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DRACULA at Fantasporto 2012

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    At the 2012 Fantasporto (20 February - 04 March) in Porto, Portugal, the festival paid tribute to some of the best blood sucking films in the vampire canon: "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), which screned at the Rivoli Theater follwing a screening of another vampire classic, F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu" (1922).                        ...

"Over A Cheever" compilation DVD released by Ron de Cana Productions

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New from Ron de Cana Productions is "Over a Cheever", a compilation DVD featuring four short films made between 2008-2011, inspired by the life and work of celebrated American author John Cheever. The 53-min. collection features the films "Project Ion" (2008), "The Catalyst" (2009), "A.L.I.C.E." (2010) and "Covariance" (2011). The DVD will be available for purchase within the next month at: http://www.filmbaby.com View the trai...

The Berlinale Partners and Their Broad Commitment

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  "Besides the loyal support of Minister of State and Commissioner for Culture and Media Affairs, Bernd Neumann, the financial assistance that the Festival receives from its partners is indispensable. Our partners' passionate and professional engagement also contributes invaluably to the Festival's success. Our contract with ZDF has been extended until 2013. We are especially pleased that for the first time Moët & Chandon will be the Berlinale's official champagne supplier," ...

Fantasporto 2012 honors Bram Stoker the creator of the gothic novel "Dracula" who died 100 years ago

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  100 YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF BRAM STOKER   Bram Stoker died 100 years ago and Fantasporto 2012 honors the creator of the gothic novel "Dracula". There were very few stories left behind by a writer that was adapted to cinema so often. Bu one of his texts became world famous. A novel and from this novel emerged one of the most distinguishable characters of all: Count Dracula. Despite not being the first vampire story ever written, it was surely the one that gave...

Fantasporto homage to Karen Shakhnazarov

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A LEGEND OF RUSSIAN CINEMA IN FANTAS 2012   Karen Shakhnazarov   One of today’s most important Russian filmmakers is honoured at the 32nd edition of Fantasporto. The screenwriter, producer and director Karen Shakhnazarov is also thedirector of Russia's largest movie studio - Mosfilm. In 2010 he was awarded in Fantasporto for the film "Ward Number 6", which shows us how easy it is to become what we most fear. Now, the Porto Internationa...

Fantasporto 2012 to honor Karen Shakhnazarov, Russian legen

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Karen Shakhnazarov One of today’s most important Russian filmmakers is honoured at the 32nd edition of Fantasporto. The screenwriter, producer and director Karen Shakhnazarov is also the director of Russia's largest movie studio - Mosfilm. In 2010 he was awarded in Fantasporto for the film "Ward Number 6", which shows us how easy it is to become what we most fear. Now, the Porto International Film Festival pays Shakhnazarov a due homage presen...

Fantasporto 2012 has decided to pay its tribute to director-producer António-Pedro Vasconcelos

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TRIBUTE TO ANTÓNIO-PEDRO VASCONCELOS 2012   António-Pedro Vasconcelos Homage in Fantasporto 2012   A director who was able to attract over 1 million viewers to the cinemas to see Portuguese films, definitely deserves a tribute at Fantasporto 2012. António-Pedro Vasconcelos is the only director who can boast such a feat and the International Film Festival of Porto has chosen him as the Portuguese personality to be highlighted in its 32ndedition. Becau...

27th SBIFF was the World Premiere of "The Samaritan" (2012)

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  SBIFF PRESS Sunday, January 29th at the 27th SBIFF was the World Premiere of "The Samaritan" (2012) at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Actor Samuel L. Jackson and director David Weaver appeared on the red carpet for interviews. Summary: "After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion."...

