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Merrick Watts to co-host Radio Awards with Sharon Osbourne

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  Merrick Watts to co-host Radio Awards with Sharon Osbourne   News Media Update...   Triple M Network’s national radio host Merrick Watts is to co-host this year’s Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) with special international guest, Sharon Osbourne.   The well-known comedian, radio host and television presenter said he was honoured to be co-hosting with such an internationally well-known personality.  “I was thrilled to be ...

Amitabh Bachchan will be guest of honour at the 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the iconic face of Indian cinema, will be the guest of honour at the 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival.   The 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, the only festival in Italy entirely devoted to Indian cinema and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place at Cinema Odeon, in Florence, from 7th to 13th December, under the Patronage of the Embassy of India and the Italy-India association.   This is an extreme...

Iranian Cinema brain drain continues with Bahman Ghobadi at Toronto

by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com>  Bahman Ghobadi       RHINO SEASON is Ghobadi's first film since he fled Iran        The stars of Rhino Season (from left) Behrouz Vossoughi, Monica Bellucci, Bahman Ghobadi, Belcim Bilgin and Arash Labaf IRANIAN CINEMA BRAIN DRAIN CONTINUES With Bahman ...

FNC opens with La mise à l’aveugle (Small Blind) by Quebec director Simon Galiero

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41ST FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA   The Festival du nouveau cinéma is opening its 41st edition on October 10 with the world premiere of La mise à l’aveugle (Small Blind) by Quebec director Simon Galiero. Camille Rewinds by French actress/director Noémie Lvovsky will close the Festival on Saturday, October 20. La mise à l’aveugle (Small Blind), second feature by Simon Galiero (Nuages sur la ville), will mark the off...

Virginia Film Festival highlights

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The Virginia Film Festival announced today that it is adding five of the most highly-anticipated films of the season to its 25th Anniversary program, putting  the exclamation point on a remarkable collection of more than 120 films to be presented from November 1-4 in Charlottesville.   The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia and its College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.   VFF Director Jody Kielbasa announced that the David O. Russell...

Ted Shugrue will be missed, my former boss at Sony Pictures till 1996

  Ted Shugrue waving and surrounded by his colleagues (Steve Klain, Duncan Clark, and Tony Manne to his right) Body language says he was happy... Ted Shugrue, the former head of Sony Pictures' overseas distribution division and president of Loews Cineplex International, died last Thursday fom liver cancer at the age of 62. In 1983, Shugrue became one of the first employees of the newly formed TriStar Pictures, where he was instrumental in building the distribution arm for TriStar (lat...

Monica Bellucci and Bahman Gobhadi to present "Fasle Kargadan / Rhino Season"

  On Wednesday September 26th at 19:00, the Kursaal Auditorium will host the European premiere of Bahman Gobhadi´s film, Fasle Karagdan / Rhino Season. The director will attend the screening with the cast headliners Monica Bellucci, Behrouz Vossoughi and Belçim Bilgin. Bahman Gobhadi has won the Golden Shell on two occasions at the San Sebastian Festival, in 2004 with Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand / Turtles Can Fly and in 2006 with Niwemang / Half Moon. In 2007 Gobhadi was...

THE LAND OF HOPE received the NETPAC Award

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    The 37th Toronto International Film Festival 2012 announced its award winners today. Sion Sono’s new film, THE LAND OF HOPE received the NETPAC Award.    New this year is the NETPAC Award for the Best First or Second Feature World or International Asian Film Premiere, as selected by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema. Jury members include Laurice Guillen (Philippines), Shelly Kraicer (Toronto/Beijing) and Azize Tan (Istanbul). &...

TIFF Deal on UK release of Matteo Garonne’s Cannes Grand Prix winner REALITY

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Independent Distribution have struck a deal with Fandango Portobello to co-release Matteo Garonne’s Cannes Grand Prix winner REALITY in the UK, which screens tonight as part of the official selection at The Toronto International Film Festival.  Luc Roeg, CEO of Independent made the announcement today.  The deal was negotiated between Roeg and Janine Gold of Fandango Portobello. Leading the project will be newly appointed Heads of Distribution, Sarah Townsend and Stef...

