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Marlon Brando: Intellectual

With considerable skepticism I came to "Brando’s Smile," Susan Mizruchi’s unexpectedly empathic and involving intellectual biography of the actor. The Boston University professor read between – and next to – the lines of the 4,000 volumes and dozens of scripts in Brando’s personal library. His handwritten marginalia reveal aspects of the man unknown to most. “As the first biographer to have reviewed Brando’s archives,” Mizruchi reports in her eye-opening account, ” . . . I can report that Brando’s hunger for knowledge was as insatiable as his legendary appetites for women and food.” And how.
  • By Carrie Rickey
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  • July 21, 2014 5:19 PM
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'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls' Author Peter Biskind Looks Back at the New Hollywood

Excess – fueled by fame, fortune and self-serving, often-destructive behavior -- often goes hand in hand with success, especially in the movie biz. Few film history books proved that as well as “Easy Rider, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘n’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood."
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 18, 2014 1:34 PM
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Lena Dunham's 'Not That Kind of Tour' Attracts Big Talent

Fasten your seat belts. Lena Dunham’s first book is just two-and-a-half months away. Before and after the release of her essay collection, “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's ‘Learned,’” the writer-director-actress will take a cross-country promo tour. But she's making it more fun by pulling in some promo partners.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 16, 2014 12:57 PM
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Stephen Colbert Rips Amazon Over Hachette Dispute, Sells More Books (VIDEO)

America's late-night comedy hosts are now, it would seem, the country's new defenders against corporate overreach.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 6, 2014 12:03 PM
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WATCH: Silver-Haired Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges Go Dystopic in 'The Giver'

A new, longer trailer for "The Giver" has landed, and while it looks all-too similar to its recent fellow-dystopia cousins, it should give some hope to fans of Lois Lowry's iconic novel.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 5, 2014 12:48 PM
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John Green's Enthusiastic Fan Base Bodes Well for 'The Fault in Our Stars'

John Green's fans love him. As in, LOVE him. The "Fault in Our Stars" scribe has nearly 2.5 million(!) followers on Twitter and his vlogbrothers YouTube videos routinely rack up 500,000 to a million hits.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 3, 2014 11:54 AM
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Hollywood Isn't Giving Up Its Repetition Disorder Anytime Soon; See 'The Gray Man'

Hollywood is hellbent to find franchises and multi-part literary properties not just because they seek easy-sell established brands with huge fan bases. To state the obvious, the studios have figured out that spending multi-millions to launch a one-off product just doesn't make sense.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2014 12:37 PM
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Gilles Jacob: Author, Raconteur, Lover of Cinema and Outgoing Cannes President

The Cannes Film Festival hits its titular locality for the 67th time on May 14th. Following a 22-year stint as Festival artistic director, Gilles Jacob, 83, rose to Presidency in 2001. But this year's Cannes will be his last. In 2015, Pierre Lescure takes over.
  • By Lisa Nesselson
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  • May 13, 2014 3:38 PM
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If You Could be Adopted by a Mother in the Movies, Who Would It Be?

I’ve been reading Richard Corliss’ "Mom in the Movies," a sprightly survey of cinemamas, as though it were a catalogue of mail-order moms. Which movie mom would you choose for your own? Why?
  • By Carrie Rickey
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  • May 10, 2014 12:10 PM
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All-Star Cast Lines Up for Andy Goddard's Cannes-Bound Patricia Highsmith Adaptation

Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Imogen Poots and Toby Jones have joined the cast of Brit helmer Andy Goddard's Untitled Patricia Highsmith adaptation.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 9, 2014 12:07 PM
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