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A few fun trivial facts you may not know, from reliable sources that may remain anonymous; The Aruba Hyatt's most difficult guest is Elton John. He's a regular visitor and likes to walk around naked, even when answering the door for room service. He usually commands that his Hyatt attendees are only men, and has a long list of requirements, from 50 odd kinds of vitamins to be lined up in strict alphabetical order, to a lifetime supply of pickles. Richard Gere, on the other hand, ...

2 Degrees of Separation from Richard Gere, in Aruba

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  A few fun trivial facts you may not know, from reliable sources that may remain anonymous; The Aruba Hyatt's most difficult guest is Elton John. He's a regular visitor and likes to walk around naked, even when answering the door for room service. He usually commands that his Hyatt attendees are only men, and has a long list of requirements, from 50 odd kinds of vitamins to be lined up in strict alphabetical order, to a lifetime supply of pickles.   Richard Gere, on th...

2 Degrees of Separation from Richard Gere, in Aruba

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A few fun trivial facts you may not know, from reliable sources that may remain anonymous; The Aruba Hyatt's most difficult guest is Elton John. He's a regular visitor and likes to walk around naked, even when answering the door for room service. He usually commands that his Hyatt attendees are only men, and has a long list of requirements, from 50 odd kinds of vitamins to be lined up in strict alphabetical order, to a lifetime supply of pickles. Richard Gere, on the other hand, (a guest at the...

Griffin Dunne had the world premiere of his short Veronica in Aruba

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Griffin Dunne will have the world premiere of his short Veronica in ArubaAcademy Award® nominated actor and filmmaker Griffin Dunne ("After Hours," "40 Days and 40 Nights," "Game 6," "Johnny Dangerously") will present the world premiere of his short comedy titled "Veronica" at the Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) today - Sunday, June 6 - at 6:30pm at Paseo Herencia (screening room 2). The surprise announcement was made today by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. Dunne's short is pa...

Richard Gere starrer “Hachiko”

Aruba Film Festival Star opener with Hachiko

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Latest NewsNYCIFF will have the honor to Premier " Lovely, Still"  withOscar - Winner Martin Landau,  Ellen Burstyn,  an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Emmy Award and a Tony Award.and Elizabeth Banks...

Connecticut Push For Film And TV Production

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  Connecticut Studios, South Windsor, CT  At last week's Connecticut Film Festival (www.ctfilmfest.com), the movers and shakers of the Connecticut film scene assembled at a seminar panel to discuss how film and television production is a vital component in the state's initiatives to create jobs, attract professionals and help the state climb out of the biggest deficit in its history. Economic advisors for several cities in the state as well as the head of the Connecticut Office of Film, Televi...

Fifth edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival opened

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FIFTH LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL"We don't select -- we Choose!" by Alex DeleonThe fifth edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival opened a six day run on Saturday, May 8, at the classy Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills with a very off-beat film from Israel, "A Matter of Size", about Hebrew speaking Sumo wrestlers (!) and an hour long Gala stars-of-yesteryear studded reception in the lobby preceding the screening. The film was exceptional and the array of celebrities at the recep...

Film Festivals On The Brink And Over The Edge

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I had to do a double-take when I saw the headline yesterday: GEN ART TO CLOSE ITS DOORS AFTER SIXTEEN YEARS. The Gen Art organization, which organizes networking and exhibition events for film, music and fashion in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and several other cities, is closing its doors? After what was an amazingly successful New York festival just two weeks ago? Well, the news apparently is true and joins a wave of bad news for specialized events around the USA (and probably the wor...

Film Festivals On The Brink And Over The Edge

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  I had to do a double-take when I saw the headline yesterday: GEN ART TO CLOSE ITS DOORS AFTER SIXTEEN YEARS. The Gen Art organization, which organizes networking and exhibition events for film, music and fashion in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and several other cities, is closing its doors? After what was an amazingly successful New York festival just two weeks ago? Well, the news apparently is true and joins a wave of bad news for specialized events around the USA (and p...

What do you think of when you see the word "Hawaiian"?

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As a native Hawaiian, I find that it's difficult to get past clicheed Hawaiian images in film--surfing, luaus, hula.  What do you think of when you think of Hawaii/Hawaiians?  Are there any films you've seen or books you've read that break down the stereotypes for you?  Did they do it in a way that made you feel you had insight and shared emotions with the Hawaiian culture, or did you feel like an outsider?  I'd love to hear from anyone who'd like to share a thought or two.  ...

The winners of the 2010 Gaybie Awards.

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  TLAgay.com (http://www.tlagay.com/), one of the largest online and direct mail DVD and VOD entertainment retailers in the country, announced today the winners of the 2010 Gaybie Awards. The Gaybies honor the very best in gay and lesbian movies, television, literature, online journalism and film festivals from 2009. The winners can be found here: http://www.tlaraw.com/smutties/a-4 Nominations were determined by the TLAgay.com staff. However, winners were selected by p...

