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A Tribute To Sidney Poitier

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  Sidney Poitier, an iconic screen presence and a game changer for the way that African Americans were perceived in the turbulent years of the 1950s and 1960s, is being honored this evening by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York with the 2011 Chaplin Award. Poitier will be praised by an eclectic and star-studded list of celebrities including Dan Ackroyd, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Ruby Dee, Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Norman Jewison, James Earl Jones, Quincy Jones, Ben Ki...

Zlin Film Festival At Midpoint

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 THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL (Scott Rosenbaum, USA) Well, the good news is that after several days of torrential rain showers, the sun is finally shining in Zlin as the Zlin Film Festival hits the halfway mark of its 50th anniversary celebrations. Despite the unusually cool weather, the atmosphere has been warm at this popular and important film event, the oldest devoted to films for the children and youth market (although adults are more than welcome).   The Fest...

Interview With American Indie Filmmaker Scott Rosenbaum

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As he packs his bags for the Czech Republic to attend the Opening Night Gala screening of his film THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL as the kick-off event for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Zlin Film Festival on Monday evening, I had a chance to talk with the film's director Scott Rosenbaum about his American indie rock n roll drama. Rosenbaum, who also is serving on the jury for the Official Competition, is primed for his Zlin adventure. Sandy Mandelberger (SM): When did the idea of maki...

Interview With American Indie Filmmaker Scott Rosenbaum

As he packs his bags for the Czech Republic to attend the Opening Night Gala screening of his film THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL as the kick-off event for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Zlin Film Festival on Monday evening, I had a chance to talk with the film's director Scott Rosenbaum about his American indie rock n roll drama. Rosenbaum, who also is serving on the jury for the Official Competition, is primed for his Zlin adventure. Sandy Mandelberger (SM): When did...

American Rock N Roll Drama To Open Zlin Film Festival

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  THE PERFECT AGE OF ROCK N ROLL, an award-winning American Independent drama directed by Scott Rosenbaum and featuring a stellar cast that includes Peter Fonda, Kevin Zegers, Jason Ritter, Lukas Haas, Kelly Lynch, Ruby Dee, Lauren Holly and Taryn Manning, will be the Opening Night Gala presentation of the Zlin Film Festival. The film, which is making its Eastern European Premiere at the Festival, kicks off the 50th anniversary celebrations on Monday evening, May 31, as one of Eur...

46th Chicago International Film Festival Now Accepting Entries

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O P E N  O U R  E Y E S Coming out of a dark theater, everything seems brighter. Film illuminates the world. It opens our eyes. It shows us things we don’t see every day, makes us feel things we don’t always feel. For 45 years, we’ve been committed to taking you all around the globe to discover some of the most exciting cinema the world has to offer…yours! This year, it’s more important than ever to recognize the impact of film. Across countries and languages and classes, fil...

The Global Film Village: 2010 SAG Award Nominations Announced

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by Marla Lewin    Nominees for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2009 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood. Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard introduced Michelle Monaghan ("Trucker") and Chris O'Donnell ("NCIS: Los Angeles&qu...

20th Anniversay of "Do The Right Thing"

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Writer, Director, and Actor, Mr Spike Lee, known for his revolutionary work that have left audiences worldwide  to think critically, and who epitomizes the definition of the words "social change',  was awarded last night at "Walter Reed Cinema" at "Lincoln Center" by "Image Nation". Spike reflected back on his education, and paid homage to his classmates from  "Howard" and "NYU Film School", admitting that "Do the Right Thing" ...

Forest Whitaker will present Life Achievement Award to James Earl Jones

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Forest Whitaker will present Screen Actors Guild’s 45th Life Achievement Award to James Earl Jones at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, executive producer and director Jeff Margolis announced today.The 2009 SAG Awards® ceremony will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. MT from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore presentation will air on TNT at 11 p.m. (ET/PT). For satellite and HD viewers, the l...

Reeling 2008 Chicago G&L Fest highlights

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Reeling 2008:The 27th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film FestivalNovember 6 - 16, 2008 Chicago Filmmakers and Presenting Sponsors Showtime and Comcast are pleased to announce the 27th year of Reeling, the second-oldest lesbian and gay film festival in the world, and a premier cultural event for the city's LGBT community and film-appreciating audiences.Reeling's mission is to recognize the important artistic contributions LGBT filmmakers have made to our culture and to counteract stereotypi...

Jules Dassin: An Artist In Exile

Friday, April 4-----Jules Dassin, an American director, screenwriter and actor who found success making movies in Europe after he was blacklisted in the United States because of his ties to the Communist Party, died Monday in Athens, where he had lived since the 1970s. He was 96. Mr. Dassin is most widely remembered for films he made after he fled Hollywood in the 1950s, including NEVER ON SUNDAY (1960) with the Greek actress Melina Mercouri, whom he later married; TOPKAPI (1964), with Ms. Merco...

Jules Dassin passed away in Athens at 96

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Jules Dassin, an American director, screenwriter and actor who found success making movies in Europe after he was blacklisted in the United States because of his ties to the Communist Party, died Monday in Athens, where he had lived since the 1970s. He was 96. Mr. Dassin is most widely remembered for films he made after he fled Hollywood in the 1950s, including NEVER ON SUNDAY (1960) with the Greek actress Melina Mercouri, whom he later married; TOPKAPI (1964), with Ms. Mercouri, Peter Ustinov a...

