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10 Football Films To Get You Ready For Opening Weekend

September 6th, 2012 2:07pm EDT
Remember The Titans
Football's opening game may have been Wednesday night, when the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants, but the real opening event will be this weekend when the NFL debuts with a full slate of Sunday games. If you aren't excited yet, check your pulse - and watch these 10 Football Films.

Remember The Titans: Although this Disney production plays it safe for the most part, it's still an inspiring and dramatic tale of a real African American coach (Denzel Washington) who was hired at a desegregated school in Virginia in the 1971. There's some good football action mixed in there, as well.


Meryl Streep Sang ABBA Tunes At Emily Blunt's Wedding

July 30th, 2010 8:13pm EDT
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep joined in the celebrations at Emily Blunt's recent wedding by teaming up with the bride and groom's moms to sing ABBA songs.

Blunt tied the knot with actor John Krasinski in a lavish ceremony earlier this month in the grounds of George Clooney's Lake Como villa in Italy.

Clooney, who directed Krasinski in "Leatherheads," hosted the reception, which the happy couple shared with stars including Matt Damon, Bill Nighy and Blunt's "The Devil Wears Prada" co-star Streep.

And Streep wasn't afraid to let loose at the party on a cruise around Lake Como, bonding with both Blunt and K...

Renee Zellweger Rewards Thoughtful Paparazzo

March 10th, 2010 11:51pm EST
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Actress Renee Zellweger became a hit with the paparazzi on Wednesday after buying one thoughtful snapper a $100 Starbucks gift card.

The unnamed photographer spotted a parking attendant doing his rounds as he was waiting for the movie star to leave her coffee shop retreat after a shopping trip in Santa Monica, California.

The quick-thinking snapper dropped coins into her meter to make sure Zellweger didn't get a ticket - and she thanked him with a handshake, a smile and a coffee card.

A bystander tells WENN, "Renee was so grateful when she realized what the pap had done and she turned ar...

Stephen Root Talks 'The Men Who Stare At Goats,' George Clooney & '24'

November 6th, 2009 3:15pm EST
Stephen Root
The new George Clooney led comedy, "The Men Who Stare At Goats", opens today and it is filled to the brim with a who's who spectacular cast that will make you find yourself scratching your head and saying, 'I cannot believe they're all in this!"

"The Men Who Stare At Goats" has roots in the Cold War; where the United States military tried using psychic abilities to destroy other people. Yes, attempts at learning how to stare people to death actually happened in the most serious of matters. Needless to say, it's funny through and through.

We were lucky enough to speak with Stephen Ro...

Renee Zellweger Meets Bradley Cooper's Parents

September 3rd, 2009 10:15pm EDT
Renee Zellweger meets Bradley Cooper
Renee Zellweger's romance with Bradley Cooper is heating up - the actress has already met his parents after just weeks of dating The Hangover star.

The couple was first snapped out in public together last month, when Zellweger and Cooper escaped for a low-key break in Barcelona, Spain.

Upon their return to New York, Cooper whisked the Leatherheads star off to his native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to introduce her to his mom and dad.

A source tells the National Enquirer, "Brad and Renee drove from New York to Philly so he could show her off to his parents and old friends. They fell ...

John Krasinski Discusses His New Film 'Away We Go' And 'The Office'

May 12th, 2009 10:29am EDT
John Krasinski
John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph star in the new Sam Mendes film Away We Go about a couple that leaves their stable life behind to find the ideal location to settle down for their soon-to-be-expanded family.

John joined us to discuss his new film as well as his love for the late David Foster Wallace, his disappointment with former Red Sox star Manny Ramirez and his character Jim Halpert on a little show called The Office.

Mike: How did you get involved with Away We Go?

John Krasinski: Believe it or not, that crazy thing you feel never happens, happened. Which is I got a call ...

The 2008 Movie Quiz

January 1st, 2009 1:00pm EST
Dark Knight
That was the year that was! A year of babies, blockbusters, Bond and Batman - but were you paying attention?

As the Tinseltown gossip merry-go-round prepares for its final spin of 2008, we thought we'd offer you a Christmas feast of posers from the year's big stars, films and events.

So, prop up a plastic palm tree, tell granny to take a break from the Botox and get ready for a little light-hearted befuddlement.

Eyes down...

