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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 While female actors are fighting for more and better roles in Hollywood, Sonia Braga got the part of her life at 66 in Kleber Mendon\u00e7a Filho's \"Aquarius\".

The Brazilian star is getting rave reviews for her portrayal of Clara, a widow and retired music critic reluctant to sell the seaside apartment that holds her most cherished memories. \"Ms. Braga is a living embodiment of the glories of Brazilian cinema,\" said The New York Times. \"A breathtakingly intuitive actress, she's beautifully aged into an aristocratically sensual physicality, and makes Clara's firmness mingle with tenderness,\" said Variety.

\"When I got the screenplay it was one of the most beautiful gifts I was getting in my whole life,\" Braga told The Associated Press in a recent interview in New York, where she lives. \"I was reading the best screenplay that I ever read. Every word made sense. Scene to scene made sense to me, through the end.\"

On top of that, \"Kleber was giving me a movie that I was going to do in my mother tongue after 20 years working in the United States, I was going to be speaking in Portuguese again,\" she said. \"I called him immediately. Well, I didn't call him IMMEDIATELY because I had to breathe before I could call.\"

\"Aquarius \" debuted last May at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was the only Latin American production competing for the Palm d'Or, and was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Although many considered it a natural contender for the foreign film Oscar, Brazil submitted David Schurmann's \"Little Secret\" instead, reportedly because of the \"Aquarius\" cast's protest against the interim administration of Brazil's Michel Temer at Cannes.

Braga said she and her cast-mates had no regrets about the protest and that she would do it over again without question. As Mendon\u00e7a Filho put it, \"Aquarius,\" which had a limited U.S. release in October and is still opening in different cities around the country, represents Brazil, regardless.

Braga talks more about the film, and her life:

AP: In the film Clara has gone through a lot, including breast cancer, yet she can be as subtle as strong. How was it to play such a complex character?

Braga: Clara and I would come from different places: she is academic, I am intuitive; she has a family and I'm not married, I don't have kids. So we had a lot to negotiate, but the basics of the character, it was there. So we're talking, Clara and I, but at the same time we are commemorating this opportunity that Kleber was giving us to play this for the audiences.

AP: Kleber said you were very generous with the cast and crew and that you were delighted to work with non-actors.

Braga: He said, \"Sonia, there's something that I need to tell you: sometimes I work with non-actors\". And I said, \"Really? That's fantastic! Because I'm not an actress either!\" He said, \"What do you mean?\" ''I'm scared of rehearsals, I'm scared of doing all this because I don't feel like I'm an actress. I never went to school for actors, I'm not academic, as a matter of fact academic actors intimidate me a little bit, so you are gonna work with people!\" The way I see it, I belong to the film as any other department. I like visual arts, and what I love doing is participating in the making of it.

AP: It is very refreshing to see an actress leading in her 60s. Do you hope it will open the doors to more and better female roles?

Braga: Well, the doors are there, and they closed. A reporter told me it is very rare to see a woman of my age in the movies. Right! In the movies! But they have been for so long in very serious and important positions in life: scientists, prime ministers, candidates to be the president. ... There is a barrier with the languages also, and with the accents as well. Today we find many actors, they are Latin, they are Hispanic, they are living in the Unites States, they are American, but very rarely you find them in a lead role.

AP: It is evident from the movie how comfortable you feel in your own skin.

Braga: I did things in the movie that I usually don't do and that had a little anxiety about: I had to sing and I can't sing, unfortunately. I can't play the piano, and I cannot swim. But sex, I think I've been there before (laughs.) It's not so difficult to do. ... To be naked or even making love in a scene to me is very important if this is a movie about a couple or sensuality. It's a sort of moralism to think that this shouldn't be seen in the film. When was it that people decided as a society that your body is in one place and your sexuality in another place, something like a hat, or a coat, that when you leave home you hang it and when you come back home you say, \"Ah! Let's wear my sexuality! I might wear it tonight\"? It is something that belongs to your body. Women at my age they are making love, they are feeling sensual, they flirt, they have boyfriends, they have a sexual life. They are just not being represented in the movies.

