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At NYFF Tribute, Ralph Fiennes Discusses Importance of Directors, Imagination

Where last week's New York Film Festival gala tribute to Cate Blanchett focused entirely on the actress in question, tonight's event--purportedly a similar fête for Ralph Fiennes--went the kill-two-birds approach. First, there was the expected Q&A, which was truncated more quickly than last week's for a screening of the actor-turned-director's newest film, "The Invisible Woman." As if to back up this impression, my ticket for last week's event was marked 'Cate Blanchett Tribute"; tonight's read simply 'The Invisible Woman.'
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • October 9, 2013 11:54 PM
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Spike Jonze Previews 'Her' Before its New York Film Festival Unveiling

Spike Jonze did not have a completed film to show at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, even though he'd been working on his fourth feature "Her" for three years, and editing the film for 14 months. It was "a relentless process" he said at the TIFF Q & A. "I don't know what I'm making, I find it along the way." But he did provide a tantalizing preview of "Her," which was financed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna, via clips and a talk with his friend, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2013 12:53 PM
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Why Scott Foundas Ditched Lincoln Center Programming to Go Back Where He Belongs UPDATED

Three years ago, when Scott Foundas left the Village Voice Media's LA Weekly to join the Film Society of Lincoln Center as associate programmer, I was disheartened. Why? Because he is one of the most gifted critics of his generation. I took Foundas leaving his clear avocation as a sign of the continuing decline of film criticism.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 31, 2012 1:44 PM
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First Look: NYFF Portraits of Scorsese, Kiarostami, Gerwig, Baumbach and More

Check out these NYFF still portraits of Martin Scorsese, Abbas Kiarostami, Greta Gerwig and other artists who attended the fest by New York-based filmmaker Jamie Stuart.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2012 12:36 PM
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'Flight' Review; Zemeckis, Washington and Cheadle Talk at NYFF Press Conference (VIDEO)

Denzel Washington waltzed in late to the press conference following the NYFF screening of the Robert Zemeckis-directed "Flight." The audience didn't mind of course, because he's Denzel: His appearance prompted wild applause which immediately drowned out the voice of screenwriter John Gatins.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • October 14, 2012 3:59 PM
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Filmmaker's Nightmare: NYFF Screening of De Palma's 'Passion' Hits a Digital Snafu

With technological evolution comes hiccups. Though not widely reported, the September 29 NYFF premiere of Brian De Palma's "Passion" apparently hit a disappointing snafu when the DCP (digital cinema package) of the film refused to play.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2012 1:16 PM
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'Lincoln' Early Reviews: Praise for Daniel Day-Lewis & Tommy Lee Jones, Spielberg Exercises Restraint

Early reviews are coming in for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," NYFF's secret screening on October 8, modestly praising Daniel Day-Lewis' performance and a "scene stealing" turn by Tommy Lee Jones as Thadeus Stevens. Critics are less impressed with...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2012 12:12 PM
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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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