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Iranian Director Never Arrived at Black Nights

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Although his film The Bride of Fire was a hit at the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, Iranian director Khosrow Sinaid had to take other people's word on it -- because he never made it to the festival. In Stockholm, he was forbidden to depart for Tallinn and was subsequently sent back to Iran. At least Iranians were welcome across the border ...His countryman, Abbas Kiarostami took home a prize for his film The Wind Will Carry Us. ...

Rotterdam Begins Lineup

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Although the final lineup won’t be announced until early next year, the International Film Festival Rotterdam has already confirmed some of the films to be screened at the fest. Among the titles on the program are: Clara Law’s The Goddess Of 1967, Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Sharunas Bartas' Freedom. In addition, ten filmmakers have been commissioned by the festival to produce a digital video diary. Rotterdam runs from January 24 through Feb 4 2001....

Douglas Honored for Lifetime Achievement in Berlin

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Kirk Douglas will be honored at the 51st Berlin Festival for a lifetime of achievement in film. Festival organizers emphasized the wide range of characters that the actor has played in over 80 feature films that have spanned a 55-year career. The awards ceremony takes place in February....

McDowell Keitel to Star in Pradal's 2nd Feature

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Andie McDowell will play alongside Harvey Keitel in Ginostra, the second feature film by French director Manuel Pradal. The project comes three years after Pradal's feature debut, Marie Baie des Anges. Shooting is set to begin December 17 in Italy. Meanwhile, McDowell can be seen in Elie Chouraqui's Harrison's Flowers. ...

Myers May be in the Pink

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If MGM gets its way, Mike Myers will star as Inspector Jacques Clouseau in the studio's remake of The Pink Panther, for which Ivan Reitman is in negotiations to direct. Sources say that Myers was hesitant to follow in the footsteps of Peter Sellers, who played the inspector when the film series began in 1963. However, he apparently agreed to participate in the project after a successful meeting with ...

Mahamet-Saleh Haroun

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Mahamet-Saleh Haroun was born in Chad and now lives in France. His funny yet telling docu-drama Bye Bye Africa chronicles his journey through his native land, investigating ruined cinemas and discovering a film community trying to recover from brutal war. Bye Bye Africa is part of Toronto's Planet Africa series, a term which Haroun takes on scathingly during his short film for the 25X25 serie. In 25X25, twenty-five filmmakers from around the world were given digital cameras by The Toronto F...

Renny Bartlett

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Renny Bartlett is the Canadian born director of Eisenstein, a German/Canadian film about the life of famed Russian director Sergei Eisenstein. Shot in the Ukraine and starring English actor Simon McBurney, Eisenstein faced many unusual challenges, the least of which was working with Russian film crews who had not worked for ten years....

John Greyson

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John Greyson is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker known for his famous gay musical Zero Patience and the lovely film Lilies. Here he discusses The Law of Enclosures, about a couple who have been together since adolescence, based on the book by Dale Peck. This film also stars Sarah Polley (Go) one of Canada's most promising stars....

Raymond De Felitta

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Raymond de Feliita is the director and Michael Risopi the star of Two Family House, a 1950's period piece about a hapless man Budddy (Rispoli), who refuses to stop trying for success. His latest scheme is to rent a dilapited house and convert half of it into a bar. His Irish tenant, an old man and a very pregnant young wife have other ideas. Here De Felitta and Rispoli discuss the film, it's history and the theme of culture and Identity....

Michael Rispoli

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Raymond del Feliita is the director and Michael Risopi the star of Two Family House, a 1950's period piece about a hapless man Budddy (Rispoli), who refuses to stop trying for success. His latest scheme is to rent a dilapited house and convert half of it into a bar. His Irish tenant, an old man and a very pregnant young wife have other ideas. Here De Felitta and Rispoli discuss the film, it's history and the theme of culture and Identity....

Michael Kalesniko

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Canadian born Kalesniko discusses his Gala film How to Kill Your Neighbour's Dog, starring Kenneth Branagh as the curmudgeonly playwright Peter McGowan and Robin Wright-Penn as his luminous wife Melanie. Peter, haunted by his failing success, insomnia and a barking dog, works on his new play as his wife frets about having children. They befriend the little girl next door and the growing relationship enriches both their lives. Here, Kalesniko talks about working with Branagh and Wright-Penn...

