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September 25, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - For years, the New York Film Festival was a quaint afterthought on the fall festival circuit, good for locals to catch up on prestige titles but devoid of much Hollywood fizz. Not anymore. The Lincoln Center event has become an increasingly important spot for big fall movies, both launching pad and bellwether for the frenzied months of Oscar-contending releases that follow. The 51st edition opens Friday with the Tom Hanks hijacking thriller "Captain Phillips," part of an ambitious Hollywood slate and an indication of a new festival bent.
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January 30, 2014 | By Booth Moore
Multicity film premieres, promotional tours and a months-long award season mean a whole lot of dressing up. But today's long run of red carpets does create an opportunity for an actress to tell a story with fashion choices. And so far this season, Amy Adams' story has been to remind us that she's not just the nice girl. Sure, she's played a Disney princess, a nun, a Muppets superfan from Smalltown U.S.A. and the doting (though strong) wife of a religious leader. PHOTOS: Movie scenes from 'American Hustle' But Adams' latest role in "American Hustle" casts her as a glamorous grifter in sexy-as-hell vintage Halston dresses with cleavage so arresting it deserved its own screen credit.
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September 24, 1999 | CLIFF ROTHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The last major festival on the circuit, the New York Film Festival is a fascinating anomaly. With dogged, bare-knuckled contrariness--defying an era of bigger-is-better, celebrities-are-gods and cozy studio bedfellows--it caps its lineup at 30 films; this year, only 26 will be shown during the 16-day event that opens today. And unlike, say, Venice or Cannes, the New York Film Festival doesn't give out prizes and is adamantly noncompetitive.
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November 1, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Deep in post-production on his weird but wonderful sci-fi romance "Her" this past March, Spike Jonze made the difficult decision to - as the old editing edict goes - kill one of his darlings. The nuanced vocal performance turned in by British actress Samantha Morton, who was portraying a Siri-esque computer operating system who finds herself in a state of deep romantic longing with Joaquin Phoenix's lovelorn, all-too-human divorced character, in the end "wasn't right" for the film.
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August 17, 1991 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The New York Film Festival will screen the first work-in-progress in its 29-year-history when it presents Disney's unfinished "Beauty and the Beast" during this year's festival. While not the first animated feature ever shown at the festival--Warner Bros.' 1979 "The Road Runner Movie" holds that distinction--"Beauty and the Beast" is the first animated Disney film to be included on the festival program. "Beauty and the Beast," slated for release Nov.
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September 24, 2001 | JAN STUART, NEWSDAY
In the early 1950s, five young movie geeks with big ideas made a lot of noise writing for the French film journal Cahiers du Cinema. One by one, Eric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Chabrol retired their essayists' chapeaus and donned the berets of film directors.
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June 29, 2007 | Associated Press
The New York Film Festival will open with Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" and honor the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men" as its centerpiece in a particularly American slate for the internationally-minded festival. The Film Society of Lincoln Center, which produces the festival, announced the opening and centerpiece films Thursday, but not the closing movie. The 45th annual festival runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 14.
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August 22, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced that Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes will be honored with gala tribute events during the upcoming New York Film Festival. Fiennes and Blanchett appeared together onscreen in the 1997 film "Oscar and Lucinda. " The Oct. 2 tribute for Blanchett comes as she has been receiving raves for her work in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," with her performance already considered among the front-runners for this year's lead actress Oscar. (Which may make her stop at the NYFF part of a long march of awards appearances for her in the coming months.)
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August 22, 2005 | From Associated Press
The New York Film Festival will say hello on opening night with "Good Night, and Good Luck," George Clooney's depiction of McCarthyism and TV news in the 1950s. Clooney directs for just the second time (his first film was 2002's "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," about game show host Chuck Barris) and costars as CBS News producer Fred Friendly. David Strathairn plays Edward R. Murrow, who scrutinized Sen. Joseph McCarthy's Communist witch hunt.
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January 1, 1992 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
Michael Tolkin has a deadpan irony that can get you in trouble, especially if you make movies. In 1991's "The Rapture," Tolkin's debut as writer-director, he dealt with subjects usually anathema in current American films--life and death, man and God, faith and unbelief--and did it with such surprising force and tragic inevitability that "The Rapture" was one of a handful of new American movies at the 1991 New York Film Festival. He has several films forthcoming, including one he'll direct, and he's just finished a novel.
