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

April 19th, 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...
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15 Kids Movies That Never Get Old

March 18th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
15 Kids Movies That Never Get Old
It may have been decades since you were a kid, but there are some surefire kids movies that will always bring your childhood back to life. Whether they be animated Disney classics whose quality only improves with age, or modern Pixar marvels whose storytelling abilities are out of this world, nothing brings back that youthful light into our lives quite like a quintessential childhood film. Here are 15 kids movies that never get old.

1. The Lion King (1994)

Just as we’re all part of the Circle of Life, there will always be interest in this Disney's animalistic take on Shakespeare's “Hamlet...
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Can 'Avengers,' 'Dark Knight Rises,' And 'Amazing Spider-Man' Make 2012 The Best Movie Summer Ever?

May 2nd, 2012 2:07pm EDT
The Avengers
The movie industry earned $4.3 billion last summer at the U.S. box office to make it the best summer ever (I thought piracy was killing the industry?) but don't expect the mark to last for long. There's a team of superhero movies coming along, and each one could break records.

The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers look to score over $400 million each and should be boosted with IMAX and 3D premiums. Thus far, The Avengers have already made $218 million overseas. There's also PIXAR's Brave and The Amazing Spider-Man - Pixar is always good for a cash infusion, but we'll have to wait and see ...
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'Tangled' Review: Disney's Magic Is Back With Charming, Rousing Songs & Storyline

November 22nd, 2010 9:21am EST
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Disney has had some hits and misses with animated films in recent memory. Sure, the mighty house of mouse made “Beauty and The Beast” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” but “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was sad, “Pocahontas” was oddly animated, “Hercules” was grotesque, and “Mulan” was lacking in song quality. The less said about “Home on The Range” the better.

So Disney went to CGI animated films and tried to play catch up to Pixar. The results thus far have been mixed. “Meet the Robinsons” was cute, “Bolt” was adorable, “Chicken Little” was middling, and nothing really captured the 90's magic...
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Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade

December 18th, 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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ABC Family's Highly Anticipated Annual '25 Days Of Christmas' Launches Dec. 1

November 30th, 2009 7:00pm EST
ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas
With the anticipation of the holiday season steadily approaching, ABC Family launches the twelfth year of its must see "25 Days of Christmas" event featuring over 200 hours of holiday-themed entertainment for the whole family from December 1-25 - the biggest cable programming event of the year. Viewers will celebrate the season with an all-new original movie, specials and, of course, the return of Christmas favorites during primetime, as well as weekend holiday marathons every Saturday and Sunday.

Image from "Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe" © 2009 ABC Family

This year ABC Family ...
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'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' Isn't Deep, But It's Entertaining

September 16th, 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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Blockbusters, Comedies & Animated Films To Benefit From New Oscar Rule

June 25th, 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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Best Space Movies

June 12th, 2009 9:53am EDT
Moon
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...
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DVD Versus Blu-ray: Enjoying A Film At Its Best

June 3rd, 2009 9:00am EDT
Wall-E
One can only assume the somewhat recent onslaught of the "need" for Blu-ray comes only from a desire to have people buy films and television show sets over again. After having to update a copy of 'Sneakers' from VHS tape to DVD, a completely reasonable choice, the buck stops here. Yes, the technology is interesting at best, but it is brutally frustrating at worst.

The problem is not with the players, although they are extremely expensive still and the best player is still the one that comes in the PlayStation 3, the problem instead lies way back in the beginning of the cycle - the ...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

May 26th, 2009 8:57am EDT
Up
This week is probably the least exciting of the summer movie season so far because we don't have an epic blockbuster premiering. There are three movies coming out, two of which are mainstream releases. Pixar fans will be happy to see the group's latest animated feature, and Sam Raimi aficionados will get their fix with something that thankfully isn't another "Spider-Man" movie.

While I tend to like Pixar's movies, I never generally get super excited about seeing them in the movie theater. Aside from "Wall-E" and "Toy Story," which I saw in theaters, I've enjoyed their other films ...
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Starpulse's Explosive Summer Movie Preview

May 1st, 2009 10:06am EDT
Star Trek
Since the dawn of the American cinematic blockbuster in the late 1970s and early 1980s, moviegoers have eagerly waited for May - the unofficial beginning of summertime. This summer is no different. Films, and most popular media, are social mirrors, and this summer season supports that. The large box office contenders all deal with very similar themes: escapism and the support of the lone, outlaw hero figure (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Up, Transformers 2, Public Enemies, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Inglourious Basterds, et...
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Mega Oscar Diary

February 23rd, 2009 9:22am EST
Sean Penn
Before we get started on the Mega Oscar Diary, let's go to a few random ramblings from the cadre of pre-shows around the dial:

-Philip Seymour Hoffman's hat probably came with a matching set of fingerless gloves.

-Those who were unable to see the Los Angeles CW affiliate's pre-show missed this exchange.

