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    John Orloff Talks Anonymous, Shakespeare, Emmerich, Ifans, Redgrave, Stratford vs. Oxford

    One of the surprises of the season is Roland Emmerich's Anonymous, which opens Friday amid ongoing controversy over its premise: that William Shakespeare did not write his plays and poems, and the Earl of Oxford did. Screenwriter John Orloff has been obsessed with this mystery since his college days; the screenplay served as his ticket of admission to Hollywood. First, Shakespeare in Love put Anonymous on the back burner, to be resurrected decades later by German digital master Emmerich, best known for such action adventures as Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Emmerich helped, for better or for worse, to turn Orloff's identity crisis into a rip-...

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    Peter Bart on Clint Eastwood and J. Edgar

    Clint Eastwood, the wily old coot, has long been adept at winning friends in influential places, and knows how to work the press better than anyone. His usual early-screening suspects include such critics as Scott Foundas and Todd McCarthy. Perhaps betraying his lack of awareness of how behind-the-pay-wall Variety is, Peter Bart was one of the hand-picked folks tipped to an advance Carmel Film Festival showing of J. Edgar, which opens the AFI Fest November 3 before hitting theaters November 9: At a moment when Hollywood is flailing about with tired remakes, Clint Eastwood, one of its more senior filmmakers, seems more determined than ever to ...

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    Video: Fassbender and McQueen Talk Shame at NYFF

    Check out Shame's Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen answering some wordy questions at the NY Film Festival. Fox Searchlight will release the duo's second film together (after Hunger), in theaters December 2. Here's our TOH review of Shame plus details on the pair's upcoming third collabo...

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    Herzog Talks Death Penalty Doc Into the Abyss, Myth of Indie Filmmaking, and Getting Shot At

    The 7th Annual Film Independent Forum (presented by indieWIRE) kicked off at the DGA Friday night with a screening of Drake Doremus' Like Crazy and a Saturday morning keynote Q&A with filmmaker Werner Herzog, covered by Sophia Savage:

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    Hamptons Film Festival: Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin Chat John Hughes, Misfires, Brando

    Old acting pals Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin took to the stage at the Hamptons Film Festival to catch up. Check out indieWIRE's video of the conversation below:

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    Alexander Payne Talks The Descendants, Clooney, Next Black and White Film, New Trailer

    Of all the fall movies, the one that hit me in the solar plexus, made me laugh and cry, and struck me as a likely Oscar contender in multiple categories, was heartfelt low-budget comedy The Descendants (November 18), Alexander Payne’s return to the screen, after winning best original screenpla...

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    Zachary Quinto Talks Wall Street Drama Margin Call, Star Trek, Comes Out

    This week Zachary Quinto came out in New York Magazine, as major studio production Star Trek 2 ramps up for a January start with him on board as Spock, who memorably romances Zoe Saldana in the film. Quinto has also launched indie production company Before the Door Pictures, which started off with f...

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    Werner Herzog Talks 'Into the Abyss,' Looks "deep into the heart of ourselves" (video)

    One reason that Werner Herzog's docs are so compelling and entertaining is that his powerful personality is all over them, commenting, narrating, querying. Herzog's docs, as lauded as they are, are often overlooked by the Oscar documentary branch, which nominated while Encounters at the End...

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    Cronenberg's Menage A Trois, Kendrick's Wet Dream, Woody Allen Talks Unsatisfying Situation of Life

    - David Cronenberg talks about his inspiration for A Dangerous Method and his upcoming Cosmopolis (in post-production) and potential future projects with ThePlaylist. He admits that he has always wanted to make a film about the birth of psychoanalysis, but didn't see a way in until Christopher Hampt...

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    In the Works: Returning to Kurelek's Maze

    Bob Young and his two sons were lured into making successive films about The Maze artist William Kurelek, reports Bill Desowitz:It's easy to get sucked into The Maze, the surreal and nightmarish Bosch-like painting that Canadian artist William Kurelek (1927-1977) created as a mental patient in England in 1953. Comprised of 17 panels, it's a naked glimpse into his troubled mind. The Maze is so powerful and dynamic, in fact, that it ensnares you more like a movie or graphic novel than a painting. No wonder award-winning director Bob Young (The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, The Eskimo: Fight for Life) was inspired to document Kurelek's complex life...

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