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Ender (Asa Butterfield) is a prodigy military cadet being trained by a team of adults — including Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) — to fend off a hostile alien race in a much-discussed adaptation of Ender's Game. Richard Foreman Jr./Summit Entertainment hide caption

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Making his directorial debut with Man of Tai Chi, Keanu Reeves also appears as the film's rich, ruthless villain. RADiUS-TWC hide caption

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Linda Blair, at just 12 years old, played the demon-possessed Regan MacNeil in the 1973 film The Exorcist, still widely considered one of the scariest movies ever. Warner Bros./AP hide caption

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Four Decades On, 'The Exorcist' Is Still A Head-Turner

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In Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto plays Rayon, a transgender woman who is HIV-positive and struggling with a drug habit. "I always saw Rayon as someone who wanted to live ... life as a woman, not just someone who enjoyed putting on women's clothing," Leto says. Anne Marie Fox/Focus Features hide caption

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Jared Leto Was 'Seduced' By Role Of Rayon In 'Buyers Club'

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Dickensian Ambition And Emotion Make 'Goldfinch' Worth The Wait

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Such Characters

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Ian MacKaye (left) and NPR's Stephen Thompson play an Ask Me Another Challenge in Washington, D.C. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Ian MacKaye: Un-Punk'd

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Contestants Gautam Hans (left) and Sharyn Horowitz give their best Nicolas Cage impressions for "National Treasures." Steve Petrucelli hide caption

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National Treasures

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Ian MacKaye made his mark on the D.C. punk scene with Minor Threat and Fugazi. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Random Questions With: Ian MacKaye

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Contestants Anne Holsinger (right) and Jonathan Bettle correctly answer questions in the game "Whee!" Steve Petrucelli hide caption

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Whee!

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