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Steve Carell takes new movie role seriously

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Sony Pictures Classics

To play troubled multimillionaire John du Pont in Foxcatcher, opening Wednesday, Steve Carell wears an oversize prosthetic nose and layers of pancake makeup that turns his skin pasty. He’s barely recognizable under all that camouflage. Read more

Big-screen bosses who are real turkeys

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John P. Johnson

Thanksgiving turkey is delicious, but having a turkey for a boss is a big drag, whether you slave away for an incompetent cluck like Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg (Humphrey Bogart) in The Caine Mutiny (1954) or a two-faced bird like Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver... Read more

Five questions with ... Casey Wilson

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Invision

The comedic actress is playing her life — sort of — in the series ‘Marry Me,’ which is written by her real-life husband, David Caspe. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’

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Lionsgate

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the first installment in the last chapter of the popular franchise, is all coil and no release. It’s a taut, dark portrait of a universe upended by revolution, one where the flashy bread-and-circuses of the first tw... Read more

Movie review: ‘Low Down’

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Sundance Institute

There are two dramas about jazz currently in theaters, but they couldn’t be more different. Read more

Movie review: ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’

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Area 23a

The heartbreak hits early in Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. Read more

Review: ‘Reach Me’

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Millennium Entertainment

Reach Me is an indie comedy whose primary virtue is its cast, well-known actors who took small roles on a lark — a chance to play against “type.” Read more

Ride TV trots out shows to larger audience

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Ride TV

As a founding shareholder of Fort Worth-based Studios 121, Michael Fletcher has done a lot of video production and cable-TV work during the past several years. One of the people he crossed paths with was Craig Morris, a National Cutting Horse Association of America Hall of Fame rider who hosted a... Read more

Movie review: ‘Citizenfour’

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Radius-TWC

A cool, steady stream of anxiety, Laura Poitras’ documentary Citizenfour draws from the visual language and buggy paranoia of the best-known 1970s political thrillers: The Conversation, The Parallax View... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Way He Looks’

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Strand Releasing

It takes roughly five seconds to give in to the charms of The Way He Looks, a beautifully acted and written tale about a blind teenager who falls in love with a classmate. Read more

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