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Lena Horne dies at 92

Lena Horne, the ground-breaking singer, actress and civil rights activist who, in 1942, became the first African-American performer to be put under contract by a major studio, died on Sunday, May 9, at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York.  She was 92. According to the New York Times, Horne’s death was announced by her son-in-law, Kevin Buckley.

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Robin Wright reclaims the spotlight in two new films

Judging by the ferocity with which she beats herself up, you’d have to be a fool to pick a fight with Robin Wright. Over breakfast in the back of a ramshackle beachside roadhouse in Santa Monica, the actress is delivering a fierce critique of herself. The issue: her lackluster acceptance speech at the previous night’s Elle’s Women in Hollywood awards ceremony, where she was honored alongside Julianne Moore and Renée Zellweger.

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Steve Martin: The bone-dry humor in his Oscar past just needs a little gravy

Steve Martin approached his stints as Oscar host in 2001 and 2003 like a guy who had taken a religious vow not to pander or suck up to his audience, both the star-studded one inside the Kodak Theater and the millions tuning in globally. During his 2001 monologue, his joke about how Ellen Burstyn gained 20 pounds and aged up for her role in Requiem for a Dream and “Russell Crowe still hit on her” was so deadpan and dead-on, the camera caught a reaction shot of Winona Ryder covering her mouth and gasping in horror (see video after the jump).

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Patrick Dempsey finds the funny in bank robbery

Patrick Dempsey has signed on to headline an untitled comic heist picture by The Hangover writing team, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore,  reports The Hollywood Reporter. The Grey’s Anatomy star will play a bank customer caught in the middle of two simultaneous robberies and trying to save the teller he secretly loves. No director or financing has been announced.

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Clint Eastwood's 'Invictus' trailer: A tall, cool glass of real-life inspiration


After last year’s misanthropic manifesto, Gran Torino, the last thing you’d expect from Clint Eastwood is a movie soaked in the milk of human goodness. But that’s just what he’s done with Invictus, his new movie based on the true story about how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) recruited the captain of the South African rugby team (Matt Damon) to integrate the team and unite the countr

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First look at 'The A-Team': TV's original band of rogues hits the big screen


Mr. T is nowhere to be found in this movie adaptation of the tongue-in-cheek ‘80’s action series from director Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces). But if stars Liam Neeson (Col. John “Hannibal” Smith) and Bradley Cooper (Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck) have their way, this version will still be mui macho.

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As MPAA Chief Dan Glickman steps down, who will be tough enough to tame Hollywood's lions?

Hollywood responded with neither tears nor cheers to Dan Glickman’s announcement today that he would leave his post as the head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Hollywood’s chief lobbying organization in Washington. During his five-year tenure as the industry’s mouthpiece and chief figurehead in Washington, the entertainment business has had to contend with some radical shifts, ranging from the increasing threat of internet piracy to diminishing profits in the once-lucrative DVD business.

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