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Interview: Michael Winterbottom Talks Reteaming With Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon For 'The Trip To Italy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 21, 2014 3:25 PM
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The Trip to Italy
Michael Winterbottom has had one of the most diverse and unpredictable careers of any director working: across 22 films in 20 years, he’s tackled virtually every genre, with films set all over the world, working with everyone from A-list stars like Angelina Jolie, to non-professional actors. And this year, unexpectedly, he’s made his first sequel.

Interview: John Turturro Talks Making 'Fading Gigolo,' 'Big Lebowski' Spinoff, 'Exodus' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 18, 2014 12:05 PM
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Fading Gigolo
It wouldn't be a mistake to call John Turturro one of the finest character actors currently working. But he's also an accomplished writer/director with four very different features under his belt, from his debut family drama "Mac" to the period theatre tale "Illuminata" and two music driven efforts, "Romance & Cigarettes" and "Passione." And for his latest turn behind (and in front of) the camera, he shifts gears again with "Fading Gigolo."

Interview: Mackenzie Davis On Her Cynical Romantic In ‘What If’ & Her Punk Rock Hacker In ‘Halt & Catch Fire’

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  • August 8, 2014 12:00 PM
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What If, Daniel Radcliffe, Mackenzie Davis
Canadian actress Mackenzie Davis had some rather fortunate luck with her first film out of the gate: she was cast alongside Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones and Amy Ryan in Drake Doremus’ drama “Breathe In.” Not only was it a plum gig, but her small but crucial performance seized the moment and that year at Sundance she was dubbed one to watch by many (including us).

Terry Gilliam Says A New Autobiography Comes Out In 2015; A Meta & Modern ‘Don Quixote’ Is Shooting Next Spring

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  • August 7, 2014 3:42 PM
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The Zero Theorem
The incomparable Terry Gilliam is 73 years old and shows no signs of slowing down. His latest film, “The Zero Theorem” starring Christoph Waltz, is in the can and comes out soon (read our festival review here), a passion project is in the works and the filmmaker even has an autobiography on the way.

Interview: Richard Jenkins Talks Indie Drama '4 Minute Mile,' Making 'Step Brothers' And Writing Steven Spielberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2014 4:33 PM
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4 Minute Mile
Richard Jenkins needs no introduction—if you believe he does, you simply haven’t been paying attention to the movies over the past four decades. The Oscar-nominated actor has deservedly earned the reputation of being one of the best character actors in the business, who can move from blockbuster roles to indies, from drama to comedy, with ease, skill and craft. His career has seen him work with the likes of the Coen brothers, David O. Russell, Matt Reeves, Andrew Dominik, Tom McCarthy and many more, all the while maintaining an ambition to play interesting characters, in distinct movies.

Interview: John Michael McDonagh Talks The Anger And Anarchy Of 'Calvary' And Beyond

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 31, 2014 3:53 PM
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John Michael McDonagh, Calvary
This Friday, a film featuring a motley collection of characters of dubious motivation centred around a costumed hero on a mission, will roll into theaters. That’s, right, we’re talking about John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary” the complex, biting, pitchblack follow-up to the director’s more comedic debut “The Guard.” The film stars regular collaborator Brendan Gleeson, this time in a cassock as a Roman Catholic priest, the one good man in a rotten rural parish, going about his week as a countdown to the Sunday on which he’s been told one of his parishioners will kill him. And it’s an ambitious, multilayered movie that impressed us hugely in Sundance, and that provided us with a great deal to talk about when we met the director at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Interview: Werner Herzog On 'Herzog: The Collection'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • July 31, 2014 1:31 PM
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Werner Herzog boxset
The new box set “Herzog: the Collection,” released by Shout Factory, collects 16 of Herzog's films, presented on Blu-ray for the first time, from his 1970 debut "Even Dwarves Started Small" to 1999's “My Best Fiend." Herzog has 57 films to his name, of course—and counting—but these early works pulse with energy and strangeness, charm and power, gigantic ideals somehow being borne out of small budgets and limited resources by seemingly limitless passion and sheer force of will.

'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Director James Gunn Discusses Working With Joss Whedon, Sequels, Marvel "Risks" & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 31, 2014 12:03 PM
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Guardians Of The Galaxy
This week's "Guardians of the Galaxy" pushes the Marvel Cinematic Universe into strange and surprising places. And the person piloting that particular spaceship is co-writer/director James Gunn, who took a relatively obscure property about a group of intergalactic outlaws and turned it into one of the summer's more outrageously entertaining confections. It's both a break from your standard superhero fare and keeps totally within the pre-existing mythological framework—and it should both expand the brand and reinforce its power in the cinematic landscape. We talked to Gunn about how he snagged A-list stars, what the movie's chief influences were, the situation with "Ant-Man," and where Gunn (and the 'Guardians') fit into the larger cinematic puzzle.

‘A Most Wanted Man’: Anton Corbijn On Philip Seymour Hoffman, ‘Life,’ Robert Pattinson & More

  • By Alex Suskind
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  • July 24, 2014 2:10 PM
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Anton Corbijn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, A-Most-Wanted-Man
On its own, Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” based on the 2008 novel by John le Carré, is a taut, post-9/11 spy thriller about a government’s attempt to avert future terror attacks. But consider the events that transpired outside the film, and it morphs into a more substantial, sad, and definitive piece of work.

From 'La Femme Nikita' to 'Lucy': Director Luc Besson Talks The Strong Women In 6 Of His Key Films

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 22, 2014 3:54 PM
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Lucy, Scarlett
For a man who makes his living writing and producing muscular action movies like the "Taken" franchise, Luc Besson is a filmmaker who has continually shown an amazing sensitivity and fondness for strong female characters. These aren't buxom bimbos that wield Uzis and mutter one-liners; these are fully dimensional characters that Besson is seemingly fascinated by, since they turn up in everything from historical epics to tiny, Kapra-esque comedies. The newest Luc Besson heroine is the title character played by Scarlett Johansson in this week's "Lucy," about a young woman who, after accidentally ingesting an experimental drug, unlocks the potential of the human brain. It's crazy and kind of awesome, and the latest in a long line of Besson's strong female characters.

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