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Legendary Editor Walter Murch Talks the Physics of 'Particle Fever'

Mark Levinson's "Particle Fever" is the first great doc of the year (and let's hope it gets remembered during the next awards season). It's about the ground-breaking, Nobel Prize-winning experiment that helped unravel the nature of existence. Veteran editor/sound designer Walter Murch ("Apocalypse Now"), whose always had a fascination for physics, was brought on to "galvanize" the project but ended up spending a year humanizing this compelling work about the collision of science and art.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 14, 2014 2:04 PM
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Wes Anderson Talks Inventing Euro-Past in 'Grand Budapest Hotel' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

In an exclusive SXSW video interview, Wes Anderson describes how he made "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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Mark Duplass & Jason Blum Talk 'Creep,' SXSW Review and Roundup (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Jason Blum and producer-writer-star Mark Duplass talk indie found footage SXSW thriller 'Creep.'
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 9, 2014 7:16 PM
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Ridley Sets Record Straight on McQueen '12 Years' Rift, Talks 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

On location in Texas, John Ridley sets the record straight on the rift with '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen. And digs into directing his second feature film, 'Jimi: All is By My Side.'
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 8, 2014 3:19 PM
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Miami Film Fest: Plummer & MacLaine Star in 'Elsa & Fred'

“Elsa & Fred” starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer will certainly be looking for support among the “Marigold Hotel” crowd, but Michael Radford’s sentimental but candid story about late-inning love got a roaring response at the Miami Film Festival on opening night.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 8, 2014 11:52 AM
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Best of the Week: Awards Season Wrap, SXSW Preview, 'Nymphomaniac' on VOD and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 8, 2014 9:00 AM
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Production Designer Adam Stockhausen Talks 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (VIDEOS)

Imagine going from "12 Years a Slave" to "The Grand Budapest Hotel." That's exactly what happened to production designer Adam Stockhausen, who was able to convey beauty in the darkest of dramas, but when it came to Wes Anderson's witty caper, there was no holding back the Czech Republic eye candy: a pink hotel, a dollop of yellow butter cream, and the sugary Mendl's bakery.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 7, 2014 3:53 PM
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Paolo Sorrentino Talks Oscar-Winner 'The Great Beauty' and What's Next (TRAILER)

I first discovered the cinema of Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino in 2008 when I saw "Il Divo" at Cannes, which also stars the incandescent Toni Servillo. Even though the biopic did a deep dive into the arcane Machiavellian politics of Italy, the movie was utterly accessible because Servillo carried you through as former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 4, 2014 1:06 AM
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Ten Meryl Streep Characters Through a Feminist Gaze

Meryl Streep is a cinema nonpareil whose acting talent and aura seemingly can't be explained. Nominated for a record 18 Academy Awards and winner of three, Streep is up for an Oscar on March 2 for her over-the-top portrayal of a grieving, drug-addicted mother in John Wells' movie version of Tracy Letts' Broadway smash "August: Osage County," although she's not pegged for another win. Critic Karina Longworth zeroes in on ten iconic Streep characters in her new book.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2014 5:11 PM
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Ellen DeGeneres on Why She Almost Didn't Host the Oscars Again, Interest in More Dramatic Roles and More

Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres sat down with Parade Magazine days before the big show to discuss all things movies and Academy Awards, including why her initial reaction to hosting for a second time around was "no," on her decision to not dance on the Kodak stage, on being the inspiration for current Oscar nominee Sandra Bullock's 1999 hit "Miss Congeniality" and more. Interview highlights, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2014 12:03 PM
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