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Zoe Cassavetes attends the 14th Marrakech Film Festival closing ceremony on Dec. 13, 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Six women in film talk about the movie industry’s challenges and pluses

By Rebecca Keegan Los Angeles Times When a U.S. senator praises a movie studio for hiring two women, a Hollywood issue has officially entered the wider conversation. Sen. Barbara Boxer sent a note to Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsuj...


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From left, Elizabeth Banks as Paris, Channing Tatum as Mike, Adam Rodriguez as Tito, Donald Glover as Andre, Kevin Nash as Tarzan, Joe Manganiello as Richie and Jada Pinkett Smith as Rome in Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedy “Magic Mike XXL.”

Channing Tatum buffs his body of work in ‘Magic Mike XXL’

By Amy Kaufman Los Angeles Times There was cause for concern: Channing Tatum wanted to rock dad-bod. Perhaps sporting a spare tire would be an acceptable creative decision for the lead of a Judd Apatow comedy. But this was “M...


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Cillian Murphy as “Ivan” in “Aloft.”

Jennifer Connelly embraces ‘mysterious’ role in ‘Aloft’

By Colin Covert Star Tribune (Minneapolis) There have been a lot of primal human emotions in Jennifer Connelly’s films lately. She dealt with doubt, loss and fear in “Noah” as the biblical patriarch’s mate Naameh. Now i...


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Mark Wahlberg stars as John in “Ted 2.”

Movie review: ‘Ted 2’ is profane, obnoxious — and hilarious

By Colin Covert Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Prude alert! “Ted 2” is profane, socially incorrect, pro-pot, irreverent, deliberately obnoxious and packed to the end credits with decadent jokes that are not legally quotable in ...