REVIEW: Le Havre

REVIEW: Le Havre

Shot in the picturesque French port city of the same name, “Le Havre,” directed by Aki Kaurismaki, looks like it truly could have been created forty-five years ago. It’s an amazing and lovely film about community and solidarity, without any maudlin nostalgia to muck it up in the middle. It’s truly an original, and already feels like a dyed-in-the-wool classic.  {jathumbnail off}

WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT and the Complete List of Winners of 2011 AFI FEST

WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT and the Complete List of Winners of 2011 AFI FEST

AFI FEST 2011 announced the features and short films that took home this year’s Audience and Jury Awards. The audience voted the lesbian themed drama, WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT by first-time writer/director, Alexandra-Therese Keining the winner in the Breakthrough Section.

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Morgan Freeman to receive the Cecil B DeMille award at the Golden Globes

Morgan Freeman to receive the Cecil B DeMille award at the Golden Globes

Morgan Freeman will receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes ceremony in January. The award is given every year by the HFPA for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Freeman won a best actor Golden Globe in 1990 for Driving Miss Daisy and was nominated three more times, for The Shawshank Redemption, Million Dollar Baby, for which he won an Oscar, and Invictus. The Cecil B. DeMille was first given in […]

Oliver Platt and Edie Falco to cohosts Gotham Independent Film Awards

Oliver Platt and Edie Falco to cohosts Gotham Independent Film Awards

Oliver Platt and Edie Falco will co-host the 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards ceremony scheduled to take place November 28th 2011 in New York. “We are absolutely thrilled to be co-hosting this year’s Gotham Awards,” Platt and Falco said in a joint statement. “We look forward to an evening that celebrates outstanding independent film-making, brave and bold voices against the backdrop of this incredible city.”

Billy Crystal is the new host of the Oscars

Billy Crystal is the new host of the Oscars

Billy Crystal will replace Eddie Murphy as the host of the 84th Academy Awards. The funny man announced in a tweet, “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show.” This will mark Crystal’s ninth time as host. Only Bob Hope has hosted more Academy Awards presentations, with 19 ceremonies between 1940 and 1978. Crystal last hosted […]

Brian Grazer is the new producer of 84th Academy Awards

Brian Grazer is the new producer of 84th Academy Awards

Academy President Tom Sherak announced today that Academy Award®-winner Brian Grazer will be the replacement for Brett Ratner as the producer of the 84th Academy Awards. This will be the first time Grazer has produced the Oscar® telecast. “Brian Grazer is a renowned filmmaker who over the past 25 years has produced a diverse and extraordinary body of work,” said Sherak. “He will certainly bring his tremendous talent, creativity and relationships to the Oscars®.” “I […]

Eddie Murphy Quits as Host of 84th Academy Awards

Eddie Murphy Quits as Host of 84th Academy Awards

One day after Brett Ratner, quit as producer of the 84th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” said Sherak. In the statement, Murphy said, “First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support […]

Filmmakers behind Joe Frazier Film sad about his Passing

Filmmakers behind Joe Frazier Film sad about his Passing

Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier died at the age of 67 from liver cancer. The filmmakers behind the film, “Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears” issued a statement on their website, “It is with deep sadness that all of us involved with the film learned of Joe’s sad passing. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. We are truly grateful for the time Joe spent with us to share his story. We hope […]

Aaron Eckhart, James Marsden, Jay and Mark Duplass honored at 2011 Savannah Film Festival

Aaron Eckhart, James Marsden, Jay and Mark Duplass honored at 2011 Savannah Film Festival

 

The 14th annual Savannah Film Festival rounded out a full week of special screenings and award presentations by honoring Golden Globe-nominated actor Aaron Eckhart (“The Dark Knight,” “Erin Brockovich”), actor James Marsden (“27 Dresses,” “X-Men”) and the writing/directing brother team of Jay and Mark Duplass (“Cyrus,” “The Puffy Chair”) during the event’s closing weekend. {jathumbnail off}

