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Aspen announces star studded lineup for Academy screenings

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As the Oscar® race heats up, Aspen Film announces its lineup for the 18th annual Academy Screenings, a two-week extravaganza running from December 21 - January 3 at Harris Concert Hall in Aspen. Celebrating films that have garnered considerable Oscar® buzz, Academy Screenings offers a sneak peek at top talent from around the world that will have everyone talking this Academy Awards® season.Many of the twenty-two films in this year's Aspen Film Academy Screenings series have already achieved c...

London Festival Enjoys audience and industry records

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The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival rounded off its most successful year to date with the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. This year’s Festival hosted 191 feature films and 109 short films from 43 countries including a record 15 world premieres. There were 398 screenings and 537 visiting international filmmakers, a record 1096 industry professionals, and the highest ever audience attendance. High-profile international filmmakers and actors attended their film’s s...

The nominees for the British Independent Film Awards.

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The nominations and jury members for the eleventh annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced today, Tuesday 28 October at Soho House in London. The nominations this year reflect the up and coming and internationally renowned on and off screen talent and also demonstrate a strong multicultural presence.Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance and the British Independent Film Awards says: "The nominations reveal an unparalleled number of new and young film talent across the various ca...

15 world premieres at next London Film Festival

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The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival runs from 15 October – 30 October. The programme, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes a record number of world and international premieres with a total of 189 features and 108 shorts screening alongside a stellar line-up of special events and expected guests.Opening Night film, Ron Howard’s FROST/NIXON, is one of the Festival’s 15 world premieres and the Closing Night Gala is the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s SLUMDOG M...

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...

Hollywood Film Festival's Prizes

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The 11th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Awards(r)" ceremony, honoring independent filmmakers and established Hollywood professionals, was held last night before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,200 Hollywood Film Festival(r) attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.The festival, presented by STARZ, announced this year's winner of the "Hollywood Movie of the Year Award" -- Zach Snyder's "300" -- which was chosen by the public voting online at the Yahoo! Movies we...

The Hollywood Film Festival announces the line up

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The Hollywood Film Festival(r) and Hollywood Awards(r), has unveiled the line-up of the finalists for this year's festival, as well as the Hollywood Awards(r) nominees and honorees. The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the festival. HFF also announced the nominees for the Hollywood World Awards(r) and the Hollywood Movie of the Year Awards(r).The 11th Annual Hollywood Film Festival(r) will take place October 17 to 21 at ArcLight Cinemas. This year...

Alex Deleon predicts Cool Oscar Winners

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2007 0SCARS COMING UP -- AND THE WINNERS MIGHT BE ...by Alex Deleon, HollywoodNo self-respecting film critic can resist the temptation to try to predict who the winners will be on Oscar night, so, for better or for worse, with the big self-congratulation orgy less than a week away -- here are my predictions and conjectures.Helen Mirren(The Queen) and Forest Whitaker (The Dictator) will easily claim the Best Actress and Best Actor prizes, respectively. (The odds of anyone else upsetting the fron...

The BAFTAS Are Here

Friday, January 12----The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced its nominees in fifteen seperate categories for the Orange British Academy Film Awards, affectionately knowns as the BAFTAs. By and large, they read like a re-do of the Golden Globes, with some prominent exceptions. Which film dominated the proceedings? THE QUEEN, of course. The acclaimed behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Family received the most BAFTA nods, with 10 nominations in all, in the categor...

Golden Globe Nominees Announced

Friday, December 15----Nominations for the Golden Globe Awards were announced yesterday morning in Los Angeles. The Awards, given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a membership group of less than 100 international journalists whose beat is coverage of Hollywood and the American film scene, has grown in stature over the past few years, making them almost the most stellar in a glut of end-of-the-year honors. Now broadcast on a major television network in the US and seen via satellite t...

Film Critics Associations All Over The Map With Awards

Monday, December 11----With the glut of announcements from various film critics associations, the Oscar race is beginning to take shape. However, as opposed to recent memory, when one film (be it GLADIATOR, LORD OF THE RINGS or MILLION DOLLAR BABY) was recognized across the board as the Best Film of the Year, this year's race has been flung wide open, with a few films making an impression and certain to be among Oscar nominees for the Academy's highest honor. In the past 72 hours, film critic...

Beirut Fest Mission Impossible: Make Films not War

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After a two-year hiatus caused by war and political unrest, the Beirut International Film Festival had made an unexpected return October 4-11 thanks to the efforts of the Lee & Gund Foundation, which is sponsoring it in conjuction with the launch of the foundation’s new initiative: MakeFilmsNotWar.orgDuring the darkest days of the summer, it seemed unlikely that the festival would take place at all. With the Beirut airport closed, the country blockaded, and infrastructure destroyed, it seemed ...

Venice "Mother of all Film Festivals" activity day by day

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With a couple of hours still left to go until the official kick-off of this "Mother of all Film Festivals" activity is feverish along the short stretch of the Lido known as Viale Marconi, the actual location of this oldest of all world film festivals --Now that was rather a mouthful, calling for a bit of elucidation. The first Venice film festival took place way back in 1932 when the Fascist government under Benito Mussolini, taking a page from Lenin, realized that film was a powerful propaganda...

Venice, some leading contenders, including The Queen

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The breadth and scope of this festival, the name directors, top stars and prestige films it attracts, all clearly mark it as a five star top drawer event, one of the three or four most important way stations on the annual international film festival circuit. But aside from big names and prestige Hollywood products Venice is also known for its focus on lesser-known auteur directors and for its awarding of prizes to films and performances of high artistic merit. It was here in Venice, for examp...

A Royal Opening Night For the New York Film Festival

The 44th edition of the New York Film Festival opens on a royal note with the North American premiere of THE QUEEN, the latest film from UK director Stephen Frears (DIRTY PRETTY THINGS, THE SNAPPER, HIGH FIDELITY, MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE). The film stars Oscar nominee Helen Mirren in a tour-de-force performance as Queen Elizabeth II. Also featured are James Cromwell as Prince Phillip, Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and Sylvia Syms as the Queen Mother, in a revealing and often acidly funny portrai...

Laws of Attraction will premiere at Newport Beach

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Laws of Attraction (World Premiere) starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore. The film chronicles high-powered New York divorce attorneys Daniel Rafferty (Pierce Brosnan) and Audrey Woods (Julianne Moore) has seen love gone wrong in all its worst case scenarios - so how bad could their own chances be? At the top of their respective games, Audrey and Daniel are a classic study in opposites. She practices law strictly by the books; he always manages to win by the seat of his pants. But soon they...

Laws of Attraction closing San Fransisco SFIFF

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The 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29) is set to close on Thursday, April 29, 7 pm, at the historic Castro Theatre with Peter Howitt’s LAWS OF ATTRACTION. A humorous depiction of two warring lawyers who fall for each other, the film stars Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore and Parker Posey.Divorce attorneys Audrey and Daniel have seen love gone wrong in all its worst case scenarios. So, how bad could their chances be? Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore and Pierce Bro...
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