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Is John Cusack Believable As Edgar Allen Poe? Watch 'The Raven' Trailer & Find Out

October 7th, 2011 9:03am EDT
The Raven
Upon discovering that a psychotic serial killer has been using his writings as inspiration, legendary author Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) joins forces with a bright, young Baltimore detective to catch the maniac and end his reign of terror in "The Raven."

Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) was investigating a vicious murder when he realized the crime scene bore a striking resemblance to a mystery story that was just published in the local newspaper. The author of that ominous tale was Edgar Allan Poe, a brilliant young writer whose status as a social outcast catches the attention of the...

Smarter Than The Average Movie Star Natalie Portman Turns 30

June 9th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Natalie Portman
“I'd rather be smart than a movie star,” Natalie Portman once said. ...Turns out she’s both.

The young actress has always been a fascinating contradiction. Youthful in appearance, yet always so mature in her choices, her acting and her lifestyle. A child star who was never childish, (even at just 12 years of age in Leon), she has a natural maturity far beyond any of her peers. Which is why she’s lasted where others have crashed and burned.

Discovered by an agent in a pizza parlour at the age of 11, Portman was being groomed for a modelling career before deciding she’d rather pursue acting...

Natalie Portman Enjoys Anonymity From 'Good-Girl' Image

January 18th, 2011 6:05pm EST
Natalie Portman has no problem with her public perception as a Hollywood "good girl", because her reputation has allowed her to enjoy the benefits of her successful career while remaining "pretty anonymous".

The actress made her movie debut in 1994's Leon and shot to superstardom after landing the role of Queen Amidala in 1999's Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

However, she remained largely out of the public eye throughout the early 2000s as she studied for a psychology degree at the prestigious Harvard University in Massachusetts.

She has since returned to the limelight with hig...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Old Dogs,' 'The Road' & More

November 23rd, 2009 9:45am EST
Ninja Assassin
In a change of pace, I have already seen one of the week's upcoming movies ahead of time: "Ninja Assassin." As per my expectations, the film places a lesser emphasis on plot and a higher one on intense action sequences.

While the plot isn't horrendous, many of its aspects are not as well developed as they should have been. The quality of the action starts to make up this, but it's not enough to save the film.

"Ninja Assassin" is a mediocre movie at best. My opinion is that it's not worth wasting your money on seeing in the theater. If you really want to see it, I'd recommend waiti...

Smarter Than The Average Celebrity

September 1st, 2009 10:03am EDT
Natalie Portman
Celebrities are not generally known for being scholarly, brainy, or bookish. On the whole, these types of words are reserved for people like Stephen Hawking, Marilyn Vos Savant, and Kim Ung-Yong. If a celebrity is fortunate, their claim to fame is achieved via artistic talent and entertaining know-how. There are, of course, celebrities who are not so fortunate, like Li Lo, Paris, and Brit, the Hollywood train wreck trifecta, whose notoriety is due more to excessive bed-hopping, drug use, feuds with friends, and wardrobe malfunctions than it is to arty aptitude. But what would the celebrity ...

Sarah's Cinema Musings: Creative Film Marketing

July 28th, 2009 9:48am EDT
District 9
Film studios have a long history of using alternative, memorable and sometimes guerrilla marketing to promote their films. One of the most famous examples is Alfred Hitchcock's now iconic film, Psycho. The Blair Witch Project also made waves, and Cloverfield's viral campaign took marketing to a new level, paving the way for more questionable advertising. The bomb scare generated from Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Dark Knight campaigns made filmgoers wonder where the line is in marketing. Is there a line? Should there be one limiting actions?

Check out two new campaigns for Joss Whe...

Seven Celebrities Who Don't Need Makeovers

May 21st, 2009 9:45am EDT
Hayden Panettiere
Celebs are constantly switching up their looks - changing their hair, their personal style, even their faces. Still, there are those lucky ones (unlike some of the rest of us) who don't need to change a thing. And we hate them for it!

Kim is an obvious choice. She's deliciously curvaceous and stunningly beautiful. Recently, some photographs surfaced of her where she appeared to have dyed her hair blonde. To our great relief though, she was wearing a wig. Close one! A blonde Kim Kardashian is like a brunette Marilyn Monroe - something's just not right.

Kim Kardashian

- Click pic f...

'Celebrity Madness' - Vote For The Final Four!