1. What are the names of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's twin babies?

a. Emme and Max

b. Vivienne and Knox

c. Maddox and Shiloh

d. Bill an...

Producer's Cut Of Last Weeks 'The Office' Episode To Stream On NBC.Com

November 27th, 2008 3:00pm EST
The Office
NBC's Emmy-winning comedy The Office will offer fans an exclusive "producer's cut" of the November 20th episode. On Tuesday, November 25th, users can log onto NBC.com to stream the expanded episode, which will include additional scenes and extra footage not shown in the broadcast version. Fans will be able to stream both the broadcast version and the web-only, expanded version on NBC.com. The announcement was made today by Vivi Zigler, President, NBC Universal Digital Entertainment.

"What fan of 'The Office' wouldn't want to see more," said Zigler. "There is such great material wit...

New Movies On DVD, Sept. 23

September 23rd, 2008 8:00am EDT
George Clooney pulls double duty (actor and director) in Leatherheads, a sports-oriented romantic comedy set against the formation of professional football in the 1920s. Also on DVD: Sex And The City, Run Fatboy Run, Deception and The Foot Fist Way.

Spotlight on John Krasinski

September 3rd, 2008 9:07am EDT
John Krasinski
The one hour season premiere of The Office is just weeks away (Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 9:00 PM on NBC) and that means our weekly dose of cutie Jim Halpert aka John Krasinski will soon be back! Who doesn't love this charming and funny guy? John is like your best friend's older brother who you had the biggest crush on in middle school; adorable and silly in a geeky kind of way. You'd find yourself going over to your friend's house more and more and wondering if he was home…just like you find yourself tuning into The Office more and more just to see Jim Halpert's smiling face.

A n...

Slideshow: Gorgeous George

August 13th, 2008 8:45am EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney is one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors if not THE most eligible. What we wouldn't do for a chance to gaze into his brown eyes in person. Check out our slideshow of sexy Clooney pics:

Clooney in "Leatherheads"

Clooney in "Ocean's Thirteen"


George Clooney & Renee Zellweger Star In 'Leatherheads,' On DVD Sept. 23

July 23rd, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Leatherheads is a hilarious sports comedy set against the stranger-than-fiction backdrop of the beginnings of pro-football. Filled with quick-witted banter and wise-cracking screwball antics, Leatherheads is a classic blend of fun, sports and plenty of side-splitting comedy!

Oscar® winners George Clooney and Renée Zellweger match wits in Leatherheads, a rapid-fire sports comedy. Clooney plays Dodge Connolly, a swaggering, aging football hero who is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsor and the entire league faces c...

George Clooney Stung By 'Leatherheads' Flop

May 9th, 2008 7:30am EDT
George Clooney was hurt by the failure of his most recent movie Leatherheads - but is determined to learn from the experience.

A month after its release, the American football movie has grossed $36 million; $22 million short of its $58 million budget.

It only reached third place in the U.S. box office and disappointed critics - leaving director and star Clooney devastated.

He tells Rolling Stone, "It bombed and when I say bombed, it bombed. Someone said, 'How does that feel?' and it stings a little bit. It's not like we just showed up: I was working on this for a couple years...

Notes & Quotes: Wentz & A Wedding Dress, Julio's Still Sexy, & More

April 11th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Pete Wentz
"I would not even try to step in and design Ashlee's wedding dress... Anyone who would want a wedding dress designed by me, I would not want to marry them." Fall Out Boy rocker Pete Wentz won't be putting his design skills to use for his upcoming nuptials with fiancee Ashlee Simpson.

"If I was gay, I would be the best gay of all history." Aging crooner Julio Iglesias insists he's a sex symbol to all.

Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis has become the most successful domestic film of all time in France. The movie has taken $163 million to date, ending a 42-year record held by 1966's La Grand...

George Clooney Happy To Be Lusted After

April 11th, 2008 3:07pm EDT
George Clooney
Actor George Clooney never tires of his sex symbol status - because he accepts he won't always be admired for his good looks. The Leatherheads star insists he didn't appreciate compliments about his appearance in his younger years, fearing the praise implied he had a handsome face, but an unintelligent mind.

However at 46 years old, Clooney now revels in his fans' admiration. He says, "Well, you know, people have been nice to me most of my life. I mean, fairly kind. But there was a time when compliments about your appearance were used to make it sound as though you weren't bright, in ...

