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Top Hollywood Dialect Coach Robert Easton Dies

December 23rd, 2011 7:01am EST
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The renowned Hollywood dialect coach who helped Forest Whitaker hone his accent as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland has died.

Character actor and language expert Robert Easton passed away from natural causes at his home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles last Friday at the age of 81.

Easton began his career as an actor and landed roles on TV shows such as The Munsters, Get Smart and The Adventures of Superman and in films like 1961's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 1991.

But he became famed for his skills as a phoneticist and w...
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Forest Whitaker Named U.N Goodwill Ambassador

June 17th, 2011 1:29pm EDT
Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker is following in the footsteps of stars including Angelina Jolie and Shakira by taking up a post as a United Nations (U.N.) goodwill ambassador.

The Oscar-winning actor is to be affiliated with the organization's educational, scientific and cultural body, UNESCO, and will be officially inducted into his role as goodwill ambassador for peace and reconciliation at a ceremony on Tuesday.

Whitaker, who famously portrayed Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, has been offered the role in recognition of his "humanitarian and artistic commitment" with projects ...
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'The Last King of Scotland's' Kevin Macdonald to Direct Bob Marley Documentary

February 3rd, 2011 12:30pm EST
Bob Marley | Photo Credits: Gregg Cobarr/WireImage.com
The Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald has set his sights on reggae legend Bob Marley for his new documentary, Marley, TheWrap.com reports.

"What made Bob tick is probably unanswerable but viewers will certainly feel that they know him a little better after seeing our documentary. I am grateful to the Marley family for entrusting me with their heritage," Macdonald said, alluding to how his relatives are participating in the project.

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Kerry Washington Sizzles In Lavender Opera Gown

September 28th, 2010 10:30am EDT
Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington posed for photographs during the opening night production of "Das Rheingold" at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, New York City, yesterday. She looked radiant in a lavender draped gown. What do you think?

Kerry has several films in production, including "A Thousand Words" about a blasé guy who learns that he has only 1,000 words left to speak before he will die and "For Colored Girls" in which women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems.

The actress has also starred in "The Last King Of Scotland," "She Hate Me," "Ray," ...
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Forest Whitaker's Diet Secret

March 18th, 2010 8:32am EDT
Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker has shed 80 pounds since becoming a vegetarian three years ago. The "Last King of Scotland" star, 48, was required to pile on the pounds for his role as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film, and decided to give up meat in 2007 in a bid to get back into shape.

Whitaker has slimmed down considerably thanks to a new exercise regime and his healthy eating has paid off so much, he's even considered cutting out dairy produce from his diet too.

A close pal tells the National Enquirer, "Forest will turn 49 in July, and he had a lot of excess fat around his stomach...He's con...
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The Golden Age Of Black Talent In Hollywood

March 2nd, 2010 10:05am EST
Are Black Men The Dominant Leading Actors Of This Era
Hollywood has always had its share of big-name black talent, from Sidney Poitier to Hattie McDaniel to Louis Gossett, Jr. But looking back, none of those big names owned Hollywood like Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, or Audrey Hepburn did. Poitier, McDaniel, and Gossett, Jr. were immensely talented pioneers, but they were vastly outnumbered by their peers in the industry. Unfortunate as it was, they were the exception in Hollywood, not the rule.

This was probably due in part to the social fabric of America at the time. It can’t have been easy for Sidney Poitier, even with his incredible tal...
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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.

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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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Literary Characters=Oscar Love

March 19th, 2009 10:28am EDT
The Edge Of Love
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a long history of awarding actors who portray real people. For example: Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles (Ray), Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos (Monster), Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena (Boys Don't Cry), Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin (The Last King Of Scotland), Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II (The Queen), and most recently Sean Penn as Harvey Milk (Milk).

