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The Duel : the Filmmakers

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Dover Kosashvili - Director Born in Soviet Georgia in 1966, Dover Koshashvili immigrated to Israel with his family in 1972. He has directed two feature films and a short. His short, Im Hukim (By the Laws), first earned him acclaim at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, where it was considered for the Cinefoundation award. In 2001, Koshashvili made his feature film directorial debut with Late Marriage, from a screenplay he wrote himse...

Anton Chekhov's The Duel

Director: Dover Kosashvili.
The pivot point is an emotional and psychological triangle: a civil servant, Laevsky (Andrew Scott, appalling and appealing); his married mistress, Nadya (Fiona Glascott, a milky beauty); and a zoologist, Von Koren (Tobias Menzies, suitably rigid). The story gets going with Laevsky bitterly complaining about Nadya to an older friend, a doctor, Samoylenko (Niall Buggy). Laevsky claims to no longer care for Nadya, who, having left her husband, now inspires her lover’s contempt or, perhaps, fatigue. Like a caged animal, he wants out and claws at Samoylenko as Von Koren watches and seethes, stoking his loathing for Laevsky. For his part, by cutting to Nadya during Laevsky’s rant and capping the scene with a disapproving look from Von Koren, Mr. Kosashvili suggests that his own sympathies are divided.

Paso Digital Film Festival Uncorks it's 2010 blend

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The Paso Digital Film Festival Uncorks it's 2010 blend, of Film, Technology, Music, Characters, and Wine...November 19-23, in Paso Robles, Central Calif. and live in HD worldwide a wild west digital film fest in cowboy wine country south and sideways of Sundance.The festival will screen the HBO movie "Temple Grandin" with the Emmy Award winning director Mick Jackson, (Bodyguard and LA Story) attending the screening to accept the Humanitarian Award. Plus, producers Marc & Brenda Lhormer will scre...

The New York Television Festival announces keynotes

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The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) today announced Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Ronald D. Moore as the keynote speaker for the indie TV fest's first ever Development Day, a free series of panels and discussions with industry leaders for those aiming to take their television careers to the next level, Saturday, September 26 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, btwn 8th and 9th Aves). In addition to the keynote address, the day will feature writers and executives from "30 Roc...

Yale Festival to Feature New Disneynature Film

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A special advance screening of the Disneynature film, Earth, and a documentary by Madonna that chronicles the suffering of children in Malawi orphaned by AIDS will headline a Yale film festival intended to raise awareness of global environmental issues. “Film is a unique medium to inform, educate and influence the public’s understanding of environmental issues,” said Eric Desatnik, a festival organizer and a master’s student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studi...

Forest Whitaker will present Life Achievement Award to James Earl Jones

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Forest Whitaker will present Screen Actors Guild’s 45th Life Achievement Award to James Earl Jones at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, executive producer and director Jeff Margolis announced today.The 2009 SAG Awards® ceremony will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. MT from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore presentation will air on TNT at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). For satellite and HD viewers, the l...

Hungry Ghost will open Rotterdam Fest

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The 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam opens on Wednesday evening 21 January 2009 with the world première of the American feature THE HUNGRY GHOSTS. This is the film directing debut of scriptwriter, theatre director and actor Michael Imperioli, who came to fame in his role as Christopher Montisanti in the TV series The Sopranos. THE HUNGRY GHOSTS has also been selected in the VPRO Tiger Awards Competition. In THE HUNGRY GHOSTS, Imperioli’s characters float like ghosts through life, ...

Well-Known film-industry panelists announced at the up-coming Paso Robles Digital Film Festival

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Guests in attendance at the up-coming Paso Robles Digital Film Festival, will be invited to attend a slate of first-person panel discussions, featuring a list of well-known film industry professionals and personalities. PRDFF organizer Ben Standley is pleased to announce that panel discussions planned for the festival will be hosted and led by as many as 16 already-booked, knowledgeable Hollywood film-makers, actors, editors, composers and publicists. "What's unique, is that at a lot of ...

