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Review Of The Year

31 December 2010 7:57 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

It's been an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups. Here, WENN takes a look back at the first six months of 2010...


Matthew McConaughey became the first new celebrity dad of 2010 when he and Camila Alves welcomed baby Vida into the world, but they weren't the only couple celebrating births. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell experienced the joys of fatherhood all over again, while supermodel Claudia Schiffer and actress Monica Bellucci were bursting with excitement after announcing their pregnancies.

Love was certainly in the air - actor Josh Duhamel renewed his vows with Fergie, and British model Sophie Dahl became Mrs. Jamie Cullum. Russell Brand confirmed plans to wed Katy Perry, and Michael Buble got down on bended knee to propose to model Luisana Lopilato.

The same couldn't be said for Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend - they called it quits after nine years together. A cancer-stricken Dennis Hopper filed for divorce from his wife, and sporting pair Chris Evert and Greg Norman finalised the dissolution of their 18-month marriage.

There were new troubles for embattled celebrity offspring - Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal's boy Redmond was jailed after another drugs bust, and the future was bleak for Michael Douglas' actor son Cameron, who prepared for a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges.

Meanwhile, illusionist David Copperfield was cleared of rape allegations, and actor Rip Torn was arrested after he was found passed out on the floor of a Connecticut bank, clutching a gun. Diff'rent Strokes star Gary Coleman was arrested on allegations of domestic assault and then hospitalised following a number of seizures.

Bad health also struck Dexter's Michael C. Hall, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, just as Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed he had overcome prostate cancer.

The music industry mourned the death of R&B legend Teddy Pendergrass when he lost his battle with colon cancer, while the literary world was hit hard with the passing of beloved author J.D. Salinger.

Awards season was in full swing and Beyonce, Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift ruled the 2010 Grammy Awards, while director James Cameron's Avatar collected top honours at the Golden Globes and the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

In the TV world, Simon Cowell confirmed he was stepping down as an American Idol judge, Miley Cyrus announced she was turning her back on Hannah Montana, and Ugly Betty got the axe from network executives.

Elsewhere, George Clooney led the Hope For Haiti Now telethon to raise funds for the Haitian victims of the 12 January earthquake, enlisting pals Jack Nicholson, Ben Affleck and Mel Gibson to man the phones as Madonna, Bono and Beyonce performed for charity. Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and Gisele Bundchen all led by example and donated huge sums to the relief efforts, and the telethon raised more than $57 million (£35.6 million).

Jessica Biel and Emile Hirsch fronted another big charity drive when they joined a team of stars to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, drawing attention to Africa's chronic water shortage. They reached the Tanzanian peak for the Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro campaign on 12 January, six days after embarking on the challenge.


February was marked by tragedy when celebrated fashion designer Alexander Mcqueen was found dead after hanging himself at his London home. Meanwhile, investigations into Michael Jackson’s death in June, 2009 loomed as coroner’s officials determined acute intoxication of powerful anaesthetic Propofol was the cause. The ruling prompted prosecutors to file involuntary manslaughter charges against his former doctor Conrad Murray. Officials also ruled Brittany Murphy’s death in December, 2009 was accidental and caused by pneumonia, aided by anaemia and drug intoxication. Andrew Koenig’s family continued to mourn after his body was found in Vancouver following an apparent suicide. Marie Osmond also grieved the apparent suicide death of her 18-year-old son.

Nancy Kerrigan’s family was rocked by controversy after her brother, Mark, became the target of an investigation of their father’s homicide. Meanwhile, Etta James’ son revealed the singer had been secretly battling Alzheimer's disease for more than a year.

But there were still celebrations in Hollywood. James Cameron’s sci-fi film Avatar became the highest grossing movie in the U.S. and the U.K. His ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, had something to boast about too when her war drama, The Hurt Locker, scored nine Oscar nods, the same amount as Cameron’s cinematic sensation. She also won top awards at the BAFTAs.

