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The New York Film Festival kicks off its golden-anniversary edition tonight with the world premiere of Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" -- Kris will be on hand to offer his thoughts. In the meantime, A.O. Scott shares his notes on the films he's seen from the lineup, including "Pi," which he describes as "a lavish reminder that film nowadays is sometimes not film at all, but rather a rapidly evolving digital art form." He also notes that it's an unusually large-scale choice of opener for an arthouse-dominated fest that kicked off with an Alain Resnais film three years ago. Have they sold out? Scott discusses. [New York Times]
David Poland does his video thing with Elizabeth Banks and Jason Moore, respectively the producer-star and director of "Pitch Perfect" -- which you should totally see this weekend, by the way. [Hot Blog]
A real of surplus footage from "The Master" has been unveiled -- the same one, more or less, that was screened to select journalists at Cannes in the spring. [The Playlist]
More characters are smoking in the movies than before. My exclusive sources suggest Hollywood may have found more important things to care about. [LA Times]
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