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HOME now playing at the Village East Cinema

February 1, 2011

Friday 2/4 through Thursday 2/10, see international sensation HOME for FREE at the Village East.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s first feature film makes its US premiere this weekend. Arthus-Bertrand’s aerial photography is renowned for its sweeping views of Earth’s most impressive landscapes. He explains his unique environmental perspective and self-taught art in a New York Times article:

â??No one is an environmentalist by birth,â? he said, â??It is only your path, your life, your travels that awaken you.â?Mr. Arthus-Bertrand first found inspiration in a small, solitary experience, when three decades ago he painstakingly observed a family of lions in Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.â??The lions taught me photography,â? Mr. Arthus-Bertrand said. â??They taught me patience and the sense of beauty, a beauty that penetrates you.â?A former actor with no higher education, Mr. Arthus-Bertrand described himself as a â??violent child,â? attending 15 different schools as a boy. He discovered aerial photography working as a hot-air balloon pilot in Kenya. From the air, he explained, you see the world differently, and borders disappear.For years he shot photos for the Paris-Dakar rally, Club Med catalogs and various clients in Morocco. In 1992 he stumbled across the notion of â??sustainable developmentâ? in an article in the newspaper Le Monde, and that serendipitous moment changed his life.â??I didnâ??t know what it was,â? he said, â??but started looking into concepts such as fair trade and ozone layer.â?His work on â??Earth From Aboveâ? made him an environmentalist, he said. Over eight years, he photographed about 160 countries and read dozens of books on environmental issues. Few publications were willing to publish his work at first. He sold prints to pay for his flights and mortgaged his apartment to finance the book.â??Earth From Aboveâ? has come to be viewed in France as the bible of aerial photography and has spawned similar books like â??Paris From the Airâ? and â??New York From the Air.â? For Mr. Arthus-Bertrand, the experience has been â??like winning the lottery.â?

(Full article here)Reserve your FREE tickets online now at – use Fandango promo code NYCHOME.Bringing a large group? Contact Andrew Smoker at 212.871.6839 to make arrangements for 10 or more.

HOME is coming to the Village East Cinema! FREE Screening Engagement and Q&As!

January 12, 2011

Our sister theatre Village East Cinema will be screening internationally renowned photographer and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand‘s phenomenal documentary film HOME beginning February 4th for FREE! HOME is a must see film bearing witness to the Earth’s incomparable beauty and disquieting vulnerability…

Do not miss the US theatrical premiere of Yann Arthus-Bertrandâ??s HOME, a feast for the eyes and a soulful and thought provoking voyage. Internationally renowned photographer and environmentalist, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, has made the first film ever using exclusively aerial footage. Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries and narration by Glenn Close, Yann Arthus-Bertrand takes us on a spectacular cinematic journey in which we share his sense of awe about our planet. HOME brilliantly brings to light humanityâ??s threats to the ecological balance of our planet and focuses us on what we can do to protect it.

Reserve your FREE Tickets at or at the Village East Cinema Box Office!

Because Yann Arthus-Bertrand conceived HOME as a gift to the public and an ecological call to action, HOME will screen exclusively at the Village East Cinema for FREE for one week only. Invite your friends, family, classmates and colleagues to share in this breathtaking experience. For group reservations of 10 or more, please contact Andrew Smoker at 212-871-6839 or


Follow Village East Cinema at @CityCinemasNYC and HOME’s official Twitter account @Home_TheMovie for updates and special promotions leading up to opening night! Don’t miss out on this exciting event!

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Meet BLUE VALENTINE Director Derek Cianfrance Tomorrow in New York!

December 28, 2010

BLUE VALENTINE is one of 2010’s most controversial and highly-anticipated films, showcasing two Oscar worthy performances by Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. Director Derek Cianfrance will be stopping by the Angelika to discuss his 12 year journey making this Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominated film. Don’t miss this very special engagement.

We interviewed Michelle Williams earlier this month in case you missed it!

Derek Cianfrance will be hosting a Q&A following the 7:45PM show on Wednesday, December 29th and introducing the 10:35PM show.

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Alan Cumming and Julie Taymor Hosted THE TEMPEST Q&As Last Weekend!

December 16, 2010

Following last Friday night’s performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway, renowned director Julie Taymor spent opening night of her latest film THE TEMPEST at our Angelika New York location! Taymor hosted a Q&A following the prime show and introduced the midnight screening of her film to a number of her biggest fans. The following day celebrated New York thespian Alan Cumming hosted his own Q&A following the 7PM screening. In Taymor’s re-interpretation of the Shakespeare classic,  Cumming plays one of the “three men of sin” Sebastian. THE TEMPEST is now playing, purchase your tickets HERE.

