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Silver Linings Playbook written and directed by David O. Russell, has been named “Best Film of the Year” by Capri, Hollywood

  The movie directed by David O.Russell is also nominated for the 2013 Capri Audience Award and the Best Acting Ensemble of the Year Award  Festival will also screen ‘Caesar Must Die’, Italy’s 2012 Candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar   One of the year’s most highly acclaimed films, Silver Linings Playbook written and directed by David O. Russell, has been named “Best Film of the Year” by Capri, Hollywood &ndas...

The Industry events scheduled at London BFI

The 56th BFI London Film Festival in association with American Express today reveals an exciting and comprehensive line up of events, screenings and services for UK and international film professionals. The Industry Programme, held at BFI Southbank and other London venues, comes hot on the heels of the early October launch of the BFI’s five year plan for supporting British film – Film Forever – and underlines the BFI’s steadfast commitment to supporting the B...

Trudie Styler will preside Ischia Global Film Festival 2012

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Article published in the NY Times  "I'm not an unkind person," says Trudie Styler, "but by the same token, I'm not a people-pleaser." DURING a visit to India to celebrate her 50th birthday, Trudie Styler consulted a seer. Recently, she recalled the episode, highlighted by a reading of her Vedic chart, with mock incredulity. "Oh, madam, by golly, this chart is very unique,' " she was told. " 'By 2012, you could be asking for the Taj Ma...

Shangai Film Fest awards and ambiance

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Shanghai, once called the Paris of the East, is rapidly becoming one of the major cultural and financial destinations in the world.  The Shanghai International Film  Festival, sponsored by Jaeger Le Coultre , watch maker extraordinaire,  wrapped its 15th edition Sunday night with a bang and a Closing night ceremony featuring a Broadway like production number. Chinese Superstar Chow Yun Fat received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Martial Arts legend Jackie Chan.   I...

AMFAR, Cannes 2012

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Without a doubt the hottest ticket in town during the Cannes film festival is not a premier ticket to a competition film, as most would think; in fact, it’s a ticket to the annual AMFAR Cinema Against Aids dinner and gala at the Hotel du Cap Eden Rock in cap d’Antibes. This decidedly elite event is attended by the most sought after celebrity and royalty accompanied by the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs. The event has been going on for 19 years now and alway...

Haiti: Carnival in Cannes

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    The Festival de Cannes celebrated Haiti: Carnival in Cannes Friday night, a benefit event presented by Giorgio Armani in support of Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) and Petra Nemcova’s Happy Heart’s Fund (HHF), for their united and extraordinary work in Haiti. The charities’ unity reflects their collective belief that more can be ac...

Can a Film be French and American Indie????

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  There is indeed much to celebrate in France with the multiple Oscar wins by THE ARTIST, which has made film history as the first silent film to win Best Picture in 80 years and the first wins by a French director and actor in their respective categories. The five Oscar wins by THE ARTIST (matched only by Martin Scorsese's exquisite period film HUGO, which dominated the technical prizes), its sweep of the Cesar Awards and all the other awards that the film has won during this seemingly...

Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2012

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2011 NOMINATIONS (presented in 2012)BEST FILMTHE ARTIST Thomas LangmannTHE DESCENDANTS Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim TaylorDRIVE Marc Platt, Adam SiegelTHE HELP Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael BarnathanTINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn SlovoOUTSTANDING BRITISH FILMMY WEEK WITH MARILYN Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian HodgesSENNA Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish PandeySHAME Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman...

French Director Hazanavicius announced his next project on the war in Ceceniaat Capri Hollywood

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  FROM «THE ARTIST» TO CECENIA WAITING FOR THE GOLDEN GLOBES AND THE OSCARS French director Hazanavicius received the Best Film Award for his black & white movie at «Capri, Hollywood» where he announced his next project: a feature-film inspired to a Fred Zinnemann movie: «A contemporary story with a woman as a leading character »                        ...

Hazanavicius: from the Artist to the blast of the war in Cecenia

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French director Hazanavicius received the Best Film Award for his black & white movie at «Capri, Hollywood» where he announced his next project: a feature-film inspired to a Fred Zinnemann movie: «A contemporary story with a woman as a leading character » From the poetry of silent cinema to the blast of the war in Cecenia: French filmmaker Michael Hazanavicius, director of the "The artist" - one of the greatest favourites in the race for all the Awards 2012 - announced his next project, fea...

Dylan Sellers new President of Production and Acquisitions at The Weinstein Company (TWC)

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The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today the hiring of Dylan Sellers as President of Production and Acquisitions. Sellers' new role is effective immediately. The announcement was made by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and COO David Glasser. The naming of Sellers to this newly created role and the combining of acquisitions and productions is an organic evolution, one which will bolster a healthy staff, as many TWC titles cr...

52nd TIFF: Sara Driver Press Conference

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SARA DRIVER at TIFF AWARDS CEREMONY TIFF PRESS RELEASE 52nd TIFF: Sara Driver Press Conference (11/10/2011)SARA DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE American director, scriptwriter and producer Sara Driver gave a press conference on Thursday, November 10, at Warehouse C, in the framework of the Thessaloniki 52nd International Film Festival. Present at the panel was TIFF director Dimitris Eipides. The TIFF is hosting a tribute to the work of Sara Driver, who is the Jim Jarmusch’s partner in both filmm...

The Weinstein Company to Release Madonna's W.E. on December 9, 2011 in New York and L.A.

