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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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'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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