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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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Books: Book Review: Susan Cheever: Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography

29 December 2010 10:00 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

Louisa May Alcott is a hero to many readers, as the author of the beloved Little Women, a writer who chased her dream until it became a reality, and a woman who found her place in the world and stayed independent and single at a time when that was especially unfashionable. Alcott’s latest biographer, Susan Cheever, can particularly identify with two aspects of Alcott’s life: as a writer, and as the daughter of a famous, enigmatic man. Cheever’s father was celebrated self-loathing writer John Cheever; Alcott’s was eccentric reformer Bronson Alcott. So Cheever sprinkles her own »

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Interview: Kirsten Dunst, Young Veteran, Getting Best Reviews Yet

12 December 2010 5:32 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

On Friday afternoon, I had the opportunity to spend a half-hour with the actress Kirsten Dunst, who is receiving the best reviews of her career — and even best supporting actress Oscar buzz — for her performance as a woman in a troubled marriage who disappears under mysterious circumstances in Andrew Jarecki’s crime-thriller “All Good Things” (Magnolia, 12/3, R, trailer). (The film was inspired by the true story of a woman named Kathie Durst who has been missing since 1982.)

Dunst, who is even more beautiful in person than she is on screen (she would have made a great Hitchcock blonde!), is just 28 years old, but she has already accumulated more than 20 years of acting credits. She made her big screen debut at the age of eight in Woody Allen’s “New York Stories” (1989), followed shortly thereafter by a performance as Tom Hanks’s daughter in “The Bonfire of the Vanities” (1990). Her breakthrough »

- Scott Feinberg

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Amy Pascal renews employment agreement with Sony Pictures

7 December 2010 10:48 AM, PST | | See recent news » Sony Corporation of America has extended Amy Pascal’s employment agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Pascal is Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures, and together with Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, they are responsible for overseeing all lines of business for the studio, including motion pictures (Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems and TriStar Pictures), worldwide television production and distribution, home entertainment, and digital productions (Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation).

So far this year, the studio’s successful slate of films has generated more than $2 billion in worldwide box office revenues. Since 2000, Sony Pictures has had 73 movies open to #1 at the domestic box office, more than any other studio.

Since becoming partners seven years ago, Lynton and Pascal are among the most seasoned, respected and accomplished management teams in the industry today, providing consistent and stable leadership to Sony Pictures and more than 6,000 employees worldwide. Pascal has been with the »

- Linny Lum

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Christian Bale Is “Bored S**tless” With Some “Tool.” Turns Out, He Means Himself.

15 November 2010 2:56 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Oh how we love a good Christian Bale rant! While we’re all pretty used to Bale yelling at everyone around him, it’s a refreshing change of pace when the person he’s tearing apart…is himself. When describing his acting career in December’s issue of Esquire, Bale admits, “Well, it’s also just I’m bored s***less with myself.” Considering he’s starred in some of the biggest blockbusters in the past couple years, he’s probably one of the only people who would say that. Then again, if he wants to mix it up and star in Brokeback Mountain 2, we ain’t complaining. Explains Christian, “Well, it’s embarrassing to be a star. Most people look at you like, ‘That’s not a f***ing job, is it?’ And then on top of that, you learn very quickly that you’re just a tool — other »

- Halle Kiefer

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The viewers are revolting | Mark Lawson

2 November 2010 2:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

These days even creators of sirs and serfs dramas can expect tough tweets and fast blogged feedback

The pleasure of Julian Fellowes in having written one of the year's biggest television hits, Downton Abbey, has been lowered by complaints about some elements unfamiliar from the Edwardian era – satellite dishes and yellow lines in the background – and some that are too familiar: strong echoes of the plots of Little Women and Mrs Miniver.

Fellowes, though, is in company that would include Adrian Chiles, Christine Bleakley, Melissa Cohen from The Apprentice, Cheryl Cole and Bruce Forsyth. A career in TV has become increasingly similar to one in politics: the audience is on constant gaffe alert and looking for reasons to vote you out.

