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Talking 'Wadjda' Firsts: Film Shot Entirely in Saudia Arabia, and By a Woman (TRAILER)

When Haifaa Al Mansour made a short film several years ago with her brother and sister, and it was accepted at a regional film competition in Abu Dhabi, she didn't know she was taking on the title of Saudi Arabia’s first woman filmmaker. In the fall of 2012, she went to the Venice International Film Festival with "Wadjda," the first feature film to be made by a Saudi woman, and the first to be shot entirely inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It recently scored an Indie Spirit nomination for Best First Feature.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 9, 2013 12:04 PM
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'Salinger' Telluride Press Conference (VIDEO)

Shane Salerno's controversial two-hour "Salinger" documentary, which hits theaters September 6 via the Weinstein Company, debuted at the Telluride Film festival with a surprise Labor Day screening this week--to mixed reviews. The Weinsteins have also added the doc to the Toronto International Film Festival lineup, which means a total of seven films showing there. See the Telluride press conference below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2013 12:06 PM
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Director John Badham Talks His New Book, Filmmaking Lessons He's Learned and More

John Badham, director of film favorites such as "Saturday Night Fever," "Wargames" and "Stakeout," over a dozen other films and many more television shows, is coming out with a new book entitled, no surprises here, "John Badham on Directing" It's like being in a master class on directing from the best in the business, along with commentary from actors, cinematographers and producers.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • September 5, 2013 11:33 AM
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Doc Fixer Monroe Explains Writing 'Summit,' 'Sound City,' 'Who is Dayani Cristal?'

Mark Monroe came to this year's Sundance Film Festival as the writer of three distinctly different documentaries--"Sound City," "Who is Dayani Cristal?" and "The Summit" (new trailer below). The writer of Oscar-winning "The Cove" and this year's Oscar-shortlisted "Chasing Ice" is proving to be a valuable asset.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 4, 2013 2:05 PM
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Best of the Week: Telluride and Venice in Full Swing, Gilliam's 'Zero Theorem,' Ranking the Films of Wong Kar-Wai and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 31, 2013 1:35 PM
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Review and Interview: Lynn Shelton's 'Touchy Feely' with Rosemarie DeWitt, Now on VOD (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

With "Touchy Feely," Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton returns with her second Sundance competition film, and her most personal since her 2006 debut "we go way back." (Video interview with Shelton and DeWitt below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2013 1:00 PM
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Brian De Palma Q & A: 'Passion,' McAdams vs. Rapace, Sex Tools UPDATED (New Trailer)

Brian De Palma's "Passion," which played the 2012 fall festival circuit and stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace caught up in psychosexual mind games, hits theaters August 30. Our TOH! interview with De Palma is below, along with the newly released trailer for the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 30, 2013 9:36 AM
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Terry Gilliam Previews New Film 'The Zero Theorem,' Debuting in Venice

Director Terry Gilliam recently talked with The Playlist about his upcoming film "The Zero Theorem," premiering at Venice. Highlights from the interview below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 30, 2013 7:00 AM
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Director Mark Cousins Talks 15-Part Epic Series 'The Story of Film,' Coming to TCM September 2

With Mark Cousins bringing his new film, "A Story of Children and Film," to Telluride this weekend, it's perfect timing that on Monday, September 2, TCM presents the first of fifteen episodes of Cousins' epic 2011 documentary, "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," along with 100 films featured in the series.
  • By Cari Beauchamp
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  • August 29, 2013 1:36 PM
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Best of the Week: Ben Affleck Is Batman, This Year's NC-17 Film, Ranking Best Picture Contenders and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 24, 2013 4:05 PM
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