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Leslie Zemeckis: On Making Emojis From Her Film, Plus A Lady & A Tiger

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It’s fitting that Leslie Zemeckis is in Italy when we decide to do an interview, because the word burlesque is derived from Italian roots in “burla,” meaning mockery, to poke fun yet shine a spotlight on sexuality. Actor, writer, documentarian Zemeckis has just come out with a line of burlesque emojis inspired by a project she did on Lili St Cyr, among other performers, but the line from her Showtime documentary BEHIND THE BUR...

Actor Martin Landau dies

Martin Landau  (June 20, 1928 – July 15, 2017) was an American film and television actor. His career began in the 1950s, with early film appearances including a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). He played regular roles in the television series Mission: Impossible (for which he received several Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award) and Space: 1999.   Landau received the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – ...

Locarno Talks la Mobiliare: the visionary power of words

        Locarno Talks     What happens when people try to shape the future? This is the underlying question for the concept behind Locarno Talks, a new platform for discussion and exchange set up by the Locarno Festival together with its Main partner la Mobiliare and featuring guests from the world of politics, economics and the arts. For the first run of the event, which will be held from 6 thr...

Pardo d’onore Manor for Jean-Marie Straub

Pardo d’onore Manor for Jean-Marie Straub  Born in France in 1933, with a career that stretches back over sixty years and that plowed a distinct furrow across the field of 20th century cinema. The Pardo d’onore Manor of the 70th Locarno Festival will be given to Jean Marie Straub on August the 11th 2017. Benchmark auteur for generations of moviegoers and directors, Straub spent much of his lifetime with his partner in art and life, Danièle Huillet (1936 – 2006) ...

RIP George A. Romero, father of the zombie apocalypse

"It is with great sadness that Famous Monsters acknowledges the death of a horror great: George A. Romero, father of the zombie apocalypse, visionary filmmaker and master of social commentary. The NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD writer and director was 77 and, according to reports, passed away after a brief battle with lung cancer. Romero’s influence on the pop culture world is nearly incalculable. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD, and DAY OF THE DEAD are unique and unch...

Rob Stewart's motivations for Revolution

MAKE A DONATION IN MEMORY OF ROB STEWART Rob Stewart accomplished so much in his life, but there’s still more to do. To honour Rob’s memory, the Stewart family is collecting donations through WWF-Canada in order to continue his conservation work. You can help by visiting wwf.ca/robstewartfund and WWF-Canada will hold the proceeds in a fund to help carry on Rob’s legacy. A tax receipt will be issued. Make A Donation   ...

DARKEST HOUR Has Gary Oldman as Churchill Looking Like an Awards Contender

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Nothing like a rousing World War II “never surrender” movie to lift the spirits from current political events; thus comes DARKEST HOUR, set for release from Focus Features on Nov. 22, the day US President John F. Kennedy was shot, not a coincidence one guesses. “You can’t reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth,” bellows Gary Oldman as a very convincing and Oscar buzzy Winston Churchill. And he is backed u...

Amy Landecker will join Jim Parsons and Claire Danes in the drama A Kid Like Jake

AMY LANDECKER JOINS JIM PARSONS and CLAIRE DANES IN A KID LIKE JAKE That’s Wonderful Productions announced today that Amy Landecker will join Jim Parsons and Claire Danes in the drama A Kid Like Jake.  Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra and Ann Dowd co-star.  Based on Daniel Pearle’s celebrated Lincoln Center play, A Kid Like Jake was adapted for the big screen by Daniel Pearle and is being directed by Silas Howard, an award-winning feature film, documentary, music...

Adrien Brody to receive 2017 Leopard Club Award

  The 70th Locarno Festival will pay tribute to Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody. The American star will receive the 2017 Leopard Club Award in Piazza Grande on 4 August.   In bestowing the Leopard Club Award on Adrien Brody, the Locarno Festival will recognize one of the most brilliant figures in American film, an Academy Award winner at the age of only 29. Brody gained a lasting place in the collective imagi...

Olivier Assayas, Yousry Nasrallah and Sabine Azéma will be the jury presidents at the 70th Locarno Festival.

Assayas, Nasrallah, Azéma       The President of the International Competition jury will be French film critic, screenwriter and director Olivier Assayas, who already made his mark at the Festival in 2014 with the acclaimed Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche. Being one of the most highly regarded contemporary filmmakers, Assayas has made several full-length features, ranging across a variety of subjects, places and genres. As an auteur for whom fo...

Malcolm McDowell of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE at Famous Monsters Halloween Bash! 

  Legendary British actor Malcolm McDowell has been announced for the Famous Monsters Halloween Bash! Perhaps most well known for his starring roles in the super-edgy films A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and CALIGULA, McDowell began acting in 1964 and to date has credits in over 250 films. He appeared alongside fellow guests Richard Brake and Jeff Daniel Phillips in Rob Zombie’s 31, as well as both of Zombie’s HALLOWEEN films.  ...

Grossmann Jury announced

Juries   VICIOUS CAT KRISTIJAN MILIĆ Director from Zagreb, Croatia. In 2008 his debut feature The Living and the Dead won the Vicious Cat award, while his second film opened the 11th edition of Grossmann in 2015. At our past editions we have also screened his short films, and he has also directed some of the episodes for the first season of acclaimed TV crime series Rest in Peace. His new feature Dead Fish will have its p...

