New York Film Fest: Spike Jonze’s ‘her’ Closes 51st Edition On An Eccentric Note

12, 2013./ Banksy Banksy, the elusive British graffiti artist who has taken up a month-long residency in New York, sold a few of his pieces on the cheap over the weekend. And by cheap — we mean $60 apiece. This is the same artist who has sold his art for thousands of dollars, sometimes hundreds of thousands. Banksy hits the Big Apple Banksy revealed on his website that he had set up a table in New York City’s Central Park on Saturday with original signed pieces. “Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each,” he wrote. But they weren’t there for long, apparently. “That stall will not be there again today,” he wrote Sunday. Banksy had an elderly man set up shop at the stall, and according to a video posted on the artist’s website, it took about four hours before the man made his first sale. A sign read: “Spray Art. $60.” “A lady buys two small canvases for her children, but only after negotiating a 50% discount,” Banksy wrote on the video; the New Zealand woman bought two signed Banksy pieces for $120. Banksy, who hasn’t revealed his real name, has been in New York over the past week or so, creating art on the streets of New York. The results have been showing up all over social media. Banksy was behind the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” 2013 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

On Gladness and Quitting and Being 24 in New York

our editor recommends New York Film Fest: Doc Contenders ‘Tim’s Vermeer,’ ‘The Square’ Screen Back-to-Back The film, which will be released by Warner Bros. on Dec. 18, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a man who rebounds from a divorce (from Rooney Mara) by dating his advanced operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). It was introduced by Jonze — who brought out Phoenix and costars Amy Adams, Mara and Olivia Wilde, but, appropriately enough, not Johansson (who is in production on another film in London). And when it ended, it was greeted with a lengthy ovation that audibly increased when the spotlight was shone on the talent in a box above the rest of the audience. As the spotlight faded out, Jonze (a best director Oscar nominee 14 years ago for Being John Malkovich) could be seen hugging Phoenix (a best actor Oscar nominee last year for The Master); both men clearly invested a lot of heart and soul into the project. FILM REVEW: Her At the film’s after-party, which was held at the trendy bar at the Top of the Standard Hotel, guests — including Paul Dano and Edward Norton, as well as Wilde’s fiance, SNL alum Jason Sudeikis — chatted about the thought-provoking concept at the center of the film. In the theater, there had been snickers at some aspects of the story, which asks audiences to believe that an operating system might one day be developed that can not only converse with its user but also love and be loved by him (sort of the 2.0 version of 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL). But there was also a sense that perhaps such a way of life is not that far into the future, since one can’t walk down a New York City block today without feeling like everyone else’s head is buried in their phones. Already, we live in a world in which we are more technologically connected with each other than ever before, but also less comfortable having real-world interactions with one another than we have been in a long time. Perhaps the logical next step is for some to take their relationships with their smartphones to the next level? In terms of awards, I imagine that this film will meet a fate somewhat similar to that of another recent out-there love story that depended upon a strange screenplay and brave and sensitive lead performance: Craig Gillespie’s Lars and the Real Girl (2007), in which a man falls in love with a blow-up doll that he bought online. That film was more appreciated by critics than it ever was by the public or awards voters, but, at the end of the day, it did snag a best original screenplay Oscar nom for Nancy Oliverand BFCA, Golden Globe and SAG Award noms for best actor Ryan Gosling — although recognition for this one may be slightly harder to come by since many Academy members are older and somewhat technologically-challenged, which will make the premise seem even weirder to them, and because this year’s best actor field is as competitive as it has ever been.

