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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer officially released after online leak

The trailer for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the sequel to the blockbuster “The Avengers,” was released early after it was leaked online Wednesday.

Originally the trailer was to make its public debut after the Oct. 28 broadcast of the TV show “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” but after it was leaked online -- from an unknown source -- it was posted on the verified Twitter account for “The Avengers” about 6:30 p.m. PDT.

No explanation was given.

Marvel’s hand may have been forced after the leaked versions of the trailer spread like wildfire through social media earlier in the day.

The film, which centers on a group of superheroes who have love-hate relationships with one another but are great at saving the world together, is set to be released May 1. 

The theme of the trailer is dark and and indicates that the group is once again fighting among themselves while trying to combat their latest adversary, Ultron, who is played by James Spader.

The first "Avengers" movie was a...

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Joan Didion documentary: Griffin Dunne on telling his aunt's story

Joan Didion is famously press-shy. Now 79 and frail, she rarely grants in-depth interviews, even skipping glamorous events held in her honor.

Which is why her nephew, the actor Griffin Dunne, was taken aback when the author readily agreed to let him make a documentary about her.

“I laid it out for her, and then there was this four-second pause -- an unreadable pause,” he recounted. “And she just said, ‘All right.’ And I said, ‘All right to this?’ And she said, ‘Yeah.’ Like, don’t make me say ‘yes’ again.”

On Wednesday, Dunne released a trailer for the yet-to-be-completed film, titled “We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live” as part of Kickstarter campaign. Just hours after the financing drive went live, donations had already surpassed half of the $80,000 goal.

“I've always known she had a legion of fans that grows with every generation,” said Dunne, who is co-directing the project with Susanne Rostock, the filmmaker behind 2011’s Harry Belafonte documentary, “Sing Your Song.” “But...

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Hollywood Film Awards unveil categories for first televised show

The 18 envelopes, please: The Hollywood Film Awards have revealed the dozen and a half categories to be featured during the show's inaugural broadcast Nov. 14 on CBS. They include individual honors for acting, directing and screenwriting, as well as categories such as animation, documentary, comedy and blockbuster.

The ceremony will be held at the Hollywood Palladium and hosted by actress, singer and talk show host Queen Latifah.

Founded in 1997 by Carlos de Abreu, the Hollywood Film Awards tout themselves as "the official launch of the Hollywood awards season" but have been taken with a grain of salt in years past.

The awards are decided upon by a team of unnamed "film industry insiders and executives" and in previous years were handed out in mid-October — before many of the performances and films being honored would actually have been seen. This year's November date could help mitigate those concerns, though categories such as the Hollywood Blockbuster Award may reinforce the show's...

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Ben Bradlee's cinematic legacy in 'All the President's Men'

Ben Bradlee, the Washington Post editor who presided over the paper's coverage of the Watergate scandal that brought down a president, left behind a lasting legacy when he died Tuesday at the age of 93.

In addition to backing reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Bradlee led the Post to 18 Pulitzer Prizes, created its influential Style section and published a series of articles on the Pentagon Papers.

In his own small way, Bradlee also made his mark on the movies by giving cinema an unforgettable character — himself — whose unwavering resolve can be summed up in three words: "Run that baby."

Bradlee was portrayed by Jason Robards in "All the President's Men," director Alan J. Pakula and screenwriter William Goldman's 1976 political thriller adapted from Woodward and Bernstein's nonfiction book of the same name.

Sharing the screen with Robert Redford (Woodward) and Dustin Hoffman (Bernstein), Robards would win a supporting-actor Oscar for his nuanced depiction of the hard-charging...

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American Cinematheque keeps the McConaissance rolling

The American Cinematheque kept the McConaissance rolling Tuesday night, giving Matthew McConaughey its 28th American Cinematheque Award in an evening that celebrated the 44-year-old actor's career, his eccentricities and the loyalty and love he shows to his family and friends.

"Matthew's motto is 'just keep livin',' and to that I say, 'We're trying, but it's hard to find the time when we're giving you an award every two weeks,'" host and friend Jimmy Kimmel joked during an evening that felt like a victory lap some seven months after McConaughey won the lead actor Oscar for "Dallas Buyers Club."

A parade of McConaughey's costars, past (Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon) and present (Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway from next month's sci-fi epic "Interstellar") introduced loosely themed clip packages of the 22 years he has spent acting. There were also videotaped well-wishers, including director Richard Linklater, who gave McConaughey his first signature role in "Dazed and Confused," and...

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