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Is Oliver Stone An Anti-Semite?

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  Is Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone an anti-semite? This question has swamped the blogosphere in the past few days after the director gave a controversial interview to the Sunday Times of London. The director of such celebrated films as PLATOON, WALL STREET, JFK and NIXON, whose most recent documentary SOUTH OF THE BORDER is a controversial look at the left-leaning politics in current favor in South America, has not exactly been known for his discretion. He is a social and political...

Michel Award at Filmfest Hamburg 2010

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The Zieglerfilm Köln GmbH funds and hands out the Michel Award this year at the 8th Michel Kinder- und JugendFilmfest of Filmfest Hamburg 2010. The award includes prize money of 5000 euros. The patronage for this year’s Michel Kinder und JugendFilmfest is shared: award-winning actor Kai Wiesinger along with his wife and colleague Chantal de Freitas. ...

New York: JAPAN CUTS Film Festival

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Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival, though most titles were screened at the Japan Society, JAPAN CUTS is the largest Japanese film festival in the United States. Held for the fourth time from July 1st through the 4th, it offered this year during the Asian Film Festival and at the Japan Society 24 titles spanning a wide variety of themes and styles. This diversity in film making approaches is certainly startling ranging from the anime KING OF THORN on a world threatening cold slee...

Jerusalem International Film Festival wraps with awards

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The 27th Jerusalem International Film Festival came to an EndThe winner of the Haggiag Family Award for Israeli Cinema Best Full-Length Feature is Intimate Grammar, directed by Nir Bergman, and produced by Assaf AmirThe winner of the Van Leer Award for Israeli Cinema for Best Documentary Film is A Film Unifinished, directed by Yael Hersonski and produced by Noemi Schory and Itay Ken-TorFollowing are the winning films in the Festival competition:The Haggiag Award for Best Full-Length Feature Film...

Oh the Baptism, Oh the Puppets

Director: Chady Rizk.
Peter is about to direct his first long feature film. Seeking for absolute authenticity in the performance of the actors, he chooses them according to their background and studies their psyche to fit his movie’s characters. Thus it becomes a very easy game to him to manipulate the actors considering that it is something very ordinary to him in his social life. During the process, he speaks to someone about this particular subject, justifies his behavior and talks about the multiple methods of brainwashing that are applied around the world. His assistant director, also his friend, Sally is kind of a shoulder to cry on about the rejection from the girl he loves; Elizabeth. His so-called-friend Mike is the one who hacks the systems and succeeds to pull out information about the actors for Peter to study their characters. However, Peter’s unstoppable addiction to manipulation has lead to an actual tragedy among the actors…

Cairo Time on Aruba Time

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 Cairo Time on Aruba Time! Ruba Nadda and Patricia Clarkson on red carpet at Aruba IFF. The night before their premier, we met at the Aruba Golf Resort at The Burning Plain after party and over all-you-can-Mumms, I spoke with them both about their experience filming entirely on location in Cairo. In the presence of flipping and twirling Aruba Carnivalesque stage dancers- a truly Lynchian moment- they told me how marvelous and exciting their experience in Cairo was. From the looks of their l...

Daniel Iron and Ruba Nadda

  Daniel Iron and Ruba Nadda appear on the red carpet at Aruba IFF to premier their film Cairo Time starring Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig In Cairo on her own as she waits for her husband, Juliette finds herself caught in a whirlwind romance with his friend Tareq, a retired cop. As Tareq escorts Juliette around the city, they find themselves in the middle of a brief affair that ca

The Complete Clint Eastwood

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Actor, director, screenwriter, jazz musician, music composer, politician, philanthropist, film legend.....these attributes could describe a cadre of people, but when they all wrapped into one outsized personality, it is truly impressive. Such is the career of Clint Eastwood, a television and film master who remains at the top of his professional game at 80 years young. To honor the octogenarian's contribution to the history of cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoting much of its Ju...

The Complete Clint Eastwood

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  Actor, director, screenwriter, jazz musician, music composer, politician, philanthropist, film legend.....these attributes could describe a cadre of people, but when they all wrapped into one outsized personality, it is truly impressive. Such is the career of Clint Eastwood, a television and film master who remains at the top of his professional game at 80 years young. To honor the octogenarian's contribution to the history of cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoting mu...

The Global Film Village: ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT SCREENS with small red carpet, BIG STARS

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by Marla LewinThe World Premiere of "One Lucky Elephant" at the L.A. Film Festival attracted  Lily Tomlin, Academy Award-director, Kathryn Bigelow and actress Persia White ("Girlfriends"), who saw the film and stayed for a special panel discussion hosted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that focused on the plight of elephants and other wild animals in captivity.  Moderated by NY Times journalist and author Charles Siebert, the panel featured the film’s di...

Patricia Clarkson speaks to fest21 on the Cairo Time red carpet from Aruba

He who hath not seen Cairo hath not seen the world. Her soil is gold; her Nile is a marvel; her women are like the black-eyed virgins of Paradise; her houses are palaces; and her air is soft, as sweet-smelling as aloe-wood, rejoicing the heart. And how can Cairo be otherwise, when she is the Mother of the World? --"A Thousand and One Nights" About Cairo Time starring Patricia Clarkson (Juliette)

IFI Ireland on Sunday presents a celebration of Deirdre O'Connell, founder of Dublin's Focus Theatre

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  IFI Ireland on Sunday presents a celebration of Deirdre O'Connell, founder of Dublin's Focus Theatre A Tribute to Deirdre O'Connell (1939-2001)   Hold the Passion by Ronan O'Leary  June 20th 1pm   One of the most colourful personalities of Irish theatre in the second half of the twentieth century, Deirdre O'Connell is remembered for her dedication to Focus Theatre which she founded, ...

