<p>Ryan Gosling behind the wheel of Nicolas Winding Refn's &quot;Drive.&quot;</p>

Ryan Gosling behind the wheel of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive."

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Review: Superb direction and stellar ensemble make 'Drive' a must-see

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Hyping a movie as a "must-see" can be a dangerous habit and should therefore be treated judiciously.  It can lead to unfulfilled expectations by an audience and if used too often cheapen the recommendation.  Happily, that's not the case with Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive."  The "Bronson" helmer won the best director prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival over noteworthy competition from Terrence Malick and Pedro Almodovar (among others) for his work on the new thriller and after catching it at the 2011 LA Film Fest Friday evening it's clear the honor was distinctly deserved.

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<p>&nbsp;New Academy member Beyonce Knowles singing a nominated song from &quot;Dreamgirls&quot;&nbsp;at the 79th Academy Awards.</p>

 New Academy member Beyonce Knowles singing a nominated song from "Dreamgirls" at the 79th Academy Awards.

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Beyonce, Russell Brand, Bradley Cooper and Gregg Araki among 178 new Academy members

Notable HBO and Showtime stars make the cut too

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 178 new members to join the movie industry's most premier voting club this year and, happily, it continues the recent tradition of skewing the organization younger.

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<p>Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black at the world premiere of Richard Linklater's &quot;Bernie&quot;&nbsp;at the 2011 LA&nbsp;Film Festival in downtown Los Angeles Thursday night.</p>

Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black at the world premiere of Richard Linklater's "Bernie" at the 2011 LA Film Festival in downtown Los Angeles Thursday night.

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Review: The old Jack Black is back in Richard Linklater's mixed 'Bernie'

MacLaine and McConaughey are solid in a comedy that should be funnier

Do you remember when Jack Black was the next big thing?  When he was seen as the heir apparent of leading comedy actors?  Well, yes, it's been awhile, but let's review for context's sake, shall we?

Black first made some noise stealing scenes in "High Fidelity" and on his HBO series "Tenacious D," but after stumbling in films such as "Shallow Hal" and "Saving Silverman" he finally broke through to mass adoration in the critical and audience pleasing "The School of Rock."  That Richard Linklater film was the first time Black was able to combine his natural charisma, actual acting talents and, of course, ability to rock into one signature performance.  He came close to duplicating that achievement in the 2006 hit comedy "Nacho Libre" and was impressive later that year in the straight drama "Margot at the Wedding."  He even took chances with Michel Gondry's misfire "Be Kind Rewind" and Nancy Meyer's uneven romantic comedy "The Holiday" and his star continued to rise. It all seemed to peak in a summer of 2008 double bill where he supplied the voice of Po in "Kung Fu Panda" (at the time considered DreamWorks Animation's best film ever) and as the drug addict actor Jeff Portnoy in Ben Stiller's contemporary classic "Tropic Thunder."  The three year since, however, have not been as kind.

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<p>John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki and Bridger Zadina in a scene from Azrael Jacob's &quot;Terri.&quot;</p>

John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki and Bridger Zadina in a scene from Azrael Jacob's "Terri."

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Exclusive: John C. Reilly sets up 'Terri' in new clip of Sundance favorite

Wouldn't you like to skip homeroom if you could?

One of the great things about John C. Reilly is that even after his success in films Hollywood hits such as "Talladega Nights," "Step Brothers," "Gangs of New York" or "Chicago," he's continued to toke chances on smaller independent films.  This year, he's appeared in two festival favorites, "We Need to Talk About Kevin" which debuted at Cannes last month and "Terri," a critical smash that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in January.

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<p>Freddie Highmore is all grown up and boy is he tall.</p>

Freddie Highmore is all grown up and boy is he tall.

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Freddie Highmore takes a break from Cambridge and talks 'The Art of Getting By'

The kid from 'Finding Neverland' is all grown up

You know when you're getting old?  When the young kiddie stars who set Hollywood aflame over the past decade or so start to hit college age. Nicholas Hoult has gone from "About a Boy" to "X-Men: First Class."  Dakota Fanning went from "War of the Worlds" to "The Twilight Saga."  Even little Josh Hutcherson has jumped from "Zathura" to "The Hunger Games."  And guess who has joined the graduating class?  Freddie Highmore.

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<p>Peter Sarsgaard is looking a lot more like himself these days.</p>

Peter Sarsgaard is looking a lot more like himself these days.

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Peter Sarsgaard is 'Born to Run' after a monstrous 'Green Lantern'

Acclaimed actor ready for his directorial debut

Contrary to popular belief, Peter Sarsgaard has had his share of intense movie make-up.  His character was dramatically burned for a good portion of Kathryn Bigelow's "K-19: the Widowmaker."

"I did that for weeks on end," Sarsgaard says as we sit on a large patio at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  "I did this for months on end."

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Breaking: Academy Awards won't guarantee 10 best picture nominees in 2012

Breaking: Academy Awards won't guarantee 10 best picture nominees in 2012

Minimum of 5 nominees, up to 10 revealed Oscar nominee morning

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences just released this dramatic statement tonight constituting major changes to the Academy Awards best picture race.  They also announced changes to the best animated picture and visual effects categories.

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<p>Amy Poehler of NBC's &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot; is hunting for Emmy support.</p>

Amy Poehler of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" is hunting for Emmy support.

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Will Oscar campaigners take a cue from this year's Emmy race?

'Parks and Recreation' and 'Glee' are using unexpected means to reach voters

As print circulation continues to dwindle and online inventory becoming increasingly competitive, networks searching for Academy of Television Arts and Sciences members have found some out of the box ways to reach voters.

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<p>J.J. Abrams and FIrst Lady Michelle Obama share a moment during a panel for Join Forces, Monday, June 13, 2011 at the WGA&nbsp;Theater in Beverly Hills.</p>

J.J. Abrams and FIrst Lady Michelle Obama share a moment during a panel for Join Forces, Monday, June 13, 2011 at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills.

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J.J. Abrams and Michelle Obama urge Hollywood to support Military families

New PSA's will feature Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey

After a busy entertainment weekend, Hollywood took some time Monday morning to host the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, at a panel supporting Joining Forces, an initiative to provide support to the nation's military families.  Sponsored by all the major industry guilds, AFTRA, DGA, WGA, SAG and the PGA, the event was hosted by Bruce Cohen (Oscar winning producer of "American Beauty"), "Army Wives" creator Katherine Fugate and Dameon Lindelof("Lost"), and also featured active military families and their spouses. Also in attendance were numerous familiar faces including Blair Underwood, Lily Tomlin, Janelle Monae, Adam Scott, Chaz Bono and Michael Chiklis.

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<p>Jimmy Kimmel pulls a Melissa Leo in this 'Consider..' Emmy Ad for Jimmy Kimmel Live.</p>

Jimmy Kimmel pulls a Melissa Leo in this 'Consider..' Emmy Ad for Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Melissa Leo's 'Consider' legacy lives on in new Pee-Wee and Kimmel Emmy ads

Will Leo run her own ads for 'Treme' and 'Mildred Pearce'?

This is a little late because of the intense coverage needed to cover the MTV Tween Awards, er, MTV Movie Awards, but considering the events of last awards season it would be shameful not to give it the props it deserves.

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