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Immersed in Movies: Revisiting 'Frankenweenie' with Tim Burton

If "Frankenweenie" has an edge in the Oscar race for best animated feature, it's because of the Tim Burton factor. He's long overdue for an Academy Award and if it weren't for the continued popularity of "The Nightmare Before Christmas", there likely wouldn't be three stop-motion movies competing for the Oscar this year.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 30, 2013 2:29 PM
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Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy Talks 'Star Wars,' George Lucas is 'Her Yoda,' Wanting the Oscar for 'Lincoln' and More

In the first in-depth profile of Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy, the Hollywood Reporter talks with Kennedy about nabbing J.J. Abrams for "Star Wars Episode VII," and George Lucas' involvement with the new film. They also speak with Steven Spielberg, David Fincher and Kennedy's husband, producer Frank Marshall.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2013 1:29 PM
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Sundance: 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes' Review and Interview (VIDEO)

Unfortunately, the characters in Francesca Gregorini's handsome but uninvolving "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" don't talk or behave like real people.
  • By Nora Chute
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  • January 30, 2013 12:14 PM
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Watch: Top Ten Charlie Rose Director Interviews, Kubrick on '2001: A Space Odyssey' (VIDEO)

The Cinephile Archive has posted a round-up of the top ten Charlie Rose interviews on film directors - beginning with George Lucas, then Alfred Hitchcock, James Cameron, Steve Jobs and John Lasseter, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, Oliver Stone, Tim Burton, and Werner Herzog.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 28, 2013 2:21 PM
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Steven Soderbergh Talks Retirement, Being a Responsible Filmmaker, His Two Films He's Satisfied With, and More

Steven Soderbergh recently sat down with Vulture for a lengthy interview to discuss his impending retirement from filmmaking, being a responsible director, the one note of direction he gave to Matthew McConaughey for "Magic Mike," the two films he's made that he's satisfied with, and much more. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 28, 2013 11:49 AM
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David Fincher Talks 'House of Cards' -- Freedom of Working with Netflix, Bringing His Many Takes to Series' Set and More

In the new Winter 2013 issue of the DGA Quarterly, David Fincher discusses his newest project, "House of Cards," a 13-episode political thriller series starring Kevin Spacey to debut February 1 on Netflix. Fincher directed the show's first two episodes, and served as executive producer for the series. Highlights from his interview below, in which he discusses the freedom of working with Netflix, his infamous many takes and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 23, 2013 12:28 PM
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Kirby Dick Talks Oscar-Nominated 'Invisible War,' Re-releasing This Weekend in NY and LA [UPDATE]

Kirby Dick's "The Invisible War" has snagged one of the coveted five competing spots for the Academy's Best Documentary Oscar, and will be released January 18 at the Film Society at Lincoln Center and at Laemmle's Santa Monica, Pasadena and Claremont theaters January 19...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2013 2:07 PM
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'Luv' Q & A: Director Sheldon Candis Talks Baltimore

Sheldon Candis's new movie, "Luv," tells the story of a young boy's relationship with his uncle through the course of a day in Baltimore. Parallels with "The Wire" are inevitable, as the television show has, for better or worse, defined "Baltimore" for the outside world.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 17, 2013 7:59 AM
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'Django Unchained' Inspires Riveting Press Debate: Tarantino on Fresh Air, Boffo Box Office and Best Writing

One thing that distinguishes this award season is the riveting debates over not only "Les Miserables" and "Zero Dark Thirty" but Quentin Tarantino's slave western "Django Unchained." The writer-director recently gave an engaging, articulate interview on Fresh Air covering all things "Django," including the trajectory of conventional slave narratives onscreen, the western as a mirror of social concerns, and that now-ubiquitous catchphrase "the 'D' is silent." Highlights from the interview below, plus a roundup of other interviews, box office reports and the best critical writing on the film.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 4, 2013 12:09 PM
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Writing 'Life of Pi': David Magee Talks the Mother of Adaptations

After ten long years of painstaking development, "Life of Pi" finally made it to the screen. And there were many times that Fox 2000 chief Elizabeth Gabler, who optioned it right after it was published, did not think that it would happen. Only when Ang Lee came along four years ago did it become possible. The device of using the older Pi (Irfann Khan) as the window into the story came from screenwriter David Magee, who was hired on the basis of his moving Oscar-nominated screenplay for the J. M. Barry biopic "Finding Neverland."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2013 2:49 PM
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