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Director John Badham Talks His New Book, Filmmaking Lessons He's Learned and More

John Badham, director of film favorites such as "Saturday Night Fever," "Wargames" and "Stakeout," over a dozen other films and many more television shows, is coming out with a new book entitled, no surprises here, "John Badham on Directing" It's like being in a master class on directing from the best in the business, along with commentary from actors, cinematographers and producers.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • September 5, 2013 11:33 AM
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Doc Fixer Monroe Explains Writing 'Summit,' 'Sound City,' 'Who is Dayani Cristal?'

Mark Monroe came to this year's Sundance Film Festival as the writer of three distinctly different documentaries--"Sound City," "Who is Dayani Cristal?" and "The Summit" (new trailer below). The writer of Oscar-winning "The Cove" and this year's Oscar-shortlisted "Chasing Ice" is proving to be a valuable asset.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 4, 2013 2:05 PM
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Best of the Week: Telluride and Venice in Full Swing, Gilliam's 'Zero Theorem,' Ranking the Films of Wong Kar-Wai and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 31, 2013 1:35 PM
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Review and Interview: Lynn Shelton's 'Touchy Feely' with Rosemarie DeWitt, Now on VOD (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

With "Touchy Feely," Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton returns with her second Sundance competition film, and her most personal since her 2006 debut "we go way back." (Video interview with Shelton and DeWitt below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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Brian De Palma Q & A: 'Passion,' McAdams vs. Rapace, Sex Tools UPDATED (New Trailer)

Brian De Palma's "Passion," which played the 2012 fall festival circuit and stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace caught up in psychosexual mind games, hits theaters August 30. Our TOH! interview with De Palma is below, along with the newly released trailer for the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2013 9:36 AM
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Terry Gilliam Previews New Film 'The Zero Theorem,' Debuting in Venice

Director Terry Gilliam recently talked with The Playlist about his upcoming film "The Zero Theorem," premiering at Venice. Highlights from the interview below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 30, 2013 7:00 AM
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Director Mark Cousins Talks 15-Part Epic Series 'The Story of Film,' Coming to TCM September 2

With Mark Cousins bringing his new film, "A Story of Children and Film," to Telluride this weekend, it's perfect timing that on Monday, September 2, TCM presents the first of fifteen episodes of Cousins' epic 2011 documentary, "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," along with 100 films featured in the series.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • August 29, 2013 1:36 PM
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Best of the Week: Ben Affleck Is Batman, This Year's NC-17 Film, Ranking Best Picture Contenders and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 24, 2013 4:05 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Talking Indie Drama 'Savannah,' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and James Caviezel (TRAILER)

"Savannah" is the latest entry in this year's cycle of movies devoted to the African-American experience. Director Annette Haywood-Carter discusses shooting her first indie.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 23, 2013 12:18 PM
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Joss Whedon Talks 'Avengers 2,' Untrue Rumors of $100 Million Paycheck, Importance of Original Content and More in EW

In the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands August 23), Joss Whedon gives a candid interview, discussing why untrue rumors of a $100 million paycheck for "Avengers 2" irked him, Tom Hiddleston's much-loved Loki not being part of that sequel, the importance of original content and more. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2013 12:40 PM
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