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Anatomy of a Scene: Talking the 'Her' Office with Oscar-Nominated Production Designer K.K. Barrett

Spike Jonze's beautiful and beguiling "Her," the dark horse in the best picture Oscar race, offers a warm and inviting fusion of LA/Shanghai, with its intoxicating use of red. And the opening scene in the office -- a high rise on Hope near Bunker Hill -- wonderfully sets up the delicate mood and world inhabited by the forlorn Joaquin Phoenix. Oscar-nominated production designer K.K. Barrett discusses his artistic choices and the impact.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 31, 2014 2:05 PM
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Oscar-Nominated 'The Square' Team Talk Filming a Revolution (VIDEO)

TOH! interviews the team behind Oscar-nominated documentary "The Square," now streaming on Netflix.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2014 12:29 PM
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Teller Speaks! Talking Wondrously Mind-Boggling Art Doc 'Tim's Vermeer'

“Tim’s Vermeer” is a beautiful documentary, winningly compact at only 80 minutes, about an artist’s labor of love. It is also about an endearing technological genius, inventor Tim Jenison, and his insistence that art and technology are closer than they appear.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2014 11:22 AM
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Anatomy of a Scene: Oscar-Nominated Editor Christopher Rouse Talks the Pivotal Attack in 'Captain Phillips'

Best Picture nominee "Captain Phillips" is the ultimate in Paul Greengrass-style verite, given its life and death intensity and emotional epiphanies. More than just a fact-based heist gone bad, it raises deep concerns about our globalized world in conflict. Oscar nominee Christopher Rouse, who's already won an Academy Award for editing "The Bourne Ultimatum," discusses the pivotal attack on the Alabama, which was dangerous to shoot as well as challenging to cut.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 29, 2014 2:05 PM
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Elisabeth Moss Wows Sundance with Two Films, 'The One I Love' and 'Listen Up Philip' (TRAILERS)

Elisabeth Moss talks two Sundance entries shot during her "Mad Men" hiatus, "The One I Love" and "Listen Up Philip." "When Hollywood succeeds it wants to repeat itself, make a movie like THAT," she says. "I tend to look for things that are new and different and that we haven't seen in a movie."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 27, 2014 5:16 PM
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Sundance Panel: Spotlight on Women Directors Kennedy, Walker, Helfand, Lynch (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Watch: Exclusive video of the Spotlight on Women Directors Sundance panel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2014 6:50 PM
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Best of the Week: Sundance Wrap & Top 10 Lists, Producers Guild Tie Shakes Up Oscar Race & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • January 25, 2014 3:22 PM
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LISTEN to Joaquin Phoenix Tell All on Terry Gross's Fresh Air

Joaquin Phoenix has enjoyed a strained relationship with his public. He's one of our great actors, from "Gladiator," which earned him one of three Oscar nominations (along with "Walk the Line" and "The Master") to Spike Jonze's "Her." Getting him to talk to Fresh Air's ace interlocutor Terry Gross was a favor to all of us. What did he reveal?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2014 3:10 PM
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Talking the Oscar-Nominated Sound Editing and Mixing of 'Lone Survivor'

Peter Berg's underrated "Lone Survivor" received its lone Oscar nominations in the sound editing and mixing categories, but it's well-deserved. The fact-based adventure about a failed Navy SEALS mission in Afghanistan grabs us by the throat and never lets up. And the sound is among the most intense and immersive experiences for a modern war film.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 24, 2014 2:47 PM
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Talking the Oscar-Nominated Costume Design of 'The Invisible Woman'

Oscar-winning costume designer Michael O' Connor ("The Duchess") may be an expert at period pieces, but he was a Charles Dickens novice along with actor-director Ralph Fiennes before making "The Invisible Woman." And in this year's battle of the period pieces ("American Hustle," "The Great Gatsby," "The Grandmaster," "12 Years a Slave"), O'Connor is somewhat of a surprise nominee.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 22, 2014 2:05 PM
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