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A thousand generations live in you now. See Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in theaters December 20.

James Bond 007 No time to die 2020 Daniel Craig, Rami Malek

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 Edie is a 2017 British drama film directed by Simon Hunter and written by Elizabeth O'Halloran. Discovered at the SBIFF not to be forgotten.

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival to open with Disconnect

  Jason Bateman, Hope Davis and Haley Ramm in Henry-Alex Rubin's "DISCONNECT" Courtesy of LD Entertainment   The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24-February 3), presented by lynda.com, will open the 2013 Festival with the U.S.  Premiere of LD Entertainment’s Disconnect, directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård ...

Geek Glory At 2011 Comic-Con

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  Any event that can bring together such high power heavyweights as Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and a host of stellar movie stars is the definition of clout. So, let’s be clear…..Comic-Con, the sprawling exhibition and promotion extravaganza that just wrapped in San Diego, has major clout. The confab, originally a geeky celebration of comic book culture, has become the go-to place for film and television series with comic book origins and fantasy/supernatural/phantasmagoric films in ge...

Philadelphia Film Society - Screening of The Wrester at Asylum Arena

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PFS filmadelphiaCLASSICS series on location, continued last week with a screening of the 2009 Oscar nominated film, The Wrestler. The Film was shown at Asylum Arena (South Philly) because the wrestling scenes in the movie were actually shot there! I knew director, Darren Aronofsky had Philly connections with his film Black Swan, as the PA Ballet is all over that film, but this was news to me that Mickey Rourke had been here filming in 2008. Prior to the screen...

Roger Christian and Ellen Chenoweth will lead the workshops at OFF PLUS CAMERA!

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During our festival, the world cinema stars will conduct the film workshops. Roger Christian, an FX expert in the most famous sci-fi productions will focus on the creative and technical aspects of the job of an art director. Ellen Chenoweth will advise on how to successfully carry out the castings.  Roger Christian is an Oscar winner for Best Art Direction - Set Decoration for George Lucas' “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope” (1977), where he was responsible for the Jedi lightsabers a...

Steve Bertram (formerly with Paramount) joins Relativity Media as new COO

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Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media, LLC, announced today that Steve Bertram, formerly the President of Business Operations for Paramount Home Entertainmentparamount , has joined the company as COO and CFO.   Bertram will oversee the day-to-day company operations for Relativity, including the building and managing of the company's domestic and international distribution relationships. Bertram, in his position as COO, will directly report to Relativity President Michael Joe, and to...

Relativity picks up Raven by V for Vendetta maker

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Relativity Media announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to market and distribute Intrepid Pictures' The Raven, directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and starring John Cusack (2012, 1408). The film also stars Luke Evans (Immortals, Clash of the Titans), Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter Series) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster). The script was written by Ben Livingston (Bruce Almighty) and Hannah Shakespeare (Loverboy). The Raven is a fictionalized acco...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival welcome Annette Bening

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is thrilled to welcome back three-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening by bestowing her with the American Riviera Award. Bening, who has received critical acclaim this year for her performances in The Kids Are All Right and Mother and Child, will be honored at the Arlington Theatre on Friday, January 28 for the Fest’s 26th edition, which runs January 27- February 6, 2011. Bening was previously honored in 2005.“I fell in love with A...

ARONOFSKY AND LIBATIQUE AT PLUS CAMERIMAGE. "BLACK SWAN" TO OPEN THE FESTIVAL

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The Plus Camerimage Film Festival is proud to announce the 2010 Plus Camerimage Cinematographer - Director Duo Award will be awarded to cinematographer Matthew Libatique and director Darren Aronofsky. Aronofsky's latest feature Black Swan, which premiered at Venice Film Festival this year, marks the fourth feature film on which the pair has collaborated. Past films include π, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain. Black Swan will open the Plus Camerimage Festival 2010, and both filmma...

