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The Global Film Village: AFI Awards Luncheon Honors 2009 Nominees

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By Marla Lewin The American Film Institute held its annual awards luncheon today in Los Angeles. The tenth annual event remained an honoree-only affair, with no press and no public in attendance. For each of the honored films and television programs, Hewlett-Packard, the event sponsor creates a scholarship to the world-renowned AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles. Because 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic NORTH BY NORTHWEST, AFI acknowledged this lan...

The Global Film Village: Heartland Picks 10 Truly Moving Pictures for 2009

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by Marla Lewin These “top ten” films were chosen from the total 22 films that were bestowed with the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award in 2009. The award was created by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures as a way to honor theatrically released films that meet Heartland’s mission of emphasizing the best of the human spirit.   Honored films, in order of the top selected, are   1.       The Blind Side ...

The Global Film Village: Last Station Opens Palm Springs Film Festival 2010 Interviews

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by Marla Lewin Left to Right: Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren Photo taken by Stephan Rabold, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics I am at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and got to spend opening night interviewing the creative team responsible for this year’s opening night film. I had already seen The Last Station back in November in Los Angeles for the Tribute to Christopher Plummer so this was a wonderful opportunity to meet with these talented people...

The Global Film Village: American Society of Cinematographers picks 2010 Nominees

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by Marla Lewin The finalists in the feature film category of the 24th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards competition are: Barry Ackroyd, BSC for The Hurt Locker Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS for Nine Christian Berger, AAC for The White Ribbon Mauro Fiore, ASC for Avatar Robert Richardson, ASC for Inglourious Basterds The winner will be announced during the ASC Awards celebration at the Hyatt Regency Cent...

The Global Film Village: DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

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By Marla Lewin     Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2009.   The nominees are (in alphabetical order): Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) James Cameron Avatar (Twentieth Century Fox) Lee Daniels Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Lionsgate) Jason Reitman Up In The Air (Pa...

The Global Film Village: Behind the scenes with James Bond

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by Marc Halperin The USC School of Cinematic Arts and
Visions and Voices and The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative in conjunction with Danjaq and Eon Productions presented a special program taking us behind the scenes of the world’s most well known secret agent on the 6 through the 8th of November,  2009. Nine of the popular films were shown during three days and two panel discussions were presented with stars and members of the production team. This was a tribute to th...

Marion Cotillard and Quentin Tarantino to be honored at Palm Springs Film Festival Gala

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by Marla Lewin The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award winners Marion Cotillard with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award and Quentin Tarantino with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, named after the Festival’s founder. The Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also honor Jeff Bridges...

The Global Film Village: London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

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by Marla Lewin The Education with seven nominations leads the awards of the UK film critics.Fish Tank had six and In The Loop and Nowhere Boy tied with five each and A Prophet had four nominations. The 30th Awards will take plave on February 18 at the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone. In addition to awards to current films special awards will be given to Quentin Tarantino and Francis Ford Coppola forApocalypse Now in honor of its 30th anniversary.THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE ...

The Global Film Village: 2010 SAG Award Nominations Announced

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by Marla Lewin    Nominees for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2009 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood. Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard introduced Michelle Monaghan ("Trucker") and Chris O'Donnell ("NCIS: Los Angeles&qu...

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

The Global Film Village: Roy E. Disney Dies at 79

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  Hollywood and the world mourns the loss of Roy E. Disney who during his time with the Company that his uncle and father founded has always strived to keep the legacy alive and build for the future.The following is the official Disney Company release. ROY E. DISNEY, KEY FIGURE IN REVITALIZING THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY AND DISNEY'S ANIMATION LEGACY, DIES AT AGE 79       (c) the Walt Disney Co.   MULTI-FACETED FORMER DISNEY VICE CHAIRMAN WAS A LE...

The Global Film Village: 67TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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by Marla Lewin   1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA AVATAR Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox THE HURT LOCKER Voltage Pictures C/O 42West; Summit Entertainment INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS The Weinstein Company / Universal Pictures; The Weinstein Company PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production; Lionsgate UP IN THE AIR Paramount Pictures; Paramount Pictures 2. BEST PERFO...

The Global Film Village: AFI announces 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and TV Programs of 2009

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by Marla Lewin The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2009, AFI’s almanac that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television, as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image. AFI AWARDS is the only recognition that honors the film and television creative ensembles as a whole—those both in front of and behind the camera—acknowledging the collaborative nature of film and television. Un...

