NYFF: Could Warner Bros. Holiday Entry ‘Her’ Be Poised To Make Oscar History?

Pete Hammond

The New York Film Festival closed Saturday night with the World Premiere of Spike Jonze‘s fourth feature, the irresistibly charming romantic fantasy Her, about a man who falls head over heels for his “operating system”. The studio held a simultaneous screening on the West Coast … Read More »

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NYFF: ‘12 Years A Slave’ Star Chiwetel Ejiofor Hits Fest Circuit, Stirs More Oscar Talk (Video)

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: Ever since its debut at the Telluride Film Festival over the Labor Day weekend, Fox Searchlight‘s 12 Years A Slave has been annointed, at least by some eager-to-call-the-race-early media members, as the movie that could take it all at the Oscars. Though it is far too early to say that with any conviction (it doesn’t open in theaters until next week and hasn’t even played its official Academy screening yet), it continues to register strongly on the Fest circuit. It hit the New York Film Festival Tuesday night where the cast led by Chiwetel Ejiofor, director Steve McQueen and other key creative players received a standing ovation, just as they did in Telluride and Toronto. Next week the film hits the BFI London Film Festival on October 18th, home turf for its British star and director,  but telling a very American story. Searchlight clearly would be more comfortable not to be shackled with the front-runner label before the movie is able to catch its boxoffice wind. It’s always a perilous position as there is nowhere to go but down (just ask Social Network about that), but the film has drawn critical raves wherever it’s played and early audiences are clearly moved. The subject matter however is not easy, often gut-wrenching to watch, and needs to be carefully nurtured by Fox Searchlight which plans a slow rollout beginning next Friday. Read More »

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Kino Lorber Acquires NYFF Pic ‘Exhibition’

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 9:01am PDT

UK writer-director Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition is her third feature and just premiered at the now-running New York Film Festival. Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to the drama, a character drama about an artistic middle-aged couple … Read More »

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NYFF: ‘Llewyn Davis’ Star Oscar Isaac Stakes A Claim In Crowded Best Actor Oscar Race

Pete Hammond

This weekend the New York Film Festival got rolling and if you mistook it for the Scott Rudin Film Festival you wouldn’t be far from wrong. Rudin’s October 11th Sony Pictures release Captain Phillips world premiered to a standing ovation on Opening Night Friday. On Saturday the much-awaited New York premiere of his December 6th CBS Films pic Inside Llewyn Davis made its local debut with stars Oscar Isaac, John Goodman and writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen among those on hand. But if that wasn’t enough of a Rudin takeover of the Fest (which runs a longish 18 days) there is an unprecedented sold out concert going on tonight at the Town Hall engineered by Rudin, the Coens and T-Bone Burnett called Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music Of Inside Llewyn Davis. The concert featuring numerous folk singers of the early 1960s period in which the New York-based film is set also scheduled appearances from some of the movie’s stars including Isaac and Goodman. It’s clear Rudin, using the festival that also launched his The Social Network two years ago, doesn’t have to leave his hometown to make a mark in Hollywood’s nascent awards season. Game on.

In the case of Inside Llewyn Davis, the strategy seems particularly smart. Unlike Phillips or other upcoming Oscar-hopefuls like NYFF World Premieres for 20th Century Fox‘s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty starring and directed by Ben Stiller and playing next weekend, and the October 13th closer, Spike Jonze‘s Her from Warner BrosDavis has already been making the fest rounds since beginning in May at Cannes where it won the Grand Prize (second place), and then in a North American launch at Telluride on Labor Day weekend that included a tribute to the musical movie collaboration between the Coens and T- Bone Burnett. Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 43

Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) episode 43 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Deadline’s awards columnist and host David Bloom discuss the highlights and lowlights at the saddest Emmys ever; preview the New York Film Festival that opens this weekend; parse the early favorites in the Oscar Foreign Language race ahead of next week’s submission deadline and note the arrival of the year’s first Oscar screener. Finally, we’ll get Pete’s take on this week’s new movie releases, including the pun-tastic animated sequel Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, ‘60s throwback rom-com Baggage Claim, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s delightful directorial debut, Don Jon.

