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The Best of A Decade : The18 Greatest Movies Of 2000-2009

4/19/2014 4:00pm EDT
The Best of A Decade :  The18 Greatest Movies Of 2000-2009
It may have been just a few years since these films were released, but the early seminal films of the 21st century have been able to hold their own against Hollywood heavyweight classics. From Roman gladiator epics to unconventional family road trips and all the hamburger phones, bottles of Merlot and deadly coin flips inbetween, the films of the early aught's first decade have already made a strong case for cinematic storytelling in the new millenium. Here are the best movies of 2000-2009.

Gladiator (2000)

Ridley Scott’s thrilling Roman battle epic about revenge and redemption surely ent...

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy To Get Inside A Teenager's Head For 'Catching Fire'

3/10/2012 10:30am EST
Simon Beaufoy
Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy is beginning to feel the pressure after signing on to adapt the second "Hunger Games" book into a screenplay.

The Brit, who won gold at the Academy Awards for his "Slumdog Millionaire" script, took on the project because he thought author Suzanne Collins' novel was "interesting" - but now he realizes he has the book's avid fans to satisfy.

He tells WENN, "I'm working on Catching Fire, which is the second in the Hunger Games trilogy. I took this on in a rather naive way thinking, 'This is a really interesting book,' not realizing that the entire tee...

Freida Pinto Sizzles In The April Issue Of Esquire UK

3/5/2012 9:12pm EST
Freida Pinto
Immortals star Freida Pinto is the subject of a new photoshoot for the April issue of the UK edition of Esquire magazine.

Pinto - who recently revealed that the bare backside seen in the film during a steamy sex scene isn't hers - stars in Trishna, an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" opening this week in the U.K.

"It wasn't really my butt. It was a butt double," she tells Eonline. "I'm relieved I don't have to deal with that issue."

But as it turns out, she did have to "deal with that issue" as she's set to appear nude in Trishna.

"It was hard but it was a small ...

'The Huger Games' Sequel Secures Director And Writer

1/17/2012 11:49am EST
Catching Fire Secures Director And Writer
The rumours are now official: Simon Beaufoy will write Catching Fire, the second instalment in the much anticipated Hunger Games franchise. Lionsgate successfully hired the Oscar winning English scriptwriter, who has wrote for an impressive number of bestselling films, including 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire.

Gary Ross, the director and co-writer of The Hunger Games, will return to adapt the second novel in Susan Collins’ popular trilogy and supervise the script. A release date for the sequel has already been scheduled for the 22nd of November, 2013, even though the first film does not...

Freida Pinto: 'It Wasn't Really My Butt'

11/9/2011 3:31pm EST
Freida Pinto
Modest actress Freida Pinto requested a body double for one steamy scene in new movie epic Immortals because she refused to bare her backside.

The Slumdog Millionaire star plays a priestess who romances Henry Cavill's character Theseus, the king of Athens, in the film.

The two stars' characters enjoy a tryst in the movie - but Pinto reveals it isn't her backside cinemagoers will see in their love scene.

She tells, "It wasn't really my butt. It was a butt double. I'm relieved I don't have to deal with that issue."

Q&A: Danny Boyle Talks 'Trainspotting' Sequel Plans With Original Cast, His Films, Plus Bonus Blu-ray Review

9/12/2011 3:00pm EDT
Danny Boyle
If there is one filmmaker who I could proudly proclaim as the best and most diverse director working today, hands down it’s Danny Boyle. His amazing originality, ability to re-invent himself with each movie and sheer eclectic vibe of his body of work makes Boyle a filmmaking force to be reckoned with, bar none. One of his early calling cards is hitting glorious Blu-ray via Lionsgate on Sept. 13 in the form of one five-star "Trainspotting: Collector’s Edition" and I don’t mind saying not only does it look picture perfect, it’s chocked so full of extras that it might as well have been a box...

Freida Pinto Criticized For Shunning Movie Roles In Native India

7/19/2011 9:18pm EDT
Freida Pinto
Actress Freida Pinto has been forced to defend herself from critics in her native India over allegations she has turned her back on Bollywood.

Pinto rose to international fame in 2008's Slumdog Millionaire and she has since appeared in a string of Hollywood and American indie projects such as Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and the upcoming films Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Immortals.

But the Mumbai-born actress' blossoming film success is resented back home by critics, who feel she should be appearing in more Indian movies.

She tells Interview magazine, "I haven'...

Freida Pinto Defends Her Racy Magazine Photoshoot

3/28/2011 12:37pm EDT
Freida Pinto
Actress Freida Pinto has defended her racy photoshoot for a men's magazine, insisting it was her decision to pose for the pictures.

