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<p>Michael Pena plays the famed labor leader in Diego Luna&#39;s long-in-the-works &#39;Cesar Chavez&#39;</p>

Michael Pena plays the famed labor leader in Diego Luna's long-in-the-works 'Cesar Chavez'

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Review: Diego Luna's 'Cesar Chavez' is a noble but lifeless failure

As with many biopics, hero worship prevents any real drama from sneaking through

There is no doubt that when Diego Luna took the stage to introduce the world premiere of his film "Cesar Chavez" at this year's SXSW, he was honestly moved by the entire experience of getting the film made, and it is obviously important to him. It was an emotional introduction to a film that took him a long time to get made, and I would never begrudge him that genuine sense of accomplishment.

Unfortunately, "Cesar Chavez" has the same problems that plague many biopics, and it is a reminder of just how problematic the genre is as a whole. Just because someone did something that was important doesn't mean their life is suitable for a motion picture. Like many biopics, "Cesar Chavez" offers up a very specific point-of-view on the labor organizer and his accomplishments, and the respect that Luna has for his subject is clear in every moment of the film. The script by Keir Pearson is admirably restrained in many ways, but it is also almost completely devoid of anything that would give the film the feel of actual life. This is a movie full of wax figures, where even their flaws are perfect. Just to show that Chavez wasn't perfect, the film repeatedly returns to his troubled relationship with one of his sons, but it is resolved in such an on-the-nose way that even his problems seem more noble and beautiful than most people's successes.

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<p>Tom Wilkinson at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival</p>

Tom Wilkinson at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

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Tom Wilkinson set to join MLK biopic 'Selma' as President Lyndon Johnson

Ava DuVernay is directing with David Oyelowo leading the cast

There's quite a lot of firepower already stacked up behind Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma." Brad Pitt and Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing (hot off a Best Picture Oscar win for "12 Years a Slave") along with Oprah Winfrey, and today, a new actor has been announced for the cast.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Sabotage."
Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Sabotage."
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Tell us what you thought of 'Sabotage'

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington star in David Ayer's thriller

The Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback continues apace, though if you've already forgotten that "Escape Plan" and "The Last Stand" came out in the last year, no one would blame you. Can "Sabotage" make a more lasting impression? Not if the critics have anything to do with it: reviews of the DEA task-force thriller have been largely dismissive, which is disappointing considering the promise of director David Ayer ("End of Watch," "Harsh Times") and a classy supporting cast. I haven't seen it myself, so let's open the floor to you: Are the critics right, or does "Sabotage" deliver? Share your thoughts in the comments, and vote in the poll below.

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"Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers"

"Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers"

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First Look: 'Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers'

It's gripping television, but is one year later too soon?

It's hard to believe, but it's been almost a year since the Boston Marathon bombings killed three people and injured 264 others.  Because the way we mark tragic anniversaries in this media-saturated age is with television programming, Nat Geo will bow a special two-hour documentary, "Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers" on Sun. April 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET., of which I was given an early look.  It's worth noting that the gears of justice grind more slowly than those of television -- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the bombings, has not yet gone to trial.

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<p>Russell Crowe in &quot;Noah&quot;</p>

Russell Crowe in "Noah"

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Tell us what you thought of 'Noah'

Darren Aronofsky's ambitious biblical epic hits theaters today

It says something that even detractors of Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" remain in his corner for the most part, and at least the vast majority of them (those who aren't quick to be dismissive and move on, adding absolutely nothing to the discussion) are willing to consider. Personally, I found the film to be a big miss, but I also know it's a passion project of Aronofsky's and coming off the wild success of "Black Swan," it was now or never for this one. I'm happy he made the movie and the ambition is readily apparent on the screen. Sometimes that swagger hits ("The Fountain" is an all-timer). Sometimes it doesn't. But I'll be curious to hear what the readership thinks, so if you make it out to the film this weekend, head on back here with your thoughts.

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ABC cancels 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland'

ABC cancels “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”
Next week’s episode of the “Once Upon a Time” spinoff is being billed as the “series finale.”

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Does it matter that Stephen Colbert didn’t tweet his joke out of context?

Does it matter that Stephen Colbert didn’t tweet his joke out of context?
Colbert is taking all the heat for Comedy Central’s excerpting his Wednesday night bit using Asian stereotypes to make a point about the Washington Redskins’ name. But should Colbert take some of the blame since it is his show’s account, and has his name on it? PLUS: The #CancelColbert campaign shows that social-media life has become a race to be the most offended first, this controversy illustrates the difference between TV and Twitter audiences, this is the day Twitter ate itself, would there be outrage if Colbert used the N-word to prove his point?, Harry Shearer says PR departments shouldn’t be excerpting Colbert’s humor, and Twitter ruined Colbert’s legitimate dig at the Redskins owner.


New York state fines Tina Fey $79,000 for failing to carry workers’ compensation insurance
The Workers’ Compensation Board found Fey guilty of "Failure to Carry Workers’ Comp Ins” from late 2012 through last month.


Piers Morgan says goodbye to his CNN show tonight
"We won some, we lost some - but we always gave it everything we had,” Morgan tweeted in advance of tonight’s final “Piers Morgan Live,” adding: "Most importantly, we stood up to the plate even when it wasn't easy or popular or to do so > #guns"


It’s a shame Fox mistreated “Enlisted”
The critically acclaimed military comedy was basically left for dead on Friday nights.


Check out the Chinese bootleg version of “Breaking Bad”
Titled: “Break So Bad.”


