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Controversial Casting For A Nina Simone Biopic

The producer of an upcoming Nina Simone biopic has cast Afro-Latina actress Zoe Saldana in the lead role — a move that's proved controversial. Critics say that while Saldana is a talented actress, she's too close to traditional light-skinned Hollywood beauty standards.
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Bradley Cooper On Getting Back To His Roots

Bradley Cooper has been a comedy star — and People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive." In Silver Linings Playbook, he plays an emotionally damaged schoolteacher trying to get his life together after being institutionalized. He speaks with Linda Wertheimer about the film.
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Son Of Founder Of 'Hollywood Reporter' Apologizes For Hollywood Blacklist

W.R. Wilkerson III is apologizing for the trade paper's role in what he calls "Hollywood's holocaust," the blacklist that destroyed the careers of those accused of communist sympathies.
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'Life Of Pi' Star On The 'Duet' Of Acting

Actor Irrfan Khan talks about his role in the new movie Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee and based on the best-selling novel of the same name. Khan also starred in Slumdog Millionaire, The Namesake and A Mighty Heart.
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Sally Field Captures History In Role Of Mrs. 'Lincoln'

In the film Lincoln, Sally Field plays Abraham Lincoln's wife Mary Todd, opposite actor Daniel Day-Lewis. Field lobbied hard for the role of Lincoln's emotionally-tormented wife, and did extensive research to capture the character.
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40 Years Since Marvin Gaye's Forgotten Classic

In 1972, Motown legend Marvin Gaye composed the soundtrack for the film, Trouble Man. Many critics say it was one of his finest musical achievements. To mark the film's 40th anniversary, Universal Music is releasing a special edition. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with saxophonist Trevor Lawrence and director Cameron Crowe.

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