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The Most Rad Flicks From The 80s

April 5th, 2014 8:00am EDT
Top Gun
The 80s might have been the age of MTV and Heavy Metal, but don’t think that there weren’t some thrilling films rocking at the box office as well. This denim-clad, hairspray overflowing decade birthed the movie blockbuster megafranchise and the teenage angst anthem, selling out theater seats as galactic space emperors and high school heartthrobs sent cinematic shockwaves up our spines.

The movies may not have been as Oscar-worthy as those from ten years earlier. But just like the high top sneakers and parachute pants the defined the decade, these movies were loud, flamboyant, and instantly...
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'Midnight Run' Sequel In The Works?

April 20th, 2012 2:22pm EDT
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro is hoping to star in a sequel to 1988 comedy thriller Midnight Run after revealing a script is in the works.

The Meet The Parents star is eager to shoot a follow up to the cult classic, in which he played a bounty hunter attempting to capture a mob accountant, and now he's just waiting for the finished screenplay.

Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival, he says, "Somebody approached me, a young writer and he said, 'I'm writing a sequel if you want to (read it)'. And I said, 'Sure! Fine.' So it's been going through these kind of changes... And so that's where we are and the...
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Jack Nicholson's R.P. McMurphy Role Named Greatest Movie Performance Of All Time

March 20th, 2012 12:35pm EDT
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
Jack Nicholson's Oscar-winning turn in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest has been voted the greatest movie performance of all time.

The Hollywood veteran's role as R.P. McMurphy, a criminal faking insanity to serve his jail sentence in a mental hospital, came top in a poll by Total Film magazine.

Robert De Niro's acclaimed role as boxer Jake La Motta in 1980's Raging Bull was runner-up, and Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar-winning portrayal of a turn-of-the-century oil baron in There Will Be Blood came third.

The top five was rounded out by Al Pacino's performance as Mafia boss Michael Corleone ...
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Martin Scorsese To Be Honored With BAFTA Fellowship Award

January 4th, 2012 10:54am EST
Martin Scorsese
Director Martin Scorsese will be honored with the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Academy Fellowship at the annual prize giving next month.

The Taxi Driver and Raging Bull legend will be presented with the Academy's highest accolade in recognition of his contribution to the film industry - and the 69 year old is thrilled with the award.

He says, "It is a great honor to be recognized by the British Academy and to join the ranks of such an esteemed group of industry colleagues and friends."

BAFTA boss Tim Corrie adds, "Martin Scorsese is a legend in his l...
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Fans Pick Their Favortie Sports Film: 'Rocky'

November 26th, 2011 5:00pm EST
Rocky
"Rocky" has fought off competition from "Cool Runnings" and "Million Dollar Baby" to be named the U.K.'s favorite sports film.

Sylvester Stallone's 1976 movie about underdog boxer Rocky Balboa topped a poll by Lovefilm ahead of the 1993 comedy about the Jamaican Olympic bobsleigh team and Hilary Swank's Oscar-winning turn in Million Dollar Baby.

Lovefilm editor Helen Cowley says, "With the (2012 London) Olympics on their way... sport is a hot topic - from living room to locker room. Whether it is football favorites, bobsleighing blunders or boxing Balboas we love to watch sporting heroes ...
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Robert De Niro Seeking Three More Oscars

October 3rd, 2011 11:41am EDT
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro wants to break the record for the number of Oscars handed to one actor - so he can give each of his five children a statuette.

The Hollywood icon is the proud recipient of two Academy Awards, for Best Actor in 1980's Raging Bull and for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1974's The Godfather: Part II.

He's been shortlisted a further four times, but the Goodfellas star hasn't given up hope of winning a record-breaking five Oscars so he can pass them down to his kids.

De Niro tells Britain's The Sunday Times, "If I had one to give to each of my kids, that would be fine. B...
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Robert De Niro To Portray Charlatan Bernie Madoff

May 16th, 2011 3:03pm EDT
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro is set to bring the story of jailed conman Bernie Madoff to life on the small screen in a new TV biopic.

The Raging Bull star has signed up to portray the convicted fraudster, who is serving a 150-year prison term for stealing billions of dollars from wealthy clients such as John Malkovich, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, and ailing Zsa Zsa Gabor.

