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The Sing-Off 2013 Season 4: Results Tonight, Semi Final Winners

19 December 2013 5:28 PM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

The Sing-Off for Season 4 semi-finals are tonight (Dec. 19, 2013) see the results and recap of the show below. Two groups move automatically to the Finals while the two fight for their place in an Ultimate Sing-Off. The winner of The Sing-Off will win a Sony contract and $100,000. Last night, VoicePlay and AcoUstiKats were eliminated. The final four on The Sing-Off season 4 are Vocal Rush, Home Free, Ten and The Filharmonic. The song choices from last night that produced the top four are below. Performances: 1. Home FreePretty Woman 2. Vocal Rush – Against All Odds 3. AcoUstiKats – Old Time Rock & Roll 4. The Filharmonic – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing 5. VoicePlay – Don’t You (Forget About Me) 6. Ten – Skyfall Ultimate Sing-Off AcoUstiKats vs. VoicePlay Song: “Eye of the Tiger" Vocal Rush vs. Ten Song: “Fame” Home Free vs The Filharmonic Song: “I’m All Right” by Kenny Loggins from Caddyshack Tonight's theme is Judges’ Choice. »

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Why we need to re-evaluate the films we once called great

19 December 2013 5:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nobody wants to rock the boat when it comes to reassessing the classics, but face facts: Gregory's Girl is clunky, 2001: A Space Odyssey is never-ending, while Dirty Dancing is still brilliant

A few weeks ago I watched The Searchers, the 1956 John Ford horse opera that is routinely described by critics as one of the greatest films of all time. In 2008 the American Film Institute named it the finest western ever, as well as the 12th best American movie, while the British Film Institute slotted it in at number seven on the all-time greatest list.

Are these guys serious? The Searchers, which deals with a mysterious, morally ambivalent Johnny Reb's relentless quest to find – and perhaps kill – a niece abducted by marauding Comanches, is padded out to epic length with all sorts of daffy comedy. The gags and slapstick fistfights undercut the serious message of the film: that most white »

- Joe Queenan

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Team Fyc: "Blue Jasmine" for Costume Design

11 December 2013 7:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In the Fyc series, we're spotlighting our favorite fringe contenders. Here's abstew on Blue Jasmine's threads.

When it comes to the Oscar for Best Costume Design, the Academy's aesthetic seems rather limited. They go one of two ways: Period Piece or Fantasy. Having a tendency to confuse 'Best' with 'Most' the eventual winner is often whichever is that year's most elaborate or over-the-top design (Alice in Wonderland, really?!). Contemporary set films with well-thought-out clothes that define the character tend to get overlooked in the Season End Gold RushBreakfast at Tiffany'sPretty Woman, and Clueless are all victims of this crime against fashion. So, hopefully when the nominations are announced on January 16th, Cate Blanchett's inevitable Best Actress nomination for Blue Jasmine will be joined by a nomination for Suzy Benzinger's meticulously designed costumes for the Woody Allen film.

As a Park Avenue socialite, Jasmine French's life is defined by labels. »

- abstew

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Julia Roberts: Is She Pregnant At Age 46? See Pic

10 December 2013 9:03 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Is baby number four on the way? The 46-year-old A-list actress has been hiding her tummy in midsection-concealing ensembles for about a month, but on Dec. 8 she offered a peek of an undeniable bump underneath an oversized cardigan.

Julia Roberts and her husband Danny Moder are the proud parents to three young kids: 9-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, and 6-year-old Henry, so it wouldn’t be so unusual for her to have another little one, even though she is now over 40.

Is Julia Roberts Pregnant At Age 46? Actress Sparks Bump Watch

Julia, 46, was spotted going to her husband’s parents’ home in Los Angeles on Dec. 8 hiding her figure in an oversized bulky sweater that concealed her midsection. Where the knit overcoat flared away from her body, it revealed a bit of her clingy tee — which showed off a tiny belly so uncharacteristic of Julia’s fit frame!

