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    Career Watch: TV Boosts Movie Stars Jon Voight, Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey

    With Emmy Award season in full swing (the show airs Aug. 25), we look at three Emmy nominees who came up in Hollywood and are enjoying a career boost from their work in television. These days it's possible to move more fluidly than ever before between movies and TV (the late great James Garner was a...

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    Career Watch: Stealth Rising Star Jason Clarke Breaks Out in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

    It is not easy being a mere mortal pitted against a population of spectacular CG-enhanced and motion-capture simians. But Jason Clarke does our species proud as Malcolm, the human emissary who seeks a peaceful co-existence with the genetically evolved beasts who now have the upper paw in “Dawn of th...

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    Career Watch: Superhot Melissa McCarthy Needs to Improve on 'Tammy'

    Plenty of people – especially those dismayed by the continued dearth of women who occupy Hollywood power seats – want Melissa McCarthy to continue to prove herself to be the female equal of such bankable male laugh-getters as Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell both onscreen and behind the s...

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    Career Watch: Mark Wahlberg Deftly Commands 'Transformers,' But Isn't It Time for More Challenging Roles?

    Unlike his predecessor Shia LeBeouf, whose rep as a serious artist took a nosedive whenever another “Transformers” sequel clunked onto the screen, Mark Wahlberg had no such problem taking the lead in the fourth entry in the franchise. He easily balances his duties as both a strict single dad and a ...

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    Career Watch: Jonah Hill Is King of the Box Office

    With Jonah Hill’s involvement in both of the sequels that opened as the No. 1 and 2 highest-grossing titles this past weekend, "22 Jump Street" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2," the actor has earned the right at age 30 to be proclaimed not just one of Hollywood’s most coveted court jesters but als...

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    Career Watch: Has 'Maleficent' Restored Angelina Jolie's Box Office Mojo?

    Reviews were mixed. But for moviegoers, the $70 million opening for "Maleficent" -- an Angelina Jolie record -- for a rare female summer action adventure suggests that they were transfixed by the sight of the right actress in a perfect-fit role.

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    Career Watch: Will James McAvoy’s ‘X’ Factor Raise His Stature?

    With its time-traveling multi-generational cast, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a-swarm with super-powered beings. Yet James McAvoy manages to prove -- as he did before in 2011’s “X-Men: First Class” -- that brains are often as crucial as brawn when it comes to comic-book heroes.

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    Is Rose Byrne of 'Neighbors' Comedy's New Secret Weapon?

    Who says beautiful women can’t be funny? Just watch as porcelain-pretty Rose Byrne does the near-impossible by upstaging the bawdy boys in “Neighbors,” a raunchy R-rated suburban warfare comedy and now box-office hit that pits abdominally-endowed frat leader Zac Efron against pot-bellied cubicle dr...

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    Does Spidey's Andrew Garfield Have the Right Star Stuff?

    Critics are less enthused about “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” than they were about 2012’s reboot of the comic-book franchise. The Chicago Tribune review headline declaring the sequel as “just adequate, too long” pretty much nails it. What is amazing, however, is the praise being heaped upon the more in...

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    Career Watch: Cameron Diaz Is Back as 'The Other Woman,' But What's Her Next Best Move? (CLIPS)

    Blonde bombshell Cameron Diaz is currently basking in the limelight thanks to her starring role in Nick Cassavetes' romantic comedy "The Other Woman," a so-far box office success that opened last Friday. Though this film has been eviscerated by critics for its woozy sexual politics, clearly audience...

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