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A Is For August And Animation. 3 Animated Movies Debut This Month

Renee Montagne talks to Crystal Bell of MTV News, who walks us through this month's animated films: Pete's Dragon, Kubo and the Two Strings and a more adult animated film, Sausage Party.
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'It's A Playground': Meryl Streep On Acting With Abandon

In her new film, Streep plays Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite who didn't let her less-than-great voice stop her from becoming an opera singer. Streep says she can relate to that kind of passion.
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In Syria, Residents Of War-Ravaged Aleppo Are Without Running Water

Despite calls by the U.N. for a cease-fire, the Syrian government and rebel forces are escalating their battle for control of Aleppo, a city they see as critical in the five-year civil war.
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40 Years On, A Controversial Film On Islam's Origins Is Now A Classic

The Message, released in 1976 and starring Anthony Quinn, was made with difficulty and condemned by hardliners. One of the challenges: its main character, the Prophet Muhammad, could not be pictured.
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David Huddleston, The Real Big Lebowski, Dies At 85

We remember David Huddleston, the actor best known for his role as The Big Lebowski. He died this past week at the age of 85.
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'Little Prince' Adaptations Aren't Easy — Just Ask Orson Welles

In 1943, the legendary filmmaker tried (and failed) to turn Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's book into a movie. Director Mark Osborne got considerably further. His adaptation hit theaters on Friday.
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David Huddleston, Who Played The Real Mr. Lebowski, Dies

The Emmy-nominated character actor starred in classics such as The Big Lebowski and Blazing Saddles. His career spanned more than 50 years in movies, TV and on Broadway.
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'Little Men' Combines Stark Economic Realities With Hope For A Better Future

As their parents engage in a bitter real-estate dispute, the friendship between two adolescent boys deepens in Ira Sach's new film. Critic David Edelstein calls Little Men "quietly devastating."
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The Unsung Heroine Who Helped Shape 'Suicide Squad'

The late Kim Yale co-wrote the comic book series that inspired the film hitting theaters this weekend. Neda Ulaby talked to several people who are happy to see her contributions recognized.
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Kristen Bell On 'Bad Moms': 'It Was The Funniest Script I Had Ever Read'

Bell's new film is about three suburban moms who find themselves ground down by the endless chores of motherhood. She says its creators (two men) wrote it as a love letter to their overworked wives.

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