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NYFF: Eastwood's Hereafter Closes Fest, Line-Up Announced

With David Fincher's The Social Network and The Tempest as two already-announced linchpins of this fall's New York Film Festival, Monday the Fest announced the closer: Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, starring Matt Damon as a San Francisco psychic and Bryce Dallas Howard in a small role as his girlfriend. Eastwood calls this film, written by Peter Morgan, his "chick flick," and Damon tells EW it has a French "vibe."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2010 4:54 AM
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Taymor's Tempest and Spider-Man Musical Both Open in December

Taymor's Tempest and Spider-Man Musical Both Open in December
Julie Taymor is cheering up these days. Her movie of Shakespeare's The Tempest--which had been in limbo at Miramax-- is now closing night at the Venice Film Fest (here's the new poster) and a centerpiece gala at New York, and is set to open December 10. Meanwhile her long-in-the-works Broadway musical Spider-Man finally has an opening date: December 21.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2010 12:54 PM
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Venice Fest Preview: Early Art

Venice Fest Preview: Early Art
Here is some early art for several of the movies coming up at the Venice Film Fest. (I arrive there August 31 by train after spending two days in Rome; I leave September 8 for the Toronto Film Festival.) I'll write up early coverage of opener Darren Aronofsky's ballet drama Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel as a tough ballet master (modeled after Georges Balanchine), who I interviewed Monday. That film will likely show in Telluride as well as Toronto.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2010 12:59 PM
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Trailer Watch: The Social Network

Trailer Watch: The Social Network
Here's the new trailer for David Fincher's upcoming The Social Network, which opens the New York Film Festival. The story depicts nerdy Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) triumphing over business rivals and the rigors of becoming a billionaire.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 16, 2010 5:43 AM
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Lincoln Center Film Society's Manus is Out, Kuo is In

Lincoln Center Film Society's Manus is Out, Kuo is In
The AFI Fest's ex-artistic director Rose Kuo was originally up for the job of executive director at the august Film Society at Lincoln Center, which mounts the New York Film Festival every year. But two years ago the board picked Mara Manus, who had toiled both in Hollywood at a major studio (Universal) and in New York's theater world (The Public Theater). Now Manus is stepping down, continuing in an advisory role, and Kuo is taking over.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 9, 2010 12:56 PM
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Fincher's The Social Network to Open New York Film Festival

Fincher's The Social Network to Open New York Film Festival
The 48th annual New York Film Festival will kick off September 24 with the world premiere of David Fincher's The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the youngest billionaire in history. This is bad news for those of us who were hoping to catch the film at the Venice, Telluride or Toronto Festivals, because opening nights are usually exclusives.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 8, 2010 5:59 AM
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NY Film Fest To Add McCarthy to Selection Committee

Todd McCarthy got some good news and bad news Monday. While he lost his job (after 31 years) as chief critic at venerable trade Variety, he will go to the Cannes International Film Festival as the newest member of the New York Film Festival selection committee. The official announcement is expected shortly came Friday. McCarthy talks to the NYT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 10, 2010 8:12 AM
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Scott Foundas Joins Film Society as Associate Programmer

Scott Foundas Joins Film Society as Associate Programmer
As I suspected, LA Weekly and Village Voice Media film critic Scott Foundas has accepted the offer of associate film programmer at The Film Society of Lincoln Center.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2009 10:31 AM
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Life During Wartime: Werc Werk Works Jumps Into Indie Fray

Life During Wartime: Werc Werk Works Jumps Into Indie Fray
As Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime meets a mixed response at Venice, Telluride, Toronto and the NYFF (see IndieWIRE's critics poll), the two women who raised the funding for the $5-million movie are sitting on tenterhooks hoping to score a distribution deal that has not materialized.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2009 6:54 AM
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2 or 3 Things I Learned at NYFF Opening Night

During my 20s in Manhattan, I looked forward to the New York Film Festival every September, when there was a nip in the air; it brought the start of the fall season. Here's what I learned at the 47th NYFF opening night:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2009 8:10 AM
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