March 30th, 2009 1:00am EDT
Three Number Ones Remain
It's the Elite Eight! After numerous upsets in the Sweet 16 round of voting we've cut the field down to just eight women and eight men; and you're sure to be surprised by who's still left in the tournament! Cast your votes in this round for your favorite celebs to determine the Final Four celebrities in Starpulse's first annual "Celebrity Madness" tournament! Here are the final eight matchups of the tournament - four womens' & four mens'!

-Click to see the: results of the first round, the results of the second round! and the results of the third round!

For more information on t...

Can Jeffrey Dean Morgan Do It Again? Vote In The Sweet 16! (Pt. 2)

March 27th, 2009 2:00pm EDT
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
On we move to the Sweet 16! Cast your votes for your favorite celebs in this third round of action in Starpulse's first annual "Celebrity Madness" tournament! With rounds one & two over, you've narrowed the field of 64 down to 16 and we've got 16 more matchups for you to vote on in both our men's and women's brackets!

For this round there will be two parts with eight matchups in each, four women's matches and four men's.

-Click to see the: results of the first round and the results of the second round!

For more information on the "Celebrity Madness" tournament and to get up...

Jessica Biel & Megan Fox Move On To Round 2 Of 'Celebrity Madness' (Pt. 1); Vote!

March 23rd, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Jessica Biel
Cast your votes for your favorite celebs in Round 2 of Starpulse.com's first annual "Celebrity Madness" tournament! With round one over, you've narrowed the field of 64 down to 32 and we've got 16 more matchups for you to vote on in both our men's and women's brackets!

Round 2 will consist of four parts with eight matchups in each one for you to vote on. Links to both men's and women's below.

-Click here to see the results of the first round!

For more information on the "Celebrity Madness" tournament and to get updated & printable brackets, go HERE.

The Matchup


Play Starpulse's 'Celebrity Madness 2009 - The Women' (Round 1, Group 2)

March 19th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
Number One Seed Megan Fox
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 ...

Underrated & Overrated Films Based On Graphic Novels

March 6th, 2009 9:41am EST
It's rare that commercials are actually right, but today they are when they claim that a film based on the "Most-Acclaimed Graphic Novel of All Time" will be released.

That film, and novel, is "Watchmen" of course. The movie comes from the 12-part comic series from Alan Moore ("From Hell", "V for Vendetta") that was quickly packaged into a graphic novel upon its completion. Many consider this series the greatest in the history of comics and the subsequent novel actually made it onto Time Magazine's 100 Greatest Novels of the Century List. Needless to say, there's no doubting its acc...

Wachowski Brothers Consider 'Superman' Trilogy

February 19th, 2009 10:59am EST
Superman Returns
The Matrix filmmakers Andy and Larry Wachowski have been offered the chance to take over the Superman franchise and make a trilogy of movies about the Man of Steel, according to reports.

The superhero franchise has been on hold since 2006's Superman Returns, which was directed by Bryan Singer.

According to movie website Ain't it Cool News, Singer has turned down the chance to make another Superman movie, paving the way for studios bosses at Warner Bros. to offer the job to the Wachowskis.

The site was tipped off by a recent interview James McTeigue - who directed the brothers...

Guy Ritchie's Filming Upsets London Residents

December 4th, 2008 11:57am EST
Guy Ritchie
Local London residents have started up a petition to curtail filming on Guy Ritchie's new movie Sherlock Holmes after the filmmaker ordered them to move their cars so he could shoot scenes.

Residents of St. John's Street in Finsbury, North London were furious when they were made to shift vehicles out of nearby lots so Ritchie could film scenes with stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law this week. But now they have responded by drumming up a petition urging the city council to reduce Ritchie's shooting period from 13 to nine days.

Val Martin, who is leading the protest, says: "Whe...

Graphic Novels We'd Like To See As Films

July 8th, 2008 10:44am EDT
graphic novels
With graphic novels becoming widespread with the arrival of big movies such as "300," "Sin City," and "V for Vendetta" that gathered huge audiences, new interest arose in the stylistic hard cover comics. A graphic novel is a type of comic book usually aimed at adults with a long and complicated story that eventually does have a distinct ending. It can also be a collection of comic books bound into a single collection under a particular story arc. In any case, the world is becoming more enamored with comic book as blockbusters like "Iron Man" and "The Dark Knight" keep coming along, but ther...

