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THE RETURN OF JAMES BOND

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' Sky Fall ' - A 'Windfall' for James Bond James Bond is Back - and How! It is not a James Bond film, it is a Sam Mendes movie- and that makes all the difference. ' This is the end ' says the first line of the Opening Song in the film,and it is indeed, the end of Super-man Bond, who in this movie, is 'killed' in the very first fight sequence! 50 years after the Bond Series unleashed itself on the s...

THE EMPLOYER has been selected as the Opening Feature for the 12th annual Shriekfest Film Festival.

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This World Premiere screening will take place on Friday, October 5th, 2012 at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. THE EMPLOYER is a psychological thriller starring Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) as the CEO of a mysterious corporation called Carcharius. After a series of interviews with five job applicants for a recently opened position with the company, the Employer gathers the five candidates together in a locked room. He informs them that they are about to experience t...

"But he has seven badges."

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Thursday night the Cannes Film Festival began its Cinéma de la Plage series of late night screenings on the beach.  The first movie to be shown was Dr. No, a 1962 James Bond film starring Sean Connery and directed by Terrence Young.  The beach side viewing drew large crowds of locals, tourists and even industry members. In fact, some industry members who came to the beach to watch the classic Bond film caused a bigger scene than the fireworks that intermittently erupted over the Mediterran...

Cannes kicks off with hommage to Bertolucci

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Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci (L), is awarded with the Honorary Palme d'Or for his career from the president of the Cannes Film Festival Gilles Jacob (C) as President of the Jury Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Jude Law and Argentinian actress and producer Martina Gusman applaud during the opening ceremony of the 64th Cannes Film Festival. - AFP PHOTO CANNES: The Cannes film festival got off to a glittering start on Wednesday,...

Sidney Lumet: One Of The Greats

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  We lost one of the greats this past week. Sidney Lumet, a national treasure and the quintessential New York filmmaker (sorry, Woody Allen) died last week at the age of 86. In a career that spanned over 50 years in both live television and the big screen, Lumet was nominated for the Best Director Oscar four times and has left an indelible filmography of titles that are distinguished by their social relevancy and strong caliber of acting. Lumet’s most famous films were shot in and were ...

FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival Named One of MovieMaker Magazine's 20 Coolest Film Festivals!

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The FREAK SHOW Horror Film Festival is proud to announce that it was Named One of MovieMaker Magazine's 20 Coolest Film Festivals! Plus we were the only Horror Genre Film Festival on the list! How cool is that? Here is what they had to say:"Horror fans get their FREAK SHOW on in October at this three-day fest created by FEAR FILM Motion Picture Studios owner Robert J. Massetti. More than 40 moviemakers were in attendance in 2010, including horror master John Carpenter; fest winners went hom...

Funny With A Dose of Acid: Blake Edwards

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  Blake Edwards, the American director whose comedic films were always presented with a dose of acid, passed away in his Los Angeles home yesterday. In a career of highs and lows, Edwards carved a particular niche as a funny man with a dark underside and a dramatist who sometimes injected humor into dark tales of desperation. His 1961 film BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, a huge success despite the smoothing out of the edges of its bohemian party girl Holy Gollightly, is a true classic of American...

Ken Russell: Love Or Hate But Can't Ignore

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  There are a few film directors whose appeal splits people right down the middle. Some hate the work and some are devoted groupies. However, if the response to a particular director bridges the entire spectrum, then it is all the proof needed that this talented film artist's sensibility cannot be ignored. For myself, always a sucker for the sweeping operatic gesture in film, I find myself to be a disciple of the British director Ken Russell. Russell did not think small in hi...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Global Film Village: Sir Sean Connery has reunited with the classic Aston Martin DB5

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  by Marc Halperin The latest James Bond film is on hold because of financial problems at MGM and Connery has been replaced by a string of new Bonds that still haven't overcome his signature performance. Russell Crowe has stepped into the role of Robin Hood.  Sir Sean hasn't been seen in a new movie since 2003's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as Alan Quartermain. Some of us still think he was the last definitive Robin Hood in 1976's Robin and Marion with the wonderful ...

SFIFF53 to Honor Robert Duvall with Owens Acting Award

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The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Robert Duvall will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award to be presented at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6). The Owens Award, named for the longtime San Francisco benefactor of arts and charitable organizations and Film Society board member, honors an actor whose work exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity. The award will be presented to Duvall at Film Society Awards Night on Thursday, Ap...

