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Best of the Week: Top 15 Noir Classics, Jason Bateman's "Bad" Self, Smart Horror 'Cheap Thrills' & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 22, 2014 10:30 AM
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Neil Burger Talks Being a 'Divergent' Director (TRAILER)

When asked if he was "Divergent," Neil Burger replied affirmatively but admitted that his biggest films -- "The Illusionist," "Limitless," and "Divergent" -- are all about the quest for empowerment: Ed Norton pulls off a grand scheme to win back the heart of Jessica Biel and to fit in with the social elite; Bradley Cooper takes a psychotropic drug to overcome writer's block and becomes superhuman; and Shailene Woodley's Tris utilizes her extraordinary versatility to lead an uprising against a fascist regime.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 21, 2014 2:57 PM
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Is 'Cheap Thrills' a Horror Movie? Director E.L. Katz Isn't Sure, Talks Viscera-Splattered Gore, Tonal Mutants (TRAILER)

Director E.L. Katz wanted to make a party movie with shades of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." With his debut feature "Cheap Thrills"--think Michael Haneke's class critique "Funny Games" by way of a meat grinder-- he has done just that, and then some.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 20, 2014 4:09 PM
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LISTEN: Three Seasoned Hollywood Reporters Debate the Future of Filmed Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE PODCAST)

On the occasion of the publication of "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," which covers one year at the movies-- 2012, from January's Sundance Film Festival through Oscar night 2013, when "Argo" won Best Picture--I invited two seasoned film industry reporters to debate with me the future of filmed entertainment ahead of last Sunday's screening of "Argo" at The Egyptian Theatre. We do not always agree.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2014 3:56 PM
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Rithy Panh Talks Oscar-Nominated 'The Missing Picture' (CLIP)

Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh devoted his life and career to the documentation and investigation of the Khmer Rouge -- not just the mass killings themselves but also the ideological fervor that made them possible. All of Panh’s films are personal, but "The Missing Picture," which was nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar and arrives in select theaters March 19 and plays Idaho's Treefort Film Festival this weekend, is also autobiographical.
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  • March 19, 2014 1:54 PM
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Exclusive: Riviera Maya Film Festival Director Paula Chaurand Talks Why the Fest Matters to Mexico, and the World

In three Mexican cities along the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, the Riviera Maya Film Festival packed up its third year last weekend. On opening night, I sat down with festival director Paula Chaurand. She's young, hip, cinema-savvy -- in other words, the perfect person to spearhead a new Latin American fest.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 18, 2014 2:03 PM
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Best of the Week: SXSW Wrap & Exclusives, Riviera Maya Film Fest, Ralph Fiennes Career Watch & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 15, 2014 3:09 PM
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Diego Luna, Michael Peña, Rosario Dawson Talk SXSW Audience Award Winner 'Cesar Chavez' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

After a rousing North American premiere at SXSW, Mexican director Diego Luna and actors Michael Peña, Rosario Dawson and Gabriel Mann talk about the challenge of turning the great farm worker activist Cesar Chavez into a watchable movie. They did it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 15, 2014 2:16 PM
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Legendary Editor Walter Murch Talks the Physics of 'Particle Fever'

Mark Levinson's "Particle Fever" is the first great doc of the year (and let's hope it gets remembered during the next awards season). It's about the ground-breaking, Nobel Prize-winning experiment that helped unravel the nature of existence. Veteran editor/sound designer Walter Murch ("Apocalypse Now"), whose always had a fascination for physics, was brought on to "galvanize" the project but ended up spending a year humanizing this compelling work about the collision of science and art.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 14, 2014 2:04 PM
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Wes Anderson Talks Inventing Euro-Past in 'Grand Budapest Hotel' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

In an exclusive SXSW video interview, Wes Anderson describes how he made "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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