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New York Film Critics' Cinematography Winner Delbonnel Goes 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Given the evocative look and setting of the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," it's not surprising that Bruno Delbonnel snagged the cinematography award yesterday from the New York Film Critics Circle. He exquisitely captures the coldness, sadness, unhappiness, and loneliness of Oscar Isaac's struggling folk singer in Greenwich Village of '61.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 4, 2013 2:16 PM
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How Indies 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Out of the Furnace' Got Made: Relativity's Robbie Brenner Talks Bale, McConaughey and Leto

Relativity's Robbie Brenner backed two movies in the year-end awards derby, "Out of the Furnace" and "Dallas Buyers Club."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 7:20 PM
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Brie Larson Wins Best Actress Gotham Award; Needs Support for 'Short Term 12' Best Actress Campaign (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

What a year Brie Larson has had. She shines in "21 Jump Street," as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's feature directing debut "Don Jon" and James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now," which both debuted at Sundance. But her breakthrough lead role is in writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton's SXSW jury-prize winner "Short Term 12." The must-see movie, which is uplifting and moving, could get some critics group and Indie Spirit attention in the next weeks.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 4:59 PM
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Matthew McConaughey Talks "Behaving, Not Acting" in 'Dallas Buyers Club' UPDATED (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

The last time I sat down with Gotham Best Actor-winner Matthew McConaughey, almost a year ago, he looked scarily thin. He'd lost 38 pounds to prep for passion project "The Dallas Buyer's Club," about a straight man fighting HIV who becomes a dealer in unapproved drugs to stave off AIDS. The actor was fasting and subsisting on a diet of fresh fish and a daily glass of red wine. He was down from 182 to 143 pounds as he was just about to start filming. In our latest exclusive video interview, McConaughey talks about his new approach to choosing roles, which has yielded a rich panoply of films with top directors. One reason he'll be in the Oscar conversation for Best Actor for "Dallas Buyer's Club" is that he's overdue, and his comeback has been noted.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 4:47 PM
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New York Film Critics Winner Redford Candidly Talks Career and Stunning 'All is Lost' (UPDATE)

Following his triumph at Cannes with "All is Lost," Robert Redford has now landed a Best Actor win from the New York Film Critics Circle. He is on his way to an expected Oscar nomination.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 3:26 PM
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RIP Paul Walker, Who Was Two Weeks Away from Sharing with Audiences the Finest Performance of His Career (TRAILER)

Chalk it up as a tragic irony of an untimely demise: At the time he was killed Saturday in a Los Angeles auto mishap at the ridiculously young age of 40, Paul Walker was less than two weeks away from seeing how movie audiences and VOD viewers would respond to what arguably was the finest performance of his career up to that point, as a desperate father who triumphs over death.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • December 1, 2013 1:57 PM
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Best of the Week: Indie Spirit Noms Shake Up Awards Race, Things I Learned at First 'American Hustle' Screening, Oscar Contender Interviews and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • November 30, 2013 2:39 PM
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Breaking Down How 'Catching Fire' Became A Record-Breaking Blockbuster

It wasn't easy to turn Suzanne Collins' first book in her "Hunger Games" trilogy into a global blockbuster, nor was it easy to navigate through the departure of director Gary Ross to find his replacement, Francis Lawrence, amid a change of management at the studio, Lionsgate. But producer Nina Jacobson steered the $140-million "Catching Fire" to its takeoff last weekend, when it broke records, and is soaring into the holiday stratosphere.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2013 4:23 PM
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Composer Nicholas Britell Talks the Powerful Spiritual-Field Songs in '12 Years a Slave'

Composer Nicholas Britell ("Gimme the Loot") provides a powerful musical accompaniment for Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" with a series of spiritual-field songs and stringed waltzes (which are currently available on the Columbia Records soundtrack). These originals and recreations enable us to better understand and appreciate the rich musical heritage that sprung from such inhumanity.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 29, 2013 2:20 PM
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The Liberation of Harrison Ford, Character Actor: "It's risky every time you go out" (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

"It's risky every time you go out," says Harrison Ford. The iconic actor can still draw crowds in an Indiana Jones sequel, but at age 71, he is starting to enjoy his rights as a character actor in such roles as Branch Rickey in "42" and Colonel Graff in "Ender's Game."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 27, 2013 4:28 PM
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