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   Jeremy Renner in THE HURT LOCKER It happens every year.....key performances, outstanding films and worthy indies and international titles that seem primed for awards consideration are inexplicably ignored. This has happened again with the announcement last week of the Golden Globe Award nominations, considered second only to the Oscars. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group of 80 international film critics and journalists who vote for the prizes, is known f...

The Global Film Village: 2010 SAG Award Nominations Announced

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by Marla Lewin    Nominees for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2009 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the 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 Ken Howard introduced Michelle Monaghan ("Trucker") and Chris O'Donnell ("NCIS: Los Angeles&qu...

Johnny Depp will be honored at Bahaas for career achievement

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that three-time Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year's Film Festival, taking place December 10-17 in Nassau. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. Depp will be on hand for the special tribute and presentation at the Balmoral Club in Nassau. Legendary leading man Sir Sean Connery will again be lending his ful...

The Global Film Village: AWARD WINNERS LIST at 21st ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA GROWS

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by Marla LewinHelen Mirren Photo taken by Stephan Rabold, Courtesy of Sony Pictures ClassicsThe 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award winner Helen Mirren with the Career Achievement Award. 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.Mirren will join pre...

2009 CMJ Film Festival Closing Night Premiere of THE MESSENGER in Theatres Now

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By Maria Esteves - November 27, 2009 The 29th CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2009  (CMJFF09) Closing Night Premiere of THE MESSENGER, written and directed by Oren Moverman, was held at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema, New York, Friday, October 23, 7:30 pm. A special Q&A session with director Moverman and actor Woody Harrelson immediately followed. THE MESSENGER , winner of 2009 Berlin Film Festival for Best Screenplay, and Best Peace Film awards, 2009 Deauville American Film Festiv...

Programme of the Arc 1950 Coproduction Village

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Arc 1950 Coproduction Village: the 6th, 7th and 8th of DecemberLes Arcs European Film Festival is happy to reveal the programme of Arc 1950 Coproduction Village and the list of selected projects. Programme of the Arc 1950 Coproduction Village- one-to-one meetings so that selected project producers could meet their potential partners (producers, sales agents, distributors, exhibitors, regional funds...) every morning ;- at the end of each year, conferences are organized and are followed by cockta...

The 2009 Stockholm International Film Festival Jury

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The Stockholm International Film Festival now reveals the names of the five people who will decide which film will be presented with the honourable Bronze Horse. This year's jury consists of representatives from the world of film and one member from the Swedish music scene, and is chaired by producer Olivier Guerpillon. The festival jury presents the festival's honorary award, the 16 lb Bronze Horse, to a film in the Stockholm XX Competition. The jury also presents Aluminium Horses for best ...

Doha Talks with Danny Boyle, Mira Neir and Ellia Suleiman

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF will run October 29 through November 1, 2009) has announced a new series of thought-provoking dialogues that will be held year round. As part of the organization’s overall efforts to foster an active cinema culture, these talks, panels, conversations and master classes will be free of charge. Doha Talks will feature events with filmmakers including Mira Nair (Amelia), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), Elia Suleiman (The Time That Remains), R.J. C...

World Premiere of THE MINISTERS Red Carpet Coverage

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By Maria Esteves - October 15, 2009 The World Premiere of THE MINISTERS written/produced/directed by Franc Reyes, presented by Remy Martin commenced on Tuesday, October 13, at the Lowes Lincoln Square, New York. THE MINISTERS world premiere gala was held at The Empire Hotel Rooftop. The red carpet arrivals included cast of actors, recording artists, producers, industry professionals, and celebrity guests.  "The Ministers," distributed by Maya Entertainment, opens at the AMC Empir...

The World Premiere of THE MINISTERS

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The World Premiere of THE MINISTERS written/produced/directed by Franc Reyes, presented by Remy Martin commenced on Tuesday, October 13, at the Lowes Lincoln Square, New York. THE MINISTERS world premiere gala was held at The Empire Hotel Rooftop. The red carpet arrivals included cast of actors, recording artists, producers, industry professionals, and celebrity guests. "The Ministers," distributed by Maya Entertainment, opens at the AMC Empire 25, New York, Friday, October 16, 2009. By M...

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Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival line up

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Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival is proud to announce its line-up of more than 60 films to be screened at the upcoming Festival November 5th through 8th in several venues throughout Ojai and at Ventura’s Brooks Institute. For a complete, downloadable schedule of all films and pass and ticket purchase information, visit www.ojai-venturafilmfestival.com.Celebrated for its consistently high quality and provoking slate of documentary, narrative and ani...

Bill Mechanic: don't ignore the warning signs!

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Bill Mechanic, President/CEO of Pandemonium LLC and former Chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, (my boss when I was running Fox distribution in France)delivered the keynote speech at the annual Independent Film & Television Alliance Production Conference in Santa Monica. here below is a transcript ofhis keynotesHe addressed the current state and the future of the independent film business and offered a number of observations about his experiences at FOX and Disney."I was asked to address yo...

GIORNATE CINEMA MUTO 2009

Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, XXVIII ed.: 3-10 October 2009 Von Stroheim´s MERRY WIDOW perks interest for GIORNATE opening THE MERRY WIDOW (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, US 1925) is the opening night film at the 2009 Giornate de Cinema Muto 200, The Music When I first accompanied The Merry Widow years ago, I was totally struck by this highly creative and inventive film adaptation of the operetta, di

Bill Mechanic: don't ignore the warning signs!

