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Laura Dern from PSIFF 2020 Gala award to Golden Globe Win

Laura Dern was born in 1967 to actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern.   She said, "She was conceived in Idlewild, California while her parents were filming, 'Wild Angels'.”   Laura went on to work with director David Lynch on films, “Wild At Heart,” “Blue Velvet,” and his television show “Twin Peaks.”  She grew up hanging out with friends of her parents like Shelley Winters and Gregory Peck.  In Palm Springs the family ha...

Antonio Banderas receives International Star Award, Actor at the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala

In his acceptance speach he speaks of meeting Pedro Almodovar forty years ago and then doing eight films with him. "Back in the eighties, just out of the dictatorship Pedro saw the world in new ways."  He alludes to sitting in audiences of award shows as a nominee and not winning, (like being the bridesmaid and never the bride) hardly, Antonio won the Best Actor award in Cannes last May and is nominated for the Golden Globes on Sunday. This year he may win additional awards for h...

Honoring Women at 31st Palm Springs International Film Festival

  David Ansen, former Newsweek critic and now Palm Springs Film Festival’s head of programming says this is a very strong year, featuring 180 films from around the world.  Now more than ever, the film festival offers major stars at its’ gala who feel Palm Springs is a must stop on the path to the Oscars.    Chairman Harold Matzner has heralded the growth of the Gala which brings international press as well.  David said, “many of the international f...

“Dames At Sea" is a great opportunity to to see a good old fashioned story that still rings true today

Marissa Mayer (l.), Chuck McLane, Katie Franqueira, Ruben Bravo, Jennifer Knox               Photographer: Gina Long     “Dames At Sea" is a terrifically entertaining musical that is now playing at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. A great  opportunity to see a good old fashioned story that still rings true today. The musical was originally taken from a short sketch, based on Warner Bros. “Gold Diggers” movies wit...

Tom Hanks will present the SAG Life Achievement Award to renowned actor, writer, director, producer, and communicator Alan Alda

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Tom Hanks will present the SAG Life Achievement Award to renowned actor, writer, director, producer, and communicator Alan Alda during the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards   The SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishmentis the union's top accolade at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®,    Given annually to an actor who fosters the "f...

Talking Pictures With David Ansen Head of Programming for the Palm Springs Film Festival

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I got to speak with David Ansen formerly a major critic for many years, and Artistic Director of the LA Film Festival, and now Head of Programming for the Palm Springs Film Festival about new trends.   Marla:How has the industry and the films changed?    David:  When i started everything was on film and now it is digital…There is so much more content, it is much harder to get an audiences attention. Good films can get lost in the shuffle. We used to have great film...

The 2019 Palm Springs Film International Festival kicks off today

The Palm Springs Film International Festival kicks off today with a morning screening of “Cinema Paradiso” which it featured in its first installment 30 years ago. To celebrate the Festival’s 30 year Anniversary, 30 retrospective films that were highlighted at the festival and helped put the festival on the map as one of the top film festivals in America, and the world. Will be shown free of charge to the public.    The festival has continued to grow with its worl...

COLCOA 2019 will take place September 23 - September 28 at the DGA

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Due to the renovation of the DGA theaters, the 23rd edition of COLCOA, "A Week Of French Film And Series Premieres In Hollywood", will take place in 2019 from Sept 23 to Sept 28. Celebrate with us in our newly renovated home, the best way to start the 2019/2020 Awards Season!     #colcoa #colcoa2019 #colcoa #cityoflight #cityofangels  ...

“Ebertfest 21” set for April 10-13, 2019 tickets on sale Nov. 1

  The festival passes cover all 12 or more screenings during the festival, held in the ornate Virginia Theatre, a restored downtown Champaign movie palace. Related talks and panel discussions may be held at the Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Champaign and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.    In addition to celebrated films, the festival presents cinematic works overlooked by audiences, critics or distributors. It was founded by Ebert, an Urbana native, U. of I...

NETFLIX - HOUSE OF CARDS - PREMIERE LAST NIGHT

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Golden Globe winner and Emmy Award nominee Robin Wright is the President of the United States in the sixth and final season of the award-winning landmark series House of Cards. Wright is joined by Academy Award® nominees Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear as well as Cody Fern this season alongside Emmy Award nominee Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Academy Award® nominee Patricia Clarks...

RUPERT FRIEND SET TO STAR IN WILLIAM BRENT BELL’S "SEPARATION"

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NEW YORK (October 23, 2018) – Rupert Friend will star in Separation, directed by William Brent Bell and written by Nick Amadeus and Joshua Braun.  The film is produced by Bell together with Yale Productions’ Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman, Russ Posternak and Jesse Korman, and RainMaker’s Clay Pecorin and Russell Geyser.   Executive producers are Seth Posternak and Dennis Rice.  Yale Productions’ Jon Keeyes serves as a Co-...

Tom Hanks will present Alan Alda with 2018 SAG Life Achievement Award

Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Tom Hanks will present the SAG Life Achievement Award to renowned actor, writer, director, producer, and communicator Alan Alda during the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards   The SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishmentis the union's top accolade at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®,    Given annually to an actor who fosters the "f...

John O’Keefe's “All Night Long” Warps Our World

by Marla Lewin Global Film Village   This September, Los Angeles saw two plays by John O’Keefe produced.  “Don’t You Ever Call Me Anything But MOTHER”, just closed at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood, starring Tina Preston in a tour de force performance, and “All Night Long” at the Atwater Theatre complex in Glendale.     John’s personal past is reflected in the performance piece &ldquo...

