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  1. New trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is released (w/ video)

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    ANAHEIM, Calif. — The force won't officially awaken until December, but Star Wars fans got an early glimpse Thursday with the debut of a spooky new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    Hans Solo, portrayed by Harrison Ford, stands with the wookie Chewbacca in a scene from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the highly anticipated film by J.J. Abrams that hits theaters Dec. 18. [Lucasfilm via AP]
  2. Review: 'True Story' is remarkably literate cat-and-mouse game

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    True Story is stranger than fiction, which is what got Michael Finkel fired in the first place. As a New York Times reporter, Finkel was entrusted to write the truth. He blew it in 2001, passing off a composite character as one real victim.

    In an adaptation of, well, a true story, Jonah Hill plays journalist Mike Finkel and James Franco plays murderer Christian Longo, forming a prickly jailhouse partnership in True Story.
  3. HBO's Scientology documentary 'Going Clear' is one of its most popular ever (w/video)

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    NEW YORK — If the Church of Scientology was hoping that HBO's withering documentary on the religion's practices would pass by with little notice, that turned out to be a miscalculation.

    One of Scientology's signature buildings at its Pacific Area Command Base in Los Angeles is sometimes referred to as "Big Blue.''
  4. John Travolta presents 'The Forger' at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre (w/trailer)

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    By his count, John Travolta visits Clearwater five days a week when possible yet hasn't entered the revitalized Capitol Theatre.

    John Travolta plays Raymond Cutter, an art forger attempting to steal a Monet painting, in The Forger. During filming, Travolta tried to craft his own forgery. “I wanted to know what it would feel like to be under the gun literally to paint a masterpiece, and what kind of stress that would put the character through, even though he’s good at it.”
  5. 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,' 'Mad Max,' 'Unfriended' and more come to theaters

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    This weekend, the Furious 7 gang gets pulled over by a mall cop, while a barrel of monkeys is more fun than Tina Fey, and Mad Max is only slightly irritated. • Welcome to potluck weekend at Tampa Bay theaters, when Hollywood serves six new dishes kept covered from critics. Not a single new release …

    CHILD 44: Gary Oldman, left, and Tom Hardy.
  6. 'Fault in Our Stars,' Shailene Woodley win at MTV Movie Awards

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    LOS ANGELES — The emotional teen drama "The Fault in Our Stars" picked up the best movie of the year award at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday, adding to a big night for star Shailene Woodley.

    Shailene Woodley accepts the award for best kiss for “The Fault in Our Stars” at the MTV Movie Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) CACJ201
  7. Casting call for 'The Infiltrator' bring 1980s back to Tampa

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    TAMPA — Pastels. Leg warmers. Big earrings. Loud silk shirts. Jelly sandals.

    Diane Kruger and Bryan Cranston star in The Infiltrator, the story of Robert Mazur, a Tampa resident and former undercover federal agent who infiltrated Pablo Escobar's drug money laundering empire.
  8. Sunscreen Film Festival will open with documentary starring Rowdies coach Thomas Rongen

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    The world's worst soccer team scored the opening night spotlight for the tenth annual Sunscreen Film Festival, with a familiar face coaching.

    Coach Thomas Rongen with his American Samoa soccer team in Next Goal Wins.
  9. 'The Longest Ride' sounds like the same old Sparks

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    Any movie opening this week is road kill under the still-squealing tires of Furious 7. Please welcome The Longest Ride (PG-13), a weeper set in the rodeo world, so it's probably an armadillo.

    The Longest Ride, based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, stars Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood.
  10. Review: 'While We're Young' a clever comedy about age (w/video)

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    Youth isn't only wasted on the young; it can be misspent by middle-agers catching up on what they missed. People like Josh and Cornelia, rat racers seduced into hipsterism in Noah Baumbach's paper-cut comedy While We're Young.

    In While We’re Young, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a middle-aged couple seduced by the hipster life.
  11. John Travolta happy with Scientology, won't see 'Going Clear' (w/video)

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    John Travolta said Monday he hasn't viewed the HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, currently shining an accusatory light on his church.

    Actor John Travolta says he won’t see the film criticizing the Church of Scientology. Watching it would be a personal crime, he says.
  12. Bryan Cranston-starrer 'The Infiltrator' holding Tampa casting call Saturday

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    Here's the news that Tampa Bay residents with stars in their eyes have awaited: An open casting call for extras 18 and older to appear in The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston, will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St.

    Actor Bryan Cranston is starring in 'The Infiltrator,' to be filmed in Tampa Bay.  Getty Images (2013)
  13. Jameis Winston's accuser 'wanted her side told,' 'Hunting Ground' director says

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    Writer-director Kirby Dick, whose new documentary examining campus sexual assaults is getting national attention, says Erica Kinsman "wanted her side told."

    The documentary The Hunting Ground opens locally at Tampa Theatre on Sunday.
  14. Review: 'Furious 7' is a Grade A behemoth amusement ride

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    Vin Diesel has a point in a recent, ridiculed prediction about his new movie. Not about Furious 7 winning the best picture Oscar — fat chance — but that the Academy would become relevant by making it so.

    Furious 7 pits Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel, left) and his “family” of street racers against killing machine Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), who’s seeking vengeance for his brother, who was left brain dead by Dom’s crew in Part 6.
  15. Review: 'Danny Collins' comeback story is Al Pacino's, too

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    What a pleasure to see Al Pacino cut loose in Danny Collins, having fun acting again. Not that he hasn't enjoyed performing, but sitting through much of his past decade of movie work has been a chore.

    Al Pacino turns in a terrific, restrained performance as a fading ’70s rock star in Danny Collins.