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Ewan McGregor to receive the Donostia Award at the 60th San Sebastian Fest

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The 60th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival will bestow a Donostia Award this year on actor Ewan McGregor in a tribute to his career. Often hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation, Ewan McGregor consistently captivates audiences with a diverse line-up of roles across a multitude of genres, styles and scope. Born in Perth, Scotland, McGregor's career has been highlighted by a continuous string of bold and daring performances, from his breakthrough role as the...

Dick Van Dyke Honored With 2012 SAG Life Achievement Award

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Dick Van Dyke, beloved actor, singer, dancer, writer and comedian, will receive SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor – the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Van Dyke will be presented the performers union’s most prestigious accolade, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET, ...

A Look at the 2012 Tony Awards from a Film Blogger/Seatfiller's Perspective

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There's always some glitter of Tinseltown on Broadway; however, the 66th Annual American Theater Wing's Tony Awards had a really important film tie-in. You probably think I'm referring to: The win for Death of a Salesman produced by Scott Rudin, directed by Mike Nichols, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, who brought along current girlfriend and Spiderman (2012 movie) co-star Emma Stone. Or Once, totally sweeping the Tonys as a Broadway musical! Which firs...

Author Barbara Freedman Doyle discusses “Make Your Movie” on Conversation Crossroad Wednesday, May 30th, 7pm EST

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For anyone interested in the business of breaking into the film industry today, here is your new bible. From the movie industry veteran, Barbara Freedman Doyle, comes the new book, “Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking.” Understanding how a movie makes money and who actually makes it happen has never been easier with this new easily accessible, beautifully crafted book. “Make Your Movie” is a straightforward and comprehensive must-rea...

Wall Street Crisis Film Opens CT Film Festival

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The 2012 Connecticut Film Festival opens on Thursday, April 26 with the world premiere of CONFIDENCE GAME, an inside look at the Wall Street economic downfall by the players at the center of the crisis, directed by local Connecticut filmmaker Nick Verbitzky. Through the eyes of former employees of financial giant Bear Sterns, shyster mortgage brokers, devastated homeowners, whistle blowers and eminent financial journalists including Bryan Burrough, William D. Cohan and Andrew R...

2012 Tribeca Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair announced

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  The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by Founding Sponsor American Express, today announced the return of its signature free community events: the Tribeca Drive-In (April 19-21), Family Festival Street Fair (April 28), Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day (April 28) and the second annual Tribeca/NYFEST Soccer Day (April 21).   The Festival also announced the three film titles that will be screened at the Tribeca Drive-In, co-sponsored by JetBlue and Time Warner Cable, hosted b...

David Andrusia New Executive Director at the Arab Film Festival in the USA!

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  The President, Board of Directors of the Arab Film Festival in the USA! : "Dear Friends and Supporters of the Arab Film Festival, I am delighted to announce the hiring of our new executive director, Mr. David Andrusia. This was a very competitive process as we had over 50 talented applicants and a very intensive review process. After careful consideration and many interviews, David overwhelming emerged as the best candidate. I am pleased to say that David has accepted the...

Second annual Documentary Lab selects 10 filmmakers

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the filmmakers and projects selected for its second annual Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting. Starting this week and continuing through the end of April, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program in Los Angeles, with the main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. All ...

The Year of Electronic and Dance Music at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards

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By Maria Esteves – January 14, 2012 The 54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations were announced by The Recording Academy on Friday, November 30, 2011. It is the year that marks a profound presence in the genre of electronic and dance music. Electronic dance music producer Skrillex (Sonny John Moore) received five Grammy nominations including Best New Artist. 14-time Grammy winner producer/singer Kanye West received seven Grammy nominations including Song of the Year. Adele, Bruno Mars, and Foo...

Hawaii International Film Festival Awards

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With every new year of films comes a new batch of award winning projects. The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) presented by Halekulani recognizes its top films with the Halekulani Golden Orchid and NETPAC awards. Of the numerous films that were up for nomination, three standout films have been recognized by winning these top awards from HIFF. PATANG, a combination of stories following six people that are brought together by India's largest kite festival, has been given the Halekulani Go...

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

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"George Harrison: Living in the Material World", directed by Martin Scorsese, airs on HBO tonight, Wed, Oct 5th and Thurs Oct 6 "George Harrison: Living in the Material World", directed by Martin Scorsese, airs on HBO tonight, Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, Oct 6th at 9pm. Last night at the New York premiere, Martin Scorsese explained that , "the film took over 6 years to make and fifty people worked on it", while Oliva Harrison shared, "I never imagined this film would get finished. It co...

"George Harrison: Living in the Material World", directed by Martin Scorsese, airs on HBO tonight, Wed, Oct 5th and Thurs Oct 6

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"George Harrison: Living in the Material World", directed by Martin Scorsese, airs on HBO tonight, Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, Oct 6th at 9pm. Last night at the New York premiere, Martin Scorsese explained that , "the film took over 6 years to make and fifty people worked on it", while Oliva Harrison shared, "I never imagined this film would get finished. It could not be rushed. It had to just sit. In the last five years we have what George would call...

