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Celebrity Birthdays, April 4

4/4/2009 3:00am EDT
Jamie Lynn Spears
Happy Birthday to Zoey 101 star Jamie Lynn Spears (1991), actress Natasha Lyonne (1979), biker Dave Mirra (1974), illusionist David Blaine (1973), "Battlefield Earth" actor Barry Pepper (1970), actor/rehab frequenter Robert Downey Jr. (1965), "The Matrix" trilogy actor Hugo Weaving (1960), TV producer David E. Kelley (1956), actress Christine Lahti (1950), "Poltergeist" star Craig T. Nelson (1944), "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins (1932; d. 1992), prolific writer Maya Angelou (1928), composer Elmer Bernstein (1922; d. 2004), and blues legend Muddy Waters (1915; d. 1984).

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Celebrity Birthdays, December 29

12/29/2008 3:00am EST
Jude Law
Happy Birthday to "American Idol" runner-up LaToya London (1978), baseball player Richie Sexson (1974), Closer actor Jude Law (1972), Matrix director/writer Andy Wachowski (1967), "Becker" actor Ted Danson (1947), singer Marianne Faithull (1946), Canadian musician Rick Danko (1942), "Midnight Cowboy" actor John Voight (1938), and Dick Van Dyke Show actress Mary Tyler Moore (1936).

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The Best And Worst Of Keanu Reeves

12/16/2008 9:51am EST
Keanu Reeves
You either love him or hate him: Keanu Reeves has been called anything from "yummalicious" and "OMG!! HOT! HOT! HOT!" to "a talentless, limp little douche of a man with all the charisma of a sack of onions." (Those are all actual quotes, people.)

Bashing (and defending) Keanu Reeve's acting skills is apparently a popular pastime on the internet. The best (or should I say worst) quotes have thankfully been collected here. On the occasion of his new film's release ("The Day the Earth Stood Still), Starpulse takes a look back at the best and worst of Keanu's career.

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Latest 'Heroes' Ep Has Bad Writing, Predictable Plot Points

11/18/2008 12:52pm EST
Heroes
So this pretentious episode of Heroes begins with a narration about the meaning of an eclipse being unknowable and divine yet somehow we all know that in the next episode it will all be magically revealed, oh yeah, because they've been advertising this whole thing since last week.

Arthur Petrelli stands in front of Hiro, his hands over Hiro's ears, squeezing Hiro's head, Hiro screams and screams and screams some more. Arthur says, "You had one job to do…never send a boy to do a man's job." What a load of bad writing. This obscure reference only makes sense when the camera drops back t...
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The Red Pill Or The Blue Pill In... Today's Links

11/10/2008 7:00pm EST
The Matrix
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.

Does this thong make her butt look big? - Candy Kirby

What if "The Matrix" ran on Windows - College Humor

If website banner ads were forced to be truthful - Cracked

Angelina Jolie in a tiny black dress at the "Kung Fu Panda" DVD release party - Superficial

Fat guy + cheap pool = fail.

5 hottest celeb chicks you know are all-natural - Double Viking

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Our Favorite Girls With Guns

10/30/2008 2:34pm EDT
Angelina Jolie
Long before Angelina Jolie (or Sarah Palin for that matter) ever picked up a gun, hot chicks in movies and TV have been packing heat. Kate Jackson (who turns 60 this week!) and the other stars of the original "Charlie’s Angels" inspired a generation of girls to feather their hair and kick butt.

Here’s our list of the top 15 gun-toting beauties, past and present. Doesn’t matter what side of the law they’re on. All that counts here is how they look wielding a piece.

See our Girls With Guns Flipbook here.

15. Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, and Kate Jackson in Charlie’s Angels

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Check Out 'The Ultimate Matrix Collection,' Now On DVD!

10/21/2008 7:02am EDT
The Matrix
The definitive ten-disc DVD set, "The Ultimate Matrix Collection" features all three films in the trilogy together for the first time ever with a newly remastered picture and sound for The Matrix.

Also included is the companion piece The Matrix Revisited and the best-selling The Animatrix, plus five entirely new DVDs packed solid with brand-new supplemental materials that encompass every aspect of the Matrix universe, including two new audio commentaries on each film, Enter the Matrix video game footage, 106 deep-delving featurettes/ documentaries and much more!

