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Capote impresses press and fans alike in Berlin

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The crush to get a gander at HOFFMAN AS CAPOTE was so great yesterday that an extra press screening had to be improvised a half hour after the initially scheduled one in the Cinemaxx multi-screen theatre complex. Presumably, the half hour decollage allows reels of the film to be switched from one hall to the other without missing a beat. Unfortunately, the press conference time remained unchanged, so that those condemned to the later viewing (like myself), found the conference already well unde...

Oscar Boys, Turks in exile and funny english uncles

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During the ten days of the Berlinale most Berlin dailies adorn their front pages with large color photos of celebrity posturings the night before. On Thursday, day number 7 of the fest, however, what was to be seen on all Berlin front pages were shots of men in hooded white spacesuits holding up dead swans fished out of the city lakes, or otherwise attempting to deal with the sudden arrival of the dreaded aviarian flu virus in the midst of the city. Of course, this does not mean that we can exp...

Birdflu alerts upstage Festival on Berlin front pages

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During the ten days of the Berlinale most Berlin dailies adorn their front page with large colour photos of celebrity clowning the night before. On Thursday, day number 7 of the fest, however, what was to be seen on all Berlin front pages were shots of men in hooded white spacesuits holding up dead swans fished out of the city lakes, or otherwise attempting to deal with the sudden arrival of the dreaded aviary virus in the midst of the city. Of course, this does not mean that we can expect to s...

Berlin press conference with Wajda and hot Heath Ledger

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One of the great assets for a journalist at the Berlin film festival is the very well organized press conference structure and the constant parade of leading figures, directors, stars and others, from film industries around the world. The day here starts out with two matinee press screenings of films in competition in the same giant hall, the Berlinale Palast, where the gala red-carpet screenings are held in the evening. These press screenings are immediately followed by a press conference in th...

Suprise French Penguin Docu gets Oscar nomination

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Luc Jacquet's Marche de l'Empereur just got nominated for best documentary by the Academy. The film has been seen by 20 Millions viewers and took a cumulated 77M$ at the US Box Office.Director: Luc JacquetScreenwriter(s): Luc Jacquet, Michel FesslerCinematography: Laurent Chalet, Jérôme MaisonProducer(s): Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud, Emmanuel PriouNarrators: Charles Berling, Romane Bohringer, Jules SitrukNominations for the 78th Annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, January 31 ...

SAG Awards roster of presenters on jan 29

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Amy Adams, Pierce Brosnan, Sandra Bullock, Morgan Freeman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Hayes, Terrence Howard Heath Ledger, William H. Macy, Christopher Meloni and Ziyi Zhang will be presenters at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, executive producer Jeff Margolis announced today.They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® that includes Naveen Andrews, Patricia Arquette, Benjamin Bratt, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marg Helgenber...

Nominations announced for SAG awards

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Nominations for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2005 in five film and eight primetime television categories were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater.Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg introduced Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) and Benjamin Bratt (E-Ring), who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors®.Screen Actors Guild will honor its own at the 12th Annual SAG Awards™ ceremon...

Terry Gilliam's Oscar bets from Capri Hollywood: Woody Allen...

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“Heath Ledger is my big favorite for the Oscar for best actor. He’s a friend and worked with on The Brothers Grimm, but I think that Brokeback Mountain is a film that has strong emotions. Of course that is only my opinion. But nothing is certain, so why not? I have never understood the logic of Oscar.” Director Terry Gilliam, a host of the Capri Hollywood - Kimbo International Festival Film, spoke freely, making forecasts and giving his impressions of Oscar night, coming March 5 at th...

James Cameron to receive Santa Barbara Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today the lineup of honorees for the 21st annual Fest, February 2-12, 2006. Actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Naomi Watts, and Heath Ledger will be honored at this year’s Fest. Also set to be recognized for his achievements in nature filmmaking is James Cameron. As previously announced, George Clooney will be the recipient of the Modern Master Award.Philip Seymour Hoffman will receive “The Riviera Award,” an award the Santa Barbara In...

Gotham Awards Winners will be awarded Nov 30

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The 15th Annual Gotham Awards Winners will be awarded at the ceremony on November 30 in New York City. Executive Director Michelle Byrd said the nominees were selected by three separate nominating committees composed of critics and film programmers. Nominees for a final competitive juried award, Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You (for films yet to receive theatrical distribution), will be announced in early November. A jury of peers will decide the winning selections in all six categori...

