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Watch 'A Good Day To Die Hard' & Check Out The Best Big-Screen Father & Son Duos

June 9th, 2013 9:30am EDT
A Good Day To Die Hard
It's hard to think of a more definitive, all-round American action-hero dad than John McClane. This upcoming Father's Day, John McClane teams up with his son to take out Russian terrorists in "A Good Day To Die Hard" (now on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD™).

To celebrate the ultimate father/son team-up, we take a look back at some of the best father and son on-screen duos.

A Good Day to Die Hard

For 2013's A Good Day to Die Hard, we see the ultimate power-house father and son duo, as John McClane teams up with his equally-as-ass-kicking son Jack McClane.

When John McClane learns of his son...
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Think Your Job Is Bad? 10 Labor Day Movies

September 3rd, 2012 3:07pm EDT
Horrible Bosses
Hey, no one's saying you don't deserve a day off today - but there's probably someone out there who has it a lot worse. Here are 10 great Labor Day movies, featuring characters in employment situations we hope you never have to go through.

On the Waterfront: One of Marlon Brando's greatest roles is that of a man fighting against a mob-connected mob boss who had earlier convinced him to throw a boxing match (he coulda been a contender!). Sometimes you have to have to do the right thing, even if it's against the wishes of the person signing your paychecks.

Warning: Adult Language

Horri...
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Will & Jaden Smith Team Up For M. Night Shyamalan Film

April 5th, 2011 8:11am EDT
Will Smith
Will Smith and his 12 -year-old son Jaden are set to team up as father and son on the big screen again.

The pair, who played father and son in 2006 film "The Pursuit of Happyness," have signed on for director M. Night Shyamalan's untitled new futuristic project, which centres around a young boy who roams the abandoned Earth with his estranged father, Will, after their spaceship crashes.

Will and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith will also serve as producers of the film, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

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Breakout Stars Of 2010: Justin Bieber, Willow Smith, And More!

December 29th, 2010 11:00am EST
Justin Bieber
Some people knew about these stars before they hit it big, but now it's hard to browse the Internet or turn on the TV without hearing their names: Here are the breakout stars of 2010.

Justin Bieber: My World was released in November of 09, but Justin Bieber took the world by storm when he finished the album with My World 2.0. The single "Baby" was released in January, and he hasn't looked back since.

Willow Smith: Did you even know about the other Smith sibling? Her brother Jaden was in Karate Kid and The Pursuit of Happyness. Then Willow released Whip My Hair and suddenly we have two S...
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Todd Phillips To Produce John Belushi Biopic

August 13th, 2010 8:25am EDT
Todd Phillips
Comedian John Belushi is coming back from the dead - the late star's life will be documented in a new biopic by The Hangover director Todd Phillips.

Studio executives at Warner Bros. recently acquired the film rights from Belushi's estate and have hired Phillips to work on his life story with The Pursuit of Happyness screenwriter Steven Conrad. Phillips will produce the picture, while a director has yet to be appointed, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor's widow, Judith Belushi Pisano, will serve as executive producer.

Belushi died from a drug overdose in 1982, at the age o...
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The Golden Age Of Black Talent In Hollywood

March 2nd, 2010 10:05am EST
Are Black Men The Dominant Leading Actors Of This Era
Hollywood has always had its share of big-name black talent, from Sidney Poitier to Hattie McDaniel to Louis Gossett, Jr. But looking back, none of those big names owned Hollywood like Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, or Audrey Hepburn did. Poitier, McDaniel, and Gossett, Jr. were immensely talented pioneers, but they were vastly outnumbered by their peers in the industry. Unfortunate as it was, they were the exception in Hollywood, not the rule.

This was probably due in part to the social fabric of America at the time. It can’t have been easy for Sidney Poitier, even with his incredible tal...
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Celebrity Offspring That Have Become Successful

September 16th, 2009 10:05am EDT
Celebrity Offspring
Most of the time when privileged sons and daughters of celebrities chose to pursue a career in entertainment, we wince at the idea and criticize their lack of talent. However

, there are some cases where famous offspring are actually thrive in the family business and probably could have succeeded without their recognizable last name. Here are the most successful spawn in the gene pool of famous parents.

Colin Hanks - As the son and look-a-like younger version of dad Tom Hanks, Colin inherited his father's acting skills. He first came onto the scene appearing in Tom's film That Thing You...
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Worst Jobs On Film

April 3rd, 2009 3:56pm EDT
Adventureland
Most people can empathize with a movie character who's stuck in a horrible, dead end job. We've all had that one job where we'd rather stab ourselves in the eye then go into the office for eight hours of pure torture. Whether it's a boring office job, a customer service-related job, or working at a run down amusement park for the summer like in Adventureland, some jobs are excruciating!

As a tribute to Adventureland, which opens today, we're spotlighting the worst jobs portrayed on film.

