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Dick Van Dyke Honored With 2012 SAG Life Achievement Award

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Dick Van Dyke, beloved actor, singer, dancer, writer and comedian, will receive SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor – the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Van Dyke will be presented the performers union’s most prestigious accolade, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET, ...

A Look at the 2012 Tony Awards from a Film Blogger/Seatfiller's Perspective

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There's always some glitter of Tinseltown on Broadway; however, the 66th Annual American Theater Wing's Tony Awards had a really important film tie-in. You probably think I'm referring to: The win for Death of a Salesman produced by Scott Rudin, directed by Mike Nichols, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, who brought along current girlfriend and Spiderman (2012 movie) co-star Emma Stone. Or Once, totally sweeping the Tonys as a Broadway musical! Which firs...

Celebrating The Power of Cinema, the 6th Texas Black Film Festival returns to Dallas

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6th Texas Black Film FestivalCelebrating The Power of Cinema, the 6th Texas Black Film Festival returns to STUDIO MOVIE GRILL DALLAS next week, February 1st through 4th. Featuring the premieres of independent film from around the world, TBFF celebrates a rich culture through the art of film, workshops and filmmaker Q&A. Throughout the festival, TBFF will premiere over 50 shorts, documentaries, features and animations of independent filmmakers from Texas and from around the world. Wednesday F...

Mary Tyler Moore will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement

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Renowned actress, producer and humanitarian Mary Tyler Moore will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade – the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Moore created a new paradigm for female leads in television, won top honors for her courageous performances in film, television and on stage, produced some of the most lauded television programs of all time, and for thirty years, has served as a tireless advocate giving hope to all those afflicted with Type 1...

LionsGate new theatrical publicity team

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LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, today announced a restructuring of its Theatrical Publicity department. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President of Theatrical Publicity Julie Fontaine, three months after she was hired by Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen to oversee all public relations and promotional initiatives for the film division. Under Fontaine, films on the theatrical release slate will be divided between two project teams, each led by...

The BUFF Blog (January 2011)

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No matter how many times BUFF ventures down to Soho to get entertained, the result is always the same. And no matter how you dress it up, January is almost invariably a month-long period of attrition, angst and apathy. So it seemed perfectly reasonable to expect a good time to be had when yours truly was invited down to Soho on a cold and wet Friday evening for a preview screening of ‘David is Dying’ – the debut feature-length drama penned, and produced by Stephen Lloyd Jackson and Andy ...

Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards

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  AARP The Magazine to Recognize Film Icon Robert Redford With Lifetime Achievement Award at Its 10th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 7th It's awards season and AARP The Magazine has once again picked the best films for the older audience with its annual Movies for Grownups® Awards. Robert Redford is the recipient of the Movies for Grownups Lifetime Achievement Award and Tom Hooper's The King's Speech nabbed this year's top honor for overall "Bes...

Jon Wilkman Interview on "MOGULS & MOVIE STARS"

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EXCLUSIVE: TCM's "MOGULS & MOVIE STARS" Director Jon Wilkman Interviewby Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Somewhere in Connecticut, Bill Haber, one of the founders of CAA, got a flash that Hollywood history should ride again. To that end, he contacted four-time Emmy winning documentary veteran Jon Wilkman and the rest is "A History of Hollywood." Set to air Nov. 1 through mid-December, "MOGULS & MOVIE STARS: A HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD" will unspool every Monday night at 8 PM (ET) on Tu...

The Global Film Village: 2010 Producers Guild of America Awards

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by Marla Lewin Sunday marked another milestone in this year’s awards  season as The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced their winners in television and motion picture productions at their 21st Annual PGA Awards ceremony held at the Hollywood Palladium. The Winners are listed in Bold in each category: Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures:   AVATAR Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau DISTRICT 9 Produce...

The Year Of The Black Director?

