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Films To Sea Festival August 4 - 11 (the sea) The Films To Sea Festival, an Alaskan cruise, will set sail from Vancouver, on the Holland America M.S. Zaandam. Ports of call include Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, as well as two days of cruising through the Inside Passage. The Films To Sea Festival will present the best of international cinema to an audience of film lovers from all walks of life, including industry members. Festival participants will experience...

Wiseman and Cooper Land Leos

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Leo Awards March 20th (NY) Documentarian Frederick Wiseman and Programmer Karen Cooper will be honored March 20th during the Ninth Annual Film Preservation Honors Dinner at New York's Anthology Film Archive, reported Indiewire. They will receive the 2001 Leo Awards, which are awarded to those who "most exemplify the commitment and spirit of Leo Dratfield and show a sustained ability to introduce innovative and unorthodox approaches into their areas of specializa...

Smash Cuts Festival Begins Online

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This week, www.d2mefest.com launches the SMASH CUTS!/smashcuts.com hot indie web series. Features in the program include Tom Waits' cult favorite What's He Building? and powerful web commercials like Pece Dingo's HELP and the revealing Aussie hit Blind Date. Join judges like Actor Forest Whitaker, Director Randal Kleiser and Stop Motion Animator Corky Quakenbush and vote for your favorite to win the Audience Award. The awards ceremony will be held Thursday, Marc...

Ang Lee Announces Return of the Masters

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Ang Lee is planning to bring back his martial arts masters for a second bout of action. The Oscar-nominated director announced at the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas that he is writing a prequel to the surprise hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Stars Chow-Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh are back on board for the project....

Honoring the Pretty Woman

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Calling her "J-Ro", George Clooney was one of the big Hollywood names that turned up to pay tribute to Julia Roberts, who was honored by the American Museum of the Moving Image. Roberts, an Oscar-nominee, is the 16th actor to be honored by the museum in New York. Also on hand were Steven Soderbergh who directed the pretty woman in Erin Brockovich and Susan Sarandon, her costar in the upcoming Ocean's Eleven....

Dirty Money Film to be Released

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Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (Stealthily and on the Sly), the Indian flick scandalized by its money-laundered funding, will be released this Friday. Despite the ongoing criminal trial of a diamond merchant who is accused of using dirty money to finance the film, the court, in appointing a distributor, has approved the release of the film. A spokesman for the Indian Theater Owner's Association said he expects the film to do well in the box office because "there has been a lot...

Neeson's Braveheart for Charity

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A charity auction organized by Liam Neeson to benefit UNICEF was off to a generous start as Mel Gibson's sword from Braveheart fetched $170,000. Other items donated by stars at Neeson's request included Harrison Ford's bullwhip from the three Indiana Jones movies, a light saber used by Neeson from the latest Star Wars installation, and a Faberge-framed photo of Audrey Hepburn. The auction, which ends today, has already raised more than $400,000....

Lonergan Can Count on WGA Awards

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53rd Annual Writers Guild Awards March 4 (NYC/Beverly Hills) The Writers Guild of America, West and East announced the winners of the 53rd Annual Writers Guild of America Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen, television and radio in gala ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, and at the Plaza Hotel in New York. The NY ceremony was emceed by Jane Curtin and included presenters Christine Baranski, Blythe Danner, Edie Fal...

No Place to Go Lands in Miami

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Miami Film Festival February 23 - March 4 (Florida) More than most film festivals, the 18-year-old Miami Film Festival reflects the tastes of its founder and director Nat Chediak, of Lebanese and Cuban descent, an aficionado of both film and jazz, particularly with a Latin beat. Of the 26 films he selected, 12 were in Spanish, directly aimed at appealing to the extremely appreciative predominantly Spanish-speaking audience. Inevitably, the film which won the Fedex...

Amores Perros Wins in Portugal

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The Oporto International Film Festival - Fantasporto February 22 - March 2 (Portugal) For 10 days, Oporto -- the city that gave the world port wine -- was the center of the European film world. The 21st edition of Fantasporto closed this week after receiving about 100,000 spectators, including journalists from Japan, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, USA, Belgium, Finland, and Great Britain. The winner of the Best Film award was Alejandro G. Inarri...

Thessaloniki Lines up Docs

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Thessaloniki Documentary Festival -- Images of the 21st Century March 5 - 11 (Greece) Two successful years and an active audience support prove that the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival has gained an important position in the international documentary production scene. The 2001 edition kicks off March 5th and during same month, the city of Thessaloniki will host a wide ranging list of cinematic offers, reflecting the diversity of the medium itself. A total...

When it Rains it Pours in San Jose

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Cinequest San Jose Film Festival February 22 - March 4, 2001 Heavy rain didn't dampen spirits Sunday night, as the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival came to a thunderous close. Pass and ticket holders braved the drizzle for over an hour before trickling into the sold-out screening of Alejandro González Iñárritu's ambitious Amores Perros, the Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film from Mexico. Festival organizers were basking in the box-office glow ...

SF Asian Fest Explores Cultural Identity

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19th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival March 8 - 15 (San Francisco & Berkeley) March 17-18 (San Jose) Edgy dramas, unflinching documentaries, and compelling short films and videos will be presented at the 19th annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF). The Festival, the largest event in North America dedicated to the exhibition of Asian American and Asian film, once again presents some of the best of rece...