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Hot Festival Trailer: ‘Le Week-End’

Roger Michell’s bittersweet Le Week-End is making the festival rounds this month. It’s already played Toronto and San Sebastian, and next heads to Rio before sreening at the New York Film Festival on September 29th. Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play a couple visiting … Read More »

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‘12 Years A Slave’ To Get U.S. Premiere At New York Film Festival

By | Friday August 30, 2013 @ 9:16am PDT

Fox Searchlight is bringing Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave to the New York Film Festival where it will have its U.S. premiere October 8. The period drama and Oscar hopeful world premieres at Toronto as a … Read More »

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New York Film Festival Unveils Docu And Revival Sidebars

By | Monday August 26, 2013 @ 2:49pm PDT

Three documentary sections — Applied Sciences, Motion Portraits and How Democracy Works Now — and a Revivals lineup will help fill out the main slate of the 2013 New York Film Festival, which runs September 27-October 13. Among the recently restored works in the later sidebar, previously known as Masterworks, include Martin Scorsese‘s The Age Of Innocence (1993), Nicholas Ray’s They Live By Night (1948) and The Lusty Men (1952), and Alain Resnais’ English-language Providence (1977). The fest opens September 27 with Captain Phillips and will hold tributes to Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes before closing with Spike Jonze’s Her. Here are the full docu and revival lineups: Read More »

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NY Film Festival Adds Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s ‘Real’ To Lineup

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 9:49am PDT

NEW YORK, August 23, 2013 —The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Real has been added to the lineup for the previously announced Main Slate Official Selections for the 51st New York Film Festival (September

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Sundance Selects To Release Palme d’Or Winner ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ With NC-17 Rating In The US

Blue Is The Warmest Color hasn’t had an easy road since it won the top prize at Cannes in May. First Abdellatif Kechiche’s film was ruled ineligible for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Read More »

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New York Film Festival Rounds Out Slate With Star-Studded Fare

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 9:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

The 51st New York Film Festival has rounded out its main slate of pictures, and they’ve put together an impressive program. We’ve told you that the opening-night Gala Selection is the Paul Greengrass-helmed Tom Hanks-starrer Captain Phillips, that the Centerpiece Gala Selection is the Ben Stiller-directed The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, and the closing-night Gala Section is the Spike Jonze-directed Her. So here is everything else:

About Time, Director: Richard Curtis, UK
Richard Curtis adds a touch of time-travel to this hilarious romantic comedy, a perfect vehicle for the comic talents of Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams, Lindsay Duncan, and emerging star Domhnall Gleeson. A Universal Pictures release.

Abuse Of Weakness (Abus de Faiblesse), Director: Catherine Breillat, France
Catherine Breillat’s haunting film about her 2004 stroke and subsequent self-destructive relationship with star swindler Christophe Rocancourt, starring Isabelle Huppert.

Alan Patridge, Director: Declan Lowney, UK/France
In the long-awaited big-screen debut of Steve Coogan’s singular comic creation, the vain and obliviously tactless Alan Partridge must serve as an intermediary when North Norfolk Digital is seized at gunpoint by a down-sized DJ. Read More »

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NY Film Fest Sets Spike Jonze-Helmed ‘HER’ For Closing Night Gala

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 9:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Spike Jonze’s HER, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson will make its World Premiere as the Closing Night Gala presentation for the upcoming 51st

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New York Film Fest Locks Ben Stiller’s ‘Walter Mitty’ For Centerpiece Gala

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 11:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

After giving Captain Phillips the opening-night berth, the New York Film Festival has locked the Ben Stiller-directed The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty as the Centerpiece Gala presentation. It is a first-time experience for Stiller, who was raised in New York. Here is the official word:

Related: Hot Trailer: ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’

New York, NY, August 1, 2013 – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Ben Stiller’s highly anticipated adaptation of James Thurber’s classic short story THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY which also stars Stiller alongside Kristen Wiig, will make its World Premiere on Saturday, October 5 as the Centerpiece Gala presentation for the upcoming 51st New York Film Festival (September 27 – October 13).

