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The 101 Best Sports Movies of All Time

19 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.

And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement, »

- Gary Susman

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In Honor of Ex-Spouse Day, the 6 Types of Celebrity Breakups

14 April 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

April 14 is Ex-Spouse Day, a special time to reminisce about the one person you're probably sick of thinking about. Here's another option: Instead of ruminating on personal relationship pitfalls, reflect on the wild world of celebrity breakups. From conscious uncouplings to legal brawls, stars' separations are often dramatic. There are various ways for a celeb to turn a main squeeze into a former fling - the dreaded text message send-off included. In remembrance of Hollywood's exes, here are six recurring types of celebrity splits. Where do you and your ex fit? The "Uncool"The Breakup: Taken from Jennifer Aniston's post-split dig at Angelina Jolie, »

- Kelli Bender

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Briefs: “More Scenes From A Gay Marriage,” Casting “Stonewall,” And Veet Pulls Its Controversial Ad

9 April 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Charlie Hunnam (above), who is 35, Cynthia Nixon is 48, Marc Jacobs is 51, and Dennis Quaid is 60.

Comic Book Publisher Ends Relationship With Vendor Over Marriage Equality

Beyonce Liberated.

Billy Porter On Inspiring Gay Kids, Finding Forgiveness

Here’s the trailer for Matt Riddlehoover‘s More Scenes From A Gay Marriage, co-starring Charlie David and Rodiney

And no one would give up their seat. For shame.

Here’s Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway performing Broadway versions of rap songs.

Jeremy Irvine will star in Roland Emmerich big-screen Stonewall. The only thing I know about him is he starred in War Horse, and this.

Veet Pulls Its Ad After Creating Hairy Controversy. That was … quick. What do you think? Offensive?

And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, »

- snicks

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Mammone to star in supernatural thriller

30 March 2014 5:43 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Fresh from playing the lead in Fat Tony & Co, Robert Mammone will play a homeless man who is confronted by a malevolent presence on a late-night commuter train in Bunny.

The supernatural thriller is due to start shooting in Sydney in May, the feature directing debut of Us screenwriter Peter Schink, who wrote and was associate producer on the 2010 pic Legion, which starred Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid.

Mammone, who came back last week after playing a Greek general in Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner, will also serve as an executive producer on Bunny.

The plot revolves around a group of strangers on the train who find the body of a young junkie. The original idea came from Sydney-based, Us producer Jeff Wannberg, who regularly commutes to and from Sydney late at night.

.Jeff pitched it to me as The Conjuring on a train,. Schink told If on the line from the Us. »

- Don Groves

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Defending the '12 Worst Muppets Ever'

21 March 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The folks at io9 drew up a list of the 12 worst Muppets. It should disturb and haunt you, but not because the list is correct: It berates quirky and forgotten Muppets when their weirdness often represents more than what meets the eye. Surely there are annoying Muppet qualities, but that's the joy of the Muppets: They are annoying. To condemn their grating qualities is to misunderstand what makes them cool and even defiant. Tina Fey shakes her head in contempt. So without further ado, I'm defending the 12 "Least Wanted" Muppets. I'm already so flustered and squawky that you'd think I was voiced by Frank Oz.  1. Pepe the Prawn Latin stereotypes abounding? Perhaps. But Pepe the Prawn's exasperated, self-conscious behavior is more reminiscent of the wonderful Telly Monster than anyone else. You don't hate Telly, do you? Wow. Maybe you hate Telly. And are you telling me you can resist that frantic, »

- Louis Virtel

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Kim Dickens Lands Female Lead In CBS Drama Pilot ‘Red Zone’