Dustin Hoffman, Special 60th Anniversary Donostia Award

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  Today we attended the official presentation of the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival. Every day since the beginning of September we have been receiving news about films and film stars that will be attending the San Sebastian Film Festival on its 60th Anniversary due from 21-29 of September. Names like Richard Gere,Susan Sarandon,Oliver Stone,Tommy Lee Jones,John Travolta,Ewan MacGregor will be on the red carpet during the festival. Today jet anothe...

Audience award to Claude Gagnon's Karaka

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KARAKARA Looking to embark on a spiritual journey, Pierre Masson, a 61-year-old retired Quebec university professor, ends up making a short, unsettling trip around Okinawa with Junko, a 40-year-old runaway wife. The unprepared intellectual would rather not get involved with this unlikely and passionate lover, especially in an unfamiliar and disorienting cultural context. The confused, unwilling sexagenarian decides nevertheless to follow his destiny, unsure of where it (she?…) wil...

Masterclass with Frank Darabont ...and more at the Zurich Film Festival

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The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announced today the revered group of industry professionals that will headline the Festival’s signature Master Class series. 2012 ZFF Master Class instructors include: ●          Three-time Academy Award® nominated writer, producer and director Frank Darabont ("The Green Mile,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Walking Dead”) ●          Two-time Academy Award® nominated producer Michael Shamberg (“Pulp Fiction...

Dick Van Dyke Honored With 2012 SAG Life Achievement Award

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Dick Van Dyke, beloved actor, singer, dancer, writer and comedian, will receive SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor – the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Van Dyke will be presented the performers union’s most prestigious accolade, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET, ...

Fabulous independent film festival in Sarasota

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  Scheduled to be held at Burns Court Cinemas in downtown Sarasota, on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, the Fabulous Independent Film Festival will mark its second anniversary with 6 feature films, 6 shorts and 3 parties celebrating diversity in the LGBT community.  The festival is organized by broken rules productions in association with and benefiting the Harvey Milk Festival, a non profit organization.  Tickets are $8, opening and closing night films are $1...

Fantasia International Film Festival wrap up

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A RAGING SUCCESS ACROSS THE BOARD FOR FANTASIA’S SWEET 16th EDITION + FINAL PRIZES ANNOUNCED   The 16th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival has just come to an end, and our team is celebrating the resounding success of this year’s edition. With over 109,000 spectators and industry attendees, this year saw record crowds flock to the event—up 7,000 people over last year. We would like to express our deep gratitude to the 150 directors, actors, screenwriters and producers w...

Board Member updates: Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF

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Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF The noted German director, board member of the prestigious European Film Academy, Volker Schlöndorff, will give a master class at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival it was announced. “Volker Schlöndorff is one of key members of the New German Cinema, that group of young filmmakers who, with talent, imagination and a daring choice of subjects, radically changed postwar German cinema,” said MWFF President Serge Losique. “...

EFA Board members Elected for 2012

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The President: Wim Wenders, Director, Germany Wim Wenders attended the Academy of Film & Television in Munich, worked as a film critic for various German publications, and was a founding member of Filmverlag der Autoren. In 1976 he set up his own production company, Road Movies, and, in 2002, Reverse Angle. Often hailed as one of the most important German directors on the international scene, Wenders has received various international awards, including the Golden Lion (TH...

Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF

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The noted German director, board member of the prestigious European Film Academy, Volker Schlöndorff, will give a master class at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival it was announced. “Volker Schlöndorff is one of key members of the New German Cinema, that group of young filmmakers who, with talent, imagination and a daring choice of subjects, radically changed postwar German cinema,” said MWFF President Serge Losique. “It is a great privilege to be hosting his master...

The Grossmann report and awards

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Alex Chandon (INBRED)  Jaume Balaguero (SLEEP TIGHT) For the first time the International Jury split the top award of Vicious Cat  at the Grossmann Fantastic Festival of Film and Wine. A notably strong feature competition marked the 8th edition of this lively event held in Ljutomer, centre of sultry Slovenia's famed wine region, with soaring temperatures and growing audiences, encouraged by the status of nearby Maribor as "European Capital of Culture". Jaume ...

