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UCLA will honor industry leaders Stacey Snider, Lawrence Bender and Lisa Cho

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UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) 2011 Festival of New Creative Work will honor prominent entertainment industry leaders Stacey Snider, Lawrence Bender and Lisa Cholodenko during the week-long event; it was announced today by Teri Schwartz, Dean of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.Stacey Snider will receive TFT’s prestigious Champion Spirit Award. Selected by TFT students, the award recipient is an industry professional who throughout their career has demonstrated gr...

French Femme Directors Take Center Stage

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  THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Catherine Breillat) Kathryn Bigelow may have broken through the glass ceiling with her historic Best Director Oscar win last year for THE HURT LOCKER, but the door was not pushed wide open for women directors in the American film industry. Despite strong work by such American indie stalwarts as Lisa Cholodenko (THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT) and Nicole Holofcener (PLEASE GIVE), and the emergence of a number of debut directors (chief among them Debra Granik with WIN...

2011 FILM INDEPEDENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS WINNERS

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 by Marla LewinFilm Independent which sponsors the Independent Spirit Awards which honor the independent filmmaker gave its awards today.Best Feature                                                   Fox SearchlightBlack Swan                                                      Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver Best Director             ...

Annette Bening honored at the 26th SBFF with American Riviera Award

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By Ron Gilbert After attending this event hosted by festival director Roger Durling who created his Valentine event to Annette which truly came from the heart, I give my vote to Annette Bening for Best Actress. Many reasons moved me to this after seeing clips from her film legacy.  Her passion for theatre in which presenter and Oscar winner Kevin Costner called her our Katherine Hepburn and a Woman for All Seasons and then told her to come over and give him a hug. This was part...

Annette Bening honored at the 26th SBFF with American Riviera Award

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After attending this event hosted by festival director Roger Durling who created his Valentine event to Annette which truly came from the heart, I give my vote to Annette Bening for Best Actress. Many reasons moved me to this after seeing clips from her film legacy. Her passion for theatre in which presenter and Oscar winner Kevin Costner called her our Katherine Hepburn and a Woman for All Seasons and then told her to come over and give him a hug. This was part of the final moments of the trib...

The King’s Speech and True Grit Lead the 83rd Academy Award Nominations

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By Maria Esteves – January 26, 2011 The 83rd Academy Award Nominations were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) President Tom Sherak and 2009 Academy Award winner for supporting actress Mo'Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. The King's Speech, directed by Tom Hooper received twelve Oscar nominations including best picture, best director, best actor, and best supporting actor. True Grit, directed...

83rd Race Heats Up: A Dozen Oscar Nods for KING'S SPEECH & Full Script

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By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentToday the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced this year's Oscar(r) nominations. With few surprises, Colin Firth's festival run in THE KING'S SPEECH, written by David Seidler, is poised to take most of the honors with a record-vying 12 nominations. Fourteen (14) is the record for Oscar noms (i.e.; TITANIC), but if this picture wins in every nominated category, cinema history will be made.Oscar 2011: Expect Natalie Portman & Colin Fir...

Film Independent's annual Directors Close-Up series

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  Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the program for its 10th annual Directors Close-Up series, taking place February 2 - March 2, 2011 at The Landmark - West Los Angeles.   Writer/Directors James Gray (Two Lovers) and Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Los Angeles Film Festival Artistic Director David Ansen will be moderators.  Series panelists include writer/directors Lisa...

BAFTA Film Awards Nominees

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2010 NOMINATIONS (presented in 2011) Danny Boyle's 127 HOURS picked up 7 nominations BEST FILM BLACK SWAN Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin INCEPTION Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan THE KING'S SPEECH Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin THE SOCIAL NETWORK Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin TRUE GRIT Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen   OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM 127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simo...

Bafta 2011 nominees and video presentation

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2010 NOMINATIONS (presented in 2011) Danny Boyle's 127 HOURS picked up 7 nominations BEST FILM BLACK SWAN Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin INCEPTION Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan THE KING'S SPEECH Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin THE SOCIAL NETWORK Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin TRUE GRIT Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen   OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM 127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simo...

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...

