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Review: Despite its star power, ‘Serena’ has no spark

In this image released by Magnolia Pictures, Jennifer Lawrence, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from "Serena." (AP Photo/Magnolia Pictures, Larry D. Horricks)

The arithmetic on “Serena” is fascinating. Two of the biggest movie stars in the world plus an Oscar-winning director and a best-selling novel somehow add up to a forgettable, under-the-radar video-on-demand release.

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Stiller, Baumbach unite again in ‘While We’re Young’

"While We're Young" writer and director Noah Baumbach, right, poses for a portrait with lead Ben Stiller on Monday, March 23, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — In Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg,” there’s a scene where Ben Stiller, playing a prickly, neurotic 40-year-old, gazes fearfully at teenage kids around him at a Los Angeles party. “You’re so sincere and interested in things,” he sneers. “I hope I die before meeting any of you at a job interview.”

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James Corden plays nice in bow as ‘Late Late Show’ host

This photo released by CBS shows James Corden, left, chatting with his first guests, Tom Hanks, right, and Mila Kunis, on "The Late Late Show with James Corden," premiering Monday, March 23, 2015 (12:37 -- 1:37 a.m. ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  (AP Photo/CBS, Monty Brinton)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Corden began his foray as the “Late Late Show” host with a schoolboy’s giggle and a bid to endear himself to viewers as a nice English bloke looking for a little American TV love.

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Backpacking trip drew Ryan Reynolds to ‘Woman in Gold’ role

In this Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds poses for a portrait to promote his upcoming film "Woman in Gold" in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — If Ryan Reynolds hadn’t gone backpacking in Europe in the late 1990s, he might have never ended up co-starring with Helen Mirren in the film “Woman in Gold.”

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Review: Animated alien adventure ‘Home’ lands with a thud

In this image released by DreamWorks Animation, characters Lucy, voiced by Jennifer Lopez, left, and Tip, voiced by Rihanna appear in a scene from the animated film "Home." (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation)

In “Home,” the latest adventure from DreamWorks Animation, the misfit alien protagonist is called Oh (“The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons) simply because that’s the resigned reaction everyone has when he’s around. “Oh,” his brethren say with deep indifference at his desperate, over-the-top attempts to fit in and make friends. It’s meant to turn into something positive by the end of the film. Unfortunately, “oh” is also the experience of watching “Home,” an earnest exercise that falls flat, despite the best of intentions.

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