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'Rocky' Crowned Best Sports Film

April 14th, 2008 11:05am EDT
Sylvestor Stallone's Rocky movie has been crowned the best ever sports film in a poll by cinema fans. The 1976 boxing classic, which stars Stallone as an underdog battling to become the world champion heavyweight, won 20 per cent of the vote in a survey by

In second place, Cool Runnings, the comedy tale about the first Jamaican bobsled team, with Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby taking third place. The fourth position was tied between Tom Cruise's troubled sport agent turn in Jerry Maguire and Martin Scorsese's acclaimed boxing classic Raging Bull.


Tom Sizemore Cleans Up To Play Metrosexual In New Romantic Comedy

April 1st, 2008 6:06pm EDT
Tom Sizemore
Actor Tom Sizemore is set to clean up his act by playing a metrosexual caterer in his first romantic comedy action film. The tough guy star of films like Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan signed up as the male lead in former fighting champion Mimi Lesseos' new film Double Duty in an effort to revitalize his acting career after a stint behind bars.

Sizemore was released early from a 16-month prison sentence in December. He was incarcerated for eight months after violating his probation in relation to a 2004 methamphetamine conviction.

The prison spell came at an end of a leng...

Eastwood Feels Lucky With Sixth 'Dirty Harry' Film

March 21st, 2008 11:02am EDT
Clint Eastwood
Veteran actor/director Clint Eastwood is resurrecting the Dirty Harry franchise with the series' first film in 20 years. On Tuesday, studio executives at Warner Brothers revealed the 77-year-old legend will direct and star in Gran Torino. No further details were released, other than the project has a December release date penciled in.

However, according to movie news website, Gran Torino will be the sixth Dirty Harry film, and the first since 1988's The Dead Pool.

Oscar-winning Eastwood, who last acted in 2004's Million Dollar Baby, also starred as maverick cop ...

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...

Hilary Swank's Charity Work Honored

February 22nd, 2008 7:00pm EST
Hilary Swank
Oscar winner Hilary Swank was honored for her cancer charity work in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. The Million Dollar Baby star was presented with the Entertainment Industry Foundation's 2008 Courage Award in recognition of her efforts on behalf of the EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund.

Among those paying tribute to Swank at the glitzy pre-Oscars event were Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Christian Slater.

Last year, the actress cut nine inches off her hair on Oprah Winfrey's show to encourage others to donate their locks to cancer survivors.

-Hilary Swank Pictures


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...

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...

Hillary Swank Is Still Sore Over '90210' Firing

January 4th, 2008 10:07am EST
Hilary Swank
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank is still upset she was fired from TV show Beverly Hills, 90210 in the late 1990s. Swank admits she lost confidence in her acting ability when television bosses decided she wasn't good enough for the then-ailing teen program.

But the 33-year-old had the last laugh when she won her first Academy Award for her performance in Boys Don't Cry just two years later in 2000, and went on to claim a second Oscar for Million Dollar Baby.

She says, "They (producers) never told me why, they just said it wasn't working... Especially when it's in its eighth seas...

Hilary Swank Takes 45 Vitamins A Day

December 12th, 2007 11:14am EST
Hilary Swank
Oscar winner Hilary Swank is so determined to stay healthy she has regular vitamin injections, and takes 45 vitamin supplements daily. The Million Dollar Baby star goes public with her supplement habit in January's W Magazine, and actually opens her medical purse for the publication.

Swank says, "This is my Aloe C, which I dissolve in water. Here's my flax. This one's for my immune system, and this one is my BrainWave - it's great, like if I have a lot of lines to memorize. I just took my most important ones, which are my Oz Garcia Longevity Pak. I shoved them in my mouth right before ...

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...

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...

Hilary Swank Has Award Show Advice

February 25th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Hilary Swank
Double Oscar winner Hilary Swank has given other actresses advice on how to survive tonight's prestigious Academy Awards ceremony - don't eat or drink anything. The 32-year-old is a familiar sight at the awards show, having picked up her first Best Actress Oscar in 1999 for her harrowing role as a transgender man in Boys Don't Cry, and the second in 2004 for Million Dollar Baby, and she is keen to pass on her tips to her less-experienced peers.

She says, "The key is not to drink at all - as you don't want to be running to the ladies. You also can't eat as the dresses are so tight and ...

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 ...

Clint Eastwood Says This Year Could Be Scorsese's Year

February 12th, 2007 7:00pm EST
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood is tipping Martin Scorsese to fulfill his Academy Award ambitions this year and beat him to the Best Director prize. Eastwood is up against Scorsese for the award, two years after his Million Dollar Baby beat Scorsese's The Aviator.

The movie hardman thinks Scorsese, nominated for The Departed, leads the race, ahead of Eastwood's Letter’s From Iwo Jima - but warns other directors could get in on the act. He says, "He (Scorsese) probably has a good chance, there is a lot of sympathy for him, but I have no control over any of that.”

"I always feel sorry ... for the...

