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14 SXSW Movies You Need To See

3/11/2016 12:00pm EST
SXSW 2016: 14 Movies You Need To See While At The Festival
The 2016 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival runs from March 11 to March 19. With over 125 feature films, it will be impossible to see everything. Here are some highlights of the films showing at SXSW to help you make your schedule, and if you’re not going to Austin, TX this week, look for these movies when they come out after the festival!

Sing Street

From John Carney, the writer/director of Once and Begin Again comes another tale of music and inspiration. I saw Sing Street at the Sundance Film Festival and I can’t wait to get the soundtrack. It’s about a Dublin teenager in the ‘80...

21 Great Actors Who Surprisingly Never Won Oscars

2/27/2016 8:00am EST
21 Great Actors Who Surprisingly Never Won Oscars
The Oscars are this Sunday. Sylvester Stallone could win his first ever Oscar. Even though the original Rocky won Best Picture, that went to the producers and not his screenplay or performance. It could also be firsts for Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Bryan Cranson, Matt Damon (for acting) Charlotte Rampling, Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Hardy, Mark Ruffalo, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rooney Mara or Rachel McAdams.

They can’t all win, and those who don’t will have many more chances. It did get us thinking about all the great current actors who have never won an Osca...

Not So Fast, Is Daniel Craig Really Quitting Bond?

2/24/2016 3:12pm EST
Relax, Daniel Craig Has Not Quit James Bond
Yesterday, an interview with Mark Strong on Shortlist suggested his friend, Daniel Craig, had retired from playing James Bond. This story got picked up wide in mainstream outlets, because of course it’s possible Bond news. But if you look at Strong’s quotes, it’s clear this is not any official news. Shortlist was even careful to add “according to Mark Strong” to qualify the headline. Frankly, he’s being diplomatic and being careful not to get himself or his friend into any trouble.

Shortlist asked Strong if he’d like to appear in a Bond film in any capacity. Like any actor asked a speculat...

Loved The Witch? Here's 8 More Sundance Horror Films To Watch

2/21/2016 2:15pm EST
Loved The Witch? Here's 8 More Sundance Horror Films To Watch
This weekend’s new horror movie The Witch tells the story of a colonial New England family terrorized by evil forces on their farm. It premiered over one year ago at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and it’s not the first horror hit to debut at the prestigious film festival. If The Witch terrifies you this weekend and you want more, here are eight other great horror movies that came out of Sundance.

8) The Blair Witch Project - Probably Sundance’s biggest success story, the filmmakers went into the woods and popularized the “found footage” film. They sold it at Sundance for a million dolla...

Ranking Shia LaBeouf's Performance Art

2/21/2016 9:27am EST
Ranking Shia LaBeouf's Performance Art: #IAMSORRY to #ELEVATE
Shia Labeouf is doing performance art again. This time he’s camped out in an elevator at Oxford University. At this point, #ELEVATE is #DeRigueur for the actor whose antics began in 2014. Starpulse looks back at two years of Shia Labeouf performance art and ranks seven of them. Let us know if we missed any!

7) All My Movies - In the grand scheme of things, this is relatively normal. LaBeouf held an impromptu movie marathon of all his films, in reverse chronological order, at the Angelika Film Center from November 10-13, 2015. He attended so that the audience could watch him watch his movie...

If You Loved 'Deadpool,' You'll Enjoy These Other R-Rated Comic Book Movies

2/15/2016 5:10pm EST
Loved 'Deadpool'? Here's 5 More R-Rated Comic Book Movies To Wat
Deadpool smashed all sorts of records, which is even more impressive since it’s rated R. That means most of the main audience for comic book movies, kids, wasn’t even allowed to see it. If you like your comic book movies bloody and crude, you don’t have to wait until Deadpool 2 to get your fix. There’ve been a bunch of R-rated comic book movies before Deadpool made it cool. They didn’t enjoy the success Deadpool has but maybe now they can get the love they deserve.

5) Punisher: War Zone - By the third Punisher movie, it seems like Marvel just said “F*** it” and made the most graphic, blood...

5 Things We Know About Deadpool That You Should Know

2/9/2016 2:35pm EST
5 Things We Know About 'Deadpool,' A Superhero Movie Unlike Any
If you think this weekend’s new release Deadpool is just another superhero movie, think again. This one is unlike any you’ve ever seen, and especially unlike the other ones starring Ryan Reynolds. Here are five things we already know about Deadpool, which opens Friday.

1) Ryan Reynolds wanted this bad. - Reynolds was attached to play Deadpool as early as 2004, in a script by Blade and The Dark Knight writer David S. Goyer. He got the chance to play him in 2009‘s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but only as second fiddle to Hugh Jackman. His hope was to get his own movie after introducing Deadpool...

Angelina Jolie Directed Her Daughter Vivienne On Set Of 'Maleficent'

5/28/2014 11:48pm EDT
Angelina Jolie Directed Her Daughter Vivienne On Set Of 'Malefic
By now fans know Angelina Jolie is a director as well as an actor, with her debut film In the Land of Blood and Honey, and the upcoming Unbroken. She is in front of the camera again in this weekend’s Disney film Maleficent, but she still played a directorial role in one scene. Her daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, played young princess Aurora in a scene, but needed to be coaxed to perform.

“The first day was the day she had to catch the butterfly and she just really didn’t feel like doing it,” Jolie recalled. “So I actually was holding the pole with the ball on the end and bouncing up and do...

Jon Hamm Talks 'Million Dollar Arm' And Relates To Unconventional Families

5/16/2014 1:35pm EDT
Jon Hamm Talks 'Million Dollar Arm' And Relates To Unconventiona
Jon Hamm is very noticeably not married to his girlfriend of 16 years, Jennifer Westfeldt. They like it this way, though they always have to explain to reporters that this is intentional, that neither of them are pushing for a proposal. Hamm stars in the new movie Million Dollar Arm which is also about an unconventional family.

J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) is a sports agent who went to India to recruit pitchers. The two Indian boys he brought home became his family and actually led him to get close to the woman who would become his wife.

“I’m in a modern family myself,” Hamm said. “Everyone’s ...

Kate Upton Had Bikini Issues Making 'The Other Woman'

4/27/2014 8:05am EDT
Kate Upton Had Bikini Issues Making 'The Other Woman'
The Other Woman is Kate Upton’s major motion picture debut. She played small roles in Tower Heist and The Three Stooges, but in The Other Woman she is a main character. Acting wasn’t the most challenging thing for her on the movie. You’d think a famous model would be used to wearing bikinis, but she found it was quite different to wear one while filming a movie.

“When I was shooting the bikini scene, normally when you go to a beach everyone’s wearing bikinis,” Upton said. “On a film you’re the only one and there’s 60 people staring at you. They’re doing their jobs but they’re still starin...