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- Kristine Hope Kowalski

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Leighton Meester Is Heading to Broadway

9 December 2013 8:55 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Leighton Meester will join James Franco on stage - People Simon Cowell organizes his girlfriend's baby shower - Us Weekly Is it Lindsay Lohan vs. Paris Hilton? - Lainey Gossip Mary-Kate Olsen may be preparing to tie the knot - HuffPost Celebrity Hilarious facts you didn't know about Lena Dunham - BuzzFeed Family Ties star Meredith Baxter gets hitched - Et Is Shailene Woodley dating Jared Leto? - Gossip Girl The royals pay tribute to Nelson Mandela - The Daily Beast The latest on Joe Manganiello's strip club documentary - Hollywood Reporter Fergie flaunts her postbaby body on the red carpet - TooFab Will Tom Hanks win the box office? - Rotten Tomatoes Demi Lovato opens up about her relationship with Joe Jonas - Wonderwall Everything you didn't know about Pretty Woman - The Frisky »

- Laura Marie Meyers

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Sherry Lansing to Receive Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at Athena Film Festival

9 December 2013 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sherry Lansing will receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Athena Film Festival, the New York fest focused on women and leadership.

Presented by Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies and Women and Hollywood, the festival will also present awards to Sundance Institute exec director Keri Putnam, “Nashville” creator Callie Khouri and Kasi Lemmons, the helmer and writer behind current release “Black Nativity.”

Former studio exec Lansing scores the lifetime kudo for a career that includes stints as chair and CEO of Paramount Pictures and as prexy of 20th Century Fox.

Also this year the Athena fest inaugurates the Athena List, a roster of three to five unproduced screenplays with strong leading female characters, compiled as a call for more distaff protags on the bigscreen. First round of scripts to make the annual list will be announced during the 2014 festival.

The Athena fest inaugurated »

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Nicolas Winding Refn: Only God Forgives director on sex, violence, Beckham

4 December 2013 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Digital Spy was fortunate enough to score a sizeable amount of time in the company of acclaimed filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn in support of the DVD release of Only God Forgives. A thematically audacious and visually stunning movie, this twisted tale of Ryan Gosling's taciturn drugs dealer becoming embroiled with a vengeance-fuelled policeman called Chang has polarised audiences. But what is it really about? We probed its maker, before delving further into his career to explore the likes of Pusher and Bronson. As for the future, Bond, Beckham and Barbarella are all on the agenda...

Since its release, Only God Forgives has inspired many different interpretations. What's the weirdest one you've encountered so far?

"My favourite one is when a German woman at Cannes came up to me and said, 'I think this movie takes place in the vagina, yes?' I was like, 'Yeah, that's pretty spot on, »

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Mia Wasikowska Finds a Desert Wonderland in New Trailer For Tracks

2 December 2013 1:22 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver are two of the most fascinating young actors working right now, and both have HBO to credit for their success. Wasikowska burst into the spotlight with Alice in Wonderland but had already gotten rave reviews for her striking turn on In Treatment, as suicidal gymnast Sophie. Meanwhile, Driver is the most electric part of the young adult ensemble on HBO’s Girls. His role as the ill-mannered but intelligent Adam Sackler is a constant, awkward delight. Wasikowska and Driver will be seen on the big screen in Tracks and the trailer for John Curran’s autobiographical adventure drama is now online.

Tracks tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, a woman who decided to walk through 1,700 miles worth of Australian desert to reach the Indian ocean, accompanied by camels and a dog. Wasikowska plays Davidson and Driver is Rick Smolan, a National Geographic photographer who »

- Jordan Adler

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Julia Roberts Touts Jennifer Lawrence's Coolness

29 November 2013 11:38 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Jennifer Lawrence is on top in Hollywood and was recently touted by Julia Roberts. The 'Pretty Woman' star says it is amazing that Jennifer is the new 'America's sweetheart' actress and though she's happy for Lawrence, Roberts thinks the younger actress might be too cool for the role. Julia is a huge fan of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' beauty Jennifer, but believes the young actress is too edgy to hold the unofficial title. The 46-year-old Oscar-winning actress told MTV News: ''How many are there of us? She shoots flaming arrows. Is this a new cupid tactic?'' She added: ''My card is expired and I didn't get a new one. I think she's fabulous, but she seems cooler than me. Isn't she too cool to be (America's sweetheart)?'' Julia previously admitted she always hated being put on a pedestal and being heralded as the most popular actress in Hollywood. »

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Arnon Milchan and a brief history of Hollywood spies

28 November 2013 3:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The history of Tinseltown is littered with allegations of espionage, as the revelations about the successful producer have reminded us. Welcome to the world of 'thespionage'

The history of Hollywood is littered with spies. So it should come as no surprise that the producer Arnon Milchan began his working life as an Israeli secret agent and arms dealer. The billionaire behind Fight Club, Pretty Woman and Heat confirmed rumours of his shady past in an interview broadcast on Israeli television on Monday. At one point, we learned, he ran 30 companies worldwide on behalf of the Israeli government.