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Tom Hanks-Starrer ‘Captain Phillips’ Gets Opening-Night Berth At NY Film Festival

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 9:18am PDT
Mike Fleming

The New York Film Festival has begun unveiling films for its 2013 program, and it begins with Captain Phillips, the Sony Pictures film that Paul Greengrass directed and Tom Hanks starred in as the captain who put himself in the hands of Somali pirates instead of his crew after the cargo ship he captained was hijacked in 2009. He was rescued in a dangerous mission by a Navy SEAL team. It seemed a good candidate to grace Gotham’s prestigious festival as the opening-night film. One of the film’s producers, Scott Rudin, is a New Yorker who brought The Social Network to the festival. And the film was conspicuously absent from the Toronto and Venice lineups. Here is the official word:

New York, NY, July 29, 2013 – The Film Society of LincoOoln Center announced today that Paul Greengrass’s CAPTAIN PHILLIPS will make its World Premiere as the Opening Night Gala presentation for the upcoming 51st New York Film Festival (September 27 – October 13). Starring two-time Academy Award® winner and 2009 Film Society Chaplin Award honoree Tom Hanks in the title role, the film is Academy Award®-nominated director Paul Greengrass’s multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.

NYFF’s Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair, Kent Jones said, “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is a riveting experience. At this point in his working life, Paul Greengrass has become a master of immersive reality-based narratives set along geopolitical fault lines – in this case, the 2009 seizure of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship by four Somali pirates. I’m excited that this tough, tense, real-life thriller, capped by the remarkable performances of Tom Hanks and four brilliant first-time Somali actors (Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahat M. Ali), is opening the 51st edition of the festival.”

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Hot Trailer: ‘Flight’

Paramount‘s Flight stars Denzel Washington as a hero airline pilot with a secret and is Robert Zemeckis’ first live-action film in more than a decade. John Goodman, Melissa Leo and Don Cheadle co-star in the movie, written by John Gatins. The studio is positioning this one for an … Read More »

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‘Lincoln’ Premieres At New York FIlm Festival; Steven Spielberg Glad Film Comes Out Post-Election So It Isn’t Turned Into “Political Football”

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 6:49am PDT
Mike Fleming

2ND UPDATE: As Deadline revealed exclusively last week, the Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln made a surprise world premiere at the New York Film Festival on Monday evening. It has been one of the wildcards in the … Read More »

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Surprise: Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ To Premiere Monday At New York Film Festival

Lincoln Movie PremiereEXCLUSIVE: One of the fun parts of the New York Film Festival is the surprise films that show up unannounced. We are hearing that the festival will stage the World Premiere of Lincoln, the Steven Read More »

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Fox Oscar Hopeful ‘Life Of Pi’ Rides Early Strong Reaction Into NYFF Premiere

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 11:31am PDT
Pete Hammond

After nearly four years of work, Ang Lee tonight unveils his much-anticipated film version of Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi, a book that sold 7 million copies worldwide but was thought to be “unfilmable” until technology finally caught up with it the past five years. Having its world premiere as the opening movie of the New York Film Festival, 20th Century Fox is launching what looks like a box office hit and definite Oscar contender — and this despite the fact it features no name stars or obvious hooks. Chalk it up as another contender in the emerging season along with other fall-festival titles like Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, The Master, The Impossible and Anna Karenina among othersCertainly there is no other film like Pi out there this season which ought to give it some distinction in the race.

Related: Hammond On Post-Fest Oscar Buzz: Video

The studio has been touting the visually stunning film since debuting 15 minutes of footage at the Las Vegas CinemaCon exhibitors convention in April, when it became clear this November 21st release could become a major awards player. Right after that presentation one pundit told me, “Well this is one of the Best Picture nominees for sure”. Now the wraps are off the completed film, although there is still some minor mixing, color correction and polishing of some 100 effects shots to be done. The studio had a very small initial screening for literally a handful of journalists in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon at their Zanuck Theatre (where I caught it), and this morning for press covering NYFF in New York. Early reaction on Twitter has been strong. Read More »

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NYFF Adds ‘The Paperboy’, Nicole Kidman And Richard Pena To Fest Slate

By | Tuesday August 21, 2012 @ 10:04am PDT
Mike Fleming

NEW YORK, August 21, 2012 —The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Nicole Kidman and Richard Peña will be the subject of gala tributes to be presented by the festival for the first time during the historic

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