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Sundance Winners And Losers

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They call it the Sundance alchemy…..the strange and rather unknowable process by which films with advanced buzz fall flat and titles that come out of nowhere become the next big indie flings. Such was the case at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where several of the higher profile films did not get the love from audiences, critics or distributors, and where a few unheralded films walked away with the lion’s share of prizes and, most importantly, distribution contacts that wil...

Dante Ferretti honored at 7° L.A. Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest

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Production designer Dante Ferretti and set decorator Francesca Lo Schiavo, recipients of two Academy Awards, and nominated this year in the category Art Direction for Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”, will receive the L.A. ITALIA – Excellence Award 2012 during the 7° L.A. Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest to be held at the Hollywood Chinese Theatre from February 19th to 25th. The event, chaired this year by Italian filmmaker Pupi Avati, and taking place on the eve of the Oscar’s Night (schedu...

Philadelphia's SCREENPLAY FEST Winners Announced!

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www.ScreenplayFest.com     2011 SCREENPLAYFEST GRAND PRIZE CONTEST RESULTS: Congratulations to our winners of Philadelphia's 2011 ScreenplayFest! To contact the writers and read their Screenplays, please visit: Click Here, or email us at: phillyscriptfest@screenplayfest.com. Winners will be receiving emails from our sponsors in the next few weeks to come, so please be patient.  GRAND PRIZE WINNER COMEDY Lookout Lou (The Big...

BendFilm 2012 OPENS SUBMISSIONS!

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Hi everyone, hope you’ll submit for 2012.  Please spread the word!!  Thank you   We had a record breaking 2011 and are super-psyched for this coming year!!     Now in its 9th year, BENDFILM FESTIVAL celebrates independent cinema's brave voices by bringing thought-provoking, inspiring, and engaging films from all over the world to Central Oregon's scenic mountainous town of Bend. Unmistakably filmmaker-friendly, BendFilm has been deemed one of "25 Festiv...

27th SBIFF opens on January 26th with Lawrence Kasdan's 'DARLING COMPANION'

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  Tonight on January 26th, 2012 will see opening of the 27th SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SBIFF) in Santa Barbara, California. The festival will open with the world premier of Lawrence Kasdan's film: “DARLING COMPANION” (2012) with an all star cast including Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest. The film will open with a an Oscar-nominated Animated Pixar Short, “LA LUNA” (2011). The screening will take place in the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA wi...

West of Memphis at SBIFF 2012

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  The cast and crew of the documentary film WEST OF MEMPHIS (2012) at the Santa Barbara International FIlm Festival (SBIFF), 2012. The film had its world premier just weeks before in Sundance. Following the screening, director Amy Berg, Damien Echols, and Lorri Davis attended a Q and A. Read a summary of the film here: SUMMARY by Sundance Film Festival- "For many people, the case of the West Memphis Three has become synonymous with wrongful conviction. Despite a lack of ...

LA Film Fest appoints Stephanie Allain as Festival Director

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    Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the selection of accomplished film producer Stephanie Allain as its new Los Angeles Film Festival Director, starting immediately. She succeeds Rebecca Yeldham, who recently elected to step down for personal reasons. Stephanie will be working closely with Festival Managing Director Gloria Campbell and Festival Artistic Director David Ansen, as we...

James Franco at PSIFF 2011 on 'SAL' (2011)

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  James Franco and Val Lauren in Palm Springs for 'SAL' (2011) by PSIFF press James Franco’s feature film SAL (2011) held its world premiere at the 68th La Biennale Venice Film Festival. Most recently the film debuted in Palm Springs during the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. After the screening of the film, Franco appeared with lead actor in SAL, Val Lauren, to attend a Q and A to audiences. Read some of Franco’s answers to questions below.   JAMES...

James Franco at PSIFF 2011 on 'SAL' (2011)

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  James Franco and Val Lauren in Palm Springs for 'SAL' (2011) by PSIFF press James Franco’s feature film SAL (2011) held its world premiere at the 68th La Biennale Venice Film Festival. Most recently the film debuted in Palm Springs during the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. After the screening of the film, Franco appeared with lead actor in SAL, Val Lauren, to attend a Q and A to audiences. Read some of Franco’s answers to questions below.   JAMES...

James Franco at PSIFF 2011 on SAL

James Franco’s feature film SAL (2011) held its world premiere at the 68th La Biennale Venice Film Festival. Most recently the film debuted in Palm Springs during the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. After the screening of the film, Franco appeared with lead actor in SAL, Val Lauren, to attend a Q and A to audiences.   photo by PSIFF press

James Franco at PSIFF 2011 on SAL

James Franco’s feature film SAL (2011) held its world premiere at the 68th La Biennale Venice Film Festival. Most recently the film debuted in Palm Springs during the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. After the screening of the film, Franco appeared with lead actor in SAL, Val Lauren, to attend a Q and A to audiences.   photo by Vanessa McMahon 

James Franco at PSIFF 2011 on SAL

James Franco’s feature film SAL (2011) held its world premiere at the 68th La Biennale Venice Film Festival. Most recently the film debuted in Palm Springs during the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. After the screening of the film, Franco appeared with lead actor in SAL, Val Lauren, to attend a Q and A to audiences.   photo by Vanessa McMahon 

