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Roberts Inspired By Oscar Loss


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HEROES star Eric Roberts was so upset he didn't win an Oscar for his performance in Runaway Train he accepted lots of movie roles to increase his chances of winning the coveted award.
The 51-year-old actor was sure he would win the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in the 1996 movie - but the gong was handed to Don Ameche for his part in Cocoon.
But missing out on the award only made Roberts more determined.
He says, "I was so upset that someone had walked away with my award that I completely changed my approach to movie-making.
"Before that, I'd conscientiously and methodically only made one movie per year. But after that, I called my agent and said, 'Listen, from now on I will do any movie anywhere as long as there's one good think about it. Even if it's just a good location'.
"I realised I had to stop worrying about being so over-exposed and needed to have more fun. And of all the 159 projects I've made, I've only hated about 50 of them."

The Replacements Star Replaces Soul Asylum Bassist


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Former The Replacements bassist TOMMY STINSON has joined rockers Soul Asylum for their comeback. Stinson replaces KARL MUELLER, who lost his battle with throat cancer last year (05). Stinson has joined the Runaway Train hitmakers for their first studio album in eight years.

Soul Asylum Star Faces Homelessness


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Soul Asylum frontman DAVE PIRNER is terrified his New Orleans house may have been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and is still waiting to hear whether the disaster has left him and his family homeless.

The 41-year-old Runaway Train rocker was visiting his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, when the hurricane struck, and he has since postponed plans to return to his luxury pad and studio in Louisiana due to the continuing chaos.

Pirner is unsure when he, his partner and their two-year-old son will go back to the city.

Criminal-Turned-Actor Bunker Dead At 71


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RESERVOIR DOGS star Edward Bunker has died in hospital in Burbank, California from complications after surgery to improve circulation in his legs.

The 71-year-old diabetic was a habitual criminal in his youth, who turned his life around by writing about his experiences and then became an actor in later life.

As well as playing hardman MR BLUE in Reservoir Dogs, Bunker also portrayed a criminal in the remake of this year's THE LONGEST YARD.

Continue reading: Criminal-Turned-Actor Bunker Dead At 71

Voight Supported Brando's Work Until His Death


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Hollywood legend Marlon Brando acted upon his last wish through a series of acting classes which were supported by film buddy Jon Voight among many others.

Voight, who already has 58 film titles under his belt, agreed to help the selected students as a way of showing his appreciation for Brando as a friend and his hero.

Voight says, "Marlon called me up about it. He asked me to come to class to talk about a film he liked called Runaway Train. I said of course I will do anything for you Marlon. Anyway, I went to give my support."

Continue reading: Voight Supported Brando's Work Until His Death

Soul Asylum Star Has Cancer


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Grunge band Soul Asylum has postponed recording on their new album after bassist KARL MUELLER has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

The guitarist, 40, was rushed to hospital earlier this month (MAY04) when he woke up to discover he couldn't breathe and doctors soon discovered a tumour.

The Runaway Train group's manager JAKE WALESCH said Mueller was back at home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after a hospital stay and is doing well.

Continue reading: Soul Asylum Star Has Cancer

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