Stars ready to shine at Toronto International Film Festival
September 8th, 2010
05:49 PM ET

Stars ready to shine at Toronto International Film Festival

Currently in Toronto, Canada, it's 66 degrees Fahrenheit and party cloudy with a 100 percent chance of major star power moving in, thanks to the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow.

It is widely considered one of the most influential film festivals in the world alongside Sundance and Cannes. Certainly, it is Canada's premiere festival, attracting 500,000 guests in 2009 alone.

Because of its timing (just before Hollywood's push toward awards season) the 10-day event has also become the destination for Oscar-hopeful films to make their debut. In recent years, best picture winners "No Country for Old Men" and "Slumdog Millionaire" both premiered at TIFF.

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Ronald Reagan biopic in the works
September 8th, 2010
05:02 PM ET

Ronald Reagan biopic in the works

Before he was president, Ronald Reagan was an actor. Now, the former leader of the United States, who died in 2004 at age 93, will be back on the big screen in an upcoming biopic about his life.

The project - titled "Reagan" - chronicles the Illinois native's life from boyhood to Hollywood to the Oval Office, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The $30 million motion picture, which will be out next year, is based on two Paul Kengor biographies about America's 40th president: "The Crusader" and "God and Ronald Reagan."

The movie has yet to be cast (James Brolin played Reagan in a 2003 miniseries) but producer Mark Joseph and screenwriter Jonas McCord are both attached to the project. While McCord admitted that he wasn't a fan of Reagan, he said he was intrigued by his backstory.

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Willow Smith drops new single 'Whip My Hair'
September 8th, 2010
03:46 PM ET

Willow Smith drops new single 'Whip My Hair'

At the tender age of 9, Willow Smith is wasting no time in becoming the next star to branch out from her family tree.

The daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith - already a noted young fashionista - is pursuing a career in music and has the Internet abuzz with her first single, “Whip My Hair.”

The Rihanna-esque track is a drum-heavy ode to just letting it loose. Armed with lyrics like “I whip my hair back and forth…don’t let my haters take me off my grind,” it’s no wonder that the pint-sized diva in the making has quickly gained a celebrity following from some of the big kids.

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Katie Holmes on the ‘The Romantics’: ‘It makes for a good film’
September 8th, 2010
03:44 PM ET

Katie Holmes on the ‘The Romantics’: ‘It makes for a good film’

With “The Romantics” set to premiere on September 10, Katie Holmes has opened up about the drama's cast and filming the project - as well as about her own romantic spouse.

“My husband has red roses for me everywhere I go,” the 31-year-old actress revealed to Parade magazine. In “The Romantics,” however, Holmes’ love story is not so straightforward. She plays the maid of honor to a friend marrying her ex-boyfriend – a man she still has feelings for.

Holmes said she loved the script from the beginning, and the love triangle was especially intriguing.

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John Mayer back to where it all began in ATL
September 8th, 2010
03:13 PM ET

John Mayer back to where it all began in ATL

You’re an internationally renowned musician, in the middle of a tour - what do you do on a rare off night?

For John Mayer, the answer was easy as he prepared for a show on his “Battle Studies” tour in Atlanta: Go back to where it all started.

Tuesday night Mayer tweeted around 10:30 p.m., “Atlanta people! Lets jam out at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. 11:30pm. Heading over now.” By the time it hit 11:30 p.m. the line wrapped around the block and down the street for a rare 21+ show for only $10.

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Actor Glenn Shadix dies at 58
September 8th, 2010
01:40 PM ET

Actor Glenn Shadix dies at 58

Glenn Shadix, an actor who is perhaps best known for playing Otho in the 1988 film “Beetle Juice,” has passed away at the age of 58.

The Alabama native died Tuesday morning in his Birmingham condo, a family member told The Birmingham News.

“He was having mobility problems, and he was in a wheelchair,” his sister said, adding that Shadix appeared to have hit his head after a fall.

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