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'Easy' Writer: Walter Mosley's Passion For Bringing Black LA Stories To Life

In Charcoal Joe, Mosley brings his iconic private eye Easy Rawlins into the haze of the late '60s, extending a literary odyssey through the transformation of black Los Angeles.
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Movie Review: 'Jason Bourne,' A Thriller For Our Times

In Jason Bourne, the latest in the secret agent series starring Matt Damon, director Paul Greengrass presents a thriller relevant to today's world, says Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times.
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From HAL 9000 To Harley Quinn, Screen Villains Sow Chaos Because They Can

Movie heroes are fine. But let's be real — it's usually the bad guys we find most compelling.
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Soul Singer Sharon Jones: 'The Cancer Is Here, But I Want To Perform'

In 2013, the energetic lead singer for The Dap-Kings was forced to take a hiatus from the band after she was diagnosed with cancer. The documentary Miss Sharon Jones! follows her musical comeback.
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'Ghost' Soprano Marni Nixon, Who Voiced Blockbuster Musicals, Dies At 86

You might not know Marni Nixon's name, but you've probably heard her. Nixon dubbed the voices for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Deborah Kerr in The King and I.
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In Which We Learn Michael Caine's Other Name

Airport security personnel often recognize Sir Michael Caine, just not the name on his passport — Maurice Micklewhite, his birth name. Tired of the confusion, he has legally adopted his stage name.
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'Lights Out': A Scary Swedish Short Spawns A Summer Hit

A self-taught filmmaker and his wife made the terrifying film in just one evening, using IKEA lights and a homemade dolly. The 2 1/2 minute short has now been adapted for the big screen.
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At 75, Wonder Woman Lassos In A New Generation With An Ageless Fight

As the launch of the upcoming film coincides with the heroine's Comic-Con fandom, Wonder Woman appears to be hooking new fans for the same reasons she was birthed in 1941: justice, peace and feminism.
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Comic-Con Fans Continue The Epic Battle Between Science And Fiction

Fans of science fiction have long wrestled with the question of just how much science should be in their fiction. Advocates of different approaches met at San Diego's Comic-Con.
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MPAA Argues Ban On Smoking In Movies Defies First Amendment

Should a child going to a G-rated movie be exposed to characters smoking on screen? The MPAA is defending itself from a lawsuit about that. NPR' Scott Simon speaks with film historian David Thomson.

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