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    Director Robert Stromberg Talks 'Maleficent': Cutting Edge Virtual Cinema and Age-Old Emotional Storytelling

    The path to directing from VFX and production design has certainly been a natural one for two-time Oscar winner Robert Stromberg ("Avatar," "Alice in Wonderland"). And after re-imagining Disney's iconic "Sleeping Beauty" with "Maleficent," he not only wants to continue directing but also explore new...

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    'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Editor and Composer John Ottman Talks Multitasking, and Building a Marvel Epic

    It's hard enough wearing two hats as editor and composer for Bryan Singer, but the trippy, time-traveling "X-Men: Days of Future Past" offered some additional challenges for John Ottman. "I think we both look fondly upon the experience we had on 'X-Men 2' and we wanted to relive that a bit so coming...

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    Bryan Singer Plot Thickens as New Lawsuit Alleges Even Deeper History of Sexual Abuse (UPDATED)

    UPDATED: The Bryan Singer case continues to shake out. An anonymous UK citizen has lodged a new claim against Singer and Goddard Group CEO Gary Goddard alleging underage sexual abuse. He is represented by Jeff Herman, the same attorney who filed Michael Egan's recent suit against the "X-Men" direct...

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Ida' and 'Belle' Both Post Strong Openings, 'The Lunchbox' Passes $3 Million

    Two high-profile festival entries, "Ida" and "Belle," posted solid debuts in their New York/Los Angeles openings. Lacking big-name directors, stars or high-concept story lines, both specialized films' initial success should help them to find a wider audience.

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    I Answer Questions About My New Book 'The $11 Billion Year'

    My new book about the year 2012, "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," is in bookstores.

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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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    On 'The $11 Billion Year' Promo Tour, from NY to LA

    I'll be signing copies of "The $11 Billion Year" on Sunday March 16 at 6 PM at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre, followed by a Q & A on the future of movies with The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters and the LA Times' John Horn, regulars on KCRW's "The Business," and a screening of Ben Affleck's Oscar-wi...

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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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