Julian Schnabel: A Renaissance Man For Our Times

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  Julian Schnabel strides two different worlds like a modern-day colossus. As a painter, sculptor and photographer, he has been in the A list of fine arts culture for more than 30 years. For the past decade, he has added "filmmaker extraordinaire" to his resume, becoming one of the most talked-about and lauded film artists of his generation. Painters making films is not completely new  (Leger, Kandinsky, Dali and other early modernists did make film expressions, but they wer...

The Who's Who Of Toronto

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  Woody Allen and Anthony Hopkins For you stargazers, here is a list of the films that feature top rank film directors and acting talents that are premiering this week at the Toronto International Film Festival (and the talent that is here): 127 HOURS (Danny Boyle, Director; James Franco, Actor) AMIGO (John Sayles, Director; Chris Cooper, Actor) ANOTHER YEAR (Mike Leigh, Director; Jim Broadbent, Actor) THE BANG BANG CLUB (Ryan Phillipe, Actor) BARNEY...

Stars Shine Brightly In Toronto

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  Natalie Portman in BLACK SWAN  While film professionals are here at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to buy and sell films in a still soft market, for the Toronto public the big attraction are the movie stars who will be walking the red carpet in the coming 10 days. Toronto is a bit star-crazy, with all the local television stations highlighting their TIFF coverage and promising viewers up-close-and-personal access with the movie stars who are huddling here. Ever...

An Evening with Sylvester Stallone at LA Film Festival

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THE BIG EVENT of the day, if not of them entire week, was a personal appearance by Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone in the ongoing festival sidebar, "Conversations With" -- featured monitored stage interviews with various Hollywood personalities of note.  The last was with actor Ben Affleck and still to come is legendary no-budget flix director Roger Corman.  Mr. Stallone, now pushing sixty-four (Born July, 1946) but looking more like thirty-four, showed up nattily dressed in...

Stallone is trophy special guest at LA Fest

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THE BIG EVENT of the day, if not of them entire week, was a personal appearance by Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone in the ongoing festival sidebar, "Conversations With" -- featured monitored stage interviews with various Hollywood personalities of note. The last was with actor Ben Affleck and still to come is legendary no-budget flix director Roger Corman. Mr. Stallone, now pushing sixty-four (Born July, 1946) but looking more like thirty-four, showed up nattily dressed in a silver grey sport coat o...

Jerusalema a South African version of Robin Hood

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Ralph Ziman’s directs hisSouth African Robin Hood movie “Jerusalema” Move over  big budget action films costing $ 100-$200million and take a look at Jerusalema, a film that cost $2million with unknown actors, Studio heads should check out director/writer Ralph Ziman’s film ,which is a wakeup callof how much a really  great actionfilm can give you a big bang for your buck .The story  revolves these young wannabe gangsters, Lucky Kunene ( younger Jafta Mamabolo , older  Rapulana Seiph...

Ralph Ziman’s directs his South African Robin Hood movie “Jerusalema”

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Move over big budget action films costing $ 100-$200 million and take a look at Jerusalema, a film that cost $2 million with unknown actors, Studio heads should check out director/writer Ralph Ziman’s film ,which is a wakeup call of how much a really great action film can give you a big bang for your buck .The story revolves these young wannabe gangsters, Lucky Kunene ( younger Jafta Mamabolo , older Rapulana Seiphemo as an adult) and Zakes (younger Motlatsi Mahloko, older Ronnie Nyakale)....

Sandra Bullock will be honored at Santa Barbara

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It was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durlingthat Sandra Bullock will receive the American Riviera Award Presented By Chopin on Friday, February 5, at the 25th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs February 4-14, 2010. The American Riviera Award, sponsored by Chopin Vodka, was established to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema. Bullock will join an illustrious group of past recipients: Mickey Rourke (09), Tomm...

