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Lena Dunham, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay, Prince and Milla Jovovich Among 276 Invited to Join Academy

It's hard to get into the Academy, but these days it helps to be young, gifted and black. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 276 artists and executives to join the organization, rounding out its complete additions for 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 28, 2013 3:50 PM
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Controversial New Hollywood History Book Asserts Direct Link Between Studio Heads and Adolf Hitler

One Hollywood history book that will be stealing our attention upon its publication this fall is Ben Urwand's "The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler." A recent profile in the New York Times points out that the already contentious project asserts that in the 1930s Hollywood wasn't just collaborating with Nazi Germany but, in Urwand's words, "with Adolf Hitler, the person and human being."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2013 2:36 PM
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Casting Watch: Maggie Gyllenhaal Set to Star in BBC Miniseries Thriller 'The Honourable Woman'

Maggie Gyllenhaal is set to take the lead in the BBC Two political thriller miniseries "The Honourable Woman," which will make its U.S. television debut on the Sundance Channel next year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 28, 2013 1:41 PM
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WATCH: Striking New Trailer for Kidnapping Procedural 'Prisoners,' Starring Jackman and Gyllenhaal

A new trailer for Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" has arrived, and it looks to be a taut, engaging kidnapping procedural featuring stand-out performances from leads Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. A small-town carpenter (Jackman) endures the unthinkable when his young daughter goes missing, and takes the law into his own hands, putting him at odds with the detective on the case (Gyllenhaal).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2013 1:31 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Pulling Off a New VFX Twist for 'White House Down'

Uncharted Territory, which has become a model of efficiency and innovation during these precarious times for the VFX industry, came up with a new concept for handling Roland Emmerich's "White House Down": management and quality control rather than creating the bulk of the effects in-house.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 28, 2013 1:01 PM
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Gay Conversion Survivors Speak Out in 'God and Gays' Doc Aired Day After Supreme Court Ruling (TRAILER)

An emotional screening last night on the Sony lot in Los Angeles of Lisa Ling’s documentary “God and Gays” brought added impact to this week’s Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • June 28, 2013 12:41 PM
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How Danish Political Drama Series 'Borgen' Is Reviving KCET (Trailer)

To misquote Mark Twain, the death of KCET has been greatly exaggerated.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • June 28, 2013 12:07 PM
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A24 Snaps Up David Michod's 'The Rover,' Starring Pattinson and Pearce

A24 has snapped up US rights to Aussie director David Michod's "The Rover," his much-anticipated follow-up to 2010's "Animal Kingdom." The thriller stars Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce in the Australian desert in a dangerous near-future.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2013 11:39 AM
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OBIT: Martial Master Lau Kar-leung (1936 - 2013) (TRAILER)

The pioneering martial arts choreographer and director Lau Kar-leung, who died this week at age 77, was a kung fu purist. Lau had a vivid imagination and great skill when it came to devising and staging fight sequences. In fact, Lau was a key figure in every phase of Hong Kong martial arts movie making.
  • By David Chute
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  • June 28, 2013 1:25 AM
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Cam and Mitch May Finally Wed on 'Modern Family' after Supreme Court Ruling (UPDATE)

Americans love Cam and Mitch, from Barack and Michelle Obama to Anne and Mitt Romney. The two men aren't just the funniest duo on ABC's hit sitcom "Modern Family," they're easily the most visible fictional gay couple in the U.S--and perhaps the nation's most visible gay couple, period. Along with their adoptive daughter, Cam and Mitch are funny, engaging and relatable: the perfect manifestation of the show's title.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 27, 2013 8:16 PM
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