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As the official vehicle of the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, Mercedes-Benz provided environmentally friendly luxury vehicles for Hollywood's elite. The Festival, which runs from January 6-17, 2011, starts the winter awards season with a spectacular program of films and a celebrity filled red-carpet gala. The two week celebration of films kicked-off with the Gala Awards Dinner on January 8th, where celebrity presenters and honorees such as Amy Adams, Mark Wah...

The King, The Swan And The BAFTAS

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BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has announced its "longlists", a rather quaint annual exercise that reduces the number of potential candidates for BAFTA Awards to 15. At the moment, in one of the key races of the awards season, the historical epic THE KING'S SPEECH and the ballet-goes-mad BLACK SWAN are tied for most mentions (to be translated in a few weeks time to most nominations). Not far behind are the films INCEPTION and THE SOCIAL NETWORK. The Leading Actor candi...

Writers Guild of America Nominations

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  The Writers Guild of America, the most prestigious membership organization for television and film writers, announced its nominations this week for top scribes of the year. The nominees, an indicator of the Oscar nods due later this month, are not without controversy. Several of the year's most celebrated films have had their scripts disqualified due to the WGA's convoluted "minimum basic agreement" rules. The injunctions are rather hard to explain but disqualify film scrip...

WGA Screenwriter Noms Are Here

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By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent  Just went you thought it was all fun and games and 3D at the movies, the WGA today announced its top choices for Screenwriting -- in advance of their WGA Award Show coming up in February. There are so many award-worthy movies, but as always, the comedy category gets a big snub.  What about THE OTHER GUYS?  And the nominees are...  2011 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS SCREEN NOMINEES BUT COMEDY OVERLOOKED? Still No Name?: ...

London Critics Circle Weighs In

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   Colin Firth and Helena Bonham-Carter in THE KING'S SPEECH The London Critics' Circle has weighed in with its announcements for its is 31st Film Awards. Two British films, The King's Speech and Another Year lead the nominations, celebrating another strong year for British cinema, with seven apiece. Pre-Oscars favourite The King's Speech is nominated in categories including the Sky 3D Award for Film of the Year, Actor of the Year, and the Actress of the Year award. Mike Leigh's...

Record audiences for the 14th Black Nights Film Festival

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The 14th Black Nights Film Festival ended with a bang by achieving a record of more than 65’000 visitors during the course of the festival. The figure represents roughly %5 of the entire population of Estonia and shows just how popular the Festival is, not only with local audiences but also with those from across the world. Festival audiences saw more than 260 features and numerous short films with particular favourites including Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, the stunning Ukranian movie My Joy (...

Golden Globe Snubs And Surprises

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  The "usual suspects" were evident at the announcement of the 2011 Golden Globe Awards by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Both the historical biopic THE KING'S SPEECH and the zeitgeist drama THE SOCIAL NETWORK received the most nominations, with such celebrated films as BLACK SWAN, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, INCEPTION, BLUE VALENTINE and THE FIGHTER making strong showings. THE KING'S SPEECH has to be considered the current frontrunner, capping seven nominations...

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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NOMINATIONS BY THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION 2011 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010   NOMINATIONS    1. BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA  a. BLACK SWAN  Protozoa Pictures & Cross Creek Pictures & Phoenix; Fox Searchlight Pictures  b. THE FIGHTER  Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media; Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media  c. INCEPTION  Warner Bros. Pictures UK LTD.; Warner Bros. Pictures  d. THE KING'S SPEEC...

POFF In Focus: North American Independents Competition

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   WHITE IRISH DRINKERS (John Gray, USA) For the third year, POFF: the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the largest and most influential festival event in the Baltics region, is opening its arms to embrace American and Canadian independent films. Eleven recent gems from such prestigious film festivals such as Sundance, South By Southwest, Montreal and Toronto are being showcased in the North American Independents Competition. The prize includes a distribution deal in the B...

POFF In Focus: EurAsia Competition

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   THE DITCH (Wang Bing, China) The EurAsia Competition, an eclectic mix of European and Asian cinema, is the main competition event at POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which kicked off last week and continues through Sunday, 5 December. Beginning in 2004, the EurAsia Competition has become one of the unique elements of the Festival, providing a unique spotlight on quality European and Asian films for the Baltics and Scandinavian region. In this year's edition, 22 film...

Independent Spirit Awards nominees for Best Feature 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids Are All Right , Winter's Bone

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations this morning for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner served as presenters and 2011 Spirit Awards host Joel McHale was also on hand.  Nominees for Best Feature include 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, The Kids Are All Right and Winter's Bone. Please Give was selected for the Robert Altman Award, which is given...

Thessaloniki is ready to open...film, guests, no snow

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51ST THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDecember 3 - 12, 2010 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, will kick off Friday, December 3rd with 127 Hours, Danny Boyle, and close December 11th, 2010 with Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky. INTERNATIONAL JURY The five-member International Jury called to judge the films of the International Competition section and to award the Golden and Silver Alexanders plus a number of additional awards, is composed of: Michel Demopoulos, Jury President, Film cri...

Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) ended with awards

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The 19th Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) ended its 10-day celebration of all things cinematic with a closing night screening of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours on Saturday, October 23 at the Prince Music Theater. The Boyle helmer capped off the October 14-24 event that launched with the Darren Aronofsky opener Black Swan, featuring an appearance and post-screening Q&A session with Aronofsky himself. This year’s festival featured 216 films, including 100 domestic and international narratives and doc...

25 Years and counting for FLIFF

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The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (affectionately known as FLIFF) has become one of the significant regional showcases of world cinema and American indie films. This year, FLIFF is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and despite the economic downturn in south Florida, is pulling out all the stops for a no-holds-barred celluloid celebration. The Festival comes to its nearly four-week climax this coming weekend. The festivities began on October 22 with the premiere of NICE GUY JOH...

Virginia Film Festival wrap

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The capacity crowds suggested it. The enthusiasm around town supported it. And now the numbers prove it! The Virginia Film Festival, which wrapped up an extraordinary, jam-packed weekend featuring 132 films and events for the whole community to enjoy, has shattered its all-time records in both attendance and sales.The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia’s College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.By the time the final credits rolled on its last film late Sund...

25 Years And Counting For FLIFF

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The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (affectionately known as FLIFF) has become one of the significant regional showcases of world cinema and American indie films. This year, FLIFF is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and despite the economic downturn in south Florida, is pulling out all the stops for a no-holds-barred celluloid celebration. The Festival comes to its nearly four-week climax this coming weekend. The festivities began on October 22 with the premiere of NICE GUY JOHNN...

Liam Neeson honored at Savannah Film Festival

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The 13th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by SCAD, presented Liam Neeson with the Achievement in Cinema Award on November 2, 2010. SCAD President Paula Wallace presented the award to Neeson to a standing ovation from a standing-room-only audience."I'm humbled and embarrassed but it's lovely to be here at this extraordinary festival," said Neeson upon acceptance of his award. "I'm the luckiest man in the friggin' world." He dedicated the award to the crews he's worked with on his sets. "They...

25 Years And Counting For FLIFF

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  The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (affectionately known as FLIFF) has become one of the significant regional showcases of world cinema and American indie films. This year, FLIFF is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and despite the economic downturn in south Florida, is pulling out all the stops for a no-holds-barred celluloid celebration. The Festival comes to its nearly four-week climax this coming weekend.      The festivities began on October ...

Savannah Film Festival Presents Miles Teller With the 'Discovery Award'

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The 13th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by SCAD, presented Miles Teller with the "Discovery Award" on October 31. Teller admitted to being humbled by the honor. "This is my first film award – my very first one," he said upon accepting the award. "The Discovery Award has a certain amount of pressure to it," he quipped. "I have to live up to the expectation and also prove that SCAD made the right choice."Teller, 23, received the award prior to a special screening of his debut performance...

BFI London Film Festival Award Winners

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  The BFI London Film Festival held a special awards ceremony on Wednesday evening to honor films and personalities that have made this year’s LFF the most attended in the Festival’s long history. HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER by Russian director Alexei Popogrebsky, was awarded the Best Film prize in an unexpected shocker (buzz in the air was that the award would go to perennial Mike Leigh for his film ANOTHER YEAR). The film observes the intense relationship between two men who wor...

London Film Festival Points To The Oscars

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  Inevitably, any major film festival that occurs in the Fall season has a role play in determining eventual Oscar nominees and even winners. It all starts off at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, where Oscar hopefuls get their debuts, and continues into the season, presumably climaxing with nominations that come at the first of the year. With the Academy’s recent expansion of the Best Picture category to include 10 films, it is very likely that several of the films present...

54th BFI London Film Festival Awards

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Yesterday, the 54th BFI London Film Festival, rounded off a highly successful year with the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s 127 HOURS, attended by the director and star, James Franco. This year’s festival hosted 201 feature films and 112 short films from 68 countries including 11 World premieres. There were 530 screenings and 629 filmmaker guests, including 346 UK based and 283 from outside the UK. With 990 industry delegates accredited, the Festival exceeded last year’s figures and rep...

Last Day of the BFI LFF

Today marks the closing day of the BFI London Film festival.   Read here for final day screenings and news on closing night gala for Danny Boyle's lates film '127 Hours'   http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/calendar/20101028    

19th Philadelphia Film Festival Closing Thoughts

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Sunday, (10.24.10) the official last day of The Philadelphia Film Festival, was my first screenings at Ritz Five, it was unintentional, but everything else I saw just happened to play in University City or The Prince. I saw Housemaid a South Korean film about a overly privileged, insufferably arrogant rich business man who takes advantage of his housekeeper/nanny. When she becomes pregnant his wife and mother-in-law conspire to get rid of her. The set production of their mansion is awesome, look...

The Santa Barbara will honour James Franco

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to present James Franco with the Outstanding Performance of the Year Award on Saturday, January 29, 2011. He will be honored for his compelling performance in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours at the 26th edition of the Fest which runs January 27-February 6, 2011, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.This fall will see the release of the highly anticipated 127 Hours, in which Franco stars in the true story of young adven...

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