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Lars Hermann new CEO for Copenhagen Film Festivals

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Copenhagen Film Festivals (CFF) has hired CEO of regional Danish film fund FilmFyn to replace outgoing managing director Jørgen Ramskov, who was recently headhunted to start the new Danish radio station "24/7".Lars Hermann (49) started his career with Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller/Maersk but decided after ten years to change career tracks to the film business when he was accepted to The National Film School of Denmark's four-year producer programme.Since 1995, he has produced a number of Da...

The KahBang Film Festival Announces a New Award to honor Kevin Norwood Bacon, will prove that "6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon" exists.

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Festival organizers are proud to announce a new award given on the grounds of the exemplary achievement in Cinema to a filmmaker, actor, or actress, who is connected to Kevin Norwood Bacon in 6 films or less, acknowledging the success the recipient has achieved by being so closely connected to Mr. Bacon.Why Kevin Bacon?  The legend speaks for itself.  Kevin Norwood Bacon left home at age 17 to pursue an acting career in New York City. Since his debut in the 1978 film Animal House, Bacon has ap...

The KahBang Film Festival 2011 will debut a new and unique format, with a new focus on Comedy films

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The KahBang Film Festival approaches on April 8th 2011, festival organizers are proud to announce a new award given on the grounds of the exemplary achievement in Cinema to a filmmaker, actor, or actress, who is connected to Kevin Norwood Bacon in 6 films or less, acknowledging the success the recipient has achieved by being so closely connected to Mr. Bacon.   Why Kevin Bacon?  The legend speaks for itself.  Kevin Norwood Bacon left home at age 17 to pursue an acting career ...

Istanbul Film Festival opens tomorrow celebrates 30 year anniversary

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BANGKOK ~ The 30th Istanbul Film Festival will take place during April 2-17. With approximately 150, 000 participants last year Istanbul Film Festival is again the biggest cinema event of Turkey and once again offers rich content. Some 230 films in 21 sections will be shown in the festival. A  wide-ranging programme composed of special retrospectives exclusive to the 30th year includes new films premiered in January at Sundance and in February at Berlin, Golden Tulip International and Na...

American celebrities in Krakow - ROSE McGOWAN, RICHARD JENKINS, AMERICA FERRERA!

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ROSE McGOWAN (president of the Jury of the Polish Dramatic Competition), RICHARD JENKINS (special guest) and AMERICA FERRERA (actress and producer of the film “The Dry Land” in the Sundance section). Rose McGowan is in possession of a very unique and characteristic looks recognisable in the cinema world. She is best known for her roles in TV series “Charmed” and “Nip/Tuck”, for her relationship with an eccentric musician Marilyn Manson and for her double role in Robert Rodriguez' a...

Sicilian Film Festival, 6th Edition, Miami Beach Announces New Addition to its Film Lineup

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Filmfever has yet to end in Miami!  With theclosing of the Miami International FilmFestival, film buffs can continue feeding their passion for the ‘Big Screen’at the 6th Annual Sicilian Film Festival (SFF) on April 7 to 13, 2011 at the MiamiBeach Cinematheque, located at the HistoricCity Hall, 1130 Washington Avenue,Miami Beach, 33139.ArtisticDirector, Salvo Bitonti todayannounced the addition of the highly-acclaimed film, “Legend of the Bandit and the Champion.”  Loosely, based on a b...

South Beach Meets Sicily at the 6th Annual Sicilian Film Festival, April 7 to 13, 2011

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 Salvo Vincent Bitonti (Artistic Director), Laura Delli Colli (Cinema Journalist/Presenter), Franco Nero (Actor), and Emanuele Viscuso (President)at the Gran Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido, Venice, Italy Miami Beach, FL…March 8, 2011…For seven days in April, themercury will rise as South Beach meets Sicily at the 6th Annual Sicilian Film Festival (SFF) – April 7 to13, 2011.  The screenings will beheld at the recently inaugurated Miami Beach Cinematheque located at the HistoricCity Hall...

SXSW reveals line up and gets ready for kick off

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SXSW FILM ANNOUNCES 2011 FEATURES LINEUP The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year's Festival, March 11 - 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The 2011 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of tapping into the cultural zeitgeist, highlighting emerging talent and breakthrough performances and supporting first-time filmmakers.  "This is the most exciting moment for us. After a fantastic festival of discove...

83rd Oscar Wrap Up and Bryn Mawr Film Institute Oscar Party

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TO READ POST WITH ACCOMPANYING PICTURES VISIT TINSEL & TINE This excellent Oscar ice sculpture greeted the guests at the 3rd Annual Oscar Party and Simulcast at The Bryn Mawr Film Institute.  After which you had the choice of mingling in the lobby or mingling upstairs where the silent auction was taking place, and more importantly where a flat screen TV was set to Academy Awards red carpet! As happy as I was to receive press credentials and to be a part of this gathering of enthus...

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 ...

