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Review Roundup: M. Night Shyamalan Makes a "Non-Happening" with 'After Earth,' Starring a Sparkless Jaden and Will Smith

Critics aren't impressed with either M. Night Shyamalan's directorial work or the Jaden and Will Smith pairing in new apocalyptic sci-fi entry "After Earth" (June 7). The venom towards Shyamalan is strong (Sony all but cut his name from the film's marketing), with Variety calling his film a "non-happening," and the Hollywood Reporter pointing out that the director does little to help 14-year-old Jaden Smith, obviously flailing in a role meant to carry the film. Roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2013 11:51 AM
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'Inside the Actors Studio' Host James Lipton Reveals His Life as a Paris Pimp

As he made the promo circuit ostensibly to hype the 250th episode of his series "Inside the Actors Studio" on May 29, James Lipton gave an explosive interview to Parade Magazine. The often sycophantic interviewer went into frank detail about his former life as a pimp in 1950s Paris. Apparently, he has no regrets about his youthful employment.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 4:06 PM
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Amazon Greenlights First Five Original Series for Prime Instant Video

So far, Amazon Studios' radical approach to production has made more progress in the television realm than in movies. And so the company has greenlit five original TV series to be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video later this year and in early 2014.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 3:43 PM
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Media Watch: IAC's Barry Diller, Sorry He Bought Newsweek, Puts It Up for Sale

Surprise! IAC's canny CEO Barry Diller is putting 80-year-old Newsweek up for sale. Diller regrets, he told Bloomberg TV, making the deal to invest in Newsweek with investor Sidney Harman, who had bought the flailing weekly newsmagazine from the Washington Post for $1 plus liabilities--"it was a mistake,” Diller said.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 3:23 PM
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Neil Patrick Harris Adds Emmys To Hosting Tonys, Why Not Oscars? UPDATE

Why fix something that isn't broken? Musically gifted TV star Neil Patrick Harris is not only returning for a fourth turn as host of the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, to air June 9 on CBS, but will also host the Emmys for the network on September 22. Harris hosted the Tonys in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and the 2009 Emmys, which is the last time they were broadcast on CBS. it doesn't hurt that the final-season premiere of Harris's show “How I Met Your Mother" is the night after the awards show.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 2:59 PM
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Now and Then: Remarkable New Doc 'La Camioneta,' a Masterful Miniature (TRAILER)

Spotsylvania County, Virginia and Queztal City, Guatemala are separated by nearly 3,000 miles of road, and by what would seem, at first, an unbridgeable cultural distance. But in Mark Kendall's remarkable documentary "La Camioneta" -- a brilliant microhistory of our globalized world -- you're hard pressed to consider them anything but neighbors.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • May 29, 2013 2:10 PM
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Exclusive: ShortsHD To Premiere The Short Films of Matthew Modine on ITunes Worldwide

ShortsHD, The Short Movie Channel and distributor of Oscar nominated shorts, will make available for pre-order a collection of six of actor-filmmaker Matthew Modine's short films on iTunes in 54 countries as of Wednesday, downloadable June 4. Three of the six shorts premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, but have never been commercially released. ITunes will release "The Short Films of Matthew Modine" collection the same way they do features.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 1:39 PM
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Cannes 2013 Wrap: TOH's Complete Coverage of This Year's Fest

The 66th Cannes Film Festival wrapped on Sunday, with a rousing win for Abdellatif Kechiche's epic lesbian romance "Blue Is the Warmest Color." Below, our complete coverage of the fest -- all reviews, interviews and festival diary entries, in case you missed anything as the coverage came in fast and furious from the Croisette.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 29, 2013 1:30 PM
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'The East' Director Zal Batmanglij Narrates Pivotal Scene

Writer-director Zal Batmanglij narrates a pivotal scene with an undercover agent (co-writer Brit Marling) trying to infiltrate anti- corporate terrorist group in "The East." Via The New York Times. Our interview with Marling is here. Her Georgetown senior convocation speech is here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 1:29 PM
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Seattle International Film Festival Announces 2013 ShortsFest Award Winners

The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, currently running through June 9, has selected the winners for the ShortsFest Competition in the live-action, animation and documentary categories. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 29, 2013 1:12 PM
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