-The CW's Female Host: What is the role you'd love to do next. If you could do anything following 'The Wrestler' what would it be?

-Mickey Rourke: (Slowly eyes her up from head to toe with a knowing smile and walks off.)

-I know a lot of people care about fashion, ...
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2009 Oscar Predictions: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

February 20th, 2009 10:42am EST
Oscars
After months of speculation, it's finally time to man up and throw down with some hardcore Oscar predictions. But before we tell you who will and should win the Oscar on Sunday night, let's address the whole secrecy notion surrounding this year's event.

You may not have heard (which is probably part of the point) but the Academy has decided to surround this year's ceremony in mystery. Mainly, they've refused to reveal who will be presenting Oscars this year and have gone so far as to forbid its presenters from appearing on the red carpet. Why? Because they think fashionistas will b...
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Are The Academy Awards Out of Touch With Modern Audiences?

February 20th, 2009 9:18am EST
Academy Awards
Sunday, February 22, 2009, will mark the 81st Annual Academy Awards, but does anyone really care? Last year's telecast was one of the lowest rated in history, pulling in only 31.76 million viewers despite it being the 80th celebration of Oscar. This year producers are trying to reverse the trend. Yet it seems the more they try to fix the ratings slump, the more critics worry that the Oscars are simply out of touch with modern audiences.

It's not just young viewers who have moved on to more enjoyable awards shows like MTV and People's Choice. Academy members over the age of 60, who make...
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'Deadspin' Founder Will Leitch & Starpulse's Mike Ryan Debate The 81st Academy Awards

February 18th, 2009 10:52am EST
oscars
Special guest Will Leitch, Deadspin founder and current contributing editor at New York Magazine, and our own Mike Ryan have taken their Oscar disagreements public in a series of open letters debating this Sunday's telecast of the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

An Academy Awards telecast that Mike will be live blogging this Sunday night at 8:30 PM EST, in real-time, here on Starpulse.

Mr. Leitch,

"Slumdog Millionaire is the film world's first globalized masterpiece." Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal

"Slumdog Millionaire is a ruthlessly effective paean to destin...
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Kids' Choice Award Nominees

February 6th, 2009 10:21am EST
Miley Cyrus
Nickelodeon unfolds the luminous list of the 2009 Kids’ Choice Award Nominees. This year, when kids honor their favorites from the worlds of film, music, TV and sports – and go green amid massive slime showers - action star host, Dwayne Johnson, will rock at the helm.

The nominees for Nickelodeon’s 22nd Annual Kids’ Choice Awards are:

MOVIES:

Favorite Movie

Bedtime Stories

The Dark Knight

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Iron Man

Favorite Movie Actor

Jim Carrey (Yes Man)

George Lopez (Beverly Hills Chihuahua)

Adam...
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Oscar Nomination Reaction: The Snubs, Surprises & Who Shouldn't Have Been Nominated

January 23rd, 2009 9:55am EST
The Dark Knight
There's nothing better than a good surprise on Oscar morning, and this year we had one in almost every category. Before we get to the snubs, the surprises and who shouldn't be nominated, let's take a look at what type of a morning this was:

This was the morning that The Academy once again showed how out-of-touch it is. By not dominating "The Dark Knight", the Oscars continued to show that it doesn't care about nominating movies people actually like. There was absolutely no reason this film shouldn't get nominated: It has a 94% percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it got an A from audi...
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Final Oscar Nominee Predictions

January 21st, 2009 10:46am EST
Slumdog Millionaire
The time has come, after several months of campaigning and voting, we're finally set for the big day. No, not the inauguration. Please. We're talking about Oscar morning.

Those fifteen minutes at the crack of dawn where overly-caffeinated celebs awkwardly read the names of the top five in each category. Always gripping. Also, this is prime time for predictions. All the returns are in, the precursor season is over, so there's not excuses left. Without delay, here are my final Oscar Predictions.

Okay, one delay. I should note that I hate being right. I hate getting predictio...
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The 2008 Movie Quiz

January 1st, 2009 1:00pm EST
Dark Knight
That was the year that was! A year of babies, blockbusters, Bond and Batman - but were you paying attention?

As the Tinseltown gossip merry-go-round prepares for its final spin of 2008, we thought we'd offer you a Christmas feast of posers from the year's big stars, films and events.

So, prop up a plastic palm tree, tell granny to take a break from the Botox and get ready for a little light-hearted befuddlement.

Eyes down...

1. What are the names of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's twin babies?

a. Emme and Max

b. Vivienne and Knox

c. Maddox and Shiloh

d. Bill an...
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2009 Early Oscar Nomination Predictions

December 23rd, 2008 12:10pm EST
The Dark Knight
The first major precursor award nominations were handed out this morning as the Screen Actors Guild revealed their 15th set of nominations.

This marks the end point of the first phase of the Oscar race as many of the critics awards have been handed out and the more reliable industry awards are starting to trickle in.

This is a perfect time to take a look at the locks, likely nominees, longshots and losers of the Oscar season thus far.