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Bill Mechanic, President/CEO of Pandemonium LLC and former Chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, (my boss when I was running Fox distribution in France) delivered the keynote speech at the annual Independent Film & Television Alliance Production Conference in Santa Monica. here below is a transcript of his keynotes. He addressed the current state and the future of the independent film business and offered a number of observations about his experiences at FOX and Disney. ...

DE-JA-VU FOR FILM BUFFS AS BRITISH URBAN FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS

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For immediate release:  After the success of last year’s event, organisers of the 2009 British Urban Film Festival (BUFF for short) are to once again offer free tickets to the public in what’s been dubbed ‘credit crunch cinema’, part of its’ strategy to capitalise on the growing interest in urban independent film and making it accessible to the public at large. Launched last December when the credit crunch began to hit people financially, over 400 people took advantage of free tic...

Von Stroheim´s MERRY WIDOW perks interest for GIORNATE opening

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THE MERRY WIDOW (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, US 1925) is the opening night film at the 2009 Giornate de Cinema Muto 200, The Music When I first accompanied The Merry Widow years ago, I was totally struck by this highly creative and inventive film adaptation of the operetta, directed by the genius Erich von Stroheim. Immediately I realized that my “one” piano + singer accompaniment wasn’t at all enough to serve this brilliant film. I started a serious quest to develop a score for the...

The Merry Widow

THE MERRY WIDOW is the opening film ofthe 2006 Giornate de Cinema Muto. Comments on The Music When I first accompanied The Merry Widow years ago, I was totally struck by this highly creative and inventive film adaptation of the operetta, directed by the genius Erich von Stroheim. Immediately I realized that my “one” piano + singer accompaniment wasn’t at all enough to serve this brilliant film. I start

THE NOMINEES AND WINNERS FROM INDIE FEST USA 2009 ARE:

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THE NOMINEES AND WINNERS FROM INDIE FEST USA 2009 ARE: Gary Bryan host of the KEARTH 101 FM morning show again joined Indie Fest USA as our emcee and the awards were handed out August 28, 2009 by great celebrity friends of Indie Fest USA; Noel G., Lou Pizarro, Matt Burch, Froy Tercero, Rich Stuart, Joshuin Barker, Duke Gonzales, Joey Buttafuoco, Giovanni Leiva Sponsors Choice Award 1: WINNER "THE TRIUMPH OF WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON" Sponsors Choice Award 2: WI...

The Winners of the 5th Grossmann Film and Wine Festival

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Dear cannibals, zombies, witches, victims of demonic possession, space puddings and other wine lovers – dear friends! The 5th, jubilary and boutique edition of Grossmann Film and Wine Festival, held every year in Ljutomer, Slovenia, is behind us. Noisy Cat award for best musical documentary went to Slovenian film Vlada, a portrait of the founding member of Belgrade's legendary New Wave band Idoli Vlada Divljan, directed by Rudi Uran. In the short films category, Slak's Vicious Cat went t...

The Winners of the 5th Grossmann Film and Wine Festival

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Dear cannibals, zombies, witches, victims of demonic possession, space puddings and other wine lovers – dear friends! The 5th, jubilary and boutique edition of Grossmann Film and Wine Festival, held every year in Ljutomer, Slovenia, is behind us. Noisy Cat award for best musical documentary went to Slovenian film Vlada, a portrait of the founding member of Belgrade's legendary New Wave band Idoli Vlada Divljan, directed by Rudi Uran. In the short films category, Slak's Vicious Cat went to Cana...

Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! will open the 22nd Helsinki International Film Festival

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Steven Soderbergh's dark, comic drama The Informant! opens the 22nd Helsinki International Film Festival ? Love & Anarchy. The L&A Gala Film selection is the original version of John Woo?s historical spectacle, Red Cliff I-II. This is the first time the original version of almost five hours will be screened in Europe. The Festival closes with the awaited new film by Jane Campion, Bright Star. Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! is a dark, comic drama on the chaotic, corrupt...

Estes Park Film Festival Announces Official Selections

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World premiers, international films, and a special pre-release sneak preview on tap for the fourth annual event. Estes Park, CO August 9, 2009 -- Showcasing over 40 independent films from around the world, the 4th Annual Estes Park Film Festival will take place September 17-20 at the Historic Park Theatre in downtown Estes Park, Colorado. Built in 1913, the Park Theatre is the oldest operating movie theatre west of the Mississippi and is on the national register of historic places. This Septe...

The Michael Jackson FIlm Career That Almost Was

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Michael Jackson Planned to Step into Jimmy Cagney’s Shoes, says ‘Captain EO’ Producer and Longtime Pal Rusty Lemorande Unlike his idol Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson never established himself as a movie star - namely in a musical remake of the 1938 James Cagney flick Angels with Dirty Faces - and it’s a reget he took to his grave. That, according to the King of Pop’s Captain EO collaborator, and friend of 25 years, Rusty Lemorande. "He really wanted a film ca...

Celebrating North America's Oldest Film Festival

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  San Francisco, April 17----- While it is common these days for every city, resort and college town to have its own international film festival, it is San Francisco, the glittering city in North California, that can make the singular claim of having hosted North America’s first on-going film festival event. Launched in December 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival was the first event to offer a mix of international cinema, the first stirring of th...

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