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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Exclusive Video Interview with David Lowery UPDATE

Writer-director David Lowery has been putting in his 10,000 hours over the past few years, working as an editor and cinematographer on many of his friends' micro-budget projects, as part of the growing multi-tasking barter indie culture. He's helped many of the geographically disparate friends he's met on the festival circuit with their films; he edited with director Shane Carruth the much-talked-about "Upstream Color." SXSW has championed the Texas filmmaker, playing his shorts and features; "Saint Nick" showed promise on a meager $12,000 budget.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2013 3:20 PM
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Keri Russell On Jane Austen, Russian Spies, and Why She Can't Be Wonder Woman

Central to "Austenland"'s success is actress Keri Russell, who at 37 is having a fabulous year. She is in her prime, as Miss Jean Brodie would say.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2013 1:28 PM
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Best of the Week: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' Falls Festivals in Gear, Interviews with Brie Larson, David Gordon Green, Neill Blomkamp and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 9, 2013 5:02 PM
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Harrison Ford Talks Comic-Con Fandom, Fat Suits and More

As his new movie Paranoia earns early pans, and he joins the cast of "The Expendables 3," Harrison Ford talks fanboys, fat suits, and the industry's urge to revive his many iconic roles with the New York Times Magazine. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 9, 2013 4:47 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Neill Blomkamp Talks 'Elysium,' Sci-Fi, VFX (TRAILER)

"Elysium" director Neill Blomkamp discusses going more commercial and the have and have nots of his movies and the VFX industry.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 6, 2013 2:21 PM
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David Gordon Green Talks 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Suspiria' Remake, Personal Filmmaking and TV vs. Movies

With "Prince Avalanche," starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, director David Gordon Green has made his most personal film yet. We sat down to discuss that film and his career in an exclusive interview.
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  • August 5, 2013 4:24 PM
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Critics on Parade in Seattle: Curating, Writing Long vs. Short and Inviting Snark

At the recent Seattle Film Festival, Eric Kohn of Indiewire (@erickohn) moderated a panel discussion of the current state of film criticism and coverage today. I joined Seattle critics Robert Horton (@citizenhorton), Sean Axmaker (@seanaxmaker), Keith Simanton of IMDb (@IMDbKeith) and Lindy West of Jezebel (@thelindywest). We dig into long vs. shortform criticism, print vs. online, the social media conversation and how to communicate with audiences, what our role should be in promoting films, and where things are going.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2013 7:13 AM
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First-Time Feature Composer Ryan Amon Scores Neill Blomkamp's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Elysium'

The email was unexpected and short--a single sentence: "Is this you?"--with a YouTube link and a signature from a name Ryan Amon didn't recognize: Neill Blomkamp. "It's a little bit embarrassing," Amon says of his first reaction to the message: "I had to Google his name!" When he did so, of course, he found the up-and-coming South African-born director who had catapulted to international acclaim with his 2009 film "District 9."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 5, 2013 6:29 AM
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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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