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Cinematographer Manuel Claro Talks the Bearable Lightness of 'Nymphomaniac'

Cinematographer Manuel Claro calls "Nymphomaniac" the ultimate Lars von Trier movie ("Volume II" opens Friday), containing "a fuck you to film school energy that's all over the place," in which the director's pessimism and optimism battle one another. However, after the in-your-face look of"Melancholia," the opus about sex addiction starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard was much simpler to light, despite the greater length and traipsing 55 days through Germany and Belgium.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 3, 2014 3:28 PM
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Jonathan Glazer Explains Why 'Under the Skin' Took a Decade to Make: "I'm stubborn" (VIDEOS)

Filmmaker Jonathan Glazer on why it took him ten years to make "Under the Skin": "I am stubborn, you have to strong have a strong will to do anything really, to stand by what you are trying to do. It's made a lot easier when you are inspired by something."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2014 5:20 PM
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Best of the Week: Splashy 'Noah,' Sexy Scarlett, Shifting Media Landscape and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 29, 2014 2:21 PM
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Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Talks Ark and Arcs in 'Noah'

Darren Aronofsky has always been drawn to the mystical, and "Noah" is even ballsier than "Pi" or "The Fountain." Of course, it's divisive as environmental allegory and the conflict between religion and science. But I think it's a powerful evocation of creation and destruction, love and beauty, and the difficulty of raising a family. Talk about survival and rebirth: It's the ultimate road movie, according to cinematographer Matthew Libatique, who's shot every Aronofsky movie but "The Wrestler" because of a temporary rift.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 28, 2014 2:05 PM
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How 'Divergent' Became a Franchise Before It Opened and Lost Its Director

"Divergent" will prove itself at the box office on its second weekend--but the sequel is on its way no matter what. Producer Lucy Fisher reveals how they made the movie, found their romantic leads, lost the director for the sequels, and why this represents a new filmmaking paradigm.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2014 7:46 PM
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Errol Morris Stands Up for Unapologetic Donald Rumsfeld Doc 'The Unknown Known'

Errol Morris talks back on his new documentary on Donald Rumsfeld "The Unknown Known," which arrives in theaters April 4.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 26, 2014 11:53 AM
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Bryan Cranston Talks the Kiss That Got Him Into Acting, Project Quality Over Paychecks, Walter White and More

Bryan Cranston, whose much beloved "Breaking Bad" wrapped last year and is now looking ahead to the upcoming "Godzilla" reboot as well as currently starring as Lyndon B. Johnson on Broadway, sat down for a great interview with the Guardian, where he talked everything from sympathy for Walter White, to the importance of project quality over pay offers, the kiss that got him into acting and more. Quote highlights, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 24, 2014 12:26 PM
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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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