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28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names

November 14th, 2013 1:03pm EST
28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names
Many celebrities have changed their names before they hit it big, and for many reasons. Let's take a look at some of the biggest stars who didn't take their birth name to Hollywood.

Katy Hudson didn't want to be confused with Kate Hudson, so she took her mother's maiden name and became Katy Perry.

Oprah Winfrey's name is iconic, but it's not actually her real name. It's Orpha, after the biblical figure. However, so many people mispronounced her name while she was growing up that the mispronunciation stuck.

Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus. He took his mother's maiden name...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Francis Ford Coppola 5-Film Collection'

December 7th, 2012 11:00am EST
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The horror. The collection. Is it good or bad? We’re about to find out as we check out the new set featuring work including "Apocalypse Now" with the "Francis Ford Coppola 5-Film Collection" out Dec. 4 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The review skinny awaits below.

Title: "Francis Ford Coppola 5-Film Collection"

Grade: 3

Cast: Martin Sheen, Vincent Gallo, Gene Hackman

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Rating: R

Runtime: 702 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Website: www.lionsgateblu-ray.com

The Flicks: As far as Francis Ford Coppola flicks go this 5-...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Conversation'

October 26th, 2011 1:40pm EDT
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Remember a time when audio was reel to reel and surveillance done the old fashioned way? If not you need to check out the classic Francis Ford Coppola 1974 thriller "The Conversation" out this week from Lionsgate Home Entertainment starring the great Gene Hackman. The tapped info below!

Title: "The Conversation"

Grade: 4

Cast: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Harrison Ford

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Rating: PG

Runtime: 113 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate

Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com

The Flick: While obviously dated in its old school form of technology, "The Con...
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Nicolas Cage Describes Real Life 'Trespass' Involving A Naked Man With Fudgesicle & More From TIFF

September 15th, 2011 10:12am EDT
Nicolas Cage Describes Real Life 'Trespass' Involving A Naked Ma
There are many big movie stars who come to the Toronto International Film Festival with their latest movies, but nobody who brings the weird like Nicolas Cage. Cage often likes to talk about the original spelling of the word, Wyrd, as an early Anglo-Saxon concept. When he took the stage of the TIFF official press conference, he brought uniquely Nicolas Cage moments to the festival.

The film he is in Toronto with sounds like a traditional thriller. Trespass is a story of a family attacked by burglars who want father Kyle Miller (Cage)’s sample of diamonds from his business. As the crisis we...
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Happy 60th Birthday Robin Williams!

July 21st, 2011 8:47am EDT
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Robin Williams has joked his way to a milestone age - the funnyman turns the big 6-0 on Thursday.

He rose to fame playing an oddball alien in TV's Mork & Mindy and went on to take the movie industry by storm, all while juggling a successful stand-up career.

With a number of awards under his belt and a string of high-profile roles in films including "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Good Will Hunting," Williams has cemented his place as one of Hollywood's most hilarious - and hairiest - men.

To celebrate his 60 years, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about the star:

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Top Ten Best Movie Sequels Ever

May 27th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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For all those hoping that both Kung Fu Panda 2 and The Hangover Part II opening this week are better flicks then their predecessors this is the Starpulse list for you. We’ve delved deep into our movie minds to come up with some of the most imaginative, innovative, and just plain kick-ass awesome second outings to ever hit the silver screen. (And yes, being that it’s part of a trilogy, Empire doesn’t count movie geeks!) Move over impressive or perhaps in some cases unimpressive cinematic originals – you’re new 35mm baby brother is here and he makes this look good. Here is our list of the...
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Rob Lowe Still Fuming Over 'Outsiders' Snub

May 16th, 2011 3:56pm EDT
Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe still harbors resentment after several of his scenes were cut from classic 1980s movie The Outsiders without his knowledge, insisting the snub is "unforgivable".

The actor made his big screen debut playing Sodapop Curtis in Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of the S.E. Hinton novel, about feuding teenage gangs in the 1960s.

However, he admits he was devastated after watching the film for the first time and realizing his part had been significantly reduced.

