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Watch Pitt & Clooney in Dustin Lance Black's '8'; Complete Play & Reviews

On March 3, Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theater was treated to a star-filled reading of Dustin Lance Black's play, "8," about the Federal District Court's trial to overturn Proposition 8. The benefit was presented by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2012 12:34 PM
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Video: Watch 'Frankenweenie' Trailer and Tim Burton's Career-Starting 1984 Original

Tim Burton's animated "Frankenweenie" doesn't arrive until October 5, but check out the new trailer (as well as the original 1984 thirty minute live-action short film, which launched Burton's career), below. Last year, many cities (including LA and NY, at LACMA and MoMA respectively) were treated to a retrospective exhibition of Tim Burton's work, from his early sketches and notebooks to the costume worn by Johnny Depp in "Edward Scissorhands."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 4:40 PM
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Video: Actress-Turned-Nun Dolores Hart Attends the Oscars with HBO Short 'God is the Bigger Elvis'

Academy member Dolores Hart, 73, the Hollywood ingenue who kissed Elvis Presley in "Loving You" and Jim Hutton (Tim's Dad) in "Where the Boys Are," made her first appearance at the Oscars Sunday, accompanying HBO's documentary short nominee "God is the Bigger Elvis."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2012 2:40 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for "The Avengers" Reveals Epic Destruction

The new trailer for Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" showcases the film's seven stars doing battle in the alien-besieged streets and skies of New York City.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 29, 2012 1:34 PM
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Oscar Wrap 2012: Highlights, Videos, Dresses & Party Pictures

The Oscar telecast was up 4% from last year's viewership, but most still seemed underwhelmed by the show, which was short by Oscar standards, just seven minutes over the three-hour mark -- the consensus was that it could have been trimmed more.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • February 27, 2012 6:15 PM
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EXCLUSIVE Video: Focus Features Celebrates Ten Years of Great Performances

Focus Features is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This Universal specialty subsidiary, under the proud leadership of James Schamus, has a library of fab titles to flaunt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 23, 2012 9:11 PM
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Watch: Trailer for Abel Ferrara's Apocalyptic '4:44 Last Day on Earth'

The end of the world has been a popular film topic over the last 18 months. See: "Melancholia,""Take Shelter," "Bellflower" and David Mackenzie's soon-to-be-released "Perfect Sense." Check out the new trailer for Abel Ferrara's entry, "4:44 Last Day on Earth," which debuted at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and stars Willem Dafoe.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 23, 2012 7:40 PM
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Video: How To Pull Off the Perfect Heist Movie

Among movie genres, there is nothing as fulfilling as a well-made heist movie. The creative obsessives at FlavorPill agree -- their video essay methodologically details the exact steps necessary to pull off the perfect heist movie.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 22, 2012 8:36 PM
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WATCH: Sam Mendes' Ho-hum Videoblog Debuts on 007 'Skyfall' Website

Sam Mendes' first videoblog debuted with more of a whimper than a bang (or more of a stir than a shake if you prefer) at 7:00 AM GMT on the official "Skyfall" website. At one minute and thirty seconds, the videoblog is probably not what diehard Bond fans have been waiting for.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 22, 2012 9:39 AM
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'Bully' Trailer Debuts, Preview of Dan Savage's 'It Gets Better' MTV Special

Check out the trailer for doc "Bully," which has been given an R rating by the MPAA ratings board. Needless to say, Harvey Weinstein is fighting back. The Lee Hirsch doc about the bullying epidemic in schools debuted at Tribeca and is slated for a March release.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 4:52 PM
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