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Empire's Taraji P. Henson Talks Auditioning to Be Olivia Pope and Her Trick to Keeping Sex Scenes Professional

20 March 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Taraji P. Henson is no longer Taraji P. Henson. And she's thrilled about that! But before the actress became known to America as Cookie (her character on Fox's breakout hit Empire), she had her sights set on another name: Olivia Pope. The Oscar nominee, 44, told Angie Martinez on her Power 105.1 radio show that she auditioned to play Scandal's Beltway fixer, but she knew it was a long shot."When I went in to read for Shonda Rhimes, in my mind I was like, 'This is Kerry Washington. Why am I even in here?' It was hers. It was her job, »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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Empire's Taraji P. Henson Talks Auditioning to Be Olivia Pope and Her Trick to Keeping Sex Scenes Professional

20 March 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Taraji P. Henson is no longer Taraji P. Henson. And she's thrilled about that! But before the actress became known to America as Cookie (her character on Fox's breakout hit Empire), she had her sights set on another name: Olivia Pope. The Oscar nominee, 44, told Angie Martinez on her Power 105.1 radio show that she auditioned to play the Scandal's Beltway fixer, but she knew it was a long shot."When I went in to read for Shonda Rhimes, in my mind I was like, 'This is Kerry Washington. Why am I even in here?' It was hers. It was her job, »

- Tim Nudd, @nudd

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Big names boost 'The Wrecking Crew' documentary poster and promo spot: Exclusive

6 March 2015 11:14 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Oscar-winning doc "20 Feet From Stardom" put a massive limelight onto the singers who helped to back some of the most beloved tracks in popular music history. Similarly, "The Wrecking Crew" aims to celebrate some of the most vaunted session musicians who amplified an important era in the rock 'n' roll annuls and formed what would be called the West Coast Sound. The Wrecking Crew was the group of musicians that played some of the Beach Boys' best known songs on record, for Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Herb Alpert and the Byrds; for great theme songs and jingles, as part of Phil Spector's "Wall Of Sound" formula and beloved Motown records... As the exclusive TV spot above says, the Wrecking Crew were star-makers by simply being the behind-the-scenes stars themselves. You just may have never met them properly. So extend your hand: "The Wrecking Crew" heads to »

- Katie Hasty

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Review: 'Cinderella' conjures some new magic from a classic tale

2 March 2015 3:32 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Over the past half decade Walt Disney Studios has spent a great deal of time and money to create live action versions of some of their own animated classics.  While these films have performed at the box office, creatively they were often lacking.  The studio may have finally found its own fairy godmother in the form of director Kenneth Branagh and his new adaptation of “Cinderella.” The Oscar nominated filmmaker is best known for shepherding new versions of "Hamlet" and "Henry V" to the big screen.  The former was released almost 20 years ago, but Branagh earned a reputation for bringing a modern sense of realism to Shakespeare's creations even if the stories were still set in the distant past.  This talent made him a smart choice to direct the underrated "Thor" and an even better hire for a movie that could have been just another shell for Disney’s consumer product division. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Review: "Assignment K" (1967) Starring Stephen Boyd And Camilla Sparv, Sony Choice Collection DVD

1 February 2015 3:55 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

I have seen virtually every James Bond clone released by major studios during the 1960s but "Assignment K" had eluded me until it was released as a burn-to-order title by the Sony Choice Collection. I was expecting another low-brow effort done on a small budget and perhaps affording some guilty pleasures throughout. However, "Assignment K" was a pleasant surprise. It's an intelligently written, well-acted espionage yarn that goes to some lengths to avoid Bondisms in favor of a realistic scenario populated by realistic characters. The film was directed by the woefully under-rated Val Guest, whose talents were generally dismissed at the time as workmanlike competence but which today seem much more impressive. (Guest had some spy movie experience, having previously directed key segments of the multi-director farce "Casino Royale".) 

Stephen Boyd stars as Philip Scott, a high-powered executive of a London-based toy company. When we first meet him, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Q&A: Bradley Cooper on ‘American Sniper,’ Packing on 40 Pounds and Turning 40

5 January 2015 1:18 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even if “American Sniper” missed out on Golden Globe nominations, it still emerged as one of the big winners of the holiday season. Clint Eastwood’s drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle has grossed a stellar $2.2 million since it opened in only four theaters on Christmas, and the Warner Bros. release expands on Jan. 16.

The Oscar best-actor race is especially overcrowded this year, but as ballots are due on Wednesday, voters should take a look — if they haven’t already — at Bradley Cooper’s career-best performance. It’s a transformation that had Kyle’s widow Taya in tears the first time she saw the film, and she’s been talking about how Cooper captured her husband’s essence. In the last few weeks, many actors, including Ben Affleck, Jane Fonda, Julia Roberts and Jonah Hill, have also been singing Cooper’s praises.

To play Kyle, Cooper spent six months working out 4.5 hours a day, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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