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Robert Downey Jr. To Play Wizard Of Oz?

April 21st, 2010 8:59am EDT
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. is reportedly set to team up with director Sam Mendes to bring the Wizard Of Oz back to life.

The original 1939 movie, starring Judy Garland, became a cinematic classic, while another film based on L. Frank Baum's books, Return To Oz, was released by Disney in 1985.

Now, movie-makers are preparing to return to the Emerald City on the big screen in a new picture about the wonderful wizard, titled Oz The Great and Powerful. The film will be a prequel to the Garland movie, based on Baum's work, and will tell the story of a young circus magician who ends up ruler of the ma...

Meinhardt Raabe, One Of Last Surviving 'Wizard Of Oz' Munchkins, Dies at 94

April 11th, 2010 8:00am EDT
One of the last surviving Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz movie, Meinhardt Raabe, has died at the age of 94.

Raabe, who played the coroner of the Munchkin Country in the 1939 musical classic, passed away on Friday at a medical facility in Orange Park, Florida.

The veteran star was admitted to hospital after reportedly collapsing at his retirement home.

Raabe was plucked from obscurity at the age of 23 to play the famous role in The Wizard of Oz, which saw him declare the the Wicked Witch of the East "really most sincerely dead".

After his appearance in the movie, he served in the Ci...

Fairy Tales We'd Like To See Remade By Tim Burton

March 5th, 2010 10:00am EST
Tim Burton
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s newest collaboration, Alice in Wonderland, hits theaters today. Tim usually scores big when he remakes anything, and it is rumored that he is working on revamping the Disney fairy tale Sleeping Beauty as a live-action picture, focusing on the film’s villain, Maleficent.

Best known as the director of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd, Tim usually creates dark and quirky-themed movies and loves using Johnny Depp in his films. We picked a few more fairy tales we’d like to see remade...

A Few Of The Best Movie Musicals

December 24th, 2009 9:33am EST
On Christmas Day a brand new musical hits the theaters, titled "Nine," and it got Starpulse thinking about the musical genre. The hits on Broadway always keep people wanting more, and over the years musicals have been beloved on the big screen as well. They've won Oscars, attracted huge movie stars, and everyone loves a good dance routine. Here's a look at the best movie musicals in no particular order.

"The Sound of Music," made in 1965, is an Academy Award winning movie and one of the most successful film musicals of all time. After being adjusted for inflation, it is rumored the movi...

TV And Movie Objects That Would Make Great Christmas Presents

December 18th, 2009 10:01am EST
The Dark Knight
Objects are often the most important thing on a television show or in a film. They represent a character's personality or serve as a key symbol for a scene or episode. But most of all, they are highly desirable items that audiences and fans want, but probably can't have in real life. Whether it's Dark Knight's Batpod motorcycle or a sexy dress worn by Eva Longoria's character on Desperate Housewives, we would love to get our hands on these items. They would make great collectibles and Christmas presents. Here are some notable TV and movie objects that would make great Christmas presents:


Review: 'Amelia' Displays Stunning Cinematography But Storyline Is Dry & Lacking

October 22nd, 2009 10:21am EDT
The new Hilary Swank, Richard Gere led film, 'Amelia,' is a tale of two films. The cast is stellar and the cinematography is simply wonderful; unfortunately something is awry with the script since the film is entirely too long, dry and lacking when it comes to an interesting or an in depth storyline between the two lead characters of Amelia Earhart (played by Hilary Swank) and her husband/man behind the career, George Putnam (played by Richard Gere).

The film covers only the most basic portions of Earhart and Putnam's time together in saying that they were in an open marriage and busin...

Dakota Fanning To Star In 'Wizard Of Oz' Sequel?

August 23rd, 2009 2:14pm EDT
Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning is tipped to star in a sequel to The Wizard Of Oz, according to reports. The 15 year old star of Charlotte's Web and War Of The Worlds is set to take the lead in a follow-up to the classic 1939 movie that shot Judy Garland to fame.

The film's producer, Basil Iwanyk, says, "It will be set in the present day and feature Dorothy's granddaughter."

The original film - based on L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" - won a number of awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Co-producer Todd McFarlane adds, "You've still got Doro...

Universal Studios Hollywood To Honor Michael Jackson At CityWalk

July 8th, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Universal Studios Hollywood To Honor Michael Jackson At CityWalk
Universal CityWalk will become "Universal MoonWalk" for one night with Southern California's largest outdoor public celebration of Michael Jackson's life and music on Thursday, July 9, as part of CityWalk's ongoing Summer Block Party free summer marathon of movies and music.

