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Martin Scorsese at 27th Santa Barbara Int'l FIlm Fest

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Martin Scorsese was honored Monday night at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Sir Ben Kingsley was in attendance as well, to award Scorsese with the American Riviera Award. Here are some tidbits from the gentle evening in Santa Barbara paradise, 90 miles outside of Los Angeles. Upon the stage before Scorsese came on moderator Leonard Maltin said,  "I like to talk to a man who likes to talk." Soon enough I realized how TRUE this is about the greatest living ...

Silent Film Festival wrapped

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After four days of packed houses and 18 extraordinary programs, the 16th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival ended on a spectacular note.  Alexander Payne introduces the Closing Night Film Photo © Pamela Gentile    The festival concluded with Victor Sjöström's masterpiece HE WHO GETS SLAPPED and the brilliant accompaniment by the Matti Bye Ensemble from Sweden. In their excellent introductions of the film, Guest Director...

LAFF-ing Out Loud with Shirley MacLaine & Jack Black on "Do You Know Who I Am?"

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"Do You Know Who I Am," is the Los Angeles Film Festival panel moderated by Leonard Maltin that was supposed to have a "game show format," whereby Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black answered questions about their acting careers.But when Shirley and Jack, who star together in the coming release BERNIE in which Jack Black plays a fastidiously dressed funeral director, get in a room together anything goes. And no more "of that TROPIC THUNDER bullshit," MacLaine lovingly admonished Black. "I love my Ja...

James Franco accepted award for Outstanding Performance

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Now even though I was scheduled to attend this event, I had a very important dinner meeting this night at a nearby SB Lebanese restaurant 'Zaytoon' (yum, great belly dancer, shisha and garden decor by the way) so I did not attend. But I was told later that Franco was '127 hours late' arriving after an Oscar rehearsal and red carpet interviews were nil as he ran in faster than the speed of light but here is a short recap of the James Franco award panel for 'Outstanding Performance' hosted...

‘Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin’ to Premier en Reelzchannel

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TV About Movies® today announced a lively and no-holds barred look at the week in show business and tapped veteran entertainment reporter Sam Rubin to host the weekly half-hour show ‘Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin.' Think The McLaughlin Group meets Real Time with Bill Maher with a Hollywood spin. Los Angeles-based Rubin is a familiar face on REELZCHANNEL as a longtime contributor and correspondent on Hollywood Dailies, the network's daily show that focuses on the world of movies, ...

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival Kick Off

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In recent years Fantasy Football has been catching on at a fever pitch. An Internet thing, you get to pick any player from any team in any position to be on your imaginary fantasy team. On Thursday, February 4 the Santa Barbara International Film Festival hits the ground running with a line up that only seems possible in a fantasy, Internet or otherwise. Once again, Executive Director Roger Durling has accomplished the seemingly surreal in good ‘gets’ for the festival’s 25t...

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presents its line-up

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Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presents its stellar line-up for 2010.  The 25th edition features 196 films including 18 World Premieres, 28 U.S. Premieres and a vast selection of films representing 45 countries.  SBIFF is proud to welcome immensely talented filmmakers and honorees as we look back at 25 years of cinematic history and has assembled exceptional and evocative movies to entertain the expansive SBIFF audience.  The Fest...

The Global Film Village: AFI announces 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and TV Programs of 2009

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by Marla Lewin The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2009, AFI’s almanac that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television, as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image. AFI AWARDS is the only recognition that honors the film and television creative ensembles as a whole—those both in front of and behind the camera—acknowledging the collaborative nature of film and television. Un...

AFI announces 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and TV Programs of 2009

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by Marla Lewin The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2009, AFI’s almanac that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television, as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image. AFI AWARDS is the only recognition that honors the film and television creative ensembles as a whole—those both in front of and behind the camera—acknowledging the collaborative nature of film and television. Un...

Silent Film Festival News!

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Lupe Vélez in LADY OF THE PAVEMENTSFESTIVAL UPDATES!1. The 14th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival! 2. Become a Member/ Renew 3. The Complete Festival Schedule 4. How, When, and Where to buy tickets 5. Festival Hotel Arrangements6. Co-presentation with 3rd i 7. Other Upcoming Silent Films Dear Friend of The Silent Film Festival,The 14th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival is just a couple days away and we hope to see you there!The weekend begins and ends with the radiant Lupe Vél...

The 14th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival

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"Dear Friend of The Silent Film Festival,We are thrilled to announce the lineup for The 14th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival, taking place at the Castro Theatre on July 10-12. Tickets are on sale now for the foremost celebration of silent cinema in the Americas!In the space of a mere three days audiences will have the chance to experience the breathtaking vitality and depth of the silent era with 12 programs of classic films and rediscoveries—complete with live musical accompaniment ...

The Global Film Village: Tribute to Norman Jewison at Los Angeles County Museum of Art by Marla Lewin

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 Norman Jewison is a Canadian, although he always made Hollywood films, movies about social issues, humanity, and values, still they always entertained.  Cher, Faye Dunaway, Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Haskell Wexler were there to share this special evening with Norman. Stars honor Norman Jewison                          photo by Robert Primes Dawn Hudson from  Film Independent LA, began the evening and said from the stage, that she wanted to feel ...

Tribute to Norman Jewison at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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The Global Film Village: Tribute to Norman Jewison at Los Angeles County Museum of Art by Marla Lewin Norman Jewison is a Canadian, although he always made Hollywood films, movies about social issues, humanity, and values, still they always entertained. Cher, Faye Dunaway, Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Haskell Wexler were there to share this special evening with Norman. Dawn Hudson from Film Independent LA, began the evening and said from the stage, tha...

