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Ruby Dee, RIP

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Ruby Dee died peacefully in her sleep at 91 years old. Thanks to Natasha for the news. Dee was nominated for American Gangster, though not Do the Right Thing, a major oversight.


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New Birdman Teaser and Poster, Bodes Well for 2014′s Slate

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The movies this year are already looking like a brilliant array of creative risks. Birdman!


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Dreamworks Broadens Horizons of Animation with Home

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Home actually has — brace yourselves — a black female in the lead. This is a beautifully risky endeavor for a genre that devotes itself almost entirely (give or take an hispanic tie-in here or there) to white folk. Rihanna voices the lead, Jim Parsons plays the sidekick. Hat tip to First Showing.


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Kristen Wiig to Direct and Co-Write New Comedy

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The writing team behind the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, have come up with a new project that Wiig will direct. Very exciting news, especially since directing is often entrusted to the male half of our species. The project is described as: “best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depths, which were, perhaps, not too deep to begin with.” The…


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First Footage and Featurette of Brad Pitt in Fury

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IGN posted some footage shown at E3 panel, along with a few stills. “A character study with action sequences.”


Shailene Woodley gets down and dirty in White Bird in a Blizzard

Shailene Woodley gets down and dirty in White Bird in a Blizzard

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Watch a passionate new clip and a Sundance interview with Shailene Woodley after the cut.


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Universal to Distrib Coens Hail Caesar

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Variety reports that the new Coen brothers film will star George Clooney and Josh Brolin. It will be about a movie fixer in the 1950s (probably Clooney). I’m imaging Brolin as the big time movie star. Am also betting that the Coens satirize the movie business of today by diving into the movie business of the past. Either way, how great that there will be a next Coen brothers movie.


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2014 Tony Awards winners

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Best Play “All the Way” Best Musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” Best Revival of a Musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Best Revival of a Play “A Raisin in the Sun” Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Neil Patrick Harris, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Jessie Mueller, “Beautiful —…


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Meryl Streep on Jane Fonda’s AFI Tribute

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Wonderful. Swiped from Hollywood-Elsewhere.com:


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Shailene Woodley Poised to Take Box Office this Weekend

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Jeff Wells brings up the idea, initially sparked by Anita Busch, that Shailene Woodley film, The Fault in Our Stars could potentially take the box office this weekend. What’s interesting about this and worth noting is that it will be the second weekend that a film headlined by a woman took the box office. Its main competition is Tom Cruise’s opposing ticket (a film that has a strong performance by…

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The Toronto Film Fest unfurls September 4th through the 14th. New York kind of pulled an announcement coup, being the first major North American...

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Here’s a vintage 1980s thriller nobody remembers because it won’t open till next month. Based on an ’80s espionage novel. Directed by Roger Donaldson...