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Earlier this week, the cast of The Shawshank Redemption reunited in Hollywood for a 20th anniversary screening of the film.

A box office flop when it was first released in 1994, Shawshank has since earned its place on the short list of true modern cinematic classics.

Tim Robbins
The most recognizable Shawshank inmate at the time of the film's release, Robbin's performance as the wrongly-convicted Andy Dufresne has since become his signature role. In the years that followed he directed the acclaimed film Dead Man Walking, won an Academy Award for his performance in Mystic River, and established his place as one of Hollywood's most versatile talents.

Life-affirming but never cloying; heart-wrenching without being manipulative, Shawshank is one of those rare films whose appeal transcends generational boundaries and the demographic niches that usually determine a film's success.

No small feat for a film that features a murder and a rape scene in its first 20 minutes.

Yes, unlike other films that have survived as sentimental favorites, Shawshank is no family-friendly romp.

A tale of brutality and injustice of the highest order, Shawshank - like its protagonist in the film's thrilling climax - takes the hard road to an unexpectedly satisfying conclusion.

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According to Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Lawrence is akin to Jesus Christ.

That's mighty high praise for the star of The Hunger Games franchise.

But is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 worthy of the same praise? What are critics around the country saying about this wildly anticipated blockbuster? Let's find out...

Julianne Moore as President Coin
This is our first look at Julianne Moore in Mockingjay. It's safe to say we're excited for the film.

Mockingjay - Part 1, however well done, can't compete with the first two films, although it sets up what should be its stunning ending well enough. - Tom Long

If Mockingjay - Part 1 is quieter and less flashy than its predecessors, that doesn't make it less satisfying. - Steven Rea

Lawrence delivers on what dramatic beats half a novel affords him. You just wish there were more of them and that they provided a more complete, more satisfying story arc. - Kenneth Turan

Katniss' concern for the anti-sexy Peeta results in her spending quite a bit of the movie in po-faced mopery. - Kurt Loder

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In a moment immediately enshrined in the Overrated Pop Culture Topics Hall of Fame, Kim Kardashian read a passage from Fifty Shades of Grey on the radio.

While there is no disputing that those fully nude Kim Kardashian Paper magazine photos broke the Internet, could she wreck the radio as well with this stunt?

Not quite. But it still makes for an interesting listen, we suppose.

The 34-year-old is in Australia promoting her new fragrance Fleur Fatale. Yes, you can allegedly smell like Kim if you feel like wasting some of your cash.

Most of the questions she fields on her recent media tour involve her oiled-up photo shoot, so in that respect, we give Perth's 92.9 FM credit for originality.

Show hosts Heidi, Will & Woody asked North West's mom if she would help them break the radio by reading from E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Oh, yes, Barden Bellas, we’ve been missing you while you’ve been gone.

But the ladies behind Pitch Perfect will return on May 15 for Pitch Perfect 2, with the first trailer for this wildly anticipated sequel hitting the Internet on Thursday morning.

It features Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow heading overseas to compete in the a capella world championship and attempting to become the first American team to ever take home this crown.

Check out footage from the film below and decide: Does it hit the right note?

Elizabeth Banks will make her directorial debut for the movie, which will also bring on board Hailee Steinfeld.

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Mike Nichols - director of such beloved films as The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and The Birdcage - passed away last night away at the age of 83.

Nichols leaves behind three children, as well as his wife of 26 years - iconic television journalist Diane Sawyer.

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Born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin in 1931. Nichols' family fled to America when the Nazis began arresting Jews when he was just eight years old.

Nichols first made a name for himself as one half of the comedy duo Nichols and May. Shortly thereafter, he became one of the most in-demand theater directors on Broadway.

In 1966, Time magazine published a piece praising Nichols' talent and charisma. The article prompted Warner Bros. to hire Nichols for the film adaptation of Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, thus kicking off one of the most successful careers behind the camera in the history of Hollywood.

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The Lifetime Aaliyah biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B is under attack from Timbland and many others who did not appreciate it for various reasons.

The producer, who worked closely with the star prior to her tragic death in 2001, voiced his disapproval on Twitter and Instagram, calling it "bulls--t."

Aaliyah Movie Photo

"This is why people should never remake movies. Bulls–t happens," he said. "Now you have to deal with the consequences from me, Timbo, and the family."

He urged fans not to tune in, as if his ringing endorsement weren't enough.

In addition to star Alexandra Shipp as the title character, Timbo didn't feel the actors playing himself and Missy Elliot were very well-cast, to say the least.

Elliot, while not as outspoken, also was not glowingly receptive.

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In her new single, Taylor Swift talks about "torture." And a relationship that "goes down in flames." She also mentions the fact that she's "insane."

So, wait, is "Blank Space" the name of Swift's latest track? Or the title of a horror movie? Why can't it be both?!?

The geniuses at Slate have transformed Swift’s version of Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne into a horror movie trailer… by just adding some sound effects to actual footage from the video.

Confused? Click play and you'll simply be entertained.

The world in general has been having a lot of fun with Swift's "Blank Space." Including Swift herself!

Did you catch Taylor lip-syncing to the song while riding in a car with a beloved British DJ?

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Christmas has come early for movie fans.

Lloyd Christmas, that is, as Jim Carrey stars opposite Jeff Daniels and reprises this beloved, bowl-cutted role from the 1994 smash hit, Dumb and Dumber.

Is the sequel so good that your birds heads start popping off? Watch this video for one critic's take and then scroll down for a runthrough of what others have to say and then check out our collection of Foxcatcher reviews as well...

The directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly cram the movie with puns and those kinds of sight gags. Almost none of them work. - Wesley Morris

The majority of it isn't just dumb and dumber, or even crude and cruder. At nearly two hours, it's just dull - and duller. - Stephen Whitty

I reckon four out of every five jokes played to silence at the preview screening. If Dumb and Dumber To were a live comedian, he'd have said, "Is this an audience or an oil painting?" He'd have left the stage in tears. - David Edelstein

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It's been a strange week for June Shannon. The embattled former reality star sat for a number of interviews and did further harm to her badly-damaged public image in the process.

First, Shannon revealed that she was lying when she claimed she didn't know the identity of Lauryn Shannon's father. Worse, she told the world that she intentionally misled to her daughter about which convicted child molester was her dad.  

After that, Shannon got caught lying about her relationship with Mark McDaniel and accused TMZ of conspiring against her, for some reason.

Given the level of intelligence on display during what should have been an apology tour, perhaps it's not surprising that Shannon has chosen to make her big screen debut in the long-awaited Jim Carrey-Jeff Daniels comedy, Dumb and Dumber To.

  • This is June Shannon
  • Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels: Dumb and Dumber To

"Mama June" revealed her role in the film yesterday, in a rambling, borderline-incoherent Instagram post:

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The second full-length Fifty Shades of Grey trailer premiered last night during Scandal, and to Christian Grey 'shippers around the world, it was worth the wait.

While the teaser and first Fifty trailer released earlier this summer offered us glimpses of Christian and Ana Steele's love affair, this one is ... a bit steamier.

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That look on Ana's face as Christian Grey takes off his tie says it all.

Jam packed with sexy teases, including peeks at the elevator scene, Ana's first night in the penthouse, and of course the Red Room, it's a feast for the senses.

Heck, we even see Dakota Johnson coming off sexy at times.

In the gallery above, we take a look back at some of the hottest scenes from the two-minute teaser, from the couple's meeting in the hardware store to ...

A different kind of hardware. If you follow.

Christian Grey, meanwhile, is almost as attractive in that sweater than he does in his fun playroom. Almost. Jamie Dornan is not a bad looking man.

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