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DAVID HASSELHOFF ROASTED BY COMEDY CENTRAL: TAPIS ROUGE EXCLUSIVE

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KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMORALL:THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF DAVID HASSELHOFF(Taped Live Aug. 1, 2010, at Stage 27, SONY STUDIOS, Culver City, Calif.) by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent At Comedy Central's live taping of David Hasselhoff's Roast, there's a life-like, wildly outsized human replica of of the Hoff, complete with Baywatch red shorts and... uh, back hair. The fake Hoff is grinning from ear-to-ear, popping electric blue eyes and that unmistakeable Hoff-coif.  They ev...

Dazi and A Prophet

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        An interview with actor Slimane Dazi of A Prophet (2009).    In April, I traveled to Casablanca, Morocco where I met and hung out with producer Marco Cherqui of Chic Films, producer of A Prophet. At that time, while dining with Marco and chatting for a few days, I had not yet seen A Prophet. Of course, A Prophet is the film that has won several awards worldwide including the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes 2009, the 2010 BAFTA ...

Revelation – Program Director’s picks

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Rev opens this Thursday with a bumper 10 day program of film screenings, events and soirees. Program director Jack Sargeant gives us his highlights from this year's program. Revelation opens this Thursday July 8 and runs until Sunday 18 July at the Astor Cinema, Mt Lawley. "Undoubtedly the highlight for local filmmakers is the Jon Reiss workshop on marketing and distribution. Having an international guest of his standing come and deliver - really deliver - such valuable knowledge is something...

The Global Film Village: John Lithgow Wows at LAFF Conversation

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(c) 20th Century Fox all Rights Reserved   by Marla Lewin There is no doubt that John Lithgow is an accomplished serious actor who can never be too over the top for his own liking. Tuesday night was a rare opportunity to see him in a conversation with David Ansen, the new Artistic Director of LAFF. What was so special about this was that they were college roommates at Harvard and are still best friends. That gave David a unique insight and made it a more personal co...

Sylvester Stallone packs an award winning punch, scoring a standing ovation at the LA Film Festival

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What is it about seeing movie stars in person that so entrances people?  It must be something more than the magnetism of their fame. Seeing Sylvester Stallone speak at the LA Film Festival was one of those experiences where you can feel the entire audience sitting in awe. It wasn't just the Rocky theme playing loud that whipped the audience into a frenzy as he came in. Stallone had that celebrity sparkle, with his dark sunglasses, and the iconic Stallone strut that made him a st...

Phuket Film Festival 2010 Names Award Winners

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  Lower than expected theater attendance, a reluctance to travel to "town" to view movies, a need by organizers to cut financial losses by releasing screening equipment early (equipment that was costing nearly 30,000 Baht a day) shortening the Festival to 7 days from 10 and underfunding, (Festival was supported by one private sector source with only a 300,000 Baht grant from the Thai government) all led to the poor performance of the 2010 Phuket Film Festival. Due to t...

Rocky vs the Aussies premiering Animal Kingdom

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"OMG it's the world premiere of Twilight tonight!! (Everybody SCREEEAAAMMMM!)   It's easy to tell where the movie stars are ranked in the A-list - fans were lining up from 3pm to see Rocky himself, the smooth Sylvestor Stallone, speaking at the LA Film Festival last night. Twilight fans were lining up 3 days ago to see Robert Pattinson tonight. But boy did they miss out last night. Sylvestor Stallone strutted around with dark sunnies on, and a real mov...

Awards gala event of the Filmfest Emden-Norderney

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With over 600 guests attending the large award ceremony gala event of the International Filmfest Emden-Norderney was completely sold out. Moderators Hilke Theessen and Thomas Heinze presented the winners of the film awards with a total purse of € 31,500. The minister of culture of Lower Saxony, professor Dr. Johanna Wanka, who participated in the award ceremony, underlined, "Cosmopolitan approach, high quality, and down to earth instead of the red carpet: That is a concise description of what...

