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    Exclusive Excerpt: New Book Examines Contemporary Iran in Asghar Farhadi Films

    Written by Tina Hassannia, "Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema" combines the romantic tradition of close reading with the precise historical, and in some cases, contemporary, context.

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    As 'Into the Woods' Looms, Ten Meryl Streep Characters Through a Feminist Gaze

    Meryl Streep is a cinema nonpareil whose acting talent and aura seemingly can't be explained. Nominated for a record 18 Academy Awards and winner of three, Streep may be up for another Oscar for her over-the-top singing portrayal of The Witch in Robb Marshall's movie version of Stephen Sondheim's "I...

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    Amy Poehler Has 'A Great Face for Wigs': Highlights from Her 'Yes, Please' Press Blitz

    Candid is the name of the game as Poehler tackles parenthood, pregnancy and her maybe-date with John Stamos.

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    Ted Hope Q & A on Indie Memoir 'Hope for Film' & Much More

    Ted Hope has led the exemplary indie producer's life: from Good Machine through Ang Lee and Nicole Holofcener and Michel Gondry to his experience at the San Francisco Film Society and Fandor, he has a sharp picture of the evolving film industry, which he shares in his new memoir "Hope for Film." We ...

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    Leonard Maltin Says Good-Bye to His Annual Movie Guide

    Today I received my advance copy of "Leonard Maltin’s 2015 Movie Guide," and I’ve been paging through it with profoundly mixed emotions. Once again, I am unreasonably proud of my humble contributions to the enterprise. (Leonard asked me to come on board as a member of Team Maltin during preparations...

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    William Friedkin Makes a Midler Musical, Defends Digital, Restores 'Sorcerer,' Reveres Old Studios

    The director has been keeping busy not only writing his memoir, The Friedkin Connection, and directing such films as Tracy Lett's adaptation of "Killer Joe," starring Matthew McConaughey, but many operas. He's legendary for his intensity and demands for excellence--but the results speak for themselv...

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    Marlon Brando: Intellectual

    With considerable skepticism I came to "Brando’s Smile," Susan Mizruchi’s unexpectedly empathic and involving intellectual biography of the actor. The Boston University professor read between – and next to – the lines of the 4,000 volumes and dozens of scripts in Brando’s personal library. His handw...

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    'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls' Author Peter Biskind Looks Back at the New Hollywood

    Excess – fueled by fame, fortune and self-serving, often-destructive behavior -- often goes hand in hand with success, especially in the movie biz. Few film history books proved that as well as “Easy Rider, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘n’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood."

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    Lena Dunham's "Not That Kind of Tour" Attracts Big Talent

    Fasten your seat belts. Lena Dunham’s first book is just two-and-a-half months away. Before and after the release of her essay collection, “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's ‘Learned,’” the writer-director-actress will take a cross-country promo tour. But she's making it more...

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