was at the premiere of Crazy, Stupid, Love, which took place after a press conference and photocall honoring her for her contributions to American cinema.

Several of Naomi's films were also shown during the festival, including Fair Game, 21 Grams, Mulholland Drive, Eastern Promises and Funny Games. Peter Jackson's epic remake of King Kong.

Blake Edwards, Francis Ford Coppola, Shirley MacLaine, Danny Glover and screenwriter/director Roger Avary...
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More Troubles For 'The Hobbit'

October 2nd, 2010 2:32pm EDT
Lord Of The Rings
A movie studio in New Zealand which was due to host filming of The Hobbit has been wrecked in a serious fire.

The Portsmouth Miniatures Studio in Wellington was used to film iconic scenes for Peter Jackson's "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy and his monster movie remake "King Kong," and had been booked for use on the upcoming blockbuster, which the director will produce.

Fire crews were called to the building on Friday afternoon and they spent three hours tackling the monstrous blaze, which caused extensive damage to the structure. No one was hurt, according to local reports.

Matthew Dravitzki...
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Is CGI Technology Enough Of A Reason To Remake 'Clash Of The Titans'?

March 31st, 2010 9:08am EDT
Clash of the Titans
As audiences get set for the update of "Clash of the Titans," many hardcore fans of the classic fantasy film are letting loose with that familiar cry of heresy. Sure, digital effects can look more "real" than the rubber and clay monsters created by legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen for the 1981 original, but better? "Better" is a subjective term.

Ask "Star Wars" geeks which Yoda they prefer. When Luke Skywalker landed on Dagobah in 1981's "The Empire Strikes Back," the Yoda he encountered was a foam and latex puppet, voiced and manipulated by Frank Oz. The "real" Jedi Master ...
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The Best & Worst Of Jack Black

June 23rd, 2009 11:25am EDT
Year One
If only life were so simple as to allow enjoyable Jack Black be noticeably different than awful Jack Black. Perhaps the slightly thinner, slightly less beardy version of him could be the best version of him and the more unshaven and huskier version could be the worst version of him, or vice versa; something, anything, that would allow the audience to know what not to waste their time on.

Yes, if only life were this simple.

Sadly, it's not, otherwise I would not have recently lost 97 minutes of my life to Black's latest film, "Year One". While having its moments coming mainly fro...
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'King Kong', 'Creature' To Join Universal Studios Hollywood In 2010

May 24th, 2009 4:00pm EDT
King Kong
King Kong, among the screen’s most powerful and enduring icons, will re-emerge on the famed and newly upgraded Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour in summer, 2010 as a thrilling and ground-breaking 4-D multi-sensory marvel, a new signature attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new King Kong attraction, based on the Oscar®-winning 2005 Universal Pictures film, will combine thrilling visceral effects with the world’s largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience.

Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Unive...
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It's Gotta Be The Shoes (Links & Stuff)

April 3rd, 2009 7:00pm EDT
Spike Lee
Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly adding interesting links all the time.

YOU can even add links to stuff you find out there now, like interesting articles, cool YouTube videos, strange news, interesting photo galleries, and, well, just about anything!

The 15 Weirdest, Wackiest and Most Awesome Shoes Ever Created - For Ladies by Ladies

The ugliest shoes produced over the last 20 years - YepYep

Holy high heels Batman! - dlisted

Funnyman Jack Black has land...
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Fur Sure, Fur Sure In... Today's Links

December 19th, 2008 8:45pm EST
King Kong
Check out some of the best links we found around the web today. And be sure to visit our Daily Links section where we're constantly pouring in the best stuff from around the web.

Star Wars customized Wii. Want. - geekologie

Exclusive interview with King Kong - F-Listed

Ever wonder what The Ting Tings name means in Japanese? - The Rad Report

"Russian Girls" - Sasha Dith

Chinese ship takes matters into its own hands, uses Molotov cocktails to fight off Somali pirates. Awesome. - Telegraph UK

Join the world's largest Conga Line! - Mamma Mia Conga Line

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James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie & Morgan Freeman Star In 'Wanted,' On DVD Dec. 2

November 7th, 2008 6:45pm EST
Wanted
James McAvoy (Atonement) and Academy Award® winners Angelina Jolie (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight) star in the sexy, visually stunning, action thrill-ride Wanted, coming to DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on December 2, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, creator of Day Watch and Night Watch, two of the most successful films in the history of Russian cinema, brings his incomparable imagination and innovative cinematic style to bear on the explosive story of an ordinary man transformed by destiny into a powerful assassin. Ba...
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Movie Remakes: 'Heartbreak Kid' Fails While Others Have Succeeded

October 10th, 2007 11:54am EDT
The Heartbreak Kid
The Heartbreak Kid, the latest collaboration between Ben Stiller and the Farrelly brothers, debuted in second place this past weekend with a modest $14 million haul at the box office. The last Stiller-Farrelly project, 1998's There's Something About Mary, pulled in $176.5 million that year.

