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In a star-studded celebration ceremony officiated by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Secretary of Commerce, Industry and Technology, Joseph Wong, the first annual Asian Film Awards (AFA’s) presented their awards tonight at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, kicking off the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong which runs through April 15th, 2007.In an event hosting 4,000 guests from around the world and broadcast on TVB (Television Broadcasts Limited) and other regional cha...

Miami Career Achievement Tribute to Luc Besson

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In honoring Luc Besson with this year’s Filmmaker Tribute, the Miami International Film Festival singles out a director who is uniquely recognized as both a European film auteur and a major Hollywood player (no small task). In his varied career, the films of Luc Besson have achieved both immense international popularity and an enduring cult appeal. The term “a Luc Besson film” summons up a very specific mental image—a kinetic, action-filled, frequently violent narrative, with a stylishly...

Mainstream or Maverick: Film Vs. Fashion in La La Land

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Los Angeles may mean mainstream when it comes to movie-making, but when it comes to ‘la mode' think maverick. Liza Foreman reports.  Paris - The poster boy for far-out fashion, L.A. designer, Jeremy Scott, stuck to his trademark of outrageous, comic designs at Paris Fashion Week Tuesday, with his aptly named Happy Daze Fall/Winter 2007 ready-to-wear collection.Scott’s eccentric line-up of retro-clothing included psychedelic dresses and outlandishly colorful coats. Models sported giant cone ...

Cinema Potpourri: February

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CINEMA POTPOURRI: February (This is a new monthly segment that will cover a variety of topics -- casting news, movie happenings, and whatever happens to be on my movie-crazed mind)  SUNDANCE(what it was…what it became…what it now wants to be)Of course, the independent film movement existed long before the Sundance Film Festival opened its doors in 1985 and officially adopted its title in 1991.  But never before had mainstream Hollywood responded so resoundingly to its possibilities. Redfor...

Career Achievement Tribute to Luc Besson

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 The Miami International Film Festival will honor French filmmaker Luc Besson on Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.In honoring Luc Besson with this year’s Filmmaker Tribute, the Miami International Film Festival singles out a director whose films have uniquely achieved both immense international popularity and an enduring cult appeal. The term “A Luc Besson Film” summons up a very specific mental image—a kinetic, action-filled, frequently violent...

Film In Focus: LOCAL COLOR

Saturday, November 11-----The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, which ends its run in Fort Lauderdale tomorrow (before taking 20 titles and filmmakers to the resort town of Key West next week), has saved some of its strongest titles for its final wrap up. Certainly one of the most anticipated films of the Festival is the Festival Closing Night Film, the Southeast Premiere of LOCAL COLOR. The autobiographical film, written and directed by George Gallo, will receive a premiere screeni...

Three Film Portraits of Artists At FLIFF

Man Ray's Famous Photograph Wednesday, November 2----Three films showing at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will focus on the creative life and careers of three different artists, each in a style all its own. The three films make an interesting triptych that demonstrates how the art of film can be used to interpret the art of the canvas or photograph. A local South Florida artist with an international following, Purvis Young is a prolific painter who uncovers the beauty and uni...

Award Winners Announced At Turks and Caicos Film Festival

Sal de Mar Award Monday, October 23----The first annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival (TCIFF) announced its winners on Saturday evening at a gala Closing Night Awards Ceremony, held on the Carribean island nation of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Premier Michael Misick joined with his wife, actress LisaRaye Misick to congratulate the night's winners and honorees. Michael and LisaRaye Misick Nearly two hundred guests joined the Premier and First Lady, as well as Festival co-di...

Fusion of music and cinema: TCIFF winners

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The first annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival announced its winners on Saturday night, followed by a closing night celebration on the island of Providenciales. The TCIFF’s executive directors Jasmine Guy and Terrence Duckette joined with Michael Misick, Premier of Turks & Caicos, and his wife, actress LisaRaye Misick, and two hundred guests for the awards ceremony and closing night party.A film festival that defines itself by celebrating the fusion of music and cinema, the TCIFF...

The Many Colors of Black Music

Hip Hop Artist Kazi Performs Saturday, October 21---As the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival, an event devoted to the relationship between film and music, moves into its final stanza, one of the relevatory aspects of the event has been the remarkably vibrant rainbow of contemporary black music. While rap, hip hop and rhythm and blues (or a mix of all of the above) is clearly the dominant trend, black artists continue to expand the form of jazz, reggae, singer-songwriter and rock musi...

LOCAL COLOR Selected as Festival Closer

Wednesday, October 11----The 21st Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, which opens on October 20th with the Southeast Premiere of Pedro Almodovar's VOLVER, has announced that the biographical film LOCAL COLOR will be the Festival Closing Night Gala on November 12th. The film will receive a premiere screening at the historic Parker Playhouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale, capping a three-week celebration of more than 250 independent and international films. The film, directed by George G...

The Turks & Caicos Fest: one month away from paradise

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The Turks & Caicos International Film Festival today announced the film line-up for their second annual festival, October 17-21, 2006. The festival, which takes place in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean, brings a unique celebration of the fusion of music and cinema with movies from around the world that tell stories about music, feature music or have musical themes. Screening both feature films and documentaries, the TCIFF will present a diverse slate of films from around the wo...

