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'Billy Jack' Creator Tom Laughlin Dies

His character was an "ill-tempered, karate-chopping pacifist" who battled racists through four movies. The first film, released in 1971, also produced a hit song: One Tin Soldier. Laughlin was 82.
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Joan Fontaine, 'Coolly Beautiful' Oscar Winner, Dies

Fontaine became a star for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca. She won a best actress Oscar for her performance in the director's Suspicion. Her older sister was actress Olivia de Havilland. The two were estranged for most of their adult lives.
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What's Your Favorite Holiday Movie?

We want to know what holiday movies — whether traditional or perhaps a little more action-driven — are your favorites. Do you like your films with extra sap, or a little excitement?
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Can 'Fast & Furious' Survive Paul Walker's Death?

Since the tragic death of actor Paul Walker in a car crash, Universal Pictures has been struggling with how to handle its billion-dollar Fast & Furious franchise. Production on the seventh movie was underway when he died. David Greene talks to reporter Kim Masters, who has been following the story for The Hollywood Reporter. Masters also hosts The Business on member station KCRW.
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Peter O'Toole, Exuberant From 'Lawrence' To His Last Role

Actor Peter O'Toole had a larger-than-life movie career. The Hollywood legend was made famous in his title role in Lawrence of Arabia. He died Saturday at age 81.
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Peter O'Toole, A Life Even Larger Than 'Lawrence'

Peter O'Toole, the Hollywood legend who was made famous in his title role in Lawrence of Arabia, died on Saturday in a London hospital. The 81-year old Irishman was nominated for eight Oscars in his distinguished career, and was known as a bit of a hellraiser.
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Sriracha: First, The Crisis. Now, The Movie

Can't get enough of that extraordinarily popular hot sauce? Now you can eat it up with your eyes. A new 33-minute documentary traces the rise of Sriracha and the man behind the condiment phenomenon.
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'Hobbit 2,' 'Mr. Banks' Are Not Your Parents' Family Films

Bob Mondello takes a look at two holiday crowd-pleasers: the latest iteration of a fantasy involving hobbits: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and the true-life story of the creation of a 1960s fantasy involving a flying nanny, Saving Mr. Banks.
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A 'Hustle' With Flow (And Plenty Of Flair)

A pair of con artists and their FBI wrangler go after political corruption in American Hustle, inspired by the Abscam scandal of the '70s. Critic David Edelstein says the film, directed by David O. Russell, is "a bit of a hustle itself" — and still a hell of a ride. (Recommended)
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Golden Globe Nominees: 'An Embarrassment Of Riches'

Thanks to films like 'Twelve Years A Slave,' 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and 'Fruitvale Station,' it's been said that 2013 was the 'Year of the Black film.' But do the Golden Globe nominations support that? Host Michel Martin finds out more from Grantland's film critic Wesley Morris.

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