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Exclusive Clip: Los Angeles Film Festival Narrative Competition Entry 'Pollywogs'

Check out this exclusive clip from Karl Jacob and T. Arthur Cottam's "Pollywogs," making its world premiere in the Narrative Competition lineup at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14. The film centers on a young man, Dylan (Jacob), who heads for a rural family reunion following a nasty breakup.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2013 1:50 PM
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Trailer Watch: Lake Bell Tries to Break Into Movie-Trailer Voiceovers in Feminist Comedy 'In a World'

Check out the first trailer for Lake Bell's directorial debut, "In a World," which follows a vocal coach (Bell) trying to break into the male-dominated realm of movie-trailer voiceovers. The film, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance and has upcoming screenings at the Los Angeles Film Festival, is peppered with a cast of funny actors and comedians alike, including Fred Melamed ("A Serious Man") Ken Marino ("Burning Love"), Rob Corddry ("Hot Tub Time Machine"), Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation") and Tig Notaro ("The Sarah Silverman Program").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2013 12:07 PM
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Summer Line-Up Lacks Women: Thank God for Paul Feig's 'The Heat' and Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' (Trailers)

We all know Hollywood ignores the female audience, because half of the moviegoing public supposedly can't be counted on to show up in vast numbers on opening weekends. But the male bias also exists on the media side: check out EW's May 17 forecast of the top ten box office movies of the summer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2013 4:28 PM
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Watch: Wim Wenders' 1982 Documentary 'Room 666' Talks with Godard, Herzog, Fassbinder, Spielberg, Antonioni and More

Check out this strangely hypnotic stream-of-thought documentary essay, "Room 666," made by Wim Wenders at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. The 44-minute film features thoughts on cinema from an impressive roster of filmmakers: Jean-Luc Godard, fellow New German Cinema directors Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Michelangelo Antonioni and Steven Spielberg, among others. In an unsettling turn of events, Fassbinder would die of a drug overdose mere weeks after these interviews were shot. (The 31st anniversary of his death was June 10.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 12, 2013 4:16 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Princess 'Diana' Biopic, Starring Naomi Watts

The first teaser trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel's "Diana," starring Naomi Watts as Princess Diana, has landed. The film follows the last two years of Diana's life, charting her various romances and her evolution into a major international campaigner and humanitarian. Entertainment One has picked up the distribution rights, and plans an Oscar season release later this year. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 12, 2013 11:38 AM
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Trailers from Hell: David DeCoteau on Female Biker Film 'Bury Me an Angel'

New World Action Pictures! week continues at Trailers from Hell with filmmaker David DeCoteau introducing "Bury Me an Angel," described in its tagline as "a Howling Hellcat Humping a Hot Steel Hog on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge!" The film's director, Barbara Peeters, was the first woman to helm a biker film.
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  • June 12, 2013 11:27 AM
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Watch: Joss Whedon Talks 'Much Ado About Nothing' and More at Film Society of Lincoln Center (VIDEO)

Check out this half-hour Q&A with Joss Whedon at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, in which he discusses his career with the Film Society's Matt Kaszanek, from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and a little film called "The Avengers" to black-and-white Shakespeare adaptation "Much Ado About Nothing" and more. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 11, 2013 2:48 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

The first trailer for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" has landed. The film, which is the second in the unfolding "Hobbit" trilogy, features Benedict Cumberbatch as the CG eponymous dragon villain, here making a brief, snarling appearance at the trailer's end. Evangeline Lilly is a new addition to the series, playing elf warrior Tauriel, and Orlando Bloom returns as platinum-blond Legolas. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 11, 2013 1:41 PM
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WATCH: Jon Hamm and Larry David Clash in Teaser for HBO's 'Clear History'

"Clear History," which is set to debut August 10 on HBO, stars a hirsute Larry David and Jon Hamm, and is directed by Greg Mottola ("Adventureland"). In other words, we'll be watching it. Check out this new teaser for the film, which features Hamm unveiling an electric car model he calls "Howard."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 10, 2013 2:36 PM
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2013 Tony Award Highlights: Cyndi Lauper's 'Kinky Boots,' Cicely Tyson's Acceptance Speech, Neil Patrick Harris Bumps Ratings (VIDEO)

Neil Patrick Harris saw through his fourth hosting of the Tony Awards last night. Singing and dancing was par for the course throughout the show, with acceptance speech highlights including Cyndi Lauper's win for "Kinky Boots" (which led the night with six trophies including Best Musical), and 79-year-old Cicely Tyson delivering a show-stealing speech for her Best Actress win in "The Trip to Bountiful." Video highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 10, 2013 12:29 PM
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