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Tran Anh Hung Talks His "Deep Spiritual Connection" With 'Norwegian Wood,' Says His Next Film Will Be His French Language Debut

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 5, 2012 11:04 AM
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Bold is the filmmaker who would tackle the prose of cult novelist Haruki Murakami. Though Jun Ichikawa found success adapting the short story "Tony Takitani," most of Murakami's work is desolate and blackly humorous, centered on characters struggling with loneliness in a politically-troubled, often surreal world. That didn't stop Tran Anh Hung, the director of "The Scent Of Green Papaya," who brings us his long-in-the-works adaptation of the moody novel "Norwegian Wood."

Stephen Daldry Talks Asperger's, Depicting 9/11 In 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,' And The Oscars

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 20, 2011 12:30 PM
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At present, up to the imminent release of “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close,” Stephen Daldry is three-for-three in terms of films to Best Director Oscar nominations; there’s clearly something about the stories he tells hitting a nerve among Academy voters, no matter how challenging (“The Hours”) or even controversial (“The Reader”) his subject matter. 'Extremely Loud' suggests that he’s as interested as ever in posing hard questions and finding powerful answers, as he brings to life Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel about a child with Asperger’s who takes an extraordinary journey to come to terms with the death of his father during 9/11.

Effects Supremo Joe Letteri Says Zack Snyder Is Placing Emphasis On In-Camera Effects In 'Man of Steel'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 17, 2011 10:45 AM
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There are few people in Hollywood who know more about special effects than Joe Letteri – which is probably why he’s earned five Oscars in the past eight years, and worked in some capacity on almost every major blockbuster released in Hollywood.

Marrakech Film Festival '11: Terry Gilliam Talks 3D, 'Harry Potter,' 'Watchmen' & The Inoffensiveness Of Modern Comedy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 15, 2011 12:58 PM
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Marrakech Film Festival '11: Terry Gilliam Talks 3D, 'Harry Potter,' 'Watchmen' & The Inoffensiveness Of Modern Comedy

Christoph Waltz Talks Working With Roman Polanski & Playing The "Smuggest Character Ever" In 'Carnage'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • December 12, 2011 2:35 PM
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Although Christoph Waltz has been working as an actor since the early 1980’s, he was relatively unknown to American audiences before his Academy Award-winning performance as Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds.” Waltz’s elevated status catapulted him into a string of Hollywood releases in 2011 that including “The Green Hornet,” “Water for Elephants” and “The Three Musketeers.” But it is Waltz’s smallest role, as Alan Cowan in Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” for which the actor is drawing his greatest acclaim since ‘Basterds.’

Colin Firth Says That The Filmmakers Struggled To Cut 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Down From Three-And-A-Half Hours

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2011 1:59 PM
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Colin Firth Says That The Filmmakers Struggled To Cut 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Down From Three-And-A-Half Hours

David Cronenberg Says 'A Dangerous Method' Was Originally Intended For Julia Roberts

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 22, 2011 3:17 PM
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David Cronenberg Says 'A Dangerous Method' Was Originally Intended For Julia Roberts

'The Descendants' Star Shailene Woodley Discusses Working With George Clooney & "Riding The Wave" Of Show Business

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 17, 2011 12:23 PM
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'The Descendants' Star Shailene Woodley Discusses Working With George Clooney & "Riding The Wave" Of Show Business

Werner Herzog Talks Teaching Lock-Picking, Being A Living Legend And 'Into The Abyss'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 14, 2011 11:03 AM
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There are few filmmakers who have become as legendary – literally – as Werner Herzog. He’s not just the creator of dozens of ambitious, wildly different, incredibly accomplished films; he’s a guy who got shot while conducting an interview on camera, and then just a few days later pulled Joaquin Phoenix out of a car after an accident. Herzog has become as mythic as not just the characters in his movies, but the movies themselves, where fact and fiction merge into an awe-inspiring whole. Ironically, his latest film “Into the Abyss” feels incredibly small, intimate, and painfully real; interviewing two young men from Texas who committed a brutal crime, Herzog examines capital punishment as an incidental component of humanizing two men we might otherwise call monsters.

LFF '11: Gerardo Naranjo On Innocence, The Genesis Of 'Miss Bala' And 'Intelligent Action Movies'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 28, 2011 5:48 AM
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Plus, More From The Director And The Film's Star Stephanie SigmanAside from Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" over a decade ago, there haven't been a lot of decent movies focusing on the drug trade just over the border. Sure, the cartels crop up from time to time, but mostly in villains in dumb action movies, but it feels like quite a while since we've had a really smart, incisive look at that terrifying world.

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