The TV movie, for HBO, will be based on New York Times reporter Diana Henriques' new book The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and The Death of Trust, reports Deadline.com.

De Niro is no stranger to Madoff - the pair were neighbors...
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'Twilight,' 'Psycho,' 'Inception' & More: 17 Classic Film Scenes Recreated With LEGOs

January 10th, 2011 9:05pm EST
LEGO Scenes
"I'm an enormous film fan and when I was growing up everybody had a big bucket of Lego or knew somebody who did," says film student Alex Eylar, 22, of Oakland, Calif.

The aspiring screenwriter began collecting LEGOs when he was five years old and now he boasts somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000 pieces in his collection, which he now uses to recreate classic movie scenes.

"I make all my Lego projects at a table in the corner of [my] living room. I've got five of those big plastic drawer bureaus, filled with pieces divided by color, style, function. For smaller projects, the build can ...
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Check Out 'Raging Bull' On Blu-ray Jan. 11

January 10th, 2011 7:10am EST
Raging Bull
A powerhouse film that introduced unflinching realism to stunned audiences in 1980, "Raging Bull" smashes onto Blu-ray in a special 30th Anniversary Edition from MGM Home
Entertainment on January 11.

With an Academy Award-winning performance by Robert De Niro and celebrated direction by Martin Scorsese, this critically-acclaimed film was described as an "exceedingly violent as well as poetic" fight picture that maps "the landscape of the soul" by The New York Times. The new Anniversary Edition Blu-ray boasts over 50 minutes of brand new features, including exclusive, new interviews with D...
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Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro To Make 'The Irishman'

December 14th, 2010 8:45am EST
Robert De Niro
Martin Scorsese has confirmed he is reuniting with Robert De Niro for the first time since 1995 crime classic "Casino."

Rumors the pair was in talks to star in their ninth collaboration surfaced earlier this year.

And, at a BAFTA's A Life In Pictures question and answer session earlier this month, the legendary filmmaker revealed they are set to start shooting "The Irishman" in 2011.

The film will focus on Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran, a union official who turns mafia hitman.

Scorsese added that the screenplay will be penned by Gangs of New York writer Steve Zallian, according to Digita...
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Sylvester Stallone To Fight Robert De Niro In 'Grudge Match'?

October 22nd, 2010 1:21pm EDT
Rocky Balboa
Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone are set to put the gloves back on - they're rumored to be playing rival boxers in new movie Grudge Match.

De Niro won an Oscar for his role as fighter Jake La Motta in 1980's Raging Bull, while Stallone found fame as down-on-his-luck boxer Rocky Balboa in 1976 film Rocky.

Now, both Hollywood legends are reportedly preparing to face each other in the ring in Grudge Match, which is scheduled for release in 2012. The movie tells the story of two ex-boxers - Billy 'The Kid' McGuigan and Henry 'Razor' Sharp - who agree to come out of retirement for one l...
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Fan Pays $8,500 For Coffee With Robert De Niro

April 30th, 2010 8:42am EDT
Robert De Niro
A fan has paid a massive $8,500 to go for a coffee with Robert De Niro. The Raging Bull star offered up an outing to a coffee shop as a lot for a star-studded charity auction in New York on Thursday night - and an unnamed bidder pounced on the prize and paid thousands of dollars for a meeting with the movie star.

The sale, which raised money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, also saw a pair of tickets to Elton John's next Oscars party auctioned for $52,500.

A visit to the set of hit TV show Mad Men sold for $24,000 and a fedora hat worn by Harrison Ford in t...
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The Best And Worst Of Martin Scorsese

February 17th, 2010 9:48am EST
Shutter Island
With Shutter Island about to open, cineasts are holding their collective breath wondering if the latest film from legendary director Martin Scorsese will add to his legacy or continue what some perceive as a decline from the Robert De Niro era to the Leonardo DiCaprio years. Take a look back at the best and worst of Scorsese's four-decades-plus career:

THE WORST

THE COLOR OF MONEY (1986)

Paul Newman and Tom Cruise star in this superfluous sequel to the 1961 pool hall classic, The Hustler. Cruise is in full-on cocky mode (whether that's good or bad is up to you), while Newman seems to...
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Our Favorite Short Celebrities

February 3rd, 2010 2:39pm EST
Reese Witherspoon
In honor of our shortest month, February, we compiled a list of some of our favorite short celebrities - starting with the lovely Reese Witherspoon (5' 2").

