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    Dan Stevens on Leaving 'Downton Abbey' and Taking On Hollywood

    Indiewire sat down with "The Guest" star Dan Stevens to speak about the wacky film, his departure from the universally beloved "Downton Abbey" and his booming career.

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    TIFF Maverick Julie Taymor Creates Hybrid Theater/Film with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (VIDEO)

    One of the high points of the recent Toronto International Film Festival was not only watching the world premiere of Taymor's latest Shakespeare film--shot by her "Frida" cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, combining her recent acclaimed Brooklyn live theater production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" wi...

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    Meet the Talent Behind Hot Fest Hit 'Wild Tales,' Damián Szifrón (Exclusive Video)

    Writer-director Damián Szifrón tracks the path of festival hit and likely Argentinian Oscar entry "Wild Tales." Among all the dark explorations of the human spirit on display at festivals from Cannes to Karlovy Vary, Telluride and Toronto, this series of six black comedy vignettes about people over-...

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    Interview: Bill Hader Talks ‘The Skeleton Twins,’ Judd Apatow’s ‘Trainwreck’, And His Top 200 Comedy Films

    Two films released over the weekend, “The Skeleton Twins” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them" feature actor, writer, and “Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader shifting towards dramatic material. The occasion may have been expected —“SNL” cast members have long attempted drama, with mixed ...

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    Why Dan Stevens Left 'Downton' for Film

    Brit actor Dan Stevens, 31, is taking full advantage of his breakout window of opportunity. After ten years of British stage and television he landed the dishy romantic leading man role of Matthew Crowley in TV series "Downton Abbey." And after seeing through his initial three-season commitment, Ste...

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    TIFF Women Directors: Meet Megha Ramaswamy - 'Newborns'

    "In early 2013, I came across a newspaper story about Priti Rathi, a young woman working as a nurse in Mumbai, who was attacked with acid in broad daylight. Priti died less than a month later. I was determined not to 'move on' this time."

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    TIFF Women Directors: Meet Shahad Ameen - 'Eye & Mermaid'

    "Stumbling on the story of the goddess Atargatis was the inspiration behind the idea of the strong mermaid that represents the wild woman, as I wanted to represent the strong women of the Arab world."

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    Interview: ‘Honeymoon’ Director Leigh Janiak Talks Relationships, Whippets & Michael Haneke As Horror Inspiration

    With her feature debut, “Honeymoon," co-writer/director Leigh Janiak uncovers a unique corner of a location that passed cliché years ago, and places two characters in the center who draw your empathy rather than mock it. It’s in the performances—Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway as a newlywed couple—a...

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    TIFF Women Directors: Meet Carolina Markowicz and Fernanda Salloum - 'Tatuapé Mahal Tower'

    "We found these tiny (0.8 inch) model figures on a trip to London, and they were so fantastic and full of details that we thought: How could we make them come to life?"

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    The Indiewire Springboard: Meet Alex Russell, Star of Toronto's 'Cut Snake' and Potential 'Unbroken' Breakout

    Every Friday, Indiewire's Springboard column will profile an up-and-comer in the indie world who deserves your attention. Today we talk to Alex Russell, the star of "Cut Snake," which just world premiered at the Toronto Film Festival (just the beginning of a big fall for him).

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