The world watched as Canada's brightest stars including Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, K.D. lang and Joni Mitchell teamed up to help launch the Winter Olympics in the country. And in London, Lady Gaga walked away with the Brit Awards’ top honours. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr unveiled his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and The Beatles' favourite recording studio Abbey Road was awarded historic status by the British government. Celine Dion, Kanye West, and Jennifer Hudson were among singers who recorded vocals for Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie's revamped We Are The World track to raise money for earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The country's biggest celebrity activist Sean Penn was caught in controversy and charged with criminal battery and vandalism following a violent run-in with a paparazzo, while Lil Wayne celebrated winning a postponement on his prison sentence for weapons possession.

It was a romantic month for several stars who announced plans to wed, including Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, Hilary Duff and ice hockey ace Mike Comrie, and Dave Annabelle and Odette Yustman. Kristen Bell revealed boyfriend Dax Shepard had proposed back in December, 2009. Meanwhile, Sienna Miller, who called off her engagement to Jude Law in 2006, rekindled her romance with the actor. Several stars welcomed bundles of joy, including Padma Lakshmi, Boris Becker, Sarah Jane Morris and Gary Busey. February wasn’t such a loved-up month for Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish, or Cheryl Cole and her soccer star husband Ashley - both couples split. John Mayer risked the wrath of ex Jessica Simpson after referring to her as “sexual napalm”.

Public scandal took over headlines when Tiger Woods finally addressed reports he cheated on ex-wife Elin Nordegren with several mistresses and announced plans to return to rehab for sex therapy. Exes waged war in court, including Dennis Hopper, who won a restraining order against his estranged wife. Charlie Sheen was charged with felony menacing, third degree assault and misdemeanour criminal mischief stemming from an alleged altercation with his now-estranged wife, Brooke Mueller. Both parties checked in to rehab.


It was a shocking way to start the spring as March saw two of Hollywood's biggest star couples announce break-ups - Kate Winslet parted ways with her second husband Sam Mendes after seven years and Sandra Bullock's Oscar win was overshadowed after she found out partner Jesse James had cheated on her.

March wasn't any better for Take That's Mark Owen, who was also accused of cheating on his longtime girlfriend Emma Ferguson with 10 women - and he later revealed he's a struggling alcoholic and checked himself into rehab.

More scandals came as the month progressed, with fiery supermodel Naomi Campbell accused of attacking her driver by striking him on the head, and Michael Jackson's mum Katherine visited by welfare officials in Los Angeles over allegations one of her grandkids had purchased a stun gun.

Rapper J-Kwon was reported as a missing person after he failed to get in contact with his loved ones for more than a month, and reclusive R&B star D'Angelo was arrested in New York for offering an undercover cop cash for oral sex.

Other stars facing a tough time included Lil Wayne, who began an eight-month stretch behind bars stemming from a 2007 weapon possession arrest, and Lindsay Lohan, who had a fashion flop on her hands after being axed as the artistic advisor of style house Emanuel Ungaro following a slated catwalk collection.

But it wasn't all doom and gloom - Kathryn Bigelow made Oscars history when she became the first female to land the top director Academy Award for her war movie The Hurt Locker, beating ex-husband James Cameron in the process. Music mogul Simon Cowell confirmed his engagement to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy while others to put a ring on it included Friends star David Schwimmer, who proposed to his photographer girlfriend Zoe Buckman, and Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher, who enjoyed a small private wedding ceremony in Paris, France.

There was also a string of spring babies - Shakespeare In Love star Joseph Fiennes became a first-time father after welcoming a daughter, while Kevin Costner announced he was set to become a dad for a seventh time. Hollywood stars Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart also became parents for the first time after the actress gave birth to a baby girl.

While March saw ups and downs for some of Tinseltown's finest, others were looking on the bright side - Ricky Martin confirmed the worst kept secret in pop by announcing he's homosexual, while Will & Grace star Sean Hayes also decided to come out of the closet and spoke for the first time about his sexuality.

