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Reactions from the Oscar nominees

22 January 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Best actress nominee Angelina Jolie said of the recognition she earned for "Changeling": "Working with Clint Eastwood was a reward in itself that will last me a lifetime. To receive a nomination from the Academy on top of that is a privilege beyond any expectation. It has been an exceptional year for acting, and I am honored to be in the company of these talented actors whose performances all deserve this recognition. I am also happy that 'Kung Fu Panda' also was noticed by the Academy and proud to be a part of a film my entire family loves so much."


Nominated for his supporting role as county supervisor Dan White in the Harvey Milk biopic "Milk," Josh Brolin -- who also played President Bush in the 2008 release "W." -- said he was pleased to be recognized for his work on the "important" film. " 'W.' was probably the most difficult job in film that I've ever done because you carry his age from a young age through (his presidency). 'Milk' was different," he said. "When I read it, I was so emotional and taken with the story that I just wanted to do this story. It's a timely story, and as timely as it can be with Prop. 8. So obviously, it's an important movie and a very visceral film at that." »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Sellers Tops Presidential List

19 January 2009 11:09 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Peter Sellers' portrayal of President Merkin Muffley in cult movie Dr. Strangelove has topped a new list of fictional and real-life U.S. leaders.

Sellers' famous role in the 1964 Stanley Kubrick film beat out Harrison Ford's James Marshall (Air Force One) and Kevin Kline's William H. Mitchell (Dave) in the CNN Inauguration Day countdown.

The only real-life leader to make the list is outgoing U.S. leader George W. Bush, as portrayed by Josh Brolin in W. He comes in at number 10.

The full list is:

1. Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley (Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb); 2. Harrison Ford as James Marshall (Air Force One); 3. Kevin Kline as William H. Mitchell (Dave); 4. John Travolta as Governor Jack Stanton (Primary Colors); 5. Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd (The American President) »

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Brolin And Wright Escape Bar Brawl Charges

6 January 2009 11:00 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Josh Brolin and his W co-star Jeffrey Wright will have charges relating to a Louisiana bar brawl last summer dropped after striking a deal with prosecutors.

The two stars joined director Oliver Stone, other castmembers and members of the film crew at the Stray Cat bar in Shreveport in July to celebrate the completion of shooting on the George W. Bush biopic.

But their night was cut short when a fight broke out at the venue, and Brolin and Wright were arrested and showered with pepper spray.

The pair was charged with interfering with a cop during the incident, in which Wright was also tasered.

However, following negotiations between the actors' attorney Blair Berk and the police, the charges will be dropped if they stay out of trouble until 11 March.

A settlement hearing was held on Tuesday, although Brolin was not in attendance. »

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