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Bollywood in Cannes at Director's Fortnight, 2012!

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  Bollywood in Cannes at Director's Fortnight, 2012! For the first time ever, commercial Bollywood comes to Cannes Director's Fortnight with the Bollywood film GANGS OF WASSEYPUR (2012). The film will be released on June 22nd and being compared to this year's SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.     GOW PRESS The Indian cinematic masterpiece Gangs Of Wasseypur, is set to make film history as the first commerical Bollywood film to be part of the 65th Cannes Film Fes...

Write & Sell the Hot Script

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Learn how to formulate a realistic plan to write the type of screenplay sought by film script buyers. Discover the way to simply and effectively market your scripts and how much money you can expect to earn.  At Raindance, we don't teach filmmaking, we make filmmakers. Christopher Nolan (Inception), Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), Christian Colson (Slumdog Millionaire) and Tom Hooper (King's Speech) start their careers at Raindance. Why not you? For more info or to register, visit http://b...

An India Beyond Slumdog Millionaires

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  While there is no question that the Danny Boyle film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE did much to rivet attention in the West on the cinema of India and southern Asia, the various film industries in the second largest country on earth has been a staple of moviegoing in Asia, South America, Africa and even Europe for many decades. Very few of the quality films from the region are given big screen time in North America but that represents both an obstacle and a challenge for the New York Indian Film...

BFI London Film Festival Award Winners

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  The BFI London Film Festival held a special awards ceremony on Wednesday evening to honor films and personalities that have made this year’s LFF the most attended in the Festival’s long history. HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER by Russian director Alexei Popogrebsky, was awarded the Best Film prize in an unexpected shocker (buzz in the air was that the award would go to perennial Mike Leigh for his film ANOTHER YEAR). The film observes the intense relationship between two men who wor...

London Film Festival Points To The Oscars

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  Inevitably, any major film festival that occurs in the Fall season has a role play in determining eventual Oscar nominees and even winners. It all starts off at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, where Oscar hopefuls get their debuts, and continues into the season, presumably climaxing with nominations that come at the first of the year. With the Academy’s recent expansion of the Best Picture category to include 10 films, it is very likely that several of the films present...

19th Philadelphia Film Festival Closing Thoughts

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Sunday, (10.24.10) the official last day of The Philadelphia Film Festival, was my first screenings at Ritz Five, it was unintentional, but everything else I saw just happened to play in University City or The Prince. I saw Housemaid a South Korean film about a overly privileged, insufferably arrogant rich business man who takes advantage of his housekeeper/nanny. When she becomes pregnant his wife and mother-in-law conspire to get rid of her. The set production of their mansion is awesome, look...

The Loss Of Innocence At TIFF

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  Yesterday was September 11th, and again I find myself in the city of Toronto, as I did in 2001......when the planes crashed, the towers fell, the buildings burned and America lost its innocence. It was a very strange place to be back then, in the midst of covering a film festival, while one's city was in chaos. For those of us from New York, there was a shared concern about the loss of loved ones, the security of our friends and family and the frustrations of not being able to place p...

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has announced the 2010 line-up of films

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The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) has announced the 2010 line-up of films for its 8th annual festival, which runs April 20-April 25 at ArcLight Hollywood.  The six-day festival is proud to showcase 33 films from 5 countries, including 4 world premieres and 7 US premieres.     This is a true celebration of the art and business of Indian film and culture as well as an opportunity to connect with the game changers and emerging filmmakers of Indian themed content,...

Buff Blogcast - March 2010

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The phrase ‘joined at the hip’ springs to mind immediately when it comes to the argument that winners at the Golden Globes then go on to double up at the Baftas before claiming the hat-trick at the Oscars…suffice to say that only 1 person achieved the hat-trick on a what turned out to be yet another watershed Oscars…  70 years ago, Hattie McDaniel made history by becoming the 1st black actress to win an academy award for her role in ‘Gone With The Wind’ – 70 years on, an...

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 ...

The European Film Awards Winners

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THE WHITE RIBBON wins European Film 2009. Picture: EFA/ActionPress/Guido Ohlenbostel Founded in 1988, the European Film Academy now unites more than 2,000 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe’s film culture. Few surprises at the 22nd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS: Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon), Germany/Austria/France/Italy written and directed by Michael Haneke produced by Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz, Margaret Menegoz & Andrea ...

Nomineesof 9th world Soundtrack Awards

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The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the list of nominees for the three principal categories in the World Soundtrack Awards, the pre-eminent international prizes for the recognition of film music: Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The names of the winners will be proclaimed on Saturday, October 17 at the closing event of the Ghent International Film Festival.Every year in Ghent, the World Soundtrack Awards (WSA) a...

