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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Remember Me,' 'Green Zone' & More

March 8th, 2010 11:51am EST
Remember Me - Robert Pattinson
As I sit here preparing this column, the Oscars have not aired yet, but I must admit there’s not a high likelihood that I will be watching them when they come on. Most years I’ll watch a few minutes here or there, if I’m interested to see who wins an award in real time.

The ceremony is drawn out and boring in my opinion, and requires sitting through too many commercials to warrant watching from start to finish. I care about the winners of various awards, just not enough to suffer through the tedium. I’m sure I’ll have some feedback for next week’s column though on the winners and loser...
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The Ten Greatest Movies Of The Decade

December 17th, 2009 9:30am EST
The Ten Greatest Movies Of The Decade
So far, we've given you lists of the Ten Greatest TV Shows, Songs, and Albums of the decade. Now it's time to turn our focus to the Silver Screen.

This decade, moviemaking became incredibly fractured. After the Indie Boom of the nineties there suddenly wasn't much of a difference between an independent/art film and the mainstream movies from blockbuster studios. Many of these studios were now attempting to make their own indies, blurring the lines and resulting in more failures than successes.

Of course, there were still plenty of good movies to go around. The following is a list ...
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Martin Starr On 'Invention Of Lying:' 'F**k It, I Really Like The Movie'

October 2nd, 2009 9:20am EDT
Martin Starr
The Invention of Lying is the brilliant new Ricky Gervais comedy about a society where there's no such thing as lying and then a gentleman essentially creates the first lie, rolls with it and creates waves along the way.

We had the chance to sit down with Martin Starr, who is one of the best character actors around under the age of 30 (Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, SuperBad) , to talk about his part in the film and some of the things that he's up to.

Eric Stromsvold: Can you tell us a little bit about your character?

Martin Starr: I don't have a very big part [and] I kind of thou...
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Q&A: Bill Hader On His First Leading Role 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs'

September 16th, 2009 9:37am EDT
Bill Hader
"Knocked Up," "SuperBad," Hot Rod," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Tropic Thunder," "The Pineapple Express, Adventureland." All films -- released just in the last two years -- featuring (obviously, from the title of this post) "Saturday Night Live" star Bill Hader. Bill Hader now takes on his first leading role, sort of, as wayward inventor Flint Lockwood in the new 3-D animated feature, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." Hader, in this one on one interview, discusses with us the challenges of voice over work, his recent success in films as a supporting character and how all of this would ...
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Actors Who Have Transitioned From TV To Film

August 25th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Jennifer Garner
For some actors, it is hard to make the crucial transition into film as a television star. Especially if you are typecast as a certain character and most people can't think of you as anyone else (for example, Matt LeBlanc as Joey on Friends). Television actors put their careers on the line when they leave their steady jobs to branch out into the film world, and they either make it or they don't. Here are the top television stars who managed to hold their own in the film world.

Will Smith- Before he was one of the top A-list movie stars, Will Smith was known as the Banks' troublemaking co...
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Green With Envy Over Katherine Heigl's Dress? Nope!

August 4th, 2009 3:46pm EDT
Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl arrived at the premiere of The Ugly Truth in London today in a green sparkly dress. We're not crazy about the one-shouldered gown. What do you think?

Image © AP Photo/Joel Ryan

Seth Rogen recently criticized co-star Katherine Heigl over her suggestions the pregnancy comedy Knocked Up was a little sexist. Rogen said, "I gotta say it's not like we're the only people she said some bats**t crazy things about. That's kind of her bag now."

Image © AP Photo/Joel Ryan

Katherine is putting off having kids because she's terrified pregnancy will turn her into a bloated...
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Charlyne Yi Is Laughing After Cera Split

August 4th, 2009 12:00pm EDT
Charlyne Yi
Singer/actress Charlyne Yi is using comedy to help get over her split from longtime boyfriend Michael Cera - laughing with late night TV audiences while she performed a "sad" song about their break-up.

Yi is still recovering after her actor beau of three years dumped her last month, and took the opportunity to open up about their split on The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien on Monday night.

The Knocked Up star introduced a tune on her electric guitar, telling the audience: "It's kind of a sad song about my boyfriend breaking up with me. What can you do about it? Write a song about it...
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Seth Rogen Criticizes Former Co-Star Katherine Heigl

July 31st, 2009 8:58am EDT
Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen has taken aim at his Knocked Up co-star Katherine Heigl over her suggestions the pregnancy comedy was a little sexist.

