02/11/13 9:30am

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Image source: Rockwell Group/Archtagon - an artist’s rendering of the main gate for Kaufman Astoria Studios on 35th Ave in Astoria

They NY Times City Room blog turned its eye toward Astoria last week, focusing on Kaufman Astoria Studios, who are getting new gates for their block of 36th Street. This street – between 34th and 35th Avenues – has been de-mapped since June 2012, but these gates will close off the street to the public (including pedestrians and vehicular traffic), similar to the way the movie studios in Hollywood operate. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through, according to studio officials.

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01/22/13 3:00pm

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Image source: Oreos on Wikimedia Commons

Plenty of New Yorkers have made it big in Hollywood over the years. But which movie stars are from Queens? Since we’re in “awards season” between the Golden Globes and the Oscars, we thought it was a good time to pay homage to all the big-time filmmakers and actors who come from our fair borough.

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12/18/12 11:00am

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Image source: MOMI – Outside Satan, dir. Bruno Dumont, is the opening film of the First Look series

For the second year, a very exciting film series/showcase is coming to the Museum of the Moving Image in January. Called First Look, it is “a showcase for inventive, groundbreaking new international cinema.” 26 feature-length and short films will be screened from January 4-13, 2013, by filmmakers from Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and the United States. Here is the screening schedule.

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12/17/12 3:00pm

A little while back, we compiled a long list of books that take place in Queens. And even though Manhattan gets most of the glory for its impressive amounts of on-screen time, there are plenty of movies and TV series that are set in Queens, too. Here’s our guide to the best films and TV shows that weren’t just shot in our borough, but actually give Queens a significant part in the story.

Films

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Chop Shop (2007)
This indie film made the rounds in the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and other prominent international film events. The director, Ramin Bahrani – who was also behind Man Push Cart, the 2005 film about a struggling street vendor from Brooklyn – won a “Someone to Watch” Independent Spirit Award in 2007. The film centers around the story of 12-year-old Alejandro, an orphan living in the Willets Points section of Corona, where he works at an auto body repair shop, sells candy on the subway, and dreams up other schemes to get by. The movie is full of scenes depicting Flushing Meadows Park, the auto body shops of Willets Point, and the 7 train.

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11/21/12 3:00pm

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Image courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image. The exhibition, “The Art of Rise of the Guardians,” is on view at Museum of the Moving Image in New York, November 10, 2012, through March 3, 2013. 

The new animated film, Rise of the Guardians, is in theaters starting today, and we can tell you that it is fabulous (we are told that this is the most advanced animated film in history). We attended a press preview the other day, and were really impressed with what the Museum of the Moving Image has done to present the art involved with this movie. Their exhibit is called The Art of Rise of the Guardians, and it is full of art and artifacts from the filmmaking process.

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10/25/12 3:00pm

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Image source: hanna_horwarth on Flickr

Halloween is almost upon us! And since it falls mid-week (Wednesday, srsly?), most of the partying will be happening this weekend. There’s plenty to do here in Queens – parties, costume competitions, dog parades, walking tours, scary movies, zombies, and more. Here is our list of events for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Halloween. Click through each event for more information. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

Dead or Alive: Halloween at NYSCI – Pumpkin Chucking - Watch as pumpkins are thrown hundreds of feet in the air by our 19-foot-tall catapult.

New York Hall of Science, Flushing, Friday, October 26th, 2012, 3:30pm – 5:00pm | FREE!

Halloween Spirits Tasting  - Indulge your inner mad scientist/ mixologist and come by to kick off your Halloween weekend with some of our coolest new artisinal spirits at a free spirits tasting.

Astoria Park Wine & Spirits, Astoria, Friday, October 26th, 2012, 6:00pm – 8:30pm | FREE!

Haunted Lantern Tours - Every Halloween, a haunted shipwreck brings ghosts and ghouls to the historic Battery. The Urban Park Rangers will be leading the way through this fright fest. Bring your flashlight, but leave your fear at home.

Fort Totten Park, Bayside, Friday, October 26th, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:00pm | FREE!

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There may be endless choices for seeing free cinema outdoors during the summer in New York City, but there’s nothing quite like what they do at Socrates Sculpture Park.  For fourteen years Socrates, taking advantage of its open space on the waterfront and its residence in the City’s most diverse borough, has hosted the popular Outdoor Cinema, the Annual Festival of International Film, Music, Dance and Food.

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