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Now and Then: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Early in "Meet Me in St. Louis," Esther Smith (Judy Garland) pines for the boy next door. Lent silky grace by Garland's perfect warble, Esther describes love — and, by extension, Vincente Minnelli's 1944 classic. "I want it to be something strange and wonderful," she says. "Something I'll always remember."
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 24, 2012 2:51 PM
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Highlights from LA Times Directors Roundtable with Bigelow, Affleck, Russell, Lee, Hooper and Gervasi

Six directors talk shop for the LA Times' directors roundtable. John Horn is joined by Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Ben Affleck ("Argo"), Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables"), David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") and Sacha Gervasi ("Hitchcock") to discuss their films, working with actors...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 21, 2012 3:59 PM
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Jarecki Talks Political Campaign for Sundance Doc Winner 'The House I Live In' - Coming to Digital and VOD Platforms January 15

UPDATE: Eugene Jarecki's incisive and incendiary "The House I Live In" arrives on all digital and VOD platforms on January 15. FilmBuff is handling the release, following its theatrical run last October...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2012 12:26 PM
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Trailer Watch: Sun-Soaked Love in Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder'

Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder" was not received with the same enthusiasm as "The Tree of Life," but as usual it has its lovers and haters -- this is to be expected with the auteur's uncompromising work. "To The Wonder," which premiered at Venice and Toronto earlier this year and stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, will be released stateside April 12 by Magnolia Pictures. Take a look at the trailer below, which echos themes from "Tree of Life" in a more romantic context. It features the trademark sun-soaked imagery from Malick's go-to cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 19, 2012 1:48 PM
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Now and Then: 'Brazil,' Terry Gilliam's Dystopia — And Ours, Too

To my discredit, I had never seen "Brazil." It sat atop my pile of screeners for a few weeks, its length and reputation forbidding. Like all dystopian fictions, Terry Gilliam's 1985 epic is a prophecy of sorts, guesswork for a grim future. And it turned out he was right.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 18, 2012 4:20 PM
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Bret Easton Ellis Throws a Misogynistic Hissy Fit Because 'Zero Dark Thirty' Director Kathryn Bigelow is a Woman

It's almost not worth mentioning, because sexism from a misogynist really doesn't deserve any attention-- but Bret Easton Ellis attempting to degrade Kathryn Bigelow and her latest directorial effort--which happens to be kicking ass on the awards circuit--is an embarassment (for him)...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2012 4:12 PM
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Now and Then: In Harmony, 'Life of Pi' and 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Are the Best Films of the Year

One is a grand, sea-borne spectacle, a master's first glorious foray into 3-D. The other, like its breakout star, is a furious miniature whose impact far outweighs its size. But both "Life of Pi" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" are fervently alive to the world of nature, of spirit — two halves of the same double helix.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 4, 2012 4:25 PM
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'An Academy Tribute to Pedro Almodóvar' in London; Plus Vote for your Favorite from the Spanish Auteur

The Academy will celebrate the career of Pedro Almodóvar at an intimate invite-only retrospective in London's Curzon Soho Cinema on December 13.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 4, 2012 3:54 PM
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Watch: Tarantino, Russell, Van Sant, Lee, Affleck & Hooper Talk Directing at THR Roundtable

Check out the new Hollywood Reporter roundtable interview with Quentin Tarantino, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, Ang Lee, Ben Affleck and Tom Hooper, in which the directors discuss tough onset moments, "difficult" brothers, navigating temper tantrums, early retirement plans and more. Full video and highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 12:30 PM
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Milos Forman to Receive Directors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award, 'One of the Greatest Filmmakers of Our Time'

Milos Forman will receive the Directors Guild of America's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 65th annual DGA Awards on February 2.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 28, 2012 4:29 PM
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