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San Sebastian Festival - Thematic retrospective: Very Funny Things. New American Comedy

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  VERY FUNNY THINGS. NEW AMERICAN COMEDY is the title of the thematic retrospective to be dedicated by this year's San Sebastian Festival to new trends in American comedy movies. Comedy, a genre that already had an extremely long-standing Hollywood tradition, has seen a revival in recent decades thanks to a contemporary angle with place for irreverence, non-political correctness and social satire. A new generation of directors, screenwriters, actors and comedians have become today's...

Tribeca Spotlight and Cinemania sections announced

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The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.   "Now that the majority of the program has been announced I believe you will see the rich variety and quality of the films and talent that we are presenting at Tribeca this year," s...

AFM Day 2: Fries Frame, ODB, Doddle, IM Global & Hong Kong Day updated

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentMaybe it was just a coincidence that Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow was spotted making a stealth move out of the parking structure in Santa Monica on Day 2 of the American Film Market (AFM), but today, Nov. 5, heavy hitter Gary Barber, Co-Chairman/CEO of Spyglass will join Harvey Weinsten, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Co., Nick Meyer CEO of Sierra Pictures, and Stewart Till, Chief Executive of The Icon Group in a heavy hitter roundta...

NEWSLETTER N° 479: October 7, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 479: October 7, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film professionn...

LFF - EVERYTHING MUST GO [2010] dir Dan Rush

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EVERYTHING MUST GO is based on a Raymond Carver short story about a middle-aged man, Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell), who in the space of one day become jobless, wifeless and homeless, in his front lawn, all due to an alcohol relapse. Feeling miserable, he has five days to vacate his front yard, but has to hold a yard sale in order to be able to stay those five days. A new neighbour moves in, Samantha (Rebecca Hall), he makes friends and employs a local kid, Kenny and visits an old high s...

London Fest everything must go by Dan Rush

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EVERYTHING MUST GO is based on a Raymond Carver short story about a middle-aged man, Nick Halsey (Will Ferrell), who in the space of one day become jobless, wifeless and homeless, in his front lawn, all due to an alcohol relapse. Feeling miserable, he has five days to vacate his front yard, but has to hold a yard sale in order to be able to stay those five days. A new neighbour moves in, Samantha (Rebecca Hall), he makes friends and employs a local kid, Kenny and visits an old high school collea...

The Who's Who Of Toronto

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  Woody Allen and Anthony Hopkins For you stargazers, here is a list of the films that feature top rank film directors and acting talents that are premiering this week at the Toronto International Film Festival (and the talent that is here): 127 HOURS (Danny Boyle, Director; James Franco, Actor) AMIGO (John Sayles, Director; Chris Cooper, Actor) ANOTHER YEAR (Mike Leigh, Director; Jim Broadbent, Actor) THE BANG BANG CLUB (Ryan Phillipe, Actor) BARNEY...

Stars Shine Brightly In Toronto

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  Natalie Portman in BLACK SWAN  While film professionals are here at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to buy and sell films in a still soft market, for the Toronto public the big attraction are the movie stars who will be walking the red carpet in the coming 10 days. Toronto is a bit star-crazy, with all the local television stations highlighting their TIFF coverage and promising viewers up-close-and-personal access with the movie stars who are huddling here. Ever...

The Global Film Village: LA Shorts Fest 2010

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  by Marla Lewin We will be attending another Shorts Film Fest this time here in Los Angeles. They proclaim themselves to be the largest short film festival in the world with 285 film screenings and 9 days of educational panels, interactive and entertaining events. Their host venue is the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theaters located at 8000 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood CA 90046. They tell me that the festival has quickly become the industry standard for showcasing and awarding undiscov...

The Global Film Village: Sundance 2010 Announces Jury Prizes for Short Films

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Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland won the 2010 Sundance Shorts International Prize photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival by Marla Lewin The 2010 Sundance Film Festival announced the jury prizes in shorts filmmaking and gave honorable mentions based on outstanding achievement and merit. The awards were presented at a ceremony held in Park City, Utah. These award recipients will also be honored at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony hosted by David Hyde Pierce on Satur...

The Global Film Village: Behind the scenes with James Bond

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by Marc Halperin The USC School of Cinematic Arts and
Visions and Voices and The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative in conjunction with Danjaq and Eon Productions presented a special program taking us behind the scenes of the world’s most well known secret agent on the 6 through the 8th of November,  2009. Nine of the popular films were shown during three days and two panel discussions were presented with stars and members of the production team. This was a tribute to th...

Call for entry: The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival

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The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival April 15-18, 2010 Call for Entries - Click here The late submission deadline is December 2nd, 2009 , with an extended deadline of December 18th . Organiser Contact Information L.A. Comedy Shorts 2010 2118 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1140 Santa Monica, CA 90403 info@lacomedyshorts.com http://www.lacomedyshorts.com/ The Staff Festival Director: Jeannie Roshar Festival Producer: Ryan Higman Director of Development: Crisann Morgan Artistic Directo...

L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition

The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, currently the largest comedy film festival in the U.S., is a four-day, non-stop celebration of comedic short films with screenings, industry panels and a red-carpet awards event. LACS was recently named one of Moviemaker Magazine's “25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”
Next edition runs April 7th to 108th, 2011.