HIS GRANDDAUGHTER REMEMBERS W.C. FIELDS

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                W.C. FIELDS A PERSONAL GLANCE AT W.C. FIELDS   Although Dr. Harriet FIELDS never got a chance to call the stage, silent film and talkies comic legend 'Grandpa' (he died shortly before she was born), as the only granddaughter of the star, she feels strongly about familiarising the world with the true persona of the artist. Prese...

Independent Television Festival (ITVFest) launches on August 1

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After rave reviews from insiders, judges and critics at the 2007 Independent Television Festival, festival award recipients are still meeting with network executives to pen deals. Just before the third annual Independent Television Festival (ITVFest) launches on August 1, ITVFest organizers received word that last year's Comedy Award Winner, Partners, is being developed by Starz!. This week development heads purchased the rights to the project written by fledgling writers/performers Seth Menache...

Sixties Fave Suzanne Pleshette

 Friday, January 25--------While the Sundance Film Festival and the on-going drama surrounding the tragic death of Heath Ledger dominated this week's news, I wanted to note the passing of a personal fave. Suzanne Pleshette, the husky-voiced 1960s actress who later redefined the television sitcom wife in the 1970s on THE BOB NEWHART SHOW, died last Saturday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 70 and had been battling lung cancer for the past few years.A native New Yorker, Pleshette started h...

March 8th HD EXPO

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March 8th HD EXPO features David Wertheimer, Jim Matlosz, Josh Greer, Pierre de Lespinois,Terry Brown and more industry leadersFebruary 15, 2007 (Burbank, CA) What’s in store for the production and creative communities as new tools and technologies come to market and evolve? The future is just one of the provocative questions that industry leaders will be addressed during HD EXPO in a variety of forums, panels and intensives, coming up at the Beverly Hilton on March 8th.“Progress, Prediction...

Ernst & Young Delivers Winning Results for the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy(R) Award

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In continuation of a tradition that has lasted nearly two decades, Ernst & Young LLP will oversee the entire ballot counting process for the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy(R) Awards to be telecast on NBC at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2006. The firm's Media and Entertainment leaders John Nendick, Andy Sale, and Mark Besca will deliver the winning results for the 27 awards, and oversee the confidentiality and accuracy of the final voting tally. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has coun...

Slamdance Podcast launches on iTunes

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The Slamdance Film Festival announced that Apple is launching the "Slamdance Podcast" on iTunes. In a unique creative partnership, the video Podcast will include trailers and screening times for many of the festival's films, as well as festival highlights, alumni updates and other unique clip content, all for free and available for download to anyone with a new video iPod or on their Apple computer. In conjunction with the Podcast itself, Slamdance will host a Podcasting screening and discussion...

Slamdance and fox21 Celebrate Teleplay Competition Finalists

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Slamdance and fox21 Celebrate Teleplay Competition Finalists fox21 to award contract deal to Teleplay Competition Grand Prize WinnerThe top three writers from the 2nd Annual Slamdance Teleplay Competition, who are in the running for a job with fox21, were announced at a ceremony hosted by Writers Boot Camp at the Bergamot Station Arts Center. This year’s competition drew 500 original pilot episodes and the selection process involved Slamdance readers and executives from fox21. The partnership...

Slamdance announces screenplay competition winners

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The winner of the 10th Annual Slamdance Screenplay Competition was announced at a special awards presentation and reception last night at the Writers Guild of America, west. The winner was unveiled at the event along side writers of the remaining top ten finalists. Invitees included Slamdance alumni screenwriters, filmmakers, readers, competition semifinalists past and present, and members of the WGAw Independent Writers Caucus."The competition received over 2,000 submissions this year—as the ...

Fresh news for Aspen Fest

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Today Aspen Filmfest announced the program for its 26th edition which runs September 29 - October 3 in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House, Carbondale's Crystal Theatre and The Springs Theatre in Glenwood Springs. This annual highly respected festival will host a diverse array of features, documentaries and special presentations including an in-person tribute to Michael Douglas, a panel on the new political documentary, and acclaimed features and documentaries from around the world. Tickets go on s...

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