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Randy Jones Live: Sunday Night Fever Closing Night

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By Maria Esteves – June 14, 2012   The Sunday Night Fever Closing Night Disco extravaganza hosted by American Music Award recipient pop icon Randy Jones (Original Village People Cowboy) commenced Sunday, June 10, 2012, 8:00 PM at SPLASH nightclub, New York. Dance patrons at this extraordinary evening enjoyed live telecast of the 2012 Tony Awards with Splash’s new ultra high-tech multimedia system on the lower level and 80s Disco hits with renowned resident DJ Max Rodriguez on th...

Randy Jones Hosts Sunday Night Fever

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By Maria Esteves – May 16, 2012 The latest Sunday Night Fever held at SPLASH nightclub is New York’s Disco Classics hotspot! Hosted by Award-winning pop icon Randy Jones (Original Village People Cowboy) with renowned DJ Max Rodriguez every Sunday, 8:00 PM-10:00 PM. This week’s superb playlist included “Hot Stuff,” by Donna Summers, “Souvenirs,” by Voyage and many others. Although SPLASH is excited about remodeling their venue to include a fabulous ultra high-tech multimedia sys...

WorldView and Sundance Institute to Present New Awards at Sundance London

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  Sundance Institute and WorldView today announced that they will jointly present awards to four films that focus on social justice issues in the developing world: Street Girls by Katie Mark; FARMING by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje; My Brother the Devil by Sally El Hosaini; and Valley of Saints by Musa Syeed. Each award is accompanied by a £5,000 or £10,000 grant, and the Documentary Development Award for Street Girls is enhanced with professional access to film mentorship from Je...

Make Mine Mannheim

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Arriving at any festival on the 13th of the month does not augur well, though my journey from home to Heathrow Terminal 4 had been surprisingly smooth, if long before Dawn's dusky fingers had opened the strike-free ticket offices of any of the Underground stations circling London's Regent Park. Both my Air France flights, via Paris to Frankfurt, had departed and landed on time (though we should draw a veil over the Economy Class croissants of uncertain age and provenance on the earlier flight)an...

Make Mine Mannheim

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Arriving at any festival on the 13th of the month does not augur well, though my journey from home to Heathrow Terminal 4 had been surprisingly smooth, if long before Dawn's dusky fingers had opened the strike-free ticket offices of any of the Underground stations circling London's Regent Park. Both my Air France flights, via Paris to Frankfurt, had departed and landed on time (though we should draw a veil over the Economy Class croissants of uncertain age and provena...

Tron: Legacy will close Dubai

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Tron: Legacy, a 3D high-tech adventure set in a digital universe and boasting some of the most spectacular visuals in recent cinema, will be the closing gala film of the Dubai International Film Festival 2010. Disney’s long-awaited, stand-alone follow-up to its 1982 classic Tron will screen at DIFF on December 18, 2010, a day after its release in the United States and Canada. Tron: Legacy continues DIFF’s practice of integrating major 3D films into the Festival and its tradition of closing w...

International 3D Stereo Film & Technology Festival - Belgium 1st till 3rd December 2009

A true revolution is happening near you ... 3D stereo imaging!

You are ALL concerned: movie and TV industry, entertainment parks, media, communication agencies, artists, scientists and engineers, R&D labs, manufacturers, deciders, movie buffs, high-tech enthusiasts, and, obviously, the press.

To help you appreciate and anticipate as best as possible this revolution and take advantage of all opportunities of this wave, which is as much high-tech than it is artistic, the e-mage technology cluster of Liège, in collaboration with the University of Liège, has decided to organize a yearly event, called 3D Stereo MEDIA, totally dedicated to ALL facets of 3D stereo imaging, and thus unique in Europe.

Fostering the get-together and interaction of all players in 3D stereo imaging is natural since most of the biological, psychological, and technical principles, as well as much hardware and software, of 3D stereo, apply to many applications: not only cinema - which concerns us all - but also medical imaging, architecture, urbanism, cartography, remote sensing, vehicle simulators, aerospace, design, etc.

The 1st edition of 3D Stereo MEDIA will happen in Liège, Belgium, on 1-3 December 2009, featuring a 3D stereo film festival, a large array of conferences, an exhibition, and specialized training. Hundreds of experts and professionals, coming from all over the world, will be present.

Ben Stassen, the well knowned director and producer of “Fly Me to the Moon”, the first 3D Stereo animation film in the world, will be the President of 3D Stereo MEDIA 2009.

Mariam Arthur amazing race to cannes

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DAY EIGHT The college where I am staying provided a simple breakfast of cereal, fruit, juice and tea. I caught the local bus to the Palais (the main venue of the festival and market). I went around and said hello to sales agents that I already knew and checked out their new movies until 11am when I had an appointment to close a deal for an action film from a Japanese company. I stopped at a few new booths and watched trailers of perspective movies for Cambodia. By 1pm I was hungry and ...

