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WATCH: Judi Dench Speaks Eloquently About Meeting and Playing the Real-Life 'Philomena'

Last month at the Venice Film Festival, Judi Dench spoke eloquently at the "Philomena" press conference about meeting the real Philomena Lee, now 80, and the challenges of bringing her unusual life to the screen. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 21, 2013 12:04 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Bernard Rose on Ken Russell's 'Billion Dollar Brain,' Starring Michael Caine and Karl Malden

Back to the Sixties! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Bernard Rose introducing 1967's "Billion Dollar Brain," helmed by arthouse fave Ken Russell ("The Devils," "Tommy").
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  • October 18, 2013 1:52 PM
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10 New Images from Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' Plus Trailer UPDATED

UPDATE: Check out 10 new images from Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Plus, watch the trailer, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 18, 2013 1:29 PM
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Entertainment One Takes Rights for 'Gabrielle,' Canada's Foreign-Language Oscar Entry UPDATED

UPDATE: Entertainment One has scooped up US rights to Canada's official Oscar entry, "Gabrielle." The film, which is the second feature film by director Louise Archambault, centers on a Quebecois young woman (played by Gabrielle Marion-Rivard) with Williams syndrome, which slows cognitive abilities while often increasing gregariousness and heightening musical talent.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 18, 2013 12:06 PM
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WATCH: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette on 'All Is Lost,' Starring Robert Redford

Check out this new behind-the-scenes featurette for J.C. Chandor's survival tale "All Is Lost," starring Robert Redford, which hits theaters today. In the featurette, Redford, Chandor, and producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb, among others, discuss the production of the film, and its simple but powerful premise.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 18, 2013 11:51 AM
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WATCH: New Trailer for 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,' Featuring New Original Song by U2

A new trailer has arrived for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," featuring a brand new U2 song, "Ordinary Love." The film, which stars Idris Elba in the title role of South Africa's former president and anti-apartheid revolutionary, played to middling reviews upon its TIFF premiere, though praise for Elba continues to be high.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 18, 2013 11:27 AM
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Watch: EXCLUSIVE Clip from Must-See '12 Years a Slave' with Oscar Contenders Ejiofor, Fassbender and Nyong'o

Since its debut at Telluride, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" has become the film to beat in the Best Picture Oscar race. Check out an exclusive clip, below, in which Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) admits to her master Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) that she went to a neighboring plantation to get a small bar of soap.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 17, 2013 3:10 PM
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Why Michael Fassbender Doesn't Have to Campaign for Oscar Frontrunner '12 Years a Slave' (CHARLIE ROSE VIDEO)

In the November issue of GQ, Michael Fassbender leads the writer on a wild motorcycle race, opens up about his work jag and lets loose on why he won't campaign for "12 Years a Slave." His memorable quote has gone viral: "It's just a grind. And I'm not a politician. I'm an actor." Instead of campaigning, this month Fassbender is heading to New Zealand to shoot his own indie feature, followed by "Macbeth" with Marion Cotillard. On the second viewing of the film, as floored as I was by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kenyan Yale grad Lupita Nyong'o, I appreciated the nuances of Fassbender's performance as Epps, a ruthless slave driver. As far as I'm concerned Fassbender doesn't have to campaign.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2013 2:23 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Sam Hamm on 'Strangers When We Meet,' Starring Kirk Douglas and Kim Novak

Back to the Sixties! continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Sam Hamm introducing 1960's "Strangers When He Meet"; he describes it as "the best story of adultery ever filmed by Hollywood."
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  • October 16, 2013 1:54 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Allan Arkush on Norman Jewison's 'The Thrill of It All,' Starring Doris Day and James Garner

It's Back to the Sixties! at Trailers from Hell this week, with director Allan Arkush introducing 1963's "The Thrill of It All," starring Doris Day and James Garner.
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  • October 14, 2013 11:36 AM
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