New York Comic Con 2013: The stars, comics and costumes

We actually really have invested in the fantasy of a perfect city romance, and when it doesn’t come true (due to the inescapable reality that — per Friedman — “Your early twenties are going to suck no matter what,”) we internalize it and feel like failures. You could say we put the building in bildungsroman. We arrive with a narrative in mind: New Person comes to the City to begin their Real Life and things will Work Out. And the city’s not just a setting, it’s a character in the story — much like the comic-relief sidekick or love interest — usually waiting in the wings until we’re about to cash it all in. Then, the city presents itself in the form of a stellar view or an improbable coincidence, validating our existence. “You belong here, you have a destiny here,” the glinting Chrysler Building/ homeless man singing Sinatra/crumpled Phantom program in the gutter seems to say. And, like that, our faith is renewed, and we continue on our Journey. My own iteration is temptingly romantic — a job at a New York literary agency whisked me out of Baltimore and the wreckage of a breakup with such precise timing it was only rational to attribute it to fate. This city and I were “meant to be.” Moving here, I reveled in the anonymity and cultivated what I felt was an aura of mystery that in retrospect was a little misguided, like feeling sexy because your voice is hoarse from a cold. Didn’t stop me, though. I was 22 and _________. I was no one. Get at me, wind. Of course, things evolved as they must and eventually, I was ready to cease our mutual LIGIS, but it turns out New York isn’t actually a person, it’s a group of buildings. I was walking along absorbed in the soundtrack of mystery when suddenly, I hit an invisible wall and the music came to an abrupt halt.

Joaquin Phoenix

Guerra said in a sworn deposition that he often wrote opinions for Judge Nicolas Zambrano, who issued the award to the villagers. Guerra said Donziger and another lawyer pledged to pay Zambrano $500,000 from whatever they collected from the judgment in exchange for allowing them to write it. Guerra also said Zambrano promised to share part of the bribe. Ted Boutrous, a lawyer for Chevron, said the proceedings in Ecuador were “one of the most egregious litigation frauds in history.” Donziger and the Ecuadoreans say Guerra has no credibility and say he is being paid for his testimony by Chevron. Donziger denies writing the judgment. “We are completely and utterly denying the allegations by Chevron,” his spokesman Gowen told reporters on Friday. “Steven Donziger did not ghostwrite a judgment,” Gowen said. “Steven Donziger did not bribe a judge.” In January, Chevron said it relocated Guerra’s family to protect his safety and paid him $38,000 for the costs of providing his evidence. Chevron also confirmed that it agreed to pay Guerra’s family $10,000 per month for living expenses and $2,000 for housing. Guerra and Zambrano are expected to testify at the trial, which is expected to last several weeks. Donziger and the Ecuadoreans argue that the relief Chevron seeks – a ban on enforcing the Ecuadorean judgment in U.S. courts or profiting from it in any way – would violate the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ reversal of Kaplan’s 2011 injunction.

Chevron goes to trial in New York over $18 billion Ecuador award

People traveled as far as Hawaii to take it all in. Many celebrities will be sitting on panels and meeting with devoted fans, including William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Seth Green, Sylvester Stallone, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Sigourney Weaver, actors from “Game of Thrones” and the cast of TV’s “The Walking Dead.” Approximately 700 exhibitors from the publishing, TV, film and comic worlds are on site to get the word out about their projects. Though not as big as San Diego’s Comic Con , the New York convention is definitely growing. Stallone was out and about signing autographs. Saturday will see “The Walking Dead” panel, which will screen new footage from the upcoming season. Also on Saturday, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb will fill fans in on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” ABC’s “Avengers” spin-off. “X Files” fans will await to hear what news — if any — Duchovny and Anderson will share, and the cast FX’s “Archer” will take the stage for a panel. The first full-length trailer for “Hercules: The Legend Begins” will also premiere this weekend, with actor Kellan Lutz doing an introduction. On Friday, Green hosted a panel for his Adult Swim series, “Robot Chicken.” He told CBSNews.com that he’s witnessed NYCC grow quite a bit through the years and noted how it hasn’t been Hollywood-ized like the San Diego’s version. It wasn’t just costumes and celebrities making headlines on Friday from the Jacob Javits Center. Social media found its way in the news, too, after convention organizers tweeted unauthorized promotional tweets from attendees’ accounts. When participants signed up to attend, they had the option to link their RFID badges to their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Much to their surprise, some attendees found a few tweets on their personal Twitter pages that they hadn’t posted. Examples included: “Best four days of my life!” or “Getting my daily dose of #NYCC!” Comic Con organizers have since discontinued the opt-in feature and explained the issue in a statement : “As you may have seen yesterday, there were some posts to Twitter and Facebook issued by New York Comic Con on behalf of attendees after RFID badges were registered.