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Why We Will Always Love Philip Seymour Hoffman, Despite Love Liza

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Movie star deaths have a history of press problems, Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014) was found on Superbowl Sunday dead in Manhattan; Groucho Marx's death on Aug. 16, 1977 was overshadowed by Elvis Presley's death a mere three days later on Aug. 19, 1977. Farrah Fawcett died June 25, 2009, in Santa Monica, the same day as Michael Jackson, June 25, 2009, in Los Angeles. Legendary actor Maximiliam Schell (1930-2014) died on...

Philip Seymour Dead in his New York City Apartment After Apparent Drug Overdose

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      Philp Seymour Hoffmann has been found dead with a hypodermic needle in his arm. New York City law enforcement officials said that the actor was found dead at his apartment Sunday afternoon. Watch clips from some of the films Seymour Hoffman has starred in, including "The Master," "Salinger," and "Pirate Radio." Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won an Oscar for the film Capote, has been found dead in his...

Alexander Payne announced for Directors Close-Up 2014 Speakers at FilmIndependent

The latest speakers for Directors Close-Up 2014 have been announced Series begins February 11 Leading independent directors will be on-hand for this intimate five-week series on the creative process and craft of filmmaking. Join us for an insightful look at the collaboration behind the scenes of some of the year's finest films. Passes are now available. February 11 - Alfonso Cuarón: The Force Behind Gravity Whether embarking upon a journey through Mexican back roads in Y...

The 14th Annual Golden Trailer Award's Jury

◊ Bill Block, Founder/CEO QED International, District 9, Elysium, Ten, Fury ◊ Isabel Coixet, Director/Writer, My Life Without You, The Secret Life of Words; Paris, Je T'aime; Elegy, Map of the Sounds of Tokyo, Ayer no termina nunca ◊ Daniel Diamond, President, Diamond Pictures ◊ Andrew Dunn, Director of Photography, Precious, Extraordinary Measures, Life as We Know It; Crazy, Stupid, Love;The Perks of Being a Wallflower ...

Tristan Weisgal has joined Bleiberg Entertainment as Vice President of International Sales & Development

Ahead of the upcoming European Film Market, Tristan Weisgal has joined sales and production company Bleiberg Entertainment as Vice President of International Sales & Development. Weisgal was previously at Cargo Entertainment, where he assisted the founders in acquiring films and selling foreign distribution rights. He was consulting at this past AFM—following a departure from Cargo—and was quickly approached by Bleiberg. His new post will include spearheading sales, assisti...

Berlinale Camera 2014 to Honour Karl Baumgartner

Since 1986, the Berlin International Film Festival has presented the Berlinale Camera to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted and wishes to express its thanks.   At the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, producer and distributor Karl “Baumi” Baumgartner will be awarded the Berlinale Camera.   Karl Baumgartner is one of Germany’s leading producers and independent distributors. In his capacity as producer, he has brought...

Pedro Almodóvar wins a FEROZ® for his teaser of 'I´m So Excited'

   Academy Award winner, Pedro Almodóvar, received a FEROZ® Award for the teaser of his latest movie I´m So Excited!. The FEROZ® Awards were handed out early this week in Madrid. Created by the Asociación de Informadores Cinematográficos de España (AICE), FEROZ® Awards was a huge success reuniting press and movie stars on its first edition. Although some favorites won, not surprises for ‘Three Many Wedding’ winning best comed...

Goldcrest Post (Goldcrest) appoints Patrick Malone Managing Director

PATRICK MALONE JOINS GOLDCREST POST. CHRIS QUESTED PROMOTED TO CEO.   Goldcrest Post (Goldcrest) has signalled its intention to enter the globally renowned UK Picture Post arena with the appointment of Patrick Malone as Managing Director. The announcement was made today by Chris Quested, who will now serve as CEO of Goldcrest Post.   Based in London, Patrick will oversee the accelerated growth of the company’s Digital Intermediate (D.I.) department in addition to strengthe...

TIFF - Cameron Bailey tells Filmmakers and Studios: Stay away from Telluride!

The huge fall festival institutes a new policy, restricting its prime first-weekend slots to movies that haven’t played another North American festival The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has decided that it’s time to force filmmakers and studios to make a choice: If you want a prime slot at our fest, stay away from Telluride. After finding that its highest profile films were increasingly screening at the Telluride Film Festival a few days before coming to Toront...

Centenary celebration of Norman McLaren: the man, his art, his legacy across the UK

The CMI, in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, and with partners across the UK, is delighted to announce the centenary celebration of Norman McLaren: the man, his art, his legacy     McLaren 2014: Across the UK, April – August 2014   CMI-Graeme Davies from McLaren 2014 on Vimeo. 2014 marks the centenary of world-renowned Scottish filmmaker, artist, musician, and award-winning animator, Norman McLaren.  The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI...

Edgar Reitz at L’immagine e la parola for locarno 2014

    Director Edgar Reitz, who has so brilliantly explored German history in his saga Heimat, will be the guest of honour at the second edition of L’immagine e la parola (12-15 April 2014). Following Aleksandr Sokurov, who featured in the first edition, another great master of European cinema will be centre stage at the Festival del film Locarno’s spring spin-off event. Edgar Reitz, a master of New German cinema, and the auteur behind the saga Heimat, in which he...