John Krasinski Feared George Clooney Prank

April 11th, 2008 9:00am EDT
John Krasinski
John Krasinski was so paranoid George Clooney would pull one of his trademark pranks on him while shooting new movie Leatherheads, he checked under his bed and in his closet every night.

Before filming on Leatherheads began, Krasinski was warned of Clooney's reputation for staging elaborate practical jokes - and he was determined not to become the actor/director's latest victim.

Krasinksi says, "I love all the (Clooney) prank stories. Luckily, he was too busy doing his directing/acting/producing/writing thing. He brought out serious George. I was so scared. I'd heard from literal...

Italian Police Foil George Clooney Clothing Scam

April 11th, 2008 7:30am EDT
George Clooney
Police in Milan, Italy have launched an investigation into a company trying to pass off a new line of clothing as items created and designed by George Clooney.

Two people are under investigation for alleged fraud after police seized garments and watches, which were to be launched under Clooney's name next week.

The movie star, who is promoting new film Leatherheads in Italy - where he has a vacation home - says, "If someone tries to sell you clothes or watches that are based on me, don't buy them."

-George Clooney Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertai...

George Clooney Talks Darfur With British Prime Minister

April 9th, 2008 1:04pm EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney met with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Tuesday to discuss the Sudan genocide crisis. The Oscar winner visited Brown's official residence in London's Downing Street in his capacity as a United Nations Messenger Of Peace, a post to which he was appointed in January.

Clooney, who talked to Brown ahead of the British premiere of his new movie Leatherheads, emerged from the meeting with the news a "wonderful suggestion" for buying peacekeeping helicopters had been made.

The actor/director then posed for pictures with Brown and his wife Sarah.

Brown said, "I...

'Leatherheads' Falls A Place In Confirmed Box Office Figures

April 8th, 2008 8:32am EDT
George Clooney's Leatherheads took another hit on Monday when the football comedy dropped a place to three on the box office chart. "Leatherheads," which Clooney directs and stars in alongside Renee Zellweger, was estimated to have debuted at number two with weekend takings of $13.5 million.

But the estimates were incorrect, and the $58 million budget "Leatherheads" has now fallen to a disappointing three with confirmed takings of just $12.68 million.

Gambling film 21 remains America's most popular film, with a $15.34 million second weekend take, while Jodie Foster's family movi...

Celebrity Fashion Review: Some Stars Are Good Candy, Others Are Bad

April 7th, 2008 12:34pm EDT
Renee Zellweger
Reviewing celebrity fashion is like being in a candy store. You have your good candy and your bad candy. Good candy like Jolly Ranchers, Starburst and M&M's (with peanuts, of course) makes your mouth water and leaves you wanting more. Bad candy such as jawbreakers could make you crack a tooth, and sour candy makes you feel like your tongue might explode. Check out this week's fashionably good and fashionably bad candy:

Good Candy

At the Los Angeles premiere of her movie "Run Fatboy Run" on March 24, Thandie Newton was a vision to behold sporting a beautiful fuchsia colored dres...

'21' Beats George Clooney's Leatherheads

April 7th, 2008 8:27am EDT
Film fans gambled on Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth for a second week, giving the couple's Las Vegas film 21 the edge over George Clooney's sports comedy Leatherheads at the box office.

The gambling film took in just over $15 million at the box office during its second weekend on release to extend its stay at the top of the box office to two weeks.

"Leatherheads" opened in second place with a disappointing $13.4 million, just ahead of Jodie Foster's new family film Nim's Island, which has debuted at three on the new chart.

Rounding out the top five is Jim Carrey's animated...

George Clooney Withdraws From Union After Snub

April 4th, 2008 11:54am EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney has withdrawn from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) after the union rejected his request for a writing credit on new movie Leatherheads. The star directed, produced and starred in the football-focused film but sought acknowledgment for his contribution to the script, alongside writers Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly.

His request was denied and, angered by the snub, Clooney reportedly decided to quit the union. He tells Variety.com, "When your own union doesn't back what you've done, the only honorable thing to do is not participate."

However, according to the we...

Despite Stylistic Inconsistency, George Clooney's 'Leatherheads' Feels Good

April 4th, 2008 9:29am EDT
(HollywoodChicago.com) – George Clooney’s latest film, “Leatherheads,” brings light-hearted, screwball antics and slapstick blunders to the screen with a romantic tale that tells how professional football came to be.

