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Free Outdoor Screening In LA of Pixar's 'Up' w/Ed Asner!

8/7/2015 12:00pm EDT
Free Outdoor Screening In LA of Pixar's 'Up' w/Ed Asner!
Love Pixar? Have kids? On a budget? How about a little early animated Pixar Los Angeles red carpet fun for the whole family free of charge?

Flicks for Fans and the Westwood Improvement Association are prepared to lift your expectations with their awesome free outdoor screening on the amazing Pixar film "Up!" Taking place on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 7pm in Westwood, this event which is part of the 'Cinema Under The Stars: Red Carpet Series' is just what kids and parents ordered as a fun before school starts outing! Featuring "Up" playing on a jumbo outdoor screen, hosted by Jimmy ...
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A Special Los Angeles Movie Event

7/6/2015 12:30pm EDT
Red Carpet Series
Looking for an explosive big summer movie special event to take family or friends to in Los Angeles…for free?

Well then Flicks for Fans and the Westwood Village Improvement Association have you covered with the new outdoor movie screenings - “Westwood Village Cinema Under the Stars: Red Carpet Series” hosted by James Oster aka 'Jimmy O' from Joblo.com. Free featured films include “Independence Day” on July 20 and Pixar’s “UP” on August 10 both starting at 8pm.

Both films in this series, “Independence Day” and Pixar’s “UP” had their Red Carpet Premiere’s at the famed Westwood Villag...
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Future Of 'Up' House Is Grim

7/1/2015 9:37am EDT
Up
The days are numbered for a tiny home in Seattle that resembles the house from the 2009 Pixar film "Up." The property was previously owned by Edith Macefield, who made headlines a decade ago after refusing to sell the 600-square-foot home to make room for commercial development. She was offered $1 million to sell the home, which was built in 1900.

Retailers wound up building large retail stores around the property (check out the incredible photo on the New York Times).

Macefield died in 2008 at the age of 86. An investment management company obtained the home following a mortgage default...
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These Movies Are Blatant Rip-Offs

2/22/2015 5:00pm EST
Movies You Didn't Know Were Blatant Rip-Offs
It may surprise you to learn this, but Hollywood is not a shining hub of moral righteousness. Sure, your average motion picture industry worker probably isn't a serial killer (probably...), but there's been plenty of times when the movie business has stomped on the little guy's toes.

Or ripped off the little guy's movie to make basically the same thing, but with a bigger budget.

Click ahead, and you'll discover which very large blockbuster pics- some beloved, some almost instantly forgotten- are really blatant rip-offs of something that came before. We'd like to think that at least one of...
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10 Saddest Deaths In Kids' Movies

9/1/2014 9:46pm EDT
Scar
Most movies aimed at children over the years teach important life lessons that the kids can use to make the right decision when they grow older. The movies often end with the protagonist learning some tired and true fact about how you should always follow your heart or be honest and kind.

In a lot of those same movies though, it's often the journey of how the character arrived at that life lesson that is just as remembered, especially if the events along the way were traumatic. Disney and other companies have not been afraid to put some very adult-like developments into their children's fi...
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12 Movie Deaths That Really Traumatized Audiences

4/26/2014 4:00pm EDT
Star Wars
Losing a loved one is a traumatic emotional experience for people of any age. And even though the explosive and violent deaths we watch in movies are make believe, there are a select group of characters whose fictional passing caused a real life waterworks overflow. From the animated deaths seen in Disney's undying classics to the sci-fi trekkers whose sacrifices showcased the best of humanity, these characters were gone but not long forgotten. Gather your tissues and get ready to empty your tear ducts, because here are the 12 most traumatic movie deaths witnessed on screen.

Obi Wan Kenobi...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Up 3D'

12/6/2012 11:00am EST
Up
Flying high...in 3D? We’re hitching a ride on the balloon house express and checking out the new to Blu-ray "Up 3D" out Dec. 4 from Pixar/Walt Disney Home Entertainment. The house and review land below!

Title: "Up 3D"

Grade: 1

Cast: Voices of Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai

Director: Pete Docter

Rating: PG

Runtime: 96 minutes

Release Company: Pixar/Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Website: www.DisneyBluray3D.com

The Flick: "Up" is a film that starts off very different and unique from the other Pixar films before it. It dares to get a little deep, sad and even s...
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Must-Have Disney Pixar Classics 'Finding Nemo' And 'Up' Arrive On Blu-ray 3D Dec. 4

12/2/2012 8:41am EST
Finding Nemo and Up Blu-ray 3D
Just in time for the holidays Disney/Pixar is releasing not one, but two of its classic films in all-new five-disc Blu-ray 3D combo packs on Tuesday, December 4 -- and they're both absolute necessities for any collector or Disney fan: Finding Nemo and Up.

