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Take 2: Schenectady film commission re-established

SCHENECTADY

Take 2: Schenectady film commission re-established

Lights, camera, action — Schenectady has a film commission again. The commission’s members met for the first time last week at City Hall.

‘Pines’ gets a second shot at making first impression

SCHENECTADY

‘Pines’ gets a second shot at making first impression

If you’re anything like Gordon Hobday, you always meant to see “The Place Beyond the Pines,” but for one reason or another just didn’t get around to it.

'Place Beyond the Pines' makes several Top 10 lists for 2013

'Place Beyond the Pines' makes several Top 10 lists for 2013

Derek Cianfrance got a good idea of how well “The Place Beyond the Pines” was doing when he heard the sound of actor Bradley Cooper’s voice booming from a trio of illuminated billboards beaming down on a bustling Tokyo street last summer.

‘Pines’ a hit again at Scotia theater

SCOTIA

‘Pines’ a hit again at Scotia theater

The crime drama “The Place Beyond the Pines,” filmed in and around Schenectady, appears to have staying power — at least in the Capital Region.

Movie prop offered for best ‘Pines’ pics

SCHENECTADY

Movie prop offered for best ‘Pines’ pics

The Gazette is now planning to give away 10 copies of the faux edition featured in "The Place Beyond the Pines" to readers who share the best pictures with The Daily Gazette’s Facebook page or via Twitter at #PinesPremiere.

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Cianfrance went to great lengths for realistic bank heists

Cianfrance used Ken Swain’s experiences during a real-life armed robbery to help mold the action in the ones he staged at three banks, including the one where Swain now works as a vice president.

Lights! Camera! Popcorn! ‘Pines’ premiere tonight

SCHENECTADY

Lights! Camera! Popcorn! ‘Pines’ premiere tonight

Advance sales for “The Place Beyond the Pines” were enough to convince Bow Tie Cinemas to schedule a few extra showings this week.

Couple's Schenectady residence featured prominently in film

Couple's Schenectady residence featured prominently in film

On a Saturday morning in late September 2011, Heather and Andy Chestnut walked in the door of their historic home in the GE Realty Plot to find a huge mess.

Special screening precedes national release

A special showing of the movie “The Place Beyond the Pines” will be held Thursday at Bow Tie Cinemas’ Movieland 6 in downtown Schenectady.

Trip to premiere a surreal experience for 2 Union students

Trip to premiere a surreal experience for 2 Union students

At first, the email seemed like a gag: A room at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, two tickets to a movie premier and a live conversation with some of its biggest stars.

Some notable landmarks used in the filming

There’s no shortage of notable Schenectady scenes in Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines.”

Bradley Cooper’s son played by twins

Bradley Cooper’s son played by twins

Heather Campbell never envisioned her twin sons appearing in a major Hollywood motion picture —especially not before their first birthday.

Plot ties to city police troubles ‘tenuous at best’

Plot ties to city police troubles ‘tenuous at best’

Like every element in "The Place Beyond the Pines," Derek Cianfrance wanted his fictional Schenectady Police to be as close to the real deal as possible.

Duanesburg High student gets role, and maybe a career

Duanesburg High student gets role, and maybe a career

Finding a career in film wasn't even on the radar for Kayla Smalls when she started attending Duanesburg High School.

Glenville cycle shop owner, director had a mutual respect

Glenville cycle shop owner, director had a mutual respect

With its collection of souped-up motor bikes and omnipresent smell of oil, M & S Cycles seems no more a set for a major motion picture than its gruff owner does an actor.

Area backdrop lent realism to sweeping saga ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

Area backdrop lent realism to sweeping saga ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

Only Schenectady could have served as the backdrop for Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines."

Special section looks at the making of 'Pines'

Special section looks at the making of 'Pines'

From a Duanesburg High School student who landed a part in the film, to a Schenectady couple who offered their home for filming scenes, the Schenectady County community played a large role in the making of "The Place Beyond the Pines."

How many stars at ‘Pines’ debut?

SCHENECTADY

How many stars at ‘Pines’ debut?

While there’s no guarantee the marquee stars from “The Place Beyond the Pines” will be on hand for its Schenectady premiere this month, some of the film’s other actors were enthusiastic about returning to the city where they filmed in 2011.

A sampling of 'Place Beyond the Pines' reviews

A sampling of 'Place Beyond the Pines' reviews

A sampling of film reviews of "The Place Beyond the Pines," which opens in Schenectady on April 11 and nationwide on April 12.

'Pines' is too self-serious: Associated Press review

'Pines' is too self-serious: Associated Press review

“The Place Beyond the Pines” aims admirably for an epic sense of Greek tragedy, and it does have some powerful individual moments, but the characters are all so underdeveloped that the whole effort feels like studied posturing, writes AP film critic Christy LeMire.

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