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Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews' Husband & 'Pink Panther' Creator, Dies At 88

December 16th, 2010 2:04pm EST
the Pink Panther
Julie Andrews' husband, Pink Panther creator Blake Edwards, has died at the age of 88.

The director, writer and producer passed away at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday night after suffering complications from pneumonia. His wife and other family members were by his bedside, according to his longtime publicist, Gene Schwam.

Born William Blake Crump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Edwards began his career as an actor and screenwriter, penning seven scripts for late actor/filmmaker Richard Quine.

He landed his big break on Orson Welles' production of War of the Worlds ...
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Emily Mortimer Welcomes Baby Girl

January 28th, 2010 8:57am EST
Emily Mortimer Welcomes Baby Girl
Emily Mortimer and her sister Rosie are celebrating after giving birth just three days apart. The Pink Panther star welcomed her second child, baby daughter May, on January 15th - and three days later, the actress' younger sibling Rosie became a mom to son John.

Baby John, who was named after the sisters' late dad, John Mortimer, arrived a day before the first anniversary of the playwright's death. And the sisters' mother Penelope is glad his legacy will live on through the family's new additions.

She tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "It has been a very exciting few days. Of course,...
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Play Starpulse's 'Celebrity Madness 2009 - The Men' (Round 1, Group 3)

March 19th, 2009 2:00pm EDT
Number One Seed Matthew McConaughey
Cast your votes for your favorite male & female celebrities in Starpulse.com's First Annual "Celebrity March Madness" showdown! In the spirit of the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, we bring you two celebrity tournaments throughout the month of March that will determine the number one male and female celebrity - chosen by YOU!

All you have to do is cast your vote in the poll under the picture for one of the two celebs in each matchup! At the end of the round, we'll tally the votes and get the next round underway. There's even a bracket (updated after each round) with all ...
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Steve Martin Lashes Out At Snobby 'Pink Panther 2' Critics

February 15th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Steve Martin
Hollywood funnyman Steve Martin has dismissed recent poor reviews of his latest Pink Panther movie - accusing film critics of "snobbery" when judging comedy films. Martin reprised his role as Inspector Jacques Clouseau for Pink Panther 2, but the new picture received a barrage of scathing write-ups from film journalists and took a disappointing $12 million in its opening weekend at the U.S. box office.

But Martin is adamant he doesn't take any notice of film critics, insisting they never give funny films a chance.

He says, "I have received bad reviews my whole life. I received bad...
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Steve Martin Called For 'Pink Panther' Wedding

January 26th, 2009 10:17am EST
Steve Martin
Steve Martin urged Pink Panther 2 producers to write in an unlikely wedding for his bumbling Inspector Clouseau into the script - because all his films that end with a marriage have been hits.

Clouseau weds Emily Mortimer's character Nicole in the new comedy after funnyman Martin got his way. He says, "I said, 'I have to tell you that every movie I've done that ends in a wedding or holding a baby has been a hit.' I do believe we've taken the Pink Panther somewhere else and, in a sense, made it our own."

And Martin, who is the fourth actor to play Clouseau on screen, already has ...
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A Look At All The Actors Who Have Played 007

November 13th, 2008 10:56am EST
Quantum of Solace
This Friday, Sir Ian Fleming's James Bond is back in theaters. Daniel Craig has brought a brute anger to the role that has not quite been seen before. In the very least, as we learned in the 2006 version of Casino Royale, he certainly does not care any longer how his martini is served. Craig is under contract for one more Bond film after Quantum of Solace, but what if he does not return after that twenty-third film? What will his post Bond career look like? Let's take a look at all the actors who have played 007 -- rouge film, or not -- and what their post Bond careers looked like.

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Spotlight On Kristin Chenoweth

November 12th, 2008 10:00am EST
Kristin Chenoweth
With the voice of an angel and enough charm to wrap cynical Aaron Sorkin around her little finger, Kristin Chenoweth has spent a long time in the celebrity spotlight, yet always just on the outer edges.

Born Kristi Dawn Chenoweth 40 years ago, this Oklahoma-born girl got her start singing in church choirs and studying voice at Oklahoma City University. She earned a degree in musical theater and a MA in opera, and she then moved into pageant life by getting runner-up in the Miss Oklahoma contest of 1991 - a loss that she still jokes about fake-bitterly in interviews.

Kristin was ...
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Beyonce Wants To Play A Superhero

October 24th, 2008 1:12pm EDT
Beyonce
Beyonce Knowles is calling on Hollywood bosses to cast her as the next big screen superhero. The actress has been bitten by the acting bug after landing roles in Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Pink Panther and Dreamgirls, and she wants her first lead role to be as a comic book crime fighter.

