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Stars Stretch Their Stuff at Woodstock FF

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At the Woodstock Film Festival, which today concludes its five-day marathon of film premieres, industry seminars, music concerts and groovy parties, film directors generally get all the attention. However, after my own personal marathon screenings, it is the performances of several standout actors that has made the biggest impression. Of course, for an independent filmmaker, casting is a critical part of the process. Luckily, it has been part of the appeal of independent cinema that name actors...

Berlin 2009 Looking back -- Echoes and Encores

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The global financial Crisis, Recession, Depression -- call it what you will - was not overly in evidence at the 59th edition of the Berlin Film Festival which ended its annual ten day run here on Febtuary 14th, Valentine's day. Private VIP and celebrity parties as reported in the gossip tabloids seemed to be as lavish as ever, and public box-office attendance in terms of tickets sold, was the highest ever at 270,000, up a solid 20,000 from 2008. The one festival section that did seem to be aff...

A Dazzling Opening Night for the Berlinale 2009

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With the world premiere of the star-studded action thriller "The International" by ace German director Tom Tykwer (of "Lola Runs" fame), the 59th Berlin International Film Festival opens this evening, Febsuary 5,  in the presence of the director and the actors Clive Owen, Ulrich Thomsen and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Festival Director Dieter Kosslick will ring the curtain up in conjunction with Jury President, Scottish actress Tilda Swinton. The event will be telecast liv...

A Dazzling Opening Night for the Berlinale 2009

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With the world premiere of the star-studded action thriller "The International" by ace German director Tom Tykwer (of "Lola Runs" fame), the 59th Berlin International Film Festival opens this evening, Febsuary 5, in the presence of the director and the actors Clive Owen, Ulrich Thomsen and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Festival Director Dieter Kosslick will ring the curtain up in conjunction with Jury President, Scottish actress Tilda Swinton. The event will be telecast live hosted by popular TV present...

Vicki Cristina Barcelona review

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Going in there was every reason to expect Woody Allen's latest, "Vicki Cristina Barcelona", to be a winner -- top-notch international name cast including last years Oscar laureate for best supporting actor, Spaniard Javier Bardem, a gaggle of sexy women involved with him including dazzling blonde bombshell Scarlett Johansson, and the beautiful city of Barcelona for a backdrop. Sad to say it was highly disappointing at neary every turn and was basically a high gloss low concept loser. The pict...

Berlinale 2009: First Competition Films

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The first titles for the Competition programme of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival have been confirmed. They include films from Algeria, China, Greece, Great Britain, Sweden, the USA, and Germany. This means that in addition to the opening film, the world premiere of Tom Tykwer’s The International (which is screening out of competition, as announced in the press release on Nov. 28, 2008), another ten films have been selected, four of which will be celebrating their world premieres a...

NEWSLETTER N° 393: December 10, 2008

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Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. Publish your video on fest21.com Follow this link if you cannot read the newsletter properly OPEN YOUR FESTIVAL BLOG ON fest21.com "the new Myspace and Youtube for professionnals!..." 10 Great reasons to open yours, Publication tips ...

NEWSLETTER N° 392: December 3, 2008

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Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. Publish your video on fest21.com Follow this link if you cannot read the newsletter properly OPEN YOUR FESTIVAL BLOG ON fest21.com "the new Myspace and Youtube for professionnals!..." 10 good reasons to open yours Publication tips ...

NEWSLETTER N° 391: November 26, 2008

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Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. Publish your video on fest21.com Follow this link if you cannot read the newsletter properly OPEN YOUR FESTIVAL BLOG ON fest21.com "the new Myspace and Youtube for professionnals!..." 10 good reasons to open yours Publication tips ...

NEWSLETTER N° 390: November 19, 2008

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FESTIVALS THIS WEEK The calendar FESTIVALS THIS MONTH Month Calendar FESTIVALS CALLING This month _____________________________________________________________________________________ LIVE FROM THE THESSALONIKI FILM FESTIVAL Picture Gallery from Thessaloniki Luc Dardenne Masterclass 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival kicked off with the Wrestler Frost / Nixon from R...

NEWSLETTER N° 389: November 12, 2008

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Check out the Festivals posters gallery on fest21.com Dailies from Montreal Toronto San Sebastian London Cinemed   _____________________________________________________________________________________ LIVE FROM THE FORT LAUDERDALE FILM FESTIVAL Award Winners Announced At FLIFF Finale A Mahon On A Mission Film In Focus: FLING Eli Wallach Honored A...

NEWSLETTER N° 388: November 4, 2008

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Check out the Festivals posters gallery on fest21.com Dailies from Montreal Toronto San Sebastian London Cinemed   _____________________________________________________________________________________ LIVE FROM THE FORT LAUDERDALE FILM FESTIVAL FLIFF Centerpiece Film: PLAY THE GAME Film In Focus: TIED TO A CHAIR Online Shorts Competition At FLIFF ...

NEWSLETTER N° 387: October 29, 2008

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Check out the Festivals posters gallery on fest21.com Dailies from Montreal Toronto San Sebastian London Cinemed   _____________________________________________________________________________________ LIVE FROM THE LONDON FILM FESTIVAL Interview with Marc Fitoussi Interview with Donald Mugisha Interview with the makers of Sunshine Barry and the ...

