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The Best of A Decade : The18 Greatest Movies Of 2000-2009

April 19th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
The Best of A Decade :  The18 Greatest Movies Of 2000-2009
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...
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Check Out 'Million Dollar Baby' 10th Anniversary Edition, On Blu-ray Feb. 4

February 2nd, 2014 6:58am EST
Million Dollar Baby
In the wake of a painful estrangement from his daughter, boxing trainer Frankie Dunn has been unwilling to let himself get close to anyone for a very long time - then Maggie Fitzgerald walks into his gym.

In a life of constant struggle, Maggie's gotten herself this far on raw talent, unshakable focus and a tremendous force of will. But more than anything, she wants someone to believe in her.

The last thing Frankie needs is that kind of responsibility - let alone that kind of risk - but won over by Maggie's sheer determination, he begrudgingly agrees to take her on.

In turns exasperating ...
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Check Out The 'Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection' On Blu-ray June 4

June 3rd, 2013 6:00am EDT
Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection
Get the "Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection" on blu-ray June 4, just in time for Father's Day.

Born on May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, Eastwood grew up in Depression-era California. In 1951, he was drafted into the Army, where he was a swimming instructor during the Korean War. At Fort Ord near Carmel, Calif., he first became interested in acting.

By the end of the 1960s and starring in a string of westerns, Eastwood had become one of the biggest stars in the world.

While he was laying the foundation for what turned out to be an acclaimed and award-winning career as a director, Eastwood jo...
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Must-Have For Film Lovers: 'Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures'

January 29th, 2013 1:09am EST
Warner Bros. 20 film collection best pictures
Warner Bros. is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and the film studio is comemmorating the milestone by releasing several box sets, including the newly released 20-film collection featuring "Best Pictures."

The "Best Pictures" compliation is now available in stores and online (get it HERE at the WB shop). The collection features a variety of films from different eras, giving viewers a glimpse through time via some truly remarkable films.

1929-1942 (A New Era)

The Broadway Melody (1929)
Grand Hotel (1932)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Gone With The ...
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Hilary Swank Files Lawsuit Over 'Unauthorized' Photos

May 15th, 2012 8:44am EDT
Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank is suing an electronics company after bosses allegedly used her photos in unauthorized advertisements.

The Million Dollar Baby star has filed suit against Robert's Home Audio and Video, alleging her name and image were used in promotional materials for the Los Angeles-based firm.

Swank's complaint, filed in L.A. on May 10th, reads, "Defendants did not ask for or receive Ms. Swank's permission to use her photograph, identity or persona in the advertisements or otherwise to associate with Defendants' companies or to market Defendants' commercial products or services."

The a...
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Fans Pick Their Favortie Sports Film: 'Rocky'

November 26th, 2011 5:00pm EST
Rocky
"Rocky" has fought off competition from "Cool Runnings" and "Million Dollar Baby" to be named the U.K.'s favorite sports film.

Sylvester Stallone's 1976 movie about underdog boxer Rocky Balboa topped a poll by Lovefilm ahead of the 1993 comedy about the Jamaican Olympic bobsleigh team and Hilary Swank's Oscar-winning turn in Million Dollar Baby.

Lovefilm editor Helen Cowley says, "With the (2012 London) Olympics on their way... sport is a hot topic - from living room to locker room. Whether it is football favorites, bobsleighing blunders or boxing Balboas we love to watch sporting heroes ...
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Morgan Freeman Honored With American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award

June 10th, 2011 8:20am EDT
Morgan Freeman
Hollywood legends including Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier and Samuel L. Jackson paid tribute to Morgan Freeman as he was honored with the American Film Institute's (AFI) Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday.

The Shawshank Redemption star was handed the prestigious honor to mark a stellar career which has included a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Million Dollar Baby, and an array of notable roles in movies including Invictus, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy, and The Dark Knight.

He was made the 39th recipient of AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony at Sony Studios in Culv...
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Watch Classic Scenes & See the Full List of Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Ever

February 27th, 2011 8:50pm EST
The Artist
2011 (84th) The Artist (Watch scenes)
2010 (83rd) The King's Speech (Watch scenes from this film!)
2009 (82nd) The Hurt Locker (Watch scenes from The Hurt Locker)
2008 (81st) Slumdog Millionaire
2007 (80th) No Country for Old Men (Watch classic scenes from No Country for Old Men)
2006 (79th) The Departed (Watch classic scenes from The Departed)
2005 (78th) Crash

2004 (77th) Million Dollar Baby (Watch classic scenes from this film!)

