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Timeless Fences Prompts Brilliant Performances!

Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Viola Davis plays Rose Maxson in Fences from Paramount Pictures. Directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson.

August Wilson’s play Fences is a timeless – and therefore timely – story about an African American man dealing with race relations, marriage, fatherhood and a past that was never quite what he wanted it to be.

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Fenced In, Fenced Out Trailer: Fences!

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Fences is the story of a one-time promising baseball player, now working as a Pittsburgh garbage collector, and the complicated relationships with his wife, son, and friends.

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reprise their Tony Award-winning performances in the film – directed by Washington. The film’s ensemble cast includes Stephen Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo and Saniyya Sydney.

Fences will be in theaters on December 25th. The intense new trailer follows the break.

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Monstrous Trailer: How To Get Away With Murder: Season Two!

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER - "It's Time to Move On" - Annalise and her students must move on with their lives as though nothing has happened, but the students are still reeling over Rebecca's disappearance. Only Annalise and Frank know that Rebecca was murdered and the two are determined to find out who killed her.  Meanwhile, Annalise decides she wants to take on a new client, a brother and sister who are accused of killing their parents. And an old friend surprises Annalise at home and teaches her a valuable lesson, on the highly anticipated season premiere of "How to Get Away with Murder," THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mitchell Haaseth) VIOLA DAVIS
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The killer will be revealed – but is that before or after Annelise calls someone monstrous? Check out the new teaser for HTGAWM’s second season teaser after the break.

HTGAWM returns Thursday, September 24th (10/9C).

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Blackhat – Cyberterrorism Thriller With Muscle!

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The release of Universal’s Blackhat couldn’t be timelier. After all, if it’s so easy to crack open the cyber security at a major company like Sony, or a government website, might it not also be fairly simple to hack a nuclear reactor.

Michael Mann’s new thriller posits attacks on a Chinese reactor and another on a U.S. target that persuades investigative bodies from both countries to work together, however uncomfortably, to find the person/organization behind the attacks. It’s fast-paced (after an initially slower first act that sets things in motion) and smart about keeping things fairly easy for non-techies (like me) to follow.

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ABC Goes Full Seasons for black-ish and How to Get Away with Murder!

BACKGROUND: MATT MCGORRY, KATIE FINDLAY, ALFRED ENOCH, KARLA SOUZA, AJA NAOMI KING, JACK FALAHEE, BILLY BROWN, LIZA WEIL, CHARLIE WEBER; FOREGROUND: VIOLA DAVIS

Two of the best-received shows of the fall 2014-15 season have received full season orders from ABC: black-ish, a comedy about an African-American family where the father (Anthony Andrews) is afraid his kids have lost sight of their cultural heritage, and How To Get Away With Murder, a twisty, suspenseful series concerning a university professor (Viola Davis) who selects a select few students to work with her law firm – and a murder seen in flash-forwards, that finds those students trying to cover it up.

Full details follow the jump.

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How To Get Away with Murder May Just Do That!

BACKGROUND: MATT MCGORRY, KATIE FINDLAY, ALFRED ENOCH, KARLA SOUZA, AJA NAOMI KING, JACK FALAHEE, BILLY BROWN, LIZA WEIL, CHARLIE WEBER;  FOREGROUND: VIOLA DAVIS

Although I’m at the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) until Sunday, I did have a chance to see the premiere of How To Get Away With Murder and was very impressed. My mini-review appears after the jump.

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The Help: Great Film Badly Served By DVD Release!

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Today’s release of The Help on DVD is cause for celebration because the film plays just as well on the small screen as on the big one. It’s also cause for great disappointment because of this lovely, lovely film getting terribly wronged by whoever put the bonus features together – they consist of two deleted scenes and a music video – total time: nine minutes, fifty-two seconds!

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The Help Is an Unexpected – If Wonderful – Summer Surprise!

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In the early ‘60s, when the Deep South was segregated, yet many rich white families had ‘help’ to cook, clean and raise their children, the inequality of ‘separate but equal’ was being seriously challenged for the first time, there were as many unsung idealists who helped pave the way for the civil rights movement to succeed. The Help is based on a novel about one such idealistic person – Skeeter, a young, college educated woman who persuades ‘the help’ to tell their stories for publication – and the two maids, Aibileen and Minny, who risk everything to share their stories with her.

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