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Avril Lavigne Seeking Movie Career

May 21st, 2007 10:22am EDT
Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne is hooked on acting after appearing in two movies last year, and is now looking for serious big screen roles. The singer loaned her voice to an animated character in Over The Hedge and made a brief appearance in Fast Food Nation, and she confesses she has an appetite for more.

Lavigne tells MTV, "I think as time goes on, I would want to try different styles. I would want to go for a more serious drama, something darker that would take a lot of emotion."

She adds, "I do have a movie that I'm going to be working on and starring in."

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DreamWorks To Produce All Of Its Film In 3D

March 13th, 2007 12:07pm EDT
Over the Hedge
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. announced today its intention to produce all of its films in stereoscopic 3D technology starting in 2009. To best take advantage of the technology, the company will now be creating films utilizing stereoscopic 3D from the beginning of its creative process.

"I believe that this is the greatest opportunity for movies and for the theatrical exhibition business that has come along in 30 years," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation. "Advancements in sound have dramatically improved the auditory experience, but there hasn't b...

Avril Lavigne Realizes Finding Acting Jobs Isn't Easy

March 5th, 2007 8:35am EST
Avril Lavigne
Aspiring actress Avril Lavigne has conceded launching a Hollywood career is harder than she anticipated. The 22-year-old took a break from music last year to concentrate on movies, but only signed to two projects - animated film Over The Hedge and ensemble piece Fast Food Nation - because she was left unimpressed by the majority of scripts she read.

Now Lavigne accepts finding the perfect silver screen role could take years. She says, "I decided a couple of years ago that I wanted to get into acting so I got a movie agent and thought that on my last year off I would have shot a whole ...

Nickelodeon Announces Kids' Choice Award Nominees

February 8th, 2007 10:33am EST
SpongeBob SquarePants
Star slime fest is back! Justin Timberlake hosts this year's Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards 20th Anniversary celebration, airing live March 31, from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Kids will be able to vote in advance in a total of 16 categories. Surprise awards also will be announced during the show.

Voting begins online March 5 on Nick.com. Kids also will be able to vote via their cell phones. Beginning Sunday, March 11, in TEENick with the Kids' Choice Awards nominee a different category will be featured on-air each week, and kids can then cast their vote online at Nick.c...

Nielsen Names Most Popular TV Shows, Movies, Music of 2006

December 21st, 2006 10:13am EST
American Idol
Several Nielsen media tracking businesses just released a year-end look at the most popular media trends among Americans during 2006. This is the first time the Nielsen companies have released a compilation of "Top 10's" for the Nielsen brands. Following is a sampling of Nielsen's results:

Top 10 TV Programs - Regularly Scheduled - 2006

1 American Idol-Tuesday FOX

2 American Idol-Wednesday FOX

3 Dancing With The Stars ABC

4 CSI CBS ...

'Flushed Away' & 'Cars' Vie For Animation Awards

December 4th, 2006 9:28am EST
Flushed Away
Flushed Away and Cars look set to dominate this year's Annie Awards for film and television animation, landing nine nominations each. Animation giants Disney-Pixar and DreamWorks will go head-to-head for the top animated feature award at the ceremony, widely seen as the pathway to the Oscars, as all previous recipients have gone on to triumph in the best animated feature category at the Academy Awards later that month.

Flushed Away's nominations include best "Voice Acting In A Film" for Ian McKellen, who plays the character of Toad in the movie. Over The Hedge, Happy Feet, Monster Hou...

Queen Latifah To Host 'People's Choice Awards,' More Nominees Announced

November 28th, 2006 10:38am EST
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah will host "The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards" to be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 9 (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on CBS. The first awards show of 2007 honors favorite performers in television, motion pictures and music. The list of new nominees follows:




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Wanda Sykes "Sick and Tired" TV Special Coming To DVD and CD

November 8th, 2006 5:02pm EST
Wanda Sykes
Image Entertainment, Inc., a leading independent licensee, producer and distributor of home entertainment programming in North America, today announced it has signed an exclusive agreement with comedienne Wanda Sykes to produce and distribute a live stand-up television special, DVD and CD. The DVD was shot live at Seattle's Moore Theatre on April 14-15, 2006, which was the final stop of Sykes' multi-city tour.

"I am very excited. I picked Seattle after just one visit. The crowd was hot, smart, appreciative...I hope it wasn't just a fluke," said Sykes.

The DVD will feature the be...

New Movies on DVD, Oct. 17

October 17th, 2006 8:00am EDT
Over The Hedge
A group of feisty forest critters awaken following the winter freeze to discover that not only has a new neighborhood cropped up during the cold months, but living in close proximity to humans may have its benefits in Over the Hedge. Also on DVD: Jennifer Aniston film The Break-Up, the American Idol-like American Dreamz, and horror remake The Omen.

