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NYFF: Redford Eventually Does Show for 'All Is Lost' Press Conference (TRAILER)

There’s a running gag among the media regarding Robert Redford’s lack of punctuality – he’s always seemed to take a perverse pleasure in letting the press cool its collective heels. So there wasn’t a lot of surprise in the room at the New York Film Festival Tuesday morning when critic Amy Taubin and director J.C. Chandor were left by their lonesomes, on stage at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, waiting for Redford to appear at the post-screening press conference for Chandor’s “All Is Lost” -- the one-man-Redford show about a sailor lost at sea, and which could – could – be the film that earns the actor his late-inning Oscar.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 8, 2013 6:28 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Brody Still AWOL on 'Homeland,' 'Ironside' Surprises (VIDEOS)

Two episodes into Homeland (Showtime) and still no sign of Brody. Which means that this show about the eruptive intersection of the personal and political is still not quite itself yet as it continues its third season.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 8, 2013 5:22 PM
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Your Week in Streaming: From Giallo to Grindhouse, Essential Horror Films to Watch Before LA's Inaugural Beyond Fest

LA's inaugural Beyond Fest kicks off this week with a sickening slate catered to genre nerds looking for both new, never-before-seen films and screenings of classics you might only find in a cult video store. From Giallo films by Dario Argento to the twisted Brit cinema of Ben Wheatley and more, here are some essential horror movies now streaming.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • October 8, 2013 4:19 PM
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Casting Watch: June Squibb of 'Nebraska' Set to Play Lena Dunham's Granny on 'Girls'

82-year-old June Squibb, who plays the rollicking foul-mouthed wife of Bruce Dern in "Nebraska" (and, like Dern, is earning awards buzz for her performance), will next play Lena Dunham's grandma on "Girls."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 2:43 PM
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As Physics Nobel Prize Awarded for Higgs Boson Discovery, Buzzy Doc 'Particle Fever' Lands 2014 Distribution (CLIP)

This morning, the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for their discovery of the Higgs boson, aka the elusive "God Particle." In timely fashion, the stateside theatrical distribution of documentary "Particle Fever" has been announced, kicking off a week run at Film Forum on March 5, 2014. Watch a clip, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 1:57 PM
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Review and Roundup: Critics Love 'Gloria,' Chile's Must-See Foreign-Language Oscar Contender

A review and roundup of "Gloria," Chile's entry for the Foreign-Language Oscar, directed by Sebastian Lelio and starring Paulina Garcia in the title role.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 8, 2013 1:46 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Alex Gibney's 'The Armstrong Lie'

"I like to win, but more than anything I can't stand the idea of losing." So says Lance Armstrong at the outset of the first trailer for Alex Gibney's "The Armstrong Lie," which hits theaters November 8. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 1:30 PM
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Drafthouse Films Nabs Abel Ferrara's 1981 Revenge Thriller 'Ms. 45' for Remastered Theatrical and Blu-ray Release (TRAILER)

Drafthouse Films has snapped up North American rights to Abel Ferrara's 1981 classic revenge thriller "Ms. 45," which follows a mute garment seamstress (the late Zoe Lund) who starts a homicidal rampage against the NYC male population after she's fallen victim to one too many assaults. Check out the vintage '81 trailer, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 1:00 PM
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Casting Watch: Jennifer Ehle Set to Play Anastasia Steele's Mother UPDATED

UPDATE: Jennifer Ehle ("Zero Dark Thirty," best known as Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC's "Pride and Prejudice") has been cast as Anastasia Steele's mother in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of S&M-heavy "Fifty Shades of Grey."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 12:10 PM
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Tugg's Nicolas Gonda to Give Keynote Address at 2013 American Film Market Conference

Nicolas Gonda, producer and co-founder of Tugg, is set to deliver the keynote address at the American Film Market’s Marketing Conference on November 11. The 2013 American Film Market (AFM) is the world’s largest motion-picture trade show; it runs November 6-13 in Santa Monica.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 8, 2013 11:55 AM
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