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Bryan Pace for New York Daily News 28-year-old Ken Crofton dressed as Thanos. But one thing San Diego cant match are the Big Apple beauties. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News 28-year-old Mariana Li as Superwoman. Marisa Semioli, 20, of Staten Island endured plenty of cat calls on the way to the convention floor in her latex and faux-fur Black Cat costume, including from a few uncultured clods who confused her with Catwoman. I got a lot of, I could be your Spider-Man, she said as she was flocked by admirers Saturday. You feel like youre the character, its a great feeling. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News Yaya Han dressed as Madam Hydra. RELATED: HYUNDAI BRINGS THE ULTIMATE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL MACHINE TO COMIC CON Pratt Institute student Molly Glover, a huge Game of Thrones fan, recruited seven friends from school to form a human Iron Throne from the HBO fantasy series. The 20-year-old budding costume designer started in August and made the costume out of fabric and spray-painted pool noodles. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News 25-year-old Sarah Nielsen dressed as Black Widow. I wanted to find people who were willing to contribute and all of my friends graciously accepted, said Glover. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News Stacey Weiland dressed as Mad Moxie from the video game Borderlands. Even Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynn was impressed, and took time to sit on the throne between signing autographs. This event was surreal as it was, but sitting on a load of fans isnt what I expected to happen, the British actor told the News, but New York is full of surprises. Bryan Pace for New York Daily News 25-year-old Jennifer Hashimoto dressed as Cat Women. At the ripe old age of 3, aspiring Wonder Woman Tesla Muchado is already a three-year veteran of New York Comic Con and was excited to pose for a photo with an adult, Helene Waldermarson, 26, dressed as her favorite superhero.

But more notably, the festival’s main slate features performances from a slew of top Hollywood talent, from Robert Redford to Tom Hanks and Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. Hanks may be looking at a third Oscar for his turn on “Captain Phillips,” a taut thriller from “United 93? and “The Bourne Ultimatum” director Paul Greengrass. Hanks breathes raw emotion into the true life story of Richard Phillips, who was kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2010. The claustrophobic, white-knuckle actioner balances raw performances from a trio of non-actors as the desperate pirates who take Phillips hostage on a lifeboat after a botched hijacking aboard Phillips’ cargo ship. Hanks again delivers a brutal, and in the case of the last 10 minutes, emotionally naked performance that may be his best since 2000’s “Cast Away.” Tom Hanks, Captain of the “Filmmaking Racket”. Watch video here. For intellectual and sometimes pseudo-intellectual indie fare, the NYFF never disappoints, and this year features some of the bigger smaller names. A crop of Oscar darlings and hotly-anticipated smaller films are making their U.S. debuts in New York. Video artist turned big screen director Steve McQueen is back at the fest with his third feature, “12 Years a Slave,” which generated near-deafening Oscar buzz at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, and in New York alike. Alexander Payne (“The Descendants,” “Sideways”) returns too, with a fresh take on Midwestern malaise with “Nebraska.” Oscar-heavyweights the Coen Brothers’ offered their year-end delight, the 1960s New York-set “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The film takes a melancholy woeful look at the folk scene in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and is already generating buzz as an Oscar favorite. Ben Stiller has also returned to the director’s chair with “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” an uneven but visually dazzling interpretation of the 1939 short story by James Thurber. And Mr.

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“They’ll talk a lot about the number of jobs created, but in the film and television industry, a lot of these jobs are temporary,” said Joseph Henchman, a policy analyst at the Tax Foundation, a conservative group based in Washington D.C.Records obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau through a Freedom of Information request showed that some of the tax breaks go to shows and movies tied to New York City. They included Sex and the City 2, HBO’s Bored to Death based in Brooklyn and Saturday Night Live. State officials were knocked earlier this year for essentially carving out a new tax credit to lure the The Tonight Show back to New York. And how much each show receives in taxpayer money has been kept secret by the state. New York officials point to the program’s success: 400 projects have filmed or applied the state’s tax credits since Cuomo took office in 2011. A decade ago, New York only had 14 productions. The state gives a 30 percent tax credit to productions for many expenses, up from 10 percent in 2004. In May, the largest production in the state’s history, Spiderman 2, was filmed in Rochester. “We’ve created thousands of new jobs and generated billions of dollars in economic activity through the thriving film and television industries,” Cuomo said in a statement Sept. 23 after 16 New York-based productions received Emmys. The state boasts that the 133 projects that applied for the breaks in 2012 are expected to create 126,150 jobs and $2.2 billion in new spending. The productions have largely been in based in New York City, but there have been a growing number of projects through the Hudson Valley and into upstate cities, including Albany, Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo. The effort to set up studios outside New York City comes as the state this year boosted incentives to have productions in 40 upstate counties. They receive an extra 10 percent credit on most labor costs if they produce upstate. Film companies said the added credits, plus lower costs upstate, has lured productions outside the city.