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INTO THE WILD Leads Screen Actors Guild Nominations

 Thursday, December 20----------INTO THE WILD, director Sean Penn’s adaptation of the true story of a young man who ditches civilization on a spiritual quest into the wilds of the Alaskan wilderness, dominated the film nominations for the 14th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, after being completely snubbed by the Golden Globes and most film critics prizes. The film, which is adapted from the non-fiction bestseller by Jon Krakauer, has been nominated for Best Ensemble Cast, with rising star E...

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN Wins National Board of Review Award

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And we're off.....the awards season has kicked off in high gear this past week, with the announcement of the Gotham Awards in New York, the nominations for the Film Independent Spirit Awards and now the National Board of Review, the first of the end-of-the-year critics groups to bestow prizes. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, Joel and Ethan Coen's nouveau Western, was named Best Film of the Year. The film also won a Best Adapted Screenplay prize for the Coens, as well as an award for Best Ensemble Cast, ...

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN Wins National Board of Review Award

 Wednesday, December 5--------And we're off.....the awards season has kicked off in high gear this past week, with the announcement of the Gotham Awards in New York, the nominations for the Film Independent Spirit Awards and now the National Board of Review, the first of the end-of-the-year critics groups to bestow prizes. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, Joel and Ethan Coen's nouveau Western, was named Best Film of the Year. The film also won a Best Adapted Screenplay prize for the Coens, as well as an...

Palm Springs Film Fest will honor Halle Berry

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award® winner Halle Berry with its prestigious Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala on Saturday, January 5, 2008. Previously announced Daniel Day-Lewis will also receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award. Past actresses that have received this award include Charlize Theron, Laura Linney, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet. Festival chairman Earl Greenburg said, “We’re excited to ...

Palm Springs will honor Daniel Day-Lewis

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis with its prestigious Desert Palm Achievement Award for his latest film There Will Be Blood at the Festival's annual Awards Gala on Saturday, January 5, 2008. Past actors that have received this award include Nicolas Cage, Liam Neeson, John Travolta and Jake Gyllenhaal. Festival chairman Earl Greenburg said, "Daniel Day-Lewis is a tremendously accomplished actor with an impressive b...

Sing along Hairspray to be Honored at Palm Springs

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You can’t stop the beat as the 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) celebrates the film Hairspray with an outdoor sing-along screening and a key Festival award. On Friday, January 4, 2008, Netflix, Inc., the world’s largest online movie rental service, will host a free public screening as part of the film festival’s program lineup. The special print of the film will include lyric subtitles for each song, so audiences can join in the singing. The Festival’s first-...

Juno to receive the Chairman’s Vanguard Award from Palm Springs

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor the film Juno with the Chairman’s Vanguard Award at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala. The award was announced at the Chairman’s Screening of the film in Palm Springs today. The award will be presented to director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody and the film’s cast. Previously announced honorees include Sean Penn, Jerry Weintraub, Marion Cotillard, Emile Hirsch and Nikki Blonsky. The Awards Gala, which will...

Palm Springs Film Festival to Honor Jerry Weintraub

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Jerry Weintraub with the Patron of the Arts Award presented by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala. The Awards Gala, which will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, will also honor Sean Penn, Marion Cotillard, Emile Hirsch and Nikki Blonksy and is hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart.The Screen Actors Guild Foundation will prese...

London Film Festival: It's A Wrap!!!

 Friday, November 2--------This was my first time at the London Film Festival, a storied event that just concluded its 51st edition, making it one of the oldest and most venerated film festivals in the world. London is a great city and it does have a great film festival.....an event that delivers an equal measure of star power and filmmaker discoveries, includes intimate special events and gala premieres, and also serviced the professional industry and aspiring filmmakers. The series of market...

London Festival Finishes with a Flourish

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Tonight, The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival rounded off a record-breaking year with THE DARJEELING LIMITED. This year’s 51st Festival hosted 185 feature films and 133 short films from 43 countries, 412 screenings and 515 visiting international filmmakers, over 1000 industry professionals including a record 191 buyers and sellers, and the highest ever audience attendance. International glamour on the red carpet featured throughout the Festival’s 16 days. Wes Anderson was joined by Jason ...

The Big Winners At The Rome Film Festival

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Ending what was undoubtedly a highly successful sophomore edition, the Cinema: Rome Filmfest announced its major awards at a gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, in conjunction with a live concert event saluting and playing the music of Italian master composer Ennio Morricone. The Festival delivered on the glamour and the glitz, while also highlighting many worthy films in its various film sections.The Popular Jury of the official Competition Section, made up of 50 members and presided over...

Big Winners At The Rome Film Festival

 Monday, October 29-------Ending what was undoubtedly a highly successful sophomore edition, the Cinema: Rome Filmfest announced its major awards at a gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, in conjunction with a live concert event saluting and playing the music of Italian master composer Ennio Morricone. The Festival delivered on the glamour and the glitz, while also highlighting many worthy films in its various film sections.The Popular Jury of the official Competition Section, made up of...

