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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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BFI London Announces Industry Programme, Keynote By Harvey Weinstein

The 56th BFI London Film Festival's Industry Programme includes a keynote address by Harvey Weinstein and a conversation with director Roger Michell. Panels and talks range from the challenges and opportunities of digital platforms, how film culture affects the film industry, film piracy and the insights into the script-to-screen- to-market process.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 8, 2012 12:21 PM
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Oliver Stone Talks 'Untold History of U.S.' at NYFF [VIDEO]

From "Platoon" to "JFK" to "Nixon" and beyond, few filmmakers have done more to challenge the convenient bonafides of US history than Oliver Stone. Judging by the response to yesterday’s sneak peak at his upcoming Showtime series "The Untold History of the United States," the director has lost none of his audacity in his transition to premium cable.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • October 7, 2012 4:22 PM
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David Chase and Cast Talk 'Not Fade Away': NYFF Review and Press Conference

At the New York Film Festival screening of David Chase's marvelous first feature "Not Fade Away," I felt my spirits lift a little higher with each scene until, by the time the band finally performed an original song for the first time, I was soaring, the way you're supposed to do when you forget you're on the job because there's a real live movie on screen.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • October 5, 2012 4:27 PM
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Walter Hill To Be Honored with First-Ever Maverick Director Award at Rome Film Festival

Following the recent news that Walter Hill will be remaking Robert Aldrich's classic camp, Crawford vs. Davis faceoff "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?," the Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) will honor the director with the new Maverick Director Award, given to master filmmakers who have "consistently stood out from the crowd."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 5, 2012 2:30 PM
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NYFF Panel: Talking Landmark Jazz Doc 'The Savoy King'

The second best thing about this week's NYFF screening of The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America might have been the audience -- a fire-hazard crowd of friends, family and jazz enthusiasts ready to laugh, hoot, and more than once, sing along to the music. But the first best thing was 92-year-old Norma Miller, a delightful presence both on film and live on-stage, where she joined director Jeff Kaufman for a lively but all-too brief Q&A.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • October 5, 2012 11:47 AM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' to Open Film Independent Forum

As part of Weinstein Co.'s ongoing push for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," currently at the top of many Oscar pundit's charts in the race for Best Picture, the edgy comedy will launch this year's Film Independent Forum to be held October 19-21 at the Directors Guild of America.
  • By Sophia Savage and Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 1:07 PM
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AFI Fest 2012 Announces Young Americans and New Auteurs Lineup, Including Baker, Cronenberg & Loznitsa

AFI Fest 2012, running November 1-8 in Los Angeles, announces the titles for its Young Americans and New Auteurs programs. Young Americans features works from emerging American filmmakers (eligible for an Audience Award), while New Auteurs has titles from around the world by first and second-time directors (eligible for a Grand Jury Award)...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 3, 2012 3:23 PM
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Inaugural First Time Fest Seeking Submissions, Announces John Huston Lifetime Achievement Prize

A new film festival is seeking submissions for its inaugural event. First Time Fest will celebrate first time filmmakers and offer a Grand Prize of theatrical distribution. The festival will take place at New York City's Gramercy Park Players Club and the Loews Village VII theater from March 1-4, 2013. The festival states;
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 28, 2012 4:43 PM
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NYFF Press Conference: Ang Lee Talks Logistics and Spirituality Behind 'Life of Pi'

At the "Life of Pi" post-screening press conference, Ang Lee, actor Suraj Sharma, producer Elizabeth Gabler and novelist Yann Martel answered questions which focused primarily on the logistical challenges of a production that, according to Lee, involved participants from 23 countries, a year of pre-production that included a 70 minute pre-vis, and 3-D animation modeling based on the meticulous observation of four trained tigers.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • September 28, 2012 2:25 PM
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