CityWalk's tribute to the King of Pop will begin at 7:00 pm and will include screenings of "The Wiz" and "Michael Jackson's Thriller," plus a "live" dance retrospective of Michael Jackson's phenomenal musical history, from his days as the youngest sibling in The Jackson 5 to his history-making solo career as the worl...

Anne Hathaway: 'I'm Insane To Play Judy Garland'

June 9th, 2009 11:08am EDT
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway is terrified about taking on the role of iconic singer Judy Garland - branding herself "insane" for agreeing to play the late star in a biopic.

The Bride Wars actress will play the Wizard of Oz legend in a big screen adaptation of biographer Gerald Clarke's 2001 book "Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland."

And despite showing off her song-and-dance skills during a musical medley with Hugh Jackman at the Oscars in February, Hathaway still isn't sure she has the talents to do the part justice.

She tells the New York Daily News, "I think I'm either naive or insane t...

James Bond Named Top Hero

March 28th, 2009 11:11am EDT
Superspy James Bond has been named Hollywood's top hero ahead of Indiana Jones, Superman and Harry Potter in a new magazine poll.

Bond, who has been played on screen by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, came in at number one in the Entertainment Weekly Top 20 Heroes Poll, with Harrison Ford's adventurer, Indiana Jones, coming in second.

Also making the top 10: Alien heroine Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, Robin Hood, Spider-Man and Die Hard's John McClane.

Ford is the only star to land two characters in the top 10 - his Star Wars hero Han S...

'Wizard Of Oz' Munchkin Dead At 91

February 28th, 2009 2:36pm EST
The Wizard Of Oz
Clarence Swensen, one of the last remaining Wizard Of Oz munchkins, has died at the age of 91. The actor, who died on Wednesday, had been in poor health since suffering a a stroke in 2005.

He was one of nine surviving members of the 125 Munchkins from the 1939 movie classic.

Swensen and his co-stars were feted at a ceremony in November 2007, when a Munchkins star was installed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He grew up in Austin, Texas, where he was not allowed to attend public schools until he was nine - because of his size - and became a movie star, contracted to Metro-Goldwyn-Ma...

Tis The Season For... Christmas Movies?

December 24th, 2008 6:20pm EST
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Aah, the holiday season. Strange how we cherish a time of year when the malls are over packed... it's cold outside... it's impossible to find a parking space... the line at the post office is out the door even at their slowest time of day... it's impossible to find the season's latest hot toy... people who have no clue what 'hustle & bustle' means and stroll slowly through busy stores so you're stuck strolling right behind them when all you want to do is get in and out. Christmas shopping is a mission, not a casual day at the mall to comparison shop. That's what the internet and the weekly ...

Spotlight On Kristin Chenoweth

November 12th, 2008 10:00am EST
Kristin Chenoweth
With the voice of an angel and enough charm to wrap cynical Aaron Sorkin around her little finger, Kristin Chenoweth has spent a long time in the celebrity spotlight, yet always just on the outer edges.

Born Kristi Dawn Chenoweth 40 years ago, this Oklahoma-born girl got her start singing in church choirs and studying voice at Oklahoma City University. She earned a degree in musical theater and a MA in opera, and she then moved into pageant life by getting runner-up in the Miss Oklahoma contest of 1991 - a loss that she still jokes about fake-bitterly in interviews.

Kristin was ...

Amy Winehouse Using 'The Wizard of Oz' For Album Inspiration

August 18th, 2008 10:03am EDT
Amy Winehouse
British singer Amy Winehouse is reportedly using the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz as her inspiration for her upcoming album.

The star hitmaker is currently recording a follow-up to her 2006 smash hit Back to Black LP - and has turned to the Judy Garland classic for help.

A source tells British newspaper the Sun, "She loves the surreal look, sound and score. And the soundtrack and score will be a theme running throughout the record."

- Amy Winehouse Photos

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Lord Voldemort Named Top Movie Villain

July 15th, 2008 3:09pm EDT
Ralph Fiennes' Lord Voldemort character in the Harry Potter films has been named the best movie villain of all time - beating Heath Ledger's The Joker into sixth place.

Ledger's performance in new Batman sequel The Dark Knight, the last movie he completed before his death in January, has been lauded by critics and tipped for an Oscar nomination. However editors of Moviefone rank him behind Fiennes; James Earl Jones and Hayden Christensen's Darth Vader; Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West and Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lector in the onscreen evil stakes.

A Moviefone edito...

Notes & Quotes: Usher To Usher

July 5th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
"I made love to a few songs. "Love You Gently" is one of my favorites. Make her call you 'Daddy' when you put that one on." R&B star Usher likes getting intimate to his own songs.

