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'Battle,' 'Games': Cold Brutality A Common Theme

The concept for the eight-year-old Japanese blockbuster Battle Royale is nearly the same as that of the forthcoming Hunger Games: In a dystopian future, children are forced to fight to the death as a spectacle for the rest of the population. Neda Ulaby explores the links between the two movies.
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Tebow, Tailgating, And Team Loyalty: Why The NFL Needs Nice Guys More Than Ever

Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning have two things in common: they're guys who inspire a lot of personal loyalty from fans who have increasingly complicated relationships with NFL teams.
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On DVD: Inside Bill Clinton's Campaign 'War Room'

The 1993 documentary The War Room, which offered a verite look behind the scenes of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, has just been released on Criterion Blu-ray and DVD. Critic-at-large John Powers explains why the film was revelatory — and why it could never be made today.
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Disney's 'John Carter' Poised For Big Flop

Disney is going to lose a whopping $200 million on the flop adventure film John Carter.
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That's All, Folks: Kevin Smith On Leaving Filmmaking

In his new book, Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good, Kevin Smith, the director who kicked off his career 20 years ago with Clerks, explains how he got into the movie business — and why he's walking away from it now.
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From Israel: Politics And Romance At The Movies

The Israel Film Festival is running in Los Angeles. It features a wide range of subjects, including highly personal documentaries and a romantic comedy about a Mexican salsa dancer disguised as a nun. Host Michel Martin speaks with the founder and executive director of the Israel Film Festival, Meir Fenigstein.

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