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The Butler bows down to name change

July 3rd, 2013 3:20am EDT
The Butler
Bosses behind star-studded historical movie The Butler have been forced to change its name after it was ruled a rival studio owns the rights to the title.

The film, about Eugene Allen - the butler to eight U.S. presidents and their families - features an A-list cast, including Forest Whitaker as Allen, Oprah Winfrey as his wife, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower and Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy.

However, chiefs at The Weinstein Company will have to come up with a new title for the highly-anticipated movie ahead of its August (13) release af...

Michael Douglas In Talks To Play Ronald Reagan

September 1st, 2012 5:02pm EDT
Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas is set to swap Liberace's flamboyant lifestyle for another presidential role - as Ronald Reagan.

The Wall Street star is in talks to play the late Republican in indie movie Reykjavik, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mike Newell is in negotiations to direct the film about Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's 1986 peace summit meeting in Iceland, and Ridley Scott is onboard to produce the project.

If the actor signs up for the film, it won't be Douglas' first presidential role - he played fictitious U.S. leader Andrew Shepherd in 1995's The American President.

Celebrities That Turn 30 in 2012

January 2nd, 2012 8:00am EST
Celebrities That Turn 30 in 2012
It's hard to believe for many of us the 1982 was 30 years ago. In that year, Ronald Reagan was President, Joe Montana was the Superbowl XVI MVP and the space shuttle Columbia made its first mission.

In movies, E.T., Tootsie and Gandhi ruled the box office while Chariots of Fire took best picture at the Academy Awards that year. Also taking home Oscar gold for best actor and actress in 1982 respectively were Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda for On Golden Pond. In music Michael Jackson released Thriller which sold more than 25 million copies, becoming the biggest selling album in history.


The '20 Most Effective Political Celebrities' Include Angelina Jolie, George Clooney

April 29th, 2011 10:15am EDT
Angelina Jolie
Washington political news organization National Journal has named the "The 20 Most Politically Effective Celebrities of All Time."

The list, released online and in the April 30 issue of National Journal magazine, includes current Hollywood activists like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Robert Redford, and Bono, plus some of the most successful celebrity activists in history, including Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, and Elizabeth Taylor.

To help develop the list, National Journal interviewed dozens of staff members on Capitol Hill and Republican and Democratic o...

Michael Moore Urges Tom Hanks & Oprah To Run For Office

November 5th, 2010 11:59pm EDT
Michael Moore
Filmmaker Michael Moore is urging President Barack Obama to improve the image of his Democratic party by pushing "beloved" stars such as Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey to run for office.

The leader and his political party suffered a series of humiliating results at the recent mid-term elections, and filmmaker Moore is convinced adding celebrity candidates to the Democrats' roster will boost their popularity at the polls.

He tells MSNBC, "(The Republican party) have actually run movie stars and won. They ran Ronald Reagan. Fred Thompson was a senator. Gopher from 'The Love Boat.' Sonny Bono.....

'Saturday Night Live' Presidents Reunite To Give Barack Obama Advice (VIDEO)

March 3rd, 2010 1:28pm EST
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Funny or Die has gathered a long list of Saturday Night Live presidents to deliver an important message to Barack Obama (played by Fred Armisen) about consumer protection.

Will Ferrell, Fred Armisen, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Dana Carvey and Darrell Hammond, who have played as every American president since Gerald Ford (a special guest appears as Ronald Reagan), show up in Barack Obama's dream to advise him on how to pass legislature for a Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

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Film's Most Memorable Football Coaches

September 8th, 2009 12:00pm EDT
Knute Rockne Win One for the Gipper
With football season right around the corner, it's time to take a look back at the way Hollywood has immortalized coaches over the years. While most football movies focus on the players, a few have turned their eyes to the men (and women) calling the shots, giving us several good and bad portrayals of coaches.

Tony D'Amato, "Any Given Sunday"

Oliver Stone's let's-throw-it-all-together-and-see-what-sticks football opus has its faults, but one of them is not Al Pacino's performance as the coach of the beleaguered Miami Sharks. Stone coaxes one of Pacino's last great efforts by allowing...

10 Reasons To Keep 'Chuck' On The Air

April 21st, 2009 10:30am EDT
There's been a lot of discussion about the fate of reluctant spy Chuck Bartowski lately. Of the other shows that were picked up in that ill-fated 2007-08 season, only CBS's sitcom The Big Bang Theory and the CW's soapy Gossip Girl have survived. Ouch. Worse, most of those shows, like Pushing Daisies, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Life met the axe this year (though the jury's still out on Life, it doesn't look good.) With Jay Leno taking over five hours of the NBC schedule a week (seriously, whose genius idea was that?), things aren't looking good for the once proud Peacock. Here are ten ...

