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Best of the Week: Pfister and Depp Interviews, Jon Hamm Career Watch, Women Screenwriters and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • April 19, 2014 2:45 PM
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Wally Pfister Talks Analog vs. Digital in 'Transcendence'

Wally Pfister not only adores film but also vinyl. That's because they both embody "the breath of life," analog beauty that's at the heart of "Transcendence." Indeed, the Oscar-winning cinematographer ("Inception") and Christopher Nolan's former right hand man couldn't have found a more personal statement for his directorial debut than a cautionary tale about uploading human consciousness into a super computer.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 18, 2014 1:15 PM
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Kevin Spacey Q & A: 'House of Cards' Wouldn't Exist Without Richard III, Focus of Self-Released Tribeca Doc (VIDEO)

In an in-depth interview, Kevin Spacey explains why "House of Cards" wouldn't exist without Shakespeare's Richard III, how he and Sam Mendes put together the Bridge Project, which took five plays to audiences around the world, and why Spacey financed and is self-releasing a documentary, of the "Richard III" tour, "NOW Behind the Scenes on a World Stage."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2014 3:56 PM
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Talking Tech and 'Transcendence' with Johnny Depp and Wally Pfister (VIDEO)

You can always bet on a lively press conference with Johnny Depp, but the recent tech talk about "Transcendence" and the inevitability of uploading human consciousness into a super computer brought out his more vulnerable side. Depp admitted, among other things, that he's too clumsy when it comes to texting and that his role as an AI scientist-turned megalomaniac was difficult without a flamboyant mask to hide behind.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 16, 2014 1:37 PM
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'Hank and Asha': How Two Newlyweds Shot a Long-Distance Romance on Their Honeymoon

"We premiered at Slamdance last year and won an award there, and have been on the festival circuit for a year at 25 to 30 festivals, where we won a bunch of awards."
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  • April 14, 2014 8:00 PM
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James Cameron on Reddit: Three 'Avatar' Sequels Almost Written, 'Years of Living Dangerously,' Guilty Pleasures, Oculus Rift

James Cameron has been a vegetarian for two years and explains exactly how the search teams in the Indian Ocean will find the submerged crash site for MH370 --if the pings they've located are in fact from the crashed jet's black box. And yes, we now know that the 59-year-old filmmaker/explorer is writing and prepping all three "Avatar" sequels at once before he starts shooting--they should be finished in the next six weeks, he writes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2014 5:35 PM
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Best of the Week: Jarmusch Ranked, Nic Cage's Soul Still Dances in 'Joe,' Ten Best 'Mad Men' Episodes & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • April 12, 2014 11:00 AM
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Roman Polanski Gives Rare Interview About Career, Retirement and 'Venus in Fur' (CLIPS)

Never one to do much press, Roman Polanski offers Variety a rare interview in which he talks about his new film "Venus in Fur," working with his actress-wife Emmanuelle Seigner and his storied -- and stormy -- cinematic career.
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  • April 11, 2014 12:42 PM
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Behind the High-Frame-Rate Restoration of 'Oklahoma!' Opening TCM Festival

Given Peter Jackson and James Cameron's current embrace of high-frame-rate, there's an added importance to Fox's restoration of the roadshow "Oklahoma!," which opens the TCM Classic Film Fest tonight at the TCL Chinese IMAX Theater. In addition to being shot in Todd-AO large format, the beloved 1955 musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein also experimented with 30 frames to solve the flickering problem and to better stave off competition from TV. The result is almost holographic.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 10, 2014 2:03 PM
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With 'Joe,' Nic Cage Gives His Best Performance Since 'Bad Lieutenant,' Insists He's Always Indie (VIDEOS)

"I had taken a year off," says Cage. "I wanted to put the mistakes I'd made in the past into a character. I wanted to make a movie with a filmmaker who has an original voice...I'm at my best when I'm working. That doesn't mean I cable it in, or roll over. I work through problems, when I have a job to do. It keeps me disciplined."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 9, 2014 4:40 PM
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