Costner, who is producing and starring in the American Civil War drama, admits it was actually cheaper taking the cast and crew to Eastern Europe and filming there than trying to shoot in America.
He says, "That's a fact of movie life right now, it's a fact of economics."
And co-star Paxton tells TV news show Extra he is loving the location in the Romanian mountains, where time appears to have stood still.
He adds, "We're filming in a place where you still see oxen and horses drawing carriages full of corn husks. It really feels like, 'Is it 2011 or is it the 1870s in Appalachia?'"
Character actor and language expert Robert Easton passed away from natural causes at his home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles last Friday (16Dec11) at the age of 81.
Easton began his career as an actor and landed roles on TV shows such as The Munsters, Get Smart and The Adventures of Superman and in films like 1961's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 1991.
But he became famed for his skills as a phoneticist and was regularly referred to as the Henry Higgins of Hollywood, in reference to the strict speech tutor in My Fair Lady.
As a dialect coach, Easton taught actors including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Neeson, Sir Ben Kingsley and Anne Hathaway, while his work on 2006's The Last King of Scotland landed Whitaker the Oscar for Best Actor.
Easton continued to work right up until his death, even recording a speech tape for John Travolta to use for an upcoming project.
His daughter Heather Woodruff Perry tells the Los Angeles Times, "A month ago, he did an entire script on tape for John Travolta."
Paying tribute to the veteran, Robert Duvall, who worked with Easton on Gods and Generals in 2003, says, "They (film producers) said, 'We want Virginia accents'. Bob said, 'Which one? There are 12 distinct accents, from the Piedmont to the ocean.' He knew them all.
"He was a wonderful man, a very unique personality, and a master at his craft."
The Hills star arrived at the bash at Pechanga Casino and Resort in Temecula with Lance Corporal Jonathan Burkett, who invited the reality TV star via Twitter.com in August (11).
He wrote, "Wanted to know if you want to go the the Marine Corps Ball with me in San Diego?"
Thrilled Cavallari accepted Burkett's invite just hours after he posted the message, and the star, who is dating American footballer Jay Cutler, turned up to the event in a floorlength silver gown and posed for photographs with the military man.
She told reporters, "I just thought, why not? It’s a nice way to say thank you for everything that he’s done for our country. Seeing the faces of the people fighting for our country, it just puts everything in perspective."
After the event Cavallari wrote on Twitter.com, "Had a great time at the marine ball."
Last weekend (12Nov11), Justin Timberlake accompanied Corporal Kelsey de Santis to a ball in Virginia after she asked him to be her date via YouTube.com.
The former Friends star is lending her support to America's Breast Cancer Awareness month, and has directed a short film about the impact of the disease for Lifetime movie Five.
She attended new cancer treatment facility Inova Breast Care Center in Alexandria, and listened to patients' heroic tales of their diagnosis and how they battled the illness.
And the actress became emotional as she heard the women's stories of survival, wiping away tears throughout the visit.
Aniston was joined by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's wife Jill, who has been involved with raising awareness of breast cancer for 20 years.
The former Law & Order star grew up in Virginia, but has been a resident of New York City ever since he accepted a place at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts Theatre Program.
Martin is proud to own a luxury apartment in Manhattan and is determined to remain in his adopted hometown permanently.
He tells the New York Post, "(I am not an) L.A. guy. God bless them out there but that vibration is not for me. I'm a New Yorker. TriBeCa. To own a New York apartment is like owning a big shiny badge."
The legendary director has hired Daniel Day-Lewis to play the 16th U.S. president, who was assassinated in 1865, in Lincoln, alongside Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Filming is due to kick off in Virginia this autumn (11), but Spielberg has now revealed fans won't be able to see the movie until after America goes to the polls for the 2012 presidential election next November (12).
He tells the Orlando Sentinel, "The movie will be purposely coming out after next year's election. I didn't want it to become political fodder."
The Sideways star, who celebrated her 50th birthday on Sunday (11Sep11), has been dating Nick Holmes "for a while", but she insists she is taking the romance in her stride.
She tells People.com, "I'm not counting (how long we've been dating) on purpose. I just want to concentrate on right now."
Madsen reveals their relationship initially started out as friends, but she quickly fell in love with the 30 year old, who she claims is "an extraordinary poet".
And Holmes, who has appeared on U.S. TV comedy Parks and Recreation, is equally full of praise for Madsen: "She's an exquisite talent and a timeless beauty. And an extraordinary amount of fun."
Madsen was previously married to Danny Huston and has a 17-year-old son, Jack, with ex-boyfriend, actor Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Ferrara has joined forces with Action America as part of a campaign aimed at persuading young people to volunteer and take part in the annual National Day of Service and Remembrance as a tribute to the fallen who perished during the devastating terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
During an appearance on U.S. morning show Today on Monday (12Sep11), he says, "It literally was started less than two months ago... For me, it just started off as just helping spread the word. And it just kind of continued to grow. In 2009 the United States named 9/11 the National Week of Remembrance and Service (sic). And that's kind of what Action America is.
"The service part just means positive action. The littlest things from helping elderly cross the street to donating money, which goes to the Wounded Warriors (Project)... (and) to The 9/11 Memorial."
America marked the 10th anniversary of the atrocities with a series of memorials in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia over the weekend (10-11Sep11).
The actress was an original All My Children cast member - she played Ruth Brent Martin and became the only star ever to win an Emmy Award for her work on a soap opera.
Also a regular on Broadway, Fickett appeared in plays like Love & Kisses and Tea & Sympathy.
She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1958 for her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in Sunrise at Campobello.
Producers of All My Children are planning to dedicate the 21 September (11) episode to Fickett.
The long-running series will air its final episode two days later.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the worst terrorist attack in America's history after two hijacked airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers at New York's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. A third slammed into the Pentagon in Virginia and a fourth crash landed in Pennsylvania.
Now a whole host of famous faces have taken to their Twitter.com blogs to pay tribute to the spirit of the American people.
Glee star Lea Michele, who was born in the Bronx, New York, writes, "To all the families and people of New York affected by the tragedies of September 11th my thoughts and prayers go out to you. NYC is one of the most strong & beautiful places in the world. I feel so blessed & proud today to have been born and raised in this city."
Singer Josh Groban adds, "I can't believe it has been 10 years. Stay safe and sound today, NYC. Neverforget", and Rob Lowe tweets, "Today, I remember. Today, I promise I will never forget. Never."
Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden writes, "Sending a prayer and good thoughts out to everyone who lost their lives or a loved one on 9/11 10 years ago. Respect. God bless."
Actress Eliza Dushku states, "Ne'er forget those we lost, the heroes & prayers to the survivors/families. Love to all," while Olivia Wilde writes, "10 years ago today, our shocked world marched together for Peace. let's not forget that spirit. my heart goes out to all who have suffered."
Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am told fans, "I am sending love to the world so no hate, fear, pain, or distortion happens... remembering911," and Mena Suvari writes, "Thoughts & prayers to all of those that lost their lives & the families they left behind. You are never forgotten-only remembered and honored."