Oscar revealed

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The waiting is over , the best ones got it.Big winners were No country, and Blood....Marion Cotillard is sacred best (french) actress everywhere in the world from Cesar, to Bafta and Oscar...Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose Performance by an actor in a leading role  George Clooney in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)Oscar to Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)  Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (DreamWork...

European Films And Talents Poised For Oscar Gold

 Friday, February 22--------European films and talents are poised for Oscar wins, when the golden statuettes are handed out at the Kodak Theater this coming Sunday in Los Angeles. For the past three months, there has been a lingering cloud of doubt about whether the ceremony was going to happen at all. A strike by the Writers Guild of America, that effectively shut down film and television production and forced the cancellation of the Golden Globe Awards, was only recently settled, in part beca...

The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) has announced the line up of films

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) has announced the line up of films, parties, and red carpet premieres. The eight-day extravaganza will run from February 28 - March 6 2008, all over Manhattan and will showcase a record number of international features, shorts, documentaries and animations from all over the globe. The opening night kick-off party will take place at China Club (268 W47th Street) on February 28th from 6-10pm. Festival screenings begin on Feb...

New York International Independent Film and Video Festival lneup

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) has announced the line up of films, parties, and red carpet premieres. The eight-day extravaganza will run from February 28 - March 6 2008, all over Manhattan and will showcase a record number of international features, shorts, documentaries and animations from all over the globe. The opening night kick-off party will take place at China Club (268 W47th Street) on February 28th from 6-10pm. Festival screenings begin on Feb ...

Movie Glamour Back At SAG Awards

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After the cancellation of the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards (and with the possibility of a no-show Oscars next month), the Screen Actors Guild Awards held last week in Los Angeles was a return to movie glamour. SAG had gotten a waiver from their fellow union, the Writers Guild of America, which has been on strike since November and has forced other awards shows to cancel their events (actors and directors refused to cross picket lines). In what was a very dignified ceremony, awards...

LA Pan African Film & Art Fest line up, largest ever

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The 16th ANNUAL PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL (PAFF) today announced the line-up of films selected from a record number of submissions for their 2008 film competition. Known for showcasing new films first and recognized as America's premiere black film festival, past PAFF features have included box office and award-winning hits: Ray, Lackawanna Blues, Redemption, Crazy As Hell, Kingdom Come, The Brothers, Gridlock'd, Days of Glory, and the 2006 Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Film, T...

Movie Glamour Back At SAG Awards

 Monday, January 28--------After the cancellation of the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards (and with the possibility of a no-show Oscars next month), the Screen Actors Guild Awards held last night in Los Angeles was a return to movie glamour. SAG had gotten a waiver from their fellow union, the Writers Guild of America, which has been on strike since November and has forced other awards shows to cancel their events (actors and directors refused to cross picket lines). In what was a ve...

Tom Cruise to be a Presenter at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

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Tom Cruise to be a Presenter at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® TNT and TBS’s Live Simulcast of the SAG Awards™ airs Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 pm ET/PT Los Angeles, California – Three-time SAG Awards™ nominee Tom Cruise will make his first appearance as a SAG Awards presenter at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, executive producer and director Jeff Margolis announced today.TNT and TBS will simulcast the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® live from the Los Angel...

80th Academy Awards Announced

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80th Academy Awards Announced CategoriesPerformance by an actor in a leading roleGeorge Clooney in "Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.)Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)Johnny Depp in "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)Tommy Lee Jones in "In the Valley of Elah" (Warner Independent)Viggo Mortensen in "Eastern Promises" (Focus Features)Performance by an actor in a supporting roleCasey ...

"73rd Annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards"

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Will tonight be the closest thing we have to an award show this season, or will the "People's Choice Awards" on 1/8/08, "The Golden Globes" on 1/13/08 and the "The Academy Awards" on 2/24/08 go on amidst the threat of actors boycotting to attend in order to demonstrate their support for the writer's strike? Tonight at "Spotlight Live" in Times Square, writers, journalists, and critics from world renowned publications, observed, interviewed, and photographe...

Into the Wild leads Screen Actors Guild Nominations

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INTO THE WILD, director Sean Penn’s adaptation of the true story of a young man who ditches civilization on a spiritual quest into the wilds of the Alaskan wilderness, dominated the film nominations for the 14th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, after being completely snubbed by the Golden Globes and most film critics prizes. The film, which is adapted from the non-fiction bestseller by Jon Krakauer, has been nominated for Best Ensemble Cast, with rising star Emile Hirsch getting a nod as Best...

SAG Awards nominations announced

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Nominations for the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2007 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the new SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood.Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg introduced Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love) and Actor® recipient Terrence Howard (The Brave One), who announced the nomin...

INTO THE WILD Leads Screen Actors Guild Nominations

 Thursday, December 20----------INTO THE WILD, director Sean Penn’s adaptation of the true story of a young man who ditches civilization on a spiritual quest into the wilds of the Alaskan wilderness, dominated the film nominations for the 14th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, after being completely snubbed by the Golden Globes and most film critics prizes. The film, which is adapted from the non-fiction bestseller by Jon Krakauer, has been nominated for Best Ensemble Cast, with rising star E...
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