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2009-03-20 08:00:00

J.J. Abrams' film Star Trek is to have its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House. The BBC said the event is to take place April 7. Abrams, who is the creator of TV's Lost and Alias, directed the movie about the early days of the crew of the USS Enterprise. The reimagined story is based on the classic sci-fi series and stars Bottle Shock actor Chris Pine as Capt. James T. Kirk, Heroes' player Zachary Quinto as Mr. Spock and Hot Fuzz hero Simon Pegg as Montgomery Scotty Scott. Leonard Nimoy,...

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2009-02-12 09:11:17

British mother-daughter actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson have been cast in a new TV version of The Day of the Triffids, the BBC said. Also to appear in the two-part adaptation of John Wyndham's classic science fiction story are Dougray Scott, Eddie Izzard, Brian Cox and Jason Priestley. The BBC said production on the miniseries is to wrap in April. Triffids is expected to air on BBC One this year in high-definition. The last TV version of Triffids, starring John Duttine and...

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2008-12-26 18:55:00

U.S. director Bryan Singer says he decided not to have the international cast of Valkyrie speak with German accents because it would be distracting. The World War II-set movie about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler stars Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, Northern Irish star Kenneth Branagh and British thespians Eddie Izzard, Bill Nighy, Terence Stamp and Tom Wilkinson. We didn't want that to be what the movie was about, Singer told reporters in New York recently when asked why the German characters in...

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2008-12-19 13:38:55

Katie Holmes got a birthday surprise when a five-tiered cake was wheeled on stage after her performance in the Broadway play All My Sons. Holmes turned 30 Thursday and to mark the occasion her husband, Tom Cruise, enlisted the cast and crew of the show to present her with the cake while he was in Los Angeles promoting his new film Valkyrie, People magazine said. Tom Cruise, our good friend, devoted fan to the show, doting husband of Katie, could not be here tonight. He's heartsick that he...

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2008-12-15 14:36:07

Hollywood film star Tom Cruise admitted on NBC's Today that he came across as arrogant during his last interview with the morning program three years ago. Cruise and interviewer Matt Lauer made headlines when they verbally sparred about the merits of psychiatry on the air; however, both have maintained there were no hard feelings after the confrontation. The actor returned to the show Monday to promote his new World War II movie Valkyrie and told Lauer about their last on-air meeting: After...

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2008-12-10 15:12:47

Tom Cruise has agreed to be interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today show three years after the two had an on-air row about psychiatry, NBC said Wednesday. The network said the interview with the Hollywood actor is slated to air Monday. More than three years after Tom Cruise's unforgettable interview with Matt Lauer, the three-time Oscar-nominated actor returns to 'Today,' show representatives said in a release. Cruise will talk to Lauer about his latest historical thriller, 'Valkyrie,' and his...

2008-11-07 15:00:13

Film star Michelle Monaghan has given birth to a baby girl in Los Angeles, her representative confirmed Friday. Monaghan's movie credits include "Eagle Eye,""Made of Honor,""Mission Impossible III" and "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang." Her daughter Willow Katherine White was born Wednesday, "Entertainment Tonight" reported. "The proud parents are overcome with joy," Monaghan's publicist told "ET." Willow is the first child for Monaghan and her husband, graphic artist Peter White. The couple has...

2008-10-08 12:00:23

British actor Simon Pegg said his new film "How To Lose Friends and Alienate People" is vastly different from the memoir on which it is based. Like Toby Young's book, the movie chronicles one man's disastrous stint working at a prestigious magazine. "People make the mistake of thinking books and films are the same thing and they are easy to translate (one into the other.) But a book is like an aid to your imagination while a film is a surrogate for your imagination. So, they are completely...

2008-10-06 18:00:23

STEAMY sex scenes aren't usually part of the Dail diary - but 14 TDs will get an eyeful this week when they visit the set of The Tudors. Members of the Dail committee on Communications are heading to Ardmore Studios in CoWicklow, to see where the saucy series is filmed. Politicians will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes view of where Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and his bevy of beauties film the hit show which is famed for its naked romps. Screen Producers Ireland, which represents 180...

2008-10-05 18:00:13

By Simon Pegg DIRECTOR Weide's debut follows sarcastic and celebrity-loathing British writer Simon Pegg as he heads off to star-obsessed New York. At first, Pegg's character Sydney Young refuses to churn out the flattering copy required, but soon finds himself toeing the company line. There was plenty of promise in this tale based on writer Toby Young's memoir, but screenwriter Peter Straughan boils it all down to a generic romantic comedy with some slapstick and gross-out humour...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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