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Really Pro-Life? Ban Masturbation, Require Penis Probes

(56) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 8:35 AM

Yesterday, Democrats in Georgia announced a proposed ban on vasectomies, as a response to the state Republicans' efforts to limit abortion rights. They argued that, if the state had the right to control women's sexual health rights in the "interest" of the rights of unborn children, men should...

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President Obama's Super PAC Flip-Flop (VIDEO)

(3261) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 2:37 PM

President Barack Obama's campaign has decided to fight fire with fire -- a decision that may just burn a hole in our democracy. Ask the president himself.

Obama, an immediate critic of the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" decision that allows a sea of corporate and special interest money in political...

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'John Carter' Producers On Budget Rumors & Creating Mars

(146) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 8:05 AM

His is a story that ushered in the modern age of science fiction, inspiring a century of authors and sparking the imaginations that launched "Star Wars" and "Avatar" into the cultural canon. But it's only now, a century after Edgar Rice Burroughs penned his first excursion to the red planet,...

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ESPN's Linsane Headline Not an Isolated Lincident

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2012 | 11:27 AM

Early Saturday, ESPN.com ran a headline on their mobile application about Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin, the 23-year-old, out-of-nowhere point guard who has lit up the league and lifted a disappointing team to national prominence once again. He's got legitimate NBA size and build, and real game, too, with...

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'Act Of Valor' And The Military's Long Hollywood Mission

(1195) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 8:13 AM

A crack team of highly skilled warriors, outfitted with the most advanced weapons of the world’s most powerful military force, storms an enemy compound, firing round after round of ammunition through concrete walls and the skulls of their terrorist adversaries.

The good guys have yet to suffer a single casualty...

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Dogs Against Romney Group Protests In New York City (VIDEO)

(120) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 5:30 PM

Dogs (and their owners) howled their disapproval of Mitt Romney in New York City on Tuesday.

Dogs Against Romney, a Facebook-based protest group, demonstrated outside Madison Square Garden to bring attention to the now-infamous incident in which the former Massachusetts governor, now a leading Republican candidate for president,...

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Mitt Romney's 'Restore Our Future' Super PAC Donors: Own Your Ad

(9) Comments | Posted February 11, 2012 | 12:11 PM

Thanks to the financial floodgates opened by the Supreme Court's decision in the now-infamous Citizens United decision, campaign spending in the 2012 election cycle is projected to reach a record high.

The decision, along with subsequent lower court rulings, enabled creation of so-called super PACs,...

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Daniel Espinosa, Swedish 'Safe House' Director, Tries For A Classic American Tale

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 9:09 AM

Talk about an introduction.

"Safe House," the CIA thriller that opens in theaters on Friday, gives no overt indication that it is a foreign-language filmmaker's American feature debut. If anything, the film -- which features Denzel Washington as Tobin Frost, a CIA agent-turned-traitor, and Ryan Reynolds as Matt Weston, the...

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Daniel Espinosa, Swedish 'Safe House' Director, Tries For A Classic American Tale

(11) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 9:09 AM

Talk about an introduction.

"Safe House," the CIA thriller that opens in theaters on Friday, gives no overt indication that it is a foreign-language filmmaker's American feature debut. If anything, the film -- which features Denzel Washington as Tobin Frost, a CIA agent-turned-traitor, and Ryan Reynolds as Matt Weston, the...

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'Rampart': Oren Moverman's Cop Drama Arrests Social Troubles

(14) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 9:41 AM

Don't let the marquee fool you: while Woody Harrelson is the star of the upcoming cop drama "Rampart," the film is just as much about the troubled society in which his tortured character exists.

In writer and director Oren Moverman's new drama, Harrelson plays Dave Brown, a member of the...

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Diane Disney Miller Remembers Dad: Walt's Secret Disneyland Apartment, His Passions & More (PHOTOS)

(369) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 7:28 AM

Above the little red fire station on Main Street USA, a light flickers in a window. It's hardly recognizable in a modern day Disneyland filled with colorful marquees, laser light shows and nightly fireworks, but it's there, shining around the clock. Its soft glow illuminates a small apartment that's decorated...

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Gary Oldman, Finally An Oscar Nominee, Reflects On His Long Career

(5) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 7:10 AM

Maybe it's to his credit that it took Gary Oldman this long to earn an Oscar nomination. In a career that has spanned 30 years, he's gone punk, donned wizard robes, thrashed around as a Russian terrorist and slipped into the trench coat of a reluctant government spy (just to...

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Gary Oldman, Finally An Oscar Nominee, Reflects On His Long Career

(209) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 7:10 AM

Maybe it's to his credit that it took Gary Oldman this long to earn an Oscar nomination. In a career that has spanned 30 years, he's gone punk, donned wizard robes, thrashed around as a Russian terrorist and slipped into the trench coat of a reluctant government spy (just to...

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John Goodman On 'The Artist,' Rumors, Death Hoaxes & More

(43) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 8:21 AM

In a career that spans more than three decades, John Goodman has seemingly done it all. He's starred in the nation's No. 1 sitcom ("Roseanne"), earned indie-cult-hero status (in "The Big Lebowski"), played both a President ("The West Wing") and a Congressman ("Evan Almighty"), voiced animated characters ("Cars" and "Monsters...

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'Man On A Ledge' The Latest In Hollywood's Populist Embrace

(56) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 10:03 AM

It's being marketed as an action-packed, high-wire thriller that offers nothing more complicated than a brief escape from the mid-winter doldrums. But "Man on a Ledge," opening this weekend, has more on its mind than adrenaline. It's actually the latest entry in a recent wave of big-budget features spreading a...

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'Man On A Ledge': Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks Hang Above New York City

(4) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 9:10 AM

For a star who has made his name performing in CGI-filled blockbusters, it was a big adjustment: Instead of acting opposite green screens and simulating adventures inside big warehouse studios, Sam Worthington was standing 25 stories above 45th Street in Manhattan, balancing on a concrete slab atop the Roosevelt Hotel.

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Ron Howard: From 'Arrested Development' To YouTube, Oscar-Winner Looks To The Future

(47) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 8:20 AM

Though he began his career in show business over 50 years ago, there are few filmmakers who embrace cutting-edge technology and industry changes as willingly as Ron Howard.

The Oscar-winning director and producer helped create a web-hosted short film based on ten photos chosen from 96,000 entries sent in...

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Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects' Dropped By Producer, Blake Lively Casting Rumors Circle

(130) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 6:50 AM

Call it a troubling side effect of the proliferation of casting rumors.

According to Variety, film studio Annapurna has dropped out of its commitment to finance Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh's upcoming psychodrama thriller, "Side Effects." According to the Playlist, the studio balked at Soderbergh's

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Oscar Nominations 2012: JC Chandor On Original Screenplay Nomination For 'Margin Call'

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 1:25 PM

JC Chandor earned his first Oscar nomination on Tuesday, getting a Best Original Screenplay nod for his star-studded, independent financial meltdown thriller, "Margin Call." The film stars Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Demi Moore, Simon Baker and Paul Bettany as the employees of a hedge...

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Oscar Nominations Ignore a New Generation of Filmmakers and Stars

(74) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 11:31 AM

I'm going to make an outrageous Oscars prediction, and it has nothing to do with the winners. When the 89th annual Academy Awards air in Feb. 26, the most coveted viewership demographic will be watching anything but the Hollywood awards show.

The membership of Academy of Motion Picture Sciences, the...

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