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Follow Sigal Ratner-Arias on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/sigalratner

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iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending December 1, 2016:

Top Songs

1. Starboy (feat. Daft Punk), The Weeknd

2. Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane), Rae Sremmurd

3. Don't Wanna Know (feat. Kendrick Lamar), Maroon 5

4. 24K Magic, Bruno Mars

5. Starving (feat. Zedd), Hailee Steinfeld & Grey

6. Closer (feat. Halsey), The Chainsmokers

7. Bad Things, Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello

8. Side To Side (feat. Nicki Minaj), Ariana Grande

9. Fake Love, Drake

10. How Far I'll Go, Auli'i Cravalho

Top Albums

1. The Hamilton Mixtape, Various Artists

2. Starboy, The Weeknd

3. A Pentatonix Christmas,Pentatonix

4. Moana (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists

5. Awaken, My Love!, Childish Gambino

6. Perfectly Imperfect - EP, Grace VanderWaal

7. 'Tis the Season, Jordan Smith

8. Trolls (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists

9. 24K Magic, Bruno Mars

10. Kane Brown, Kane Brown

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Don Calfa, the film, stage and television actor whose credits included \"The Return of the Living Dead,\" ''Weekend at Bernie's\" and \"Barney Miller,\" has died.

His publicist Michael Perez tells The Associated Press that Calfa died Thursday in Palm Springs of natural causes. Calfa died two days before his 77th birthday.

The New York City native started out on Broadway in the 1960s. Calfa appeared in dozens of comedies, dramas and horror flicks, notably as the mortician Ernie Kaltenbrunner in \"The Return of the Living Dead.\"

Calfa worked with directors such as Steven Spielberg (\"1941\"), Martin Scorsese (\"New York, New York\") and Blake Edwards (\"10\"). He also had a busy career in television, working on \"Barney Miller,\" ''Hill Street Blues\" and \"Kojak\" among other shows.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are parents for the second time.

A publicist for the actress said in an email Thursday that Kunis had given birth. The publicist, Melissa Raubvogel, did not provide further details on the baby, including whether it's a boy or girl.

But dad Kutcher may have spilled the gender beans. In an October appearance on NBC's \"Today,\" Kutcher said the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Wyatt, was pointing to her mother's belly and saying, \"baby brother.\"

Kunis and Kutcher, who were cast mates in the sitcom \"That '70s Show,\" married in July 2015.

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\"Man Down\" carries a poignant message about American veterans' mental health needs, but you may give up on the movie before it gets there. Nothing is clear until the film's final moments, which hit with a gut punch just before the credits roll.

Until then, the story is told through disjointed flashbacks that make it hard to know what's going on and who to root for. Director Dito Montiel bounces between boot camp, active duty in Afghanistan and life in post-apocalyptic America, with star Shia LaBeouf's haircut and beard scruff the only real indicator of where we are in time.

LaBeouf's performance is powerful, maybe his best to date, but it's unduly burdened by an erratic story structure that doesn't engender empathy for his character.

He plays Gabe, a Marine who enlisted with his lifelong best friend, Devin (Jai Courtney). When we first see the two men, they're dirty and bearded, not in uniform, brandishing guns in a bombed-out city as they desperately look for Gabe's son. Gabe carries a worn picture in his pocket of his wife, Natalie (Kate Mara), and their towheaded little boy, Jonathan (Charlie Shotwell, heartbreaking in the final scenes).

Suddenly, uniformed, clean-shaven Gabe is in an office being questioned by a military counselor (Gary Oldman, disappointingly flat). The counselor is asking about \"the incident,\" and Gabe is stoic.

Then it's basic training at Camp Lejeune, where Gabe and Devin are new recruits being toughened up by an unrelenting drill sergeant. Natalie sweetly shaves Gabe's head as he prepares to ship out to Afghanistan.

Now, Gabe and Devin are back from the war, bearded and dirty, wandering dystopian streets and threatening a homeless man as they look for Gabe's family.

Now, clean-shaven Gabe is driving his son to school as they playfully decide to use the military term \"man down\" as secret code for \"I love you.\" He promises to send letters from Afghanistan.

Now, stoic Gabe drops a reluctant tear while talking to the military counselor.

