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'Applause' Comes to DVD, Knockout Star Paprika Steen Talks Backstage Alcoholism Drama, Denmark vs. America (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Denmark's 2010 festival hit and Oscar submission "Applause" is finally coming out on DVD via Kino Lorber on November 26. Directed by rookie Martin Pieter Zandvliet, "Applause" features a must-see incendiary performance by Paprika Steen as Thea, a recovering alcoholic stage actress playing Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" just as she's trying to repair her damaged relationship with her family. TOH sat down with the Danish star for a flip cam interview, below.
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  • October 28, 2013 3:44 PM
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Best of the Week: Oscar Talk, 'Blue Is the Warmest Color''s Male Gaze, 'The Counselor' Just Bad McCarthy and More

"Blue Is the Warmest Color"
The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • October 26, 2013 2:15 PM
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Happy 95th Birthday, Baby Peggy! Documentary on Iconic Child Star of Silent Film Comes to DVD (Trailer)

“Baby Peggy” turns 95 years old on October 26. In 1921, at the age of 19 months, tiny Peggy Montgomery was pitched by her parents into one of the more remarkable careers in silent film, one in which she became the only kid rival to Jackie Coogan (of Chaplin’s “The Kid”). She became one of the first branded, merchandised movie stars and a figure who personified the disposable child-actor phenomenon -- and a kind of spontaneous combustion of celebrity that’s isn’t limited to any one era.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 25, 2013 2:01 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Gavin Hood Talks the End-Game Zeitgeist of 'Ender's Game'

The "Ender's Game" director discusses why it's such a timely and provocative movie about technology and violence.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 25, 2013 12:57 PM
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Cannes-Winning Stars of 'Blue is the Warmest Color' Talk Controversy, Kechiche: "It's a Blind Trust" (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

The controversy surrounding lesbian romance "Blue is the Warmest Color" just won't let up. "It's a blind trust," says Adele Exarchopoulos. "You have no choice, you have to do this... I will never do this with another director. I will never be naked so many times with so many contact with you and so many emotions."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 23, 2013 4:50 PM
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Filmmaker Noujaim Talks Sundance Winner Egyptian Revolution Doc 'The Square' (TRAILER)

When director Jehane Noujaim brought her spectacular documentary on the Egyptian Revolution, “The Square,” to Sundance this year it knocked critics out, and won the Audience Award too (no small feat). TOH! caught up with Noujaim in Cairo this past July, where she was updating her open-ended movie. The updated version hits theaters October 25.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 23, 2013 2:18 PM
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Tom Hanks Talks His 'Life in Pictures,' Hair-Raising 'Captain Phillips' and Sugar-Coating Walt Disney at London Film Festival (CLIPS)

During his 33-year career Tom Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was in London this month, performing a rare double as his films "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" opened and closed the London Film Festival, respectively. While in London Hanks discussed his craft and career at BAFTA’s latest “Life in Pictures” event, a series of onstage interviews whose subjects have included Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. “The first job I ever got was because I was louder and funnier than the others – or maybe just louder,” he said.
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  • October 20, 2013 3:22 PM
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James Toback Talks HBO Cannes Doc 'Seduced and Abandoned,' Entertaining Double Act with Alec Baldwin

Last May, James Toback descended on Cannes with cohort Alec Baldwin to shoot in ten days the documentary "Seduced and Abandoned" (HBO, October 28). This May, Toback returned to Cannes to screen the film and discuss it with interested parties. Of which I am most definitely one, having thoroughly relished his supremely entertaining and frequently illuminating portrait of the sorry state of the film business today.
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  • October 20, 2013 2:36 PM
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Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca Talk Controversial 'Captain Phillips,' Rating, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' UPDATED

One sign of success in Hollywood is controversy. Well-reviewed Somali pirate saga "Captain Phillips" is hanging in at the box office against the fall onslaught because it combines a powerful true story with consummate moviemaking from director Paul Greengrass, who not only efficiently builds tension but shows us not only the POV of the heroic kidnapped Captain Richard Phillips and his crew but their Somali pirate torturers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 18, 2013 5:17 PM
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Chandor Talks Directing Silent Redford in 'All Is Lost' (TRAILER)

Writer-director J.C. Chandor is two-for-two now, with man-vs-sea saga "All Is Lost" joining his impressive debut "Margin Call." Many have wondered why Chandor’s official Cannes selection wasn’t selected for the main Competition. "All Is Lost"'s compelling and increasingly harrowing narrative, about a man on a solo ocean voyage who ends up in dire straits after his sailboat collides with a cargo container, played tremendously well with critics and the Cannes black-tie crowd attending its red-carpet gala, who gave it a nine-minute standing ovation. Redford, who is the only actor in the film and hardly says a word, delivers a performance of astonishing and emblematic potency.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 18, 2013 4:14 PM
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