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Third annual Minghella Film Festival

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   Third annual Minghella Film Festival, hosted by the family of the Oscar® winning director Anthony Minghella, opens on Friday 11 March with a gala preview of The Eagle (UK release: 25 March), the latest feature from acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) which was produced by Anthony Minghella's close friend, Duncan Kenworthy (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral).   Opening night celebrati...

The BUFF Blog (February 2011)

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This month’s blog is guest written by Janice Charles, newly appointed social media strategist for BUFF Enterprises. Well first of all, I don’t want to be seen as a guest because I actually work for BUFF Enterprises. I was actually given permission to hijack Emmanuel’s email accounts and write whatever I liked which in my opinion would continue to get the word out regarding BUFF. Now we all know that Emmanuel could speak for England when it comes to BUFF so I actually offered to pu...

Berlin Buzz 1

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  EUROPEAN FILM MARKET OPENS WITH HIGH HOPES The European Film Market, the professional parallel event to the Berlin Film Festival, opened yesterday with anticipation of a busy buying session that signal the reemergence of the market after three disasterous years of economic recession. Market registration has increased by 15% from last year and offices are filled to capacity at the Martin Gropius Bau, the Market’s main venue, and the Marriot Hotel. Unofficial offices have also been s...

Marisa Tomei to Host Academy's Sci-Tech Awards®

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Oscar®-winning actress Marisa Tomei will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 12, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Tomei will present 11 awards to 23 individual recipients during the evening. Tomei won a Supporting Actress Academy Award® in 1992 for her performance in "My Cousin Vinny."  She has since received nominations in the category for her roles in "In the Bedroom" (2001) and ...

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...

JUST SAYIN'!

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In a month’s time, the east coast has been buried with enough snow to wear down even the “but-I-love-the-change-of-seasons” people.  We’re barely a month in and already the winter has worn out it’s welcome, except in those other areas where winter seemingly has no bearing on mood or outcome. I’m talking about Park City, Utah, Santa Barbara and Hollywood, CA, where films and people are hotter than hot this time of year.  I’m talking about the recent distribution of the Golden Gl...

NEWSLETTER N° 494: January 28, 2011

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Season's greeting to all our friends on the festival circuit! I thank you for the warm and encouraging messages around my candidacy for President of uniFrance, Thanks for your support : results in the next newsletter!. Bruno Chatelin Support Bruno Chatelin running for President at uniFrance and discover his program  Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  This weekly ...

TEN YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

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From March 18 to 25 at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila in Rome   The 10th Rome Independent Film Festival Italy’s new generation directors: Dominedò, Rocchetti, Zampino, Albanesi. In the Jury: Fariborz Kamkari       January 24, 2011, Rome - RIFF AWARDS 2011, March 18 - 25, at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila - this year, celebrates a decade of "independence" puts focus on Italian production and showcases the best foreign films. ...

Sundance: It's Not Just American Indies

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  While the name Sundance immediately is linked with the American Independent film movement, in the past number of years, international titles have found a home base in the ski resort of Park City. By creating competition sections for both narrative and documentary films from around the world, the Festival has not only expanded its scope but has forged a link between international producers, distributors and financiers across the globe in a real and tangible way. In terms of the marketpl...

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...

Producers Guild Prize Creates Oscar Upset

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  With THE SOCIAL NETWORK winning top prize at both last week's Golden Globe Awards and with other critics associations, the inevitability of its winning the Best Picture Oscar seemed more than assured. However, this past weekend's upset win for its closest challenger has now made the Oscar race less certain then it was a few days ago. The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is one of the most reliable guilds when it comes to predicting Oscar success. It is the only one that actually...

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...

25th Goya Awards- Best Actor Nominees

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25th Goya Awards - Best Actor Nominees Luis Tosar in También la Lluvia Goya Award winner last year (Celda 211), Luis Tosar gets his fifth nomination having already won 3 times this award.He plays Costa, the film´s producer, who couldn´t care less about the film´s content. He´s not worried about what happened yesterday, never mind 500 years ago. He just wants the film finished on time and within budget. He has recently won the Jose Maria Forqué award, conside...

22nd PSIFF Winners and closing gala

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  22nd ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL WINNERS Palm Springs, CA (January 16, 2011) –The 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival announced this year’s award winners at a luncheon at Spencer’s Restaurant on Sunday, January 16, 2011.  The Festival, held from January 6-17, 2011, screened 205 films from 69 countries, including 41 of the 65 foreign language entries for this year’s Academy Awards®. Palm Springs’ increas...

Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards

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The Whistleblower Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature; Louder Than a Bomb Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature; Of Gods and Men Receives FIPRESCI Award; Nothing's All Bad Receives New Voices/New Visions Award; Summer Pasture Receives The John Schlesinger Award The 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival announced this year's award winners at a luncheon at Spencer's Restaurant on Sunday, January 16, 2011.  The Festival, held from January 6-17,...

Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards

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The 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival announced this year's award winners at a luncheon at Spencer's Restaurant on Sunday, January 16, 2011. The Festival, held from January 6-17, 2011, screened 205 films from 69 countries, including 41 of the 65 foreign language entries for this year's Academy Awards®. Palm Springs' increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, setting the stage for the year's film festiv...

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...

Robert Osborne On TCM's 31 Days of OSCAR, Judy Garland, & Surprises

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EXCLUSIVE: Robert Osborne On TCM's 31 Days of OSCAR, Judy Garland, & Surprisesby Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent When the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences award show premiered in 1928, the industry was barely 31 years old. For this year's Oscar build-up, Robert Osborne will host his annual much-watched "31 Days of Oscar" on Turner Classic Movies, Feb. 1, at 10 PM (ET/USA). Robert Osborne: Keeper of OSCAR's secrets Known as The Official Biographer of The Academy Awar...

10 Scientific and Technical Achievements To Be Honored with Academy Awards®

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 scientific and technical achievements represented by 22 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation at the Beverly Wilshire on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2010.  Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a...

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...

Riding The Weir Wave

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  You cannot talk about world cinema of the 1970s and 1980s without mentioning (and lionizing) the name of Peter Weir. A key innovator of the Australian New Wave of those decades, and one of the few who made major successes in both his native land and in the wilds of Hollywood, Peter Weir is being celebrated this weekend at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, with a showcasing of some of his most important works and a preview screening of his latest film. From the outback of his n...

My Personal Top Ten List

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  Jesse Eisenberg in THE SOCIAL NETWORK  As a media junkie (guilty as charged), I cannot help but be inundated this time of the year with all manner of critics pontificating on their "top ten" favorites of the year in the worlds of film, theater, music, art, fashion, politics, etc. While in the past, anxious readers waited with breath that is baited for what the New York Times writers and other major critics singled out as the year's best cultural attractions, the in...

Screen Actors Guild Nominees

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  While it limits its nominations to acting awards for film and television, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are considered very prestigious because they are given to actors by their fellow thespians. The awards ceremony, which used to be a private affair for guild members, is now televised in the United States and internationally, thus adding another layer in the run-up to the Academy Awards in February.   As with the Golden Globe Award nominations announced on Wednesday, Na...

Academy Wants You: "Invited to Share the Oscars?!"

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Oscar Goes Public?: As If!  As everyone with a pulse knows, the Academy Awards annual Oscar ceremony is fairly exclusive. They even provide journalists with a list of ways the image of the show can be used and how the material must be presented. But this year, something unusual is happening in Hollywood. Behind the scenes, the Oscar marketing machinery is either missing a cog or has thrown together a whole new internal mechanism ...
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