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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.
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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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WATCH: Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski Directs Blanchett, Redford, Ejiofor and Many More in 11 Gorgeous Short Films

Here's a nifty thing. Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski directed 11 very short films for the New York Times Magazine, and the Times has a released a behind-the-scenes video of Kaminski directing the likes of Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oprah Winfrey, Adele Exarchopoulos, Forest Whitaker, Oscar Isaac, Greta Gerwig, Michael B. Jordan and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the projects. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 25, 2013 2:14 PM
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Spike Lee Talks 'Oldboy,' Studio Interference, '12 Years a Slave' (and, Implicitly, 'Django Unchained') and More in NYT

Spike Lee's "Oldboy," a remake starring Josh Brolin of Park Chan-wook's now cult revenge classic, hits theaters November 27. Lee is profiled today in the New York Times and, as is to be expected, has some no-bullshit things to say about the lasting appeal of revenge films, his personal connection to the theme of fatherly guilt in his new film, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" (and, implicitly, Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained") and more. Highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 20, 2013 12:37 PM
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Media Make Moves: NYT Loses Stelter to CNN, Adds Hoberman, Deadline Adapts to Finke's Departure

There's lots of movement in the media ranks. And the trend of star brands leaving their established digs to become bigger stars for someone else continues apace. The New York Times has lost another media star. Following the departure of online-brands Nate Silver to ESPN and tech columnist David Pogue to Yahoo, now blogger-turned-NYT newsman Brian Stelter is heading to CNN.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2013 1:29 PM
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WATCH: Director Brian Percival Talks 'The Book Thief' for NY Times Anatomy of a Scene

This week's New York Times Anatomy of a Scene video feature talks with director Brian Percival ("Downton Abbey") as he explains a scene from "The Book Thief" (November 8). In the scene, young Liesl (played by Sophie Nelisse) has just witnessed a book burning, and must come to terms with the true intent of the Nazis who have taken over her German village. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2013 11:57 AM
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'Blue Is the Warmest Color' Director Abdellatif Kechiche Talks Anatomy of a Scene for NY Times (VIDEO)

In this week's NY Times Anatomy of a Scene video feature, director Abdellatif Kechiche discusses through a translator a key scene from his Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is the Warmest Color."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 24, 2013 1:00 PM
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