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Q&A: 'Flying Lessons' Director Derek Magyar

December 2nd, 2011 11:15am EST
Derek Magyar
Many actors aspire to direct; great directors like Ron Howard and Jon Favreau were actors first. That's the same career path that Derek Magyar is on. Still a working actor, he directed and produced the film Flying Lessons, which arrives in select theaters today.

The film has an intriguing cast - near-legend Hal Holbrook, Academy Award winner Christine Lahti, Cary Elwes (Glory, The Princess Bride, The X-Files), and Maggie Grace (Lost, Taken) at the top - that brings to life the story of Sophie (Grace)'s return home to the messy relationships of her past. As she tries to put the pieces ...
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Maya Rudolph And Paul Thomas Anderson Welcome First Son

July 19th, 2011 9:15pm EDT
Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson
Director Paul Thomas Anderson and comedienne Maya Rudolph have become parents for the third time.

The Bridesmaids star gave birth to a baby boy the couple has named Jack on July 3, according to People.com.

The newborn is the couple's first son.

Anderson and Rudolph are also parents to daughters Pearl, five, and Lucille, 20 months.
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Martin Scorsese Named Top 'Living' Director

March 11th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese has been named the Best Living Director in a new U.S. magazine poll.

The Oscar-winning Shutter Island director beat out Jean-Luc Godard and Steven Spielberg to land the top honor in Paste magazine's top 50 list.

Also making the top 10 are Joel and Ethan Coen, Steven Soderbergh, Paul Thomas Anderson, Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch and Wong Kar-Wai.

Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first female to win a Best Director Oscar on Sunday, failed to make the list.

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Review: Synecdoche New York

October 27th, 2008 9:52am EDT
Synecdoche New York
I'm inclined to think that "Synecdoche, New York" is one of the most fantastically depressing films made in the past several years. By that, I don't mean that it's a tear-jerker (it's not, quite), but it has a whimsical way of pulling out emotional strings, much in the way that Paul Thomas Anderson's "Punch Drunk Love" did. Make no mistake, Charlie Kaufman (the writer of "Adaptation" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") has a shtick, a sort of Gabriel Marquez way of turning out extraordinary details from otherwise ordinary lives. If you become famous and want an Oscar-worthy biopic ...
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Academy Awards Aim To Cure 'Awards Fever' As Show Approaches With Usual Glitz And Glamor

February 24th, 2008 12:30pm EST
Oscar Feature
LOS ANGELES (AP) - No matter who wins, one key prediction from Academy Awards overseers already has come true: The show will go on.

It was a nail-biter for weeks as a Hollywood writers strike threatened to decimate Sunday's Oscars, with stars and filmmakers indicating they would not cross picket lines if the labor quarrel remained unsettled.

In the wake of the Golden Globes, whose celebrity bash was stripped down to a pitiful mid-January news conference because of the strike, Oscar organizers insisted their ceremony would go on as planned.

The 100-day strike ended less than t...
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Who Will Win An Academy Award? Check Our Oscar Preview For Our Predictions

February 21st, 2008 2:00pm EST
Oscar heavyweight No Country For Old Men
It's going to happen after all. For months Hollywood was left to wonder whether or not its crown jewel, the Oscars, would even go on. But with the strike resolved and plenty of time left to plan, tinsletown is certain to be completely alight once again this Sunday for yet another four or five or maybe even six hours in heaven.

But what should we expect from the first real movie awards show of the season? Probably some lame jokes, great performances and many upsets since the out-of-work voters actually had a chance to see all the nominees.

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There Will Be Backlash: Radiohead Star Faces An Uphill Battle With Classical Work

February 8th, 2008 9:05am EST
Jonny Greenwood
Beneath the sky blue dome of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, an eclectic packed house waited eagerly, most of them sandwiched shoulder to shoulder in the wooden pews. The unforeseen overflow attendees were relegated to folding chairs on either side of the Holy Water fountain.

They had listened patiently and attentively to the Wordless Music Orchestra perform ambient modernist pieces by Gavin Bryars and John Adams, but then the breathless crowd saw conductor Brad Lubman signal his players, who raised their bows to strike the first note of Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead's orchestral ...
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