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Ben Kingsley's Tightrope with Mythology, from Attenborough's 'Gandhi' to Upcoming 'Boxtrolls,' 'Exodus,' and 'Jungle Book'

Ben Kingsley relayed how sad it was that Richard Attenborough had suffered a massive stroke and could hardly string a sentence together, and that he had visited him not too long ago. But our entire conversation, which covered "The Boxtrolls," "Exodus: Gods and Kings," "The Walk," and "The Jungle Book," sprang from the actor finding those seminal moments of inner truth and character flaws in a script that he can build on from the inside out.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 26, 2014 4:43 PM
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Best of the Week: Return to 'Sin City,' Telluride Predictions, Emmy Watch & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 23, 2014 11:00 AM
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Will Emmy-Winner 'Cosmos' Be Back?

Will the force behind "Cosmos," Emmy-winning writer/producer Ann Druyan, the widow of Carl Sagan, be able to bring back her reimagined television show? She needs to convince both Fox and host Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2014 5:23 PM
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How Joseph Gordon-Levitt Blew Up Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez's Return to Sin City, 'A Dame to Kill For'

It's hard to believe that it's been nine years since "Sin City." So much has changed and we're worse off, in many ways, which makes the timing just right to slip back into Frank Miller's deliriously noir hell hole. If anything, "A Dame to Kill For" is bolder yet more cohesive and emotionally involving. It's certainly more immersive in 3-D and it's all green screen with no sets whatsoever. As a result, this dream-like world where "Shock Corridor" collides with "Kiss Me Deadly seems even more tactile and surreal.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 22, 2014 12:52 PM
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Best of the Week: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 16, 2014 2:32 PM
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Chris Moore Creates 'The Chair' Indie Film Competition (TRAILER EXCLUSIVE)

"The Chair" is many things. Dreamed up by producer Chris Moore, it's two indie movies directed by rookies, YouTube sensation Shane Dawson and NYU screenwriter Anna Martemucci ("Breakup at a Wedding"), which will be released in theaters by Starz. It's also a ten-part one hour unscripted original documentary series, which starts airing on Starz September 6. And it's a reality show competition with $250,000 going to the winner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 7:57 PM
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Isabelle Huppert on Embracing the Darkness in Breillat's 'Abuse of Weakness,' Genet's 'The Maids' with Blanchett

Isabelle Huppert is something of an enigma. The Cannes and Cesar-winning actress plays women whose strength resides in some depraved inner core. And that perversity threatens to drive her characters deep into the void, as in Haneke's "The Piano Teacher," or into the light as in her new film with Catherine Breillat, "Abuse of Weakness."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 15, 2014 4:02 PM
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Screen Talk: Remembering Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, New Director/TV Paradigm, Festival Update, Emmys, Week's Picks

On this week's Screen Talk podcast (available on iTunes), Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I remember Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams, look at the new director paradigm on television pioneered by Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh in "True Detective" and "The Knick," respectively, talk "Outlander" and Emmys, latest festival news and make our picks of the week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2014 1:36 PM
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TIFF WATCH: Simon Pegg & Peter Chelsom Talk Brit Flicks and 'Hector & The Search For Happiness' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Peter Chelsom makes a welcome return to witty British moviemaking with "Hector and the Search for Happiness," starring two of my faves, Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike. Based on a bestselling memoir by a real-life French psychiatrist, the anglicized movie version follows stick-in-the-mud shrink Hector (Pegg) on a quest around the world for happiness. I talk to Pegg and Chelsom on video below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 4:51 PM
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WATCH: Oscar-Worthy John Lithgow Talks Ira Sachs' Gay Love Story 'Love Is Strange' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

There are so many coming-of-age stories every year that it's rare to see a mature love story. Even though Ira Sachs' "Love is Strange," which debuted at Sundance, is about two gay men who get married, it's more about aging love. It's touching how much these men love each other. Sony Pictures Classics releases the film August 22 in New York and LA.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2014 2:54 PM
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