July 16, 2008

Here's Moviefone's list of the
25 Greatest Movie Villains of All-Time:
1. Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) -- Harry Potter series
2. Darth Vader (David Prowse, James Earl Jones) -- Star Wars series
3. Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) -- The Wizard of Oz
4. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) -- The Silence of the Lambs
5. Joker (Heath Ledger) -- The Dark Knight
6. Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) -- Goldfinger
7. Chigurgh (Javier Bardem) -- No Country For Old Men
8. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) -- Die Hard
9. Max Cady (Robert De Niro) -- Cape Fear
10. The Queen (voiced by Lucille La Verne) -- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
11. Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) -- Night of the Hunter
12. Michael Myers (Tony Moran) -- Halloween
13. Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) -- A Nightmare on Elm Street
14. Mrs. Iselin (Angela Lansbury) -- The Manchurian Candidate
15. Tom Powers (James Cagney) -- Public Enemy
16. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) -- Misery
17. Dr. Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier) -- Marathon Man
18. T-1000 (Robert Patrick) -- Terminator 2
19. Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) -- Mommie Dearest
20. Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) -- Superman
21. Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) -- Training Day
22. Cruella de Vil (voiced by Betty Lou Gerson) -- 101 Dalmatians
23. Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) -- Blue Velvet
24. Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) -- Star Trek: Wrath of Khan
25. Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) -- The Matrix
(Feel like a villain was left off unfairly? Leave a comment with the name of the villain you think should have made the list!)

Speaking of villains...
No critic was more pleased with the performance of Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight than his own father. As I told you a couple nights ago, Kim Ledger and his family traveled from Australia to New York City to attend the premiere of The Dark Knight and told us the movie and his sons performance specifically was “everything we hoped for and more.” I’m not lying to you when I say the first time I read that today I got a little lump in my throat. It must be quite an experience for Heath’s family to watch that movie.

CSI just won’t be the same without him. William Peterson, who plays Gil Grissom on the original (and the best) CSI will be leaving the show after the 10th episode of the upcoming season. He’ll still be involved with the show as an executive producer but a rep from CBS tells me that when they need the character on the show, he’ll be available.

In the ongoing saga of Madonna’s brother’s tell-all book, yesterday on Good Morning America, he said Madonna was so paranoid he would tear her apart, she tried to turn their father against him. He also mentioned their was a specific part in Madonna’s life where he realized she only cared about herself, “If you've seen the movie Truth or Dare, where she's rolling around on my mother's gave, I thought to myself, 'OK, there are no boundaries now, my mother has become a bit player in her life.' And it hurt me and my opinion of her altered at that moment."

If you enjoyed seeing contestants rock out on guitars or pianos on the previous season of American Idol, you’ll be glad to hear that feature is coming back. Producers also tell me you’ll see more half-hour results shows and the audition phase will get to the top singers much more quickly. By the way, auditions for season 8 start tomorrow in San Francisco.

STAR Artist Natasha Bedingfield is donating a live version of a song from her latest album to benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Wanna get it? Text the word “SAVE” to 66555 from your LG phone. It’ll cost you $2.99.

STAR Artist Matchbox Twenty wants you to decide which songs to include on their upcoming live release. The catch? The songs and voting are only available on a USB wristband which you can plug into your computer. You can order it online from MatchboxTwenty.com.

Most men would accept Megan Fox for all her minor imperfections, but director Michael Bay wanted her to pack on a few pounds for the Transformers sequel after she shed weight for another movie role. She had to gain 10 pounds in three weeks. The sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, also starring Shia LaBeouf, hits theaters next year.

Eddie Murphy’s latest "comedy", Meet Dave, opened with $5.3 million this past weekend. That's obviously a disaster. To show you just how bad a disaster it was, here's a list of 50 (mostly bad) movies that opened better,
click here.

STAR Artist John Mayer’s writer’s block is over, thanks to new girlfriend Jennifer Aniston. She’s inspired a new song, "Moonbeam," that’s about his love for Jen. He’s planning to release the romantic song soon.

STAR Artist Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page was arrested in Fayetteville, N.Y and charged with criminal possession of cocaine and marijuana. The 38-year-old Page was released after coughing up $10,000 bail. Oops.

Amy Poehler is in talks to star in NBC's hugely anticipated spinoff of The Office, per the Hollywood Reporter.

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