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63rd Cannes Film Festival kicks off with Robin Hood

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 by Marla Lewin We arrived in Cannes and went right to the Carlton hotel and I said hello to Brian Grazer in the lobby, who said he was excited to be in Cannes for the opening night premiere of his film Robin Hood! We had flown in on the same plane as Donna Langley co-chairman of Universal. We were all relieved when the airline held our connecting flight to Nice because our Los Angeles flight had been late. We had heard rumors in the airport that officials were considering closing airports...

Paul Haggis to present Ischia Fest highlights in Cannes

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  American screenwriter and film director Paul Haggis (recipient of two Academy Awards for the feature film "Crash") will be the master of ceremonies of the 8° Ischia Global Film & Music Fest to presented at Cannes Film Festival. The iconic  American filmmaker - who has just wrapped up production of the highly anticipated feature film "Next Three Days" (starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks), will participate on Wednesday, May 19th (Pavillion Italia Croi...

Robin Hood premiere attracts star-studded red carpet

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    Not even volcanic ash could keep some of the world's most prominent international film stars from arriving in Cannes for the opening ceremonies of the 63rd annual Film Festival. The premiere of Robin Hood Wednesday night was preceded by a star-studded red carpet event attracting fans and photographers from all over the world. Paparazzi camped out overnight on Tuesday to stake out the perfect shot of the evening's festivities.          Locals and tourists ali...

Aussie's Open and Close the Festival this year

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Looking at the main competition films set for the 2010 Film Festival in Cannes, one will not see any Australian films, though the Aussie presence is still evident in the Palais from the opening film to the closing film, with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett premiering "Robin Hood" on the red carpet, to the French-Australian co-production of "The Tree." Lack of a strong Austrailian presence at the festival this year is due to the attempts by Australian filmmakers to cre...

Cannes has opened, Robin Hood's team will hit the red carpet without Ridley Scott

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                              Director Ridley Scott has pulled out of the Robin Hood screening at the Cannes Film Festival this wednesday (Having recently undergone surgery, Scott had to decline invitation from Universal) Cate Blanchett and Russel Crowe were in town wwith producer Brian Grazer)  to  attend the photo call earlier today...

Something to Crowe About, Danielle Spencer Set to Do Movie Music Next

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While Russell Crowe is doing a gory, high-minded version of ROBIN HOOD for Ridley Scott's May release, wife Danielle Spencer is "Calling All Magicians." And it seems to be just a matter of time before she turns her hand to movie music. You heard it first here.The Aussie-born singer/song writer/actress, who met Crowe on the set of early career film THE CROSSING (1990), has put out a second album that has a few woodsy quirks of its own:“I knew that I wanted to make this sound different to my (de...

The Jameson Empire Awards 2010 - 28th March

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The Jameson Empire Awards will once again take place in London this Sunday (28th March) in The Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Deemed by many in the industry to be the most fun awards in the British movie calendar, the Jameson Empire Awards attract A-list star-studded movie talent from around the globe. Held in London each March, the Jameson Empire Awards celebrate the film industry's success stories of the year with Empire Magazine readers voti...

Ridley Scott's Robin Hood will open the 63rd Festival de Cannes

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Robin Hood, the epic blockbuster by British director Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett (and Max Von Sydow, Lea Seydoux, William Hurt), is to be screened at the Opening of the 63rd Festival de Cannes on Wednesday May 12th 2010. The film will be presented out of competition.Produced by Universal Studios, the screenplay was penned by Brian Helgeland (L.A Confidential, Mystic River) and portrays the birth of the Robin Hood legend. To star, Ridley Scott chose Russell Crowe for a...

Marion Cotillard and Quentin Tarantino to be honored at Palm Springs Film Festival Gala

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by Marla Lewin The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award winners Marion Cotillard with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award and Quentin Tarantino with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, named after the Festival’s founder. The Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also honor Jeff Bridges...

Peter Weir’s "The Way Back" begins shooting

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principal photography has begun on six-time Academy Award nominee Peter Weir’s much anticipated epic film, “The Way Back,” the cast of which boasts Jim Sturgess (“21,” “Across the Universe”), Academy Award® nominee Ed Harris (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13”), Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement,” Peter Jackson’s upcoming “Lovely Bones”) and Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell (“In Bruges,” “Miami Vice”)**. The film will be shot in Bulgaria, M...

In Bruges review by Alex Deleon

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The "Titanic" international film festival, Budapest's new "tough guy on the block" and the only real rival to the annual Hungarian Film Week for the attention of the large film buff community here, closed shop on April 13 with the screening of a spellbinding new Irish thriller "In Bruges", and a closing gala party that lasted far into the night.Now into its third year as a legitimate prize awarding international film festival, the "Titanic" festival in Budapest, while still modest in size, appea...

