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Trailers from Hell: John Landis on Stanley Donen's Backwoods Musical 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'

Relationship Roulette! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director John Landis introducing Stanley Donen's backwoods musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."
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  • May 31, 2013 11:46 AM
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'The East' Director Zal Batmanglij Narrates Pivotal Scene

Writer-director Zal Batmanglij narrates a pivotal scene with an undercover agent (co-writer Brit Marling) trying to infiltrate anti- corporate terrorist group in "The East." Via The New York Times. Our interview with Marling is here. Her Georgetown senior convocation speech is here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 1:29 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Karyn Kusama on Alan Parker's 'Shoot the Moon,' Starring Diane Keaton and Albert Finney

Relationship Roulette! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Karyn Kusama introducing "Shoot the Moon," starring Diane Keaton and Albert Finney.
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  • May 29, 2013 11:30 AM
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Hollywood Hits the Commencement Trail, from Affleck and Marling to Whedon (VIDEO)

It's May, which means that movie and media moguls are working the commencement speech circuit. Arianna Huffington did Smith College, while Boston's own Ben Affleck delivered a rousing speech at Brown in exchange for his honorary degree. On May 26, Joss Whedon '87 gave the commencement address at his alma mater Wesleyan.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 28, 2013 4:10 PM
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Trailer Watch: Weinsteins' Mouth-Watering 'Haute Cuisine' as Light and Fluffy as a Souffle

Those with empty stomachs, beware the new trailer that just landed. "Haute Cuisine," from the Weinstein Company, centers on Provence chef Daniele Delpeuch (Catherine Frot), who worked as French president Francois Mitterand's country cook, and withstood all the culinary challenges that went along with it. The film hits theaters August 16. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2013 2:35 PM
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Trailer Watch: Chilling Documentary 'The Act of Killing' Reenacts Death Squad Leaders' Memories of Murder

Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary "The Act of Killing" has been wowing critics since it started its festival run last fall, and will finally have its theatrical release via Drafthouse Films on July 19. The film, which boldly asks former death squad leaders to reenact their real-life mass murders in the style of their favorite Hollywood films, is a co-presentation from Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, and has been called "chilling," "audacious" and "essential." Trailer below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2013 12:53 PM
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Cannes Update: Male Dinosaurs Misspeak, Jury and Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Press Conferences (Videos)

The Cannes Film Festival always unveils a few stragglers at the end of the fest, and the 66th installment was no exception. There were quite a few from the likes of Roman Polanski ("Venus in Fur") and Jim Jarmusch ("Only Lovers Left Alive"). While the Cannes jury stepped into the modern world with its rare unanimous choice of a three-hour lesbian romance as this year's winner, ( jury press conference is here), some of the male auteurs and stars at the festival, on the other hand, showed themselves to be politically incorrect dinosaurs.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2013 4:09 PM
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Watch: Arianna Huffington's Commencement Address on Women and the Media

At her commencement address at Smith College, Arianna Huffington dispensed wise words of advice--specifically regarding the subject of success and careers for women in the media. She spoke particularly well about redefining success, rather than focusing on money and power.
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  • May 26, 2013 11:11 PM
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WATCH: Jimmy Fallon Uses Late Night Scramble to Parody 'Game of Thrones'

In one of the best parodies of "Game of Thrones" yet, Jimmy Fallon premiered "Game of Desks" on Late Night. With an impressive production level, Fallon used the fantastical HBO series to riff on the late night talk show battles. Fallon plays a Ned Stark type, as well as a flaxen-haired Daenerys.
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  • May 26, 2013 3:51 PM
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Meet Andrea Riseborough: Rising Star of 'W.E.,' 'Oblivion,' 'Shadow Dancer,' 'Birdman' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

I like meeting actors for the first time, when their careers are starting to take off, before they've erected that protective coating that movie stars often need to survive. I was curious to check out Andrea Riseborough, especially, because she's one of those actresses--much like Meryl Streep-- who vanishes into every role. She's a chameleon, utterly unrecognizable from one movie to the next. She explains why in our flip cam interview below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2013 3:17 PM
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