Arguably two of the best Pixar films ever, each five-disc set includes its respective film in enough formats to watch them simultaneously throughout your home -- Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy. An added Blu-ray bonus disc with even more features highlights each set, for a fully immersible (no pun intended) viewing experience ...
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'Beauty And The Beast' Stars: Where Are They Now?

10/1/2010 9:37am EDT
Robby Benson
Possibly Disney's crowning jewel in the company's "renaissance" -- the period from the late '80s to the late '90s that produced wildly popular and widely acclaimed animated flicks that became classics -- "Beauty and the Beast" is being released on DVD and Blu-ray in a combo pack on October 5.

The combo pack includes all kinds of goodies and extras: fully-restored footage (it's the first time it'll be in high def), a sing-along mode, games, a virtual tour of the castle, deleted scenes (including a never-before-seen one), and more.

Until last year's "Up," 1991's "Beauty and the Beast" was...
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Best Family Movies

7/21/2010 10:07am EDT
u
It's the summertime, which means that the kiddies are out of school and need to be entertained nightly at home instead of doing homework. What other way to bond as a family then to make a batch of popcorn, snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie that the whole clan can enjoy. Here are Starpulse's picks for the best family movies to enjoy this summer.

Toy Story- The third installment of Pixar's brilliant story about Woody the cowboy and Buzz the space ranger is in theaters and has received great reviews this summer. If your family is still not caught up with the first two, then get start...
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'And The Winner Is...'

3/7/2010 7:29pm EST
Oscars 2010
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a throwback to more competitive days, Academy Award presenters rehearsed the line "and the winner is ..." instead of the blander "and the Oscar goes to ..." for Sunday's show.

The last time the language was used officially was for the 60th Academy Awards in 1988, when "The Last Emperor" won for best picture. The following year, show producer Allan Carr changed the wording, although some presenters ignored the new guidelines.

"His goal was to make it not seem as competitive," said Lucia Schultz, the motion picture academy's librarian. Other awards shows also followed ...
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Wolfgang Puck Gets Ready For Oscar's Big Night (Photos)

3/6/2010 1:00pm EST
2010 Academy Awards
Wolfgang Puck and a whole lot of other folks are busting their humps getting ready for Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. The following images will give you a bit of a look into what goes on behind the scenes and the amount of planning that goes into Tinseltown's biggest event of the year.

Here, Chef Puck is readying some of his world-famous cuisine at the Oscar Food and Beverage Preview while the red carpet is rolled out along Hollywood Boulevard in anticipation for the bevy of A-listers (and not A-listers) to rub elbows and answer countless "what...
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'Avatar' Leads Visual Effects Awards

3/1/2010 5:00pm EST
Avatar
Avatar landed another six trophies over the weekend - dominating the Visual Effects Society's eighth annual VES Awards. James Cameron's Oscar-nominated blockbuster was the big winner at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday after scoring nominations in 11 categories.

The film scooped six awards including the prize for Best Single Visual Effect of the Year and Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature. Cameron was also presented with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony. Sherlock Holmes, Up and District 9 also won trophies at the event.

Meanwhile, German d...
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'The Hurt Locker' Wins Big At BAFTAs; Kristen Stewart Wins Popularity Prize

2/22/2010 8:42am EST
Kristen Stewart Looking hot At BAFTAs
The Hurt Locker stole the show at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday night - scooping six trophies including Best Film and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow. The war thriller also won prizes for original screenplay, cinematography, editing, and sound during the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.

Accepting her award for Best Director, Bigelow said, "What an honor, especially to be in this room filled with so many incredibly talented people that I've admired and been inspired by for decades."

Colin Firth saw off Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Ge...
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Jonas Brothers Lead Kids' Choice Award Nominations

2/17/2010 9:21am EST
Jonas Brothers Lead Kids
Joe Jonas and his brother Nick will battle it out at the upcoming Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards after both were nominated for a top honor. The siblings received nods in the Favorite TV Actor category for their roles in Disney show JONAS- but face tough competition from twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse, who star in The Suite Life on Deck.