The Diamonds of Metro Valley

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Director: Aaron Arendt.

Dr. Price is a brilliant scientist who has created the ultimate weapon, a Remote-Operated, Nocturnally Aggressive, Lizard Device (R.O.N.A.L.D.)  Once completed, it will be an unstoppable recovery and reconnaissance force, capable of evading high-tech security systems and taking down anyone in its way. But Price has a couple problems. He’s a junkie, he’s in debt to Jonas Caine, Metro Valley’s most powerful gangster who commissioned the weapon for a diamond heist, and the robot’s behavioral aspects are bit on the touchy side.

 

While Price works in the lab, Jonas Caine is cooking up the robbery plans with his Japanese counterpart, Tokyo crime-boss Takashi Sagawas. The diamonds, stolen from the Sagawas family several generations ago, are being stored in a secret Metro Valley location. As long as the R.O.N.A.L.D. cooperates, damage will be minimal, the crime will be untraceable, and everyone will get paid.

 

But when the R.O.N.A.L.D. is accidently activated after a routine drug exchange, and two cops are viciously killed in a dark inner-city alley, Price has no choice but to destroy the device to end the killing spree, and now has only days to recreate it.

Meanwhile Metro Valley police force Detectives Jarvish and Shortridge, slighted by their inability to arrest Caine in the past, hear rumors of the heist plans and start investigating. They suspect Caine is somehow tied to the unsolved alley murders as well, and sense a huge career-enhancing bust on their horizon.

With Metro Valley police detectives hot on the case and Caine threatening to kill him if he doesn’t meet the deadline by the night of the robbery, Price is under the gun to deliver a new and improved weapon, or figure out a way to pull off the heist himself!

 

The Diamonds of Metro Valley is inspired by diamond heist films of the 1970’s, but with an added tinge of the retro-futuristic.  Filmed almost entirely on green screen, the backgrounds for each scene were individually designed shot by shot. Exciting sequences include a twelve inch robot growing to the height of a three story building, numerous gun-battles and explosions, and a thirteen minute car chase created with model cars and live action. Several years in the making, each scene in DMV has been painstaking handcrafted with multiple design and digital effects elements, effectively contributing to the unique look of this hand-made, DIY project.  

Poles Apart in London: Kinoteka Launch

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If the sparkle - and gastronomic opulence- of its Launch at a lively cocktail party (on Thursday 19th February 2009) in the cavernous but congenial bar-cum-restaurant Baltic (just across Blackfriars Bridge, beloved of mafiosi murderers, on the south side of the Thames) is a fair indication, KINOTEKA should prove to be a most successful and memorable celebration of Polish cinema and cuture in this so-called Polska!Year. As Britain is temporary home to some two million Poles, apart f...

Program of Berlinale Forum

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The 39th Forum of the Berlinale will be showing a total of 48 films from 31 countries.The selection will take festival-goers around the world - not so much in terms of the number of countries represented, but rather in the abundant connections to be discovered between the films, their often shared concerns and kindred worldviews, as well as their contradictions and mirror images. Eleven films are debuts, 25 world premieres, and twelve international premieres.This lineup includes a diverse sample...

Vicki Cristina Barcelona review

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Going in there was every reason to expect Woody Allen's latest, "Vicki Cristina Barcelona", to be a winner -- top-notch international name cast including last years Oscar laureate for best supporting actor, Spaniard Javier Bardem, a gaggle of sexy women involved with him including dazzling blonde bombshell Scarlett Johansson, and the beautiful city of Barcelona for a backdrop. Sad to say it was highly disappointing at neary every turn and was basically a high gloss low concept loser. The pict...

The “Digital Innovation Valley” dynamic continues at Mons

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The “Digital Innovation Valley” dynamic continues at MonsVirtualis announces the launch in early 2009 of Belgium’s first real-time full IP 3D studio Under the impetus inspired by the arrival of GOOGLE and MICROSOFT, new projects are continuing to spring up at Mons around the Digital Innovation Valley.Founded in May 2008, VIRTUALIS SA brings together a technological chain unique within Europe of 11 companies active in technologies linked to new forms of digital media content and the real-ti...

Award Winners Announced At FLIFF Finale

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After nearly four weeks of film screenings, special events, receptions and information seminars, weary Festival honcho Gregory von Hausch took to the stage of the Cinema Paradiso last evening to announce this year's award winners at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Winning top prize as Best Film of the Fest was Gospel Hill, the feature debut of actor/director Giancarlo Esposito. The race relations drama, made even more relevant by last week's historic Presidential electio...

