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    The Death of 'Luck'

    What happened in "Luck"'s last two episodes is that Hoffman and Farina's characters had something to do of consequence. Farina stopped being a chauffeur and started being a tough guy who could see what others cannot. We finally knew why Hoffman kept him around.

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    James Cameron Dives to Deepest Depths of the Ocean, Bobs Back Up After Hydraulic Leak UPDATED

    Explorer/filmmaker James Cameron tweeted his readiness to go down to the bottom of the Mariana Trench Saturday-- more than six miles, down to the deepest ocean territory he depicted in his fictional film "The Abyss"--but Sunday he did it for real--and alone.

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    MAD MEN RECAP 1: A LITTLE KISS

    Megan knows about Dick Whitman.

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    Anti-Abortion Propaganda Film Ranks #8 At Weekend Box-Office

    Not far behind Warner Bros's "Project X" and Paramount's "A Thousand Words" at the weekend box-office, a little indie film called "October Baby" has broken out, in limited release, making over $1.7 million in ticket sales. But this is one non-Hollywood film I...

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    Indie Box Office Analysis: 'The Raid' and 'The Deep Blue Sea' Are Off to the Races

    Two new solid openings – “The Raid: Redemption” and “The Deep Blue Sea” – both took somewhat unusual routes beyond normal platforms to find their audiences this weekend. The former showed some real appeal to a non-specialized, younger audience, while the latter shows some initial promise responding ...

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    Four Beginnings: A Look at the Scenes That Have Opened Each 'Mad Men' Season

    "Mad Men" returns tonight, and while a few details have escaped series creator Matthew Weiner's cone of silence -- that Betty Francis, formerly Draper, will not appear in the two-hour opener, and that one of this year's themes, as in every year, is how the characters adjust or fail...

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    Legendary Animator Glen Keane Leaves Disney

    In what many saw as a shock, veteran Disney animator Glen Keane, one of the so-called celebrity animators from Disney’s “Second Renaissance” in the early 1990s, designing and animating immortal characters like Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” the Beast from “Beauty and the Beast,” and Aladdin from “...

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    Okinawa International Movie Festival Celebrates Comedians

    Laughter is the best medicine: the residents of Okinawa should know. On Friday, this tropical prefecture in south Japan welcomed 50 of the country’s leading comedians to launch the 4th edition of the Okinawa International Movie Festival (March 24 - 31: 2012), which is dedicated to laughter and peace...

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    Box Office: Anti-Abortion Film 'October Baby' and Action Import 'The Raid' Lead Specialty Market

    There's no denying the relative unexcitability today of any box office news today that isn't the record-crashing $155 million insanity that was the opening of "The Hunger Games." But that news belongs in a different column, so I digress. 

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Hunger Games' Scores Third Highest Opening In Box Office History With Massive $155 Million Haul

    Who’s hungry? “The Hunger Games” proceeded to predictably beat the stuffing out of the box office, scoring $155 million, the third-highest opening weekend in history, and highest for a non-sequel. The fan base came out in full force, no doubt, but so did the normals, as the books don’t (yet) have ne...

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