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The Apartment


The Apartment is the bittersweet, darkly comic tale of a mild-mannered office nebbish who sells little bits of his body and soul to climb the corporate ladder, falls in love on the way up and finds his way back down to redemption. Jack Lemmon will quite simply break your heart in this wry, cynical indictment … Continue reading

Some Like it Hot


One of the great screwball comedies, Some Like It Hot answers the burning question: will Jack Lemmon’s romantic life actually improve if he puts on a dress? You bet. In fact, just about everybody has a good time in this fun, silly movie, with Lemmon and Tony Curtis in drag, hiding out from the mob … Continue reading

Fiction Family by Fiction Family (2009)


Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins have set out to restore dude love’s lost notoriety with Fiction Family. The resultant self-titled record has plenty of charm despite lacking any “super band” qualities. Those who became enamored with Foreman’s folky acoustic solo project will eat Fiction Family right up. The record isn’t … Continue reading

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)


In the crowded pantheon of comic-book-derived movie-franchise superheroes, Wolverine, as embodied by the muscular Australian song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman, always seemed kind of special. A grouchy, sensitive loner with retractable metal claws and apparently unretractable facial hair, Wolverine brooded and growled through the first three “X-Men” pictures, helping to supply them (or at least the … Continue reading

Ben-Hur


Ben-Hur was made back when going to an epic movie was an international event. Great spectaculars were made with real people, mind-boggling sets and casts of thousands, long before digital special effects made them all obsolete. Epics were shown on gigantic screens in palatial movie houses, often with overtures and intermissions, and a really big … Continue reading

Susan Boyle Has A Makeover


It looks like the Susan Boyle makeover has begun. In one recent report about the YouTube sensation from Scotland, Boyle is said to have visited with a hairdresser to help tame her curly flyaway locks. Earlier today, she was photographed at her home in Blackburn wearing a lightweight leather jacket and a purple printed frock … Continue reading

Lorne Michaels Stalker


The case against the man accused of stalking the Saturday Night Live mastermind was placed on hold at a hearing, and will be thrown out entirely if 32-year-old Evans Pidhajecky keeps out of trouble, and Michaels’ eyeline, for the next six months. “There was no crime,” Pidhajecky’s attorney, Jack Litman said. “He never stalked Lorne … Continue reading

Britney Spears Clown Care Donation


Britney Spears knows everybody loves a circus. The 27-year-old popstar, who’s currently on her Circus world tour, is donating $100,000 to the Miami Children’s Hospital’s Big Apple Circus Clown Care program. The mother of two made a surprise, 30-minute visit with 40 sick children at the hospital on Saturday before her show at the American … Continue reading

Monkees Peter Tork Battles Cancer


Peter Tork isn’t monkeying around with his health. The erstwhile Monkee has been diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare form of head and neck cancer, and underwent surgery to remove the growth on his tongue on Wednesday. “It’s a bad news, good news situation,” the “I’m a Believer” artist said. “It’s so rare a … Continue reading

Michael Jackson Announces London Concerts


It’s the news fans have been waiting for. Michael Jackson is looking to mount a thriller of a comeback, nearly four years since he was acquitted of child-molestation charges. The erstwhile King of Pop is aiming to reclaim his throne, announcing today at a press conference he plans to play 10 concerts in London’s O2 … Continue reading

Robin Williams Heart Surgery


Robin Williams is taking a time-out for “a little tune-up.” The madcap Oscar winner announced today that he is postponing the remaining dates of his one-man show, Weapons of Self-Destruction, to undergo heart surgery. The 57-year-old Williams announced Tuesday he was scuttling two shows in Florida this week after experiencing shortness of breath. Following a … Continue reading

Bruce Willis To Countersue


To put it in Bruce Willis terms, the last boy scout thinks a lawsuit filed against him for “walking off the set” of a movie he was supposed to direct is just a bunch of pulp fiction and he wants it to die hard. The A-lister is looking to get medieval on film company Foresight … Continue reading

Ed McMahon Intensive Care


Ed McMahon is in intensive care at a Los Angeles hospital. The 85-year-old former Johnny Carson sidekick has been hospitalized for several weeks with pneumonia, as well as other unspecified ailments, rep Howard Bragman said. The TV icon’s family is said to be at his side. McMahon has had his share of troubles in recent … Continue reading

Jerry Seinfeld Returning To TV


Jerry Seinfeld is teaming up with NBC once again to produce a reality series called The Marriage Ref. The show will feature “celebrities, comedians and athletes who will judge couples in the midst of marital disputes while recommending various strategies to resolve their problems.” The show is inspired by the star’s own experiences with married … Continue reading

Octomum or Octopussy?


