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Immersed in Movies: Greengrass and Hanks Talk Moments of Crisis in 'Captain Phillips'

Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks discuss authenticity and emotional truth in the fact-based high-seas drama, "Captain Phillips."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 11, 2013 1:23 PM
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NYFF: James Gray Talks 'The Immigrant,' Joaquin Phoenix Doesn't (Q & A VIDEO)

James Gray's "The Immigrants" is one of those films where you feel that all the energy went into slavishly recreating the period; you leave humming the sets. At the press conference (see video below), Gray had to do all the talking, as Joaquin Phoenix was there to lend moral support but not much else.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2013 8:01 PM
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NYFF: Redford Eventually Does Show for 'All Is Lost' Press Conference (TRAILER)

There’s a running gag among the media regarding Robert Redford’s lack of punctuality – he’s always seemed to take a perverse pleasure in letting the press cool its collective heels. So there wasn’t a lot of surprise in the room at the New York Film Festival Tuesday morning when critic Amy Taubin and director J.C. Chandor were left by their lonesomes, on stage at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, waiting for Redford to appear at the post-screening press conference for Chandor’s “All Is Lost” -- the one-man-Redford show about a sailor lost at sea, and which could – could – be the film that earns the actor his late-inning Oscar.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 8, 2013 6:28 PM
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Talking Doc 'Valentine Road': Shedding Light on a Gay Teen's Murder and its Troubling Legal Aftermath

Director Marta Cunningham and producer Sasha Alpert discuss their documentary "Valentine Road," which debuts October 7 on HBO, and takes an impressively even-handed, clear-eyed look at the murder of gay teen Lawrence King, and the subsequent trial faced by his shooter, 14-year-old Brandon McInerney.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 7, 2013 6:30 AM
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Spike Jonze Previews 'Her' Before its New York Film Festival Unveiling

Spike Jonze did not have a completed film to show at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, even though he'd been working on his fourth feature "Her" for three years, and editing the film for 14 months. It was "a relentless process" he said at the TIFF Q & A. "I don't know what I'm making, I find it along the way." But he did provide a tantalizing preview of "Her," which was financed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna, via clips and a talk with his friend, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2013 12:53 PM
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Kimberly Peirce Talks Long-Gestating Queer Comedy 'Butch Academy,' Plus Read NYT Profile on Director's Return with 'Carrie' UPDATED

UPDATE: Director Kimberly Peirce has plans to rewrite and resuscitate her long in the works, Judd Apatow-shepherded queer comedy "Butch Academy." She told the Playlist that the project "had transmen transitioning, it had butches and straight men sharing advice about how to please women. It crosses some boundaries.” In other words, it's edgy for a studio comedy. If her remake of "Carrie" does well at the box office this month, then maybe "Butch Academy" will have the momentum to move forward. Let's hope so.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 4, 2013 1:46 PM
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'Gravity': Alfonso Cuaron Talks Creating Space Epic (VIDEO)

"Gravity" is a must-see for any cinephile. Alfonso Cuaron and a team of gifted artists have produced a deceptively simple outer space thrill-ride about two marooned astronauts spinning in zero G who must figure out how to return home. The reason it took Cuaron more than four years to make the movie is that he, like James Cameron and others before him, had to create his own tech tools.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 4, 2013 10:51 AM
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Jennifer Lawrence Gets Emotional About 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' Talks Hardest Scene and More in New EW

In this week's Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands October 4), "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, along with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson, sit down with the mag to discuss the upcoming franchise entry, hitting theaters November 22. Interview highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2013 12:06 PM
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Q & A: Indie Hit 'Enough Said' Is Oscar Race Dark Horse

Nicole Holofcener is one of those respected specialty players who has never crossed over to the mainstream. Now may be her time. With rave reviews and strong box office and an awards push from Fox Searchlight (which developed the project from a pitch), "Enough Said" could wind up a strong contender in the Oscar race in multiple categories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2013 3:04 PM
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Oscar-Bound Bruce Dern Talks Career and Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

Let the Oscar drum-roll begin for 77-year-old actor Bruce Dern. He talks his career, and his wonderfully heartbreaking performance as Woody Grant, an aging man on a quest for a dubious sweepstakes reward of $1 million, in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 30, 2013 4:25 PM
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