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Meaningless trend of the week: Orphans

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·Michael Caine inhales ether — and perhaps a whiff of Oscar — in The Cider House Rules‘ New England orphanage.
·Tigger seeks his missing family — not to mention box office bounce — in the Pooh spin-off The Tigger Movie.
·Party of Five begs for sweeps-month gruel by reimagining Scott Wolf’s Bailey Salinger and clan as non-orphans.
·Dave Eggers milks the raising of his 8-year-old brother for a hit memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
·Orphaned wizard-in-training Harry Potter is abandoned again, this time by Steven Spielberg.

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