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Cate Blanchett will receive Modern Master Award

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Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett has been selected to receive the 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Modern Master Award on Saturday, January 26, 2008, it was announced by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.Blanchett is one of the most gifted performers working today. She possesses an innate intelligence and ability to adapt completely to her characters, making her one of Hollywood’s most respected and revered talents. She developed her talent at a young age, w...

Ben Affleck directorila breakthrough saluted at Hollywood Awards

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The 11th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, will take place on October 22, 2007, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.Oscar(r)-winner Ben Affleck will be honored with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Director of the Year Award," Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly will receive the "Hollywood Supporting Actress of the Year Award," and producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan will receive the "Hollywood Producers of the Year Award."The "Hollywood Awards" wi...

Feature documentaries shine at Seattle Fest

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The 33rd edition of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) initiated its marathon 24 day run on Friday, May 25, with 18 films bursting out of the starting gates at six festival venues strategically located around the city from the landmark Space Needle to the University District (and a seventh across the lake in satellite city Bellevue). The opening event I chose to attend was "An Evening with Lisa Gerrard", hypnotic Australian song-bird/composer, introducing the screening of a mystico-...

Seattle International Film Festival in action

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The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) may not be the most glamorous or glitzy of int'l film festivals, but it is probably the one with the longest running time in captivity, this year straddling the calendar from May 25 to June 17 -- a total of 24 consecutive days or, roughly, three and a half weeks, more than twice the duration other major festivals. During this period, on heavy days when there are five ascreenings each at six widely scattered theatyers in the city, a bewildered film b...

Sir Anthony Hopkins To Be Honored At Seattle FF

 Tuesday, May 22------Oscar-winning actor and eminence grise Sir Anthony Hopkins will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, May 30 at the Seattle International Film Festival (which opens tomorrow evening). Hopkins will be presented with the Award during a special tribute evening at Seattle's Egyptian Theatre. The event will include an onstage interview, film clips and a question & answer session from the audience followed by a screening of his Oscar-nominated rol...

Sun And Celluloid: Palm Beach International Film Festival

 Thursday, April 12----Few places in the world have the instant recognition and the glamorous reputation of Palm Beach, on the fabled Gold Coast of Florida. A playground for the rich and famous for more than a century, Palm Beach (and its sister city West Palm Beach and surrounding towns Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Lake Worth and others) has also built its reputation over the years as a place of cultural excellence and diversity. Those qualities are on abundant display as the Palm Beach Internat...

Anthony Hopkins Makes His Directorial Debut

Friday, January 12----What do you do when you have won every acting accolade there is, including the coveted Oscar for an iconic role (that people will still be talking about 100 years from now)....direct an independent feature, of course. That is the decision made by Anthony Hopkins, whose Oscar-winning turn as Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan Demme's THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, is the stuff of legend. After more than 100 feature and television films in a 40 year career, Hopkins (at the ripe young a...

Nominations for the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

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Nominations for the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2006 in five film and eight primetime television categories were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood.Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg introduced Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Elijah Wood (Bobby, Happy Feet), who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors®. Screen Actors Guild will honor its own at the 13th Ann...

AFI brings Bobby Kennedy back to life

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AFI FEST Opens with 38-Year Journey by Eric BeteilleAFI FEST Daily News THE TIME IT TAKES TO JOURNEY between the former site of the Ambassador Hotel and the home of Grauman's Chinese Theater: About 20 minutes. The time it takes to journey between the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and the premiere of a film celebrating the spirit of the man and his time: About 38 years. The cast of Emilio Estevez's BOBBY, making its US premiere as the Opening Night Gala Presentation of AFI FEST 2006 presente...

AFI/AFM Launches in Los Angeles

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Tonight, the AFI Film Festival kicks off with the U.S. Premiere of "Bobby", written and directed by Emilio Estevez. The film, produced by Dan Grodnik, Gary Michael Walters and Sir Anthony Hopkins, includes an all star cast consisting of Harry Belafonte, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, and Elijah Wood. "Bobby" was...

Will Smith multifaceted talents to be recognised at Santa Barbara

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SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SET TO RUN JANUARY 25-FEBURARY 4Will Smith, multifaceted actor, producer and writer, will be this year’s recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Modern Master Award, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.Smith has the distinction of being a cross-generational draw as well as being able to break through various genres of films. Having first endeared himself as a fresh new artist in TV’s “Fresh Princ...

Antonio Banderas To Receive award from EJ Olmos at LALIFF

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LALIFF’s Opening Night Gala will be held on Thursday, October 5th. The festival will run until Sunday October 15th when the Closing Night Gala & Award Ceremony will take place. The Gabi Award Night will be held on Saturday, October 14th. All screenings will take place at the Egyptian Theatre. Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will be recognized with the Gabi Lifetime Achievement award at the 10th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF). The award ceremony will take pl...

AFI FEST 2006 Opens with BOBBY

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BOBBY is the Opening Night Gala presentation for AFI FEST, November 1 - 12, 2006. The film's US premiere is AFI FEST Opening Night, Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Written and directed by Emilio Estevez, BOBBY revisits the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968. The film's ensemble cast includes Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Antho...

The Drive in Experience at Cork Film Fest

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Fasten your seatbelt and sit back in your car as the Cork Film Festival brings Drive-In Mania Leeside.Drive-In Madness is taking Cork city by storm as the public prepares to tune in their radio stations for the unique experience of watching the classic MGM Films Rocky, The Pink Panther and The Silence of the Lambs from the comfort of their cars on the 10th, 11th and 12th of October at the Old Fords Distribution Site on Centre Park Road. An exciting element of the 51st Cork Film Festival is the r...