The film has been widely panned by critics as less enjoyable than the 1972 original, which starred Cybill Shepherd as the dream girl. Fortunately, not all movie remakes end in disaster and box office disappointment. A few that worked:

Scarface (1983)

Al Pacino turned in an inspired perform...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 28

September 28th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Hilary Duff
Happy Birthday to "Boogeyman" actress Skye McCole Bartusiak (1992), "Material Girls" actress Hilary Duff (1987), Pussycat Dolls singer Melody Thornton (1984), "Jackass" jackass Bam Margera (1979), "King Kong" actress Naomi Watts (1968), "The Replacement Killers" actress Mira Sorvino (1967), "Mystery Men" actress Janeane Garofalo (1964), violinist Laurie Lewis (1950), "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" actor Jeffrey Jones (1947), "The Negotiator" actor J.T. Walsh (1943; d. 1998), "Capote" actor Marshall Bell (1942), Stand By Me singer Ben E. King (1938), French actress Brigitte Bardot (1934), Italia...
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First Season Celebrated New Drama, 'Friday Night Lights,' Comes To DVD August 28

August 3rd, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Friday Night Lights
Universal City, August 2, 2007 – Inspired by the New York Times best-selling book and acclaimed theatrical feature, the Emmy® nominated Friday Night Lights: The First Season debuts on DVD on August 28, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Executive produced by Peter Berg (who directed and wrote the feature film) and Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), Friday Night Lights has won viewer devotion and critical praise for its look at the emotional dynamics of small-town life. Featuring outstanding production values, insightful writing and compelling characters, th...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 28

September 28th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Hilary Duff
Happy Birthday to "Boogeyman" actress Skye McCole Bartusiak (1992), "Material Girls" actress Hilary Duff (1987), Pussycat Dolls singer Melody Thornton (1984), "Jackass" jackass Bam Margera (1979), "King Kong" actress Naomi Watts (1968), "The Replacement Killers" actress Mira Sorvino (1967), "Mystery Men" actress Janeane Garofalo (1964), violinist Laurie Lewis (1950), "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" actor Jeffrey Jones (1947), "The Negotiator" actor J.T. Walsh (1943; d. 1998), "Capote" actor Marshall Bell (1942), Stand By Me singer Ben E. King (1938), French actress Brigitte Bardot (1934), Italia...
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Jessica Alba To Host 2006 MTV Movie Awards

June 1st, 2006 8:00pm EDT
Jessica Alba
Covering Hollywood’s most anticipated blockbuster from every angle, MTV News will present exclusive pre and post show coverage of the "2006 MTV Movie Awards." From backstage to the red carpet, the MTV News team will cover every angle of the big show including exclusive celebrity interviews, musical performances, and much more. Additionally for the first time, fans will be able to access MTV News’ comprehensive Movie Awards coverage on-air and through broadband network, MTV Overdrive (movieawards.mtv.com) — each with a unique and exclusive take on the show.

MTV News pre show coverage...
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Jack Black Dines On Grasshopper Enchilada

May 11th, 2006 1:12pm EDT
Jack Black
Jack Black dined on a grasshopper enchilada while filming his new movie, Nacho Libre. The 36 year-old (star of King Kong and Shark Tale) tried the exotic insect dish in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he is filming the Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) movie.

Jack Black mused to comic book magazine Wizard, “Dude, I did have some grasshopper enchilada! Here’s the thing: It tastes good, but you’re not going to be able to not think about it because you’re eating it and, ‘Now, yes, I distinctly tasted a wing.’ Or, ‘Okay, that was an elbow joint of a bug. That was its skull. I just crushed its skull.”
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MTV Movie Awards Nominees Announced - Full List!

April 25th, 2006 10:53am EDT
40-Year-Old Virgin
Wedding Crashers and The 40-Year-Old-Virgin are set to dominate the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. Both movies have received five nominations each including Best Movie and Best Comedic Performance. Among the other contenders for historically one the most hotly contested awards, Best Kiss, are Brokeback Mountain lovers Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger who are set to battle it out with real life couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who locked lips in their action hit last year Mr and Mrs Smith. Full List of Nominees Below!

