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WATCH: Find Out How Jake Gyllenhaal Meets His Double in New Featurette for 'Enemy'

Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Enemy'
A new behind-the-scenes featurette has arrived for Denis Villeneuve's meticulous, dread-inducing doppelganger tale "Enemy," starring Jake Gyllenhaal times two. The film is already available via VOD, and hits theaters March 14.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 18, 2014 2:24 PM
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WATCH: David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen Talk Control and Spontaneity in Their Films Together

Check out this video from the "In Conversation" series from TIFF Bell Lightbox, where Canuck auteur David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen discuss their working relationship, which has now spanned three films together ("A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises" and "A Dangerous Method").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 18, 2014 2:00 PM
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Did Jimmy Fallon Play It Too Safe with 'Tonight Show' Debut? Critics Weigh In

Jimmy Fallon had his debut episode of the "Tonight Show" February 17 (with Seth Meyers in turn taking over Fallon's old post at "Late Night" next Monday). Critics are weighing in this morning, and running the gamut: the Daily Beast calls the episode "brilliant," while the LA Times was less impressed, saying the show was "strangely muted."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 18, 2014 1:55 PM
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New Restoration of Uncut 'Godzilla: The Japanese Original' to Premiere at TCM Film Fest, Followed by Rialto Release

Exciting news of monstrous proportions: A new restoration of classic “Godzilla: The Japanese Original,” which spawned six decades of sequels, imitations and remakes, is set to debut April 12 at the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. It then gets a national release from Rialto Pictures, kicking off at New York’s Film Forum, April 18-24.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 18, 2014 1:35 PM
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Three Filmmaker Finalists Announced for a Year of Mentorship with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Three young filmmakers from across the globe have been selected as finalists for a year of creative collaboration with Oscar-nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu. The finalists hail from Brazil, Hungary and Israel. They each will be interviewed by Iñárritu, who will select one of them as his protégé. That selection will be announced in May.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 18, 2014 12:23 PM
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Review: Oscar Nominated 'Omar' a Taut Thriller about Paranoia's Occupation of the Soul

Hany Abu-Assad’s smart thriller “Omar,” which has been nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar, is like a modern-day “Romeo & Juliet” tale, if Romeo were a double agent in the middle of the West Bank.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 18, 2014 11:35 AM
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Review: Motherly Love Spirals Out of Control in Romania's Chilling Oscar Entry 'Child's Pose'

Cinema loves its messed up mother-son relationships. But rarely are they handled with the mastery of Calin Peter Netzer's tale of smotherly love "Child's Pose," Romania's 2014 Oscar entry and also one of the country's strongest films in a surprising, prosperous New Wave of films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 18, 2014 11:33 AM
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Anatomy of a Scene: The Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

What were the most challenging scenes to animate in the Oscar-Nominated shorts? I posed this to all five directors: Lauren MacMullan ("Get A Horse!"), Daniel Sousa ("Feral"), Shuhei Morita ("Possessions"), Laurent Witz ("Mr. Hublot"), and Max Lang ("Room on the Broom").
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 18, 2014 11:29 AM
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'Broken Circle Breakdown' Director Sets Up Next Project with Schoenaerts

Felix van Groeningen will follow up the Oscar-nominated "Broken Circle Breakdown" with drama "Belgica" with Belgium's hottest star, Cesar-winner Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone") opposite Stef Aerts ("Oxygen").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2014 7:52 PM
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Why This Year's Oscar Race Could Hold Surprises, Top 10 Oscar Best Picture Upsets

Why are so many people talking about Best Picture Oscar upsets this year? Because this intensely competitive Oscar race --prolonged by the Olympics--could yield some surprises.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2014 4:11 PM
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