Venice "Mother of all Film Festivals" activity day by day

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With a couple of hours still left to go until the official kick-off of this "Mother of all Film Festivals" activity is feverish along the short stretch of the Lido known as Viale Marconi, the actual location of this oldest of all world film festivals --Now that was rather a mouthful, calling for a bit of elucidation. The first Venice film festival took place way back in 1932 when the Fascist government under Benito Mussolini, taking a page from Lenin, realized that film was a powerful propaganda...

Venice day 8 Mozart in the trenches as streeps rules catwalk

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With the festival entering its twilight phase there is no apparent letup in surprises and flashy new films. Three big ones yesterday were Kenneth Branagh's eagerly anticipated world premiere of a new screen version of Mozart's "Magic Flute", Manoel Oliveira's homage to Bunuel's "Belle de Jour", and another bravura turn by Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada". La Streep, (a magnificent 57), the last big star of the week to hit town, held forth in a most interesting press conference in which s...

Malibu International Film Festival Honors Brett Ratner

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7th Malibu International Film Festival honors Brett Ratner for Achievement in the Arts. Award presented by Sir Anthony Hopkins on the April 10th awards night at Gladstone's Malibu.The 7th Malibu International Film Festival is proud to announce the director of the highly-anticipated feature film X Men: The Last Stand, Brett Ratner, as this year¹s celebrity honoree. Mr. Ratner, director of Red Dragon with Anthony Hopkins and the Rush Hour films starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, has quickly...

Malibu Film Festival Honors Presented By Sir Anthony Hopkins

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Festival to Take Place April 7– April 10The 7th Malibu International Film Festival (MIFF) is proud to announce Academy Award Winner Sir Anthony Hopkins as special guest presenter for its 2006 special tribute to Brett Ratner. Hopkins reprised his role as Dr. Hannibal Lechter for the film Red Dragon, directed by Ratner in 2002. Past festival presenters include Gary Sinise and James Cameron.The tribute and awards ceremony took place 8pm, Monday, April 10 with dinner at Gladstone’s Malibu. Th...

Hopkins awarded Cecile B. de Mille award at Golden Globe

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More than 45 Hollywood stars have been set as presenters at “The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards” to be telecast live on NBC Monday, January 16 (8 – 11:00 p.m. EST) at The Beverly Hilton.Anthony Hopkins will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement during the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards to be telecast live on NBC on Monday, January 16, 2006. Hopkins has received six Golden Globe nominations; including four as Best Actor (Drama) for Nixon (1995), The Remains O...

A Florentine Hommage to Ismail Merchant

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For a certain niche group of cinephiles ever since the release of a film called "Shakespeare Wallah" in 1965, the "Merchant-Ivory" label has become synonymous with high-class rarified taste in cinema in some way associated with India ("A Passage to India", "Heat and Dust"), or, in the later collaborations of this producer-director team, with ultra refined literary adaptations set in Victorian England such as "The Remains of the Day", and "Howard's end". To be brutally frank, since "Merchant-Ivor...

Golden Globe Awards list of nominees

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The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards has announced its nominations.Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain gets 7 nominations for Brokeback Mountai, other nominees for best Picture are The Constant Gardener; Good Night. And, Good Luck, A History Of Violence and Match Point. The awards ceremony will take place January 16thPicture - DramaBrokeback Mountain Produced by Diana Ossana, James SchamusThe Constant Gardener Produced by Simon Channing-WilliamsGood Night. And, Good Luck. Produced by Grant HeslovA His...

High Falls Festival awards the world's fastest indian

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Rochester, New York - the home of George Eastman, the Father of Film, and Susan B. Anthony, the Mother of the Woman’s Movement – what a better place to mount the HIGH FALLS FILM FESTIVAL (November 9-13) which honored the work of women in film with a program that presented a wide variety of movies, while focusing on the achievements of women in the industry, to do something (as Susan B might have) to help correct the imbalance of employment for women in so many areas. Besides all the great f...

Johnny Depp AFI Fest 2005 tribute

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AFI FEST 2005 powers through a week of Premieres and parties--looks forward to Friday's Johnny Depp TributeAFI FEST 2005 played host to a full slate of star-studded screenings, World Premieres and special events this week, and is primed to continue its run with a second spectacular weekend. TRANSAMERICA star Felicity Huffman's film brought out her DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES co-stars, while Tommy Lee Jones' directorial debut--THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA--enjoyed its US Premiere at the Egypt...

Starz Denver International Film Festival goes live

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28th Starz Denver International Film Festival.November 10 - 20.SDIFF presents approximately 175 films over 10 days and plays host to more than 100 film artists. New international feature releases, independently produced fiction films and documentaries, animation, experimental works, children's programs and short subjects are included in the festival. In addition, a number of acclaimed international film artists are honored with tributes and special "Evenings with..." Following awards will be giv...

AFI opens with Johnny Cash bio Walk The Line

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AFI FEST presented by Audi: AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival - has become one of the most influential film festivals in North America. Now in its 19th year as a program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST spans 10 days each November and features international competitions of brand new films from emerging filmmakers, global showcases of the latest work from the great film masters and nightly red-carpet gala premieres. AFI FEST 2005 presented by Audi kicks off on November 3 at the ...
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