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Sally Potter Talks 'Ginger and Rosa,' Elle Fanning's Face, Narcissistic Parents, Women Directors UPDATED

Brit director Sally Potter hit the film world with a major splash at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival with "Orlando," starring the incomparable Tilda Swinton. Since then, Potter's films have been impeccably crafted gems with limited appeal, from "The Tango Lesson," starring Potter herself, to "Yes," which she wrote in iambic pentameter. With "Ginger and Rosa," written after her mother's death in 2010, Potter consciously tried to craft her most emotionally accessible film to date.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 19, 2012 4:29 PM
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Richard Gere Talks Indie Filmmaking, 'Arbitrage' and VOD (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

At 63, Richard Gere is still a bankable global film star. But that means his presence in a project helps to get it made--not that he'll make serious dough. Those days are over, as they have been for most movie actors for some time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 18, 2012 6:21 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence Talks 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Russell, 'Hunger Games' and Prepping for that Money Scene (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

As soon as "Silver Linings Playbook" played in Toronto it became the front runner for the Oscar. This is something its Oscar handlers were seeking to avoid, but the film then went on to win the coveted TIFF audience award nabbed by such past crowd-pleasers as Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire." Yes, "Argo" and "Amour" and "The Sessions" and the Weinsteins' other TIFF entries "The Master" and "Quartet" are also in the Oscar hunt. But right now it's "The Silver Linings Playbook"'s to lose.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 17, 2012 4:26 PM
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Oscar Watch: Why Affleck's 'Argo' Hits the Zeitgeist, Early Reviews

Ben Affleck has another hit due to arrive in theaters October 12. But "Argo," his third feature as director, will be even more commercially successful than 2007's "Gone Baby Gone" and 2012's "The Town," which earned Jeremy Renner a supporting actor nomination. That's because while Affleck understood that the film is timely--unrest in the Middle East has not dissipated since the true 1980 events depicted here--he could not have known that a mob assault on a U.S. consulate would make news headlines just as his film made its Toronto debut.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 17, 2012 3:56 PM
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Knightley Talks 'Anna Karenina,' and How Cronenberg Set Her Free (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Keira Knightley has done her best work with director Joe Wright and producers Working Title--she earned an Oscar nomination as Elizabeth Bennett in "Pride and Prejudice" and more kudos for the wartime romance "Atonement."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 10, 2012 5:15 PM
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Watch: Stephen Colbert Interviews Andrew Sullivan, Obama Supporter and Diehard Conservative (VIDEO)

Andrew Sullivan, the gay conservative writer who helms The Daily Beast's 'The Dish' blog, went on The Colbert Report last night to make a conservative case for Obama. Sullivan, who backed George W. Bush in 2000, was a early supporter of Barack Obama's in 2008.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 29, 2012 1:25 PM
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Quentin Tarantino and Richard Kelly Talk Tony Scott at Double Feature of 'True Romance' and 'Domino'

Quentin Tarantino took time from editing "Django Unchained" Friday night to pay tribute to mentor Tony Scott at a double feature screening of "True Romance" and "Domino" arranged by Backstory's Jeff Goldsmith at the LA Film School in Hollywood. "Domino" writer Richard Kelly joined the Q & A between the two 35 mm unspoolings.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2012 12:49 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Remembering Tony Scott, Zadan & Meron Land Oscars, Weekend Preview, In The Works & More

This week on TOH, we interviewed Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on being the 2013 Oscar producers, we looked ahead to the weekend's offering of new films, we compared Joe Wright's upcoming "Anna Karenina" to the long string of previous film adaptations, paid tribute to director Tony Scott (1944-2012) and much more!
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  • August 24, 2012 4:09 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Diving into 'Finding Nemo 3D'

I went up to Pixar last week to see "Finding Nemo 3D" (which platforms theatrically September 14 at the El Capitan and elsewhere before surfacing Dec. 4 on Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D from Disney Home Entertainment). It'll be interesting to see how "Nemo" performs after 10 years in light of Disney racking up a record $94.2 million...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 23, 2012 4:45 PM
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Zadan and Meron Talk Producing Oscars, Hugh Jackman, 'Smash' Season Two

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have harbored the fantasy of producing the Oscars for a decade. "We've been saying 'one day, please God, let this happen,'" says Meron. "It's a once in a lifetime thing." Finally two days ago new Academy president Hawk Koch, who they got to know at the Producers Guild, called them up and gave them the job.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 23, 2012 4:24 PM
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