Lesser recognized is the Academy's favor for actors who play literary figures or exist in their spheres. It's quite possible the stars of the recently released The Edge of Love, the st...
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'The X-Files: I Want To Believe'; On DVD & Blu-ray Dec. 2

November 13th, 2008 7:00pm EST
The X-Files: I Want To Believe
The truth is finally out there on DVD and Blu-ray! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents The X-Files: I Want To Believe, a gripping feature film based on the global phenomenon that descends onto DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) on December 2nd.

Marking the Studio's first foray into BD-Live, The X-Files: I Want To Believe BD release takes full advantage of the high-def format's "web-enhanced" functionality with exclusive features, games, additional content and connectivity to other BD-Live users and X-Files fans nationwide. "The X-Files Dossier" allows BD-Live connected users to c...
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Prepare To Believe Again With 'The X-Files: Revelations'

July 4th, 2008 11:00am EDT
The X-Files
The truth will be out there… Fox Home Entertainment presents an exclusive insider's pass to the science-fiction television phenomenon just in time for its second trip to the big screen when "The X-Files" Revelations descends onto a two-disc DVD collection July 8th.

Selected by eight-time Emmy® Award nominated series creator Chris Carter himself, all eight full hour episodes in the compilation include special on-camera introductions by Carter and producer Frank Spotnitz, revealing why each were chosen and how they relate to the highly anticipated feature film, invading theat...
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Spotlight On Talented, Oscar-Winning Movie Stars

June 23rd, 2008 8:45am EDT
Daniel Day-Lewis
There are many talented people in Hollywood who have won a coveted Oscar, and there are so many talented winners that it's difficult to just name a few.

Daniel Day-Lewis is known as one of the most selective actors in the industry; he's starred in only four movies in the last 10 years. Whenever Day-Lewis has a movie being released, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stands up and takes notice. He's won two Academy Awards for Best Actor: His first was in 1989 for his role as Christy Brown in "My Left Foot" and the other in 2007 for his work as Daniel Plainview in "There Wil...
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Denzel Washington Directs And Stars In 'The Great Debaters,' On DVD May 13

April 17th, 2008 6:00am EDT
The Great Debaters
Inspired by a true story and "one of the year's best films" (Chicago Sun-Times), The Great Debaters is a touching and heartfelt drama about the power of words, fighting its way onto DVD May 13 as a two-disc collector's edition from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company.

Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington (American Gangster) directs and leads an ensemble cast with "strong, emotionally grounded performances" (New York Times) including Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King Of Scotland), Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Jurnee Smollett (Gridiron Gang, B...
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8 Sexy Redheads Who Leave Us Hot & Bothered

March 28th, 2008 12:00pm EDT
Amy Adams
Despite recent rumors that redheads are going extinct, they're here to stay. According to new research from Germany, they also have more sex than their blonde and brunette counterparts. Who needs blondes and brunettes when we have redheads to help us start a fire? Here are a few who leave us feeling all hot and bothered:

The Veterans: Seasoned redheaded beauties who've paved the way. "Veteran" is in no way a negative term here, it's an accolade. We're paying homage.

Marcia Cross

Age: 46

Notable Work: "Desperate Housewives," "Everwood," "Seinfeld," "Melrose Place," "K...
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Single & Sexy: Top 10 Celebrity Bachelorettes

January 11th, 2008 3:22pm EST
Megan Fox
In Hollywood there are many attractive, sought-after bachelors (see here). Equally as appealing are the celebrity bachelorettes who take Tinseltown by storm. These women are holding their own in the entertainment industry with much dedication to their craft, independent attitudes and, of course, beauty.

Here are those whom we consider to be the Top 10, in no particular order:

It has been rumored that "Lost" star Evangeline Lilly (28) and her fiancée, co-star Dominic Monaghan, have split. If this is indeed the case, then we're sure Evangeline won't have a problem finding a new bea...
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Starpulse Celebrity Spotlight: James McAvoy

December 15th, 2007 2:00pm EST
James McAvoy
James McAvoy was born April 21, 1979, in Glasgow, Scotland. When McAvoy was just seven years old his parents divorced and he, along with his sister Joy, went to live with their grandparents.

