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Motion Capture Maestro Andy Serkis Talks 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Andy Serkis came to Stuttgart on Wednesday and Europe's premier computer graphics conference, FMX, finally got a taste of star power after nearly 20 years. It probably could've done without the heavy security, though, as Fox took every precaution to prevent online piracy. The performance capture guru showed the same footage from "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" that was glimpsed at WonderCon last week, and discussed the continuing evolution of his digital craft.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 24, 2014 2:05 PM
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'Transcendence' Director Pfister Talks Perseverance: "Do not give up"

I learned at least six things from the "Transcendence" Panel at the Las Vegas National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB) that won’t likely be reported in the mainstream press. Did you know...
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  • April 8, 2014 8:40 PM
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Composer Mica Levi on Why Going 'Under the Skin' Was "Really Mental"

You won't hear a more gorgeously freaky score this year than Mica Levi's unnerving, scratchy and seductive music for Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin." Like the film, about an alien succubus-among-us in the comely guise of Scarlett Johansson, the score is weird, atonal, discordant and something to get lost in. She talks to TOH! about her writing process and working with Jonathan Glazer.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2014 1:15 PM
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Jonathan Glazer Explains Why 'Under the Skin' Took a Decade to Make: "I'm stubborn" (VIDEOS)

Filmmaker Jonathan Glazer on why it took him ten years to make "Under the Skin": "I am stubborn, you have to strong have a strong will to do anything really, to stand by what you are trying to do. It's made a lot easier when you are inspired by something."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2014 5:20 PM
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Interview: Juliette Binoche Talks 'Words and Pictures' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO, New Trailer)

Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche ("The English Patient") is the best reason to see Fred Schepisi's "Words and Pictures." Watch my video interview with her from the 2013 TIFF, plus the film's new trailer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2014 12:10 PM
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Errol Morris Stands Up for Unapologetic Donald Rumsfeld Doc 'The Unknown Known'

Errol Morris talks back on his new documentary on Donald Rumsfeld "The Unknown Known," which arrives in theaters April 4.
  • By John Anderson
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  • March 26, 2014 11:53 AM
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Bryan Cranston Talks the Kiss That Got Him Into Acting, Project Quality Over Paychecks, Walter White and More

Bryan Cranston, whose much beloved "Breaking Bad" wrapped last year and is now looking ahead to the upcoming "Godzilla" reboot as well as currently starring as Lyndon B. Johnson on Broadway, sat down for a great interview with the Guardian, where he talked everything from sympathy for Walter White, to the importance of project quality over pay offers, the kiss that got him into acting and more. Quote highlights, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 24, 2014 12:26 PM
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Neil Burger Talks Being a 'Divergent' Director (TRAILER)

When asked if he was "Divergent," Neil Burger replied affirmatively but admitted that his biggest films -- "The Illusionist," "Limitless," and "Divergent" -- are all about the quest for empowerment: Ed Norton pulls off a grand scheme to win back the heart of Jessica Biel and to fit in with the social elite; Bradley Cooper takes a psychotropic drug to overcome writer's block and becomes superhuman; and Shailene Woodley's Tris utilizes her extraordinary versatility to lead an uprising against a fascist regime.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 21, 2014 2:57 PM
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LISTEN: Three Seasoned Hollywood Reporters Debate the Future of Filmed Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE PODCAST)

On the occasion of the publication of "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," which covers one year at the movies-- 2012, from January's Sundance Film Festival through Oscar night 2013, when "Argo" won Best Picture--I invited two seasoned film industry reporters to debate with me the future of filmed entertainment ahead of last Sunday's screening of "Argo" at The Egyptian Theatre. We do not always agree.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2014 3:56 PM
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Rithy Panh Talks Oscar-Nominated 'The Missing Picture' (CLIP)

Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh devoted his life and career to the documentation and investigation of the Khmer Rouge -- not just the mass killings themselves but also the ideological fervor that made them possible. All of Panh’s films are personal, but "The Missing Picture," which was nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar and arrives in select theaters March 19 and plays Idaho's Treefort Film Festival this weekend, is also autobiographical.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • March 19, 2014 1:54 PM
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