17 March 2014 2:57 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Friday Night Lights alum Kim Dickens has been tapped to star in CBS‘ drama pilot Red Zone opposite Anthony Lapaglia. Also cast in the pilot, written by Nikki Toscano and directed by James Foley, are Kevin Rahm (Mad Men) and Samantha Mathis (Under The Dome). The Universal TV drama centers on Holden Weller (Lapaglia), a retired CIA operative and intense high school football coach/athletic director who is pulled back into action when a terrorist event rocks Washington, DC, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists is being bred. Dickens will play Helen Weller, Holden’s confident and strong wife, a former CIA shrink who teaches psychology at the same high school as her husband. Rahm and Mathis play husband and wife Paul and Olivia Jordan, and the parents of Jake (Graham Rogers), the second-string Qb on Holden’s team and a friend of the Wellers’ daughter Laney. »


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Max Casella & Jack Quaid Cast In HBO’s Rock ’N’ Roll Drama Pilot

14 March 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Max Casella (Blue Jasmine) and Jack Quaid (Hunger Games franchise) have joined HBO‘s untitled Rock ’n’ Roll drama pilot, from executive producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, George Mastras and Terence Winter. The pilot is eyeing production start in early summer with Scorsese directing. Co-written by Winter and showrunner Mastras, the untitled drama is set in 1970s New York and explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of record executive Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), who is trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound. Casella will play Julian “Julie” Silver, the nurturing but short-tempered Head of A&R of the label, who struggles to stay hip and relevant in the young man’s game of the rock ’n’ roll business. Quaid, son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, plays Clark Morelle, a young A&R executive »


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Critical Mass: Can Greece lightning strike twice in '300: Rise of an Empire'?

7 March 2014 7:55 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The first 300 was an uncompromising paean to glorious graphic-novel imagery, infused with music-video sensibility and CGI magic. Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s bloody tale, which chronicles the Spartans’ noble defeat at Thermopylae in 480 B.C., splattered the box office in 2007, grossing $201.6 million and making Gerard Butler’s abs more famous than Gerard Butler. 300: Rise of the Empire is a prequel, sequel, and side-quel to that tale.

Butler’s King Leonidas is dead, but Athens’ general Themistokles (Strike Back’s Sullivan Stapleton) rallies the fractured Greeks at sea against the invading Persian armada, led by Artemisia, a »

- Jeff Labrecque

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'Movie 43' and 'After Earth' win big at the Razzie Awards

3 March 2014 1:29 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) "Movie 43" and "After Earth" were the big “winners” at the Razzies last night, with each film taking home three trophies from the awards ceremony that “honors” the worst movies of 2013. "Movie 43", which featured Hugh Jackman, Dennis Quaid, Kate Winslet, Seth MacFarlane, Chris Pratt, Emma Stone and many more big Hollywood stars in various short films being pitched to studios by a washed-up producer, took home the award for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director — or directors, as the film had 13. "After Earth", the science fiction film directed by M. Night Shyamalan that starred Will and Jaden Smith, took home the awards for Worst Lead Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo for the father-son duo. Tyler Perry won his eighth Razzie for Worst Actress for "A Madea Christmas", where he once again performed in drag, while Kim Kardashian took the Worst Supporting Actress statue for »

- JK Parkin, Comic Book Resources

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Film Review: ’300: Rise of an Empire’

3 March 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Few recent tentpoles have lent themselves less naturally to a sequel than Zack Snyder’s “300,” a movie in which nearly all the major characters died, while a brief coda showed a unified Greek army about to lay waste to the remnants of Persia. But Snyder and co-writer Kurt Johnstad handily surmount that problem in “300: Rise of an Empire,” which offers a “meanwhile, back in Athens” story to complement the Spartan narrative of the first film, along with an even higher quotient of impaled torsos, severed limbs and rippling Mediterranean musculature. Anchored by Eva Green’s fearsome performance as a Persian naval commander whose vengeful bloodlust makes glowering King Xerxes seem a mere poseur, this highly entertaining time-filler lacks the mythic resonances that made “300” feel like an instant classic, but works surprisingly well on its own terms. Arriving in theaters on the box office fumes of “The Legend of Hercules” and “Pompeii, »

- Scott Foundas

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First Casting Announced for Robert Kirkman’s ‘Air’

