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FILM FESTIVAL

 

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The 52nd New York Film Festival (NYFF52) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center was held at Lincoln Center September 26 - October 12, 2014. This year’s festival showcased 30 feature films from established and emerging international filmmakers. NYFF52 Opening, Centerpiece and Closing Night Premieres were GONE GIRL, directed by David Fincher; INHERENT VICE, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, (in theaters December 12, 2014); and BIRDMAN, directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu (in select theaters October 17, 2014).

 

*  NYFF52 GONE GIRL Press Conference Coverage

*  NYFF52 BIRDMAN Press Conference Coverage

*  NYFF52 WHIPLASH Press Conference Coverage

*  NYFF52 Time Out of Mind Press Conference Coverage

*  NYFF52 Maps to the Stars Premiere Red Carpet Photos

*  NYFF52 WHIPLASH Red Carpet Photos

*  NYFF52 Closing Night Gala of BIRDMAN Red Carpet Photos

 

 

 

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FILM  NEWS

 

 

 

The  PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, , directed by Simon J. Smith and Eric Darnell, a 3D animated comedy film starring the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong and Tom McGrath in U.S. cinemas Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

 

 

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Award winning (Oscar, Grammy, Tony, Emmy) elite artist Whoopi Goldberg was Grand Marshal at the 41st Annual 2014 New York Village Halloween Parade up on Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) at Spring Street to 16th Street on Friday, October 31, 7:00pm. Presented by Village Halloween Parade artistic and producing director Jeanne Fleming, this year’s theme The Garden of Earthly Delights, a celebration of Joy for All debuted La Calaca Festival participants from San Miguel Del Allende, Mexico, with Dia De Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemoration float to recently deceased celebrities. Full Story 

 

 

 

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HOME, a DreamWorks 3D film, directed by Tim Johnson starring the voices of Jennifer Lopez (Tip's mother), Rihanna (Tip) and Steve Martin (Captain Smek), in cinemas March 27, 2015.

 

 

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FILM  REVIEWS

 

 

 

 

WHIPLASH is a thrilling and triumphant music drama set in present day New York City about Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) a 19-year-old talented drummer student at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory of Music (fictitious school) is compelled to be the best despite the cost. Accepted into professor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) elite jazz class who runs it militaristic, instilling the fear of God by emotionally and psychologically tormenting his students, Andrew’s challenge begins. The ending is spellbinding, a shear masterpiece! The movies soundtrack by Justin Hurwitz is superb! Full Story 

 

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WEB JUNKIE is a striking and compelling documentary about teenage Internet gaming addiction and the effectiveness of the treatment program founded by Professor Tao Ran at Daxing military style boot camp, in the Beijing Military General Hospital in China. The film takes you on a raw and passionate journey exploring family dynamics, medical and psychosocial progress of three teenagers: Hope (Xi Wang), who spent 300 hours on World of Warcaft (WoW) Internet gaming; Hacker age 15, who inhibits distrust and despair due to Internet addiction; and Nicky addicted to Free Fantasy Internet gaming. Full Story 

 

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TIME OUT OF MIND is a genuine heartfelt extraordinary film that reveals a day in the life of George (Richard Gere), a homeless man on the streets of New York City. It intricately captures the heart and mind of George, the implications of society view on homelessness, his relationship with Dixon (Ben Vereen), another homeless man and Maggie (Jena Malone) his daughter. TIME OUT OF MIND, an IFC Films theatrical release is set for 2015. Full Story 

 

 

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FASHION NEWS

 

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The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Spring/Summer 2015 Collections (MBFWNYSS15) was held at the tents in Lincoln Center and venues throughout New York, September 4-11, 2014. Presented by IMG Fashion, MBFW semi-annual event showcased the latest fashion by established and emerging designers from around the world. The Spring/Summer 2015 collections featured 80 shows, 15 designer's debut, presentations and special events including BCBGMAXAZRIA, Betsey Johnson, Carolina Herrera, Dennis Basso, Desigual, Fracesca Liberatore, LACOSTE, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Raoul, Reem Acra, Richard Chai, Ruffian, Tadashi Shoji and Tommy Hilfiger.  

 

 

* CAROLINA HERRERA Spring 2015 RTW Collection

* CHRISTIAN SIRIANO RTW Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

* TADASHI SHOJI Spring 2015 Show

* REEM ACRA RTW Fall 2014 Midnight in Paris Runway Show

* TIMO WEILAND Men's Spring 2015 Collection

* LEATHER JAPAN 2014 Opening Reception

 

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MUSIC NEWS

 

 

 

 Renowned electronic dance music (EDM) DJ/producer Eric Prydz North American Debut of EPIC 3.0 live performance was held at Madison Square Garden, New York, Saturday, September 27, 2014. Eric Prydz (Eric Sheridan Prydz), is a DJ and producer from Stockholm, Sweden based in London, England and living in Los Angeles, California. His two record labels, Pryda and Mouseville acknowledged by Beatport are the most successful and influential in the electronic dance music world. Prydz single tracks, remixes and artists collaboration includes Aftermath, Agag, Allein, Armed, Call On Me, Melo, Miami To Atlanta, Mighty Love, Muranyi and Personal Jesus.

 

 

 

TECHNOLOGY NEWS

 

 

 

The 31st Annual 2014 PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo (PPE 2014) NIKON Panel Discussion with Award-winning documentary photographer/author Steve Simon, The Passionate Photographer, photographer/filmmaker Lucas Gilman and photographer/director Dixie Dixon commenced Thursday, October 30, 2014, 3:45 PM at Javits Convention Center, New York. Presented by PDNedu and Nikon, this exclusive event with NIKON Ambassadors Dixon, Gilman and Simon discussed their personal life journey in the art of photography, concepts of creation, dynamic lighting techniques, digital imaging and inspiration for the best is yet to come.  NIKONPPE reception and raffle of NIKKOR lens (AF-S DX 18-300mm) immediately followed.  Members of the photography industry, filmmakers, journalists, and Photo Plus attendees were present at this successful standing room only event. Full Story 

 

 

 

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ON DVD/BLU-RAY @ Amazon.com

 

 

AKA Doc Pomus, directed by William Hechter

GO FOR IT!, directed by Carmen Marron

GEORGE HARRISON: Living in the Material Worlddirected by Martin Scorsese
FOUR SEASONS LODGE, directed by Andrew Jacobs

From Silence to Sound, directed by Chase Matthews

Italo House Story, directed by Maurizio Clemente

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, directed by Bestor Cram

Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970, directed by Murray Lerner

Listen to Your Heart, directed by Matt Thompson

LOVE IS THE MESSAGE: A Night at the GALLERY 1977, by Gary Turzilli, Jim Bidgood & Nicky Siano

The Music Never Stopped, directed by Jim Kohlberg

Out of Print, directed by Vivienne Roumani 

Orthodox Stance, directed by Jason Hutt 

Still Bill, co-directed by Damani Baker and Alex Vlack

Still the Drums, directed by Talbot Perry Simons

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