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Justin Bieber: Santa's Helper in Rockefeller Center

1 December 2011 5:15 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Lights, camera, Justin Bieber. Christmas has come to Rockefeller Center. The traditional tree-lighting ceremony, the 79th annual, in the midtown Manhattan destination was a cautiously paced, all-star event Wednesday night, with carols delivered by the likes of Bieber, who essentially headlined the event, Michael Bublé (singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas"), Cee Lo Green, Neil Diamond, Carole King, Katharine McPhee and Tony Bennett (the traditional "White Christmas"). Mariah Carey was also seen in a debut video duet with Bieber, for her "All I Want for Christmas." The number resembled a big-budget department-store commercial, although the video's quick cuts made it »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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Christmas Gift Guide 2011 Part 1 – Blu-rays, DVDs & Film Merchandise

23 November 2011 2:42 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It’s that time again! As November is drawing to a close and the shops are getting noticeably busier with each passing weekend, attention is now firmly turning to Christmas… which can only mean the return of our comprehensive Christmas Gift Guide. If you missed our inaugural edition last year, this is your helping hand for the best of what is out there for every film, video game, book and technology lover this festive season and is designed to point you in the right direction for your purchases but also so you can win one or two of these fabulous items for yourself.

It’s like window shopping/ideas generator for gifts but even cooler as you can win stuff too!

Just like last year, the Gift Guide is made up of Simon and myself’s personal geek interests and love of things we hope our girlfriend’s or extended families might have bought us, »

- Matt Holmes

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The demise of the celluloid secretary

1 November 2011 3:12 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ghostbuster's bespeckled Janine Melnitz is a classic film secretary, but the job has been demoted in Hollywood

With Ghostbusters back on the big screen this month, proton packs will no doubt pop into the mind of every potential viewer. But, as crucial as the stream-crossing equipment of Venkman, Egon, Ray and Winston is, the far more ordinary telephone deserves some love, too. After all, it gave secretary Janine Melnitz the perfect reason to squawk that immortal line: "Ghostbusters, whaddya want?!"

With the sound still carrying across cultural space more than 25 years later, Annie Potts's rendition of the overworked, underimpressed Brooklynite Janine stole scenes from every one of the Ghostbusters – with her small talk with Egon (Janine: "Do you have any hobbies?" Spengler: "I collect spores, mold and fungus") a high point. While Potts went on to steal scenes again from Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink and voice Woody's »

- Lauren Cochrane

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Cameron Diaz Hits Studio 54 For Just One Night With Naomi and Bar

19 October 2011 6:32 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Cameron Diaz let loose last night with pals Naomi Campbell and Bar Refaeli at a special event held inside NYC's legendary Studio 54. The space, which is now closed, was opened for just one night by Sirius Xm. Naomi also showed off her dance moves with her Russian boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, and Ryan Phillippe was among the many men who turned out for the event. Bar evidently had a great time, as she later tweeted, "I went to studio 54 last night. I was born 25 years too late!" It was Cameron's latest fun evening out since landing in the Big Apple just over a week ago - she and pal Gwyneth Paltrow watched football together Sunday at the West Village's Windsor sports bar following a Mexican dinner at Empellon. The ladies are both fresh off a fun and jam-packed stint in London. While in the UK, Gwyneth apparently aspired to do some matchmaking for newly single Cameron. »

- Allie Merriam

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Justin Bieber Teases Ladies Under The Mistletoe

17 October 2011 6:46 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Justin Bieber Teases Ladies Under The Mistletoe

Get ready for the romantic new video teaser for Justin Bieber’s next album, Under the Mistletoe, because it’s coming at you right now. You’ve been teased via Tweeter. You’ve seen Mariah get excited in her video. You’ve even looked behind the scenes for this album. Today’s new video is sure to make you want to pre-order Bieber’s sweet Holiday CD.

November 1st is when the Christmas-themed album hits us like a snow ball some kid in the street has thrown. But you know Justin. He’s warm enough to melt the coldest hearts. This glimpse into Under the Mistletoe is directed by Roman White. White has also worked with Taylor Swift and Josh Groban, among others.

If November 1st seems too far away, worry not. The first single from the CD, titled “Mistletoe” will be available on iTunes on October 17th. »

- Sasha Nova

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Blu Monday: Criterion and The Coen Brothers

28 August 2011 9:10 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The 5th Quarter: Special Edition (2010)

Synopsis: In February, 2006, young Luke Abbate accepted a ride home from a fellow student following his high-school team practice. In a severe case of irresponsible and reckless teen-age driving, and over the objections of Luke and the other young passengers, the driver lost control of the car at nearly 90 miles-per-hour, spinning off a narrow road and landing in an embankment some seventy feet below. Luke suffered irreparable brain damage, and died in the hospital two days later – just four days before his sixteenth birthday. (

Special Features: Making-of Featurette.

