×

Inside Move: Film Society ‘Mirth’-ful

Anderson starrer helps up attendance at NYFF

“X-Files” star Gillian Anderson has unwittingly sparked a membership drive for the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Since revealing Tuesday that Anderson starrer “The House of Mirth” has been included on this year’s New York Film Festival slate, the Film Society has fielded more than 60 inquiries (by phone, e-mail and message-board postings) for tickets to see “The X-Files” star on the bigscreen.

NYFF screening tickets aren’t easy to get. Film Society members get first crack at all showings, many of which sell out before the option is opened to the general public.

This didn’t stop the “X”-philes, a third of whom forked over their credit-card numbers to become Film Society members at $60 a pop.

Given that even members aren’t guaranteed tickets to any particular screening and that most of the “new” members live in other states — Illinois, South Dakota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, to name a few — it is hard to predict exactly what the Anderson fans will be able to get out of their respective memberships. They are not transferable, the Film Society said.

While in the past individual NYFF films have inspired intense audience interest — “Pulp Fiction” in 1994 and “Last Tango in Paris” in 1973, for example — organizers said the Internet has never been involved to such an extent and that there is no precedent for such a reaction to an individual actor.

Pic, written and directed by Terence Davies, will unspool in the Edinburgh and Toronto film festivals before its NYFF screening, which Anderson is likely to attend.

More Film

  • Brett Leonard Boards 'Elijah'

    Film News Roundup: 'Lawnmower Man' Director Brett Leonard Boards 'Elijah'

    In today’s film news roundup, “Elijah” gets a director, a French fry documentary starts shooting and “Uglydolls” moves its release date forward. PROJECT LAUNCH Brett Leonard, best known for directing ”The Lawnmower Man” and “Virtuosity,” will direct the supernatural feature film “Elijah,” based on the Old Testament prophet. The project is set up at Winter [...]

  • SAG-AFTRA HQ

    SAG-AFTRA Commercial Negotiations Set for February

    With no fanfare, SAG-AFTRA and the ad industry have set a mid-February start for negotiations for a successor deal to the union’s master contract, Variety has learned. The current three-year deal — which covers about $1 billion in annual earnings — expires on March 31. SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee of the ad industry [...]

  • SONDRA LOCKESONDRA LOCKE - 1986

    Oscar Nominee Sondra Locke Dies at 74

    Actress and director Sondra Locke, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination in her first movie role for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” died Nov. 3 at 74. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed her death. She died due to breast and bone cancer, according to Radar Online, which reported that she [...]

  • Clint Eastwood and Alison Eastwood'The Mule'

    Clint Eastwood: Why Alison Eastwood Came Out of Acting Retirement for Her Dad

    Clint Eastwood’s daughter Alison Eastwood was done with acting after appearing in 2014’s “Finding Harmony.” Or so she thought. It was a Friday night and she and her husband were heading to dinner when her father’s producer Sam Moore called. “He [says], ‘You know, your dad wants you to do this film,” Alison recalls. “I [...]

  • 'Dead Women Walking' Review: Uncompromising, Powerful

    Film Review: 'Dead Women Walking'

    The sober and gripping “Dead Women Walking” focuses on the final days of a series of female inmates facing the death sentence. Divided into nine chapters, each inching its way inexorably closer to the moment of execution, the drama turns the fragmentation of its approach to a powerful advantage. Not only do the individual stories [...]

  • Sam Mendes

    Sam Mendes' World War I Drama '1917' Set for Awards-Season Launch on Christmas 2019

    Universal Pictures has given an awards-season release date of Dec. 25, 2019, to Sam Mendes’ World War I drama “1971.” Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners is producing “1917” through its DreamWorks Pictures brand. “1917” will open in limited release on Christmas Day then go wide two weeks later on Jan. 10, 2020. Mendes wrote the script [...]

  • Ventana Sur Queer Latin Film Panel

    Ventana Sur: Panel Talks Merits, Setbacks in Latin Queer Cinema

    BUENOS AIRES — Four venerable professionals from the cinema world joined on Monday evening for Queer Cinema In Latin America, a frank discussion on Latin America’s role within the queer filmscape for Ventana Sur’s Industry conference series held at the UCA campus in Buenos Aires. Touching on advancements in character arc and notable achievements in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content