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18 Greatest Movies Of 2000-2009 - Best Of Decade

April 19th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
It may have been just a few years since these films were released, but the early seminal films of the 21st century have been able to hold their own against Hollywood heavyweight classics. From Roman gladiator epics to unconventional family road trips and all the hamburger phones, bottles of Merlot and deadly coin flips inbetween, the films of the early aught's first decade have already made a strong case for cinematic storytelling in the new millenium. Here are the best movies of 2000-2009.

Gladiator (2000)

Ridley Scott’s thrilling Roman battle epic about revenge and redemption surely ent...

Abigail Breslin too sick for Comic Con appearance

July 17th, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Abigail Breslin
Teen actress Abigail Breslin was forced to pull out of a planned appearance at the annual Comic Con event in San Diego, California on Wednesday (17Jul13) due to illness.

The Little Miss Sunshine star had been expected to join her Ender's Game co-stars Harrison Ford and Hailee Steinfeld at the comic book convention to promote the upcoming sci-fi adventure, but she was too sick to join the question and answer session.

Taking to her page on Wednesday afternoon, she wrote, "Was so excited to meet everyone at Comic Con but I'm struggling with a stomach bug... Valentine (her charact...

10 Most Dysfunctional Onscreen Families

April 25th, 2013 8:00am EDT
The Big Wedding
Dysfunctional families are frequently portrayed in varying film genres, including comedies, dramas, horror and action films. The upcoming romantic comedy “The Big Wedding” brings an all new dysfunctional brood to the silver screen, with Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton portraying a divorced couple faking their marriage during their son’s impending nuptials. The film features an all-star cast with the likes of Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl and Amanda Seyfried. In honor of the film’s release on April 26, here are 10 of the most dysfunctional families ever to grace the big screen.

1. The H...

5 Favorite Father & Daughter Movies

September 23rd, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Trouble with the Curve
'Trouble with the Curve' opened in movie theatres Friday starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams. Eastwood plays an aging Atlanta Braves baseball scout who takes his daughter (Adams) on his final trip to prove his worth to the organization. Adams plays his daughter (Mickey) and in their travels, she starts to take an active role to make up for his failing vision. Reviews have been mixed and with week box office numbers coming in, it's apparently played to some empty seats (couldn't help that one).

To honor the great Father - Daughter movies out there, we thought it would be appropriate to lo...

Abigail Breslin Lands New Matricide Role

August 18th, 2011 11:20am EDT
Abigail Breslin
Actress Abigail Breslin has landed a shocking new role - she's set to play a teenager who kills her mother.

The 15 year old, who made her name as a child beauty pageant contestant in 2006's Little Miss Sunshine, is shedding her family-friendly image by taking on the lead in a movie adaptation of Bob Mitchell's 2008 book The Class Project: How To Kill a Mother.

The tome tells the real-life story of two Canadian sisters who drowned their alcoholic mom.

Production is set to start on the movie, entitled The Class Project, later this month, reports Variety.

Abigail Breslin Has Morphed Into A Blonde Beauty

April 28th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Abigail Breslin
Abigail Breslin attended the 10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair Party yesterday, and the 15-year-old star is looking pretty good (with perhaps a smidge too much make-up). What do you think?

The actress has come a long way since her "Little Miss Sunshine" film warmed viewers' hearts in 2006 (see her photo below). She has certainly grown up.

Abigail recently voiced a character in "Rango" and stars in the upcoming film "New Year's Eve" opposite stars such as Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Hilary Swank.

Abigail filming "New Year's Eve" earlier this month:

Abigail in "...

Exclusive: John Michael Higgins Talks 'The Ugly Truth,' 'Best In Show,' 'Arrested Development' And His David Letterman Experience

July 22nd, 2009 5:09pm EDT
John Michael Higgins
It's possible you don't recognize the name John Michael Higgins -- as he even points out in this interview -- but everyone has seen him in something. John Michael Higgins joins us to discuss his two upcoming films -- "The Ugly Truth" and "Couples Retreat" -- plus speculate on the return of his "Arrested Development" character, Wayne Jarvis, in a possible feature film. He also takes a look back at his roles in "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind" and poignantly discusses what was not the happiest time in his life: Portraying the most powerful man in late night television, David Letterman, in H...

