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57th Annual 2012 Village Voice OBIE Awards

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By Maria Esteves – May 23, 2012 The 57th Annual 2012 Village Voice OBIE Awards (OBIES 2012) honoring theatrical excellence and achievements in Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway commenced Monday, May 21, 8:00 pm the legendary Webster Hall ballroom, New York, Monday, May 17, 8:00 pm. The ceremony also featured three outstanding performances by Joshua Henry and Sumayya Ali from ten-time Tony Award nominated Broadway musical The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, David Patrick Kelly from eleven-t...

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Fall 2012 Runway Videos

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By Maria Esteves – February 26, 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2012 New York Runway Shows commenced February 9-16, 2012, at Lincoln Center and venues in downtown New York. Presented by IMG Fashion, this season’s fashion designer Naeem Khan received the title of Mercedes-Benz Presents. The official vehicle on display in the main lobby was the new classic 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 (Sport Light) Roadster. Runway shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week during New York Fashion Week Fall/Win...

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Fall 2012 Coverage

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By Maria Esteves – February 20, 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Fall 2012 (MBFWNYF12) Collections were held at the tents in Lincoln Center and venues in downtown New York, February 9-16, 2012. Presented by IMG Fashion, MBFWNYF12 was sponsored by American Express, DHL, Diet Pepsi, Fiber One Bars, ideeli, Maybelline New York, Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, TRESemme, W Hotels Worldwide, and WGSN. This season designer Naeem Khan received the title of ‘Mercedes Benz presents.’...

Al Pacino Does The Star Lyric Theatre in Sydney, By Eva Rinaldi

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Al Pacino Does The Star Lyric Theatre In Sydney, by Eva Rinaldi - 17th November 2011 The Star (formally Star City Casino) continues to push the celebrity angle, fresh off Leonardo DiCaprio enjoying his digs on site, and even welcoming Stevie Wonder on stage a couple of weeks ago. Tonight the long awaited 'An Evening With 'Al Pacino' show hit an appreciative and near capacity Lyric Theatre audience. Pacino aka 'Scarface' (Tony Montana) and...

NYTVF Schedule Announced, Tickets Available

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The NYTVF announced the schedule highlights of its seventh annual New York Television Festival, including a Creative Keynote Conversation with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof as well as primetime events from FOX, NBCUniversal, Logo and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The Festival's opening night comedy double-header will feature a red-carpet premiere of FOX's new animated comedy Allen Gregory, as well as the world premiere of comedian Marc Maron's indie pilot, based...

Letters to Daniel Baldock

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                                    Here's just a tiny wee staccato interview with... Daniel Baldock, the Italian acting sensation who appeared in the blockbuster hit Letters to Juliet (2010) is about to take the acting world by storm and stars in the upcoming Italian production, Bloody Sin (2011). ...

55th Annual 2010 Village Voice OBIE Awards Photos

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By: Maria Esteves – May 26, 2010 The 55th Annual 2010 Village Voice OBIE Awards honoring Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater exceptional achievements of 2009-2010, co-hosted by Tony Award winners Michael Cerveris and Anika Noni Rose (2001 OBIE Award winner, Eli's Comin') were held at the historical Webster Hall ballroom, New York, Monday, May 17, 8:00 pm. The ceremony included special performances by cast members of Eleven-Time Tony Award nominee Broadway musical FELA! (2009 OBIE Awar...

Rotterdam@BAM Brings Best of Fest to Brooklyn

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Rap music and urban renewal aren't the only things Brooklyn, New York, and the Dutch city of Rotterdam have in common. Both advance a version of the Rotterdam film festival.On March 3-9, 2010, a month after curtains closed at the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 27—February 7), the Brooklyn Academy of Music rolls out Rap music and urban renewal aren't the only things Brooklyn, New York, and the Dutch city of Rotterdam have in common. Both advance a version of the Rotterdam f...

The Global Film Village: Julie and THE ROYAL FAMILY

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by Marla LewinFriday night I saw The Royal Family on Broadway. It was all one would imagine of a grand old dynasty, like the Barrymores.  A family with an entourage, men falling in love with their own images, women unable to embrace love for fear of missing an opportunity for a good part. Shakespeare said “all the world is a stage”, and still today everyone likes to take a peek at the lives of those who actually get paid to act. The play is about the drama the characters create in their o...

Inaugural Atlantic City Cinefest

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The Downbeach Film Festival Presents the Inaugural Atlantic City Cinefest – October 16-18With a name reflecting its move from Margate and Ventnor to Atlantic City, the 2009 Downbeach Film Festival presents the Atlantic City Cinefest. The three day event will offer a diverse selection independent feature films, shorts and documentaries of varying genres, many of them from New Jersey filmmakers. The festival opens with the East Coast Premiere of the Atlantic City-based Ice Grill, USA co-directed...

New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010 Coverage

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By Maria Esteves - September 27, 2009 The New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010 Collections (MBFW/SS10) presented by IMG Fashion were held at the iconic runways in Bryant Park and off-site, September 10-17, 2009. Mercedes-Benz presented designer Narciso Rodriquez as this season's highest level of quality, dedication, and innovation in design. Day one Spring/Summer 2010 runway shows preceded "FASHION'S NIGHT OUT," the biggest global fashion industry celebration of style by...

"Whatever Works" Works

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Woody Allen's new film Whatever Works starring Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood was screened here in San Sebastian yesterday. The film played to an enthusiastic press audience: there was laughter and applause at all the right moments, and the daily newspaper review here stated that it harkens back to some of his best work. The film follows Larry David as an early Allen-esque character--New Yorker, neuroses and all--who meets and befriends a Mississippi ingénue played by Evan Rache...