Fellowes himself has made a Westminster connection, rather bizarrely suggesting that the sniping at his hit is politically motivated. "All we get is this permanent negative nit-picking from the left, »

- Mark Lawson

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Oscar's Collection: The Youngest Best Actress Nominees

28 October 2010 6:50 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Another Oscar Trivia Explosion. This time it's the Actresses. 

Jennifer Lawrence made quite a film-carrying impression in Winter's Bone this past summer. It was one of the leggiest arthouse hits in some time, playing for months, and wracking up $6+ million without a huge advertising budget or bankable stars and with grim subject matter. Well done. At Christmas Hailee Steinfeld will lead us on a revenge journey in True Grit. While we suspect she's the lead actress as well, people her age are almost always demoted to "Supporting" if they're sharing the screen with a big star as co-lead and she is. Hi, Jeff Bridges! But we're pretending she's an Oscar lead today so as to have double the excuse to make this list. Humour us, won'cha?

 Imaginary Movie: Steinfeld. Lawrence.  Winter's True Bone.

36 Youngest Best Actress NomineesAnd where Jennifer or Hailee would fit in, were they to be nominated. (Winning performances are in red. »


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Abe Lincoln's Hair Up for Grabs

15 October 2010 4:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

You can now have a piece of the most awesome U.S. President ever!  Abe Lincoln 's 150-year-old hair is going up on the auction block. Somehow, producers of a new Tlc show called " Auctioneer$ " got their hands on at least a portion of Lincoln's mane. We're told "Auctioneer$" will also peddle a pair of pink slippers worn by Katherine Hepburn in the 1933 film " Little Women ," a 2000-year-old coin used in the Holy Land (bottom »

- TMZ Staff

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Aftrs Opens its Doors on Open Day

2 September 2010 10:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Established in 1973, The Australian Film Television and Radio School (Aftrs) is recognised as one of the country's leading film schools, helping launch the careers of a number of our most notable filmmakers including Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah), Gillian Armstrong (Little Women; Love, Lust & Lies), Cate Shortland (Somersault), Alex Proyas (Dark City, I Robot) and Phillip Noyce (Rabbit-Proof Fence, Salt).   For those with an interest in pursuing a career within the industry, the school is holding their annual open days and information sessions on the 4th and 5th of September in Sydney and the 12th of September in Melbourne. »

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30 August 2010 7:11 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Behold: The Poster for Burlesque. I think the marketing department deserves kudos for managing to pay homage to both of their leading ladies simultaneously in a way that's flattering to both. Although the hot pink "they airbrushed my face" quality won't be a sale for everyone.


MTV Whoa! Darren Aronofsky originally conceived of Black Swan and The Wrestler as a single film. Now I'm even more intrigued.

Hollywood Crush Bradley Cooper and Ryan Reynolds as action co-stars? Media to swoon.

In Contention Isabella Rossellini to head Berlinale jury

Stale Popcorn Gypsy 83. I never hear anyone talking about this movie so I had to link up. Way too underseen for something so heartfelt.

Mnpp Good morning. Hey, I love bookshelves, too. They scream "I am what I am."

Serious Film "Pulled from the Wreckage" Fine acting in terrible films

Cinematical freaks out over the amount of stunts in Mad »


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Their Best Role: Winona Ryder

23 August 2010 10:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

It's hard to believe that Winona Ryder is 38-years-old. It seems like just a short time ago that she was playing a high school girl in Heathers or Edward Scissorhands. From there, Ryder's career seemed to take off -- she landed memorable parts as Mina Harker in Francis Ford Coppola's lush but narratively flawed Dracula, won a Golden Globe for another costume drama in The Age of Innocence, and got a Best Actress nod for her work in Little Women. Ryder's resume is filled with memorable roles, but unfortunately it was overshadowed at least to some degree by her arrest in 2001 for shoplifting over $5,000 worth of items from a Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue. After that public humiliation, the actress essentially disappeared for four years. We're hearing more from her now, though -- with roles in several upcoming films including Ron Howard's comedy The Dilemma and Darren Aronofsky »