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...

Abigail Breslin Looks 33, Not 13

June 18th, 2009 10:16am EDT
Abigail Breslin
A bun. A ruffled shirt. A black suit jacket. Could Abigail Breslin make herself look any older? What do you think of the Little Miss Sunshine star? See more photos after the jump...

Abigail visits MuchOnDemand in Toronto on June 17, 2009

Image © Robin Wong / PR Photos

One of Abigail's upcoming projects is the big-screen adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' 2003 book, "Rape: A Love Story." Samuel L. Jackson will play a sympathetic cop who offers comfort to Breslin's character and her mother, played by Maria Bello, as her character recovers from a brutal gang rape.

Image © Robin W...

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.


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 ...

Play Starpulse's 'Celebrity Madness 2009 - The Men' (Round 1, Group 3)

March 19th, 2009 2:00pm EDT
Number One Seed Matthew McConaughey
Cast your votes for your favorite male & female celebrities in's First Annual "Celebrity March Madness" showdown! In the spirit of the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, we bring you two celebrity tournaments throughout the month of March that will determine the number one male and female celebrity - chosen by YOU!

All you have to do is cast your vote in the poll under the picture for one of the two celebs in each matchup! At the end of the round, we'll tally the votes and get the next round underway. There's even a bracket (updated after each round) with all ...

Daniel Radcliffe Tops Forbes Power List

March 12th, 2009 8:21am EDT
Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has a new trick up his sleeve - he's Forbes magazine's Most Valuable Young Star.

The 19-year-old Brit beat out Miley Cyrus and Dakota Fanning on the annual power list, which focuses on actors under 19.

Also making the top five on the Most Valuable Young Star list is Little Miss Sunshine actress Abigail Breslin and Hayden Panettiere.

Radcliffe's Potter pal Emma Watson and Julia Roberts' niece Emma also made the top 10.

Click the pics for gallery & larger images

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

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 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 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...

The Underrated Greg Kinnear

October 27th, 2008 12:34pm EDT
Greg Kinnear
He's that guy in decently funded movies you can't remember. The writing is always good to great, and you're not angry for watching one of his movies instead of The Shawshank Redemption (seriously, when is that NOT on TV?) or asking for your money back outside the theater. His work may not be critically underrated, but he's not a rock solid A-lister just either. With actors like William H. Macy and Tom Hanks out there, getting recognition for expanding on his most likeable qualities might be difficult. He may continue to slip by under the fickle radar of celebrity for a little longer.


Underrated & Overrated Child Performances

October 10th, 2008 9:13am EDT
Little Miss Sunshine
Everybody loves a good child performance. This might start with parents parading their children out to sing songs at dinner parties or the endless school plays parents are forced to attend, but whatever it is, kid actors are ingrained in a positive way in the eyes of many filmgoers.

It seems that if a kid simply manages to speak in a way that can be understood the performance earns praise. It's been this way since the 1920s and has since grown to a degree that certain kiddie performers are more powerful than their veteran contemporaries.

But not all such performances are great, i...

Spotlight On Australian Entertainers

July 21st, 2008 9:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
What is it about Aussies that Americans find so fascinating? Is it the cute accents? The laid-back attitudes? The "party animal" reputations? It could be a mix of all of these traits. It could also be because, although we speak the same language and our cultures have many similarities, many of us know very little about Australia. That strange yet familiar vibe makes those down under denizens appear exciting and mysterious - an irresistible combo!

Since Americans are also fascinated with celebrities, it's no surprise that so many awesome Aussie entertainers have found fame in the U.S. ...

