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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Princess And The Frog,' 'Invictus' & More

12/7/2009 9:47am EST
Last Tuesday I had the privilege of seeing Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air" and I have to say, it's a brilliant film. Much like he does in "Thank You for Smoking," Reitman takes a character that has the potential to be very unlikable and makes him sympathetic to the audience.

Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is a man whose career involves laying people off around the country, which is a sensitive subject in America given the current economic state. Reitman exercises great care with Bingham, showing us that the man isn't coldhearted. Bingham inspires those he lays off to find new careers ...

'Juno' Director Jason Reitman On His Latest 'Up in the Air'

12/2/2009 10:30am EST
Up in the Air
Up in the Air is the third film from acclaimed director Jason Reitman. After the indie hit Thank You for Smoking and the Oscar-winning Juno, the name Reitman now makes everyone think "Oscar buzz." Reitman himself always thought the name would help him out all along.

"My whole life, people told me nepotism was actually going to pave the way for my career," Reitman joked. "Nepotism let me down."

Instead, the son of comedy hitmaker Ivan Reitman got his start when a different industry's success story gave him a break. "I got a call from my agent saying, 'There's an internet millionaire, ...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Transylmania,' 'Everybody's Fine' & More

11/30/2009 10:04am EST
Tomorrow evening I will have the opportunity to see Jason Reitman's new travel comedy "Up in the Air" starring George Clooney. I have read a number of early favorable reviews of the film, and I really like Reitman's movies, so I'm fairly excited.

Comedy seems to prevail as a common theme this week. At the box office there will be two dramas and three comedies. Two of the films premiering are American adaptations of foreign films. In addition to "Up in the Air" films opening this week include "Armored," "Brothers," "Everybody's Fine," "Serious Moonlight," and "Transylmania."


Actors Who Have Transitioned From TV To Film

8/25/2009 10:00am EDT
Jennifer Garner
For some actors, it is hard to make the crucial transition into film as a television star. Especially if you are typecast as a certain character and most people can't think of you as anyone else (for example, Matt LeBlanc as Joey on Friends). Television actors put their careers on the line when they leave their steady jobs to branch out into the film world, and they either make it or they don't. Here are the top television stars who managed to hold their own in the film world.

Will Smith- Before he was one of the top A-list movie stars, Will Smith was known as the Banks' troublemaking co...

Why is Katie Holmes Still Famous?

8/19/2009 11:51am EDT
Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes owes her career to "Dawson's Creek," cut her real acting teeth in "The Ice Storm," embarrassed herself in movies like "Disturbing Behavior," didn't embarrass herself in "Thank You for Smoking, and even tried her hand at Broadway. But she has yet to do anything that warrants the media's massive favoritism and fixation on her (other than being a very convenient excuse for Tom Cruise, ahem).

Is it her looks?

Some may argue that her looks have gotten her to where she is and kept her there. She did pursue modeling prior to her work as an actress. But take a look at Katie durin...

'The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor' Conquers DVD & Blu-ray Dec. 16

11/10/2008 6:00pm EST
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
The awe-inspiring adventure of the year with breathtaking visual effects is available to own on December 16, 2008 when The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor hits store shelves in a Deluxe two-disc Edition on DVD and Blu-ray™ Hi-Def from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The latest chapter in one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor includes riveting action, non-stop suspense, epic battle scenes, cinematic pyrotechnics and an international all-star cast: Brendan Fraser (Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D), Jet Li (The Forbidden K...

The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters L Through Z

5/29/2008 10:45am EDT
Danny Trejo
Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy." Part Two: Letters L-Z. If you missed the first installment, you can check it out here.

Stubborn General or Muslim, Harry Lennix

Lennix played Lock, the unbelieving general in Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. He appeared in short bursts in TV shows such as Diagnosis Murder and ER before a longer stay on Commander in Chief. He played a Moor in Titus and a Muslim in 24. He is currently s...

Tune In To Cable TV For Top-Notch, Edgy Shows

2/15/2008 2:00pm EST
Showtime's Dexter
There's plenty to watch on network television, but we have long been living in the Golden Age of Cable. Ever since HBO told us, "It's not TV. It's HBO," we've been hooked. Ponying up the money for cable can be difficult, but these channels make it worth the price.

The Veterans:

HBO has lost many of the signature shows that made it a household name. The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under - they were all instrumental in defining HBO as the channel for daring, intelligent and mature programming. But don't write off the channel just yet. While its new series don't quite match the ...

Soundtrack To The Quirky New Film 'Juno' Out January 15

12/12/2007 5:38pm EST
Rhino will release the soundtrack for Juno, a comedy from Fox Searchlight Pictures directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking) and written by Diablo Cody.

Opening in select theaters December 5, the film's soundtrack mixes classic artists, such as The Kinks and Mott The Hoople, with indie faves Sonic Youth and Cat Power. The soundtrack is currently available as a download from digital outlets and will be available for purchase in stores January 15.

The 20-song collection includes eight songs by Kimya Dawson - a featured solo artist as well as member of the groups The Moldy P...

Music From The Movie 'No Reservations' Out July 24

7/14/2007 10:00am EDT
No Reservations
(July 10, 2007- New York, NY) –The new movie, No Reservations, starring Academy Award®-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) and Golden Globe® nominee Aaron Eckhart (Thank You for Smoking), is destined to become the romantic film of the summer. This culinary comedy drama, directed by Oscar-nominated Scott Hicks (Shine), is set in a New York City restaurant and also features Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine). The soundtrack will be released on Decca July 24th.

