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    Video Interview: Michael Shannon Talks Festival Favorite Take Shelter, General Zod in Man of Steel

    With Michael Shannon and director Jeff Nichols' second collaboration, Take Shelter (the first was Shotgun Stories), the pair have hit the zeitgeist of personal and national identity crises. The film kicked off its healthy festival life at Sundance (SPC grabbed it before its premiere, and is r...

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    Gordon-Levitt and Rogen Talk 50/50: "It's Honest, That's Why It's Funny"

    Screenwriter Will Reiser labored for six years at the behest of producer Seth Rogen to turn the fictional story based on Reiser's own cancer experience at age 24 into the funny coming-of-age film 50/50. Rogen and partner Evan Goldberg held onto control (and final cut) of the $8-million movie, which ...

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    Kehr Talks When Movies Mattered

    The last time I saw Dave Kehr in New York, he seemed happier than he has in years. I have long admired him, not only as one of the most erudite and charming film critics around--my idea of heaven is dinner with Kehr and Richard and Mary Corliss--but for not subscribing to cable.

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    Rising Indie Music Box Buys U.S. Rights to Deep Blue Sea, Will Campaign for Weisz, Arentz Talks

    Rising indie Music Box snapped up U.S. rights out of Toronto to Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston as mismatched lovers in post World War II London. The foreign language distrib, says managing director Edward Arentz, was ready to make the move to its first E...

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    Contagion Holds Strong at Box Office; Burns Talks Script, Viral Power of Bloggers

    Steven Soderbergh has a solid commercial double in his disease thriller Contagion, which is holding strong at the box office in second place this weekend, with $44.2 million to date. Part of the credit goes to screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant) who helped to supply wha...

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    Albert Brooks Talks Drive, Comedy as Anger, Tweeting and Stanley Kubrick

    People often underestimate how good comedians can be as actors. Who knew Albert Brooks could play dark? Revered by a cadre of loyal followers for his riotous passive-aggressive romcom protagonists, Brooks’ turn as gangster Bernie Rose in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive dumbfounded many critics, who gav...

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    Weekend Preview: Gosling's Drive is the Must-See; Happy, Happy, Silent Souls, Restless & More

    It takes a special movie to make you envy a toothpick, but ladies, Drive is that movie. The almost-too-cool-for-school film from director Nicolas Winding Refn is a thrilling throw-back to heart-pounding eighties fun and ferocity, with a de-glammed Los Angeles at its core. You'll want the soundtrack,...

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    TIFF: Moverman Talks Rampart, Harrelson, Ellroy, Cops, Bungee Cameras, Independence

    One of the best films I saw at Toronto--and I suspected it going in from the trailer--was Rampart, Oren Moverman's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated The Messenger. Here's our full Q & A on how Rampart came into being and why Israeli Moverman is one of the most exciting filmmakers wor...

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    TIFF: Huppert and Fontaine Talk Culture Clash Romantic Comedy My Worst Nightmare

    Even the most mainstream French comedies are aimed at grown-ups in a way that most Hollywood movies are not. For My Worst Nightmare, Anne Fontaine's tenth feature, the writer-director concocted the idea of pairing brainy actress Isabelle Huppert, who has been at the top of the French food chain for ...

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