Items to Watch for at the Festivals in 2008

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Items to Watch for at the Festivals in 2008 by Alex Deleon Harvey Milk by Gus Van Sant Tom Cruise as German Officer with Eye-patch Bollywood version of Casablanca A Polish version of Don Giovanni The Earth Stands Still Once Again ... Macho actor Sean Penn (47) is set to play gay San Francisco mayor, Harvey Milk, who was murdered by a rabid gay-baiter in 1978 -- the assassin, by Matt Damon! The Milk affair has been milked nearly dry before in various documentaries, but this wi...

Bahamas Festival Filmmaker Residency Program

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Ansbacher & BIFF will award $10,000 to a deserving independent Bahamian and Caribbean filmmaker vying for funding through BIFF’s innovative Filmmaker Residency Program (also sponsored by Ansbacher). The prize money will go directly towards the development and production of the selected recipient’s film. The esteemed group of Filmmaker Residency Advisors presiding over the program and evaluating the candidates include Shoreline Entertainment CEO Morris Ruskin, filmmaker Lawrence Konner (...

Naomie Harris to receive Rising Star Tribute from Bahamas

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that emerging superstar Naomie Harris (“Miami Vice” “28 Days Later” “Pirates of the Caribbean 2&3”) will receive BIFF’s special Rising Star Tribute, presented by offshore bank and trust company Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder & Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool at a press conference in Nassau at the British Colonial Hilton.Naomie Harris will be on hand for the special Chopard Aw...

Items to Watch for at the Festivals in 2008

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Items to Watch for at the Festivals in 2008by Alex Deleon1. Harvey Milk by Gus Van Sant2. Tom Cruise as German Officer with Eye-patch3. Bollywood version of Casablanca4. A Polish version of Don Giovanni5. The Earth Stands Still Once Again ...Macho actor Sean Penn (47) is set to play gay San Francisco mayor, Harvey Milk, who was murdered by a rabid gay-baiter in 1978 -- the assassin, by Matt Damon! The Milk affair has been milked nearly dry before in various documentaries, but this will be the fi...

Kenneth Branagh's New Version Of A Stage Stunner

 Monday, October 8-------SLEUTH, the stage thriller by Anthony Shaffer that has more twists and turns than an amusement park ride, is coming back to the big screen, 25 years after its original film incarnation. That version, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and released in 1972, was toplined by Sir Laurence Olivier (who received his final Oscar nomination for one of his last substantial film roles) and Michael Caine, who played, respectively, a wealthy novelist whose wife had left him for a muc...

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...

CAREER RETROSPECTIVE: THE AL PACINO FILMOGRAPHY

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THE ELITE: In a career teeming with brilliant work, these are Al Pacino's greatest films. The Godfather: This is where the legacy begins, both of the greatest one-two punch in film history and Pacino's stellar career. Pacino first plays the highly moral idealist Michael sheepishly, until he subtly morphs into a cold-blooded gangster right before your eyes. It is the most amazing transformation ever portrayed in the cinema; made all the more powerful because you barely register it happening. A+ ...

Oldenburg International Film Festival 2006 ready to go

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From 6th to 10th September, the “German Sundance“ festival will turn the contemplative city in Northern Germany into a mecca for film enthusiasts.This year´s opening film is “Vineta” by Franziska Stünkel, who gained international reputation with her short films. Her testosterone-laden debut features some of the most prominent German actors and tells the story of an architect coming to the edge of reason while trying to build the perfect city. The International Section shows a series o...

Joaquin Phoenix, and Daryl Hannah honored at Artivist

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Two time OSCAR Nominee Joaquin Phoenix, and renowned actress Daryl Hannah will be honored at this year’s Artivist Film Festival & Awards. The 3rd Annual Artivist Film Festival, and The 2006 Artivist Awards will take place November 9-12, 2006 at the renowned Egyptian Theatre in the heart of Hollywood . 70 International Films from around the globe will be presented during the 4 day Festival. “ARTIVIST” is the 1st international Film Festival dedicated to addressing Human Rights, Children's...

Today's News: Thursday May 25

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Premiers Today at the Palais both "Days of Glory" and "The Family Friend" debut in the Lumiere Theatre. Salvador's Star Un Certain Regard film "Salvador" features Daniel Bruhl. He is the son of a Spanish mother and a German father. The role was the actors biggest career challenge. He had to learn how to speak Catalan. But Salvador is ot Bruhls first film here in Cannes. He stared in "The Edukatos" in competition in 2004 lastyear was in out of competition "Joyeux Noel". Bruhl just finished sh...

Todays News: Wednesday 24 May

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Premiers Today in the Lumiere Theater Marie Antoinette and The Right of the Weakest premier. $970m To Media The European Union's Media Programme has banked $970 million dollars from the years 2007-2013. The money will be spread through the media and entertainment industry. The percentages of the fund will be used for training (7%), developing(20%), distribution (55%), promotion (9%), and pilot projects (4%). This budget is a huge increase since the last budget of $659m from 2001-2006. Jury ...

Palm Springs announces festival winners

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The 17th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival came to a successful close on Sunday, January 15, 2006. The Festival, which ran from January 5-16, 2006, screened 232 films from 71 countries, including 84 premieres and 49 of the 54 foreign entries for this year’s Academy Awards. Palm Springs’ increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, setting the stage for this year’s film festival circuit.“We were overwhe...

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