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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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Take Note, Indie Filmmakers: Why Indiegogo Is at the Head of the Crowdfunding Class (Q & A)

At a recent panel in Los Angeles, Marc Hofstatter of Indiegogo was joined by campaign producer Ray Brown ("The Bounce Back") to discuss the ins-and-outs of the company, and what makes a successful campaign -- in other words, sage wisdom for any indie filmmaker looking to crowdfund.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 30, 2013 1:33 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Editors Joel Cox and Gary Roach Talk 'Prisoners'

Clint Eastwood's editors Joel Cox and Gary Roach discuss taking time out to get under the skin of Denis Villeneuve's provocative "Prisoners."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 27, 2013 1:10 PM
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Jim Mickle Talks Smart Horror Remake 'We Are What We Are'

Just three years after Jorge Michel Grau's 2010 Mexican film "We Are What We Are" played at the Cannes Festival market (see clip and original Mexican trailer below), Jim Mickle's American remake, which debuted well at Sundance, played in the festival proper in the Director's Fortnight, which sometimes welcomes smart well-made horror films such as this one. EOne opens the elegantly shot, well-acted film--which deals with a small town religious family maintaining their long tradition of ritual cannibalism-- September 27.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2013 11:59 AM
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks 'Don Jon,' Sexual Objectification, His Real-Life Girlfriend and More on Interview Trail (CLIPS)

With Joseph Gordon-Levitt's feature writing and directing debut "Don Jon" hitting theaters this weekend, following its festival run that launched at Sundance earlier this year and finished up at TIFF, the director-star is on the interview trail. Highlights below from his chats with TIME, Entertainment Weekly and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 26, 2013 1:59 PM
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OSCAR WATCH: Oscar Isaac Talks Acting and Guitar Picking for the Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

"Inside Llewyn Davis" is as pure as the driven snow, much like the title character played by gifted actor/musician Oscar Isaac in a breakout role that should earn awards attention. (He played supporting parts in "Sucker Punch" and "Drive," as Carey Mulligan's husband.) The movie is about an artist, for better or worse, who can't be anything but himself. The biggest challenge for the Coen brothers was finding an actor/musician who could carry the movie and sing its roster of challenging folks songs, holding the screen and not sending viewers toward the exits. Isaac was their guy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2013 1:15 PM
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