Every fan of 1980s movies was left devastated after hearing Corey Haim had died from a drug overdose - the Lost Boys star was aged 38. The month also saw the passings of Little Women star Richard Stapley, veteran British actor Martin Benson and beloved U.S. TV star Fess Parker.


The eruption of a volcano in Iceland at the end of March meant the following month was dogged by stories of stranded stars as a giant ash cloud swept over northern Europe and closed airports across the continent.

California's Coachella festival was under threat as a number of acts cancelled their slots when they were unable to fly out to the U.S.

Several movie premieres were also affected in the chaos - the Iron Man 2 red carpet event in London was moved to Los Angeles when stars including Robert Downey, Jr. were unable to jet to Britain. Miley Cyrus also scrapped plans to unveil her film The Last Song in the British capital due to the cancelled flights.

TV stars Chace Crawford and Kiefer Sutherland were both stranded in London after the ash cloud hit, and the 24 actor made the most of his extended stay by taking trips to some of Britain's best-known landmarks, including a day out to visit Stonehenge.

But many celebrities refused to let a little bit of volcano ash get in the way of their work - Metallica continued their tour by swapping planes for roads and railways, while Status Quo drove back to Britain after finding themselves stuck in Russia. John Cleese was stranded in Norway, so he paid $4,950 (£3,300) for a taxi to take him to Belgium, where he caught a train back to London.

In non-volcano-related news, Sandra Bullock sent shockwaves through the showbiz world when she came out fighting after her husband Jesse James' cheating scandal in March. The Oscar winner announced she had filed for divorce and stunned the world by revealing she had also adopted a baby son, Louis. Bullock admitted the couple had taken charge of their new son back in January, but kept the news quiet and after splitting from James she resolved to raise the baby on her own.

Another high profile celebrity split hit headlines when Mel Gibson ended his year-long romance with Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his baby daughter, Lucia. The couple didn't give a reason for the break-up, but Grigorieva subsequently hinted "you will find out everything quite soon". Jim Carrey and Jenny Mccarthy also ended their five-year romance.

The music world was rocked when Brett Michaels suffered two serious health scares in April. The Poison rocker was admitted to hospital for an emergency appendectomy at the beginning of the month and just weeks later he collapsed after suffering a brain haemorrhage. The rocker was in a critical condition, but slowly began his recovery. Another shock for music fans came with the death of former Sex Pistols manager and punk icon Malcolm Mclaren, who lost his battle with cancer.

April was a sad month for Dynasty fans after two of the show's former stars died within days of each other. John Forsythe passed away from complications relating to pneumonia and his death was followed by the passing of his onscreen brother Christopher Cazenove, who lost a battle with blood poisoning just six days later.

The scandal of the month came when Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the show's creator, Marc Cherry. The actress claimed he slapped her during an argument over the script and then fired her when she complained to producers.

Sheridan's co-stars, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria Parker, Felicity Huffman and Marcia CrosS, all took Cherry's side.


There were wedding bells this month for Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic and her boyfriend Seth Kirby, and actors Seth Green and Clare Grant. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon sealed their love by renewing their wedding vows for the third time.

May was not such a happy month for Boyzone singer Ronan Keating, who split from his wife Yvonne, and he wasn't the only one facing heartache - former Bond girl Halle Berry split from Gabriel Aubry after more than four years together, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer star David Boreanaz's marriage was plunged into crisis when he admitted cheating on his wife.

Several stars heard the pitter-patter of tiny feet this month - Monica Bellucci gave birth to her second daughter, Leonie, supermodel Claudia Schiffer delivered her third child, daughter Cosima, and Amy Adams became a first-time mum after giving birth to daughter Aviana.

John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston had something to smile about after the death of son Jett in 2009, when they confirmed the actress was expecting another child, and it was double joy for singer Alicia Keys - she became engaged to producer Swizz Beatz and announced her pregnancy.

