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Watch: Gotham Nominee Jenny Slate Talks Sex and Standup in 'Obvious Child' (Exclusive)

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Stand-up comic (and Gotham Award-nominated breakout) Jenny Slate didn't go from zero to breakout overnight. Typically, like many performers, she's had wins and losses--like her gig on Saturday Night Live. It wasn't a good fit, she admits now in our video interview below. Clearly, Sundance hit "Obvious Child" suited her talents perfectly, as writer-director Gillian Robespierre carefully crafted this dramedy vehicle for her.  "Obvious Child" started out as a 2009 20-minute short starring Slate. After the short nabbed positive attention online and from film festivals, Robespierre went ahead with a full-fledged feature. It took more than four years to get made. She funded the film independently with private equity investors and grants--Rooftop Films, the San Francisco FIlm Society, the Tribeca Film Institute-- and finished it with Kickstarter funds. A24 acquired the film out of Sundance; it's holding well in current release.  "When I read the »


- Anne Thompson

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How Gotham Nominee James Ward Byrkit Made 'Coherence' in 5 Days with No Script or Budget

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"Coherence" is not just smart science fiction: it's a triumph of crafty independent filmmaking, made with few resources and big ambition. Gotham-nominated debut director James Ward Byrkit stripped his vision down to the barest of bones to achieve a mind-shifting, metaphysical freakout about a dinner party gone cosmically awry. This film explodes with ideas, and it has that thing we always hope for at the movies: the element of surprise. Shot in sequence, in one location on a beer budget, "Coherence" gathers eight longtime friends and lovers hoping for a pleasant night on Earth -- only they, along with space and time and reality, are about to be torn inexplicably asunder by a comet passing overhead. Inject some heady quantum physics, volatile emotions and parallel realities into the equation, and the film goes completely rogue. Byrkit brought eight unwitting actors to his Santa Monica home, threw them a few red »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch 'E-Team' Q & A: Filmmakers Follow Four Human Rights Watchers Into Danger

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During the intense fall season, the International Documentary Association screens a series of the year's best documentaries with Q & As to follow. I sat down recently with doc vets Ross Kaufman (Oscar-winner "Born Into Brothels') and Katy Chevigny ("Deadline," "Election Day"), co-directors of "The E-Team" (theaters October 22, Netflix October 24), an extraordinary doc that follows four intrepid Humans Rights Watchers as they go deep into dangerous territory to establish-- in a way some journalists do not-- exactly what human rights abuses are happening in countries like Libya and Syria. When they share their results, their fearless work has a huge impact on how the rest of the world reacts to these horrific situations. This should be a strong awards contender. Here's a slightly edited version of the Q & A which is also viewable, along with the trailer, in the videos below.  Anne Thompson: You premiered “The E-Team” at Sundance, where »


- Anne Thompson

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Mexican Noirs Screen in Morelia (Plus the Film 'Gone Girl' Should've Been)

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It's hard to express the sharp sense of joy I felt when I first opened the program for the 12th Morelia International Film Festival.  The late and much-lamented Peter von Bagh named a section of the Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna "the cinephile's paradise," and though there's nothing anywhere in the world like Il Cinema Ritrovato, I am still excited by the cinephilic banquet that Daniela Michel and her programmers assemble in Morelia. It's not just a survey of the films, both narrative and documentary, that are currently making the festival circuit, which would be appealing on its own.  And it's not just the strong section of current Mexican movies, few of which travel outside of the Spanish-speaking world. There's also the festival's link with the Semaine de la Critique, or Critics' Week, in Cannes, which traditionally brings a number of its films to Morelia. But what seduces me and »


- Meredith Brody

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New featurette for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings

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“Everything is as big as we can build and, at the same time, Ridley has bugger ideas.” Go behind the scenes of Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings to »


- Ryan Adams

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Into the Woods gets an exhilarating 4-minute featurette

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Set in an alternate world of various Grimm fairy tales, the film intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests… »


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Watch: Peek 'Into the Woods' with Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep

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Stephen Sondheim's sprawling Broadway fairytale "Into the Woods" gets the big-screen treatment this Christmas Day. Director Rob Marshall leaves the "Pirates of the Caribbean" to return to his musical "Nine" and "Chicago" roots, leading a top-drawer cast that includes Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp as various characters from Grimm stories. The musical was adapted by James Lapine, who co-wrote the original book to accompany Sondheim's music and lyrics. This new featurette from EW is basically a puff piece touting the efforts of Marshall, whose "Chicago" won Best Picture in 2003. But the video offers our first real sense of "Into the Woods" aside from the trailer--and includes plenty of singing from the witch (Streep) and Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), especially. (Toh! contributor Susan Wloszczyna breaks down the film's Oscar and box office prospects here.) »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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What Gotham Award Noms Tell Us About Awards Buzz: 'Birdman,' 'Boyhood,' 'Budapest' Looking Good

