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By Liza Foreman The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced that “The Social Network,” by the director, David Fincher, has been selected as the opening film for the 23rd TIFF. The film tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the world's biggest social-networking website, "Facebook," and stars Jessy Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake. The closing film, “The Town,” the second directorial feature by Ben Affleck, is a compelling and powerf...

The Who's Who Of Toronto

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  Woody Allen and Anthony Hopkins For you stargazers, here is a list of the films that feature top rank film directors and acting talents that are premiering this week at the Toronto International Film Festival (and the talent that is here): 127 HOURS (Danny Boyle, Director; James Franco, Actor) AMIGO (John Sayles, Director; Chris Cooper, Actor) ANOTHER YEAR (Mike Leigh, Director; Jim Broadbent, Actor) THE BANG BANG CLUB (Ryan Phillipe, Actor) BARNEY...

Toronto Film Festival Versus The Bedbugs

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  As film professionals and movie stars fly into Toronto for the international film festival that begins on Thursday, most will not realize that the city and the Festival that is its standard bearer, have been in a pitched battle with tiny insects. Panic was in the air when it was leaked to the local press last week that bedbugs (the insect scourge usually found in mattresses) were found at the Scotiabank Theatre, one of the Festival's main screening venues and the site for most of th...

Deerfield Ranch will open Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival

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  Deerfield Ranch will be the Festival's opening night film. - Sept. 15 Outdoors "Films al FrescoTM" Ben Affleck's crime thriller THE TOWN Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean, until he falls for Claire. Based on the book "Prince of Thieves". Outdoors film starts at 8pm. IN THE CAVE 6:30pm Preced...

Asheville Film to Premiere at Venice Film Festival

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    "Road to Nowhere," the independent motion picture filmed last year in Western North Carolina, will premiere at the prestigious Venice Film Festival in Italy, which is scheduled September 1-11. The film is one of 19 selected to represent the United States, along with others by such notable directors as Martin Scorsese, Sofia Coppola, Ben Affleck and the late Dennis Hopper. "Road to Nowhere" was directed by indie film guru Monte Hellman, and wr...

One day to go Until Toronto Film Festival

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RABBIT HOLE (John Cameron Mitchell, USA) With just a month left until the Toronto International Film Festival, the largest film event in North America and one of the premiere film summits of the year, the shape of the event is coming into closer view. With independent and international cinema showing some pulse at the box office after a disasterous two years, all eyes will be turning to Canada in the coming weeks for a crystal ball peak at what should be some of the big end-of-y...

Venice FF Announces Competition Section

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   SOMEWHERE (Sofia Coppola) The world premieres are coming strong and fast for the Fall film season as the Venice Film Festival has announced a particularly stellar competition section. For North Americans not making the trip to the Lido, many of these films will receive their North American premieres at the Toronto Film Festival a week later in September (the two festivals actually overlap for a few days on the first weekend of September). Twenty-two films have been set to ...

NEWSLETTER N° 469: june 25, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 469: june 25, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 79 000 film professionnals e...

Ben Afflek in the spotlight at LA Intl Film Fest

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The main event on day five of the fest Monday, was a staged conversation with actor Ben Affleck, 37, held at the Grammy Museum a short walk away from the Regal Cineplex 14 main festival venue. This was introduced by long term Newsweek film critic David Ansen who is the artistic director of the festival this year. The moderator --i.e., leading question asker -- was a Mr. Sean Smith, who prudently allowed Mr. Affleck to do most of the talking. Clips from some of his films were shown including the ...

An Evening with Sylvester Stallone at LA Film Festival

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THE BIG EVENT of the day, if not of them entire week, was a personal appearance by Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone in the ongoing festival sidebar, "Conversations With" -- featured monitored stage interviews with various Hollywood personalities of note.  The last was with actor Ben Affleck and still to come is legendary no-budget flix director Roger Corman.  Mr. Stallone, now pushing sixty-four (Born July, 1946) but looking more like thirty-four, showed up nattily dressed in...

Stallone is trophy special guest at LA Fest

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THE BIG EVENT of the day, if not of them entire week, was a personal appearance by Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone in the ongoing festival sidebar, "Conversations With" -- featured monitored stage interviews with various Hollywood personalities of note. The last was with actor Ben Affleck and still to come is legendary no-budget flix director Roger Corman. Mr. Stallone, now pushing sixty-four (Born July, 1946) but looking more like thirty-four, showed up nattily dressed in a silver grey sport coat o...

Ben Affleck becomes a poster boy again for Indie films

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A friend wrote to me last night "what are you going to see tonight?". I answered him, I'm going to see Ben Affleck, of course!  My friend replied "Ask him what happened after Good Will Hunting". Well he answered that. "C´mon, how can he be called indie?" another friend asked. I´d asked the same question myself. Well Ben Affleck answered that too, with reflections on Good Will Hunting that launched his career, role after role in films by Kevin Smith (who fa...

