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Best of the Week: Oscar Talk Is Back, Interviews with Derek Cianfrance and Keri Russell, Disney's Mini Comic-Con and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 17, 2013 6:06 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Galvin Talks Recreating the White House in New Orleans for 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

Tim Galvin jumped at the rare opportunity to design nearly a century of the African-American experience, both inside and outside the White House, with "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 16, 2013 1:37 PM
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Q & A: Director Cianfrance Talks 'The Place Beyond the Pines,' Gosling and Cooper, Long Takes and 'Psycho'

If you missed Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines" in theaters, it's worth grabbing as it hits DVD and Blu-Ray, because it's one of the best movies to come out so far this year. Will it wind up in the awards conversation? Focus Features is going to push the intense R-rated drama, which grossed a respectable $21.4 million domestically, but it will need critics to back the film and its performances at year's end, which they might.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2013 3:05 AM
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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Exclusive Video Interview with David Lowery UPDATE

Writer-director David Lowery has been putting in his 10,000 hours over the past few years, working as an editor and cinematographer on many of his friends' micro-budget projects, as part of the growing multi-tasking barter indie culture. He's helped many of the geographically disparate friends he's met on the festival circuit with their films; he edited with director Shane Carruth the much-talked-about "Upstream Color." SXSW has championed the Texas filmmaker, playing his shorts and features; "Saint Nick" showed promise on a meager $12,000 budget.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2013 3:20 PM
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Keri Russell On Jane Austen, Russian Spies, and Why She Can't Be Wonder Woman

Central to "Austenland"'s success is actress Keri Russell, who at 37 is having a fabulous year. She is in her prime, as Miss Jean Brodie would say.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2013 1:28 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' Falls Festivals in Gear, Interviews with Brie Larson, David Gordon Green, Neill Blomkamp and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 9, 2013 5:02 PM
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Harrison Ford Talks Comic-Con Fandom, Fat Suits and More

As his new movie Paranoia earns early pans, and he joins the cast of "The Expendables 3," Harrison Ford talks fanboys, fat suits, and the industry's urge to revive his many iconic roles with the New York Times Magazine. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 9, 2013 4:47 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Neill Blomkamp Talks 'Elysium,' Sci-Fi, VFX (TRAILER)

"Elysium" director Neill Blomkamp discusses going more commercial and the have and have nots of his movies and the VFX industry.
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  • August 6, 2013 2:21 PM
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David Gordon Green Talks 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Suspiria' Remake, Personal Filmmaking and TV vs. Movies

With "Prince Avalanche," starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, director David Gordon Green has made his most personal film yet. We sat down to discuss that film and his career in an exclusive interview.
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  • August 5, 2013 4:24 PM
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Critics on Parade in Seattle: Curating, Writing Long vs. Short and Inviting Snark

At the recent Seattle Film Festival, Eric Kohn of Indiewire (@erickohn) moderated a panel discussion of the current state of film criticism and coverage today. I joined Seattle critics Robert Horton (@citizenhorton), Sean Axmaker (@seanaxmaker), Keith Simanton of IMDb (@IMDbKeith) and Lindy West of Jezebel (@thelindywest). We dig into long vs. shortform criticism, print vs. online, the social media conversation and how to communicate with audiences, what our role should be in promoting films, and where things are going.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2013 7:13 AM
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