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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

No, not to Pamela Anderson, unfortunately.

Sacha Baron Cohen has finally tied the knot with his sweetheart Isla Fisher. The two have been together for quite some time now — about 10 years — and, apparently, things are going well for them.

As reported on Indyposted.com, they got hitched in a very secretive, small ceremony in Paris. It better have been worth it for Fisher. She spent the better part of three years converting to Judaism so that she would gain the approval of Cohen’s parents. How traditional…and sweet.

Of course, Cohen has been in movies like Borat, Ali G Indahouse, and the latest screen gem, Bruno. (That last part was sarcasm, if you didn’t pick up on it.) You might know Fisher from movies like Confessions of a Shopaholic and Wedding Crashers.

It’s hard for me to picture these two together, but you know what they say…opposites attract. The fact that they’ve been together so long says worlds about their strong relationship. Congrats!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Have you been to or driven by a Blockbuster video store lately? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been noticing the ‘SALE’ or ‘DVDS AS LOW AS $2.99’ signs in the windows. Perhaps online movie renting services are finally catching up with them?

As a matter of fact, the movie superstore is actually thinking about filing for bankruptcy. According to USA Today, Blockbuster ended 2009 with nearly $1 billion in debt. That’s quite a bit of debt, guys. On April 1 of this year, the company will have to make an interest payment, but who knows if that will happen.

With the rise of movie rental sites on the internet, like Netflix and Redbox, it’s no big surprise that Blockbuster is having some problems keeping up. A main issue they face is their pricing policies. To rent one video from a Blockbuster store costs the consumer nearly $5, while a one month subscription with an unlimited amount of DVD rentals from Netflix starts at $8.99.

Also, internet movie rental sites have become so popular that many post offices now have separate mail drop boxes to accommodate just the DVDs coming and going by mail. Even though Blockbuster also offers these services, it may be too late for them to catch up.

The digital age is upon us, and if you can’t find a way to make a successful business venture in it, you’re out of the ballgame. As far as renting movies goes, check out this smartmoney.com article about the best movie rental options.

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This Monday, Tim Burton, along with French actress Marion Cotillard, was awarded with a very high honor among the French entertainment industry. He was added to France’s cultural honor roll, which the director is very proud of.

During a ceremony in Paris, Burton was given a medallion and made an official officer in France’s National Order of Arts and Letters. This couldn’t come at a better time for the quirky movie afficionado. With his latest release of Alice in Wonderland, he’s got millions of fans eating out of his hands.

The Associated Press reported the following statements made by Burton about the high honor: 

“From the beginning of my career, I always felt a very special place in my heart (for) France,” he told the crowd of journalists and fans. “Because whether or not you liked the movies, I always felt that the French were looking for the poetry, looking for the meaning, looking for the things I was trying to do.

“France has such a special place in my heart and I feel much more at home here than I do in my own country, and I always have,” he said, adding: “I thank you very much.”

That last comment has brought some controversy to people from the United States, but we’ll let that slide here. Come on, let the guy enjoy his honor!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Appropriate post title…considering that seeing Alice in Wonderland is very much like tripping on mushrooms.

The movie, which I happened to see in 3D, is nothing short of spectacular with bits and pieces of happiness and wonder mixed in. Characters that you remember from your childhood Alice in Wonderland books come back to life, but in a new way….a way that Tim Burton can only produce.

Spoiler Alert! The movie takes place with a much older Alice, who comes back to Wonderland after having years and years of ‘dreams’ about it. This time around, she still thinks it is a dream and keeps trying to pinch herself to wake up. But it doesn’t work. This is the real deal, Alice.

The entire plot of the movie is laid out in the very beginning, which many people may find to be poor writing, but it served well here. Knowing the ending of the movie does not mean that you will know how characters get there. The journey through Wonderland is psychedelic and winding, as Alice prepares to slay the Jabberwocky, a dragon type creature who is loyal to the Red Queen.

Johnny Depp did a wonderful job as the Mad Hatter, but was very much upstaged by Mia Wasikowska, who played Alice. Other memorable characters were the Cheshire Cat, who floated along and disappeared at his whims, the caterpillar, and of course, that big headed Red Queen, played by Helena Bonham Carter.

My only qualm — seeing the movie in 3D may not have been worth the extra money. There was nothing in particular that stood out as an incredible 3D scene. If you want to save money when you see this, just pay for the regular version. It’s basically the same.

