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Comedian Anne Meara Dies: Hollywood Reacts

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Comedy legend Anne Meara died Saturday at the age of 85, and a number of Hollywood stars paid their respects via social media. Meara was half of the comedic duo Stiller & Meara, with husband Jerry Stiller, and they were known for radio commercial campaigns and appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. She had recurring roles on numerous TV series, including Alf, King of Queens and Sex and the City, and she appeared in such films as The Out of Towners, Fame, Awakenings and Night at the Museum, the latter having been directed by her son, Ben Stiller. [readmore:764503] Below is a

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Critic's Notebook: With Cannes Prizes, Coen Brothers Keep It Weird

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We should have known to expect the unexpected from the Coens. True to eccentric form, the American filmmakers and 2015 Cannes jury heads brought this year’s festival to a close with an offbeat, even controversial set of prizes that had journalists in the press room wiping away tears one minute, scratching their heads — and even booing — the next. Not that the brothers care: “This isn’t a jury of film critics, this is a jury of artists,” Joel Coen said with a touch of snark at the news conference following the awards ceremony. [readmore:794616] Faced with a competition

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- Jon Frosch

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Anne Meara, Comedian of Stiller & Meara Fame, Dies at 85

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Anne Meara, one half of the famed husband‐and‐wife comedy team Stiller & Meara and the mother of actor-director Ben Stiller, has died. She was 85. Her husband, Jerry Stiller, 87, and son said in a statement to the Associated Press that Meara died Saturday. No other details of her death were provided.    “The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long,” the statement said.   Meara, a four-time Emmy Award nominee, also is survived by their oldest child, actress Amy Stiller, and several grandchildren.   [readmore:797812]   Stiller & Meara were a

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- Mike Barnes

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Hot Dating App The League Courting Hilary Duff Ahead of L.A. Launch

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This story first appeared in the May 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Hot dating app The League is coming to L.A. this summer, after launching in San Francisco in November and expanding to New York City this month. The service is courting high-caliber L.A. singles, including Hilary Duff, Verve agent Zach Carlisle and Wizard World senior vp Courtney McVicker, who's one of 7,500 Angelenos on the waitlist. Others hoping to get into The League, which has raised $2.1 million in private beta, must be approved by

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- Rebecca Sun

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'SNL': Season 40's 10 Most Memorable Sketches (Video)

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Star-Lord, Gandalf and Cookie Monster all made appearances among the most notable Saturday Night Live sketches of the year. With season 40 officially in the books, here are our picks for the venerable NBC comedy show's 10 standout segments. Be sure to let us know in the comments which sketches we overlooked. See more 'SNL': Inside the Show's 40 Most Defining Moments (Photos) Marvel Can't Fail (Host: Chris Pratt, Sept. 27) We're ready to shell out money now to see Marvel's next film, Fancy Ghosts. [readmore:779939] Lincoln Ads (Host: Jim Carrey, Oct. 25) Carrey let viewers know what Matthew McConaughey was

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Bob Dylan Turns 74: His 5 Most Memorable Moments in Film (Video)

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Bob Dylan may be best known as a legendary singer-songwriter, but he's also earned the title of director, actor and inspiring film subject over the span of his five-decade career. To commemorate the singer's 74th birthday, THR rounds up Dylan's most memorable movie moments. 1. Masked and Anonymous (2003) Dylan played the role of Jack Fate, a former rock legend with a dying career who is forced to make a comeback, in the Larry Charles-directed music drama. The film, also starring Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson and John Goodman, featured a soundtrack comprised almost entirely of covers

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- Meena Jang

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John Nash Jr., Subject of 'A Beautiful Mind,' Dies in Taxi Crash at 86

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Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., subject of the 2001 Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, and his wife Alicia Nash were both killed Saturday when their taxi crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86.  John and Alicia, 82, were passengers in a Ford Crown Victoria taxi when their vehicle attempted to pass a Chrysler and hit a guardrail, a New Jersey state police officer told The Hollywood Reporter. The incident occurred in the southbound left lane at mile marker 72.4 in Monroe Township. John and Alicia were both ejected from the vehicle, the

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Cameron Crowe's 'Aloha' Criticized for Depicting "Whitewashed" Hawaii

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The forthcoming Cameron Crowe-directed film Aloha is finding itself making headlines for unflattering reasons again.  The Media Action Network for Asian-Americans released a press release to the New York Post that accuses the Columbia Pictures dramedy of presenting a "whitewashed" version of Hawaii. "Caucasians only make up 30 percent of the population [of Hawaii], but from watching this film, you’d think they made up 99 percent," said Guy Aoki, head and co-founder of Manaa. [readmore:772607] "This comes in a long line of films — The Descendants, 50 First Dates, Blue Crush, Pearl Harbor — that uses Hawaii

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Johnny Depp Enjoys Stomping Faces in New 'Black Mass' Trailer (Video)

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The new trailer for Black Mass proves why Whitey Bulger probably never received any "world's greatest father" mugs. The crime film stars Johnny Depp as the notorious gangster who teamed with the FBI to bring down a Mafia family. In a creepy exchange from the trailer, Bulger teaches his 6-year-old son that life is full of gray areas. "If nobody sees it, it didn't happen," Bulger says, much to the chagrin of the boy's mother. [readmore:795550] The trailer also shows snippets of various grisly murder scenes, including Bulger using his shoe to teach an adversary a lesson. Director

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Eurovision Song Contest: Sweden Beats Out Russia

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Sweden won its sixth Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night, as Mans Zelmerlow, with his pop song "Heroes," beat out Russia's Polina Gagarina, who performed an English-language song called "A Million Voices." Zelmerlow's performance during the event's 60th anniversary edition in Vienna, Austria included animated visuals. Austria hosted the event, under the motto "Building Bridges" after drag queen Conchita Wurst won last year's competition. Overall, a record 27 countries participated in the finals. Among them was Australia, which was invited to compete, despite being nowhere near Europe. The country had in the past asked if it could participate,

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- Georg Szalai

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