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If any actors should have been able to interest audiences in the concept of artificial intelligence forwarded in Transcendence, it was Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman.

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31 Weeks To Oscar: Telluride, Toronto & New York

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I feel like all the pieces are in the right place after announcements from New York (FIRST!) and Toronto, with the Telluride schedule showing itself more clearly than ever because of TIFF’s new rules about opening weekend and North American premieres. I hate the idea of this all being a competition between the festivals. All three are so distinct. They each have a purpose. And for me, the more above board everyone is, the better.

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A Story Of Deep Delight: Talking BOYHOOD With Richard Linklater

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A conversation about time, duration, contracts, some parallels between Boyhood and poetry, making a period film in the present tense, and why film “improvisation” doesn’t exist.

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The Weekend Report

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Friday Box Office Estimates

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The DVD Wrapup

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Interview: Jonathan Glazer On The Birth Of UNDER THE SKIN

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“As a person who lives in the real world and has a rudimentary knowledge of how things work, I’m left sitting in the theater wondering all sorts of things that I shouldn’t be wondering, like who the —- gives the mailman a used iPad without first wiping the contents off of it?”
Joe Swanberg Makes The Case Against Sex Tape

“The overzealous outlet, which finds itself fighting for relevance”
At HitFix,Tapley Slashes Variety In The Neck And Then Takes A Hot Pee

“I know these Retention calls are tough, and I have tremendous admiration for our Retention professionals, who make it easy for customers to choose to stay with Comcast.”
Comcast Says The Customer Service Rep Who Became Internet Fodder Was Only Doing What He Was Trained To Do To Keep His Job

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“I am just grateful I am still around. I would love to be Steven Soderbergh, but I am lucky to be Joe Swanberg. Actors want to work with me, people want to give me money, and my nightmare scenario remains: Getting in bed with a studio, spending years on a movie, and it turns out horrible, but now I’m rich.”

Actually, by Hollywood standards, you’re right, I said. That is unambitious.

“It is, and yet, if you can go to bed happy at night, doing what you want, isn’t that ambition for a lifetime?”
~ Swanberg On Swanberg By Borelli

“In retrospect, nothing of that kind surprised me about Philip, because his intuition was luminous from the instant you met him. So was his intelligence. A lot of actors act intelligent, but Philip was the real thing: a shining, artistic polymath with an intelligence that came at you like a pair of headlights and enveloped you from the moment he grabbed your hand, put a huge arm round your neck and shoved a cheek against yours; or if the mood took him, hugged you to him like a big, pudgy schoolboy, then stood and beamed at you while he took stock of the effect.”
John le Carré on Philip Seymour Hoffman