Bereavement (2010)

Synopsis: The horrific account of 6 year old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman. (

Special Features:

Commentary track with director/writer Stevan Mena Behind the scenes featurette Deleted »

- Travis Keune

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Red Carpet Lineup: Four On Blondes

25 June 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nathaniel: hey you!

Jose:  sir

Nathaniel: Time for a total quickie Red Carpet Convo.

We just have four blondes today starting with Lucy Punch at the premiere of Bad Teacher. There's something about this look (is it the seven bracelets?) that makes me think she's taken her gawdy character in You Will Meet A Tall dark Stranger to heart. (I have yet to see Bad Teacher...)

Lucy Punch, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, and Evan Rachel Wood

Jose:  Is it me or does Lucy look like a more wholesome version of Gaga?

Nathaniel:  Wholesome is not what i think of when i think of Punch so maybe it's Me who has taken her comic characters to heart?

Jose:  something about her bone structure...but yes, the bracelets and heels, yikes, very Pretty Woman

Nathaniel:  Pretty Woman before it was Disneyfied... $3000 !

Jose:  lol

Nathaniel:  I don't understand what Cameron Diaz is wearing. »


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2011 Summer Movie Guide: May and June

18 May 2011 3:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A banished Norse god! Apocalyptic vampires! A vigilant yeg! A cute scene-stealing Capuchin monkey! Mutant teenagers! A bunch of drunk and horny bridesmaids! Big Foot! A Green Ring! Pirates, Zombies, and Mermaids! Karate kicking zoo animals! A couple of forest dwelling trolls! And one smokin' hot teacher! That's what awaits us at the Cineplex over the course of May and June, and it promises to be a scorcher!

It doesn't really matter how fast and furious things get on the big screen, the summer movie season doesn't officially kick off until May 6th. And this year Thor opens things with a lighting bolt blast of Marvel excitement. It doesn't come to an end until August 31st, when Sam Worthington sends us all back to school with The Debt. Between then and now, we will see some of the biggest movies of the year hit hard. Some will win, some will lose, »

- MovieWeb

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Gwyneth Paltrow: The world's new domestic goddess | Observer profile

23 April 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With a cookbook under her belt and plans for her own magazine, the Oscar-winning actress is fast becoming the lifestyle guru for our times.

Hollywood star, fashion queen, earth mother, country singer – the celebrity franchise that is Gwyneth Paltrow has now moved its all-conquering act into the new terrain of domestic goddess with a cookbook entitled My Father's Daughter.

In America, "lifestyle brand experts" have seen its publication as the commercial equivalent of a tank rolling up on Martha Stewart's finely manicured front lawn. There are also rumours that Paltrow, who runs her own lifestyle website, Goop, is in discussion with Hearst publications to launch her personal magazine in the vein of Martha Stewart Living, although the guru imitation stops there; apparently, the actress has no plans to go to prison for insider trading.

The way Paltrow tells it, as part of an extensive, celebrity-rich publicity campaign, is that »

- Andrew Anthony

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"How to Train Your Dragon" Soars Atop Annie Awards!

7 February 2011 6:47 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Annie Awards, Animation's Highest Honor, went all the way for DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon!" The fun, animated film, originally received 15 nominations and won 10 trophies including Best Animated Feature.

Given by the International Animated Film Society, the 38th annual Annie Awards was not without controversy. Apparently, Disney and Pixar announced they would no longer participate in the annual awards because of their concerns over how the event is judged.

The studios claimed the Annie Awards have always been slighted towards DreamWorks Animation. And this year, both DreamWorks film ("How to Train Your Dragon") and TV ("Kung Fu Panda Holiday") topped the Annie Awards.

"Dragon," featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill, and Craig Ferguson, beat Annie contenders such as Universal's "Despicable Me," Disney's "Tangled," Sony Pictures Classics' "The Illusionist," and Pixar's "Toy Story 3" for best animated feature. (Check out »

- Manny

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Comedy: Too Fuzzy to Be Buzzy

28 January 2011 2:16 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

While sequels The Hangover Part II and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked are likely to put up big numbers, it's tough to get a read on the rest of 2011's comedy slate. Because of their general lack of foreign appeal (the top five comedies in 2010 made just 38 percent of their worldwide total overseas, compared to 61 percent among the top five overall), studios err on the side of cheaper productions, and cheaper productions don't demand publicity a year in advance. Regardless, comedy remains a popular genre, and there's no shortage of box office contenders in 2011. Even outside of the comedy genre, The Hangover Part II (May 26) is one of the safest bets in 2011. The first movie was a surprise blockbuster, earning a massive $277.3 million during the summer of 2009. Instead of returning to Las Vegas, the sequel transplants the main characters to Thailand, where they will inevitably find themselves in all sorts of trouble. »

- Ray Subers <>

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