Disney queen Miley Cyrus is up against her pal Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place), Miranda Cosgrove (Icarly) and Keke Palmer (True Jackson VP) for the Favorite TV Actress award - but her hit series Hannah Montana has been sensationally snubbed in the...
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82nd Oscar Nomination Reaction: The Snubs, Surprises & Who Shouldn't Have Been Nominated

2/2/2010 3:34pm EST
82nd Oscar Surprises, Snubs & Who Shouldn
And there were ten.

It seems kind of strange to say that, right? Ten Best Picture nominees? We knew it was coming for nearly a year, but now it's actually there. In Black and white. Ten nominees. Strange.

After seeing the list, it's easy to see that the Academy might be on to something. Sure, it would have gotten the biggest blockbuster of all time with "Avatar" earning a Best Picture nomination if there were only five nominees, but it would have missed out on other massive hits like "The Blind Side", "Up", and "District 9".

Now, the telecast is going to get a lot more casual...
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'Avatar' & 'The Hurt Locker' Nominated For 9 Academy Awards Each - See Full List Of Nominees!

2/2/2010 8:57am EST
2010 Oscar Nominations
James Cameron's science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war thriller "The Hurt Locker" lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and best director.

This year the Oscars are featuring 10 best-picture contenders instead of the usual five. The other eight are: District 9, Up, Inglourious Basterds, The Blind Side, Up in the Air, A Serious Man, An Education and Precious.

Best Picture: "Avatar," ''The Blind Side," ''District 9," ''An Education," ''The Hurt Locker," ''Inglourious Basterds," ''Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," ''A Serious M...
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Get Ready For This Year's Expanded Version Of The Oscars

1/30/2010 7:32am EST
Up in the Air
The Academy Awards are almost upon us, and nominations will be announced Feb. 2. Previously, this marathon award ceremony didn't mean much to those of us who love movies that twist your mind like "Momento" or make you cry with laughter like "The Hangover."

Movies that push the limits of comprehension, test our ability to keep watching, and make us pee our pants instead usually earn something like an MTV Movie Award, not an Academy Award.

Offbeat films deserve a little recognition even if they're not Oscar-worthy. These films don't fit into the genres that tend to win big-name awards...
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Golden Globes 2010 Highlights

1/18/2010 9:43am EST
Golden Globes Recap
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Ricky Gervais, were held last night at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. A little rain didn't stop the party and the stars walked the red carpet

in their couture dresses, bling and umbrellas. The devastating earthquake in Haiti was a big topic of conversation on the red carpet as stars wore red ribbons in support and talked about their donation efforts.

Silver, purple, gray and glittery dresses dominated the carpet as the stars filtered into the awards. Lead Actress nominee Sandra Bullock looked amazing in a sheer pur...
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Va Va Voom! Kristen Chenoweth Show Some Cleavage & Legs At The Critics Choice Awards

1/16/2010 10:06am EST
Kristen Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth hosted the 15th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards last night in Los Angeles, and she looked fab! What do you think of the blonde beauty? See more photos after the jump!

Avatar, The Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds were the critics' picks last night after scoring 11 prizes between them.

"Avatar" claimed six honors, "Inglourious Basterds" picked up three and "The Hurt Locker" doubled up with two of the event's biggest awards for Best Directing and Best Picture.

Nine was the night's big flop - the musical was completely shut out, despite scoring 10 nominations l...
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Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade

12/18/2009 9:39am EST
Greatest Entertainers of the Decade
This week, we've brought you the Ten Greatest TV Shows, Songs, Albums and Movies of the Decade. Now it's time to roll it all into one with the Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade.

This was a decade where entertainment became increasingly fractured. With 500 channels 500 bazillion websites and every medium on-demand, bringing together any significant chunk of people to one thing was a true sign of greatness. In an era when nobody had to agree - making them agree took something beyond the level of entertainer we saw in the past.

With that in mind, here are the Ten Greatest Entert...
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'Up In The Air,' 'Nine' Lead Golden Globe Nominations

12/15/2009 9:19am EST
Up in the Air
The 67th annual Golden Globe nominations were just announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

"Up in the Air" leads the pack with six mentions, including best picture, drama. The musical "Nine" ran second with five nominations, including best musical or comedy and acting slots for Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

The Golden Globes, Hollywood's second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, will be presented Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by comic actor Ricky Gervais.