The recipe for this musical masterpiece starts with a generous helping of Italian arias performed ...

Aaron Eckhart Wins Ray-Ban Visionary Award

1/23/2007 12:03pm EST
Aaron Eckhart
Aaron Eckhart was honored with the 2007 Ray-Ban Visionary Award on Sunday, January 21, in Park City, Utah. The Ray-Ban Visionary Award, established in 2003, honors the work and dedication of an individual who possesses extraordinary passion, creativity and leadership, and whose work showcases vision, imagination and originality.

Aaron Eckhart, a great performer capable of transforming himself as the role requires, starred in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia (2006). He was also gleefully provocative in Thank You for Smoking (2006), playing a spokesman and lobbyist for Big Tobacco who s...

'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Ugly Betty' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Win Big at Golden Globe Awards

1/16/2007 8:24am EST
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:




The Departed

Little Children

The Queen


Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- S...

Rob Lowe Extends His Stay on 'Brothers & Sisters'

1/5/2007 3:02pm EST
Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe extends his role on the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters as a special guest star through the show’s freshman season. Lowe plays conservative Senator Robert McCallister, with whom Kitty Walker has recently formed an unorthodox professional and potentially romantic relationship.

The series returns to the ABC Television Network with original episodes this Sunday, January 7 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET).

The Emmy-nominated Lowe played Sam Seaborn in NBC's award-winning drama series, The West Wing. He most recently starred in the hit satire Thank You for Smoking and the upcoming thrill...

Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #3 Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes

12/25/2006 3:00pm EST
Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes
Much of the hoopla surrounding Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes began in 2005--the whirlwind romance, the couch jumping, the pregnancy and so forth--but the frenzy following the couple was just getting started.

In January, a sex scene from Katie’s Thank You For Smoking was allegedly cut out due to Tom’s objections. The film’s director later defended the actress, saying,“She was cool for doing four days of shooting, where two of those days she's in bed with Aaron Eckhart's character.”

Rumors then began swirling about the scientology birth process. Katie planned to adhere to strict scient...

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

12/14/2006 11:15am EST
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.




The Departed

Little Children

The Queen


Penélope Cruz -- Volver

Judi Dench -- Notes On A Scandal

Maggie Gyllenhaal -- Sherrybaby...

'Little Miss Sunshine,' 'Half Nelson' Top Spirit Award Nominations

11/28/2006 2:19pm EST
Little Miss Sunshine
Don Cheadle and Felicity Huffman just announced the 2007 Spirit Award nominees at a press conference. Nominees for "Best Feature" are American Gun, The Dead Girl, Half Nelson, Little Miss Sunshine and Pan's Labyrinth.

Other major nominations are:


Robert Altman

A Prairie Home Companion

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

Little Miss Sunshine

Ryan Fleck

Half Nelson

Karen Moncrieff

The Dead Girl

Steven Soderbergh



Shareeka Epps

Half Nelson

Catherine O’Hara

For Your Consideration


New Movies on DVD, Oct. 3

10/3/2006 8:00am EDT
X-Men The Last Stand
The explosive X-Men motion picture trilogy officially draws to a close with X-Men: The Last Stand, which tells the tale of a newly discovered mutant "cure" and the polarizing effect it has on mutant/man relations. Also on DVD: media satire Thank You For Smoking and horror film The Woods.

And The Best Film Trailers Are ...

6/13/2006 11:16am EDT
Billed as the world's fastest awards show, the 7th Annual Golden Trailer Awards (GTA) has once again delivered an evening of turbo-charged coming attractions and raucous, cutting-edge comedy. The definitive word in movie previews, the high-profile GTA announced the results of their competition for best trailers in 16 categories.

The Golden Trailer Awards was founded by Evelyn Brady and Monica Brady in New York City in 1999 and has grown to become one of the most anticipated film events of the year. And the winners are:

Best Action Winner

Mission: Impossible III, Paramount Pictur...

Tom Cruise Cut Topless Scene From 'Thank You For Smoking'

5/8/2006 9:48am EDT
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise has ordered topless scenes of his fiancée Katie Holmes to be cut from her latest film. The Mission: Impossible III actor insists the actress' sexy stripping scenes in 'Thank You For Smoking' go against his strict Scientology beliefs, which instruct followers to act with decency and integrity.

A source said: "Tom wasn't too pleased when he found out about Katie. She flashed quite a lot of flesh and he didn't think it was appropriate because of their Scientology beliefs. Katie was happy to go along with it."

The brunette's raunchy sex scene with Aaron Eckhart was included...

Did Tom Cruise Object to "Thank You for Smoking" Sex Scene?

1/25/2006 9:21am EST
Katie Holmes
A steamy sex scene between Katie Holmes and Aaron Eckhart has been cut from new movie 'Thank You for Smoking' - sparking speculation Tom Cruise objected to it. Holmes, who plays an investigative reporter, and Eckhart, who plays a tobacco lobbyist, had filmed a racy romp for the film.

The sexy scene was still included in the film when it debuted at last year's Toronto Film Festival. But it has now vanished from the version shown at the Sundance Film Festival - causing some to wonder if Holmes' fiancé, Tom Cruise, used his influence to remove the footage.

A spokeswoman for Fox Searc...