Dennis Hopper Was Moved By Obama

November 4th, 2008 3:16pm EST
Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper switched his political allegiance and pledged his support for Democrat Barack Obama, after the Illinois senator charmed him with kindness.

The pair met the day Obama kicked off his presidential campaign - and the Easy Rider star was stunned when the 47-year-old candidate took the time to talk about the actor's recently-deceased mother. The incident - and his dislike of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin - convinced him to end his long support of the Republican Party, and vote for the Democrats.

Speaking on Tuesday, the day of the election, Hopper sa...

Val Kilmer Tipped To Become New Mexico Governor

September 15th, 2008 2:44pm EDT
Val Kilmer
Hollywood star Val Kilmer is tipped to become the next governor of his home state of New Mexico - by the politician currently in the hot seat.

Democrat Bill Richardson has to step down from the position when his second term ends in 2011 - and he would love to hand over the keys to the governor's mansion to Kilmer.

He says, "I like the idea. Val Kilmer is a New Mexican, he was Batman. You know there have been successful actors going into politics. I haven't talked to him about it, I don't know how serious he is, but you know if he jumps in a race he's got name ID, so it can't be ...

Roseanne Barr's Website Bashes Brangelina

August 18th, 2008 11:54am EDT
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TV star Roseanne Barr has reportedly launched a scathing attack on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - branding them "evil".

In a post on Barr's website, apparently written by the comedy queen, the writer slams the Hollywood couple for making millions while starring in "violent, psychopathic" movies - but only giving away a small part of their pay checks to charity.

In the message, titled Jon Voight in reference to Jolie's actor dad, the writer fumes, "Your evil spawn Angelina Jolie and her vacuous hubby Brad Pitt make about $40 million a year in violent, psychopathic movies and give...

Memorable Acting Performances By Professional Wrestlers

July 30th, 2008 10:44am EDT
The Marine
Ah acting-a craft that stands as one of the finest, and most difficult in the world. Some of our culture's most influential people were actors: William Shakespeare, Ronald Reagan, Yul Brenner, the list is endless, really. Then you have professional wrestling. Pro-wrestling feels a bit like modern gladiatorial combat, except it would drive a Ford F-150 complete with a sticker of Calvin peeing on a Chevrolet in its rear window. You see how these two coincide, right? Sure, it's fair to call wrestlers entertainers. Athletes? Why not? Actors? Eh… Did you guys see The Marine? Neither did we, but ...

Nancy Reagan's Tribute To Charlton Heston

April 7th, 2008 12:25pm EDT
Charlton & lover
Ronald Reagan's widow Nancy has paid tribute to Charlton Heston, dubbing the late actor "a hero on the big screen and a hero in life". Heston who died on Saturday, aged 83, was a long-term friend and supporter of the Republican ex-president. Both men moved into politics after acting careers and fought losing battles with Alzheimer's disease. Reagan died at age 93.

The former first lady says, "I will never forget Chuck as a hero on the big screen in the roles he played. But more importantly I considered him a hero in life for the many times that he stepped up to support Ronnie."


Low Times Mean Good Times With Andy Kindler, Part 1

April 1st, 2008 10:39am EDT
Andy Kindler
There seems to be a relationship between the state of comedian Andy Kindler's career and the state of American culture. The worse the economy, the less informative the news, and the poorer the satire, the more opportunities Andy gets. This past month alone Andy has been on Letterman, Comedy Central's The Root of all Evil, and was even profiled by the LA Times. "To a man like me," says Andy, "Who brings joy to the non-masses, I'm going to be able to profit during down times." What's down, what's coming, and what's funny about it is the subject of this Starpulse Q and A with comedian Andy Kin...

Ridley Scott Working On Ronald Reagan Movie

February 26th, 2008 2:59pm EST
Ridley Scott
Director Ridley Scott is making a new movie about late U.S. president Ronald Reagan's dealings with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

The as-yet-untitled film will reportedly focus on the pair's famous 1986 summit conference that took place in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Scott tells the Hollywood Reporter, "I want to show who they were and why they did what they did.

"Their actions helped shape history, paving the way for the end of the Cold War."

And although the American Gangster director has yet to begin casting, he insists "physical resemblance is secondary".

He a...

