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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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Talking 'The LEGO Movie' with Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller

There's more than meets the eye in "The LEGO Movie." It's not only smart and witty but it also explores the essence of LEGO and Master Building and, finally, storytelling in a Pirandello-like way. I spoke with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (at LEGOLAND, of course) about making a subversive movie at Warner Bros. that pokes fun of studios, franchises and safe storytelling.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 7, 2014 4:15 PM
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Talking Johnny Depp's Oscar-Nominated Makeup and Hair in 'The Lone Ranger'

When it came to Johnny Depp's trippy Tonto in "The Lone Ranger," there were two makeup and hair challenges: the middle-aged Native American as well as the old man (a tribute to legendary Dick Smith's Jack Crabb from "Little Big Man"). We get the lowdown from Oscar-nominees Joel Harlow, who's become Depp's go-to makeup guy, and hairstylist Gloria Casny.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 7, 2014 2:28 PM
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Talking with the Oscar Nominees for Animated Short Film

I recently chatted with the Oscar nominees for "Feral" (Daniel Sousa), the Annie-winning "Get a Horse!" (Lauren MacMullan), "Mr. Hublot" (Laurent Witz), "Possessions" (Shuhei Morita), and "Room on the Broom" (Max Lang). We discussed personal connections and challenges. Interestingly, all five of the films explore the theme of adjusting to change in our lives.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 6, 2014 1:19 PM
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Five Things I Learned at DGA Symposium with Scorsese, Greengrass, Russell and McQueen (UPDATED)

Paul Greengrass, David O. Russell, Martin Scorsese and Steve McQueen explain how they shot key sequences their films at the annual pre-DGA Awards Directors' Symposium.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 6, 2014 6:15 AM
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Talking Benedict Cumberbatch, Dragon Secrets and More with the Oscar-Nominated Sound Editors of 'Smaug'

In returning to Middle-Earth for the second "Hobbit" adventure, "The Desolation of Smaug," Oscar-nominated sound editors Brent Burge and Chris Ward were given a gift with the very hot Benedict Cumberbatch. But when he was first announced, they were apprehensive that his overexposure on "Sherlock" and "Star Trek Into Darkness" might make his voice too familiar. But that all changed when he showed up and got down on his hands and knees, played around with his voice, and became the dragon.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 5, 2014 2:53 PM
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Oscar Nominee Christian Bale Holds His Roles to a High Standard, from 'American Hustle' to 'Out of the Furnace,' on DVD/Blu-ray March 11

Christian Bale has shown intensity, shape-shifting and commitment in roles that are more consistently memorable than most actors can claim over a long career. He doesn't agree-- a sign of the high standards to which he holds himself. Clearly he knows how to pick roles-- and deliver. He finally landed a Best Actor nomination for "American Hustle."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2014 11:59 AM
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Nine Things I Learned at the Hilarious Santa Barbara Film Fest Tribute to David O. Russell (VIDEO)

At the upbeat Santa Barbara International Film Festival best director tribute to David O. Russell, the Oscar-nominated man behind "American Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook" (who infamously called Lily Tomlin the c-word to her face in 2004) had us all in stitches. While Russell can get testy or cagey around questions about his so-called "hiatus" from film, this evening at SBIFF was a joyous one. Here are 9 things I learned.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 3, 2014 2:28 PM
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