Best Picture

The Locks:

Slumdog Millionaire is the most certain nominee in this category after sweeping through the critics awards, p...
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DVD Review: In A Bad Sequel on a Distant Planet, WALL-E and John Connor Are Best Friends

December 19th, 2008 10:02am EST
Wall-E
Did anyone notice that WALL-E is a G-rated interpretation of our dark, inescapable future? That Pixar's witty and visually gorgeous film is about an Earth so worn out from capitalist-consumption that it's forced us into space? It's okay-neither did I.

When I grabbed WALL-E from my parent's stack of rentals and popped it in, I expected the usual Pixar product: a story about a particular human emotion, but through the eyes of something imaginative and un-human, like a toy, or a fish. And my friends warned, "Don't waste your time. It doesn't even have any dialogue!"-yes, WALL-E has on...
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Top 3 Picks of Pixar's Feature Flicks

December 3rd, 2008 11:15am EST
pixar
Unless you've been living underground in the lost corners of the world, you have probably heard of Pixar. Pixar is the animation studio who is responsible for family films such as Toy Story and Finding Nemo. With nine successful feature films completed, and more on the way, Pixar has quickly become a household name-especially in households with children.

Choosing the top three Pixar films is difficult since they are all remarkable in their own ways, but here are the three we think have that extra oomph!

3. Monsters Inc.

Beyond the closet door is Monsters Inc., a company t...
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New Movies On DVD, Nov. 18

November 18th, 2008 8:00am EST
Wall-E
For hundreds of years, WALL-E has been taking out the trash and collecting precious knick-knacks in order to stave off the boredom of his dreary routine. Little does WALL-E realize that he has recently stumbled onto a secret that could save planet Earth, and once again make the ravaged planet safe for all humankind. Also on DVD: Tropic Thunder and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.
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Spike TV Announces Nominees For 'Scream 2008'

September 15th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
SCREAM 2008
It will be one "dark knight" this October as Spike TV presents the third annual "SCREAM," a celebration of the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic genres.

Taping on Saturday, October 18 from The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, "SCREAM 2008" will premiere on Spike TV Tuesday, October 21 (9:00- 11:00 PM, ET/PT). Show host, presenters and musical performers to be announced shortly.

"We're incredibly honored to have the support of such luminaries in the creative community to help determine the nominees for 'SCREAM 2008,'" says Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event prod...
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Early Oscar Predictions

September 12th, 2008 10:29am EDT
The Dark Knight
With today's release of the Coen Brothers' "Burn After Reading" we can officially declare Oscar season open.

The movie has everything that Oscar loves: big stars who are actually good actors (three of them Oscar winners), an Oscar pedigree team behind the scenes, and a release in the fall. While this broad comedy may not exactly be Oscar bait, it does serve as a good line of demarcation between films released purely for profit and those released to win awards (and mostly to make money).

Even though a large majority of awards contenders are released in the fall, there are always a...
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Underrated & Overrated Films Of The $300 Million Club

August 1st, 2008 12:55pm EDT
Titanic
"Iron Man", "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and "The Dark Knight" all joined the $300 Million Club this year, swelling its membership to 29 films.

The films in this select group are made up of big-budget action extravaganzas, animated new classics and even some prestige pictures that touched a nerve with a wide audience. Whatever the movie may be, once it hits the triple-century mark, it's a bona fide smash and destined to become a classic.

This milestone is not always a sign of quality; however, as many films that become so popular simply stink. It also is...
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'WALL-E' Earns Accolade as 2008’s First Perfect Film

June 26th, 2008 9:24am EDT
Wall-E
(Hollywoodchicago) – While perfection can be characterized in many ways, there’s only one way to define perfect in the world of film: a picture that has everything you could ask for with nothing you could cut. Though this is a highly unlikely proposition, “WALL-E” has become 2008’s first perfect film and one of the best Pixar projects of all time.

The man with the ingeniously imaginative story and the decisive direction to be credited with every inch of success “WALL-E” is destined to reap is none other than Andrew Stanton.

Indeed, Stanton is intimately familiar with w...
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Opening June 27: Wall-E

June 25th, 2008 2:51pm EDT
Disney and Pixar join forces for this computer-animated tale about a wide-eyed robot who travels to the deepest reaches of outer space in search of a newfound friend. Continue Summary

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Movie Season Is Just Heating Up: 10 More Flicks To Watch This Summer

May 27th, 2008 9:58am EDT
Wanted
Iron Man has already grossed over $400 million worlwide. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull became the second biggest Memorial Day movie opening ever. With both of these films already in the books, what are the top 10 remaining summer movies to see? This list picks 10 films out of all the remaining movies from now until the end of August. Judging by this list, July looks like it could be one of the biggest months in years.

10. The Incredible Hulk

Release Date: June 13th

Director: Louis Leterrier (Transporter 1 & 2)

It is never a good sign when a franchise n...
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