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    Hunger Games: Inventing a Franchise and Would-Be Heartthrobs With It: Hemsworth & Hutcherson

    Lionsgate wants to launch a Twilight-scale franchise with its movie version of the Hunger Games young-adult book series starring it-girl Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Now EW is trumpeting two would-be male heartthrobs as well on its second EW's Hunger Games cover while the movie is still sh...

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    A Few More Photos Of Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson & Jennifer Lawrence In 'Hunger Games'

    So here you go...Hunger-heads? We're still searching for an appropriate nickname for "Hunger Games" fans. Mockingbirds? Team Everdeen? Yeah, maybe that last one works.

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    1st Look At James Howson As 1st Black Heathcliff In Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights" Film

    An addendum to my post earlier today announcing the 2011 Venice Film Festival lineup, with specific note of Andrea Arnold's adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic and only novel, Wuthering Heights, which features the first non-white actor to play the lead male role (aka Heathcliff) in the many times t...

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    Cowboys & Aliens, Crazy, Stupid, Love & Indies The Future, The Guard, Interrupters, Life in a Day

    Cowboys & Aliens gets the prize for most literal title, if nothing else. While Andrew O'Hehir writes: "The movie never makes much of a case for its own existence; it's a mediocre western clumsily welded to a mediocre alien shoot-'em-up," and Roger Moore concludes: "A perfectly serviceable B-movie in...

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    Watch: Ben Stiller Hires Eddie Murphy To Help Him Steal $20 Million In Brett Ratner's 'Tower Heist'

    Yep, this is a Brett Ratner film and honestly, if you swapped out Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy and put in Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, you would essentially have "Rush Hour 4." But we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves.

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    Watch Eddie Murphy & Gabourey Sidibe In First Trailer For "Tower Heist"

    Almost completely forgot that this was coming...

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    Review: 'The Future' Showcases A Vital Filmmaker Still Sowing Her Oats

    In “Another Earth,” Mike Cahill’s recent science fiction picture, a cataclysmic event provides the backdrop for a small-scale human story about tragedy and mourning. In the upcoming Evan Glodell-directed “Bellflower,” the characters plan for an oncoming apocalypse just as one of them deals with a de...

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    Watch 4 Clips From NAACP National Convention Screening Of "The Help" (Reactions, Q&A)

    As announced last week, in a likely effort to win over support from the historical organization and its followers, DreamWorks Studios held a special advanced screening of The Help at the 102nd NAACP National Convention just yesterday, July 27, at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 in Downtown Lo...

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    The Essentials: The 5 Best Harrison Ford Performances

    For a time in the 1980s and 1990s, Harrison Ford was untouchable, and basically the biggest movie star in the world. He'd cropped up in bits and pieces in the 1970s (most notably small roles in "American Graffiti" and "The Conversation,") but Han Solo turned him into an instant matinee screen idol: ...

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    First Look At Newcomer James Howson In Andrea Arnold's 'Wuthering Heights'

    Andrea Arnold seems to enjoy working with raw, unpolished talent. She directed the completely unknown Katie Jarvis to huge critical praise in "Fish Tank" and the director is hoping to repeat that success with James Howson, another newcomer who landed the lead role in the forthcoming adaptation of "W...

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