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Eli Wallach of 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,' Dies at 98

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 25, 2014 11:06 AM
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The legendary actor's long list of screen credits includes "The Magnificent Seven," "The Misfits" and "The Godfather: Part III."

Sanitizing 'Into the Woods' Isn't Protecting Children. It's Lying to Them

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 20, 2014 12:08 PM
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Won't someone please think of the children -- and stop treating them like idiots?

Todd VanDerWerff Talks the Future of Vox's Culture Coverage

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 19, 2014 3:26 PM
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Vox's First Culture Editor talks about how "explaining the news" meshes with cultural criticism, and why he won't let TV take over.

A.V. Club Exodus Continues as Todd VanDerWerff Becomes Vox's First Culture Editor

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 19, 2014 12:42 PM
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As the A.V. Club's TV Editor leaves for Vox, who's left?

Watch: Werner Herzog, John Singleton, Steve James and Matt Zoller Seitz Celebrate the Life of Roger Ebert

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 18, 2014 1:16 PM
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A live chat, starting at 2 p.m. Eastern, celebrates what would have been Ebert's 72d birthday.

Gordon Willis to Steven Soderbergh: "The Last Thing I Think About Is Where to Put the Camera"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 18, 2014 12:30 PM
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The late, great cinematographer speaks in a newly released interview.

The Popcorn-Themed Robert Altman Music You Never Knew You Wanted to See

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 17, 2014 4:46 PM
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The first movie (co-)directed comes back from the grave in a restored print.

The 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' "Premake" Is a Summer Blockbuster, Guerilla-Style

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 16, 2014 11:19 PM
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Filmmaker Kevin Lee culled from 355 amateur video accounts of "Transformers'" Chicago shoot to produce this unique document.

How an Indian Newspaper Conglomerate Pretended a Documentary on Beauty Pageants Just Didn't Exist

  • By Laya Maheshwari
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  • June 13, 2014 11:10 AM
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It wasn't criticism of right-wing politics that got "The World Before Her" banned from some Indian newspapers, but an expose of the beauty pageant they sponsor.

John Oliver Stands Up for "Showgirls"

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 12, 2014 3:41 PM
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Oliver was meant to be honoring his HBO boss, but he got a look at the Museum of the Moving Image's calendar on the way to the stage.