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Jon Wilkman Interview on "MOGULS & MOVIE STARS"

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EXCLUSIVE: TCM's "MOGULS & MOVIE STARS" Director Jon Wilkman Interviewby Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Somewhere in Connecticut, Bill Haber, one of the founders of CAA, got a flash that Hollywood history should ride again. To that end, he contacted four-time Emmy winning documentary veteran Jon Wilkman and the rest is "A History of Hollywood." Set to air Nov. 1 through mid-December, "MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD" will unspool every Monday night at 8 PM (ET) on Tu...

TORN FROM THE FLAG? Klaudia Kovacs' Film is Torn from History

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   Documentary films are supposed to wake us up -- usually to some strange sub-culture (read: the world of Baby Beauty Pageants or Professional Eating Contests) -- to give a glimpse at how remarkably bizarre human beings can be. Typically with films, we're allowed to become voyeurs, stare agape at the amusing spectacle of mankind. Not so with TORN FROM THE FLAG, filmmaker Klaudia Kovacs' chronicle of the 1956 October Revolution in Hungary that...

Thessaloniki: Tandem Master Class with Chris Cooper & David Strathairn

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Thessaloniki: Tandem Master Class with Chris Cooper & David Strathairn November 22, 2007   Day number five of the fest opened with a One-Two punch tandem Master Class delivered by Oscar winner Chris Cooper and multiple award nominee Davis Strathairn, two of the best character actors currently active in American cinema. Both are here in Thessaloniki accompanying director John Sayles on his full-scale career retrospective, ongoing throughout the festival. Both actors have appeare...

THESSALONIKI FORTY-EIGHT - THE GRAND OPENING WITH BALLOONS ON HIGH

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THESSALONIKI FORTY-EIGHT THE GRAND OPENING WITH BALLOONS ON HIGH. By Alex Deleon for www.filmfestivals.com Barely recovered from the road fatigue suffered on an arduous 26 hour bus trip through six intervening countries down from Poland, 2000 Km. north of here and -- Whiz-Bang -- we're already three days into the festival. Friday, opening night, was a mighty gala with good vibes inside and outside of the stately cavernous OLYMPION theater, in spite of a heavy sprinkle from the skies above Πλ...

History of Oscar winners and nominees for best actor

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Winners and nominees Following the Academy's practice, the films below are listed by year of their Los Angeles qualifying run, which is usually (but not always) the film's year of release. For example, the Oscar for Best Actor of 1999 was announced during the award ceremony held in 2000. Winners are listed first in bold, followed by the other nominees.1920s1928 Emil Jannings - The Last Command as "Gen. Dolgorucki/Grand Duke Sergius Alexander" and The Way of All Flesh as "August Sc...

Thessaloniki: Tandem Master Class with Chris Cooper & David Strathairn

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Day number five of the fest opened with a One-Two punch tandem Master Class delivered by Oscar winner Chris Cooper and multiple award nominee Davis Strathairn, two of the best character actors currently active in American cinema. Both are here in Thessaloniki accompanying director John Sayles on his full-scale career retrospective, ongoing throughout the festival. Both actors have appeared in a wide variety of roles in Sayles pictures and have made their mark in countless other films with variou...

Thesssaloniki festival grand debut

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Barely recovered from the road fatigue suffered on an arduous 26 hour bus trip through six intervening countries down from Poland, 2000 Km. north of here and -- Whiz-Bang -- we're already three days into the festival. Friday, opening night, was a mighty gala with good vibes inside and outside of the stately cavernous OLYMPION theater, in spite of a heavy sprinkle from the skies above Plateia Aristoteles (Atistotle Square). For once on an opening night the speeches, ably translated from Greek for...

Seattle Jewish Fest:: Skinheads and holocaust tourism

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The Seattle JAC (Jewish Action committee) film Festival entered its second day with a full agenda of seven films including features, documentaries and shorts. Highlight of the day was the new Canadian feature, "Steel Toes" starring David Straithairn as a liberal minded Jewish attorney engaged to defend an unrepentant skinhead Neo-Nazi in the racist "hate murder" of an Indian storekeeper. This is basically a two-man show somewhat similar to Truman Capote's visitation of one of the killer's of "I...

Nominations announced for SAG awards

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Nominations for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2005 in five film and eight primetime television categories were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater.Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg introduced Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) and Benjamin Bratt (E-Ring), who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors®.Screen Actors Guild will honor its own at the 12th Annual SAG Awards™ ceremon...

Good Night, and Good Luck awarded film of the year by Capri

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George Clooney’s film Good Night, and Good Luck, and Cristina Comencini’s The Beast in the Heart have won Capri-Kimbo Awards as best films of 2005. The two productions, introduced at the last Venice Film Festival and in the race for an Oscar, will be honored at the 10th anniversary edition of the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival December 27-January 2. The festival is produced by Capri in the World Institute with the support of the director general's office for cinema of the Ministry of Cul...

Good Night, And Good Luck honored by NBR

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The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures named Good Night, and Good Luck the 2005 Best Film of the Year. Directed by George Clooney and released by Warner Independent Pictures, Good Night, And Good Luck takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950's America. The film chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy. For Best Actor and Actress of 2005, the NBR honors two performers whose mesmerizing metamorpho...

New York Fest opened with Clooney's second feature

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THE 43RD NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT FILM:GEORGE CLOONEY'S GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. The 43rd New York Film Festival runs from September 23 to October 9, 2005.The festival’s Opening Night film was GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. The film is directed by George Clooney, who co-wrote the script with the film's producer Grant Heslov. Clooney also stars as CBS News producer Fred Friendly.A longtime dream project for Clooney, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. is a suspenseful war of nerves set in the ...

We love NY; it is festival time again.

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The 43rd New York Film Festival kicked in September 23 and runs till October 9,2005 The New York Film Festival, now celebrating its 43rd year, continues its tradition of showing the newest and most important cinematic works by directors from around the world. The 17-day Festival is a showcase of inspiring and provocative cinema by emerging talents and first-rank international artists whose films are often recognized as contemporary classics.The festival opened with Good Night, and Good Luck:The ...

London reveals the fest opener: The Constant Gardener

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London reveals partial slate for the coming festival.Although the full programme for this year's Festival will only be revealed Wednesday 14 September, the festival has announced that The Constant Gardener by acclaimed City Of God director Fernando Meirelles will open this year's Festival on Wednesday 19 October. The evening promises to be star studded as the festival hopes to welcome Fernando Meirelles, Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston and Billy Nighy onto the red carpet. The Constant ...

New York Film Fest announces film slate

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The New York Film Festival, the Big Apple’s oldest and most prestigious film event, announced the 24 features for its 43rd edition, which will run from September 24 to October 9 at its home base of Lincoln Center.The Festival will open with GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, the directorial debut of actor-turned-director George Clooney, following its debut screenings at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. The film chronicles the story of legendary American broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, whose groundb...
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