The inaugural Fullerton Film Festival launches

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The inaugural Fullerton Film Festival will take place August 3 through 6 in the heart of downtown Fullerton with screenings and programs scheduled at the Plummer Auditorium, the Wilshire Auditorium and Fullerton College. Fullerton’s first film festival is presented by the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation (FHTF) which is currently restoring the Fox Fullerton theatre to its original 1920s glory. “The Film Festival is all about summer fun, said Jon Wagner, FHTF execut...

The Triumph of the Human Spirit

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Thursday, June 15----A documentary film festival always has some common threads to it. Many involve hot-button political issues about social inequity, conflict and the abuse of government. SILVERDOCS certainly has its share of those. However, a more personal genre, that can best be described as films that celebrate the triumph of the human spirit, is also in evidence here, in a number of superb films. BLACK SUN by UK director Gary Tan, had its premiere at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was ...

Red Carpet: "Over the Hedge" by Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, with voices from Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte...

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Presented today in Cannes, out of Competition: "Over the Hedge", animation film from Dreamworks by Tim Johnson et Karey Kirkpatrick with prestigious voice over from: Avril Lavigne, William Shatner, Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte... Jeffrey Katzenberg from Dreamworks is also there. Standing ovation after the film premiere. Check the video. ...

The presentation of the Cannes selection

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The Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes 2006 will, as every year, be made up films presented in: the Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition screenings.It offers both a shorts and film schools competition (Cinéfondation).Cannes Classics concerns heritage films, shown principally in the Buñuel Theatre.Finally, in addition to the theatres of the Palais (Lumière, Debussy, Buñuel, Bazin) now the Beach Cinema offers festival-goers and Cannes residents alike outdoors screenings...

The presentation of the Cannes selection

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The Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes 2006 will, as every year, be made up films presented in: the Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition screenings. It offers both a shorts and film schools competition (Cinéfondation). Cannes Classics concerns heritage films, shown principally in the Buñuel Theatre. Finally, in addition to the theatres of the Palais (Lumière, Debussy, Buñuel, Bazin) now the Beach Cinema offers festival-goers and Cannes residents alike outdoors scr...

The presentation of the Cannes selection

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The Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes 2006 will, as every year, be made up films presented in: the Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition screenings.It offers both a shorts and film schools competition (Cinéfondation).Cannes Classics concerns heritage films, shown principally in the Buñuel Theatre.Finally, in addition to the theatres of the Palais (Lumière, Debussy, Buñuel, Bazin) now the Beach Cinema offers festival-goers and Cannes residents alike outdoors screenings...

Philadelphia Festival full program detailed

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2006 PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL RUNS MARCH 30-APRIL 11 WITH PROGRAMMING FOR ALL AGES The 2006 Philadelphia Film Festival is expanding its programming to the eyes and ears of film lovers of all ages as it introduces a section tailored specifically for families and another that explores music in film for its 15th anniversary season. Produced by the non-profit Philadelphia Film Society, the Festival will run from March 30-April 11 and will show a total of 231 films from 41 countries: 115 feature ...

22nd Sundance Opens with Friends with Money

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22nd Sundance Film Festival Opens with FRIENDS WITH MONEY ALPHA DOG by Nick Cassavetes as Closing FilmAmongst the delicate snow flakes of the ski town Park City, Sundance Film Festival opened on January 19, 2006 with the World Premiere of FRIENDS WITH MONEY, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener and starring an dynamic cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Scott Caan, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener and Frances McDormand. With the fresh snow blanketing the filmgoers, Sundance had the exciteme...

Cannes selection commented by Thierry Fremeaux

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Questions and Answers with Thierry Frémaux Cannes Festival Managing Director and Artistic Director.Cannes May 11-21, 2005 - What makes up the Official Selection?As it does every year, the Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes 2005 comprises the Compétition, Un Certain Regard, Hors Compétition screenings, special screenings and midnight screenings. It also offers a short film competition and a film school competition (Cinéfondation). Cannes Classics is a selection of heritage films, sh...

Sarasota Fest will help you leave the daily hum-drum of life

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The Regal Entertainment Group7th Annual Sarasota Film FestivalJanuary 28 – February 6, 2005It’s time to leave the daily hum-drum of life and enter the world of flickering lights, fantasy dreams, tall tales, romance, reel life, fabulous parties, rock ‘n roll, educational journeys and so much more as the 7th Annual SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL gets underway. The 10-day event will take place in the Gulf Coast resort city of Sarasota, Florida January 28 thru February 6, 2005. The Regal Entertainme...

New Turks & Caicos fest launches from Cannes

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SUN, SAND, SEA AND CINEMA STAR IN PREMIERE TURKS & CAICOS FILM FESTIVAL NOV. 13-20, 2004Turks and Caicos isn’t just for divers anymore. Filmmakers, movie lovers and industry professionals from all over the globe will descend on the divers’ paradise for the 1st Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival & Screenwriting Competition from Nov. 13-20, 2004.Feature, documentary, short, animated, student, foreign, and Caribbean/Bahamian films will be screened at the 360-seat, state-of-the-ar...

Bruce Willis aids Sonoma Valley Festival

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It seems that luck, skill, timing and talent go hand-in-hand when making a good movie or a commercial, and the Sonoma Valley Film Festival had all that going for it this past weekend when Hollywood mega-actor Bruce Willis showed up to lend his talent.Willis is starring in a commercial promoting the 2004 Sonoma Valley Film Festival, known as Cinema Epicuria. The 60-second trailer, titled "Cinema Epicuria or Bust," is being co-produced by Brenda Lhormer and Kevin McNeely, both Sonoma Valley reside...

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