2003 (76th) The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (Watch more scenes from it!)

2002 (75th) Chicago
2001 (74th) A Beau...
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Biggest Oscar Surprises Of The Last 10 Years... What's Next?

January 19th, 2011 12:34pm EST
Whale_Rider
Every year, the Oscar nominations seem all sewn up. There are so many predictors – winners of critics’ awards, Golden Globe nominees and winners, BAFTA nominees and the SAG nominees. Yet somehow, almost every year, a nominee slips in out of nowhere, and pundits shake their heads asking, “Where did that come from?”

This year’s Oscar nominees will be announced next week, Jan. 25. We won’t speculate yet, but there are bound to be some surprise nominees, even to the pundits.

Let’s take a look back at the last 10 years and look at what was particularly surprising among the major Oscar nomin...
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Hilary Swank's Christmas Gifts Are Underappreciated

December 26th, 2010 11:39pm EST
Hilary Swank
Oscar winner Hilary Swank added her personal touch to every gift she gave out this Christmas - she knitted presents for her friends and family.

The Million Dollar Baby star recently took up the hobby and she put her new needle skills to the test to ensure each of her loved ones' gifts are "unique."

But the actress admits her efforts aren't always warmly received.

She says, "That's actually something I like to do for the holidays. I like to give people unique gifts and I usually like to handmake them something. Most people don't (appreciate it)!"

Click for more great Hilary Swank p...
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Hilary Swank's Struggle To Bulk Up For 'Conviction'

December 1st, 2010 10:38am EST
Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank struggled to gain weight for her role in new movie Conviction and forced herself to eat food even when she was full in order to bulk up.

The Million Dollar Baby star plays an unemployed single mother who earns a law degree so she can represent her brother in court in the film. Swank was required to put on 15 pounds for her part - but she found it hard work eating enough food to build up her svelte frame, and even gave up her regular workouts.

She tells New York Post newspaper columnist Cindy Adams, "I personally have difficulty keeping weight on, and for this role I had to ...
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Hilary Swank 'Thankful' She Was Fired From 'Beverly Hills, 90210'

November 3rd, 2010 4:21pm EDT
Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank is glad she was fired from Beverly Hills, 90210 - because she wouldn't have gone on to win an Oscar for Boys Don't Cry if she'd stayed on the show.

The Million Dollar Baby actress was hired to play single mother Carly Reynolds in the program and was told she would be signed up for at least two years. However, Swank was devastated when TV bosses wrote her character out after just 16 episodes in 1998.

Now, she's opened up about the experience, insisting she is "thankful" she was dropped from the series, because she went on to land a role in Boys Don't Cry, which won her a Bes...
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ELLE's November Issue Celebrates Women In Hollywood

October 15th, 2010 5:00pm EDT
Gwyneth Paltrow
The November issue of ELLE magazine celebrates Women in Hollywood and honors several women who have impacted the film industry, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, Kate Hudson, Sofia Coppola, Kerry Washington, Diane Keaton, Jodie Foster, and Diane Kruger. The issue also features three different covers.

Check out a bit of what Hudson, Paltrow and Swank had to say...

Kate Hudson

Q. What actress do you most admire?
A. I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say my mom. Apart from the fact that she's my mother, she's a brilliant comedian and a force as a producer. She paved the way for women ...
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No Marriage Plans For Hilary Swank?

August 17th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank is adamant she has no plans to wed her boyfriend of four years because she's reluctant to walk down the aisle again.

The Million Dollar Baby star was married to actor Chad Lowe for nine years before their divorce in 2006, and she began dating her agent, John Campisi, in the wake of her marriage breakdown. The couple is still together, but Swank is convinced there won't be a wedding in the next few years because neither of them is ready to rush back into a long term commitment.

