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    'Are You Here' and Why TV Auteurs Make Disappointing Movies

    Matt Weiner's "Are You Here" is being released this week to little fanfare, and it's in good company with the likes of "The Company Men" and "Sour Grapes." Why do TV geniuses make such underwhelming films?

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    New Pics From 'Rosewater,' Jon Stewart Says He Got Input On The Script From J.J. Abrams And Ron Howard

    "Did you ever work at a restaurant? Remember your first or second day, how simple shit like 'Where is the ketchup?' takes you five minutes where it takes someone else 10 seconds? Especially early on, there were a lot of people who didn’t know where we kept the ketchup," Jon Stewart told EW about thi...

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    Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow & J.J. Abrams Team Up To Save Film Stock

    A couple of years ago, things were looking grim for Kodak. The legendary film company couldn't keep up with the digital age, and were on the brink of bankruptcy, but managed to bounce back last fall. While the company promised to be more contemporary in their approach going forward, they also said t...

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    New 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Plot Details Rumored, J.J. Abrams Reveals X-Wing And More

    Production continues on "Star Wars: Episode 7," with everyone working towards a hiatus in August, when the filmmaking team will take a couple of weeks to rejigger plans and schedules to work around Harrison Ford's injury before cameras roll again. And alas, more new details are kicking around about ...

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    Rumor: J.J. Abrams & Kathleen Kennedy Still Want May 2016 Release Date For 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

    This is probably not the kind of buzz Disney wants about eighteen months out from the still scheduled December 18, 2015 release date for "Star Wars: Episode 7." With Harrison Ford's recent injury prompting speculation that production might be delayed to the point where the movie will have to be push...

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    Speculate This: Will ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Be Delayed Until 2016?

    "Star Wars" good news only lasts so long. The most infamous ankle break in the history of below the waist bone breaks—since Joe Namath of course— is causing so much pain for so many. In case you've been living under an embargo of no ligament related news, you’ve probably heard by now that Harrison F...

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    Rian Johnson in Talks to Write and Direct Next Two 'Star Wars' Flicks

    Congrats to Rian Johnson of "Looper" fame, who is "in talks," report Deadline and Variety, to take on a massive new job: writing and directing the next two follow-ups to J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII," which is currently in production in London.

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    David Oyelowo Probably In ‘Star Wars: Episode 7’ As Villain Who Is Possibly Maybe Not A Jedi Hunter

    Boy, this is going to be a convoluted one, and why is reading certain sites for news like trying to figure out the Sunday New York Times crossword in a mirror? Are you caught up with your “Star Wars: Episode VII” rumors and tall tales of late? They sort of go like this, and as usual, potential spoil...

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    J.J. Abrams Hits Twitter To Ask For 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Set Photo Leaks And Speculation To Stop

    Here's something that in light of the "Ant-Man" news and this current "Star Wars: Episode 7" update, that might be worth remembering: studios, directors and artists working on films owe you absolutely nothing until they are ready to show off what they've been putting together. But over the past week...

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    What's Next for Lupita Nyong'o? 'Star Wars'!

    With the Academy Awards in the cultural rearview mirror, many of us wondered when and how we'd see a preternatural talent, and first-time Oscar winner, like Lupita Nyong'o on the big screen again. On Oscar night, the Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised Yale graduate who swept awards season with her sublime ...

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