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    Watch: Chadwick Boseman Channels James Brown in 'Get On Up' Trailer

    In the vein of Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman, actor Chadwick Boseman seems to be getting some highly-coveted roles playing renowned African-American icons. One year after his breakthrough performance as Jackie Robinson in "42," Boseman now returns to the screen to play none other than musical...

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    TV: Octavia Spencer, JoAnna Garcia Swisher to Headline New Shows

    Spencer will star in Fox's "Red Band Society" as a tough-loving nurse, while Swisher will lead the cast of ABC's "Astronaut Wives Club" playing a Midwestern media darling.

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    Sarah Polley, Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour Among National Board of Review's Best-of-Year Picks

    Directors Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell) and Haifaa al-Mansour (Wadjda) and actress Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color) were the only awardees among the National Board of Review's end-of-the-year picks in categories not designated for women.

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    Emma Thompson Calls Out Hollywood Sexism in Ten Different Ways at THR Actress Roundtable

    Emma Thompson is a rare delight. The delightfully outspoken actress, who stars as 'Mary Poppins' author P.L. Travers in Disney's upcoming 'Saving Mr. Banks,' was the highlight of The Hollywood Reporter's annual Actress Roundtable, criticizing sexism in the film industry at all stages of producti...

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    Octavia Spencer to Murder She Wrote Reboot, Melissa McCarthy to Produce Sitcom and Other TV News

    In the most exciting TV news of the week, NBC has given a put pilot commitment to a Murder She Wrote reboot starring Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer.

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    Watch The Last 10 Years of Best Supporting Actress Oscar Speeches

    Every few weeks during awards season -- to fill in those long gaps between actual developments -- we figured we'd wet your Oscars-appetite by taking a look back at the acceptance speeches of yore. Or, in this case, the past 10 years (is that yore, yet?).

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    Diablo Cody on Feeling Vulnerable About Her Directorial Debut 'Paradise' and Directing While Pregnant

    Diablo Cody is terrified. Her directorial debut, the heartwarming comedy "Paradise," opens in select theaters this Friday (it's currently available to watch on VOD) and Cody is feeling vulnerable. This coming from a woman who won an Oscar for "Juno," her screenwriting debut, seven years back.

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    The Big O: When Race is an Issue in the Oscars

    What does a black leading lady have to do to win an Academy Award again? Considering there seems to be a renaissance in black cinema, you would think the timing would be perfect. But you would be wrong.

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    Michael B. Jordan in Taut, Flawed 'Fruitvale Station'

    Fruitvale Station is tense, galvanizing and a little disappointing -- an odd combination that is easily explained. The drama, which won both the arty Grand Jury Prize and the populist Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, is brilliantly acted by Michael B. Jordan in the fact-based story ...

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    Oscar Thoughts: Boys, Boys and More Boys

    Here's my thing about the Oscars. There were women everywhere. We can't stop talking about the great dresses. Women were also there as great presenters (like the crew from Bridesmaids and Emma Stone) YET at the same time it felt like there were no women there. Because really, hardly any women wo...

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