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Les Blank Friends Bid Documentarian a Festive Farewell (November 27, 1935 -- April 7, 2013)

Of course it's a cliche to say that the honoree at a memorial service would have enjoyed it -- but in Les Blank's case, it's impossible to avoid. The party was designed by Les' two sons, Harrod and Beau, and Team Blank, a host of friends and supporters, to encompass many of the pursuits that Les delighted in and made the subject of his films, such as irresistibly catchy music and delicious strong-flavored food, as well as rituals designed to honor Les and allow his friends and colleagues to say goodbye.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 27, 2013 6:34 PM
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EMMY WATCH: Willimon Talks Fincher's 'House of Cards,' Last-Minute Corey Stoll Rewrites

You don't just wind up running a $60 million web series like "House of Cards" out of nowhere. Writer Beau Willimon is the guy who, day in and day out, steers and makes sense of the Netflix show that is swiftly heading toward production on Season Two. Director David Fincher pulled him in after seeing what he did with George Clooney's "Ides of March," for which Willimon earned an Oscar nomination for adapting his own nasty political play "Farragut North." Willimon knew what he was writing about. He had worked on several campaigns, brought in by his chum Jay Carson, who rose through the K-Street ranks--and now consults for "House of Cards."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2013 4:21 PM
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WATCH: Ruffalo Plays Sex Addict in Comedy 'Thanks for Sharing,' with Paltrow and Robbins (TRAILER)

The first trailer for "Thanks for Sharing," the directorial debut "The Kids are All Right" co-writer Stuart Blumberg, has been released. The film, which premiered last year at TIFF, stars Mark Ruffalo as a sex addict and Gwyneth Paltrow as the woman who loves him, with Tim Robbins co-starring.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2013 3:47 PM
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This Weekend: Head to 'The Heat' and 'Laurence Anyways,' Skip Emmerich's Latest Disaster 'White House Down'

This weekend, the movie to see is Paul Feig's buddy cop comedy "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, but you may want to skip Roland Emmerich's latest blow-em-up spectacle "White House Down."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2013 3:44 PM
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James Gandolfini Remembered at Manhattan Funeral Services by David Chase, Family and Friends

The funeral for James Gandolfini was attended today by 1,500 mourners at Manhattan's Saint John the Divine Cathedral Church. "Sopranos" creator David Chase along with many others eulogized the late actor; a selection of quotes from the services and coverage below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2013 3:06 PM
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Former Fox PR Chief Bumble Ward Establishes Hive Communication Collective Focused on Social Media and Philanthropy

LA-based film and social media maven Bumble Ward, who in October 2012 left her post as publicity EVP at Twentieth Century Fox, has co-founded a new social strategy hub for art and philanthropy, Hive Communication Collective.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2013 2:58 PM
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First Look: Audrey Tautou Stars as Tragic Housewife 'Therese' (New Poster and Trailer)

A gorgeous new poster for late director Claude Miller's final film "Therese" -- formerly known as "Thérèse Desqueyroux" when it debuted at Cannes in 2012 -- has been unveiled. Check it out below, plus the film's trailer.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2013 2:22 PM
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Short Concept Videos to Be Eligible for Option at Amazon Studios

Amazon has just announced that starting June 27, "concept videos" can be submitted and evaluated for a development option by Amazon Studios. These short films are meant to present a compelling idea for a commercial, theatrical film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2013 2:13 PM
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More: News, News, Amazon

EW's Top Five All-Time Greatest Films, TV Shows and More -- Do We Need More Lists?

Entertainment Weekly's upcoming edition (on newsstands June 28) is being trumpeted as their first All-Time Greatest issue. This means lists galore. The sneak peek they've sent along, which includes their Top 5 films, TV shows, albums, novels and plays, is solid enough but adds nothing new to the firmament. We all love "Citizen Kane" and "The Wire" -- do we need another list saying so?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2013 1:47 PM
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TCM Presents Mark Cousins' 15-Part Epic 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey' with Sprawling Classic Film Series (CLIPS)

Beginning September 2, Turner Classic Movies presents the U.S. television debut of Mark Cousins' 15-part exploration of cinema history, "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," which premiered on British TV in 2011, along with an ambitious new film series.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 27, 2013 1:43 PM
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