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Career Watch: Jason Bateman Gets Down with his 'Bad' Self

Signature line: “Your average American male is in a perpetual state of adolescence -- you know, arrested development.” That utterance from Jason Bateman’s cult series "Arrested Development," which made a comeback on Netflix last year, could be applied to his own career as he continues to distance himself from his child-star past. He takes a step in the right direction by starring in his feature directing debut as a disagreeable foul-mouthed lout who crashes a kids’ spelling bee in the just-opened R-rated comedy "Bad Words."
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 17, 2014 11:14 AM
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Indie Filmmakers: Why Building Your Audience Is More Valuable Than Promoting Your Film

The challenge presented to each indie filmmaker is the same. How do I get my work discovered?
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • March 13, 2014 1:00 PM
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Ralph Fiennes Career Watch: from 'Schindler's List' and Mile-High Antics to 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Ralph Fiennes carries Wes Anderson's indie period comedy 'Grand Budapest Hotel' on his able shoulders. We examine Fiennes' career from his breakout role in "Schindler's List" through "The English Patient" and his recent turn to directing. Where should he go from here?
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 10, 2014 2:52 PM
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Best of the Week: Awards Season Wrap, SXSW Preview, 'Nymphomaniac' on VOD and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 8, 2014 9:00 AM
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Stream 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' on Netflix Instant Now

Abdellatif Kechiche's rapturously beautiful Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is The Warmest Color" is a gift for which we should all be grateful, and it's streaming on Netflix Instant right now.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 4, 2014 2:41 PM
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Career Watch: Where Does Oscar-Winner Cate Blanchett Go from Here?

Former USA TODAY film maven Susan Wloszczyna, a contributor/critic for RogerEbert.com, kicks off a new feature that examines the career status of major Hollywood stars. This week: Oscar’s freshly crowned best actress winner Cate Blanchett.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 4, 2014 1:43 PM
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How Most Indie Filmmakers Are Stunting the Growth of Their Own Films

It is almost a cliché it is so true. The Internet changes every part of the media world. There are no exceptions. I have come to the conclusion that there are two groups of people within the media world. Those who deny the change and those who acknowledge it. (Sort of like the climate.) Yes, it is that simple and that stark.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • February 28, 2014 3:16 PM
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Oscar Loves a Woman on the Edge: Eight Iconic Best Actress Snubs (CLIPS)

Why does cinema favor the mad woman? It's easy to see why Oscar does: roles like Jasmine French give an actress space to not only chew but swallow and spit up scene after scene. Cate Blanchett will almost certainly win Best Actress this year for her frittered, diabolical performance in "Blue Jasmine" as cinema's archetypical woman-on-the-verge: that pill-popping, martini-swilling mad Medea who men fear and women sometimes dream of (being? playing? escaping into?).
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 25, 2014 1:40 PM
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Discover the Wes Anderson Experience

Upon this earth there are a few fortunate souls lucky enough to receive a role in a Wes Anderson film. In a series of interviews done round-table style after its recent Berlinale screening, the “Grand Budapest Hotel” cast members together suggested an on-set atmosphere not so different than the charming nature of the film itself. “It’s the Wes Anderson experience,” intoned Jeff Goldblum, “which is a lovely, delightful, uncommonly beautiful communal art project.”
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 25, 2014 12:44 PM
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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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