BUFF Blog

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How many times can one tell the gospel truth? The aim of this blog is to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the gospel truth, well 99.9% of the truth, which means that whatever gets published here cannot be misconstrued in any other way than what you are actually reading and the context with which one takes acceptance of the truth. Now that we've got that out of the way let's get on with it... Working for Buff Enterprises, the parent company of the British Ur...

Costa-Gavras talks about filmmaking

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The Global Film Village: One on One sessions and Costa-Gavras talks about filmmaking- by Marla LewinOne on One Sessions and Costa-GavrasThis is our second year of participating in One on Ones at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, bringing together Indian talent with Hollywood industry professionals from both the studios and independent arenas for casual meetings to discuss both their current and future projects. Participating this year were John Nein of the Sundance film festival, Kimberl...

The Global Film Village: One on One sessions and Costa-Gavras talks about filmmaking- by Marla Lewin

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 One on One Sessions and Costa-Gavras   This is our second year of participating in One on Ones at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, bringing together Indian talent with Hollywood industry professionals from both the studios and independent arenas for casual meetings to discuss both their current and future projects.   Participating this year were John Nein of the Sundance film festival, Kimberly Bialek of William Morris agency, Sandra Ruch of Cine Elixir, and Brian Avery of the Yar...

LA Indian Film Festival salute to legend Anil Kapoor

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The 7th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announces its salute to SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star and Bollywood legend Anil Kapoor. IFFLA also announces YES MADAM, SIR will highlight the Closing Night Gala with Dr. Kiran Bedi, Indias first and highest ranking woman officer of the Indian Police Service, attending as a special Guest of Honor on Sunday, April 26. The film festival will be held April 21-26, 2009, at ArcLight Hollywood.The salute to Kapoor will include screenings of his cla...

Slumdog got best at Oscar

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Full list of Oscar winners revealed yesterday at the Kodak Theatre: “Slumdog Millionaire” won the Oscar for best picture tonight at the 81 Academy Awards in Los Angeles, taking seven other trophies, including a best director prize for filmmaker Danny Boyle. Full list of Oscar winners revealed yesterday at the Kodak Theatre: Picture: "Slumdog Millionaire" Director: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire" Actress: Kate Winslet, "The Reader" Actor: Sean P...

The Complete list of Oscar Winners: a Slumdog dream

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“Slumdog Millionaire” won the Oscar for best picture tonight at the 81 Academy Awards in Los Angeles, taking seven other trophies, including a best director prize for filmmaker Danny Boyle.Full list of Oscar winners revealed yesterday at the Kodak Theatre:Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire”Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”Actor: Sean Penn, “Milk”Supp. Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”Supp. Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cris...

Fantasporto festival opens with the screening of Che

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Mario Dorminski Fantasporto's President had a bet on Che: when he first saw the film in Cannes he assumed it would be Oscar material and convinced WildBunch, its distributor to let him open the 29th edition of Fantsaporto with Steven Soderbergh's Che.And here we are watching CHE in a full house at the opening, when we could have seen Slumdog Millionaire (how is that for Fantasy?)...Watch out for more reports on the Fantasporto online community Bruno Chatelin, jury member...

Slumdog barked Loud and lucky millionaire at BAFTA

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Slumdog Millionaire won ALMOST everything at Bafta (short of best foreign film): Best Film, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Music, Cinematography, Editing and Sound. There were only two awards set aside for emotionally charged winners: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, which went to Heath ledger and Micky Rourke respectively.  And the winners are: BEST FILM "Slumdog Millionaire" - Christian Colson OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM "Man On Wire" - Simon Chinn / Ja...

Rotterdam Festival audience chooses SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and TEZA

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On Saturday evening, 31 January, the audience awards were announced in the Grand Auditorium of the Doelen in Rotterdam. The KPN Audience Award went to SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE by Danny Boyle and co-director Loveleen Tandan. The Dioraphte Award for Hubert Bals Fund film held in highest regard went to the film TEZA by the Ethiopian film maker Haile Gerima. The IFFR counted 341,000 visitors to the films, exhibitions, live shows and events, including the 8,000 film lovers who attend the fully booked Volk...

Danny All Day! A treat from Santa Barbara

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If you don’t know Danny Boyle or his films by now, you don’t know what you’re missing. Today is a unique day here in the SB Festival Hood with a complete Retrospective of the incredible work of filmmaker Danny Boyle, including Millions, Sunshine, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and the newly acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire. This morning the Metro 4 screened Millions, with the aforementioned films to follow, check www.sbiff.org for schedule times. Saturated in brilliant color, special effect...

Danny All Day! by Kimberly Deisler

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  If you don’t know Danny Boyle or his films by now, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Today is a unique day here in the SB Festival Hood with a complete Retrospective of the incredible work of filmmaker Danny Boyle, including Millions, Sunshine, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and the newly acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire.  This morning the Metro 4 screened Millions, with the aforementioned films to follow, check www.sbiff.org for schedule times.  Saturated in brilliant color, spec...

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