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Stiller introduced the film at its premiere by saying, tongue-in-cheek, “I want to thank the Film Society of Lincoln Center for having the courage to include a Ben Stiller film in the festival.” Noting that he grew up just 20 blocks from Alice Tully Hall, where the screening took place, he added thatWalter Mitty was a “valentine” to New York, having been shot all across the city. The dramedywas loosely adapted bySteve Conradfrom a 1939 James ThurberNew Yorker short story, which itself was made into a musical-comedy motion picture starring Danny Kaye in 1947. The new film takes place in the present day. It stars Stiller as the title character, a good-hearted but sad-sack loner who has known sadness, sacrificed for others and worked all but invisibly for 16 years in the photo processing department at waning Life magazine. A perpetual daydreamer prone to awkwardness, he develops a crush on a co-worker (Kristen Wiig), but before he can muster the courage to do anything about it he loses a photo from a famous photographer (Sean Penn), prompting his new boss (a heavily bearded Adam Scott) to tell him that he will lose his job if he doesn’t find it. In order to track it down, Walter Mitty must finally go out and experience the world. PHOTOS: New York Film Festival 2013: 13 Movies to Know This sort of a story is not new. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) is about a man who gave up so much for others that he never had time for himself. The Wizard of Oz (1939) is about a girl who ventures far from home and eventually concludes that there’s no place like it. And Stranger Than Fiction (2006), a film that possesses a tone perhaps most similar to Mitty’s, is about a man whose bland life becomes dangerous and exciting because of the presence of unusual activity in his mind. Films of this sort are generally categorized as “fantasy,” which is not the Academy’s favorite genre, and this year’s awards season is tremendously competitive, so I cannot say with any degree of confidence that this film will be nominated for any major Oscars. But, if I had to venture a guess, I think that voters will check it out (if only because Stiller and Wiig possess such likable screen personas) and probably be charmed by it.

New York Film Fest: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Splits Critics, Charms Festivalgoers (Analysis)

If the fact that the Giants cut their second-leading rusher last week wasn’t enough to paint a clear picture of New York’s current backfield situation, the fact that a 31-year-old Jacobswho was unemployed a month agowas the Giants’ top rusher versus the Eagles should do it. Then there’s the special teams, which has beenexemplary since the Super Bowl season. Kicker Lawrence Tynes was a sure shot, and Steve Weatherford had one of the best punting legs in football. The coverage units were stifling, and last year Wilson was named second-team All-Pro for his kick return duties. Those teams were significant improvements from Matt Dodge and the units ST coordinator Tom Quinn fielded in 2010…we don’t need to go into detail here. But the Giants special teams have lacked an edge this year. New kicker Josh Brown hasn’t hit a field goal since Week 2. Weatherford’s directional kicking just isn’t as precise as it once was, and the coverage units are hardly as reliable to bring down a return manas proved by Denver ‘s Trindon Holliday and Kansas City’s Dexter McCluster. Not even Wilson can provide a spark in the return game. Facets of the game, like the Giants running game and special teams units, have been particularly disappointing because they were once poor, then showed improvement in recent years and have since regressed in 2013. Elsa/Getty Images Eli Manning has turned the ball over 13 times in five games. Even if we had an inkling that everything I’ve explained above could possibly go wrong, we at least had Manning’s passing game to count on…right? Eli Manning has been one of the best passers in the league over the past few seasons.

Sean Penn sponsors Haitian runners for New York City Marathon

However, sources close to the men’s defense teams who have talked to the suspects and their associates say that when they were detained in August 2012 in Djibouti, they were trying to flee Somalia and leave al Shabaab. They were en route to Yemen, perhaps to make their way back to Europe. Legal sources familiar with the case described it as one of the more notable uses under U.S. President Barack Obama of “rendition,” in which a suspect is captured and moved between countries without the formal legal proceedings which normally accompany an extradition. In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the CIA carried out a series of “extraordinary renditions,” capturing suspected militants in countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan and transferring them without judicial review to secret prisons run by the spy agency, or to third countries. Obama has not renounced the practice, and U.S. military forces on Saturday staged a second raid, in Libya, capturing Abu Anas al-Liby, whom the United States has indicted for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. After being held for a time in a Djibouti prison – where the former al Shabaab militants allege they were treated roughly by local authorities – they were questioned by a team of U.S. investigators, who said little about their objectives or identities. Then they were questioned by a second U.S. team who identified themselves as FBI investigators. Then, with little or no judicial review in Djibouti, the men were flown to New York.

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Sean Penn is ecstatic that his relief organization will sponsor runners from Haiti to participate in the New York City Marathon next month. “We’ve got five Haitian runners, 10 runners total, running for the team representing Haiti and our organization J/P HRO coming to the New York City Marathon – the marathon. So we’re really looking forward to it,” Penn said. The 53-year old actor, who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday night, expressed satisfaction that the organization continues to rebuild Haiti with its medical, relocation, structural and community development programs -but also that it brings hope to the island nation. “It’s rewarding. I just came back from Port-au-Prince, where I visited our Haitian marathon runners, and to see that great discipline that Haitians have and that great spirit and the excitement that they have visiting New York for the first time.” RELATED: MADONNA PARTIES WITH EX-HUSBAND SEAN PENN AT FILM LAUNCH Penn started the J/P Health Relief Organization after a catastrophic magnitude-7.0 earthquake ripped through Haiti in January 2010, killing more than 100,000 people. The organization set up camps for displaced residents and facilitated medical clinics. It continues to save lives and brings sustainable programs to benefit the nation. Penn acts as CEO and chairman of the board for the organization. When asked if his efforts to make a meaningful and lasting impact in Haiti made him proud, Penn responded: “I’ve got a group I’m very proud of and really inspired by. Let’s say I’ve been granted a fortunate ticket in.” The two-time Oscar-winning actor made the comments at the world premiere of his film “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” at the New York Film Festival.