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Ava DuVernay Original Prison Documentary Set To Open The 54th New York Film Festival

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.

Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and
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Ava DuVernay’s ‘The 13th’ Will Open the 2016 New York Film Festival

If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.

“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard
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Watch: 2-Part, 80-Minute Documentary 'François Truffaut: The Man Who Loved Cinema'

“Is cinema more important than life?” That question was once asked by Francois Truffaut, the former Cahiers du cinema critic and pioneering member of the French New Wave who directed over twenty-three feature films over the course of his long and fruitful career. His pictures range from coming-of-age dramas (the immortal “400 Blows”), jazzy gangster noirs (“Shoot the Piano Player!”), evocative slices of 1960’s Bohemian life (“Jules and Jim”), light comedy (“Stolen Kisses,” “Bed and Board”), fantastical childhood yarns (“Small Change,” “The Wild Child”) and many more. His understanding of the language of cinema and how genre could ultimately be utilized to service a story that addressed universal concerns was eclipsed only by his deep and unrelenting love for his characters. Truffaut was, above all, a consummate humanist and his devotion to sincerity above all things has put him at a point of contrast with many of his contemporaries from the
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Abu Dhabi unveils Emirates competition films

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Abu Dhabi unveils Emirates competition films
Women directors make up 70% of competition films.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff) (Oct 23-Nov 1) has announced the selection for this year’s Emirates Film Competition (Efc).

The upcoming edition of the competition features a total of 53 films, of which 37 films are directed by women, across a variety of genres.

The line up also features films by Emirati filmmakers such as Nasser Al Tamimi’s Female Scream, Nasser Al-Yaqoubi’s Haneen, Hassan Kiyani’s Marwan The Boxer and Ali Mostafa’s musical Rise. In addition, Sarah Al Agroobi’s Super Lochal is among the selected films.

Desire by Hala Matar (Bahrain, starring Johnny Knoxville) has been selected for Adff’s Short Film Competition along with Koshk, from Emirati director Abdullah Al-Kaabi. These two films will participate in both Efc and the Short Film Competition.

Highly anticipated films from the Gcc region include Now Showing directed by Abdullah Al Daihani (Kuwait), Rainbow directed by Mahmood Al-Shaikh (Bahrain) and 623 directed
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'Bill Murray Day' Celebrated at the Toronto International Film Festival

'Bill Murray Day' Celebrated at the Toronto International Film Festival
While many consider Groundhog Day to be an annual celebration to the hilarious and distinguished career of Bill Murray, the Toronto International Film Festival officially declared September 5th as "Bill Murray Day," and the fest and its attendees paid tribute to the comedian with a retrospective of his work (including screenings of Ghostbusters and Stripes), a Q&A session, and the world premiere of Murray's latest film St. Vincent with Melissa McCarthy.

A sudden burst of heavy rain attempted to mar "Bill Murray Day" in the Canadian city as hundreds of fans became soaked,
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Readers' Picks: 12 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience Before Turning 13

Readers' Picks: 12 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience Before Turning 13
Last week, EW published The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before Turning 13). Predictably, given that we published a post on the Internet whose headline contained a concrete number and the word “essential,” we got some impassioned feedback from readers—many of whom were eager to suggest additional great movies kids should see that we’d left out.

As we noted last week, “This isn’t a list of the 55 ‘best’ kids movies, nor a compendium of hidden gems. Rather, it’s a survival-guide syllabus of films that we all need to know to be able to speak the same pop-cultural language.
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'Jeopardy!' champ Arthur Chu's winning streak ends -- Video

He can’t win ‘em all, apparently. Arthur Chu’s 11-game Jeopardy! winning streak ended Wednesday when he wagered everything on an incorrect Final Jeopardy! answer.

But losing isn’t so bad — Chu is still walking away with his earnings from more successful games, which come to a total of $297,200. Pocket money, you know.

Chu won the third highest of any Jeopardy! contestant, following number one winner Ken Jennings and David Madden at number two. Chu’s success came partly from his strategy of jumping around the game board and finding Daily Doubles before his fellow contestants, which has earned
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Boyhood’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Boyhood’
Everything and nothing happens over the course of Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” Filmed in sequence across 12 years, this unprecedented experiment in long-term storytelling attempts to capture child actor Ellar Coltrane’s coming-of-age on camera, while stubbornly resisting the impulse to impose artificial drama on his relatively typical Texan adolescence. The tradeoff is a nearly three-hour film with little narrative thrust beyond the inevitable passage of time. That’s plenty for Linklater, who has had years to digest and accept creative decisions that might elude first-time viewers. Critical support, coupled with audiences’ natural curiosity about the stunt, should translate to reasonable business for this brave IFC-backed project, which challenges popular notions of dramatic development.