Chad Lowe - Hilary Swank Relationship Strained By Substance Abuse But Not Reason It Ended

January 26th, 2007 12:44pm EST
Chad Lowe
Actor Chad Lowe refuses to blame his substance abuse for the breakdown of his marriage to double Oscar winner Hilary Swank, but he admits it "strained" their relationship.

Swank and Lowe were married for eight years before splitting last year, and Lowe has previously admitted to being "disappointed" when Swank discussed his troubled past in an interview with Vanity Fair.

But he denies their relationship was ever affected by jealousy, insisting he was proud to see her win Oscars for 1999's Boys Don't Cry and 2004's Million Dollar Baby during the years they were together.

He ad...

Hilary Swank Often Risks Health for Film Roles

December 20th, 2006 9:36am EST
Hilary Swank
Two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank goes to extreme measures to make her characters believable and even developed a potential health problem because of her strict diet for one role. Swank won her Academy Awards for Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby and insists the intense training required to play a boxer pushed her body too far.

She explains, "If I believe in a role, and in the story, I'll do what I need to make it believable and to make it work. I have some problems with elevated mercury in my system. I wasn't eating meat when I was filming 'Million Dollar Baby' but had to put o...

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...

The Top 10 Sweatshirt Movies Of All Time Are ...

August 15th, 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...

Celebrity Birthdays, July 30

July 30th, 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...

British Film Group Honors Clint Eastwood

July 12th, 2006 8:16am EDT
Clint Eastwood
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Los Angeles will honor Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for excellence in film. The 15th Britannia Awards will take place on November 2 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Eastwood, who began his acting career in the 1950s, has directed more than 25 films and won Oscars for director and best picture twice - for Million Dollar Baby in 2004 and Unforgiven in 1992.

The actor recently produced and directed Flags Of Our Fathers, which will be released in October.

- Complete Clint Ea...

Listen To Ashlee Simpson's New Single, "Invisible"

June 12th, 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...

Ashlee Simpson Studied Boxing for Music Video

June 1st, 2006 10:25am EDT
Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee Simpson took intensive boxing lessons in preparation for her latest music video, which is inspired by the film Million Dollar Baby. The 21-year-old appears as a female boxer in the promo for new single "Invisible."

She explains, "We took boxing lessons before the shoot to make it look real." The singer even took a brutal blow to the face while filming the clip: "I got hit hard on the chin! (In the video) I get knocked down, but keep getting back up. I can relate to that!"

Check out some photos of Ashlee HERE.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Netw...

Keanu Reeves' Comments About Rough Sex Angers Domestic Violence Group

March 27th, 2006 9:08am EST
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves has landed in hot water with a domestic violence group after carelessly joking in a magazine interview about how "some women" like rough sex. The star tells Playboy how difficult it was to perform a rape scene with Hilary Swank in The Gift, but, when asked if his roughness may have helped the actress get into character for boxing film Million Dollar Baby, he quips, "Yeah. And, by the way, I also learned a bit of... well, that some of the ladies don't mind it... Hah, that's awful to say."

The remark has upset officials at top group Women Against Domestic Violence, who clai...

Morgan Freeman Tells Inspiring Actors Getting a Chance is the Hardest Part

March 13th, 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...

Morgan Freeman Accepts Spencer Tracy Award

March 8th, 2006 1:59pm EST
Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman urged wannabe actors to never give up their acting dreams as he accepted a university college honor yesterday. The actor, 68, was honored with the Spencer Tracy Award for lifetime achievement in cinema by the University Of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Freeman said, "Once you've gotten 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."

Freeman, who won an Academy Award last year for Million Dollar Baby, said he felt privileged to receive a Tracy award, after previous recipients Ja...

King Kong Set to Sweep Empires

March 2nd, 2006 10:08am EST
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...

Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe Split

January 10th, 2006 11:11am EST
Hilary Swank
Oscar winner Hilary Swank and her husband Chad Lowe have separated after eight years of marriage. Swank's manager Troy Nankin has offered hope to fans of the couple, suggesting the separation might not lead to divorce, as neither party plans to file official papers.

In a statement, he says, "Hilary and Chad have decided to separate, but they are hopeful they'll be able to get through this tough time." The couple reportedly split last year, but they've now made a permanent agreement to separate.

Swank and Lowe wed in 1997 after a whirlwind romance. They met and fell in love on the ...

Morgan Freeman Condems Black History Month on '60 Minutes'

December 16th, 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."


Clint Eastwood To Be Honored Twice This January

December 2nd, 2005 10:06am EST
Clint Eastwood
Film veteran Clint Eastwood is set to pick up two prestigious honors in January - a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors' Guild of America (DGA) and the Milestone Award from the Producers' Guild of America (PGA).

DGA President Michael Apted says, "As one of the most prolific, versatile directors in the history of the medium, there isn't a genre that Clint Eastwood hasn't mastered in the more than 25 films he has directed over the past 35 years. His ongoing body of work continues to touch generations of moviegoers and bring huge audiences into movie theaters. He does it all wit...

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