'Tonight' Show: Playing an alcoholic, unpopular superhero, Will Smith rouses himself from a park bench pass-out to stare down a curious kid in 2008's Hancock — a movie almost titled Tonight, He Comes. Relativity Media/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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"Making a movie is a great distraction from the real agonies of the world," filmmaker Woody Allen told Fresh Air in 2009. Brian Hamill/MGM/PBS hide caption

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High wired: Inches away from free-fall, ex-cop Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) calls the shots in a jewel heist in Man On A Ledge. Myles Aronowitz/Summit Entertainment hide caption

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Cold Blood: John Ottoway (Liam Neeson) and his fellow air-crash survivors take on the arctic elements — and a hungry wolf pack — in The Grey. Kimberley French/Open Road Films hide caption

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British architect Norman Foster and his firm Foster and Partners designed the curved glass skyscraper 30 St Mary Axe, known informally as the Gherkin, that overlooks east London. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) and Helen (Mia Wasikowska) go on a series of awkward dates in Albert Nobbs, a film based on a 1918 George Moore story. Patrick Redmond/Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Crumbling at the 'Rampart': Veteran L.A. cop Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson, whose last collaboration with director Oren Moverman earned him his second Oscar nomination) is under pressure and not handling it well. Millennium Entertainment hide caption

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David Oyelowo portrays Joe "Lightning" Little in the movie Red Tails. Oyelowo and other actors got guidance on from real Tuskegee Airmen, some of whom are nearly 100 years old. 20th Century Fox/AP hide caption

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