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    China Rejects Court Appeal for Artist and Doc Subject Ai Weiwei; No-Travel Ban Continues

    Outspoken artist and dissident Ai Weiwei was rejected today by a Chinese court for his appeal against a tax evasion fine from 2011. He was imprisoned for the charge for three months of last year, and upon release was slapped with the fine. After his bail conditions failed to be lifted on June 22, Ai...

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    Abigail Breslin & Juliette Lewis Join 'August: Osage County' With Julia Roberts & Meryl Streep

    You know, with Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep already starring in this thing, the filmmakers could populate the rest of "August: Osage County" with circus clowns, and not only would the two leads still deliver strong performances, and inevitable Oscar nominations would follow. It looks lik...

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    Amazon Prime Instant Adds 'Fringe' & 'West Wing' to Library for a Supernatural-FBI-Clinton-Administration Summer

    Fans of showrunner-creators Aaron Sorkin and J.J. Abrams will find this exciting: Amazon announces today a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. to add both "Fringe" and "The West Wing" to its Prime Instant Video library this summer. Both titles were previously unavailable.

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    Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer' MPAA Rating: R or NC17?

    Reading THIS piece on the Los Angeles Times' website to learn that Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer, will be given an R rating by the MPAA - at least, that's what the LA Times says/.

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    Watch: Why Naming Your Dog After F. Scott Fitzgerald Is Aggressive In New Clip From 'Ruby Sparks'

    Both whimsical and light on its feet, but also imbued with a mature sense of how relationships are very much sometimes about the power (or concession) of control, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Ruby Sparks" is a wonderful concotion, and a highlight of the summer movie season.

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    'Dark Knight Rises' Opening Clouded by Brutal Theater-Shooting Spree; Ignites Larger Debate UPDATED

    "There's a storm coming," Catwoman whispers in Bruce Wayne's ear in "The Dark Knight Rises." A gunman firing into the crowd inside a Thursday midnight show of the film at a Colorado movie theater, killing 12 and wounding some 22, will yield a firestorm of debate in this presidential election year. ...

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    Watch: New French Trailer For Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways'

    Just as we did earlier today with "Take This Waltz," here's another Canadian film we continue to trumpet, although this one is still without U.S. distribution. Xavier Dolan's bold and beautiful "Laurence Anyways" is now starting to roll out overseas after premiering at th...

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    3 New Clips & Photos From 'Celeste And Jesse Forever' Starring Rashida Jones & Andy Samberg

    Breaking up is hard to do. It's even harder if your partner also happens to be your best friend, and that distinction forms the basis of "Celeste And Jesse Forever," the upcoming romantic comedy that takes a funny and dramatic look at the end of a relationship and what it takes to start over.

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    Watch Trailer For South African Action Comedy 'Gog' Helen' (Family, Crooks & A Mattress Full Of Cash)

    Here's a trailer for a project I profiled earlier this week; a trailer didn't exist at the time, but one was uploaded to YouTube yesterday, which I was alerted to this morning.

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