New York Film Fest: ’12 Years A Slave,’ ‘all Is Lost’ And ‘nebraska’ Clamor For Attention On Busy Night

New York Jets Need to Bench Quinton Coples

“We couldn’t let the 100-year anniversary go by without doing something. The Armory Show was probably the most important art exhibition in America,” Marilyn Satin Kushner, the co-curator of the exhibition, said in an interview. “This is a landmark time in terms of the history and in terms of the history of art in America.” The exhibition includes 100 works from the original show by artists such as Duchamp, whose masterpiece “Nude Descending a Staircase” was mocked and compared at the time to an explosion in a shingle factory, and Matisse’s “Blue Nude,” considered depraved for its distortion of the female form. Francis Picabia’s “Dances at the Spring” was likened to a patchwork quilt. Using artifacts, historical documents and archival photographs and films, the exhibition puts the works in the context of 1913 New York. “It will introduce people to what was going on in New York in 1913 because one can’t understand the Armory Show completely unless one understands that New York at that time period was the age of discovery, the age of freedom, the age of independence, the age of youth marching in the streets for women’s rights,” said Kushner. THREATENED BY THE ART The 1913 show, officially known as The International Exhibition of Modern Art, was organized by a small group of young American artists called the Association of Painters and Sculptors. They were looking to showcase their work, as well as that of other artists. It was considered a turning point because it introduced Americans, accustomed to classical art, to the European avant-garde. The show, which attracted thousands of visitors, shocked some viewers and sparked harsh criticism. “They were very threatened by the art,” said Kushner.

12 Years a Slave NYFF Panel - H 2013

Dern, the 77-year-old best actor Oscar hopeful (who was last nominated 35 years ago for Coming Home), was the center of attention, and was ultimately joined at the event by his daughter, noted actress Laura Dern. But plenty of guests also had kind words for the film’s best supporting actor and best supporting actress Oscar hopefuls, Will Forte and June Squibb. I’m told that the Nebraska team is having a ball traversing the awards circuit with one another, and will be packing into their week in New York a number of other screenings, Q&As, press opportunities, dinners and parties, including one at the Monkey Bar on Thursday night that will be hosted by Forte’s old SNL boss Lorne Michaels. They all eventually headed to the film’s 9 p.m. premiere at Alice Tully Hall, at which the movie was very warmly received. Alice Tully Hall was earlier the site of a 6 p.m. screening of All Is Lost, which was greeted with a standing ovation once a spotlight was shone on a box high above the theater in which Chandor and his film’s sole star, screen legend Robert Redford, who is also 77, were standing and took a few bows. At the film’s after-party at Lincoln Ristorante across the street from the theater, Chandor told me that nothing will ever top the massive and prolonged standing ovation that the two received following the film’s world premiere at the Palais Theatre in Cannes back in May, but that Alice Tully Hall was a great venue and the New York reaction was very special. Shortly thereafter, Redford arrived and the two posed together for pics in front of the reflecting pool outside of the restaurant, where the real raft used by Redford in the movie was floating, having been flown in for the event. Among the guests inside: Connie Britton, Carla Gugino, Paul Haggis, Barry Levinson, Oliver Platt, Fred Schepisi and Patrick Wilson, plus formerWashington Post reporter Carl Bernstein, a friend of Redford’s dating back to the making of All the President’s Men (1976), in which Redford playedBob Woodward, Bernstein’s collaborator on the Watergate investigation. The two greeted each other with a big hug and cheek kisses.

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Coples isn’t a veteran; he’s a second-year player who was always told to go get the quarterback. So what is it: Is he a defensive lineman? Is he a linebacker? Is he both? No one apparently knows. In his first game back (week 3 versus Buffalo), he played 49 of his 55 plays on the defensive line. It’s been more of the same since, with Coples even being pulled off the field in obvious coverage situations. More now than ever this season – with the loss of Barnes, who was the pass rushing threat Coples hasn’t been – the Jets need someone to consistently man the position. Ricky Sapp was just resigned by the team in the wake of Barnes’ injury, and it’s likely the team will look for more immediate help. Maybe they call a former Jet (Aaron Maybin? Bryan Thomas?) or look to Leroy Hill or Jonathan Goff. Over the last few weeks, Garrett McIntyre has been the one to spell Coples when he’s looking lost and tired, and he’s done a good job thus far. He’s the choice to man the position for now. Coples isn’t necessarily hurting the team – let’s face it; the Jets have the second-ranked defense in the NFL. But it’s not because of Coples; rather, it’s in spite of him.