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On Prisoners and Acting to Learn: An Interview with Melissa Leo
by Katherine Brodsky

MovieMaker spoke to Melissa Leo, one of 2013′s hardest-working actresses (she turned in performances in six of the year’s releases, including Oblivion and Prisoners), earlier this month at the blustery Whistler Film Festival. Melissa Leo is currently in Vancouver working on a new FOX TV series, Wayward Pines, but she managed to make a brief [...]

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Editor’s Weekend Pick: Short Term 12
by Destin Daniel Cretton

MovieMaker‘s pick of the films out in theaters this week is the award-winning, heart-pumping Short Term 12, and we’re celebrating its release with an exclusive article by writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton, appearing in our upcoming 2014 Complete Guide to Making Movies special issue. Much of the emotional strength of Short Term 12 derives from its [...]

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When History and Cinema Collide: Fictionalizing Truth In Lee Daniel’s The Butler and Other Films
by Kyle Rupprecht

We’ve all seen those stately biopics (usually with Oscar aspirations), in which renowned actors portray real-life historical figures (Patton, Queen Elizabeth, Gandhi, etc). They are often interesting as history, sometimes less so as fully-realized movies. But a fascinating sub-genre exists when a real historical figure interacts with a fictional character. What happens when a make-believe [...]

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Wisdom Wednesday: Neal McDonough’s Golden Rules of Acting
by Neal McDonough

This week’s Wednesday Words of Wisdom are from actor Neal McDonough, who has come a long way since his debut film role as Dockworker #2 in Sam Raimi’s 1990 comic book adaptation Darkman. After brief appearances on a bevy of television shows, including “Murphy Brown,” “NYPD Blue” and “Murder One,” McDonough landed a starring role [...]

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Perfectly Paranormal Investigators
by Kyle Rupprecht

Where would the world be without the paranormal investigators of cinema? Overrun with evil spirits, demons and other unpleasant creatures, that’s for sure. It’s a messy, dangerous job to do battle with the undead, but, hey, someone’s gotta do it. Coincidentally enough, two movies about paranormal investigators open this weekend. In the first, The Conjuring, [...]

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Sloppy Seconds: The Best (and Worst) Horror Movie Remakes
by Kyle Rupprecht

Horror movie remakes are a dime a dozen these days, with retreads of such genre classics as Poltergeist, Hellraiser and Suspiria currently in production. The latest to hit theaters is Maniac, an update of William Lustig’s grisly 1980 slasher film, about a mentally disturbed mannequin store owner (played by Elijah Wood), who develops a dangerous [...]

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Jason Segel Resurrects The Muppets

Not long ago, MovieMaker Magazine caught up with Jason Segel to ask him about his role in the resurrection of The Muppets franchise. It all began innocently enough. At the end of 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, actor-scribe Jason Segel inserted a Dracula puppet musical as both a touching coda to his witty comedy and a good excuse [...]

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It’s A Disaster: “Arrested Development’s” David Cross discusses his apocalyptic new comedy
by Kyle Rupprecht

Actor-writer-comedian David Cross probably needs no introduction. He’s worked on two of the funniest and most influential comedy series of the past 20 years: the HBO cult fave “Mr. Show with Bob and David” (which he co-created with Bob Odenkirk), and the beloved (and newly revived) “Arrested Development,” whose 15-episode fourth season premieres on Netflix May [...]

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Hitchhike a Thousand Miles: Oscar nominee John Hawkes gives seven tips for surviving the film industry
by John Hawkes

I’m an untrained actor with no formal education in moviemaking. I learned my trade by observing the work of others, reading books about actin and film, and through trial and error on sets and stages. Here’s what I’ve learned. 1. Trust your gut. Don’t guess what the audience wants. Tell the story you want to [...]

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Love and the Bomb: Sally Potter returns to 1960′s London with Ginger & Rosa
by Kyle Rupprecht

From Orlando, her audacious breakthrough film (based on a Virginia Woolf novel many considered unadaptable) to the stylistically polarizing Yes (in which most of the dialogue was written in rhyming iambic pentameter), Sally Potter has proven to be a consistently innovative moviemaker. Her latest film, Ginger & Rosa, follows two teen girls (played by Elle [...]

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