Octomom needs money, the world needs alternative movies. It’s a match made in heaven. Or so think the opportunistic peddlers at adult powerhouse Vivid Entertainment, who have made Nadya Suleman a halfway decent indecent proposal, offering the cash-strapped mother of 14 $1 million plus a year of health insurance in exchange for shaking her babymaker … Continue reading

Arnold Schwarzenegger In Sylvester Stallone Movie


Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed to make a cameo as his state-ruling self in Sylvester Stallone’s latest testosterone fest, The Expendables. The flick is set to begin shooting March 28 in Brazil and then will then move to New Orleans for an additional two months of photography. Stallone, who wrote the script and will also star … Continue reading

Spider-man Musical From U2's Bono and The Edge


Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the hyped stage musical directed by Julie Taymor (The Lion King) with music and lyrics courtesy of U2’s Bono and The Edge, will kick off what its producers hope will be an amazing run along the Great White Way beginning with previews on Jan. 16, 2010, and a Feb. 18, … Continue reading

Charles Barkley Jail For DUI


Charles Barkley’s run-in with the law has landed him in foul territory. The outspoken NBA analyst was sentenced to 10 days in jail Monday after pleading guilty to driving under the influence for his Dec. 31 arrest in Scottsdale, Ariz. He’ll only have to spend five days behind bars, however, if he completes an alcohol-education … Continue reading

Rupert Murdoch Apologises Personally For Chimp Cartoon


This time the apology from the New York Post’s controversial chimp cartoon is coming straight from the monkey’s uncle: Rupert Murdoch. The News Corp. chairman offered up a personal mea culpa this morning for last week’s editorial panel that sparked allegations of racism by linking the killing of a chimpanzee in Connecticut to D.C.’s recently … Continue reading

Oscars 2009 Red Carpet Quotes


“He doesn’t speak English. He isn’t saying anything.” They were the words of one of the little kids from Slumdog Millionaire, translating on behalf of another little kid from Slumdog Millionaire. Unfortunately, many better known people feel obliged to say as much as they can, so here are some more of the quotes from the … Continue reading

2009 Oscar Winners Complete List


2009 Oscar Winners Complete List Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire Actor in a Leading Role: Sean Penn, Milk Actress in a Leading Role:  Kate Winslet, The Reader Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire Foreign Language Film: Departures (Japan) Original Song: “Jai Ho,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar; Slumdog Millionaire Original Score: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire Film Editing: Slumdog … Continue reading

United Nations Put George Clooney In Danger


George Clooney’s freedom of speech may have cost him his safety. The United Nations announced that it was looking into allegations that the world body pulled the actor’s security detail while he was, and still is, travelling through a lawless region of Chad. The move was alleged to be a preemptive measure to prevent Clooney … Continue reading

Peter Falk's Daughter Seeks Control Over Dad's Finances


Columbo can take care of himself. That’s the word from the lawyer appointed by an LA judge to evaluate whether Peter Falk needed to be placed under a conservatorship controlled by his daughter, who has claimed the 81-year-old TV legend suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and is unable to manage his personal and financial affairs. In … Continue reading

Hugh Jackman to Do Oscars Drunk and Nude


Sunday night’s Oscars host, Hugh Jackman, is sure to shake things up. For one thing, he’s not a professional comedian like most previous hosts. For another, he tells CNN that he plans to do the entire show naked and inebriated. It turns out the Sexiest Man Alive may also be one of the sassiest: “One … Continue reading

Michael Jackson Auctions Personal Collection


Luckily for Michael Jackson, there’s never been a better economic climate in which to unload a gently used portrait of the artist surrounded by various cultural and historical figures each donning the Thriller maestro’s trademark shades and Swarovski-encrusted white glove. The painting, which is expected to fetch somewhere in the vicinity of $600, is one … Continue reading

