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We’ve spoken often of how the best thing about awards season is that filmmakers are given the chance to talk at length about their films, and not merely on their own, but with each other. THR had a long set of video roundtables late last year featuring many people responsible for some of 2013′s best films, and now the LA Times site The Envelope is getting in on the action.

The director’s roundtable from the outlet features   Spike Jonze (Her), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), with the crew of directors talking about their early inspirations, reacting to criticism, luck, failure, casting, and far more. Read More »

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THR-writer-Roundtable

One of the highlights of each new Oscar season is the set of roundtable discussions created by THR. In each of these, the trade gathers a set of people involved in various films likely to be highlighted in the awards season, and just allows them to talk about making movies. They can be pretty great, especially since one byproduct of awards season is a tendency to talk about superficialities rather than substance, and these talks can really dig into the meat of making movies.

Here’s the new 50-minute screenwriting roundtable, featuring George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Monuments Men), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), Danny Strong (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and Jonas Cuaron (Gravity). Read More »

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Enough Said features what sounds like a stock romcom premise: girl meets boy, girl befriends other girl, girl finds out that other girl and boy used to be married, and subsequently starts questioning the relationship. But with Nicole Holofcener in the director’s chair, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener in the leads, it’s probably safe to expect something unusually clever and witty to come out of the concept.

The first full-length trailer has hit the web in advance of the film’s upcoming premiere, and you can see it after the jump.

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One of the more overlooked films at awards time during late 2010 and early 2011 was Nicole Holofcener‘s Please Give. Meanwhile, Nanette Burstein, who had already made American Teen and The Kid Stays in the Picture, moved into the world of the romcom last year with the Drew Barrymore picture Going the Distance.

Now the two are teaming up, as Nicole Holofcener has written the screenplay for a remake of the French film Notre univers impitoyable, and Nanette Burnstein will direct the a film based on the script, called Unforgiving World. Read More »

James McAvoy

James McAvoy has signed on to star in I’m With Cancer, an autobiographical story based on the experiences of Will Reiser, a producer on HBO’s Da Ali G Show and VH1′s Best Week Ever.

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