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First Look: NYFF Portraits of Scorsese, Kiarostami, Gerwig, Baumbach and More

Check out these NYFF still portraits of Martin Scorsese, Abbas Kiarostami, Greta Gerwig and other artists who attended the fest by New York-based filmmaker Jamie Stuart.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2012 12:36 PM
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'Flight' Review; Zemeckis, Washington and Cheadle Talk at NYFF Press Conference (VIDEO)

Denzel Washington waltzed in late to the press conference following the NYFF screening of the Robert Zemeckis-directed "Flight." The audience didn't mind of course, because he's Denzel: His appearance prompted wild applause which immediately drowned out the voice of screenwriter John Gatins.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • October 14, 2012 3:59 PM
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Rossellini's Restored & Uncut 'Generale della Rovere' to Screen at MoMA's Int'l Festival of Film Preservation; Last Screened in 1959

MoMA's 10th annual International Festival of Film Preservation will unveil the restored version of Roberto Rossellini's "Il Generale della Rovere," presented for the first time since the film's premiere in 1959 at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion in its original uncut glory. Talk about a once-in-a-half-century opportunity.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 5:42 PM
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AFI FEST Galas and Special Screenings Include 'Life of Pi,' 'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'On the Road' & More

AFI FEST 2012 (November 1-8) has announced its gala and special screening presentations. Highlights include more-than-likely Oscar contenders "Life of Pi" and "Silver Linings Playbook," with buzzy selections from previous festivals including "The Impossible," "West of Memphis" and "On the Road." Festival bookenders "Hitchcock" and "Lincoln" were previously announced. Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 3:34 PM
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New Teaser Poster for Baker's Festival Favorite 'Starlet' & The Story Behind Dree Hemingway's Co-Star [Exclusive]

Check out this new teaser poster for Sean Baker's "Starlet." While the first poster, which we debuted here, featured sun-soaked star Dree Hemingway (one of Variety's Actors to Watch), the second capitalizes on her legs and the film's titular character, Starlet...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 10, 2012 1:58 PM
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Hamptons Top Prize Goes to 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Plus Cate Shortland's 'Lore,' Janet Tobias' 'No Place on Earth'

David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" adds another feather to its awards cap with the top prize at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival. The film wowed audiences at Toronto in September, taking home the fest's coveted audience award, cementing its place among the most-likely 2013 Oscar contenders.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2012 12:36 PM
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Russian Epic 'Waiting for the Sea' to Open Rome Film Festival, Jeff Nichols to Chair Competition Jury

Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov's "Waiting for the Sea" will open the 7th Rome Film Festival on November 9. Russian director and screenwriter Khudojnazarov, known for "Luna Papa," spent six years creating and filming "Waiting for the Sea." The Festival, which runs until November 17th, will be presided over by screenwriter and director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter," "Mud").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 9, 2012 12:24 PM
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Louisiana Film Prize Showcases Filmmakers to Keep an Eye On

This weekend's inaugural Louisiana Film Prize, featuring 20 short films shot entirely in and around Shreveport-Bossier City, La., offered regular folks (myself included) a chance to vote on which film would receive the $50,000 grand prize. None of my favorites came away victorious, but they left me with some names to watch for in the future.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 8, 2012 3:46 PM
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Early Reviews: HBO's 'The Girl' Premieres at the Hampton Film Festival

HBO premiered their Hitchcock vs. Hedren flick, "The Girl" at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Early reviews hint that while the film entertains, it doesn't quite satisfy in terms of character development. Toby Jones' portrayal of Alfred Hitchcock is praised across the board, while critics say that Sienna Miller is passable, but not notable. The film avoids the horror tropes that the master of suspense was known for, instead aiming to reveal the psychological underpinnings of the main characters.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 8, 2012 1:08 PM
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Gods and Monsters (Mostly Monsters) at the Academy’s 'Universal's Legacy of Horror' Film Series

Good horror films have always been about more than surfeiting movie audiences with chills and thrills, as 100 years of Universal movies dramatically demonstrate. The Academy’s “Legacy of Horror” film series, which screens during October to celebrate Universal’s centennial is a warning to those who dare to create life (“The Bride of Frankenstein,” 1935) or extend it beyond death (“Dracula,” 1931) or to push science to extremes that should be unattainable, as Claude Rains discovers in “The Invisible Man” (1933).
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • October 8, 2012 12:45 PM
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