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Arriving early in the awards cycle are the Ifp's Gotham Independent Film Awards (in seven competitive categories). They have little influence on Oscar voters, but do start to build positive momentum for certain buzzy titles. They have more influence over L.A.'s upcoming Indie Spirit Award nominations.  So it's no surprise that Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" (IFC)--the current Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture--led the way with four nominations, nor that two Fox Searchlight films, Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's  "Birdman," are strong award season contenders. Of the other two feature nominees, Ira Sachs' "Love is Strange" could have used nominations for its two actors, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, while Jonathan Glazer's under-appreciated indie feature "Under the Skin" and Best Actress nominee Scarlett Johansson mainly gained awareness for the Indie Spirits--if the British film is »


- Anne Thompson

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Will Oscars slap studs Eddie Redmayne, Miles Teller, and Jack O'Connell?'

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Is Eddie Redmayne too young to win Best Actor? That question has been on my mind ever since he started generating Oscar buzz for "The Theory of Everything." It would be hard to deny his technically and emotionally grueling performance as Als-afflicted physicist Stephen Hawking, but even though Redmayne is on the right side of 30 – he'll be 33 by the time Oscars are handed out next February – he would still be the eighth youngest winner ever in the category. -Break- Gold Derby Oscar Mvp: Miles Teller bleeds for awards attention in 'Whiplash' And what about twentysomethings like Miles Teller ("Whiplash"), Jack O'Connell ("Unbroken"), and Ellar Coltrane ("Boyhood"), all of whom are 100/1 underdogs in our Best Actor predictions despite their films being major Oscar hopefuls.  The last time the Oscars even nominated a lead actor under 30 was in 2010: Jesse Eisenberg for "The Social Network...." »


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New 'Interstellar' Clues Revealed (Video)

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The Hollywood Report pulls ten new details about "Interstellar" from its recent roundtable with the cast and director Christopher Nolan. Here's what we know about the film thus far from THR, and the recent Entertainment Weekly exclusive on the film, which was handily recapped by Vulture. Early inside buzz on the film is high, but what self-respecting industry player would publicly disparage Nolan's film on Twitter anyway? On Tuesday night, Anne Thompson collected intel from the American Cinematheque career tribute to Matthew McConaughey (handed to him by Nolan) and met "Interstellar"'s consulting astrophysicist (and Stephen Hawking pal) Kip Thorne. (That story is here; THR roundtable video below.) The film opens Tuesday night, November 4, in 70mm, IMAX and 35mm screens: 4k digital and regular digital will play wide Friday, November 7. Nolan insists that the science behind "Interstellar" is authentic: "If a »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Survivor' castoff Kelley Wentworth: I would have voted out my dad (Podcast)

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When "Survivor: San Juan del Sur's" latest castoff Kelley Wentworth sat down with Gold Derby following her elimination in Episode 5, we asked this 28-year old Seattle native the tough question: Would she have voted out her father Dale Wentworth if it meant going further in the game? "Yeah, you know, I think I would have," said a hesitant Kelley. "I know that, unfortunately, a problem from day one was going to be the social game. Not because my dad doesn't have friends. He's a great guy. It's just because some of the people out there were very, very different from people he's been around. I would have done that." (Listen to our entire Q&A below.) -Break- Psst: Here's how to predict reality TV shows and win bragging rights And prizes! Kelley's elimination from "Survivor" was considered a shocker according the users playing our weekly prediction contest. According to our exclusive racetrack odd. »


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Weinstein Seals Deal on Female-Led, Will Ferrell-Produced Comedy 'Plus One'

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'Plus One' will be produced by Gloria Sanchez Productions,which is dedicated to female-driven film and TV projects, alongside executives Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. This is Prosser's second screenplay to enter development, as her 2012 Black Listed script "The One That Got Away" is currently in production via Amazon Studios. Weinstein's Julia Rapaport and Melissa Wells will oversee "Plus One."  Here's the synopsis: In "Plus One," Rachel comes out of a long-term relationship only to realize all her friends have married off and there’s no one single left to go out with…except Summer, the loud, sexually-oversharing wild card who is now Rachel’s only option for a wing woman. Harvey Weinstein says Prosser is a "talented up-and-comer" and that "female-driven comedies continue to be a tremendously exciting force in film these days." Weinstein has a solid slate of Fall 2014 films led by women: »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch: Brad Pitt A.K.A. "Bradley Pitts" on 'Between Two Ferns' with Zach Galifianakis

