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The Hunger Games Sydney Premiere And Review

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The Hunger Games enjoyed it's Sydney, Australia premiere tonight, and let me tell you...this film rocks. Don't confuse it with 'Twilight' - it's tons better, or about 2 stars better if you follow. Movie and entertainment critics around the global have been all very positive - most unusual. The movie is based upon Suzanne Collins' trilogy of books. Led by rising movie stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Australia's Liam Hemsworth, the flick is about a...

The Rum Diary to open Bahamas festival

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Johnny Depp Starrer “The Rum Diary” and Sports Dramedy “Breakaway” To Bookend Festival as Opening And Closing Night Films, Respectively Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 8th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 1-4, 2011 in Nassau. GK Films’ “The Rum Diary” starring Johnny Depp (BIFF’s 2009 Career Achievement tributee and Bahamian home owner) will open the fe...

The Bahamas International Film Festival to honor Zoe Isabella Kravitz

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  The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that actress/singer Zoe Isabella Kravitz ("X-Men: First Class," "It's Kind of a Funny Story," "Yelling to the Sky"), daughter of legendary American/Bahamian musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, will be honored with BIFF's signature Rising Star Tribute. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder & Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. The Festival's prestigious Rising Star A...

IFFR brings Gondry's Home Movie Factory to Rotterdam

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam announced today it is bringing the successful interactive installation "Home Movie Factory" by French filmmaker Michel Gondry to the Netherlands. Following the example of Jack Black and Mos Def in Gondry's film BE KIND, REWIND (2008), the installation gives participants the opportunity and resources to make a short film in under three hours. Gondry will open the installation in Rotterdam on 26 January 2012 and it will run until 5 March 2012. ...

Directors and Cinematographers Debuts Competitions!

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Plus Camerimage Festival Presents the first edition of the Cinematographers' and Directors' Debuts Competitions. Each of the Debuts Competitions will present eight feature films selected out of the submitted titles. The directors' and cinematographers' debuts lined up in the Competitions will be judged by two separate juries, chaired by: Jos Stelling (Directors' Debuts Competition) and Michael Ballhaus (Cinematographers' Debuts Competition). Three movies were selected to be screene...

The Global Film Village: It was a Precious Spirit Awards Gala

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 by Marla LewinLenny Kravitz and Mariah Carey celebrate with Lee Daniels at Spirit AwardsLee Daniels' Precious swept the 25th anniversary of the Film Independent Spirit Awards taking home the Best Feature, Best Director, Best First Screenplay, Best Female Lead and Best Supporting Female awards. Precious won in every category for which it was nominated taking 5 awards. The other winners were lucky that Precious didn't have any male actors nominated and Lee Daniels wasn't a first time filmmaker....

The 2010 Buff New Year's Message (from Buff Enterprises)

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Film buffs will continue to be spoiled in 2010 as the awards season continues in full swing with the long awaited release of ‘Precious’ at the end of January. Produced by Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, Precious (Based on the novel 'Push’ by Sapphire) is set in Harlem in 1987 and is the powerful and disturbing story of an obese teenage black girl whose life is a living hell. Pregnant for the second time by her father and bullied and abused both emotionally and physically by her mother, she ...

Mariah Carey to be honoured at Palm Springs Fest

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The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Mariah Carey with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in Lionsgate's Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" By Sapphire. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 5-18, 2010. Festival chairman Haro...

Bahamas International Film Festival Program

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Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 6th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 10-17, 2009. This year, the Festival will showcase 68 films from 26 countries, including 38 features of which several are world or international premieres and nearly all Bahamian premieres. The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative; Spirit of Freedom: Documentary; New Vi...

NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. How to use FestivalExpress our new online submission suite for festivals and filmmakers. THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM AFI Fest, Fort Lauderdale, Cairo Fest, Festival d'Arra...

“Precious” and “Children of God” will bookend the Bahamas Int’l Film Festival as opening and closing night films

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), announced today the two features that will bookend the Festival as the Opening and Closing Night films. Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer's acclaimed indie drama CHILDREN OF GOD will raise the curtain at this year's festival as the official Opening Night Film while Lee Daniels' critically lauded drama PRECIOUS starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepherd and Paula Patton will bring the week's festivities to an end as the ...

Oscar, Meet Precious

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  Oscar, meet Precious........the Academy Awards have just gotten their first blast of ghetto love with the rising tide surrounding the urban drama PRECIOUS: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire by producer-turned-director Lee Daniels. The film, a major hit out of Sundance and screened to great acclaim in Cannes, Toronto and New York, opened theatrically in the United States this past weekend…..and broke box office records for its per-screen performance. Logging in an astonishing $100,00...

Complete AFI Festival Lineup Announced

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AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi today announced the complete lineup of films for the 23rd edition of the Festival, including the Closing Night Gala, Centerpiece Screening, Tributes and Special Presentations.The complete program line-up for AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi is as follows:GALAS/TRIBUTESFANTASTIC MR. FOX (Opening Night Gala, North American Premiere) Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen ...