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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

9/12/2008 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 21

8/21/2008 3:00am EDT
Hayden Panettiere
Happy Birthday to "Heroes" actress Hayden Panettiere (1989), French singer Alizee (1984), The Prodigy singer Liam Howlett (1971), System of a Down singer Serj Tankian (1967), "The Matrix" actress Carrie-Anne Moss (1967), "Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall (1956), The Clash singer Joe Strummer (1952; d. 2002), Australian film director Peter Weir (1944), singer Jackie DeShannon (1944), actor Clarence Williams III (1939), guitarist James Burton (1939), country singer Kenny Rogers (1938), basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain (1936; d. 1999), actor Melvin Van Peebles (1932), actor Jack Weston (1...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 30

7/30/2008 3:00am EDT
Hilary Swank
Happy Birthday to "Million Dollar Baby" star Hilary Swank (1974), "Dodgeball" actress Christine Taylor (1971), Canadian comedian Tom Green (1971), film director Christopher Nolan (1970), actress Vivica A. Fox (1964), "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow (1963), Food Network host Alton Brown (1962), "The Matrix" star Laurence Fishburne (1961), director Richard Linklater (1960), The Damned drummer Rat Scabies (1957), "Designing Women" actress Delta Burke (1956), singer/actor Frank Stallone (1950), "The Professional" star Jean Reno (1948), "Ghostbusters" actor William Atherton (1947), California Governo...
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Our Favorite Canadian Actors

7/3/2008 9:47am EDT
Pamela Anderson
Given that the United States and Canada closely share days of pride in their country on the calendar, it seemed only logical to single out the many wonderful people that our neighbors to the north have proudly shared for all to enjoy. Following are some of the many comedic, talented, and gorgeous celebrity men and women that call Canada "home."

THE GENTLEMAN

Dan Aykroyd

Born in Ottawa, Ontario on July 1 (Canada Day!), Aykroyd's face has been seen on many a movie screen. He started his comedy with Second City Stage Troupe in Toronto and moved on to pursue an acting caree...
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'Wanted' With Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy: An Entertaining Blockbuster

6/27/2008 9:51am EDT
Wanted
(Hollywoodchicago) – With curving, clinking and kissing bullets, “Wanted” indeed does Chicago proud. And Angelina Jolie sells it. And Morgan Freeman is ominous. And in his body of work, James McAvoy – the star of this orgasmic summer blockbuster – becomes a man.

Many Chicagoans have been keenly aware of the film’s local filming throughout downtown Chicago and Broadview, Ill.

After also focusing its filming lens throughout the Czech Republic and Hungary, Chicago’s prominence reigns surprisingly dominant and central to the film’s assassin-based plot of one “apathetic nobody...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 21

6/21/2008 3:00am EDT
Juliette Lewis
Happy Birthday to The Killers singer Brandon Flowers (1981), Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger (1976), actress/singer Juliette Lewis (1973), "The Matrix" director Larry Wachowski (1965), actor Doug Savant (1964), country singer Kathy Mattea (1959), actor Leigh McCloskey (1955), "Dances With Wolves" actor Robert Pastorelli (1954; d. 2004), musician Nils Lofgren (1951), "Family Ties" stars Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter (1947), American musician Brenda Holloway (1946), The Kinks singer Ray Davies (1944), actress Mariette Hartley (1940), "Cocoon" actress Maureen Stapleton (1925; d. 2006), and...
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'Firefly,' 'Blade Runner' Top Sci Fi 'Visions For Tomorrow' Poll

6/17/2008 11:40am EDT
Firefly
SCI FI's Visions For Tomorrow conducted a "Top Things To Read, Watch, And Do To Save The World" online poll to discover which works of science fiction film, television, and literature resonate most with people and the courses of action they inspire. Visions for Tomorrow is a public affairs initiative utilizing the power of science fiction to positively impact the future.