Val Kilmer Considers A Career In Politics

January 11th, 2008 2:57pm EST
Val Kilmer
Actor Val Kilmer is considering following in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger and swapping acting for politics. Kilmer claims he already has the backing to run for Governor of his home state New Mexico - and could do a far better job than other stars who have crossed the divide.

He says, "I did get some lobbyists once saying that I'd make a good governor. Reagan wasn't much of an actor and look how that worked out for him. And then there's Arnold... I think you should be able to pronounce the name of the state."

Action star Schwarzenegger began his career in politics in 2...

Enter These Spooky Starpulse Contests & Win Horrifying Prizes!

October 23rd, 2007 12:16pm EDT
Horror films. Ghoulish DVD collections. Spine-tingling posters. Starpulse is giving away these and other scary items in honor of Halloween. Check out the following prizes:

* Win a copy of Hostel: Part II on DVD. Three winners will receive a copy of the DVD as well as a 'Hostel: Part II - Unrated' poster signed by director Eli Roth.

* Win one of five copies of The Tripper. Prepare for a killer trip! It's the dawning of the age of bloodshed as a homicidal maniac with an obsession for Ronald Reagan wreaks havoc upon a group of bohemians in the horror satire The Tripper.

* Ni...

Beckhams Top Overrated List

September 27th, 2007 10:06am EDT
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David and Victoria Beckham have topped a quirky new magazine poll to find the "Most Overrated People, Places And Things." Radar magazine has named the famous couple at the top of its new over-hyped list - ahead of cupcakes, Botox and Brad Pitt.

Writer Michael Musto calls soccer star David "overpaid" and his wife "a pointless collection of body parts."

Also on Radar's Overrated 100: blogging, sex with virgins, cocaine, Keira Knightley, pilates, Ronald Reagan, The Dalai Lama, Jake Gyllenhaal and hit TV show Grey's Anatomy.

-Victoria Beckham Pictures

-David Beckham Pictures...

Hugh Hefner Opens Up About Having Sex In His 80s, His Biopic & More

September 5th, 2007 12:05pm EDT
Hugh Hefner
The latest issue of Details magazine features a new Q&A with Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner:

- On his famous pajamas: “The pajamas came really early on-see, I was working a lot at night. But the smoking jacket-a point came when I was working increasingly at the mansion in Chicago, and there wasn’t a lot of point to getting dressed-and eventually people were disappointed if I was wearing a suit. I’ve got about 200 pairs, silk pajamas in 20 colors, and velvet or satin smoking jackets, all custom-made.”

- On sex in his eighties: “I still have sex several times a week. But when you talk ...

Michael Douglas Has No Political Ambitions

August 30th, 2007 11:55am EDT
Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas has no plans to follow in the footsteps of actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan by running for public office.

The actor, 62, who was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 1998, admits he has no desire to become involved in local government.

He adds "I'm so in awe and have such respect for publicly-elected officials. I enjoy the diplomacy part of it rather than being a public servant. I enjoy lobbying on the issues that mean a lot to me."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Many Believe Princess Diana's Death Was Not An Accident

August 15th, 2007 1:45pm EDT
Princess Diana
Marking the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death, Lifetime Television's latest Pulse Poll found an undercurrent of public skepticism still exists surrounding the circumstances of the Princess of Wales' passing.

According to this national survey, a strong minority (43%) are not convinced that her death was an accident, while nearly one-third believe investigations into the events of the evening of August 31, 1997 should continue.

A 2006 BBC poll found 43% Brits believed that the car crash which killed Princess Diana was an accident.

The Lifetime Pulse Poll (telephone ...

Jazz Pianist Receives Knighthood

June 14th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
George Shearing
English jazz pianist George Shearing is now a Sir after accepting a knighthood from British monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The veteran musician, who has been blind all his life, brought his wife Lady Eleanor to the ceremony at the Queen's London residence Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

Shearing, 87, enthused, "I enjoyed it very much and I am very excited about it."

The London-born musician moved to the United States in 1947 and performed in the country for many years before settling in New York City in the late 1970s.

During his lengthy career, he played for U.S. Presidents Ge...

David Arquette Has Role For President Bush In Horror Sequel

April 30th, 2007 8:33am EDT
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David Arquette is already planning a sequel to his movie directorial debut, The Tripper, and this time he's bashing President George W. Bush. In the new film, a serial killer in a Ronald Reagan mask terrorizes music fans at a festival, and Arquette hopes to feature Bush in the follow-up.