"I think knowing which people I can trust and being more aware of my surroundings. It's like Dorothy, I'm not in Kansas anymore." Teen sensation Miley Cyrus likens life in the spotlight to movie The Wizard Of Oz.

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner made a surprise appearance at London's O2 Wireless Festival on Friday afternoon, when he joined fellow British rockers The Rascals on stage and performed the ...

Best Movie Lines That Have Stuck In Pop Culture

June 5th, 2008 9:00am EDT
The Sixth Sense
There are some movies that live forever in the minds of humanity generation after generation. They span decades, continents, and cross racial and gender divides. What creates that certain magic is intangible, but it inevitably involves the memorable quotes that make their way into pop culture and every day speech.

These quotes have a universal quality, whether humorous or tragic, and they take you back to that exact moment in the film when Marlon Brando screams into the air or Humphrey Bogart gently touches Ingrid Bergman's chin. These iconic moments are not only remembered but consta...

Novel Roots: Best & Worst Films Based Off Of Books

May 20th, 2008 11:17am EDT
The Bourne Ultimatum
Many filmmakers are taking on the challenge of turning classic novels into feature films. It's a challenge because many people have fallen in love with the books and don't want directors messing with them. There are many books that were translated poorly on the big screen, but there are films that are just as good as the book, if not better.

In no particular order, here is a look at some of the best and worst films that are based off books:



Joe Wright directed the 2007 film "Atonement," which is based off of Ian McEwan's critically acclaimed novel. James...

Pras To Bring Comic Book Series To The Big Screen

March 4th, 2008 12:22pm EST
Pras Michel
The Fugees star Pras Michel is moving into movies - the rapper plans to star in an upcoming film based on the comic book series "Dark Oz." The hitmaker has optioned the film and TV rights to the comic, which follows an older version of The Wizard Of Oz character Dorothy Gale as she travels through a gothic and more macabre Oz.

Michel is planning to star as the Scarecrow when the live action movie, based on the work of original comic creators Aaron Denenberg, Ralph Griffith and Stuart Kerr, goes into production at the end of the year, reports Daily Variety.

(This news article pro...

Rhino Gives Standing Ovation To Linda Eder

January 25th, 2008 8:00pm EST
Linda Eder
It's common for female singers to cite Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland as their influences, but it's quite a rare occurrence to encounter a woman who can take the songs of such legends and make them her own.

In her 26-year career, Linda Eder has far surpassed the role of admirer and has taken on Carnegie Hall, the Gershwin theater, and nearly all the stages of Broadway to become recognized as one of the great contemporary solo voices. Rhino Records applauds the Broadway great with a career-spanning, single-disc collection of her work. Linda Eder: Greatest Hits will be available Janu...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 9

December 9th, 2007 3:00am EST
Felicity Huffman
Happy Birthday to Green Day drummer Tre Cool (1972), Wallflower Jakob Dylan (1969), WWE wrestler/Olympian Kurt Angle (1968), violinist Joshua Bell (1967), Desperate Housewife Felicity Huffman (1962), entertainer Donny Osmond (1957), "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" actor John Malkovich (1953), "Star Trek TNG"'s 'Lt. Commander Worf' actor Michael Dorn (1952), singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading (1950), nine-time NFL Pro-Bowler Dick Butkus (1942), "Stargate SG-1" actor Beau Bridges (1941), English actress Judi Dench (1934), talk show host Morton Downey, Jr. (1933; d. 2001), screenwriter/...

Paris Hilton Denies Leaking Nicole Richie Baby Shower Photos

November 26th, 2007 9:21am EST
Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton has denied leaking photographs of her friend Nicole Richie's recent baby shower party to the media. The hotel heiress was a hostess at the November 18 Wizard Of Oz-themed event, held at Richie and her boyfriend Joel Madden's Beverly Hills, California, home.

Early last week, several tabloids were offered photos of the party - none could print the pictures because deadlines had been pushed forward due to the Thanksgiving holiday. But some suspected Hilton of leaking the images, because she was in each one and they looked "set up" - a charge Hilton denies.

Her spokespe...

TV Land Airs Halloween Marathon Oct. 28

October 27th, 2007 9:00am EDT
The Amityville Horror
TV Land goes bobbing for answers to some of entertainment's darkest mysteries on Sunday, October 28 from 7PM - 10:30PM (all times ET/PT) with a special Halloween marathon of TV Land's hit original series, "TV Land Myths and Legends."

Celebrate All Hallow's Eve with over three hours of Hollywood's most mystifying secrets and bizarre rumors. From deceased munchkins and the Poltergeist curse to haunted film sets and lifeless Bond girls, TV Land will have you on the edge of your seat.