He joins a long line of Hollywood power-brokers who have dabbled in the spying game. In the early 1950s, the head of foreign and domestic censorship at Paramount was a CIA employee named Luigi Luraschi. Among Luraschi's many covert triumphs was the insertion of "well-dressed" respectable "negroes" into Us movies, to undermine Soviet »

- Tom Meltzer

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Fight Club Producer Arnon Milchan Admits to Being an Israeli Spy

27 November 2013 6:02 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

During on an Israeli TV program, producer Arnon Milchan (Pretty Woman, Fight Club, 12 Years a Slave) admitted publicly that he was an Israeli spy working undercover as a Hollywood producer. His mission was to acquire arms in order to boost Israel's nuclear program, which was disbanded in 1987. "Do you know what it was like to be a 20-something guy whose country decided to let him be James Bond? Wow! The action! That was exciting," he revealed. "I did it for my country, and I'm proud of it." Milchan, who was born in Israel, moved to Hollywood in the 1970s, giving up his life as a spy for Hollywood. But it didn't take long for him to return to spying. He added that other big Hollywood named helped as well, but he declined to give specifics. »

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Arnon Milchan reveals past as Israeli spy

26 November 2013 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood producer gives interview in which he confirms earlier claims that he was an arms dealer

The Hollywood producer behind box office hits including Fight Club, Pretty Woman and La Confidential has spoken about his life as an Israeli secret agent and arms dealer, saying he was proud of working for his country.

Arnon Milchan gave a lengthy interview to the Israeli documentary programme Uvda, broadcast on Monday on Channel 2, confirming claims made earlier in an unauthorised biography that he worked for an Israeli agency that negotiated arms deals and supported Israel's secret nuclear weapons project.

Milchan, who was born in Israel, was recruited as a young businessman to the Bureau of Scientific Relations – known by its Hebrew acronym, Lakam – by Shimon Peres, now Israel's president, in the 1960s. The bureau, which worked to obtain scientific and technical information for secret defence programmes, closed in 1987.

Milchan, 68, is the chairman of New Regency Productions, »

- Harriet Sherwood

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Fight Club Producer Arnon Milchan: I Was an Israeli Spy

26 November 2013 1:17 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Arnon Milchan has produced scores of notable Hollywood films like Pretty Woman, Under Siege, Fight Club and most recently 12 Years a Slave. But it turns out that was just his day job. In an extensive interview he gave to Israel's documentary program, Uvda, the Tinseltown producer and chairman of New Regency Productions is revealing publicly for the first time that he moonlighted as a spy for Israel. Per the Guardian, Milchan, who was born in Israel, told the show that he was recruited by Israel's current President Shimon Peres in the 1960s to work for the country's Bureau of Scientific Relations while he was running his own fertilizer business. As part of his clandestine mission, »

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'Pretty Woman' Producer Arnon Milchan Admits to Being an Israeli Spy

26 November 2013 9:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

A famed Hollywood producer is finally speaking out about his role as an Israeli spy that saw him brokering arms deals for his home country at the same time he was brokering movie deals.

Arnon Milchan (above, left, with Justing Timberlake), who produced films including "Pretty Woman," "Fight Club," and this year's Oscar contender "12 Years a Slave," admitted to being part of a network that bought arms to boost Israel's nuclear program, until it was disbanded in 1987. While his involvement in Israel's Bureau of Scientific Relations, also known as Lekem, was long-rumored, Milchan's remarks about the organization during an interview on Israeli TV Monday were the first time he'd publicly acknowledged it.

