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'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.

NYFF '11 Review: 'Play' Is A Confident, Complex Look At Social Issues In Sweden

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 19, 2011 12:58 PM
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Festivals can be a great place to discover new, brilliant cinema, but often times the unknown films get drowned out by the heavily buzzed or the latest by a longstanding director. How many of us at the New York Film Festival saw "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and "The Kid with a Bike" but, for whatever reason, happened to miss out on "The Loneliest Planet"? It's highly likely that this writer isn't alone. Still, one person generally can't see everything a festival has to offer, so flicks that don't have Palme d'Or helmers behind them or a truckload of auspicious praise for their "breakout performer" tend to get shafted. Still, it's a must to attend those we know nothing about. Besides the fact that they deserve it, they also have something those lauded ones don't: the ability to surprise; for the viewer to go in blind and be completely taken without having known a thing about its cast or the curriculum vitae of the filmmaker. With movie news at the click of a button and various media available all over the web, this is a rare occurrence. We've had a few very pleasant whammies this year, from the social/political critiquing "Policeman" to the sweet "Corpo Celeste," and we're happy to add Ruben Östlund's "Play" to that trust.

Wim Wenders Says 3D Has "Amazing Consequences," Still Waiting For Film That Cracks The 3D Code

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 18, 2011 8:10 AM
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Venerable Filmmaker Praises ‘Avatar,’ Talks 'Pina' & Speaks Candidly About Hollywood’s Current 3D DilemmaWhile it might not seem apparent at first, given his films haven't made much of a commercial dent in recent years, Wim Wenders, is still ahead of the curve. In 1997, over a decade before its use became prevalent, he shot sequences of his "The End of Violence" film in HD, he cast Michelle Williams as his lead in the little seen "Land Of Plenty" before she became fully noticed in "Brokeback Mountain," and for his latest trick he's shot "Pina," a documentary about the medium of dance in 3D.

NYFF: George Clooney & Alexander Payne Discuss The Notions Of Forgiveness In ‘The Descendants'

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 17, 2011 2:58 AM
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Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster & The Entire Cast Of Payne’s New Dramedy Talk Film At New York Film FestivalThe New York Film Festival went out with a bang on its last day, Sunday, October 16. Not only did George Clooney make a surprise visit to the press conference of Alexander Payne’s new comedic drama, "The Descendants,” but the entire cast came out to support the film including two newcomer leads, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller, but also Robert Forster, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard and Nick Krause.

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