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind


An awe-inspiring combination of terrific special effects and warmly human story-telling, Close Encounters of the Third Kind holds up beautifully after more than 30 years. The phenomenal success of his thriller Jaws allowed Steven Spielberg to make an expensive movie near and dear to his heart. Close Encounters is not a fifties alien nation piece … Continue reading

Gary Coleman Court Over Roughing Up Guy At Bowling Alley


Gary Coleman’s latest taped appearance is not ready for prime time. A Utah judge ruled Tuesday that a videotaped deposition Coleman gave after being sued by a guy he roughed up at a bowling alley will not be released until the personal-injury lawsuit is settled. “I do not want to come in here and have … Continue reading

Australian Stars Help Bushfire Telethon


ome of Australia’s biggest stars participated in a telethon to aid victims of this week’s deadly bushfires ravaging the state of Victoria, among them Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, who personally donated more than $300,000 in relief funds. “As Australians, I think the biggest thing is that, no matter where you are in the … Continue reading

Stevie Wonder Library Of Congress Award


Stevie Wonder’s music helped sign, seal and deliver Barack Obama all the way to the White House, and now the president and first lady are sending him a big shout-out. The 58-year-old Motown legend will receive a Library of Congress award from the commander-in-chief and Michelle Obama on February 25. The concert will air on … Continue reading

Michelle Obama Vogue Cover


As if all the fuss over her lemongrass Isabel Toledo inauguration ensemble followed by the one-shouldered Jason Wu ivory gown weren’t enough to solidify Michelle Obama’s newfound fashion icon status, now comes the Vogue cover. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C., Michelle is only the second first lady ever to … Continue reading

Two Years Wait For Next Batman


Holy bad news, Batfans. A Dark Knight sequel is at least two years away. Director Christopher Nolan has inked a deal with Warner Bros to film Inception, based on his own screenplay. The sci-fi action film, “set within the architecture of the mind,” aims to begin shooting this summer and hit theatres in summer 2010, … Continue reading

21st Century Breakdown by Green Day


Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown won’t land in stores until May, but it’s worth waiting for this revival of political punk. Here’s a sneak peek at what Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt have been cooking up with legendary producer Butch Vig at the same California studio they recorded the Grammy-winning American Idiot, … Continue reading

Sports Illustrated Bikini Issue Cover Girl Bar Rafaeli


Leonardo DiCaprio’s rallying cry seems to have been heard. The actor’s off-again, on-again main squeeze, Bar Refaeli, is next month’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl, according to a big old billboard in Manhattan. The 23-year-old Israeli model broke out of the pack after languishing on the inside of the magazine’s most buzzed-about installment for … Continue reading

Chris Brown Arrested Over Rihanna Assault


Grammy day was supposed to be a glittery affair for R&B’s reigning It couple, Chris Brown and Rihanna. But things went horribly amiss. About the time Brown was scheduled to be singing “Forever” onstage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, he was instead detained by police, being questioned for allegedly roughing up Rihanna. Brown, 19, turned … Continue reading

2009 Grammys Complete Winners List


Album of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand Best Rap Album: Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: John Mayer, “Say” Record of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Please Read This Letter” Best New Artist: Adele Best Rock Album: Coldplay, Viva la Vida Best Pop Collaboration With … Continue reading

Michael Phelps Dropped By Kellogg


A couple days after Michael Phelps admitted to recent marijuana use, cereal maker Kellogg says it has dropped the 14-time Olympic gold medallist as a spokesman. “We originally built the relationship with Michael, as well as the other Olympic athletes, to support our association with the U.S. Olympic team,” a rep for the Battle Creek, … Continue reading

Who Wants To Be A Slumdog Millionaire?


