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Screen Talk: from Comic-Con's Sublime 'Interstellar' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to James Franco

This week Eric Kohn and I have plenty to chew over. We dig into Comic-Con, parse the promise of Chris Nolan's "Interstellar" --who's the audience, anyway?--and debate Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" as well as offering our picks of the week. I'm in the thrall of Brendan Gleeson, while Kohn argues that James Franco might be a good director after all.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 2:04 PM
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'Calvary' Director McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson Talk the Betrayal of Trust (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

John Michael McDonagh's second film, "Calvary," was grabbed at Sundance by Fox Searchlight and opens in theaters August 1. "Calvary" marks perhaps Brendan Gleeson's best performance to date among many others--and a potential Oscar nomination. I talk to them both.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 6:16 AM
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Netflix Releases Groundbreaking Eco-doc 'Mission Blue,' Plus Other Potential Doc Oscar Contenders (TRAILER)

The words 'Netflix' and 'original content' bring to mind shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." But Netflix has been consistently seeking new types of programming to bring to viewers under its own banner, and it plans to do so significantly this year with a raft of new documentaries.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • July 31, 2014 3:37 PM
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'Guardians of the Galaxy''s Groot Deserves Best Animated Character of the Year Award

One of the best animated characters ever--even better than the fabulous Andy Serkis's groundbreaking work with Weta Digital in everything from Gollum and King Kong to Caesar--is Groot in "Guardians of the Galaxy" (August 1). One reason: thanks to motion capture, you can feel the actor behind the animation--it's in the eyes. It's not just Vin Diesel's delivery of the phrase, "I am Groot," which provides comic relief.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2014 3:57 PM
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Toronto Film Fest Doc Preview, from Oscar Hopefuls to Likely Buys (Midnight Madness, Vanguard Lineups)

The Toronto International Film Festival always premieres a lineup of strong docs, some of which will be in this year's awards conversation. Programmer Thom Powers takes us through the selection.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2014 4:45 PM
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Emmy Watch: Learning to Love 'Game of Thrones'

The first time I quit "Game of Thrones," in the midst of the prolonged setup that plagued season one, it came as a relief.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 29, 2014 1:29 PM
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Career Watch: TV Provides Stepping Stone to Film for Edgy Emmy Nominees Dreyfuss, Driver, Louis C.K.

These days, a movie star can easily make the switch to TV with no loss of stature. In fact, Matthew McConaughey’s acclaimed work on the HBO series “True Detective” probably helped to seal the deal on his Oscar win for “Dallas Buyers Club.” But taking the leap from TV to film? That’s an iffier proposition. Just because someone is popular on a small screen doesn’t mean they will have the same impact at the multiplex. And audiences often have a problem accepting a lead of a long-running series as a different character. Here are three actors – all competing for Emmys when this year’s ceremony airs on Aug. 25 – who have had varying degrees of success with conquering film.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 28, 2014 2:36 PM
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Weinstein Co. Awards Plans Come Into Focus: What Are Their Oscar Frontrunners?

Dating a film says a lot about a distributor's plans. So the later the film comes out--in the thick of the most congested season of the year-- the more willing the company is to step up and promote. It means they have skin in the Oscar game. There's no other reason to put out a limited-release movie in that time frame. Every year, Hollywood looks to the Weinstein Co. to put several awards-season players in the race. What are they?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2014 12:56 PM
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Best of the Week: TIFF & Venice Stir Fall Fest Circuit, Comic-Con, How 'Snowpiercer' Became a Gamechanger & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • July 26, 2014 10:30 AM
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Screen Talk Report from Halls of Comic-Con, 'The Giver' and Other Oscar Possibilities

Every year I approach the trip to Comic-Con in San Diego with equal measures of anticipation and dread. Why? It's huge, crowded, stressful and crammed with the best and worst of pop culture. I talk about it with Indiewire critic Eric Kohn on our weekly podcast, sitting cross-legged on the floor outside Hall H between panels with my laptop, holding my snowball mic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2014 12:49 PM
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