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    Chris Pine vs. Chris Pratt: Divergent Paths to Stardom

    In 2013, Chris Pine was pronounced Male Star of the Year at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of theater owners and operators. This year, Chris Pratt was declared Breakthrough Performer of the Year at the same event. Little wonder that members of the film industry have showered this pair with affectio...

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    Five Ways Ben Affleck Mines His Past in 'Gone Girl'

    In "Gone Girl," Ben Affleck is guilty of being better than you thought he could be.

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    Five Ways 'Equalizer' Star Denzel Washington Beats Out His Fellow Action Stars

    In Denzel we trust. Washington is truly one of the last real Hollywood stars left standing that moviegoers will go see in almost anything. And even when he is bad, he is oh so good.

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    ‘Tracks’ Oscar-Contender Mia Wasikowska Forges Unique Career Path

    Fact-based odyssey "Tracks," starring Mia Wasikowska as Australian wilderness trekker Robyn Davidson, collected admirers at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto festivals last year, before Weinstein Co. finally opened the movie this past weekend in limited release (worldwide box office so far: $4.4 mil...

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    How Kristen Wiig Made Her Way From 'SNL' to Dramedies 'Skeleton Twins' & TIFF Premiere 'Welcome to Me'

    Why have women alums of "Saturday Night Live" had a harder time than men, who've monopolized the show over the years, at making a permanent dent at the movies? Funny-lady Kristen Wiig seems to be making many of the right moves to establish herself as a movie actress who can do more than just silly c...

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    Career Watch: Can Eva Green Rise Above Femme Fatale Typecasting?

    “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" did little to add sizzle to the late-summer box office this past weekend after collecting a slim $6.5 million and dismissive reviews. But it’s not from lack of trying on the part of Eva Green. This casting addition to the stylized babes-brutes-and-bullets sequel based ...

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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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