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Woody Harrelson Takes On The U.S. Army Over Monkey Tests

9/14/2011 7:05pm EDT
Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson has taken aim at the U.S. Army in a bid to stop officials using live monkeys in chemical attack training exercises.

The actor, who landed an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of an Army captain in The Messenger, has written a letter to new Army Chief of Staff, General Raymond Odierno on behalf of animal rights organization PETA, urging him to outlaw the "outdated" practice.

PETA officials claim the military "repeatedly injects monkeys with drug overdoses to crudely recreate the effects of a nerve agent attack".

Harrelson writes, "I urge you to stop this crude exercise......

British Actress Samantha Morton Wears A Tablecloth To Film Premiere

10/5/2010 7:00pm EDT
Samantha Morton
British actress Samantha Morton showed up to the "Mr. Nice" U.K. premiere in London today looking like she had on a tablecloth. The ill-fitting frock had a horrendous flower pattern on it and was very unflattering.

Samantha stars in the upcoming film "John Carter Of Mars" about a Civil War soldier (Taylor Kitsch) who finds himself magically teleported to the planet Mars.

She most recently starred in "The Messenger" about an Iraq War veteran who narrowly escaped death in combat struggles with his new post at the Casualty Notification Office.

See more photos of Samantha here!

Courtney Love Wants Pattinson & Johansson For Kurt Cobain Biopic

4/9/2010 12:27pm EDT
Courtney Love
Courtney Love is eager to give the big screen story of her life a glamorous overhaul - she reportedly wants Scarlett Johansson and Robert Pattinson to play her and late husband Kurt Cobain in a planned biopic.

Speculation about a movie retelling of the Nirvana frontman's turbulent life has long been rife, but recent reports suggest The Messenger director Oren Moverman is in talks to helm the film, based on Charles R. Cross' 2001 book Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain. And according to Britain's The Sun newspaper, Cobain's widow Love is acting as an adviser on the project for...

Lady On Bus Made Woody Harrelson Go Vegan

3/30/2010 11:50pm EDT
Woody Harrelson became a vegan after realizing he was lactose intolerant. The clean-living eco-warrior is at the forefront of meat-free culture, but he admits it was a chat with a lady on a bus that prompted him to give up dairy.

"The Messenger" star tells Hustler magazine, "When I was 23, 24, I used to have a really bad runny nose, mucus, tons of acne, reddishness all over. A woman on a bus I took looked at me and said I was lactose intolerant.

"(She said), 'Stop dairy for three days, and all this is going to go away.' I stopped dairy, and sure enough it was gone three days later, never ...

'Precious' Night For Gabourey Sidibe At Independent Spirits Awards

3/6/2010 8:35am EST
Gabourey Sidibe
Academy Award nominees Jeff Bridges, Mo'Nique, Gabourey Sidibe and Woody Harrelson got their Oscars weekend off to a great start in Los Angeles on Friday night by picking up top acting prizes at the 25th annual Independent Spirit Awards.

Mo'Nique and Sidibe's Precious was the night's big winner, claiming five honors - including Best Feature. Bridges' Crazy Heart and the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man were double winners and other major awards were shared by The Messenger, (500) Days of Summer and Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Highlights of the night included Bridges' performance of Falling &...

2010 Oscars Predictions: Who Will Win & Who Should Win

3/5/2010 10:27am EST
2010 Oscars Predictions: Who Will Win & Who Should Win
This has the chance to become the most exciting Oscar night ever.

Why? Because nobody seems to have any real clue as to which movie will win Best Picture. “Avatar” seems like a good choice – it made $700 Million, changed movies, James Cameron directs, yada yada yada – but so does “The Hurt Locker” with its crazy critical raves and industry buzz. Compounding the problem is the Weinstein-backed “Inglorious Basterds” which has been gaining momentum all month. It’s a logjam at the top.

This is created not only by the fact that we have ten Best Picture nominees this year, but because the n...