She tells InStyle magazine, "I believe in the sanctity of marriage. John and I, you know, we were ...
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Clint Eastwood Tries To Save UK Film Council

August 8th, 2010 4:08pm EDT
Clint Eastwood
Actor/Director Clint Eastwood is the latest star to fight a decision to shut down the UK Film Council (UKFC) - he's written a personal letter appealing against the plan.

The UKFC, which was established to develop and promote British cinema, has fallen victim to massive spending cuts as the country's new government attempts to curb spiralling debt.

More than 50 British actors, including James McAvoy, Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy, have signed a letter calling for a reversal of the decision, and now Eastwood has penned his own appeal to British politician George Osbourne.

He writes, "I cannot...
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Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet Victims Of 'Best Actress' Oscar Curse? (Video)

March 19th, 2010 12:20am EDT
Oscar Curse
The latest news about Sandra Bullock's husband, Jesse James, allegedly cheating on her and the recent revelation that Kate Winslet is splitting from her husband, director Sam Mendes, leads us to believe that perhaps their recent Best Actress Oscar wins have something to do with it.

Yes folks, it appears that an 'Oscar Curse' has been running wild in Hollywood for the last decade. The curse appears to have begun in 2001, when Julia Roberts won the award for her performance in "Erin Brockovich". Shortly after her win (although not married to each other) she dumped boyfriend Benjamin Bratt.

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Check Out 'Gran Torino' On DVD June 9

May 31st, 2009 7:36am EDT
Gran Torino
Directed by four-time Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino follows Walt Kowalski (Eastwood) as he comes to understand certain truths about his soul that have been walled off since the war.

Multiple Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood stars in the drama, marking his first film role since the Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby. Eastwood stars as an iron-willed and inflexible Korean War veteran, living in a changing world, who is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his own long-held prejudices.

Experience a tour de force this June 9 when "Gran Torino" arrives on...
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Million Dollar Booby (Today's Links)

February 17th, 2009 7:00pm EST
Million Dollar Baby
Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly pouring in the best stuff from around the tubes.

Female boxer banned for having breast implants - Daily Mail

New pics of Audrina Patridge in a bikini! - Superficial

Happy 20th Birthday, Super-Soaker - Sharapova's Thigh

11 reasons that balding is necessary - Uncoached

People born to do stupid things for our amusement vol. 437: Crane Pullups

The McLovin's. Check out their covers of Phish & Grateful Dead classics...
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Spotlight On Oscar's Best Pictures

January 7th, 2009 12:15pm EST
Oscar
January is the start of award season which means it's a tense time in Tinsel town! Actors are either being recognized or shunned for their tremendous work, agents are either celebrating with their stars or firing their "has-been" actors and we are betting on who is going to take home the Oscar! The stars, the fashion, the ambiance, the parties and actually taking home an Oscar along with the bragging rights that come along with it make this time of year so exciting!

The category of Best Picture is a huge deal and to be a part of the movie that wins is an honor! To say that you starre...
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Clint Eastwood Says He's Not Retiring From Acting

December 8th, 2008 1:25pm EST
Clint Eastwood
In a rare sit down interview, Clint Eastwood confirms with "Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk's" co-host Jeffrey Lyons that he is not ready to hang up his acting hat quite yet and sheds some light on his character in "Gran Torino."

When asked if rumors were true about his acting career ending, Eastwood said, "Well I don't know about that. You know you kind of muse out loud sometimes in front of a journalist and they kind of put it down as an absolute. I'm just saying that I'm getting at the point in life at my age where they just don't write that many good roles and this role came along, and I ...
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12 Upcoming Films To See Before Oscar Night

November 12th, 2008 9:52am EST
Revolutionary Road
This year's Oscar race isn't very deep with talent, and at this point there are probably only eight films with a legitimate shot at getting a nod for Best Picture. But those that have a chance at a nomination also have a great chance of winning.

One such film, "The Dark Knight", has already hit screens, but the rest of this group will premiere in the coming weeks as studios scramble to get their prestige pictures on the big screen before the year-end deadline.

Every year, film fans are tormented by the true snobs who catch all these possible nominees before the big awards show att...
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John Cusack Stars In 'Grace Is Gone,' Now On DVD

May 28th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Grace Is Gone
When a man learns that his wife has unexpectedly died, he begins the most difficult journey of his life in Grace Is Gone, a heartfelt story of grief and healing, coming home to DVD May 27, 2008 from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company.