James Franco at PSIFF 2011 on SAL

James Franco’s feature film SAL (2011) held its world premiere at the 68th La Biennale Venice Film Festival. Most recently the film debuted in Palm Springs during the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. After the screening of the film, Franco appeared with lead actor in SAL, Val Lauren, to attend a Q and A to audiences.   photo by Vanessa McMahon 

James Franco at PSIFF 2011 on SAL

James Franco’s feature film SAL (2011) held its world premiere at the 68th La Biennale Venice Film Festival. Most recently the film debuted in Palm Springs during the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. After the screening of the film, Franco appeared with lead actor in SAL, Val Lauren, to attend a Q and A to audiences.   photo by Vanessa McMahon  <

Sundance Behind Closed Doors

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  Far from the red carpet glamour, the throngs trying to party crash on Main Street, the critics and programmers waiting on lines, there is another Sundance Film Festival taking place behind closed doors. While the Festival does not have an official market, as do such other events as Berlin and Cannes, there is definitely market business going on in private hotel suites and luxurious mountaintop villas. These are the precincts where sleep deprived sales agents hawk their wares to domesti...

LA Fest appoints Stephanie Allain, producer with stellar track record

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 Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the selection of accomplished film producer Stephanie Allain as its new Los Angeles Film Festival Director, starting immediately. She succeeds Rebecca Yeldham, who recently elected to step down for personal reasons. Stephanie will be working closely with Festival Managing Director Gloria Campbell and Festival Artistic Director David Ansen, as well as Associate Direc...

Sundance 2012 - Robert Redford Kickoff press conference

Robert Redford introduces the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at a press conference in the Egyptian Theater in Park City Utah. They discuss this years festival, the health of the independent film industry and how things have changed over the years.      

The Artist's producer Thomas Langmann received the PGA award

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23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards - January 21, 2012 One of the awards season’s marquee events, The Producers Guild Awards celebrates the finest producing work of the year, and gives the Guild an opportunity to honor some of the living legends who have shaped our profession. Considered a strong prognosticator for the Best Picture Oscar®, the announcement of the Guild’s Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures is one of the most eagerly-anticipated of the se...

Who's Hot, Who's Not?... Harris Polls says Johnny Depp is N°1 America's Favorite Actor

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In 2011 he was the voice of Rango, he was Captain Jack Sparrow (again) and he was also a journalist. And, again this year, Johnny Depp has the distinction of being America's Favorite Actor. Next on the list are two actors who haven't actually acted in a movie this past year. Tied for number two are Denzel Washington, who was in the second spot last year, and Clint Eastwood who was number 9 on the list last year. These are so...

Ten world premieres will be screening in the competition programme of the Berlinale 2012

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Taviani, Petzold and Billy Bob Thornton: World Premieres in the Competition and Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut in the New Cinema at the ‘Haus der Berliner Festspiele' An additional ten world premieres will be screening in the Competition programme of the Berlinale 2012. Directors Billy Bob Thornton, Christian Petzold, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Benedek Fliegauf, Hans-Christian Schmid, Matthias Glasner, Miguel Gomes, Alain Gomis, Ursula Meier and Spiros Stathoulopoulos will all be competin...

THE SURROGATE and GOATS chosen to top Organization's Spotlight Initiative Film Series

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The Creative Coalition announced the slate of honorees headlining the 2012 Spotlight Initiative Awards Gala Dinner to be held during the upcoming film festival in Park City, Utah.  This year's Spotlight Initiative Award recipients include actress Kate Bosworth, actor and artist Common, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, actress Anna Lynne McCord, and filmmaker Stacy Peralta.  Leaders in the entertainment industry will join together to celebrate these luminaries, as well as the art an...

Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Hutcherson arrives at Sydney Airport for her latest film Premiere: JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

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Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Hutcherson arrives at Sydney Airport for her latest film Premiere: JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND. Vanessa Hudgens (Suckerpunch and High School Musical) and Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Centre of the Earth and The Hunger Games) will land in Sydney for the red carpet premiere today. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island begins when young Sean Anderson (Hutcherson) receives a c...

69th Golden Globes Tinsel & Tine Commentary

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Winners Best Performance Actress – Drama: Meryl Streep – Iron Lady. I'm looking forward to seeing this film. (very disappointed The Film Society didn't offer a preview screening). I'm certain as always, Streep's performance will be award worthy; however, since this film hasn't even hit theaters yet, how about giving the Globe to Viola Davis and letting Meryl win the Oscar. Best Performance Actor – Drama: George Clooney - The Descendants Cloon...

The Artist (3) leads the Golden Globes Awards surprises, The Descendants grabs Best Film and Best Actor

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The Golden Globe ceremony was held this sunday in Los Angeles. The Artist by Michel Hazanavicus leads the awarded films with three wins, best comedy, best actor in a comedy Jean Dujardin and best music. The Artist was the first french film to receive Best film (comedy) The Descendant by Alexander Payne received best film and best actor (G Clooney) The veteran directors were awarded too : Spielberg (best animated film), Scorcese (best film), Woody Allen (best script) Meryl Streep, best ...
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