Martin Scorsese and HBO to Make Bill Clinton Documentary

Martin Scorsese and HBO to Make Bill Clinton Documentary

HBO and Martin Scorsese will partner for a documentary about William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States. According to the press release, the film will be made with Clinton’s full cooperation, and will explore his perspectives on history, politics, culture and the world, with Scorsese producing and directing, and Steve Bing producing.

“President Clinton is one of the most compelling figures of our time, whose world view and perspective, combined with his uncommon intelligence, make him a singular voice on the world stage,” said Plepler and Lombardo. “This documentary, under Marty’s gifted direction, creates a unique opportunity for the President to reflect on myriad issues that have consumed his attention and passion throughout both his Presidency and post-Presidency.”

“A towering figure who remains a major voice in world issues, President Clinton continues to shape the political dialogue both here and around the world,” observed Scorsese. “Through intimate conversations, I hope to provide greater insight into this transcendent figure.”

“I am pleased that legendary director Martin Scorsese and HBO have agreed to do this film,” said President Clinton. “I look forward to sharing my perspective on my years as President, and my work in the years since, with HBO’s audience.”

Sundance Institute Picks 12 Projects for Feature Film Program 2013 January Screenwriters Lab

Sundance Institute Picks 12 Projects for Feature Film Program 2013 January Screenwriters Lab

Sundance Institute has selected 12 projects for its 2013 January Screenwriters Lab, an immersive, five-day (January 11-16) writers’ workshop at the Sundance Resort in Utah. Participating independent screenwriters – drawn from around the world, including the United States, Iran, Europe, Mexico, and Somalia – will have the opportunity to work intensely on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers. The 2013 Lab is dedicated to the memory of Frank Pierson (1925-2012), a founding creative advisor of the Feature Film Program whose body of work and generosity as a mentor served as an inspiration to countless writers.

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “Across all Sundance Institute Labs, which include offerings for various forms of artistic expression, the constant is creating an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. We look forward to building a unique community of artists at our Lab, in support of these emerging screenwriters and their stories.”

Michelle Satter, Founding Director of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program, said, “We are thrilled to welcome the new group of writers to the Lab whose stories are timely, ambitious and singular in their vision and independent voice. Exploring themes that resonate across cultures, the writers have found diverse and dynamic approaches to storytelling that will inspire and move audiences in the years to come. The January Screenwriters Labs marks the beginning of a rigorous year-round process of creative and tactical support which is tailored to the needs of each individual project and extends from script development to connecting with audiences.”

The Fellows will work with a distinguished group of creative advisors at the Lab, including Marcos Bernstein, D.V. DeVincentis, Michael Goldenberg, Susannah Grant, Walter Mosley, Marti Noxon, Anjum Rajabali, Howard Rodman, David Seidler, Susan Shilliday, Zach Sklar, Dana Stevens, Robin Swicord, Mike White, Tyger Williams and Erin Cressida Wilson.

The projects and Fellows selected for the 2013 January Screenwriters Lab are:

Richard Gere to be Honored at 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Richard Gere to be Honored at 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) which runs January 3-14, 2013, will honor Richard Gere with the Chairman’s Award.   Richard Gere stars in Arbitrage from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.  Gere plays New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller, who on the eve of his 60th birthday is desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire and makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.  The film […]

15 FIlms Invited to Compete in Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus at 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

15 FIlms Invited to Compete in Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus at 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Baby Blues – Poland By Kasia Rosłaniec

Fifteen films have already been invited to compete in Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. The early list includes 3 films from the US including Hide Your Smiling Faces directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone, The Cold Lands directed by Tom Gilroy and Tough Bond by Austin Peck, Anneliese Vandenberg. The complete Generation program will be announced in mid January. The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival will run February 7 – 17, 2013.

Films include:

2013 Arlington International Film Festival Call for Filmmaker Submissions

2013 Arlington International Film Festival Call for Filmmaker Submissions

 

The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) has opened submissions for the 3rd Annual Arlington International Film Festival to be held October 23 -27, 2013 at the historic Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA, U.S.A.