Rogen and "Knocked Up" director Judd Apatow have never commented about Heigl's Vanity Fair comments in 2007 - until now, and it seems clear neither will work with the Grey's Anatomy star again.

Appearing on Howard Stern's radio show on Thursday, the two pals, who have re-teamed for Funny People, ganged up on Heigl, who told Vanity Fair she found it hard to "love the movie" which helped launch her movie career because the comedy "paints the women as shrews,"...
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Judd Apatow: His Career And Latest 'Funny People'

July 30th, 2009 10:38am EDT
Judd Apatow
This Friday marks the theatrical release of "Funny People," the Judd Apatow dramedy starring Adam Sandler as a terminally ill stand-up comedian. As the buzz around this film has grown, fans and critics alike have wondered if Apatow, who never met a penis joke he didn't like, was making a huge mistake by veering into "serious" territory. Pretty odd, considering that one of Apatow's most loved and respected works was the TV series, "Freaks and Geeks," a show that beautifully walked the line between hilarity and heartbreaking realism.

Although it may seem like he came from out of nowhere to...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies 7/26/09 - 8/1/09

July 27th, 2009 1:56pm EDT
Funny People
The column formerly known as "This Week's Movie Buzz" has a new name: "Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies." Fear not dear readers, the structure of the article you know and love will not be changing at all.

At Starpulse, we decided to change the name because we believe "Trailer Talk" more accurately reflects the column's subject matter. The insight and advice that I provide you on a weekly basis is based primarily on my viewing of movie trailers.

I do not have a chance to see most of the films before I actually recommend them to you. That being said, I do give confirmation if I ...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

July 20th, 2009 9:27am EDT
The Ugly Truth
Last Tuesday I had the opportunity to catch "Dead Snow" on Demand, and it was everything I hoped it would be. To enjoy the film though you truly need to suspend your disbelief, because if Nazi zombies are not enough, there are tons of really ridiculous, impossible events that occur.

This self-aware horror film makes many hilarious references both directly and indirectly to other movies of the genre. Characters are incredibly cliché and the dialogue is woefully written, but it is an action packed gore-fest featuring some of the most delightfully brutal horror movie deaths.

Comedies d...
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Coming-Of-Age Films That We All Remember

July 8th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
SuperBad
Making the transition from adolescence into adulthood is a critical phase in an individual's life. This coming-of-age period, which has been coined "emerging adulthood" by Clark University research professor, Dr. Jeffrey Arnett, is characterized by identity exploration, self-focus, instability, a belief in boundless possibilities, and feeling in-between. According to Arnett's theory, in industrialized societies the types of experiences that people have who are in their late teens to mid-20's have changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Instead of being quick to make that walk down the ...
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Blockbusters, Comedies & Animated Films To Benefit From New Oscar Rule

June 25th, 2009 9:34am EDT
The Hangover
In a move that had everybody checking their calendars to make sure it wasn't still April 1, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced that this year there will be TEN Best Picture nominees instead of the five-film shortlist that's existed since 1944.

So what does this mean exactly? That is, apart from the additional five minutes of clips at the Oscar show and the inevitable surprise of a bleary-eyed Oscar Nominee presenter who realizes they aren't finished after reading the name of the fifth film off the TelePrompTer? Plenty.

The Animation Rule No Longer Applies...
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Fashion Star Of The Week: Leslie Mann

April 17th, 2009 2:39pm EDT
Leslie Mann
Leslie Mann, of "Knocked Up" fame and one of the stars of the new movie "17 Again," attended its premiere on April 14th, held at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles in the cutest little frock.

The Outfit: A cream colored strapless ruffled neckline dress by designer Zac Posen.

Sassy Factor: Leslie keeps it girly cute while managing to stay age appropriate. We can appreciate this darling's toned legs because the dress length is neither too long nor short.

Accessories: Her gorgeous flowing blonde curls serve as her neckline accessory. Very sassy! A single bangle ...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

April 13th, 2009 8:57am EDT
17 Again
I must admit that two weeks ago, I grossly underestimated how popular "Fast & Furious" would be. The film captured the title of highest grossing opening weekend for a car-themed movie by taking in $72.5 million. I think it's important to note this, because I believe I'm an excellent judge of movies, but I admit the movies I recommend will not always reflect the average American movie patron's opinion.