Slumdog Millionaire could be looking to share the wealth. The producers of the recent U.K.-U.S. transplant Secret Millionaire are looking to capitalise on the Oscar hopeful’s international success with Secret Slumdog Millionaire, a spinoff reality series, according to British media reports. In the American version of the show, which premiered on Fox in December, quantifiably … Continue reading

Elton John Closes Las Vegas Show


The erstwhile Rocket Man has announced plans to close his long-running Las Vegas revue, taking his final curtain call on the Strip on April 22. Tickets for the final run of shows will go on sale tomorrow. John kicked off his Sin City residency back on Feb. 14, 2004 and while he initially only signed … Continue reading

Michael Phelps Apologises For Smoking Dope


Michael Phelps has gone and gotten himself involved in a different type of doping scandal. The good news: He’s human after all. The eight gold medal-winning swimming phenomenon issued a quick apology over the weekend for behaviour unbecoming a Wheaties Frosties box cover boy after a photo of him inhaling from what appears to be … Continue reading

Gone With The Wind


1939 Is arguably the year of the greatest number of all time classic movie releases of all time. The greatest of them is, perhaps, Gone With The Wind. The classic American epic, Gone With the Wind sweeps across the Old South, the Civil War and Reconstruction. The tale of a selfish, headstrong Southern belle who … Continue reading

To Kill A Mockingbird


The movie gets it’s title from a quote by one of the main characters, Atticus Finch: “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Set in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression, To Kill A Mockingbird raises great questions of racism, poverty, ignorance and injustice with enormous grace and emotional power. Moral and deeply … Continue reading

Casablanca


Casablanca is a great romance, a stirring wartime adventure, a suspenseful action movie, and in the end, a terrific buddy movie. It’s listed again and again on the top ten lists of critics and fans alike. Its snappy lines are repeated by movie buffs the world over. All in all, a great movie. The Plot … Continue reading

Kung Fu Panda Smashes Competition At Annie Awards


A butt-kicking panda cleaned up at the annual Annie Awards this year. Kung Fu Panda took home 10 trophies, including best animated feature, at the awards show that honors the year’s best in animation. The Dreamworks flick, which features the voices of Angelina Jolie and Jack Black, beat out Disney’s Bolt and Pixar’s critically-acclaimed WALL-E … Continue reading

Narnia's Dawn Treader Set To Sail Under Fox


Weeks after Disney decided not to bankroll another sequel in The Chronicles of Narnia series due to spiralling costs, 20th Century Fox has swooped in and rescued the big-screen franchise from almost certain doom by agreeing to team up with Walden Media to co-finance, market and distribute the next instalment, The Voyage of the Dawn … Continue reading

Harry Potter Stuntman Hospitalised


A terrifying moment on the Harry Potter soundstages Wednesday, as Daniel Radcliffe’s stuntman was hospitalised with serious back injuries following an onset mishap. Because the accident took place during preproduction for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Radcliffe and the film’s marquee stars were not on set at the time. The injury occurred when the … Continue reading

Mickey Rourke And Auditions


Most of the time, A-list gods and goddesses don’t have to read for anything. In fact, even B-plus talent often joins a project before a casting director is even hired. That’s what happened with the movie Soul Men. Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac were both attached before casting director LaTanya Potts came … Continue reading

Titus Andronicus


It has become commonplace to describe any band more than a decade old and with a few albums under their belts as “influential”, as though it were a badge of honour. But surely influential is just another way of saying “easy to copy”. Wouldn’t a truly great, original band have their own sound, one that … Continue reading

Another Writer Claims Hannah Montana


Another writer has filed a lawsuit claiming he pitched the original script for what ultimately became the hit Disney Channel series starring Miley Cyrus about a so-called average teen who moonlights as a pop star. After the complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by TMZ.com, Richard Fronduto maintains he penned a … Continue reading

Michelle Obama Wax Statue In Madame Tussauds


Michelle Obama, the first lady, is going to be honoured with a wax likeness at the Washington DC branch of Madame Tussauds. Honoured, that is, if you like the idea of a wax doppleganger of yourself sitting in a museum alongside representations of the Jonas Brothers, J. Lo and J. Edgar Hoover. First children Sasha … Continue reading

Steven Spielberg Begins Shooting On Tintin


Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have really Bonded over Tintin. Principal production on the first of a planned pair of 3-D motion-capture films featuring the intrepid Belgian reporter-sleuth has kicked off in Los Angeles, with Billy Eliot star Jamie Bell in the title role and Daniel Craig playing the nasty pirate Red Rackham, whose descendants … Continue reading

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