Newport Beach to show more than 400 films from some 50 countries

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Ranked by Portfolio.com as America's richest city, Newport Beach, Calif., can afford to throw a serious party. Newport Beach Film Festival is known to do just that, and even its Web site touts it as a "leading lifestyle" event. So revelers and cinemaphiles are primed for another Orange County-class fiesta this April 22 to 29.Despite lingering economic challenges, NBFF Executive Director and CEO Gregg Schwenk hopes to build on last year's record attendance of 51,000 strong. Run almost entirely by...

Sarasota Film Festival Brings Gems to the Gold Coast

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Sarasota, Florida is considered ground zero for the recent real estate crash. But any darkness that prevails during April 9-18, 2010 will envelope the inky cinemas where the 12th annual Sarasota Film Festival will unfold. Bookended by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s The Extra Man and James Franco’s Saturday Night, the Gold Coast cotillion spans 168 films. Thirty countries are represented, yielding what director of programming Holly Herrick tallies as the Festival's most diverse li...

The Global Film Village: Odeon Lets Disney Out of Rabbit Hole

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(c) 2010 The Walt Disney Company. All rights reserved. by Marc Halperin After late night wrangling a settlement was reached between the Walt Disney Company and the UK's  largest exhibition chain  which is also the largest in Europe and largest in the world outside of North America to allow screening of Tim Burton's Alice. The Odeon boycott had also included its theatres in Ireland and Italy. The Boycott had grown to include several other theatre chains in Holland. The...

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Announces Awards for 2010 Festival

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Missoula, MT - The judges of the seventh annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival have selected this years award winning films in the four competitive categories: Best Feature, Big Sky Award, Best Short Film and Best Mini Doc (under 15 minutes). The awards were announced Thursday evening at the awards ceremony at The Loft in downtown Missoula.   The Best Feature Award was given to Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan for Last Train Home. The emotionally gripping film draws us into t...

The Global Film Village: 2010 Sundance Awards lead by WINTER’S BONE and RESTREPO

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 by Marla LewinJohn Cooper and David Hyde Pierce opened with a hilarious wrap act to get things started.Alfred P. Sloan Award for depicting Science in Film went to OBSELIDIA by Diane Bell who said she was worried about paying her rent for the next six months and now she knows where it is coming from.The World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Documentary Film goes to ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE Directors Rob Lemkin & Thet Sambath are humbled: "we had a great purpose in making the film."...

Haiti Crisis Adds Resonance To Sundance Docs

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   The recent tragic events in Haiti have given an unexpected resonance to a new documentary on child sponsoring that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend. A SMALL ACT by Jennifer Arnold looks at the modern day phenomenon of Westerners sponsorship and adoption of third world children.   With the Haitian crisis generating hundreds of millions of dollars in aid from almost every nation of the world, often by exploiting images of ...

Bush was most dangerous president in history: Oliver Stone

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BANGKOK ~ Oliver Stone said he’d seen the lies of the Reagan administration in the ‘eighties, and how the USA had intervened in 60 or 70 countries, but nothing had prepared him for the Bush years. “This has been the worst decade of my life” Stone told reporters in Bangkok yesterday. The film-maker, in Thailand to deliver a series of talks organised by the International Peace Foundation, said “Bush was the most dangerous president in history,” because of his policy on ...

The Global Film Village: Roy E. Disney Dies at 79

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  Hollywood and the world mourns the loss of Roy E. Disney who during his time with the Company that his uncle and father founded has always strived to keep the legacy alive and build for the future.The following is the official Disney Company release. ROY E. DISNEY, KEY FIGURE IN REVITALIZING THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY AND DISNEY'S ANIMATION LEGACY, DIES AT AGE 79       (c) the Walt Disney Co.   MULTI-FACETED FORMER DISNEY VICE CHAIRMAN WAS A LE...

Happy Thanksgiving and watch the YouTube film Butterflies online

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Now exclusively on Journeyman Pictures see the multi Award winniing documentary about YouTubers and social media, Butterflies: http://journeyman.booserver.com/ Butterflies is a feature documentary film following the lives of six young people that are prominent 'weblebrities' on a video site YouTube. The film explores the new media, its power and its future. Will the Internet overcome traditional media? Will new media and traditional media merge? The film documents the struggles a...

Old Dogs world premiere red carpet with John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Ella Bleu

Old Dogs world premiere red carpet with John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Ella Bleu

The Global Film Village: A “Once In A Lifetime” Backstage interview with Ed Asner of Pixar’s “UP”

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by Marla Lewin Ed Asner was born the same year as the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman play, Once In A Lifetime, was written 1929. Ed has been a regular performer for the LA Theatre Works readings of great plays since its inception in 1985. The first live reading of this play back then had guests Steven Spielberg and Barry Diller in the audience. The producer explained that their technique and equipment for that performance had not been as good as they would have liked so they had always wanted...

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