SASSY PANTS (2012) premier at 27th SBIFF

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  SBIFF PRESS Saturday, January 28th, 2012, Santa Barbara International Film Festival held the premier of SASSY PANTS (2012) at the Metro Theatre. In attendance were stars: Haley Joel Osment, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Ashley Rickards (from MTV’s Awkward), Diedrich Bader (Drew Carey Show). Synopsis: A biting coming of age comedy, "Sassy Pants" follows recent homeschool grad BETHANY PRUITT as she struggles to break free from her smothering mom without any help from ...

Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition 2012 Red Carpet Awards Event in Los Angeles and Austin. Call for Entries.

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  A NEW FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE   The Fourth Annual International Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition Offers An Alternative To The Usual Film Festival Fare Many of today’s film festivals have become crowded, impersonal events that follow the same formulaic routines. If celebrities, directors, or casts from movies are present, interactions are very limited, sometimes staged, and offer little or no opportunity for networking or close contact. Wo...

James Franco at PSIFF 2011 on 'SAL' (2011)

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  James Franco and Val Lauren in Palm Springs for 'SAL' (2011) by PSIFF press James Franco’s feature film SAL (2011) held its world premiere at the 68th La Biennale Venice Film Festival. Most recently the film debuted in Palm Springs during the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. After the screening of the film, Franco appeared with lead actor in SAL, Val Lauren, to attend a Q and A to audiences. Read some of Franco’s answers to questions below.   JAMES...

James Franco at PSIFF 2011 on 'SAL' (2011)

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  James Franco and Val Lauren in Palm Springs for 'SAL' (2011) by PSIFF press James Franco’s feature film SAL (2011) held its world premiere at the 68th La Biennale Venice Film Festival. Most recently the film debuted in Palm Springs during the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. After the screening of the film, Franco appeared with lead actor in SAL, Val Lauren, to attend a Q and A to audiences. Read some of Franco’s answers to questions below.   JAMES...

Hungarian legend Bela Tarr wins FIPRESCI AWARD at PSIFF for 'The Turin Horse'.

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At the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival, the FIPRESCI AWARD went to the Hungarian film 'The Turin Horse' (2011), Hungary 's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the latest and last film by the legendary auteur director Béla Tarr. I interviewed Mr. Tarr, Béla in September while in Reykjavik during the 8th annual Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF) where he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Golden Puffin Award for greatness in filmmaking from the Ice...

John Waters to be spotlighted at the 15th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival

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    The 15th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, April 11-15, 2012, will pay tribute to innovative filmmaker John Waters, hosting the American director, author, actor and photographer during a special evening on Saturday, April 14th, at the Sonoma Veteran's Memorial Building.   The night's events will include Waters' one-man "vaudeville" act that celebrates the film career and obsessional tastes of the man William Burroughs once called "The Pope of T...

French Director Hazanavicius announced his next project on the war in Ceceniaat Capri Hollywood

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  FROM «THE ARTIST» TO CECENIA WAITING FOR THE GOLDEN GLOBES AND THE OSCARS French director Hazanavicius received the Best Film Award for his black & white movie at «Capri, Hollywood» where he announced his next project: a feature-film inspired to a Fred Zinnemann movie: «A contemporary story with a woman as a leading character »                        ...

Hazanavicius: from the Artist to the blast of the war in Cecenia

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French director Hazanavicius received the Best Film Award for his black & white movie at «Capri, Hollywood» where he announced his next project: a feature-film inspired to a Fred Zinnemann movie: «A contemporary story with a woman as a leading character » From the poetry of silent cinema to the blast of the war in Cecenia: French filmmaker Michael Hazanavicius, director of the "The artist" - one of the greatest favourites in the race for all the Awards 2012 - announced his next project, fea...

Homage and Honorary Golden Bear for Meryl Streep

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American actress and Oscar-winner Meryl Streep will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Meryl Streep has appeared in over 40 films and is looked upon as one of the world’s most talented and popular actresses. She has received countless awards and nominations as an artist, including an unprecedented 16 nominations for the Oscar (two of these coveted prizes which she won) and 18 Golden Globe nominations and seven wins. “We are delighted to be able...

