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    Recap: 'Girls' Goes To The Country With Jessa & Hannah

    After the solo Hannah episode two weeks back and last Sunday's focus on Ray and Adam, once again "Girls" is allowing its focus to flesh out a particular character, with Jessa (Jemima Kirke) getting the spotlight. The episode kicks off with her and Hannah (Lena Dunham) at the Manitou train station, a...

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    'Girls' Recap 7: In 'Video Games,' Ben Mendelsohn Guest Stars as Jessa's Flaky Father

    In Season One’s “The Return,” we see Hannah and her parents in their natural Horvath habitat, Michigan. In Season Two’s “It’s About Time,” we’re offered a brief glimpse of Jersey girl incognito Marnie’s passive-aggressive relationship with her mother. In this week’s episode, “Video Games,” we’re int...

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    Eva Mendes Joins Ryan Gosling's 'How to Catch a Monster' with Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn

    Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, "How to Catch a Monster," has Ben Mendelsohn ("Animal Kingdom") on board to star with Christina Hendricks. The film, which Gosling and Hendricks describe as a fantasy noir...

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    Ben Mendelsohn Joining Boden/Fleck's 'Mississippi Grind' With Jake Gyllenhaal

    We always like it when actors we like join projects by directors we like, so this kind of news makes us happy. Over the summer, it was revealed that Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the filmmaking pair behind "Half Nelson" and "Sugar," had lined up their next project. "Mississippi...

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    The Little Jolie-Pitts' Dad Is A Lethal Weapon In 'Killing Them Softly'

    If you need proof that casting is everything, Killing Them Softly delivers it. This noirish crime story about hired killers would be an entirely different, less enjoyable film without Brad Pitt as an expert hitman. I’d say he’s working against type, but really, isn’t his type ...

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    Ben Mendelsohn Reteams With Ryan Gosling For 'How To Catch A Monster'

    Thanks to his chilling turn in 2010’s “Animal Kingdom,” Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn landed on the radar of some talented folks and as a result has appeared in films like “The Dark Knight Rises,” the upcoming Andrew Dominik-helmed “Killing Them Softly” and next year’s “The Place Beyond the Pines....

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    7 New Photos From 'Killing Them Softly' Starring Brad Pitt

    Brad Pitt is notoriously hard to net for a film. He'll sign on to a lot of projects and even produce, but getting the man to star in a picture when all is said and done can prove to be difficult. Aussie director Andrew Dominik had a leg-up. He directed Pitt in the underrated "The Assas...

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    First Footage Arrives Of Ryan Gosling & Bradley Cooper In 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

    We've not actually asked him, but we suspect strongly that the favorite film of the last few days of Kevin Jagernauth, our man on the ground at the Toronto International Film Festival, is "The Place Beyond The Pines," director Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to the acclaimed "Blue Valentine," which reu...

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    New Pics 'Killing Them Softly' Featuring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta & More

    While much of the hype on The Weinstein Company's fall slate has centered around Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," one film still flying well under the radar is Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" starring...

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    Criticwire at Cannes: The Top Films and Performances Poll

    "Amour" and "Holy Motors" close out Cannes as the Criticwire favorites, but what gangsters and singers also made the best of the festival lists? And which films drew both applause and disappointment?

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