What's Playing at Mar del Plata

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Films playing at Mar del Plata are divided into several sections: Official Competition Section Will show films from at least 10 different countries, each not yet released beyond its production zone. These films will compete for the Golden Ombú, the festival's maximum award, and the Silver Ombú awards for the main artistic roles. Point of View Will show films from those filmmakers who search a new aesthetic way to comprehend cinema art, produced not bef...

Soderbergh Leads DGA Nominations

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Directors Guild of America Saturday, March 10, 2001 Steven Soderbergh leads this year's list with DGA nominations for two films, Erin Brockovich and Traffic. He is only the second director to receive two DGA Feature Film nominations in the same year since the current method of selecting five nominees from which one winner is chosen began in 1970. In 1974, Francis Ford Coppola was nominated for both The Godfather Part II and The Conversation. Coppola received that...

Tout Près des Etoiles

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Ancien danseur, Nils Tavernier, comédien et cinéaste documentaire, a toujours nourri une grande fascination pour cet art. Déjà auteur d'un film sur le Moulin Rouge, il a choisi cette fois-ci de s'intéresser à l'un des hauts lieus du ballet : l'Opéra de Paris dont la compagnie est réputée comme la meilleure du monde. Il nous montre le fonctionnement de cette institution sans oublier de filmer la magie de la danse....

No More Mr. Bad Guy

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Since his early role as the sensible-turned-nasty in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave, Eccleston has been a busy actor. He played the archetypal Brit baddy in Bruckheimer's blockbuster, Gone in Sixty Seconds, he's repolished his craft with a six month stint on the London stage, starred in Adam Brooks' directorial debut The Invisible Circus, which screened at Sundance. Nick Wistreich caught up with Eccleston in London, where this busy actor swore that he's finished pl...

The UK's Leading Casting Agent

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The UK's leading casting agent discusses "The Name Problem," and why she hates the title "casting director."Mary Selway is the UK's leading casting director. Starting with If it's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium in 1969, Mary went on to cast features for Spielberg (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Raiders of the Lost Ark), Ridley Scott (Alien), James Cameron (Aliens), George Lucas (Return of the Jedi), Michael Apted (Gorillas in the Mist) and Roman Polanski (Tess),...

Collette Goes For a Piece of the Pie

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Toni Collette, the Aussie actress from The Sixth Sense, is in talks to star opposite Hugh Grant in the Universal production About a Boy. The $30 million-budgeted film, due to begin shooting in London next month, is an adaptation of the latest novel by Nick Hornby who wrote the novel High Fidelity. About a Boy follows a wealthy commitment-phobe played by Grant who has flings with single mothers only to befriend the son of one of his conquests, Collette. The Weitz brothers, Chris and...

Soothsayer Guild Awards?

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You Can Count on Me, Traffic, and Gladiator all picked up awards this weekend as the Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America lauded their films of the year. Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me picked up the award for best original screenplay for his directorial debut while Stephen Gaghan was awarded best adapted screenplay for Traffic. Douglas Wick and Branko Lustig took home the Producer of the Year award for Gladiator. Each film is nominated for an Oscar ...

Stephanik Stands By for Another Award

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Roch Stephanik has been awarded the Cyril Collard prize for his first feature film Stand By, which also picked up a Best Actress Cesar. The prize of 200,000 French francs is given by the French/German cultural channel Arte to help a director develop a new project. Stand By was produced on a shoestring budget and was on limited release last summer. The film, about a woman who becomes a prostitute after her husband leaves her behind at Orly airport, is now being re- released....

My Hero! Scotland Yard Saves the Gladiator

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The New York Post reports that Scotland Yard police foiled a plot to kidnap Russell Crowe. Crowe was quizzed by officials for 9 hours to intercept the planned kidnapping at the British premiere of his latest movie Proof of Life. Mysterious gangsters were reportedly planning to abduct the actor and demand a ransom of millions of dollars. When Crowe showed up for the premiere on December 5, he was flanked by bodyguards on both sides....

Ali Zaoua Wins Stallion at Ouagadougou

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Adanggaman, reportedly the first African film to address African involvement in the slave trade with the west, picked up the best picture award at the all-Africa film festival over the weekend. The Stallion of Yennenga award for best director was given to Moroccan Nabil Ayouch for Ali Zaoua....

Stone Relies on Her Instinct

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The decision to go ahead with Basic Instinct 2 hinges on Sharon Stone's approval of a leading man, and Benjamin Bratt is the front-runner. The sequel to the 1991 thriller, which will be helmed by John McTiernan, has been delayed by the search for a suitable actor to face up to Stone's ice pick. Problems have been plaguing the sequel, notably when director David Cronenberg and lead actor Bruce Greenwood dropped out....

Chocolat - Press Conference

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A small town stuck in a repressive condition comes alive once again as a unconventional chocolatier and her daughter bring an ancient recipe that awakens sensual desires and taste buds alike. Directed by Lasse Halstrom, starring Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin, all present to meet the press. ...

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