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John Waters to be spotlighted at the 15th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival

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    The 15th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, April 11-15, 2012, will pay tribute to innovative filmmaker John Waters, hosting the American director, author, actor and photographer during a special evening on Saturday, April 14th, at the Sonoma Veteran's Memorial Building.   The night's events will include Waters' one-man "vaudeville" act that celebrates the film career and obsessional tastes of the man William Burroughs once called "The Pope of T...

Steve Bertram (formerly with Paramount) joins Relativity Media as new COO

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Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media, LLC, announced today that Steve Bertram, formerly the President of Business Operations for Paramount Home Entertainmentparamount , has joined the company as COO and CFO.   Bertram will oversee the day-to-day company operations for Relativity, including the building and managing of the company's domestic and international distribution relationships. Bertram, in his position as COO, will directly report to Relativity President Michael Joe, and to...

Relativity picks up Raven by V for Vendetta maker

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Relativity Media announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to market and distribute Intrepid Pictures' The Raven, directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and starring John Cusack (2012, 1408). The film also stars Luke Evans (Immortals, Clash of the Titans), Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter Series) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster). The script was written by Ben Livingston (Bruce Almighty) and Hannah Shakespeare (Loverboy). The Raven is a fictionalized acco...

Writer/director Sofia Coppola discusses her latest film Somewhere

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Writer/director Sofia Coppola discusses her latest film Somewhere with Film Independent -   It's hard to believe that over ten years have passed since Sofia Coppola burst onto the scene with her 1999 indie hit The Virgin Suicides.  Now the Academy Award and Spirit Award-winning writer/director is back with Somewhere. Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, Somewhere, starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, depicts the story of Johnny Marco, a H...

Sofia Coppola discusses her latest film Somewhere

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Writer/director Sofia Coppola discusses her latest film Somewhere with Film Independent - It's hard to believe that over ten years have passed since Sofia Coppola burst onto the scene with her 1999 indie hit The Virgin Suicides. Now the Academy Award and Spirit Award-winning writer/director is back with Somewhere. Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, Somewhere, starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, depicts the story of Johnny Marco, a Hollywood superstar, living i...

SOMEWHERE (Sofia Coppola) added to the LFF programme

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    The BFI has added the latest award-winning feature by Sofia Coppola - SOMEWHERE - having won the Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, now it will have it's UK premiere at the LFF.  SOMEWHERE is the story of Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess (frenzied girls, booze and cars) at the Chateau Marmont Hotel, totally disconnected from the real life. With an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning), Johnny ...

Sofia Coppola Wins Her Lion In Venice

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  Sofia Coppola walked away with the top prize at the Venice Film Festival this past weekend, winning the Golden Lion for her new film SOMEWHERE. The film, which inexplicably did not make the cut at the Toronto or New York film festivals (festival envy?), stars Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning in a dramatic story of a father who tries to connect with his daughter after years of neglect. The fact that the dad is also a famous actor adds spice to this satire of Hollywood's self-obession and...

Coppola Wins

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Well, one thing you can always guarantee with Tarantino is to expect surprises. I'd have never thought in a million years that he would award Sofia Coppola's 'Somewhere' the top prize at Venice (one wonders if its because she and QT used to date?!!)... but then again maybe its because she has made an amazing film similar to'Lost in Translation'. This film is now top of my to see list alongside the 'I'm Still Here' doc. Oh and another surprise, Vincent Gallo won best actor prize for 'Esse...

Hawai Fest: a first glimpse on the fall line up

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The 27th Annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), the premier international film event in the Pacific, is set for October 18 – 28 on Oahu. More than 150 feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations, representing countries from around the world will be showcased.HIFF is the centerpiece event in Hawaii where thousands of people from around the world, top celebrities from Asia and the United States, award-winning filmmakers and directors, and the US and foreign press...

Hawaii International Film Festival line up

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The 27th Annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), the premier international film event in the Pacific, is set for October 18 – 28 on Oahu. More than 150 feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations, representing countries from around the world will be showcased.HIFF is the centerpiece event in Hawaii where thousands of people from around the world, top celebrities from Asia and the United States, award-winning filmmakers and directors, and the US and foreign press...

AFI closes with solid 20% public attendance growth

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Standing ovations for international cinema masters like Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Terry George at AFI FEST 2004, which concluded Sunday at ArcLight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome with the US Premiere of New Line Cinema's SEA INSIDE. Written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar, the film stars Javier Bardem. Both filmmaker and star were in attendance.Although attendance figures are still being tabulated, festival organizers have seen a 20% increase in Box Office receipts over the previou...

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