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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 ...

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    NYFF Panel: Talking Landmark Jazz Doc 'The Savoy King'

    The second best thing about this week's NYFF screening of The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America might have been the audience -- a fire-hazard crowd of friends, family and jazz enthusiasts ready to laugh, hoot, and more than once, sing along to the music. But the f...

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    NYFF Review: 'Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay' Is A Deeply Magical Biography of the Illusionist

    Nowadays, with the abundance and popularity of fantasy literature and cinema, when someone says "magic," they immediately conjure images of entrenched warlocks and fire-breathing dragons. The art and performance of practical magic – things like card tricks and making stuff disappear – has faded into...

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    'Lincoln' To Get (Not So) Secret Screening At New York Film Festival On Monday

    Well, the cat is now out of the bag. The Twittersphere has been speculating for the past day or so about what the New York Film Festival had up their sleeve for their secret screening on Monday. Last year it was a work-in-progress look at Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," and this year too, organizers were ...

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    EXCLUSIVE: Banned From Filmmaking, Jafar Panahi Has Made Another Movie, Says Abbas Kiarostami

    Last year, Panahi allegedly smuggled the diary film about his experiences under house arrest, titled "This is Not a Film," into the Cannes Film Festival on a USB drive. According to fellow Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi, who is facing a six-year jail sentence, has completed another film.

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    New York Film Festival Reveals First Sneak Peek At Nicole Kidman In 'Stoker'; Plus New U.K. Trailer Arrives

    Surprises have been popping up all over the 50th annual New York Film Festival. Perhaps because it's celebrating an important semi-centennial milestone and its beloved chairman Richard Peña is stepping down after 25 years, NYFF is pulling in several riches this year. There's a surpris...

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    New York Film Festival Has a Secret (Screening): What Will It Be?

    At last year's New York Film Festival, folks were caught off guard when a last-minute addition was made to the festival: "A world premiere of a work-in-progress by a major filmmaker." Except they didn't tell anyone what that film was until they were sitting in theatre moments befor...

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    NYFF: Lee Daniels Reveals How Oprah Winfrey Rejected 'The Paperboy,' Talks The Down & Dirty Production Logistics

    Murder. Lust. Intrigue. Watersports. Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" is not your usual festival fare. Screening at the New York Film Festival, however, director Lee Daniels was able to give context to this schizophrenic mystery, based on the Pete Dexter novel about a possibly innocent murderer on Death ...

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    Podcast: The Playlist Talks Highlights From TIFF, Telluride And NYFF; Plus Armond White: Genuine Contrarian Or Provocateur?

    We've decided to double down this week on podcasts to make up for lost chats. Our slate for this week’s show is as follows: a round-up of festival reports from Toronto, Telluride and the beginning of New York Film Festival. Later in the episode, we discuss contrarian film critic Armond White regardi...

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    Fill the Void Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein Gets Picked Up by Sony Pictures Classics

    The team at Sony PIctures Classics has been very busy since Toronto and they added another women directed film Fill the Void written and directed by Rama Burshtein to their list of acquisitions. The film will be Israel's submission to the Academy Award for best foreign film having won seven awa...

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