Mary Tyler Moore will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement

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Renowned actress, producer and humanitarian Mary Tyler Moore will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade – the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Moore created a new paradigm for female leads in television, won top honors for her courageous performances in film, television and on stage, produced some of the most lauded television programs of all time, and for thirty years, has served as a tireless advocate giving hope to all those afflicted with Type 1...

Estes Park Film Festival to Honor Actor Barry Corbin with a Lifetime Achievement Award

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Estes Park, CO, September 08, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Emmy nominated actor Barry Corbin will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th Annual Estes Park Film Festival on September 17th during a special ceremony in his honor at the Historic Park Theatre. The award ceremony will also include a twenty minute film retrospective of Corbin’s work and a lively question and answer session with the audience. With more than one hundred film and television credits, Corbin may be...

Michael Douglas will be bestowed with his father’s honor in Santa Barbara, the 2011 KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM

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In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, Michael Douglas will be bestowed with his father’s honor, the 2011 KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The 6th annual black-tie Gala dinner will take place at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on Thursday, October 13, 2011. “The first time I saw Michael Douglas act was in a play at UC Santa Barbara, so it is fitting that a career that started here should ...

Zurich Film Festival to honor Paul Haggis

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It was announced today that the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will present multiple Oscar® winner Paul Haggis (“Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Casino Royale”) with the Festival’s prestigious Golden Eye Award for his life work as a screenwriter and filmmaker. The announcement was made today by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. Haggis will receive the “Golden Eye” for his life’s work on Saturday, October 1st within the framework of the prestigious “A Tribute t...

Today Is Earth Day

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  Today is Earth Day…..in fact it is the 40th anniversary of the date inaugurated in 1970 to foster awareness about ecology and the environment. In its inaugural year, the concern about “saving the planet” was secondary to the protestors energizing college campuses in a push to end the war in Vietnam. In those days, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution wa...

Film Independent launches a Documentary Lab

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has launched a new Documentary Lab, sponsored by Latino Public Broadcasting, with 14 filmmakers and 9 projects participating. Taking place in Los Angeles, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program, with a main focus of assisting documentary filmmakers on their works-in-progress and providing creative feedback. All of the Film Independent Labs are designed to suppor...

An Interview with Award Winning Actress Celia Weston

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By Maria Esteves – March 12, 2011 Actress in film, television, and theatre Celia Weston (CW) is known as the Southern type character. CW began performing on stage at the age of four in South Carolina. She has performed in numerous on and off Broadway productions including Loose Ends (1979), The Lady from Dubuque (1980), Garden District (1995), and True West (2000). She appeared as cast member of the CBS television sitcom “Alice.” She has starred in countless feature films such as Honky ...

IFFF panels announced

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PanelsWelcome to the IFFF. Providing professional panels and networking opportunities for aspiring filmmakers to meet with established leaders in the industry is central to IFFF's mission. The 2011 festival will re-present some of last year's more popular panels and add some new and exciting panels in specialized areas of film interest and distribution. Check back periodically for "Panels" schedule additions, changes and/or updates. Seating is limited and many of these ...

Steve Bertram (formerly with Paramount) joins Relativity Media as new COO

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Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media, LLC, announced today that Steve Bertram, formerly the President of Business Operations for Paramount Home Entertainmentparamount , has joined the company as COO and CFO.   Bertram will oversee the day-to-day company operations for Relativity, including the building and managing of the company's domestic and international distribution relationships. Bertram, in his position as COO, will directly report to Relativity President Michael Joe, and to...

DIANE ENGLISH to receive wgaw's 2011 paddy chayefskY laurel award for Television

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Emmy Award-winning Murphy Brown creator Diane English has been named recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West's 2011 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television, honoring lifetime achievement for outstanding television writing. English will be feted, along with other honorees, at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Saturday, February 5, 2011, in Hollywood. "Diane English is a total class act - a trailblazing, supremely talented writer whose groundbreak...

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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NOMINATIONS BY THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION 2011 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010   NOMINATIONS    1. BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA  a. BLACK SWAN  Protozoa Pictures & Cross Creek Pictures & Phoenix; Fox Searchlight Pictures  b. THE FIGHTER  Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media; Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media  c. INCEPTION  Warner Bros. Pictures UK LTD.; Warner Bros. Pictures  d. THE KING'S SPEEC...

Finalists of the SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant

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Nine Finalists for $15,000 Award to be Given to Support the Work of a Mid-Career American ScreenwriterThe San Francisco Film Society announced today the finalists and honorable mention for the second SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant. The grant of $15,000 will be awarded to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project exp...

AFM launches with 306 market premieres

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The 2010 American Film Market today announced updated screening numbers, with a total of 427 films appearing at the market. Of those, 43 are world premieres, 306 market premieres and 21 will be presented in 3D. Exhibitors from 36 countries will hold more than 700 screenings. AFM Managing Director Jonathan Wolf made the announcement today.Many films are already generating Oscar buzz on the eve of the AFM, Nov. 3-10. Throughout its 30-year history, 18 films that have won the “Best Picture” Aca...

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