In The Pineapple Express, Seth Rogen plays a process server who serves people subpoenas to ap...
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Play Starpulse's 'Celebrity Madness 2009 - The Men' (Round 1, Group 2)

March 19th, 2009 1:02pm EDT
Number One Seed Brad Pitt
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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Opening December 19: Seven Pounds

December 16th, 2008 2:13pm EST
Seven Pounds
Academy Award nominee Will Smith reunites with the director and producers of The Pursuit of Happyness for this emotional drama concerning an IRS agent whose quest for redemption... full summary

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The 10 Most Thankful Celebrities Of 2008

November 26th, 2008 9:35am EST
Britney Spears
Picture it: Pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, a bird with all the trimmings with family around the table, watching sports or playing board games. Don't forget to dish out gold medals, divorce decrees, box-office history and custody battles. As Americans across the nation tuck in to their turkey, a few notable celebrities have unique reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving.

Tina Fey

The former "Saturday Night Live" funny lady has had a banner year: A big screen outing opposite pal Amy Poehler in the Spring release Baby Mama and two Emmy wins (Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstan...
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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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Celebrity Offspring: Five Worth Watching

September 30th, 2008 10:27am EDT
Will & Jaden Smith
Not all relatives should show up at the same office everyday, and not everyone wants to get into the family business. Yet when the perks include fame, big paychecks, and glamorous premieres, the choice seems a little easier to make.

And since nepotism in Hollywood is as classic a tale as Citizen Kane, it’s no surprise that lots of Tinseltown legacies are following in the footsteps of such other celebrity offspring as Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda, and Liza Minnelli.

Here are five we think are worth watching...

1. JADEN SMITH

The son of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jaden, 1...
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Three Rappers Turned Successful Hollywood Actors

March 4th, 2008 11:55am EST
Will Smith
Music entertainers are constantly making the transition from the world of singing to acting. The goal is usually to be a double, triple or quadruple threat via becoming an amazing musician/actor; musician/actor/producer or musician/actor/producer/director.

Specifically, it is not uncommon to hear of rappers going from the music video screen to the small and big screens. There a number of them who have done it quite successfully. But, there are three in particular whose success has surpassed all expectations. They are: Will Smith (a.k.a. Fresh Prince), Mark Wahlberg (a.k.a. Marky Ma...
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Top 10 Entertainers Of The Year

December 31st, 2007 12:00pm EST
George Clooney
We put a lot of thought into who should make it into the "Top 10 Entertainers Of The Year" list of 2007, and it caused quite the debate among our friends and colleagues, particularly over who should occupy the top spot. Take a look:

10. The Cast of High School Musical

The group that made "High School Musical" a phenomenon went through a lot in 2007. They rocketed from nobodys to tabloid fixations (hello, Zac Efron), from adorable, dimple-cheeked Hilary Duff's in-the-making to sex symbols (naked photos of Vannessa Hudgens, anyone?). The point is, these singing and dancing young actors...
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MTV Announces Nominees For '2007 MTV Movie Awards'

April 30th, 2007 10:09am EDT
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man
The destiny of the coveted golden popcorn lies in the hands of the viewers as MTV: Music Television today announced the nominees for the "2007 MTV Movie Awards." Dominating the pack is 300 with 5 nominations followed by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest with 4 nods.

Also vying for the much sought-after statue is Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Blades of Glory, and The Devil Wears Prada with 3 nominations each.

The 16th annual awards show will be executive produced by Emmy Award winning producer Mark Burnett. Airing LI...
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New Movies on DVD, March 27

March 27th, 2007 8:00am EDT
Happy Feet
When a penguin named Mumble is born without the ability to sing the romantic song that will attract his soul mate, he'll have to resort to some fancy footwork by tap dancing his way into the heart of the one he loves in Happy Feet. Also on DVD: The Pursuit of Happyness, Children of Men, Turistas, and Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj.
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Blockbuster Survey Reveals Popular Votes for 2007 Academy Awards

February 14th, 2007 10:42am EST
Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls
The Academy may have the final say, but Blockbuster Inc. has conducted a survey on who should win this year's Oscars with a group of highly qualified experts -- movie lovers. The votes are in on the Blockbuster Academy Awards survey, and according to film fans, the Oscar goes to ...

For best picture: The Departed, with close to a quarter of movie fans (24%) choosing the Martin Scorcese mafia tale as their top pick in this category. However, Little Miss Sunshine comes in at a close second (22%).

For best actress: Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, winning America's hearts while...
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Black Enterprise Magazine Announces The 'Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers'

February 13th, 2007 10:48am EST
Will Smith
As the entertainment industry prepares to celebrate excellence during the 79th Annual Academy Awards, Black Enterprise (BE) just unveiled its 2007 list of the "Top 50 Power Brokers in Hollywood." In the March cover feature, BE spotlights the growing number of African Americans who have achieved record influence in show business.

The roster not only includes household names such as cover subject Will Smith, who together with partner James Lassiter produced the recent Oscar-nominated smash The Pursuit of Happyness, but also African American corporate executives, agents, lawyers, and ent...
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And The Nominees For The 79th Oscars Are...