Film Comment Announces Top Ten Lists

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  Film Comment, the highly respected film magazine that is the publishing initiative of New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center, has thrown its hat into the ring of the current awards season with an announcement this week of its Top Ten Films of the Year. Since the film journal is known for its international and eclectic taste, the list is not a carbon copy of the ones that are the mainstay of the awards roundelay, but point to lesser known titles that are worthy of greater attention....

Screen Actors Guild Nominees

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  While it limits its nominations to acting awards for film and television, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are considered very prestigious because they are given to actors by their fellow thespians. The awards ceremony, which used to be a private affair for guild members, is now televised in the United States and internationally, thus adding another layer in the run-up to the Academy Awards in February.   As with the Golden Globe Award nominations announced on Wednesday, Na...

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...

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...

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...

Rio de Janeiro Film Festival

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Sofia Coppola’s Venice Golden Lion winner Somewhere, Jerzy Skolimowski’s Venice Jury Prize winning Essential Killing (which also received the Best Actor award for Vincent Gallo); Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix and Best Director winners Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men and Mathieu Almaric’s Tournée, the Latin America premieres of Andrucha Waddington’s Toronto and Venice selected Lope and Ben Affleck’s The Town; actors Bill Pullman, Charlotte Rampling, Irène Jacob, and Michael Mads...

54th London Film Festival - Press Launch

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 This morning, the press launch for the 54th BFI London Film Festival took place in Leicester Square. As usual, Amanda Nevill,  the director of the BFI gave a thank you speech for all the sponsors, old and new, volunteers and benefactors of the festival. She also pointed out that, although the world is not in the best of financial situations, this year we will have a great selection of films demonstrating the importance of the continual of the survival of this industry in the world. Sand...

London Film Festival program launch

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The programme for the 54th BFI London Film Festival, launched today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, showcases an array of highly anticipated films by both established and emerging talent from around the world. A particularly strong feature this year is the selection of British films including the previously announced Opening and Closing Night Galas. Over 16 days the festival will screen a total of 197 features and 112 shorts, including 11 World, 23 International and 33 European premieres, ma...

Galway Film Fleadh to screen best in Irish and World Cinema

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Galway Film Fleadh (pronounced " FLAH" meaning feast or festival in Irish) has announced the 2010 line-up of films for its 22nd annual Fleadh, which runs July 6-11th, 2010 in Galway, Ireland. The Fleadh is excited to present 100 feature films, 115 shorts films, eight World Premiers and 53 Irish Premieres during the six-day Fleadh. "We are thrilled to continue our tradition of offering the very best in world cinema and Irish films. The diversity of the Fleadh's offerings is...

Los Angeles Film Festival Sparks LA Live

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Los Angeles Film Festivalreally sparks LA LiveUsing many of the film titles you can really appreciate theLAFF choicesLisa Cholodenko’s TheKids are All Right has made sure that they are really enjoying it all.Aaron Katz’s ColdWeather has gotten much warmerJoe Maggio’s BitterFeast has made the festival a tasty onePhillip G.Flores’s TheWheelers Boys are doing wheeliesWe are fortunate and excited to have Lisa Leeman’s One Lucky Elephant for all of us luckyanimal loversThe Zone loungereally...

Los Angeles Film Festival brings out the Stars on opening night

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Los Angeles Film Festival Lights up HollywoodDowntown A crystal clear night set inthe backdrop of the Staples Center where the LA Lakers came out on top in the NBAFinalsLAFF brought out the starsboth in the sky and on the red carpet on the opening night screening of “TheKids are All Right” at the Regal Cinemas. Director Lisa Cholodenko hascreated a comedy which deals with parenthood in this day and age which hastaken on a whole new twist and both gay and heterosexual audiences will havesom...

Los Angeles Film Festival Lights up Hollywood Downtown

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A crystal clear night set in the backdrop of the Staples Center where the LA Lakers came out on top in the NBA FinalsLAFF brought out the stars both in the sky and on the red carpet on the opening night screening of “The Kids are All Right” at the Regal Cinemas. Director Lisa Cholodenko has created a comedy which deals with parenthood in this day and age which has taken on a whole new twist and both gay and heterosexual audiences will have something to smile about. Nic (Annette Bening )and J...
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