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Oscar nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Announced

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by Marla Lewin Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway took the stage at a 5:38 a.m. PT this morning, live news conference to announce the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories. Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Best motion picture of the year Avatar(20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers The Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertai...

The Global Film Village: Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Announced

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by Marla LewinAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway took the stage at a 5:38 a.m. PT this morning, live news conference to announce the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories.Nominations for the 82nd Academy AwardsBest motion picture of the yearAvatar(20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, ProducersThe Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertainment Production, Nominees to be determ...

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...

Cinequest 30th to celebrate the real revolutionaries, the Mavericks

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            The 20th Anniversary Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF20), Feb. 23 - March 7, 2010, celebrates the vision of Cinequest's founding artists and innovators: Mavericks. In the past year, our country increased its national debt by $1.9 trillion, including $245 billion in bailout funds as part of a greater effort to create change. Conversely, Cinequest, a company that has stayed in the black since inception, spent less than $2 m...

Cinequest 30th to celebrate the real revolutionaries, the Mavericks

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In the past year, our country increased its national debt by $1.9 trillion, including $245 billion in bailout funds as part of a greater effort to create change. Conversely, Cinequest, a company that has stayed in the black since inception, spent less than $2 million to create change by empowering the artistic revolutionaries of our time: the Mavericks, those who astound, electrify, inspire, laugh, pioneer—and in turn create rippling effects throughout the world. The 20th Anniversary Cinequest...

The nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2010

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The official nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2010                           BEST FILM AVATAR - James Cameron, Jon Landau AN EDUCATION - Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey THE HURT LOCKER - Nominees TBC PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE - Lee D...

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presents its line-up

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Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presents its stellar line-up for 2010.  The 25th edition features 196 films including 18 World Premieres, 28 U.S. Premieres and a vast selection of films representing 45 countries.  SBIFF is proud to welcome immensely talented filmmakers and honorees as we look back at 25 years of cinematic history and has assembled exceptional and evocative movies to entertain the expansive SBIFF audience.  The Fest...

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...

AN EDUCATION Leads London Critics

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AN EDUCATION, the 1960s-set drama by Danish director Lone Scherfig, led the pack at the announcement of the 30th London Film Critics’ Circle Awards nominations. The film scored seven nominations, including British Film of the Year and notices for actors Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, Rosamund Pike and Olivia Williams. AN EDUCATION will compete for Best British film with the likes of Jane Campion’s BRIGHT STAR, Armando Iannucci’s IN THE LOOP, Andrea Arnold’s FISH TANK, ...

SAG Awards: Actors In The Spotlight

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  NINE (directed by Rob Marshall) The Screen Actors Guild, the most important union of actors and actresses working in film and television, have announced their award nominees for this year. With the focus squarely on the acting arts, the list of those tapped for possible awards makes another pit stop in the road to the Oscars (which will be given out this year on March 7). As expected, lead and supporting actors in the films as UP IN THE AIR, PRECIOUS and INGLORIOUS BASTERDS ...

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 ...

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...

UP IN THE AIR Goes All The Way

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  How do you follow up an international success like JUNO?Well....writer/director Jason Reitman, who has only three feature films to his credit, is sailing into Oscar town with his latest serious satire, UP IN THE AIR. The George Clooney-starrer has already been named Best Picture of the Year by several critics groups and has now posted the biggest nomination record for this year's Golden Globe Awards (will Oscar gold be far behind????). UP IN THE AIR has scored six 2009 Golden G...

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...

NEWSLETTER N° 445: December 16, 2009

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 445: December 16, 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 FROM THE CIRCUIT ...

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...

Standout performers to be honored at Santa Barbara

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year's standout performers by presenting The 2010 Chopin Virtuosos Award to Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Gabourey Sidibe and Michael Stuhlbarg, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.  The Award presentation, sponsored by Chopin Vodka, will take place Sunday, February 7 at the Lobero Theatre at the 25th edition of the festival, which runs February 4-14, 2010.   The ...

BIFA AWARDS 2009

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BIFA’s jury is comprised of professionals and talent from across the British film industry including: Actress Jodie Whittaker, Actors Idris Elba, Liam Cunningham, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan, Directors Sarah Gavron and Eran Creevy, Producers Dixie Linder, Anita Overland and Adrian Sturges, Documentary Filmmaker Kate Blewett, Film Marketing Consultant Robert Mitchell, Projectionist Paul Speed and Head of Distribution and Exhibition at The UK Film Council Peter Buckingham. Johanna von Fischer ...

Europe's best young actors selected as SHOOTING STARS 2010

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Jury announce their decision for presentation at the forthcoming Berlin International Film Festival from 13 to 15 February 2010 SHOOTING STARS AWARDS donated by Studio Babelsberg European Film Promotion (EFP) announced today the ten SHOOTING STARS of 2010, who will be introduced at its annual presentation of new acting talent at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). This group of prominent young actors who come from...

London Film Festival Audiences Surpass Previous Years

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Yesterday, The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival rounded off another highly successful year with the world premiere of Sam Taylor-Wood’s NOWHERE BOY. This year’s Festival hosted 193 feature films and 113 short films from 46 countries including 15 world premieres. There were 515 screenings and 553 filmmakers, with 277 of the filmmakers from outside the UK.  With 874 industry delegates accredited, the Festival exceeded last year’s figures and reports the high...

London Film Festival Audience hits a 124 000 record

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Tonight, The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival rounded off another highly successful year with the world premiere of Sam Taylor-Wood’s NOWHERE BOY. This year’s Festival hosted 193 feature films and 113 short films from 46 countries including 15 world premieres. There were 515 screenings and 553 filmmakers, with 277 of the filmmakers from outside the UK. With 874 industry delegates accredited, the Festival exceeded last year’s figures and reports the highest ever audience attendance in e...

BIFA nominations and jury announced

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NOMINATIONS AND JURY ANNOUNCED FOR THE 12TH BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS The nominations and jury members for the twelfth annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced today, Monday 26 October, at Soho House in London. The nominations this year reflect the up and coming and internationally renowned on and off screen talent. The film receiving the most nods is Fish Tank with eight nominations. Moon follows with seven nominations. An Education, In The Loop and Nowhere Boy each...

Hollywood Film Festival Announces Winners

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The 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Awards(r)" ceremony was held last night before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,100 Hollywood Film Festival(r) attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.The festival and awards announced this year's winner of the "Hollywood Movie Award" -- J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" -- which was chosen by the public voting online at the Yahoo! Movies website. The voting site received 20 million unique visitors and over 160,000 votes were cast...

Day 7 of the London Film Festival Official Vodcast

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Highlights from yesterday include: The MasterCard premiere of An Education featuring interviews with the director Lone Scherfig, Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan and writer Nick Hornby. Hans-Christian Schmid & Kerry Fox Interview for Storm Jez Lewis interview, director of Shed Your Tears and Walk Away The Filmmakers afternoon tea, featuring interviews with the director of Balibo, Robert Connolly and actor Anthony LaPaglia, Official London Film Festival vodcast - Day 7 - kewego Catch...

The Story Works: new screenwriting training initiative at Edinburgh Festival

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Edinburgh, Scotland, 15 October 2009, The Edinburgh International Film Festival today announced a new training initiative funded by Skillset, - The Story Works.The Story Works is a high-level screenwriting initiative aimed at experienced screenwriters which will be delivered by the triumvirate partnership of story editor Kate Leys - as project director, producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey as creative advisors and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.The programme is supported by an advi...
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