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

April 11th, 2010 8:00am EDT
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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...
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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...
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A Few Of The Best Movie Musicals

December 24th, 2009 9:33am EST
Nine
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...
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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:

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

October 22nd, 2009 10:21am EDT
Amelia
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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Lord Voldemort Named Top Movie Villain

July 15th, 2008 3:09pm EDT
Villain
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...
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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...
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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:

THE BEST

Atonement

Joe Wright directed the 2007 film "Atonement," which is based off of Ian McEwan's critically acclaimed novel. James...
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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...
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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/...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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).
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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).
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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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'Superman,' 'Sopranos' and Sci-Fi Among Hundreds of Items Available for Auction

March 14th, 2007 11:32am EDT
Superman
A complete costume worn by Christopher Reeve in his first Superman film, (*$50,000-$70,000), a Bat Suit worn by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (*$50,000-$70,000), an extremely rare Wicked Witch of the West "Winkie" guard costume from The Wizard of Oz,(*$100,000-$120,000), Marilyn Monroe's gown from There's No Business Like Show Business, (*$80,000-$100,000) along with her personal hand-annotated script from The Seven Year Itch (*$60,000-$80,000) are just a few of the items Profiles in History will offer for sale on April 5.

Other coveted items that will be up for bid as part of their 27...
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Zooey Deschanel Wakes Up In Oz In Sci Fi's 'Tin Man' Miniseries

February 17th, 2007 8:30am EST
Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel has been cast as the lead in SCI FI Channel's upcoming six-hour miniseries 'Tin Man' (working title) from RHI Entertainment. The wildly re-imagined fantasy take on Frank Baum's classic book, The Wizard of Oz, is slated to begin production next month in Vancouver and will premiere in December.

Deschanel will take on the role of DG, a young woman plucked from her humdrum life and thrust into The Outer Zone (the O.Z.) a fantastical realm rife with wonder, but oppressed by dark magic. She joins Alan Cumming (previously announced), who plays "Glitch," one of a motley assortm...
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Arctic Monkeys And The Killers Win Big At BRITS

February 15th, 2007 10:26am EST
Arctic Monkeys
The Arctic Monkeys and The Killers were the big winners at last night's BRITs winning two awards each. The Arctic Monkeys scooped British Group and MasterCard British Album, for Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not but were not present to collect their statuettes. Full List of Winners Below!

Instead they recorded two video messages, dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz in one and as the members of 70s band The Village People in the other, thanking organizers for their prizes.

The Killers won International Group and International Album, for Sam's Town, and also perf...
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Netflix To Bring Academy Awards® Marketing Campaign To Life

February 9th, 2007 12:15pm EST
Enter Beginning Feb. 12
-Promotion Highlights the Memorable Movies Behind Famous Oscar Quotes-

Netflix, Inc., the world's largest online movie rental service, launched a promotional campaign, in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, that is geared to promote tune-in to the 79th Academy Awards telecast while entertaining movie fans at Netflix's award-winning Web site (www.netflix.com).

Rooted in this year's Academy Award's promotional theme, which highlights some of cinema's most unforgettable movie lines, the multi-platform effort will utilize online, broadcast, viral and prin...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 9

December 9th, 2006 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/...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 13

August 13th, 2006 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).
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Exclusive TV and Movie Memorabilia to Be Auctioned July 28

July 13th, 2006 5:15pm EDT
Wizard of Oz
Fans and collectors looking for Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, The Wizard of Oz, or just about anything related to Hollywood Memorabilia should pencil in Friday, July 28, on their calendars. Joseph Maddalena and his internationally-renowned Profiles In History will be holding their Summer 2006 auction, featuring more than 650 items of original TV and movie memorabilia, worth more than $2 million.

The six-hour auction, starting at 12 noon PDT, will be headlined by an original Mighty Joe Young armature. This incredible artifact, designed by Willis O'Brien and animated for the film by Ray H...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 10

June 10th, 2006 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).
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 15

May 15th, 2006 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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Nearly 8 Hours of Music Featured on MGM Musicals Anthology; Out April 25

April 17th, 2006 12:20pm EDT
Singin In The Rain
Movie music fans rejoiced in 1995 when Turner Classic Movies Music and Rhino Movie Music partnered for an exhaustive five disc collection featuring indelible musical performances from MGM's golden age. A decade and more than 200 classic movie soundtrack releases later, Turner/Rhino revisits the centerpiece of its successful ongoing partnership to create a truly definitive collection of MGM musical magic.

"That's Entertainment!" The Ultimate Anthology of MGM Musicals" expands the original landmark release with an entire disc of never-before-released music, and uses new technology to up...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 9

December 9th, 2005 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/...
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