2009 New York International Latino Film Festival Celebrates 10 Years

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The 10th New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) presented by HBO will be held at select theaters July 28 - August 2, 2009. The festival founded in 1999 by Calixto Chinchilla, is the premiere marketplace for Latino film in the country that supports emerging and established directors of Latino and Latino American descent. NYILFF annually showcase film, music, free community events, and scholarships, to enrich the diversity and spirit of New York's Latino community. This year's festiv...

2009 New York International Latino Film Festival Celebrates 10 Years

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By Maria Esteves - July 8, 2009 The 10th New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) presented by HBO will be held at select theaters July 28 - August 2, 2009. The festival founded in 1999 by Calixto Chinchilla, is the premiere marketplace for Latino film in the country that supports emerging and established directors of Latino and Latino American descent. NYILFF annually showcase film, music, free community events, and scholarships, to enrich the diversity and spirit of New York's...

54th Village Voice OBIE Awards Photos

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By: Maria Esteves - May 22, 2009 The 54th Annual 2009 Village Voice OBIE Awards ceremony honoring the best Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater achievements of 2008-2009, co-hosted by Tony Award nominee Martha Plimpton and "Shrek the Musical" performer Daniel Breaker were held at the historical Webster Hall ballroom, New York, with a live Internet webcast on PalTalk.com, Monday, May 18, 8:00 pm. Presented by chairman Michael Feingold, OBIE Committee, producer Eileen Phelan, pub...

Interview with Mandy Stein, Marky Ramone, and Bob Gruen, "Burning Down the House: Story of CBGB"

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The happy and proud director, Mandy Stein, dedicated "Burning Down The House: The Story of CBGB" to her mother, and manager of "The Ramones", Linda Stein, as she stated, "it would have been her birthday today".   (Linda was murdered October 30, 2007 in her home)_________________Interview with Mandy Stein:Sharon Abella: Where did your footage come from?  Mandy Stein:  "All different places, but Amos Poe, I'd always known about his footage, which is beautiful,...

Limelight Film and Arts Awards

Limelight Film and Arts Awards is in the 2nd year of its annual short film competition followed by a one night Oscar style awards ceremony held in Canary Wharf.   This unique event offers a platform for community based film makers to gain recognition and exposure.  The event will also be filmed and televised.  The main award is the ‘Film of the Night’ prize, offering £5,000 worth of productio

Film In Focus: EVERY LITTLE STEP

 Monday, September 8------OK, true confessions time.....I have been a lifelong musical theater enthusiast and even a bit of a "Broadway baby", so a documentary that charts the birth and revival of a landmark piece of musical theater is right up my show biz alley. In the delightful and surprisingly emotional documentary Every Little Step,  co-directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo have preserved the genesis and historical significance of the landmark musical A Chorus Line. The mus...

Film in focus from Toronto: Every little step

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OK, true confessions time.....I have been a lifelong musical theater enthusiast and even a bit of a "Broadway baby", so a documentary that charts the birth and revival of a landmark piece of musical theater is right up my show biz alley.In the delightful and surprisingly emotional documentary Every Little Step, co-directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo have preserved the genesis and historical significance of the landmark musical A Chorus Line. The musical was a milestone when it premiered i...

62nd Annual 2008 Antoinette Perry Tony Award Winners

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By Maria Esteves - June 18, 2008 The 62nd Annual 2008 Antoinette Perry Tony Awards ceremony honoring the best of Broadway theatre productions, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing was held at the Radio City Music Hall, New York, Sunday, June 15, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. 2008 Tony Awards hosted by Whoopi Goldberg were broadcast live on CBS Television Network. Special performances included Cry-Baby, Grease, Gypsy, In The Heights, Passing Strange, South Pacific, Sunday in the Pa...

Bollywood Rising? – Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, New York

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With its seventh edition the MIAAC Film Festival has become the most important North American festival for films produced by filmmakers of South Asian descent retaining its special emphasis on directors from India and the large Indian Diaspora. This year’s festival held from November 7-11, was a milestone as reflected in the shift to new and established screening venues, the Asia society, and Loews theatres in Manhattan and Jersey City, the programming of 49 productions, covering features, sh...

DanceAfrica Festival at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Monday, May 21---------The BAMcinématek, the repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinemas, will present a series of films from May 23 to 30 to coincide with the mainstage festivities for 30 Years of DanceAfrica. The series kicks off on May 23 and 24 with the critically acclaimed Bamako (2006) directed by Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako. Set in Mali , Sissako’s film employs Brechtian techniques to stage a trial against the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in a small v...

Broadway Comes To The Burns

 Wednesday, May 16-----Broadway came to the Burns on Monday evening, as the Jacob Burns Film Center, Westchester's premiere arthouse cinema, presented a special screening of SHOW BUSINESS: The Road To Broadway, the new documentary that explores the triumph and tragedies of New York's Great White Way. The film, which opened in New York last week and is scheduled to open in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston next month, is an entertaining and informative look at the 2004 Broa...

History Lessons At The Sarasota FF

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Sunday, April 16---With the tail end of the Northeastern storm that has been plaguing the Eastern half of the United States whipping through Sarasota (for half the day, at least), the respites of the Festival’s jam-packed schedule provided a dry and warm alternative to the blustery winds outside the theater. This being my first full day of screenings, I opened myself to the serendipity of film hopping, only realizing after the day was done that there emerged a kind of symmetry to it all.The fi...

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