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'Girls' Q & A with Dunham & Apatow: Hilarious and Sexually Frank Comedy Series is 'Lena's Show'

Lena Dunham unveiled the first three episodes of her new HBO series "Girls" (April 15) at SXSW. Safe to say, it played as well for the guys in the room as the women. "It's Lena's show," declared executive producer Judd Apatow during the follow-up Q &A. "If she fucks it up it's her fault. Every choice is hers."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2012 12:42 PM
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Weekend Preview: Indie & Foreign Arrivals Include 'Damsels,' 'Comic-Con,' 'Heyhole,' 'Pope' & 'Hunter'

The re-release of "Titanic" in 3-D and the return of the "American Pie" gang in "American Reunion" will take a big bite of the pie at theaters this weekend, where "The Hunger Games" is still going strong with $378 million worldwide. (All three are expected to score about $25 million.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 6, 2012 12:17 PM
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'The Killing' Season Two Premiere 'Reflections' is About Secrets; Early Reviews

AMC's "The Killing" Season Two, which follows the trajectory of the acclaimed Danish series, is up against horrific competition on Sunday nights. In the season premiere, executive producer Veena Sud and director Agnieszka Holland throw us right back into the maelstrom where we were left hanging at the end of controversial Season One.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2012 4:29 PM
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Trailer Watch: Magnolia's 'Bel Ami' - Pattinson Seduces & The Women Swoon (Video)

Magnolia Pictures will release Robert Pattinson's "Bel Ami" in the US on June 8, with Sony Pictures handling all other US media. The film, directed by Declan Donnellan, is already in UK theaters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 3, 2012 3:40 PM
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'The Double Hour' on iTunes & DVD: A Twisting, Noirish Italian Delight

Italian thriller "The Double Hour" from first time director Giuseppe Capotondi lands on iTunes and DVD Tuesday. The film debuted at Venice in 2009, where the film's star Ksenia Rappoport won the Best Actress prize. The film went on to earn a warm reception on the global fest circuit by its limited theatrical release in April 2011.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 3, 2012 1:39 PM
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HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Second Season Opener Breaks Series Record

While "Luck" took a bad turn for HBO, the cabler is cheering the numbers on "Game of Thrones." The eagerly anticipated second season opener broke the series record for viewers: 3.86 million tuned in, beating last season's June finale (3.04 million), per Nielsen estimates.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2012 1:26 PM
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Review Round-Up: Whit Stillman's 'Damsels in Distress'

Surprisingly, writer-director Whit Stillman's low-budget HD relationship comedy "Damsels in Distress" has earned 81% on the Tomatometer since its debut at Toronto, where the "Metropolitan" and "Barcelona" director earned some nostalgic kudos due to his thirteen-year absence from the big screen. His marks will likely come down a tad...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 2, 2012 6:08 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Season 2 Intro and Review: What You Need to Know

The trick is not minding that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is so complicated and crowded with characters that there’s no way to remember them all, or to hold the shape of the whole story in your mind.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 2, 2012 1:41 PM
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Now and Then: In Two Foer Adaptations, Surprises and Disappointments Abound

I'll admit it came as a shock, near the end of "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," to find myself crying. As it turns out, movies can still surprise us, and I don't just mean that they defy the expectations set by Rotten Tomatoes. I mean they can, in the midst of things, find what they've been missing.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 2, 2012 12:29 PM
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Book Review: Annette Insdorf's 'Philip Kaufman' Elevates the Director But Skips the Pain

Annette Insdorf's monograph on director Philip Kaufman is just what you'd expect from the astute and thorough Columbia University Director of Undergraduate Film Studies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2012 7:13 AM
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