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Willem Dafoe's take on van Gogh nabs an Oscar nod

Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s
Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s "At Eternity's Gate."
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Willem Dafoe's Starry, starry turn as Vincent Van Gogh

(Starts at 9:18)

For "At Eternity's Gate," Willem Dafoe had to learn to paint. But in the process he also learned to see and think like a painter, and not just any painter — Dafoe was inhabiting none other than Vincent van Gogh. And his immersion paid off with an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Shot in many of the same exact places where the artist lived and created, the actor tells John Horn how he "lived like a monk" and left behind aspects of his own self to create his version of van Gogh – a depiction he co-created with his director Julian Schnabel and with the director of photography, who often had the camera just inches from Dafoe's face.

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(Starts at :45)

The Television Critics Association is currently having its bi-annual gathering to hear from network and streaming service executives about what's in store for the coming months. Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter fills John in on what he's learned so far. 

Actor Bill Pullman on what it takes to play the President

(Starts at 21:18)

As President Trump prepares to deliver his second State of the Union address, the actor reflects on his roles playing the Commander-in-Chief.