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Pirates of the Caribbean 4; Aussie gold rush, by Eva Rinaldi - 16th May 2011

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Geoffrey Rush   Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. And not only that, legendary Australian actor, Geoffrey Rush joins in the fun. Johnny Depp and action adventure / fantasy genre fans are fired up about this tale of adventure, with the tried and true formula of good VS evil, on the high seas. The charismatic and talented Depp has ...

16th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media

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FMX 2011 May 3-6, 2011. Stuttgart, Germany. The 16th FMX Conference on Animation, Games, Effects and Interactive Media ended yesterday achieving remarkable successes! FMX 2011 brought in larger crowds than ever before, with 3,500 visitors attending each day. The increase in visitor numbers has been overwhelming; during the conference extra special efforts were introduced to keep up with the demand. The conference included high profile animated films such as "Rang...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) winners

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Celebrate, Captivate, and Connect was the theme for the 2011 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)! After 6 days and over 7,000 attendees the Festival drew to a close Sunday night (April 17) with a gala celebration that included the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' ZOKKOMON which opens in U.S. theaters on April 22nd and the presentation of the festival's Grand Jury and Audience Award, followed by a reception.The festival, which screened 32 features, documentaries and short films at ...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) jury members announced

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  Respected Hollywood and media personalities will serve on the Features, Documentaries and Shorts juries of the 9th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), the organization announced today. The festival runs April 12-17 at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.   IFFLA Executive Director Christina Marouda said, "We are very appreciative to have such distinguished members of the film industry join us.  From academics and acting to filmmaking and jou...

Preview on FMX program from Stuttgart animation FX and more...

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  FMX 2011 16th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media May 3-6, 2011. Stuttgart, Germany. Just one month to go! FMX 2011 is about to kick off to a great start, with just one month to go! This year we are bringing an exciting selection of conference programming to Stuttgart for four days, focusing on the most exciting issues taking place in the industry. FMX takes a fresh look at Stereo 3D including contributions from Weta Digital on the ride "King Kong...

NEWSLETTER N° 502: march 25th, 2011

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RIFF, Rome Independent Film Festival

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The cinematographic kermesse of RIFF, Rome Independent Film Festival has got to the end, and it has seen in the programming at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila of Rome, in this tenth edition, more than 120 films in competition - including feature films, short films and documentaries coming from more than 40 countries. The International Jury of RIFF Awards 2011 consists of Stefano Bethlen, head of Theatrical Distribution for Walt Disney Studios, the producer Gianluca Arcopinto, the Iranian Kurdish dire...

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) Line up

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  The 9th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its line up with 13 feature films, 6 documentaries and 13 short films that will make up their 2011 program.   The list includes the Los Angeles premiere of I AM KALAM and the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' ZOKKOMON which will be this year's galas screenings bookending the festival at ArcLight Hollywood, April 12th-17th.   Opening this year's festival is the award-winning and i...

The 83rd Academy Awards

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By Maria Esteves – March 12, 2011 The 83rd Academy Awards presented by AMPAS for outstanding film achievements of 2010 co-hosted by Academy Award nominee James Franco and actress Anne Hathaway commenced Sunday, February 27, 2011, 8:00pm ET and 5:00pm PT at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California. Live television coverage of Oscars were seen in the U.S. on ABC Network and in more than 200 countries worldwide. This year’s Oscar winners by category are: Best Picture THE KING’...

A Peep into the world of ILM at FMX 2011

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FMX 201116th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive MediaMay 3-6, 2011. Stuttgart, Germany. Award winning Visual Effects studio Industry Light & Magic, founded by George Lucas in 1975, will feature in a very special screening at this year's FMX. Director Leslie Iwerks and ILM veteran's Tim Alexander, Ben Snow and Hal Hickel will present the documentary, "Industrial Light & Magic: Creating The Impossible". For the past 35 years ILM has been responsible for some of the most memora...

Irish Film & Television Awards Celebrations

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  Pierce Brosnan, Saoirse Ronan, Brendan Gleeson, Kim Cattrall and Joely Richardson Join Irish Film & Television Awards Celebrations The Irish film and television industry celebrated its 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards at a gala ceremony held in Dublin's spectacular Convention Centre on Saturday 12th February. In what was a glittering night for the Irish film and television industry the IFTA Awards saw a host of filmmakers, actors and producers walking the red ...

VIVA ESPANA!

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Currently running in Indian cinemas, Alejandro Gonsalez Inarritu's Biutiful presents a gritty, grimy Barcelona  which is a far cry from the exquisitely beautiful city showcased by Woody Allen in "Vicky Cristiba Barcelona". But Barcelona is only one of several Spanish cities that Indian tourists can set their sights on thanks to Espana's sunny weather, natural beauty  and splendid culture (13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 42 World Heritage cities !) Indian travellers w...

83rd Race Heats Up: A Dozen Oscar Nods for KING'S SPEECH & Full Script

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By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentToday the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced this year's Oscar(r) nominations. With few surprises, Colin Firth's festival run in THE KING'S SPEECH, written by David Seidler, is poised to take most of the honors with a record-vying 12 nominations. Fourteen (14) is the record for Oscar noms (i.e.; TITANIC), but if this picture wins in every nominated category, cinema history will be made.Oscar 2011: Expect Natalie Portman & Colin Fir...

The King's Speech" reigns over the Oscar race with 12 nominations

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  The King's Speech" leads the race for the Oscar race with 12 nominations, including best picture, directing, original screenplay and actor for Colin Firth. Other contenders to Best picture: Fox Searchlight's "127 Hours," Searchlight's "Black Swan," Paramount-Relativity's "The Fighter," Warner Bros.' "Inception," Focus Features' "The Kids Are All Right," Sony's "The Social Network," Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 3,&quo...

The King's Speech" reigns for the Oscar Race

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The King's Speech" leads the Oscar Race with 12 nominations, including best picture, directing, original screenplay and actor for Colin Firth. Other contenders to Best picture: Fox Searchlight's "127 Hours," Searchlight's "Black Swan," Paramount-Relativity's "The Fighter," Warner Bros.' "Inception," Focus Features' "The Kids Are All Right," Sony's "The Social Network," Disney-Pixar's "Toy Story 3," Par's "True Grit," Roadside Attractions' "Winter's Bone".Best motion picture of the yearBlack Sw...

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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NOMINATIONS BY THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION 2011 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2010   NOMINATIONS    1. BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA  a. BLACK SWAN  Protozoa Pictures & Cross Creek Pictures & Phoenix; Fox Searchlight Pictures  b. THE FIGHTER  Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media; Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media  c. INCEPTION  Warner Bros. Pictures UK LTD.; Warner Bros. Pictures  d. THE KING'S SPEEC...

NEWSLETTER N° 485: November 19, 2010

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Mai Mai Miracle at the SF Intl' Animation Festival

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Since I'm a fan of Spirited Away, I was looking forward to seeing Mai Mai Miracle at the San Francisco International Animation Festival this morning.  Mai Mai Miracle is directed by Sunao Katabuchi, who is a protege of Hayao Miyazaki's and worked as his assistant director on Kiki's Delivery Service.  Miyazaki, who has received much critical acclaim for at least a dozen films and is considered the Walt Disney of Japan, is one of the few Anime directors who has managed to make films that hav...

Richard Sherman on Hits for Walt Disney, THE BOYS & Ringo Starr

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by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentFamous brother teams are not unusual in movies, from the Coen Bros to the Hughes Bros to the Wachoski Bros, but the combination of working brothers as Oscar-winning songwriters is a little more rare.Like George and Ira Gershwin, who are credited with writing "The Great American Songbook," Richard and Robert Sherman can surely be said to have written The Great American Children's Songbook.New York-born brothers Richard Sherman (b: 1928) and older bro...

Reason #1: Why the PBWIFF is necessary

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Why the Palm Beach Women's International Film Festival counts! You don't need Windex to see the glass ceilin at Pixar films, as director Brenda Chapman just learned!   Walt Disney Studios confirmed recently that Brenda Chapman--hailed as the first woman to direct an animated film "Brave" for  Pixar films has been replaced by a male director.  Neither studio gave a reason for this change but Pixar has been criticized in the past for the lack of women behind the camera.  ...

Dawn of Darkness

Director: Maks Naporowski.
An ancient evil once threatened the lands of Aronmar, engulfing the world in darkness and nearly destroying all life. In a last effort to save their realm a group of warriors banded together to fight the Darkness. They were said to have found the source of magic, a mystical "Light" that flows through the veins of the land and gives life to all. These warriors became the powerful order known as the "Aegis of Light" and with the powers granted by the Light they were able to stop the Darkness from spreading. Peace and harmony returned to the lands and with time, like all things, the memories of the Darkness withered away. With no signs of danger or of the Aegis warriors, the stories became myths, myths became legends and the Ancient Evil was forgotten. A thousand years have now passed and the Evil has returned, spreading and destroying everything in its path. The lands of Aronmar are once again being consumed by Darkness. Two powerful warriors arrive to witness the destruction of an Elven village. Kara, an Elven warrior, who a thousand years ago used to call this burning town her home, along with a human Paladin knight, Dryden. The two may very well be the last of the powerful order of the "Aegis of Light". Can they stop this ancient evil and it’s minions as they did once before? Can the Aegis save Aronmar or will the Ancient Evil consume all on this Dawn of Darkness ...

It's Raining Film at RAINDANCE

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  Well, no one ever accused London of hogging too much of the world's great weather. In fact, it can be said that one of the reasons for the imperialistic urges of the British Empire was to find sunny climes and get out of the fucking rain. Well, rain is not a bad thing when it is a celluloid downpour, and that is what is on tap when the 18th edition of the Raindance Film Festival begins in London on Wednesday evening. This year’s lineup, which includes 69 UK Premieres, is a co...

Christopher Lloyd is Back in 'Time, the Fourth Dimension'

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3D Entertainment Films is pleased to announce that three-time Emmy Award®-winner Christopher Lloyd will star in the Company's new IMAX theatre film, "Time, the Fourth Dimension" (working title). 3D Entertainment Films' Jean-Jacques Mantello ("Ocean World 3D", Jean-Michel Cousteau's 3D film trilogy) and Richard Gabai ("Insight", "Call of the Wild 3D", "Popstar") will co-direct. The film's theatrical release at IMAX 3D and IMAX 2D theatres is currently scheduled for spring 2012 and will be overse...

Erik Stoops, not to be Mythed!!!

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Hello Erik! How are you? This is so exciting to talk with you! Okay, let's jump right in... Shall we? I can't wait to hear all about you and your new film The Legend of Secret Pass (2010).   ME: First, can you speak about how you got into writing for film and producing? ERIK: I became a published author at the age of nineteen, with a field guide book under my birth name Erik Daniel Stoops called ‘Snakes and Reptiles of the Southwest' published by the Old Golden We...

FMX 2010, the 15th Conference on Animation

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   Early this morning FMX 2010, the 15th Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Interactive Media ended with a booming party. The biggest expert meeting in Europe maxed out capacities for the venue of Haus der Wirtschaft. On each of the four days way over 3.000 international animation specialists, visitors and young talents from 41 countries rarely found free seats in one of the simultaneous programs in the other ten rooms and had to sit on the floor. You could hardly miss t...

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