The 2013 Festival will showcase the best of independent films from around the world and welcomes submissions of feature length and short films with an emphasis on multi-culturalism.

AIFF will once again feature juried awards for the following categories: Best of Festival, Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Animation Short.  

Filmmakers will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by August 2013. 

Shorts and Beyond Section Film Lineup Released for 2013 Slamdance Film Festival

Shorts and Beyond Section Film Lineup Released for 2013 Slamdance Film Festival

Domestic

Slamdance announced their Shorts Programs for the 19th Annual Slamdance Film Festival, as well as the launch of Beyond, a brand new section. Beyond showcases bold and daring films from emerging Narrative and Documentary filmmakers, working just beyond their first features.

The film lineup includes the World Premiere of Cullen Hoback’s Terms and Conditions May Apply, featuring Margaret Atwood and Mark Zuckerberg among others. The film is described as “A shocking exposé of the basic civil rights we surrender when we agree to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies connected to every website we visit, phone call we make, or app we use.” The lineup also includes the Romanian film, Domestic, “A bittersweet comedy about people who eat the animals they love and animals that love people unconditionally.”

The 2013 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 18 – 24, 2013 in Park City, Utah, at the Treasure Mountain Inn: 255 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060.

The film lineup:

7 Films Remain in Race for Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar

7 Films Remain in Race for Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the seven films that remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 85th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order:      “Hitchcock”     “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”     “Les Misérables”     “Lincoln”     “Looper”     “Men in Black 3”     “Snow White and the Huntsman” The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, and the Academy Awards for outstanding […]

2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Nordic And Award Winning Films on Lineup

2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Nordic And Award Winning Films on Lineup

 

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(PSIFF), scheduled January 3-14, 2013, has begun to release its film lineup including a new program: Nordic Light, highlighting films from Scandinavia, and the films selected to compete for the FIPRESCI Award in the Awards Buzz section and Modern Masters.  The Festival will screen 42 of the 71 official submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film.

AWARDS BUZZ

The Awards Buzz section will feature 42 of the 71 official submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film, selected by Festival programmers as the strongest entries in this year’s race.  A special jury of international film critics will review these films to award the FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, Best Actor and Best Actress.  The following films selected, in alphabetical order by country, are:

Only 282 Feature Films Eligible for 2012 Best Picture Oscar

Only 282 Feature Films Eligible for 2012 Best Picture Oscar

Of all the films released in 2012, only 282 feature films are eligible for the 2012 Academy Awards® for Best Picture, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Friday. To be eligible for 85th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have […]

All 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Acting Honorees Nominated for a SAG Award

All 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival Acting Honorees Nominated for a SAG Award

The Palm Springs International Film Festival can really pick them. All of the 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival acting honorees have been nominated for a SAG Award.  BRADLEY COOPER (PSIFF Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting) received a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his role in “Silver Linings Playbook”. HELEN MIRREN (PSIFF International Star Award) was nominated for a SAG Award as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor […]

Chilean film “No” Wins 2012 Havana Film Festival

Chilean film “No” Wins 2012 Havana Film Festival

The Chilean film “No” was the winner of the first prize Coral Award for fiction at the 34th Havana Film Festival. “No”, directed by Chilean director Pablo Larrain, and starring Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, is about the referendum vote that finally removed Augusto Pinochet from power in 1990. With “No”, Larrain completes his trilogy on the Chilean dictatorship, which began with “Tony Manero”  and was followed by “Post Mortem”. The second place Coral award in the Best Fiction Film category also […]

Helen Mirren to be Honored at 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Helen Mirren to be Honored at 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Actress Helen Mirren will receive the International Star Award at the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF).  The Festival runs January 3-14, 2013.  The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical and commercial international recognition throughout their body of work. “With more than four decades’ worth of memorable film, television and stage performances, Helen Mirren continues to be one of the most outstanding actresses of her generation,” said Festival Chairman […]

