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"Wish I Was Here": Zach Braff's Hothouse State

Wish I Was Here is Zach Braff's first movie since he came out with Garden State a decade ago. You might say the actor-turned-director-writer-producer has grown sentimental in his late 30s. With his new effort, Braff has been guileless -- or manipulative -- enough to wear his heart on his sleeve. He aligns himself with a branch of family comedy that admits bodily functions and ethnic flourishes as grist for laughs, yet readily veers into pathos.  Part sitcom, part indie drama...

GET ON UP? James Brown & Sir Mick Jagger, A Likely Pair for a Movie

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What do Sir Mick Jagger and the late-great Mr. James Brown have in common? They both have Soul Power, and they are Super-Bad, and after the Aug. 1, 2014 release of the soul singer’s biographical film GET ON UP, quite a lot more. Firstly that the estate of James Brown approached Sir Mick to do the biopic, and second, as the lore goes, a fumbling 20-year-old Jagger once met the Man’s World singer and muffed it, an “awkward moment...

Austin International SHORT Film Festival | FINAL Call For Entries July 23

Austin International SHORT Film Festival FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES FINAL DEADLINE: Friday, July 23, 2014 Austin stands as one of the great cities for filmmakers and independent movie making in the U.S. Adding to this reputation, Austin can now boast a premiere international short film festival. The Austin Short Film Fest will showcase the best short films and its filmmakers from around the world September 10 - 11, 2014 at the The Moviehouse and Eatery complex in Austin, Texas. Submit online www...

PLANES: Fire and Rescue, Review

PLANES: Fire and Rescue/PLANES2 Dozens of talking, humanoid, attractive planes+hundreds of talking, humanoid vehicles of all cute shapes and sizes+lush landscapes+recurrent forest fires+zero human beings. That is the cast and locale of PLANES: Fire and Rescue, a Disneytoon production, directed by Bobs Gannaway, sequel to the 2013 PLANES, directed by Klay Hall. It is a 3D animated comedy, with morals galore and a handicapped hero who comes of age in the climax. You might recall the earlier ou...

Winners of the 2014 Edition "Europe around Europe"

  AWARDS OF THE 9th EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL    At the closing ceremony of the 9th edition of the festival of European arthouse films "Europe around Europe" at the cinema L’Entrepôt in Paris, April 13, 2014, the Jury including Krzysztof Zanussi, director and producer - President of the Jury Pierre-Henri Deleau, founder and director of festivals (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs)  Giacomo Battiato, director...

L Europe autour de l' Europe Festival calling for entry for 2015

  Film submission deadline: December 15, 2014   Subscription fee : free   Participation rules: 1) Production: 47 countries of the Council of Europe 2) Screening formats : 35mm, 16mm, DCP, Quicktime, BluRay, Beta SP, Digibeta, DVD 3) Screeners : DVD, BluRay or link with French or English subtitles   Address : Evropa Film Akt / Festival L’Europe autour de l’Europe 22 rue Deparcieux 75014 Paris, France   E-mail :

Alain Resnais’ last film, Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley), will close the 38th Montreal World Film Festival

Alain Resnais’ last film, Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley), will receive its North American premiere to close the 38th Montreal World Film Festival on September 1, it was announced by Festival president Serge Losique and director-general Danièle Cauchard. Resnais began his career in the late 1950s and consolidated his early reputation with Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and Muriel (1963), all of wh...

Salaud, on t'aime, (We Love You, You Bastard) by Lelouch will open the 38th edition of Montreal

  Salaud, on t’aime, (We Love You, You Bastard) the latest film by celebrated French director Claude Lelouch, will open the 38th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival on August 21, it was announced by the MWFF’s president Serge Losique and director-general Danièle Cauchard. “I am faithful to this great festival and I am very happy to return to Montreal to show Salaud, on t’aime,” declared Lelouch. “The Montreal World Film Fest...

French composer Francis Lai receives World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at Film Fest Gent

  Following the 41st Film Fest Gent’s focus on France, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to French composer Francis Lai at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards. Francis Lai (born in 1932 in Nice) became world famous with A man and a woman (1966) his first score for a film by Claude Lelouch, for whom he would compose over thirty scores the next four decades. The Oscar winning film A man and a woman launched the career of Lelouch and made Lai a celebrated French f...

10 short films compete for Best of British Award

Pinewood Studios Group confirm prize worth £14,000 for new LGBT short film award Jury of 5 to be chaired by Judith Noble from Arts University Bournemouth English football fans in the 90’s, passion and desire between two women in a sleepy English coastal village and a new member of staff in a Scottish call centre for the deaf who gets embroiled in a lovers tiff are just some of the stories tackled by the finalists for a new LGBT short film award.   Organisers of the Iris Priz...