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Best of the Week: Cuaron Talks 'Gravity,' Focus Drops Schamus, 'Breaking Bad' Goes Out in Glory and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • October 5, 2013 3:53 PM
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Spike Jonze Previews 'Her' Before its New York Film Festival Unveiling

Spike Jonze did not have a completed film to show at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, even though he'd been working on his fourth feature "Her" for three years, and editing the film for 14 months. It was "a relentless process" he said at the TIFF Q & A. "I don't know what I'm making, I find it along the way." But he did provide a tantalizing preview of "Her," which was financed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna, via clips and a talk with his friend, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2013 12:53 PM
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NYFF Tributes Cate Blanchett on the Road to Oscar

NYFF programming director Kent Jones led Cate Blanchett through the parade of her first-rate directors, and she shared gems from each of her experiences. Discussing her role as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator," she slipped into an uncanny Martin Scorsese accent and recalled his advice to her: "Make it your own"--the "most liberating piece of direction" he gave her, she said.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • October 3, 2013 2:42 AM
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Best of the Week: NYFF Begins, TOH! Ranks the Coens, Interviews with Oscar Isaac, Dane DeHaan and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • September 28, 2013 4:18 PM
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Romantic Comedies Are Not Dead: A Richard Curtis Retrospective (VIDEO)

Ahead of the New York Film Festival debut of "About Time," the latest film written and directed by romantic comedy master Richard Curtis, here is a video "retrospective" of his work.
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  • September 28, 2013 2:04 PM
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NYFF Live Talks Panelists Include Claire Denis, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Huppert, Andrea Arnold and More

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced their second annual free-to-the-public NYFF LIVE series of filmmaker conversations. Participants include Claire Denis, (“Bastards”), Bruce Dern, (“Nebraska”), Isabelle Huppert, (“Abuse of Weakness”), Hirokazu Kore-eda, (“Like Father, Like Son”), and a special conversation on story creation and the artistic process with 2013 Filmmaker in Residence Andrea Arnold (“Wuthering Heights,” “Fish Tank”).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 11:44 AM
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New York Film Festival Picks Up Steam, Loses Outside Voices

Checking out the schedule for the 51st New York Film Festival, I'm struck by how many movies there are still to see, even if many have played other festivals, from Cannes last May to fall fests Telluride, Venice and Toronto. Under the Film Society of Lincoln Center executive director Rose Kuo, over the past three years the NYFF has not only undergone management changes, but has picked up steam and momentum as a major festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2013 4:24 PM
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Showtime To Air Benefit Concert Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

A lucky group will get to see the one-time-only Town Hall concert in New York on September 29, mounted by the Coen brothers' music supervisor T Bone Burnett, called "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis.'" Luckily for the rest of us who can't be there, Showtime has just acquired exclusive television rights to film and air the benefit concert.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 25, 2013 1:58 PM
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New York Film Festival Main Slate of 35 Features Adds Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Real' UPDATED

UPDATE: NYFF has added Japanese helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Real" to its main slate of films. This is the director's first feature since 2008's "Tokyo Sonata."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 23, 2013 12:32 PM
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NYFF Honors Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes with Gala Tributes (VIDEO)

The New York Film Festival has announced that Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes will be the honorees of this year's gala tributes at the fest, which runs from September 27 through October 13. Blanchett's tribute will be held on October 2, and Fiennes' on October 9, along with a screening of his new film, "The Invisible Woman," a main slate selection in the lineup.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2013 1:27 PM
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