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Paul Weitz and Sam Elliott Deliver American Movie Scene of the Year in Grandma

Paul Weitz and Sam Elliott Deliver American Movie Scene of the Year in Grandma 

Of the many pleasures writer/director Paul Weitz delivers in his terrific new movie, Grandma, starring a Lily Tomlin in a performance for the ages as a broke, lesbian poetess reconciling her past after her eighteen-year-old granddaughter shows up seeking help with an abortion, is a stunning centerpiece scene between Tomlin’s irascible matriarch and her jilted […]

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John Erick and Drew Dowdle Explore Everyman as Family Hero in Survival Allegory No Escape

John Erick and Drew Dowdle Explore Everyman as Family Hero in Survival Allegory No Escape 

What does it mean to be truly tested?  Perhaps what scares you may be the only way to find out, a familiar theme for filmmakers John Erick and Drew Dowdle, the successful brother act who have delivered an impressive slate of horror pictures including 2010’s M. Night Shyamalan-produced Devil and last year’s high-bar, stylishly creepy […]

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Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke Illuminate Friendship Between Women in Screwball Mistress America

Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke Illuminate Friendship Between Women in Screwball Mistress America 

The pleasure of meeting Greta Gerwig is all about energy. Her energy, that is. Just sitting casually across from you on a sofa, as she is today with me during a chat at Chicago’s Park Hyatt hotel, the screenwriter and actress radiates a sort of eccentric endearment. There’s a quicksilver wit to everything she says, […]

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International Star Omar Sy on Immigrant Tale Samba, the Call of Hollywood and Finding Humor in Tough Times

International Star Omar Sy on Immigrant Tale Samba, the Call of Hollywood and Finding Humor in Tough Times 

The lost art of screen presence has not been lost on France’s biggest star, Omar Sy, the charismatic movie star who won the Cesar for his moving work in 2011’s The Intouchables and returns this month as Samba, a down-on-his-luck, undocumented Senegalese immigrant living in Paris and facing deportation. Like his award-winning earlier turn, Samba‘s […]

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“I Want to Shock Myself” – Actress Rebecca Ferguson’s Movie Star Mission, Chosen and Accepted

“I Want to Shock Myself” – Actress Rebecca Ferguson’s Movie Star Mission, Chosen and Accepted 

The first thing you notice upon meeting Rebecca Ferguson, the Golden Globe-nominated actress currently starring with Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,  is how exquisitely poised she is—perfect hair, eyes, skin, posture and near-melodious greeting. But as soon as I inform her that I am her last interview of the day, she’s suddenly almost […]

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Great (Adam) Scott: The Overnight Star Takes on Male Ego and Marital Identity in Uproarious Sex Comedy

Great (Adam) Scott: The Overnight Star Takes on Male Ego and Marital Identity in Uproarious Sex Comedy 

Adam Scott, the affably winning charmer of the hit series Parks and Recreation, has spent over twenty years in the movie business etching sharp funnymen in pictures like Knocked Up and Step Brothers and compelling everymen in more serious outings like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Friends with Kids, among others. With fifty-five […]

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In the Beginning, Electronica: Sven Hansen-Løve and Félix de Givry Find, and Exit Eden in Personal Story of a Musical Life

In the Beginning, Electronica: Sven Hansen-Løve and Félix de Givry Find, and Exit Eden in Personal Story of a Musical Life 

What is the price of sleepwalking through your own life, as years pass, friends move on, other people grow up and plant roots—and you don’t?  Filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden is at once an exhilarating illumination of youth culture and a serious examination of a life half—or less than half—lived, a portrait of the artist as […]

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Aging, Acting and Identity: International Filmmaker Olivier Assayas Ruminates on Celebrity, Self-Reflection in Haunting Clouds of Sils Maria

Aging, Acting and Identity: International Filmmaker Olivier Assayas Ruminates on Celebrity, Self-Reflection in Haunting Clouds of Sils Maria 

Olivier Assayas, the prolific French screenwriter, director and film critic whose movies include the stylish film-within-a-film Irma Vep (1996), the prophetic global business shocker Demonlover (2002), the bittersweet family drama Summer Hours (2008) and the large-scale Venezuelan terrorist thriller Carlos (2010), is nothing if not daring and diverse, a latter-day New Wave heir and director […]

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Building His Career, and Empire: Trai Byers Finds Passion, Path in Acting

Building His Career, and Empire: Trai Byers Finds Passion, Path in Acting 

Trai Byers, the Yale-trained grad currently starring on Fox’s surprise hit Empire, which has dominated ratings for seven straight weeks, is having a moment. With the one-two punch of a featured role in the Oscar-nominated Selma and now a high-profile turn as the CFO and eldest son of Terrence Howard’s hip-hop mogul in the smash […]

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Fit for a King: Colm Feore’s Devastating Lear Brings Stratford, and the Bard, to Movie Audiences

Fit for a King: Colm Feore’s Devastating Lear Brings Stratford, and the Bard, to Movie Audiences 

Colm Feore’s towering, career-defining work as King Lear in Stratford Festival’s currently playing movie adaptation of last summer’s theatrical production is a raw, powerful portrait of Lear as a man of family and state, in that order, a younger and more vigorously vital patriarch who loses his daughters, country and mind in an emotional production […]

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