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    Robert Altman's 'Nashville': The First Modern TV Musical (VIDEO)

    "Treme" embarked on its final season Sunday. "Smash" is gone. "Glee" and "Nashville" soldier on, but the bloom of pop-cultural significance is off their respective roses. With this age of the hour-long musical television series fast coming to a close, I set out searching for its origins, and I found...

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    Why 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Is A Major Coen Brothers Movie

    The folk music drama is a delicate, restrained portrait that results in a different kind of movie than anything else the sibling directors have made before.

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    Why Disney Is At War With Its Own Image

    One of the most prominent storytelling factories in modern times has begun to grapple with its legacy in the public eye.

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    After Years in Shadow, Oscar Winner '20 Feet From Stardom' Lets Backup Singers Take Center Stage (UPDATED)

    It was a big task for a little documentary to go up against the likes of "Man of Steel," "Monsters University" and "World War Z." In a way, though, it's a fitting role for Morgan Neville's film. Those big popcorn flicks can hold up a mirror to our lives, but "20 Feet from Stardom" goes deeper. By ...

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    Lou Reed on Lou Reed During Filming of 'Get Crazy,' on Charlie Rose, American Masters, Arcade Fire Tribute UPDATED (VIDEO)

    "Get Crazy" director Allan Arkush recalls talking to Lou Reed about when it first struck him that he was indeed 'Lou Reed.' Check out videos of Reed on Charlie Rose in 1988, and Arcade Fire's tribute to the late singer on NPR, with snippets from Reed classics "Perfect Day" and "Satellite of Love." P...

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    Casting Watch: Tom Hardy Takes on Elton John for Focus Features Biopic

    Brit actor on-the-rise Tom Hardy ("The Dark Knight Rises") will channel Elton John in “Rocketman," a musical biopic for Rocket Pictures, with a planned fall 2014 shoot. And Focus Features's new chief Peter Schlessel, who picked up U.S. rights to the film for FilmDistrict in June, will release the mo...

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    FIRST LOOK: Meryl Streep as The Witch in Disney's 'Into the Woods' UPDATE

    UPDATE: The first image has arrived from Rob Marshall's adaptation of Sondheim's "Into the Woods." As first looks go, this is a great one: Meryl Streep as The Witch, with claws and all, who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty can be restored.

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    IN THE WORKS: 'Mother of George' Director Dosunmu to Helm 'Fela Kuti' Musical Biopic for Focus

    Focus Features is developing a drama about famed Nigerian musician/activist Fela Kuti, who was also front and center in the hit Broadway musical "Fela!" "Mother of George" filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu will direct "Fela Kuti," which Focus is describing as a "drama with music," as opposed to a fullblown ...

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    TIFF Buy: Open Road Acquires John Ridley's Must-See Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side' (TIFF VIDEO)

    John Ridley is having a good Toronto. Not only did "12 Years a Slave" leap to the top of the Oscar pack, for which he could well earn an adapted screenplay nomination, but his directorial feature film debut "All Is By My Side," a smart slice-of-life from the London launch of Jimi Hendrix's career, h...

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