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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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Almodovar Talks Raucous Airplane Comedy 'I'm So Excited': "Welcome to The Party!" (TRAILER)

"I'm So Excited" is a raunchy riot--fun, shocking and thoughtful. When Pedro Almodóvar walked into the interview room at the Crosby Street Hotel, the 63-year-old Spanish auteur launched straight into things, telling a group of film writers: "'I'm So Excited' has a double meaning in Spanish. It implies enthusiasm but also sexual arousal. So 'being excited' means 'being horny.' Welcome to the party!"
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 21, 2013 8:34 AM
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Post-'Twilight,' EW Lays Claim to New YA Movie Traffic Booster, 'Divergent,' Starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James

The "Twilight" franchise is over, and "Hunger Games" is spawning more would-be young adult novel-turned-movie-franchises. Entertainment Weekly is pushing what could (or could not) be the next big YA craze on their cover this week: "Divergent." Based on Veronica Roth's novel of the same title, the film takes place in a dystopian Chicago where society is split into five factions; when kids turn 16, they take a test to determine which of the factions they're best suited for. Stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James, along with director Neil Burger, sat down with EW to talk the new film, which hits theaters March 21, 2014. Highlights below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 20, 2013 1:43 PM
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Emmy Watch: Noah Emmerich Talks TV vs. Movies, 'The Americans'

Actor Noah Emmerich is best-known for his serious film work, from Todd Field's "Little Children" and Peter Weir's "The Truman Show" to Gavin O'Connor's "Pride and Glory." Perhaps because of that film he keeps getting calls to play Irish cops, even though he's a New York Jew, he told me. (His brother Toby Emmerich runs New Line Cinema.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2013 3:37 PM
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