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N.Y. Film Festival off and running with new 'Life'

The New York Film Festival is off to a busy start with preems for pics from Miramax’s gender-bending “The Tempest,” to Sony Pictures Classics’ “Inside Job” and Warner Bros.’ “Life as We Know It.”

“Tempest” co-star Tom Conti created a small one by saying he doesn’t get the fuss about the Bard. “I don’t do much Shakespeare,” he said at the fest’s centerpiece screening of Julie Taymor’s adaptation Saturday. “It bores me to death.”

But not pic’s star Helen Mirren, who took the central role of Prospero.

“It’s being able to play a big Shakespearean role, but as a woman,” she said. “There are not that many roles for women of that stature available. So I stole one.”

On Thursday, WB screened “Life as We Know It” at Gotham’s Ziegfeld Theater followed by a cocktail pour and dinner at Central Park Boathouse, where helmer Greg Berlanti called the shoot “nuts.”

“We had triplets and baby doubles that can only work certain hours of the day, and shooting depended on their mood,” the director said. “I would say it was a lot like having a drunk lead actor.”

For lead Josh Duhamel, the project fit the bill.

“It didn’t have to do with robots or pulling coins out of a fountain,” he said, “And that’s what I was looking for — a movie grounded in reality.”

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