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  1. Official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released

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    Is that the Millennium Falcon? It certainly looks like it — streaking across the sky in the new trailer released online Friday for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the film is popularly known as Star Wars VII and set to be released on Dec. 18, 2015 by Disney and …

    The latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, will be released in December 2015.
  2. Holiday Movie Guide: 14 picks for award season

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    Hark! the herald angels sing. • Sorry, that's just a chorus of Hollywood studios trying to grab our attention during the holiday movie season. • This is their last chance to save 2014 from being the worst box office year in a decade. It's also the first chance for high-profile movies to impress awards …

    Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank star in The Homesman.
  3. 'Penguins of Madagascar' keeps the laughs coming

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    The funniest parts of the Madagascar circus are its sideshows, especially those special ops penguins. They're the looniest "toons" at DreamWorks, and now a frisky spinoff franchise for audiences not taking animation too seriously.

    Those wacky Penguins of Madagascar: Kowalski, voiced by Chris Miller; Skipper, voiced by Tom McGrath; Rico, voiced by Conrad Vernon; and Private, voiced by Christopher Knights.
  4. 'Horrible Bosses 2' a disappointment

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    Usually I'd complain about a sequel repeating too much of what made the first movie work. Horrible Bosses 2 is a different sort of disappointing, a sequel that doesn't repeat enough.

    Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), Dale (Charlie Day) and Nick (Jason Bateman) invent an all-in-one shower buddy in this sequel.
  5. Bollywood opening: 'Ungli' in Tampa

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    When life gives you a corrupt government, form a gang with your buddies and give corruption the finger.

    The gang of not-quite-mastermind criminals gathers to decide who to kidnap next.
  6. Quick look at the movies opening Wednesday in theaters

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    A day before Thanksgiving, Hollywood is bringing the side dishes, one fun and the other tasteless.

    Kowalski, voiced by Chris Miller; Skipper voiced by Tom McGrath; Rico, voiced by Conrad Vernon; and Private voiced by Christpher Knights in The Penguins of Madagascar.
  7. 'Birdman' leads Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations

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    By STEVE PERSALL

    Times Movie Critic

    Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) led with six nominations Wednesday when the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards announced its finalists.

    Michael Keaton portrays Riggan in a scene from 'Birdman'.
  8. Documentary unravels Ybor cigar history

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    Ybor City's cigar industry origins are the subject of A Legacy of Smoke, a documentary short making its Tampa premiere 4 p.m. Sunday at the appropriately historic Tampa Theatre. This one-time-only screening is sponsored by El Centro Español de Tampa, billed as Tampa's oldest ethnic social club, incorporated …

    Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
  9. Mike Nichols, celebrated director of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' dies at 83

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    Where have you gone, Mike Nichols? Our nation always turned its lonely eyes to you.

    Mike Nichols and wife, broadcaster Diane Sawyer, at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards that honored Nichols in 2010. Nichols brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to film, TV and stage. He died Wednesday of cardiac arrest at age 83.
  10. Eva Longoria's 'Food Chains' documentary showing in Tampa on Friday

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    Proving she's deeper than Desperate Housewives, actor Eva Longoria is also an activist for farm workers, and an executive producer of Food Chains, a documentary exposing their abuse by agriculture conglomerates. Food Chains focuses on south Florida's Coalition of Immokalee Workers, tomato farmers …