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Bradley Cooper on 'American Sniper': Chris Kyle 'didn't really leave me'

"You've got your back to the window, so you're kind of screwed," Bradley Cooper said.
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Oscar picks of three academy voters: a producer, a director, an actress

With Oscar ballots now out, we asked three members from different branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to dish, anonymously, about their voting choices. Here's what they had to say:
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'Empire' recap: Jamal's big break

Though the latest episode of “Empire” offers plenty to talk about, I must highlight Jamal’s newly revealed (and increasingly complex) storyline -- which had me shaking my head and picking my mouth up off the floor at the same time.
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'The Slap' may challenge notions of fault, but abuse is abuse

Adapted by playwright Jon Robin Baitz from a 2011 Australian miniseries, NBC's "The Slap," which premieres Thursday, purports to address the complexities of parenting, the dangers of self-righteousness and the conflict between thought and deed.
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Oscar also speaks powerfully in foreign languages

Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida" has seen its cast, crew and cinematography awarded and hailed by such groups as the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle and the American Society of Cinematographers well in advance of its Oscar nomination. The story of a young Polish nun who learns how her family's real...
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'Inherent Vice' costume designer Mark Bridges on Pynchon's world

"Inherent Vice" marks costume designer Mark Bridges' seventh outing with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. "Lucky number seven," says the Oscar-winning Bridges. "We started out together on "Hard Eight," hit it off, and here we are 20 years later." Anderson adapted the trippy 1970-era detective...
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'The Americans' recap: KGB targets troubled CIA agent

KGB spies Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) target a CIA agent beset with marital and financial problems on “Open House,” Episode 303 of “The Americans” on FX.
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The Oscar ballot, with predictions in each category

And the Oscar goes to ... ? Here are our early predictions for every category for the 87th Academy Awards. And do check back online at latimes.com/envelope for any updates as the final date approaches. The perfect Oscar pool is always a work in progress.
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Billionaire John Malone buys big stake in Lionsgate; Starz may benefit

Media mogul John Malone bought a significant stake in Hollywood studio Lionsgate in what could be part of a broader strategy to beef up his Starz cable network.
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Director, cinematographer talk about the old-style framing on 'Ida'

Pawel Pawlikowski left his native Poland as a teen, at the start of the 1970s. He eventually settled in Britain, where he went on to direct award-winning documentaries and features such as "My Summer of Love." So one will excuse him if his vision of Poland is idiosyncratic.
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Lester Holt seen as heir apparent to Brian Williams at 'Nightly News'

In the hallways at NBC headquarters here, the walls are adorned with photos of "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams covering stories around the world, underscored by snippets from a recent ad campaign: "He's been there. He'll be there."
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NBC risks parental blowback with 'The Slap'

Parental discipline has long been a familiar subject in the living room, the classroom and even, in the case of a certain NFL player, the courtroom.
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Edward Norton on 'Budapest,' 'Birdman' and final bows

In "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson's candy-bright fable of decades in the life of the title European edifice, he's Inspector Henckels, a late-1930s police officer and a gentleman, a bright flash of civility before a dark era. The film received nine Academy Award nominations.
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Artists sing songs in the key of Stevie Wonder for tribute concert

Producers of the CBS-Grammy Awards all-star concert tribute to Stevie Wonder looked on during rehearsals Tuesday as singers Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Ariana Grande sat on black stools rehearsing Wonder's 1970 hit "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." They quietly debated how to get Grande off...
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Neil Patrick Harris on hosting the Oscars and good karma

After hosting the Tonys four times and the Emmys twice, this year's Oscar emcee, Neil Patrick Harris, talks about the genius of Billy Crystal and his R-rated selfie idea as he weaves through Manhattan in the back of a taxi.
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Bob Simon of '60 Minutes' killed in car crash in New York

Bob Simon, a longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent, was killed in a car accident in New York on Wednesday evening, police have confirmed. He was 73.
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Review: 'Fifty Shades' brings little pleasure

More years ago than I want to remember, I was wandering down a disreputable street near New York's once-seedy Times Square when I spied a hand-lettered sign in front of a storefront theater. "At Last!" the poster read. "A Bondage Film With a Believable Story Line!"
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Nobody punctures blowhards better than Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'

Less than two months after the departure of Stephen Colbert and the "The Colbert Report" and three weeks following the premiere of Larry Wilmore's "The Nightly Show," Jon Stewart, the man whose success made those shows possible, announced his retirement from "The Daily Show."
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Stewart's exit is no joke at Comedy Central

With Jon Stewart leaving his post on "The Daily Show," the joke may be on Comedy Central.
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