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Karlovy Vary 2012, echoes and encores, with a Certain Geriatric Regard!

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Besides the customary unveiling of new and upcoming talent from far and wide which is the hallmark of this festival,  Karlovy 2012 provided such an extensive look at film history that these selections alone could have constituted an entire festival on their own.  Among digitally restored new prints of landmark old films were Fellini's "La Strada, 1954, which among other things made burly actor Anthony Quinn into an arthouse icon, and Miloš Forman's "Fireman's Ball" (1967) the...

Sorkin Presents NEWSROOM at Los Angeles Film Festival

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Halfway through the first scene (he writes long scenes) of Sorkin's NEWSROOM I thought, "This show could change the world." I am a Sorkin fan, and an idealist, but that's besides the point. In the same way that THE WEST WING made Americans feel apart of what was happening in Washington, NEWSROOM does too. It takes place in a newsroom in Washington, and not only that but it's set during the real events of the day beginning on April 20, 2010. I feel like this kind of pseudo-inside look...

Danny Elfman at the Los Angeles Film Festival

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"His work features an undercurrent of faith and malice you just can't shake out of your head." Great film composer Danny Elfman was introduced at the LA Film Festival Saturday night with such ideas as, "His work brings the life of the mind to the screen." As an 18-year old, Elfman's first performance was in Paris, where he followed his brother. Together they were in Le Grand Magic Circus, an avant-garde musical theater group. "It was a crazy experience that put t...

LA FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 16-26

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2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL By Ron Gilbert You must explore the LA Film Festival this year to view what has happened to downtown LA and the films offered. I have seen many of the documentaries and they are must see films. Of course we have the blockbuster films like Green Lantern but many indie films are worth watching, This year you can use your phone to view what’s happening, Film Independent Goes Mobile for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival  The fre...

LA FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 16-26

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2011 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL By Ron Gilbert You must explore the LA Film Festival this year to view what has happened to downtown LA and the films offered. I have seen many of the documentaries and they are must see films. Of course we have the blockbuster films like Green Lantern but many indie films are worth watching, This year you can use your phone to view what’s happening, Film Independent Goes Mobile for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival  The fre...

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...

NEWSLETTER N° 471: july 10, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 471: july 10, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 81 000 film professionnals e...

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Film Planet Entertainment Visit Film Planet Entertainment New Sales Rep/co-production company -Film Planet Entertainment- made its big debut this year at the Cannes Film Festival 2010 and continues its rise to popularity at the first ever Aruba International Film Festival, saturated the LA Film Festival and will continue to do so at all the most important worldwide festivals this year a

On Film Planet Entertainment

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    Visit Film Planet Entertainment New Sales Rep/co-production company -Film Planet Entertainment- made its big debut this year at the Cannes Film Festival 2010 and continues its rise to popularity at the first ever Aruba International Film Festival and saturated the LA Film Festival as well as all the most important worldwide festivals this year and in the years to come. Film Planet Entertainment seeks to cross boundaries in cinema and the world with its internat...

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 ...

Farewell about the first Zeppelin flight around the World

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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 around the world of the Graf Zeppelin in 1929. The film wa...

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...

NEWSLETTER N° 470: july 2, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 470: july 2, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 79 000 film professionnals ev...

One lucky elephant at the L.A. Festival

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"ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT" is a unique documentary starring elephants, one female in particular, who will break your heart if nothing else. The fortunate elephant in question is Lorna, a lovable pachyderm who was released from a life sentence as a St. Louis circus slave at the age of seventeen by her keeper and trainer who had fallen deeply in love with her -- and turned over to an Elephant refuge where she could live out the rest of her days free to roam greener pastures in the company of other four ...

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...

Sylvester Stallone packs an award winning punch, scoring a standing ovation at the LA Film Festival

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What is it about seeing movie stars in person that so entrances people?  It must be something more than the magnetism of their fame. Seeing Sylvester Stallone speak at the LA Film Festival was one of those experiences where you can feel the entire audience sitting in awe. It wasn't just the Rocky theme playing loud that whipped the audience into a frenzy as he came in. Stallone had that celebrity sparkle, with his dark sunglasses, and the iconic Stallone strut that made him a st...

