Wasted Youth opens 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam

Wasted Youth opens 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam

The 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam will open on Wednesday 26 January with the world première of the Greek film Wasted Youth, a fiction film also selected for the festival’s Tiger Awards Competition. Wasted Youth is set during a hot summer day in Athens. A sixteen-year-old skater and his friends are amusing themselves in the big city. A middle-aged man struggles to take care of his family, through work that he hates and mounting stress. […]

2011 Writers Guild Awards Screen Nominees Announced

2011 Writers Guild Awards Screen Nominees Announced

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2010. Winners will be honored at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight The Fighter, […]

Mo’Nique To Join Academy President Tom Sherak For Oscar(R) Nominations

Mo’Nique To Join Academy President Tom Sherak For Oscar(R) Nominations

Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards® will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and Oscar-winning actress and Academy member Mo’Nique. Last year Mo’Nique received her first Oscar nomination and win for her supporting performance in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” She currently hosts her own late-night talk show, “The Mo’Nique Show,” on BET. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 […]

2011 Derby City Film Festival Finalists and Acting Nominations

2011 Derby City Film Festival Finalists and Acting Nominations

Over 200 films were submitted for the 2011 Derby City Film Festival which takes place February 18th – 20th, 2011. From those submissions, 41 were selected for competition and will be screened during the three day festival. Finally, 11 films were handed to the jury for award consideration in three categories; Feature Film, Short Film and Documentary Film. The finalists in the Feature Film category are: “Almost Nothing Good Happens”, Kentucky – Directed by Tom […]

61st Berlinale: World Cinema in the Panorama Lineup

61st Berlinale: World Cinema in the Panorama Lineup

24 films have been selected so far, to be presented in the Panorama section of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival scheduled for February 10 – 20, 2011. The selection includes names like José Padilha (who won the Golden Bear in 2009 for Tropa de elite), Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors) and Macedonian director Milcho Manchevski, as well as newcomers like Marie Kreutzer (Austria), Jan Schomburg (Germany) and Michaël R. Roskam (Belgium). Returning to the […]

Swedish actor Per Oscarsson and His Wife Feared Dead in House Fire

Swedish actor Per Oscarsson and His Wife Feared Dead in House Fire

Swedish actor Per Oscarsson and his wife were feared dead after human remains were discovered among the ashes of their burned home. Oscarsson, 83, and his wife, 67, were both believed to have been home when their house near the small town of Skara, Sweden, burned to the ground overnight Thursday. He won Best Actor at the 1966 Cannes film festival for playing the lead role as Pontus in Henning Carlsen’s “Hunger”, and most recently […]

2011 German Film Critics Awards; Feo Aladag’s “When We Leave” with 7 Nominations

2011 German Film Critics Awards; Feo Aladag’s “When We Leave” with 7 Nominations

Feo Aladag’s “When We Leave”received seven nominations from the Germany’s film critics association, basically, winning an award in every category for which the film was eligible.  The film follows a woman and her son as they try to escape her husband’s abuse and finds shelter with a family in Berlin. Nominations for German Film Critics Awards, 2011: Best Film Boxhagener Platz (Director: Matti Geschonneck) The Silence (Director: Baran bo Odar) When We Leave (Director: Feo Aladag!) Three (Director: Tom […]

RIP: Israeli actor Josef Shiloach

RIP: Israeli actor Josef Shiloach

Israeli actor Josef Shiloach died Monday at the age of 69. Shiloach, who starred is such Israeli cult classics as Alex Hole Ahava, Sapiches and Hagiga B’Snuker passed away following a long battle with cancer. Shiloach who also had parts in Rambo 3, the Mummy Lives, alongside Tony Curtis, and Not Without My Daughter received the lifetime achievement award at the 2009 Jerusalem Film Festival. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.  

RIP: Actor Pete Postlethwaite

RIP: Actor Pete Postlethwaite

Oscar nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite, known recently for his role in the film “The Age of Stupid” has died at the age of 64. He reportedly passed away in a British hospital on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. Postlethwaite received an Oscar nomination for his performance as Guiseppe Conlon in the 1993 film In The Name Of The Father.  He was reportedly described by the film director Steven Spielberg as “probably the best […]

2011 Oxford Film Festival Lineup

2011 Oxford Film Festival Lineup

The Oxford Film Festival in Oxford, Mississippi announced their February 10-13, 2011 festival films, panels, workshops and conversations to play on February 10 at the Lyric Theatere, and February 11-13 at Malco Theater. Opening the festival on Thursday, February 10 will be a special Thacker Mountain Radio show, a partner in presenting the film festival. The evening will continue with a screening of two short films. Les Blank’s “Werner Herzog Eats his Shoe,” and Ray […]

Independent Films and Shorts and Other Films Selected for Preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry

Independent Films and Shorts and Other Films Selected for Preservation in the 2010 National Film Registry

The Librarian of Congress named 25 motion pictures—Hollywood classics, documentaries and innovative shorts reflecting genres from every era of American filmmaking—to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Spanning the period 1891-1996, the films named to the registry included the black independent film “Cry of Jazz,” Luis Valdez’s “I Am Joaquin” and John Huston’s war documentary “Let There Be Light,” which was banned by the War Department for 35 years. This year’s selections […]

2010 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards; The King’s Speech Named Best Film of 2010

2010 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards; The King’s Speech Named Best Film of 2010

The Phoenix Film Critics Society named “The King’s Speech” the Best Picture of 2010 and its star, Colin Firth, Best Actor. Natalie Portman’s performance in “Black Swan” won the Best Actress award. “The Fighter” won both Best Supporting Actor for Christian Bale and Best Supporting Actress for Melissa Leo. “Inception” led all winners with 8 awards including Best Director, Christopher Nolan, and Best Original Screenplay. The complete list of winners is below. The Phoenix Film […]