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October 17, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
More than a year after his "Battleship" was torpedoed at the box office, filmmaker Pete Berg is set to unveil his new movie in the heart of Hollywood. "Lone Survivor," the director's Navy SEAL drama, will have its red carpet debut at AFI Fest, the eight-day-long film gathering that kicks off Nov. 7. Berg's film, which Universal Pictures will open in limited release in late December before its nationwide launch two weeks later, is one of three additional gala screenings announced by festival programmers on Thursday.
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October 14, 2013 | By Nardine Saad, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Madonna appears to be a slave to her celluar phone, and business apparently, as her fervent texting has led to her ban from a movie theater chain. The Material Girl seems to believe she's above movie theater etiquette - namely not texting during a movie - and reportedly texted continuously during a New York Film Festival premiere screening of Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," according to several reports. Charles Taylor, a film writer for Salon, partly catalyzed the media maelstrom when he shared an eyewitness account of the incident, which was originally posted on Facebook by one of his former NYU students who chronicled the dispute.
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October 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Over a two-decade directing career, Spike Jonze has often been about the big hook, visually and conceptually. In his videos and films, he's offered up plenty of ideas, and made them look sharp to boot. But could he square all that with a gently told romance? That's the question posed by “Her,”  Jonze's future-set, Joaquin Phoenix-starring story of love and technology - and answered with a resounding yes. The new movie lands on multiple levels and, not surprisingly, received a rapturous response Saturday night at the New York Film Festival, where it made its world premiere.
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October 12, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's "Unknown Pleasures," "The World" and "24 City" have been celebrated by critics and on the international festival circuit, but his work has yet to break through with a wider audience in America. That might change with his latest, "A Touch of Sin," an action film of sorts set in contemporary China and opening Friday in Los Angeles. Where Jia's earlier works have often blended fiction with documentary, here he overlays the style of traditional martial arts adventure storytelling known as wuxia onto his contemporary four-part tale of loners, revenge and violence based on recent real-life incidents in China.
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October 11, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When Tom Hanks released "Cast Away" in 2000, he was all alone in more ways than one. Playing a man stuck for years on a remote island, the Oscar winner was helping to bring back a genre, the so-called stranded film, that hadn't had a major entry in five years (since Hanks' own "Apollo 13"). Beginning Friday, the actor can be seen in another nautically-themed marooned movie, the Somali-hijacking tale "Captain Phillips.” Only this time Hanks' story of isolation has plenty of company.
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October 10, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
With "Gravity" still floating atop the box office, "Captain Phillips" may find itself adrift this weekend. The 3-D space drama starring Sandra Bullock got off to a great start last weekend and has even attracted moviegoers to the multiplex mid-week, grossing $5.3 million on Wednesday alone. This weekend the movie could collect as much as $40 million, according to those who have seen prerelease audience surveys. With $73 million already under its belt, the film will certainly pass the $100-million milestone in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday.
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January 14, 1987 | CLARKE TAYLOR
The Film Society of Lincoln Center on Tuesday selected Alec Guinness for its annual tribute to "a major film artist." The gala tribute will be held at Lincoln Center on April 27, with the 73-year-old English actor expected to attend. "Over the years, no one has given us more pleasure than Sir Alec Guinness," said Film Society President Alfred R. Stern in a statement released here.
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September 30, 2013 | By John Horn
Bennett Miller's “Foxcatcher” won't be finished in time for this year's AFI Fest 2013, but programmers at the festival have added the world premiere of “Out of the Furnace” to this fall's gathering.  The festival also will screen Ben Stiller's remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and hold a tribute for Bruce Dern, who stars in Alexander Payne's “Nebraska.” "Out of the Furnace," directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”),...
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October 9, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- Walking out of the theater after the official U.S. debut for Steve McQueen's slavery tour de force “12 Years a Slave” on Tuesday, a viewer could be heard adding skepticism to her admiration. “I wanted to ask about why there were so few redeeming characters,” she said as she spoke to her friend after a post-premiere Q&A at the New York Film Festival. “I mean, in most movies you don't find even the wife of the plantation owner part of the problem.” She never did ask her question.
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October 6, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- Can "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" turn its dreams into reality? That fraught question about the Ben Stiller fantasy picture saw the first hints of an answer on Saturday at the New York Film Festival, where the pricey Christmas release had its world premiere. "I want to thank the Film Society of Lincoln Center for having the courage to show a Ben Stiller movie," the director quipped as he took the stage before the Saturday night debut at the festival's upscale Alice Tully Hall.
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