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Interview: Juliette Binoche Paints in Schepisi Romance 'Words and Pictures,' Challenged Assayas to Write Cannes Entry 'Sils Maria' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO, TRAILER)

Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche ("The English Patient") is the best reason to see Fred Schepisi's "Words and Pictures." She talks about working with Clive Owen, learning English, and challenging Olivier Assayas to write a movie focused on women. That movie debuted in Cannes, "Clouds of Sils Maria."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 4, 2014 10:23 PM
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First-Ever Hollywood Reporter Tony-Nominee Roundtables (VIDEO)

The Hollywood Reporter has been sitting down with actors and actresses for Oscar and Emmy roundtable discussions for several years, but this year they're expanding eastward with their first ever Tonys roundtables.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 2, 2014 11:29 AM
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Director Robert Stromberg Talks 'Maleficent': Cutting Edge Virtual Cinema and Age-Old Emotional Storytelling

The path to directing from VFX and production design has certainly been a natural one for two-time Oscar winner Robert Stromberg ("Avatar," "Alice in Wonderland"). And after re-imagining Disney's iconic "Sleeping Beauty" with "Maleficent," he not only wants to continue directing but also explore new tech frontiers. In fact, Stromberg has formed his own virtual company, Hydra (in partnership with The Third Floor previs boutique and "Maleficent" production designer Dylan Cole), so he can be on the cutting edge of total cinematic immersion.so he can be on the cutting edge of total cinematic immersion.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 30, 2014 2:26 PM
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Griffin Dunne Talks Acting in 'The Discoverers,' Directing Joan Didion Doc, TV vs. Film, More (TRAILERS)

This week Griffin Dunne ably carries the new family comedy "The Discoverers," from politico and academic turned writer-director Justin Schwartz, who cast Dunne as a washed-up professor--natch--who drags his two reluctant teenagers on an unexpected Lewis & Clarke Oregon road trip. Dunne gets to use his chops as a slapstick comedian in "The Discoverers," which opens in Los Angeles this Friday. Multi-tasking comes naturally to the producer-director-actor: "It turns that being dyslexic and a Gemini kind of pays off in this case."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2014 7:09 AM
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Lee Daniels Talks Transition from Film to Fox TV's Hip Hop Musical 'Empire' and HBO's Sammy Davis Jr. Biopic

In our in-depth interview, Lee Daniels explains why he's misunderstood, has stopped reading reviews, and has adapted King Lear as hip-hop musical "Empire" for network television--while not giving up on movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2014 2:46 PM
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Tarantino to Shoot 'The Hateful Eight' After All? (FULL CANNES VIDEO)

Quentin Tarantino admitted at his Cannes press conference (below) that he had "calmed down" over his outrage that his script for western "The Hateful Eight" had been leaked online. His staged live read of the 146-page first draft in Los Angeles went well. He closed Cannes with Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars" and reportedly may shoot "The Hateful Eight" after all.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 28, 2014 10:46 AM
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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Editor and Composer John Ottman Talks Multitasking, and Building a Marvel Epic

It's hard enough wearing two hats as editor and composer for Bryan Singer, but the trippy, time-traveling "X-Men: Days of Future Past" offered some additional challenges for John Ottman. "I think we both look fondly upon the experience we had on 'X-Men 2' and we wanted to relive that a bit so coming back to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen allowed us to fulfill that and then expand upon the thing and make it more epic," he says.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 23, 2014 3:24 PM
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Director Fred Schepisi Talks 'Words and Pictures' as Counter-Programming

Director Fred Schepisi ("Six Degrees of Separation," "Roxanne") is a lot more hopeful about the state of movies for adults after making "Words and Pictures" and tackling the dumbing down of education and culture head on. Of course, it helps having Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche rekindling the joy of good, middle-brow drama as reliable counter-programming this Memorial weekend.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 23, 2014 2:02 PM
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'Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia' Shows the Literary Lion's Intimate Side

Nicholas Wrathall met Gore Vidal for the first time at the Beverly Hills Hotel. They had brunch on an Easter Sunday while a life-size bunny gallivanted about the restaurant—a “surreal” experience, according to the director—but quickly connected over a discussion about the politics of Wrathall’s native Australia.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • May 22, 2014 12:02 PM
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An Artist Reveals Her Many Inner Lives in 'The Gun, The Cake And The Butterfly' (VIDEO)

"When a woman confronts her loneliness, she's free." That's one of the lovely first sentences uttered in Amanda Eliasch's impassioned "The Gun, the Cake and the Butterfly," a jarringly constructed documentary hybrid that examines, and recreates, the tragedy, and the comedy, of her life as an artist, photographer, writer, actress and filmmaker.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 21, 2014 7:00 AM
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