As evidenced by the nearly 20,000 who cast their vote, science fiction's influence on popular culture is undeniable. Crowning the lists are: Blade Runner, the film depicting a dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019; Ge...
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'Speed Racer' Condemns Franchise Dignity, But Delivers Sensorial Explosion

5/9/2008 10:09am EDT
Speed Racer
(HollywoodChicago) – While Hollywood slapped “PG” on the hotly anticipated “Speed Racer” to line its pocketbooks with the widest hodgepodge of people (ahem: kids) everywhere, those same kids will leave the theater with that lollipop nearly sucked to the stick but then yanked away with confusion.

Rather than the “go!” marketing hype, this is a stop-and-go proposition. Chicago brothers Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski are ultimately wrangling with a clear identity crisis of who this film is meant for.

Emile Hirsch in “Speed Racer”.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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'Speed Racer' Star Christian Oliver Talks About Playing Snake Oiler, His Off Screen Work & More

5/5/2008 8:45am EDT
Christian Oliver
He may be viewed as a fresh face, but Christian Oliver is more than qualified to become Hollywood's next "It" boy. The German native has quite an impressive resume to back the title and continues to race his way up the Hollywood ladder. He's appeared in "The Good German" alongside Cate Blanchett and George Clooney and currently runs his own production company. Starpulse had a chance to speak with the charming and humble actor as he discussed his role on screen in the new movie "Speed Racer" (in theaters May 9) and off screen as a writer and producer.

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Comic Con Movie Sneak Peek: 'Wanted,' 'Hellboy 2' & More

4/25/2008 8:30am EDT
Wanted
Starpulse writer Dee Doyle braved the crowds and costumes at Comic Con last weekend to get the dirt on anticipated films Wanted, Hellboy 2, Harold & Kumar Escape To Guantanamo Bay and Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D. The various panel discussions proved there's tons of action, special effects and hilarity to look forward to this summer (and this weekend!):

"Wanted": Unimpressive Overall & Just Another Action Flick

When a movie is said to be loosely based off a comic book, this can mean it is similar to the comic but certain elements are changed, or in the case of the upcomi...
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Movies With Heart: The 100 Best 'Romdramedies' Of The Past 20 Years

4/17/2008 8:00am EDT
Clueless
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)....
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Dragon Dynasty Gem, 'Flash Point,' Debuts On DVD April 22

4/13/2008 9:30am EDT
Flash Point
Breaking Hong Kong box office records last year with its high-energy action sequences and fierce kung fu clashes, Flash Point explodes to DVD April 22 from Genius Products, under the company's acclaimed Dragon Dynasty label.

An audience favorite at the Toronto and San Francisco Asian Film Festivals, Flash Point combines marvelous martial arts and powerful high action mayhem into one cohesive story. The film follows an intense detective who after years of painstaking pursuit closes in on his archenemies, a merciless gang of three brothers. With the arrest of one of the brothers, witnes...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 4

4/4/2008 3:00am EDT
Jamie Lynn Spears
Happy Birthday to pregnant teen Zoey 101 star Jamie Lynn Spears (1991), actress Natasha Lyonne (1979), biker Dave Mirra (1974), illusionist David Blaine (1973), "Battlefield Earth" actor Barry Pepper (1970), actor/rehab frequenter Robert Downey Jr. (1965), "The Matrix" trilogy actor Hugo Weaving (1960), TV producer David E. Kelley (1956), actress Christine Lahti (1950), "Poltergeist" star Craig T. Nelson (1944), "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins (1932; d. 1992), prolific writer Maya Angelou (1928), composer Elmer Bernstein (1922; d. 2004), and blues legend Muddy Waters (1915; d. 1984).

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'Legend Of The Black Scorpion' Arrives On 2-Disc DVD Feb. 26

2/10/2008 3:30pm EST
Blending dazzling choreography, dramatic camerawork and a Shakespeare tragedy, Legend Of The Black Scorpion debuts as a two-disc Ultimate Edition DVD set February 26th under the Dragon Dynasty label from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company.

Hong Kong's 2006 Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language Film, Legend Of The Black Scorpion stage is set in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period of 10th Century China, featuring elaborate period costumes and sets.

Starring stunning Golden Globe® nominee Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs Of A Geisha, Rush Hour 2) and directed by Feng Xia...
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Movie Sequels: A List Of The Best & Worst

2/7/2008 9:40am EST
Spider-Man 2
It seems every year we are inundated with dozens of sequels to films we love and those we've already forgotten about. But what are the best? What are the worst? What shouldn't have been made and what beat the original? Answers to those questions are below, but before a list of the best and worst sequels is determined a few ground rules must be established.

