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The 9th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Awards(r)" ceremony, honoring independent filmmakers and established Hollywood professionals, was held last night before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,200 Hollywood Film Festival attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Special honors went to Lions Gate Films Releasing President Tom Ortenberg, film preservation leader Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington, actress Diane Keaton, actor Joaquin Phoenix, actress Charli...

Hollywood Film Festival mixes Star Power with discoveries

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The Hollywood Film Festival, which ended its six day run on Sunday, is a unique event that mixes the high profile of the Hollywood film industry with new discoveries from the worlds of American independent film and international cinema.Screenings were held at Hollywood’s Arclight Theaters, a major venue for specialty cinema (and also the home of next month’s AFI Film Festival). The Festival, which celebrates its ninth anniversary under the direction of its Founder and Executive Director Carl...

10 Features Candidates for Hollywood World Awards

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Hollywood World Awards list of nomineesHollywood Beverly Hills Hilton: October 24This year's nominees for The Hollywood World Awards® are:"4" (Russia) directed by Ilya Khrzhanovsky; "Battle in Heaven" (Mexico) directed by Carlos Reygadas;"The Beat That My Heart Skipped" (France) directed by Jacques Audiard; "Cache" ("Hidden") (France/Austria) directed by Michael Haneke; "Death of Mr. Lazarescu" (Romania) directed by Cristi Puiu;"Fateless" (Hungary) directed by Lajos Koltai; "L'Enfant" (Belgium)...

41st Chicago Festival in action with 100 feature films

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The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive international film festival in North America, will raise the curtain on its 41st edition on October 6, then run through October 20 at Chicago theaters. Film fans will be able to choose from 100 feature films and 42 short films from 34 countries.The 2005 Festival will include three world premieres (The Trouble with Dee Dee, Feast and The Unseen), 11 North American Premieres and 34 U.S. premieres. “Our lineup truly offers something...

9th Annual Hollywood Fest long list of honorees

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Actress CHARLIZE THERON, actor JOAQUIN PHOENIX,actor MATTHEW BRODERICK and actress SUSAN SARANDON to be honored at the 9th Annual Hollywood FestThe Hollywood Film Festival's Board of Advisors is proud to announce that this year's festival will honor Academy Award-winning actress CHARLIZE THERON with the "Hollywood Actress of the Year Award" for her performance in Warner Bros. Pictures and Participant Productions' "NORTH COUNTRY," Oscar(r)-nominated actor JOAQUIN PHOENIX with the "Hollywood Acto...

Venice Continues with Cinema Magic

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The Italian journalists so far think that George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck is the best film in the international competition but the journalists don’t select the awards. Still, often what film critics think turns out to be right. Add to the list Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener , screened today at the fest, another strong contender for the Lion. The Venezia 62 international jury is composed of the Chinese scriptwriter and author Acheng, French filmmaker Claire Denis, Israeli ...

Venice line up of films in competition

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Venice Festival competition August 31 September 10An international competition comprising of 20 feature films in 35mm and digital HD format Pupi AVATI La seconda notte di nozze Italy 103’Antonio Albanese, Katia Ricciarelli, Neri Marcorè João BOTELHO O Fatalista Portugal/France 99’Rogério Samora, André Gomes, Rita BlancoLaurent CANTET Vers le sud France/Canada 105’Charlotte Rampling, Karen Young, Louise PortalPatrice CHÉREAU Gabrielle France/Italy 90’Isabelle Huppert, Pascal Greggor...

Personalites in Locarno Fest, masterclass and promo

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The big event of the week was the one day visit August 8 of Hollywood actress and Oscar bearer Susan Sarandon. Susan gave a so-called “master class” which is a recently coined festival term to glorify a guest appearance in which a famous film personality talks more or less at random for an hour or two to a gathering of professional admirers. The Italians have a special soft spot for Ms. Sarandon as she was once married to an Italian singer and has two children by him. The actrice who is...

The Magnificent Welles at Locarno

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58th LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES MOST COMPLETE ORSON WELLES RETRO EVER --by Alex Deleon The 58th installment of the Locarno film festival at the Tippety-top of glorious Lago Maggiore in the Italian Speaking part of Switzerland (Ticino) got underway on Wednesday, August 3rd and will go on until August 13. Some 300 films of all kinds will be projected at numerous venues all over town, but the main event is the slate of 18 features in competition for the spotted leopard awards, the jungle cat ...

