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Kristin Scott Thomas Talks 'Only God Forgives' Boys Club with Gosling and Winding Refn, 'Suite Francaise'

To kick off the Unifrance-sponsored Rendez-Vous with French Cinema festival in London, now in its fourth year and running until 7th April, Kristin Scott Thomas sat down with The Independent on Sunday's film critic Jonathan Romney for a wide-ranging, convivial chat about her film and theatre careers.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • July 18, 2013 2:23 AM
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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' EXCLUSIVE SECRETS REVEALED: Matt Reeves Gives Comic-Con Preview

I get on the phone with Reeves a few days ahead of his ritual trek to San Diego for Fox's Saturday Hall H panel at Comic-Con. Although Reeves has been shooting "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" in Louisiana and Vancouver since March, with only a few more weeks to go, he won't have much to show, he says, as the Weta effects are still a long way from being complete. In fact Fox pushed the release date back to July 2014 so that all his crazy ambitious visual ideas could be fully realized with on-location motion capture shot in 3-D.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2013 7:38 PM
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Woody Allen on Cate Blanchett in 'Blue Jasmine': "You Hire Her and Get Out of the Way"

Woody Allen, whose most recent film -- and arguably his darkest in years -- "Blue Jasmine" hits theaters July 26, sat down with the Los Angeles Times and talked his career regrets, his confusion over the success of certain films and not others, writing motivations, and Cate Blanchett's turn as an emotionally frittered housewife in "Blue Jasmine." Highlights from the interview below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 15, 2013 2:17 PM
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Talking Must-See Doc 'Terms and Conditions May Apply': NSA Spying, and Reading the Unsettling Fine Print (TRAILER)

Cullen Hoback hasn’t really had a proper home for the last year -- “Keeping the government on its toes,” the director jokes. Sort of: He knows that they know that he knows that they probably knew where he was all the time.
  • By John Anderson
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  • July 10, 2013 1:22 PM
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Interview: Ryan Coogler Talks Honoring Oscar Grant, Slain at 'Fruitvale Station' (UPDATED, TRAILER)

Ryan Coogler is the real deal. There's a reason why Harvey Weinstein scooped up "Fruitvale Station" at Sundance. He saw Oscar potential in it. This rookie Bay Area filmmaker grabbed a story he cared about and made it real. Audiences wept in Sundance and will do so again in Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2013 2:57 PM
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Young David Lynch Talks 'Eraserhead' in 1979 On-Location Video Interview

Some painfully bad questions (and hair) from the 23-old me but good answers (and, as always, hair) from the 33-year-old David Lynch. Shot for my television-production class at UCLA in 1979, this interview features archival footage of the oil fields that served as a location for Lynch’s AFI film "Eraserhead" and now lie beneath the Beverly Center.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • July 3, 2013 2:29 PM
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EMMY WATCH: Willimon Talks Fincher's 'House of Cards,' Last-Minute Corey Stoll Rewrites

You don't just wind up running a $60 million web series like "House of Cards" out of nowhere. Writer Beau Willimon is the guy who, day in and day out, steers and makes sense of the Netflix show that is swiftly heading toward production on Season Two. Director David Fincher pulled him in after seeing what he did with George Clooney's "Ides of March," for which Willimon earned an Oscar nomination for adapting his own nasty political play "Farragut North." Willimon knew what he was writing about. He had worked on several campaigns, brought in by his chum Jay Carson, who rose through the K-Street ranks--and now consults for "House of Cards."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2013 4:21 PM
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'Pacific Rim' Cinematographer Navarro Goes Digital on Del Toro's Gargantuan Monster Epic

“I’ve been holding onto film as long as I can,” said Navarro who, like del Toro, is a native of Mexico and has been working with the “Pan’s Labyrinth” director and creature-wrangler since 1993’s revelatory “Cronos.”
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 25, 2013 4:29 PM
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LAFF Interview: Actor-Writer-Directors Rash & Faxon Talk Water Park Summer Comedy 'The Way, Way Back' (CLIPS)

It was no surprise last January when Fox Searchlight scooped up Sundance coming-of-age comedy "The Way, Way Back" (July 5) from actor-writer-directors Jim Rash ("Community") and Nat Faxon ("Ben and Kate"). The duo memorably accepted the adapted screenplay Oscar with Alexander Payne for Searchlight's "The Descendants," when Rash adopted the Angelina Jolie leg pose. It was the "Way, Way Back" script, written eight years ago, that paved the way to writing "The Descendants." Finally, after their Oscar win, they landed backers for their $5 million summer comedy, which closes the Los Angeles Film Festival Sunday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 22, 2013 4:20 PM
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Tarantino Cameraman-Turned-Director Doueiri Talks Torn East/West Identity, Why 'The Attack' Is Banned in Lebanon

Lebanese-American filmmaker Ziad Doueiri captures, in his Mideast terrorist drama "The Attack," what it means to be the man in the middle. The film is opening June 21 stateside after playing the festival circuit. But it is banned in Lebanon, because Doueiri shot the film in Tel Aviv, breaking the Lebanese law forbidding a citizen to go to Israel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2013 9:40 AM
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