AFM Nov. 4-11 will screen 445 motion pictures...

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The 30th American Film Market (AFM) Nov. 4-11 will screen 445 motion pictures in 27 languages, including 73 world premieres and 311 market premieres, to 8,000-plus film buyers and industry professionals from more than 70 countries. Jonathan Wolf, AFM Managing Director and Executive Vice President of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, made the announcement today.Films making their world and/or market premieres include Get Low, starring Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Robert Duvall (K5 Inte...

Oscar, meet Precious........Film In Focus from NY Fest

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Oscar, meet Precious........the Academy Awards have just gotten their first blast of ghetto love with the rising tides surrounding the urban drama PRECIOUS: Based On A Novel By Sapphire by producer-turned-director Lee Daniels. The film, a major hit out of Sundance and screening as the Centerpiece Film this past weekend at the New York Film Festival, is getting some of the hottest reviews of the year and positioning its director, screenwriter, actors and techicians into the Oscar gold circle. The...

47th New York Film Festival Centerpiece Presentation of PRECIOUS Red Carpet Photos

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By Maria Esteves - October 7, 2009 The 47th New York Film Festival 2009 (NYFF09) Centerpiece Presentation of "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE, directed by Lee Dainels was held at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, on Saturday, October 3, 7:00 PM.  NYFF09 presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Centerpiece red carpet arrivals included cast of actors, directors, producers, recording artists, and celebrity guests. PRECIOUS released by Lionsgate, winner of the Audien...

Film In Focus: PRECIOUS

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  Oscar, meet Precious........the Academy Awards have just gotten their first blast of ghetto love with the rising tides surrounding the urban drama PRECIOUS: Based On A Novel By Sapphire by producer-turned-director Lee Daniels. The film, a major hit out of Sundance and screening as the Centerpiece Film this past weekend at the New York Film Festival, is getting some of the hottest reviews of the year and positioning its director, screenwriter, actors and techicians into the Oscar gold ...

Abu Dhabi’s Film Festival continues to release its program highlights

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The much-anticipated third edition of the Middle East International Film Festival today announced the sixteen selections to be screened out of competition in its World Cinema Showcase lineup. Peter Scarlet, the Festival’s Executive Director commented, “The lineup for World Cinema Showcase presents an impressive group of films, many of which have already earned recognition at other international film festivals around the world this past year.”MEIFF’s World Cinema Showcase offers a plethor...

Aspen Film Announces 31st Annual Aspen Filmfest

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Aspen Film Announces 31st Annual Aspen Filmfest, Sept 30 - Oct 4, 2009September in Aspen brings two highly anticipated events: The aspen trees turn luminously gold, and Aspen Filmfest lights up the silver screen with a five-day film festival of must-see movies and events.Celebrating three decades of bringing international and independent film and filmmakers to this mountain region, Aspen Filmfest September 30 - October 4, will showcase award-winning features and documentaries making a name for ...

Cannes Film Festival 2009: Films to look out for

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1. "Precious" starring Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz, Director Lee Daniels"Lorsqu'a seize ans, Precious apprend à lire et à ecrire dans une école alternative, un monde nouveau s'ouvre à elle. Un monde nouveau s'ouvre à elle, Un monde où elle peut enfin parler, raconter ce qui l'étouffe. Un monde où toutes les fille peuvent deviner belles, fortes, indépendantes. Comme Precious....""When Precious, who is sixteen, learns to read and write at an Alternative School, she discovers a new ...

Babelgum’s talent-scouting continues with film and music videos competitions

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Babelgum The free, independent Web TV platform today announced the launch of its brand new “Babelgum Music Video Awards” ™, in partnership with Music Nation. Following the success of the Babelgum Online Film Festival, which showcased the work of gifted independent filmmakers, Babelgum has now created a special contest focusing solely on music videos. The Web TV company has launched this new competition to seek out and reward talented musicians and video directors, with a focus on indie art...

Bahamas Hollywood's best kept secret

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It's official: The Bahamas is not just for honeymooners and sun worshipers anymore. Who would have thought that in amongst sandy beaches and swaying palms would lie the next big showcase for independent film. Founder and Executive Director, Leslie Vanderpool tapped this hidden potential when she started the Bahamas International Film Festival in 2004. And, after this year?s event, she may just set in motion the makings of a marketplace for Hollywood that could eventually rival Sundance and o...

The Many Colors of Black Music

Hip Hop Artist Kazi Performs Saturday, October 21---As the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival, an event devoted to the relationship between film and music, moves into its final stanza, one of the relevatory aspects of the event has been the remarkably vibrant rainbow of contemporary black music. While rap, hip hop and rhythm and blues (or a mix of all of the above) is clearly the dominant trend, black artists continue to expand the form of jazz, reggae, singer-songwriter and rock musi...
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