He says, "Somebody could have called me. I was 18 years old. They should have called me. I've never forgiven them for tha...
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'Scream 4': Another Movie, Another Dollar

April 14th, 2011 2:02pm EDT
Scream 4
With the release of "Scream 4" on Friday, April 15, Wes Craven will finally have an answer to the question: Can the "Scream" movie franchise be resurrected as easily as the ghost faced killer? It’s been over a decade since the last installment of the "Scream" series was released and now the old gang, at least what’s left of it, is back at it again. Given most of the original cast has been killed off and the remaining ones have aged disgracefully into “Cougar Town” and Betty Ford during the significant time lapse since the last film’s release, Craven has decided to the inject some ne...
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'The King's Speech' Takes Best Picture at Oscars (Full List Of Winners)

February 28th, 2011 12:30am EST
The King's Speech
The King's Speech ruled over the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, taking home four honors including Best Picture and Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth.

The royal drama, about stuttering British monarch George VI, led the competition with 12 nominations going into this year's Oscars, and edged out the likes of Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception and The Social Network to claim the most coveted title of the night.

Firth was crowned Best Actor in a Leading Role, emerging triumphant over Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and James...
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Sofia Coppola On Her Famous Family And Her New Movie "Somewhere"

December 22nd, 2010 11:13am EST
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The acclaimed filmmaker Sofia Coppola has a new movie out this holiday season. Somewhere is only her fourth film but the expectations are high from the director of The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. Perhaps the beginning of “awards season” will take notice.

Somewhere spends most of its time in stillness and silence. Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is an actor who spends his time between movies hooking up with women, keeping to himself at Hollywood parties and often just sitting alone. When his daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) comes to visit, it brightens him up, but he doesn’t even have...
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Sofia Coppola Wins Top Award At Venice Film Festival

September 12th, 2010 8:53pm EDT
Sofia Coppola
Director Sofia Coppola has won the top honor at the Venice Film Festival for her movie "Somewhere."

The film-maker accepted the Golden Lion on Saturday for her story of a bad-boy actor whose life is changed after his young daughter comes to stay, which was inspired by her own experiences as the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola.

Coppola thanked "The Godfather" director in her acceptance speech, saying: "Thanks to my dad for teaching me."

Quentin Tarantino, chairman of the Italian festival's jury and Coppola's ex-boyfriend, revealed her win was a unanimous choice.

He explains, "From that ...
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Robert De Niro, Robert Redford And Steven Spielberg Fight For Iranian Filmmaker

May 2nd, 2010 4:00pm EDT
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Stars including Robert De Niro, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg have joined forces in a bid to persuade the Iranian government to released jailed filmmaker Jafar Panahi.

The Iranian director, a vocal supporter of the country's opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi, was arrested following a police raid on his home in Tehran in March and has since allegedly been held in the city's Evin prison.

A group of Hollywood's most high-profile stars have now come together to fight for the filmmaker's freedom, signing a petition calling for Panahi's release.

The document reads, "We... stand ...
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Will 'Public Enemies' With Christian Bale And Johnny Depp Make The Top Gangster Movie List?

June 30th, 2009 10:10am EDT
Public Enemies
It's hard to draft this kind of list with "Public Enemies" so close to reaching its port of call at your local theater, since it's bound to shake the list up a bit. But so far as it goes, the Mob genre has a few golden standards that have set the bar high enough to make any director quake in their concrete boots at the prospect of taking the plunge. These films have a built-in mechanism that causes them either to take complete control of the empire or erupt like a car bomb. It's the requirement for these movies to champion the 'bad guy' as the hero of the film, casting them in a sympathetic...
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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

June 8th, 2009 9:00am EDT
Imagine That
Following up from last week, "The Hangover" turned out to be a hilarious movie. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. I liked it so much that I actually ended up seeing it twice. For a more in-depth discussion of the movie, feel free to check out my review.

This week there are four movies premiering - two thrillers, a comedy, and a drama. We have "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," "Moon," "Imagine That," and "Tetro."