2008 Tribeca Film Fest Week One: Five Films to Watch

April 28th, 2008 4:01pm EDT
As the first week of the Tribeca Film Festival draws to a close, I must say that I feel like I've been treated to the Four Seasons of movie-going. Every film I have screened has been at the very least good, but most have fallen on the side of the fence that is exceptional.

For those of you who have been journeying the various corners of the lower-East side looking to rush one of the many gems this year's festival has to offer, and even for those of you who are not in New York but would like a short list of goodies to add to your Netflix or Blockbuster queues, here is a quick rundown of f...

Top Career-Defining Film Roles

April 22nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
The Silence Of The Lambs
Ever seen a movie with some little-known or vaguely recognizable actor and then had to ask yourself, 'Who WAS that person?' Or have you seen an actor in a movie that suddenly made you see that person in a whole new light? For some actors, all it takes is one role to make their movie careers flourish. Following is a list of some of our favorite career-making performances in no particular order:

1) Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman"

It's probably one of the most obvious "career launching" roles of the last 30 years, but no compilation of career-defining movies would be complete without i...

Movies With Heart: The 100 Best 'Romdramedies' Of The Past 20 Years

April 17th, 2008 8:00am EDT
There's the quintessential romantic comedy, and then there's the romdramedy. Similar to a dramedy (in which there is an equal balance of humor and serious content), a romdramedy combines comedy and drama with that mushy thing we call romance.

This is not a list of the best films over the past 20 years. Rather it is a list that gives preferences to those films that best combine all three elements - romance, comedy and drama.

Films like Magnolia and The Matrix were barred from competition, while films like Down with Love were considered (however, that one didn't make the cut)....

Abigail Breslin Raises Animal Cash With Swear Box

April 2nd, 2008 9:27am EDT
Abigail Breslin
Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin gave Australia's animals something to smile about thanks to a swear box on the set of her new family film Nim's Island.

Appalled by Scottish actor Gerard Butler's cursing, the child star insisted that all cast and crew pay $2 every time they swore in front of her, and she gave the cash to animal charity the Royal Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (RSPCA).

She says, "All together, with everybody contributing to the swear jar, we made $150 and we donated it to the RSPCA."

Breslin admits co-star Butler was responsible f...

Abigail Breslin Has A Crush On The Jonas Brothers

March 27th, 2008 9:20am EDT
Abigail Breslin
Oscar-nominated child star Abigail Breslin has a celebrity crush on teen boy band The Jonas Brothers. The Little Miss Sunshine star is only 11, but already has her sights set on the clean-cut trio, who recently revealed they were virgins - and will remain so until they wed.

She reveals, "I love the Jonas brothers... I love them all. But Nick's my favorite."

-The Jonas Brothers Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Eddie Murphy, Lindsay Lohan Rule Razzies For Year's Worst Out Of Hollywood

February 24th, 2008 10:15am EST
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - A year after his Academy Awards dream went up in smoke, Eddie Murphy has not just one consolation prize, but three: Razzie Awards as worst actor, supporting actor and supporting actress for the comedy Norbit.

The fourth acting ''dis-honor'' announced at Saturday's Golden Raspberry Awards went to Lindsay Lohan, who actually was voted two worst-actress trophies for the thriller I Know Who Killed Me, the worst-picture winner in which she played dual roles.

''I Know Who Killed Me'' set a new Razzies record with eight awards, including worst screen couple fo...

Ryan Reynolds: 'Breslin Is An Inspiration'

February 19th, 2008 2:38pm EST
Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds has hailed child star Abigail Breslin an inspiration to young actresses - because she refuses to allow fame to rule her life.

Reynolds, who appears alongside the 11-year-old in new movie Definitely Maybe, was amazed by her maturity - and believes she will not suffer the same fate as former child stars Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan - who have both endured public battles with alcohol and drugs.

He says, "It's a tough gig with these kids in this industry. They come in wholesome and whole and leave broken. You look at a girl like Abigail and her mom and her family a...