January 23rd, 2007 10:30am EST
Babel
Academy awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak theatre at Hollywood & highland center, and televised live by the ABC television network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, “The Road to The Oscars.” Babel is nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

Nominations By Category - 79th Awards

Best Motion Picture Of The Year

Babel

The Departed

Letters From Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

The Queen

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

Leonardo Dicaprio -...
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Survey Says Denzel Washington Is America's Favorite Movie Star

January 16th, 2007 1:07pm EST
Denzel Washington in Deja Vu
Hollywood movie star Denzel Washington returns to the list of America's favorite movie stars in dramatic fashion, taking the number-one position after dropping off the top 10 list in 2005. Dropping from number one to number two is Tom Hanks, while movie legend John Wayne remains in third place. Tough guy Clint Eastwood jumps up two spots to fourth place.

These are the results of a nationwide Harris Poll of 1,147 U.S. adults surveyed online by Harris Interactive between December 12 and 18, 2006.

Will Smith also joins the list this year, perhaps due to the recent success of his film...
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Ugly Betty' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Win Big at Golden Globe Awards

January 16th, 2007 8:24am EST
Dreamgirls
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced the winners of the 64th Golden Globe awards. Babel took home the award for best drama, while Dreamgirls won best comedy/musical. The night's big TV winners were Grey's Anatomy (best drama series) and Ugly Betty (best musical or comedy series). See full list of winners:

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Babel

Bobby

The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- S...
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Catholic Group Names 'Painted Veil,' 'Happyness' Among Top Films of 2006

January 8th, 2007 11:42am EST
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Painted Veil and The Pursuit of Happyness are among the top 10 movies of 2006 according to the U.S. Bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting. Happy Feet and The Nativity Story are among the top family films of the year.

The annual lists were compiled by Harry Forbes and David DiCerto, who review movies for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office for Film and Broadcasting. Forbes, director of the office, emphasized the "rich palette of films -- both domestic and foreign" available in 2006.

"There was a surfeit of superior films in 2006, with solid moral underpi...
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Little Miss Sunshine' & 'Sopranos' Earn 3 SAG Nominations

January 4th, 2007 11:23am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) just announced the nominations for its 13th Annual Awards ceremony. The ensemble drama Babel, the musical Dreamgirls and the comedy Little Miss Sunshine each earned three nominations, as did the TV mob drama The Sopranos.

The full list of nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio / Blood Diamond – Archer - Warner Bros. Pictures

Ryan Gosling / Half Nelson – Dan Dunne - THINKFilm

Peter O’Toole / Venus – Maurice - Miramax Films

Will Smith / The Pursuit Of Happyness – Chris Gardner - Sony Pictures

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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Announced The Nominations For The 64th Golden Globe Awards

December 14th, 2006 11:15am EST
Babel
Jessica Biel, Rosario Dawson and Matthew Perry joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk to announce the Nominations for “The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards” on Thursday morning, December 14, 2006 at The Beverly Hilton. Babel leads with 7 nods. Complete list of movie nominations below.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Babel

Bobby

The Departed

Little Children

The Queen

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- Sherrybaby...
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Opening December 15: The Pursuit of Happyness

December 12th, 2006 10:08am EST
The Pursuit of Happyness
The rousing, true-life story of a single dad who went from living on the streets to working on Wall Street is brought to the big screen by superstar Will Smith, appearing for the first time opposite his real-life son Jaden Smith. Continue...

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Starz Invites You To Pursue 'Happyness’ With A Night Of Will Smith On Thursday, Dec. 14

December 11th, 2006 11:27am EST
Will Smith
Join Starz for a "Stars on Starz" showcase of Will Smith films Thursday, Dec. 14 in celebration of the theatrical release of his upcoming father-son drama The Pursuit of Happyness, in theaters starting Dec. 15. The night begins with "On the Set: The Pursuit of Happyness" at 8:45 p.m. (ET/PT), followed by Hitch at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) and Enemy of the State at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). An exclusive clip from The Pursuit of Happyness will also premiere during the night.

"On the Set: The Pursuit of Happyness" provides viewers with a unique behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie featuring inte...
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Columbia Pictures Launches "The Pursuit Of Happyness 'Pursue It' The Ultimate Internship Contest"

October 22nd, 2006 11:00am EDT
The Pursuit of Happyness
-Eight Winners To Be Offered Once-In-A-Lifetime Career Opportunity With Gap Inc., The Hollywood Reporter, Morgan Stanley, NBC, the National Football League (NFL), PEOPLE Magazine, Playstation & Yahoo

-Contest Winners to Attend Hollywood Premiere of Will Smith's The Pursuit of Happyness

Columbia Pictures announced today it is partnering with eight of the world's leading companies to offer "The Pursuit of Happyness 'Pursue It' The Ultimate Internship Contest," in which contestants will compete for dream internships at Gap Inc., The Hollywood Reporter, Morgan Stanley, NBC, the National ...
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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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