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American Sniping: Backlash Against Celebrity Takes A Left Turn, From Bergman to Sony to Eastwood

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent There have been backlashes against celebrity before, from Ingrid Bergman and Rita Hayworth being pilloried in Congress in 1949-1950, for Roberto Rossellini and Aly Khan, respectively, to Liz Taylor getting a media shellacking for her multiples in marriage. But these fits of pique have usually come from outside Hollywood. That all changed this past November, when the backlash against celebrity was revealed to come from inside the dream factory, s...

30th Annual Artios Awards Ceremony spotlight

The Casting Society of America (CSA) 30th annual Artios Awards took place on January 22nd, 2015, for outstanding achievement in casting. CSA "turned 30 on two coasts which means next year she’ll be uncastable", humored Michael Urie, New York host at the 42West—formerly XL Nightclub. On the West Coast, the ceremony honoring film, television, and theater’s most notable casting directors in Los Angeles, was hosted by Patton Oswalt. Michael Urie NYC Host Billy Magn...

Oscar Nomination for Wim Wenders the EFA President

The German director Wim Wenders has been nominated for an Oscar® in the category of Best Documentary Feature. Other nominations went to the German co-productions CITIZENFOUR by Laura Poitras (DE/US, Praxis Films) and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL by Wes Anderson (GB/DE, Neunzehnte Babelsberg Film). The composer Hans Zimmer has been nominated in the category of Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) for INTERSTELLAR. This was announced by the Academy of Motion Pictu...

The Stockholm International Film Festival will introduce a documentary film award in 2015.

In the documentary section Stockholm Documentary Competition, the winner will receive a Bronze horse the festivals price. The Stockholm Film Festival Bronze horse is awarded in the following sections: Best Film Best Documentary Stockholm Visionary Award Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award Stockholm Achievement Award Since the start in 1990 the Stockholm Film Festival has brought a huge number of unforgettable docs such as: Salaam Cinema by Mohsen Makhmalbaf...

The 19th Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival is coming March 12-22, 2015.

 The Connecticut/New England angles are many: Kara Sundlun's WWII profile of her fighter pilot father, the late Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun; CT Premiere of THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER in her hometown of Hartford with a live performance by Colleen Welsh, The Hartt School's NEW Sophie Tucker; Theodore Bikel's new doc; Nancy (sister of Steven) Spielberg coming to premiere her new film on the Israeli Air Force and a partnership with Hartford Stage and Darko Tresnjak! Plus, ...

Meet the Cine Las Vegas Staff

  Jean Anne Lauer - Film Festival Director Jean joined the staff at Cine Las Americas in preparation for the 2009 festival, bringing with her a dedication to the development and promotion of independent and international film. She enjoys working with a talented and diverse team at Cine, to curate and present selections of Latin@, American Indigenous, and Ibero-American film and media, during the annual festival and other events throughout the year. ...

Cellar Door Film Festival Offers More Options for Filmmakers

Ottawa's Cellar Door Film Festival is listening to filmmakers. We've heard your advice and considered your ideas, so now we've opened more methods for submission to accommodate the needs of diverse filmmakers. In addition to accepting submissions the old-fashioned way by mail (we accept both DVDs and Blu-rays), we've expanded our range of options for online submission.   CDFF now boasts partnerships with the online platforms Festhome, Film Freeway, Withoutabox, Click for...

Best Ten of 2014 by Alex Deleon

  In reverse chronological order   NOTE: Not all of the films listed here were necessarily of the Calendar year 2014 but qualifify if this was the first time seen or were singularly impressive one way or another, even upon a second viewing. 1. "RIHAN. Un Pari Pimenté" --  ( A peppery bet) -- LAFF riot with class.  Sophisticated Moroccan Screwball Comedy viewed at Marrakech Film Festival in December.  Popular actress and style icon Asmaa Khamlichi a...

60 Seconds or Less...and now more!

We're introducing a new category! We thought it seemed clear that we only accepted entries that were 60 seconds or less...but last year some of you insisted on entering longer entries...and they were great! So we're adding a new category, Short Films, for entries that are longer than 60 seconds, but under 26 minutes. And of course we'll continue to showcase great works that are 60 seconds or less!! Enter now:  ...

A look back at the Festival circuit this week. Newsletter 671 -

This weekly newsletter reaches 182 000  subscribers.                       Read this online I Promote Film to Festivals I Promote Festivals to Filmmakers I Email us I Advertize in our Newsletters and eBlasts I was established in 1995, over the years we became the premier link between film and festivals with 6....