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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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ILM Gets Trippy with Scarlett Johansson's VFX in Luc Besson's 'Lucy'

Industrial Light & Magic embraced something completely different with Luc Besson's heady sci-fi actioner, "Lucy," in which Scarlett Johansson plays a badass and brainy super-gal who taps her full cerebral capacity in blazing a new evolutionary trail for humanity.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 1, 2014 1:01 PM
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'Calvary' Director McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson Talk the Betrayal of Trust (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

John Michael McDonagh's second film, "Calvary," was grabbed at Sundance by Fox Searchlight and opens in theaters August 1. "Calvary" marks perhaps Brendan Gleeson's best performance to date among many others--and a potential Oscar nomination. I talk to them both.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 6:16 AM
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William Friedkin Makes a Midler Musical, Defends Digital, Restores 'Sorcerer,' Reveres Old Studios

The director has been keeping busy not only writing his memoir, The Friedkin Connection, and directing such films as Tracy Lett's adaptation of "Killer Joe," starring Matthew McConaughey, but many operas. He's legendary for his intensity and demands for excellence--but the results speak for themselves. Always have. Friedkin has also painstakingly restored 1977 cult film "Sorcerer" which is out on Blu-Ray and is coming on DVD and Digital Download.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2014 5:25 PM
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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn Looks Forward -- and Back

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is the most irreverent Marvel departure, and, thanks to writer-director James Gunn ("Slither"), we're reminded that sci-fi can be fun. What's old is new again. But even though it wasn't his intention to give us a nostalgia trip while creating his own colorful galaxy of rogues and villains, it's an occupational hazard of turning archetypes on their heads.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 31, 2014 1:44 PM
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