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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Award-Winning Novelist And Screenwriter, Dies

Her scripts gave the sprawling Merchant-Ivory films substance. She won her first screenwriting Oscar for A Room With a View and her second for Howard's End. She won the Booker Prize in 1975 for her novel Heat and Dust. The cause of death was complications of a pulmonary condition. Jhabvala was 85.
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Cristian Mungiu: Metaphor Or Not, 'Hills' Has Eyes For Romania's Past

Already the poster child for his country's so-called New Wave of filmmakers, the director takes another realistic dive into the post-Communist Eastern Bloc with Beyond the Hills. Though he hesitates to call it a straight metaphor, the symbolism of the film is uncanny.
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The Movie Saoirse Ronan Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Actor Saoirse Ronan could watch Amy Heckerling's teen comedy Clueless a million times. "There are so many great moments and I literally love every single moment from start to finish of that film," she says.
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Why Actor James McAvoy Almost Turned Down 'Trance'

McAvoy plays a sketchy art auctioneer in Danny Boyle's new heist thriller, Trance. He almost didn't take the part because he didn't want to play the role of a victim. Then he took a closer look and found something that made him "hungry."
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The 'Trailer Trash' That's Sent Us To The Cinema

Host Scott Simon speaks with Ian Crouch, web producer for The New Yorker, about tropes in movie trailers throughout the years. Crouch's blog post, "Trailer Trash," was published Friday on The New Yorker's Culture Desk blog.
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A Film So Sumptuous, 'Renoir' Himself Might Have Helped Out

The slow, silky pace of Gilles Bourdos' biopic Renoir might burden a lesser subject. But the beauty of the cinematography suggests the aesthetic of the Impressionist master, lending the whole film a surreally beautiful air. (Recommended)
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Actor Richard Griffiths, Uncle Vernon In 'Harry Potter' Movies, Dies

Best known as Harry's cruel Muggle uncle, Griffiths was an accomplished stage actor as well. Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry, says Griffiths' "encouragement, tutelage and humor" made him a joy to work with.

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