Meanwhile, Hollywood paid tribute to legendary actor Dennis Hopper when he died at the age of 74 after a battle against prostate cancer, and Diff'rent Strokes star Gary Coleman passed away at the age of 42 after suffering a brain haemorrhage in a fall at his home.

There was further tragedy for the Redgrave dynasty when Lynn Redgrave died aged 67 after a long battle with breast cancer, and Brittany Murphy's grieving widower Simon Monjack was found dead at his home.

The rock world was plunged into mourning when Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 67, swiftly followed by the sudden death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, 38, who was found dead in a hotel room in Iowa after an accidental drug overdose.

Former The Temptations star Ali-Ollie Woodson died from leukaemia, aged 58, and veteran actress/singer Lena Horne succumbed to heart failure at 92.

On the scandal front, Charlie Sheen's troubles mounted when he surrendered legal custody of his two children with ex-wife Denise Richards, and Miley Cyrus showed she's growing up fast when she was caught on camera dirty dancing with a 44-year-old movie producer in a nightclub. Lindsay Lohan was ordered by a court to wear an alcohol-monitoring ankle tag in a bid to help beat her drink and drug demons, and troubled actor Michael Madsen was hospitalised following a nine-day booze binge in Britain.

Bono was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery on his back, leading to the cancellation of U2's hotly-anticipated Glastonbury headline slot the following month.


June was a bumper wedding month with Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green marrying on a beach in Hawaii, while Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart wed after seven years together. Gemma Arterton married Stefano Catelli, and Alanis Morissette married Mc Souleye. British newsman Piers Morgan wed Celia Walden and Mena Suvari married music producer Simone Sestitos. Glee star Jane Lynch married Lara Embry in a civil partnership ceremony – and love was also in the air for Orlando Bloom, who announced his engagement to longterm girlfriend Miranda Kerr.

Ugly Betty star America Ferrera became engaged to Ryan Piers Williams, while Kate Hudson hit headlines when she started dating Muse frontman Matt Bellamy.

It was a baby boom month - Kevin Costner became a dad for the seventh time, Sheryl Crow adopted her second son, director Sofia Coppola welcomed another daughter, and R&B star Ne-Yo announced he is to be a father for the first time.

June was not such a good month love wise for actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years. Meanwhile British singer Leona Lewis split from her childhood sweetheart and Twilight's Nikki Reed broke up with Paris Latsis. Brandy's romance with rapper Flo Rida came to an end, Welsh singer Charlotte Church split from fiance Gavin Henson, and former U.S. vice president Al Gore split from his wife of 40 years.

Rock stars were in mourning when former Stereophonics star Stuart Cable passed away, former The Kinks bassist Pete Quaife also died, and country music legend Jimmy Dean passed away at the age of 81. Hollywood was saddened when Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan died aged 76 after suffering a major stroke and actor/director Corey Allen passed away. Zorro star Eugenia Paul also died at the age of 75.

June also caused havoc for the music industry with numerous gigs being axed - Drake, Jay-z, Ke$ha and Grace Jones all had to cancel shows, while illness caused cancellations for John Mayer, Cher and Wolfmother, and Sum 41 brought the curtain down on their European tour after Steve Jocz was involved in a car crash.

Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford was in the news following his arrest for pot possession, while Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and The Sopranos star Joseph Gannascoli were arrested separately on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI). Meanwhile it was also another DUI arrest for actor Chris Klein - he then checked himself into a rehabilitation facility to deal with alcohol addiction later in the month.

Incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne's troubles worsened - he was sentenced to three years probation after striking a plea deal with U.S. prosecutors in relation to a 2008 drugs charge.

Other notable events in June included the launch of the soccer World Cup tournament, which saw stars including the Black Eyed Peas, Shakira, Alicia Keys and John Legend perform at the opening ceremony in South Africa. There was also a flurry of tributes on the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, and Larry King announced plans to retire from his 25-year run as the host of CNN talk show Larry King Live.

