New York Film Fest: ‘Walter Mitty’s’ Ben Stiller, Castmates, Producers Talk Inhabiting Multiple Worlds
It would also leave New York with one remaining major company, the 128-year-old Metropolitan Opera. Donated Elsewhere Cultural institutions and their donors suffered in the financial crisis that started in 2007, and as the economy recovered their donations went elsewhere, said Ted Gavin, a partner at the turnaround and restructuring company Gavin/Solmonese LLC in Wilmington, Delaware . The patrons of the arts in New York City voted with their dollars and gave their money to other organizations, Gavin said in a phone interview before the bankruptcy was filed. Do we have too many operas? Probably. Christopher Koelsch, the chief executive officer of LA Opera in Los Angeles , said New York City Operas closing doesnt mean the biggest U.S. city cant support two operas. Such institutions must be flexible, vigilant and constantly making their case to their constituencies, he said. I would argue in a city of New Yorks size, cultural sophistication and resources that it would be possible to have two entirely vibrant and distinct opera companies, Koelsch said in a phone interview before the filing. The bankruptcy is a good time to pause and reflect on just how fragile some of these institutions are. Urgent Notice The company last week posted an urgent notice on its website seeking donations to help raise $20 million, including $7 million it said it needed by Sept. 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.
EDT October 3, 2013 A princess of York becomes a New Yorker, at least for now. Princess Eugenie in July 2013 in London. (Photo: WPA Pool Getty Images) Story Highlights Will and Harry’s young cousin is living in Soho She’s working for a new online auction house Meanwhile, rumors swirl that her parents might remarry SHARE 15 CONNECT 11 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Princess Eugenie of York, granddaughter of the queen, daughter of the Duke of York and his gaffe-prone ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York, is now an actual New Yorker, having just moved there to take a new job at an auction house. She will be working for Paddle 8 , a new online auction site based in New York, to learn the ropes and eventually return to London to help set up the firm’s U.K. operations. A graduate of Britain’s Newcastle University with a degree in art history and literature, Eugenie also has worked at Christie’s. Eugenie, 23, is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew of York, the sister to Princess Beatrice (whose engagement to her American-born boyfriend is expected soon), and cousin to Prince William and Prince Harry, who are old schoolmates of one of Paddle 8’s co-founders. Eugenie has taken an increasingly higher profile recently as a party princess in London, where her longtime boyfriend is reported to be a bartender named Jack Brooksbank. Her recent headlines in the U.K. have included a picture of her twerking with an 8-foot stuffed bear at a Swiss ski resort, and a lunch with her pal and Prince Harry’s girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, 24. In New York this week, the Daily News had paparazzi snaps of her on the street in Soho where she has rented an apartment, dressed in a short black skirt with white polka dots, a black leather moto jacket and black flats.
I mean, we f—ing pay $500 to carry daydreams around,” Oswalt told THR, pulling out his smartphone. “So that really pulled me in, like they’re going to do Walter Mitty now, post-Twitter, post-Instagram? Let’s see what they do.” ANALYSIS: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Splits Critics, Charms Festivalgoers at NYFF Producer John Goldwyn, whose grandfather Samuel Goldwyn produced the original film, said having the film debut as the centerpiece gala screening at the festival allowed them to show that the new version of Walter Mitty is different from the ones that came before. “The fact that the New York Film Festival selected us gave us the opportunity to have a real platform for the world to understand that the movie is different. It’s not a remake. It’s not a rehash of anything old,” he explained. The fact that the movie was filmed and takes place in Stiller’s hometown also made it appropriate for a Gotham debut, Cornfeld told THR. “Ben is a real New Yorker. We could have shot this movie in any city, but Ben was very insistent upon New York,” Cornfeld said. “He feels an affinity for the city; he feels there’s an energy — all the New York stuff that he wanted to capture. And he felt that if you’re going to tell the story of somebody who is not quite engaged in life, it is very good to put that person in an environment where there’s so much life around.” The parts of the movie that weren’t shot in New York were filmed in Iceland, and the extraordinary adventures Mitty has include some impressive stunts and special effects. TRAILER: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Fox film chief Jim Gianopulos told THR that after a summer that saw a number of big-budget movies struggle at the box office, he and his colleagues realized the importance of having strong, character-driven stories like this one beneath stunning visuals.
Openhouse New York opens doors and eyes
Some of New Yorks newest, oldest, greenest, most beautiful, and most significant buildings are featured, many of them otherwise closed to the public. Visitors are welcomed back to perennial favorites like Central Synagogue , the Little Red Lighthouse tucked under the George Washington Bridge, and Jefferson Market where the hardy can climb 149 stairs to the top of the circular tower for 360-degree views of Greenwich Village. There are family events, nature walks, and open chat sessions with curators, design professionals, and others knowledgeable about featured properties. There are also behind-the-scenes tours of facilities like the newly renovated Museum of the City of New York , and also the Citibike warehouse in Greenpoint, which has no architectural distinction but has unstemmed cultural impact. This year OHNY presents more residential properties than ever before, including 20 specially selected by Interior Design Magazine and Designers Open House to showcase the private homes of noteworthy contemporary architects and designers. In its 11-year life, OHNY weekend has deliberately worked to address a full range of urban interests, whether experienced on screen, by foot, bike, or even canoe. A full list is available online and in printed form at key outlets throughout the city. Background OHNY began when architect Scott Lauer returned to New York in the late 1990s, after having lived in England and been a volunteer for Open House London (established 1992). In 2001 he pitched the idea of launching a similar program to receptive organizations in New York and thus founded the second of what is now a family of 17 Open House cities worldwide. Lauer conceived OHNY prior to September 11 but in its aftermath, when security was heightened and property owners were reluctant to welcome in the public, OHNYs mission assumed even greater significance. By the time New Yorks first Openhouse weekend took place in 2003, OHNY executive director Gregory Wessner explained, People were beginning to realize that you cant live in a closed security state forever. What was so wonderful about OHNY was that it helped the city to open itself up again. Since then, attitudes have relaxed, in part from seeing OHNY in action.