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Watch: THR's Actress Round Table with Oprah, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Octavia Spencer, Amy Adams and Lupita Nyong'o (VIDEO)

The Hollywood Reporter's round table series adds its next installment this morning, assembling actresses Oprah Winfrey ("Lee Daniels' The Butler"), Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks"), Octavia Spencer ("Fruitvale Station"), Amy Adams ("American Hustle") and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") to talk everything from summoning tears for Steven Spielberg to, er, "muff shots." Quote highlights below, plus full video.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 25, 2013 4:22 PM
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Emma Thompson Talks Oscars, Herpes, 'Saving Mr. Banks,' and Talking Back to Ang Lee in 'A Life in Pictures' BAFTA Q&A

With her role as "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers in "Saving Mr. Banks" injecting fresh impetus into a career that’s already blessed with two Oscars (Best Actress for "Howard's End" and Best Adapted Screenplay for "Sense And Sensibility"), Emma Thompson made the ideal candid subject for BAFTA’s latest installment of their “A Life In Pictures” series.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 25, 2013 12:03 PM
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Daniel Brühl Talks Formula 1 Star Niki Lauda, 'Rush' and 'The Fifth Estate' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Spanish/German star Daniel Brühl not only co-starred with Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Fifth Estate," the opening night film at the Toronto International FIlm Festival, but with Chris Hemsworth in another international story based on real people, "Rush," directed by Ron Howard. Written by Peter Morgan (Howard's "Frost/Nixon") and produced by Imagine and Working Title, "Rush" could make Brühl a star, especially if he nabs awards attention for his portrait of the fiercely competitive Austrian Formula 1 driver.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2013 2:08 PM
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'All Is Lost' Is Far from Silent, Even with No Dialogue (VIDEO)

In space or on the ocean, no one can hear you scream. Comparisons abound between solo adventures "Gravity" and "All Is Lost," but unlike space, the ocean is far from silent. Even though J.C. Chandor's remarkable open-water survival thriller starring a 77-year-old Robert Redford boldly stepping out of his comfort zone is virtually dialogue-free. Thus the director was totally on board with making the sound design a driving narrative force.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 22, 2013 1:37 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Designing Cinematic Jigsaw Puzzle and Game-Changer 'Gravity'

"Gravity" production designer Andrew Nicholson, who will be at the Art Directors Guild Wednesday night and at USC on Friday, discusses why the immersive, Oscar-contending blockbuster is a model for the future of hybrid movies.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 20, 2013 2:48 PM
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Spike Lee Talks 'Oldboy,' Studio Interference, '12 Years a Slave' (and, Implicitly, 'Django Unchained') and More in NYT

Spike Lee's "Oldboy," a remake starring Josh Brolin of Park Chan-wook's now cult revenge classic, hits theaters November 27. Lee is profiled today in the New York Times and, as is to be expected, has some no-bullshit things to say about the lasting appeal of revenge films, his personal connection to the theme of fatherly guilt in his new film, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" (and, implicitly, Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained") and more. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 20, 2013 12:37 PM
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Why Bruce Dern Will Land an Oscar Nomination for 'Nebraska': The Method Actor Tapped His Own History

Bruce MacLeish Dern, age 77, has been having a blast on the speaking circuit. He's eating up the attention like a thirsty plant. Finally, after all these years, he landed an Oscar-worthy leading role, in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," which played well for the Academy last weekend. And Dern is loving it, even if he's losing his voice. He came to Sneak Previews and shared stories with us, including a heartbreaking explanation for the most emotionally moving scene in "Nebraska." Like the method actor that he is, Dern brought his own history to the performance.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2013 8:00 PM
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Best of the Week: Reviews of 'Hunger Games,' 'Lone Survivor,' and 'Out of the Furnace,' Behind the Scenes at Studio Ghibli & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • November 16, 2013 3:06 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Ballhaus Talks 'The Book Thief'

The Book Thief" might be flying under the Oscar radar, but it's a unique Holocaust story told from a child's point of view as well as Death's (adapted from the best-seller by Markus Zusak). And that's what attracted DP Florian Ballhaus, best known for comedy ("The Devil Wears Prada").
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 15, 2013 12:23 PM
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Indie Icon John Sayles Insists on His Right to Make a Black Female Buddy Picture If He Wants To ('Go for Sisters' TRAILER)

Mexican border noir "Go For Sisters," the latest emphatically idiosyncratic self-financed original from indie icon John Sayles, is finally hitting theaters in New York and Los Angeles this month, followed by a slow rollout through the rest of the country. (DVDs are available for pre-order on the VHX/Variance website.) A black female buddy road movie starring Lisa Gay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross as two African-American women who could "go for sisters" when they knew each other as teenagers is not exactly a commercial picture. But Sayles has made his peace with that long ago, deciding to tell the stories he wanted to tell, the way he wanted to tell them.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • November 14, 2013 3:28 PM
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