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Talking 'Quietly' with Cole Wiley

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                          I am super proud to present my good friend Colen C. Wiley. Cole and I met at an NYU interview four years ago where each of us had been interviewed by then NYU film teacher Milcho Manchevski, director of a favorite film of mine, Before the Rain (1994). Cole Wiley is the most educated up and coming filmmaker I know. He is a Harvard Law...

Matthew Modine accepts Global Citizen award at Martha's Vineyard Festival

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Renowned actor Matthew Modine will receive the MV International Film Festival's first annual "Global Citizen" award.The award, created by Vineyard sculptor Barney Zeitz, will be presented on Saturday, September 11, 2010. Mr. Modine's new film " The Trial," directed by Gary Wheeler and to be released by 20th Century Fox, will screen at 7:30 at the Capawock Theatre on Vineyard Haven's Main Street. The award presentation and a Q&A with audience members will immediately follow the screening. Mr. Ma...

Ghent Film Festival announces opening film Madly in Love

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The opening film of the 37th Ghent Film Festival is director Hilde Van Mieghem’s new film, Madly In Love. In this romantic comedy Van Mieghem focuses on the turbulent love lives of four women living together, played by Veerle Dobbelaere, Wine Dierickx, Marie Vinck and Aline Van Hulle. Their male counterparts are Koen De Bouw, Koen De Graeve, Kevin Janssens, Jan Decleir and Huub Stapel. Madly In Love, a feel-good rom-com zooms in on the turbulent lives of four strong women: teenager Eva, her mo...

Wall Street closing Zurich

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Premiered in the German language version, Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” starring Michael Douglas, will be screened as the Zurich Film Festival’s Closing Night Film on Sunday evening, October 3, 2010. Michael Douglas will receive the Golden Icon Award for his life’s work prior to the screening. His school day friend Danny DeVito will accept the award for Douglas, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. In addition to Danny DeVito, “Wall Street” Director Oliver S...

The Invocation is provocative

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Emmanuel Itier provokes in  “The Invocation” by Ron Gilbert Emmanuel and I sat down in his suite at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood to discuss his journey. I have known him for over 20 years and after seeing his film, The Invocation, I discovered what I didn’t know about him. So we let the fur fly on this interview and there were no holds barred.  RGEmmanuel I just want you to know that since we are very close friends you can let me know about anything that you do not want me to pu...

The Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award goes to Michael Douglas

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School day friend Danny DeVito to accept the award on behalf of Michael Douglas US-American actor and producer Michael Douglas will receive the Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award for his life’s work. Douglas had already agreed to collect the award in Zurich before he received the news that he had cancer. The award will now be collected on his behalf at the festival’s October 3 Closing Night by his school day friend, companion and fellow actor Danny DeVito. Michael Douglas stands alon...

The Invocation is very provocative

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"Emmanuel Itier provokes in  “The Invocation” by Ron Gilbert Emmanuel and I satdown in his suite at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood to discuss his journey. I have known him for over 20 yearsand after seeing his film, The Invocation, I discovered what I didn’t knowabout him. So we let the fur fly on this interview and there were no holdsbarred.  RGEmmanuel I just wantyou to know that since we are very close friends you can let me know aboutanything that you do not want me to pu...

Julia Roberts to attend San Sebastian with Eat Pray Love

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Eat Pray Love will be presented in the Official Selection of the Festival, out-of-competition.Eat Pray Love takes its story from the bestseller of the same name by the author and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert. Recently divorced, Julia Roberts (Liz Gilbert) embarks on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the pleasure of eating in Italy, the power of prayer in India, and the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. Eat Pray Love will...

God, What's Up With Sharon Stone?

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Q: What's up with Sharon Stone? A: God. No kidding.  Specifically: Elohim, IHVH (i.e.; the Tetragrammaton), Allah, Mohammed, Vishnu, Buddha, Krishna, Jehovah, Generic Other-Worldy Beings, A Force Greater Than Ourselves, The Universe, and L-O-V-E, in the soul sense. Apparently Ms. Beaver-shot-seen-'round-the-world has lost her baser instincts.  If this sounds cryptic, wait until you hear Stone's narration of the upcoming docume...

INDIAN FILM REVIEWS, 2010

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        INDIAN FILM REVIEWS, 2010  -- COMPOSITE with RAAKH (1989)           ADDED NEW BOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER TO PREMIER AT BERLIN 2010 by Alex deleon -- (reviewed below)  for www.filmfestivals.com   The much awaited new Indian film "My Name Is Khan" will be premiered at the 60th annual Berlin International Film Festival on Febuary 12, out of competition but very much in the limelight otherwise.  MNIK is easily the most anticpated Hindi film of the year as it topline...

From An Education to One Day

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An Education: Lone Sherfig's last film An Education (2009) won her Academy Award nominations for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress for Carey Mulligan and Best Sceenwriting adaptation. Her next film, One Day (2011), is in production now.    I met Lone in January in California on a panel for her US premier of An Education, an unusual dark romantic comedy/drama inspired by a memoir about Rachmanism in London during the 1960's. The main antagonist David (played by P...

Mickey Pizzo Mouse! :-)

Recently, I spoke with Philadelphia born actor Mickey Pizzo about his acting career. ME: So, Mickey, what are you working on at the moment since Sopranos? MICKEY: Since 'The Sopranos', I'm premiering in a new play about Fashion Icon Isabella Blow called 'Blow by Blow' playing the role of her husband, Detmar Blow. I'm also about to do a film in September and I'm looking for financing for a film I wrote calle

The Pack...Mistake or Murder?

