REVIEW: Octubre is an enjoyable film, careful and deliberate

REVIEW: Octubre is an enjoyable film, careful and deliberate

Octubre is a lauded new Peruvian film that was recently at New Directors/New Films and has been at multiple other international festivals; it is the first feature of a team of brothers—writers/directors Daniel and Diego Vega Vidal. It’s a film of few words, so to speak, simple, with not too […]

Showtime to release MIxed Martial Arts documentary ‘Fightville’

Showtime to release MIxed Martial Arts documentary ‘Fightville’

Showtime Networks Inc. has acquired their latest documentary, FIGHTVILLE, for release in the US. The premium network closed a deal on the film, directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker, shortly after its rousing world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, TX last month. FIGHTVILLE chronicles […]

Jack Osbourne does NOT like Variety review of dad’s new film “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”

Jack Osbourne does NOT like Variety review of dad’s new film “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”

Jack Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne’s son, reportedly slammed Variety writer John Anderson over Anderson’s review of the documentary film “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.” Anderson described the film as “…rather affectionate and candid portrait of a singer/TV personality whose continuing respiration is regarded as a marvel of human achievement. Fans will respond […]

RIP: Yvette Vickers; B-Movie Actress and Playboy Playmate

RIP: Yvette Vickers; B-Movie Actress and Playboy Playmate

Yvette Vickers, an actress best known as the femme fatale in two late 1950s cult horror films, “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” and “Attack of the Giant Leeches,” was found dead Wednesday at her Benedict Canyon home. She was 82. The body’s mummified state suggests that she could have […]

2011 Los Angeles Film Festival announces the first round of US and international selections

2011 Los Angeles Film Festival announces the first round of US and international selections

You Hurt My Feelings

The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival will screen over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries.  Returning to downtown Los Angeles, with its central hub at L.A. LIVE, the Festival will run from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 26.

The festival announced the first round of official US and international selections.

10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Announces Attendance Numbers

10th Annual Tribeca Film Festival Announces Attendance Numbers

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) numbers are in, and they reveal that more than 430,000 people attended screenings, panels, talks and free community events – including the opening night world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s The Union, the Tribeca Drive-In series, Street Fair and Family Festival, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day, Tribeca […]

Maryland Film Festival 2011 Feature Local Docs THE LEARNING and CAFETERIA MAN

Maryland Film Festival 2011 Feature Local Docs THE LEARNING and CAFETERIA MAN

Maryland Film Festival 2011 opens tomorrow, and among the many documentaries screening are two honing in on fascinating stories within the Baltimore school system. Imelda director Ramona Diaz’s THE LEARNING documents a year in the lives of four Filipino women recruited to work as teachers in the Baltimore school system; Richard […]

Focus Features Grabs Wes Anderson’s new film ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Focus Features Grabs Wes Anderson’s new film ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Focus Features has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Moonrise Kingdom, the new feature from two-time Academy Award nominee Wes Anderson. Filming has begun, and Mr. Anderson is directing from an original screenplay that he wrote with Roman Coppola. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the […]

SNL’s Jason Sudeikis to host 2011 MTV Movie Awards

SNL’s Jason Sudeikis to host 2011 MTV Movie Awards

“Saturday Night Live” star Jason Sudeikis has been selected as the host of the 2011 MTV Movie Awards taking place on June 5, 2011 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, reports MTV. The MTV Movie Awards nominees — based on votes at MovieAwards.MTV.com — will be announced on […]

33 students selected as finalists in the 38th Annual Student Academy Awards

33 students selected as finalists in the 38th Annual Student Academy Awards

33 students from 22 U.S. colleges and universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition in each of four categories: Alternative, Animation, Documentary and Narrative.  The winning filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles for a week […]

Twins Cities Film Fest Announces 2011 dates

Twins Cities Film Fest Announces 2011 dates

The 2nd annual Twin Cities Film Fest will be held September 20 to 25, 2011 at Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON at the West End. This year’s festival will feature 35 to 40 films ranging from Minnesota-made features to studio and independent films. Submissions are now being accepted.

The Audience Votes “Give Up Tomorrow” Best Film of 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

The Audience Votes “Give Up Tomorrow” Best Film of 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

And the votes are in. The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announced the documentary film ‘Give Up Tomorrow’ as the winner of the Heineken Audience Award. The film’s director, Michael Collins, will receive a cash prize of $25,000.

Give Up Tomorrow which also received a Special Jury Mention in the World Documentary Competition at this year’s TFF reportedly played to rapturous response and standing ovations.  The film was also supported by the Tribeca Film Institute’s Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, and the filmmaker is an alumnus of the Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program. {jathumbnail off}

2011 Tribeca Film Festival: One on One with director Eva Mulvad of The Good Life

2011 Tribeca Film Festival: One on One with director Eva Mulvad of The Good Life

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The Good Life premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Eva Mulvad, the film documents “How do you cope with being broke after having lived a life of luxury and privilege? This is the fundamental question facing spoiled Anne Mette and her mother, a once-rich family now living off a small pension and struggling to adapt to their new situation in a coastal Portuguese hamlet. A Grey Gardens for the current financial era, The Good Life is a character study at turns touching and frustrating, but ultimately poignant.

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One-One with the Filmmakers & Stars of taut legal drama “Puncture”

One-One with the Filmmakers & Stars of taut legal drama “Puncture”

The film “Puncture” is a smart, wonderfully grown-up and wound tight courtroom drama-slash-political thriller, driven in part by a tour de force performance from Chris Evans playing hot-shot and hot-headed, drug-addled attorney Mark Weiss. The film also boasts the steady, balancing hand of co-director and co-star Mark Kassan. Mark co-directs with his brother Adam. (They formerly brought the unusual and beautifully well-acted “Bernard and Doris,” starring Susan Sarandon, to HBO recently.)

I sat down with Chris Evans, the brothers Kassan, and the lovely Vinessa Shaw, who plays the film’s heart beat and literal face of the movie’s subject- the terrifying fact that front-care and ER healthcare workers were once infected by AIDs and Hepatitis C on a daily basis  by accidental needle stabs. When an engineer develops a non-reusable needle that is literally “accident-proof,” the movie heats up as law partners Paul Danziger (Mark Kassan) and Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) take on the case to battle the largest manufacturer of plastic needles in the world. Billed as a “David & Goliath legal drama,” the film world premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. {jathumbnail off}

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Winners; She Monkeys, Bombay Beach Win Top Jury Awards

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Winners; She Monkeys, Bombay Beach Win Top Jury Awards

Pamela and Benny Parrish in Bombay Beach

The 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of its competition categories tonight at a ceremony hosted at the W Union Square in New York City. The Festival runs through May 1, 2011 including screenings of all winning films.

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Tribeca Film Institute Announces 2011 Award Winners and Grantees for Programs

Tribeca Film Institute Announces 2011 Award Winners and Grantees for Programs

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) today announced several program award winners and grantees at the TFI Awards Luncheon at Riverpark NYC during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, totaling $125,000 in funds. During the TFI Awards Ceremony at Riverpark NYC in Manhattan, the following Tribeca All Access Creative Promise winners were […]