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Hitchcock/Truffaut Audio Interview

Every self-respecting cinephile owns a dog-eared copy of Hitchcock/Truffaut, the legendary interview between French critic/filmmaker Francois Truffaut and the great Alfred Hitchcock, translated by Helen Scott.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2011 9:14 AM
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Oscar Watch: Editors Award Dramatic Feature to The Social Network, Doc to Exit Through the Gift Shop

Oscar Watch: Editors Award Dramatic Feature to The Social Network, Doc to Exit Through the Gift Shop
At Saturday's ACE editing awards---where The Social Network won best dramatic feature, Exit Through the Gift Shop won best documentary, and Toy Story 3 won best animated feature, forecasting likely Oscar wins--I was moved by Steven Spielberg's warm tribute to ACE career award-winner Michael Kahn, age 75. (Video of show, tribute reel, interview with Kahn and full list of TV and film winners are below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 20, 2011 6:06 AM
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Oscar Video: Susanne Bier Talks In a Better World

After her foray into Hollywood filmmaking with DreamWorks' Things We Lost in the Fire, which boasted impeccable performances from Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro but was too dark to yield much box office, Denmark's star director Susanne Bier returned home to build yet another organic, thoughtful movie with her long-time collaborator, Anders Thomas Jensen. Bier, who had the first of her two children a year after she graduated from film school, feels supported in Denmark. She and Jensen go off to a retreat where she paces and acts out scenes, and he writes them up. "We are both obsessed with moral issues," she says. "We usually have one or two characters we are passionate about. How would we react in each case? Are we morally sound?"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2011 2:09 AM
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The Real James Franco Goes on Facebook and Twitter, Asks Apatow for Oscarcast Advice

As we've said before, James Franco is everywhere. Well, now he's on Twitter and Facebook, too.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 18, 2011 8:07 AM
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SBIFF: Writers' Panel, It Starts With a Script, The Writer's Journey

My favorite assignment every year is moderating the Santa Barbara Film Festival screenwriters panel It Starts With the Script. This year it featured (right to left in photo) Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Scott Silver (The Fighter), David Seidler (The King's Speech), Charlie Mitchell (Get Low), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) and Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3). Check out the videos below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 18, 2011 7:05 AM
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Oscar Video: Inception ASC-winner Pfister Talks Working with Nolan in 35 mm, Tech Panel Q & A

In a surprise win, American director of photography Wally Pfister, who has been working with Chris Nolan for twelve years, ever since Memento, collected his first American Society of Cinematographers' award for Inception Sunday. He beat out Oscar favorite Roger Deakins, who collected the BAFTA for True Grit on Sunday. Check out my flip cam interview with Pfister (below), who talks about working with Nolan; Pfister has received Oscar nominations for Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight and now, Inception, one of eight noms for the film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2011 9:19 AM
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Oscar Video: Santa Barbara Producers and Womens Panels

For those who missed coverage of last week's Santa Barbara International Film Festival producer's panel, Lynda.com has posted video clips (below). Producers on the panel moderated by the LAT's Patrick Goldstein include Darla K. Anderson of Toy Story 3, Iain Canning of The King’s Speech, Alix Madigan of Winter’s Bone,Todd Lieberman of The Fighter, Mike De Luca of The Social Network and Jamie Patricof of Blue Valentine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2011 9:16 AM
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Cold Weather's Katz & McFadden Talk Characters, Genre, Free Collaboration

TOH's Sophia Savage flip-cammed Cold Weather writer-director Aaron Katz and writer-producer Brendan McFadden. Here's her report; video is below):Cold Weather opens in Los Angeles February 11 at Laemmle's Sunset 5. This genre-bender is a meditation on human relationships dressed as a mystery-thriller. The film plays by its own rules, refusing to be rushed by short attention spans or pressured by mainstream expectations. The 2010 SXSW hit reminds us that any budget when combined with the will to get a great film made is better than a big budget and the will to fit in. Plus, collaboration is not only free -- it's a recipe for indie success. Here is indieWIRE's review and a scene explained by Katz.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 10, 2011 6:31 AM
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Take That Zuckerberg! Winklevi Fight For More Money, Publicity with Spandex

Take That Zuckerberg! Winklevi Fight For More Money, Publicity with Spandex
The Winklevoss Twins (or the Winklevi, as brought to you by The Social Network's Armie Hammer), who lost their most recent fight against Mark Zuckerberg, strike back in an interview with The Daily [UPDATED: Part 2 & 3 after the jump; Piers Morgan interview with the twins here]:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 8, 2011 8:37 AM
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Media Watch: AOL Buys Huffington Post, Huffington To Run Media Group

AOL has placed a big bet on content going forward. And now it's swallowed Blog Queen Arianna Huffington and her traffic magnet, six-year-old privately-held The Huffington Post, into its vast maw, paying $315 million. Here's Huffington and ATD's Kara Swisher, who interviewed Huffington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong at the Super Bowl, where the deal was consummated just after midnight (video below). According to Variety:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2011 2:40 AM
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