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Harry Potter rules over BO and breaks all past records

Entering only its second day in theaters around the world, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” is breaking both industry and studio box office records. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” set a new industry record for a Wednesday opening with $44.2 million (previous record wa...

Harry Potter breaks all previous records

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Entering only its second day in theaters around the world, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” is breaking both industry and studio box office records. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” set a new industry record for a Wednesday opening with $44.2 million (previous record wa...

Seniors Film Festival (Young at Heart) returns to Sydney

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Following the overwhelming success of its inaugural edition in 2006, Young at Heart, Sydney’s 2nd Seniors Film Festival, returns March 11th – 18th 2007 as part of NSW Seniors Week. The Festival features a week of film premieres, workshops, Q&A’s and parties at Dendy Opera Quays and the Ritz Cinema in Randwick. It is a rare chance for people of all ages to enjoy prestigious new films, meet the filmmakers and take part in a fun and relaxed cultural event with friends and relatives.Festivitie...

In Memoriam: Film Greats Take Their Last Curtain Calls

Monday, January 1, 2007------While a lot of ink (or bytes) will be spent on the films and performers who will win accolades in the busy awards season to come (from the Golden Globes through the Independent Spirit Awards to the Oscar extravaganza), it seems appropriate, on this first day of the New Year, to take a moment to list the celebrated actors, directors, producers and other film professionals who took their final curtain calls in 2006. We remember them all, and how wonderful that their ...

Remembering Robert Altman At The Walter Reade Theater

Saturday/Sunday, November 25/26----Robert Altman, one of the most influential film directors of his generation, passed away earlier this week at Cedars of Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Rumors about Altman's declining health have been circulating since his announcement at last year's Academy Awards that he had received a heart transplant in the last few years. What the public and even close associates didn't know was that the iconic director had been diagnosed with cancer over a year ago, but ...

DIIFF wrapped in Dubrovnik, The Festivity Town

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DIFF, 3rd International Film Festival in Dubrovnik 2005The essential goal of DIFF Dubrovnik International Film Festival 2005, 25-29 of May, is independent film screening and among all, presentation of film talents. Even though, its only 3rd year of its existence, City of Dubrovnik is presenting the festival as the part of one cultural and historical festival summer events. Dubrovnik in Croatia is well known in world for its cultural and historical venues. Tradition and culture in this beautiful ...

Harvey Keitel Special Guest of Istanbul Film Festival

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Harvey Keitel Special Guest of24th International Istanbul Film FestivalThe Istanbul International Film Festival which started out as a small "filmweek" offshoot of a general Turkish culture festival back in 1982 has now grown into an interesting middle-sized festival bridging Europe and Asia while simultaneously showcasing Turkish films before a considerable gathering of world press and cinema professionals. A jury headed by New Zealand director Jane Campion, whose film "The Piano" starring Harv...

Istanbul festival fortnight has opened

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The International Istanbul Film Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, has kicked off with Charles Dance's film Ladies in Lavender. The festival will run April 2nd to 17th, 2005. The Festival will show approximately 170 films from 62 countries. Among these films will be some brand new films that participated in world-acclaimed festivals last year and were appreciated and greatly honoured with awards, as well as unforgettable cinema classics and masterpieces from the...

Florida Festival season in high gear

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With most of the United States in the grip of a devastatingly cold winter, more than a few eyes (and hearts) turn to Florida, the sunshine state, which is having an intensely active “high season”. As much as the sun and the beach are major attractions, this is also the kick-off to the Florida film festival season.Two of Florida’s most interesting film events are happening this week. The Sarasota Film Festival, now in its seventh year, opened this past weekend, with an ambitious slate of pr...

Palm Springs Desert Heats Up With Stars In Winter

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Desert Heats Up With Stars In Winter at Palm Springs International Film FestivalThe Sea Inside and Watermarks Named Audience FavoritesA beautiful starry warm evening greeted filmgoers at the Closing Night event for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. While the rest of the world was braving rain and snow, the Festival was hot with success as they celebrated the Festivals 16th year. This was a record-breaking Festival for Executive Director Darryl MacDonald and dedicated staff and the ...