Award Winners Announced At FLIFF Finale

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Gospel Hill (US, Giancarlo Esposito)    Monday, November 10---------After nearly four weeks of film screenings, special events, receptions and information seminars, weary Festival honcho Gregory von Hausch took to the stage of the Cinema Paradiso last evening to announce this year's award winners at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Winning top prize as Best Film of the Fest was Gospel Hill, the feature debut of actor/director Giancarlo Esp...

Sounds (Super-Resolution Technology) wins big at Houston

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Super-Resolution Technology Makes History at Prestigious International Film FestivalSounds, the first-ever movie produced with Super-Resolution Technology, came home with multiple awards in several categories at the recently completed WorldFest International Film Festival, including the highest score in the New Technology category. Competing against more than 500 other full-length feature independent films submitted to the 41st annual WorldFest, Sounds won a total of three of the prestigious Rem...

fmx/08 drew the cg community to Stuttgart's conferences

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In its 13th annual appearance, the fmx/08 has once more lived up to its reputation. For four full days, the conference on all things relevant to digital entertainment drew the international cg community to Stuttgart's Haus der Wirtschaft to inform themselves about the latest developments and – more importantly – to exchange ideas and experiences. The comprehensive and first-rate program is decisive in making this event the best of its kind in Europe, but other factors also play a role. Under...

Die Hard 4.0 review

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SYNOPSIS:On the 4th July weekend, the entire computer-controlled US infrastructure starts closing down in what appears top be a major hacker attack. Security Chief Bowman (Cliff Curtis) orders a crackdown on hackers, but most of them are already dead. NYPD Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis), who is in the neighbourhood of one hacker, Matt Farrell (Justin Long), while having another dispute with his daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). McClane is asked as a favour to bring Farrell in. The ...

Gangz

gangzTABLE OF CONTENT1- What is Gangz ?2- How are the Gangz defined?3- History of Gangz4- Presentation of the different Gangz5- How do Gangz interact between virtuality and reality?6- How to create your Gangz?7- How to animate a Gangz community?21- What is Gangz ?“Gangz represents the new numerical generation…the new mafia”Gangz is a collective of international numerical artists of various artistic backgrounds

City of Lights, City of Angels will line up 20 premieres

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40 new films, including 20 features (all premieres) and 20 new shorts, will be shown at the 11th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA). Acclaimed Berlin Film Festival opening film, “La Vie En Rose,” writer-director Olivier Dahan’s masterful biopic of Edith Piaf, starring Marion Cotillard and Gérard Depardieu, will open the showcase on Monday, April 16, 2007. Picturehouse will release the film on June 8th in New York and Los Angeles. The U.S. Premiere of “Michou D’Auber”...

Politics at New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival

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New York Arab & South Asian Film Festival 2007, 2/23 – 3/4There is a constant creation of new film festivals defined by regional, thematic, distribution (such as video ipods), or other parameters, propelled by a large supply of production and an ever increasing number of new film makers. This phenomenon is caused by expansion of film schools, access to low cost production equipment, and last not least public and corporate funding for film festivals. By now it is hard to ascertain how many fes...

Cinequest 17 Revolution Starts in San Jose

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More than 1,000 festivalgoers joined the Cinequest 17 Revolution on opening night, February 28, in downtown San Jose, California. The cinematic revolution of discovery and empowerment will not be televised, but you can bet it will be distributed over the Internet. Only connect. When Cinequest Co-founder and Executive Director Halfdan Hussey welcomed the crowd at the meticulously restored California Theatre, a 1927 movie palace, he urged everyone to “open minds and hearts” to the 550 artists ...

Cinequest 17 Revolution Starts in San Jose

Wednesday, February 28---More than 1,000 festivalgoers joined the Cinequest 17 Revolution on opening night in downtown San Jose, California. The cinematic revolution of discovery and empowerment will not be televised, but you can bet it will be distributed over the Internet. Only connect. When Cinequest Co-founder and Executive Director Halfdan Hussey welcomed the crowd at the meticulously restored California Theatre, a 1927 movie palace, he urged everyone to “open minds and hearts” to the 5...

Oscar-Nominated Short Films At The IFC Center

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Tuesday, February 13----Short filmmakers, even those nominated for Academy Awards, can have a hard time showcasing their work for the general public. The heyday of short films being shown in theaters before the main feature have long gone. However, intrepid New Yorkers are in for a treat this coming weekend, when the IFC Center, downtown Manhattan's most dynamic arthouse theater, will present a program of the live-action and animated short films that are up for Oscar gold.Usually, only those...

Sevilla European Film Festival, revamped 100% European

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The sun certainly shone on Sevilla's successfully revamped 100 Per Cent European Film Festival, which ran from 3rd to 11th November 2006 in the sensuous Andalucian city.(Actually, much of the downtown of this beautiful southern Spanish metropolis is currently scarred by the construction of a new underground transport system so not only the flamenco dancers have to watch their steps to cross from one florid architectural wonder to the next. Personally, I am rather fearful that whenever the first ...

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