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Eddie Izzard: 'I'm A Cross-Dressing Superhero'

July 7th, 2010 8:23am EDT
Eddie Izzard
Funnyman Eddie Izzard describes his transvestite tendencies as a "superhero thing," insisting he cross-dresses to fight prejudice.

The British comic was famous for dressing in feminine guise while performing his stand-up routines in the U.K. before finding international fame in the TV series The Riches and 2008 thriller Valkyrie. And Izzard claims he uses his transvestism to fight intolerance, likening himself to a disguised comic book hero.

He tells the New York Post, "I finished my last tour in Canada in girlie mode, and I'm just back in boy mode now. I consider it a superhero thing. ...
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Eddie Izzard: 'I Am A Card-Carrying Transvestite'

November 9th, 2009 8:44am EST
Eddie Izzard is A Card-Carrying Transvestite
British funnyman Eddie Izzard struggles to convince Americans he's a transvestite after toning down his cross-dressing while concentrating on his acting career.

Izzard's prominence has increased in the U.S. after roles in TV series The Riches and 2008 thriller Valkyrie - but he admits the country has yet to acknowledge him as a transvestite.

However, he will soon break out of "boy mode" and show Americans his more colorful side.

Izzard explains, "I tell everyone I'm a transvestite over and over again. I never thought that I would be on TV begging people to believe I'm a transves...
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Brad Pitt Bashes Tom Cruise's 'Valkyrie'

August 21st, 2009 4:21pm EDT
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt has declared battle against Tom Cruise for the title of best World War II movie - branding the Hollywood actor's recent film Valkyrie "ridiculous."

Pitt teamed up with director Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds, which was released this month - less than a year after Cruise's 2008 drama about a plot to kill Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

However, the actor insists his portrayal of Nazi hunter Aldo Raine in Tarantino's violent film is no comparison to his rival Cruise's character.

He tells German magazine Stern, "The second World War could still deliver more stories ...
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New Movies On DVD, May 19

May 19th, 2009 8:00am EDT
Paul Blart
A New Jersey rent-a-cop gets his moment to shine as the holidays approach and Santa's little helpers stage a coup at the local shopping mall in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James. Also on DVD: Valkyrie, My Bloody Valentine 3-D and Fanboys.
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'The Dark Knight' Nabs Eleven Saturn Award Nominations

March 11th, 2009 12:25pm EDT
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight is leading the way at the upcoming Saturn Awards - garnering a massive 11 nominations.

The film will compete in categories including best action/adventure/thriller film - going up against The Changeling, Gran Torino, Quantum of Solace, Traitor and Valkyrie.

Christian Bale, the picture's star, also received a nod for best film actor along with Tom Cruise (Valkyrie), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Will Smith (Hancock).

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Tom Cruise Quizzed Over Flatulence Habits On U.K. TV

January 25th, 2009 2:00pm EST
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise suffered another red-faced TV appearance on Friday night - after he was forced to sing and was quizzed about his flatulence habits by controversial British host Jonathan Ross.

Cruise appeared on disgraced U.K. TV personality Ross' comeback chatshow - which returned to British screens after a three month hiatus.

Ross was suspended by bosses at the BBC after he and comic Russell Brand were slammed for leaving "grossly offensive" voicemail messages on former Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs' answer machine during a live radio broadcast in October.

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Tom & Katie At 'Valkyrie' UK Premiere - Hot Or Not?

January 21st, 2009 2:51pm EST
Katie Holmes Tom Cruise UK Valkyrie red carpet pictures
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were on the red carpet in London for the UK premiere of 'Valkyrie.' Katie was looking lovely in a black dress and tights with a perfect bob accompanied by Tom in a grey suit with no tie. Do Tom & Katie look hot or not? Leave a comment below!

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Pulse Patrol: The Weakly Round-Up Of User Comments

January 13th, 2009 11:15am 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 stirring and humorous remarks were made on the latest stories on Paris Hilton’s unfilled Love life as well as her musical prowess, the hottest of Alyssa Milano and the Golden Globes’ Fashion.

