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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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'Out in the Dark': The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name Dares to Challenge Borders

Michael Mayer came to the topic of "Out in the Dark," his debut feature which had its world premiere earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, through a combination of chance and unexpected passion. The Israeli-born filmmaker was eating dinner in Los Angeles with a friend from Tel Aviv who mentioned his work with gay Palestinians living in Israel and told Mayer about their legal, political and emotional uncertainties. "It kind of blew me away," he told me in a phone interview last week. "It was the first time since film school when I was like, 'oh shit, I want to tell that story.'"
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 24, 2013 3:17 PM
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Jessica Chastain & Ned Benson Talk the Long Road to TIFF Hit 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby'

One of the unforeseen but delightful surprises at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby." I must confess that, stumbling bleary-eyed into its first 9 am press screening, I did feel slightly concerned about the 190-minute running time of writer-director Ned Benson's debut.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 23, 2013 6:04 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Dod Mantle Talks Ron Howard's 'Rush' and 'In the Heart of the Sea' (VIDEO)

Anthony Dod Mantle is in the race for his second Oscar for "Rush," and explains how he processed and integrated archival footage with live-action cinematography for a '70s painterly look.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 20, 2013 2:41 PM
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Sackler Talks Astonishing TIFF Doc 'Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus'

I learned a lot of things I did not know in Madeleine Sackler's astonishing documentary "Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus," which HBO Documentary Films scooped up before its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. (HBO will air the film in 2014.) The weird title starts to make sense when you see the movie, which chronicles the many hurdles placed in front of an underground theater troupe, the Belarus Free Theatre.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 20, 2013 2:25 PM
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TIFF Interview: How Alex Gibney Changed Gears on Biker-Doping Doc 'The Armstrong Lie' (CLIP)

Alex Gibney talks his new doc "The Armstrong Lie," which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2013 3:07 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Transforming 'The Wizard of Oz' in 3-D for IMAX (VIDEO)

"The Wizard of Oz" gets a 3-D makeover for IMAX and relaunches the renovated TCL Chinese Theater for a one-week engagement September 20. Three scenes were previewed to press, and it was a nice sampling: the introduction of the Tin Man, the storming of the Wicked Witch's castle, and the climactic castle chase.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 11, 2013 2:30 PM
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Talking 'Wadjda' Firsts: Film Shot Entirely in Saudia Arabia, and By a Woman (TRAILER)

When Haifaa Al Mansour made a short film several years ago with her brother and sister, and it was accepted at a regional film competition in Abu Dhabi, she didn't know she was taking on the title of Saudi Arabia’s first woman filmmaker. In the fall of 2012, she went to the Venice International Film Festival with "Wadjda," the first feature film to be made by a Saudi woman, and the first to be shot entirely inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It recently scored an Indie Spirit nomination for Best First Feature.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 9, 2013 12:04 PM
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'Salinger' Telluride Press Conference (VIDEO)

Shane Salerno's controversial two-hour "Salinger" documentary, which hits theaters September 6 via the Weinstein Company, debuted at the Telluride Film festival with a surprise Labor Day screening this week--to mixed reviews. The Weinsteins have also added the doc to the Toronto International Film Festival lineup, which means a total of seven films showing there. See the Telluride press conference below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2013 12:06 PM
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