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RIP Paul Mazursky, Brilliant Hollywood Writer-Director (VIDEO INTERVIEW AND CLIPS)

After battling a long illness, writer-director Paul Mazursky died in Los Angeles on June 30 of pulmonary cardiac arrest. He was 84. Luckily for me, some years ago my friend Joan Cohen pulled me into an annual dinner party held around the time of the Oscars with Paul and Betsy Mazursky and other close friends. I looked forward to it every year, as Mazursky would hold forth--hilariously-- on Hollywood, moviemaking, and the new films of the day, which he wrote about for Vanity Fair in recent years. He was an ardent cinephile and Academy voter with strongly held opinions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2014 3:45 PM
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Trailer Watch: Gina Prince-Bythewood's 'Beyond the Lights'

Gina Prince-Bythewood's last film was 2008's "The Secret Life of Bees"; this year, she's releasing "Beyond the Lights," a fame and stardom romance formerly known as "Blackbird."
  • June 27, 2014 11:36 AM
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Trailer Watch: It's Gonna Be a Bumpy Ride Heading 'Into the Storm'

Extreme weather events:they're happening more frequently and, at least in the new trailer for "Into the Storm," they're coming for all of us.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 27, 2014 10:03 AM
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WATCH: Lauren Greenfield's Brilliant 'Like a Girl' Always Spot (VIDEO)

The issue of how society views women and girls is front and center these days. And many folks are stepping up the consciousness-raising that so clearly needs to happen. Geena Davis is on the case. So is Women and Hollywood. And so is documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield ("The Queen of Versailles") who has posted a wonderful spot for Always.com. Check it out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 26, 2014 8:45 PM
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New Crediting Platform NeonGrid Aims to Be IMDb for New Media Stars

Former IMDb executive John Gibbons is backing a new venture called NeonGrid, a crediting platform that allows content creators to build an online resume.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 26, 2014 12:26 PM
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WATCH: Another Star Goes Musical, Keira Knightley Sings in 'Begin Again,' Ruffalo & Keener's Top 26 Flicks (VIDEO)

We've seen Keira Knightley kick, swashbuckle, and charm her way through her career so far, but one thing we haven't seen her do very much of--until now--is sing.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 26, 2014 10:32 AM
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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' PSA-Style First Trailer Is Creepy and Cool

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" (now there's a title for you) has released its first teaser, and it's fun and a little cheeky and also completely creepy.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 25, 2014 11:31 AM
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RIP Eli Wallach, 98 (VIDEO)

It doesn't get better than this. Check out the confrontation between Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach--who just died at age 98--in Sergio Leone's must-see western "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2014 1:47 AM
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More: Video, Video, Obit

NBC Goes Behind the Scenes of 'Jurassic World' (VIDEO)

Dinosaur fans have another year to wait until "Jurassic World" hits theaters on June 12, 2015, but we've already gotten a pretty good idea of what the film is about: set, fittingly, 22 years after the original "Jurassic Park," "Jurassic World" takes place on a fully functional theme park on Isla Nublar that welcomes 20,000 visitors a year.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 24, 2014 12:30 PM
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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review Roundup: A Visually Impressive, Scattered Destruction Fest (VIDEO)

"Transformers: Smash-a-thon 4000"--sorry, that should be "Transformers: Age of Extinction" comes out this Friday in the U.S. The critical consensus: despite some impressive 3D eye candy, this fourth installment in the franchise, weighing in at a whopping 165 minutes, lags under it's own weight and doesn't make much sense in the end.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 23, 2014 11:51 AM
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