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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.
  • By Maggie Lange
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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.
  • By Maggie Lange
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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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WATCH: First Trailer for Lyrical Western 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

The first trailer for David Lowery's lyrical Western and festival favorite "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" has landed. The film, which hits theaters August 16 and VOD August 23 via IFC Films, stars Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster in a tale centered on an outlaw's dangerous ordeal to reunite with his wife and child. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 24, 2013 2:45 PM
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Cannes Deal UPDATE: Sony Pictures Classics Gobbles Up 'The Lunch Box,' Critics Week Audience Winner

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up all North American distribution rights to Ritesh Batra's "The Lunchbox," starring Irrfhan Khan ("The Life of Pi"). The film centers on a mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system, and the budding relationship between a young housewife and an older stranger that this mix-up brings. The film won the Viewers Choice Award, the Rail d'Or, at Cannes Critics Week.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • May 24, 2013 12:58 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on 'Invasion of the Bee Girls'

Femme Fatales Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing "Invasion of the Bee Girls," which centers on a bevy of sultry sirens turned mutated insect women. Trailer below is NSFW.
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  • May 24, 2013 11:29 AM
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Rock Center: Brian Williams Grills The Emanuel Brothers (VIDEO)

Brian Williams digs into the three remarkable Emanuel brothers who grew up outside of Chicago. WME chief Ari Emanuel was the model for Ari Gold on "Entourage." Rahm was chief of staff for President Barack Obama, and now is facing the heat as Chicago Mayor for closing down some 40 schools. Zeke the doctor wrote a memoir "Brothers Emanuel"about the family.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2013 4:58 PM
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WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch Takes a 'Shower of Evil' in Deleted Scene from 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

After getting some heat for Alice Eve's lingerie scene in "Star Trek Into Darkness," J.J. Abrams talked to Conan O'Brien about his belief in equal opportunity skin-showing, and screened a deleted scene from the film of Benedict Cumberbatch's baddie taking a "shower of evil." Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2013 1:20 PM
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