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Talking the 'Her' Score with Arcade Fire Oscar Nominee William Butler

Oscar-nominated William Butler's first-time experience composing the wistful score for Spike Jonze's "Her" with his Arcade Fire partner Owen Pallett was a bit of a romance as well as a crash course in moviemaking. And yet the experience opened him up more intuitively to the collaborative process.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 18, 2014 2:58 PM
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Miyazaki Talks Retirement, Oscars, True History in 'The Wind Rises'

Well, I hate to break it to you, but during my satellite interview at Team Disney last week on the Oscar-nominated "The Wind Rises," Hayao Miyazaki confirmed that he will not direct another movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2014 8:11 PM
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Oscar Writers Reveal Road to Movies at Santa Barbara 'It Starts with the Script' Panel (VIDEO)

The annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival "It Starts with the Script" panel where I grill many of the writing Oscar nominees is my favorite moderating duty. This year did not disappoint.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2014 4:28 PM
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Anatomy of a Scene: Dissecting the Bravura 'Gravity' Opening

The extraordinary 13-minute opening of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" is like a mini-movie, setting up the zero-gravity world in space, the two astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the mood, the tension, the crisis, and the metaphor. I break it down with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki, production designer Andy Nicholson, VFX supervisor Tim Webber, sound mixer Chris Munro, and editor Mark Sanger.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 14, 2014 2:45 PM
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Talking Cinematography with Oscar Nominees Lubezki, Deakins, Delbonnel, Le Sourd and Papamichael

The Oscar nominees for best cinematography are not only filled with indelible images but they're all constructed around the common theme of survival, disconnect, and rebirth. I discuss the works with all five Oscar nominees: Philippe Le Sourd ("The Grandmaster"), Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki ("Gravity"), Bruno Delbonnel ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), Phedon Papamichael ("Nebraska"), and Roger Deakins ("Prisoners").
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 13, 2014 2:13 PM
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Michelle Manning Explains Why She's the Latest Hollywood Producer to Indiegogo

More Hollywood producers are starting to come around to the idea that crowd funding sites like Indiegogo can help them get their independent projects made. On Wednesday, writer-director Mary Agnes Donoghue ("Beaches"), producers Michelle Manning and Gail Levin are launching a new campaign on IndieGoGo to raise post-production finishing funds for indie romantic comedy "Jenny's Wedding," starring Katherine Heigl.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2014 5:38 PM
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David O. Russell and Oscar-Nominated Crew Talk the Craft of 'American Hustle'

David O. Russell's on a roll with his Oscar-contending "American Hustle," his most personal and popular movie yet. It's smart and funny, and has obviously touched a nerve with its story of survival and reinvention during the cultural and political upheaval of the late '70s. "I don't care about pure dissipation or pure cynicism -- I've gotta have the thing that people live for," he insists. So in a recent roundtable discussion, we explored how this passion spilled over to his Oscar-nominated crew: production designer Judy Becker, costume designer Michael Wilkinson and editor Jay Cassidy.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 12, 2014 2:50 PM
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Leonardo DiCaprio: Hollywood Indie, from 'This Boy's Life' to 'Wolf of Wall Street' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Leonardo DiCaprio explains why he's been an independent since he was 15, how 'Titanic' allowed him to be a producer and chart his own course, and how McConaughey and Hill exploded the process on Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2014 2:12 PM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest Finds a Star in Alex Beh, Writer/Director and Leading Man of 'Warren'

Alex Beh's indie rom-com "Warren" is the kind of indie festival darling that you can tell, almost immediately, has legs. Set in and around the improv comedy scene in Chicago, the film follows its ambling title character (played by writer/director Beh), a late-20something comedian who moonlights as a barista. I sat down with Beh at the Santa Barbara Film Festival to talk about the film.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 10, 2014 12:25 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Charms Berlin, Cate Blanchett Courts Santa Barbara and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • February 8, 2014 5:33 PM
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