- Alison Nastasi

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Our Tear Ducts Weep As Claire Danes Shills For Eyelash Medicine

13 July 2010 10:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Dear Claire Danes, Longtime fan, first time open letter writer Liz Black of TheFABlife here. If I may be so bold to ask, Whyyy are you doing these commercials for Latisse, the eye goo that helps your eyelashes grow to Snuffleupagus proportions? We thought you represented everything cool about under-the-radar celebrity chic and independent style. We never thought you’d consider shilling for a drug with warnings on the label like “May cause hair growth outside the intended margins“. I mean, that sounds Horrifying, Claire. Pretty sure even Brian Krakow wouldn’t find that sexy, leaning in for a fantasy kiss with Angela Chase and realizing her eyelids are covered in tiny, ill-placed lashes. Of course, money is money and vanity is vanity. Everyone wants beautiful, natural lashes. We can’t all be blessed with the black, eyeliner-y lashes that Lost’s Richard Alpert has. But this Latisse stuff, once »

- Liz Black

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Lizabeth Scott Photo: The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers Academy Screening

29 June 2010 5:39 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Lizabeth Scott (You Came Along, Dead Reckoning, Easy Living) in front of a giant poster of Lewis Milestone‘s 1946 film noir/psychological melodrama The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, in which Scott, then a Paramount contract player, starred opposite Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, and Kirk Douglas. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, introduced by screenwriter Robin Swicord (Little Women, Memoirs of a Geisha), was presented as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ "Oscar Noir" series at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Monday, June 28, 2010. Among Scott’s most important vehicles are You Came Along (1945), with Robert Cummings; Desert Fury (1947), with Burt Lancaster; Pitfall (1948), with Dick Powell; and The Racket (1951), with Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan. Off-screen, Scott created a sensation of sorts in 1955 when she sued gossip rag Confidential for claiming that the never-married actress spent her free time in the [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Q&A: Gok Wan

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

What do I most dislike about my appearance? My right foot – don't ask!

Gok Wan, 35, was born in Leicester. He studied at the Central School Of Speech & Drama in London and went on to work as a hair and make-up artist and fashion stylist. In 2006, he was approached by Channel 4 to host his own television series, How To Look Good Naked. The third series of Gok's Fashion Fix is on Channel 4 now. He lives in London.

When were you happiest?

Immersed in a bowl of noodles, sat around my parents' dining room table with all my family. Bliss!

What is your greatest fear?

To fail or, worse, failing at failing.

What is your earliest memory?

Pretending to be a witch in my sister's lilac bedroom using her copy of Little Women as a spell book.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?

Mum and Dad, for »

- Rosanna Greenstreet

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Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’ take on Vampires & Werewolves

16 May 2010 10:12 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Following on from re-imagining’s of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibilites and Jane Eyre comes Two reworkings of a classic novel for the monster generation – Little Women and Werewolves and Little Vampire Women.

Little Women and Werewolves comes from writer Porter Grand and, of course, Louisa May Alcott, and is released by Del Ray Books:

A literary landmark — the original, suppressed draft of the classic novel!

Little Women is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott’s first draft — before her editor sunk his teeth into it — was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version the March girls learn some biting lessons, trans- forming from wild girls into little women, just as their friends and neighbors transform into vicious, bloodthirsty werewolves!

Here are tomboy Jo, quiet Beth, ladylike Amy, and good-hearted Meg, plus lovable neighbor Laurie Laurence, now doomed to prowl the night on all fours, »

- Phil

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Little Women Gets the Mash-Up Treatment With Both Werewolves and Vamps

15 May 2010 3:35 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

It's pretty obvious that no classic is safe from being tinkered with these days, but we have to admit that the two latest mash-ups involving the beloved Louisa May Alcott tale Little Women have us intrigued.

