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Celebrities Announced for Star-Studded Sunscreen Film Festival

Robert Davi (Die Hard, Goonies) to be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Joe Pantoliano will be presented with the Legacy Award. 2016's recipients were Paul Sorvino and Gary Busey.         Joe Pantoliano (Sopranos, Matrix)   ...

The Greenwich International Film Festival To Honor Renée Zellweger and Christy Turlington

  The Greenwich International Film Festival today announced the honorees for the 3rd annual Changemaker Gala, which will take place on Thursday, June 1, 2017.  The Changemaker Awards honor artists who have used their public platform and the power of film to further positive social change.  This year, Renée Zellweger and Christy Turlington Burns, will be honored for their humanitarian work with ALS and Every Mother Counts, respectively. Past honorees include Freida ...

A Conversation with Barry Levinson at Ivy Film Festival

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2017 Ivy Film Festival and The Creative Coalition present A Conversation with Barry Levinson Tonight, the Ivy Film Festival is proud to present a conversation with Barry Levinson, the Academy Award-winning director and Emmy Award-winning writer; moderated by Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition, the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan, advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. This keynote will highlight Levinson's personal insights on turning a passion for film into a...

Sandrine Kiberlain, to preside the Caméra d'or!

Sandrine Kiberlain © Neilson Barnard / Getty Images The Festival de Cannes – now in its 70th season (17-28 May) – is delighted to announce that Sandrine Kiberlain will preside the Jury for this year’s Caméra d’or! Accompanied by her jury of industry professionals, the French actress will award a prize to a director’s first work from the Official Selection, the Directors’ Fortnight or the Semaine de la Critique. In ...

Michael Douglas Got Booted & Suited Up for TCM 2017, Like You Were There

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent While he has nothing on the elder Douglas, Golden Era Legend Kirk Douglas at almost 101 years old, TCM celebrated the life and career of Hollywood youngster Michael Douglas during a taping of "Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival" on April 8 at the famous Montalban Theatre during the eighth annual festival. Host Ben Mankiewicz said beforehand, “Michael Douglas has been part of our collective Hollywood consciousness his enti...

Aamir, Nasir, Tahir, Tariq, Mansoor, Amjad: Movies, Masti, Modernity, Flashback 9

Aamir, Nasir, Tahir, Tariq, Mansoor, Amjad: Movies, Masti, Modernity, Flashback 9 To remind you, Aamir is indeed Aamir Khan, Amjad is definitely Gabbar Singh, and the triple M above is to acknowledge that it was Akshay Manwani’s biographical book on the cinema of Nasir Hussain that got me delving into the period of about 15 years, when I interacted with the Hussain Khans (first five) and the bare Khan (last, but the most imposing personality). Actually, Mansoor did not use his middle na...

JimG, my former boss at Fox joins Paramount

CONGRATULATIONS JIM GIANOPULOS     JIM GIANOPULOS, LAGFF'S HONORARY AWARD RECIPIENT AT LAST YEAR'S ORPHEUS AWARDS   Viacom has announced that Jim Gianopulos has been appointed the new Chairman and CEO of its Paramount Pictures, effective April 3, 2017.  30 years ago or so Jimm Gianopoulos hired me to run UGC FOX Distribution, The joint Venture between french major and 20th Century Fox. I was offere the exciting challenge to build and run the new com...

Who’s Your MUMMY: Tom Cruise & Russell Crowe Bring Mummy Back

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Oh, admit it, the team of OG Box Office Ballers Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe in Universal’s new take on THE MUMMY slated for June 9 has definite possibilities, even if Russell Crowe is a wry scale-tipper these days, mostly divining water in indie films. Plus it’s an IMAX® hair-raiser. Tom Cruise, or TC to friends, is such a hot-button actor for his off-screen activities that it’s almost like a Kevin Bacon game of interconn...

Aamir, Nasir, Tahir, Tariq, Mansoor, Amjad: Movies, Masti, Modernity, Flashback 8

Aamir, Nasir, Tahir, Tariq, Mansoor, Amjad: Movies, Masti, Modernity, Flashback 8 To remind you, Aamir is indeed Aamir Khan, Amjad is definitely Gabbar Singh, and the triple M above is to acknowledge that it was Akshay Manwani’s biographical book on the cinema of Nasir Hussain that got me delving into the period of about 15 years, when I interacted with the Hussain Khans (first five) and the bare Khan (last, but the most imposing personality). Actually, Mansoor did not use his middle na...

FEFF Campus 2017 Welcome to the Future, meet the 10 new candidates

  participants from the 2016 edition of FEFF Campus. Successful Candidates Announced: 10 young writers from Europe and Asia to gather for 19th edition of FEFF!      UDINE – Education. Inspiration. Two words that might act as a mission statement for the Far East Film Festival over the 19 years of its existence. They are also the best words to describe the motivation behind the FEFF Campus, which this year returns for its third edition and will welcome 10 aspi...

The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival Announces Jury Members for Three Film Competitions

Berlinale Award-winning Director Agnieszka HOLLAND to Head Young Cinema Jury      The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival announced the international jury member lineup for its Firebird Awards in three competition sections: Young Cinema, Documentary and Short Film. The results will be announced in the Awards Gala Night, to be held on 23 April at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The Young Cinema Competition jury will be led by distinguished...

