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Check Out Robert Rodriguez vs. Quentin Tarantino in the Director's Chair (VIDEO)

Old pals Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, who collaborated on the original "From Dusk Till Dawn" movie (which spawned an El Rey Network TV series) not to mention "Grindhouse," sit down for an hour-long talk on the August 13th installment of “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair” (9 PM ET/PT).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2014 5:00 PM
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WATCH: Oscar-Worthy John Lithgow Talks Ira Sachs' Gay Love Story 'Love Is Strange' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

There are so many coming-of-age stories every year that it's rare to see a mature love story. Even though Ira Sachs' "Love is Strange," which debuted at Sundance, is about two gay men who get married, it's more about aging love. It's touching how much these men love each other. Sony Pictures Classics releases the film August 22 in New York and LA.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2014 2:54 PM
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Guillermo del Toro Talks Animated Ode to Mexico 'Book of Life' (NEW TRAILER)

The Mexico of new animated Halloween film "The Book of Life," producer Guillermo Del Toro promised, "is not just as folklore memory. It's punk, scat, rock 'n roll modernity. It's a colorful and playful celebration of the life of all those who came before us."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2014 3:11 PM
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'The One I Love' Multi-Tasker Mark Duplass Explains His New Indie Paradigm

I’ll be perfectly honest with you: the way I work on a micro-budget makes me more money and makes me more creatively satisfied than if I was doing movies at a 4-to-$7-million level. It sounds crazy, but I now have the connections in the industry so that I can borrow cameras and I can borrow locations. Everybody works for [a small flat fee per} day — whether you’re a PA or a director, whoever you are. It’s all Communism. But you get points, and everybody’s an owner in the movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2014 3:21 PM
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How Alex Gibney Found Nigerian Superstar Fela Kuti

Afrobeat superstar Fela Kuti provides a fascinating subject for frequent music documentarian Alex Gibney in "Finding Fela," which was well-reviewed at Sundance and opens in theaters Friday via Kino Lorber.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 4:49 PM
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ILM Gets Trippy with Scarlett Johansson's VFX in Luc Besson's 'Lucy'

Industrial Light & Magic embraced something completely different with Luc Besson's heady sci-fi actioner, "Lucy," in which Scarlett Johansson plays a badass and brainy super-gal who taps her full cerebral capacity in blazing a new evolutionary trail for humanity.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 1, 2014 1:01 PM
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William Friedkin Makes a Midler Musical, Defends Digital, Restores 'Sorcerer,' Reveres Old Studios

The director has been keeping busy not only writing his memoir, The Friedkin Connection, and directing such films as Tracy Lett's adaptation of "Killer Joe," starring Matthew McConaughey, but many operas. He's legendary for his intensity and demands for excellence--but the results speak for themselves. Always have. Friedkin has also painstakingly restored 1977 cult film "Sorcerer" which is out on Blu-Ray and is coming on DVD and Digital Download.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 31, 2014 5:25 PM
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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn Looks Forward -- and Back

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is the most irreverent Marvel departure, and, thanks to writer-director James Gunn ("Slither"), we're reminded that sci-fi can be fun. What's old is new again. But even though it wasn't his intention to give us a nostalgia trip while creating his own colorful galaxy of rogues and villains, it's an occupational hazard of turning archetypes on their heads.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 31, 2014 1:44 PM
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Guillermo Del Toro Talks the Horror and Romance of 'Crimson Peak' at Comic-Con

Guillermo del Toro, who's become quite the Comic-Con fixture, hugging fanboys and journos alike, admits that his gothic horror-romance, "Crimson Peak" (Oct. 16, 2015), is the biggest movie he's ever made. "Not only the scope is bigger, but I'm going to use a word that I don't normally touch, and that's ambition. This is an ambitious movie from the thematic point of view and from the visual point of view."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 29, 2014 12:01 PM
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Titans Peter Jackson and George Miller Take Over the Con with 'Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' and 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (POSTERS & TRAILERS)

Despite the momentary wow factor of glimpsing that spooky stare-down in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," (yes, Ben Affleck looks perfectly suited as The Dark Knight), the real joy of the Warner Bros. Hall H panel on Saturday was Peter Jackson and George Miller geeking out about the "The Hobbit" finale and the re-imagined "Mad Max."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 28, 2014 4:25 PM
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