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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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'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls' Author Peter Biskind Looks Back at the New Hollywood

Excess – fueled by fame, fortune and self-serving, often-destructive behavior -- often goes hand in hand with success, especially in the movie biz. Few film history books proved that as well as “Easy Rider, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘n’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood."
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • July 18, 2014 1:34 PM
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Mike Cahill on Crazy Sidetrack to Mind-Blowing 'I Origins,' Working with Michael Pitt, Opening Karlovy Vary

I think I have very specific passions, I guess, one is science and one is existentialism, part of science, the question why are we here, what is all this about if universe 3.7 billion years and we only have 100, how do we negotiate those numbers and making meaning out of our lives, both of them come from my attempt to answer or fulfill a fantasy of a primal fear.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2014 5:24 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in New Biopic

Don Cheadle is set to make his directorial debut with "Miles Ahead," a biopic about jazz legend Miles Davis, who the actor has apparently been obsessed with from a young age.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 8, 2014 11:30 AM
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'Life Itself' Director Steve James Gets Up Close with Roger Ebert at the End of His Life (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW)

Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz enthusiastically embraced the idea of a documentary of his bestselling memoir "Life Itself," and wanted Chicago filmmaker Steve James, whose "Hoop Dreams" Ebert had discovered at Sundance 20 years ago, to direct it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2014 5:25 PM
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RIP Paul Mazursky, Brilliant Hollywood Writer-Director (VIDEO INTERVIEW AND CLIPS)

After battling a long illness, writer-director Paul Mazursky died in Los Angeles on June 30 of pulmonary cardiac arrest. He was 84. Luckily for me, some years ago my friend Joan Cohen pulled me into an annual dinner party held around the time of the Oscars with Paul and Betsy Mazursky and other close friends. I looked forward to it every year, as Mazursky would hold forth--hilariously-- on Hollywood, moviemaking, and the new films of the day, which he wrote about for Vanity Fair in recent years. He was an ardent cinephile and Academy voter with strongly held opinions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2014 3:45 PM
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Aaron Sorkin at Nantucket Film Festival: "I Write Radio Plays"

This weekend, Aaron Sorkin was honored with the Nantucket Film Festival's Screenwriters Tribute award for his work in film and TV.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 11:22 AM
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How Indie Producer Jon Kilik Works with Mavericks, from Spike Lee and Gary Ross to Bennett Miller

Independent film producer Jon Kilik is having a busy year, with the upcoming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I," Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman," Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" and Spike Lee's "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." He's also celebrating the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2014 7:21 PM
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Emmanuelle Seigner Delivers for Husband Roman Polanski in Two-Hander 'Venus in Fur'

Roman Polanski's latest play-to-film "Venus and Fur" opened at the end of last year's Cannes Film Festival because it was the only day its star Emmanuelle Seigner could get away to the Riviera. Thus the film was a bit of an afterthought at the fest. It finally arrives via IFC stateside with terrific reviews.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 24, 2014 5:58 PM
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