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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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Best of the Week: Oscar Predictions, The Female Superhero Strikes Back, Duplass' New Indie Paradigm & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 9, 2014 1:46 PM
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Director John Bruno Talks the Stormy Waters of 'Deepsea Challenge 3D' & "The Ultimate Stress Test" of James Cameron (TRAILER)

For John Bruno, it was surreal directing James Cameron's record-breaking solo voyage into the deepest part of the ocean in the Mariana Trench for the "Deepsea Challenge 3D" doc. That's because the journey into the abyss this time was real after first working with Cameron as VFX supervisor on "The Abyss" 26 years ago.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 8, 2014 2:00 PM
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WATCH: What's Ahead for Rising 'Whiplash' Star Miles Teller? Awards? A Marvel Franchise? (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW)

I thought Miles Teller had a future when I saw his touching performance in 2010 drama "Rabbit Hole" at age 22. I figured he had a career when I saw him carry the lead opposite Shailene Woodley in Sundance romance "The Spectacular Now." And a year later, he's a rising star when I saw him hold his own opposite the mighty J.K. Simmons in Sundance opening night hit "Whiplash," which will be released by Sony on October 10.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2014 11:34 AM
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Guillermo del Toro Talks Animated Ode to Mexico 'Book of Life' (NEW TRAILER)

The Mexico of new animated Halloween film "The Book of Life," producer Guillermo Del Toro promised, "is not just as folklore memory. It's punk, scat, rock 'n roll modernity. It's a colorful and playful celebration of the life of all those who came before us."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2014 3:11 PM
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How Lasse Hallstrom Spiced Up 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' with Sexy Food, 35 mm, and A.R. Rahman

"I don't think it's about the close-ups of the food," says "The Hundred-Foot Journey" director Lasse Hallstrom. "I think it's about the sensuality of the performances. Another attraction with this story was that I could play around with merging the sounds, the languages [and the tasty hybrid score by composer A.R. Rahman]. There’s a lot of different languages that are not translated, so it’s another spice, another color of the film that I appreciated."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 7, 2014 2:25 PM
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'The One I Love' Multi-Tasker Mark Duplass Explains His New Indie Paradigm

I’ll be perfectly honest with you: the way I work on a micro-budget makes me more money and makes me more creatively satisfied than if I was doing movies at a 4-to-$7-million level. It sounds crazy, but I now have the connections in the industry so that I can borrow cameras and I can borrow locations. Everybody works for [a small flat fee per} day — whether you’re a PA or a director, whoever you are. It’s all Communism. But you get points, and everybody’s an owner in the movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2014 3:21 PM
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Best of the Week: Comic-Con Wrap, Weinstein's Oscar Frontrunners, Friedkin on 'Sorcerer' & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 2, 2014 11:00 AM
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How Alex Gibney Found Nigerian Superstar Fela Kuti

Afrobeat superstar Fela Kuti provides a fascinating subject for frequent music documentarian Alex Gibney in "Finding Fela," which was well-reviewed at Sundance and opens in theaters Friday via Kino Lorber.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 4:49 PM
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