Madonna Burgled

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The London home that Madonna shares with boyfriend Guy Ritchie has been hit by burglars for the second time. After a failed robbery attempt last June, thieves succeeded Thursday in entering the Notting Hill residence and taking, among other things, the keys that allowed them to steal away with Ritchie's Range Rover. The vehicle was later recovered in West London. Madonna, her two young children, and Ritchie ...

Moore Bids Farewell on British TV

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Suffering from a rare degenerative brain disorder, British comic actor Dudley Moore bid farewell in a BBC television interview aired Monday. The actor, who in 1981 was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Arthur, said that he faces "a short and uncertain future" and will soon die. The Parkinson's-related disease produces symptoms such as falling, imbalance and slowed movements. Moore lives in New Y...

Hawke Takes Lead in Indie

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Ethan Hawke will star in The Jimmy Show, an independent picture about a failed New Jersey inventor who sets out on the amateur-comedy circuit as a standup comedian. The film marks the second directorial venture for Frank Whaley, who also stars in the film and adapted the screenplay from a play by Jonathan Mark Sherman. Originally called Veins and Thumbtacks, the play was first directed by Hawke with ...

Redford, Wahlberg May Team for The Castle

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DreamWorks studios is looking to line up Robert Redford and Mark Wahlberg in The Castle, to be helmed by film-critic-turned-director Rod Lurie. Redford would play a five-star general convicted of a capital crime. While final negotiations have begun with Redford, insiders say that Wahlberg's schedule may impede his participation in the film, which is slated for a mid-March shooting start. Wahlberg is a...

Peter Falk & George Sidney

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As the auditorium filled up for the Luminaries Awards Gala, we got in a few words with two of the night's honorees: Peter Falk and George Sidney. ...

Luminaries Awards

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An annual event at the Fort Lauderdale Festival, the Luminaries honor motion picture stars, directors and producers. For the year 2000 event, the winner of the Robert Wise Director of Distinction Award was veteran director George Sidney, who has directed over 50 films. Howard Keel, another veteran from the golden age of the Hollywood musical was honored for his Lifetime Achievement in Musical Cinema. The Spirit of Independents Award was given to actor-turned-director Rob Morrow, whose first dire...

Rob Morrow

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Familiar to television audiences for his lead role in Northen Exposure and for his role in Robert Redfords’s Quiz Show, Maze marks his directorial debut. Set in downtown New York, Maze is an uncommon love story starring Rob Morrow, Laura Linney and Craig Sheffer. Rob took a moment to present his film to us ...

Jonathan Glazer

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This UK director, coming from a music video background, presented his first feature, Sexy Beast, at a Gala Screening in Toronto. The film is a thriller where action takes second place to a good old-fashioned battle of two immovable wills: Oscar-award winning actor Ben Kingsley and British stalwart Ray Winstone. Jonathan talks openly about working with Ben Kingsley and a number of projects in the works....

Ben Kingsley

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Arriving for the Gala Screening of Sexy Beast, Kingsley related how he had to « find the Demon within » for his role as Gary in this psychological thriller....

Rob Sitch

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This Australian director brings to the screen an immensely funny spin on the events surrounding man’s first steps on the moon on July 20, 1969. Rob believes that we have much to learn from this monumental event and the film is based on a true story focusing on the scientists who struggled to make the historic broadcast possible....

Artists Awarded in Washington

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The 2000 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony was held in Washington, D.C. this weekend. Rewarding five of the world's top performing artists from the worlds of dance, film, music and theater, the two-day ceremony attracted big names from Hollywood and politics such as President Clinton. Actress Angela Lansbury and actor-director Clint ...

Waters to Emcee Indie Awards

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The Pope of Trash can now be called Master of Ceremonies; John Waters has been selected to host the Independent Film Awards, scheduled for March 24. Who better than the Baltimore-born director whose toilet-bowl humor and unorthodox approach have made him the one of the most individual directors not in Hollywood!...

Burton Involved in Lawsuit

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Tim Burton is suing the man who allegedly stole a box containing the director's personal artwork. Burton, who studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts, claims that he received a letter last June in which David Botempo admits to having stolen a box of original sketches and paintings from the community storage area of their apartment building in 1991. The director says that Botempo mad...

Fourth Time Around for Kollek and Thompson

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Director Amos Kollek can't get enough of a good thing. For the fourth time, he'll direct Anna Thomson as a lonely woman in search of a man - only this time the male element is her lost son. Though their last film together, Fast Food Fast Women, was a comedy, their new venture, Beirut, will hark back to the dark humor characteristic of their earlier films. Shooting begins this January. ...

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