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WWE's 'SmackDown': A look at the real world of the 'Wrestler'

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WWE wrestler Edge holds CM Punk in a leg lock. (photos by RJ Mickelson/amNY)

Column by Scott A. Rosenberg

• WWE 'SmackDown' airs Friday at 8 p.m. on My9.

They are not gladiators or warriors or even broken-down actors climbing their way back to the top.

They have the strength and might of a Mack Truck, with muscles built on muscles, and colorful, shiny and glittery costumes,...

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Movie review: 'The Limits of Control'

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The Limits of Control

2.5 stars

Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Starring Isaach De Bankolé, Tilda Swinton, Paz De La Huerta, Gael Garcia Bernal, John Hurt, Bill Murray

By Mina Hochberg

Curiously sexy and endlessly vexing, Jim Jarmusch’s new film, “The Limits of Control,” is minimalist almost to a fault. This movie will certainly test the patience of even...

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Movie review: 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

2 stars

Directed by Gavin Hood

Starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Lynn Collins, Ryan Reynolds, Dominic Monaghan, will.i.am

By Mina Hochberg

The long-awaited “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” offers a moody backstory for Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the temperamental, maverick mutant of the X-Men gang. Born in the mid-1800s...

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Texts from last night

This is the best website I have ever seen!

A sample:

(913): i dont nkow, theres a guy slesping next to me and im wearing 8 tsthirts? wtf happened last night? will you come get me.

(816): i think im in thre room next to you...

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Tribeca Film Festival: 'My Last Five Girlfriends'

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By Julie Gordon

"My Last Five Girlfriends" starts with a sad-looking Brit named Duncan (Brendan Patricks) furiously writing a suicide note to his previous five girlfriends before washing down a handful of pills with a giant swig of vodka.

Sounds like pretty heavy stuff — until the cheeky music starts playing and the audience is flashed back through a tour of Duncan's recent...

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Tribeca Film Festival: 'Partly Private'

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By Robert Levin

Male circumcision would be at or near the top of any list of unlikely documentary subjects. Any half decent documentarian could make an interesting film about political corruption, human rights abuses or strange quirky figures. Framing such an everyday health practice in a fashion that makes it worthy of a feature is a much harder task.

So filmmaker Danae Elon...

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'Ugly Betty' shoots at Citi Field

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Center row, from left to right: Daniel Eric Gold, America Ferrera, Christopher Gorham, Dreama Walker

Eric Mabius and Sarah Lafleur (Photos: Marc S. Levine/New York Mets)

By Kyle Stack

It took a show based in Queens to become the first TV program to shoot scenes at the Mets’ new Flushing ballpark, Citi Field.

ABC’s “Ugly Betty” shot...

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Tribeca Film Festival: 'Rachel'

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By Mina Hochberg

In the stirring documentary "Rachel," filmmaker Simone Bitton revisits a story you may remember from headlines six years ago. In March of 2003, an American college student named Rachel Corrie visited the Gaza strip with a group of members from the International...

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"The Pictures Generation" at the Met

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By Emily Hulme

• ‘The Pictures Generation’ is at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through Aug. 2.

A video still from Dara Birnbaum's “Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman,” 1978–79

In 1977, SoHo gallery Artists Space held a group show, featuring the work of relatively unknown artists, called “Pictures.”

Since then, that exhibit has...

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'Gossip Girl' tour to launch next month

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Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass), left, and Blake Lively (Serena van der Woodsen)

By Julie Gordon

“Gossip Girl” fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at the show when On Location Tours launches a themed tour May 1. (On Location is behind the "Sex and the City" tour, among other TV and movie tours).

The $40/person, three-hour bus tour will make 30 stops, including the...

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