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3

In this remake of the 1974 film, "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" a New York City subway dispatcher named Walter Garber (D...
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New York United Film Festival - A Showcase Of Art & Creativity Runs Sept. 5–7

July 25th, 2008 7:00am EDT
New York United Film Festival
The New York United Film Festival, bringing art and creativity together to create a united film community, will be held at the prestigious Millennium in the East Village on September 5th – 7th. The festival's focus is to bring together talented filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, thus creating a "United" showcase of creative energy and talent. This is a film festival for everyone, a place where art and community converge. A Tulsa native filmmaker, Jason Connell and his production company Connell Creations founded New York United Film Festival and recently completed their first feature leng...
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Foreign Commercials Equal Cash, Embarrassing YouTube Replays For Major Stars

October 29th, 2007 9:52am EDT
Leonardo DiCaprio
What do Brad Pitt, Jodie Foster, Gwyneth Paltrow and Leonardo DiCaprio have in common besides megawatt stardom, vast fortunes and acclaimed performances in hit movies? They've all starred in cheesy foreign commercials, pocketing major paychecks with every faltering stab at the phrasebook. And in the era of YouTube, they may be living to regret it.

High-caliber Hollywood stars have long looked to foreign lands - most notably Japan - for a quick day's work and some easy money. John Travolta dances with a soda can next to a swimming pool while synchronized swimmers wave their leg...
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Coppola's First Movie In A Decade Premieres At Rome Film Festival

October 21st, 2007 3:00pm EDT
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ROME (AP) - It is Francis Ford Coppola's first movie in a decade, and the Oscar-winning director said Saturday that audiences should be in no hurry before deciding if Youth Without Youth is good or bad.

Youth Without Youth is Coppola's first movie since The Rainmaker in 1997. It was having its public premiere Saturday evening at the Rome Film Festival.

At an earlier screening for the press, reactions were mixed, and Coppola asked people to see it more than once.

''When you venture into new territories ... you know that it's different than Spider-Man or Shrek or other films th...
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'Spielberg On Spielberg' Premieres On TCM July 9

June 27th, 2007 10:13am EDT
Steven Spielberg
In Turner Classic Movies' (TCM) new documentary "Spielberg On Spielberg," premiering Monday, July 9, at 8 p.m. (ET)/9 p.m. (PT), two-time Best Director Oscar winner Steven Spielberg discusses his meteoric rise to success in Hollywood, as well as the motion pictures that took him there.

The 90-minute special, which features exclusive and detailed interviews with arguably the most popular and influential director of his time, is produced by Richard Schickel, who created similar programs on Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese. The premiere of "Spielberg On Spielberg" will be followed on TCM ...
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Scorsese Begins Effort To Restore Films From Around The World

May 22nd, 2007 2:32pm EDT
Martin Scorsese
CANNES, France (AP) - Martin Scorsese wants to save the world cinema. The Academy Award-winning director said Tuesday it was a ''dream come true'' to launch his international project at the Cannes Film Festival, where his ''Taxi Driver'' won the top prize in 1976.

He's backed by an advisory board of prominent directors, including Mexico's Guillermo Del Toro (''Pan's Labyrinth'') and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (''Babel''); China's Wong Kar-wai (''In the Mood For Love'') and Britain's Stephen Frears (''The Queen.'')

The idea stemmed from the work of The Film Foundation in the Unite...
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Actress Spotlight: Claire Danes

July 4th, 2006 11:41am EDT
Claire Danes
Since 1994, audiences have watched as Claire Danes has matured from awkward teen to one of the most popular actresses of her generation. Whether portraying the angst-ridden Angela Chase on My So-Called Life or trailer park trash in Oliver Stone's U-Turn, Danes has consistently displayed an uncommon maturity and insight in her performances that belies her relative inexperience.

Her ability has won over countless critics and fans and has allowed her the opportunity to work with luminaries ranging from Jeanne Moreau to Jodie Foster and Francis Ford Coppola.

Danes' most recent films:...
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Rob Zombie To Host New TCM Movie Showcase

May 24th, 2006 12:35pm EDT
Rob Zombie
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is taking a walk on the wild side as it welcomes auteur filmmaker and legendary rocker Rob Zombie as the host of the network's newest weekly movie showcase, "TCM Underground." The late-night franchise, which will feature off-the-wall movies chosen and introduced by Zombie, is set to launch in October.

"TCM Underground will serve as home to some of the truly visionary cult films that have been made over the past century, from stylish horror movies to offbeat black comedies," said Tom Karsch, executive vice president and general manager for TCM. "We are proud ...
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