STATE OF PLAY

Things seem to be perfect for up-and-coming U.S. congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck), until the murder of his research assistant and mistress. It becomes ...
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Is Seth Rogen Funny?

April 10th, 2009 10:39am EDT
Seth Rogen
Ronnie Barnhardt is a daring, delusional mall security guard who attempts to find the mysterious flasher who has been exposing himself to shoppers in the mall. Once he solves the case of the anonymous flasher, Ronnie hopes to be recognized for his achievement and win the woman of his dreams, Brandi.

The plot from the movie described isn't from Paul Blart: Mall Cop starring Kevin James, it's from the new movie Observe and Report starring Seth Rogen. Unlike Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Observe and Report is a dark, and twisted comedy that appears to be, from most reviews, beyond bizarre. The mo...
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Celebrity Summer Jobs

April 1st, 2009 12:01pm EDT
Adventureland
Think back to the summer jobs you had growing up. It was probably a time before you really needed money, needed a job that would look good on your resume, or prepared you for your career. Summer jobs in high school and college are for pocket money to pay for movies and illicit six packs that your older sibling buys - the essentials for good summer living.

The upcoming film "Adventureland" is a trip down nostalgia lane, and not only because it's about a guy who just graduated college and has no idea where his life is going who takes a less-than-stimulating amusement park job. Set in 19...
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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.

Adventureland

Set in 1987, recent college graduate James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) takes what he thinks will be a dead-end job ...
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'Ghostbusters 3:' A Dream Or A Reality?

March 19th, 2009 1:13pm EDT
Ghostbusters
On June 8, the Ghostbusters franchise will turn 25. Since the original film's release back in '84 the boys in gray have taken on the paranormal in a sequel, comic book titles, cartoon series, video games, and even one out-of-print novel.

Despite the franchise's popularity, the past decade hasn't been kind to the "Ghostbusters." Like the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films, whispers of an impending new installment ran the gauntlet of the internet rumor mill, bogging down the project with half-truths and unverified reports in the process. This is the part where a pun about the franchise d...
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Spotlight On Kristen Wiig

January 22nd, 2009 11:46am EST
Kristen Wiig
If you haven't experienced the comedic performances of Kristen Wiig, you're missing out! She is one of the talented stars of Saturday Night Live who keep the show going.

Everything she does is so hilarious that it's sometimes hard to watch the show without peeing your pants! Kristen joined the cast of SNL in mid 2005 and hopefully won't be leaving anytime soon. Her most memorable characters on the show are Penelope, Virgania Horsen, Excited Sue and the Target Lady.

Penelope - Kristen plays an annoying, know-it-all lady named Penelope who is always trying to one up everyone she c...
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10 Things We're Thankful For This Year - What Are You Thankful For?

November 27th, 2008 9:35am EST
Stephen COlbert
Before we fall into the annual Thanksgiving tryptophan coma, we'd like to take a few minutes to give thanks for some of the best pop cultural presents received in 2008.

Paul Rudd

This year, the ubiquitous, sexy-silly actor showed up in “Over Her Dead Body,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and “Role Models,” guested on HBO’s “Little Britain USA,” and hosted “Saturday Night Live.” Add to that the near-constant airings of “Knocked Up” on HBO and “Clueless” on every other channel, and it’s virtually impossible to get away from the guy…which is just how we like it!

If you play for th...
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Paul Rudd's Best Work… That You've Never Seen

November 11th, 2008 11:22am EST
Paul Rudd
In the mid-nineties a skinny, nerdy, somewhat sloppy guy burst into the shiny, chic, coiffed world of Clueless' Cher Horowitz and his quick wit and sparkling eyes managed to win her in the end. That guy was Paul Rudd, and he had tween girls all across the country replacing their JTT and Mark-Paul Gosselaar pin-ups with those of someone with a bit more character. Though Rudd has worked steadily ever since his "break-out" role in Clueless, he was often relegated to supporting roles in big projects with even bigger stars (like Romeo & Juliet, Anchorman, or Friends), burying his knack for dry...
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Slideshow: From Porn To Pop Culture Icons

August 27th, 2008 4:30pm EDT
Jenna Jameson
Years ago it was unthinkable for a porn star to be taken seriously in mainstream Hollywood or to be recognized outside of their inner circles. Times have changed. Many porn stars have gone mainstream and become a part of pop culture. Whether it's because they're dating someone famous or appearing on a VH1 reality show, the following adult stars have made names for themselves outside of pornography:

