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Who's Sexiest People Party; Great Hall At University of Sydney, By Eva Rinaldi

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  Who's Sexiest People Party; Great Hall At University of Sydney, by Eva Rinaldi Tonight it was Who magazines 'Sexiest People Party'. As you may have heard via the sexy Sydney grapevine, Ricki-Lee Coulter made an appearance on Who magazine's sought-after Sexiest People issue, which is out next flirty Friday. Ms Sexy was also tonight's guest performer (in public) at Who's Sexiest People Party in the Great Hall at the Universit...

The Corpse must die

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Director: Jozef Pasteka.
Story The main characters of this contemporary comedy are connected to each other by their profession and family ties. University professor and a translator of Dante, Kryštof Mitrovský, his wife of 20 years, Naďa, and her brother, twice-divorced university rector Alexander Pažický who can find a solution in any situation. Krištof is a believer in the Taoist passivity; he rejects his brother-in-law’s careerism and suffers from narcolepsy. However, in the presence of women he wakes up miraculously. Just like in a centaur, he struggles with the conflict between the head of a human and the body of a beast, between morality and human passion. “God, when will you bless me with impotence, it will end the suffering…” sighs Miro Noga playing the role of Krištof. The story starts with a scene of infidelity: Naďa catches her husband “consulting” with his student Silvia who suffers from nymphomania. Deeply upset, Naďa visits her lawyer friend and files for divorce. Later at a gas station, she runs into a man who insults her. Anger against the entire male race bursts forth and Naďa kicks the man with all her might in his butt. The man follows her home. Scared to death in the scary darkness of her building, Naďa hits the man and he falls to the ground, motionless. This unlucky incident starts a series of other unexpected events…

"I Am" from Tom Shadyac takes Grand Prize at 2nd New Media Film Festival SF Bay Area

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Seasoned newscaster, consumer editor, and 20+ year investigative reporter Tom Vacar of KTVU-Fox-Channel 2, an Ohio native and alum of Cleveland State, moderated the first panel discussion (New Media: The Who, What, Why and How?) that included other Cleveland, Ohio panelists Traci Nickerson (Greenhouse Studios-Burbank, CA) and Academy of Art University teacher, prolific screenplay writer, and esteemed book author James Dalessandro .  Vacar offered some valuable insights and threw out some hard...

Minneapolis Underground Film Festival fosters fresh indie talent

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Web site address: http://www.minneapolisundergroundfilmfestival.com/ The new 2011 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival aims to satisfy audiences with its commitment to finding the freshest talent in independent film.   Now entering its 4th year, the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival has matured in programming and outreach. With fresh leadership in place actively seeking out the newest talent in underground cinema, the film festival curated showcase will feature th...

The inspirational TRUE STORY about Sam Childers and the civil conflict in Sudan, “Machine Gun Preach

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The inspirational TRUE STORY about Sam Childers and the civil conflict in Sudan, “Machine Gun Preacher”, Due out Nov 2, 2011Executive producer of “Machine Gun Preacher”, Louise Rosner, is brave, fearless, pretty, and personable. She traveled to Sudan and Uganda back in January of 2010 for pre-production research and scouting, and stated that, “Going to Sudan was especially intimidating. The director, Marc Forster (“The Kite Runner”), the screenwriter, Jason Keller, and I, had to...

Fifty Is The New Thirty

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If one subscribes to the hype that 50 is the new 30, then a Pandora’s box of complications, mixed signals and confused messages arise. These are some of the themes explored in the insightful comedy ABOUT FIFTY (formerly titled FIFTY-NOTHING) which opened the 2011 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Friday evening. The resonant film is a modern comedy that explores the simple truth that it’s never too late to start over again. Even at age 50. The action centers on tw...

The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival kicks off tomorrow

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  In only one day the 4th edition of the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival opens the curtain in Utrecht, the Netherlands. With a total of 31 films from 9 countries the festival introduces some of the latest films from East and South Eastern Europe, from countries that are not yet members of the European Union. Also rare and yet unseen material can be found among the selection. The festival runs from October 26 - 30, 2011.   Special guest at ENFF is European Shooting Star 2011 ...