20 February 2014 12:52 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The first casting announcements for Robert Kirkman’s Air have been released today with Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou signing on the dotted line. Air tells the story of two custodians (Reedus and Hounsou) who struggle to hold onto their sanity living in an underground bunker with cryogenically frozen people meant to re-populate society

Fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ will know all about Robert Kirkman; he’s the mastermind behind the AMC dramatic thriller  that seems to leave fans breathless after every episode.  Seems he is keeping things in ‘The Walking Dead’ family as Reedus has been playing the role of Daryl Dixon in the hit show since 2010.  The actor has also held small roles in Robert Redford’s The Conspirator and horror Pandorum alongside Dennis Quaid but it is his role in Twd that has put him into the limelight.

Djimon Hounsou is a two-time Ocsar nominee for Blood Diamond »

- Victoria Bull

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Kevin Bacon celebrates 'Footloose's' 30th anniversary with throwback photo

17 February 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The original "Footloose" hit a major milestone on Monday (Feb. 17). The movie starring Kevin Bacon officially turns 30 years old, and "The Following" star celebrated its anniversary by sharing a throwback photo to his dancing days on Twitter:

"It was 30 years ago today," Bacon writes. "Ren McCormack taught the town to play..."

In those 30 years, the cast of the original "Footloose" -- including Bacon, John Lithgow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Lori Singer -- have gone on to enjoy diverse careers in TV and film, while a remake of "Footloose" was released in 2011 starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and Miles Teller.

Can you believe it's already been 30 years since the original "Footloose" was released? »


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This Week on Stage: Hugh Jackman resumes Tony duties, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Andrea Martin score new roles

15 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Given that the ubiquitous Neil Patrick Harris will be plenty busy in a wig and heels as the lead in the upcoming Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, it was apparent he would not resume his envied tenure as Tony Awards Host Extraordinaire. But no fretting, as megastar Hugh Jackman (due back on Broadway next season in a new Jez Butterworth play) is picking up the baton for his fourth time as host. And it’s quite a year too, as the star quotient for the 2014 show is sky-high (Denzel Washington, Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zach Braff, and »

- Jason Clark

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13 Reasons Why Emilia Clarke Just Got Voted World’s Most Desirable Woman

11 February 2014 6:59 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


If you’re a fan of Game Of Thrones, there’s every possibility that you already considered Emilia Clarke, who of course played Daenerys, to be the hottest woman in all of the known world, but now there’s some confirmation from, the web’s finest purveyors of male betterment.

They have conducted a poll for the world’s most desirable woman, and the results (after more than a million votes) have heralded Clarke as the outright winner, after readers were charged with electing women who most closely match their ideas, based on criteria such as sex appeal, character, talent and potential for 2014.

A more than worthy winner, Clarke beat Mad Men’s Alison Brie (No. 2), Blurred Lines music video model Emily Ratajkowski (No. 3), The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence (No. 4) and Harry Potter’s Emma Watson (No. 5) to the title, which should be celebrated as a »

- Simon Gallagher

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5 Male Stars Who've Had Eating Disorders

1 February 2014 8:40 AM, PST | | See recent newser news »

Not every Hollywood star who's struggled with an eating disorder has been female. Radar rounds up 11 male celebrities who've battled the problem. A sampling: Dennis Quaid: After losing 40 pounds to play the dying Doc Holliday in Wyatt Earp , he started struggling with what he called "manorexia" and ended up getting treatment. "I’d look in the mirror and still see a 180 pound guy, even though I was 138 pounds," he said. "For many years, I was obsessed about what I was eating, how many calories it had, and how much exercise I’d have to do." Billy Bob Thornton: »

- Evann Gastaldo

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The X-Files is 20: six ways that Scully and Mulder changed TV

27 January 2014 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The cult science-fiction series made a massive impact when it was on our screens, but its influence just keeps growing

The X-Files beamed down to the UK 20 years ago yesterday, first screening on Sky1 on 26 January in 1994 (and coming to BBC2 nine months later). An FBI procedural about alien abduction, fringe science, paranormal activity and submerged conspiracies, it took traditionally wackadoodle subject matter and transmuted it into TV gold. Cinematic, atmospheric and compelling, The X-Files barely had time to establish itself as a cult hit before becoming a global phenomenon – and even though the series ended in 2002, its influence can still be felt today. Here are six things it gave television.