A number of awards were also handed out - The Twilight Saga: New Moon was the big winner at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, picking up four honours, while Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson caused a stir by locking lips onstage at the ceremony. Chris Brown stole the show at the 2010 Bet Awards when he performed a dance tribute to Michael Jackson, while Alicia Keys and Drake were crowned the big winners. »

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Farrah Fawcett Donated Millions of Dollars to Set Up Cancer Charity

14 December 2010 9:04 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Farrah Fawcett donated over $3.3 million to set up her cancer charity. Documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) show the late actress, who passed away aged 62 in June 2009, bequeathed two separate contributions of $3,269,169 and $50,000 to the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, which she set up while battling anal cancer.

According to Radar Online, actor Harrison Ford was one of the first people to donate to the charity, handing over a personal cheque for $5,000. Financial records show the foundation donated $85,000 to two charities last year, The Angeles Clinic Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The documents reveal the foundation is currently worth at least $5 million.

Following her death, it was revealed Farrah had left the bulk of her $10 million savings to troubled son Redmond O'Neal, 24, while her long-term partner Ryan O'Neal was excluded from her will completely.

In June, Farrah's friends and family, including Ryan, Redmond, Ryan's daughter Tatum O'Neal and best friend Alana Stewart, »


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Jill Clayburgh obituary

7 November 2010 11:03 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Witty and sophisticated American film star known for her role in An Unmarried Woman

The actor Jill Clayburgh, who has died of leukaemia aged 66, was one of the brightest female stars of the 1970s, yet was somewhat forgotten in the decade that followed. "If they don't give me good parts in movies, I'm just not going to do them. And there's a time when they just move on to the next person," Clayburgh said prophetically at the height of her fame in 1978. Perhaps conservative Hollywood did not really know how to cope with an independent-minded, intelligent performer who refused to be pigeonholed.

Born in Manhattan, New York, Clayburgh was the daughter of wealthy parents. Her father was the vice-president of two large companies and her mother was a secretary to the Broadway producer David Merrick. As a child, Clayburgh was inspired to become an actor when she saw Jean Arthur »

- Ronald Bergan

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Jill Clayburgh obituary

7 November 2010 11:03 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Witty and sophisticated American film star known for her role in An Unmarried Woman

The actor Jill Clayburgh, who has died of leukaemia aged 66, was one of the brightest female stars of the 1970s, yet was somewhat forgotten in the decade that followed. "If they don't give me good parts in movies, I'm just not going to do them. And there's a time when they just move on to the next person," Clayburgh said prophetically at the height of her fame in 1978. Perhaps conservative Hollywood did not really know how to cope with an independent-minded, intelligent performer who refused to be pigeonholed.

Born in Manhattan, New York, Clayburgh was the daughter of wealthy parents. Her father was the vice-president of two large companies and her mother was a secretary to the Broadway producer David Merrick. As a child, Clayburgh was inspired to become an actor when she saw Jean Arthur »

- Ronald Bergan

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Review: "Due Date" is Another Tired Bromance Comedy (and a Sloppy "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" Retread)

5 November 2010 8:01 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

You know how in the screwball comedy What's Up Doc?, Ryan O'Neal plays an uptight guy who has his life turned upside down by Barbra Streisand, who plays a kooky eccentric who pretty much destroys everything she touches?

That's basically Due Date, except it's a "bromance" between two men — and rather than have the leads be charming, they're both really, really annoying. Oh, and the movie's not funny.

Director Todd Phillips follows up the huge hit that was The Hangover with the story of Peter (Robert Downey Jr.) and Ethan (Zach Galifianakis), two travelers on a plane from Atlanta to Los Angeles. But when Ethan accidentally gets them thrown off the plane as terrorists (with Peter's wallet and identity still en route to Los Angeles), they have no choice but to travel cross-country together.

