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AFIFEST Tribute to Catherine Deneuve: Lessons in beauty and elegance

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As Jordan Peimer said in his introduction to the Tribute to Catherine Deneuve on Saturday evening, it's hard to think of anyone who epitomizes beauty and elegance more. Peimer, the Director of Cultural Programming for the Skirball Cultural Center, started off the night of clips from Deneuve's career and remembrances from the great French actress herself. A spectacular montage of Deneuve's over 100 films set up moderator and Los Angeles Times film critic Ken Turan's job of guiding the audience t...

AFI FEST announced the audience and jury award winners today

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AFI FEST announced the audience and jury award winners today. Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all the filmmakers who submitted their films. JURY AWARDS Grand Jury Prize Shorts: SPIDER (Directed by Nash Edgerton) Grand Jury Prize for Feature: MUNYURANGABO (Directed by Lee Isaac Chung) Grand Jury Prize for Documentary: tie between AFGHAN MUSCLES (Directed by Andreas Mol Dalsgaard ) and OPERATION FILMMAKER (Directed by Nina Davenport) Best Animated short: I MET THE WALRUS ...

Sex and Movies: hot from AFI

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 For AFI online dailies By LANE KNEEDLER, AFI FEST Senior Programmer   "I liked the idea that I could use this as a medium for making a (sort of) narrative video, and at the same time it is a document of a very particular online culture. I mean here I am having "sex" and this guy is talking about how his computer is "lagging" -- I think that's hilarious but it's not like, as a society, we weren't having disconnected sex before Second Life." Valerie Brewer d...

Music and Sex... right now live from AFI

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Live dailies from AFI FestBy STUART BRAZELL, AFI online Contributing Writer There is no denying that music can have a profound impact on film. Nothing is more emotionally satisfying than watching a great movie scene with the perfect song playing. Music can also inspire a film, and that is clear in this year's lineup of music-related films at AFI FEST 2007. The world premiere PUBLIC ENEMY: WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME examines the powerful 20-year history of the influential hip-hop group, Public En...

Its a small world (Asian Cinema) It's Day 3 at AFI

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IT'S A SMALL WORLD (Asian Cinema)BY JUSTINA WALFORD from AFI dailies As a second generation Japanese-American, I spent much of my youth sitting next to my mother and pretending I could understand her Japanese soap operas and melodramatic samurai serials. What my mother and I laugh about to this day is how I "get" Japanese film and TV more than she does. I will guffaw at SMAP's sketch comedy when I don't understand a word and I will cry over an emotional monologue in a tearjerker Tokyo ...

Live From AFI FEST Red Carpet, our first stop

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The 2007 AFI Fest kicked off with a roar Thursday night as a stellar gathering of Hollywood's power elite gathered for the opening night screening of United Artist's LIONS FOR LAMBS at the ArcLight Theater. The Red Carpet For film fans, waiting in line for a Hollywood premiere can be a balance between excitement and anticipation. But not for two eager, yet patient fans, Jember Carcaamo and Ana Martinez, who were the first two to arrive in line for premiere of LIONS FOR LAMBS. Carcaamo from W...
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