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Fall Movie Preview: 15 Films We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 28, 2012 11:55 AM
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There are certain advantages to working for a film website. Aside from all the fortune (translation: payment in expired Amazon vouchers), fame (translation: getting death threats on Twitter from "Wrath of the Titans" fans) and sex (translation: desperately awkward attempts at flirting during roundtable interviews), the main one is that sometimes you get to see films a little bit early.

Restored 'Heaven's Gate,' Director's Cut Of 'Little Shop Of Horrors' & More Added To NYFF Masterworks Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 4:51 PM
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It has been a pretty exciting year for restorations. Earlier this year, a new cut of Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time In America" screened at the Cannes Film Festival (but is currently headed back into the lab for more work), while in just a few days, Michael Cimino's infamous "Heaven's Gate" will unveil at the Venice Film Festival in a new director's cut and now, New York cinephiles will get their shot to see it on the big screen.

'The Paperboy,' 'The Shining' Doc 'Room 237' Plus Special Screening Of 'Lawrence Of Arabia' & More Added To NYFF

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 12:50 PM
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With TIFF capping off their lineup earlier today, their colleagues over at the New York Film Festival continue to roll out their slate, and a few more announcements have surfaced, so strap in.

'Amour,' 'Something In The Air,' 'Beyond The Hills' & More Added To New York Film Festival Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2012 4:31 PM
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The New York Film Festival continues to impress as they unveiled their main slate this afternoon, adding to the recent announcements that Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi" would open the fest, Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" would close it,  and David Chase's "Not Fade Away" would serve as the Centerpiece selection. And if you weren't able to make it to Cannes this spring, and won't be in Venice or Toronto, boy do they ever have you covered.

New Images From David Chase's 'Not Fade Away,' The New York Film Festival Centerpiece Selection

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 6:12 PM
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With the New York Film Festival already landing Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" to close out the the fest, and Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi" to kick things off, they've added another big World Premiere to their lineup as the Centerpiece Selection: David Chase's "Not Fade Away."

Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' Will Make World Premiere & Open The 50th New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 2:56 PM
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With Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" starring Denzel Washington announced to close the proceedings last week, the New York Film Festival has gone ahead and unveiled what film will be kicking things off. And it's a doozy.

Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight' To Close 50th New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2012 2:42 PM
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Not only is it 50 years of James Bond in 2012, but it's also the golden anniversary of the New York Film Festival. And today they've announced which film will be closing off their festivities in October.

NYFF Review: 'Goodbye First Love' Looks At Young Romance Without Affection

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 23, 2011 6:25 AM
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Television and movies love to indulge us in pre-adulthood nostalgia. Whether the bait is loose (young hooligans causing a ruckus) or more specific and event-oriented (prom, which we've seen less of lately because, well, prom sucks), the powers that be tug at our heartstrings and force us to look back at a time free of major responsibilities and full of fresh experiences. The glazed schmaltz can be off-putting for some, but occasionally sincerity shines through and we get something that captures the emotions extraordinarily well (for this writer's money, "The Virgin Suicides" and "The Girl" are uneven but nail certain feelings on the head). But if we look back without this fondness, what are these stories? Are they merely just happenings that somehow affected the person we become, or are they just the product of naive children that didn't know better? Mia Hansen-Løve's "Goodbye First Love" attempts a critical look at a teenager's first relationship without wooing us first with their blithe beginnings, but has very little to say about the topic.

Wim Wenders Discusses Painful 'Hammett' Collaboration With Coppola, Friendship With Nicholas Ray

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 22, 2011 11:16 AM
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Filmmaker Talks 5-Hour Version Of 'End Of The World,' Sam Shepard, Unfinished Version Of 'Hammet' & More At NYFF Q&AWim Wenders' route to filmmaking was a circuitous one. At the age of 21, he landed in Paris determined to become a painter, but cinema had been in his DNA from an early age. He made super 8 movies as a child and became a local neighborhood projectionist at the age of 6 when he inherited his father’s antique film equipment; so cinema seemed like a natural path. But for years, he turned his back on movies, and it wasn't until he saw an Anthony Mann retrospective -- sidetracked from his painting aspirations in a Paris cinematheque -- that he began to fully understand that cinema had its own authors and "had a language of its own.” He then began a 40-year affair with the medium that continues to this day.

NYFF: With Kids On The Set Of 'The Descendants' George Clooney Couldn't Resist His Prankster Ways

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • October 21, 2011 9:34 AM
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Clooney Farts With His iPhone, Plants A Kiss & Matthew Lillard Nearly Didn't Make It To The AuditionDespite a fact-filled press conference earlier this week the filmmakers and cast behind the now-Gotham-nominated “The Descendants” still had more info to share when they hit the red carpet for the premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sunday. In case you missed it, here's what George Clooney had to say about some of the movies on his horizon. For the rest of the chat, and some stories from the rest of the cast, read on. Warning, there are some spoilers.

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