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  Writer/Director/Producer Alyssa Rallo Bennett of The Pack (2009) speaks about the film that is closest to her heart. The Pack raises the question of 2nd hand smoke and its fatal consequences. Being a hot debate, no doubt this film will raise questions and bring awareness to viewers worldwide. In a riveting scene of the film, a man throws a steak knife onto the table next to a 'pack' of cigarettes and at the top of his voice screams: 'Are you gonna tell me these are the same?' Well, ...

Finding David Fine

ME: Hi David. Well, to be honest, you have so many projects going on... can share with me which projects in the last year you are most proud of and were maybe most challenging?   DAVID: The last two I did were pretty intense. In "Stricken" I played the heroic lead, saving a young woman, played, masterfully, by my co lead Stephanie Michelle French, from Demonic Possession. I play a

The Beginner is 'the end of the beginning'!

Ben Coccio (Zero Day, 2003) is the writer/director of the new tell it like it is coming of age/road movie, The Beginner (2010). I asked Ben to tell us about his new film The Beginner. Read interview below.   me: "So, Ben. I love the dollar bill! lol! Can you tell us about The Beginner? What do you want to say about American culture to the rest of the world through this film? B

'Night Before the Wedding' to 'Goodbye Promise'

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  Actor Gregor Collins speaks about his roles from Night Before the Wedding (2009) to Goodbye Promise (2010)   me: First, can you talk about Night Before the Wedding (2009) and your film Chloe and Keith's Wedding (2009) and how you managed to be in two wedding films at the same time?   Gregor: Ha - I can see how you would ask that! Night Before the Wedding is totally separate from Chloe and Keith's Wedding - I happened to be cast in CAKW a couple ...

An Evening with Sylvester Stallone at LA Film Festival

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THE BIG EVENT of the day, if not of them entire week, was a personal appearance by Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone in the ongoing festival sidebar, "Conversations With" -- featured monitored stage interviews with various Hollywood personalities of note.  The last was with actor Ben Affleck and still to come is legendary no-budget flix director Roger Corman.  Mr. Stallone, now pushing sixty-four (Born July, 1946) but looking more like thirty-four, showed up nattily dressed in...

New York Documentary Film Festival

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The Italian Festival dei Popoli arranged at the Anthology Film Archives in New York from May 26 -30 a documentary film festival and presented a selection of Italian productions. Guided by 'The Feeling of Being There' theme the program included influential classic international documentaries produced during the 1958-1965 period which had a strong impact on documentary film making. An additional focus was an Italian Chronicles section with the work of Alessandro Rossetto and a Special Events pa...

Stallone is trophy special guest at LA Fest

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THE BIG EVENT of the day, if not of them entire week, was a personal appearance by Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone in the ongoing festival sidebar, "Conversations With" -- featured monitored stage interviews with various Hollywood personalities of note. The last was with actor Ben Affleck and still to come is legendary no-budget flix director Roger Corman. Mr. Stallone, now pushing sixty-four (Born July, 1946) but looking more like thirty-four, showed up nattily dressed in a silver grey sport coat o...

NEWSLETTER N° 468: june 16, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 468: june 16, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 79 000 film professionnals e...

Erotic Drama Aka In Between Us Mammals

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 Today there are many films that talk about adulteries and love affairs, especially in France. Ever since 1958 French film about adultery Les Amants directed by Louis Malle with Jeanne Moreau rediscovered human nature. While in 1965, French director Agnès Varda created a minor shock wave in American film with her release of film Happiness (Le Bonheur), a film that openly confronted the topic of adultery in an era before the conception of “open marriage.” And another French film of this era...

Overview of films at 63rd Cannes

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There was a protest today about the Algerian movie, and the French people are concerned how this piece of history might reflect its point of view.  Passing through Paris there was news of a protest in the city which greatly effected traffic.   Last Monday meetings and flights were cancelled again for those flying in and out of Heathrow and Rotterdam, with renewed concern because of volcanic ash.  None of this stopped the artists, and producers from coming to Cannes to continue their wo...

Global Film Village: Overview of films at 63rd Cannes

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                                                     The Palais at Cannes: photo by Marc Halperinby Marla Lewin There was a protest today about the Algerian movie, and the French people are concerned how this piece of history might reflect its point of view.  Passing through Paris there was news of a protest in the city which greatly effected traffic.  Last Monday meetings and flights were cancelled again for those flying in and out of Heathrow and Rotterdam, with ...

"Hanna" Sale is Biggest Market Deal So Far

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Focus Feature's new movie "Hanna" was sold to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition Group, which is quickly becoming a major buyer of independent films.  Sony made an aggressive move purchasing distribution rights for every territory that it could, except for the following places that Focus retains the rights for: US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Israel, Middle East, and CIS.  This marks the largest market deal so far here in Cannes, according to "The Variety."  &qu...

Fifth edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival opened

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FIFTH LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL"We don't select -- we Choose!" by Alex DeleonThe fifth edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival opened a six day run on Saturday, May 8, at the classy Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills with a very off-beat film from Israel, "A Matter of Size", about Hebrew speaking Sumo wrestlers (!) and an hour long Gala stars-of-yesteryear studded reception in the lobby preceding the screening. The film was exceptional and the array of celebrities at the recep...

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