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By Maria Esteves - February 21, 2009 The official release of the Academy Awards biography "80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards," written by Robert Osborne , prime-time host of Turner Classic Movies (TCM), columnist of The Hollywood Reporter, and Oscar's Red Carpet Greeter was held at BORDERS Books Park Avenue branch, New York, Monday, February 9, 2009, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.), the of...

2009 Oscars Red Carpet Greeter Robert Osborne Author of “80 Years of the Oscar” Book Signing Release Coverage

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By Maria Esteves - February 21, 2009 The official release of the Academy Awards biography "80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards," written by Robert Osborne , prime-time host of Turner Classic Movies (TCM), columnist of The Hollywood Reporter, and Oscar's Red Carpet Greeter was held at BORDERS Books Park Avenue branch, New York, Monday, February 9, 2009, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.), the of...

Elaine Stritch Welcomes the Delivery of Oscar Statues for 2009 Oscar Night Celebration in New York

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By Maria Esteves - February 20, 2009 The exquisite eight foot golden Oscar statues welcomed by Emmy and Tony Award winner actress Elaine Stritch arrived at The Carlyle Hotel, New York, Wednesday, February 18, 2009 in preparation for the Official 81st Annual Academy Awards celebration, on Sunday, February 22nd. The 81st Annual Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008, presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.), hosted by Hugh Jackman will be held...

'Benjamin Button' and 'Slumdog Millionaire' Lead 81st Academy Awards Nominations

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By Maria Esteves - January 25, 2009 The 81st Academy Awards nominations was announced by President Sid Ganis of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and 2006 Oscar winner Forest Whitaker "The Last King of Scotland" on Thursday, January 22, 2009. THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON picked up 13 Oscar nominations including best picture and best director. The next frontrunner with 10 Oscar nominations was SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE including best picture.  The 81st Academy ...

Kate Winslet to receive Montecito Award at Santa Barbara

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is thrilled to welcome back five-time Academy Award nominee Kate Winslet by honoring her with the Montecito Award. Having previously received the Performance of the Year Award in 2005, Winslet returns to the hallowed halls of the Arlington Theatre on Friday, January 23, becoming the festival’s first two-time honoree. “I have had a cinematic crush on Kate Winslet since her first movie,” gushed SBIFF Director Roger Durling. “She's my...

Flickerfest 2009 will start at Bondi and tou Australia onwards

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Flickerfest 2009 :18th International Australian Short Film Festival Bondi Pavilion 9th – 18th January 2009Touring Nationally January – March 2009In 2009 Flickerfest will come of age and celebrate its 18th anniversary as Australia’s premier International Short Film Festival. Flickerfest is Australia’s only Academy® Award accredited Short Film festival and as such, attracts a high calibre of films entering each year. In January 2009 Flickerfest will showcase for ten days on the shore...

Little Oscar Buzz At Toronto This Year

 Friday, September 12--------This year, Oscar didn't come to Toronto. Since the Academy Awards calendar was shortened in 2003, Toronto loomed large as the place to premiere Oscar contenders for the end-of-year awards season.In the past few years, films such as Atonement, No Country For Old Men and Last King of Scotland began their Oscar trajectories in Toronto.  Many of the Galas here, which have contained some past awards successes, have been poorly received (including The Burning Plain, T...

Hollywood Awards will honor Danny Elfman

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The 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, co-chaired by Paul Haggis and presented by Starz, are pleased to announce their craft honorees for this year's Hollywood Awards. Composer Danny Elfman will be given the "Hollywood Composer of the Year Award," Cinematographer Mandy Walker, A.C.S., will receive the "Hollywood Cinematographer of the Year Award," editors Daniel P. Hanley, A.C.E., and Mike Hill, A.C.E., will be honored with the "Hollywood Editor of the Year Award," product...

Baz Luhrmann´s Australia to close Stockholm

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Stockholm International Film Festival 19th edition will run November 20 to 30.Baz Luhrmann´s epic romantic action adventure Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, will join this year’s line-up of 170 films from over 40 countries slated to screen at the Stockholm International Film Festival in November. Luhrmann's film is set in northern Australia during World War II and centers on an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a cattle station the size of Belgium. When English cattl...

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 ...