Gillian Anderson's blooming career

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The X-Files could claim to be the making of Gillian Anderson, but she probably would have made it anyway. Show creator Chris Carter clearly recognised her potential, »

- Graeme Virtue

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The New '300: Rise of an Empire' Trailer Is Sweaty, Sexy, and Dirty (Video)

21 January 2014 7:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Uh, spoiler!

King Leonidas (Gerry Butler) bit it at the end of the last "300" and his queen (Lena Headey) is out for blood. Unfortunately for her, the army they're up against is led by Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and Artemisia (Eva Green). Yep, Xerxes and his amazing/terrible facial piercings are back. There's tons of slow-motion fighting, yelling, sweating, and sexiness, all set to the dulcet tunes of Black Sabbath. Nope, they aren't going to subtlety in "300: Rise of an Empire."

Based on the graphic novel "Xerxes" by Frank Miller, this "300" sequel was adapted by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad. Snyder directed the first "300," "Man of Steel," and "Sucker Punch," and is currently hard at work on the as-yet untitled "Batman vs. Superman" movie. He's listed as a producer here, with Noam Murro directing. Murro's only other feature-length credit is "Smart People" with Dennis Quaid and Sarah Jessica Parker, so »

- Jenni Miller

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New 300: Rise Of An Empire Trailer And TV Spot Call For War

20 January 2014 1:38 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The long-awaited 300: Rise of An Empire is finally in the home stretch, set to come out this March, and while promotion for the movie over the last month has largely consisted of a bunch of character posters, today Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have something new ready for us. The studio has not only launched the brand new trailer that you see above, but also the new TV spot that you see below: One of the undeniable draws of the first 300 movie was the visual style of director Zack Snyder, and I'm curious to see how that translates in the sequel. While Snyder is a part of the project both as a co-writer and a producer, the directing duties for part two fall into the hands of Noam Murro, whose only previous feature was the 2008 dramedy Smart People with Dennis Quaid and Ellen Page. The Greece-set war film is »

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86th Academy Awards: Streep Shatters Nominations Record

16 January 2014 3:56 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Meryl Streep breaks Oscar record: Oscar 2014 nominations (photo: Meryl Streep in ‘August: Osage County’) The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Thor: The Dark World and Snow White and the Huntsman actor Chris Hemsworth — whose Rush was completely shut out — made the announcements, including that of Best Actress contender Meryl Streep, in the running for her performance in John WellsAugust: Osage County. Streep’s competitors are her Doubt and Julie & Julia co-star Amy Adams for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen FrearsPhilomena, and likely winner Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. (Emma Thompson’s absence from the Best Actress roster — for her performance in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks — was quite a surprise. »

- Steve Montgomery

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Feature: 10 Best Interviews of 2013

15 January 2014 3:43 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Every year, the movie stars, actor/actresses and filmmakers come knocking, and is there to answer. Film Critics Brian Tallerico and Patrick McDonald have combined their best-of interviews for 2013, and it’s an intriguing and eclectic mix.

With so many promotional tours, conventions and shows coming through Chicago, the opportunity to get a wide range of celebrities, filmmakers and up-and-comers is one of the privileges of covering TV and film here. The following interviews – enhanced (except for two interviews) by the photography of Joe Arce – were significant for their background stories, promotional circumstance and memorable quotes.

Sheryl Lee of “Twin Peaks

Sheryl Lee at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

Interviewer: Patrick McDonald

Opening Note: Before getting started, there are so many arresting interviews I participated in during 2013, and if you plug these names in the search engine, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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