Golden Globe® nominee* John Cusack (1408, High Fidelity) gives a powerful and poignant performance as Stanley, an ordinary man struggling to comprehend his wife's sudden death in the Iraq war.

Choosing not to confront her death, he takes his girls on a spontaneous road trip buying him much needed time as he soul searches for a way to tell t...
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The Five Most Underrated & Overrated Sports Movies

April 25th, 2008 8:36am EDT
Rocky III
Sports movies are often beloved but rarely good. It's hard to say why it is so difficult to make a great sports movie. It could be that there is far more drama in actually following sports than there is in watching a dramatized version on film. It could also be that it is so hard to make a sports movie that doesn't seem entirely unrealistic yet is filled with the appropriate amount of drama. Whatever the case, it's about as hard to make a great sports movie as it is to hit a Jake Peavy fastball.

Despite this, it seems more and more sports films are made each year, and even as the qu...
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Top Big-Screen Couples Of The Decade

February 27th, 2008 2:00pm EST
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
There have been many memorable onscreen pairings in the new millennium, but these couples top our list:

Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Playing against type, with Winslet sporting day-glo punk hairstyles and Carrey slouching with a sad hound dog face, these two captured love in all of its inglorious, impossible-to-get-along shapes. A movie that begins with two people hoping to erase all traces of each other from one another's minds potentially heralded two hours of mud slinging. Instead, Winslet and Carrey work wonders together as a c...
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Kaleidoscopic Ode To Life And Love Is Served On DVD Feb. 5 In 'Feast Of Love'

January 27th, 2008 11:00am EST
Feast Of Love
Explore all the funny, sad, sexy, crazy, heartbreaking and life sustaining facets of love when MGM Home Entertainment's Feast Of Love debuts on DVD February 5, 2008. From Academy Award®-winning director Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer, Places In The Heart) and based on the National Book Award-winning novel by Charles Baxter, Feast Of Love is a "rare movie to cuddle up to" (Time Magazine) that "delivers an ode to love that is witty, grown-up and profoundly humane" (O, the Oprah Magazine). The film features a stellar ensemble cast, including Academy Award®-winner Morgan Freeman (Million Do...
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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...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 30

July 30th, 2007 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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Morgan Freeman And John Cusack Star In 'The Contract,' On DVD July 24

July 22nd, 2007 9:00am EDT
The Contract
While on a hiking trip to reconnect with his son after the death of his wife, Ray Keene (John Cusack) stumbles into a nightmare scenario of paid assassins and ex-military guns-for-hire. Frank Cardin (Morgan Freeman) is attempting to fulfill a contract to assassinate a high profile businessman when things go awry and he ends up in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

After an ill-fated attempt by his compatriots to free him Frank finds himself in the custody of ex-lawman Ray and his son (Jamie Anderson). As the trio tries to make their way back to civilization they are relentlessly purs...
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Check Out 'The Black Donnellys' Monday on NBC

February 25th, 2007 8:00am EST
The Black Donnellys
From the Oscar-winning writers of Crash and the writer of Million Dollar Baby comes the new NBC drama The Black Donnellys. The series follows the exploits of four young, working-class Irish-American brothers and their involvement in organized crime in New York City. The Donnelly brothers will do anything to protect each other against all odds.

The story was inspired by writer Bobby Moresco’s experiences growing up in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. The cast includes: Jonathan Tucker, Billy Lush, Olivia Wilde, and Kirk Acevedo.

Check out an exclusive preview of the show on ...
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Clint Eastwood Composed Score To "Flags Of Our Fathers;" Soundtrack Out Oct. 17

October 5th, 2006 11:38am EDT
Clint Eastwood
Milan Records releases music from the motion picture "Flags of our Fathers," featuring an original score composed by Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood, previously Golden Globe nominated as a composer for his work on "Million Dollar Baby." Along with his score, his son Kyle Eastwood also provides re-recordings of classic music from the period. The Milan soundtrack features nostalgic standards arranged by Kyle including works by Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and John Philip Sousa, as well as original recordings by Dinah Shore and Artie Shaw and His Gramercy Five. Milan releases the soun...
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