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Shrink premiered at the Sundance Festival and opens today in New York and Los Angeles

What happens when the people we count on to hold us together ... are barely holding it together themselves? Jonas Pate's Shrink is a striking, fast-paced expose of the "other" Hollywood, featuring folks living outside their comfort zone and the people who put them there.

Henry Carter (Kevin Spacey) is a psychiatrist with an A-list clientele, including a once-famous actress (Saffron Burrows), an insecure writer (Mark Webber), and a comically obsessive-compulsive superagent (Dallas Roberts). Henry is not in a good place, however. He has been asked to take his first pro bono case, a troubled teenage girl from a neighborhood far from the Hollywood hills. Considering his present state of mind, is he ready for the real-life troubles of a young woman who loves the world of movies he has become so jaded by?

At its core, Shrink is a study of control and our endless need for it, even when it grows increasingly impossible to obtain. Writer Thomas Moffett uses classic archetypes in this modern Hollywood tale, but never pushes them over the edge of credibility. Performed by a well-matched cast at the top of their form, the result is both satisfying and exhilarating. Watching Shrink makes us feel like voyeurs looking through a window into the lives of people who look great, feel worse, and end up behaving badly. (Synopsis by John Cooper in the Sundance Film Guide)

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Run time: 110 minutes
Screenwriter: Thomas Moffett; Director: Jonas Pate
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Keke Palmer, Mark Webber, Dallas Roberts, Saffron Burrows, Robert Loggia
MPAA Rating:  Rated R for drug content throughout, and pervasive language including some sexual references.

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Despite starring the lovable Hayden Panettiere, the movie "I Love You, Beth Cooper" does not leave much to love or even like

When a geeky high-school valedictorian throws caution to the wind by expressing his love for a popular cheerleader during his graduation speech, life finally starts to get interesting in this coming-of-age comedy adapted from the book by journalist/author/screenwriter Larry Doyle.  

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MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, some teen drinking and drug references, and brief violence.

Runtime: 102 minutes

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After an 8 month delay in its release, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince finally opens today

Warner Bros. offers the following plot summary of the new movie:  Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that new dangers may lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort's defenses, critical information known only to Hogwarts' former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn. With that in mind, Dumbledore manipulates his old colleague into returning to his previous post with promises of more money, a bigger office, and the chance to teach the famous Harry Potter.

Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry's long friendship with Ginny Weasley is growing into something deeper, but standing in the way is Ginny's boyfriend, Dean Thomas, not to mention her big brother Ron. But Ron's got romantic entanglements of his own to worry about, with Lavender Brown lavishing her affections on him, leaving Hermione simmering with jealousy yet determined not to show her feelings. And then a box of love potion-laced chocolates ends up in the wrong hands and changes everything.

As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof with far more important matters on his mind. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

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MPAA rating: PG for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.

Run time: 153 minutes

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Dark Blue with Dylan McDermott debuts tomorrow night on TNT

In Dark Blue, Dylan McDermott is Carter Shaw, the leader of a crack undercover team of police officers whose relentless pursuit of LA's worst criminals has cost him any semblance of a personal life. Shaw is a deeply wounded character, having lost his wife and much of his former life as he struggles to bring down criminals through complex undercover assignments. His team includes: Omari Hardwick portrayed by Ty Curtis, a recently married cop who struggles to maintain his dual existence; Logan Marshall-Green as Dean Bendis, a shoot-from-the-hip officer whose activities make fellow team members question his loyalties and Nicki Aycox is Jaimie Allen, a green patrol cop with excellent lying skills and a hidden past.

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"The Jerry Bruckheimer label ensures that the new project will be dark, gritty and handsomely produced, though for the most part the series hews closely to safe procedural terrain -- taking far fewer chances than its life-risking protagonists. "Blue" does offer a few zestier character flourishes toward the end, but the dreary first mission is better executed than conceived."  Variety
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Drop Dead Diva, a spirited new comedic drama, premieres tonight on Lifetime

Drop Dead Diva puts a uniquely compelling twist on the age-old battle between brains and beauty. The Lifetime series, beginning tonight at 9 pm ET/PT, is one of the few shows on television to cast an overweight character with an actor who is actually overweight. On series like "30 Rock" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine," purportedly slovenly, overeating characters are portrayed by petite, pretty actresses. Jane, the lawyer heroine of "Drop Dead Diva," played by Brooke Elliott thinks like Elle in "Legally Blond" but looks like more like Camryn Manheim on "The Practice."

The show tells the story of a beautiful-but-vapid model wannabe, Deb, who has a fatal car accident and suddenly finds herself in front of Heaven's gatekeeper, Fred, who declares her a self-centered "zero." Outraged, Deb attempts to persuade Fred to return her to her shallow existence but is accidentally relegated to the body of the recently deceased Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliott). A brilliant, thoughtful and plus-size attorney with a loyal assistant (Margaret Cho), Jane has always lived in the shadow of her more comely colleagues, whereas Deb has always relied on her external beauty. Now, by a twist of fate and a bolt of divine intervention, Deb must come to terms with inhabiting Jane's plus-size frame in the ultimate showdown between brains and beauty.

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