Palm Springs Festival Opens with Coach Carter

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Palm Springs International Film Festival opened this week to rave reviews with COACH CARTER. On hand were stars Samuel L. Jackson and Director Thomas Carter as they walked the Red-Carpet at the Palm Springs High School Auditorium. The Festival now in its 16th year has one of the most dynamic programs to date as a majority of the Foreign Oscar contention films and Premiere events that will be screened throughout the 12-day Festival which runs from January 6th to the 17th, 2005.Definitely a pres...

Palm Springs Festival line up

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The 16th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced its roster of 190 films, culled from more than 65 countries for the 2005 Festival. The selection of films for screening includes a total of 80 premieres (14 World, 45 U.S. and 21 North American). Also 41 of the 50 films submitted for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Academy Awards will be screened at this year’s Festival, held from January 6-17, 2005. (For a complete list of this year’s ...

Palm Springs Fest unveils 2005 festival

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PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALUnveils Outstanding 2005 FestivalPalm Springs International Film Festival now in it’s 16th year has unveiled the program set for the January Festival. With a wonderful array of 190 films, from over an amazing 65 countries for this prestigious 2005 Festival. This is a dynamic presentation of 79 premieres (14 World, 45 U.S. and 20 North American). Also of the 50 films submitted for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the Academy...

Miami International Film Festival Announces Program

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The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), announced today the full schedule of films for the 22nd annual Festival to be held February 4-13, 2005.118 Films—87 Features and 31 Shorts—from 47 Countries Highlight 2005 FestivalIncluding 7 World Premieres, 15 International, North American& U.S. Premieres, and 33 East Coast PremieresUnveiled today for the 2005 program were 118 films from 47 countries, including 7 World Premieres, 15 International, North Am...

2004 AFM Opens with first AFI Partnership

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The 25th American Film Market (AFM) opened this week to rave reviews with a record number of exhibitors, buyers, screenings and market premieres. This was presented by Michael Ryan, Independent Film & Television Alliance (I.F.T.A.) Chairman, Jean M. Prewitt, President and Chief Executive Officer, I.F.T.A., and Jonathan Wolf, Executive Vice President, I.F.T.A. and Managing Director, AFM. Santa Monica, California is the annual setting for the largest US film market, where film reps and buyer co...

25th Anniversary for AFM and records going

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25TH ANNUAL AMERICAN FILM MARKET OPENS WITH RECORD 435 FILMS SCREENING IN 28 LANGUAGES INCLUDING RECORD 278 MARKET PREMIERESA record 435 films are screening at the 25th Annual American Film Market (AFM), 3-10 November 2004, including a record 278 market premieres. In addition, 38 films represented at the AFM are Official Selections at AFI FEST (November 4 –14, 2004). Mr. Wolf AFM chief announced that exhibition space for the AFM has sold out at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and at Le Mer...

A flood of European films in Toronto

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It may not be a record, but 120 European films in the Toronto Film Festival certainly represents the largest contingent of any one film community at this very international event. The films are included in every section of the Festival, from the highly commercial Gala Screenings to the obscure Midnight Madness offerings.The Festival is presenting the latest works from such acknowledged film masters as Jean Luc Godard (with Notre Musique, a poetic meditation on modern life and anxiety), Pedro Alm...

Taormina Arte honour awards to Banderas and more

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TAORMINA ARTE AWARD FOR CINEMATIC EXCELLENCE TO ANTONIO BANDERASDuring the festival nights at the Greek Theatre, some prestigious International cinema’s personalities have been granted with the Taormina Arte Award for Cinematic Excellence consisting in a valuable watch, exclusively created by one of the festival’s sponsor Harry Winston. The lucky winners were: - Luigi Magni (June 13)- Judi Dench (June 14)- Maggie Smith (June 15, waiting for definite confirmation)- Margarethe von Trotta (June...

Taormina Arte honour awards to Banderas and more

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TAORMINA ARTE AWARD FOR CINEMATIC EXCELLENCE TO ANTONIO BANDERASDuring the festival nights at the Greek Theatre, some prestigious International cinema’s personalities have been granted with the Taormina Arte Award for Cinematic Excellence consisting in a valuable watch, exclusively created by one of the festival’s sponsor Harry Winston. The lucky winners were: - Luigi Magni (June 13)- Judi Dench (June 14)- Maggie Smith (June 15, waiting for definite confirmation)- Margarethe von Trotta (June...

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