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Actresses Cotillard, Watts, Hathaway, Weisz, Field, Hunt & Adams Talk Fear, Fame, Nudity & Gender at THR Roundtable

This year's THR Actress Roundtable features a smattering of lead and supporting actress contenders: Marion Cotillard ("Rust and Bone"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible"), Helen Hunt ("The Sessions"), Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables"), Sally Field ("Lincoln"), Rachel Weisz ("The Deep Blue Sea") and Amy Adams ("The Master"). The women discussed career challenges, the roles they've had to turn down, fight for, and the ones they're hungry to play, and gender imbalance in the industry. Check out some highlights below as well as our interviews with Cotillard, Watts and Weisz.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 20, 2012 2:40 PM
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Now and Then: 'Lincoln,' the Movies, and Historical Accuracy

"Lincoln" is no dour disquisition, no romance of an imagined past, but a heroic, even thrilling drama of compromise and chicanery in the midst of the Civil War. Indeed, it resolves one of the medium's oldest conundrums: "Lincoln" is that rare thing, good history and great cinema at once.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • November 13, 2012 1:28 PM
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Chastain, Cooper, Jackman & Kushner talk 'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Les Mis,' 'Silver Linings' & 'Lincoln' in EW's Holiday Preview

In EW's Holiday Movie Preview, actors from several hot titles speak out on their roles, including Jessica Chastain on the mysterious "Zero Dark Thirty," Bradley Cooper in the feel-good festival favorite "Silver Linings Playbook," Daniel Day-Lewis' method acting during "Lincoln" and Hugh Jackman on why the epic "Les Miserables" is still relevant.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 1, 2012 1:26 PM
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For Love of Benedict: Cumberbitches Fan Club Dedicated to 'Sherlock' Star

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC's hit series "Sherlock," is his own one-man Beatle, apparently. A fan club called "The Cumberbitches" has formed, comprised of 37,000 members and obsessively dedicated to, in their words, the "high-cheekboned, blue-eyed sex bomb."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 26, 2012 2:11 PM
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Which Stars Need a Comeback?

Everybody loves a comeback. Ben Affleck redeemed himself from "Jersey Girl" and Gigli" with "The Town" and "Argo," while President Obama gave Democrats hope by deciding to show up for his second debate against Mitt Romney after a frustratingly muted first round. So with the fall movie season upon us, HitFix names ten likely comebacks of the fall season, among them Robert De Niro, Jamie Foxx, Barbra Streisand, Helen Hunt and Robert Zemeckis. We also name a few of our own stars needing a comeback below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2012 4:25 PM
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NOFF Review: Weinstein Oscar-Fodder 'Quartet' Stars Maggie Smith

Like "The King's Speech," "Quartet" is musty and middlebrow, set in an imagined Britain of high class and low jokes. What it lacks in period pedigree it makes up for in a steady diet of quips from the form's reigning dowager, Maggie Smith. In The Weinstein Company's hands, it will likely earn solid box office and awards attention.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 15, 2012 4:27 PM
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New Orleans Film Festival Review: Melissa Leo Amazes in 'Francine'

Strange and unsettling, "Francine" begins as a miniature, a doll's house of life's loose ends. Subtly, though, it blooms. On the strength of Melissa Leo's astounding performance, it pushes outward into a troubled society of haves and have-nots — becoming, quietly but forcefully, one of the best films of the year.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 14, 2012 4:46 PM
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Now and Then: 'Looper' and the Future of Sci Fi

Deep into "Looper" we meet Sara (Emily Blunt), a young mother and cane farmer in the year 2044. The moment, for science fiction, is riskily quiet — in the first blush of dusk she mimes lighting a cigarette, taking a slow drag on imagined bliss. It's also, for all the film's nodding at the genre's past, a glimpse of where sci fi is going.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 2, 2012 11:59 AM
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Now and Then: The Evacuee's Guide to Movies

Living in New Orleans sometimes means leaving it. That's why, with Hurricane Isaac bearing down on the city, I hit the highway last Monday for an extended Florida sojourn. And since a film buff's road trip is nothing without a screening schedule, here's a handy guide to movies for your next evacuation...
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • September 4, 2012 2:43 PM
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Now and Then: For the Love of 'Bernie' and Jack Black

"Bernie" wears as many hats as a Texas cowboy. Somehow, and simultaneously, Richard Linklater's latest is a genuinely surprising confidence game, a homey slice of Southern life, and an eccentric black comedy of small-town manners. The most apt description is far simpler, though: "Bernie" is one of the best films of the year.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 21, 2012 4:00 PM
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