Happy Valentine's Day: Celebrate With A Kiss

February 14th, 2008 11:18am EST
A smooch from The Notebook
Beso, Kuss, Bacio, Kiss - any way you say the word, it is a large part of Valentine's Day festivities. Whether it is sharing a romantic dinner, going to a movie or other romantic plans, a kiss is always involved.

Over the years, there have been some remarkable kisses caught on film. There are the kissing scenes like Spiderman kissing upside down, kissing in the rain from The Notebook and the innocent spaghetti kiss from Lady and the Tramp.

Some unusual best on screen kisses include the kiss shared between "V" and "Evey" on V for Vendetta. A kiss never looked so passionate even w...

Terror Returns As 'The Rage Virus' In The Horrific Sequel '28 Weeks Later'; Win A Copy!

September 18th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
28 Weeks Later
CENTURY CITY, Calif. - Quarantine. Eradication. Sterilization. Repopulation. The terror and devastation unleashed in the groundbreaking horror masterpiece 28 Days Later picks up six months after the Rage virus has decimated London in 28 Weeks Later, the heart-stopping zombie horror sequel that "surpasses the original" (Dallas Morning News). Months after the deadly outbreak annihilated the British Isles leaving only a handful of survivors, the army declares the war against the infection has been won and the reconstruction of the country slowly begins; but as the first wave of refugees r...

Natalie Portman Goes Public With New Boyfriend

September 13th, 2007 11:40am EDT
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman went public with her new romance at the U.S. Open tennis championships last week, openly kissing and cuddling British designer and model Nathan Bogle.

The 26-year-old V For Vendetta actress seemed to care less who saw her public display of affection as she watched Venus Williams defeat Jelena Jankovic with her new beau.

A fellow tennis fan tells Life & Style magazine, "They could hardly keep their eyes off each other long enough to watch... They were extremely cuddly."

Portman has reportedly been dating Bogle since the spring.

-Natalie Portman Pictures


'Superman Returns' Dominates 33rd Saturn Awards

May 11th, 2007 4:18pm EDT
Superman Returns
Superman Returns dominated the 33rd Saturn Awards in Los Angeles yesterday, picking up honors including Best Fantasy Film, Best Director for Bryan Singer and Best Actor for Brandon Routh. The superhero blockbuster also won Best Writing for Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, and Best Music for John Ottman at the annual awards, presented by the Academy Of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

Elsewhere, television show Heroes won Best Network TV Series, Best Supporting Actor for Masi Oka, and Best Supporting Actress for Hayden Panettiere.

Natalie Portman picked up Best Actress In ...

Wachowski Brothers To Remake 'Speed Racer'

November 2nd, 2006 8:45am EST
Speed Racer
Larry and Andy Wachowski have signed on to write and direct a big screen version of the classic 1960s animated TV series Speed Racer. The brothers will re-team with producer Joel Silver for the movie that Silver has been trying to get made for over a decade.

The Japanese cartoon series "Speed Racer," created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Toshida, focused on Speed, his Mach 5 gadget-laden race car and the adventures he got into with his family. He was often bailed out of danger by Racer X, a rival with a mysterious connection to Speed.

Silver most recently collaborated with the Wachows...

New Movies on DVD, Aug. 1

August 1st, 2006 8:00am EDT
V For Vendetta
Natalie Portman had few qualms about shaving her head for V for Vendetta. The film centers on the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain. A man cloaked in mystery ignites a revolution and finds an unlikely ally in a seemingly mild mannered young woman (Portman). And Tim Allen had no problem portraying a dog in The Shaggy Dog. In this film, an unexpected transformation helps a workaholic attorney (Allen) learn that there's more to life than the courtroom in this remake of the 1959 Disney canine classic of the same name.

'Aeon Flux,' 'V For Vendetta' Stuntman Dies in Germany

July 20th, 2006 3:03pm EDT
V For Vendetta
A stuntman who worked on Aeon Flux and V For Vendetta has died filming a TV movie in Germany. The fatal accident took place yesterday as the unnamed man plowed a car into a canal onset and failed to escape from the vehicle.

Divers pulled the 39-year-old from the water but discovered he was already dead. The cause of the accident is not yet known.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

'Inside Man' Gets Top Spot at Box Office

March 27th, 2006 10:54am EST
Spike Lee's acclaimed new bank heist thriller Inside Man has shot to the top of the box office with a $28.9 million opening weekend. The clever film, which pits detective Denzel Washington against bank robber Clive Owen, debuted at the top, ending V For Vendetta's one-week reign.