These days, Hollywood mostly subscribes to Alfred Hitchcock’s philosophy, “What is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out?” By contrast, Linklater embraces those dull bits, treating milestones and banal moments with equal weight,
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London Toyfair 2013 announces ‘Best New Toy Award’ winners

The fifth annual ToyFair 2013 Best New Toy Awards winners were announced this morning predicting some of the top new toys for 2013. Winners range from classics like Scalextric (Hornby) and Star Wars (Hasbro) to state of the art futuristic technology such as HolograFX (John Adams) and Tesksta – the robotic puppy (Character Options). Whilst Flair and Lego took top honours with three Best New Toy Awards.

The twelve categories – which produced 34 winning toys from 24 different toy companies – were unveiled by Toy Fair organisers the British Toy & Hobby Association on the first day of the UK’s only dedicated toy, game and hobby trade show, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

The full list of Toy Fair Best New Toys 2013 is below.

Action Figures Ben 10 Omniverse Omni-Net Omnitrix (Bandai) £29.99 Turtles Pop-up Pizza Playset Anchovy Alley (Flair) £24.99 Star Wars Anakin to Darth Vader action figure (Hasbro) £24.99 Boys The Trash Pack Ultimate
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Wes Anderson on 'Moonrise Kingdom' casting and Johnny Depp

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Director Wes Anderson's latest film, "Moonrise Kingdom," hits DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Starring newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayworth as two teenage runaways in 1960s New England, the film also gathers several members of Anderson's familiar troupe of performers (Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and many more).

Anderson spoke to Zap2it ahead of the DVD release about finding his phenomenal child actors, recruiting new members for his gang of performers (including Frances McDormand and Edward Norton) and dispelling the rumors that Johnny Depp is in his new movie.

How did you end up finding the kids in "Moonrise Kingdom"?

We started casting very early because I knew it was likely to take a long time to find them. Usually the first days that you're casting you see a bunch of great ones because they're the ones who've all been in something already and they have agents and that sort of thing.
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Mid-year in Paris: Tiff Cinematheque presents ‘Summer in France’

Starting July 13th and running through September 2nd, prepare yourself to be transported to a summer vacation in France. All you have to do is check in at Tiff Cinematheque (350 King Street West, Toronto).

The 41-film sabbatical will make take you to popular and renowned destinations that include Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou (1965), Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour (1967), François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (1959), and Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (1937).

We’ll even be making stops at more remote, recherché locations, such as Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore (1973) and Jean-Pierre Melville’s Army of Shadows (1969).

Remember to pack lightly, re-schedule accordingly, and prepare for the ultimate staycation. Bon voyage!

Screenings include:

La Grand Illusion (1937)

Friday July 13 at 6:00 Pm

Sunday July 22 at 7:30 Pm

117 minutes

Heralded as “one of the fifty best films in the history of cinema” by Time Out Film Guide, Jean Renoir
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Wes Anderson Shares Global Inspirations for ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

His output can sometimes be a little too “American Apparel” (if you know what I mean), but you’d be hard-pressed to argue Wes Anderson lacks cinephilia. And since his filmography has markings that range from Jean Vigo (Rushmore) to British ’60s animation (Fantastic Mr. Fox), it’s a given that his next, Moonrise Kingdom, will also be taking some high-brow cues. (You can glean it just from the trailer, for God’s sake.)

When speaking with EW, the corduroy-loving filmmaker revealed such influences in a rather open, expected fashion. This time out, the map-hopping titles we can try and (inevitably) cite are Ken Loach‘s 1979 film Black Jack, the Alan Parker-scripted Melody, and François Truffaut‘s Small Change. (Fun fact: Steven Spielberg convinced his Close Encounters actor to alter the film’s proper American title, Pocket Money, since it was already taken by a little-seen Paul Newman vehicle
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Wes Anderson Says Francois Truffaut's 'Small Change,' Ken Loach's 'Black Jack' & Alan Parker's 'Melody' Are Influences On 'Moonrise Kingdom'

While we had our ideas about the possible influences on Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" after watching and deconstructing the trailer -- Jean-Luc Godard's "Le Pierrot Fou" and "Little Fugitive" -- the director himself has gone ahead and cleared up the movies that were in his mind when he set out to make the film.