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Love Story Stars Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy And Oscar Isaac The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it will release Madonna's "W.E." on December 9, 2011 in New York and Los Angeles. The film will expand to additional markets in December, with wide release anticipated by mid-January. Madonna's narrative feature directorial debut, W.E. is co-written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian, produced by Madonna and Kris Thykier and executive produced by Scott Fr...

15th SIFF news, interviews, reviews

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  Interview with director Zeina Durra. THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE (USA, 2010) screened at this year's Sofia International Film Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.    Some weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak at length with Zeina Durra in Thessaloniki, Greece about her feature film debut, ‘The Imperialists Are Still Alive' (2010). We had a fun conversation about imperialism and proletariat, conventions, nonconformists, clothes, getting naked... and just eve...

Meet The New Kings of Hollywood

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When your movie defies the odds and sweeps the major categories at both the Oscars and the British Academy Awards (as in Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay), there is no question that as a producer you see your stock rise. For the trio of producers of THE KING'S SPEECH, a decidedly indie film with a budget of less than $15 million, the gates to Hollywood are now open, and they are stepping through. Iain Canning is a 31-year-old Londoner who has mainly made low ...

Sign Petition To Support Jafar Panahi

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  Amnesty International, the human rights organization, is building a petition campaign to protest the sentence of Jafar Panahi, a leading Iranian filmmaker and human rights activist. Panahi, an internationally celebrated film director who won the coveted Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival for his 2000 film "Dayareh" (Circle), has been sentenced to six years in prison plus a twenty-year ban on all his artistic activities—including film making, writing scrip...

INTERVIEW WITH ZEINA DURRA

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Interview with director Zeina Durra.   Some weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak at length with Zeina Durra in Thessaloniki, Greece about her feature film debut, ‘The Imperialists Are Still Alive' (2010). We had a fun conversation about imperialism and proletariat, conventions, nonconformists, clothes, getting naked... and just everything about film in general.   Zeina is a spirited and passionate young woman and once you get her going, it's hard t...

INTERVIEW WITH ZEINA DURRA

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Interview with director Zeina Durra     Some weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak at length with Zeina Durra in Thessaloniki, Greece about her feature film debut, ‘The Imperialists Are Still Alive' (2010). We had a fun conversation about imperialism and proletariat, conventions, nonconformists, clothes, getting naked... and just everything about film in general.   Zeina is a spirited and passionate young woman and once you get her goin...

British Independent Film Awards

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This is the awards show that keeps getting bigger and better." Terry Gilliam " The British have proved once again that lack of money has proved no barrier to quality or creativity in a year filled with bumper films" Elliot Grove The Jury has spoken at a star tudded gala at The Old Billingate Market in fashionable East London. on Sunday 5 December hosted for the sixth year by James Nesbitt. BIFA are proud to announce the following nominees for this year's awards,...

Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) to be honored in Bahamas

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine,) will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year’s Film Festival, taking place December 1-5 in Nassau. Arkin will be on hand for the tribute, with the special award presentation coming from actress Abigail Breslin, who received an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress starring alongside Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine.The Career Achievem...

Bahamas jury members

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Festival Attracts High Profile Industry Players For Jury and PanelsThe Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today the members of the jury that will preside over the 7th edition of the Festival, which takes place December 1-5, 2010. The jury was revealed today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. This year, the Festival will showcase 56 films from 17 different countries, including 27 features of which several are world or international premieres and all Bahami...

AFM launches with 306 market premieres

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The 2010 American Film Market today announced updated screening numbers, with a total of 427 films appearing at the market. Of those, 43 are world premieres, 306 market premieres and 21 will be presented in 3D. Exhibitors from 36 countries will hold more than 700 screenings. AFM Managing Director Jonathan Wolf made the announcement today.Many films are already generating Oscar buzz on the eve of the AFM, Nov. 3-10. Throughout its 30-year history, 18 films that have won the “Best Picture” Aca...

Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2010 Awards

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Hawi won Best Arab Film and Balls picked up the award for Best Arab Filmmaker in recognition for its screenplay at the second Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) which came to a dramatic end at the Closing Night Gala and open-air concert by superstar Ragheb Alama along the Arabian Gulf at Katara Cultural Village.The First Grader and Grandma, A Thousand Times won the Audience Awards for Best Narrative Film and Best Documentary Film. The prize for Best Arab Short Film went to Sirwar Zirkly’s Missi...

AFM 2010 panels

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Executives from Lionsgate, Summit, Mandalay, Lifetime, SyFy, DreamWorks, Disney, Fox, Sony, The Weinstein Company and WME among ParticipantsThe 2010 American Film Market today released a seminar and conference schedule encompassing a broad cross-section of key Hollywood and global players who are converging for the Nov. 3-10 market. Now in its 31st year, the AFM will showcase panels examining film financing, social media, piracy, distribution and marketing. The sessions will include prominent fi...

Cannes 2010 amFar Gala diner and auction

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Featuring Emily Blunt, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Beckinsale, Russell Crowe, Sean Penn, Diane Kruger, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naomi Watts, Rachel Bilson, Mary J Blige, Alan Cumming, Naomi Campbell, Kirsten Dunst, Marion Cotillard, Benicio Del Toro, Harvey Weinstein, Giorgio Armani, Ana Beatriz Barros, Roberto Cavalli, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Peter Dundas, Tom Ford, Cuba Gooding Jr., Eva Green, Natalie Imbruglia, Ryan Kavanaugh, Karl Lagerfeld, Diego Luna, Bar Refaeli, Carine Roitfeld, Mallika Sh...
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