The result is a tired Planes, Trains, and Automobiles retread with a little bit of The Hangover »

- Brent Hartinger

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10 Better Titles for the New Own Reality Series Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals

1 November 2010 2:40 PM, PDT | Movieline - TVline | See recent Movieline - TVline news »

I knew Oprah Winfrey was up to no good when she reunited Love Story stars Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal on her show. Now her mischievous intentions are clear: She's rehabilitating Ryan O'Neal's image for his Own Network reality series Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals, in which Ryan and his Oscar-winning daughter live together and work out their differences and (ahem) similarities. Fancy. But is Ryan and Tatum the best Oprah could do for a title? Here are ten better handles. »

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O'Neals, Judds Sign Talk Show Deals With Winfrey

1 November 2010 12:01 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ryan O'Neal, his daughter Tatum and country music stars The Judds are the latest celebrities to sign TV deals with media queen Oprah Winfrey - for the mogul's new U.S. cable network.

The long-estranged O'Neals will attempt a reconciliation in their series on Winfrey's new cable network, Own, which is set to launch in January.

Meanwhile, The Judds' show will follow mum Naomi and daughter Wynonna as they prepare for their first tour together in a decade and "continue to explore their complex relationship".

An Own network spokesperson reveals both shows will air sometime next year

The celebrity families join a growing number of stars set to work with Own - Julia Roberts, Forest Whitaker, Goldie Hawn, Mariel Hemingway and Irish actor Gabriel Byrne have all agreed to develop documentaries for the mogul's new network.

Country music singer Shania Twain will also star in Why Not? With Shania Twain, which will follow her life on the rebound after a messy public divorce, while Jenny McCarthy and Rosie O'Donnell have reportedly landed deals for their own talk shows. »

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OWN Unveils Launch Schedule, New Shows

1 November 2010 7:17 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will launch at noon on January 1, 2011 with an hourlong introduction by Winfrey. Today the cable channel announced the schedule for its premiere weekend as well as its regular daytime and primetime line-up. It also unveiled 2 more family docu reality series: The Judds, which follows country music duo Naomi and Wynonna Judd as they prepare for their first tour in ten years together, and

 Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals, which follows the father and daughter as they reclaim their relationship after being estranged for over 25 years. “During our launch weekend, the audience will see a little of everything Own has to offer,” said Christina Norman, chief executive officer, Own. “Oprah as they’ve never seen her in Season 25: Oprah Behind The Scenes, expert advice from Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and Suze Orman in Ask Oprah’s All-Stars, and sneak peeks at the kinds of shows »


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Eisenberg vs. Damon? The Youngest Best Actor Nominees!

13 October 2010 9:21 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

"Do I have your full attention?"

Whilst continuing my "Best in Show" column for Tribeca Film, I decided it was high time to highlight Jesse Eisenberg from The Social Network and this is why. Here at The Film Experience though, it's time for Oscar trivia! Though I would love to see Eisenberg win traction for Best Actor, he has something else working against him besides the subdued performance: his age.

Youngest Best Actor NomineesAnd where Eisenberg would fit in, were he to be nominated.

Disclaimer/Bragging: You won't find info this extensive elsewhere! The Official Oscar site / Wikipedia only offer top tens. However the following info is approximate. Though the Academy's top ten is down to the day of the actual nominations, they don't provide official nomination dates only ceremony dates. Inside Oscar and Wikipedia also only list the ceremony dates so we're just using February 1st, ∞ as a general »


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Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal reunite on 'Oprah,' 40 years after their famous 'Love Story'

12 October 2010 5:44 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal were the rom-com couple of the day in 1970, after their now-famous tearjerker "Love Story" hit the big screen. They reunited on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Tuesday (Oct. 12) to talk about their experiences making the movie.

Ali tells Oprah she remembers Ryan's audition and their instant chemistry. "First of all, he's a great kisser. It's a combination of somebody who's incredibley sexy but funny. That's just electrifying," says MacGraw.

