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Pink

Pink's skill set is extensive and varied: writer, singer, aerialist, mom, make-up pitch person. With her role in the film "Thanks For Sharing," which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, she can now legitimately add "serious actress" to the list.

"Thanks For Sharing," a dramedy about sex addiction, has a cast that includes established, respected actors like Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth Paltrow. But Pink definitely holds her own. She plays Dede, a beauty salon employee and recovering addict who strikes up a friendship with Josh Gad's Neil, an emergency room doctor whom she meets in a 12-step program.

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Much Ado

What do you do when you've just shot a movie destined to be one of the biggest of all time and you've got a few days of vacation ahead? If you're Joss Whedon, you make another movie—in your house.

In late October of last year, Bellwether Pictures, the new indie studio created by Whedon and his wife, Kai Cole, announced the completion of principal photography on a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing."

Whedon shot the film over twelve days at his California home, with a cast culled mostly from his previous TV and film projects. "He was doing that purely for the passion of it," explained actor Tom Lenk, "because he loves Shakespeare." Lenk is best known to Whedon fans as the adorably annoying Andrew on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

"Much Ado" was like a secret class reunion for Whedon University graduates. "It was just a bunch of peeps that I was already friends with," said Lenk, "and then the people that I didn’t know were all just really cool."

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There were no MTV Movie Awards when “Star Wars” was released in 1977 (there was no MTV yet, either). If there were, it’s a safe bet that the film would have swept pretty much all of the categories. Aside from Movie of the Year and Best Cast, “Star Wars” would surely have blown away the competition in these races:

Best Male Performance: Harrison Ford (Han Solo)

Best Female Performance: Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)

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Thirty-five years ago this week, on the 25th of May, 1977, something pretty big happened. At the time, no one knew just how big the thing was. Because on that day, a new movie called “Star Wars” opened in just a few theaters across the country. I think you know what happened next.

So this Friday, May 25th, why not do something to celebrate the anniversary of the event that brought us all so much joy? Here’s a whole day’s worth of suggested activities:

Make your bed: Deck out your room with “Star Wars” linens. You’ll be the coolest kid on the block.

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Today is a very special day at The Comlink. It is the birth anniversary of the man who changed our lives, mostly for the better, by sharing with us his dreams and visions. He’s the man who forever altered the fabric of popular culture, the man without whom this column would not exist.

Of course I’m talking about The Creator, George Lucas.

Is there any filmmaker alive today who’s had such a profound effect on his audience? Is there any filmmaker who has inspired such vehement worship -- as well as hostility? I think not. We love him and we loathe him, because of what he gave us and what he took away.

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This week, the buzzword in the Star Wars universe is not actually a word at all, but a number: 1313, to be exact. Everyone’s wondering why Lucasfilm purchased domain names relating to “Star Wars” and those mysterious digits.

Many theorists say it has something to do with a long-awaited Boba Fett movie, but Eric Geller of TheForce.net doesn’t buy it. “My best guess is that ‘1313’ refers to Thursday, January 3rd, 2013,” Geller says. “They may be planning to unveil the starwars1313.com website this fall and use it to tease an announcement that will be made on 1/3/13.” But why a Thursday? “I have no clue,” Geller admits. “It's an odd day of the week to make an announcement, but maybe they really wanted the double-13 repetition factor.”

Geller also has a notion about what exactly Lucasfilm will announce on 1/3/13. “I think it will be details about Seth Green's animated series. Seth Green and his team have been working on this show for a while, and Lucasfilm must be getting close to finalizing certain details.”

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Earlier this year, before the theatrical release of "The Phantom Menace" in 3-D, we asked various famous folks who their favorite Star Wars characters are. The list included Darth Maul, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Jabba, Lando, Bossk, Dengar, Dr. Evazan and, of course, Boba Fett.

Not one person mentioned Luke Skywalker.

So, for this May the Fourth, otherwise known as Luke Skywalker Day, I set out to discover why. Luke Skywalker, the man who rescued Princess Leia, destroyed the Death Star, freed Han from his dismal existence as wall art, and stood up to the Emperor himself, is undervalued, disrespected, and—though it pains me to write it—unloved. How is this possible?

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Quick – name the coolest spaceships ever to fly across a movie screen. Never mind, I’ll do it: Discovery One. Enterprise. Serenity.

But the one that tops the list, the coolest spacecraft by far, is the Millennium Falcon. And because of that, the students of Parkland High School in eastern Pennsylvania are the coolest kids around.

And these are some cool adults: Ryder Windham, Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas. Together they wrote and illustrated the Haynes Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual, published in the U.S. earlier this year.

Having worked on two previous publications about the Millennium Falcon, these guys know just about everything there is to know about the ship. “I don’t want to say that we know it better than anybody,” says Reiff, “but I think we’ve explored it as much as anybody has.”

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On this day way back in 1564, William Shakespeare was born... or not, because apparently his exact birth date isn’t known. But today's the day we celebrate the man!.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Bard, here’s the briefest of introductions: Ol’ Will gave us a lot of pretty poetry as well as some fine plays that are the inspiration for countless TV and movie adaptations. If you’re like me, you may have supplemented your high school English class reading assignments with a few of those filmed adaptations (notice I wrote “supplemented” and not “replaced.” I never did that).

So to celebrate the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth (and death, which was definitely on April 23rd), here are my five favorite films based on or inspired by works of the Bard.

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Last week, 21-year-old Aussie Jacob French completed a grueling trek across his home country. He started last summer and walked 3,000 miles from Perth to Sydney to raise funds for Australia’s Starlight Children's Foundation.

And he did it wearing a stormtrooper costume.

French is a member of the 501st Legion, an international group of costumed Star Wars fans who regularly gather to raise money and awareness for various charities. “Jacob is a great example of the unique characters we get in the Legion,” says Scott Allen, who serves as Charity Officer for the 501st (his current preferred costume is an ESB-era Darth Vader).

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