Jury for the Best First Feature Award at Berlinale

The Berlinale has been even more committed to supporting the next generation of film makers since 2006, when it introduced the Best First Feature Award. The award is endowed with 50,000 Euros, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrecht), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights. The prize money is to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. Additionally, the director will be awarded with a high-quality viewfinde...

Wolf of Wall St. Paid $60K for Jonah Hill & Other Disparities, Plus Tom Hanks' 2 Cents

  by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   In the 1920's, Louise Brooks (Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl) famously took a 50 percent pay cut to work with German director G. W. Pabst, from $1000 a week to $500 a week, and flew to Berlin to make the best movies of the Kansas-born actor's career. In 2014, Jonah Hill cheerfully admits he accepted scale, around $60,000 USD, for a chance to be directed by Martin Scorsese in Wolf of Wall Street, for which he, along...

Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF, was invested into the Order of Ontario

Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF, was invested into the Order of Ontario at a ceremony earlier today. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, invested new appointees to the Order of Ontario — the province's highest official honour. The following citation was read at the ceremony by Chisanga Puta-Chekwe, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration: “Long-time Director and CEO of TIFF, Piers Handling’s contribution to th...

Alan Berliner in Mexico with a Retrospective and a Seminar

In order to bring the Mexican audience his most representative works, as well as to learn from the knowledge and experience of this well-known filmmaker, the International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City (DocsDF), in collaboration with the National Cinematheque and Ambulante, bring together a retrospective and a seminary –imparted by this magnificent director- which will take place from February 14th to 18th at the National Cinematheque. More information:&nbs...

2014 Richard Ray Perez: “Cesar’s Last Fast”

  Filmmaker Richard Ray Perez on his film "Cesar's Last Fast," premiering in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Learn more about the film at: http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13899/cesars_last_fast Video  Meet the Artists  2014 Richard Ray Perez: “Cesar’s Last Fast” 2014 Richard Ray Perez: “Cesar’s Last Fast”   Filmmaker Richard Ray Perez on his fi...

WIF Awards $32k In Grants to Sundance Filmmakers at 8th Annual WIF Sundance Panel

Frances Bodomo, Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo, Cynthia Hill, Eve Ensler & Tony Stroebel Honored at 8th Annual Women In Film Sundance Filmmakers Panel, Presented by Skywalker Sound   On January 19, 2014 Women In Film, Los Angeles (WIF), the leading non-profit organization dedicated to women in the global entertainment industry, awarded four grants worth $32,000 in a combination of cash and in-kind donations at its eighth annual Sundance Filmmakers Panel discussio...

Joe Swanberg Finds Inspiration At Home With His Latest Comedy Happy Christmas

There are prolific filmmakers–Woody Allen famously cranks out a new movie each year–and then there’s Joe Swanberg, who makes everyone else who has ever stepped behind a camera seem like a slacker. Since 2005, the 32-year-old has directed, written and produced 17 films, often starring in them and in some instances serving as his own cinematographer. Once synonymous with the Mumblecore movement, Swanberg continues to evolve with Happy Christmas, a consistently surprising...

Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival Jury

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The 24th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival, presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, will open February 6-16, 2014.  Sponsored by Leichtag Foundation. The San Diego Jewish Film Festival showcases over 60 of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world celebrating life, human rights, and freedom of expression.  On February 10th, a day will be devoted to short films (THE JOYCE FORUM)...

Oscar winner Chris Landreth "Ryan" and Robert Redford - @ Sundance 2014

My friend and spiritual brother Chris Landreth hanging out with one of the truly grounded actors and producers NOT of the Hollywood template - the elegant Robert Redford. Landreth directed one of the powerful animated films ever- RYAN  the most successful film ever to come out of the iconic National Film Board of Canada studios. Based on the remarkable life of Ryan Larkin is subject of my documentary film Ryan's Renaissance.  I had the extraordinary chance to know, l...

Oscars 2014: David O. Russell, "Tired" But This is His Year

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent For France, David O. Russell's Oscar-contender American Hustle is aptly retitled "American Bluff." And recently Russell told Le Monde by telephone interview, "Aujourd'hui, je suis fatigué, j'ai un rhume. Et je plane à 2000," on reaction to the 10 Nominations the film received from the Academy. Tired, with a cold, this is still The Year of David O. Russell as a unique American voice in filmmaking. Wi...

Robert Redford "I am NOT disturbed for not being part of Oscar nominations" Watch the whole conference

Founder and President of Sundance Institute Robert Redford, Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam and Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper have addressed members of the media in a lively press conference to discuss the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, as well as Sundance Institute's initiatives. Panel and opening remarks were moderated by Sean P. Means, film critic and columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune and was followed by Press Q&A.. Watch the press confer...

Henning Wagenbreth (Germany) has made the poster for the seventeenth edition of HAFF

                              Henning Wagenbreth (Germany) has made the poster for the seventeenth edition of HAFF. He works as an illustrator and graphic designer, makes his own typefaces, understands manual and industrial printing technics as an important part of his design work, illustrates and designs books, posters,...
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