He tells, "I've already written the sequel. George W has some things to do with it, but he's not the killer. It's called The Tripper 2: The Burning Bush."

-David Arquette Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

'The Tripper' Killer Reminds David Arquette Of Ronald Reagan Horror

April 12th, 2007 9:36am EDT
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David Arquette insisted the killer in his new comedy horror movie The Tripper wear a Ronald Reagan mask because the late former President used to terrify him. In the new film - Arquette's big-screen directorial debut - the killer attacks music fans at a rock festival, and the star admits the imagery of Reagan stalking youngsters gives his quirky movie a serious edge.

He explains, "Reagan's policies had a direct effect on the world around me. I remember waking up one morning and you'd see homeless people all around you. It happened pretty much overnight and it was pretty bizarre and it...

David Arquette To Premiere His New Film In A Cemetery

April 11th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
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Quirky movie star David Arquette will premiere his new horror film at Hollywood's most famous cemetery tonight. The Scream star's directorial debut, The Tripper, will get its celebrity pre-release screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery - one of Arquette's favorite childhood haunts.

He says, "I grew up right down the street on Melrose and Gower. We always knew about the cemetery. My older brothers and sisters would sneak in and run around in it. Valentino's buried there, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Johnny Ramone."

The movie, which is co-produced by Arquette and his wife Cour...

Martin Sheen Has Been Arrested 65 Times

April 6th, 2007 9:22am EDT
Martin Sheen
Campaigning actor Martin Sheen has been arrested an astonishing 65 times in the last 20 years. On Sunday, the veteran actor received a police citation for trespassing on a Nevada nuclear test site.

Sheen has fond memories of his first arrest, when he protested former President Ronald Reagan's nuclear initiative.

He tells British movie magazine Empire, "We placed our bodies at the doors so the employees on the project couldn't get through and I remember being terribly frightened by what was going to happen. I remember (protest organizer) Father Bergin offering the New York Police...

Celebrity Birthdays, February 6

February 6th, 2007 3:00am EST
Axl Rose
Happy Birthday to British singer Rick Astley (1966), Guns 'n Roses singer Axl "maybe Chinese Democracy will come out this year" Rose (1962), TV star Megan Gallagher (1960), American actress Kathy Najimy (1957), singer Natalie Cole (1950), reggae icon Bob Marley (1945; d. 1981), anchorman Tom Brokaw (1940), M*A*S*H* actor Mike Farrell (1939), actress/sex symbol Mamie Van Doren (1931), actor/director Rip Torn (1931), British actor Patrick Macnee (1922), Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (1917), 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan (1911; d. 2004), and baseball legend George Herman ...

Lindsay Lohan Encouraged To Run For Government

January 1st, 2007 3:00pm EST
Lindsay Lohan
Singer/actress Lindsay Lohan is being encouraged by the New York State Independence Party (NYSIP) to run for local government in 2009.

The NYSIP's Frank Morano believes Lohan could bid for New York City Public Advocate - a position next in line to the mayor, which links the electorate and city government.

Morano writes, "As Albany is currently a cesspool of corruption, badly in need of reform, you may also want to consider a bid for the state legislature. Many celebrities have made the transition from Hollywood to politics, ranging from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura to...

"American Hardcore" Traces The Evolution Of Punk With Music By Black Flag, Minor Threat And More

October 5th, 2006 11:21am EDT
American Hardcore
Emerging in the early 1980s, hardcore punk championed independent thought and a f-you attitude - all with a fierce "do-it-yourself" aesthetic. More than just loud, fast music driven by primal aggression, bands like Bad Brains and Black Flag helped launch an underground social movement that tapped into the disaffection of misfit kids who came of age in the Reagan era. Filmmaker Paul Rachman and writer Steven Blush capture the spirit of this subculture with their documentary, American Hardcore, and Rhino Records delivers the hard-hitting soundtrack. "American Hardcore - The History Of America...

David Arquette Loses Film At San Diego Comic Con

July 23rd, 2006 10:49am EDT
David Arquette
Actor David Arquette was left red-faced at comic book convention Comic-Con in San Diego, California Friday after he lost the tape of his directorial debut there.

The Scream 2 star was at the four-day event to debut footage from his new film The Tripper when he misplaced the tape.

Before fans who had queued up to meet him and see the footage, the actor said, "I'm so embarrassed... It'll probably be on the Internet tonight."

But the quirky star still managed to thrill fans by acting out scenes from the film, which he later described as "a political horror film about a person...

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