1. The Sequel Cannot Be Planned. There are plenty of movies where the sequel is somewhat planned (I highly doubt anybody wasn't thinking sequel during Spider-Man) but some movies are part of a planned series from day one. The mo...
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Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher Star In 'Wedding Daze,' On DVD January 15

1/13/2008 11:30am EST
Wedding Daze
Two complete strangers find themselves engaged in the riotous comedy Wedding Daze premiering on DVD January 15 from MGM Home Entertainment. Starring Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Wedding Daze is funnyman Michael Ian Black's (Reno 911!: Miami) feature film directorial debut.

This edgy comedy follows Anderson (Biggs) who is convinced he'll never fall in love again after suddenly losing "the perfect girlfriend." At the urging of his best friend, he spontaneously proposes to a neurotic coffee shop waitress named Katie (Fisher). Hilarity ensues as the new...
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Joe Pantoliano Discusses His Recent Film 'The Amateurs'

1/10/2008 10:14am EST
Joe Pantoliano
Everyone knows that sex sells in America, with entire careers in mainstream entertainment being built around sex tapes, Playboy spreads, and cleavage. So when it comes to satire, there's no better a medium than pornography, a topic that intrigues as much as it polarizes. In The Amateurs, a group of small town friends begin a journey to make a stag-film, and Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix, The Sopranos, Memento) is Some Idiot, the autistic auteur who takes on the project. Starpulse spoke with Joey Pants about The Amateurs and the various issues it explores, including stereotypes, relationships, ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 29

12/29/2007 3:00am EST
Jude Law
Happy Birthday to "American Idol" runner-up LaToya London (1978), baseball player Richie Sexson (1974), Closer actor Jude Law (1972), Matrix director/writer Andy Wachowski (1967), "Becker" actor Ted Danson (1947), singer Marianne Faithull (1946), Canadian musician Rick Danko (1942), "Midnight Cowboy" actor John Voight (1938), Dick Van Dyke Show actress Mary Tyler Moore (1936), and 17th President of the United States Andrew Johnson (1808; d. 1875).
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This 'Prison' Sentence Constitutes Cruel & Unusual Punishment

12/28/2007 2:07pm EST
Prison Break
Gimme a 'Break'

"Prison Break" fans long ago learned to suspend their disbelief when tuning in to watch the weekly exploits of Michael Scofield and friends. The show, like its Monday night partner "24," was never known for its realism, even during the best of times. Despite that, one would be hard pressed to find a more consistently entertaining hour of television during the show's first two seasons.

The popularity of "Prison Break," which made it a hit for Fox, is what has led it to its downfall this year. Michael broke out his brother and a motley crew of tagalongs at the en...
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Starz Takes An In-Depth Look At Anime

12/8/2007 7:30am EST
Anime: Drawing a Revolution
The Starz Originals special "Anime: Drawing a Revolution," premiering on Starz December 17 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), takes a provocative, in-depth look at the astonishing art of anime and its influence on worldwide culture and leading Hollywood filmmakers.

Before twin-engine race cars there was “Speed Racer.” Before toy robots were in nearly every child’s home there was “Astro Boy.” Before The Matrix there was Ghost in the Shell.

From the entertainment we enjoy, to the clothes we wear, the vehicles we drive, the games we play, the style of music we listen to and the daily habits that mak...
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'Project Runway' Episode Recap: 'Fashion Giant'

11/29/2007 11:32am EST
Tiki Barber
"You won't be needing your models for the next challenge," Heidi Klum told the 13 remaining designers of Project Runway's new season. This week's challenge was a first for the show. The designers didn't take on Sarah Jessica Parker, dog-toting celebutantes or a pile of trash, instead they had to tackle menswear. This was unchartered territory for "Project Runway." They were expected to design a look for Tiki Barber, a running back for the New York Giants and correspondent for "The Today Show."

Immediately, the designers looked frazzled. After watching Jack take off his own shorts to m...
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Marvel's First Family Of Superheroes Reunite To Face Their Greatest Challenge Yet

9/13/2007 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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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

9/12/2007 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...
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