First up is Little Women and Werewolves written by Alcott and Porter Grand and published by Del Rey Books:

A literary landmark — the original, suppressed draft of the classic novel!

Little Women is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott’s first draft — before her editor sunk his teeth into it — was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version the March girls learn some biting lessons, trans- forming from wild girls into little women, just as their friends and neighbors transform into vicious, bloodthirsty werewolves!

Here are tomboy Jo, quiet Beth, ladylike Amy, and good-hearted Meg, plus lovable neighbor Laurie Laurence, now doomed to prowl the night on all fours, »

- The Woman In Black

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Tearjerkers: Movies that make you cry, and movies where your eyes stay dry

7 April 2010 9:45 AM, PDT | - The Movie Critics | See recent - The Movie Critics news »

I first saw The Greatest at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. I remember squirming in my seat and rolling my eyes at what I felt was the phoniness of the Very Sad Story, about a family dealing with the death of their teenage son in a car accident. I remember I was especially impatient with the histrionics of the mother, played by Susan Sarandon -- a made-for-the-movies character  who, in her all-consuming grief, becomes so fiercely obsessed with determining the details of the accident that she shuts out her husband and her hurting younger son and keeps a vigil by »

- Lisa Schwarzbaum

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What to TiVo: Saturday

12 March 2010 11:50 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

ABC has repeats of Desperate Housewives and Castle CBS has repeats of CSI and Criminal Minds, and is new with 48 Hours Mystery Fox is new with Cops and America's Most Wanted NBC has repeats of Parenthood, Law & Order, and Law & Order: Svu ABC Family has Miss Congeniality AMC has Gangs of New York E! has Little Women Lifetime is new with Who is Clark Rockefeller? MTV has repeats of South Park and Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, and has Slither VH1 has repeats of Sober House With Dr. Drew and Tool Academy 3 Late-night highlights include Jude Law and Pearl Jam on Saturday Night Live on NBC »

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Strange Door Co-Star Richard Stapley Dies

12 March 2010 5:28 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

British-born actor Richard Stapley began his film career in Hollywood in the late 1940s.  He starred as French nobleman Denis de Beaulieu, who becomes a pawn in Charles Laughton’s revenge plot in the 1951 horror thriller The Strange Door, with Boris Karloff as the menacing manservant Voltan. 

Stapley was born in Westcliff, Essex, England, on June 20, 1923.  He moved to Hollywood in the late 1940s, where he appeared in such films as The Challenge (1948), The Three Musketeers (1948) with Gene Kelly and Lana Turner, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (1949) with June Allyson and Elizabeth Taylor, King of the Khyber Rifles (1953), and Jungle Man-Eater (1954), with Johnny Weissmuller as Jungle Jim.

He returned to England in the late 1950s, where he continued his career in films and television under the name Richard Wyler.  He starred as Interpol Agent Anthony Smith in the television series Man from Interpol from 1960 to 1961.  He also appeared in episodes of The Saint, »

- Jesse

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CupcakeGal10's Favorite Movie Families

27 February 2010 10:30 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

This post is from BuzzSugar Community user CupcakeGal10, who added her favorite movie families to the Movie Lists group. Check it out! 50 First Dates: Such a sweet and silly movie, and it warms your heart to see Lucy's (Drew Barrymore) protective dad and "little" brother trying so hard to keep her happy by recreating the same day for her everyday. That's love! Anne of Green Gables: I will never get tired of watching this movie. It goes to show that your real family in life doesn't need to be connected to you by blood, but by heart. Watching Anne, Aunt Marilla and Matthew become a family and discover their love for one another is a beautiful tear-jerker that I am always willing to re-watch. Best in Show: Dogs (and pets in general) are perhaps the most important family members - they are unconditionally loyal and loving, no matter »

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