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'Her' Designers Barrett and Storm Talk Creating Warm, Retro Look

Turns out that red is not only the warmest color in Spike Jonze's Oscar-contending "Her," but that there was no room for blue in this cozy LA of the near future. That's because the world building was retro rather than futuristic in exploring the conflict between emotion and environment, according to K.K. Barrett and Casey Storm, the director's longtime production designer and costume designer.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 24, 2013 2:50 PM
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Ben Stiller Talks 'Walter Mitty,' Gets Vulnerable, Puts Audiences First, Critics Last (Six-Minute Trailer)

Ben Stiller is one of the few remaining movie stars--audiences actually turn up to see him. While he does the occasional Noah Baumbach movie, Stiller's a studio animal. He's operating in that narrow band that remains for high-budget mainstream commercial movies aimed at a wide swath of audiences. And he's able to function with relative freedom because of his track record as a comedian (the "Meet the Parents" and "Night at the Museum" series) and producer-writer-director ("Tropic Thunder"). That's a sweet spot indeed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 24, 2013 2:31 PM
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The Designer Behind the Wild 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Costumes: Trish Summerville

Who dreamed up and executed all those crazy costumes in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"? Relatively new to moviemaking, American costume designer Trish Summerville is known for music videos (Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake) and dressing music stars such as Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin and Janet Jackson at stadium concerts around the world. That's why director Francis Lawrence asked her to create eye-popping show-stopper outfits, especially for archer Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Capitol fashion victim Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) in "Catching Fire."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 23, 2013 6:34 AM
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Uganda News Puts Focus on Oscar Contender 'God Loves Uganda'

God would love Uganda to win an Oscar -- or rather “God Loves Uganda,” Roger Ross Williams documentary takedown of U.S. evangelicals and their poisoning of Africa’s political/spiritual atmosphere. How else to interpret Friday’s development – the passage by Ugandan lawmakers of long-pending legislation that calls for life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality,” in a country where being gay is already a crime? The Almighty must have picked Williams in the heavenly Oscar pool.
  • By John Anderson
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  • December 22, 2013 3:03 PM
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Best of the Week: Top Ten Tom Hanks Performances, Talking Original Score Contenders, 'Wolf of Wall Street' and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • December 21, 2013 1:44 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass Talk Powerful Final Scene from 'Captain Phillips' (VIDEO)

Tom Hanks has never been as emotionally naked as in the final five minutes of "Captain Phillips." It's a powerful catharsis after the harrowing ordeal with the Somali pirates, made all the more remarkable by the fact that it was unscripted and improvised with the actual medic on duty in the infirmary (Danielle Albert). I dissected the memorable scene with Hanks and director Paul Greengrass (watch below). The performance and film are generating Oscar buzz.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 20, 2013 4:27 PM
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'Bethlehem': Talking Israel's Oscar Entry and Exploring the Fine Line Between Friend and Foe (TRAILER)

Yuval Adler is interested in the liminal space: the porous nature of borders both physical and interpersonal, the shifting nature of relationships that slide from friend to foe, from spy to confidant. The director's "Bethlehem," Israel's Oscar entry, is a taut, troubling reflection on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the multifarious connections between the two opposed and yet intimately neighbored nations.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 20, 2013 1:46 PM
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25 Years After Playing Young Tom Hanks in 'Big,' David Moscow Looks Back on Child Stardom, Penny Marshall's Direction, and The Making of a Classic

The second audition of David Moscow's career involved Penny Marshall, Robert De Niro, and a script about a 12-year-old Jersey boy who wishes "to be big."
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 19, 2013 12:58 PM
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David O. Russell Talks 'American Hustle' in Dubai, Redemption, Scorsese and Embracing "Muscular" Cinema

Is there a filmmaker of recent times who's enjoyed a more impressive career rebound than David O. Russell? Before "The Fighter" in 2010, Russell's career was in tatters, and in danger of flatlining for good. But that shrewd blend of "Rocky"-style boxing saga and family psychodrama marked a magnificent return to form, and was duly recognized with seven Oscar nominations. "Silver Linings Playbook" won Jennifer Lawrence her Oscar. Now "American Hustle" is in the mix. Russell talks about his career redemption.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 18, 2013 6:24 PM
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Alexandre Desplat Talks Embracing Humor Through Music in 'Philomena' Score

Composer Alexandre Desplat has never scored a comedy before and, although one wouldn't call "Philomena" a comedy, he nonetheless found the witty repartee between Judi Dench and Steve Coogan a lighter change of pace in crafting the music for his fifth collaboration with director Stephen Frears.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 18, 2013 2:10 PM
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