The Slumdog Millionaire star raised eyebrows last year with a series of racy shots for the U.S. version of GQ, including several images of her sprawled across a bed in her underwear.

Gossips speculated that the photo-shoot was a deliberate attempt to shake off her 'nice-girl' image - and Pinto has now spoken out to stress she was not manipulated into taking part.

She tells Britain's You magazine, "The decision to do those pictures was mine. I definitely k...

Slum Home Of 'Slumdog Millionaire' Stars' Burned Down

3/5/2011 10:00am EST
Slumdog Millionare
The Mumbai, India, slum where the young stars of Slumdog Millionaire once lived has been destroyed by fire.

No major casualties have been reported but 15 of the Gareeb Nagar shanty houses, where impoverished Indians lived, have burned to the ground.

According to local reports, the blaze began on Friday evening.

Young stars Azharuddin and Rubina, who played the main characters in the Danny Boyle film as kids, lived in the slum until the success of the film allowed them to move out with their families.

Freida Pinto Unrecognized In Indian Slums

12/13/2010 1:26pm EST
Freida Pinto
Actress Freida Pinto was left stunned on a recent charity visit to Mumbai's slums - because nobody recognized her.

The star was thrust into the spotlight following the success of 2008's Slumdog Millionaire and she's since used her fame to raise awareness of the poor living conditions of many in the Indian city, where she hails from.

She embarked on a trip to the rundown areas with a non-governmental organization (NGO) recently, but none of the residents recognized her from the movie - surrounding her boyfriend and co-star Dev Patel instead.

Pinto tells Britain's Sunday Times Magazine,...

Freida Pinto's Legs Go On Forever In Hot 'GQ' Photo Shoot

9/16/2010 2:27pm EDT
Freida Pinto
Freida Pinto sizzles in a GQ photo shoot while wearing high-heels and a short dress. She also talked about her career and how it suddenly exploded thanks to Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire - and how she plans to move on and continue acting.

While Slumdog Millionaire brought Freida Pinto and her boyfriend Dev Patel world-wide fame, the non-stop coverage brought her down: "I felt like people almost got fed up with seeing our faces splattered all over the place," before later saying, "I was like, 'Damn it! I'm not going to get anything serious after [Slumdog Millionaire]!"

Despite her own ...

Dev Patel Frustrated By 'Stereotypical' Scripts

8/9/2010 10:30am EDT
Dev Patel
Dev Patel is aggravated by the lack of substantial roles for Asian actors in Hollywood, insisting he's bombarded with scripts asking him to play "terrorists" or "geeks".

The London-born actor is currently jobless following parts in Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire and M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender - and insists he's holding out for a role which challenges him.

He says, "Because Slumdog was such a big hit, there was a lot of pressure in terms of what I did next. For my second film I wanted a role that would stretch me, but all I was getting offered were stereotypical parts lik...

Freida Pinto's Glamorous Green Gown - Hot Or Not?

7/1/2010 12:14pm EDT
Frieda Pinto
Freida Pinto arrived at "The Last Airbender" New York City premiere on Wednesday in a vibrant green dress. We think she looks fresh and foxy. What do you think?

Meanwhile, actor Dev Patel has laughed off rumors he has secretly proposed to her.

The "Slumdog Millionaire" stars grew close during filming of the hit movie and confirmed their romance last year. In May, the couple sparked speculation they were preparing to tie the knot when they were spotted in a bakery looking at wedding cakes.

But Patel is adamant they aren't planning their big day - and he's had to deny the rumors to his mot...

Freida Pinto: I'm Too Young To Be A Bond Girl'

4/7/2010 11:56am EDT
Freida Pinto
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto is "flattered" by rumors linking her to a role in the new 007 movie - but insists she's not "beautiful" enough to play a Bond girl.

Pinto was recently reported to have signed up to play Daniel Craig's love interest in the next James Bond blockbuster, which will be directed by Sam Mendes. A representative for the actress dismissed the rumors, confirming Pinto has "not been approached" by Bond bosses.

And the Indian beauty, 25, is convinced she would be the wrong choice for a role in the super-spy franchise.

She tells Britain's OK! magazine, "It was...

Freida Pinto's Rep Denies Bond Role

3/23/2010 8:49am EDT
Freida Pinto
A spokesperson for Freida Pinto has denied reports the actress has signed up to be Daniel Craig's next Bond girl.

British tabloids last week fueled speculation that the "Slumdog Millionaire" star has been chosen to appear in the next 007 movie, which will be directed by Sam Mendes and set in Afghanistan.

A source told the Daily Mirror, "Freida was always the dream Bond girl, but initially she was nervous about accepting it. This is going to be the most ambitious 007 yet."

However, Pinto's rep has dismissed the stories, insisting movie bosses have not asked the actress to star in the a...

