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Mads Mikkelsen Talks 'The Hunt' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Oscar-nominated "The Hunt" star Mads Mikkelsen combines a rare set of skills: the athleticism of a trained dancer, acrobat and gymnast and the sensitivity of a theater actor. See exclusive video below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 1:06 PM
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Daniel Brühl Talks Formula 1 Star Niki Lauda, 'Rush' and 'The Fifth Estate' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Spanish/German star Daniel Brühl not only co-starred with Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Fifth Estate," the opening night film at the Toronto International FIlm Festival, but with Chris Hemsworth in another international story based on real people, "Rush," directed by Ron Howard. Written by Peter Morgan (Howard's "Frost/Nixon") and produced by Imagine and Working Title, "Rush" could make Brühl a star, especially if he nabs awards attention for his portrait of the fiercely competitive Austrian Formula 1 driver.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2013 2:08 PM
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Studio Ghibli Retrospective Returns to TIFF Cinematheque, Now Includes Rarely Screened Classic 'Grave of the Fireflies'

The TIFF Cinematheque is putting on a retrospective this holiday season devoted to Japan’s Studio Ghibli. Following a spectacularly popular run in the spring of 2012 (which, as well as playing Toronto, made it across the US, too), the retrospective is returning on December 13 and running through January 3 with a near-exhaustive 18-film collection that includes a blend of new 35mm and digital prints. Of note is the inclusion this time around of Isao Takahata's "Grave of the Fireflies," a title not part of the original retrospective.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2013 12:45 PM
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'The Unknown Known' Review and Q & A: Errol Morris vs. Donald Rumsfeld

It started in Telluride, the word that somehow Errol Morris didn't "nail" Donald Rumsfeld in his mano a mano confrontation in "The Unknown Known" (Participant, Radius TWC). While I am fascinated by this portrait of a man who was close to the seat of power in this country for decades, from the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations through George W. Bush and the aftermath of 9/11--the biggest reveal is that he wished that his boss had allowed him to tender his resignation after the damning Abu Graib pictures were revealed--Morris lets Rumsfeld off easy. The film is set to play DOC NYC, running November 14-21.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2013 1:00 PM
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Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Gives Us Cumberbatch as the Assange We Need

Listen up, Cumberbitches: The first estate was the clergy, the second the nobility, the third the peasantry, the fourth the press, and “The Fifth Estate” is all Benedict Cumberbatch, who in Bill Condon’s painstaking WikiLeaks movie gives us the not the Julian Assange we know, but rather the Julian Assange we want. And maybe need.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 17, 2013 12:56 PM
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Oscar-Winner John Ridley Talks Writing '12 Years a Slave' and Directing Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side'

John Ridley has been honing his craft for years, apprenticing with John Wells on "Third Watch," through multiple movie scripts ("U-Turn," "Red Tails") and television series ("Barbershop," "Platinum") to his first feature "Cold Around the Heart." He wrote the script for Oscar frontrunner "12 Years a Slave" as well as his sophomore directing effort, Jimi Hendrix slice-of-life "All Is by My Side," which both played the Toronto Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2013 6:30 PM
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Plan B Producer Dede Gardner Talks '12 Years a Slave,' 'World War Z,' and Partner Brad Pitt

The movie of movies on the fall film circuit was Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" (October 18). The film was nurtured along the way by Plan B producer Dede Gardner and her partner, Brad Pitt, who co-stars in the film with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch. I interviewed Gardner for a TIFF Industry Q & A, below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2013 4:20 PM
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Ramping Up to the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival

While perusing the program for the upcoming 36th Mill Valley Film Festival (October 3 through 13) I was pleased to see that I could indeed see a number of the titles that I'd missed in Toronto and Telluride, including "The Past" by Asghar Farhadi, Roger Michell's "Le Week-End," Stephen Frears' "Philomena," and "The Missing Picture," by Rithy Pan.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • October 2, 2013 6:35 PM
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Jessica Chastain & Ned Benson Talk the Long Road to TIFF Hit 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby'

One of the unforeseen but delightful surprises at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby." I must confess that, stumbling bleary-eyed into its first 9 am press screening, I did feel slightly concerned about the 190-minute running time of writer-director Ned Benson's debut.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 23, 2013 6:04 AM
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Rebellion, Corruption and Rejection: Norway Under the Radar at TIFF

Life just isn’t that easy in the three Norwegian films that premiered at TIFF this year, all of which played under the critics’ radar.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • September 21, 2013 4:02 PM
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