Thessaloniki gearing up for 52nd edition,

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We will be covering the festival with dailies...stay tuned       52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will run  November 4 - 13, 2011 With less than a week to go before the start of the event, we have the pleasure to contact you with the latest news from this year's 52ND Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which kicks off Friday, November 4th.   A complete list of this year's line-up can be found at the end of this pres...

Fifty Is The New Thirty

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  If one subscribes to the hype that 50 is the new 30, then a Pandora’s box of complications, mixed signals and confused messages arise. These are some of the themes explored in the insightful comedy ABOUT FIFTY (formerly titled FIFTY-NOTHING) which opened the 2011 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Friday evening. The resonant film is a modern comedy that explores the simple truth that it’s never too late to start over again. Even at age 50. The action cen...

Successful 11th Festival de Cine Alemán in Buenos Aires

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The 11th Festival de Cine Alemán was held at the Village Recoleta Cinema in Buenos Aires from 22-28 September, 2011. An extensive program of 10 feature films, two documentaries, a silent film and the Next Generation Short Tiger 2011 showcase was shown. The festival opened on 22 September with Philipp Stölzl's film GOETHE! The main program also featured ALMANYA (ALMANYA - WILLKOMMEN IN DEUTSCHLAND) by Yasemin Samdereli, THREE (DREI) by Tom Tykwer, COLOR OF THE OCEAN (DIE FARBE DES OZEANS) b...

The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht (NL): A Spotlight on Turkey

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  The non-competitive festival ENFF features a unique program of rarities from East- and South East Europe - countries that are not yet members of the European Union. Recent films are presented alongside with classics that are hardly known outside of their country of production. Today the festival announces the first titles of the upcoming edition.   A major aim of ENFF is to connect local audiences with mentalities from people and places that are closer to us than we think....

Silent Film Festival wrapped

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After four days of packed houses and 18 extraordinary programs, the 16th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival ended on a spectacular note.  Alexander Payne introduces the Closing Night Film Photo © Pamela Gentile    The festival concluded with Victor Sjöström's masterpiece HE WHO GETS SLAPPED and the brilliant accompaniment by the Matti Bye Ensemble from Sweden. In their excellent introductions of the film, Guest Director...

IRON DOORS, an interview with Stephen Manuel

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 IRON DOORS (2010), a new psychological thriller to make you think. About an investment banker with no name (we never get his name in this film so he’s a kind of Everyman investment banker) wakes up to find himself stuck inside a vault with no way out. ‘No food. No water. No way out.’ We experience his loneliness, hunger, thirst, frustration and even his hallucinations with him as he struggles to stay alive… or we are also left to wonder if he is even alive at all and maybe he has been ...

IRON DOORS, an interview with Stephen Manuel

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 IRON DOORS (2010), a new psychological thriller to make you think. About an investment banker with no name (we never get his name in this film so he’s a kind of Everyman investment banker) wakes up to find himself stuck inside a vault with no way out. ‘No food. No water. No way out.’ We experience his loneliness, hunger, thirst, frustration and even his hallucinations with him as he struggles to stay alive… or we are also left to wonder if he is even alive at all and maybe he has been ...

Breckfilmfest special guests

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David Gallagher is most recognized from his 11 seasons as “Simon Camden” on the hit WB series 7TH HEAVEN. Prior to his time on 7TH HEAVEN,Gallagher made his mark on the big screen starring in PHENOMENON alongside John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker and Robert Duvall. In the hit sequel LOOK WHO’S TALKING NOW he re-teamed with John Travolta to star opposite Kirstie Alley. Additionally, David has starred in THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SPIN & MARTY opposite Judd Nelson, ANGELS IN THE ENDZO...