Taken away by ´The Two Escobars´and ´Where Are You Taking Me?´

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I wrote yesterday about 2 films receiving a lot of buzz, then felt a little worried they wouldn't meet up to my high expectations... too often the case when you hear about the best of the fest. SO- it was such a relief to emerge from the LA Film Festival cinemas yesterday and say yes, those films deserved all that buzzing. 'Where Are You Taking Me' took me to Uganda with a sincere observational eye that simply lets the magical moments unfold before you, untouched except by Kimi Takes...

LA film festival Artistic director shares his insights today

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The Global Film Village: DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival shares his insights todayDAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festivalby Marla LewinI just got off the phone with David Ansen, who I have known from the festival circuit, as well as I must admit we are neighbors. Through the years I loved reading his Newsweek reviews, as he is so highly regarded as one of Americas top film critics. It was an honor to speak with him today in his new position.Marla: So David...

The Global Film Village: DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival shares his insights today

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DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival by Marla Lewin I just got off the phone with David Ansen, who I have known from the festival circuit, as well as I must admit we are neighbors.  Through the years I loved reading his Newsweek reviews, as he is so highly regarded as one of Americas top film critics.  It was an honor to speak with him today in his new position. Marla: So David, I remember last year you were on the Jury of the LA film festival, and w...

Keri Putnam appointed as the Sundance Institute's new Executive Director

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Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute, and Wally Weisman, Chairman of the Board, today announced the appointment of Keri Putnam as the Institute's new Executive Director. "In the spirit of moving forward with new ideas and a fresh approach in the environment that surrounds us, Keri's appointment reflects the new direction in which Sundance Institute is headed," Redford said. Putnam, who recently served as President of Production for Miramax Films, the Wa...

The Global Film Village: AWARD WINNERS LIST at 21st ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA GROWS

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by Marla LewinHelen Mirren Photo taken by Stephan Rabold, Courtesy of Sony Pictures ClassicsThe 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award winner Helen Mirren with the Career Achievement Award. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 5-18, 2010.Mirren will join pre...

Complete AFI Festival Lineup Announced

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AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi today announced the complete lineup of films for the 23rd edition of the Festival, including the Closing Night Gala, Centerpiece Screening, Tributes and Special Presentations.The complete program line-up for AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi is as follows:GALAS/TRIBUTESFANTASTIC MR. FOX (Opening Night Gala, North American Premiere) Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen ...

Dubai International Film Festival Wrapped most successful edition ever

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As the curtain falls on the landmark fifth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the foremost cultural event on Dubai's yearly calendar, organizers have released figures that indicate that the 2008 event was the most successful yet.   A total of 47 500 movie-goers streamed into DIFF's screenings as of Wednesday, December 17, representing a significant increase in festival attendance over 2007. Coveted seats went in a flash, particularly for the festival's Gala...

Hollywood Awards will honor Danny Elfman

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The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, co-chaired by Paul Haggis and presented by Starz, are pleased to announce their craft honorees for this year's Hollywood Awards. Composer Danny Elfman will be given the "Hollywood Composer of the Year Award," Cinematographer Mandy Walker, A.C.S., will receive the "Hollywood Cinematographer of the Year Award," editors Daniel P. Hanley, A.C.E., and Mike Hill, A.C.E., will be honored with the "Hollywood Editor of the Year Award," product...

NEWSLETTER N° 331: September 19, 2007

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  _______________________________________________________________________________________ FESTIVALS AGENDA SUBMISSION CALENDARS Festivals calling for your films... This week, this month...   _______________________________________________________________________________________ A...

The "Hollywood Trailer Awards" Will Honor the Best in Motion Pictures Previews

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The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival(r) and Hollywood Awards(r), presented by STARZ, announced today the launch of their "Hollywood Trailer Festival" and "Hollywood Trailer Awards." This is the first major festival honoring feature film previews. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the festival."We are very excited that we will be recognizing the great art form of creation and production of film trailers," de Abre...

The "Hollywood Trailer Awards" launching this fall

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The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival(r) and Hollywood Awards(r), presented by STARZ, announced today the launch of their "Hollywood Trailer Festival" and "Hollywood Trailer Awards." This is the first major festival honoring feature film previews. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the festival."We are very excited that we will be recognizing the great art form of creation and production of film trailers," de Abreu said.The "Hollywood Trailer ...

Do you remember your first time?

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Which big-screen moments first inspired Oscar® winning actors Denzel Washington, Ben Affleck and Anthony Hopkins to fall in love with the movies? The answers might surprise you, as revealed in exclusive Fandango video interviews at its new Awards Watch section, launching today at http://www.fandango.com/awardswatch. Anecdotes include:- Denzel Washington attending "2001";- Ben Affleck urging his brother Casey to see "Lawrence of Arabia";- Anthony Hopkins on "House of Wax" and other 3D movies (wa...

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN Wins National Board of Review Award

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And we're off.....the awards season has kicked off in high gear this past week, with the announcement of the Gotham Awards in New York, the nominations for the Film Independent Spirit Awards and now the National Board of Review, the first of the end-of-the-year critics groups to bestow prizes. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, Joel and Ethan Coen's nouveau Western, was named Best Film of the Year. The film also won a Best Adapted Screenplay prize for the Coens, as well as an award for Best Ensemble Cast, ...

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