Bruce Willis Answers Cell Phone Call While Doing TV Interview

June 25th, 2006 2:30pm EDT
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis was left red-faced on a British chat show last night when he forgot to turn off his mobile phone.

The actor, who was promoting new animated film Over The Hedge on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, stalled proceedings when an old friend called up halfway through the interview.

On answering, and being reprimanded by host Ross, the star guiltily handed over the phone and sat embarrassed as Ross carried on the transatlantic call with a string of lewd propositions.

Willis later groaned, "I think I did a commercial for the phone. That's so embarrassing."

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Avril Lavigne Would Like To Do Serious Drama

June 23rd, 2006 9:52am EDT
Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne is desperate to forge a serious movie career and follow in the footsteps of her idols Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder. A cameo voicing an animal in animated movie Over The Hedge has given the pop star a taste for acting, and she is looking for "dark and complicated" roles to cut her teeth on.

Lavigne, 21, says, "I really admire Winona and Angelina, so those actress are the ones I'd love to emulate in serious drama roles. I'd like to do something dark and complicated. It would be like some of my music, and it would be another way for me to express myself."

- Avril La...

'The Break-Up' Gets Top Spot at Box Office

June 5th, 2006 8:39am EDT
After enduring a series film flops, Jennifer Aniston has scored a number-one hit with new romantic comedy The Break-Up. The film, which sees the actress starring alongside partner Vince Vaughn, shot to the top of the U.S. box office, knocking blockbuster X-Men: The Next Stand off the top spot.

The Break-Up earned $38.1 million during its first three days of release, stunning industry insiders who believed Brett Ratner's comic book adaptation would remain at number one. The mutant film was bumped into second place with a take of $34.4 million in its second week of release, bringing the...

'Over The Hedge' Was Tough To Make, Says Bruce Willis

May 30th, 2006 10:53am EDT
Over The Hedge
Bruce Willis insists the hardest role he's ever played was RJ the raccoon in his latest animated film Over The Hedge. The actor has starred in over 70 movies from The Sixth Sense to Pulp Fiction, but found producing fine acting alone in a sound recording studio tougher than anything he'd done in the past.

He explains, "The hard part was all the actors work by themselves. No one even worked together. It took about a year and a half to get all the lines looped and the story done and recorded. It's just me and the mike (microphone). It seems like when you watch the film we're all over at...

Opens May 19: Over the Hedge

May 17th, 2006 10:28am EDT
A group of feisty forest critters awaken following the winter freeze to discover that not only has a new neighborhood has cropped up during the cold months, but living in close proximity to humans may have its benefits in a computer animated comedy adventure for all ages featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, Avril Levigne, Eugene Levy, and William Shatner.

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Cast and Crew:

Bruce Willis - (RJ)

Garry Shandling - (Verne)

Steve Carell - (Hammy)

Wanda Sykes - (Stella)

William Shatner - (Ozzie)

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Avril Lavigne a Future Film Star?

May 12th, 2006 8:32am EDT
Avril Lavigne
Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne's Hollywood career is getting stronger and stronger - she is soon to appear in The Flock alongside her childhood hero Richard Gere. Lavigne has always dreamed of a future in acting despite her chart success.

And after lending her voice to animated caper Over The Hedge, she is slowly but surely climbing the ladder to screen stardom - even though she only has one scene in The Flock.

She tells MTV, "I have one scene in it. It's with Claire Danes and Richard Gere, and Richard Gere was, like, really cool. In between takes he was like totally giving me po...

Avril Lavigne Was Delighted To Work on 'Over The Hedge'

May 6th, 2006 10:29am EDT
Avril Lavigne
Canadian star Avril Lavigne was thrilled to be offered a part in animated movie Over The Hedge as she has always been an actress at heart. Lavigne has concentrated mainly on singing after hitting the charts with "Complicated" five years ago, but she couldn't wait for Hollywood to come calling.

And she is convinced she is heading for even bigger parts - although Over The Hedge was only her first movie, she worked alongside screen stars including Bruce Willis and Rosanna Arquette and didn't even have to audition for the role of Heather.

She says, "I love performing and actually when...

Preview: Over the Hedge

May 5th, 2006 1:42pm EDT
Over the Hedge
Based on the upcoming DreamWorks movie, Over the Hedge plans to augment the blockbuster film with tons of levels, co-op play, and a bunch of mini-games. Head on over to the Video Games Main Page and check out the latest!

Read the preview here!

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