“There’s two movies that I really love that were both kind of huge inspirations for 'Moonrise Kingdom,' ” Anderson told EW. “One is a movie called 'Black Jack' that’s directed by Ken Loach. The other one is another British movie that’s the first thing Alan Parker ever did. He wrote the script. It’s called 'Melody.' They’re both movies that I only found as I worked on this story. I was looking for movies that are about pre-teenage romance. And there’s a Truffaut movie 'Small Change.
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[Now Streaming] Your ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘Jeff Who Lives at Home’ and ‘The Kid With a Bike’ Alternative

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to 21 Jump Street, Jeff Who Lives at Home and The Kid With a Bike.

In theaters this Friday a star-studded comedy based on a TV drama will face off against an indie dramedy starring TV comedians, and a tender yet tough coming-of-age drama out of Cannes. But if this isn’t enough to satisfying your craving for cop capers, quirky comedy and touching foreign features, we’ve got you covered with a selection of the best titles Now Streaming.

Inspired by the popular ’80s TV drama, this R-rated comedy stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as two undercover cops sent back to high school to bust a drug ring. Brie Larson and Ice Cube co-star.

Like your cops crass and comedic?

Dragnet
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Truffaut: growing backwards into childhood

François Truffaut believed that artworks resemble their makers. As the BFI presents a retrospective of his films, it is clear that the man who made them was the most humane of directors

It seems a cliché that a film might change your life. Yet a film by the French director François Truffaut changed mine. Having just heard of how, in the 1950s in Northern Ireland, a child was brought up in a hen house, I watched L'Enfant sauvage (Wild Child) (1969) late one night on BBC2. It presented the story of Victor, a young boy discovered, in the years following the French revolution, living wild and alone in the woods of France. The film so mesmerised and moved me that I began researching a book on Victor and children like him.

In L'Enfant sauvage, Truffaut himself played Jean-Marc Gaspard Itard, the young man who educated the wild boy, teaching him language,
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King of the New Wave: BFI salutes the brilliant, groundbreaking French film-maker François Truffaut

If there is one scene that sums up the work of the French film-maker François Truffaut (the subject of a major retrospective at the BFI next month), it's a moment midway through his 1976 film, Small Change, about children growing up in a small town in France. A baby boy called Gregory is left alone in a high-rise apartment. He is playing with a pet kitten that refuses to come in from the window ledge and then gets stuck. Gregory playfully tries to rescue the kitten, loses his grip and falls downward to his certain death... but he doesn't die. "Gregory went boom!" the little youngster tells the adult onlookers as he dusts himself off on the ground dozens of floors below. His mother faints. Gregory makes no fuss. Nor does Truffaut. In his universe, no harm should ever be allowed to come to children. The film-maker was, as one friend described him,
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Movie Poster of the Week: "Small Change"

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I like the new poster (see below) for the re-release of Francois Truffaut’s 1976 film L'argent de poche, but for me nothing can beat the kitsch charm of the original British poster which takes a number of memorable vignettes from the film and turns them into what looks like a teen romance paperback. In the UK the film was called Pocket Money (the literal translation) and legend has it that it was Steven Spielberg who suggested the American title Small Change.

L’argent de poche was Truffaut's biggest hit in France since The 400 Blows, and, after opening the 1976 New York Film Festival, went on to great success in the Us too. It's a strange film: mostly plotless, a combination of gentle humor, bitter social commentary and lovely magical realism ("Gregory went Boom!") populated by shaggy haired youngsters in bell bottoms. I've seen it twice before over the years and
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French Connections: François Truffaut, Tsai Ming-Liang, Jerry Lewis

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Updated through 11/13.

François Truffaut: A Winter Portrait, running Tuesdays through December 22 at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York, showcases the less-heralded work of the 1970s. "The 'efficiency' of his output during the decade could be cause for quality-control concerns," writes Justin Stewart in the L Magazine. "Nearly always using the same small crew, the same cinematographer (the great Nestor Almendros), and making his own Hitchcockian cameos, Truffaut produced a run of films that have an unsurprisingly similar tenor, even as he seesawed from melodrama (The Story of Adele H.) to a lighthearted kids romp (Small Change). It's because all is nuance in them. Elements like the relentlessness of Adele H.'s devotion to love itself (not the man), which that led Pauline Kael to consider it a half-comedy, or the horrifying windowsill leap by a kid in Small Change, pull the movies back from the edge of
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