At first McAvoy didn't have any plans on being an actor. In fact, it wasn't until film director David Hayman paid a visit to his school and gave everyone information about his work. After hearing Hayman speak, McAvoy started gaining an interest in acting and talked to Hayman about getting work experience.

About four months later Hayman called and offered him an audition, which he won, for the ...
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Keira Knightley And James McAvoy Star In 'Atonement,' Opening Dec. 7

November 4th, 2007 10:30am EST
Atonement
Joe Wright, the BAFTA Award-winning director of Pride & Prejudice, has reunited with his filmmaking team and his Academy Award-nominated actress, Keira Knightley, for another classic British romance, starring James McAvoy (BAFTA Award nominee for The Last King of Scotland) opposite Ms. Knightley. Christopher Hampton (Academy Award winner for Dangerous Liaisons) has written the screenplay adaptation of Ian McEwan's best-selling 2002 novel Atonement.

Shot on location in the U.K., the film's story spans several decades. In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan)...
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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...
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Marvel's First Family Of Superheroes Reunite To Face Their Greatest Challenge Yet

September 13th, 2007 7:15pm EDT
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Catch a wave of "terrific adventure" and "non-stop action" (CBS-TV) in the fun and fantastically entertaining follow-up to the worldwide hit film as Q4 kicks off in true Fox style on October 2, 2007 with the DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) release of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The world's premiere superhero team, The Fantastic Four, meets their greatest challenge yet as the enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As the Silver Surfer races around the globe wreaking havoc, Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben must unravel the mystery o...
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Monday's Maxim.com 'Hot 100' Girl: Keira Knightley

August 27th, 2007 12:00pm EDT
Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley is this week's 'Maxim Hot 100' girl! Head on over to Maxim's Keira Knightley page to check out their page of sexy pictures of the Pirates of the Caribbean beauty!

Keira burst onto the scene in 2002 in the highly successful football (by 'football' we mean 'soccer') film Bend It Like Beckham alongside Indian beauty Parminder Nagra. Soon after that she stole hearts as the lovely Elizabeth Swann in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' trilogy. Then it was on to playing the sexy, badass Guinevere in director Antoine Fuqua's take on King Arthur. Next came the twisted thriller The J...
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New Movies on DVD, April 17

April 17th, 2007 8:00am EDT
The Last King Of Scotland
The Last King of Scotland is based on Giles Foden's novel detailing the brutal reign of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin as seen through the eyes of his personal physician. James McAvoy stars as the doctor who slowly realizes that he is trapped in an inescapable nightmare, and Forest Whitaker assumes the role of the notorious despot. Also on DVD: Freedom Writers, Smokin' Aces, Notes On A Scandal, and The History Boys.
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'I Think I Love My Wife:' A French Classic Re-envisioned By Chris Rock

March 16th, 2007 9:00am EDT
Chris Rock
From writer/director Chris Rock (The Longest Yard, Madagascar, Head Of State) comes a comedy about a man with the perfect marriage – his wife is beautiful, intelligent and a fantastic mother to his children – but there's just one little problem: he's bored out of his suburban businessman's mind. Despite having it all, Richard Cooper can't help but fantasize about having nearly ever woman he sees. Still, it's only fantasy. Then, one fateful day, an alluring, free-spirited, not to mention stunning, old friend suddenly appears at his office door, putting him to the ultimate test. Just how muc...
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And The Oscar Goes To - Full List of Oscar Winners!

February 26th, 2007 9:01am EST
The Departed
Dame Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker were crowned queen and king of the Oscars last night. The stars of The Queen and The Last King of Scotland won Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Martin Scorsese won Best Director for The Departed - his first win out of six nominations in the category and 31 years since his first nomination. Full List of Winners Below!

As she accepted her award, Helen, struggling to hold the statuette, said: "I've got my purse in one hand, my earring in the other. Thank you, Academy. You know, my sister told me that all kids love to get gold stars, and...
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'Borat,' 'Babel' & 'Blood Diamond' Not Credited With 'No Animals Were Harmed' Tag

February 22nd, 2007 9:55am EST
Borat
With all the excitement surrounding the upcoming Oscar awards, it is easy to overlook the animals that play such an important role in movies. Although animals are an integral part of some of the most acclaimed films, their well-being and safety are sometimes neglected.

