Want to Know What it Takes to Make a Movie? Then Visit Natalie Portman's Brand New Website! 

Natalie Portman is adding internet entrepreneur to her belt! The actress has just launched a new website for film fans to get a glimpse at what it really takes to make a movie.

The website, makingof.com, is about:

MakingOf is a behind-the-scenes Web portal, founded by Natalie Portman and Christine Aylward, that provides an intimate, fresh look into the process of creating entertainment by the insiders themselves. Our mission is to champion the art and craft of entertainment creation. We started MakingOf because we realized that so much of what goes into entertainment creation is unavailable to the people who love and consume it the most. We wanted to give fans a way to experience that creation and learn from the insiders and thus MakingOf was born. When you visit MakingOf you will experience behind-the-scenes content, exclusive access to industry insiders, and an interactive, entertainment-focused community forum. It is your all-access pass to learn from and interact with actors, directors, producers, writers, and more. Film school for everyone! And film is just the start. Stay posted as we add additional features.

Portman even recruited the likes of Marc Foster ("Quantum of Solace") and Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") and even actor Jason Bateman to help her with her cause.

Portman unveiled her website during a press conference at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

The actress said her idea for her site stemmed from her question -- why isn't there a website that encapsulates the experience of visiting a friend on a film set?

Portman says, "Every time a friend of mine came to visit (on set) I was sort of reminded of how exciting a place it is to work and I was reminded how little we all know when you're just a moviegoer about all the different aspects that go into making a film.

"So the site is supposed to encapsulate that experience and give it to people who don't have a friend they can visit on a film set so they can say, 'How do they do that? What are those jobs that exist that people don't even know about on film sets?'

"(It's also an) experience for the serious, burgeoning filmmaker - there's this whole generation now of people who are making their own movies with YouTube and similar sites and I'm sure they want expert advice and the opportunity to see how it looks up close. That's the goal - to extend that access to everyone."

Way to go Miss Natlie! Congratulations, and more power to your website!

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After Months of Speculation, We Have an Answer! Oliver Stone is Going to Direct "Wall Street" Sequel! 

Yes folks, it's still good to be greedy!

As we reported back in October, 20th Century Fox is moving forward with the sequel to "Wall Street" with Allan Loeb attached to write the screenplay.

Back then, we didn't know if Michael Douglas will reprise his role as Gordon Gekko or if Oliver Stone is going to return as the director.

Well, it's official folks! Douglas has already signed, and Stone will helm the sequel to his 1987 critical and commercial hit!

Shia LaBeouf is also negotiating to join the cast. Hhhhmmmmm, will Shia fill the "young Wall Street trader" shoes worn by Charlie Sheen in the original film?

This sequel will be very timely with all the economic meltdown news brought upon by greed and corruption.

So bring it on Stone and company!

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Why You Have to See "Nothing But the Truth" Right Now, and other New DVD Releases and Interviews with Stars! 

I love this film! The director, Mister Rod Lurie, emailed me about this movie last year, and I'm glad he did!

Kate Beckinsale is phenomenal as a Washington DC reporter who will do anything, even go to jail, to protect her source for an explosive story!

The directing is superb, and the payoff is satisfying! The plot twist in the end is unpredictable!

And speaking of Mister Rod, he's my inspiration! He was a former film critic who became a respected scriptwriter ("The Contender") and is now a multi-hyphenate (Producer, Actor, Writer, Director). Way to go Mister Rod, you're amazing :happy

So get "Nothing but the Truth" on DVD right now!

Also out on DVD:

"Bride Wars"

Kate Hudson interview for "Bride Wars"

Anne Hathaway interview for "Bride Wars"

"Bride Wars" movie review

"Hotel for Dogs"

"Hotel for Dogs" interview with Jake T. Austin and Emma Roberts

"Hotel for Dogs" movie review

Have fun! :happy

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Terrence Howard Feels the Pain of NOT Being Cast in "Iron Man 2!" What About Other Actors Ditched for Sequels? 

Months after, Terrence Howard is still reeling from being replaced in the sequel to "Iron Man 2." Once upon a time, there were plans to film Howard's Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes' alter-ego, the heroic War Machine.

But now, the plans may move on, without Howard, and with Don Cheadle instead!

Why? It's all about the Benjamins baby.

The LA Times is reporting:

Hell hath no fury like an actor scorned.

Anyone who's talked to Terrence Howard recently knows that the actor is still fighting mad six months after being replaced in the upcoming "Iron Man 2."

"It was a very, very bad choice," fumed Howard, who played Iron Man's Army buddy Lt. Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes in the first film, to Parade magazine about Marvel Studios' decision to reboot the part with Don Cheadle in the role. "You don't make $800 million and then try and shake everyone down. That's not nice," he said to MTV News, exaggerating the film's worldwide box-office gross by a mere $200 million. "It was the surprise of a lifetime," he told NPR. "There was no explanation. The contract just . . . up and vanished."

What about the other actors DITCHED for sequels after a film become successful?

Read on right here.

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"Clash of the Titans" Begins Shooting!!!! 

I'm so excited for this film! "Clash of the Titans" is one of my childhood touchstones and although there's a part of me that doesn't want it remade, I'm looking forward to seeing Director Louis Letterier's ("The Incredible Hulk") vision!

Look at all the exciting news about casting news we broke here, and here.

And here's more "Clash of the Titans" shooting day info from our pals at IGN:

Based on the 1981 film of the same name, written by the late Beverley Cross, Clash of the Titans is directed by Louis Leterrier from a screenplay by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (Aeon Flux), story by Travis Beacham (Dog Days of Summer) and Hay & Manfredi. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk, who produced the drama We Are Marshall for Warner Bros. Pictures, and Kevin De La Noy, who last served as an executive producer on the studio's blockbuster The Dark Knight. The executive producers are Academy Award winner Richard D. Zanuck (Driving Miss Daisy), who most recently collaborated with Warner Bros. on the comedy hit Yes Man, and Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and William Fay, who have teamed with the studio on such hits as The Dark Knight and 300.

The behind-the-scenes team creating this mythical spectacle includes director of photography Peter Menzies, Jr. (The Incredible Hulk); production designer Martin Laing (Terminator Salvation); editor Vincent Tabaillon (The Incredible Hulk); Academy Award-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (Topsy-Turvy, The Dark Knight); Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (The Dark Knight); Oscar-nominated prosthetics supervisor Conor O'Sullivan (The Dark Knight, Saving Private Ryan); Academy Award-winning special effects and animatronics supervisor Neil Corbould (Gladiator); and Academy Award-winning makeup and hair designer Jenny Shircore (Elizabeth).

Clash of the Titans will begin filming in studios outside London and will later shoot in various locations in Wales and in the Spanish Canary Islands, predominantly on Tenerife, off the coast of Africa. Further aerial work is set to take place in the diverse locales of Ethiopia and Iceland.

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