Golden Trailer awards

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8th Annual Golden Trailer Award WinnersShow Category WinnersBest Action300, Warner Bros., Mojo LLCBest Animation/FamilyThe Simpson’s Movie, Twentieth Century Fox, Trailer ParkBest DramaThe Departed, Warner Bros., Giaronomo Productions/Mojo, LLCBest ComedyBorat, Twentieth Century Fox, Trailer ParkBest MusicLeonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, Lionsgate, Mark Woollen & AssociatesBest ThrillerThe Descent, Lionsgate, FishbowlMost OriginalBee Movie, Paramount Pictures, Sameth A.D.V.Best Horror1408, MGM/T...

Kim Ki Duk and many more...back to Fantasporto

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It happens every year. In February, the month of St Valentine and Carnival, the second most important city in Portugal receives thousands of film enthusiasts for another edition of Fantasporto. A fortnight of the best cinema in the world. And, as usual, new discoveries and new creators together with old talents and retrospectives. The 27th edition of the biggest film festival in Portugal is supported by the Ministry of Culture, through the ICAM, the Portuguese Film Institute, as well as the Opor...

The Prestige Tesla's magic, Bowie's mystique

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After the little liked and little seen Canadian drama, Mr Rice’s Secret, in 2000, David Bowie makes a stylish return to movies as brilliant Serb-born scientist Nikola Tesla – the only character based on a real historical figure in Christopher Nolan’s new film, The Prestige. Tesla’s life and work are every bit as magical as the film’s subject matter, reports Andrew L. Urban, and Bowie gives him a profound mystique.The first time you see him on screen, there is a moment of hesitation; yo...

What's Happening: Saturday Highlights

Mel Stuart and Sophia Loren Friday, Novmeber 10----The final Saturday of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (at least in Fort Lauderdale, before it takes itself on the road to Key West next week) is chock-full of cinematic goodies and special events. Festivalgoers will need to catch up on their sleep in order to participate in a dizzying area of films screenings, parties and special events. SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Long before Johnny Depp took on...

9 days that shook the film world

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THE FIRST ROME FILM FIESTA, OCT. 13 – 21, 2OO6 The whole report day by day from day one. In less than a week, on the fateful FridayThe Thirteenth of the current month (October 13, 2OO6), the First International Film Festival ever held in Rome will open the gates of the Eternal City to a floodtide of media representatives, journalists, film professionals, actors, directors, film fans, and just plain curious stargazers of all stripes and colours. Whether this new festival turns out to be a blas...

Preview of coming distractions: Rome 2006

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In less than seven days, on the fateful Friday The Thirteenth of the current month (October 13, 2OO6), the First International Film Festival ever held in Rome will open the gates of the Eternal City to a floodtide of media representatives, journalists, film professionals, actors, directors, film fans, and just plain curious stargazers of all stripes and colours. Whether this new festival turns out to be a blast or a bust, or something in between, it is already the most eagerly anticipated event ...

Oldenburg International Film Festival 2006 ready to go

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From 6th to 10th September, the “German Sundance“ festival will turn the contemplative city in Northern Germany into a mecca for film enthusiasts.This year´s opening film is “Vineta” by Franziska Stünkel, who gained international reputation with her short films. Her testosterone-laden debut features some of the most prominent German actors and tells the story of an architect coming to the edge of reason while trying to build the perfect city. The International Section shows a series o...

Todays News: Wednesday 24 May

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Premiers Today in the Lumiere Theater Marie Antoinette and The Right of the Weakest premier. $970m To Media The European Union's Media Programme has banked $970 million dollars from the years 2007-2013. The money will be spread through the media and entertainment industry. The percentages of the fund will be used for training (7%), developing(20%), distribution (55%), promotion (9%), and pilot projects (4%). This budget is a huge increase since the last budget of $659m from 2001-2006. Jury ...

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...

New York Film and Video Festival returns to Manhattan

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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival (NYIIFVF) proudly returns to Manhattan for eleven days of screenings, premieres, performances, panels and parties. The festivities kick off on November 11th at 7 p.m. with an opening night party at Club Spirit (530 West 27th Street) and runs through November 21st at the Village East Cinema (181 2nd Ave at 12th Street). The festival, which is now recognized as the largest event on the independent circuit, will showcase more than 350 f...
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