Oscars Last Call: Guillermo Del Toro Breaks Down Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’, Tweet By Tweet

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The 1970s-set Roma heads into the awards-season homestretch up for 10 Oscars, tying Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for the most for a non-English-language film. Since it won the Golden Lion at Venice, Alfonso Cuarón’s ravishing black-and-white dr…

‘Roma’s Alfonso Cuarón On Redefining Cinema In A Netflix Age & Lamenting Negative Oscar Campaigns

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What is cinema? It’s a question Alfonso Cuarón has been compelled to answer for as long as he has been making films. Is it a grand theatrical presentation, carefully calibrated and shielded from a home entertainment audience for the longest time possib…

As Anton Yelchin’s Parents Struggle With Grief, Sundance Pays Tribute With Doc ‘Love, Antosha’ – Sundance Studio

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At yesterday’s Sundance Film Festival premiere of Love, Antosha, a new documentary celebrating the life of the late actor Anton Yelchin, his grief-stricken parents Irina and Viktor Yelchin emerged for a Q&A to a standing ovation from the crow…

‘Stan & Ollie’ Director Jon S. Baird On Joining Martin Scorsese’s Inner Circle, And Doing Justice To Laurel & Hardy

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For a world reeling from divisive politics and barefaced cynicism, Jon S. Baird’s Stan & Ollie, based on Jeff Pope’s screenplay about Laurel & Hardy’s unceremonious tour of Great Britain after the Second World War, when their stars had largely …

‘First Reformed’ Q&A: Paul Schrader Shocked He Wasn’t Attacked As “Liberal Jihadist” After ‘Last Temptation’ Protests

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Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke did not expect to be here. The writer/director and his actor are still talking about First Reformed, 18 months on from its premiere at Venice, as they receive nominations and awards to add to the mountains of critical prai…

Spike Lee & John David Washington On How ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Ironically Referenced D.W. Griffith’s Style

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Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman premiered in August, on the one year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. This was no accident. Lee’s film, based on the memoir of black police officer Ron Stallworth, who successfully infilt…

Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare Tale ‘All Is True’ Connects The Myth To The Man

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Kenneth Branagh’s All is True felt like a surprise. Released on December 21 with no festival play running up to it, preceded by a trailer launch not for this film but for Branagh’s upcoming big-budget adaptation of Artemis Fowl, it seemed to emerge fro…

John Krasinski & Emily Blunt Reflect On ‘A Quiet Place’ And The New Perspective Of Its Sequel

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Though they started dating a decade ago, John Krasinski & Emily Blunt had never worked together before this year, when the Krasinski-directed A Quiet Place cast them as husband and wife and tapped into the unspoken language they’ve come to share. K…

Steve McQueen “Saw The Matrix” When He Visited The FBI For ‘Widows’

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Don’t call Steve McQueen predictable. The British artist and director may have made three previous films that steered closer to the arthouse end of the market—Hunger, Shame and 12 Years a Slave—but Widows, an expansive heist movie he co-wro…

‘Leave No Trace’ Director Debra Granik: Movie Stars “Don’t Interface Well With Social Realism”

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In 2010, Debra Granik made Winter’s Bone, the film that first showcased the skill of Jennifer Lawrence, who would be Oscar-nominated for her breakthrough performance. Granik returns to narrative eight years on with Leave No Trace, which tells the story…

How Barry Jenkins Planted The Seed For Adapting ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Long Before ‘Moonlight’ Oscar Victory

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“Love cannot be taken from your heart,” says Barry Jenkins. “Love is too important.”
It is a lesson the director of Medicine for Melancholy and Moonlight—both films about love’s survival in spite of challenging circumstances—has final…

In ‘Wildlife’, Carey Mulligan Makes An Honest Woman Out Of The Complicated, Flawed Jeanette — Q&A

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Few actors are gifted the opportunity of a one-two punch quite like Carey Mulligan’s this year. At Sundance in January she premiered Wildlife, Paul Dano’s directorial debut adapted from Richard Ford’s novel by Dano and Zoe Kazan. As Jeanette, the frust…

Yalitza Aparicio’s Unlikely Journey From Aspiring Preschool Teacher To Oscar Hopeful In Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma

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Yalitza Aparicio had just completed her teacher training for preschool in her hometown of Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca when she was cast to play Cleo in Alfonso Cuarón’s retelling of his own childhood in Mexico City, Roma. She had no aspirations to act—her s…

The Renaissance Of Hugh Grant: Celebrating Oddities And Torturing Ben Whishaw In ‘Paddington 2’ And ‘A Very English Scandal’

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Hugh Grant really, really does not like Ben Whishaw. “I want him dead,” he says, softly, as he sips on a cup of tea at the Ritz hotel in London. “He was my wife and I’ve clearly done terrible things to my wife. Then I put him in prison. I tried to kill…

An Old Soul In A Young Body: Why Timothée Chalamet Is A “Once In A Generation Talent” – Interview

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Timothée Chalamet had a meteoric rise last year, co-starring in two of last season’s most buzzed-about awards movies— Hostiles & Lady Bird—and landing an Oscar nomination for his lead in a third, Call Me by Your Name. But when he …

Richard E. Grant’s Unexpected Career Renaissance & His ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Con – Q&A

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Jack Hock, as played by British thesp Richard E. Grant, storms into Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? with every ounce of bluster he can conjure. It’s hard, on the surface, to see how he could strike up a friendship with Melissa McCarthy’s qui…

Through ‘The Front Runner,’ Hugh Jackman Gets To Know Elusive Politician Gary Hart

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Since hanging up his claws as Wolverine in spectacular fashion with Logan, Hugh Jackman has been exploring. He returned to his first love, musical theatre, last year for the blockbusting The Greatest Showman, and now tackles perhaps the meatiest role o…

Richard Madden Reflects On ‘Bodyguard’ Success As It Comes To Netflix, And Where Season 2 Might Go – Q&A

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Richard Madden might be best known in the US as Robb Stark, the ill-fated king-in-waiting of Game of Thrones‘ first three seasons. But that may be about to change with the arrival a week ago on Netflix of Jed Mercurio’s Bodyguard, the BBC h…

How Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Turned His “Excruciating” Childhood Experience Into His Searing Directorial Debut ‘Farming’ – Toronto Q&A

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Becoming a series-regular on a show as storied as Lost is a lofty achievement for any actor. But for Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, the path that brought him there—and to films like Suicide Squad and Thor: The Dark World—could not have been rock…

Encore: Jeff Daniels On ‘Godless’, ‘The Looming Tower’ And His Message To Trump: “Be Prepared To Duck, Orange Man”

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Editor’s note: This story originally ran on May 14. With one Emmy and five nominations to date, Jeff Daniels will compete this year in both Lead and Supporting Categories with roles in two acclaimed series, Hulu’s The Looming Tower and Netf…