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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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NYFF Secret Screening: It's Spielberg's 'Lincoln'

Using the old "work-in-progress" canard, in a move not likely to please LA's AFI FEST, which had booked Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" as its closing night gala, Disney/DreamWorks has added "Lincoln" as Monday night's secret screening in New York. This allows a film to gain media attention and buzz without officially being part of the line-up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2012 12:20 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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Review Roundup: 3-D 'Life of Pi' Dazzles Critics, NYFF Rothman Panel [VIDEO]

Critics are eating up Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" following its NYFF debut on Friday. Raves praising the film's immersive, spectacular use of 3-D, its inspirational pantheistic message and strong performances from the three actors playing Pi are in the majority, with a few outliers wishing for heftier substance over CG smoke and mirrors. Review roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2012 1:16 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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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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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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Film Society of Lincoln Center's Rose Kuo Restructures, Adds Jones and Koehler as Programmers

The Film Society of Lincoln Center executive director Rose Kuo has finally announced a new programming structure, as the opening of the New York Film Festival looms, as well as the year-end departure of 25-year program director and NYFF selection committee head Richard Pena.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2012 6:43 PM
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New Film Fest Spot Opens as Olivier Pere Leaves Locarno for Arte France Cinema

The game of musical chairs on the global film festival circuit continues as Olivier Père leaves his role as artistic director at the Festival del film Locarno after three years. He's moving on to become the General Director of Arte France Cinema. This means he is no longer a candidate for the New York Film Festival, which at the end of 2012 loses director Richard Pena after 25 years. The Film Society of Lincoln Center is searching for his replacement.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2012 4:01 PM
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