35th Asian American Intl Film Fest Opening Night Premiere Shanghai Calling Red Carpet & Gala Reception Photos

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By Maria Esteves –July 26, 2012   The 35th Asian American International Film Festival 2012 (aaiff12) Opening Night New York City Premiere of SHANGHAI CALLING, directed by Daniel Hsia commenced Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 pm, at Asia Society, New York. Co-presented by Asian CineVision (ACV) and Asia Society, Opening Night Gala Reception immediately followed a special Q&A session with director Daniel Hsia, producer Janet Yang, actress Gillian Rexach and actor Sean Gallagher moderated...

Indebted

Director: Márton "Mara" Jelinkó.
Elli (Heidi Lindén), a university student, has a problem. Living in the poor area, but partying in the upscale clubs of the city is taking its financial toll, that can not be covered by her part time job as a cleaning lady. Even after her grandmothers antique necklace has been pawned, there just doesn't seem to be enough money for her lifestyle and to pay back the loans she has accumulated. So she decides to make money out of her one night stands and soon she settles into the lifestyle of a call-girl. Iiris (Kristiina Puukko), who has been forced into working with a small-time criminal group, has a problem of her own. She is in love with her colleague, Andrei (Juha-Tapio Arola), who doesn't even notice it. In a macho environment, where debts are collected via fists, there wouldn't be any room for the mushy stuff anyway. However, neighter of the women can foresee how much things will go wrong when Elli and Andrei meet one night and love springs its head up between them. Iiris is not going to just observe this from the sidelines and Elli is not going back to her old life without Andrei any more. Only when the women are forced to work together, do they come face to face with the facts that there are some mistakes that cannot be undone just like that. ”Indebted” is the debut feature as a director for Márton Jelinkó, who has worked in the Finnish independent scene as a cinematographer, for many years. It was made on a shoestring budget, using digital acquisition and utilizing an experimental improvisational method of working with the actors and combining that with the visual style of the camerawork.

Space Shuttle Pavilion Grand Opening Ceremony

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By Maria Esteves – July 20, 2012 The Space Shuttle Pavilion Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Pier 86, Hangar 3), New York, was held during day two of SAMSUNG SpaceFest 2012, Thursday, July 19, 11:00am. SpaceFest celebrated the future home of NASA’s Space Shuttle Enterprise, a prototype that conducted critical tests within Earth’s atmosphere in 1976 and transported to New York in April 2011. Special guest speakers and celebrities in atten...

Karlovy Vary awards and comments

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KVIFF 47, AWARDS AND COMMENTS, A TALE OF FOUR WOMAN by Alex Deleon   SUSAN SARANDON AT KARLOVY VARY The 47th Karlovy Vary Film Festival closed shop on Saturday July 7 with the customary gala awards ceremony and a screening of Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" in the vast 1,500 seat Grand Hall (Velky Zal) of the Thermal Hotel. This was followed by the usual swanky closing reception at the stately Hapsburg era Hotel Pupp (Pronounced "poop&quo...

Mirren meets the Karlovy Vary press and appreciative overflow audience at screening of Szabo's THE DOOR

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Helen Mirren and István Szabó (The Door)  by Alex Deleon, for <filmfestivals.com>   Dame Helen Mirren, patently the dominant figure of the first two days, held court on Saturday morning at the first official festival press conference. As Helen Mirrenová she is getting front page coverage in the Czech daily press in the manner of visiting royalty and her gracefully smiling visage adorns the cover of the widely read TVstar weekly with a bold gold lettered caption reading ...

47th Karlovy Vary opens with fireworks and Helen Mirren

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  The 47th installment of this high powered central European film festival, one of the oldest on the continent, opened a nine day run on June 29 with a spectacular display of fireworks and an appearance by regal British actress Helen Mirren (66) on the red carpet for the opening gala.  Mirren was introduced to the crowd at the enrance to the great Hall theater by festival president Jiri Bartosha, himself a prominent Czech actor, as he presented her with a crystal globe statuette i...

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