Take Flight with These 25 Drone Films From the NYC Drone Film Fest

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A sped-up shot from "Aerial NYC" by Randy Scot Slavin

Randy Scott Slavin is something of a drone evangelist.

"People have never seen the inside of a volcano before. But drones have gone there," the filmmaker says of the airborne, remote-controlled computers. "There are so many ways these technologies can be used for good."

That's why Slavin founded the New York City Drone Film Festival, which has just announced its lineup of screenings at the prestigious Directors Guild of America Theater in Manhattan on March 7.


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Joe Franklin Made Boredom Beatific

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Joe Franklin, 1926–2015
If ever asked, most insufferable snobs would probably credit fey, whey-colored genius Andy Warhol for turning boredom into an art form. Especially those movies of his where nothing happens for, like, nine hours. But New Yorkers of a certain age might voice a different choice. Yes, my friends, it would be Joe Franklin, who died on January 24 at age 88, who made boredom beatific.

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Toronto Is Hollywood's Go-To City for That Real New York Feel

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Katie Toth for the Village Voice
On a gray December day, Peter Cullingford walks through his lot of "picture cars," or vehicles used on movie sets.
Growing up, Peter Cullingford never figured on someday owning a fleet of NYPD-labeled Crown Victorias, a New York Department of Corrections vehicle, and an MTA bus. He definitely didn't expect to be holding on to the sad carcass of a yellow cab destroyed by a fire.

But when Hollywood calls, as it often does, asking him to make Toronto, Ontario, look like New York City, he needs every resource at his disposal.

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Things Torontonian Hip-Hop Artist Drake Is Disgusted By: A List

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The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Asks the Right Questions, But Doesn't Have Any Answers

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The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore's great misfortune isn't that it replaces The Colbert Report, but that it premieres after Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. The Colbert Report was sui generis, and will likely remain so, because such a series makes leviathan demands on its host: crackerjack comedic skills, superb acting chops, and the massive humility to subsume himself completely into his character. Last Week Tonight, on the other hand, is a gauntlet thrown down before every other late-night comedy show (and news program), defying them to attempt its rare combination of smart, sidesplitting, and viral.


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Oscars Podcast: Can You Identify the Traits of 'Oscar Bait'?

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The bicoastal film pod continues in 2015! In New York, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl, along with Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, connect via the magic of the internet with LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson to discuss the nominations for this year's Academy Awards, announced on January 15. The trio attempt to settle once and for all what sorts of movies make the Academy salivate, while other seemingly great films go stale. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims, or jokes to filmpod@villagevoice.com and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub. Read all of our movie reviews, interviews and news over at villagevoice.com/movies.

Here's Where You Can See The Interview in New York

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Photo by Ed Araquel
Update, December 24: For $5.99, Sony is making the movie available to rent online at YouTube, Google Play, on Xbox, and at its own website, seetheinterview.com.

Update, December 23: At last, New York City theaters are announcing that they will show Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's The Interview, starting Christmas Day -- a big relief, since we never quite finalized our plan to screen Team America on a bedsheet hanging from the Freedom Tower.

Here's the current list of stouthearted theaters:

Manhattan: Cinema Village (details here) is the only theater in Manhattan to show The Interview, despite earlier reports that Quad Cinema would also exhibit the film.
Brooklyn: Williamsburg Cinemas (details here)
Queens: Center Cinema in Sunnyside (details here), Kew Gardens Cinema (details here), Main Street Six (details here)

In addition to these liberty-loving exhibitors, one theater theater will be bringing the script to life: The Treehouse Theater, at 154 West 29th, will host a live reading of the script on December 27. (Tickets are free, and will be distributed at 5:30 on the 27th at Pioneers Bar, 138 West 29th Street.)

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Podcast: The Hobbit Project Hits Its Spectacular End

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Talk some sense into 'em, Bilbo.
Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson discuss the third and final Hobbit movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, in this special bonus episode of the Voice Film Club podcast. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims, or jokes to filmpod@villagevoice.com and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub

Podcast: Our Favorite Movies of 2014

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Only Lovers Left Alive
Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek and LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson run down their 10 favorite/best/top/whatever movies of 2014, along with Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl.

Send barbs, jabs, claims, or jokes to filmpod@villagevoice.com and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub.

Film Podcast: Annie, Mr. Turner, Big Eyes, and So Much More

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Mr. Turner
We begin this week's Voice Film Club podcast with a strange story about Giles Corey, who famously said, "More weight!" as stones were laid upon him during his witch trial. The end of the year is sort of like that for film critics, who are pressed upon with all the Very Important Movies of the Year. Your hosts Alan Scherstuhl, Stephanie Zacharek, and Amy Nicholson run down many of the movies coming out soon, including:

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Pulling The Interview Marks the End of Free Speech in Hollywood

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Kim Jong Un (Randall Park) calls the shots in The Interview -- and in reality.
Sony's official announcement that the studio will no longer release Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's North Korean comedy The Interview closes with the line, "We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression."

So what's it like when they don't?

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