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Casting of Nina Simone Movie Reveals an Ugly Truth

Good intentions don't mask inherent racism: Ta-Nehisi Coates

(Newser) - Zoe Saldana has been cast to play singer and rights activist Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic, a decision that has caused all kinds of controversy because, as Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in the Atlantic , the African-American actress does not share the "dark skin, broad nose, and full lips" of... More »

Nina Simone Estate Starts Twitter Beef With Actress Playing Her

'Please take Nina's name out your mouth'

(Newser) - The estate of Nina Simone had some extremely harsh words this week for Zoe Saldana, the actress playing the late singer and activist in a new film, RollingStone reports. Saldana tweeted a Simone quote when the trailer for Nina was released Tuesday. The official Nina Simone Twitter account responded a... More »

11 On-Set Hollywood Romances

The onscreen chemistry was real

(Newser) - Some might say it's a bad idea to date a co-worker, but these 30 famous couples rounded up by HLN apparently disagreed. All of them met on set:
  • Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper: They met in 2012 while filming The Words, and dated on and off for a year.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Is 'Shamelessly' Fun

Latest Marvel installation

(Newser) - Guardians of the Galaxy—what the AP describes as a "3-D space opera" starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper—opens today, and reviewers seem happy. As of this writing, 91% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes approve of the Marvel flick, mainly... More »

5 Stars Who Are Also Heroes

They came to the rescue when help was needed

(Newser) - When Katy Perry helped deliver a baby —in a living room—she joined the ranks of celebrity superheroes. The Stir rounds up eight more. A sampling:
  • Ryan Gosling: When he saw a tourist who was about to be hit by a taxi in New York City, he grabbed her
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16 Secret Celeb Weddings

Not every star needs all the fanfare

(Newser) - The latest celebrity couple to get married in secret? Leighton Meester and Adam Brody (aka Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl and Seth Cohen from The OC). PopSugar rounds up quite a few more stars whose weddings surprised us. A sampling:
  • Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard: They quietly got hitched at
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16 Celeb Couples Who Split Up This Year

2013 was unlucky for these stars

(Newser) - This year wasn't great for these 16 celebrity couples, all of whom split up. Click through the gallery for a sampling, or see the full lists at ETOnline , PopSugar , and the Huffington Post . More »

Zoe Saldana Has Been Secretly Married Since June

She wed Marco Perego in London

(Newser) - Zoe Saldana is apparently pretty good at keeping a secret. The gossip media first linked the actress to Marco Perego in mid-May, and then the couple managed to get married in June without the happy event being reported until today. The London ceremony "was super small but very romantic... More »

The Words Is Out of Its Depth

Convoluted drama stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

(Newser) - The Words, starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, and a range of other big names, tells the tale of numerous authors tangled in plots-within-plots, all centered on a plagiarized manuscript. While it's visually appealing, the storylines simply don't work:
  • The "confusing it’s-all-a-story device has the
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Top 10 Young Box-Office Draws

Sam Worthington leads 'Young Hollywood' pack

(Newser) - Which of Hollywood’s young guns can claim the title of most likely to get you to the multiplex? Entertainment Weekly crunched the numbers to find out. Here they are by name, age, and box office average:
  1. Sam Worthington, 34, $329.6M
  2. Daniel Radcliffe, 21, $244.7M
  3. Taylor Lautner, 18,
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Katy Perry Is Maxim's Hottest

Singer replaces last year's No. 1, Olivia Wilde

(Newser) - Katy Perry tops Maxim’s Hot 100 this year, causing a few bloggers to say, “Really?” The mag justifies its somewhat uncharacteristic choice by explaining that Perry “is the best friend you suddenly realize you’ve loved your whole life. The rad chick who taught you how to... More »

Julia Roberts Named People's Most Beautiful

She's joined by Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and more

(Newser) - Proving that one's looks don't evaporate at age 26, Julia Roberts has clinched the No. 1 slot in People's annual Most Beautiful issue—for the fourth time. Joining the 42-year-old cover girl on the list of lovelies:
  • Zoe Saldana: The Avatar star spills her red-carpet trick: "Have at least
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The Losers Just Can't Win

Violent CIA action flick, another comic book adaptation, disappoints

(Newser) - The Losers has some bright spots, but overall the new comic book adaption is a muddled mess of CIA intrigue, uneven acting, wall-to-wall violence, and Zoe Saldana in her underwear. Some critical reactions:
  • "The film had promising roots in the comic book's band of irreverent brothers," Betsy Sharkey
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Oscars Fashion: Hits and Misses

Charlize Theron gets fondled by her dress, but Gabourey Sidibe scores

(Newser) - Now that we know the Best Picture winner, it’s time for the more important question: Who were the fashion winners—and losers—at last night’s Oscars? Click through our gallery for thoughts from the Fug Girls and Film.com 's Maisy Fernandez. And to see Miley Cyrus’ particularly... More »

Animated Actors: Oscar Worthy?

Some argue 'Avatar' stars deserve nominations, too

(Newser) - Despite nine Oscar nominations, Avatar actors got snubbed—and some speculate it’s due to their “animated” looks on-screen. Performance capture is much more than animation, argue some, who say actors like Zoe Saldana should be recognized for their performances. “I like to think of it as digital... More »

Avatar Amazes and Awes

Cameron's comeback 'the most vivid fantasy world seen on screen'

(Newser) - James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar has been hailed as the future of filmmaking and the stunning fantasy world he has created more than lives up to the hype, say impressed critics.
  • "Avatar delivers," writes Steven Rea at the Philadelphia Inquirer . "Combining beyond-state-of-the-art moviemaking with a tried-and-true storyline
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