<p>Trent Reznor</p>

Trent Reznor

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Trent Reznor on 'the David Fincher experience' and 25 years of 'Pretty Hate Machine'

'There's no plans on touring for some time in the future, if ever.'

It's been a while since I caught up with Trent Reznor. Since we last spoke he's won an Oscar for composing (with Atticus Ross) David Fincher's "Social Network" score and gone on to collaborate with the director on "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Gone Girl." He's also somehow found time to put out a new Nine Inch Nails album and knock out a few tours, though at a recent Las Vegas show he announced that this recent jaunt with Seattle band Soundgarden would be his last for a long time. Is he refocusing and doubling down on his efforts in the world of film music composition? Maybe.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey</p>

Matthew McConaughey

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Spirit Awards will finally be broadcast live again

The 2015 show will air live from Santa Monica on IFC

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Film Independent's Spirit Awards, the 2015 edition of the awards show will be broadcast live for the first time in years.

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<p>Ellar Coltrane in &quot;Boyhood&quot;</p>

Ellar Coltrane in "Boyhood"

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Gotham Awards nominations kick off the Oscar season with a huge 'Boyhood' boost

Four mentions is a great start for IFC's little engine

The Independent Filmmaker Project officially fired the starting gun on the film awards season as always this morning with the announcement of this year's Gotham Awards nominees. Unsurprisingly, the most high-profile indie in the race — "Boyhood" — drew the most nominations with a whopping four mentions, including Best Feature. That's extremely high for the Gotham Awards and it sends IFC's campaign sailing into the season with a huge burst of wind.

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Transformers
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'Transformers' sound mixers reveal how they kept your ears from caving in

Greg P. Russell and Scott Millan have 25 Best Sound Mixing nominations between them

Greg. P Russell and Scott Millan are masters of an art that can be difficult to appreciate. Great sound mixers take essential tracks — dialogue, score, and effects, all crafted and fighting for ear space — and meld them together to match, or enhance, the visuals on screen. In a film like “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the balancing act is like a Philippe Petit tightrope walk, one rogue robo-BRAAM tipping the controlled chaos soundscape into cacophony. In a new installment of Variety’s Artisans series, senior VP Tim Grey talks to Russell and Millan about the fourth “Transformers” and Michael Bay’s increasingly difficult audio challenge.

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Albert Wolsky on costuming 'Birdman' and working with legends like Bob Fosse

Albert Wolsky on costuming 'Birdman' and working with legends like Bob Fosse

Legendary outfitter was able to bridge his legacies of stage and screen on the film

Somehow I haven't gotten around to talking to legendary costume designer Albert Wolsky in my time, but "Birdman" presented the opportunity and here we are. With seven Oscar nominations and two wins, Wolsky is one of the titans, with a legacy on both stage and screen. Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest, then, was a fascinating project for him in that it bridged the gap between those two disciplines.

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The inside story on 'Birdman's' instantly iconic superhero costume

The inside story on 'Birdman's' instantly iconic superhero costume

What was Guillermo del Toro's connection?

Legendary costume designer Albert Wolsky was tasked with outfitting Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film, "Birdman." But perhaps the film's most stand-out piece of wardrobe ended up landing in a different industry realm: special effects.

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Mark Wahlberg - The Gambler
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'The Gambler' trailer rolls the dice on Mark Wahlberg and f-bombs

William Monahan dialogue keeps Rupert Wyatt’s remake snappy

Karel Reisz’s 1974 drama “The Gambler,” an autobiographical drama by James Toback, is a slow burn portrait of addiction. Every little bit literature professor Axel Freed (James Caan) makes on the Blackjack table, he sinks a few steps lower until he drowns in his melancholy reality. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt’s remake, swinging into the Oscar race at the tail end of the year, has a bit more bounce, channeling the Scorsese crime drama spirit with Mark Wahlberg as its troubled keystone. A totally different movie — and an intriguing departure (with plenty of cussin’ so you know it means business).

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Force Majeure
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'Force Majeure' director on 'Captain Coward,' 'Worst Man Cry' and more YouTube influences

How the Internet assisted Ruben Östlund in an exploration of relationships and gender

YouTube is a procrastinator’s dream, a narcissist’s platform, an entertainer’s rocket, and a dumping ground for the mesmerizingly mundane. Snowballed together, it’s the perfect screenwriting tool, a breadth of humanity’s successes and failures available to stream. As Ruben Östlund pieced together “Force Majeure,” his new comedy and Sweden’s entry into the Best Foreign Film Oscar race, the writer-director turned to YouTube for doses of reality. If someone captured an event or action or pang of emotion on camera and uploaded to the Internet, then it happened in real life. And it could happen in “Force Majeure.”

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Patrick Stewart
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Patrick Stewart to play a killer white supremacist in 'Blue Ruin' director’s next

'Green Room' is currently in production, eying a 2015 release

The genial, Instagram-loving Sir Patrick Stewart isn’t the first actor one might think of for a “ murderous skinhead” part, but his cranium does come fit for the job.

Broad Green Pictures (BGP) announced late Tuesday that the “X-Men” and “Star Trek” actor has joined the cast of “Green Room,” the next thriller from “Blue Ruin” writer-director Jeremy Sauliner (there’s a pattern there, I just can’t put my finger on it…).

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Christopher Nolan praises Matthew McConaughey's quest for truth
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Christopher Nolan praises Matthew McConaughey's quest for truth

A roll call of the star's leading ladies, from Reese Witherspoon to Jennifer Garner, turned out to pay tribute Tuesday night

BEVERLY HILLS — It was time for a victory lap for last year's Best Actor Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as the "Interstellar" star was honored by the American Cinematheque at the Beverly Hilton's famed International Ballroom Tuesday night. A roll call of the star's leading ladies was on hand to take part in the tribute, which closed with "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan doing the honors of presenting the hardware.

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