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WATCH: Screenwriter William Goldman Explains Why Nobody Knows Anything (VIDEO)

Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman ("Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid") talks about changes in the movie industry over the years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 10, 2014 5:24 PM
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Best of the Week: Cannes Bodes Oscar Buzz, LA Film Fest Lineup, Gillespie Talks 'Million Dollar Arm' & More

Nicole Kidman in "Grace of Monaco"
The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • May 10, 2014 10:30 AM
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Director Craig Gillespie Talks 'Million Dollar Arm' and Doing the Dramedy Dance

Craig Gillespie is no stranger to offbeat drama and comedy, and "Million Dollar Arm" represents his greatest dance with dramedy. The inspirational biopic about recruiting two raw talents from India and turning them into major league baseball pitchers in less than a year also afforded "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm the opportunity to show off the full range of his acting chops, according to the director.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 9, 2014 2:26 PM
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Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' Takes the Festival Tour (VIDEO)

Emma Roberts, Gia Coppola, Nat Wolff at the Apple Soho Store
On the first day of shooting Gia Coppola was feeling her nerves. "I was so eager to do it," she says. "It had fallen apart so many times, that it reached a point, on the first day of shooting, I didn't believe it. I had gone through all the emotions, believing it would fall apart again: 'Oh my god, I'm here and I don't know what to do.'"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 5, 2014 4:44 PM
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John Turturro Talks 'Fading Gigolo,' Women, Sex, Woody Allen and That Elephant in the Room (TRAILER)

Director John Turturro arguably is the only filmmaker who’d ever think of casting actor John Turturro as an attentive escort who's handsomely paid for his sexual favors by exceptionally attractive -- and extremely grateful -- women. Turturro called a few days ago to discuss his work on both sides of the camera for "Fading Gigolo."
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • May 5, 2014 3:37 PM
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Best of the Week: Notes on an '$11 Billion Year,' Ten Great Summer Indies, Trouble for 'Grace of Monaco' & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • May 3, 2014 10:00 AM
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How Does 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Composer Hans Zimmer Do It? Hack or Genius? "I am still an architect" (VIDEO)

Composer Hans Zimmer, whose latest score can be heard in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' says: "I am still an architect. Authorship seems to be more difficult for other people. My head runs over with ideas." Also, in a new video, 'Spider-Man' director Marc Webb talks working with Zimmer, and his dream team for the soundtrack. Watch here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2014 1:48 PM
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Sony Imageworks Gets Electrified Over Cutting-Edge 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' VFX (VIDEOS)

The "Spider-Man" franchise serves as a good barometer for assessing the recent VFX evolution of Sony Pictures Imageworks. In "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," though, it's about the power to energize Electro (Jamie Foxx), thanks to advancements in lighting (using the 3D application Katana) and rendering through ray-tracing along with a more efficient workflow that empowers the artists.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 2, 2014 1:41 PM
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'Decoding Annie Parker' Is True Breast Cancer Quest (TRAILER)

Rookie director Steven Bernstein's true breast cancer saga "Decoding Annie Parker," which opens Friday, stars Helen Hunt as famed geneticist Mary-Claire King, who painstakingly tracked down the BRCA-1 genetic marker for breast cancer, and Samantha Morton in the title role of a woman who is convinced that breast cancer runs in families, which won her Best Actress at the last year's Seattle International Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2014 12:26 PM
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Kevin Spacey Q & A: 'House of Cards' Wouldn't Exist Without Richard III, Focus of Self-Released Doc (VIDEO)

It's easy to assume that a documentary financed and self-released by Kevin Spacey will be a vanity project. Especially the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere "NOW in the Wings on a World Stage," now streaming, which follows the head of the Old Vic around the world as he stars in 200 performances of Sam Mendes' Bridge Project production of Shakespeare's "Richard III."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2014 11:32 AM
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