Filmmakers Edward Wang and Malle retrospective in NY

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Two masters of the art of the cinema are being honored in New York at career retrospectives at two of New York’s most venerable film institutions, starting this past weekend. The Museum of Modern Art, which has one of the world’s most celebrated film archives, will present three defining films from the career of Taiwanese director Edward Yang, to mark the publication of a new monograph on the filmmaker by celebrated film critic and historian John Anderson. The filmmaker is revered as a moder...

Nashville Fest (36th) wrap up

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Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) president Alan Brewer announces the completion of the most successful festival in its 36 year history, breaking a record with a 14% increase in attendance over the prior year. The third longest running festival in the U.S., with the winning feature awarded the opportunity for Academy Award consideration, NaFF ’05 kicked off its opening night with the John Singleton produced “Hustle & Flow” and the Paul Reiser/Peter Falk film “The Thing About My Folks.” ...

A Very Black Carmen and other films of interest in Berlin

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"U-CARMEN eKHYELITSHA" is an extremely unusual version of the opera Carmen set in a squalid shanty-town "Township", Khyelitsha, near Capetown, South Africa --and sung entirely by African singers in the "click language", Khosa! This black Carmen is a light year beyond the light brown "Carmen Jones" of 1954 which starred Harry Belafonte and Dorothy Dandridge and seemed so sucy and racy at the time. For one thing, Pauline Malefane (Carmen) is not a slender Hollywood mannekin type like Dandridge ...

Virginia Film Festival has a theme: Speed

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The 17th annual Virginia Film Festival is a four-day whirlwind program of screenings, performances, panels, and parties. Based at the University of Virginia and set to run from October 28-31, 2004, the Virginia Film Festival infuses the campus and community at large with its thematic presentations and special events. This year’s theme of SPEED will explore our accelerated culture of fast foods and quick cuts, as well as the history of racing and chasing in the movies. A remarkable lineup of gu...

Speed is the Theme at Virgina Fest, get ready for it

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THE 17TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEWS 2004 PROGRAMCultural Theme of “SPEED” Provides Adrenaline Rush for Film Enthusiasts October 28th –October 31st Festival Guests Include Directors Paul Schrader, Nicole Kassell, and David Gordon Green; Artist Sharon Lockhart, Musician Jim White and “Speed” LevitchFestival Director Richard Herskowitz released today the 17th annual Virginia Film Festival’s four-day whirlwind program of screenings, performances, panels, and parties. Based ...

Stars Shine at Toronto’s 29th Film Festival

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Stars Shine at Toronto’s 29th International Film FestivalThe Toronto International Film Festival now in its 29th year, brings the biggest and brightest stars of Hollywood, the film industry and the world to this prestigious Film Festival. TIFF takes place from September 9th to the 18th and is known and the largest and best Film Festival worldwide. The list of visitors who will be on hand in Toronto will be meeting greeting and highlighting there newest films and projects to best promote the m...

Central Park Fest kicks in

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The Central Park Conservancy is hosting its 2nd annual Central Park Film Festival presented by Bloomberg.The festival includes a theme night, Tootsie - dress in drag for a prize! A family night - (last year Ghostbusters was a hit, Susan Sarandon brought the family)!! This year ANTZ with surprise guest speaker! Old favorites: Breakfast at Tiffanys (Who doesn't love this movie?!?) and On The Town (Old Blue Eyes at his finest!) And an old movie made new again (here's your chance to see the original...

Michael Caine will be honored at the Lincoln Center

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SIR MICHAEL CAINE TO BE HONORED AT THE ANNUAL GALA TRIBUTE AT THE FILM SOCIETY OF THE LINCOLN CENTER7 pm, APRIL 26, 2004 at AVERY FISHER HALLThe event, which annually honors major figures in the film world, will take place Monday, April 26, 2004 at 7pm at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. The evening will consist of highlights from Caine’s impressive film career and on-stage appearances by actors and directors with whom he has worked. Confirmed participants (as of March 29) are Sean Conner...

Costner, Zanuck and Minghella: Palm Springs tributes

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Actor Costner, Producer Zanuck and Director Minghella to Be Honored at Upcoming 15th Annual Palm Springs International Film FestivalThe tributes and awards for the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival are now announced. Academy Award winning actor/director/producer Kevin Costner, Academy Award-winning producer Richard D. Zanuck, and Academy winning director Minghella will be honored at the Award Gala being held on Sunday, January 11, 2004 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. T...

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