Brett Ratner No Longer Producing the Oscars After Homophobic Slur

Brett Ratner No Longer Producing the Oscars After Homophobic Slur

Brett Ratner has resigned as a producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards after reportedly using the homophobic F-word at an event on Sunday night. He reportedly said “Rehearsal is for f*gs,” in response to a question at the event. In a statement issued later today, the Academy said, This morning, Brett Ratner submitted his resignation as a producer of the 84th annual Academy Awards to Academy President Tom Sherak. Ratner then issued an open […]

Australian Film ‘Wedding Party’ Leads Winners of 2011 Bel-Air Film Festival

Australian Film ‘Wedding Party’ Leads Winners of 2011 Bel-Air Film Festival

The Fourth Annual Bel-Air Film Festival was held in from October 12th-17th, and included screening 36 Feature, Documentary, Short, and Student Films.  “The 2011 Bel-Air Film Festival is proud to have showcased the work of filmmakers that have expressed their creativity and innovative spirits, and we are pleased to announce this year’s winners.” –Melody Storm, President of Bel-Air Film Festival.

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A Little Closer Wins Top Jury Prize at 2011 Indie Memphis Film Festival

A Little Closer Wins Top Jury Prize at 2011 Indie Memphis Film Festival

The 14th Indie Memphis Film Festival ran November 3rd thru 6th, and wrapped on Sunday night with its awards ceremony.  A Little Closer by director Matthew Petock took the top Jury prize for best film. In the film, set in rural Virginia, Sheryl struggles to balance her work as a housekeeper and raising her two sons, fifteen year-old Marc and eleven year-old Stephen. Hoping to meet the love of her life and bring home a father for her boys, she frequents a depressing, weekly mixer for the towns aging singles set. Meanwhile, Marc is desperate to lose his virginity, and spends his days working at a used car lot. And his brother Stephen, in the throes of sexual discovery, becomes infatuated with his schoolteacher while struggling to win the approval of a group of peers who adamantly detest her.

Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis, directed by Peter Sasowsky won the Jury award for Best Documentary.  The film takes the viewer with Joe Davis,a peg-legged artist and motorcycle mechanic from Mississippi, around the world and into the visual and philosophical landscape of his art.

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Founder Sophoan Sorn to Serve As guest curator and director of the 2012 San Joaquin International Film Festival

Founder Sophoan Sorn to Serve As guest curator and director of the 2012 San Joaquin International Film Festival

Founder Sophoan Sorn will serve as guest curator and director of the 5th San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF5), taking place January 12th-14th, 2012 at the Stockton Empire Theatre on the Miracle Mile, and January 15th at the Janet Leigh Theatre at University of the Pacific. Sophoan Sorn is presently director of San Francisco’s Berlin & Beyond Film Festival. Sorn inaugurated SJIFF in June of 2008. During his three-year tenure through 2010, he expanded SJIFF […]

Inuk Wins Real Big at 2011 Savannah Film Festival

Inuk Wins Real Big at 2011 Savannah Film Festival

The Savannah College of Art and Design held its 14th annual Savannah Film Festival, October 29 – November 5, 2011 in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia and wrapped with honoring the best films that screened at the festival. This year’s competition films competed for more than $80,000 in cash and prizes.

The Greenlandic film ‘Inuk’ ddirected by American Mike Magidson was the big winner, taking home the awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Director, and Best Editing.

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The Corridor and Beg Tie For Best Feature Films at 2011 Flickers RI International Horror Film Festival

The Corridor and Beg Tie For Best Feature Films at 2011 Flickers RI International Horror Film Festival

Despite rain, snow and even power outages, the 12th Flickers RI International Horror Film Festival drew crowds to the see the 42 films that were screened during the “cinematic symphony of horror”, October 27th-30th, 2011.

