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TV Mavens, Check Out 'The Writers' Room,' Hosted by Jim Rash (VIDEO PREVIEW)

This is my idea of a good time: a smart TV series about my fave TV shows and the writers who write them. So far I've seen three half-hour episodes (presented by The Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly). Each show features Oscar-winning screenwriter Jim Rash ("The Descendants")-- who also acts on "Community" and wrote, directed and stars in summer hit "The Way, Way Back"-- gently interviewing the showrunner and various writers and usually one star of a hit show. They talk shop, and luckily Rash--who is sharp, funny and curious--has a good sense of how to get entertaining intel out of these gifted people.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2013 9:35 PM
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Oscar-Bound Cate Blanchett Talks Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

The Best Actress Oscar is Cate Blanchett's to lose. As she says in our flip cam interview below, many movies with strong female performances will come before the end of the year, but right now her role in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" towers over the rest so far, amid a summer season suffering from a lack of women's roles. You just have to keep looking, she says, citing the likes of Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Michelle Williams and Meryl Streep as actresses with enviable careers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2013 6:47 PM
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Damon, Foster and Blomkamp Talk Upcoming Original Sci-Fi Entry 'Elysium' in New EW (VIDEO)

In this week's edition of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands July 26), director Neill Blomkamp and stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster talk upcoming original sci-fi entry "Elysium," hitting theaters August 9. Blomkamp discusses the pressures of making his first big-budget tentpole, while Damon and Foster describe their first impressions of the director.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 25, 2013 12:18 PM
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'Only God Forgives' Director Winding Refn on Drugs, Gosling's Hands and Scott Thomas' "Bitch Switch" (RED BAND TRAILER)

In a Q & A, articulate provocateur Nicolas Winding Refn opens up about "Only God Forgives," his controversial followup to 2011's "Drive," also starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas in a Donatella Versace wig, which opens July 19.
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  • July 18, 2013 2:39 PM
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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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