Muscle Beach Venice Reality Show

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As a sports and health writer in addition to my film industry involvement ,I attended the Annual Memorial day Muscle Beach Venice body builder contest which has now added a bikini contest. I was there to support my buddy , body builder Bill Howard ,who kept the tradition alive  in Muscle Beach  Venice .during the lean years and was there back in the day, at the original Santa Monica Muscle Beach which closed in 1959,along with Steve Reeves,Jack LaLanne and other well known muscle men,He was ...

Digitally restored Rashomon to screen

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NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION RASHOMON
(Japan 1950) Directed by Akira KurosawaStarring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo 88 min / b/w / cert 12AA BFI releasewww.bfi.org.uk/releases
Release date: 18 June 2010Opening Venues: BFI Southbank, Irish Film Centre, plus venues tbcTo coincide with Akira Kurosawa’s centenary, the BFI is delighted to release to cinemas on June 18 the stunning 2008 Academy Film Archive restoration of Rashomon, the brilliant and hugely influential meditation on the relativ...

Zlin Film Festival Artistic Director Petr Koliha Looks Back And Ahead

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  On the eve of the Zlin Film Festival, which kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations on Sunday, May 30, I spoke with the very busy Petr Koliha, the Festival's Artistic Director. As the first major film event following Cannes, the Zlin Film Festival takes up the mantle of film appreciation, with a particular focus to film and media projects produced for the children and youth market. As all eyes turn east to the UNESCO heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic, Petr Koliha sha...

Zlin Film Festival Artistic Director Petr Koliha Looks Back And Ahead

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On the eve of the Zlin Film Festival, which kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations on Sunday, May 30, I spoke with the very busy Petr Koliha, the Festival's Artistic Director. As the first major film event following Cannes, the Zlin Film Festival takes up the mantle of film appreciation, with a particular focus to film and media projects produced for the children and youth market. As all eyes turn east to the UNESCO heritage city of Zlin in eastern Czech Republic, Petr Koliha shares his tho...

The Ischia Legend Award 2010 has been awarded to Jeremy Irons.

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  The British actor (Oscar winner in 1990 for  "Reversal of Fortune" by Barbet Schroeder)  will receive the prestigious special award on Tuesday July 13th at Sant'Angelo of Ischia during the 8° Global Film & Music Festival. With this award the accomplished British actor joins in the Festival record beside prominent colleagues such as Sir Ben Kinglsey, Dennis Hopper, Vanessa Redgrave, Hilary Swank, Murray Abraham, Giancarlo Giannini and Stefania Sandrelli. Jeremy Irons, whos...

Aruba A to Z: The complete detailed Aruba Line up

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OFFICIAL 2010 PROGRAM   3 Idiots Year: 2009 Country: India Language: Hindi Genre: Comedy with music Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani Written by: Abhijat Joshi and Rajkumar Hirani based on a novel by Chetan Bhagat Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani   About the Film:   The story, told in intermittent flashbacks, involves the exploits of three friends pursuing an Engineering Degree. Two of them are re...

Looking Good in Shorts – an Interview with LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival Director Jeannie Roshar.

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“Comedy saves lives.”If there was ever the need to exercise the chuckle muscles, The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is the shot in the arm that the movie industry needs. The festival is the largest comedy film festival in the USA. It is dedicated to introducing the newest and hottest comedic talent to the audience and industry in a four-day, fun-packed weekend of screenings, parties, industry panels, and a star-studded red carpet awards event. Moviemaker even named it one of 2009’s best ...

Jeremy Irons to receive Ischia Legend Award

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The Ischia Legend Award 2010 has been awarded to Jeremy Irons. The British actor (Oscar winner in 1990 for “Reversal of Fortune” by Barbet Schroeder) will receive the prestigious special award on Tuesday July 13th at Sant’Angelo of Ischia during the 8° Global Film & Music Festival. With this award the accomplished British actor joins in the Festival record beside prominent colleagues such as Sir Ben Kinglsey, Dennis Hopper, Vanessa Redgrave, Hilary Swank, Murray Abraham, Giancarlo Giann...

NEWSLETTER N° 466: may 24, 2010

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.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 466: may 24, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon in Cannes gave a toast to Future of Festivals Filmfestivals.com and Xomo gathered 100 festival directors attending Cannes for a wine tasting reception. Our Cannes...

Fest21 Exclusive Fest Director Wine Tasting!

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                                Bruno Chatelin and Malo Girod de l'Ain   Thursday night, may 19th Festivals Directors wine tasting from the Future of Cinema Salon in Cannes presented by Xomo and filmfestivals.com in partnership with Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival and Spa des Stars was a major success!...

Three Musketeers in 3D

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U.S. Distribution rights to Paul W.S. Anderson's "The Three Musketeers" in 3D, was scooped up by Summit Entertainment, who will also be selling the project worldwide in Cannes. According to "The Hollywood Reporter: The Cannes Daily," the Musketeers: Porthos, Aramis and Athos are set to be played by Ray Stevenson ("The Book of Eli"), Luke Evans ("Clash of the Titans"), and Matthew Macfadyen ("Robin Hood"). Other casted stars include Christoph Wa...

Cannes Day 4: Schedule

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In competition Another Year by Mike Leigh 8.30 14.00 22.00 Synopsis: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Family and friendship. Love and warmth. Joy and sadness. Hope and despair. Companionship. Loneliness. A birth. A death. Time passes... Out of competition You will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger by Woody Allen 11.30 17.00 19.30 Un certain Regard The City Below by Christoph Hochhäusler 11.00 16.30 Synopsis A man and a w...

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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