Set in 1925, fading football star Dodge Connelly (George Clooney) attempts to save the professional game by recruiting a college football hero to save the sport. The film begins with a game of ragtag football in a stadium shared by cattle where oddball plays and dirty tricks are welcomed.

Few fans come to the games and barely follow the sport – due to their often ille...

April Movie Preview: 'Leatherheads,' 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' & More

April 3rd, 2008 9:41am EDT
March was filled with a plethora of great films. April Fools. Still, it finished stronger than it started with Run Fatboy Run and 21, which is still gathering steam and threatening to be a player this month as well. April is looking to pick up right where "21" leaves off. It even features another numbered film, 88 Minutes. What's not to like?

This Friday, Leatherheads boasts George Clooney's first direction since he flirted with Oscar for Goodnight and Goodluck. The cast is star studded - no shocker there, since Clooney once again stars in his own feature. He brings along fellow Academ...

Notable Quotables

April 2nd, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Sarah Jessica Parker
"I eat everything. I'm just an eater. If it's free, I honestly eat everything." Sarah Jessica Parker likes food.

"I could spend all day weeping about the bad parts of this career, but I wouldn't change it. You just buck up and build a thicker skin, you know?" Kristen Bell refuses to let Hollywood gossip get her down.

"Wherever you go in the world, it's always women who hold the family together. Women are fabulous. We rock!" Thandie Newton is a keen feminist.

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe posted a photo he took on website FuturePicCenter.com every day of 2007.

"She has n...

George Clooney Scolded Renee Zellweger For Football Fun

April 2nd, 2008 1:20pm EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney banned Renee Zellweger from goofing around on the set of new period sports comedy Leatherheads-- because he feared his star would get injured.

The movie hunk was far from amused when he discovered the actress was fooling around on set with a football, in costume, while he was directing and starring in scenes.

But Zellweger admits there were footballs everywhere and she couldn't resist picking them up and throwing them to cast mates and extras.

She told Parade.com, "I looked ridiculous... I had on my hat with the feather, and my little high heeled buckled shoes...

Opening April 4: 'Leatherheads'

April 2nd, 2008 10:01am EDT
Good Night, and Good Luck director George Clooney pulls double duty once again in this sports-oriented romantic comedy set against the formation of professional football in the 1920s. Dodge Connelly (Clooney) is a brash and handsome gridiron giant who is equally comfortable leading his team in a barroom brawl or charging for a touchdown in a packed... Continue Summary

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Renee Zellweger: 'I Couldn't Be A Journalist'

March 31st, 2008 2:55pm EDT
Renee Zellweger
Hollywood actress Renee Zellweger would hate to be a journalist - because she wouldn't be able to print negative stories about celebrities.

The Leatherheads star plays an undercover reporter in her latest role, and, despite training to be journalist before she took up a career in acting, insists she would hate the moral responsibility that comes with the job.

She tells Parade magazine, "I don't know that I'd want that kind of responsibility of having the power to hurt someone with a public disclosure. But, ironically, I intended to be a reporter before I got into acting. I majore...

George Clooney Considers Quitting Acting Before He's Too Old

March 31st, 2008 8:44am EDT
George Clooney
George Clooney plans to walk away from acting before he hits 60 to concentrate on filmmaking full time. After finding fame in front of the camera, Clooney has been expanding into writing and directing in recent years, with the Oscar-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck and his new movie Leatherheads.

And the 46-year-old reveals he is prepared to make the switch full time when he's too old to play leading men.

Clooney says, "I certainly would do that with the acting part. I'm fairly comfortable with the idea of growing into a grey-haired old character actor. But the reason I'm dir...

Notes & Quotes

March 27th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
John Krasinski
"If I was ever going to have a dude-crush, it would be on George Clooney. It's like a superpower - he just sucks anybody in around him." John Krasinski was awed by the attractiveness of his Leatherheads co-star and director George Clooney.

"What else is there for me to conquer? Hopefully my ego." Madonna is realistic about her career prospects.

"If I'm gonna go around telling jokes and blogging about what a phony son-of-a-bitch everyone is, I better start with myself and be grey." Roseanne Barr explains her decision to not dye her grey hair.

"I'm five foot four and so when I...

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