Alice in Wonderland is worth the watch. Tim Burton’s world of big and tall mushrooms, forests, oversized chess boards, and towering castles is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a movie before. It’s far out, dude.

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Johnny Depp fans, get ready. It seems he’s got some big plans in the works. This time, instead of seeing him on the camera, he’ll be behind it, directing.

Back when Depp was working on Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, he seemed to have gotten along quite well with co-star and famous Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards. Ever since then, the two have been working on a special project, in which Depp will direct a documentary about Keith Richards’ life.

It comes as no surprise that Depp is on the list for this film, as he based a lot of his moves and swagger for Jack Sparrow off Richards’ style. It seems that the aged rocker may serve as some kind of role model and inspiration for the actor. (Let’s be thankful Depp doesn’t follow Richards’ life to a T though.)

Richards is known for some crazy antics, both onstage and off. He’s usually drunk, stumbling around, and mumbling to whomever will listen. However, he has made quite a name for himself with the Rolling Stones, one of the most important bands in rock and roll, and definitely deserves to have a documentary made about his life.

The Guardian reported that the movie will be called Happy. But this won’t be the first time Depp has directed. Back in 1997, he worked on The Brave, which was not well received by fans. I have high hopes for this one, especially because Depp has some inspiration invested in it.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Howard Stern…you love him, you hate him, you agree with him, you wish he would stop being such an arrogant prick and use his intelligence for positive means.

The man radio listeners love to hate has stirred up more controversy, but this time, surrounding the Oscar buzz.

The spark was ignited on Monday when Stern started making fun of Precious star (and Oscar winner) Gabourey Sidibie. The New York Daily News reported the following statements made by the radio host:

“There’s the most enormous, fat black chick I’ve ever seen. She is enormous,” Stern ranted. “Everyone’s pretending she’s a part of show business and she’s never going to be in another movie. She should have gotten the Best Actress award because she’s never going to have another shot. What movie is she gonna be in?”

While some people agree with Stern, there are many others that are now berating him for making the statements and being so insensitive. (But hey, insensitive is this guy’s middle name.) Oprah Winfrey is among those.

Sidibie’s role in Precious was indeed a touching one, and now it seems that Stern will eat his words. She is set to star in a new Showtime comedy series called ‘The Big C.’ Not only that, but she has just signed another contract to star in an upcoming movie called ‘Yelling to the Sky!’

Whether you’re with Stern or against him, Sidibie is having the last laugh on this one.

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Okay, so I know I am way behind everyone else on this one, but I thought I’d give you my review anyway. I recently finished reading Tucker Max’s book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.

Throughout the book, I felt the urge to vomit, cry, and laugh all at the same time. I’m sure that’s probably what Max aims to get from his readers, but I’m not so sure I felt those emotions in such a positive way. Here are my thoughts…

This guy isn't even remotely attractive.

Tucker Max is an asshole. It is a statement that he makes throughout the book and is even the first thing you see when you visit his website. The things he says to girls to make them feel bad are atrocious and it’s no wonder why so many fellow college asshole young americans have clung to this book like their own personal bible. Max gives them new material for when they go out drinking.

The book is filled with Max’s nonsensical stories about times he had sex with girls and did horrible things to them, like vomiting beneath someone’s bed and then blaming it on the dog. Stories about Max making fun of overweight girls run rampant though the book. There are plenty of fart and poop stories, too, just in case you didn’t get enough of those in grammar school.

Perhaps the most offensive parts of this book were the terms he used to refer to women. Let me relay some of those to you: for the slightly overweight ladies — wildebeest, chunker, rhino, fatty. For every day random girls — bitch, whore, etc. And the most disgusting one of all — a receptacle for his ejaculate.

But here’s one of my problems. If you read a lot of books, it’s supposed to make you at least slightly smarter and worldy. After finishing each chapter of this book, I felt dumber. Seriously, I had to force myself to keep reading because I don’t like to give up on books that easily. Mainly, I was just grossed out.

 Also, I’m having a hard time understanding why women seem to be throwing themselves at this guy. Maybe they just like to be treated like shit or maybe it’s just creative writing.

The kicker? In September 2010, Max will be releasing a sequel to his trashy first novel called Assholes Finish First. Great.

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