Ken Loach and Małgorzata Szumowska Act As Patrons of young filmmakers recruitment at EFA

At the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival the European Film Academy (EFA) has launched a campaign to invite young filmmakers to become voting members of the EFA. „We want to encourage our young colleagues to actively take part in our Academy community and activities. We need their inspiration and expertise to bring the Academy into the next decade,“ says Agnieszka Holland, Chairwoman of the EFA Board. „The future is theirs and they are the future – only t...

Fantasia Film Festival 2017 Jury Members

CHEVAL NOIR JURY Jury President Richard Stanley Richard Stanley is a filmmaker, trained anthropologist, ordained priest and lifelong student of the dark arts. As a writer and freelance journalist he has documented conflicts in South Africa, Rwanda, Haiti and Afghanistan, where in the late ’80s he saw action as a mujahedeen, fighting a partisan action against the Russian army. As a film director, his work includes the cyberpunk cult classic HARDWARE (1990), D...

Erwin Provoost named next CEO of Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

Erwin Provoost is to become the next CEO of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), it was announced today by the organisation's Board. Provoost will succeed Pierre Drouot, who was appointed CEO in 2005. "With his many years of experience in the audiovisual field, Erwin Provoost is the ideal person to succeed Pierre Drouot as VAF's new CEO", says Jeroen Depraetere, Chairman of the VAF Board. "Besides his engaging personality, Erwin also possesses all the qualities...

44th Telluride Film Festival Announces Guest Director Joshua Oppenheimer

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Telluride Film Festival, presented by National Film Preserve LTD., is proud to announce its 2017 Guest Director, Joshua Oppenheimer. The award-winning documentarian is set to select a series of films to present at the 44th Telluride Film Festival running over Labor Day Weekend, September 1-4, 2017.   Festival organizers annually select one of the world’s great film enthusiasts to join them in the creation of the Festival’s program lineup. The Guest Director serves as a key col...

Introduction to my Filmfestivals.com Book

BOOK INTRO to -- "Filmfestivals.com ~ Adventures in the Film Festival Trade by Alex Deleon (Herman Pevner)    Preface (Forward) "Everybody has heard of glamorous film festivals such as Cannes and Venice but not many people have actually been to one. This anecdotal survey of film festivals around the world which the author has attended over the years, major and minor, should help give readers some insight into what these events are all about, and, for dedicated fill ...

Bela Lugosi Jr is coming to Famous Monsters Halloween Bash!

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Bruno Chatelin with Jury President REZA MIRKARIMI Fajir Fest director

Bruno Chatelin with REZA MIRKARIMI  Jury President (director, producer Iran) Reza photographed in Tehran with his colleague who runs the market Born January 28 1966 in Tehran, it was there that he studied Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts University. His directing debut was in 1987 with a short film called For Him, followed by two TV shows for young adults. His first feature film, The Child and The Soldier (1999), has won several national and international awards. In 2001 his se...

Festival President NIKITA MIKHALKOV at work

NIKITA MIKHALKOV is a Russian filmmaker, actor, and head of the Russian Cinematographers' Union. Mikhalkov was born in Moscow into the distinguished, artistic Mikhalkov family. His great grandfather was the imperial governor of Yaroslavl, whose mother was a princess of the House of Golitsyn. Nikita's father, Sergei Mikhalkov, was best known as writer of children's literature, although he also wrote lyrics to his country's national anthem...

Men Running in Hollywood Movies & Who Tops A-List of Screen Sprinters?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent You could say it’s a sweaty little secret, but in ninety-nine percent of all enduring Hollywood blockbuster smash hits, inevitably some man will break into a sprint to save his life. Consider Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow as a running man, from himself and various Admirals, Captains, Dead Men, and “natives.” Recall the beach scene in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise where he breaks full tilt chased by cannibals, who us...

Best Spider-Man Ever, Wow, Tom Holland Looks Like It, Seriously

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent We could run down the Marvel list of past Spider-Men: impish Tobey Maguire, troubled Andrew Garfield, and they were great. But why bother, Spidey fans, because Tom Holland owns the new web-slinger entry SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, which opens July 7. (Hey, is that Jon Favreau in the background photo above? Yes.) Owns it along with his co-starts, that is. Those being Robert Downey, Jr.,  back as his Iron Man/Tony Stark mentor; Michael Keaton as...

Main Competition jury of the 39th edition of Moscow Festival

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Reza Mirkarimi: «I'm sure that our jury will work in a coordinated and professional way»    On June 23, 2017, the press conference of the main competition jury of the 39th Moscow International Film Festival took place. At the press conference, were Iranian director and producer Reza Mirkarimi, Italian actress Ornella Muti, Finnish director and producer Jorn Johan Donner, Catalonian director and scriptwriter Albert Serra, Russian scriptwriter, director, ...

MIFF President Nikita Mikhalkov's presents the festival

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    On June 22, 2017, ahead of the 39th Moscow International Film Festival's opening ceremony, the showcase president, director, the head of Russia's Filmmakers' Union, Nikita Mikhalkov has held his traditional press briefing.    Mikhalkov told journalists that 246 films will be shown at MIFF this year, compared to the last year's 175. The opening film will be the Indian movie 'Bahubali 2: The Conclusion'. The festiv...

Get Ready To Be Entranced: Sofia Coppola’s THE BEGUILED Grips

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent There was a time when Sofia Coppola could be at an awards show and overlooked as a famous daughter; not anymore, not for years now since LOST IN TRANSLATION. But in her new film, THE BEGUILED, which is a retool of a 1971 Clint Eastwood starrer, she really comes of age as a visionary writer/director. Even in what is considered a remake of a movie based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, it has a distinctive feel that's all hers. The film opens J...
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