Notable Quotables

January 25th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Abigail Breslin
"She's incredible. I'm convinced she's just Judi Dench in good make-up." Ryan Reynolds is impressed with 11-year-old Abigail Breslin's acting skills. Reynolds plays the Little Miss Sunshine star's father in new film Definitely, Maybe.

"We aren't officially living together, but we do have sleepovers pretty much every night." Fall Out Boy star Pete Wentz clarifies his relationship status with girlfriend Ashlee Simpson.

"I like to think of myself as one the best husbands you can ever have. I take this stuff very seriously." Sarah Michelle Gellar is a DIY expert.

"Nobody's gonna...

Point/Counterpoint: Should Hollywood Stop Remaking Classic Films?

January 18th, 2008 1:45pm EST
Rob Zombie
Over the years many classic movies have been remade. Don't get me wrong, some of those remakes have been really good. But the majority of the movies have been really bad.

These days, special effects are being taken to a whole new level, but that's not always a good thing. One of the main reasons these films are classics is because CGI was in the distant future. People loved the original "Godzilla" because you can see the man in the Godzilla costume crushing a cardboard box, also known as Tokyo.

There are few movies that have scared me, and one of those films was the 1978 movie "Ha...

Violence Propels Filmmakers, Moviegoers & The Academy Awards

January 11th, 2008 12:07pm EST
No Country For Old Men
The lights go down. A low, rumbling bass slightly shakes the seats as the occupants draw in a tight, anticipatory breath. The first thing to break the tension is a thin beam of light across the center of the screen. It is accompanied by a low, rat-at-tat rhythm that could be rain on a tin roof- if it weren't for the high-pitched shriek in the background.

Is that yelling? Shouting? The shriek morphs into a scream of mechanical menace. It's a bomb, and it's followed by an explosion linked to the picture exploding into life. The audience sees all-out war. Guts are flying, blood is strea...

Snubbed: Stars Who Should've Gotten A Golden Globe Nomination

January 11th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Big Love
The Golden Globe Awards have officially been scrapped and replaced by a press conference announcing the winners. Snubbed performers and filmmakers can take comfort in the fact that come Golden Globe night, the nominees will be at home too.

Steve Carell (Dan in Real Life)

As the obnoxious Michael Scott, Steve Carell is nominated in the "Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series" for "The Office," but it's in film that Carell really shows of his impressive range. He made a horny virgin sweet and innocent in The 40-Year-Old Virgin before tackling a suicidal, gay Proust scho...

Toni Collette Gives Birth To Baby Girl

January 10th, 2008 2:26pm EST
Toni Collette
Actress Toni Collette and her husband Dave Galafassi are celebrating after welcoming a baby girl into the world. The Little Miss Sunshine star, 35, gave birth to little Sage Florence on Wednesday in her native Sydney, Australia.

A representative for Collette tells, "All are well and very happy!"

Collette and musician Galafassi have been married for four years and the newborn is the couple's first child.

-More Toni Collette News

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Notable Quotables

December 26th, 2007 8:00pm EST
Abigail Breslin
"I'd really like a puppy." Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin on her dream Christmas gift.

"Christmas is always special for me. I like to have a big meal with my family." Alicia Keys on her Christmas.

"When I was little I got a big truck you put batteries in it and it had big claws coming out of it. I will never forget it. I saw it there on the sitting room floor on Christmas morning and I was like 'Aaahhhhh!'." Westlife's Shane Filan on the best Christmas present he has ever received.

"I will most likely do my usual Chinese food and a movie, which in my family is an i...

Celebrity Snippets

October 30th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Abigail Breslin
Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin has been named Glamour magazine's first "Girl Of The Year." The 11-year-old, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the hit comedy, will be honored at a ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center on November 5.

The Spice Girls are in talks to bare their flesh in a photo shoot for lingerie brand Victoria's Secret before they kick off their world tour in December. The reunited pop stars have already agreed to perform as part of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show later this year, but are also expected to be donning the saucy underwear ...

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