This year's awards ceremony is the first time that organisers haven't had...
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Green Day Wins Big At Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

April 3rd, 2006 10:31am EDT
Green Day
Lindsay Lohan and Green Day were the big winners at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on Saturday. The punk rockers went home with stylish orange blimp awards after viewers of the children's cable channel voted the trio to win Favorite Music Group and Favorite Song for Wake Me Up When September Ends. Mean Girls star Lohan took the Favorite Movie Actress trophy.

King Kong star Jack Black hosted the event at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, California - opening the show with a blistering version of the Elton John classic, Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting.

Other winners on the night i...
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New Movies on DVD, March 28

March 28th, 2006 8:00am EST
This week's gigantic release is Peter Jackson's King Kong. The film is set in the 1930s and focuses on a group of explorers and filmmakers who travel to Skull Island to make a movie. Beautiful actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) and filmmaker Carl Denham (Jack Black) encounter King Kong, an enormous gorilla living in a massive jungle with prehistoric dinosaurs. Also in stores this week: Memoirs of a Geisha.
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And The Oscar Goes To ...

March 6th, 2006 9:45am EST
George Clooney
Although Brokeback Mountain wound up walking away with a few Academy Awards last night, the big winner was Crash, which took home statues for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Editing. Thrice-nominated George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana. Read more for a complete list of winners ...

78th Annual Academy Awards Winners:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow

Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line

David S...
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Complete List of 2006 Oscar Nominations

January 31st, 2006 10:58am EST
Best Actor nominee Heath Ledger
As expected, Brokeback Mountain is a favorite among Oscar voters, rounding up eight nominations, including those for best motion picture, director, actor, and supporting actor and actress. Crash and Good Night, And Good Luck follow with six nominations each. Walk the Line was surprisingly shut out of the best motion picture category, but the film earned five nominations, as did Capote, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Munich. Continue reading for a complete list of Oscar nominees...

78th Annual Academy Awards Nominations:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hof...
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Naomi Watts the Latest Choice for New Bond Girl

December 29th, 2005 9:02am EST
Naomi Watts
James Bond bosses are lining up Naomi Watts to be a Bond girl after being thrilled by her performance in King Kong. The producers of new 007 film 'Casino Royale' were so impressed by the screen beauty's portrayal of Anne Darrow in the blockbuster they now want her to star opposite Daniel Craig - the latest actor to don the famous tux.

Eon Productions, the team behind the movie, have already contacted Watts to offer her the role of Russian vixen Vesper Lynd and want her to perform a screen test for the part in the New Year. However, friends of the stunning 37-year-old star believe she m...
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Jack Black Likes Money

December 28th, 2005 9:12am EST
Jack Black
Jack Black has an unusual hobby – collecting coins. The King Kong star admits to being a numismatist – the official name for people who enjoy discovering and keeping old coinage. Broadcaster and fellow hoarder Phill Jupitus said: “Jack is a numismatist. He was really excited about a coin he had, saying it was really old. When he showed it to me it turned out to be from only 1847, not really what I would call ancient."

He added to Britain’s Daily Express newspaper: “So I decided to give him three coins – one a Roman coin from the first century. I don’t think he could quite believe it....
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Ebert & Roeper To Present Their Top 10 Film Picks of 2005

December 27th, 2005 9:35am EST
The New World
Film critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, hosts of television's most popular and respected movie review program, will announce their individual top 10 lists of 2005's best films this weekend on "Ebert & Roeper: The Best of 2005." Their selections will be revealed and discussed on the annual special, which will air this weekend (Dec 31, Jan 1) in national syndication.

The critics' individual top 10 lists share five films in common, yet the critics had no agreement when ranking their selections. In no particular order, some of Roger Ebert's favorites include Junebug, King Kong a...
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Naomi Watts Engaged

December 22nd, 2005 9:27am EST
Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts is reportedly set to marry, just weeks after revealing she wanted to swap her Hollywood career for a family. The sexy star, who claimed her latest movie 'King Kong' destroyed her private life, is said to be ready to wed her boyfriend, actor Liev Schreiber.

A source told Star magazine: "Naomi is ready to walk down the aisle with Liev - maybe soon. "Liev doesn't want to waste anytime. He is absolutely thrilled Naomi is going to marry him."

