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Trailer Watch: The Art of Getting By Stars Roberts, Highmore

As promised, Fox Searchlight has supplied a new trailer for writer-director Gavin Weisen's recently retitled feature debut The Art of Getting By, starring Emma Roberts (a.k.a. Julia Roberts's niece), Freddie Highmore, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, Blair Underwood, Alicia Silverstone and Sam Robards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2011 5:37 AM
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Truth vs. Fiction in HBO's Drama Cinema Verite; Diane Lane, Alan Raymond, Kevin Loud Talk

Truth vs. Fiction in HBO's Drama Cinema Verite; Diane Lane, Alan Raymond, Kevin Loud Talk
Diane Lane was eight when An American Family first aired on PBS in 1973. She remembers people talking about the twelve-part reality show, the first ever. Ten million people watched it. The Loud family would never be the same. Nor would American television.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2011 9:29 AM
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X-Men: First Class: A Critique of Lawrence's Mystique; New International Trailer

Here is MTV's take on this new still of Jennifer Lawrence as X-Men: First Class's Mystique: "This may not be the most engaging of press images, but we’re satisfied with a static shot of the iconic character in full makeup—not to mention confident we’ll see Mystique in a variety of more dynamic, even seductive poses within the full film. It’s kind of her thing."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • April 20, 2011 7:15 AM
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Restrepo Documentarian Tim Hetherington Confirmed Killed in Libya UPDATED

Having survived many dangerous photographic missions in his life, as well as repeated trips to the lethal Restrepo outpost in Afghanistan--now abandoned by U.S. military--where he shot Oscar-nominated doc Restrepo with co-director Sebastian Junger, British photojournalist and Vanity contributor Tim Hetherington, 41, has died during fighting in Misrata between Muammar Gaddafi's soldiers and Libyan rebels, along with photographer Chris Hondros.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2011 4:04 AM
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Earth Day Is April 22: Films, Festivals To Celebrate, Protect and Inspire

Earth Day Is April 22: Films, Festivals To Celebrate, Protect and Inspire
As earthquakes, tsunamis and tornadoes remind us of our fragile planet, here's a round-up of offerings to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 19, 2011 6:42 AM
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EXCLUSIVE Clip: Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams in 3-D

Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Werner Herzog's 3-D exploration of the world's oldest paintings in the Chauvet Cave in southern France, is an enchanting ride. Rather than using 3-D as a device to escape into fantasy, Cave of Forgotten Dreams opens our eyes to a real and fragile history that makes us marvel at our own existence. Herzog invites us "to reflect on our primal desire to communicate and represent the world around us, evolution and our place within it, and ultimately what it means to be human."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 19, 2011 5:30 AM
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Legend Watch: Onassis Biopic, Bridges Wisdom & Music, Hoffman's HBO Luck

- Fernando Meirelles (The Constant Gardener, City of God, 360 in the works) plans to direct a biopic of Aristotle Onassis, adapted for the screen by his City of God scripter Bráulio Mantovani, based on Peter Evans’s best-selling book Nemesis: The True Story of Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle That Brought Down the Kennedys.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 19, 2011 5:22 AM
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Student Academy Awards 2011 Add Foreign Student Category; 575 Films Compete

Five hundred and seventy-five films will compete for the 2011 Student Academy Awards, in its 38th year. The winning films, selected from the pool of films from 136 US colleges and universities as well as 32 countries, will be presented and screened on June 11 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Since 1972, the Academy has encouraged student filmmakers with this competition, which gives medals as well as cash grants to winners in each of its five categories: Animation, Narrative, Documentary, Alternative, and new this year - the Foreign Student Film category.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 18, 2011 8:18 AM
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Cannes Preview: Von Trier's Romantic Melancholia, Pitt & Penn, Miss Bala & Habemus Papam

- Melancholia is the name of Lars von Trier's Cannes-bound film, which features a huge planet that dooms Earth. Von Trier tells Empire that he "liked the idea of being 'swallowed' by Melancholia. I thought that was quite nice. And then I read today that that's actually one of the virtues of romanticism – willingly being purified by dying. In fact, the film contains maybe more of the original idea of romanticism. I'm just saying that a lot of films today, their interpretation of romanticism is... quite boring, I think.” As to how the director--who is legendary for abusing actors from Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist) and Bjork (Dancer in the Dark) to Nicole Kidman (Dogville)--treated star Kirsten Dunst [pictured], he adds: “I think that Kirsten got off FAR too easy. FAR too easy. She was not dragged through any masturbation. She had a very smooth ride, I would say. But she did an extremely good job.”
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 18, 2011 5:29 AM
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Summer Preview: X-Men: First Class Boasts Stellar Cast; Photo Gallery [UPDATED]

Twentieth Century Fox's Marvel prequel X-Men: First Class, with five credited writers so far, has been embroiled in a long, problematic, over-schedule shoot on locations in England, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Russia, with a curtailed post-production hurtling toward a June 3 finish line. Nonetheless its strong cast makes me want to see it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2011 1:35 AM
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