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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Secrets and a New Coens Movie Revealed: Q & A (VIDEO)

The Coen brothers, Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett dig into making "Inside Llewyn Davis"--and the Coens may know what their next movie is--with George Clooney.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2013 3:57 PM
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Craft Talking 'Saving Mr. Banks': Bridging 1961 Los Angeles with 1906 Australia through Cinematography, Production Design and Costumes

Like "Mary Poppins," "Saving Mr. Banks" seems deceptively simple on the surface. But once you dig deeper, the story resonates as a brilliant memory piece for Emma Thompson's P.L. Travers, slipping back and forth from her painful childhood in Australia in 1906 to cooperating and subverting the adaptation of her beloved novel with Walt Disney in 1961. And that was the creative hook for director John Lee Hancock and his fellow filmmakers, including production designer Michael Corenblith, cinematographer John Schwartzman, and costume designer Daniel Orlandi.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 11, 2013 2:20 PM
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Steve James Promises Surprises in Roger Ebert Documentary 'Life Itself,' Set to Premiere (and Livestream) at Sundance 2014 (EXCLUSIVE)

The critic Roger Ebert was a fixture at Sundance, such a fixture that the towing of Ebert’s car on once-sleepy Main Street in Park City years back was bellweather evidence that Sundance was outgrowing its ski town origins. Now, nine months after Ebert’s death from cancer in April, "Life Itself," the new bio-doc directed by fellow Chicagoan Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") will debut in Sundance’s Documentary Premieres section. TOH! talked to Steve James about putting Ebert on the screen.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • December 11, 2013 1:48 PM
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Best of the Week: Must-See Best Actress Underdogs, Critics' Awards, Sundance Previews & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • December 7, 2013 1:19 PM
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How Kasi Lemmons' Return to the Holiday Musical 'Black Nativity' Saved Her Life

But it took Lemmons four years to "shake down" the play and come up with her own take, which is revived every Christmas in cities all around the country, and new music to go along with the original's holiday standards. Producer Celine Rattray first suggested the project to her. "Look no further," Lemmons told her. "Please let it me me."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2013 10:10 PM
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NBR Winner Emma Thompson Talks Disneyfication, Nannies, Ex-Boyfriend Hugh Laurie and More in TIME Magazine

Emma Thompson, who recently scored a Best Actress win from the National Board of Review for her role as "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers in Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," sat down with TIME Magazine for their Ten Questions feature. Highlights from her answers, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 5, 2013 12:45 PM
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New York Film Critics' Cinematography Winner Delbonnel Goes 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Given the evocative look and setting of the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," it's not surprising that Bruno Delbonnel snagged the cinematography award yesterday from the New York Film Critics Circle. He exquisitely captures the coldness, sadness, unhappiness, and loneliness of Oscar Isaac's struggling folk singer in Greenwich Village of '61.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 4, 2013 2:16 PM
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How Indies 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Out of the Furnace' Got Made: Relativity's Robbie Brenner Talks Bale, McConaughey and Leto

Relativity's Robbie Brenner backed two movies in the year-end awards derby, "Out of the Furnace" and "Dallas Buyers Club."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 7:20 PM
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Brie Larson Wins Best Actress Gotham Award; Needs Support for 'Short Term 12' Best Actress Campaign (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

What a year Brie Larson has had. She shines in "21 Jump Street," as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's feature directing debut "Don Jon" and James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now," which both debuted at Sundance. But her breakthrough lead role is in writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton's SXSW jury-prize winner "Short Term 12." The must-see movie, which is uplifting and moving, could get some critics group and Indie Spirit attention in the next weeks.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 4:59 PM
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Matthew McConaughey Talks "Behaving, Not Acting" in 'Dallas Buyers Club' UPDATED (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

The last time I sat down with Gotham Best Actor-winner Matthew McConaughey, almost a year ago, he looked scarily thin. He'd lost 38 pounds to prep for passion project "The Dallas Buyer's Club," about a straight man fighting HIV who becomes a dealer in unapproved drugs to stave off AIDS. The actor was fasting and subsisting on a diet of fresh fish and a daily glass of red wine. He was down from 182 to 143 pounds as he was just about to start filming. In our latest exclusive video interview, McConaughey talks about his new approach to choosing roles, which has yielded a rich panoply of films with top directors. One reason he'll be in the Oscar conversation for Best Actor for "Dallas Buyer's Club" is that he's overdue, and his comeback has been noted.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 4:47 PM
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