Knowles says, "I want to play a superhero."

And she already knows the perfect superpower for her: "The power to disappear and just watch people. The older I get, I can see almost what people are going to do. It's not like I'm psychic, I just have a good read on people. It's really what I do....
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Jean Reno Released From The Hospital

August 21st, 2008 4:33pm EDT
Jean Reno
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (AP) - French actor Jean Reno has been released from a hospital in the Caribbean island of Martinique after falling ill.

Bernard Cavignaux is a director of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Fort-de-France where Reno was attended. Cavignaux says Reno was vacationing in St. Barts when he became sick and was transferred by helicopter to Martinique's capital. He says the actor was advised to rest.

Reno publicist Christina Papadopoulos says the actor went to the hospital as a precaution after getting heartburn and gastroenteritis. He was released on Thu...
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Emily Mortimer Studies Rape Victims For Her New Role

April 14th, 2008 10:06am EDT
Emily Mortimer
Actress Emily Mortimer researched her new character for David Mamet's Redbelt by studying with a rape counselor. The Pink Panther star plays a rape victim in the new film and decided to get into the mind of her character by learning all about the psyche of those who have been sexually violated.

She says, "I spoke to a rape crisis counselor in preparation for this part and one of the things that she talked about was this feeling of guilt that very often is associated with a victim of rape."

"They feel like they could've done something to stop it... and it's their fault if they di...
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Fans Wear Steve Martin Masks To Miley Cyrus Concerts

February 15th, 2008 8:54am EST
Miley Cyrus
An incorrect Steve Martin sighting turned Miley Cyrus into a laughing stock after the pop star/actress tried to convince pals the funny man was at one of her concerts.

The teen sensation was almost left lost for words when she spotted what she thought was The Pink Panther star in the crowd at a recent Hannah Montana gig - and now fans are showing up at concerts wearing Martin masks.

She says, "I would've bet my life that Steve Martin was in the audience. I was running around saying, 'Oh my God, Steve Martin is in the audience!' It wasn't Steve Martin. My teacher pulled a prank on...
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Mary J. Blige Honored With Voice Of Music Award

June 26th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige was honored with the Rhythm And Soul Music Awards also honored Johnta Austin and Jermaine Dupri, who shared the night's coveted Songwriter Of The Year title with Blige.

Blige's Be Without You also earned Austin and Blige the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song Award, while Nelly's Grillz claimed the Top Ringtone Of The Year.

Beyonce Knowles' Check On It from The Pink Panther claimed the night's Top Soundtrack Song Of The Year honors.

Meanwhile, Sean Paul was named Reggae Artist Of The Year for the fourth consecutive year and Yung Joc's It's Goin' Down was named Top Rap Song...
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Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller in 'The Hardy Men'?

February 6th, 2007 9:24am EST
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise is to star in a detective comedy with Ben Stiller, it has been claimed. The action hero will allegedly star alongside Stiller in an updated version of the classic comedy novels The Hardy Boys, called The Hardy Men. The movie sees the eternal teenagers finally grown up, but still up to their old tricks.

Production for the film, directed by Shawn Levy, is due to begin in October. Levy also directed Stiller's latest box office hit Night At The Museum as well as The Pink Panther and Cheaper By The Dozen.

Cruise reportedly met Stiller to discuss starring in the comedian's la...
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Sony Pictures Makes More Than $3 Billion at Box Office in 2006

December 7th, 2006 1:57pm EST
Casino Royale
For the first time in its history, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) will exceed more than $3 billion in worldwide ticket sales tomorrow, December 8. This milestone achievement, reached with three weeks still to go in 2006, marks just the fourth time in motion picture history that any studio has reached the $3 billion mark in a single year.

Internationally, the studio has already realized its best year of all time, with just under $1.5 billion and counting. Domestically, the studio has already passed more than $1.5 billion and is on pace to surpass $1.573 billion, the most any studio h...
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No 'Pink Panther' Sequel for Beyoncé

September 8th, 2006 1:35pm EDT
Beyonce in The Pink Panther
Beyoncé Knowles has turned down the chance to star in a sequel of The Pink Panther remake. The singer-turned-actress, who is set to wow audiences with upcoming musical Dreamgirls, is keen to focus on promoting her new solo album, and has no time to re-team with Steve Martin.