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Brad Pitt, or "Bradley Pitts" as he's introduced by Galifianakis in the latest "Between Two Ferns," is game for anything. Watch Galifianakis make Pitt hilariously uncomfortable in the new episode of the Funny or Die web series: "Can I borrow some of your sperm?" "You look like Hitler's dream." "Tell us about your new movie 'Furry.'" Louis C.K. eventually joins in the fun. Galifianakis can currently be seen as Michael Keaton's fussy stage manager in "Birdman." Also worth seeing, if you haven't, is the hysterical Charlize Theron episode of "Between Two Ferns." »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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15 hottest forums posts: Is John Mulaney the worst actor on TV?

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Join the fiesty discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- Will 'Mulaney' be cancelled soon by Fox? espnfan: Sadly (or not) it appears Mulaney is headed towards cancellation.  Fox has said they will air the remaining episodes to help the show build an audience, but they have given no word on the future of the program. KyleBailey: I really hope it isn't the first to go. I really liked the pilot but I will admit the last two episodes were a bit bumpy. It definitly doesn't belong to go before The Mysteries of Laura, Manhattan Love Story, Selfie, or Bad Judge. Macbeth: I am dreading the announcement that Mulaney will be cancelled. It may not be a great show, and John Mulaney »


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News Nuggets: 8 'Game of Thrones' rumors that are wrong

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James Hibberd debunks eight misconceptions and rumors about the upcoming fifth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones." Spoilers Ahead about some of those rumors. For the season debuting this spring, the characters of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) will not be appearing. Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) did indeed die in the fourth season finale, so if he is on screen it might be in a flashback or as a corpse. An Iron Islands subplot from the book "A Feast of Crows" will not be featured. Author George R.R. Martin has lobbied for 13 episodes per season, but producers are adamant that 10 hours are more than enough. Entertainment Weekly -Break- Showtime finally announces a replacement for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in their anticipated comedy series "Happyish." Oscar-nominated writer and actor Steve Coogan will now star as a Brisish expatriate whose world is thrown off track when a young new boss is hired. »


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Gotham Independent Film Nominees

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“Each year the Gotham Awards honor the best work from our independent storytellers and help new audiences discover their work. We congratulate this year’s nominees, from The Master film artists to the talented newcomers, »


- Ryan Adams

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London Film Festival, Day Ten: Lunar Kingdom, Burgundy, Gatwick, Belfast

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Checking out of the hostel prior to 10:00 left me in a peculiar predicament: not having a lot to do. Nine days of solid work, thereabouts, have equally left me »


- Paddy Mulholland

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Here Are 5 Films Opening This Weekend, and Why You Should See Them

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A marriage hits the rocks, or better yet the ice, in Ruben Östlund's gruesomely "Force Majeure," winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes and now a top contender for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The film centers on a Swedish couple and their children who are nearly destroyed by a false-alarm avalanche, and how the father's split-second reaction to the incident shatters the family completely (and comically). As we enter full award season mode, this Swedish Oscar entry is one to watch, a chilly and impeccably mounted chamber dramedy that ridicules every one of its affluent characters without any compunction. (Read our interview with the director here.) Director Gregg Araki sheds his new queer cinema roots for the Shailene Woodley vehicle "White Bird in a Blizzard," about a 17-year-old girl named Kat whose sexual awakening is sparked by the spooky disappearance of her down-in-the-doldrums alcoholic mother, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, teaser trailer

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I’m not nerdy enough to know who Ultron was before now and even though I can’t say I’m thrilled to find out that he’s apparently a terrorist Transformer, »

- Ryan Adams

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Laura Poitras Takes Us Behind the Scenes on Edward Snowden Doc 'Citizenfour'

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During the opening minutes of "Citizenfour," it hits you that filmmaker Laura Poitras was actually filming Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden from their first meeting. She shows us first hand what happened and takes us deep into his mind in her new documentary "Citizenfour," a New York Film Festival world premiere and Oscar frontrunner for Best Documentary. Poitras documents the eight days she spent in a Hong Kong hotel room with Snowden and Guardian journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill as Snowden prepares to drop the bomb on the world. While it should not have been a shock that last year's winner of the International Documentary Association's Courage Under Fire Award was preparing a film on Snowden, the cone of secrecy surrounding the project meant that the announcement that the film was finished, breaking at the Nyff and hitting theaters October 24 --via RADiUS and Participant--was big news indeed.  Poitras first posted an Op-Ed video piece about. »


- Anne Thompson

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