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    Scarlett Johansson Was Unsure About 'We Bought A Zoo' At First; Says 'Summer Crossing' Doesn't Have A Part For A Big Star

    It's hard to believe that Scarlett Johansson is only 27 years old. The actress carries herself with the air and beauty of an old-school movie star, but has the wit and wisdom of your favorite drinking buddy. What she's accomplished so far on the big screen is impressive, and what's more exciting is that we're only at the beginning of what is likely be a long, varied and fascinating career. A testament to how diverse she has become can be seen in her next trio of movies -- Cameron Crowe's holiday crowd-pleaser "We Bought A Zoo"; the geek fave "The Avengers" and Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi indie "Under The Skin" -- but as she reveals to Vanity Fair in a recent profile, the material comes first.

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    MATT ZOLLER SEITZ: SONS OF ANARCHY: What happens next, daddy?

    When Charles Dickens was at the peak of his popularity, Americans used to wait on East Coast docks for the latest chapters of his serialized novels to arrive. TV dramas are our version of that. The best have that mix of shamelessness and sophistication that Dickens refined into art — or at the very least, artful melodrama — and the FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy is right up there in the pantheon. Its cliffhanger episode endings are among the most addictive I’ve seen, and last night offered a great example: a three-way standoff between the increasingly evil gang boss Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), his disaffected lieutenant Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and the vengeful Opie (Ryan Hurst), who discovered his dad’s reeking body and was informed that Clay secretly killed him. Everything about the standoff was utterly shameless: the race-to-the-finish-line lead-up; Opie’s tearful speech; Opie leveling his gun at Clay at the precise moment when Jax burst in and screamed at him to drop it; the shot of Clay’s body slamming against a wall; Jax’s horrified close-up. Cut to black, roll credits. Is he dead? Was he wearing a bulletproof vest?

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    PICTURES OF LOSS: MEN DON'T LEAVE, directed by Paul Brickman

    It would seem that what I want are movies about the art of losing, as Elizabeth Bishop might say. But some of those same movies are also about the art of finding. Take Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, a film that made a deep impression on me when I first saw it at the precocious age of eight. While young Jamie Graham is separated from his mother and father in Shanghai during World War II, in the end the family is brought back together. The loss is temporary. The loss is remedied. When he sees his mother for the first time since he let go unthinkingly let go of her hand on the fateful day, he almost can’t believe it. He reaches for her face and hands, as if to verify the miracle that she is back. (For some reason, it always struck me that Jamie’s mother wore red nail polish when they were separated, but she doesn’t when they are reunited—after a war, everyone looks worse for the wear, not just Jamie.)

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    David Cronenberg Talks The Deep Research Behind ‘A Dangerous Method’

    David Cronenberg Talks The Deep Research Behind ‘A Dangerous Method’

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    The Cast Of 'Hugo' Talk The Influence Of 'Under The Roofs Of Paris,' World War I & Working With Martin Scorsese

    As Graham King told us a few days back, casting a Martin Scorsese film is far from the hardest part of the process. With the director's legendary status now cemented by a long-overdue Best Director Oscar for "The Departed" a few years ago, top actors are delighted to line up, even if it's for a brief cameo, in a Scorsese-helmed project. The filmmaker's latest, "Hugo," is no exception. Its young leads, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz, are among the most widely-praised child actors of recent years, and the supporting cast ranges from Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley to comic whirlwind Sacha Baron Cohen, with Jude Law, Emily Mortimer, Ray Winstone, Richard Griffiths, Frances De La Tour, Helen McCrory and Michael Stuhlbarg among the litany of other stars cropping up at some point.

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    R.I.P. Freddie Mercury

    It was 20 years ago today that Freddie Mercury died of AIDS, leaving behind a legacy as one of the all-time greatest rock n' roll icons.

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    Happy Thanksgiving From Nola And Her Men + Your Favorite Thanksgiving Moments On Film

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Whether you're Nola, Mars, Tommy, Greer, or none of the above... :)

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    Jesse and Angie R.I.P.

    Well nothing lasts forever, and that means even for what is perhaps televison's longest running black romance. (though, as a friend of mine who watches it told me, it was one that was prone to random ridiculousness).

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    The Sundance Experience Coming To London Next Year

    S&A readers living in Great Britain will get a chance to experience Sundance next year with the Sundance London Film And Music Festival.

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    'Star Trek' Sequel Will Be In 3D, Opens May 17, 2013

    Now those lens flares are gonna be in your face.

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