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    Career Watch: Does 'Divergent''s Shailene Woodley Have the Right Stuff to Be a Movie Star?

    Critics fell hard for Shailene Woodley in her film debut as George Clooney’s pained yet perceptive teen daughter in 2011’s "The Descendants." But now that she is the heroine of "Divergent," a just-opened sci-fi action franchise based on a popular series of young-adult novels, the 22-year-old actress...

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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...

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    Production Designer Adam Stockhausen Talks 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (VIDEOS)

    Imagine going from "12 Years a Slave" to "The Grand Budapest Hotel." That's exactly what happened to production designer Adam Stockhausen, who was able to convey beauty in the darkest of dramas, but when it came to Wes Anderson's witty caper, there was no holding back the Czech Republic eye candy: a...

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    Talking the 'Bad Grandpa' Makeup with Oscar-Nominated Stephen Prouty

    So will the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling go to Stephen Prouty for his impressive transformation of Johnny Knoxville's hysterical and horny 86-year-old Irving Zisman in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"? It's a triumph of old school craft, which required a complete re-imagining to believably p...

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    Talking 'Grandmaster' Costume Design with Oscar-Nominated William Chang

    William Chang is certainly "The Grandmaster" of production/costume design and editing in terms of his long-time collaboration with director Wong Kar-wai. And even though he's received his first Oscar nomination for costume designing the lyrical Ip Man martial arts extravaganza, you can't separate hi...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Wind Rises' and 'Elaine Stritch' Pull Crowds, 'In Secret' Sags

    The range of new art films this weeks shows the diversity of the specialized world, with an acclaimed animated feature, another show business documentary, two subtitled films and a higher-budget period drama all debuting to quite variable results. "The Wind Rises" and "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" are ...

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    Anatomy of a Scene: Revisiting 'Hang Me' from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    The opening of "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a remarkable achievement: It not only sets the melancholy mood of Greenwich Village in '61 with the eponymous singer (Oscar Isaac) performing "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" at the iconic Gaslight, but it also sets us up for a confusing circular odyssey. I got the lowdo...

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    Talking Editing with the Oscar Nominees

    Editorially, all five films take us out of our comfort zones in this strange season of survival and rebirth: from the chameleon-like con of "American Hustle" to the abduction at sea in "Captain Phillips" to the weightless terror of "Gravity" to the ticking clock death sentence of "Dallas Buyers Club...

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    Anatomy of a Scene: Solomon Northup Chained in '12 Years a Slave'

    One of the most important yet difficult decisions in Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" was how to depict Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) waking up in bondage. Fortunately, they hit on the idea in the cutting room to tell it out of sequence, the result of which was disconcerting for Northup and v...

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    Talking the 'Her' Score with Arcade Fire Oscar Nominee William Butler

    Oscar-nominated William Butler's first-time experience composing the wistful score for Spike Jonze's "Her" with his Arcade Fire partner Owen Pallett was a bit of a romance as well as a crash course in moviemaking. And yet the experience opened him up more intuitively to the collaborative process.

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