COL-COA Begins April 11th at Directors Guild of America

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   by Marla LewinJust a little more than a month away from my favorite French Film Festival in Los Angeles, The City of Lights-City of Angels film festival. Each year it gets better and better with great films and small intimate interviews with amazing legendary directors and this year will be no different as they will be honoring the acclaimed writer-director Bertrand Blier. Who could forget his film GOING PLACES starring Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, and Jeanne Moreau? This year they w...

2011 FILM INDEPEDENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS WINNERS

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 by Marla LewinFilm Independent which sponsors the Independent Spirit Awards which honor the independent filmmaker gave its awards today.Best Feature                                                   Fox SearchlightBlack Swan                                                      Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver Best Director             ...

Michael Douglas will receive Icon award tonight at Palm Springs Film Festival

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 Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones at PSIFF Tribute  by Marla Lewin Michael Douglas will receive the icon award tonight at the Palm Springs Film Festival.  Then on Sunday he will attend the Golden Globes, where he is nominated for his role as Gordon Grekko, in Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps.  Oliver Stone was here on Saturday night to give an award to Carey Mulligan at the Awards Gala, she played Michaels' daughter in the film.  Palm Springs is the festival that keeps on givin...

The Global Film Village: Flirt with French Love at 2010 Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival

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  by Marla Lewin This Sunday is Independence Day a time for backyard BBQs, friends, and fireworks. Next Sunday, July 11,  is time for the Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival. As an homage to the French holiday and to France’s major significance in the formation of classical ballet, the American Ballet of Los Angeles (ABLA) will make its official L.A. debut performing "flirtatious and fun dance vignettes" set to the musical styling of Brigitte Bardot at the Elysian Pa...

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: Farewell-First Zeppelin flight around the World

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Farewell poster  by Marc Halperin One of the films I looked forward to watching at the LA Film Festival was Farewell which premiered last November at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. Ever since I was a child I have had a fascination for these stately airships. Maybe it was the archival footage of the Hindenburg or just the Led Zeppelin album cover? Farewell tells the story of Lady Grace Drummond-Hay, the only female passenger on the first journey ...

The Global Film Village: 2010 LA Film Festival Award Winners

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 Roger Corman Independent Film Legendby Marla LewinThe LA film festival had a free outdoor screening at a new mixed use residential complex named The Los Angeles Center it is a short walk from the Disney Concert Hall and the MOCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art. It was a film named Climate Refugees based on the effects of climate change. Marc talked with Ed Begley, Jr, who remembered him from working with The Grifters, at that time Ed was dating Annette Benning.  Ed had driven to the Acade...

The Global Film Village: Andrew Garfield cast as Peter Parker in new SPIDER-MAN Movie

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Images Copyright Marvel Comics and Columbia Pictures All Rights Reserved by Marc HalperinAfter a comprehensive worldwide casting search Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios have their new Spiderman, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker. Spider-Man returns to the big screen in 3D on July 3, 2012.  The new film directed by Marc Webb, will begin production in early December  from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt.  Bloggers, pop culture commentators, and everyday fans have spe...

The Global Film Village: 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest award winners

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James Franco comes out to support Palm Springs Shortfest - photo(c) Lani Garfield by Marla LewinThe largest short film festival in North America announced its Winners Sunday at an Award Ceremony at the Camelot Theatre.  Some of the finest award winning shorts were shown in-between announcing the winners.  Darryl Macdonald said,  “The sheer quality and diversity of the work on view provided testament to extraordinary new talents emerging worldwide.”  Darryl also said that next year he wo...

The Global Film Village: John Lithgow Wows at LAFF Conversation

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(c) 20th Century Fox all Rights Reserved   by Marla Lewin There is no doubt that John Lithgow is an accomplished serious actor who can never be too over the top for his own liking. Tuesday night was a rare opportunity to see him in a conversation with David Ansen, the new Artistic Director of LAFF. What was so special about this was that they were college roommates at Harvard and are still best friends. That gave David a unique insight and made it a more personal co...

The Global Film Village: ACADEMY PRESENTS RAY HARRYHAUSEN DOUBLE FEATURE

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The Fantastical Worlds of Ray Harryhausen: Images courtesy of The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation  by Marc HalperinRay Harryhausen is a national treasure with his groundbreaking work with stop motion animation he has changed the world of filmmaking. He has inspired everyone working in special effects today and his pioneering work ushered in the world of digital effects. It is only fitting that the Academy present this special summer tribute to him as Ray was responsible for so many summ...

The Global Film Village: Wading Through the Results of Climate Change

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  by Marc Halperin We had lunch last Saturday with Michael Nash the director of Climate Refugees which has a free screening today at the LA film festival. The film focuses on Bangladesh, Chad, China, Kenya, Tuvalu, and the USA and promises to be a riveting 89 minutes. “Climate Refugees” is a term few people outside the U.S. military and U.N. circles are familiar with until now. This illuminating documentary takes the next step after An Inconvenient Truth and examines...

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Marla is a producer, playwright, screenwriter, publicist and now a journalist. She attends 12 to 20 film festivals per year. She has spoken on filmmaking at many festivals including Cannes and SXSW.

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