She says, "I loved making the movie, but with the new album I am way too busy to fit the second movie in."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Sony Pictures Surpasses $1 Billion in Box Office Dollars

August 9th, 2006 2:59pm EDT
Talladega Nights
Sony Pictures Entertainment has surpassed the $1 billion mark in box office receipts for calendar year 2006, making it the fifth year in a row the studio has reached that milestone at the box office.

The announcement was made by Jeff Blake, Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group and Vice-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Contributing to the success of the 2006 slate are eight number-one films: Columbia Pictures' The Da Vinci Code, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Click, RV, and Pink Panther; Screen Gems' Un...
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Jamie Foxx Teased Beyonce on 'Dreamgirls' Set

July 29th, 2006 10:30am EDT
Beyonce
Jamie Foxx constantly teased Beyonce Knowles on the set of Dreamgirls because she's still relatively new to the acting game. Knowles has labeled her role as 1960s soul singer Deena Jones her "first acting job," despite supporting performances in Austin Powers In Goldmember, The Fighting Temptations and The Pink Panther.

The singer was thrilled to be working with "very professional" Foxx, but admits he loved to joke around on set. She says, "We had a fight scene where he was off camera, he was saying crazy things to me that weren't in the script and getting me all worked up. Afterwards...
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Beyonce Is More Than Just a Pretty Face

July 3rd, 2006 1:00pm EDT
Beyonce
Beyonce Knowles blames her beautiful looks for preventing people from seeing what a talented artist she really is. The singer has enjoyed a flourishing solo career and has had movie success starring in films including The Pink Panther - but she still yearns to be respected as an artist.

The 24-year-old says, "It's frustrating, because sometimes, when you are attractive, people don't acknowledge that you are talented as well. I mean, I'm a songwriter, I'm a producer, I have a strong voice, I'm a dynamic performer. Sometimes people forget that."

(This news article provided by Worl...
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New Movies on DVD, June 13

June 13th, 2006 8:00am EDT
The Pink Panther
(Cue Pink Panther themesong ...) Yup, the infamous inspector Jacques Clouseau is back in The Pink Panther, which stars Steve Martin as the inept detective. In the latest incarnation, Clouseau must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach. He must also find out who stole the famous Pink Panther Diamond. Also on DVD this week: the motorcycle flick The World’s Fastest Indian, the Bruce Willis action film 16 Blocks and offbeat action comedy Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.
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Jessica Alba To Host 2006 MTV Movie Awards

June 1st, 2006 8:00pm EDT
Jessica Alba
Covering Hollywood’s most anticipated blockbuster from every angle, MTV News will present exclusive pre and post show coverage of the "2006 MTV Movie Awards." From backstage to the red carpet, the MTV News team will cover every angle of the big show including exclusive celebrity interviews, musical performances, and much more. Additionally for the first time, fans will be able to access MTV News’ comprehensive Movie Awards coverage on-air and through broadband network, MTV Overdrive (movieawards.mtv.com) — each with a unique and exclusive take on the show.

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MTV Movie Awards Nominees Announced - Full List!

April 25th, 2006 10:53am EDT
40-Year-Old Virgin
Wedding Crashers and The 40-Year-Old-Virgin are set to dominate the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. Both movies have received five nominations each including Best Movie and Best Comedic Performance. Among the other contenders for historically one the most hotly contested awards, Best Kiss, are Brokeback Mountain lovers Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger who are set to battle it out with real life couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who locked lips in their action hit last year Mr and Mrs Smith. Full List of Nominees Below!

This year's awards ceremony is the first time that organisers haven't had...
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Steve Martin Wants To Do More 'Pink Panther' Films

March 13th, 2006 10:51am EST
Steve Martin
Steve Martin hopes to star in a sequel to The Pink Panther. The 60-year-old Texan actor stars as Inspector Clouseau in the detective comedy remake - a part made famous by British comedian Peter Sellers in the 1963 original.

If the new movie is a hit, producers will consider re-making other Pink Panther movies including The Return Of The Pink Panther, The Pink Panther Strikes Again and Revenge Of The Pink Panther.

Martin says, "Let's say that my heart is with 'The Pink Panther' film and that I hope it will work so I can become Clouseau again. I love the character, I love the clot...
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Steve Martin Practiced 'Pink Panther' Accent With Dog

March 1st, 2006 8:00pm EST
Steve Martin shocked his dog when preparing for his role in new movie The Pink Panther with his novice French accent. The silver-haired funnyman worked carefully on the part of bumbling detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau, paying particular attention to mastering his accent.

