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What Went Wrong with HBO's 'The Leftovers'?

HBO has a remarkable success rate, if you think about it, from "Boardwalk Empire," "The Newsroom," "True Detective" and "True Blood" to "Game of Thrones." All these series mix TV and film creative elements with strong characters, a fair dose of sex and the good old uber-violence. So what went wrong with HBO's latest series from "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof, which debuted to mixed reviews and ratings Sunday night? It had all of those things.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2014 7:30 PM
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New Oscar Blogger Cara Buckley Joins the Red Carpet Ranks

Following David Carr and Melena Ryzik, the new New York Times Carpetbagger is now metro desk veteran-turned-culture reporter Cara Buckley.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2014 4:36 PM
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Tom Hardy's Time Has Come, from Miller's 'Fury Road' to Gonzalez Inarritu's 'The Revenant,' with DiCaprio

Tom Hardy is coming up in a number of films at various stages of production. Due in May 2015 is 69-year-old Australian doctor-turned-director George Miller's long-in-the-works summer release, the "Mad Max" reboot "Fury Road," which hit the cover of EW this week for their terrific "Apocalypse Issue." Also in the works for the in-demand Hardy are the Dennis Lehane robbery story "The Drop," which Fox Searchlight should unveil at Telluride or Toronto, Daniel Espinosa's post-World War II Russian thriller "Child 44," starring Gary Oldman (Lionsgate), and the title role in still-in-development Elton John biopic "Rocketman." Now Hardy will join his "Inception" costar Leonardo DiCaprio in New Regency’s western “The Revenant,” directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2014 4:24 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence Tops Forbes Most Powerful Actress List

Jennifer Lawrence has come a long way since 2010's "Winter's Bone." She landed a Best Actress nomination for that hardscrabble drama, won the Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook" and a supporting actress nomination for "American Hustle." But it's her franchise roles as Katniss Everdeen in the "Hunger Games" franchise and Mystique in the "X-Men" series that earned her a place at the top of Forbes' most powerful actresses list--and 12th overall.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2014 3:28 PM
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Stream This: 'Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton,' an Ecstatic Documentary Portrait of the Artist

James Broughton refused to live an inauthentic life. And in fact he had many lives. He was a poet, a filmmaker, an artist, a gay man, a straight man and an all-around visionary. Watch "Big Joy," the new documentary about his life, now on VOD/DVD and Netflix Instant.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 30, 2014 3:25 PM
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Film Industry's List of 100 Favorite Films in The Hollywood Reporter Is Same Old Story

This week, The Hollywood Reporter published a list of Hollywood's 100 favorite films, according to 2,120 film industry insiders that included actors, writers, directors, agents and executives. The results? Nothing new.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio and Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 12:40 PM
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Portland's Northwest Film Center to Celebrate Wes Anderson and His Influences

Over the next two months, from July 12 to August 31, the Northwest Film Center in Portland will present "Wes's World: Wes Anderson and His Influences," a look at the director's films and the filmmakers who have inspired him.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 12:07 PM
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Trailers from Hell Draws 'First Blood,' Starring Sylvester Stallone

Today on Trailers from Hell, Alan Spencer talks 1982 thriller "First Blood," starring Sylvester Stallone as the legendary Rambo.
  • By Trailers From Hell
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  • June 30, 2014 11:30 AM
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Aaron Sorkin at Nantucket Film Festival: "I Write Radio Plays"

This weekend, Aaron Sorkin was honored with the Nantucket Film Festival's Screenwriters Tribute award for his work in film and TV.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 11:22 AM
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John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel Take The Academy Behind the Score

If you're a music buff, especially one in Los Angeles, the names John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel are practically sacred.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 10:49 AM
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