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Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington On Race, the N-Word & 'Django Unchained' (Video Interview)

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 20, 2012 8:58 AM
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When I asked Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington if they had refused anything that director Quentin Tarantino asked them to do or say in Django Unchained – you can imagine that these very smart African-American actors, playing slaves, might tell their white director where to draw the line -- I got a very revealing non-answer. “We’ll keep that private,” Foxx said, then went on to describe the dynamics on set, including what he thinks about the N-word, how Leonardo DiCaprio felt saying it, what Samuel L. Jackson told Leo in rehearsal.

Christoph Waltz on Quentin, Race in America, and 'Django Unchained' (Video Interview)

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  • December 20, 2012 8:53 AM
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Django Unchained proves that Christoph Waltz’s amazing performance as a Nazi in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds was no fluke. He is every bit as vivid, and sly in a completely different way, in Tarantino’s latest film about slavery, violence and pre-Civil War America. To say that Waltz plays Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter who buys and frees the slave played by Jamie Foxx, then helps him find his wife, doesn’t begin to hint at the way the character develops, or how Waltz, perfectly in sync with Tarantino once again, subtly makes his character a moral compass as well as a fast-shooting Western sidekick, sometimes funny and sometimes eloquent.

Can Tap Dancing Save Your Life? Whit Stillman On The Retro-Utopia of Damsels in Distress

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  • April 6, 2012 9:00 AM
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Once glance at Damsels in Distress reminds you that Whit Stillman is a true original. This delicious, sharp, sometimes daffy film give us a benign coven of flower-named college students - Violet, Lily, Rose and Heather – in a story that is technically set in the present but actually exists in a pastel-colored throwback to an earlier era when even students were well-dressed and polite (except for those clods at the Roman-letter, rather than Greek,  fraternity; one of them can’t even name colors, but that’s what higher education is for).

Video Interview: Edward Burns On His Small-Budget Charmer, "Newlyweds"

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  • December 21, 2011 10:25 PM
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Edward Burns’ latest film, Newlyweds, is a delightfully witty, sharply observed romance that comes with its own amazing origin story. Although you wouldn’t guess it from the film’s clear, bright look, it was shot for a pittance -- around $9,000, yes that’s thousand – in recognizable locations around Tribeca (that's the Franklin St. subway stop in the background of the photo above). Shoestring budgets don’t get stringier.

Gary Oldman Talks About "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" (Video Interview)

  • By Caryn James
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  • December 7, 2011 11:22 AM
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How do you take a 1974 spy novel, already famous as a 1979 miniseries, and make it new without changing the setting? The key to Tomas Alfredson’s fresh take on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is Gary Oldman’s powerfully solid yet edgy performance as George Smiley, the British intelligence agent forced into retirement, only to be brought back to hunt down a mole in his own service.

Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes, Together Again On "Martha Marcy" (Video Interview)

  • By Caryn James
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  • October 19, 2011 12:45 PM
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In Martha Marcy May Marlene, the names say a lot. Elizabeth Olsen plays Martha, a young woman who is taken into a cult-like commune where she is renamed Marcy May by its eerily comforting yet sinister leader, Patrick (and what’s his real name?) played by John Hawkes. Writer-director Sean Durkin’s film soared out of Sundance partly on the strength of their harrowing performances. (Here are my separate interviews with Hugh Dancy, who gives his own magnetic performance in the film, and with Durkin.)

Director Sean Durkin on Martha Marcy ... Dont Use the Word Cult

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  • October 19, 2011 12:30 PM
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Writer-director Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene is one of the most haunting films of the year. The story begins with Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) escaping from a cult-y commune in upstate New York, only to find that she has carried the psychological scars back to civilization. Its portrait of a young woman trying to stay afloat is interspersed with lucidly unfolding flashbacks that reveal why her escape became necessary. This is the kind of first film that reputations are built on

Martha Marcy's Extraordinary Hugh Dancy On Playing An Ordinary Guy (Video Interview)

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  • October 17, 2011 12:14 PM
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With leading-man looks and serious talent, Hugh Dancy is an actor with options. He’s one of the stars of Hysteria (opening later this year) as the 19th century doctor who invented the vibrator, and is currently in previews in the two-character Broadway play Venus in Fur. So what’s he doing in the frankly supporting role of the brother-in-law in Martha Marcy May Marlene?

Breakout Director Jeff Nichols on "Take Shelter" and Fear Fatigue (Video Interview)

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  • September 27, 2011 12:30 PM
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Jeff Nichols may not be a familiar name, but no young writer-director - he's 32 - is better poised to make a leap from the unknown. His second film, Take Shelter, which Sony Pictures Classics will release on Friday, is simply one of the smartest, most gripping indies to come along in a while.

Michael Shannon: A Terror On-Screen, A Pussycat Off (Video Interview)

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  • September 25, 2011 12:30 PM
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Michael Shannon is known for intense performances: his Oscar-nominated role as the unbalanced neighbor in Revolutionary Road, his current tour de force as the about-to-explode federal Prohibition agent in Boardwalk Empire. (Here's my new-season review.) But he also brings huge restraint and subtlety when they’re called for, as he does in the powerful new drama Take Shelter.

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