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    'Oblivion' Director Joseph Kosinski Talks In-Camera Effects, Mies Van Der Rohe & M83's Longtime Influence

    It's difficult to determine the more nerve-wracking scenario for director Joseph Kosinski: Helming a much-anticipated sequel to "Tron" for Disney as his first feature, or following it up with an original, $120 million sci-fi concept with Tom Cruise in the lead. The movie, about the last man on Earth...

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    Eva Mendes Talks Convincing Her 'Place Beyond The Pines' Director That She Was The Real Deal, Her Research & Her Goal To Keep Things Weird

    In her latest film, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” Eva Mendes shirks her sexy image and gives a down-to-earth portrayal of a small-town waitress forced to choose between the father of her child, a face-tattooed stunt motorcycle driver (Ryan Gosling), and a man who can offer her substantial security (...

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    Danny Boyle Reflects on Shooting Amidst Real Dead Bodies on 'Shallow Grave' and Talks Budgeting at Academy Event

    In anticipation of his latest release "Trance," British filmmaker Danny Boyle sat down for a conversation at the Academy Theater in New York last week to reflect back on his hit debut, "Shallow Grave." The charismatic filmmaker shared his gratitude with the academy for honoring him with a screening ...

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    Les Blank Interview From 1982 on Documentary 'Burden of Dreams,' Chronicling Herzog's Chaotic 'Fitzcarraldo'

    To celebrate the life of Les Blank I am sharing this interview I did with him at the 1982 Toronto Film Festival -- the very first Toronto Fest that I ever attended.

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    'To the Wonder' Q & A: Olga Kurylenko on Goosebumps, Bruises, Malick and Affleck Fights on Cutting Room Floor

    Olga Kurylenko got goosebumps in her first audition for Terrence Malick. It wasn't simply that the reclusive auteur was considering her for a leading role in "To The Wonder". Having flown out to meet him at his Austin, Texas base, she also marveled at Malick's uncanny intuition. "I felt almost a tel...

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    'Gimme the Loot' Director Adam Leon Talks His Indie Bronx Adventure, Meryl Streep and 'Barry Lyndon'

    Adam Leon's "Gimme the Loot," which took home the Best Narrative Feature award at SXSW 2012, opens in Los Angeles this weekend with a 96% Fresh rating to back it. The festival hit, which also went to Cannes, New Directors/New Films, the San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle Film Festivals, got the ...

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    Q & A: Matteo Garrone Follows 'Gomorra' with Fellini-esque Fable 'Reality,' Starring Imprisoned Actor Arena (TRAILER)

    Italian Matteo Garrone is a filmmaker to watch. He has chops, and range. Italy submitted his last film "Gomorra" for the Oscars, a gritty slice of the uber-violent underworld. His follow-up "Reality" is a much lighter fairy tale fable about a man, well-played by prisoner actor Aniello Arena, obsesse...

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    Behind Joshua Oppenheimer's Genocide Documentary 'The Act of Killing' -- Where Are the Survivors?

    When New Directors/New Films opens Wednesday night at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, it will mark another ambitious survey of fresh talent and movies, beginning with the D.C.-sniper inspired “Blue Caprice” (its catalog description begins: “The ability of innocence to embrace evil is a chilli...

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    Vincent Cassel Breaks Genre, Gender Rules in Boyle's 'Trance,' Plays CG Monster in 'Beauty and the Beast' (TRAILER)

    I was fascinated by "Trance," Danny Boyle's smart, assaultive psychological thriller (Fox Searchlight, April 5), which resembles Darren Aronofsky's darkly violent ballet drama "Black Swan," also starring Cassel, or Steven Soderbergh's nastily twisty "Side Effects," which also pivots on a sexily mani...

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    Video: Gillian Jacobs & Ken Marino On Why ‘Milo’ Is Just “Good Butt Fun”

    Unfortunately, when we talked to Ken Marino at SXSW earlier this week, the “Veronica Mars” Kickstarter campaign had not yet been announced, so there’s no word yet on whether Vinnie Van Lowe will return for the movie, already greenlit for this summer. What did we talk about? Marino’s gross-out monste...

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