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review of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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Subversive horror actioner Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Starring:Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Jimmi Simpson,Erin Wasson Director: Timur Bekmambetov If Hollywood can churn out literary-horror mashups like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, why not a period epic in 3D like   Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Why ever not indeed! In this subversive fantasy/horror/actioner directed by Timur Bekmambetov, vampires  hold swa...

The Iran Job takes a slam dunk peek behind the Islamic curtain

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"THE IRAN JOB" screened at the Los Angeles Fesdtival The Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF, June 14 - 24) is mounted and presented by FilmIndependent, an organization dedicated to the promotion of independent films by new and upcoming filmmakers and talent. The programs are not studded with the names of iconic directors or well known stars but are more oriented toward intruducing the talent of tomorrow. However, as a nod to the main industry the opening film was the latest by Wo...

Philadelphia QFest will open with the Philadelphia premiere of Elliot Loves from director Terracino

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Running from July 12 to July 23, 2012, the 18th edition of Philadelphia QFest opens with the Philadelphia premiere of Elliot Loves from director Terracino and closes eleven days later with the East Coast premiere (and only second showing in the world!) of BearCity2: The Proposal. (Festival Favorites will be screened on Monday, July 23). With 107 films that include 42 feature films, 13 documentaries, and 52 short films – and 7 World Premieres, 1 North American Premiere, 2 U.S. Premieres,...

Mountainfilm 2011 Special Guests Include:

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  Baffin Babes There are no babes like the Baffin Babes. Vera, Emma, Inge and Kristin- four Scandinavian girls who tackled a burly 1,200-km ski trip across Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic in 2009-will talk about the challenges of their expedition, including sleeping in a tent in 40 below with polar bears as their closest neighbors. Wade Davis Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He holds degrees in anthropology and biology and a Ph.D...

Exclusive Interview: with Gore Vidal

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Exclusive Interview: Gore Vidal, Friend of the Country, Champions THE ENEMY OF THE SMILEby Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentOn Pearl Harbor Day, literary lion Gore Vidal, 85, allowed a rare exclusive interview at the offices of Dr. Hessam Nowzari, DDS, PhD, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Vidal made himself available to discuss Dr. Nowzari's documentary THE ENEMY OF THE SMILE that "addresses the serious global dental health issue of early-in-life oral infection" (the bacterium known as AA, a...

Director Doug Liman discusses "Fair Game"

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The acclaimed film director of “The Bourne Identity”, “The Bourne Ultimatum”, and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, as well as Executive Producer of the hit television series, “Covert Affairs”, Doug Liman, discussed his political thriller, “Fair Game”, which is currently out in movie theaters, and is a MUST SEE for EVERYONE this Holiday Season!“Fair Game” stars, “the greatest working actor, Sean Penn, as former U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson, and Naomi Watts, who gives the performance ...

Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) to be honored in Bahamas

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine,) will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year’s Film Festival, taking place December 1-5 in Nassau. Arkin will be on hand for the tribute, with the special award presentation coming from actress Abigail Breslin, who received an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress starring alongside Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine.The Career Achievem...

International Forest Film Festival

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An International Forest Film Festival competition to mark the International Year of Forests, 2011 has named Vance Martin, Jan McAlpine, and Cristina Mittermeier as the judges who will select winning films from 18 finalists in six categories. The International Forest Film Festival competition, launched by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat, will announce the finalists in December 2010, and the winners will be honoured at the global launch o...

DJ Spooky Brings His Musical Magic To Poland

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  After touring the globe for the past two years, DJ Spooky arrives in Eastern Europe. His visual/music extravaganza REBIRTH OF A NATION serves as the Opening Night attraction for the inaugural American Film Festival, a new film event that launches on Wednesday evening in Wroclaw, Poland. The man himself will be there to both orchestrate the film presentation and to mix sounds at the film's after-party at the chic Club Eter, where dancing will certainly continue into the wee hou...

Estes Park Film Festival To Honor Actor Art LaFleur

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Estes Park Film Festival To Honor Actor Art LaFleur With A Lifetime achievement AwardOrganizers of the Estes Park Film Festival recently announced that actor Art LaFleur will be the featured guest at the 5th annual event. Considered one of the greatest character actors in Hollywood, Art LaFleur has an extensive body of work in both film and television.A native of Gary, Indiana, LaFleur may be best-known for his performance as baseball player Babe Ruth in The Sandlot. LaFleur also appeared as b...

Fair Game starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn

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                                     The American director, Doug Liman, presents his first film in Competition at the Festival de Cannes. Fair Game is the backdrop for the 2005 Plame-Wilson scandal, where Valeria Plame (played by Naomi Watts), a CIA agent in the nuclear non-proliferation department, sees her reports on uranium trafficking between Nig...

Bush was most dangerous president in history: Oliver Stone

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BANGKOK ~ Oliver Stone said he’d seen the lies of the Reagan administration in the ‘eighties, and how the USA had intervened in 60 or 70 countries, but nothing had prepared him for the Bush years. “This has been the worst decade of my life” Stone told reporters in Bangkok yesterday. The film-maker, in Thailand to deliver a series of talks organised by the International Peace Foundation, said “Bush was the most dangerous president in history,” because of his policy on ...

The Writers Guild of America nominees announced

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The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East today announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, radio, news, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2009 season to be honored at the upcoming 2010 Writers Guild Awards on February 20, 2010, in Los Angeles and New York. TELEVISION NOMINEES DRAMA SERIES Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, George Mastras, J. Roberts, John Shiban, Moira Walley-Be...

