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A Familiar Wild West, But The Guy In The Mask? Who's He?

Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean director, Gore Verbinski, have already made one Western: The animated film Rango. So with The Lone Ranger, they were looking to do something a little different. Critic Bob Mondello says you can say that again.
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Film Rankles Environmentalists By Advocating Nuclear Power

A new documentary argues that environmentalists should favor nuclear power, not oppose it, on the grounds that the world's growing appetite for energy can't be met solely with wind and solar. Pandora's Promise is in theaters now, and not winning friends in the mainstream environmental movement.
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'The Lone Ranger': Summer Fun With Manifest Destiny

Director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp have turned in a busy, expensive take on the masked lawman of the Wild West. It's long, tone-deaf, and ultimately crushingly bad.
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Shirley Jones: "Shirley Jones: A Memoir"

Shirley Jones is best known for her starring roles in classic musicals like "Oklahoma!," "Carousel" and "The Music Man." And, of course, she portrayed one of TV's iconic moms in the '70s hit sitcom, "The Partridge Family." Fewer fans may know of her Oscar-winning dramatic role as a prostitute in the 1960 film "Elmer Gantry." Diane speaks with Shirley Jones about her career as a singer, actor and, now, an author.

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Does Disney's Tonto Reinforce Stereotypes Or Overcome Them?

The Lone Ranger has long been a fictional hero, taming the Wild West with his trusty and often stereotyped Native American guide, Tonto. The new version of The Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp and dabbles with that trope.
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From Kids' Books To Erotica, Tomi Ungerer's 'Far Out' Life

The famed author and illustrator broke the rules of American children's literature in the '50s and '60s, but many Americans have never heard of him. A new documentary, Far Out Isn't Far Enough, looks at his life and work.
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Jim Kelly, Actor In 'Enter The Dragon,' Dies

He played a glib American martial artist in the classic Bruce Lee movie. Kelly went on to star in several blaxploitation films in the 1970s. He died of cancer on Saturday at his home in San Diego. He was 67.
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Casting Call: Hollywood Needs More Women

Women make up half of movie viewers, and yet they are underrepresented on the big screen. Many more films are made by, for and star men, according to surveys by the Annenberg School. So as Hollywood changes and evolves, can this disparity be fixed?
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The Movie Paul Feig Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Writer-director Paul Feig could watch the James Bond film Casino Royale a million times. "Daniel Craig really embodies Ian Fleming's James Bond," he says.
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Bullock And McCarthy, Packing 'Heat' (And Laughs) In Boston

Director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold have found a perfect pair of leads for their cop comedy. Critic Bob Mondello says Oscar winner Sandra Bullock and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy turn out to have enviable comic chemistry.

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