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Immersed in Movies: Peter Jackson Talks 'The Hobbit' and Controversial 48 fps

Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth with "The Hobbit" at the higher frame rate of 48 is certainly a bold experiment. It's new; it's different; it's smoother; it's more realistic. But there's no question that HFR 3-D is already causing an aesthetic divide. For some, it's jarring; for others, it's jaw-dropping.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 5, 2012 2:43 PM
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Oscar Watch: Check Out Online Screenplays for 'Amour,' 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'This is 40'

"It starts with the script" is an old chestnut which just happens to be true. I get a kick out of talking to actors, directors and studio heads, but by far my favorite conversations are with such writers as Michael Arndt or Tony Kushner. These people are smart! Years ago after interviewing the Coens for "Raising Arizona," I abandoned my fledgling efforts at screenwriting. I could never be that good.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2012 1:58 PM
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Rachel Weisz Talks 'Deep Blue Sea,' Consuming Love [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO] UPDATE

Rachel Weisz is a terrific actress at the height of her beauty and power who is trying to push good roles up the hill, with varying results, from "The Whistleblower" to "Agoura."  (More mainstream thriller "Dream House" yielded husband Daniel Craig, but was not a critics' picture.) UPDATE: Now she has won Best Actress from the New York Film Critics Circle for her towering powrformance in "The Deep Bliue Sea."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 3:08 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Talking More Stop-Motion with the 'ParaNorman' Directors

Laika's "ParaNorman" not only outpaced its two stop-motion rivals, "Frankenweenie" and "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," at the box office with a respectable $55.8 million, but it also pushed the boundaries of a family movie with its theme of intolerance...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 3, 2012 2:26 PM
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Iconic Images from French New Wave in Raymond Cauchetier's Photos De Cinéma Exhibit

Raymond Cauchetier's photographs of the French New Wave are treasures of the period. His photographs, from the sets of films such as Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" (he was the official on-set photographer) and François Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" are iconic. Gorgeous exhibition collection Photos De Cinéma is on view at Santa Monica's Peter Fefferman Gallery until December 6.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2012 6:25 AM
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Richard Burton & His Diaries, 'The Great Actor Who Hated Acting'

In The Great Actor Who Hated Acting, The New York Review of Books' Finton O'Toole looks at the late great Richard Burton. A new book, "The Richard Burton Diaries," delves in to the actor's mind and musings through his extensive personal diaries, published now for the first time. O'Toole recalls Burton's career, his life with Elizabeth Taylor, his impoverished youth and the traps of fame and alcohol as he ventures through the diaries and considers the insight they provide into Burton's psyche. Not only did Burton hate acting, he hated himself. O'Toole compares him to James Tyrone of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Days Journey Into Night," positing that both may be among the great twentieth century tragedies. Check out some highlights from O'Toole's review (which includes portions of Burton's diary entries) below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 29, 2012 7:00 AM
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Docs to Watch in 2013: IDFA Showcases Next Year's Crop -- 'I Am Breathing,' 'Winter Nomads,' 'Propaganda' & More

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, or IDFA, piles a selection of the year’s docs into a window in mid-November--this year during its recently-wrapped 25th edition. The films are not all new, but enough of them are being seen for the first time that IDFA becomes a showcase for next year. Here are some docs that you can expect to see in 2013.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • November 27, 2012 1:43 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Greenwood Talks 'Anna Karenina'

What's old is gloriously new again in Joe Wright's magnificent "Anna Karenina." He boldly conveys the complexity of Tolstoy's epic love story through the simplicity of a puppet-like theater, compressing time and collapsing space in a real theater. It's an elegant metaphor...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 26, 2012 1:35 PM
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LA Finally Gets 'Gatz': Love Affair Between Man and Book

On November 28, “Gatz” finally reaches a theater in Los Angeles, seven years after REDCAT first asked to produce the page-by-page retelling on stage of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby.” When “Gatz” played New York’s Public Theater two years ago, Ben Brantley’s review in the New York Times began: “The most compelling love affair being conducted on a New York stage this season isn’t between a man and a woman. (Or a man and a man, a woman and a woman or a boy and a horse.) It is between a man and a book.”
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • November 23, 2012 1:30 PM
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'Indie Game: The Movie' Filmmakers Share Self-Distribution Wisdom in Blog Series

After taking their film "Indie Game: The Movie" to Sundance and SXSW, directors/producers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky ventured into self-distribution territory. An increasingly popular question for filmmakers who first find support through crowd-funding ("Indie Game" used Kickstarter), is how to continue the momentum once you have the film? This "Indie Game" series may hold some answers.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 21, 2012 4:29 PM
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