AFI announces 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and TV Programs of 2009

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by Marla Lewin The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2009, AFI’s almanac that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television, as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image. AFI AWARDS is the only recognition that honors the film and television creative ensembles as a whole—those both in front of and behind the camera—acknowledging the collaborative nature of film and television. Un...

The Global Film Village: 15 Features Vying for VFX Oscar®

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 82nd Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Angels & Demons” “Avatar” “Coraline” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” “District 9” “G-Force” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” “Sherlock Holmes” “Star...

The Global Film Village: Jason Reitman, Jeremy Renner and T Bone Burnett to be honored at Palm Springs Festival

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by Marla Lewin Three more names have been added to honorees list at the 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.  Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman will receive its Director of the Year Award for Up in the Air, Jeremy Renner will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award for The Hurt Locker and T Bone Burnett will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for Crazy Heart. The Awards Gala, presented by Cartier, will kick off the Festival on January 5 at...

The Global Film Village: Raj Roy: “Making Choices: The Beating Heart of Cinema”

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by Marla Lewin I attended the Film Festival Summit in Las Vegas and there were many interesting talks and panels presented. Most were aimed directly at teaching how to run and program a film festival. The most important function of the event however was to provide networking opportunities for festival directors and programmers to meet with their peers in a casual environment. We will be posting more reports from this event shortly. First up is a talk by Rajendra Roy Chief Curator ...

The Global Film Village: Pierre Rissient: the silent connoisseur, and maker of stars, speaks out about the film “SILENT ARMY”

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by Marla Lewin Photo credit Jerry Schatzberg The French filmmaker Pierre Rissient appears in Todd McCarthy's documentary 'Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema.' Pierre Rissient was originally a publicist. He has gone on to produce and direct films. He is most known for his auteur discoveries, and he has shared with me, his joy most recently, about spending time at a film festival in Lyon, France, where he has so many fond memories from his youth. It was there that he supporte...

JEFF BRIDGES to receive THE DESERT PALM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at 21st ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

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by Marla Lewin   Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present four-time Academy Award nominee Jeff Bridges with the Desert Palm Achievement Award on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Jeff Bridges stars as Bad Blake a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. Bridges creates yet another richly comic, semi-tragic romant...

The Global Film Village: AWARD WINNERS LIST at 21st ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA GROWS

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by Marla LewinHelen Mirren Photo taken by Stephan Rabold, Courtesy of Sony Pictures ClassicsThe 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award winner Helen Mirren with the Career Achievement Award. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 5-18, 2010.Mirren will join pre...

The Global Film Village: Mariah Carey on Oscar Trail

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Mariah Carey - Precious(c)Lionsgateby Marla LewinToday it was announced that Mariah Carey will be honored at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival on Monday, December 28 with the “Capri Award for Supporting Actress of the Year 2009” for her outstanding performance in the critically acclaimed feature film Precious. The festival runs from December 28, 2009, through January 2, 2010. Capri is a stunning island off the coast of Naples, located only 20 miles from the mainland, it's a popular desti...

The Global Film Village: 25TH FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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by Marla LewinFilm Independent announced nominations this morning for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Nominees for Best Feature include (500) Days Of Summer, Amreeka, Precious, Sin Nombre and The Last Station.  Taraji P. Henson and Matt Dillon also announced finalists for the Acura Someone to Watch Award, the Truer Than Fiction Award, and the Piaget Producers Award. A Serious Man was selected for the Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film’s director, casting director and ...

The Global Film Village: David Mamet Premieres RACE on Broadway

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by Marla Lewin image copyright Robert J. Saferstein  I first met David Mamet in Chicago, at his St. Nicholas Theatre. I was the guest of actor Robert Strom, and I sat between him and David, it was American Buffalo.  Bob was planning to do a one man show on Charlie Chaplin, and I was to write my first script for him. Bob was a member of the St. Nicholas company.  David wanted to know if I was an actress?  He offered to assist us with the play. David was not yet inter...

The Global Film Village: Francis Ford Coppola at the Torino Film Festival

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by Marla Lewin Francis Ford Coppola at Torino Film Festival photo by Marc Halperin     Another in our series on the Future of Cinema.   We were attending the Torino Film Lab and I had the opportunity to interview Francis Ford Coppola. I mentioned we are working on a series about the Future of Cinema, and Francis said he has his own theory, but it would take some time to explain and would use up all of our time. He doesn’t think ...

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...

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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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