Annual Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest is live again

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Academy Award  winning actor Nicolas Cage will be honored on the forth day of the 6th Annual Los Angeles   Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest, on Thursday, Feb 24, 7:00 p.m. at the Mann Chinese 6 Theatre, it was announced today by Festival Founder and Executive Producer Pascal Vicedomini. Singled out for his commitment in promoting the Italian-American heritage, Nicolas Cage will be presented with  The 2011 L.A. Italia   Excellence Award  by noted Italian director Marco Bellocchio....

The Future is now for the talented Jesse Eisenberg

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by Ron Gilbert In September 2005 I first met Jesse when he was co-starring in a production of Orphans written by Lyle Kessler and directed by Ulu Grosbard with Al Pacino in the lead. It wasn’t a well publicized event which was under the auspices of the Actors Studio. As an Actors Studio member I was privileged to see Jesse in the role of the younger of 2 brothers. He had this unique presence as the introverted acrophobic brother and he definitely made an impression on me. The play was...

The Future is now for the talented Jesse Eisenberg

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by Ron Gilbert In September 2005 I first met Jesse when he was co-starring in a production of Orphans written by Lyle Kessler and directed by Ulu Grosbard with Al Pacino in the lead. It wasn’t a well publicized event which was under the auspices of the Actors Studio. As an Actors Studio member I was privileged to see Jesse in the role of the younger of 2 brothers. He had this unique presence as the introverted acrophobic brother and he definitely made an impression on me. The play was supposed...

Aruba Film Fest heast up for second year

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  Building on the success of the inaugural Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) last June, which attracted stars and films from around the world and entertained thousands over the course of a week, it has been confirmed that the island nation of Aruba will host a second edition of the AIFF this June (June 10-16). Initial details surrounding the 2011 Film Festival were unveiled today at a press conference by AIFF Founders and Producers Giuseppe Cioccarelli and Jonathan Vieira. Acto...

Susan Sarandon To Be Feted At BAM

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  A real, honest-to-goodness movie star will grace the agonizingly chic borough of Brooklyn when screen goddess (and serious actress) Susan Sarandon is feted at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this coming weekend. Starting on Thursday and running through Sunday, the aptly titled The Susan Sarandon Picture Show (a hommage to Sarandon's breakout role in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show) at BAMcinématek presents a 13-film salute to the movie star and committed social activi...

Top Ten Oscar Snubs And Surprises

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  While most of the Oscar nominations announced last week were rather predictably the names and titles that we have been expecting, there were a number of surprises and snubs. Although the Academy has expanded the Best Film contender list to ten titles in order to spread the love, the acting and directing categories still can only include five people, so invariably there are those worthy of attention who fall off the list. Maybe there were number 6 or number 7, but if they did not make t...

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...

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...

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 judges arrived in Sundance

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Sundance Institute announced members of five juries awarding prizes at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival which runs January 20-30, 2011. The juries are comprised of 23 individuals spanning the global arts community. Juror photos and extended biographies, in addition to the complete Festival lineup and schedule, are available at www.sundance.org/festival. All awards will be announced the evening of January 29 at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony. The Short Film Awards will als...

Golden Globe Round Up 2011

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In 2009 The Golden Globe ceremony didn't have a host. The actors/actresses just came out to present and announce the winner. I don't remember what they did for an opening, but a joke monologue isn't the only way to open the show with energy. I don't want to be a Pollyanna or someone who only accepts niceties and tact, but I felt some of host Ricky Gervais', blunt, roast type humor may have been unnecessary. Do I feel this way because we're talking about Hollywood Royalty, like J...

The King's Speech closing Ffff fff Film - Rotterdam IFFR 2011

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The King's Speech, that took a Golden Globe yesterday for Best Dramatic Actor (Colin Firth) has been selected as Closing Night Film of the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam. The Closing Night screening on Saturday February 5 will be preceded by the announcement of two festival prizes awarded by the festival audience: the UPC Audience Award for Best Festival Film and the Dioraphte Award for Best Festival Film supported by the IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund.   Tom Hooper's The King's...

The King's Speech 'More Than Entertainment to People Who Stutter'

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Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation (http://www.stutteringhelp.org), issued the following reaction to tonight's "Golden Globe Awards": "A tsunami called The King's Speech has turned our world upside down," said Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation. "This movie has done in one fell swoop what we've been working on for 64 years - raising awareness of the complexities of stuttering and the help that is available to those in need. The King's Speech, with its seven Gold...

Michael Douglas will receive Icon award tonight at Palm Springs Film Festival

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by Marla Lewin Michael Douglas will receive the icon award tonight at the Palm Springs Film Festival.  Then on Sunday he will attend the Golden Globes, where he is nominated for his role as Gordon Grekko, in Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps.  Oliver Stone was here on Saturday night to give an award to Carey Mulligan at the Awards Gala, she played Michaels' daughter in the film.  Palm Springs is the festival that keeps on giving.  Santa Barbara Film Festival gave a Michael a spe...

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