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EW on 'The New Art of Coming Out': Blink and You'll Miss It; Remembering DeGeneres' 1997 Outing

When Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" publicly came out as gay on May 23, the news was treated with matter-of-fact understatement by the media -- a far cry from the heavily publicized self-outing of Ellen Degeneres fifteen years ago...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 21, 2012 1:56 PM
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Imprisoned Chinese Artist and Dissident Ai Weiwei Will Learn the Fate of His Bail Conditions on June 22

China's most famous international artist and staunchly outspoken domestic critic, Ai Weiwei, finds out June 22 if the Chinese government's bail conditions for his imprisonment over the past year will be lifted. The subject of Alison Klayman's Sundance and Berlinale doc "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," the artist was incarcerated...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 21, 2012 12:39 PM
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Media Watch: Los Angeles Times Makes Changes at Calendar, Business

The Los Angeles Times has named veteran LAT business editor John Corrigan as Assistant Managing Editor for Arts & Entertainment, succeeding Sallie Hofmeister, while ex-LA Weekly and Slake editor Laurie Ochoa returns to the LAT as A&E Editor, joining her husband Jonathan Gold, who recently joined the LAT as restaurant critic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2012 12:02 PM
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Screen Media Acquires Extreme Mustang Makeover Doc 'Wild Horse, Wild Ride'

Screen Media has picked up husband-and-wife team Alex Dawson and Greg Gricus' award-winning documentary "Wild Horse, Wild Ride." The film follows the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge, a daunting annual contest daring 100 horse-lovers to each tame a wild mustang and prepare it for adopted life beyond federal corrals...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 20, 2012 8:01 PM
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OBIT: Pioneer Film Critic Andrew Sarris is Dead at 83; He Changed How We See Movies

The great critic Andrew Sarris, who wrote for The Village Voice and more recently, The New York Observer, is dead at age 83. According to his wife Molly Haskell in The NYTimes, he died from an infection after a fall. My best wishes go to Haskell ("From Reverence to Rape"), who was as erudite and passionate about film as her husband.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2012 3:22 PM
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Millennium Will Release Lee Daniels' Sweaty 'Paperboy' After All, on October 5

Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" made quite a splash at Cannes, causing a range of reactions, including a 16-minute standing ovation and our own found poem made from its vividly-worded reviews. It sits at 50% Rotten, and will be judged by a much broader audience when it is released October 5 by Millennium Entertainment...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2012 3:18 PM
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Warner Bros. Bringing Epic 'Cloud Atlas' to US Theaters October 26

Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski's "Cloud Atlas" will land in US theaters October 26. Warner Bros. acquired the US, UK, France, Spain, Australia and Japan rights to the 2 hour and 44-minute film after the studio budgeted it at an unaffordable $170 million and passed on it...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2012 1:29 PM
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In the Works: Bert, Ernie & Elmo Heading to the Big Screen with Fox-Acquired 'Sesame Street' Project

Twentieth Century Fox has acquired the rights to PBS' beloved educational children's show "Sesame Street," now in its 43rd year. Longtime "Sesame" writer Joey Mazzarino is set to pen a script bringing the show's characters to the big screen...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 20, 2012 1:23 PM
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Kristen Stewart Is Forbes' Highest Earning Actress in Hollywood; Plus Diaz, Bullock, Jolie, Theron, Parker, Streep, Wiig & Aniston

Thanks to "Twilight" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," Kristen Stewart tops Forbes' list of Hollywood's highest earning actresses...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2012 12:37 PM
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Academy Announces Summer Long 'Last 70mm Film Festival'

As the film industry prepares to say good-bye--despite the efforts of celluloid holdout Christoher Nolan-- not only to Kodak but to film stock itself, the Academy is celebrating 70mm films all summer long with "The Last 70mm Film Festival." It will kick off at its Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on July 9 with "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and a reunion of its cast (including Mickey Rooney, Carl Reiner, Jonathan Winters, Stan Freberg and casting director Lyn Stalmaster). Check out the lineup below. More details will be available here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 5:00 PM
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