Jazz Man Follow Up by Kimberly Deisler

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  Last night’s red carpet event could have been something written in a movie.  Our Modern Master had a local driver drop him off at the award ceremony.  With fans filling the streets and ticket holders wrapped around the block, red carpet access was limited to say the least.  So limited in fact, that when I arrived there was nary a sliver of space to even sneak through, which made Mr. Eastwood’s entrance all the more incredible.   As the festival powers-that-be, press and fans waited ...

Clint Eastwood 2009 Modern Master Award in Santa Barbara

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Multiple Academy Award® winning director, producer, actor and composer Clint Eastwood has been selected to receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s highest honor, The Lucky Brand® Modern Master Award, it was announced by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Thursday, January 29, at the historic Arlington Theatre.The Lucky Brand® Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. Established in 1995, it was created to honor an indivi...

Jazz Man by Kimberly Deisler

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For decades Clint Eastwood has been captivating macho men, swooning weak kneed women and setting box office records with his relentless talent as an actor, director, producer and composer.     As an elder statesman of filmmaking, Eastwood’s cool, one-take / two-takes-top directing style is only one ingredient making his films unique, personally composed soundtracks is the other.     As a musician and jazz aficionado, Eastwood lays down haunting melodies that seep into the marrow of yo...

Jazz Man Clint Eastwood honored in Santa Barbara

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For decades Clint Eastwood has been captivating macho men, swooning weak kneed women and setting box office records with his relentless talent as an actor, director, producer and composer. As an elder statesman of filmmaking, Eastwood’s cool, one-take / two-takes-top directing style is only one ingredient making his films unique, personally composed soundtracks is the other. As a musician and jazz aficionado, Eastwood lays down haunting melodies that seep into the marrow of your soul, br...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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The 24th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)presents its film line-up for 2009, featuring over 200 films including 21 World Premieres, 29 U.S. Premieres and a rich selection of films representing 41 countries. The Festival takes place over 11 days beginning Thursday, January 22, through Sunday, February 1, 2009.“For the past 24 years the film festival’s goal has been to bring the best of world cinema to light in Santa Barbara,” commented SBIFF Director, Roger D...

Golden Trailer Awards gala set for may 8th in LA

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The 9th Annual Golden Trailer Awards gala, which celebrates the art, craft and fun of movie promotion, will take place on Thursday, May 8th at the landmark Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The announcement was made today by Golden Trailer founders and co-executive producers, Evelyn Brady Watters and Monica Brady. Established in 1999, the Golden Trailer Awards have become a coveted mark of achievement in the industry, and are awarded in 55 categories covering domestic and foreign movie ...

Cate Blanchett Received the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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Cate Blanchett can only be described as gorgeous, gracious, well, really a host of other adjectives. And she's funny, and smart. And stunning when pregnant. When she sat on stage to review and discuss the body of work that has given her the title of Modern Master, it was a chance for the hundreds in attendance, braving the Saturday night rain, to sit with Cate for two hours and get a glimpse of the person behind the on-screen persona, or the plethora of compelling characters. One of the remarkab...

Tribute to Julie Christie at Santa Barbara

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The 23rd installment of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) presents its film line-up for 2008, featuring 215 films including 20 World Premieres, 22 U.S. Premieres and a rich selection of films representing 49 countries. The Festival takes place over 11 days beginning Thursday, January 24, through Sunday, February 3.“The Festival has continuously grown in stature,” commented SBIFF Director Roger Durling, “and this year’s film slate certainly reflects that. We’re ver...

Oscar buzz already surrounds some of Telluride 33 features

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Today marks the close of the 34th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve and Apple. The sold out Festival featured many of this year’s highly anticipated films from across the globe. This celebration of art and film set among the beauty of the Rockies opened Friday, August 31 and closed today, September 3.The Festival paid tribute to three film luminaries including Daniel Day-Lewis, whose award was presented by surprise guest Paul Thomas Anderson, director of the upco...

It's Showtime at The Telluride Film Festival

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The 34th Telluride Film Festival celebrates the best in film, past, present and future, from all around the globe, the Festival kicks off another exciting weekend packed with tributes, features, documentaries, shorts, conversations and panel discussions. The Festival opens today Friday, August 31 and runs through Monday, September 3.The Festival will pay tribute to three film luminaries including Daniel Day-Lewis, who captivated filmgoers with his performances in ROOM WITH A VIEW, THE UNBEARABLE...

Geoffrey Gilmore to host Secret's Out on ReelzChannel

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2007 ReelzChannel (http://www.reelzchannel.com), the only cable/satellite TV network dedicated to "Everything about Movies - 24/7," has named Geoffrey Gilmore, longtime director of the Sundance Film Festival, to guest host Secret's Out with Leonard Maltin during the week of March 19. Gilmore will share his personal picks for movies that deserve greater exposure. Secret's Out, regularly hosted by noted film critic and movie guide author Leonard Maltin, is dedicated to mining the hidden gems of th...

the celebrity beat goes on at halfway mark in santa barbara

Film festivals come in various shapes, sizes, formats and orientations. The currently ongoing 22nd installment of the Santa Barbara Film Festival is a bit off-beat in certain aspects. Lasting eleven days and presenting some 200 films it is certainly not small -- more like "medium to large." In terms of importance, however, while it is not considered to be quite in the same class as the North-American majors, Sundance, Telluride, Chicago, New York, Toronto and Montreal, it can nevertheless ce...
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