New York Film Fest: ‘the Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ Splits Critics, Charms Festivalgoers (analysis)

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It’s a moviegoing experience that leaves some viewers cold and others deeply moved. Last year, that film was Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, which went on to score a best picture Oscar nomination, among many others, and won the best director Oscar. This year, it is Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which might go on to snag a few noms of its own. our editor recommends NYFF REVIEW: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty On Saturday morning, the film’s first press screening generated sharply divided reactions, but the prevailing reaction at its official world premiere Saturday night, as the fest’s centerpiece screening, was much more positive: It received a lengthy standing ovation. Stiller introduced the film at its premiere by saying, tongue-in-cheek, “I want to thank the Film Society of Lincoln Center for having the courage to include a Ben Stiller film in the festival.” Noting that he grew up just 20 blocks from Alice Tully Hall, where the screening took place, he added thatWalter Mitty was a “valentine” to New York, having been shot all across the city. The dramedywas loosely adapted bySteve Conradfrom a 1939 James ThurberNew Yorker short story, which itself was made into a musical-comedy motion picture starring Danny Kaye in 1947. The new film takes place in the present day. It stars Stiller as the title character, a good-hearted but sad-sack loner who has known sadness, sacrificed for others and worked all but invisibly for 16 years in the photo processing department at waning Life magazine. A perpetual daydreamer prone to awkwardness, he develops a crush on a co-worker (Kristen Wiig), but before he can muster the courage to do anything about it he loses a photo from a famous photographer (Sean Penn), prompting his new boss (a heavily bearded Adam Scott) to tell him that he will lose his job if he doesn’t find it. In order to track it down, Walter Mitty must finally go out and experience the world. PHOTOS: New York Film Festival 2013: 13 Movies to Know This sort of a story is not new. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) is about a man who gave up so much for others that he never had time for himself.

30 for the current season. The remaining productions for this season were Johann Christian Bachs Endimione, Bela Bartoks Bluebeards Castle and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts The Marriage of Figaro, according to the website. The company sat out the 2008-09 season, while the New York State Theater (renamed for donor David Koch ) was renovated. In late 2008 and early 2009, the board of directors used $24 million from its endowment to meet payroll and other obligations and hasnt been able to repay it, according to the filing. City Operas endowment totaled $5.02 million for fiscal year 2012, down from $9 million a year earlier and $55 million several years ago, according to the filing. The endowment lost $14 million during the stock market decline, the company said in the filing. Poor Decision According to an accounting of New York City Operas financial collapse filed in the bankruptcy court , the opera company made a poor decision in the mid-2000s when it chose to increase the number of performances of standard repertoire warhorses to reduce costs and increase audiences. In fact the reverse happened: the annual structural deficit grew, Rosen, the companys lawyer, said in the filing. With that strategy, the opera found it needed to attract new ticket buyers — buyers who cost more in marketing dollars to attract and yet were unlikely to become repeat ticket buyers or donors. The opera also blamed an increasingly crowded entertainment market, including competition with the Metropolitan Opera , according to the filing. Other factors included the reduction in arts education, a nationwide decrease in arts journalism and opera presented for free on public television and radio. In 2011-12, the last year for which results are available, ticket sales were $1.1 million, down 87 percent from 2005-06.

As for Geno Smith , ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” analyst said it’s too early to draw any definitive conclusions, but noted that Smith has to reduce his turnovers or “they’ll have somebody in the bullpen pretty quick.” Quarterbacks aside, Gruden praised Ryan’s work, saying the Jets are playing “championship defense.” Our chat with Gruden, who will be in the booth with Mike Tirico for the Jets- Atlanta Falcons game: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images ESPN analyst Jon Gruden said that he’s been impressed by the toughness of Jets QB Geno Smith. Geno Smith attended your pre-draft quarterback camp. Is he developing into the quarterback you thought he’d be? Jon Gruden: It’s way too early to say. Talent-wise, you see the athleticism, the passing ability. You also see a tough kid. The guy’s been booed, the guy’s been beat up, the guy’s come back. I like that. Those three things I like a lot. I think as his supporting cast improves, we’ll be able to see the true Geno Smith. They struggle at guard. They’ve struggled with their receiving corps. He was thrust into this position, I think, because of the injury to Sanchez in the preseason. I don’t think they wanted him to be the opening-day starter — I can’t say that for sure.

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Unger 2 hours ago . View gallery.” Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. COMMENTARY | As he perfects his tan aboard a $300,000 boat off Florida’s shores, I can’t help but wonder if Alex Rodriguez has fallen off the deep end or is merely borrowing a page from his girlfriend’s playbook. In the past week, amid reports that he asked not be represented by his own union during his appeal of Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s 211-game suspension, A-Rod has sued Major League Baseball, the Yankees’ team doctor, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. It’s a storyline straight out of pro wrestling, a “sport” in which A-Rod’s girlfriend – former beauty queen and Playboy cover girl Torrie Wilson – made her name. (The two have been an item since 2011.) A-Rod’s latest salvo was a lawsuit filed late Friday in which he accused Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and the hospital Ahmad is affiliated with of clearing the third baseman to play in the 2012 playoffs despite MRI results revealing that there was a superior labral tear in A-Rod’s left hip. According to the suit, Ahmad’s “careless and professional negligence” allowed A-Rod to further injure himself, later requiring major surgery. As a result, the suit alleges, A-Rod “sustained great pain, agony, injury, suffering, disability, hospitalization, as well as mental anguish and emotional distress.” (The same could be said of Yankees fans forced to watch A-Rod’s postseason performances.) The news came on the heels of A-Rod’s suit against MLB, one in which he accused MLB of orchestrating a “witch hunt” against him -one that has led to A-Rod having been dropped by two sponsors as well as ending up cut from an upcoming animated film. One section of the suit is titled “The Disastrous Tenure of Commissioner Selig,” which, as Bloomberg’s Jonathan Mahler pointed out, makes a nice bookend to another section titled “Alex Rodriguez and His Distinguished Career, Both On and Off the Baseball Diamond.” Distinguished career? The only thing I respect about A-Rod is his PR Machine. As I reported back in August, as the Yankees battled to stay in the wild card race, A-Rod was the back-page feature on both the New York Post and Daily News every day for more than a week.