"Do you know what it was like to be a 20-something guy whose country decided to let him be James Bond? Wow! The action! That was exciting," Milchan told TV program Uvda. " ... I did it for my country, »

- Katie Roberts

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Pretty Woman Producer: I Was an Israeli Spy

26 November 2013 8:22 AM, PST | newser.com | See recent newser news »

The producer of hits including Pretty Woman , Fight Club , and La Confidential has confirmed a rumor that's been floating around Hollywood for years: He did, indeed, lead a double life. In an interview with an Israeli TV program yesterday, Arnon Milchan revealed he was an Israeli spy for years, according to the AP and the Guardian . Among his clandestine missions: negotiating arms deals and helping to buy tech for nuclear bombs. "I did it for my country and I'm proud of it," Milchan says. "Do you know what it's like to be a 20-something-year-old kid [and] his country lets him »

- Evann Gastaldo

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‘Pretty Woman,’ ‘Fight Club’ Producer Arnon Milchan: I Was an Israeli Spy

26 November 2013 7:21 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Arnon Milchan, a producer of such hits as “Pretty Woman,” “Fight Club” and “L.A. Confidential,” says he was an Israeli spy. Milchan, who has produced more than 120 films since 1977, said on Israel’s investigative show “Uvda” Monday that even as he was negotiating Hollywood deals, he was also buying equipment and arms on Israel’s behalf. “Do you know what it was like to be a 20-something guy whose country decided to let him be James Bond? Wow! The action! That was exciting,” said Milchan, 68, according to Haaretz. »

- Tim Molloy

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Revealed: Arnon Milchan - the Hollywood producer behind hits Pretty Woman, Fight Club and La Confidential who became a real-life James Bond

22 November 2013 11:32 AM, PST | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

In the early 1980s, movie producer Arnon Milchan presided over a string of hits, collaborating with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Sergio Leone and Ridley Scott. But what his film industry friends didn’t know was that while his Hollywood career flourished, Milchan was also winding down a secret double life as an arms dealer. The mogul behind hits such as Pretty Woman, Fight Club and La Confidential also spent about 20 years as a leading Israeli intelligence agent. »

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Julia Roberts to Receive Spotlight Award at Palm Springs Film Fest

22 November 2013 6:12 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Julia Roberts will receive the Spotlight Award  at 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. The “Pretty Woman” star is once again in the thick of the Oscars race with her supporting turn in the screen adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play “August: Osage County.” She won an Academy Award in 2000 for her role as a spunky legal assistant in “Erin Brockovich,” and was nominated for “Pretty Woman” and “Steel Magnolias.” Other notable performances include “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “The Pelican Brief” and “Closer.” The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Steve McQueen, Sandra Bullock, »

- Brent Lang

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Steven Soderbergh Month: ‘Erin Brockovich’ investigates the power of performance

20 November 2013 9:30 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

When making the adaptation of the headline-grabbing legal story of the decade, Steven Soderbergh decided to give its powerhouse character the title of the film. It is Erin Brockovich, a chronicle of the extraordinary story fronted by an energetic woman with little legal knowledge in a David-and-Goliath legal battle against Pacific Gas and Electric in an act of moral representation for the citizens of Hinkley, California. Yet the reviews and discussions of the film generally rely on the other name emblazoned on the poster and DVD cover, Julia Roberts, and her portrayal of the sexy, sailor-tongued guerilla investigator. It is pegged as a star vehicle, supplanting Roberts’s name in lieu of Brockovich’s in the summaries as if reading her persona into the film was the correct interpretation. It is easy to lob retrospective backlash at these readings (or at least see this as a genuine fault), and Erin Brockovich »

- Zach Lewis

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Vulture Asks: Where Do You Rank Love Actually in the Rom-com Canon?

14 November 2013 9:30 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Ten years ago, just in time for the holiday season, Love Actually opened in wide release. It didn't make much of an impression at first: It came in sixth at the box office, right behind Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Adoration of it grew slowly with repeated home viewings, especially in the Christmas season, when multiple romantic plots paired with holiday spirit and a cozy couch makes for an irresistible combination. As it should! Love Actually has no place on the big screen, and you're kidding yourself if you prefer a cinematic experience over one covered in blankets, munching on disgusting holiday-flavored popcorn, alongside family and/or friends. But Love Actually is more than just a holiday staple; it's also in the romantic comedy canon. But where would it rank among the greats? Surely below When Harry Met Sally, Pretty Woman, You've Got Mail, and Moonstruck, but higher than How »

- Lindsey Weber

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