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Teller Speaks! Talking Wondrously Mind-Boggling Art Doc 'Tim's Vermeer'

“Tim’s Vermeer” is a beautiful documentary, winningly compact at only 80 minutes, about an artist’s labor of love. It is also about an endearing technological genius, inventor Tim Jenison, and his insistence that art and technology are closer than they appear.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2014 11:22 AM
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Elisabeth Moss Wows Sundance with Two Films, 'The One I Love' and 'Listen Up Philip' (TRAILERS)

Elisabeth Moss talks two Sundance entries shot during her "Mad Men" hiatus, "The One I Love" and "Listen Up Philip." "When Hollywood succeeds it wants to repeat itself, make a movie like THAT," she says. "I tend to look for things that are new and different and that we haven't seen in a movie."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 27, 2014 5:16 PM
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Four Reasons 2014 Will Be the Year of the Immigrant on Film (VIDEO)

From reportorial nonfiction to epic drama, from the couch to the art house, immigrants past and present will be at the forefront of 2014's film offerings -- not to mention your cable news network of choice. As the Congressional debate over immigration reform heats up and the midterm election gears begin to turn, here are four things to watch for:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • January 27, 2014 1:24 PM
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WATCH: John Lithgow Talks Ira Sachs' Gay Love Story 'Love Is Strange' at Sundance (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

WATCH VIDEO: At Sundance, John Lithgow talks falling love with Alfred Molina during the filming of Ira Sachs' "Love Is Strange."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2014 8:00 PM
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Sundance Panel: Spotlight on Women Directors Kennedy, Walker, Helfand, Lynch (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Watch: Exclusive video of the Spotlight on Women Directors Sundance panel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2014 6:50 PM
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LISTEN to Joaquin Phoenix Tell All on Terry Gross's Fresh Air

Joaquin Phoenix has enjoyed a strained relationship with his public. He's one of our great actors, from "Gladiator," which earned him one of three Oscar nominations (along with "Walk the Line" and "The Master") to Spike Jonze's "Her." Getting him to talk to Fresh Air's ace interlocutor Terry Gross was a favor to all of us. What did he reveal?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 24, 2014 3:10 PM
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Talking the Oscar-Nominated Costume Design of 'The Invisible Woman'

Oscar-winning costume designer Michael O' Connor ("The Duchess") may be an expert at period pieces, but he was a Charles Dickens novice along with actor-director Ralph Fiennes before making "The Invisible Woman." And in this year's battle of the period pieces ("American Hustle," "The Great Gatsby," "The Grandmaster," "12 Years a Slave"), O'Connor is somewhat of a surprise nominee.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 22, 2014 2:05 PM
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Meet the Man Behind the Sundance Film Festival's Valued Partner, the Sloan Foundation

This is the 12th year that the Sloan Foundation has partnered with Sundance, and will again be giving out its coveted Sloan Award (and the $20,000 that goes with it) to the film that best represents science, or makes technological concepts accessible to mainstream audiences. The man behind it all is Doron Weber, who started the Sloan film program.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 20, 2014 2:57 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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College Satire 'Dear White People' Challenges Audiences at Sundance

"Dear White People" is one of those first features we often see at Sundance Film Festival that charges out of the gate exploding with all the things the young filmmaker wants to say. In this case, Chapman College graduate and L.A.-based one-time publicist Justin Simien, 30, is exploring millennial race identity at a predominantly white private university. "Dear White People" debuted Saturday in competition at Sundance, where it is hoping to find a distributor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 19, 2014 6:52 PM
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