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1st African-American Actor To Play Valjean on Broadway Dies

By Mark Kennedy | Aug 29
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" on Broadway has died after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman. He was 21.

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Blu-ray/DVD Review :: House of Bamboo

By Jake Mulligan | Aug 29
Mt. Fuji lords over the opening robbery sequence. It's the first of many densely composed images in the film, but it's hardly the only one to suggest that the character's fates are being impacted by forces larger than any individual person.

Student Academy Award Winners to Spend A Week in Hollywood

Aug 28
The academy has announced the winners of its Student Academy Awards, and says the student filmmakers will spend a week in Los Angeles as its guests before accepting their awards at a ceremony on Sept. 17.

Robert Redford Takes a Walk Through his Classic Buddy Roles

By Lindsey Bahr | Aug 28
When Robert Redford first acquired the film rights to Bill Bryson's memoir "A Walk in the Woods," he knew exactly who he wanted to play his Appalachian Trail hiking comrade: Paul Newman. When Newman died in 2008, the project nearly died, too.

Lee, Rowlands, Reynolds to Receive Honorary Academy Awards

By Sandy Cohen | Aug 28
Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds are the season's first Oscar winners.

'We Are Your Friends' Director Schooled By MTV's 'Catfish'

By Lauri Neff | Aug 28
Fans of MTV's "Catfish: The TV Show" may notice something familiar in the new film "We Are Your Friends."

Lavender Effect Oral History Project to Launch on World AIDS Day

By Winnie McCroy | Aug 28
With a $10,000 Cal Humanities' Community Stories grant, matched by $10,000 from the City of West Hollywood, THE LAVENDER EFFECT® will create "YOUNG CITY AT WAR: Stories from West Hollywood During the AIDS Epidemic."

Cinema Review :: Z for Zachariah

By Kilian Melloy | Aug 28
There's no need for mobs of extras in rot makeup here, and no call for endless scenes of extravagant slaughter. The mayhem is completely notional -- and emotional.

Cinema Review :: We Are Your Friends

By Kevin Taft | Aug 28
"Catfish" co-host and star Max Joseph's directorial debut is an overstuffed, but oddly compelling, look at the life of a burgeoning DJ and the friends that surround him.

Blu-ray/DVD Review :: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

By Jake Mulligan | Aug 28
This may not be a work of the quote-unquote "New Hollywood," but "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" can see that the Old is on its way out.

Cinema Review :: When Animals Dream

By Kevin Taft | Aug 28
In the new Danish horror film, a girl slowly becomes a werewolf while the film's audience slowly falls asleep.

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