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How Angelina Jolie’s 'Unbroken' realizes 50-year dream

The director and her subject, Louis Zamperini, talk about bringing the WWII story to life.

Louis Zamperini was very aware of his inspirational potential. This is not a knock at the Olympian/war veteran. He has reason to believe his story could motivate millions. In 1936, he ran himself to the Berlin Summer Olympics, he became a bombardier World War II, he survived a plane crash, and he suffered through two years as a Japanese POW. In his post-war days, Zamperini became a born again-Christian and made a living giving speeches about his harrowing war days. His mantra is tagged on to the end of a new featurette for his biopic, "Unbroken." It’s simple and absolute: "To persevere, I think, is important for everybody. Don't give up, don't give in."

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Sixteen and counting...

Things change quickly sometimes, and that was certainly the case this week for me. Instead of heading to London, I found myself stymied when it came to actually laying hands on my passport. Even now, two days later, I have no idea where it went, so I am in LA enjoying the rains and making my last big push to catch up on films before we lock our top ten lists for the year here at HitFix.

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<p>Charlie Hunnam of &quot;Sons of Anarchy&quot;</p>

Charlie Hunnam of "Sons of Anarchy"

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Recap: 'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Red Rose'

Jax makes his decision and the body count mounts on the penultimate 'Sons' episode

Waiting to sit down for that 80-minute movie event that was the penultimate “Sons of Anarchy” episode? Better eat up those pies, set down the gavels and smell the roses because you probably don’t want to be spoiled by the review that follows. 

Tuesday’s “Red Rose” was everything this season has been building to and more, yet true to the overall tone it took us a damned long time to get there. Although the set ups that went down in the first 50 minutes or so will inevitably lead to next week’s wrap-up, none of the real action took place until the last half hour. To be honest, I can’t decide if that slow burn made those final minutes more climactic or not, but either way those are the cards we’ve been dealt so let’s see how they were played — shall we?

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Allison Williams: Hate-watchers won't enjoy 'Peter Pan Live!'
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Allison Williams: Hate-watchers won't enjoy 'Peter Pan Live!'

Check out pics from Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic

Allison Williams: Hate-watchers won't enjoy “Peter Pan Live!”
The cast of this year’s NBC live musical is well aware of the snarky hatewatching that greeted last year’s “Sound of Music Live!”” Hate-watching is a thing,” says Williams. “It’s a whole way of watching something, and it’s not an audience that’s natural to a non-cynical performance. Peter Pan, you cannot watch cynically. If you do, you’re going to hate it, no question. It falls apart instantly.” PLUS: Christopher Walken likens “Peter Pan Live!” to playing in a football game.


Bill Cosby sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in the ‘70s
Judy Huth, now 55, claims she was molested by Cosby at the Playboy Mansion in 1974.


Check out pics from Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic
Does it look as bad as “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B”?


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<p>Marvel&#39;s Agents of SHIELD</p>

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

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Review: 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' - 'Ye Who Enter Here'

Raina tells Skye about her father's plan, while Mac and Bobbi get into trouble under San Juan

A review of tonight's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" coming up just as soon as I wish I was a hat guy...

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<p>Flash vs. Arrow</p>

Flash vs. Arrow

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Review: 'The Flash' - 'Flash vs. Arrow'

Barry goes up against Oliver in the fun first half of the CW superhero crossover

A review of part 1 of "The Flash" crossover with "Arrow" coming up just as soon as my shirt's on fire...

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<p>Roger Deakins on the set of &#39;Unbroken&#39;</p>

Roger Deakins on the set of 'Unbroken'

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Roger Deakins on WWII, the ocean's 'endless prison' and inspirations for 'Unbroken'

Could he finally be on track to win an Oscar?

"The Shawshank Redemption," "Fargo," "Kundun," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "No Country for Old Men," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "The Reader," "True Grit," "Skyfall," "Prisoners." Surely one of those films won the Oscar for Best Cinematography, right? Nope. Roger Deakins has 11 Oscar nominations but, to date, has not been granted access to the Dolby Theater stage (or the Kodak Theater…or the Shrine Auditorium…he's a veteran of multiple Oscar venues at this point). Could that change with Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken?" Possibly.

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Warner sets a superstar cast for the decidedly risky 'Suicide Squad' movie
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Warner sets a superstar cast for the decidedly risky 'Suicide Squad' movie

While Zack Snyder is busy playing with the most recognizable action figures in the Warner Bros. playset, it appears that David Ayer is the one making the most unlikely DC film announced so far, with a cast that is, frankly, insane.

There have been rumors about who might play what for several months now, but today, it appears to be official, and I am genuinely surprised. I know that there are three names that end up on any short list at Warner at this point, and I assumed that's why we heard their names in the mix on this movie. Instead, all three of them are actually in the film, and Ayer is suddenly the guy in charge of what could be one of the biggest and strangest movies of the modern comic book era.

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Exclusive Clip: Fran Kranz and J.K. Simmons debate the 'Murder of a Cat'

Exclusive Clip: Fran Kranz and J.K. Simmons debate the 'Murder of a Cat'

Wouldn't you want to investigate the death of your best friend?

Anyone who knows me knows I love cats. Seriously. It may be why I'm still single. (Well, maybe just one reason).

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'The Wire's' full-screen episodes get a high-def widescreen remastering
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'The Wire's' full-screen episodes get a high-def widescreen remastering

Julia Louis-Dreyfus replaces Amy Poehler as the new face of Old Navy

“The Wire's" full-screen episodes get a high-def widescreen remastering
HBO will unveil a remastered high-def version of the classic series on Jan. 5, with all 60 square-shaped episodes revamped to fit tightly on rectangular television sets. HBO will celebrate the remastering by marathoning the entire series. As a press release notes, "The entire series has been beautifully re-mastered in 16x9 Full-Frame HD from more than 8,000 reels of original 35mm camera negative, allowing for a tighter fit on widescreen TVs and computer/tablet screens. The original negatives were scanned, edited, dust-busted and color-corrected with great care and attention taken to stay true to the look and feel of the original Standard-Definition 4x3 version." PLUS: David Simon endorses the remastering, explains the differences you'll see in the new version: "There are scenes that clearly improve in HD and in the widescreen format. But, there are things that are not improved."


Julia Louis-Dreyfus replaces Amy Poehler as the new face of Old Navy
The “Veep” star will appear in ads directed by Roman Coppola. PLUS: Watch Louis-Dreyfus' 1st Old Navy ad.


“Agent Carter” to debut with a 2-hour premiere
The new  Marvel series will debut on Jan. 6 from 8 pm to 10 pm.


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<p>The Wire</p>

The Wire

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Omar in high-def comin'! 'The Wire' gets a high-definition, widescreen makeover

The HBO crime story masterpiece gets a new look and aspect ratio

"The Wire" is finally entering the world of high-definition — even if it's not the way the series was originally meant to look.

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Is this the greatest Best Actor class ever?

Is this the greatest Best Actor class ever?

11 contenders who could win in any other year

A common refrain you hear every year during awards season is something hyperbolic along the lines of, "It's the most competitive class of [insert Oscar category] contenders ever!" You can almost predict it. One year it's Best Adapted Screenplay. Another it's Best Supporting Actor. There have even been years when the Best Cinematography nominees could have been replaced by another list of five and it would be hard to quibble. This year's embarrassment of riches? Best Actor.

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