Topic Highlights = There were some friendly and pleasant commentary made about Mary Louise Parker, John Lithgow and singer Sarah Brightman however, there was no love or affection for the movies “The Ninth Gate” ...
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Tom Cruise Unfazed By 'Valkyrie' Controversy

January 12th, 2009 9:57am EST
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise was not disheartened by the skepticism surrounding his World War II epic Valkyrie - insisting he has courted controversy throughout his movie career.

The actor plays injured World War II Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who led a plot to assassinate Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in 1944. The prospect of Cruise taking on the role initially came under fire from the history-making colonel's children, who voiced objections to the Hollywood superstar portraying their father.

The German government was also apprehensive about the big screen venture, and discussed at length whether...
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The Golden Raspberry Award Nominees

January 8th, 2009 9:11am EST
the Razzies
Movie hunks Tom Cruise, Mark Wahlberg and Keanu Reeves have been named and shamed on the ballot of this year's initial Golden Raspberry Award nominees.

The trio is among those up for the Worst Actor dishonor at the Razzies ceremony on the eve of the Oscars.

The ballot nominations, which were announced on Wednesday, also feature Meet the Spartans, Speed Racer , High School Musical 3, The Happening, Meet Dave and Paris Hilton's The Hottie & The Nottie as the Worst Film nods.

Meanwhile, Cruise is nominated for his role in Valkyrie, Wahlberg for The Happening and Reeves for T...
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'Valkyrie' Producers Facing Lawsuit Over Use Of Hitler's Globe

January 2nd, 2009 10:30am EST
Valkyrie
Bosses of Tom Cruise's new movie Valkyrie are reportedly facing possible legal action over the use of a Nazi prop in the film.

The movie, which tells the true story of a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, includes scenes featuring the Nazi leader's famous globe, on which he planned his military strategy.

Now the owner of the real globe is contemplating a lawsuit against film bosses for breach of copyright, according to New York Post gossip column PageSix.

Art collector Robert Pritikin paid $100,000 for the globe in 2007, and copyrighted its likeness to prevent its use by right...
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Marley & Me Tops Box Office

December 27th, 2008 11:25am EST
Marley & Me
Jennifer Aniston's new family film Marley & Me has fought off the Christmas Day competition at the box-office, earning the highest one-day total ever for a film opening on the holiday at $14.6 million.

The movie, co-starring Owen Wilson, beat out Brad Pitt's drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which took in $11.6 million on its opening day, Thursday, and secured the second-highest Christmas opening to date.

Meanwhile Adam Sandler and Russell Brand's new Disney movie Bedtime Stories took the third holiday spot at $10.5 million with its debut.

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Slideshow: 'Valkyrie' Movie Photos

December 26th, 2008 8:12am EST
Valkyrie movie photos pics Tom Cruise
Valkyrie, in theaters now, stars Tom Cruise as would-be Hitler assassin Col. Claus von Stauffenberg. Click through the slideshow for photos from the film. Will you go see Valkyrie? Leave a comment below!

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Slideshow: Tom Cruise - Hot Or Not?

December 25th, 2008 3:19pm EST
Tom Cruise hot or not pics
While Tom Cruise's movie star image has been eclipsed by his relationship with Katie Holmes, his faith in Scientology and his erratic behavior, there's no denying Tom Cruise is one of the biggest male movie stars of our day. Cruise plays would-be Hitler assassin Col. Claus von Stauffenberg in the new film 'Valkyrie' (click here for review).

Click through the pics and let us know if you think Tom Cruise is hot or not? Are you still/were you ever a fan? Leave a comment below!

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Opening December 25: Valkyrie

December 23rd, 2008 11:20am EST
Valkyrie
At the absolute height of World War II, German generals hatch a daring plan to assassinate Adolf Hitler and effectively render the German war machine impotent. Continue summary

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Tom Cruise Gets 'Valkyrie' Boost From Film Nazi's Grandson

December 20th, 2008 12:40pm EST
Valkyrie
Tom Cruise has gotten a boost for his role as a Nazi assassin in new movie Valkyrie - after the grandson of the soldier he is playing defended the controversial film against his family's own criticism.

