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Watch: Grace Hopper Gives Alan Turing A Run For His Money In Documentary 'The Queen Of Code'

7 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If one were to go strictly based off representations in film and television, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the world of computer programming/hacking/coding is primarily a man’s sport. The most recent example of this misguided notion would be the Oscar-friendly Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game,” which centers around a tortured-genius codebreaker.  And yet, Gillian Jacobs of “Community” is out to debunk the myth that the world of computing is strictly a boy’s club. "The Queen of Code," Jacobs' directorial debut, is primarily about Grace Hopper, a crack coding expert who, the film argues, deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. It’s a terrific and surprising look not only at Hopper’s indelible and funny personality — dry and witty, she was a former mathematics professor at Vassar and she made a hell of an impression on »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Film Casting: Steve Jobs, Patient Zero, Sophie Turner & More in X-men: Apocalypse

23 January 2015 9:07 AM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Steve Jobs, Patient Zero, X-Men: Apocalypse, and other movies have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. X-Men: Apocalypse Bryan Singer tweeted…that Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan will [...]

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- Rollo Tomasi

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Ranked: How superhero stars fared after giving up the cape

10 January 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.

Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.

Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.

20. Billy Zane

The suave American actor looked set for big things in the '90s thanks to impressive roles in Dead Calm and Tombstone, but his time in the purple Phantom »

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5 Industry Updates, Including a New Casting Director

7 January 2015 4:06 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The entertainment industry is constantly changing, and it's important to stay aware of what’s going on. Want to find out who’s casting? What projects are happening? What’s coming up? Call Sheet highlights will help you stay in-the-know:  “School of Rock,” the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical adaptation of the Jack Black career-making film, has found its venue and it’s headed straight for Broadway. The Shuberts’ Winter Garden Theatre will welcome the production starting Dec. 6.  Former casting associate Caitlin Jones has been upped to casting director at Liz Lewis Casting PartnersJohn Travolta has landed the role of lawyer Robert Shapiro in Ryan Murphy’s new FX series “American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson.” Production is scheduled to start early this year in Los Angeles. The hotly publicized “Steve Jobs” biopic has deemed San Francisco its primary filming location. Shooting is tentatively scheduled to begin on Jan. »

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David Muir on Why He’ll Never Abandon His Reporting Roots: ‘I’m Not Some Guy in a Suit’

5 January 2015 6:36 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

2014 was a life-changing year for ABC’s David Muir as he realized his boyhood dream of anchoring the evening news. On Labor Day, Muir succeeded Diane Sawyer as the anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight” after years as the evening news’ weekend anchor and correspondent for the network, though even that couldn’t keep him behind a desk.

Muir took a moment at year-end to talk with TheWrap about how no anchor desk will ever tame the natural roving reporter, and take a look back at his momentous year at ABC.

Also Read: ABC’s ‘World News Tonight With »

- Jordan Chariton

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2015 releases to look forward to

1 January 2015 3:55 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Happy New Year! With 2014 now just a memory, we turn our attention to 2015 and what cinematic treasures the next 12 months will hold. Between now and the end of January we’ll have all manner of films hitting screens, from franchise reboots to sequels, with the occasional original property thrown in for good measure. Of course, there’s plenty of Oscar hopefuls in the mix as well, as you might imagine. There are untold amounts of independent awards contenders that we don’t even know exist yet, so it’s impossible to guess what will hit as this moment, but speculation is always welcome. As such, I’ll be going over a bunch of the 2015 releases worth being excited about, with just about all of them potential Academy Award players. Enjoy! Here now are a sampling of the films to be excited about this year, separated by category: Indies – The problem »

- Joey Magidson

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