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New Cast Join Affleck, Cavill in Superman/Batman Flick

Director Zack Snyder has added Oscar-winning character actress Holly Hunter to the cast of the still untitled Superman/Batman movie that Warner Bros. has wisely pushed back to May 6, 2016. He has also cast muscled action players Callan Mulvey ("300: Rise of an Empire") and Tao Okamoto ("The Wolverine"). Departing from the established DC canon (something Marvel rarely does), all three actors will play characters newly created for the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2014 1:39 PM
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First Look: Diablo Cody's Directorial Debut 'Paradise,' Starring Julianne Hough

Diablo Cody's directorial debut "Paradise" (previously titled "Lamb of God") hits theaters October 18. The first eight images from the film, which stars Julianne Hough as a deeply religious woman who is also a burn victim, have been released. Check them out below, plus a still of Cody on set.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 26, 2013 2:26 PM
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Hollywood Women in Film Fight the Man at the Crystal Awards

Hunky young men delivered the Women in Film trophies Wednesday night. As past winners of Crystal Awards filed onto the stage to celebrate the organization's 40th birthday--from actresses Cloris Leachman, Diahann Carroll and Sharon Stone to producers Gale Anne Hurd and Marcia Nasatir, Universal co-chairman Donna Langley and director Martha Coolidge--studio pioneer Sherry Lansing spoke on video to her colleagues and asked them to take a minute to celebrate their achievements, accumulated power and progress, even though "I know we still have a long way to go," she said.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2013 4:19 PM
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'Top of the Lake' Episode 5 Recap: The Body Knows What To Do

This week’s episode of “Top of the Lake” finds its characters combating feelings of helplessness -- from the past, from a seemingly impenetrable mystery, and from death.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2013 11:00 PM
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'Top of the Lake' Recap 1: A Brilliant Beginning to Jane Campion's Dark, Deep and Dreamlike Mystery

“Top of the Lake,” the new Sundance Channel miniseries created, written and directed in part by Jane Campion, is a masterfully twisty creation that floats just out of the reach of comfortable comprehension. Its characters, united in the search for a missing girl against an ominous backdrop of awesome scenery and local misogyny, move through scenes that are at once anchored in the real and yet have a dreamlike quality.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2013 11:41 PM
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Trailer Watch: Jane Campion's Gorgeous, Twisty Mystery Series 'Top of the Lake,' Starring Elisabeth Moss

Check out the U.K. trailer for Jane Campion's brilliantly unsettling mystery mini-series "Top of the Lake," premiering March 18 on the Sundance Channel. Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") toplines as a tough young Kiwi detective investigating the disappearance of a local pregnant pre-teen in backwoods New Zealand.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2013 1:09 PM
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Campion Embraces TV Over Film with Moodily Misogynistic 'Top of the Lake,' Review Roundup

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Jane Campion marks yet another first-rate filmmaker ("The Piano") who when faced with an uphill climb to get such idiosyncratic smart-films as "Bright Star" financed and released, has transitioned to long-form television. It's a sheer delight to see her stretch out in a six-hour mini-series format with "Top of the Lake" (Sundance Channel, March 18), a gorgeous mystery thriller set in the New Zealand vacation country where Campion spent her summers growing up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2013 4:28 PM
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