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Wes Anderson Talks Inventing Euro-Past in 'Grand Budapest Hotel' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

In an exclusive SXSW video interview, Wes Anderson describes how he made "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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Oscar Writers Reveal Road to Movies at Santa Barbara 'It Starts with the Script' Panel (VIDEO)

The annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival "It Starts with the Script" panel where I grill many of the writing Oscar nominees is my favorite moderating duty. This year did not disappoint.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2014 4:28 PM
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Leonardo DiCaprio: Hollywood Indie, from 'This Boy's Life' to 'Wolf of Wall Street' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Leonardo DiCaprio explains why he's been an independent since he was 15, how 'Titanic' allowed him to be a producer and chart his own course, and how McConaughey and Hill exploded the process on Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2014 2:12 PM
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Sundance Interview: Elijah Wood & SpectreVision Team Talk 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' & Lionsgate Pick-Up 'Cooties' UPDATED (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Midnight movies have always been a staple at the Sundance Film Festival, from "Blair Witch Project" to "Buried." Two of the higher-buzz horror titles at this year's fest, Ana Lily Amirpour's Iran vampire love story "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" and horror-comedy "Cooties" with Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and "Newsroom" star Alison Pill (acquired by Lionsgate), come from an unlikely source, production company SpectreVision.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 21, 2014 7:43 PM
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Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater Talk 'Before Midnight,' 'Boyhood' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Well, you've been reading about "Before Midnight," the third film in Richard Linklater's trilogy about Celine and Jesse's ongoing romance, since Sundance, and now you finally get to see one of the most delightful and insightful movies of the year. The movie opens Friday. The trio, who could earn a second Oscar nomination for original screenplay, describe their unusual process in our interview below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2014 11:30 AM
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Matthew McConaughey Talks "Behaving, Not Acting" in 'Dallas Buyers Club' UPDATED (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

The last time I sat down with Gotham Best Actor-winner Matthew McConaughey, almost a year ago, he looked scarily thin. He'd lost 38 pounds to prep for passion project "The Dallas Buyer's Club," about a straight man fighting HIV who becomes a dealer in unapproved drugs to stave off AIDS. The actor was fasting and subsisting on a diet of fresh fish and a daily glass of red wine. He was down from 182 to 143 pounds as he was just about to start filming. In our latest exclusive video interview, McConaughey talks about his new approach to choosing roles, which has yielded a rich panoply of films with top directors. One reason he'll be in the Oscar conversation for Best Actor for "Dallas Buyer's Club" is that he's overdue, and his comeback has been noted.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 4:47 PM
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'Don Jon': Catholics Respond to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Raunchy Redemptive Comedy (VIDEO)

“Don Jon,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s raunchy/redemption comedy -- and the actor’s debut as a feature director – has a lot going for it, including Gordon-Levitt’s performance, and that of Tony Danza, and the fact that the film may finally have provided Scarlett Johansson the role she was born to play. It’s intentionally vulgar. It may not have been intentionally sacrilegious.
  • By John Anderson
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  • September 24, 2013 3:29 PM
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Gibney Talks Manning and Assange, Stars of his 'WikiLeaks' Expose

Until recently, nobody knew who Bradley Manning was. Now he's all over the media, having pleaded guilty to ten charges (and not guilty to 12 others) before a Maryland military judge (see his leaked testimony here) for “misusing classified data,” the unlawful possession of classified material, exposing a cache of files, including videos, military logs and 250,000 State Department cables, and the transfer of this material to WikiLeaks. These charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail. “The more I read the cables, the more I came to the conclusion that this was the type of information that should become public,” he told the judge.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2013 12:14 PM
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Meet Andrea Riseborough: Rising Star of 'W.E.,' 'Oblivion,' 'Shadow Dancer,' 'Birdman' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

I like meeting actors for the first time, when their careers are starting to take off, before they've erected that protective coating that movie stars often need to survive. I was curious to check out Andrea Riseborough, especially, because she's one of those actresses--much like Meryl Streep-- who vanishes into every role. She's a chameleon, utterly unrecognizable from one movie to the next. She explains why in our flip cam interview below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 24, 2013 3:17 PM
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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley Talks IFC's 'Sightseers'

Brit filmmaker Ben Wheatley had brought his prior two low-budget features, "Down Terrace" and "Kill List," to the Cannes market. Then he made his proper Cannes debut with "Sightseers" in the Director's Fortnight, an unexpected breakout during an unexceptional year. Then the film played the fest circuit, including Toronto. IFC opens the dark relationship comedy in New York and L.A.on May 10. See my flipcam interview with Wheatley below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2013 1:39 PM
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