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Best of the Week: Ted Sarandos Attacks Industry Status Quo, Lou Reed Tributes, Paul Dano Nuts Up and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • November 2, 2013 4:05 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Pretty Females vs. the Bold Feminism of 'Frozen'

Now that the "Frozen" "pretty female" controversy has thawed, let's take a look at how Disney shatters the fairy tale model with two strong female heroines.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 1, 2013 2:12 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Gavin Hood Talks the End-Game Zeitgeist of 'Ender's Game'

The "Ender's Game" director discusses why it's such a timely and provocative movie about technology and violence.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 25, 2013 12:57 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt Talks '12 Years a Slave'

Sean Bobbitt discusses going for visual simplicity in Steve McQueen's Oscar frontrunner, "12 Years a Slave."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 18, 2013 12:33 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Greengrass and Hanks Talk Moments of Crisis in 'Captain Phillips'

Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks discuss authenticity and emotional truth in the fact-based high-seas drama, "Captain Phillips."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 11, 2013 1:23 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Gravity' Takes a Giant VFX Leap as Pure Cinema

Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and VFX supervisor Tim Webber explore the reverse engineering that went into animating the Oscar-contending space adventure starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 4, 2013 12:39 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Editors Joel Cox and Gary Roach Talk 'Prisoners'

Clint Eastwood's editors Joel Cox and Gary Roach discuss taking time out to get under the skin of Denis Villeneuve's provocative "Prisoners."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 27, 2013 1:10 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Dod Mantle Talks Ron Howard's 'Rush' and 'In the Heart of the Sea' (VIDEO)

Anthony Dod Mantle is in the race for his second Oscar for "Rush," and explains how he processed and integrated archival footage with live-action cinematography for a '70s painterly look.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 20, 2013 2:41 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Transforming 'The Wizard of Oz' in 3-D for IMAX (VIDEO)

"The Wizard of Oz" gets a 3-D makeover for IMAX and relaunches the renovated TCL Chinese Theater for a one-week engagement September 20. Three scenes were previewed to press, and it was a nice sampling: the introduction of the Tin Man, the storming of the Wicked Witch's castle, and the climactic castle chase.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 11, 2013 2:30 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Talking Indie Drama 'Savannah,' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and James Caviezel (TRAILER)

"Savannah" is the latest entry in this year's cycle of movies devoted to the African-American experience. Director Annette Haywood-Carter discusses shooting her first indie.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 23, 2013 12:18 PM
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