Jeremy Renner Wants To Play Kurt Cobain In Biopic

2/25/2010 11:05am EST
Jeremy Renner
Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner has his heart set on rocking out on the big screen as late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The Hurt Locker star will compete for the Best Actor honor at the upcoming Academy Awards, but Renner - who plays the piano and guitar - admits his dream has always been to star in something more music-based.

He tells People magazine, "I've always wanted to do some sort of musical. That's a dream for me. Maybe play Kurt Cobain."

And Renner could be in luck - The Messenger moviemaker Oren Moverman is reportedly in talks to take charge of a planned Cobain biopic.


82nd Oscar Nomination Reaction: The Snubs, Surprises & Who Shouldn't Have Been Nominated

2/2/2010 3:34pm EST
82nd Oscar Surprises, Snubs & Who Shouldn
And there were ten.

It seems kind of strange to say that, right? Ten Best Picture nominees? We knew it was coming for nearly a year, but now it's actually there. In Black and white. Ten nominees. Strange.

After seeing the list, it's easy to see that the Academy might be on to something. Sure, it would have gotten the biggest blockbuster of all time with "Avatar" earning a Best Picture nomination if there were only five nominees, but it would have missed out on other massive hits like "The Blind Side", "Up", and "District 9".

Now, the telecast is going to get a lot more casual...

2010 Oscar Nominees In Photos

2/2/2010 12:50pm EST
Penelope Cruz
Avatar & The Hurt Locker dominated the Academy Award nominations this morning, and we're sure there were plenty of actors who jumped up and down when they received their nominations.

The only thing that looks better on a resume than an Academy Award nomination is the award itself! Sure, a Golden Globe Award is nice, and a Screen Actors Guild award is commendable, but it's not the same as having your very own Oscar.

Check our our gallery of best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress nominees:


Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

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'Avatar' & 'The Hurt Locker' Nominated For 9 Academy Awards Each - See Full List Of Nominees!

2/2/2010 8:57am EST
2010 Oscar Nominations
James Cameron's science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war thriller "The Hurt Locker" lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and best director.

This year the Oscars are featuring 10 best-picture contenders instead of the usual five. The other eight are: District 9, Up, Inglourious Basterds, The Blind Side, Up in the Air, A Serious Man, An Education and Precious.

Best Picture: "Avatar," ''The Blind Side," ''District 9," ''An Education," ''The Hurt Locker," ''Inglourious Basterds," ''Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," ''A Serious M...

'Up In The Air,' 'Nine' Lead Golden Globe Nominations

12/15/2009 9:19am EST
Up in the Air
The 67th annual Golden Globe nominations were just announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

"Up in the Air" leads the pack with six mentions, including best picture, drama. The musical "Nine" ran second with five nominations, including best musical or comedy and acting slots for Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

The Golden Globes, Hollywood's second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, will be presented Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by comic actor Ricky Gervais.


Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - '2012,' 'Pirate Radio' & More

11/9/2009 9:52am EST
At some point this week I hope to catch the wacky comedy "The Men Who Stare at Goats." While I have read some bad reviews of the film, I believe my tendency to disagree with the mainstream, could be a wild card for my own appraisal of the movie.

I'm having difficulty believing the collection of George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges could contribute to a horrific film considering I how much appreciate their abilities on screen.

Roland Emmerich destroys the world yet another time this week with his apocalyptic tale "2012." The quirky animation of Wes Anders...

Enter To Win A 'Messenger' Poster Signed By Woody Harrelson & Director Oren Moverman

10/26/2009 11:35am EDT
The Messenger
In The Messenger, an Iraq War veteran who just narrowly escaped death in combat struggles with his new post at the Casualty Notification Office while anticipating his upcoming discharge.

Will Montgomery (Ben Foster) has spent his fair share of time in army hospitals, and with just three months to go before returning to civilian life, he discovers that his girlfriend back home (Jena Malone) has decided to move on with her life. Crestfallen, Will discovers that his latest hope for a fresh start will be training to work for the Casualty Notification Office under the mentorship of senior off...