The Global Film Village: AFI PROJECT: 20/20

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by Marla LewinFilmmaker exchange and cultural diplomacy program marks fourth year The American Film Institute—in conjunction with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities  and other federal programs have renewed their commitment to support this international cultural exchange program that seeks to engage audiences here and abroad through filmmakers and their films.  This  year's AFI PROJECT 20/20:  2010 participants (in alphabetical order)are: BEETLE QUEEN CONQ...

AFI project: 20/20 cultural exchange program

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Filmmaker exchange and cultural diplomacy program marks fourth yearThe American Film Institute—in conjunction with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and other federal programs have renewed their commitment to support this international cultural exchange program that seeks to engage audiences here and abroad through filmmakers and their films. This year's AFI PROJECT 20/20: 2010 participants (in alphabetical order)are:BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOYKO, directed by Jessica...

CHAMELEON

Director: Krisztina GODA.

 

Gábor is an office cleaner. Wearing overalls and a baseball hat, he seems insignificant. Working on the night shift, Gábor rarely has any contact with his employers, yet he learns everything about them by thoroughly analyzing their garbage. Since he is almost invisible, nobody suspects that Gábor is, in fact, a con man who carefully chooses his victims by the trash they leave behind. His targets are mostly disillusioned, lonely women. In a few months he destroys all their romantic illusions by taking all their savings. Having an unusually high IQ and an ability to assume various personalities, Gábor is an expert in manipulation. When he gets a job at a psychologist's office, Gábor meets Hanna, an injured dancer who happens to be the daughter of a millionaire. Insecure and vulnerable, Hanna seems to be the perfect victim. Gábor pretends to be a doctor who can cure her body and her soul, an irresistible offer for a desperate woman. Everything goes according to plan until Gábor falls in love with Hanna and has to make a hard decision between her and the money.

Christoph Waltz joins list of talent attending Ischia Global

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Christoph Waltz, Best actor in Cannes for ‘Inglourious Basterds' by Quentin Tarantino will attend the seventh Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, the summer event film world, which opens Sunday in Ischia 12 July with three Music superstars Sting, Andrea Bocelli and Zucchero. On their side the actresses Jacqueline Bisset and Elsa Pataki, directors Paul Haggis, Marc Forster, Francesca Archibugi and Dario Argento, the set designers Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo, producers, Riccardo T...

Christoph Waltz joins list of talent attending Ischia Global

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Christoph Waltz, Best actor in Cannes for ‘Inglourious Basterds' by Quentin Tarantino will attend the seventh Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, the summer event film world, which opens Sunday in Ischia 12 July with three Music superstars Sting, Andrea Bocelli and Zucchero. On their side the actresses Jacqueline Bisset and Elsa Pataki, directors Paul Haggis, Marc Forster, Francesca Archibugi and Dario Argento, the set designers Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo, producers, Riccardo Tozzi a...

John Landis will award Zucchero in Ischia Global

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The American director John Landis, author of the cult-movie "The Blues Brothers" and the movie-clips seen in history "Thriller" (actor Michael Jackson), crown Zucchero "Sugar" Fornaciari 'King of Italian blues' by delivering the "Global Music Award "on Monday July 13 in Forio d'Ischia. The culminating event of the second day of the seventh Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, will see the presence of so many other big music world beginning with Sting and Paul Young with Zucchero has collaborated sev...

The Good Pitch At SILVERDOCS

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The SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival, one of the most prestigious film events devoted to the non-fiction form, has joined forces with UK's Channel Four BRITDOC Foundation (www.britdoc.org/goodpitch) and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (www.sundanceinstitute.org/docsource) to present the North American tour of THE GOOD PITCH, a co-production market initiative that will be part of the Festival's industry events this week. The initiative received over 300 applications, with the ...

The Good Pitch At SILVERDOCS

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor The SILVERDOCS Documentary Film Festival, one of the most prestigious film events devoted to the non-fiction form, has joined forces with UK's Channel Four BRITDOC Foundation (www.britdoc.org/goodpitch) and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (www.sundanceinstitute.org/docsource) to present the North American tour of THE GOOD PITCH, a co-production market initiative that will be part of the Festival's industry events this...

Kumar Goes To The White House

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Washington D.C.----Kal Penn, the Indian-American actor best known as part of the wacky stoner duo of the Harold and Kumar movies, is heading to the White House. Penn, who also starred in Mira Nair’s international smash THE NAMESAKE, will join President Barack Obama’s staff as an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison. His job will be to keep Obama connected with arts groups and with the Asian-American and Pacific Island communities in the United States. Penn, who last year ta...

Aspen Shortsfest 2009 Program

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Aspen Film announced today its film selections that will be screening at Aspen Shortsfest 2009, April 1-5 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. More than 2,500 entries were considered from more than 60 countries, and more than 60 short films were selected from 21 countries for this esteemed, five-day Oscar®-qualifying International Competition. In its 18th year, Aspen Shortsfest is considered one of the world's premier international short film and video showcase...

Faye Dunaway Appears in White House Designer's Last Fashion

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Oleg Cassini, famous designer to stars, remembered this fashion week, designs his last fashion for independent romantic thriller, "Say it in Russian" Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) February 19, 2009 -- He was the fashion designer who got his start designing costumes for Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Grace Kelley and Gene Tierney, then went on to become the exclusive designer for first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in her White House years. Oleg Cassini, the fashion czar who left Hollywood a...

An Interview with Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie, author of "Haroun and the Sea of Stories", "Midnight's Children", "The Satanic Verses", "Shalimar the Clown", "Grimus", "Shame", "The Moor's Last Sigh", "The Ground Beneath Her Feet", "Fury', and most recently published, "The Enchantress of Florence", answered the following questions.Q-"In "The Enchantress of Florence", East meets West and West meets East. What are East and West to you?"A-"This is something that has been mixed up inside me from the time I was born. I grew up i...
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