Cannes Hits Highlight New York Film Fest Lineup

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This year’s New York Film Festival will draw heavily from the Cannes Film Festival.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the festival lineup Monday. Many films that premiered in May at Cannes will fill the festival’s slate, including Alexander Payne’s Midwest road trip “Nebraska,” the Coen brothers’ folk revival “Inside Llewyn Davis,” James Gray’s period drama “The Immigrant” and Jim Jarmusch’s vampire tale “Only Lovers Left Alive.”

The Film Society announced earlier that Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” would be the festival opener, Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” the centerpiece and Spike Jonze’s “Her” the festival closer.

Other notables include Frederick Wiseman’s “At Berkeley” documentary and the big screen debut of Steve Coogan’s “Alan Partridge.”

The festival runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 13.

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Online: http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2013 (AP)

Viewers Flock to ‘Duck Dynasty’ in Record Numbers

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A&E says nearly 12 million birds of a feather caught Wednesday’s season premiere of its hit unscripted series “Duck Dynasty.”

The network said the episode took its place as the No. 1 non-fiction series telecast in cable history in total viewers as well as all key demographic groups.

The fourth-season premiere grew by more than one-third in total viewers over last season’s debut.

Set in Louisiana bayou country, “Duck Dynasty” follows a brood of brothers who manufacture duck calls and love to go bird hunting.

New episodes air every Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern time. (AP)

Last Season Opener of AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Big Hit

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AMC’s critically acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad” is breaking out.

The Nielsen ratings company says 5.9 million people watched the first of the Emmy Award-winning show’s eight final episodes Sunday night. That’s nearly double the audience it has ever reached for an episode. The previous record was just under 3 million and came last August.

Sunday’s episode featured a gripping confrontation between star Bryan Cranston’s Walter White character and the brother-in-law who had suddenly realized White was the drug kingpin he had been searching for. The show began in 2008 and ends next month.

The ratings indicate the growing interest in the series from people who get into it on their own time. (AP)

Turkey Introduces Warning Labels for Alcohol

Bottles and cans of alcohol sold in Turkey must soon bear warnings similar to those on cigarette packages, reminding drinkers that “Alcohol is not your friend.”

The new regulations about the labels are the result of a law passed in May that restricts the sale and advertising of alcohol.

The law was one reason a wave of anti-government protests hit Turkey in June.

Demonstrators served it up as an example of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan overstepping his authority and imposing his Islamist views on a country with a strong secular history.

The labels also must indicate that only people over the age of 18 can consume alcohol and warn pregnant women and drivers not to drink.

Companies have 10 months to comply with the regulations, which were released Sunday. (AP)

Statuette From 1941 Classic Film to Sell in NYC

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A statuette featured in the 1941 movie “The Maltese Falcon” is being offered for sale at a New York City auction.

Bonhams says the black figurine of a Maltese falcon is the highlight of the Nov. 25 auction. It did not provide a pre-sale estimate.

It was the most important movie prop of the classic John Huston film, starring Humphrey Bogart as a private eye.

Bonhams says it’s the only version known to have appeared in the movie. It’s etched with a Warner Bros. inventory number.

It’s been featured at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The auction house says it’s the first time it has come to auction.

Its current owner has had the statuette for decades. (AP)

Amazon Founder Bezos to Buy Washington Post

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Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post and other newspapers for $250 million.

The longtime publisher, The Washington Post Co., announced the deal Monday. Bezos is buying the paper as an individual. Amazon.com Inc. is not involved.

Washington Post chairman and CEO Donald Graham called Bezos a “uniquely good new owner.” He said the decision was made after years of newspaper industry challenges.

The company, which owns the Kaplan education business and several TV stations, will change its name but didn’t say what the new name will be. (AP)

Ellen DeGeneres to host Oscars

Ellen DeGeneres will be back for a second time to host the Academy Awards.

Producers announced her selection Friday. DeGeneres hosted the show in 2007, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance.

This year’s host, Seth MacFarlane, drew mixed reviews for an edgy performance. He had already taken himself out of the running for a return engagement next year.

The Oscars will be held March 2. (AP)