Co-founded by Boston Legal's Gary Anthony Williams, L.A. Comedy Shorts attracts heavyweights from the world of comedy, including Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow’s 'FunnyOrDie.com’, a major sponsor in 2009. Adam Carolla hosted the star-studded red carpet awards, where actor/director Bobcat Goldthwait was honored with the first annual ‘Commie’ comedy achievement award and Mark Hamill presented for best comedy screenplay.

Well-Known film-industry panelists announced at the up-coming Paso Robles Digital Film Festival

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Guests in attendance at the up-coming Paso Robles Digital Film Festival, will be invited to attend a slate of first-person panel discussions, featuring a list of well-known film industry professionals and personalities. PRDFF organizer Ben Standley is pleased to announce that panel discussions planned for the festival will be hosted and led by as many as 16 already-booked, knowledgeable Hollywood film-makers, actors, editors, composers and publicists. "What's unique, is that at a lot of ...

Your best 100 kids movies? KIDSFIRST! share that with us

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These are films for kids between the ages of 2 and 18 that KIDS FIRST! believes to have universal appeal, exhibit outstanding attributes in terms of their production values and portray values and have qualities that make them as applicable today as the day they were first released. We know that media has the power to influence children, negatively or positively. The films on this list portray the values and ethics that we, as a culture wish to instill in our children. The idea behind this list ...

Screenwriting Expo Golden Pitch Festival

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From Friday to Sunday (Nov. 14th-16th), the 2008 Screenwriting Expo will once again host the best pitch event in existence: The Golden Pitch Festival.With the best collection of studios, production companies, agencies and management companies we've ever presented, the Golden Pitch Festival gives you unparalleled access to industry professionals at top companies who are actively seeking new clients and material. For legal reasons, many of these companies must reject unsolicited material from unre...

Hollywood Film Festival's Prizes

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The 11th 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(r) attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.The festival, presented by STARZ, announced this year's winner of the "Hollywood Movie of the Year Award" -- Zach Snyder's "300" -- which was chosen by the public voting online at the Yahoo! Movies we...

Persians Versus Pirates At The MTV Movie Awards

 Thursday, May 24------Persians are battling Pirates for top honors at this year's MTV MOVIE AWARDS, which will be held in Los Angeles and broadcast live on June 3. Awards are determined by the audience, who still have another week to vote for their favorites. Simply log on to the website: www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards.Although this is hardly your mother's Oscar ceremonies (not much dignity and decorum here), the MTV MOVIE AWARDS has an international viewing audience that rivals the A...

Golden Globe Nominees Announced

Friday, December 15----Nominations for the Golden Globe Awards were announced yesterday morning in Los Angeles. The Awards, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a membership group of less than 100 international journalists whose beat is coverage of Hollywood and the American film scene, has grown in stature over the past few years, making them almost the most stellar in a glut of end-of-the-year honors. Now broadcast on a major television network in the US and seen via satellite t...

National Board of Review Makes Some Surprising Choices

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And so we're off....the first major national critics association has announced their Top Ten Titles of the year, as well as honoring individual films and performances. In a very unexpected and in some ways alarming choice, the National Board of Review has chosen as Best Picture the Japanese-language film LETTERS OF IWO JIMA, a companion film to the much bigger budgeted FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, both directed by Clint Eastwood. It is a sign of Eastwood's clout at his home studio Warner Brothers that ...

National Board of Review Makes Some Surprising Choices

Friday, December 8-----And so we're off....the first major national critics association has announced their Top Ten Titles of the year, as well as honoring individual films and performances. In a very unexpected and in some ways alarming choice, the National Board of Review has chosen as Best Picture the Japanese-language film LETTERS OF IWO JIMA, a companion film to the much bigger budgeted FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, both directed by Clint Eastwood. It is a sign of Eastwood's clout at his home st...

50th London Festival Finale

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The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival rounded off a successful fortnight of film screenings and events with Babel. This year’s 50th edition featured 183 feature films and 131 short films from 48 countries, 438 screenings and 1649 visiting international filmmakers and industry professionals. International glamour on the red carpet featured throughout the Festival’s 16 days. Alejandro González Iñárritu was joined by actors Gael García Bernal and Rinko Kikuchi to introduce Babel, the Clo...

London 50th Festival Finale

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The Times BFI 50th London Film Festival rounded off a successful fortnight of film screenings and events with Babel. This year’s 50th edition featured 183 feature films and 131 short films from 48 countries, 438 screenings and 1649 visiting international filmmakers and industry professionals.International glamour on the red carpet featured throughout the Festival’s 16 days. Alejandro González Iñárritu was joined by actors Gael García Bernal and Rinko Kikuchi to introduce Babel, the Closi...

The USA Film Festival announces shedule of events

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The USA Film Festival 22nd Annual KidFilm® Festival, DallasJanuary 21-22, 2006The USA Film Festival’s 22nd annual KidFilm® Festival announces the schedule of events taking place Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2006 at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas.SPECIAL PROGRAMSTribute to the Wonderful World of Rosemary WellsKidFilm pays tribute to one of contemporary children’s literature’s most beloved author/illustrators, Rosemary Wells. For nearly...

Mary Steenburgen To Be Honored at 11th Temecula

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Actress, Mary Steenburgen To Be Honored With Lifetime Career Achievement Award As The 11th Annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival Goes ‘Ballroom’ on Opening Night It’s not often, you’ll find an independent film festival launching with a red carpet/ballroom affair. But this year, The Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival (TVIFF) is proud to announce they will take a new turn on the dance floor screening Shoreline Entertainment’s MARILYN HOTCHKISS BALL...

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