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'The Book Thief' Promo in New York Times Asks Us to Imagine a World Without Words

Fox's "The Book Thief" (November 15) grabbed some attention in Wednesday's New York Times via a savvy promotion. For the first time in the history of the newspaper, two consecutive pages were blank, with just a listing for a website at the bottom of the second page. Check out images of the blank NYT pages, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 23, 2013 2:18 PM
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Kimberly Peirce Talks Long-Gestating Queer Comedy 'Butch Academy,' Plus Read NYT Profile on Director's Return with 'Carrie' UPDATED

UPDATE: Director Kimberly Peirce has plans to rewrite and resuscitate her long in the works, Judd Apatow-shepherded queer comedy "Butch Academy." She told the Playlist that the project "had transmen transitioning, it had butches and straight men sharing advice about how to please women. It crosses some boundaries.” In other words, it's edgy for a studio comedy. If her remake of "Carrie" does well at the box office this month, then maybe "Butch Academy" will have the momentum to move forward. Let's hope so.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 4, 2013 1:46 PM
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WATCH: Alfonso Cuaron Talks 'Gravity' for NY Times Anatomy of a Scene

Check out this week's NY Times Anatomy of a Scene video feature, where director Alfonso Cuaron talks upcoming release "Gravity" (October 4). Plus, watch the new featurette, "Experience the Third Dimension," below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2013 2:40 PM
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WATCH: 'Prisoners' Director Denis Villeneuve Talks with NY Times Anatomy of a Scene

Check out this insightful "Anatomy of a Scene" video feature for the NY Times, where Canadian director Denis Villeneuve talks a pivotal scene from the upcoming crime thriller "Prisoners," out this Friday.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 18, 2013 3:11 PM
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WATCH: 'Mother of George' Director Andrew Dosunmu Talks with NY Times Anatomy of a Scene

Check out this insightful "Anatomy of a Scene" video feature for the NY Times, where director Andrew Dosunmu talks a pivotal scene from the upcoming "Mother of George."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 11, 2013 1:17 PM
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WATCH: Lynn Shelton Talks 'Touchy Feely' for NY Times Anatomy of a Scene

Check out this "Anatomy of a Scene" video feature from the New York Times, where director Lynn Shelton talks a pivotal scene from her new film "Touchy Feely," starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Allison Janney and Josh Pais.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 4, 2013 1:53 PM
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New York Times Launches First Ever Indie Online Film Festival, Curated by Film Independent (TRAILERS)

Today, the New York Times launches its first ever Indie Online Film Festival, a free series of four films curated by the nonprofit Film Independent. The films are available to watch from September 3 to October 2.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 3, 2013 3:15 PM
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WATCH: Edgar Wright Talks 'The World's End' Opening Sequence for NY Times

Check out this "Anatomy of a Scene" video feature from the NY Times, where director Edgar Wright discusses the opening sequence for his upcoming apocalypse comedy "The World's End."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 21, 2013 2:29 PM
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Early Orson Welles Film to Premiere This Fall, Plus Watch Welles' First Short Film, 'The Hearts of Age' (VIDEO)

As the New York Times' Dave Kehr points out in a recent highlight piece, Orson Welles' filmmaking debut came seven years before 1941's "Citizen Kane," with an eight-minute short titled "The Hearts of Age." Teenager Welles made the film with a friend from school, William Vance. In this early endeavor, Welles dons old-age makeup -- a sign of disguises to come in "Kane." Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 7, 2013 2:25 PM
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New York Times Op-Docs Series Unveils Live-Pitch Competition: Winner Will Premiere Doc on NYTimes.com

The New York Times's Op-Doc series, a forum for short, opinionated documentaries with wide creative latitude, is extending an open invitation to US documentary short filmmakers to apply to Op-Doc's first live-pitch competition in North America. The prize is the opportunity to produce an Op-Doc for the New York Times, to premiere on NYTimes.com.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 8, 2013 12:49 PM
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