Cruise plays injured World War II Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who led a plot to assassinate Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, in the film. The history-making Colonel's children voiced objections to Cruise playing their father.

But Philipp von Schulthess, the soldier's grandson who has a small role in the controversial war drama, insists the actor represented his grandfather "wonderfully...
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Tom Cruise Learned From John Wayne For Valkyrie Role

December 19th, 2008 11:16pm EST
Valkyrie
Tom Cruise prepared for his role as a Nazi assassin in new movie Valkyrie by studying American movie icon John Wayne. The actor wore an eye patch to play an injured World War II colonel leading a plot to assassinate Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in the film.

And Cruise called upon a 1969 western movie starring his Hollywood hero to get him through the dizzying experience.

He tells talk show host David Letterman, "I remember as a kid seeing John Wayne in True Grit. He had the eye patch - I didn't realize. I got a little nauseous when I first put it on. I lost depth perception, I was ban...
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'Valkyrie' Takes An Intriguing Look At Historical Event

December 19th, 2008 12:20am EST
Valkyrie
Tom Cruise must be the only actor on the planet who can get away with playing any character, at any time, with an American accent. He never really disappears in his roles, not like Daniel Day-Lewis or Jamie Foxx with his portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray"-no matter what he does, you can't help but looking at the screen and simply thinking to yourself, that's Tom Cruise. If that's the worst thing that can be said about a film, it probably stands a fighting chance.

As it turns out, Cruise's refusal to be anyone other than himself proves to be but a slight annoyance in an otherwise terrif...
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Director Defends 'Valkyrie' Accents

December 17th, 2008 8:42am EST
Valkyrie
Valkyrie director Bryan Singer has defended his decision to let the non-German cast of the World War II movie use their native accents in the film - insisting it would be less authentic if they tried to fake it.

Some critics have questioned Singer's decision to allow American Tom Cruise and Brits Tom Wilkinson and Kenneth Branagh use their native tongue in the film, even though they play German characters. But the filmmaker argues they would have sounded stupid and unrealistic attempting to impersonate Germans.

He tells the New York Times, "If everyone was trying to do German acce...
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Did Hitler's Ghost Cause Tank Trouble On 'Valkyrie' Set?

December 15th, 2008 2:47pm EST
Hitler
Moviemaker Bryan Singer feared the ghost of Adolf Hitler had taken over his Valkyrie set when a runaway tank threatened to destroy camera equipment.

The director was shooting scenes with Tom Cruise in Cougar Buttes in California when a stuntman had to climb aboard an out-of-control tank and stop it crashing through thousands of dollars worth of sound and camera equipment. And Singer still thinks Hitler was behind the controls of the armored vehicle.

He says, "We had one tank that malfunctioned and it started rolling on it's own. It started rolling towards the camera equipment an...
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Nicole Kidman Says Marriage To Tom Cruise Held Her Back

November 6th, 2008 6:30pm EST
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman felt stifled during her 10-year marriage to Tom Cruise, and only became an individual when they split in 2001. The actress claims she was never considered a star in her own right, and was treated as an extension to the Valkyrie actor.

Just two years after her divorce from Cruise, Kidman cemented her status on Hollywood's A-list by lifting the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Hours - and she admits she flourished after the split.

Kidman, who is now married to country star Keith Urban, tells the December issue of Glamour magazine, "I felt I became a star only by ...
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Tom Cruise Stars In 'Valkyrie,' In Theaters Dec. 26; Watch The Trailer Here

November 5th, 2008 11:23am EST
Valkyrie
In a country in the grips of evil, in a police state where every move is being watched, in a world where justice and honor have been subverted, a group of men hidden inside the highest reaches of power decide to take action. Tom Cruise stars in the suspense film, Valkyrie, based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) and the daring and ingenious plot to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known.

Click the 'play' button to watch the trailer for "Valkyrie"

Director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men, Superman Returns) re-teams ...
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Tom Cruise's Company Buys Serial Killer Story

September 7th, 2008 3:30pm EDT
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise's United Artists deal makers have acquired the rights to Douglas Preston's serial killer story The Monster Of Florence at the Venice Film Festival in Italy.