Freida Pinto The Next Bond Girl?

3/21/2010 11:00am EDT
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Freida Pinto has signed up to be Daniel Craig's next Bond girl, according to a U.K. report.

The actress rose to international stardom in 2008's Slumdog Millionaire alongside her offscreen lover Dev Patel.

Now Pinto is set to appear in the upcoming 007 movie, which is to be directed by Sam Mendes and will be set in Afghanistan, reports Britain's Daily Mirror.

Meanwhile, American actress Olivia Wilde is reportedly in talks to star as the second Bond girl in the 23rd outing of the spy franchise.

A source tells the publication, "Sam (Mendes) has been talking about Bond for months now...

Rep: Joaquin Phoenix Will Not Play Edgar Allen Poe

3/14/2010 9:00am EDT
A representative for Joaquin Phoenix has shot down reports the star is preparing to return to the big screen as Edgar Allen Poe.

Slumdog Millionaire sound designer Resul Pookutty claimed earlier this week that Phoenix was tuning his back on his newfound rap career to head back to filmmaking.

He told India's Mumbai Mirror the star had signed up to play iconic American writer and poet Poe in an upcoming movie.

But Pookutty's claims have been dismissed by Phoenix's rep, who tells the star will not be appearing in the picture.

The Walk The Line actor quit Hollywood last year, ...

Joaquin Phoenix Comes Out Of Retirement To Play Poe

3/12/2010 11:50am EST
Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix's rap career has been put on hold - he will return to the big screen as Edgar Allen Poe, according to Oscar-winning sound engineer Resul Pookutty.

The "Walk The Line" actor quit Hollywood last year, announcing plans to focus on becoming a hip-hop star. He disappeared from the spotlight, only emerging for a string of bizarre TV interviews, which saw him sporting a scraggly beard and giving one-word replies to questions, and a couple of disastrous gigs.

However, "Slumdog Millionaire" sound designer Pookutty has revealed Phoenix is heading back to acting to play iconic Ame...

Can 'The Wolfman' Live Up To These Werewolf Movies?

2/12/2010 1:11pm EST
The Wolfman
The Wolfman, inspired by the classic Universal film, premieres in theaters today. It continues the tradition of films based on lycanthropy since Werewolf of London in 1935. There has been a plethora of werewolf films since, and here are some particularly memorable ones.

Dog Soldiers: Like 28 Days Later, Dog Soldiers was a gritty horror movie from overseas that helped resurrect the genre for another decade. Dog Soldiers also helped boost its director's career - Neil Marshall has since directed horror films The Descent and Doomsday. 28 Days Later's director, Danny Boyle, has since helmed h...

37 Hottest Female Stars Of 2009

12/29/2009 9:09am EST
Hottest female stars of 2009
The women of Hollywood and music sizzled in 2009. There was no shortage of hot celebrity women on television, on the big screen, or in our playlists. But who were the hottest of them all? Check out our list of 37 of the hottest women of 2009, and tell us if you agree!


Sienna Miller made us thankful for leather in G.I. Joe, and Emma Watson is growing up into a fine young woman. Zoe Saldana made Star Trek more sexy than geeky.

See more photos of Sienna Miller here!

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'(500) Days Of Summer' & Other Films With Great Impromptu Music Scenes

12/21/2009 10:15pm EST
500 Days of Summer
(500) Days of Summer was one of the best movies of the year. The Golden Globe nominated film will be released on DVD on December 22nd

, and for those who haven't seen it - we recommend you check it out.

We especially love the musical scene where Joseph Gordon-Levitt charms the audience with his dance moves to Hall & Oates "You Make My Dreams Come True." His character, Tom, falls head over heels in love with Zooey Deschanel's character, Summer, and what better way to express his love than in song? When he thinks about her he wants to sing and dance and everyone else is as happy as he is...

The Ten Greatest Movies Of The Decade

12/17/2009 9:30am EST
The Ten Greatest Movies Of The Decade
So far, we've given you lists of the Ten Greatest TV Shows, Songs, and Albums of the decade. Now it's time to turn our focus to the Silver Screen.

This decade, moviemaking became incredibly fractured. After the Indie Boom of the nineties there suddenly wasn't much of a difference between an independent/art film and the mainstream movies from blockbuster studios. Many of these studios were now attempting to make their own indies, blurring the lines and resulting in more failures than successes.

Of course, there were still plenty of good movies to go around. The following is a list ...

