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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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    Career Watch: Can Depp Transcend His Rep for Onscreen Quirk?

    For most actors, playing a cyber-age Dr. Frankenstein whose consciousness is converted into an artificial-intelligence experiment that threatens humankind would be considered a rather unusual role. But casting Johnny Depp as a mad scientist in the just-opened sci-fi thriller “Transcendence”? It bare...

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    Career Watch: As 'Mad Men' Enters Its Final Season, Can Jon Hamm Rebrand Himself as a Movie Star?

    As "Mad Men" prepares to close shop, can Jon Hamm rebrand himself as a movie star?

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    Career Watch: Will ‘Noah’ Prove a Blessing for Russell Crowe?

    Russell Crowe has often proved his own worst enemy over the years, but "Noah" proves that he's still a major movie star. Can he get out of his own way?

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    Career Watch: Does 'Divergent''s Shailene Woodley Have the Right Stuff to Be a Movie Star?

    Critics fell hard for Shailene Woodley in her film debut as George Clooney’s pained yet perceptive teen daughter in 2011’s "The Descendants." But now that she is the heroine of "Divergent," a just-opened sci-fi action franchise based on a popular series of young-adult novels, the 22-year-old actress...

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