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Palm Springs FF: a kinder, gentler Sundance

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The Palm Springs International Film Festival, which just ended its run on Sunday, has the distinction of being the first festival event of the New Year. The Festival, now in its 19th year, prides itself on its international scope and its diverse programming strands. The Festival screens nearly all of the international films up for Academy Award consideration in the Best Foreign Language race, along with choice indie gems and some heavy hitter studio projects. In many ways, it is the kinder, gent...

Palm Springs Festival awards "When she found me"

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival came to a successful close on Sunday, January 13, 2008 and announced this year's award winners at a luncheon at Spencer's Restaurant. The Festival, which ran from January 3-14, 2008, screened 212 films from 66 countries, including 65 premieres and 55 of the 63 foreign entries for this year's Academy Awards. Palm Springs' increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, se...

History of Oscar winners and nominees for best actress

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1920s 1928 Janet Gaynor - Seventh Heaven as "Diane", Street Angel as "Angela", and Sunrise as "The Wife (Indre)" Louise Dresser - A Ship Comes In as "Mrs. Pleznik" Gloria Swanson - Sadie Thompson as "Sadie Thompson" 1929 Mary Pickford - Coquette as "Norma Besant" Ruth Chatterton - Madame X as "Jacqueline Floriot" Betty Compson - The Barker as "Carrie" Jeanne Eagels - The Letter as "Leslie Crosbie" Corinne G...

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 ...

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 ...

A Stellar Friday At The Rome Film Festival

 Thursday, October 25---------As the Rome FilmFest moves into its final weekend, it offers a number of stellar talents and films on Friday. Director Susanne Bier and star Halle Berry will walk the Red Carpet for the film THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE. This is acclaimed Danish director Bier's English language debut, and it is a powerful story of love and redemption that co-stars Berry and fellow Oscar winner Benicio del Toro. The film had its European Premiere earlier this week at the London Film F...

London FF Red Carpet: THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE

 Thursday, October 25--------Susanne Bier premiered her first English language film THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE last evening at the Odeon West End in Leicester Square. Walking the red carpet was the director Susanne Bier and the film's lead, Halle Berry, who co-stars opposite Benicio del Toro in the intense drama. The film marks Halle Berry's return to serious drama after her Oscar winning turn in MONSTER'S BALL a few years ago. Her performance as a upper class wife and mother who loses it all ...

Buzz Begins At The Burns

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 Wednesday, October 17---------In this busy theatrical film season, as many as a dozen films premiere every Friday at local multiplexes. Many films that would benefit from a slow build up and the essential qualities of  "word of mouth" fail to ignite fire on their intial weekend openings and often disappear without a trace in a scant week or two. In the ferocious environment of theatrical distribution, if one's opening weekend is below expectations, the results can be disasterous. Di...

Danes Descend On London

Friday, October 12-----------The Danes are coming, the Danes are coming!!!!  Following impressive line-ups in previous years, Danish cinema once again has a strong and diverse presence at The Times bfi 51st London Film Festival 2007. Seven films have been selected as part of this year’s program, including four features, two animated shorts for younger audiences, and one short film. Denmark ’s world-renowned production company Zentropa Films (which launced the Dogme revolution and produced t...

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...

Hollywood stars descending on Rome For Second Capitol Outing

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With the opening of the second Rome Film festival just two weeks away (October 18 - 27) the festival organization has released an astounding guest list of Hollytwood stars and star directors expected to attend -- among them, just for openers; Tom Cruise, Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola, Sean Penn, Halle Berry, and will-o-the-wisp director Terence Malik. With ten Oscar bearers on hand, 167 pictures listed for projection, 11 World Premiers, and an expected attendance of 500...

Hollywood stars descending on Rome For Second Capitol Outing

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Besides the official competition others sections are named, Premiers, Cine 2007, ExtraWith the opening of the second Rome Film festival just two weeks away (October 18 - 27) the festival organization has released an astounding guest list of Hollytwood stars and star directors expected to attend -- among them, just for openers; Tom Cruise, Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola, Sean Penn, Halle Berry, and will-o-the-wisp director Terence Malik. With ten Oscar bearers on hand, 167 p...

Ben Affleck directorila breakthrough saluted at Hollywood Awards

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The 11th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, will take place on October 22, 2007, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.Oscar(r)-winner Ben Affleck will be honored with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Director of the Year Award," Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly will receive the "Hollywood Supporting Actress of the Year Award," and producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan will receive the "Hollywood Producers of the Year Award."The "Hollywood Awards" wi...

