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Director Sidney Lumet, the award-winning director of Network, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and 12 Angry Men, died on April 9 at age 86. AP hide caption

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Robin Wright plays Mary Surratt with a sense of "essential decency," says movie critic David Edelstein. Wright stars in Robert Redford's movie about the real-life trial of the woman who ran the Washington boarding house where John Wilkes Booth regularly stayed. Claudette Barius/Claudette Barius/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Actress Michelle Williams was recently nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Blue Valentine. In Meek's Cutoff, she plays a bold settler named Emily Tetherow. Matt Sayles/AP Photo hide caption

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"I was worried about being the mouthpiece for anyone and being politicized personally," Tina Fey says about playing Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. "It ended up being a lot of fun, but it did permanently politicize me in a way." Platon/HGB USA hide caption

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"We use purified drinking water to flush our toilets and water our lawns. That doesn't make any sense," says Charles Fishman. "In an era of scarcity, we won't need to limit whether we have water to boil pasta or take a bath. But we will think differently about a whole portfolio of water. There will be different kinds of waters for different uses. And water itself will get smart." iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The gurney used to restrain condemned prisoners during the lethal injection process is shown in the Texas death house in Huntsville, Texas. Pat Sullivan/AP Photo hide caption

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The first Upstairs, Downstairs miniseries covered the years from 1903 to 1909. Four additional miniseries followed, covering World War I and the 1920s. The updated version of Upstairs Downstairs includes only one original cast member, Jean Marsh — who plays Rose Buck. Jane Hilton/BBC/Masterpiece hide caption

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Rated X-tra-naughty: Natalie Portman, Danny McBride, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel star in a medieval sword-and-sorcery spoof that strays often into beyond-kinky territory — and plays it so resolutely straight that the profane seems downright divine. Frank Connor/Universal Pictures hide caption

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An anti-government protester displays bullet shells during clashes in Sanaa,Yemen, on Tuesday. Muhammed Muheisen/AP hide caption

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The Crab Nebula is filled with mysterious filaments that are tremendously complex. NASA, ESA, J. Hester, A. Loll (ASU) hide caption

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