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Best of the Week: Top 10 Films of 2014 So Far, LA Film Festival, This Year's Movie Musicals & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • June 21, 2014 1:30 PM
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WATCH: Jenny Slate Talks Sex and Standup in Her Breakout Role in 'Obvious Child' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Stand-up comic Jenny Slate didn't go from zero to breakout overnight. Typically, like many performers, she's had wins and losses--like losing her gig on Saturday Night Live. It wasn't a good fit, she admits now. Clearly, indie "Obvious Child" suited her talents perfectly, as writer-director Gillian Robespierre carefully crafted this star vehicle that became the toast of Sundance 2014.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 8:04 PM
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Why Sebastian Junger Made and Self-Released 'Restrepo' Sequel 'Korengal,' New HBO Doc (VIDEO)

Vanity Fair writer Sebastian Junger is well-known not only for "The Perfect Storm" (which was made into a George Clooney action movie) and his intrepid war reporting--which he ended after the untimely death in Libya of his long-time partner, British Vanity Fair photographer and cinematographer Tim Hetherington--but the Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo." I interviewed Junger and Hetherington for that movie (see video below), and talked to Junger again recently about the sequel "Korengal," which is in current release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2014 4:40 PM
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How 'Coherence' Director James Ward Byrkit Made a Mini Sci-Fi Marvel in Five Days with No Script & No Budget

"Coherence" is not just smart science fiction: it's a triumph of crafty independent filmmaking, made with few resources and big ambition. Director James Ward Byrkit stripped his vision down to the barest of bones to achieve a mind-shifting, metaphysical freakout about a dinner party gone cosmically awry.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 20, 2014 2:32 PM
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How 'Think Like A Man Too' Sensation Kevin Hart Went from Struggling Comic to CEO of His Own Brand

Kevin Hart is nothing if not a man with a plan. And so far, that plan appears to be working remarkably well. "You can't outdo me because I control what I want to do, and I spread it out. I'm a company. I'm a CEO. That's always good. We have a CEO mindset going into anything we do," he says.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • June 19, 2014 2:40 PM
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Los Angeles Film Festival: Sundance-Winning College Satire 'Dear White People' Challenges Audiences (INTERVIEW)

"Dear White People" was one of those first features we often see at the Sundance Film Festival that charges out of the gate exploding with all the things the young filmmaker wants to say. This week, it plays the Los Angeles Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2014 1:12 PM
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WATCH: Video Interview with 'Land Ho!' Co-Stars Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson, the Unlikely Hits of Sundance

The unlikely stars of Sundance 2014, Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson, Explain How they Made Raucous Comedy "Land Ho!"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2014 5:25 PM
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Debra Granik Goes Rogue with First Doc 'Stray Dog' (LAFF World Premiere)

Filmmaker Debra Granik earned an impressive four Oscar nominations for 2010's "Winter's Bone," including best picture, actress (Jennifer Lawrence), supporting actor (John Hawkes) and adapted screenplay. Clearly all the talent on display in 2004's "Down to the Bone," which boosted the career of Vera Farmiga, was not a flash in the pan. What was the deliberate New York filmmaker, who works closely with producer-writer Anne Rossellini, do next?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2014 2:19 PM
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Best of the Week: New Podcast Screen Talk, Why 'Jupiter Ascending' Got Pushed, LGBT Film Essentials & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • June 14, 2014 11:00 AM
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Why David Michôd Steered Clear of Hollywood to Shoot 'The Rover' with Pearce and Pattinson (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

After Oscar-nominated "Animal Kingdom" hit Hollywood, Australian director David Michod was the talk of the town, doing rounds of meetings and reading stacks of scripts. One day he told his agents: "I want to stop reading, I'm not getting any work done." That film, which debuted at Cannes as a midnight movie, is the stark and violent suspense thriller "The Rover," shot with Guy Pearce and Rob Pattinson in the searing heat of the Australian outback.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2014 5:27 PM
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