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The good part about still being unemployed is being able to attend networking lunches without worrying about being out of the office too long. Last week Reelblack, in conjunction with PIFVA and Scribe Video Center invited industry PR maven, turned indie filmmaker, Ava DuVernay to discuss "Do It Yourself" promotion, film distribution, her new feature length film I Will Follow and a new initiative aimed at giving black films a wide release in commercial theaters, called AFFRM (African-A...

Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Awards

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  Screen Actors Guild Honors Outstanding Film And Television Performances at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2010 at the "17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®" in ceremonies attended by film and television's leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The "17th Annual Screen Actors ...

Sundance 2011 Crowns Its Winners

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Winning an award at the Sundance Film Festival is no small accomplishment. The competition to just get into the Festival is fierce (150 films chosen out of over 2000 submissions.....ouch). However, winning the top prizes is still no assurance that the films will be widely seen or make any dent at the box office. Some years, the top prize winners have barely registered beyond the festival circuit. In others, such as last year's winner WINTER'S BONE, the win at Sundance led to an outstanding showi...

Sundance Crowns Its Winners

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  Winning an award at the Sundance Film Festival is no small accomplishment. The competition to just get into the Festival is fierce (150 films chosen out of over 2000 submissions.....ouch). However, winning the top prizes is still no assurance that the films will be widely seen or make any dent at the box office. Some years, the top prize winners have barely registered beyond the festival circuit. In others, such as last year's winner WINTER'S BONE, the win at Sundance led to an outs...

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...

83rd Race Heats Up: A Dozen Oscar Nods for KING'S SPEECH & Full Script

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By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentToday the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced this year's Oscar(r) nominations. With few surprises, Colin Firth's festival run in THE KING'S SPEECH, written by David Seidler, is poised to take most of the honors with a record-vying 12 nominations. Fourteen (14) is the record for Oscar noms (i.e.; TITANIC), but if this picture wins in every nominated category, cinema history will be made.Oscar 2011: Expect Natalie Portman & Colin Fir...

The King's Speech" reigns over the Oscar race with 12 nominations

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  The King's Speech" leads the race for the Oscar race with 12 nominations, including best picture, directing, original screenplay and actor for Colin Firth. Other contenders to Best picture: Fox Searchlight's "127 Hours," Searchlight's "Black Swan," Paramount-Relativity's "The Fighter," Warner Bros.' "Inception," Focus Features' "The Kids Are All Right," Sony's "The Social Network," Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 3,&quo...

The King's Speech" reigns for the Oscar Race

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The King's Speech" leads the Oscar Race with 12 nominations, including best picture, directing, original screenplay and actor for Colin Firth. Other contenders to Best picture: Fox Searchlight's "127 Hours," Searchlight's "Black Swan," Paramount-Relativity's "The Fighter," Warner Bros.' "Inception," Focus Features' "The Kids Are All Right," Sony's "The Social Network," Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 3," Par's "True Grit," Roadside Attractions' "Winter's Bone".Best motion picture of the yearBlack Sw...

Relativity picks up Raven by V for Vendetta maker

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Relativity Media announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to market and distribute Intrepid Pictures' The Raven, directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and starring John Cusack (2012, 1408). The film also stars Luke Evans (Immortals, Clash of the Titans), Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter Series) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster). The script was written by Ben Livingston (Bruce Almighty) and Hannah Shakespeare (Loverboy). The Raven is a fictionalized acco...

'The Fighter' comes on iTunes for SAG Voters

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Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media will offer THE FIGHTER for awards consideration to Screen Actors Guild (SAG) eligible voting members on iTunes. Beginning Friday, January 14th, THE FIGHTER can be downloaded in HD from iTunes for viewing on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac or PC, or on an HDTV with Apple TV. The film will be available to members from January 14th through 28th during the SAG awards consideration window.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/19991206/PARLOGO)"The recogniti...

Writers Guild of America Nominations

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  The Writers Guild of America, the most prestigious membership organization for television and film writers, announced its nominations this week for top scribes of the year. The nominees, an indicator of the Oscar nods due later this month, are not without controversy. Several of the year's most celebrated films have had their scripts disqualified due to the WGA's convoluted "minimum basic agreement" rules. The injunctions are rather hard to explain but disqualify film scrip...

WGA Screenwriter Noms Are Here

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By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent  Just went you thought it was all fun and games and 3D at the movies, the WGA today announced its top choices for Screenwriting -- in advance of their WGA Award Show coming up in February. There are so many award-worthy movies, but as always, the comedy category gets a big snub.  What about THE OTHER GUYS?  And the nominees are...  2011 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS SCREEN NOMINEES BUT COMEDY OVERLOOKED? Still No Name?: ...

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...

Robert Friedman, (Summit ) named Entrepreneur Of The Year

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Robert Friedman, Co-chairman, CEO, Summit Entertainment LLC, was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 national winner in the Media, Entertainment and Communications category. Now in its 24th year, Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award encourages entrepreneurial activity and recognizes leaders and visionaries who demonstrate innovation, financial success and personal commitment as they create and b...