AFI FEST 2005 announces Award Winners

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AFI FEST 2005 presented by Audi Announces Award WinnersCapping another successful year, AFI FEST 2005 announced its award winners at a special Awards Presentation hosted by Tom Arnold at The Loft at the Festival's Rooftop Village--Sunday evening, November 13, in advance of its Closing Night Gala Presentation, sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine, of director Lasse Hallström's CASANOVA, starring Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Lena Olin and Oliver Platt. After the showcasing of 127 films from 44 count...

AFI gets ready for a stellar 19th Film Festival

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November 3rd to the 13th, 2005 With 16 World Premieres and 17 North American Premieres the AFI FEST 2005 presented by Audi is paving the way for a dynamic Los Angeles Film Festival. Now in its 19th year the Festival is known as one of the top-ten Film Festivals in the US. Known for its stellar presentation of programming and outstanding participation of filmmakers and cast, the Festival draws a large number of passionate film goers in Southern California and many international guest as well.AFI ...

Director Paul Haggis breakthrough award at Hollywood Awards

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The Hollywood Film Festival will honor actor JAKE GYLLENHAAL with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actor of the Year Award," actress RACHEL McADAMS with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Actress of the Year Award," and director PAUL HAGGIS with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Director of the Year Award."The awards will be bestowed upon the honorees as part of the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder...

Art Cinema Pearls at Venezia 62

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Fellini’s Il Casanova and the competition film Sympathy for Lady Vengeance by Park Chan-wook brought world class art cinema to the screens of Venezia 62 yesterday. There is Casanova, and there is Il Casanova. Fellini’s Il Casanova is required viewing before or after the popular success of Lasse Hallström’s Casanova. The restoration of Fellini’s 1976 print began in 2001 and was supervised by Giuseppe Rotunna, the photographer of the film present at the press conference at Venice today a...

Casanova with a Feminist Twist at Venice Fest

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Lasse Hallström’s out of competition film Casanova is the story of Casanova, a man searching for way out of being condemned to death for his amorous adventures. He needs a wife or maybe a new perspective. Soon he meets Francesca (Sienna Miller),a young Venetian who writes under the name of Bruno Guardia. Jeremy Irons plays the inquisitor Pucci who searches for both Guardia and Casanova (Heath Ledger). Lisa Olin, Hallström’s real life wife plays Francesca’s mother, and Oliver Platt, a lar...

Lasse Hallstrom's Casanova in Venice

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Casanova Directed by Lasse Hallstrom screens today out of competition and will be followed by a lavish paris at the Palazzio Ducale attended by crew and cast: Heath Ledger who plays Casanova, Lena Olin, Jeremy Irons, Oliver Platt...1700s Venice – He was the legendary adventurer whose amorous dalliances would go on to inspire countless lovers throughout the centuries. She was the most virtuoso writer of her time who was waiting to find that rare man with a true understanding of steadfastness a...

Out of competition & Lot of prestige at Venice fest

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Films showing out of Competition at the forthcoming venice festival Auguest 31-September 10Marco Muller seems to have put all his strength and efforts to open a classical venice film feast with prestigious marquee value, red carpet and critics favourites. Jaume BALAGUERÒ Fragile Spain 100’Calista Flockhart, Richard Roxburgh, Elena AndyaEmmanuelle BERCOT Backstage France 115’Emmanuelle Seigner, Noémie Lvovsky, Isild Le BescoPeter Ho-sun CHAN Ru guo ai (Perhaps Love) China/Hong Kong Jacky Ch...

Venice line up of films in competition

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Venice Festival competition August 31 September 10An international competition comprising of 20 feature films in 35mm and digital HD format Pupi AVATI La seconda notte di nozze Italy 103’Antonio Albanese, Katia Ricciarelli, Neri Marcorè João BOTELHO O Fatalista Portugal/France 99’Rogério Samora, André Gomes, Rita BlancoLaurent CANTET Vers le sud France/Canada 105’Charlotte Rampling, Karen Young, Louise PortalPatrice CHÉREAU Gabrielle France/Italy 90’Isabelle Huppert, Pascal Greggor...

Stars & Streakers Steal the Stage at Sydney’s Tropfest

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As festival judge Geoffrey Rush announced the winners in front of a 130,000 strong national audience, bursting at the seams to fit into Sydney’s Domain for Sydney’s Tropfest, he proudly declared; “When I look out here at the enormous crowd, and at all the talent up on stage, I see the Australian film industry is not in the doldrums!” It was a night full of surprises; Firstly, because it didn’t rain. (Gloomy weather had threatened to rain on Sydney’s red carpet parade, but just as ...

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