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    Casting Directors Take The Spotlight

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the formation of a Casting Directors’ branch, just as HBO is set to debut Tom Donahue’s outstanding documentary "Casting By" on Monday, August 5.

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    Review: 'The Nine Muses of Star Empire' Documents the Dark Side of K-Pop

    The tidal wave that is K-Pop (Korean pop music) has only just begun to crest the shores of the United States, heralded by the juggernaut of quirky rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style." However, widespread mainstream awareness in the U.S. has yet to come for many of the K-pop girl and boy bands (Super Junior...

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    Remembering Jessie Maple And Her Landmark 1981 Feature-Length Film, 'Will'

    The rarely-screened, groundbreaking film has been restored by the New York Women in Film and Television’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund, who count the it as part of its library, in a newly and fully restored print.

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    'The World's End' and UK Censors

    Edgar Wright asked the British Board of Film Classification how many times he could use the c-word without getting an R. The response was thorough.

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    Barbed Wire: 'The Smurfs 2'

    What in the name of Oogieloves has happened? Not since the "Big Balloon Adventure" has there been a mainstream children's movie that's inspired this level of bafflement. (Hard to remember the last time a review of a PG-rated movie alluded to "The Last Temptation of Christ," either.) Whether mind-ben...

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    Review: Why 'The Spectacular Now' Is Better Than Your Average Coming-of-Age Movie

    There's a unique thrill to movies that break or bend the expectations established by their genres, but it's often just as satisfying when they follow expectation beat by beat without screwing it up. Such is the case with "The Spectacular Now," James Ponsoldt's highly enjoyable coming of age story, a...

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    REVIEW: "Smurfs 2"

    The Smurfs 2 epitomizes the sort of toxic jollification that’s billed as "fun for the whole family," but that no one really enjoys.

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    Review: '2 Guns' Starring Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg

    Did “2 Guns”… happen? It seemed there was a screening for the new action film. And it had Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. Or is that just a memory from the overt billboards and advertisements, boasting both stars aiming guns with the title superimposed in front of them. There was some shooting,...

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    Review: 'Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius Of James Booker' An Ordinary Doc About An Extraordinary Musician

    A striking presence, wearing an eye-patch, outlandish attire and boasting a personality that could win over any crowd, it was the talent in James Booker's fingers that left audiences talking once he was finished on stage. A New Orleans institution, a prized musician among musicians, an eccentric tro...

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    Netflix Streaming Review - 'Neo Ned' (Neo-Nazi Falls For Black Woman Who Thinks She's Hitler)

    On its surface, and in its most basic form, Neo Ned might sound like a Monsters Ball retread - a young black single mother gets romantically involved with a racist white man. But will digging further reveal more?

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