The meandering structure creates a little too much mystery for the audience to know where to place its allegiances. Did the Marines have something to do with the disappearance of Gabe's son, so Gabe and Devin have gone rogue? Or did Gabe harm his son, and that's why he's being questioned by a military counselor? That distinction is key if we want to root for the good guy.

Screenwriter Adam G. Simon's nonlinear story parses out details in such a way that we don't know enough about Gabe's situation to experience his emotional arc until the very end, which feels like a lost opportunity given its heart-wrenching heft. Without that context, it's hard to fully appreciate LaBeouf's nuanced performance. We don't understand what we're looking at until it's over.

\"Man Down\" ultimately has a lot to say about the debilitating effects of war and the dismal reality for many veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress. It just waits too long to say it.

\"Man Down,\" a Lionsgate release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for \"some disturbing violence, and language throughout.\" Running time: 92 minutes. Two stars out of four.

___

MPAA Definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

___

Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy .

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 The Los Angeles romance \"La La Land\" has landed 12 nominations from the Critics' Choice Awards, including best picture, best director for Damien Chazelle and nods for its stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association, which presents the Critics' Choice Awards, announced the nominations Thursday. Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age drama \"Moonlight\" and Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi thriller \"Arrival\" followed with 10 nominations each.

The Critics' Choice Awards are now in their 22nd year. Previously announced television nominations were led by FX's \"The People v. O.J. Simpson.\"

Winners will be announced at a Dec. 11 gala hosted by actor T.J. Miller and broadcast on A&E.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Damien Chazelle's Los Angeles musical \"La La Land\" has been named best film of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle.

The group announced their picks Thursday on Twitter, spreading around their awards to a variety of Oscar contenders. The top award came as something as a twist after the critics' early choices leaned toward Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age portrait \"Moonlight\" and Kenneth Lonergan's grief-filled drama \"Manchester by the Sea.\"

\"Moonlight\" won awards for best director (Jenkins), best cinematography (James Laxton) and best supporting actor (Mahershala Ali). \"Manchester by the Sea\" took best actor for Casey Affleck, best screenplay for Lonergan and best supporting actress for Michelle Williams. Williams was honored jointly for her performances in \"Manchester by the Sea\" and \"Certain Women.\"

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Bogart and Bacall. Tracy and Hepburn. Stone and Gosling.

The hugely charming Los Angeles musical \"La La Land\" seals it: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have entered the ranks of great cinematic couples. Their easy rapport together was first hinted at with \"Crazy, Stupid, Love,\" and carried through the crime drama \"Gangster Squad.\"

Those, though, were only appetizers to Damien Chazelle's \"La La Land,\" in which they star as two flailing aspirants trying to make it in LA. Stone plays an actress, Gosling a jazz pianist. They sing. They dance. They patter like Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.

\"La La Land,\" a resurrection of joyful 1930s studio musicals on contemporary LA streets, is an impassioned argument for the movies, in all their widescreen glory. And part of that vintage Hollywood experience includes big ol' movie stars.

In an era that has struggled to produce them, Stone and Gosling stand apart as two of our best answers. In \"La La Land,\" they're our version of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, maybe not quite as light on their feet (who is?), but more natural and funnier.

How far will they push their on-screen chemistry? \"Do you think people would let us do anything together again?\" Stone asked her co-star during an interview earlier this fall. \"I don't think we'd be allowed.\"

After greeting warmly (Gosling had been shooting \"Blade Runner 2049\"), the actors sat down to reflect on why they go so well together, their own tortured paths to Hollywood success and just how deep their movie love runs.

AP: Did either of you hesitate about working together again?

STONE: That was an exciting aspect that it was our third thing together. The characters also have by the end five years between them and I think we'd probably known each other that long by that point. It's kind of nice to not have to find that when the story depends so much on the connection between the two of them.

GOSLING: It's also nice when you know the people you're working with. Most of the time, everyone's a stranger. It's fine. That's your job to make it seem like you have a relationship. But it certainly makes it a lot easier when you have one. And you listen to the way that person says their line more closely. You watch the way they're playing the scene because you know each other. You're more engaged in the scene than you would be otherwise.