Christine Baranski had trouble reading the scripted for this week’s ”Good Wife” episode
"I'd get to a certain point and I'd put it down because I knew what was coming — that this was the script,” she says. "I actually had an emotional inability to just read any further and then finally one day right Christmas, I read it all the way."


British star Kelly Brook joins “One Big Happy”
She’ll get married to Nick Zano in the lesbian-themed comedy from Ellen DeGeneres.


“House of Cards” has boosted interest in rowing classes
Francis and Claire Underwood has apparently rowing machines all the rage.


Ricky Gervais is plotting yet another “Office” David Brent spinoff -- he'll become a rapper
On top of his plan for a mockumentary of Brent performing his musical act on stage, Gervais can see Brent embarking on a rap career.


Watch a preview of Chris Martin on “The Voice”
The Coldplay frontman makes his debut on Monday.

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<p>Billy Campbell of &quot;Helix&quot;</p>

Billy Campbell of "Helix"

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Syfy renews 'Helix' for Season 2

New episodes will premiere in early 2015

Just hours ahead of Friday's (March 28) first season finale, "Helix" has been renewed for a 13-episode second season. 

"Helix" will resume production later this year and will return in early 2015. [Because of a poorly written press release, there were some initial reports that "Helix" wouldn't be back until late 2015. That's not the case. Don't worry, "Helix" fans.]

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<p>Geoff Stults as Sgt. Pete Hill in &quot;Enlisted.&quot;</p>

Geoff Stults as Sgt. Pete Hill in "Enlisted."

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Why 'Enlisted' deserves better from FOX

Delightful military comedy has been buried on Fridays with minimal support

The fictional story told in FOX's "Enlisted" is about Sgt. Pete Hill, a super-soldier who's punished for striking a superior officer by being reassigned to a rear detachment unit, forced to do unglamorous work in a remote location far from the action that he cares about. But he's told repeatedly that Rear D is a necessary part of the Army and slowly learns to love his new role — or, at least, to love the company he's now in, which includes his msifit younger brothers Derrick and Randy.

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<p>Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in a detail from the poster for &quot;Begin Again.&quot;</p>

Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in a detail from the poster for "Begin Again."

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Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine get musical in 'Begin Again' trailer

John Carney's film premiered in Toronto as 'Can a Song Save Your Life?'

The Weinstein Company can be very eager to change to change a film's title after its festival premiere -- sometimes with more necessity than others. "Can a Song Save Your Life?," however, is such a tooth-rottingly twee title that they were probably right to ditch it, even if "Begin Again" isn't the most inspired replacement. Anyway, that's what John Carney's musical dramedy will henceforth be known as, with the first official trailer for the summer release landing today.

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Syfy’s 'Helix' earns a 2nd season

Syfy’s “Helix” earns a 2nd season
The Centers for Disease Control outbreak drama from Ronald D. Moore will return next year for another 13-episode season.

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Maryland politicos threaten to seize property belonging to 'House of Cards' production company

Maryland politicos threaten to seize property belonging to “House of Cards” production company
Maryland's House of Delegates is responding to the Netflix drama’s threat to leave Maryland with proposed legislation that would, according to The Baltimore Sun, "allow the state to use eminent domain to buy or condemn the property of any company that has claimed $10 million or more credits against the state income tax. The provision would appear to apply only to the Netflix series, which has gotten the bulk of the state credits.” PLUS: Life is imitating “House of Cards” in Maryland.


“Sharknado 2” gets a new premiere date, plus a Statue of Liberty poster
"Sharknado 2: The Second One” will air earlier than expected, on July 30.


“Parks and Rec” books Yo La Tengo as a Night Ranger cover band
They’ll perform “Sister Christian” with the band name of Bobby Knight Ranger.


“Veep” creator quips: Our cast is more talented than the cast on “House of Cards”
Armando Iannucci joked at Paleyfest: "There’s some basic staring at cameras while you say your lines (in House of Cards’), which is a fundamental mistake. It should be rooted out – Acting Class 101.”


“Scandal” dominates, “The Vampire Diaries” hits a series low
Meanwhile, "Surviving Jack" had a disappointing debut after "Idol."


“The Good Wife” promotes Matthew Goode
He’ll become a series regular after first appearing on the 15th episode of the season.


“The O.C.” brothers are starting a production company together
Ben McKenzie and Logan Marshall-Green, who played Ryan and Trey Atwood on “The O.C.,” are reuniting to form A Thing Or Two Productions.


Aaron McGruder says goodbye to “The Boondocks”
"'The Boondocks' pretty much represents my life's work to this point,” he wrote on Facebook, one week after it was announced he won’t be back for Season 4. "Huey, Riley, and Granddad are not just property to me. They are my fictional blood relatives. Nothing is more painful than to leave them behind."


Discovery hit with another lawsuit over fatal reality TV helicopter crash
This time, the father of the cameraman is suing over the Feb. 10, 2013 accident.


Joan Rivers paid a blue return to “The Tonight Show” after 28 years
Rivers was gracious to Johnny Carson on last night’s show, even though it was her betrayal of him for her own Fox talk show that led to her being banned from “Tonight.”


Fight breaks out at “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion taping
Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams got into a brief altercation last night.


Alyson Hannigan & Cobie Smulders kiss on “HIMYM’s” night on “Actor’s Studio”
James Lipton had asked the cast in their characters if Lily found Robin attractive.


“The Hangover’s” Mike Epps joins “LeBron James’ Starz comedy
He’s joining “Survivor’s Remorse” as the main basketball prodigy’s uncle.

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