The 56th edition of La Semaine de la Critique selected Kleber Mendonça Filho to be the President of the jury

The 56th edition of La Semaine de la Critique celebrates Brazilian cinema by inviting one of the most talented directors of today, Kleber Mendonça Filho, to be the President of the jury. As a parallel section dedicated to revealing emerging talents, La Semaine de la Critique is happy to welcome the frontrunner of the new generation of Brazilian filmmakers arising on the international scene.   After his sumptuous debut, Neighboring Sounds, Kleber Mendon&cced...

Monica Bellucci selected as Mistress of Ceremonies in Cannes 2017

    Monica Bellucci © Tiziana Fabi / AFP     On the invitation of the Festival de Cannes, the Italian actress Monica Bellucci has agreed to play the role of Mistress of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 70th Festival de Cannes to be held from 17 to 28 May 2017, under the presidency of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.   Monica Bellucci's friendship with the Festival de Cannes goes back a long way: in 2000, she walked up the st...

Cristian Mungiu will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury

Cristian Mungiu, President of the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury © Dan Beleiu   For the 70th Festival de Cannes (17-28 May), Cristian Mungiu will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, having been a member of Steven Spielberg’s jury in 2013. The director, screenwriter and producer follows in the footsteps of Naomi Kawase, Abderrahmane Sissako, Abbas Kiarostami and Jane Campion.   As an eminent representative of the Romanian...

Shah Rukh Khan, the "King of Bollywood" to receive a Special Tribute at 60th San Francisco International Film Festival

  In-Depth Conversation between Shah Rukh Khan and Brett Ratner Will Precede a Screening of My Name Is Khan at the Castro Theatre April 14   SFFILM announced today that global superstar Shah ...

LIFE is Already Scary, Now It’s a Scarier Reynolds & Gyllenhaal Movie, Thanks

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Corresponden   t   What is it with ‘ripped from the alt-news headlines’ movie plots lately? KONG: SKULL ISLAND has a hollow earth slash reptilian b-story, even a CIA mind control “Monarch” reference on a briefcase. Now LIFE, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal, has a waterborne microbe from Mars mass-extinction horror twist. While scary stories about hostile life on Mars is a running theme since B-movies in the 50&r...

International latino special guests at IFF Panama

MAITE ALBERDI FROM CHILE, ONDI TIMONER FROM USA, JIMENA FRANCO AND JÜRGEN UREÑA FROM COSTA RICA, ROBER CALZADILLA FROM VENEZUELA, VERÓNICA PERROTTA FROM URUGUAY, AND ÁNGELES CRUZ AND LUCÍA CARRERAS FROM MEXICO AMONG THE SPECIAL GUESTS FOR THE SIXTH EDITIO   Maite Alberdi   Maite Alberdi returns to the International Film Festival of Panama Among the list of directors that will pa...

Volker Schlöndorff made honorary member of the International Art Cinemas Association

  Film director Volker Schlöndorff receives an honorary membership from the International Art Cinemas Association at Berlinale 2017       Berlin-based German filmmaker who has worked in Germany, France and the United States. He was a prominent member of the New German Cinema of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which also included Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Margarethe von Trotta and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.      ...

NYFF54 The Lost City of Z Press Conference Photos

By Maria Esteves The 54th New York Film Festival 2016 (NYFF54) Closing Night Premiere Press Conference of THE LOST CITY OF Z, with director James Gray; cast members , Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, and Angus Macfadyen moderated by festival director Kent Jones, NYFF, was held at the Walter Reade Theater, NYC, Saturday, October 15, 2016.   Questions posed to director Gray and cast members by moderator Jones and members of the press included: When did you read this materi...

We Interrupt Our Movie Coverage for Wikileaks “Zero Year” & Recall Gibney’s ZERO DAYS

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent "Hello World,” is usually a newbie’s first line of code in programming, but as of Wikileaks Vault 7 data dump about CIA covert hacking on Mar. 7, followed by Julian Assange’s “Press Conference” on Mar. 9, the whole world is actually reeling, as in the wake-up call: Hello World! But fear not, leave it to the much-maligned Entertainment Journalists to tread where no investigative reporter dare to go. Later on, ...

John Berger Tribute @ 19th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

19th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 3-12 March, 2017       “We only see what we look at. To look is an act of choice” John Berger   The 19th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival hosts a special tribute that honors the iconic late British art critic, author and painter John Berger (1926-2017), a highly influential, multifaceted intellectual whose legacy will be cherished.   The tribute presents two documentary films: The Seasons in Quincy: Fo...

Carte Blanche to Dimitri Eipides to select 10 documentaries

    Renowned Greek festival programmer Dimitri Eipides, the man who established the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in 1999 and directed it ever since until 2016, is given a carte blanche at the 19th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival to select 10 documentaries that will be screened in this year's event.   The festival thus honours a special person that has been devoted to cinema for many decades; “a godfather of interesting cinema”, as the director Jim Jarm...

Martin Scorsese - The Exhibition this summer at EYE Filmmuseum 25 May – 3 September 2017

Major exhibition on Martin Scorsese illuminates his work, life and passion for cinema       Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976, Columbia Pictures)    After Berlin,...
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