AP: Did you feel a connection right away on your first film together, \"Crazy, Stupid, Love\"?

GOSLING: We've been asked to improvise a lot in the films that we've done together. I think even in our first audition we were asked to improvise. That just kind of connects actors in a way that just saying dialogue doesn't do.

AP: Emma, you started in improv comedy.

STONE: That was the thing I loved to do the most. I thought I was just going to do comedy forever. I've always really loved to improvise but maybe strangely less so as time goes on. (She laughs.) Sometimes it's nice to have a script nailed down. But comedy improv is pretty different from dramatic improv. Comedy improv is a lot of heckling.

AP: You both seem to a certain degree like comedic actors at heart.

STONE: It's the best. It's my favorite. Not to the exclusion of other types of films, but I do love comedy. That will always be my first love. (Turns to Gosling.) What do you think?

GOSLING: Well I don't have as much experience with it...

STONE: But you're so good at it.

GOSLING: What's nice about it is you want to feel that whatever you're doing is working. With comedy, it's funny or it's not.

AP: The film portrays some soul-crushing auditions. Were they familiar?

STONE: The first audition was inspired by Ryan's story.

GOSLING: Yeah, where I had to cry and this lady took a call in the middle of it. And then just told me to go on, \"Pick up where I left off.\" That was part of what was great about making this film was Damien encouraged us to bring our experiences to these characters.

AP: Were they traumatic experiences?

GOSLING: Yeah, but it was so nice to see it realized in a movie and see Emma doing it. We made some lemonade out of lemons.

AP: Did either of you ever think about giving up?

STONE: I definitely thought about it. It was like a twice a year thing. Every six months there was a little meltdown. I've also thought about giving up in the middle of shoots before. \"Well, after this one, I'm just never going to work again. That's going to be fine. I'm never, ever going to work again because this is clearly not for me.\"

GOSLING: About two week before shooting. \"Can I still get out of this? They have time to find someone else.\" It can be very discouraging. It's kind of built in a way to discourage you. In some ways now being outside of it, I realize how inefficient it is, the auditioning process. It seems to reward people who are good at auditioning, which doesn't really have anything to do with what happens when you get on set. The kind of people who are really great in a film I think you'll find are for the most part pretty bad at auditioning. Yet they never feel they need to tinker with that system at all.

AP: How do you feel about being part of a proudly big-screen film like \"La La Land\" at a time when television is seen as eclipsing the movies?

STONE: I don't think films are less than TV now, but there are some amazing characters on TV, so I understand why people want to do TV. When movies are at their full glory, I think it's pretty mind-blowing. What do you think, Ry?

GOSLING: When I first met with Damien, it wasn't about this. It was just kind of a general meeting. He has a very infectious love of movies but also of the experience of going to the movies. He talked a lot about wanting to make movies that you couldn't watch on your iPhone, that you really wanted to see in a theater with an audience.

AP: Your love of movies seems clear, since you've previously acknowledged stuffing DVDs down your pants.

STONE: You put DVDs down your pants?!

GOSLING: (laughing) VHS. Look, in these kinds of situations, you're encouraged to say anything. And it's celebrated. And then you pay the price for that later.

STONE: Was it to be closer to your favorite movie?

GOSLING: No. It was one story a long time ago where I had to hide an R-rated movie from my parents. It was very intimate. This is the danger of this kind of thing that you do because it haunts us.

AP: Well, it's a very vivid example of movie love.

GOSLING: I do love movies but I love making them more. I've never found something professionally that engages me as much as that. You work with such a large group of people and it's this constant problem solving process that gets you to this end, whatever that is. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It's always a crapshoot.

STONE: For me, watching movies is what makes me want to make movies. I'm so inspired by watching movies. The process of making it is engaging but I get so reinvigorated every time I see a great movie. Then I feel like I'm the character in the movie for the rest of the day. Then I realize I can't play that same character I just watched.

AP: What was the first film that you mimicked that way?

STONE: \"The Jerk.\" Also \"Hocus Pocus.\" It was a combination of \"The Jerk\" and \"Hocus Pocus,\" so it shows my age and not my age. (Turns to Gosling) What was yours?

GOSLING: \"Hocus Pocus.\"

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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