Perhaps one of the most recognizable faces of porn is Jenna Jameson. The winner of over 20 adult film awards, she also founded a pornographic entertainment company. She broke into the m...
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'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' On DVD Sept. 30

August 22nd, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
From the producers of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up comes a comical look at one guy's determination to get over his first meaningful break-up – if he can only make himself start Forgetting Sarah Marshall. For anyone who has ever been in a relationship gone awry comes a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt comedy about getting dumped and coming out ahead! The cast includes Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), Kristin Bell (Veronica Mars Heroes), Mila Kunis (That '70s Show, Family Guy) and Russell Brand (Penelope) with memorable support by Knocked Up alumni Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill and Bill Hader...
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Celebrity Fashion Review: Summer Frumps

August 7th, 2008 10:34am EDT
Bai Ling
The Black Eyed Peas were very successful with their smash hit single "My Humps." So let's sing the following lines to the beat of the main chorus of that song (if you know it). Why? Because some celebrities can at times be major fashion disasters, and it just seemed fitting to belt out these original lyrics in their honor:

"My junks! My junks! My messy summer frumps! My boring summer dress, no guy is gonna look. My pointless grayish suit, no woman's gonna drool. My tacky rolled up jeans. I look like a hot mess. My messy summer frumps! My messy summer frumps! In the back and in the...
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Biggest Box Office Flops

August 5th, 2008 9:26am EDT
Cutthroat Island
Movies tank all of the time. Just last weekend the new X-Files movie only managed to make a few dozen live chickens at the box office. Still that's not too bad, not really. Gillian Anderson might have some trouble getting work, but she's probably happy knowing that people still recognize her name. Some movies get a lot of press for their poor performances. Sure, Jessica Simpson's "Blonde Ambition" made about what The Dark Knight makes in an hour-but even that stinker wasn't a huge loss, not really. A genuine box office disaster is something special. The Anti-Dark Knight. Movies that bombard...
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Seth Rogen Should Never Have Been Famous

August 4th, 2008 8:42am EDT
Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen should be a McDonald's employee. With his rough, gurgling chuckle and lumberjack-stoner voice, the high school dropout should be asking, "Do you want fries with that?," not "You know how I know you're gay?" He should be muttering how much he hates his life under his breath. He should be living paycheck to paycheck, hoping his mom doesn't kick him out because he forgot to take out the trash. Again. He should be an alcoholic has-been trying to turn a small stint on network television into a tad longer one on some god-awful E! reality show. Seth Rogen should have been this generatio...
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Katherine Heigl Sticking With 'Grey's Anatomy'

July 17th, 2008 8:48am EDT
Katherine Heigl
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Katherine Heigl is sticking with "Grey's Anatomy" despite voicing displeasure about last season's script quality, the network's programming chief said.

Heigl's previous comments raised speculation that she might want to leave the ABC medical drama - rumors that ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson sought to dispel. "She's absolutely staying with the show. There's an unbelievable story line for her this year, which is really central to everything that's going to go on this season," he told a meeting of the Television Critics Association on Wednesday...
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Comedian, Actor and Real Life Doctor Ken Jeong Enjoying Hollywood Success

July 1st, 2008 4:17pm EDT
Dr. Ken Jeong
Honesty's the best policy. That goes for anyone, whether you're a doctor, comedian, actor, or, in the case of Dr. Ken Jeong , all three. Surprisingly, all three careers have much in common: you've got to be quick on your feet, they require long, grueling hours, and sometimes the best approach is the untraditional one. Dr. Ken has committed to honesty and it's taken him a long way, from the shy teen growing up in North Carolina, to working with Judd Apatow and prancing around in a silver jumpsuit, providing backup vocals in viral videos.

When were you first exposed to comedy?

My fi...
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The Best Movies About Summer Camp

May 16th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Camp Nowhere
Ahh, summer camp. It conjures up musty cabins, s'mores, mosquitoes, swimming, summer romance, and much more. Once kids have the summer sun in their sight line, they're ready to toss aside their textbooks and number 2 pencils for the dewy grass and sparkling lakes that only summer camp can provide. Want to get a jump start on the seasonal spirit? Then check out the following summer camp films:

Fat Camp

Judd Apatow's (Knocked Up, Superbad) first foray into film was with the 1995 childhood classic Heavyweights, so it should be no surprise that it has taken the "Best Film About Fat...
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