Everywhere and Nowhere

Director: Menhaj Huda.
‘Everywhere & Nowhere’ is a coming of age drama about friends torn apart by choices, set in London's fast-paced clubland. The story focuses on the identity struggles of 20 year old ASH, who is conflicted between the traditions of suburban family life and his ambitions in the world of music. Over a roller-coaster of a weekend ASH navigates through the minefield of his strict family life and secret liaisons, to gain his ultimate dream of becoming a club DJ.

MY NAME IS KHAN, interview with screenwriter Shibani Bathija

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With the opening of Indian film 'DON 2' (2011) starring Bollywood giant Shah Rukh Khan, Khan has been popping up everywhere recently to promote his new film. Last week it was the Festival du Film de Marrakech and this week Dubai at DIFF. While Khan tells the world that his character ‘Don’ of the DON feature film series is his favorite character he has ever played, I would venture to say that the favorite character the world has seen him play is that of 'Rizvan Khan' in the blockbuste...

New Polish 3D Blockbuster Screens in LA

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  The Battle Of Warsaw 1920 Dir: Jerzy Hoffman. Poland. 2011. 115mins Polish director Jerzy Hoffman (born 1932) has only made 14 films in a 45 year career, but half of them have become landmarks of Polish cinema and he is regarded as one of the outstanding Polish film directors, a sort of Polish Cecile B. DeMille in terms of the grandness of his projects. His latest opus is called "Bitwa Warszawska, 1920" (The battle of Warsaw,...

New Polish 3D Blockbuster Screens in LA

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For New Polish 3D Blockbuster Screens in LAby Alex Deleon Polish director Jerzy Hoffman (born 1932) has only made 14 films in a 45 year career, but half of them have become landmarks of Polish cinema and he is regarded as one of the outstanding Polish film directors,a sort of Polish Cecile B. DeMille in terms of the grandness of his projects.His latest opus is called "Bitwa Warszawska, 1920" (The battle of Warsaw, 1920) and is another massive epic to rank with his earlier "Fire and Sword" (1999)...

ZALMAN KING SUBMITS FILM TO EROTIKOS FILM FESTIVAL

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The first-ever international Erotikos Film Festival will take place September 15-22, 2012, at the notorious Super-Inclusive Hedonism II Resort and Spa in Negril, Jamaica.  The first film that has been accepted to the Festival is from the producer of 9 ½ Weeks, Body Language, and Red Shoe Diaries, Zalman King. “Zalman King is the reigning auteur of erotic fantasy.”  The Los Angeles Times “Zalman King is the high priest of erotic filmmaking.”  Premiere Magazine King is p...

'BEHOLD THE LAMB'...LOL

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       film still from 'BEHOLD THE LAMB' (2011) The Irish film BEHOLD THE LAMB (2011) by writer/director John McIlduff walked away with the Golden Alexander for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF). As director John McIlduff had already departed the festival, the film’s producer Kevin Jackson accepted the award for him and carried it with him all night with it clasped tightly to his chest.Well, it seems that this black comedy ...

BEHOLD THE LAMB at 52nd TIFF

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              film still from 'BEHOLD THE LAMB' (2011)   The Irish film BEHOLD THE LAMB (2011) by writer/director John McIlduff walked away with the Golden Alexander for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF). As director John McIlduff had already departed the festival, the film’s producer Kevin Jackson accepted the award for him and carried it with him all night with it clasped t...

CIRKUS COLUMBIA at 'Cinedays', Skopje

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  Oscar winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic's latest film "Cirkus Columbia" (2011) screened this week to Macedonian audiences in its capital city of Skopje during the CINEDAYS film event of 70 films in 10 days! CIRKUS COLUMBIA had its world premier at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and has traveled to festivals around the world since. The film will go on to open the 'Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival' next Thursday in NYC at SVA theater! Last Sunday at Al...

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