Exclusive Interview: Michelle Williams Discusses BLUE VALENTINE

December 10, 2010

Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to catch an advance screening of the highly-controversial, highly-anticipated drama BLUE VALENTINE. The film stars Oscar Nominees Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling  as two halves of a disintegrating marriage in this international film festival phenomenon. In my humble opinion Michelle and Ryan are two of our generation’s greatest actors, continuously going against the grain of their Hollywood peers by taking on daring projects with fearlessness.

BLUE VALENTINE captures two critically-acclaimed and career-defining performances by both Gosling and Williams, and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to chat with Michelle Williams prior to the filmâ??s opening at our Angelika New York location on December 31st!

At the time of our conversation BLUE VALENTINE was given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, but the following day Harvey Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company) successfully appealed for an R Rating. Check out my interview with Michelle Williams below at our very first proper press junket before being rushed off to round table discussions. [Also available on our YouTube Channel]

 Ryan Gosling
Blue Valentine Star Ryan Gosling

 Derek Cianfrance
During the round table panel, Director Derek Cianfrance described working with Michelle and Ryan after the 6-year break of filming Blue Valentine:

 “When we started shooting last year it turned out to be a blessing because I had so many years to work with Ryan and Michelle, and they had so many years to work on their characters and they really became what I consider to be co-writers of the script. I wrote 66 drafts in those 12 years and many of those drafts came because I would have a dinner with Ryan that would go on for 12 hours and then I would come home and re-write the scripts based on our conversations. They really had a lot to say about characters, about dialogue, about feelings, about scenes. About the story, Ryan and Michelle are also children of divorce, like me, and we all wanted to make our generationâ??s love story. This film isnâ??t about our parents; itâ??s about us trying to deal with our own relationships basically.

Meet Julie Taymor Tonight at The Angelika New York!

Oscar Nominated, Tony Award Winning Director Julie Taymor will be stopping by the Angelika Film Center tonight, Friday, December 10th for a very special Q&A following the 9:15 PM screening of THE TEMPEST and to introduce the midnight show!

In addition to Julie Taymor’s appearance tonight, renowned actor Alan Cumming will also stop by to host a Q&A Saturday, December 11th following the 7:45 PM screening. Also be sure to stop into the Angelika’s lobby for original costumes from THE TEMPEST now on display!

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Synopsis: Academy Award nominee Julie Taymor’s (FRIDA, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE) comedic, gender-reversed version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece boasts a tremendous cast, including Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (THE QUEEN), nominees David Strathairn (GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK) and Djimon Hounsou (BLOOD DIAMOND, IN AMERICA), and Alan Cumming, Alfred Molina, Felicity Jones and Russell Brand. THE TEMPEST centers on Mirren as Prospera (refashioned as a woman), her daughter, and a shipwrecked crew full of her enemies in this story that intertwines romance, fraternal politics and the supernatural.

Angelika Film Center is located at 18 W. Houston Street, New York, NY, 10012

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Exclusive Interview with Oscar-Winning Director Danny Boyle

November 10, 2010

Last week one of the most celebrated and revered filmmakers (and one of my personal favorites), Danny Boyle stopped by the Angelika in Dallas to host 2 Q&As and preview his latest film 127 Hours. In this highly-anticipated film, James Franco stars as Aron Ralston, the indomitable mountaineer who is forced to resort to desperate measures in order to save his own life.

127 Hours opens Friday, November 12th at our Dallas and Plano Angelika locations, purchase your tickets here: Dallas; Plano. But, before you make your way to the cinema be sure to check out our pal Adam Conway’s intriguing interview with Mr. Boyle below!

Exclusive Interview with Acclaimed Director Stephen Frears

November 5, 2010

This weekend TAMARA DREWE opens at our Plano and Dallas Angelika locations. This comedy based on Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel of the same name stars Gemma Arterton as a once ugly duckling, alongside Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans and Bill Camp.

Our Texas counterparts Adam Conway and Rusty Gordon (Gordon and the Whale) had the pleasure of chatting with Award-winning Director Stephen Frears (THE QUEEN, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS, HIGH FIDELITY) about his latest film. Check out the candid interview below and be sure to go see Tamara Drewe this weekend! (Tickets: Plano; Dallas)

Exclusive Interview with CONVICTION’s Juliette Lewis

October 28, 2010

Last weekend acclaimed actress and musician Juliette Lewis stopped by The Angelika New York to host three Q&As in support of her latest film CONVICTION. In the all-star cast film based on a true story, Juliette plays the intense role of Roseanna Perry, the woman responsible for wrongfully putting Sam Rockwell’s character in prison for murder.

Fresh off of touring the world, Juliette took a few minutes to chat with At The Angelika Blog and sign our Wall of Fame before being whisked off to her first Q&A on Friday…literally! Conviction is now playing at The Angelika New York, be sure to purchase your tickets HERE.

Juliette Lewis Signs the Angelika’s Wall of Fame