"Despicable".

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"Despicable". Thousands of kids, plastic yellow minions and unanimated studio execs took over the LA Film Festival "Closing Night" this afternoon at the World Premiere of Universal's new animation 'Despicable Me'.   Behind dark 3D glasses I tried to hide the fact I'm not 6 anymore but still had a lot of fun, especially at the after-party enjoying the spectacle of Universal's marketing maching eating children whole. (Oh and the film was funny too)  &nbs...

Rocky vs the Aussies premiering Animal Kingdom

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"OMG it's the world premiere of Twilight tonight!! (Everybody SCREEEAAAMMMM!)   It's easy to tell where the movie stars are ranked in the A-list - fans were lining up from 3pm to see Rocky himself, the smooth Sylvestor Stallone, speaking at the LA Film Festival last night. Twilight fans were lining up 3 days ago to see Robert Pattinson tonight. But boy did they miss out last night. Sylvestor Stallone strutted around with dark sunnies on, and a real mov...

The Global Film Village: Toying with Transmedia at the LA Film Festival

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The Marvel Universe: (c) 2010 Marvel Comics All Rights Reserved.  by Marc Halperin Toying with Transmedia was a lecture by MIT professor Henry Jenkins, this trend has been around for more than a decade but has gained traction lately. I first heard about Transmedia at the San Diego Comic-Con years ago. Robert Gould an old friend created Imaginosis in 1999 to focus on visual artists who create "World Properties." At the center of that company is the World of Brian...

Taken away by ´The Two Escobars´and ´Where Are You Taking Me?´

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I wrote yesterday about 2 films receiving a lot of buzz, then felt a little worried they wouldn't meet up to my high expectations... too often the case when you hear about the best of the fest. SO- it was such a relief to emerge from the LA Film Festival cinemas yesterday and say yes, those films deserved all that buzzing. 'Where Are You Taking Me' took me to Uganda with a sincere observational eye that simply lets the magical moments unfold before you, untouched except by Kimi Takes...

"Gutsy, original, smart and free" - Mark Ruffalo says it all, at 'The Kids Are All Right'

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Wow, what an opening.  Limos cruised behind the red carpet, helicopters buzzed around LA Live, spotlights strobed the skies, and I felt like I was in a Batman movie, with the big action sequence about to erupt around me.  Festival volunteers ushered me to the rooftop Opening Night party of the LA Film Festival, telling me excitedly "you'll be able to watch the riots from there!".   Yes the riot police were marching out. Were people actually RIOTING over the opening n...

Gutsy, Original, smart and free LA Fest premiere of 'The Kids Are All Right´

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"Gutsy, original, smart and free" - Mark Ruffalo says it all, at the Los Angeles Film Festival Opening Night Film 'The Kids Are All Right´Wow, what an opening. Limos cruised behind the red carpet, helicopters buzzed around LA Live, spotlights strobed the skies, and I felt like I was in a Batman movie, with the big action sequence about to erupt around me. Festival volunteers ushered me to the rooftop Opening Night party of the LA Film Festival, telling me excitedly "you'll be able to watch th...

LA film festival Artistic director shares his insights today

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The Global Film Village: DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival shares his insights todayDAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festivalby Marla LewinI just got off the phone with David Ansen, who I have known from the festival circuit, as well as I must admit we are neighbors. Through the years I loved reading his Newsweek reviews, as he is so highly regarded as one of Americas top film critics. It was an honor to speak with him today in his new position.Marla: So David...

The Global Film Village: DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival shares his insights today

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DAVID ANSEN, Artistic director of the LA film festival by Marla Lewin I just got off the phone with David Ansen, who I have known from the festival circuit, as well as I must admit we are neighbors.  Through the years I loved reading his Newsweek reviews, as he is so highly regarded as one of Americas top film critics.  It was an honor to speak with him today in his new position. Marla: So David, I remember last year you were on the Jury of the LA film festival, and w...

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