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Check Out 'The Black Donnellys' Monday on NBC

2/25/2007 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.

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Clint Eastwood Composed Score To "Flags Of Our Fathers;" Soundtrack Out Oct. 17

10/5/2006 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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The Top 10 Sweatshirt Movies Of All Time Are ...

8/15/2006 2:57pm EDT
Animal House
Standing triumphantly at the top of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a sweatshirt, Rocky Balboa makes Rocky the number-one “sweatshirt movie of all-time.” The top 10 list was announced as part of the 80th birthday celebration of the invention of the sweatshirt.

The selection was made by Russell Athletic, the company that produced the first sweatshirt and has been the market leader for more than 80 years. The Top Ten Sweatshirt Movies (with

comments from Alex Hodges, vice president of marketing of Russell Athletic) are:

1. Rocky. "There was really no debate. Roc...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 30

7/30/2006 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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Listen To Ashlee Simpson's New Single, "Invisible"

6/12/2006 11:40am EDT
Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee Simpson plans the release of her new single Invisible, reportedly about life, and about fighting back. Invisible was produced by label executive Ron Fair. The video is inspired by the film Million Dollar Baby and features Ashlee taking hits in the ring.

Younger sister to Jessica Simpson, Ashlee rose to fame after the huge success of her debut album "Autobiography," as well as a successful MTV reality show – The Ashlee Simpson Show. Ashlee's second CD "I Am Me," released October 18th on Geffen Records, entered the "Billboard 200" chart at #1, just as her first solo CD, "Autobio...
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Morgan Freeman Tells Inspiring Actors Getting a Chance is the Hardest Part

3/13/2006 10:02am EST
Morgan Freeman
Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman has been dishing out advice to budding actors - and insists a "big break" is the hardest challenge of all. The veteran star told students at the University of California, Los Angeles: "Once you've got the job, there's nothing to it. If you're an actor, you're an actor. Doing it is not the hard part. The hard part is getting to do it."

The 68-year-old, who won a best supporting actor Oscar in 2005, was presented with an award for outstanding screen work. He received the Spencer Tracy Award, which has previously been won by stars such as Jimmy Stewart, Michael...
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King Kong Set to Sweep Empires

3/2/2006 10:08am EST
Crash
King Kong is set to sweep the board at this year's Empire awards - after receiving five nominations. After being snubbed by the Oscars, the Golden Globes and the Bafta's, the remake of the 1933 monster movie has been nominated for a host of top honors, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor. 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Crash', and 'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' also faired well with four nominations each.

The Best Actor category will be a fight between Matt Dillon for his performance in 'Crash', 'Batman Begins' star Christian Bale, 'Johnny Depp' for his portr...
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Morgan Freeman Condems Black History Month on '60 Minutes'

12/16/2005 11:00am EST
Morgan Freeman
Television often celebrates black history month with his films, but Morgan Freeman thinks the whole idea of a month for black history is "ridiculous." The African American actor tells Mike Wallace he is against a special month because it separates black history from American history and is part of a labeling process that abets racism.

"You're going to relegate my history to a month,?" Freeman asks Wallace in their discussion of black history month. After noting there is no "white history month," he says, "I don't want a black history month. Black history is American history."

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