Meanwhile, shock horror movie Stay Alive debuted at three and comedy film Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector entered the top 10 at number seven.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Natalie Portman Researched Holocaust for 'V For Vendetta' Torture Scenes

March 23rd, 2006 10:09am EST
Natalie Portman in V For Vendetta
Natalie Portman prepared for her torture scenes in V For Vendetta by thinking about the suffering her grandparents endured during the Holocaust. The 24-year-old Israeli-born beauty researched her relatives' experiences online in order to be in the right frame of mind when shooting the harrowing sequences.

She says, "Fortunately my grandparents escaped, but their whole family perished in the Holocaust. There were stories in the house of what had happened to them and it wasn't that much talked about. I had to go on a website to read my grandfather's descriptions of what happened to the ...

Natalie Portman Praises Wachowski Brothers for 'V For Vendetta'

March 22nd, 2006 10:22am EST
V For Vendetta
Natalie Portman has paid homage to movie writers Andy and Larry Wachowski, insisting they have created the greatest movie in 20 years. The actress was so keen to work with the movie moguls, she flew out to San Francisco, Calif., to plead for the role in V For Vendetta.

She says, "I've not seen a movie like this - that's this big and this interesting - in at least the past 20 years. Not since the sixties and the seventies has there been some evidence of a big studio movie being compelling and visually exciting, entertaining, smart and interesting and something you could fight about aft...

No Birthday Kiss for Bruce Willis

March 22nd, 2006 10:16am EST
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis was left red-faced during his 51st birthday party when his alleged supermodel girlfriend snubbed his advances for a kiss. The 16 Blocks star celebrated the special occasion, at New York's trendy G2 lounge on Saturday night, with rumoured lover Petra Nemcova and star friends Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendes and Clive Owen, among others.

Later in the evening, Willis was seen moving in for a birthday smooch with Petra, but the catwalk beauty - who the actor reportedly stood up at the US premiere of 'V For Vendetta' last week - spurned his efforts. An insider told New York Post new...

Natalie Portman Compares 'V' Torture Scenes to Holocaust

March 21st, 2006 9:58am EST
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman has compared the torture scenes in new movie 'V for Vendetta' to the Holocaust. The Israeli-born actress - who plays freedom fighter Evey in the movie - claims the brutal scenes of concentration camp-style torture made her recall the atrocities inflicted on the Jews, including her grandparents. She revealed: "Fortunately, my grandparents escaped, but their whole family perished in the Holocaust.

"There were stories in the house of what had happened to them and it wasn't that much talked about. I had to go on a website to read my grandfather's descriptions of what happen...

V For Vendetta Creator Wants Nothing to Do with Film

March 20th, 2006 2:33pm EST
V For Vendetta
V For Vendetta creator Alan Moore is desperate to be disassociated from the screen adaptation of his classic comic strip - and is begging the producers not to credit him for his work.

The cartoonist, who also conceived From Hell and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, hates seeing his work diluted by movie-makers, and refuses to put his name to the result.

He says, "I want them to say, 'We're not going to give you any money for your work, you're not going to get any credit for it and we're not going to put your name on it.'

"To see a line of dialogue or a character that I ...

V Stands For Victory At Box Office

March 20th, 2006 2:01pm EST
V for Vendetta
The futuristic terrorist thriller V For Vendetta topped all its rivals at the US weekend box office in the US, claiming the top spot with a $26.1 million debut. The film stars Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving in a story of revolution against the British government.

The debut was strong enough to bump last week's box-office leader Failure To Launch into second place with $15.8 million. Disney's remake of family classic The Shaggy Dog fell one place to third with $13.6 million.

The weekend's other new wide release, She's The Man, starring Amanda Bynes as a teen pretending to be a ...

Natalie Portman Misplaces Hair From 'V For Vendetta'

March 15th, 2006 9:11am EST
Natalie Portman in V For Vendetta
Natalie Portman is desperate to find the hair she shaved off for her latest film role because she doesn't want it to fall into the wrong hands. Portman had to shave off her locks for her role in V For Vendetta, where her character joins forces with a terrorist and tries to topple a corrupt totalitarian British regime.

The star believes her shorn hair may be in a bag somewhere, but she's not certain. She says, "I have it somewhere, but I actually don't know where it is!"

The film's director, James McTeigue has jokingly threatened to find the hair and sell it on online auction si...

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