A host of awards and streams of visitors to the Festival of Animated Film

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After six eventful days, the ITFS 2010 ended on Sunday evening, May 09 after the "Trickstar" had been presented in seven categories. Guests, filmmakers and organisers celebrate the Festival with a festiva gala.With 1,500 accredited professional visitors, more than 600 films and sold-out theatres the 17th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) was a great success for its organisers. Initially, the mad rush of previous years did not materialise in the open air area and in the Festival Garden a...

Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival: A MATTER OF SIZE Opens Huge

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LOS ANGELES, CA: LAJFF ROCKS THE HOUSE WITH "SUMO" WRESTLERS FROM... ISRAEL?! By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Can you believe this for a festival opener:  a bunch of guys in Israel go FULL MONTY meets KARATE (ADULT) KID? That's what happened 8 May at the Writer's Guild Theater on Doheny when the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (8 - 13 May) rolled into town this week.A MATTER OF SIZE stars some plus-sized Israeli head-bangers who decide to parlay their heft ...

The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 53rd San Francisco International Film

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The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) with 293 screenings of 181 films from 46 countries, with 188 filmmakers and 104 industry guests from 23 countries in attendance and more than 75,000 filmgoers. The Festival sold out 92 screenings during its 15-day run, including five sellouts of the 1,400-seat Castro Theatre (An Evening with Roger Ebert & Friends, An Evening with Robert Duvall, world premiere of All About Evil, 20...

Tribeca FF Films Come To You

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Economic blues got you counting your pennies? Volcanic ash delaying your flight to New York? Can't get motivated to get dressed and come downtown? Afraid to be seen in public? Well, if you are a cinema lover and cannot quite overcome your own neuroses or spewing volcanos to attend this year's Tribeca Film Festival, don't despair.....the Festival is now coming to you. Tribeca Film, supported by founding partner American Express, has acquired the rights to distribute 12 independent films ...

European Films Shine At Tribeca FF

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 Soul Kitchen (Fatih Akin, Germany)    This year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which is currently in the middle of its 12 day run in New York City, boasts a strong representation of both veteran and emerging European talents. As a whole, the Festival offers a tantalizing check of the pulse of current trends and styles in European filmmaking. How these films will fare in the US market is far from certain, but for the next week, European cinema rules in downtown New York.   The na...

European Films Shine At Tribeca FF

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This year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which is currently in the middle of its 12 day run in New York City, boasts a strong representation of both veteran and emerging European talents. As a whole, the Festival offers a tantalizing check of the pulse of current trends and styles in European filmmaking. How these films will fare in the US market is far from certain, but for the next week, European cinema rules in downtown New York. The narratives on display from European talents take in all genre...

The Phuket Film Festival will screen acclaimed Thai director Yuthlert Sippapak's Friday Killer as it

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The Phuket Film Festival will screen acclaimed Thai director Yuthlert Sippapak's Friday Killer as its closing film, Sunday, June 13 2010. This will be a World Premier for director Sippapak's first movie in The Killers Trilogy.Director, writer, and producer Yuthlert Sippapak has received international recognition for his daring visual style and unconventional screenwriting. His film credits include Killer Tattoo (2001), February (2003), and Buppah Rahtree (2003) which is one of Thailand’s highe...

World Premieres At Tribeca Film Festival

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  SONS OF PERDITION It can be argued that what separates A list film festivals from their colleagues are the number of World Premieres that grace their theaters. No matter what the ultimate reception is for these films, the wanna-see anticipation of films in their first public and industry showings provide a sizzle. At the Tribeca Film Festival, which is entering its first weekend, there are an impressive number of World Premieres that are grabbing attention from the public and in...