When asked about their definitions of live, Ali says, "There are so many kinds of love, and they're all very intense for me. I've had to learn that there's friendship love, there's ex-lovers' love, there's ex-husbands' love, there's kid love, your animals. Love is enormous."

"It means never having to say you're sorry," O'Neal jokes, quoting the famous "Love Story" line.

Ali: "What does that mean, by the way?"

Oprah: "I was just going ask you! What does that mean? »


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Ryan O'Neal Still Carries Torch for Ali MacGraw

12 October 2010 3:20 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Love Story" lovers Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw reunited on "Oprah" today, 40 years after they made their iconic romantic melodrama -- and O'Neal admitted he fell for his co-star while they were making the movie.

"For me, I was stumblebum at the end of the day," the actor, 69, told Oprah Winfrey. "I was so sad because her husband might be in town."

MacGraw was then married to the film's producer, Robert Evans, but it didn't »

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'90210's' Trevor Donovan: An unexpected full moon plus 10 more fun confessions

3 October 2010 10:22 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Trevor Donovan came in last season as the dashing new tennis player/surfer dude, Teddy Montgomery, who quickly caught the gals' eyes and the guys' glares on The CW's "90210." 

Since then, his character has shown some deeper revelations as his relationship to his famous dad (played by Ryan O'Neal) revealed itself to be a tumultuous one and he grew close to Silver (Jessica Stroup) over their mothers' battles with cancer. This season, the revelations get even deeper as an injury forces Teddy to hang up his racket and he begins a storyline revealing he's gay.

Donovan has shown a very public dedication to playing the storyline in a way that honors the gay experience. And we have been pretty thrilled with the way it has been unfolding so far.

Donovan, 31, a former model who daytime soap viewers will remember from his stint on "Days of Our Lives," may be hiding »


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Mm@M: Peyton Place (From Big Screen to Small)

13 September 2010 12:19 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Previously on Mad Men @ the Movies: 4.1 Live From Times Square 4.2 Sixties Sweethearts 4.3 Catherine Deneuve & Gamera, 4.4 Jean Seberg, 4.5 Hayley Mills & David McCallum, 4.6 Chaplin the Sad Clown 4.7 "No Bad Seats"

freelance creative Joey and name-dropping Harry discuss Peyton Place

Episode 4.8 "The Summer Man"

In yesterday's episode, Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) and Joan (Christina Hendricks) have a difficult showdown with Joey (Matt Long) the freelancer, another example of the show's study of sexism in the workplace. Joan turns on Peggy, despite Peggy's efforts to help. Joan is still in her downward spiral, less powerful in the office, helpless at home, and continually obsessing over Vietnam. Meanwhile, Don Draper (Jon Hamm) finally pulls himself out of his spiral. After last week's instant classic episode, which was very tightly focused, this was a rather uncharacteristic episode with prolonged narration from Don and a jumble of different scenes that felt like transitions away from old storylines.

Peyton Place. »


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The film that changed my life: Courtney Hunt | Film

11 September 2010 4:02 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich, 1973)

My mother used to drive me to a lot of movies when I was a little girl, and I ended up seeing a lot of the great films of the 60s and 70s. Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown… I saw that one way too early. So Paper Moon wasn't the first adult film I'd seen. But it was the first that seemed to be talking to me directly as a child. It had a profound effect on me.

It is about a little girl in an adult's world, and I was a little girl in an adult's world. My parents were divorced, and I'd spend time with my dad without my mother. There's a special kind of intimacy that develops between a daughter and father when a mom's not around – I think it's common where there's a divorce – because the dad has to kind of have a go at the mom's job, »

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Free Flick Fridays: Paper Moon