Cruise is attached to produce and possibly star in the thriller, according to author Preston, who was inspired to write the book by a series of real-life grisly homicides that took place between 1968 and 1985 - the same murders that inspired Thomas Harris to write Silence of The Lambs sequel Hannibal.

Jubilant Preston says, "It's the biggest movie deal in my life." Chris McQuarrie, the man behind Cruise's Valkyrie...
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Tom Cruise Stunned By Criticism Of Hitler Film

August 28th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise cannot understand why his movie Valkyrie has attracted so much criticism - because it's such an "important" story.

The actor insists the movie - which tells the true story of a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler during World War II - will be a box office hit after wowing audiences at a test screening earlier this month.

He says: "It (the criticism) just doesn't make sense to me either. The moment I read the screenplay I knew it was an important story, and as it's a true tale of heroic resistance to one of the great villains of history, I can't imagine that people won't ...
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'Valkyrie' Extras Seek Compensation

August 26th, 2008 10:47am EDT
Valkyrie
Tom Cruise's troubled film project Valkyrie has been hit with another set-back - extras on the film are allegedly threatening to sue movie bosses over on-set injuries.

The film, which has been pushed back twice, has now been hit by a legal fight, with 11 actors claiming they were thrown from a moving vehicle while filming a scene for the World War II movie. The extras received minor injuries in the incident, with one being hospitalized due to serious injuries, according to Britain's Daily Star newspaper.

The publication also claims the actors are seeking compensation from studio...
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'Valkyrie' Release Date Changed To December

August 14th, 2008 10:57am EDT
Valkyrie
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures announced today they will be releasing the suspense film, Valkyrie, from Director Bryan Singer, on Friday, December 26, 2008. The film was last slated for release on Oct. 3, and then it was moved to President's Day weekend starting Feb. 13. It was originally slotted for June, 2008.

“We saw and tested the movie,” says Clark Woods, President of MGM Distribution. “and we believe a strong movie deserves a strong playdate.”

Tom Cruise stars in the suspense thriller, "Valkyrie," based on the true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) and the da...
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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters L Through Z

May 29th, 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...
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Tom Cruise Sparks Outrage With 9/11 Rant

January 20th, 2008 9:45am EST
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise has sparked outrage in the U.S. after accusing government officials of lying to the public in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In new video footage promoting Scientology, the actor blasts the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for endangering the health of emergency service staff at ground zero.

He says, "The EPA came out and said the air was clean. Of course as a Scientologist you go, 'That's a lie.' You just go, 'Liar.' Finally you say, dammit, just go there and do it. Put it there, let's go, here's the money, let's go. Let's just get one person trea...
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Tom Cruise's 'Valkyrie' Bumped From Summer Release

December 18th, 2007 4:51pm EST
Valkyrie
Tom Cruise's fledgling career as a movie studio boss has taken another hit - his real-life German war drama Valkyrie has been bumped from a summer 2008 release.

Cruise and his United Artists partners were hoping to have the film ready for a July 4 release, but it now appears there's a battle scene still to be shot, and so the movie will now hit cinemas at the end of 2008.

According to Daily Variety, director Bryan Singer was hoping to shoot the scene this year, but has yet to settle on a location.

In the film, Cruise plays a Nazi officer who is part of a plot to assassinate...
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Lights, Camera, Scientology?

December 17th, 2007 11:50am EST
Tom Cruise
With a ban in Germany on the horizon, scientology has come under severe media scrutiny and public debate in recent years. Ever since Tom Cruise defamed Brooke Shields during post-partum-depression-gate '07, the quasi-religion has been a heated topic. It's been called an oppressive cult. A money-guzzler. A fraud. And it has something to do with an ancient alien named Xenu. So why do so many public faces flock to the Scientology church's doors?

John Travolta, Jenna Elfman, Katie Holmes, Kirstie Alley, Jason Lee and Isaac Hayes are all reported Scientologists. For most of them, their beli...
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