Attending this year were the cast and crew from eight of the international films screened during the Festival including Imposter, Vampyre Compendium, Beg, Inkubus, and Last Seen on Delores Street for their premieres along with directors and producers Marc Masciandaro, Matteo Bernardini from Italy, Devi Snively, Augustin Fuentes, and Kevin and Shanna MacDonald.

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RIP: Science Fiction and Horror Films Producer Richard Gordon

RIP: Science Fiction and Horror Films Producer Richard Gordon

Richard Gordon, producer and executive producer of science fiction and horror films died Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, reports the LA Times. He was 85. Gordon’s career included such credits as a “Fiend Without a Face” and “The Haunted Strangler,”; he also ecutive-produced movies such as “Corridors of Blood” with Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee, “The Haunted Strangler” with Karloff, “Island of Terror” with Peter Cushing and “Fiend Without a Face” […]

2011 Savannah Film Festival honors Oliver Stone, Ellen Barkin and Ray Liotta

2011 Savannah Film Festival honors Oliver Stone, Ellen Barkin and Ray Liotta

Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Savannah Film Festival on Thursday, Nov. 3.  Stone dedicated his award to native Savannahian and well-known publicist Bobby Zarem, whom he has known for more than 30 years. “The memory of my achievement lies in Savannah, a city Bobby loves so much,” said the award-winning director. Stone ended with, “I got your back, Bobby.”  {jathumbnail off}

10 finalists for the 6th round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants of more than $305,000

10 finalists for the 6th round of SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants of more than $305,000

San Francisco Film Society New People Cinema

Ten finalists made it to the sixth round of San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants of more than $305,000, to be given to one or more feature films that through plot, character, theme or setting significantly explore human and civil rights, discrimination, gender and sexual identity and other urgent social justice issues of our time. Winners of the fall 2011 SFFS/KRF Grants will be announced in mid-December.

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Melancholia Sweeps European Film Awards 2011 Nomination

Melancholia Sweeps European Film Awards 2011 Nomination

 

MELANCHOLIA

The nominations for the European Film Awards 2011 were announced at the Seville European Film Festival.  MELANCHOLIA, directed by Lars von Trier lead the nominations, with the film nominated in all the top categories including European Film, European Director, European Screenwriter, European Actress, Cinematography, Editor and Composer.  The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on December 3rd, 2011, in Berlin.

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Tribeca Film to release French thriller Sleepless Night in the US

Tribeca Film to release French thriller Sleepless Night in the US

Tribeca Film has acquired the thriller Sleepless Night from director Frédéric Jardin, which had its World Premiere in the Midnight Madness section of the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The film will be released in 2012 on VOD and theatrically. Sleepless Night tells the story of Vincent, a respected and dedicated police officer, or so it seems. After stealing a massive bag of cocaine from drug dealers that work for Marciano, a powerful mob boss/nightclub […]

18 Films Submitted in the Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards

18 Films Submitted in the Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards

  Eighteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards®. The 18 submitted features are: “The Adventures of Tintin” “Alois Nebel” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” “Arthur Christmas” “Cars 2” “A Cat in Paris” “Chico & Rita” “Gnomeo & Juliet” “Happy Feet Two” “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil” “Kung Fu Panda 2” “Mars Needs Moms” “Puss in Boots” “Rango” “Rio” “The Smurfs” “Winnie the Pooh” “Wrinkles” […]

Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Tyrannosaur lead British Independent Film Awards

Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Tyrannosaur lead British Independent Film Awards

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Tyrannosaur, led the nominations for the 14th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards with seven nods.  All three films are battling for the Best British Film Award, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor or Actress awards.  We Need to Talk About Kevin and Kill List each receive six nominations with Submarine following closely with five.

Tilda Swinton received a nomination for Best Actress for her performance in We Need To Talk About Kevin, along with Rebecca Hall (The Awakening), Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre), MyAnna Buring (Kill List), and Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur). Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Neil Maskell (Kill List), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur) were all nominated for Best Actor award.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will take place on Sunday 4 December at the Old Billingsgate in London.

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