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  In the 81 year history of the Academy Awards, nearly 500 films have been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Up until now, not a single film that was directed by a black filmmaker has been included on that list. However, this year, with the critical and popular success of the urban indie drama PRECIOUS, that ignoble record could be history. PRECIOUS, directed by Lee Daniels, has undergone a fascinating journey to become the "it" film of the indie film season.....a jo...

The 2010 Buff New Year's Message (from Buff Enterprises)

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Film buffs will continue to be spoiled in 2010 as the awards season continues in full swing with the long awaited release of ‘Precious’ at the end of January. Produced by Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, Precious (Based on the novel 'Push’ by Sapphire) is set in Harlem in 1987 and is the powerful and disturbing story of an obese teenage black girl whose life is a living hell. Pregnant for the second time by her father and bullied and abused both emotionally and physically by her mother, she ...

Mariah Carey to be honoured at Palm Springs Fest

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The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Mariah Carey with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in Lionsgate's Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" By Sapphire. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 5-18, 2010. Festival chairman Haro...

Oscar, Meet Precious

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  Oscar, meet Precious........the Academy Awards have just gotten their first blast of ghetto love with the rising tide surrounding the urban drama PRECIOUS: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire by producer-turned-director Lee Daniels. The film, a major hit out of Sundance and screened to great acclaim in Cannes, Toronto and New York, opened theatrically in the United States this past weekend…..and broke box office records for its per-screen performance. Logging in an astonishing $100,00...

"Precious" moments at AFI

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Last night the AFI hosted a star studded, red carpet affair introducing the world to Clarice "PRECIOUS" Jones, directed by Lee Daniels. A film that will "split you open," is due to open later this week. Audience members, the likes of which made me feel like I was crashing a private party for all the cool kids, included Olivia Wilde, Lisa Edelstein, Mary J. Blige, Nick Cannon, Sidney Hicks, Gayle King, Paula Abdul, Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria Parker, Will Smith, Forest &...

“Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” Opens in Select Theaters, November 6, 2009

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By Maria Esteves - October 21, 2009 The 47th New York Film Festival 2009 (NYFF09) presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, was held at the new state of the art Alice Tully Hall, September 25 - October 11, 2009. A special press screening of  "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE," preceded the press conference with director Lee Daniels moderated by NYFF selection committee Melissa Anderson, at the Walter Reade Theater, on Thursday, October 1, 1:00 PM. PRECIOUS,...

Complete AFI Festival Lineup Announced

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AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi today announced the complete lineup of films for the 23rd edition of the Festival, including the Closing Night Gala, Centerpiece Screening, Tributes and Special Presentations.The complete program line-up for AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi is as follows:GALAS/TRIBUTESFANTASTIC MR. FOX (Opening Night Gala, North American Premiere) Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen ...

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...

James Earl Jones to receive SAG Achievement Award

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Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced today that James Earl Jones, whose acting prowess and iconic voice are world-renown, will receive the Guild’s most prestigious accolade—the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Jones will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the “15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®,” which premieres live on TNT and TBS Sunday...

Films Not Playing At Your Local Theater (Yet)

 Friday, November 16-------Although every Friday sees a glut of film openings making their way to film theaters, the truth is that a large number of worthy films never find traditional theatrical distribution. That is one of the reasons that the brave new worlds of internet downloads and other non-traditional distribution methods hold such promise. However, until these new methodologies take hold in such a way that they can generate the same or similar revenue, theatrical distribution remains t...

PAFF Panels and Workshops in LA

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PAFF Panels and Workshops Word Up: Marketing & PromotionWhat does it take to get the attention of the public? Catchy phrases, lots of press, flashy t-shirts? Our panelists are veteran film marketers who will share their wealth of experience with the audience. Position yourself in the right circles. Confirmed panelists: Roz Stevenson, Publicist for "RAY", Eva Davis, VP of Warner Home Video, Lynn Jeter, Artist Manager and Publicist and Jasmyne Cannick, producer and publicist for the upcoming cabl...

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