American Humane, the authority behind the "No Animals Were Harmed" end credit disclaimer on film and TV productions, applauds those nominated movies that included animal-safety monitoring as part of their production process -- but calls attention to those that did not.

The following Oscar-nominated films, which wer...
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Survey Says 'Sunshine,' 'Prada' Had The Best Movie Quotes of 2006

February 16th, 2007 10:07am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine, The Devil Wears Prada and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest topped the list of winners, when a Netflix survey revealed the most memorable movie lines from this season's Academy Award-nominated films and performances.

Inspired by the Academy's great movie quotes theme, the survey queried nearly 5000 devoted Netflix members and resulted in humorous and inspiring quotes from an assortment of popular movies from 2006. In addition to the aforementioned films, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, The Departed and ...
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'Little Miss Sunshine' Wins at SAG Awards

January 29th, 2007 10:04am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine scooped the Ensemble in a Film prize at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. The low-budget comedy unexpectedly took home the prestigious accolade, which is the ceremony's equivalent of the Best Picture Oscar. Full List of Winners Below

Greg Kinnear, who plays stressed dad Richard in the film, expressed his Oscar hopes as he accepted the prize. He said: "I think we feel good. An Oscar would mean a great deal to us. Making a movie isn't always a great experience, that's the facts. But this really was a remarkable experience."

British actress Da...
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AARP Announces Winners of the Sixth Annual 'Movies for Grownups Awards'

January 25th, 2007 10:12am EST
The Last King of Scotland
AARP The Magazine just announced the winners of its sixth annual "Movies for Grown-ups Awards." From Best Movie to Breakaway Accomplishment to Best Actor and Actress, the awards honor a range of cinematic accomplishments in 13 categories, all of which are featured in the March/April issue, available February 1.

Top honors went to The Last King of Scotland -- an unblinking look at the rise and brutal reign of Uganda strongman Idi Amin -- which was named this year's Best Movie for Grownups.

"It's great that Hollywood is finally realizing that actresses 50 and over can be as compelli...
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And The Nominees For The 79th Oscars Are...

January 23rd, 2007 10:30am EST
Babel
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

Babel

The Departed

Letters From Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

The Queen

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

Leonardo Dicaprio -...
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'Children of Men' Wins Scripter Award

January 16th, 2007 2:19pm EST
The Children of Men
The author of The Children of Men and the screenwriters of the film based on the book have won the 19th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. The film beat competition from The Devil Wears Prada, The Illusionist, The Last King of Scotland and Notes on a Scandal.

British writer P.D. James published "The Children of Men," her 12th, in 1992. Screenwriters Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby adapted the screenplay for the 2006 film, directed by Cuarón.

Scripter is awarded annually by the University of Southern California Libraries to honor writers...
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Ugly Betty' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Win Big at Golden Globe Awards

January 16th, 2007 8:24am EST
Dreamgirls
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced the winners of the 64th Golden Globe awards. Babel took home the award for best drama, while Dreamgirls won best comedy/musical. The night's big TV winners were Grey's Anatomy (best drama series) and Ugly Betty (best musical or comedy series). See full list of winners:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Babel

Bobby

The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- S...
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'The Queen' Leads BAFTA Nominations - Full List!

January 12th, 2007 10:37am EST
The Queen
The Queen is the frontrunner at this year's Orange BAFTA awards, after receiving an incredible 10 nominations. Dame Helen Mirren has been nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her performance as Queen Elizabeth in the hit film about the British Royal Family after the death of Princess Diana, while Stephen Frears is in the running for the Achievement in Direction award. Full List of Nominations Below!

The British drama will also do battle with Casino Royale - which is named in nine categories - for Outstanding British Film of the Year. And Daniel Craig - who made his debut a...
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