Earlier this month the screen beauty said her ambition for 2006 was to settle down and raise a family after abandoning her home life ...
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Naomi Watts on Screaming for 'King Kong'

December 14th, 2005 9:18am EST
Naomi Watts didn't practice her scream for her role as the damsel in distress in King Kong. The stunning actress plays the giant gorilla's captor Ann Darrow - famously played by "Scream Queen" Fay Wray in the original 1933 movie - in the blockbuster remake, and was told by director Peter Jackson her "pipes" needed to be loud and in perfect working order.

Watts insists she couldn't practice screaming because people don't screech in terror in real life. She said: "It's funny, the whole scream thing, because you don't really scream in real life. If there's truly anything scary, then you w...
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'Brokeback Mountain,' 'Desperate Housewives' Sweep Golden Globe Nominations

December 14th, 2005 9:04am EST
Desperate Housewives
Hollywood's first gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain is set to ride off with seven Golden Globes. The controversial movie - which stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal - is being lined up for the coveted awards including best picture, making the film an Oscar favorite. George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck and Woody Allen's Match Point are also up for best movie. However, director Peter Jackson's movie-of-the-moment, King Kong, received just two nominations.

Meanwhile, hit show Desperate Housewives dominated the Golden Globes television nominations - with four of its five lead f...
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New In Theaters Today: King Kong

December 14th, 2005 8:00am EST
King Kong
Peter Jackson's King Kong is the second big-screen remake of the 1933 classic. Set in the 1930s, the film follows a group of advantageous American adventurers who travel to a secluded island in search of a fabled giant ape. Not only do they find the 25-foot primate, they're also faced with an assortment of prehistoric creatures previously thought to be long extinct. Filling the shoes worn first by Fay Wray, and later by Jessica Lange in the 1976 version, is Naomi Watts, who plays Ann Darrow, the only person who can calm the mighty Kong. Adrien Brody and Jack Black also star.

Related Li...
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New CDs This Week (Dec. 13)

December 13th, 2005 11:26am EST
Beck
There's not a whole lot of new releases this week since it's almost the holidays. But there are some noteable albums hitting shelves this week from artists such as Beck, Cypress Hill, Daddy Yankee, Fuel, Lamb of God, Snoop Dogg and Youngbloodz. Check out this list of noteworthy releases (many with reviews) for Tuesday, December 13th, 2005...

Anthony Hamilton - Ain't Nobody Worryin'

Beck - Guerolito

Billie Holiday - The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes

Bo Bice - Real Thing

Cypress Hill - Greatest Hits From the Bong

Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino en Directo

Disturbing Tha Peace...
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AFI Honors the Top 10 Movies, TV Shows in 2005

December 12th, 2005 2:57pm EST
Syriana
The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI Awards 2005, AFI's almanac, which records the year's most outstanding achievements in film and television, as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image.

The honorees are listed below in alphabetical order:

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR -- OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

CAPOTE

CRASH

THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN

LUCK.

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

KING KONG

MUNICH

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

SYRIANA

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR -- OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

24

BATTLESTAR GAL...
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New CDs This Week (Dec. 6)

December 6th, 2005 11:05am EST
Korn
A number of big names are dropping new albums this week including highly anticipated fresh cuts from Korn, Lil' Wayne and Lindsay Lohan; plus new collections from Eminem, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Don Omar and a whole lot more. Check out this list of noteworthy release (many with reviews) for Tuesday, December 6th, 2005...

Ashanti - Collectables by Ashanti

Carl Craig - Fabric 25

Don Omar - Da Hitman Presents Reggaeton Latino

Eminem - Curtain Call: The Hits

Ennio Morricone - Morricone Happening

God Forbid - Out of Misery

Heather Headley - In My Mind

Ja Rule - Exodus

Jennifer Peñ...
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Dane Cook, Jack Black & Alec Baldwin To Host SNL This Month

November 30th, 2005 1:09pm EST
Alec Bladwin
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" brings out new faces and perennial favorites in December. The late night show's hosts this month include comedian Dane Cook, actor Alec Bladwin and funnyman Jack Black. They will be joined by musical guests James Blunt, Shakira and Neil Young.

December 3 finds red-hot standup comedian Dane Cook hosting the show. Cook comes to the show on the heels of the historic success of his comedy album "Retaliation" which debuted at Number 4 on the Billboard 200, making him the highest-charting comedian in 25 years. Cook has built a large and loyal following through rel...
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