Verne Troyer, 2' 8"

Notable Works: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Love Guru

Danny DeVito, 5'

Notable Works: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Be Cool, Drowning Mona, Batman Returns

Gary Coleman, 4' 8"

Notable Works: Diff'rent Strokes

Mickey Rooney, 5' 3"

Notable Works: Boy's Town, Baby Face Nelson, The Black Stallion

Peter Dinklage, 4'5"

Notable Works:...
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The Farrelly Brothers Can Make 'The Three Stooges' Movie Work

May 11th, 2009 11:47am EDT
The Three Stooges
When it comes to being funny, the Farrelly Brothers aren't joking. They've cast two Oscar winners, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro, (neither known for their comedic chops, at least not lately) as the immortal stooges Moe Howard and Larry Fine. They've also cast Jim Carrey as the corpulent Curley Howard. He's being expected to put on a good forty pounds for the role, a feat that's more reminiscent of Robert De Niro's transformation for the film, 'Raging Bull', than any comedy. (Fat suits and Jack Black don't count.) So why are the Farrelly brothers putting so much emphasis on the dramatic sid...
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Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

December 15th, 2008 10:30am EST
Pulse Patrol
Each week the editors at Starpulse will be highlighting the best responses and remarks to news stories and celebrity topics that we've come across.

News Highlights = This week's most encouraging and funny annotations were made on the latest stories on PETA vs. (fill in celebrity name) story, a couple of Fashion WTF’s, and another Booty battle, as well as a Story about Bobby Brown’s alter-ego.

Topic Highlights = There were some welcoming and pleasant remarks made about Emmanuel Lewis and the television show Frasier however, there was no love or affection for Michael Jackson or Pres...
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The Most Underrated & Overrated Films By Martin Scorsese

May 9th, 2008 9:25am EDT
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese. The name, like no other director of the modern era, is completely synonymous with quality. A trailer branded with "A film by Martin Scrosese" instantly becomes a must-see for cinephiles, no matter what clips preceded the title card.

Images of dramatic shootouts scored by classic rock and sharp-tounged dialogue of the underworld enter people's minds when they think of Scorsese. The man has changed much about the way films are made. His use of popular music inspired a generation long before MTV, and the way he made violence pop off the screen was a direct antecedent o...
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The Five Most Underrated & Overrated Sports Movies

April 25th, 2008 8:36am EDT
Rocky III
Sports movies are often beloved but rarely good. It's hard to say why it is so difficult to make a great sports movie. It could be that there is far more drama in actually following sports than there is in watching a dramatized version on film. It could also be that it is so hard to make a sports movie that doesn't seem entirely unrealistic yet is filled with the appropriate amount of drama. Whatever the case, it's about as hard to make a great sports movie as it is to hit a Jake Peavy fastball.

Despite this, it seems more and more sports films are made each year, and even as the qu...
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Considering Sore Subject Matter of 'Chapter 27,' 'Why?' is Only Plausible Reaction

April 22nd, 2008 11:10am EDT
Chapter 27
(Hollowoodchicago.com) – As a contemporary of the John Lennon assassination in 1980 and an ardent admirer of the late Beatle, I had a hard time figuring out the reasons for making the film “Chapter 27”.

Over the years, it has been difficult if not impossible to forgive Mark David Chapman for his wasteful act of murdering Lennon. So why relive the agony through an oblique film exercise and reference to “The Catcher in the Rye,” which is the novel Chapman was reading when captured by police after the shooting?

Jared Leto in Chapter 27

Jared Leto in “Chapter 27”.

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'Elvis Has Left the Building' Microphone, Hollywood Memorabilia Up for Grabs

November 29th, 2005 11:05am EST
Elvis Presley
Auction house Profiles in History is holding a live public auction on Dec. 16 that includes over 350 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia worth $2 Million. The highlight of the auction is the original vintage Shure Brothers model 55S microphone from the Louisiana hayride used by Elvis Presley and through which the famous phrase “Please young people, Elvis has left the building” was first broadcast.

This auction will also include treasures from Hollywood classic films such as Gone With the Wind, Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, My Fair Lady as well as contemporary favorites Star War...
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