BEST FEATURE - DRAMA
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25 Top Movies Of 2009 (So Far)

11/26/2009 9:44am EST
2009
As with every year there are dozens of great movies but there are even more really bad ones. 2009 will be marked by Quentin Tarantino and Sacha Baron Cohen comebacks along with a bevy of bad movies, highlighted by Megan Fox's performance in Jennifer's Body. There were plenty of good movies and we may have the most fun making fun of the bad and helpless ones, but let's take a look at the best movies of 2009.

Most blockbuster movies are filled with overrated stars (i.e. Will Smith and Tom Cruise) and are seemingly contrived, made only to make money. Thankfully this year there were not as ...
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'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' Isn't Deep, But It's Entertaining

9/16/2009 11:16am EDT
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
An animated film described as "a kids movie that the parents will enjoy" is becoming a bit of a hackneyed characterization. Really, what animated film in 2009 isn't described like that? And lately it's not even true. Are "Wall-E" and "Up" really kids films? Wouldn't it be better to describe those films as "parent films that kids will enjoy ?"

The underlying messages in recent Pixar films are too broad to ignore or simply write off as kid films. Is it even possible to have a children's film today without some deep-seated communiqué about saving the planet? Enter "Cloudy With a Chance of ...
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Is Excessive CGI And No Plot Becoming A Trend In Movies?

9/10/2009 11:14am EDT
Transformers 2
A few weeks ago I got to see 15 minutes of James Cameron's "Avatar" on the IMAX in 3D, and it was some of the best CGI ever seen on the big screen. For years Cameron has promised a big comeback and at least visually this movie looks like it will truly deliver when it comes out in December. And yet ... what little they revealed of the plot felt contrived, and the dialogue was stiff. A soldier sneaking undercover in another society and then falling in love with this new culture and trying to make peace between the two nations. Viewers have seen that before, but what makes "Avatar" different h...
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Summer Movie Awards Part 2: Best Film, Worst Title & More

9/10/2009 10:00am EDT
Bruno
The summer movie season is finally at its end. Yesterday we listed Part 1 of the first annual "Summer Movie Awards" in categories such as: surprise hit, the bomb nobody noticed, indie hit, and most disappointing. Check out more films that deserve to be recognized for their summer performances:

The Death by Twitter Award

Winner: "Bruno"

This movie made more than 20 percent of its gross in the first night. After that evening, the Twiterrati hit their little squawk box to spread the word that there was far too much spreading of limbs in this bit of borderline pornography. The resul...
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'Star Trek' Tops Spike TV 'Scream 2009' Awards With 17 Noms

9/7/2009 12:00pm EDT
Star Trek XI
"Resistance is futile" this October as Spike TV presents the fourth annual "Scream," the first and only global event of its kind to honor the best in sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic genres. Taping on Saturday, October 17 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, "Scream 2009" celebrates the hottest films, TV shows, comics, actors, creators, icons and pioneers who have influenced and shaped the industry. This year's show will also continue the tradition of featuring exclusive World Premieres from some of the most anticipated movies of 2010. The two-hour extravaganza will premiere on Spi...
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Summer Sets Box Office Record With Help From 'Transformers,' 'Potter' & More

9/1/2009 10:18am EDT
Transformers
2009 has become the highest-grossing summer ever at the domestic box office, according to Variety.com.

Through August. 30, summer box office revenues were $4.17 billion, compared to $4.16 billion for summer 2007, the previous record holder. Labor Day weekend should add another $100 million or more to the total tally, meaning the summer would be up at least 3 percent in grosses over 2007.

The heavy hitters? "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" ($399.4 million), "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" ($294.3 million) and "Up" ($289.6 million).

Films that performed significantly be...
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Sarah's Cinema Musings: This Summer's Hits & Misses

8/3/2009 9:52am EDT
The Ugly Truth
Ok, we are almost through the summer season of film, and I, for one, feel like I am trying to resuscitate an almost dead corpse. Sure, there were hits, good films, and technical blockbuster hits, but were they really great or just great within their summer context?

The Blockbusters

Just because a movie generates revenue at the box office does not necessarily translate into a successful well-loved film. X-Men Origins: Wolverine for instance, didn't exactly start the season off with a bang. Star Trek was loved by both fans and non-fans; something that was a bit of a worry before th...
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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...
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