The Big Winners At The Rome Film Festival

 Monday, October 29-------Ending what was undoubtedly a highly successful sophomore edition, the Cinema: Rome Filmfest announced its major awards at a gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, in conjunction with a live concert event saluting and playing the music of Italian master composer Ennio Morricone. The Festival delivered on the glamour and the glitz, while also highlighting many worthy films in its various film sections.The Popular Jury of the official Competition Section, made up of...

Palm Springs Festival will honor Sean Penn

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award winner Sean Penn with the Director of the Year Award for his latest film Into the Wild at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala on Saturday, January 5, 2008. Past director honorees include Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel, Anthony Minghella for Cold Mountain, Alexander Payne for Sideways and Ang Lee for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.Festival chairman Earl Greenburg said, “Into the Wild is a magnif...

Gotham Awards Unveil Nominees

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17th Annual Gotham Awards Unveil Nominees for Year's Best Independent FilmsGreat World of Sound, Day Night Day Night, Into the Wild, and Margot at the Wedding lead list of nominees. http://gotham.ifp.orgNew York, NY (PRWEB) October 22, 2007 -- Kicking off the film awards season, IFP, the nation’s largest membership organization of independent filmmakers, today announced the nominees for the 17th Annual Gotham Awards (http://gotham.ifp.org). The awards will be presented at Steiner Studios in Ne...

Just a few days left to go until The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival opens

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Just a few days left to go until The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival opens its doors throughout the city for a celebration of cinema with a talent laden guest-list attending the 16 day Festival. Attending the Opening Night Gala on Wednesday 17 October for the UK premiere of the acclaimed EASTERN PROMISES will be director David Cronenberg, accompanied by Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel and Armin Mueller-Stahl.The Odeon West End will welcome an array of actors and filmmakers attending the premiere...

Emile Hirsch and Nikki Blonsky to be honored at Palm Springs

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Emile Hirsch and Nikki Blonsky with separate Rising Star Awards at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala. They will join previously announced honoree Marion Cotillard who will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award. Festival chairman Earl Greenburg made the announcement at a private event at the historic Charlie Chaplin home of Patricia Barry in Beverly Hills, CA hosted by Festival board member Stephen Breimer, which...

MV International Film Festival kicked off

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The annual MV International Film Festival kicked off last evening under blue skies atop the Mansion House Inn with more than 200 participants enjoying the acoustic sounds of Phil DaRosa and fabulous food provided by Zephrus Restaurant and Net Result.  The spirits of the opening night reception were heighten by serving of Charles de Fere champagne (provided by Bossiet America), Stella Artois, and sparkling water provided by San Pellegrino.   And then movie-goers were treated to the sights and ...

The Toronto Torrent

 Tuesday, September 4---------The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North...

The Toronto Torrent

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The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North America" as the frenzy, fun and fero...

Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival

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Get ready for the second annual Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival September 13-16, 2007. Imagine four days filled with amazing films from around the globe, fun parties, engaging conversation, great live music all within the downtown Walking Festival District - and oh, yes, enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in America. Have the last weekend of summer be the best one of the year. With the goal of distinguishing themselves from other festivals, The Martha’s Vineyard Internat...

It's Showtime at The Telluride Film Festival

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The 34th Telluride Film Festival celebrates the best in film, past, present and future, from all around the globe, the Festival kicks off another exciting weekend packed with tributes, features, documentaries, shorts, conversations and panel discussions. The Festival opens today Friday, August 31 and runs through Monday, September 3.The Festival will pay tribute to three film luminaries including Daniel Day-Lewis, who captivated filmgoers with his performances in ROOM WITH A VIEW, THE UNBEARABLE...

Special Presentations during this year's Toronto Festival

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced the addition of eight titles to screen as Special Presentations during this year's Festival, running September 6 - 15, 2007. These films join 17 titles as previously announced Special Presentations to date, and offer the latest achievements from an array of veteran filmmakers, directors on the rise, and celebrated actors working behind the camera. Titles announced today feature some of cinema's most well-known talent, including performances by Br...

22nd Sundance Opens with Friends with Money

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22nd Sundance Film Festival Opens with FRIENDS WITH MONEY ALPHA DOG by Nick Cassavetes as Closing FilmAmongst the delicate snow flakes of the ski town Park City, Sundance Film Festival opened on January 19, 2006 with the World Premiere of FRIENDS WITH MONEY, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener and starring an dynamic cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Scott Caan, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener and Frances McDormand. With the fresh snow blanketing the filmgoers, Sundance had the exciteme...

Dan Harris: Imaginary writer lives his fantasy.

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Flashback a few years to a (then) 22 year-old Dan Harris was offered to write X2: X-Men United after director Bryan Singer read the screenplay for IMAGINARY HEROES. That same year Harris’ photography was published in the NY fashionista Visionaire and was profiled by Variety as one of the top 10 screenwriters to watch. Heroes vs. Heroes It just kept getting bigger and better. Dan Harris and writing partner Michael Dougherty are now busy working on the upcoming SUPERMAN RETURNS feature film. Th...

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