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Has Zellweger become different actress? – ‘Characters they play become part of us’

It’s a ritual of our vanity-fueled image culture. You go to see a movie that features an actress or actor — in most cases it’s an actress — you know well, and somehow she looks … different. Her nose is thinner, or her lips are fuller, or her lips are …

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Anne recalls 1st adult role – ‘Prada’ fairy tale

Ten years ago on this day, Anne Hathaway debuted in the first adult starring role of her career in “The Devil Wears Prada”. For the film’s anniversary, Variety conducted an oral history with the cast, including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci. Here is a longer version of our …

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‘Hidden’ tells little-known tale of NASA – ‘Have-Nots’ reveals transparent truth

NEW ORLEANS, July 3, (Agencies): Janelle Monae says she’s honored to be part of an upcoming film that tells the little known-story of three black women who were crucial part of NASA’s history, including one who helped John Glenn become the first American to orbit earth. The Grammy-nominated singer is …

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‘Kids in Love’ a celebration of irresponsible young adulthood – Film’s balmy good vibes infectious

LOS ANGELES, July 3, (RTRS): Remember what it was like to be young and in love? If you do, chances are your memories don’t much resemble “Kids in Love” a tale of moneyed youth rebellion that is as reality-averse as the pretty young things it centers on, and at least …

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Keillor says goodbye to ‘Companion’ – Bittersweet final to show at Hollywood Bowl

LOS ANGELES, July 3, (Agencies): Garrison Keillor ended four decades of hosting “A Prairie Home Companion” with his trademark Midwestern reserve combined with frivolity at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday. “I’m from Minnesota, where we’re stoic,” he explained to castmates Tim Russell, Sue Scott and Fred Newman when pressed to …

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‘Deer Hunter’ director Cimino dies at 77 – He will be missed: De Niro

LOS ANGELES, July 3, (AP): Michael Cimino, the Oscar-winning director whose film “The Deer Hunter” became one of the great triumphs of Hollywood’s 1970s heyday, and whose disastrous “Heaven’s Gate” helped bring that era to a close, has died. Cimino died Saturday at age 77, Los Angeles County acting coroner’s …

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‘Infiltrator’ exciting true-life thriller – Cranston plays a gentle-souled family-man law enforcer

We should all be happy that Bryan Cranston has become a highly sought-after movie actor. Yet the very thing that brought him to that position — the pop-culture quake that was “Breaking Bad” — has now given him the ultimate tough act to follow. How do you top, or even …

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‘Anthropoid’ reveals little-known acts of heroism of WW2 soldiers – Ellis’ film a peculiar wooden period piece

 In Hollywood’s alternate history of World War II, “Valkyrie” star Tom Cruise tried and failed to assassinate Adolf Hitler, as did Walter Pidgeon in Fritz Lang’s 1941 “Man Hunt” before Brad Pitt finally managed to get the job done with the help of his fellow “Inglourious.” Now, in the most …

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Lion Babe makes its Essence Fest debut – Duo brings stylized sound to stage

NEW ORLEANS, July 2, (AP): Duos in music are nothing new. Think Hall and Oates, Outkast, Simon and Garfunkel, Sonny and Cher and Ashford and Simpson. But Lion Babe gives a different feel to the concept and for the first-time brings its experimental soul, stylized sound to a stage at …

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Movie magic unlocks boy’s mind – Spielberg takes on daunting challenge to bring BFG to life

The most heartbreaking moment in “Life, Animated,” an absorbing and ultimately exhilarating documentary about the journey of an autistic boy into manhood, is hearing his parents describe their feelings as they watched their healthy, happy 3-year-old deteriorate before their eyes, losing the ability to speak or interact. “Somebody kidnapped my …

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