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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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    Watch: Ryan Gosling Tries To Find Integrity In Politics In Trailer For 'The Ides Of March'

    In this weekend's "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Ryan Gosling plays a super-confident, smooth-talking, charming ladies' man and it looks like he's reprising that role again only this time, his easy smile and perfect hair will only go so far.

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    Review: 'Point Blank' Is An Energetic, But Utterly Pointless French Thriller

    "French thriller" is one of those phrases, like "German chocolate" and "Swedish pop record," that inspires enthusiastic excitement even when, perhaps, it shouldn't. Take, for example, this week's "Point Blank," directed by Fred Cavayé (whose "Pour Elle" was remade as Paul Haggis' pitiable "The Next ...

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    Guest Post: David Geertz "Are Indie Filmmakers Slave Drivers?"

    How do we truly think about film? Do we ignore the truth even when it is right before our eyes? Are we sometimes willing to compromise our ethics in order to achieve our creative goal? Would we be willing to defer that goal in order to maintain the ethical standards that we otherwise embrace?I na...

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    If You Missed It...Listen To The S&A Season Finale Podcast With Special Guest Melee Entertainment

    Guess what? If you missed the season finale podcast with the S&A crew yesterday, you get to listen now! We talked about the cancellation of Monique's BET talk show and Sergio gave us a hot tip on her possible replacement. We also chatted about Zoe Saldana's recent comments.

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    Janus Films Takes U.S. Rights To Aki Kaurismaki's Cannes Crowd Pleaser 'Le Havre'

    While Sundance Selects Grabs Nanni Moretti's 'Habemus Papum'One of the more puzzling outcomes of the Cannes Film Festival has been the failure of Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre," which was second only to "The Artist" as far as crowd-pleasing hits on the Croisette go, to land a distributor. Sure, Kaurism...

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    Conan Introduces A New Action Heroine in "Mrs. Butterworth: The Movie" (Video)

    And you thought Mrs. Butterworth was just a bottle of pancake syrup? Think again as Conon reveals a trailer for the ultimate in product-placement films: it's Mrs. Butterworth: The Movie. She has a gun and she's out for vengeance. Nice touch to add Doris Kearns Goodwin's name to the writing credits.

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    Casting Carousel For Lee Daniels' "Paperboy" Thriller Continues... David Oyelowo Added

    The last time I wrote about this project, I told myself that I wouldn't write about it anymore, until the damn thing was actually shooting.

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