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Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer on Wrangling the Story of ‘Spotlight’

14 September 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Telluride, Colo. — Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” is in the middle of wrapping up a whirlwind trio of festival plays in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. It emerged from Telluride as perhaps the most popular film of the fest, a satisfying deep dive into the Boston Globe’s expose on pedophilia in the Catholic Church. Set for a November 6 release, it’s in a position to become Open Road Films’ first best picture nominee to date.

I sat down with McCarthy and his co-writer Josh Singer in Telluride to discuss the thematic complexity of the film, difficulties in making material that is not inherently visual move at a clip and how casting these real life heroes was important to the experience. Plus: How did McCarthy take the critical thrashing of his last film, “The Cobbler?”


I want to start by talking about the pacing. It’s hard to make material this dry really move, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The rise of Alicia Vikander

22 May 2015 6:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

2015 has undoubtedly been Alicia Vikander’s breakthrough year with fantastic lead parts in the thought provoking sci-fi thriller Ex Machina and the harrowing World War I drama Testament Of Youth, which is now available digitally and will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD from 25th May. However, this rise to the fore is by no means out of the blue for Vikander, who showed promise as a leading actress in A Royal Affair in 2012 and then went on to hold her own opposite the likes of Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate. In this feature we take a look at the very best of Alicia Vikander.

Anna Karenina (2012)

Anna Karenina is a bold, theatrical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. The film was the third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, but »

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