AMOUR'S UPGRADE

Director: Larisa Isaeva.
Every family goes through a crisis of relations. When there is a danger of losing love, Amour's Angel comes to the rescue. He proposes husband to upgrade amour and update the marriage relationships. How? Play a game Crazy Ray of sunshine! The husband starts game... This is a fairy tale, where all wishes are granted. There are all that is in the life of every family: friends, lovers, relatives boring, nasty teenagers in this amusing tutu of musicals. This is a funny musical satire on a family relationships, the eternal dispute between a man and a woman - who is right? The Headline of this story is: Laugh if you wanna to cry! Be happy if you wish!

Rome fest gives a tribute to La Dolce Vita

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The tribute to La Dolce Vita: the restoration of Fellini's masterpiece, the retrospective, three themed exhibitions and a documentary The fifth edition of the International Rome Film Festival will be dedicating a broad and variegated tribute toLa Dolce Vita. On 30thOctober at 6:00 p.m., on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Fellini's masterpiece, the Sala Petrassi of the Auditorium Parco della Musica will be premiering worldwide the digital restoration ofLa Dolce Vita. The event ...

Speed Auditioning finalists selected for Dungog debut

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Following on from a Sydney audition earlier this month that was attended by hundreds of budding actors, ten finalists from the Dungog Film Festival’s Screenwise Speed Auditioning initiative have now been selected.The ten NSW finalists who will be heading to the Dungog Film Festival nextweekend include: Stephanie Bursill, Emilie Cocquerel, Avril Chestnut, RichardCarwin, Celia Kelly, Madeline Kelly, Camelia Mowbray, Matthew Steele, Debbie Neilson and Andrew Anderson.“Hundreds of applicants par...

Seattle International Film Festival Announces Award-Winners

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The nation's largest film festival concludes today with record-breaking box office numbers, the announcement of the Jury and Audience Award Winners, and the Closing Night Gala featuring Get Low.The 36th Seattle International Film Festival concludes a record-breaking year today, in spite of the downturn in summer movie-going nationwide, with the announcement of juried SIFF 2010 Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards, bringing to a close the largest and most highly attended fil...

The Global Film Village: Heartland Picks 10 Truly Moving Pictures for 2009

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by Marla Lewin These “top ten” films were chosen from the total 22 films that were bestowed with the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award in 2009. The award was created by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures as a way to honor theatrically released films that meet Heartland’s mission of emphasizing the best of the human spirit.   Honored films, in order of the top selected, are   1.       The Blind Side ...

Call for Entries - A Visionary Screenwriter Competition - Cash Award

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The Visionary Screenwriter Competition has been developed by screenwriters for screenwriters. The Visionary Screenwriter Competition focuses on the writer's unique creative contribution to the film and television industries. Our awards are deliberately development focused. We encourage everyone to embrace the development and feedback process. The judges are looking for an engaging premise, well executed, with compelling characters, sharp dialogue and a satisfying ending. We want your best work...

The Global Film Village: DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

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By Marla Lewin     Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2009.   The nominees are (in alphabetical order): Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) James Cameron Avatar (Twentieth Century Fox) Lee Daniels Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Lionsgate) Jason Reitman Up In The Air (Pa...

The Global Film Village: 2010 SAG Award Nominations Announced

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by Marla Lewin    Nominees for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2009 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood. Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard introduced Michelle Monaghan ("Trucker") and Chris O'Donnell ("NCIS: Los Angeles&qu...

The Global Film Village: 67TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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by Marla Lewin   1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA AVATAR Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox THE HURT LOCKER Voltage Pictures C/O 42West; Summit Entertainment INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS The Weinstein Company / Universal Pictures; The Weinstein Company PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production; Lionsgate UP IN THE AIR Paramount Pictures; Paramount Pictures 2. BEST PERFO...

Future of Film Summit

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The Future Of Film Summit kicks off  December 8th in Los Angeles. Confirmed speakers include OREN PELI, Director and Screenwriter (Paranormal Activity, Area 51), MARK HORAK, President, Warner Home Video Americas, RENA RONSON, Co-Head, Independent Film Group, United Talent Agency, JOHN RUBEY, President, AEG Live, BLAIR WESTLAKE, Corporate VP, Media & Entertainment Group, Microsoft Corporation, CHRIS CAREY, EVP, Worldwide Technical Operations, Paramount Pictures, SIBYL GOLDMAN, VP...

The Global Film Village: 25TH FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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by Marla LewinFilm Independent announced nominations this morning for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Nominees for Best Feature include (500) Days Of Summer, Amreeka, Precious, Sin Nombre and The Last Station.  Taraji P. Henson and Matt Dillon also announced finalists for the Acura Someone to Watch Award, the Truer Than Fiction Award, and the Piaget Producers Award. A Serious Man was selected for the Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film’s director, casting director and ...

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