First Six Films Announced for 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

First Six Films Announced for 2013 Berlin International Film Festival

Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope)

The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival has picked the first six films for the Berlinale’s Competition section. They include Gloria from Chile/Spain, Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin Haewon (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon) from Republic of Korea, Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope) from Austria/France/Germany, Poziţia Copilului (Child’s Pose) from Romania, Promised Land starring Matt Damon and the animanted 3D film, The Croods from the US. In addition, Christian Rost and Claus Strigel will present the world premiere of their documentary Unter Menschen (Redemption Impossible) in the Berlinale Special.

French documentary filmmaker and producer Claude Lanzmann will be honored with a Homage and awarded the Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.

Claude Lanzmann’s film Shoah (1985) made cinematic history as an unparalleled masterpiece of commemorative culture. The nine-and-a-half hour documentary on the genocide of European Jews was screened in the Berlinale Forum in 1986 and received numerous international awards. The preparation and film work for Shoah lasted nearly twelve years. In the film, Lanzmann shows only interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Shoah, including perpetrators, and visits sites of extermination, vividly calling into consciousness the unfathomable horrors of the Nazi genocide.

Four More Films Added to 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Four More Films Added to 2013 Sundance Film Festival

El Mariachi

The Sundance Film Festival added four films to the 2013 Festival, including Magic Magic (Director: Sebastián Silva), Muscle Shoals (Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier) and Wrong Cops (Director: Quentin Dupieux) as well as El Mariachi (1993) for the From the Collection screening. The 2013 Festival will be January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

El Mariachi is part of The Sundance Collection at UCLA (The Collection), a film preservation program established in 1997. 

With the addition of these four films, the 2013 Sundance Film Festival will present 119 feature-length films, representing 32 countries and 51 first-time filmmakers, including 27 in competition.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Silver Linings Playbook Among 2013 Golden Globes Nominations

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Silver Linings Playbook Among 2013 Golden Globes Nominations

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

The 2013 Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln led with 7 nominations but multiple nominations also for smaller films like Silver Linings Playbook and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Silver Linings Playbook were both nominated for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy.

The Globes telecast will be broadcast on Jan. 13, 2013 on  NBC hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

The 2013 Golden Globes Nominations

Silver Linings Playbook Lead 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

Silver Linings Playbook Lead 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

“SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Nominations for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performances in 2012 in five film and eight primetime television categories as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles.

Silver Linings Playbook tied with Lincoln and Les Miserables for films with most nominations, at four each.  Silver Linings Playbook received nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role – BRADLEY COOPER, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role – JENNIFER LAWRENCE, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role – ROBERT DE NIRO, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January, 27 at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

The complete list of nominations for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® follows.

19th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONS

Lad: A Yorkshire Story Wins Best Feature at 2012 Anchorage International Film Festival

Lad: A Yorkshire Story Wins Best Feature at 2012 Anchorage International Film Festival

Lad: A Yorkshire Story

Lad: A Yorkshire Story, directed by Dan Hartley was awarded the top prize, the Golden Oosikars for Best Feature at the 2012 Anchorage International Film Festival which ran November 30 to December 12, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska.   Set in the starkly beautiful Yorkshire Dales, the film is described as a heart-warming tale of two individuals overcoming adversity and in the process forming a unique and inspiring friendship. 

Roadmap to Apartheid, directed by Ana Nogueira won the award for Best Documentary.  Co- directors Ana Nogueira and Eron Davidson are respectively a white South African and a Jewish Israeli. Drawing on their first-hand knowledge of the issues, the directors take a close look at the apartheid comparison often used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their film breaks down the rhetorical analogy into a fact-based comparison, noting where the analogy is useful and appropriate, and where it is not. Their film is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of Apartheid as it is a film about why Palestinians feel that they are living in an Apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.