3 September 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Paper Moon Dir. Peter Bogdanovich (1973) With the recent dispiriting news that father-daughter duo Ryan O'Neal and Tatum O'Neal are shopping around a reality series about their potential reconciliation, let's go back to happier times in the '70s, when Ryan and Tatum were co-starring in the classic Paper Moon. Based on the book Addie Pray by Joe David Brown, and adapted snappily for the screen by Alvin Sargent, Paper Moon is a delightful film about a Depression-era con man, Moses Pray, who is saddled with a grifter kid, Addie, who may or may not be his daughter. It's funny to think that the film came out of the golden era of the '70s, where, for a short while, directors got away with smart mainstream entertainment about likable people and interesting stories. Shot in crisp black-and-white, the film feels like a tribute and a lost film from the '30s, »

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'90210's' Trevor Donovan says the gay storyline 'will be organic'

16 August 2010 6:51 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

After last season's widely perceived mishandling of Adrianna's (Jessica Lowndes) short-lived lesbian storyline, "90210's" producers are being sure to stress that the upcoming gay storyline will really be, well, gay. 

After Zap2it was the first to report that Trevor Donovan's character, Teddy Montgomery, is the mystery male coming out in Season 3, the actor is using Twitter to respond to his many fans who have reacted to our article.

"I read all your tweets and know you are all curious about the 'gay' character this season," he writes. "Let me say, gay or straight, relationships are relationships. Everyone goes through the same kind of troubles and joys." 

While The CW tells us that there are no plans to bring back Ryan O'Neal, who played Teddy's father, Spence Montgomery, last season, Donovan mentions family as one of the things the character will have to deal with.

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Redmond O'Neal Completes Drug Treatment

16 August 2010 4:50 PM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Redmond O'Neal has completed his court-ordered drug treatment program. The 25-year-old son of Ryan O'Neal and late actress Farrah Fawcett appeared at a Los Angeles courtroom on August 12 to mark his graduation, where he hugged Superior Court Judge Michael A. Tynan and thanked everyone who stood by him throughout his ordeal.In a statement released by his lawyer Richard Pintal, Redmond said: "My plan is to move forward with my life, clean and sober. I am going to do so privately and with as much quiet dignity as I can." Redmond completed the program - which included 12-step instruction, group therapy and one-on-one counseling - last month, but still has another two years' probation to go. In May, Redmond was released from the Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Pasadena, California, and was moved to a sober living environment. His lawyer said: "It's a big, big day for Redmond. »

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Redmond O'Neal Graduates From Rehab

12 August 2010 4:17 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Farrah Fawcett may have been proud today. Redmond O'Neal, the late actress' son with Ryan O'Neal, was in a Los Angeles courtroom today, not to cop a plea or be punished, but to mark the completion of his court-ordered drug treatment program. The 25-year-old, who appeared along with a few other graduates, hugged Superior Court Judge Michael A. Tynan and thanked everyone who stood by him throughout his struggles. It can't have been easy. After spending almost a month in jail following his arrest for heroin possession (which followed arrests for DUI and methamphetamine possession), O'Neal was transferred to a sober-house lockup in April 2009, his fourth stab at rehab. He was facing »

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Redmond O'Neal Plans to Move Forward, Clean and Sober

12 August 2010 3:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

After being in drug treatment for over a year, Redmond O'Neal has graduated to a new phase of his life - literally. The son of actors Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett graduated Thursday from an intensive drug-court program, and received a hug from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Tynan. "My plan is to move forward with my life, clean and sober," O'Neal, 25, said in a statement released to People through his lawyer Richard Pintal. "I am going to do so privately and with as much quiet dignity as I can."O'Neal had been undergoing intensive court-ordered treatment »

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Soccer Star Landon Donovan and 'The Situation' to Join 'Dwts'?

10 August 2010 11:16 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

There won't be an official announcement until August 17th, but rumors are flying about who will join the new cast of "Dancing with the Stars."

"Extra" has heard that "Jersey Shore's" Mike "The Situation" may be taking his fist-pumping moves to the hit ABC series, along with "Bachelorette" couple Ali and Roberto. Although the newly engaged duo wouldn't confirm, they told us that they would love to participate in the show.

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