Pnomh Phen: Cambodian Film Making Challenges

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Over a period of fifteen years through 1975, known as the golden age of the Khmer cinema, Cambodia produced almost 400 films. Under the four year terror regime of the Khmer Rouge the Cambodian film industry and most of its worker were terminated with only 30 films left intact. Laboratories, films, and theatres were destroyed; actors and directors slaughtered. Very few were able to leave the country. Others lived underground, like the noted Mao Ayuth, disguising their professional background fo...

Program for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

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Here it is - the program announcement for the 16th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival! The eighteen programs coming to the Castro this July 14 - 17 feature beautiful new restorations, original commissioned scores, dispatches from the preservation front, masterpieces from the canon, and rarely screened gems. There's not one to be missed. Some highlights of this year's festival:What better way to begin than with the presentation of an amazing discovery: UPSTREAM. For Opening Night, we celeb...

A Tribute To Sidney Poitier

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  Sidney Poitier, an iconic screen presence and a game changer for the way that African Americans were perceived in the turbulent years of the 1950s and 1960s, is being honored this evening by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York with the 2011 Chaplin Award. Poitier will be praised by an eclectic and star-studded list of celebrities including Dan Ackroyd, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Ruby Dee, Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Norman Jewison, James Earl Jones, Quincy Jones, Ben Ki...

UNCLE BOONMEE at Copenhagen Film Festival

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INTERVIEW WITH: Apichatpong Weerasethakul                       UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (Thailand, 2010) screens at Copenhagen Film Festival 2011   Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Vanessa McMahon interviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul     INTERVIEW WITH Apichatpong Weerasethakul.   During the 51st Th...

Christine Vachon: The State of Cinema is...Not Necessarily Taking Place in a Cinema

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Last night, closing out day 4 of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Christine Vachon of Killer Films delivered the State of Cinema Address. Christine has personally produced over 60 films, including I'm Not There, Boys Don't Cry, One Hour Photo, and the 2010 HBO mini series Mildred Pierce. The annual Address is billed as assessment of cinema + culture + society. Here's a little summary. The style of the talk was the type where Vachon would ask a question, sort of state that she ...

Christine Vachon: The State of Cinema is...Not Necessarily Taking Place in a Cinema

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Last night, closing out day 4 of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Christine Vachon of Killer Films delivered the State of Cinema Address. Christine has personally produced over 60 films, including I'm Not There, Boys Don't Cry, One Hour Photo, and the 2010 HBO mini series Mildred Pierce. The annual Address is billed as assessment of cinema + culture + society. Here's a little summary. The style of the talk was the type where Vachon would ask a question, sort of state that she didn'...

IF NOT US, WHO?

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IF NOT US, WHO? (Greece, 2010) is a documentary film by Greek filmmaker Nikoletta Papathanassiou about highschool students in Athens in 2006 who occupy their highschool in protest of the worsening education system in Greece which they feel is turning them into robots to serve an Americanized capitalist system rather than to create thinking individuals who serve a collective democratic society. The students sleep in and live in the school in form of a strike making it impossible fo...

IF NOT US, WHO?

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IF NOT US, WHO? (Greece, 2010) is a documentary film by Greek filmmaker Nikoletta Papathanassiou about highschool students in Athens in 2006 who occupy their highschool in protest of the worsening education system in Greece which they feel is turning them into robots to serve an Americanized capitalist system rather than to create thinking individuals who serve a collective democratic society. The students sleep in and live in the school in form of a strike making it impossible fo...

Interviews with Apichatpong Weerasethakul from Sofia International Film Festival 2011

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Vanessa McMahon interviews Apichatpong Weerasethakul                           During the 15th SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Sofia, Bulgaria, the film UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (Thailand, 2010) screened to an international audience.    INTERVIEW WITH Apichatpong Weerase...

13th TDF documentary film lineup

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film still from MY SWEET CANARY (2011), opening film for 13th TDF 13th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Images of the 21st Century March 11 – 20, 2011 The 13th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, presents approximately 220 films (shorts and features) by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program (previously announced on February 25). OPENING FILM ...
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