The complete list of Golden Oosikars winners

Actor, Comedian Andy Samberg to Host 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Actor, Comedian Andy Samberg to Host 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards

  Actor, Comedian Andy Samberg will serve as host for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The 28th annual awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 23 with the premiere broadcast airing later that evening at 10:00 pm ET/PT on IFC.  Emmy® award-winning actor and writer Samberg is achieving as much success behind the scenes as he is on screen. Having just […]

75 Original Songs To Compete For 2012 Oscar

75 Original Songs To Compete For 2012 Oscar

Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, and the Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

RIP Singer Jenni Rivera Appeared in Indie Film Filly Brown

RIP Singer Jenni Rivera Appeared in Indie Film Filly Brown

Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera died Dec. 9 in a plane crash in Northern Mexico. She was 43. The small jet carrying Ms. Rivera and six other passengers crashed about 3:30 a.m. in the mountainous terrain outside Monterrey, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. There were no survivors Rivera was also an actress, appearing in the indie film “Filly Brown,” which was shown at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, as the incarcerated mother of Filly Brown, a […]

Film from 2013 Sundance Film Festival To Screen in 10 Indie Theaters Across US on January 31

Film from 2013 Sundance Film Festival To Screen in 10 Indie Theaters Across US on January 31

Afternoon Delight

Films from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival will screen in 10 independent theaters in cities across the country on January 31 as part of the Sundance Film Festival USA initiative. Audiences in 10 cities will have the opportunity to share in the excitement of discovery of a film fresh from the  2013 Festival as well as hear directly from the filmmaker about their work.

Each of 10 filmmakers will travel to one of the following cities: Ann Arbor, MI; Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; San Francisco, CA; and Tucson, AZ.  In each city, the filmmaker will introduce and screen their film and participate in a Q&A with the audience.

Palm Springs International Film Festival to Honor Bradley Cooper, Sally Field, and Argo

Palm Springs International Film Festival to Honor Bradley Cooper, Sally Field, and Argo

Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor actor Bradley Cooper, actress Sally Field and the cast of Argo.  The Festival runs January 3-14, 2012.

Bradley Cooper will be presented with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for acting, Academy Award® winning actress Sally Field with its Career Achievement Award, and the film Argo with its Ensemble Performance Award.  

Bradley Cooper is currently starring in the Weinstein Company’s Silver Linings Playbook, a family drama, comedy and love story based on the bestselling novel by Matthew Quick, written and directed by David O. Russell.  Pat Solution has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and after spending 8 months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation.  All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet – and to share their family’s obsession with their favorite Philadelphia football team.  When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.  Cooper served as an executive producer on the film and stars in it along with Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Demuro, Jackie Weaver, Anuran Khmer and Chris Tucker.

Cooper received Best Actor from the National Board of Review and is nominated for a Best Male Lead Independent Spirit Award.  Past honorees of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and John Travolta.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to Honor Actress Amy Adams with the Cinema Vanguard Award

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to Honor Actress Amy Adams with the Cinema Vanguard Award

  The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor award winning actor Amy Adams with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, January 31, 2013. She will be honored for her exceptional performance in this year’s The Master with a tribute at the 28th edition of the Festival, which runs January 24 – February 3, 2013. Adams, a three- time Academy Award® nominee and just awarded Best Supporting Actress by the L.A. Film Critics Association, portrayed […]

Amour and The Master Among LA Film Critics Best Films of 2012

Amour and The Master Among LA Film Critics Best Films of 2012

The Master

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association picked “Amour” Michael Haneke’s film about an elderly couple dealing with ageing and dementia “as the best film of 2012. “The Master” which stars Joaquin Phoenix as a World War II veteran who comes under the sway of a charismatic cult leader was chosen as best-picture runner-up.

“The Master” did win four awards including best director for Paul Thomas Anderson, best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, supporting actress for Amy Adams and production design for David Crank and Jack Fisk.

38th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners: