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Ernest Borgnine Screen to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

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Ernest Borgnine, who is exuberantly entering his seventh decade of creating memorable characters and award-winning performances, will receive Screen Actors Guild (SAG)’s most prestigious accolade-—the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Borgnine, who has performed in more than 200 motion pictures, five television series and dozens of television films and guest appearances, will be presented the Award, given annually to an actor w...

Zurich Film Fest will honor Milos Forman

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Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will present multiple Oscar® winner Milos Forman (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” “Amadeus”) with the Festival’s prestigious Golden Eye Award for his life work as a director. The announcement was made today by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. Milos Forman is regarded as one of the most boundary pushing filmmakers of our time and will receive the “Golden Eye” for his life’s work as a director on Saturday, October 2nd within the fram...

Dylan McDermott Goes DARK BLUE Again

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  DYLAN MCDERMOTT GOES DARK BLUE AGAIN:But Will This Series Kill Venice, CA? (Or Just a Become Another Hit for TNT)By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Once in a while a writer has to right a wrong; specifically last year's Summer set visit to the explosive Abbott-Kinney, Venice location of TNT's new series DARK BLUE that stars Golden Globe winner Dylan McDermott. Let's face it, writers are human; we sweat, get hungover, show up late... and sometimes, we face the ...

Inaugural Aruba International Film Festival Carribean spotlight

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The inaugural Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), which takes place June 4-11, 2010, will include a special screening series that showcases movies from Caribbean filmmakers. Details were revealed today by AIFF co-founder and executive producer Jonathan Vieira. "Although the Film Festival will show films from the four corners of the world, it hasn't forgotten its roots," said Vieira. "Caribbean films have a unique outlook, and a cinematic style that differs from those in ...

Aruba Inaugural festival puts up an impressive lineup

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We will be covering the first edition of the Aruba Festival with dailies brought to you by Editor Bruno Chatelin The official lineup is comprised of the following films: 3 IDIOTS (Country: India / Director: Rajkumar Hirani) ABEL (Country: USA / Director: Diego Luna) AMSTERDAM (Country: Netherlands / Director: Ivo van Hove) ANY THING (Country: USA / Director: Oliver Lecot) BARRY MUNDAY (Country: USA / Director: Chris D'Arienzo) BLACK DEATH (Country: UK / Director: Christopher Smith...

Inaugural Aruba reveals line up for upcoming film feast at Dutch Caribbean island

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ARUBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS OFFICIAL 2010 LINEUP Richard Gere starrer “Hachiko” and Duplass Brothers’ “Cyrus” To Bookend The Festival As the Opening and Closing Night Films Thelma Schoonmaker and Patricia Clarkson Among the Notable Guests To Join Richard Gere and Guillermo Arriaga in AIFF’s Signature “In Conversation With” Series Aruba – May 20, 2010 – Program details for the inaugural Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), which takes place June 4-11, 2010, ...

Burt Reynolds To Be Honored Tonight At Palm Beach Film Festival

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  For its distinguished honorees this year, the 15th edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival pays tribute to a local legend and a star on the rise. This evening at the recently-opened swanky The Omphoy Ocean Resort (www.omphoy.com), the Festival will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to  local Florida legend, actor/director/producer Burt Reynolds.  The Festival's Horizon Award will be given to actor Quinton Aaron, who recently starred opposite Oscar winner Sandra ...

Tribeca Juries announced

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The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, the Founding Sponsor of the Festival, today announced its jurors – a diverse and talented group of 35 individuals, including award-winning filmmakers and screenwriters, celebrated actors, respected journalists and media pioneers. They will be divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in those categories at the TFF Awards Night Party on April 29. The 2010 Festi...

Tribeca jurors announced

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  Aaron Eckhart, Jessica Alba, Cheryl Hines, America Ferrera, Justin Bartha, Brooke Shields, Alicia Keys, Zach Braff, Aidan Quinn, Hope Davis, Gary Ross, Selma Blair, Peter Facinelli, Whoopi Goldberg and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey are Among the 35 Festival Jurors The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, the Founding Sponsor of the Festival, today announced its jurors - a diverse and talented group of 35 individuals, including award-winning filmmakers and scre...

SFIFF53 to Honor Robert Duvall with Owens Acting Award

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The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Robert Duvall will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award to be presented at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6). The Owens Award, named for the longtime San Francisco benefactor of arts and charitable organizations and Film Society board member, honors an actor whose work exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity. The award will be presented to Duvall at Film Society Awards Night on Thursday, Ap...

Tarantino will be honored at the LA Italia Film Fashion and Art Fest

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Academy Award® winning director Quentin Tarantino will be honored at the opening of The 5th Annual Los Angeles – Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest, Sun., Feb 28, 9:45 p.m. at The Mann Chinese 6 Theatre. Singled out for his commitment in promoting world cinema, Tarantino will be presented with ‘The L.A. Award 2010’ by Enzo G. Castellari, director of the original Inglorious Bastards (1978) and the inspiration for his own Inglourious Basterds, the recipient of eight Oscar nominations, inclu...

Berlin prizes of the Independent Juries

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A jury is considered independent when its members are not selected by the Berlinale. A number of independent juries award prizes at the Berlinale. The high level of quality and diversity of the films are an invitation for critical examination and discerning judgment that opens up new directions. Accordingly the independent juries award their prizes along different criteria, in accordance to the special intention linked to each award. Award ceremony of the Independent Juries 2009 The fo...

Oscar Snubs and Surprises

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    Yes, we all expected AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER to have good showings for this morning's Oscar nomination announcements (they are both tied at 9 nominations each) and we were not surprised when the names George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep were intoned at the 5:30am ceremony in Los Angeles. And yes, even the six nods for PRECIOUS (including well-deserved nominations for Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Geoffrey Flet...

Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon Join Campaign with Their Own Refreshing Ideas

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Starting today, America can cast their votes at http://www.refresheverything.com/ for the refreshing consumer-generated ideas that they believe will make a positive impact on their communities. This is the first of eleven opportunities for the public to win grants from $5,000 up to $250,000 throughout the year. The first voting session ends on February 28 and the ideas that receive the top votes will be announced on Monday, March 1, 2010. The Pepsi Refresh Project, a groundbreaking eff...

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival Kick Off

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In recent years Fantasy Football has been catching on at a fever pitch. An Internet thing, you get to pick any player from any team in any position to be on your imaginary fantasy team. On Thursday, February 4 the Santa Barbara International Film Festival hits the ground running with a line up that only seems possible in a fantasy, Internet or otherwise. Once again, Executive Director Roger Durling has accomplished the seemingly surreal in good ‘gets’ for the festival’s 25t...

2010 Oscars: Been There, Done That Thanks to Golden Globes

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Well, after watching the Golden Globe Awards ceremonies last evening, I had the distinct feeling: who needs the Oscars? I've already seen the winning films, directors and actors and heard their acceptance speeches. The Oscar ceremony, which is not scheduled until six weeks from now, seems quite besides the point. Except for the fashion ("who are you wearing?" is the question of the moment), I am imagining that last night's Golden Globe winners will be simply re-doing their "best of" acceptance...

2010 Oscars: Been There, Done That

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  Well, after watching the Golden Globe Awards ceremonies last evening, I had the distinct feeling: who needs the Oscars? I've already seen the winning films, directors and actors and heard their acceptance speeches. The Oscar ceremony, which is not scheduled until six weeks from now, seems quite besides the point. Except for the fashion ("who are you wearing?" is the question of the moment), I am imagining that last night's Golden Globe winners will be simply re-doing their &...

Flying Lessons has been selected to open the Santa Barbara Film Festival

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          Derek Magyar's feature film debut "Flying Lessons" has been selected as the coveted Opening Night Film for the 25th Anniversary of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival which runs February 4-14, 2010.   This World Premiere Film touts a stellar cast which includes Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Christine Lahti, Screen Actors Guild Awards recipient Maggie Grace ("Lost"), Youn...

The Victoria Film Festival Welcomes Kris Kristofferson as this Year’s IN Award Winner.

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Victoria, BC As part of its commitment to Independence, Innovation and Inspiration the Victoria Film Festival has developed an award for a person in the film industry who exemplifies these qualities through their work in film. The Victoria Film Festival Welcomes Kris Kristofferson as this Year’s IN Award Winner.   Richard Crouse, of Canada AM will host the inaugural IN Award ceremony celebrating lifetime achievements. We wanted to come up with an award that would honour...

Market Wrap Up For European Cinema

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  With 2009 coming to a close, which represented a challenge to the specialty distribution market in North America (and everywhere else), French cinema was the sole bright light in what has become a shrinking market for European quality film. While there were some celebrated films from Germany (The Baader Meinhof Complex), Spain (Broken Embraces), Italy (Gomorrah) and the UK (Bright Star, Hunger), their overall box office performances were considered very modest. The BBC co-prod...

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...

NEWSLETTER N° 446: December 23, 2009

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 446: December 23, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. Our newsletter reaches 77 000 film professionnals. COMING SOON THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM We follow 4 000 festivals for you. Stay tuned. _____________________________________________________ FESTIVAL NEWS...

Golden Globe Snubs and Surprises

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   Jeremy Renner in THE HURT LOCKER It happens every year.....key performances, outstanding films and worthy indies and international titles that seem primed for awards consideration are inexplicably ignored. This has happened again with the announcement last week of the Golden Globe Award nominations, considered second only to the Oscars. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group of 80 international film critics and journalists who vote for the prizes, is known f...

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...

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