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Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: New York Times Op-Docs Set to Host First Live Pitch Competition (EXCLUSIVE)

The New York Times' Op-Docs -- the publication's Emmy-nominated video channel for independently minded filmmakers and artists -- is set to host its first-ever live pitch competition at a private event held at The Times' headquarters. Five filmmakers will pitch their Op-Doc ideas to an exclusive audience of industry professionals, and to a jury of Times staff and veteran Op-Docs contributors.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 17, 2014 12:00 PM
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New Oscar Blogger Cara Buckley Joins the Red Carpet Ranks

Following David Carr and Melena Ryzik, the new New York Times Carpetbagger is now metro desk veteran-turned-culture reporter Cara Buckley.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 30, 2014 4:36 PM
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As TV Consumption Changes, Everyone Wants a Piece of a Very Messy Pie

It was only a matter of time before some disruptor found a way to let viewers watch live TV on their computers. That service is Aereo (backed by digital entrepreneur Barry Diller), which is currently at the center of a huge legal battle that has everyone from networks to broadcasters to Internet companies to cable providers biting their nails, wondering how the chips will fall.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 10, 2014 7:15 AM
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WATCH: Gareth Edwards Talks Stunning 'Godzilla' Sequence for NYT Anatomy of a Scene

Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla," which roared mightily with $93 million at the box office this past weekend, is one of the more visually spectacular tentpoles in recent memory. But what may be the most showstopping sequence of the film has less to do with giant lizards and Mutos than it does with humans. Edwards apparently thinks so too -- he picked the "halo jump" sequence (where star Aaron Taylor-Johnson freefalls out of an airplane with his fellow soldiers) as the one to discuss for the NYT's Anatomy of a Scene video featurette.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 20, 2014 2:06 PM
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NYT Critics Dargis and Scott Weigh In On Everything That Rankles Them About the Film Industry

The NYT has published a fairly fabulous series of "emails" from their two top film critics -- that would be Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott -- openly addressed to a number of groups throughout the industry, including everyone from Megan Ellison and Sony to "directors," "Hollywood liberals" (with Amy Pascal and Steven Spielberg CC'd) and "everyone who is freaking out about the new Barbie and Peeps movies." In other words, they're cutting a wide, mischievous swath. Read some excerpts, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 6, 2014 12:35 PM
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WATCH: Creepy 'Oculus' Gets the NY Times Anatomy of a Scene Treatment

One of the year's biggest sleeper surprises could be "Oculus," a new horror film that has critics raving. Watch as director Mike Flanagan talks a clip from the film for New York Times' Anatomy of a Scene.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 11, 2014 12:06 PM
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WATCH: Wes Anderson Guides Us Through a Pivotal and Very Funny Scene in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

This week's NY Times Anatomy of a Scene video featurette sees director Wes Anderson discuss a pivotal scene from his delightful adventure romp "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which arrives in theaters March 7. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 6, 2014 12:27 PM
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Should the New York Times Review Every New York Film Booking?

Before Sundance got started, The New York Times' Manohla Dargis raised a red flag about the issue of too many films flooding the marketplace. While her suggestion that fewer distributors should acquire films was the wrong answer to the right question, the subject became the hot topic of the festival, as folks on all sides of the question grappled with possible solutions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 27, 2014 1:57 PM
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NYT Best Sellers Dominated by Films and TV: '12 Years a Slave,' 'Long Walk to Freedom,' 'Orange Is the New Black' and More

One of the revelations from the current New York Times list of non-fiction bestsellers is how many films land there. Solomon Northup's "12 Years a Slave," which was overshadowed upon its 1853 publication by abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin" and long only known by historians, now sits at number three on the bestseller list. Impressive, and cool.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 19, 2013 2:29 PM
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David O. Russell Talks 'American Hustle,' His Unusual Directing Method and Christian Bale's Look with NPR (Plus Anatomy of a Scene VIDEO)

David O. Russell sat down with NPR's All Things Considered December 11 to talk "American Hustle," which over the past couple weeks has jumped to head of the class as an Oscar contender. Highlights from the interview, below, as well as the New York Times' video feature Anatomy of a Scene on "Hustle."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2013 1:44 PM
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