MEIFF to pay tribute to actress Jane Fonda

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The Middle East International Film Festival 2008 announces its Special Presentation Films with ‘The Brothers Bloom’ to open MEIFF The organizers of the second Middle East International Film Festival, to be held from October 10-19, announced the special presentations line-up today at a press conference held at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). Unveiling the special presentation screenings were Vice Chairman of MEIFF and Director General of ADACH, Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazr...

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...

Hungarian Titanic Carried Its Heavy Cargo for the 15th Time

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BUDAPEST – The Titanic International Film Festival, Hungary’s second biggest annual film event, reached its far-off destination for the 15th time this year between 3-13 April, 2008. Despite the ominous name of the festival, maritime conditions were superb and the festival turned out to be a huge success.The festival has gone through several changes since last year and organizers made an effort to make it even bigger and better than before. A brand new website was created for the filmfest wit...

Titanic is the new "tough guy on the block" in Budapest

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The "Titanic" international film festival, Budapest's new "tough guy on the block" and the only real rival to the annual Hungarian Film Week for the attention of the large film buff community here, closed shop on April 13 with the screening of a spellbinding new Irish thriller "In Bruges", and a closing gala party that lasted far into the night.Now into its third year as a legitimate prize awarding international film festival, the "Titanic" festival in Bud...

Titanic is the new "tough guy on the block" in Budapest

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The “Titanic” international film festival, Budapest’s new “tough guy on the block” and the only real rival to the annual Hungarian Film Week for the attention of the large film buff community here, closed shop on April 13 with the screening of a spellbinding new Irish thriller “In Bruges”, and a closing gala party that lasted far into the night.Now into its third year as a legitimate prize awarding international film festival, the “Titanic” festival in Budapest, while still mod...

Tom Cruise to be a Presenter at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

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Tom Cruise to be a Presenter at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® TNT and TBS’s Live Simulcast of the SAG Awards™ airs Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 pm ET/PT Los Angeles, California – Three-time SAG Awards™ nominee Tom Cruise will make his first appearance as a SAG Awards presenter at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, executive producer and director Jeff Margolis announced today.TNT and TBS will simulcast the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® live from the Los Angel...

History of Oscar winners and nominees for best actor

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Winners and nominees Following the Academy's practice, the films below are listed by year of their Los Angeles qualifying run, which is usually (but not always) the film's year of release. For example, the Oscar for Best Actor of 1999 was announced during the award ceremony held in 2000. Winners are listed first in bold, followed by the other nominees.1920s1928 Emil Jannings - The Last Command as "Gen. Dolgorucki/Grand Duke Sergius Alexander" and The Way of All Flesh as "August Sc...

SAG Awards nominations announced

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Nominations for the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2007 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the new SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood.Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg introduced Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love) and Actor® recipient Terrence Howard (The Brave One), who announced the nomin...

Palm Springs International Film Festival to salute Marion Cotillard

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Marion Cotillard with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in La Vie en Rose. This is the first honoree announcement made for the 2008 Festival. The Awards Gala will kick-off the 2008 Awards Season on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival is scheduled to be held January 3-14, 2008. Festival chairman Earl Greenburg said, “Marion Cotillard delivers a tour de f...

Ben Affleck directorila breakthrough saluted at Hollywood Awards

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The 11th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony, will take place on October 22, 2007, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.Oscar(r)-winner Ben Affleck will be honored with the "Hollywood Breakthrough Director of the Year Award," Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly will receive the "Hollywood Supporting Actress of the Year Award," and producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan will receive the "Hollywood Producers of the Year Award."The "Hollywood Awards" wi...

Marion Cotillard to receive Breakthrough award at next Hollywood Awards

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Marion Cotillard will receive the Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Breakthrough Actress of the Year Award" at the Festival's October 22 awards ceremony.Marion Cotillard's selection was determined due to her distinguished performance in Olivier Dahan's "La Vie en Rose," a biography of the famous French chanteuse Edith Piaf. From the slums of Paris to the limelight of New York, Edith Piaf's life was a battle to sing and survive, to live and love. Raised in poverty, Edith's magical voice and he...

Movie Analysis: THE INSIDER

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS The titles quickly fade up and extinguish, burning away like the tissued wrapping of a cigarette. The first image smashes like a thunderbolt upon the screen, a point of view shot from behind a cloth hood. We hear the slightest whispers of strained breaths as tribal drums pound furiously on the soundtrack. Not even thirty seconds into Michael Mann's 1999 film "The Insider" and we're already suffocating. The man behind the mask is Lowell Bergman, the venerable producer of "60...

CAREER RETROSPECTIVE: THE AL PACINO FILMOGRAPHY

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THE ELITE: In a career teeming with brilliant work, these are Al Pacino's greatest films. The Godfather: This is where the legacy begins, both of the greatest one-two punch in film history and Pacino's stellar career. Pacino first plays the highly moral idealist Michael sheepishly, until he subtly morphs into a cold-blooded gangster right before your eyes. It is the most amazing transformation ever portrayed in the cinema; made all the more powerful because you barely register it happening. A+ ...

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