London Film Festival unveils line up

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The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival’s full programme, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes 184 features and 133 shorts as well as a host of screen talks, masterclasses and live events. Opening the Festival on Thursday 17 October is the UK premiere of David Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES with Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel, whilst Wes Anderson closes the Festival on November 1 with the UK premiere of THE DARJEELING LIMITED, starring Jason Schwartzma...

AFI Top 100 Films of All Time

Thursday, June 21---------The American Film Institute has revealed the Top 100 Films of the Past 100 Years during a special telecast on the CBS Network last evening. Drawing on a group of cinemaphiles and film experts, the AFI has compiled its list with one major criteria.....what American films have stood the test of time and remain enduring icons of cinema excellence? Of course, by restricting the list to American (and almost exclusively Hollywood) titles, the list is a little suspect, but it ...

Screen International is teaming up with the Hollywood Film Festival

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Screen International is teaming up for the third consecutive year with the Hollywood Film Festival and the Hollywood Awards to present the Hollywood World Award, a prize for the best in world cinema which will be presented at the Hollywood Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Oct 23.The award is a key predictor of foreign films which are set to receive kudos in the year's awards season. In 2004, the prize went to both "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "The Sea Inside," whil...

Todays News: Tuesday May 23

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Premiers "Babel" and "Flanders" premier tonight at the Festival in the Lumiere Theater. Ledger to Play Dylan Heath Ledger and wife Michelle Williams have joined the star studded cast of Dylan biopic "Im Not There." Other cast members include Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Christian Bale and Ben Winshaw. The film is said to be a sure fire contender for next years film festival. The film is directed by Tod Haynes and the soundtrack will include songs by The White Stripes, PJ Harvey, and REMs Mic...

Todays News: Monday May 22

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Premiers "Lights in the Dusks", "The Caimen", and "X-Men: The Last Stand" premiere today in the Lumiere Theatre of the Palais. Creativity in Question It is the midpoint of the festival and the artistry of some of the films are in question. Critics argue that there is little creative representation. "The Da Vinci Code" and "Southland Tales" were seen as disapontments. Others are rooting for "Volver", "Red Road", and "Ten Canoes" which have been said to save the artistry of the Festival. Go ...

Festival News, Sunday May 21

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Premiers Tonight both "Over the Hedge" and "Southland Tales" Premier in the Lu,iere theatre here in the Palais. Dreamgirls Launches Here in Cannes Yesterday a preview of "Dreamgirls" featuring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, and Eddie Murphy was held in the Martinez. The films overseas success was in question due the musical nature with black stars. The film is said to be quite smart and not what you'd expect. The launch was a hit, and the worldwide premier is eagerly awaiting. "Summer Palace"...

The presentation of the Cannes selection

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The Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes 2006 will, as every year, be made up films presented in: the Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition screenings.It offers both a shorts and film schools competition (Cinéfondation).Cannes Classics concerns heritage films, shown principally in the Buñuel Theatre.Finally, in addition to the theatres of the Palais (Lumière, Debussy, Buñuel, Bazin) now the Beach Cinema offers festival-goers and Cannes residents alike outdoors screenings...

The presentation of the Cannes selection

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The Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes 2006 will, as every year, be made up films presented in: the Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition screenings. It offers both a shorts and film schools competition (Cinéfondation). Cannes Classics concerns heritage films, shown principally in the Buñuel Theatre. Finally, in addition to the theatres of the Palais (Lumière, Debussy, Buñuel, Bazin) now the Beach Cinema offers festival-goers and Cannes residents alike outdoors scr...

The presentation of the Cannes selection

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The Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes 2006 will, as every year, be made up films presented in: the Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition screenings.It offers both a shorts and film schools competition (Cinéfondation).Cannes Classics concerns heritage films, shown principally in the Buñuel Theatre.Finally, in addition to the theatres of the Palais (Lumière, Debussy, Buñuel, Bazin) now the Beach Cinema offers festival-goers and Cannes residents alike outdoors screenings...

Hollywood Awards Ceremony kicks off Oscar season

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The 9th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Awards(r)" ceremony, honoring independent filmmakers and established Hollywood professionals, was held last night before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,200 Hollywood Film Festival attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Special honors went to Lions Gate Films Releasing President Tom Ortenberg, film preservation leader Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington, actress Diane Keaton, actor Joaquin Phoenix, actress Charli...

PAFF Opening Night Gala!

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The Pan African Film and Arts Festival will hold its 7th annual event taking place February 18, 2005 at the Magic Johnson Theaters. Based on the acclaimed autobiographical one-man show by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (who wrote the adaptation and appears in the film), and co-executive produced by the Academy Award®-winning actress Halle Berry, this warm and vibrant drama is an inspiring story of coming of age, of a mother/son love that transcends biological ties, and of an extraordinary woman who buil...

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