He says, "That was one of my biggest worries and I worked really hard on it. I ran around the house, muttering. I always try my newly acquired skills on my dog. He was a little confused."

But Martin is devastated that despite his best linguistic efforts, his foreign vocabulary is still only good enough to ord...
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Steve Martin Will Stay Grey

February 24th, 2006 10:08am EST
Steve Martin
Steve Martin refuses to dye his trademark white hair. The 'Man With Two Brains' star says whenever he does change the colour of his locks, his films flop. He is quoted in Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "One of the rare times I took account of a review, it said 'Watch out when Steve Martin goes for the dye!' So I know not to."

The 60-year-old - who plays Inspector Clouseau in a new Pink Panther film - also revealed he took French lessons to try and perfect the accent for the movie. The comic star got so used to speaking with a French voice he even slipped into character when he was o...
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Movie Snippets: Jessica Simpson Gets Big Salary, Kevin Smith Praises 'Brokeback Mountain' & More

February 23rd, 2006 2:05pm EST
Jessica Simpson
* Jessica Simpson will earn a whopping $1,240-per-word in her new film, according to a new media report. The pop star/actress will pick up a cool $1 million for new movie Employee of the Month, according to In Touch. Her character will utter a mere 806 words throughout the comedy.

* Filmmaker Kevin Smith has lavished praised on Ang Lee’s cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain, hailing Heath Ledger a "genius." The director was moved to tears watching Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal’s doomed love affair in the film, which is up for eight Oscars next month. Smith says, "This ain't just the gay ...
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Beyonce Under Attack From Animal Rights Groups

February 20th, 2006 10:46am EST
Beyonce
Beyonce Knowles is being bombarded with hate mail from animal rights protesters angered by her fashion label House Of Dereon's use of chinchilla, rabbit and mink fur. The offices of Beyonce's record label have been flooded with mail from furious anti-fur campaigners - also incited by the pink mink the star wore to the premiere of her new movie The Pink Panther last week.

A record company source tells British newspaper the Daily Express, "Activists have threatened to dump carcasses at our offices or Beyonce's home. We've had a huge amount of post complaining. Our receptionists have tak...
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It's Another Successful Week for Beyonce

February 17th, 2006 11:14am EST
Beyonce Knowles still rules the singles charts despite a charge from British singer James Blunt. The former Destiny's Child star's Pink Panther tune "Check On It" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth consecutive week, while Blunt's hit "You're Beautiful" stays firm at number two. It's a good week all round for Knowles - her new movie The Pink Panther also sits at the top of the box office.

Rapper Nelly's "Grillz," Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" and "I'm Sprung" by T-Pain are also unmoved at numbers three, four and five, making the entire top five the same as it was last week.

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Clive Owen Is James Bond ... Sort Of

February 16th, 2006 10:23am EST
Clive Owen has found a novel way to play James Bond - in a top secret cameo in The Pink Panther remake. The star, who was the favorite to land the role of 007 when Pierce Brosnan's stint as the superspy ended last year, plays undercover British spy 006 in Steve Martin's new comedy, which debuted at number one at the box office last weekend.

Dressed in black tails, white shirt and black bow-tie, he is featured in a two-minute scene mocking the secret service. In the scene, Owen chases masked bandits robbing a casino. He is forced to don a gas mask when the crooks spray poisonous chemica...
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'The Pink Panther' Was Edited To Be Less Racy, More Family Friendly

February 15th, 2006 10:14am EST
The Pink Panther
Sony Pictures studio executives slashed scenes from The Pink Panther remake and spent $5 million on reshoots to make sure the film was suitable for family audiences. The $80 million film was already finished when Sony acquired the distribution rights and executives decided the movie had a fatal flaw - Steve Martin's portrayal of bumbling French detective Inspector Clousseau made him look like a dirty old man.

Sony movie chief Amy Pascal said, "I saw a great family movie in the movie, but not everything was appropriate for a family audience."

The studio delayed the release of the f...
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Destiny's Child Members To Guest Star on Sitcoms

February 14th, 2006 11:08am EST
Kelly Rowland
The destinies of former Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams are set - they'll be starring in TV sitcoms. Williams will appear in three episodes of UPN's Half & Half, a drama about a hard-edged record executive who turns out to be HIV positive. And bandmate Rowland will appear in another UPN show, Girlfriends, as an innocent intern who is not all she appears to be.

Rowland is hopeful her run on Girlfriends might turn into her own sitcom, saying, "We'll see. I would love that."

But the pair have some way to go before they can match bandmate Beyonce Knowles' ...
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