Adam Lambert's Debut Album, 'For Your Entertainment', Out Monday, Nov. 23

11/17/2009 5:00pm EST
Adam Lambert For Your Entertainment
With his out-of-this-world vocal range and unique musical style, Adam Lambert is the ultra-glam, rock superstar that has America hooked. On Monday, Nov 23, Adam will unleash one of the most highly anticipated debut albums, "For Your Entertainment," on 19 Recordings/RCA. The record garnered contributions from such innovative artists as Lady Gaga, P!nk, Muse, Justin Hawkins formerly of The Darkness and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer.

Millions of fans watched Lambert's stunning performances on the eighth season of "American Idol" and now those millions of fans are waiting for the release of the al...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 18

10/18/2009 3:00am EDT
Zac Efron
Happy Birthday to:

High School Musical star Zac Efron (1987)

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto (1984)

R&B star Ne-Yo (1982)

Belgian martial arts actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960)

Indian actor Om Puri (1950)

Mork & Mindy actress Pam Dawber (1951)

Film soundtrack composer Howard Shore (1946)

Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (1944)

Everybody Loves Raymond actor Peter Boyle (1935; d. 2006)

Patton portrayer George C. Scott (1927; d. 1999)

German actor Klaus Kinski (1926; d. 1991)

Rock & roller Chuck Berry (1926)

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Director Neill Blomkamp Gives Us Insight On The Intense Sci-fi Thriller 'District 9'

8/3/2009 10:36am EDT
"District 9" rose up -- as writer and director Neill Blomkamp likes to say -- from the ashes of the failed "Halo" project that Neill was set to direct. As a result, he was pretty much given carte blanch on what he wanted do with "District 9." The South African native sat down with us in Midtown Manhattan to discuss what some (Hello!) are calling an instant sci-fi classic and the very real social issues that drive the film.

Mike: Someone asked me what I thought of "District 9" but to only use ten words because they didn't want to know too much. I just used the word "intense" ten times.


Blockbusters, Comedies & Animated Films To Benefit From New Oscar Rule

6/25/2009 9:34am EDT
The Hangover
In a move that had everybody checking their calendars to make sure it wasn't still April 1, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced that this year there will be TEN Best Picture nominees instead of the five-film shortlist that's existed since 1944.

So what does this mean exactly? That is, apart from the additional five minutes of clips at the Oscar show and the inevitable surprise of a bleary-eyed Oscar Nominee presenter who realizes they aren't finished after reading the name of the fifth film off the TelePrompTer? Plenty.

The Animation Rule No Longer Applies...

Megan Fox Named World's Sexiest Woman By FHM For Second Straight Year - Hot Pictures Of The Top 10!

6/23/2009 12:15pm EDT
Megan Fox
Transformers: Rise of the Fallen star Megan Fox has retained the title of World's Sexiest Woman, as polled by FHM. She becomes only the second woman to do so, after Jennifer Lopez pulled it off in 2001 and 2002. Hot pictures of the ladies of the Top 10 after the break!

#10: Katy Perry

The only thing hotter than Katy's looks may be her music. After taking the Best International Female Artist prize at the 2009 BRIT Awards, her first two singles "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot N Cold" were certified three-time platinum for sales over three million - each!

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'Twilight' Lands 12 Teen Choice Nominations

6/15/2009 2:44pm EDT
Twilight Teen Choice
Vampire love story Twilight is leading the charge for the 2009 Teen Choice Awards' nominations with an impressive 12 nods.

The blood-sucking film has been named in the Choice Movie: Romance and Choice Movie: Drama categories, where it will face stiff competition from Tom Hanks' Angels and Demons, Brad Pitt's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Beyonce Knowles' Obsessed and Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire.

And its stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart - who are at work on the franchise's second installment New Moon - have earned recognition for their own efforts, in categori...

Best Space Movies

6/12/2009 9:53am EDT
The subject of space is a difficult one in terms of selecting films. Qualifying elements are somewhat subjective. Does the film have to take place in space? Must it include aliens? Does a mere reference to space, or different planets, make it a "space" film? In short, is it merely a subgenre of science fiction? Space and science fiction, while not mutually exclusive, can occur without the other.

In celebration of the release of one of the newest and most promising space films, Moon, check out a brief list of our favorite space films. What you will find below is a mix of films t...

Katee Sackhoff, Freddie Prinze Jr. & Others Join '24'

6/9/2009 1:58pm EDT
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Katee Sackhoff, Freddie Prinze Jr., Mykelti Williamson, John Boyd, Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris Diamantopoulos have joined the cast of 24 for the series' eighth season.

The Emmy Award-winning drama starring Kiefer Sutherland returns for its next astonishing day with a two-night, four-hour premiere beginning Sunday, Jan. 17 (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Season Eight will unfold in New York City amidst the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. In this new day, CTU has been upgraded and is run by MBA-schooled and razor-sharp head honcho Brian Hastings (Williamson)...