The Global Film Village: Behind the scenes with James Bond

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by Marc Halperin The USC School of Cinematic Arts and
Visions and Voices and The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative in conjunction with Danjaq and Eon Productions presented a special program taking us behind the scenes of the world’s most well known secret agent on the 6 through the 8th of November,  2009. Nine of the popular films were shown during three days and two panel discussions were presented with stars and members of the production team. This was a tribute to th...

"Whatever Works" Works

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Woody Allen's new film Whatever Works starring Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood was screened here in San Sebastian yesterday. The film played to an enthusiastic press audience: there was laughter and applause at all the right moments, and the daily newspaper review here stated that it harkens back to some of his best work. The film follows Larry David as an early Allen-esque character--New Yorker, neuroses and all--who meets and befriends a Mississippi ingénue played by Evan Rache...

Chaplin's "Great Dictator" still relevant today

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THERE were many good lines in Chaplin's first "talking" movie, The Great Dictator. But the one that has stuck in my mind over the years comes from the final scene (or was it the penultimate scene) in which the barber is mistaken for Adenoid Hinkle and has to make a speech. "We think too much, and we feel too little", says Charlot as he addresses the massed ranks of soldiers who have been rallied to hear a pro-Nazi anti-Jewish rant. ( no problem here for the programmer...

Chaplin's "Great Dictator" still relevant today

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THERE were many good lines in Chaplin's first "talking" movie, The Great Dictator. But the one that has stuck in my mind over the years comes from the final scene (or was it the penultimate scene) in which the barber is mistaken for Adenoid Hinkle and has to make a speech."We think too much, and we feel too little", says Charlot as he addresses the massed ranks of soldiers who have been rallied to hear a pro-Nazi anti-Jewish rant. (no problem here for the programmers of the Toronto film festival...

The Global Film Village: Tribute to Norman Jewison at Los Angeles County Museum of Art by Marla Lewin

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 Norman Jewison is a Canadian, although he always made Hollywood films, movies about social issues, humanity, and values, still they always entertained.  Cher, Faye Dunaway, Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Haskell Wexler were there to share this special evening with Norman. Stars honor Norman Jewison                          photo by Robert Primes Dawn Hudson from  Film Independent LA, began the evening and said from the stage, that she wanted to feel ...

Tribute to Norman Jewison at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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The Global Film Village: Tribute to Norman Jewison at Los Angeles County Museum of Art by Marla Lewin Norman Jewison is a Canadian, although he always made Hollywood films, movies about social issues, humanity, and values, still they always entertained. Cher, Faye Dunaway, Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Haskell Wexler were there to share this special evening with Norman. Dawn Hudson from Film Independent LA, began the evening and said from the stage, tha...

Interview (from Tribeca) with Woody Allen

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Eleven great days ahead of us!!!! "The 8th Annual Tribeca Film Festival" kicked off in hysterics as Boris, the neurotic "genius", played by Larry David, addresses the audience the way Woody Allen has in the past with classics like "Annie Hall", in the Sony Pictures Classic, "Whatever Works"!!! After Mr. Allen's European stint, he comes back to New York City with a Southern vengeance which is unlike anything he has done before, offering as much wit and sarcasm as ever before. If you can't hav...

'Rocky' actor Burt Young discusses lost Hal Ashby film

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'Rocky' actor Burt Young chats with Movie Geeks United Now we know why Burt Young played Sylvester Stallone’s dyspeptic bother-in-law Paulie so convincingly in the penultimate Rocky picture: He was peeved at the he-man. Interviewed on Movie Geeks United, the legendary character actor says it was only his daughter’s fond memories of his earlier collaborations with Sly that repaired an epic rift. CAPTION: Burt (above): Much, ah, happier in the final Rocky fli...

Faye Dunaway Proves She’s Hot and Still Has It in “Say it in Russian,” Opening May 4th in Carmike Cinemas

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Faye Dunaway Proves She’s Hot and Still Has It in “Say it in Russian,” Opening  May 4th in Carmike Cinemas as part of Historic Independent Film SeriesHollywood, CA  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--  Old stars don’t fay away, especially icons like Faye Dunaway, who recently locked horns with “Stepford Kid” Hilary Duff of Disney fame, who is reprising Dunaway’s Academy Award nominated role of Bonnie Parker in the remake of “Bonnie and Clyde.”  On May 4, 2009, Faye will have her rebutt...

Eli Wallach Honored At Fort Lauderdale Film Festival

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  Eli Wallach in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Friday, November 7--------The venerable actor Eli Wallach, a raconteur at 93 years young, was honored last evening at the Cinema Paradiso following the rare screening of the 1950s cause celebre BABY DOLL, which was the actor's debut film. The event, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, also included a tribute to Wallach's leading lady (on the stage, screen and in real life), actress Anne Jackson. Both were at the...

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