Laura Dern to Chair Spirit Awards Event Committee

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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today that the 2010 Spirit Awards will be held on Friday evening March 5 at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. The event will be held in a tent on the complexís panoramic event deck beginning at 8:00 p.m. Over the past 25 years, the event has been held at various locations in Los Angeles, including 385 North Restaurant, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Beverly Hills Hotel, R...

Hollywood Sex Symbol in Sarajevo

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Mickey Rourke in between the process of undergoing the knife almost too unrecognizable familiar face of Hollywood sex symbol of 80s had no means to conceal the damage caused to his face, but only to rise above all in rather flirty matter, with addressing the Sarajevo Press Audience. Something that you can check out on official festival site www.sff.ba Born in New York in 1952, Rourke's teenage years were more aimed towards sports than acting. He took up self-defense training at the Bo...

NYFF 2008 Closing Night Premiere of "The Wrestler"

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By Maria Esteves - November 18, 2008 The 46th New York Film Festival 2008 (NYFF08), presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Closing Night Premiere of THE WRESTLER, directed by Darren Aronofsky was held at the Avery Fisher Hall, Sunday, October 12, 2008, 8:30 PM. A special Q&A with director Darren Aronofsky, producer Scott Franklin, actor Mickey Rourke, and actress Marisa Tomei, moderated by NYFF selection committee chairman, Richard Pena, program director, Film Society of Lincoln...

Sarajevo Under the Sun

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15th Sarajevo Film Festival this year celebrates a small jubilee. So among many celebrates this year the festival will record visits of an important guests such as Mickey Rourke, Gillian Anderson, James Nesbitt, Kerry Fox, Tamar Novas etc...This aspiring regional festival once again creates regional place to celebrate and promote film, regional cinematography, in order to affirm young and new film expression and to establish a professional platform for the experience exchange and valid film reso...

Elijah & Evan Rachel: Double Woods Honored In San Francisco

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Actors Evan Rachel Wood and Elijah Wood (no relation) have been chosen to receive this year’s Midnight Awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival tomorrow evening. The Awards have been designed to honor a dynamic young American actor and actress who have made outstanding contributions to independent and Hollywood cinema. The Awards ceremony and after-hours cocktail reception is one of the Festival’s hottest tickets. This year, the actors will be interviewed in a relaxed late nig...

Double Woods Honored In San Francisco

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  Actors Evan Rachel Wood and Elijah Wood (no relation) have been chosen to receive this year’s Midnight Awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival tomorrow evening. The Awards have been designed to honor a dynamic young American actor and actress who have made outstanding contributions to independent and Hollywood cinema. The Awards ceremony and after-hours cocktail reception is one of the Festival’s hottest tickets. This year, the actors will be interviewed in a rel...

L.A. Comedy Shorts ready to open

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Sometimes when someone laughs at something short, that’s a good thing. Like L.A. Comedy Shorts– an honest to goodness film festival in the heart of Los Angeles hosting funny, short films.Started by funny people, for funny people, The L. A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is a four-day, non-stop celebration of comedic short films, held March 5-8, 2009 in downtown Los Angeles. The Festival will introduce the newest and hottest comedic talent to the industry in a fun-packed weekend of screenings...

Backseat Film Festival screening schedule

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March 6-15th is fast approaching for lucky year seven of the Backseat Film Festival! We’re proud to announce all the great movies we are screening, including 14 feature films (all of which are Philly premieres) as well as over 50 shorts and music videos from around the world! Official selections include films of all genres from Brazil, Sweden, Spain, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, UK, Switzerland, and of course, plenty of local stuff too! And many of the filmmakers will be present at their scre...

Slumdog barked Loud and lucky millionaire at BAFTA

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Slumdog Millionaire won ALMOST everything at Bafta (short of best foreign film): Best Film, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Music, Cinematography, Editing and Sound. There were only two awards set aside for emotionally charged winners: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, which went to Heath ledger and Micky Rourke respectively.  And the winners are: BEST FILM "Slumdog Millionaire" - Christian Colson OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM "Man On Wire" - Simon Chinn / Ja...

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