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How Did 'Birdman,' 'Gone Girl,' 'Inherent Vice' and 'Imitation Game' Land Key Fall Festival Slots?

Everyone in Hollywood reads the industry tea leaves, the probable truth behind every announcement and its attendant spin. As the awards season takes shape, three major releases are jockeying for position: "Gone Girl," "Inherent Vice" and "Birdman." The Hollywood studios, indie distributors, Oscar campaigners and strategists were pushing the New York Film Festival (September 26 - October 12) for their awards hopefuls, wanting to land a coveted gala slot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2014 3:33 PM
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Will Paul Thomas Anderson World Premiere 'Inherent Vice' at the New York Film Festival, or Sneak It First?

As expected, Paul Thomas Anderson’s "Inherent Vice" will world premiere at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 12) as the Centerpiece gala on Saturday October 4. But will the maverick filmmaker sneak preview it in another venue before he arrives at Lincoln Center?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2014 4:51 PM
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SCREEN TALK: Festival Updates, Fall Hopefuls, New Openers from Woody Allen to Zach Braff, Fox vs. Time Warner

David Fincher is back for the opening night of the New York Film Festival with Ben Affleck-starrer "Gone Girl." What folks really care about, says Indiewire's Eric Kohn on our sixth Screen Talk podcast (now on iTunes!) is that the opening night party is returning to Tavern on the Green. We talk about changes at various festivals, the movies that carry expectations as the fall award season gets under way, from Woody Allen to Zach Braff, and several movies coming out this weekend. We dig into Rupert Murdoch's attempted takeover of Time Warner.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 18, 2014 11:50 AM
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Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Will Open New York Film Festival

David Fincher's thriller "Gone Girl," starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and based on the bestselling page-turner by Gillian Flynn, will open this year's 52nd annual New York Film Festival on September 26.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 16, 2014 7:52 PM
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New Restoration of Resnais' 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' Will Debut at New York Film Fest

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced that Rialto Pictures' upcoming 4K restoration of Alain Resnais' seminal film debut, "Hiroshima Mon Amour," will have its US premiere during the 2014 New York Film Festival. A theatrical run at the Film Society follows on October 17.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 14, 2014 3:17 PM
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Check Out Artist Laurie Simmons' Elegant Poster for the New York Film Festival

Each year, a contemporary artist commissions a poster for the New York Film Festival, which celebrates its 52nd birthday this September. Here's the 2014 edition from artist Laurie Simmons.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 28, 2014 4:59 PM
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Noah Cowan Is Leaving Toronto's Bell Lightbox for Stateside Job (UPDATED)

With two plum film society berths in flux over the past few months, speculation has surrounded Noah Cowan, who once had Cameron Bailey's programming gig at the Toronto International Film Festival and now is the artistic director TIFF Bell Lightbox.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 22, 2014 1:48 PM
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'Her' Review: Spike Jonze Returns with a Vengeance with Tech Romance (Q & A)

Some of the best movies come from filmmakers on the rebound from a flop. After years of struggling to finish his labor of love, the idiosyncratic Maurice Sendak adaptation "Where the Wild Things Are," Spike Jonze has returned with a vengeance, for the first time writing as well as directing the story of a man on the rebound from a failed marriage. "Her" can be viewed as the flip side of Sofia Coppola's Oscar-winning movie about the end of their relationship, "Lost in Translation."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2013 6:21 PM
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Why the San Francisco and New York Film Societies Seek New Leaders

Two of the country's top Film Societies with major festivals in San Francisco and New York need leaders who can help them find solid creative and financial footing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 20, 2013 12:26 PM
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Oscar Watch Q & A: Chiwetel Ejiofor Embodies Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave'

“12 Years a Slave” broke out at the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals, as audiences and critics immersed themselves in Steve McQueen and John Ridley's hard-hitting film adaptation of the memoir of musician Solomon Northup, a free Bostonian who was kidnapped and sold into slavery from 1841 to 1853. “12 Years a Slave” and its British star Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Kinky Boots") leaped to the top of the Oscar prediction charts, along with Alfonso Cuaron's critical and box office hit "Gravity." Fox Searchlight opens "12 Years a Slave: October 18.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2013 4:31 PM
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