The USA Film Festival announces the full schedule of events

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  The USA Film Festival announces the full schedule of events for the 40th Annual USA Film Festival, April 28 - May 2, 2010. All programs will be held at the Angelika Film Center Dallas, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas. Advance tickets are available exclusively through Ticketmaster beginning Friday, April 16, 2010. LIST OF PROGRAMS (chronologically) La Mission Wednesday, April 28, 7:00pm There are two things in life that recovering alcoholic Che (Benjamin Bratt) ...

If You're Going to San Francisco ... International Film Festival

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Four thousand film festivals populate the globe. But more than many, the San Francisco International Film Festival may satisfy a collective hunch of what such a gathering should be. Perhaps age has something to do with it; at 53 years old, SFIFF, held this year from April 22 to May 6, 2010, is the oldest film festival in the Americas. Then there's the topography of San Francisco, which rises, falls and yields vistas that themselves cop filmic metaphors. Or maybe it's because San Francisc...

If You're Going to San Francisco ... International Film Festival

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If You're Going to San Francisco ... International Film Festival Four thousand film festivals populate the globe. But more than many, the San Francisco International Film Festival may satisfy a collective hunch of what such a gathering should be. Perhaps age has something to do with it; at 53 years old, SFIFF, held this year from April 22 to May 6, 2010, is the oldest film festival in the Americas. The festival logo, inside the historic Castro TheatreThen there's the topography of San Francisco,...

This year's IFI Stranger Than Fiction is packed with more reality than ever

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  Space Tourists, Tigers, Wind Horses, Winnebagos, Dublin's Pyjama Girls and the Dalai Lama; this year's IFI Stranger Than Fiction documentary film festival is packed with more reality than ever 15th-18th April 2010 With twenty-two of the finest documentaries, including 19 premieres, this year's expanded IFI Stranger Than Fiction festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Launching the programme today Niall Macpherson, Festival Programmer said, ‘We're ...

LA Comedy Shorts is back for the second edition with funnier line up...

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L.A. COMEDY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL  2ND EDITION APRIL 15-18, 2010 They're back!  Funnier!  Faster!  Filmier!   The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, touted the largest comedy film festival in the US, is a four-day celebration of comedic short films and the people who make them.    Held in Los Angeles from April 15th-18th at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main St.), LACSFF introduces the newest and hottest comedic talent to the industry in a ...

LA Comedy Shorts are back and funnier

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They’re back! Funnier! Faster! Filmier! The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, touted the largest comedy film festival in the US, is a four-day celebration of comedic short films and the people who make them. Held in Los Angeles from April 15th-18th at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main St.), LACSFF introduces the newest and hottest comedic talent to the industry in a fun-packed weekend of uproarious screenings, unmatched parties, hilariously unrivaled informative industry pane...

San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) will close with Joan Rivers--A Piece of Work,

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The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) will close with Joan Rivers--A Piece of Work, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's surprising look at the iconic performer, 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 6 at San Francisco's landmark movie palace the Castro Theatre. Joan Rivers is expected to attend, along with codirector Stern. A Closing Night celebration 9:30 pm at 1015 Folsom will bring the 53rd International to a rousing finish. "We're thrilled to have Ricki Stern and Annie ...

Controversial award winning docu inks distrib deal with pineaple media

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"A professional, emotional and thought-provoking documentary that truly deserves recognition" (Todd Konrad, Independent Film Quarterly)   "Murder in America: The Sarah Cherry Story is the real Law and Order" (Gerald Wright, Rotten Tomatoes)   "A compelling and well-balanced film" (Richard Atteih, Pineapple Media)   Sarah Cherry   Another U.S. independent production gets recognized ...

La Résidence de la Cinéfondation hosts its 20th session

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Since March 1st 2010, and until July 15th, La Résidence de la Cinéfondation welcomes its 6 latest winning candidates to support them in the writing of their first or second feature and help them prepare their film. The jury selected two female and four male filmmakers from the 200 applicants. Daniel Joseph BorgmanDaniel Joseph Borgman was born in 1981 in the small coastal town of Dunedin in New Zealand. After studying Film Science at Otago University, he moved to Copenhagen,...

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