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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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NYFF: Free LIVE Talk Series Includes Rothman, Potter, Mungiu, Bernal & Gerwig

The New York Film Festival's LIVE series, which features free-to-the-public discussions with filmmakers and film industry professionals, will this year include directors Sally Potter, Cristian Mungiu, Lee Daniels and Barry Levinson, and actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Greta Gerwig. A conversation with recently-resigned longtime Fox chairman Tom Rothman on the making of Ang Lee's "The Life of Pi" is also a highlight of the talk series. Full schedule below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2012 2:28 PM
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AFI FEST Opens with 'Hitchcock' Starring Hopkins and Mirren

The American Film Institute (AFI) is closing AFI FEST with Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and opening on November 1 with Sacha Gervasi's "Hitchcock."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 27, 2012 1:00 PM
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TCM 2012 Classic Film Festival To Launch in Space

Turner Classic Movies has set April 25-28 2013 as the dates for its fourth-annual TCM Classic Film Festival. To open the festival, TCM takes this year's theme, Cinematic Journeys: Travel in the Movies, to an extreme: TCM teamed up with NASA for an "extra-terrestrial screening" of the cult sci-fi flick "Forbidden Planet" on Saturday October 13...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 26, 2012 11:35 AM
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'I Declare War,' 'Vanishing Waves,' and 'Here Comes the Devil' Win at 2012 Fantastic Fest

Kristina Bouzyte's "Vanishing Waves" cleaned up at Fantastic Fest, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, while Jurga Jutaite won the Best Actress award for her performance in the Lithuanian director's film. Robert Wilson and Jason Lapeyre's "I Declare War" won the Audience Award at the Fest and "Here Comes the Devil" was awarded Best Picture in the Horror Feature Category.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 25, 2012 8:40 AM
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As You Wish: 25th Anniversary 'Princess Bride' Reunion at New York Film Festival

"The Princess Bride" cast and crew will reunite to celebrate the film's 25th anniversary at a sidebar event at the New York Film Festival presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Cast members Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Mandy Patinkin as well as director Rob Reiner will join up at a screening of a brand new 35mm print at Alice Tully Hall on October 2.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 24, 2012 1:52 PM
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Fantastic Fest Review: With ‘Frankenweenie,' Tim Burton Revives Pet Project, Returns to Form

"Frankenweenie" is probably Tim Burton’s best film in almost a decade, but that’s not much of a compliment. With his last five films, the filmmaker responsible for some of the most fun, mischievous and magical cinema of the past 25 years has settled into a disappointing routine of utterly safe “weirdness.”
  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 20, 2012 10:18 PM
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IFC Films Lands Baumbach's Black-and-White Gerwig Vehicle 'Frances Ha'

IFC Films is acquiring all North and Latin American rights to Noah Baumbach’s "Frances Ha," which the filmmaker co-wrote with his star and muse, Mumblecore darling Greta Gerwig. She has received glowing reviews for the film, which debuted at Telluride followed by Toronto and now, New York. Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver and Michael Zegen co-star.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 20, 2012 4:25 PM
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AFI FEST Lands Spielberg's 'Lincoln' as Closing Night Film

One of the fall Oscar contenders that is still sight unseen--and was not booked into any major film festivals--is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." Well, the DreamWorks/Fox/Participant movie starring Daniel Day Lewis as the 16th president has finally landed a festival berth at the height of awards season fervor in L.A.: The AFI Fest will show the film as its fest gala closer on November 8. The movie, adapted by Tony Kushner from Doris Kearns Goodwin's bestseller "Team of Rivals," co-stars Sally Field...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 20, 2012 1:33 PM
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Sally Potter Talks 'Ginger and Rosa,' Elle Fanning's Face, Narcissistic Parents, Women Directors UPDATED

Brit director Sally Potter hit the film world with a major splash at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival with "Orlando," starring the incomparable Tilda Swinton. Since then, Potter's films have been impeccably crafted gems with limited appeal, from "The Tango Lesson," starring Potter herself, to "Yes," which she wrote in iambic pentameter. With "Ginger and Rosa," written after her mother's death in 2010, Potter consciously tried to craft her most emotionally accessible film to date.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 19, 2012 4:29 PM
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