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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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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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WATCH: Jenny Slate Talks Sex and Standup in Her Breakout Role in 'Obvious Child' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Stand-up comic Jenny Slate didn't go from zero to breakout overnight. Typically, like many performers, she's had wins and losses--like losing her gig on Saturday Night Live. It wasn't a good fit, she admits now. Clearly, indie "Obvious Child" suited her talents perfectly, as writer-director Gillian Robespierre carefully crafted this star vehicle that became the toast of Sundance 2014.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 8:04 PM
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Why Sebastian Junger Made and Self-Released 'Restrepo' Sequel 'Korengal,' New HBO Doc (VIDEO)

Vanity Fair writer Sebastian Junger is well-known not only for "The Perfect Storm" (which was made into a George Clooney action movie) and his intrepid war reporting--which he ended after the untimely death in Libya of his long-time partner, British Vanity Fair photographer and cinematographer Tim Hetherington--but the Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo." I interviewed Junger and Hetherington for that movie (see video below), and talked to Junger again recently about the sequel "Korengal," which is in current release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 4:40 PM
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WATCH: Robert Downey Jr. Breaks 'The Judge' Trailer on Twitter, Variety Intros Vscore

In a sign of the times, Warner Bros. had Robert Downey, Jr. debut on Twitter the trailer for "The Judge," a serious drama in which the star plays a big-shot New York lawyer who returns home to Indiana after his mother dies, only to find himself defending his estranged father (Robert Duvall), who has been accused of murdering her. Why not? Downey has 1.9 million followers on the social media site. In other words, when Iron Man tweets, America listens.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • June 20, 2014 12:18 PM
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