TV Land Myths and Legends features appearances by celebrities -- many of whom had a direct connecti...

Award Winning Documentary 'Showbusiness – The Road To Broadway' On DVD; Win A Copy!

October 17th, 2007 4:25pm EDT
ShowBusiness – The Road to Broadway
ShowBusiness – The Road to Broadway intimately follows four high-profile musicals that would eventually become Tony Award nominees: the adult-oriented comic paean to Sesame Street, Avenue Q, the glam-rock Boy George autobiography Taboo, the Wizard of Oz-inspired Wicked & the powerful and socially conscious Caroline or Change.

The documentary provides an insightful and entertaining never-before-seen look at the inner workings of Broadway musicals, from casting and staging to the previews and red-carpeted opening nights, the documentary dramatically captures the hard-work ethic, imagina...

Jack Sparrow & Catwoman Lead List of Top Movie-Related Halloween Costumes

October 4th, 2007 12:34pm EDT
Pirates of the Caribbean
Johnny Depp and Halle Berry have something in common this Halloween: their characters (in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series and "Catwoman," respectively) are the fans' top inspirations for movie-related Halloween costumes, according to a recent survey by Fandango.

Fandango asked thousands of movie fans to rank the costumes they're most likely to wear this year, and the results are surprising. According to the survey, 70% of the respondents said that they plan to wear movie-inspired costumes this Halloween.

"Pirates"' Captain Jack captured the top spot for favorite male movie-r...

The 'Wizard Of Oz' To Be Remade

August 24th, 2007 10:12am EDT
Wizard Of Oz
Beloved screen classic The Wizard Of Oz is to remade by comic book writer Todd McFarlane. The 1939 classic is to get a gritty makeover in the new version, which will be released to coincide with the original's 70th anniversary.

McFarlane, who created violent comic book series Spawn and has written for Spider-Man in the past, says, "My pitch was 'How do we get the people who went to The Lord Of The Rings to embrace Oz.' I want to create an interpretation that has the 2007 wow factor."

A History Of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson has been handed the scripting duties.

-More W...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 13

August 13th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Lloyd Banks
Happy Birthday to rapper Lloyd Banks (1978), "The Partridge Family" actor Danny Bonaduce (1959), singer Dan Fogelberg (1951), actor Kevin Tighe (1944), Hawaiian icon Don Ho (19300, actor Neville Brand (1920; d. 1992), actor Charles "Buddy" Rogers (1904; d. 1999), prolific film director Alfred Hitchcock (1899; d. 1980), "The Wizard of Oz" lion Bert Lahr (1895; d. 1967), and legendary wild west sharpshooter Annie Oakley (1860;ld. 1926).

Gandalf Is Named Film's Greatest Wizard

July 9th, 2007 10:37am EDT
The Lord Of The Rings character Gandalf has been voted the world's greatest screen wizard. The wise fantasy character, played by Ian McKellen in the blockbusting franchise, came top of the poll ahead of character from the Harry Potter films.

Professor Dumbledore, who is played by Michael Gambon and the late Richard Harris previously, came second, while Daniel Radcliffe's screen hero Harry Potter came third in a new survey by cinema advertising firm Pearl & Dean. Merlin, from Disney's The Sword And The Stone, came fourth - followed by the title character in the 1939 film The Wizard Of ...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 10

June 10th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Elizabeth Hurley
Happy Birthday to actress Leelee Sobieski (1982), "A Walk To Remember" star Shane West (1978), singer Faith Evans (1973), R&B singer Joel "Jo-Jo" Hailey of K-Ci & JoJo (1971), Soul Coughing singer Mike Doughty (1970), "Austin Powers" actress Elizabeth Hurley (1965), "Waterworld" actress Jeanne Tripplehorn (1963), actress Gina Gershon (1962), Brazilian singer Joao Gilberto (1931), British actor Lionel Jeffries (1926), "The Wizard of Oz" star Judy Garland (1922; d. 1969), and legendary bluesman Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett (1910; d. 1976).

Celebrity Birthdays, May 15

May 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Happy Birthday to "The Sopranos" actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (1981), musician Ahmet Zappa (1974), French actor David Charvet (1972), Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith (1969), Braves pitcher John Smoltz (1967), rap/hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Melle Mel (1962), English composer Mike Oldfield (1953), "Analyze This" actor Chazz Palminteri (1951), producer/Roxy Music member Brian Eno (1948), country singer K.T. Oslin (1941), Latin rock pioneer Trini Lopez (1937), country legend Eddy Arnold (1918), and "The Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum.

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