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Karlovy Vary to Celebrate 50th Festival With Free Concert, Chris Penn and John Cazale Tributes

28 April 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, one of Europe’s longest-running festivals, will throw a massive public party to celebrate its 50th festival in July, as well as staging special salutes to the late actors John Cazale and Chris Penn. Kviff organizers announced details of the 50th festival on Tuesday, with the celebrations also including a concert by Czech rock band Lucie, a week of programming devoted to Lebanese cinema, a retrospective of the work of the late Soviet director Larisa Shepitko, and a program devoted to 10 young directors from European film schools. The festival, which takes place in a picturesque. »

- Steve Pond

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Karlovy Vary Film Fest's 50th Anniversary Program Is a Love Letter to Cinephiles

28 April 2015 9:51 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Karlovy Vary's jubilee edition will include a retrospective of Lebanese films from the last 25 years, and tributes to late Soviet-Ukrainian auteur Larisa Shepitko and American actors John Cazale and Chris Penn. Karlovy Vary laureate Mel Gibson, returning to the festival this year after winning the 2014 Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema, will film a special festival trailer in Los Angeles in early May. The trailer will be written and directed by Martin Krejčí, who has helmed many of this historic festival's past trailers. A Week of Lebanese Cinema Kviff annually spotlights under-seen films from far-flung regions, from Young Greek Cinema to A Female Take on Russia, and this year has programmed eight Lebanese titles from the last 25 years. Making plenty of room for women directors, films include "Hors la Vie" (1991), director Maroun Bagdadi's Cannes Jury Prize winner about the abduction of a French journalist; Ziad Doueiri's. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Jubilee celebrations at Karlovy Vary by Richard Mowe - 2015-04-28 15:23:43

28 April 2015 7:23 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

John Cazale will help celebrate Karlovy Vary’s 50 years

One of Europe’s most diverse and historic film festivals, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival which takes place in a Bohemian spa town from 3 to 11 July is gearing up for its jubilee celebrations this year.

Plans to celebrate its 50 years include a look at recent Lebanese cinema, a retrospective of late Soviet-Ukrainian director Larisa Shepitko’s work and tributes to Us actors John Cazale and Chris Penn.

Actor-director Mel Gibson will also film a special trailer for the festival, set to be shot in Los Angeles in early May. The Lethal Weapon star received the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at last year’s Kviff.

Guest of honour at Karlovy Vary: Chris Penn

Gibson continues a tradition that sees the recipients of this award feature in a short trailer for the following festival. It will be »

- Richard Mowe

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Karlovy Vary unveils 50th plans

28 April 2015 7:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mel Gibson to film special trailer for the festival; plans for Lebanese cinema focus and tributes to late Us actor John Cazale and Chris Penn.

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) has unveiled plans for its 50th ‘annivarysary’ edition, set to run July 3-11.

The jubilee edition will include a look at recent Lebanese cinema, a retrospective of late Soviet-Ukrainian director Larisa Shepitko’s work and tributes to Us actors John Cazale and Chris Penn.

Actor-director Mel Gibson will also film a special trailer for the festival, set to be shot in Los Angeles in early May. The Lethal Weapon star received the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at last year’s Kviff.

Gibson continues a tradition that sees the recipients of this award feature in a short trailer for the following festival. It will be written and directed by Martin Krejčí, who has collaborated with Ivan Zachariáš since the beginning of the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Karlovy Vary Prepares to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

28 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Prague — Building on a “you’re the star” theme, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s 50th edition will kick off with a massive street party July 3, serenaded by Czech rockers and forgoing the usual formal do at the spa town’s fabulously ornate Grandhotel Pupp.

“It won’t be a festival like we’ve had before,” said Eva Zaoralova, the fest’s former artistic director, noting the spirit of inclusiveness planned for Karlovy Vary’s fans, which will include open-air screenings and images of festgoers on the event poster unveiled in Prague on Tuesday.

Tributes will honor actors John Cazale (1935-1978), who portrayed the luckless Fredo Corleone in “The Godfather” franchise and also starred in “Dog Day Afternoon” and “The Deer Hunter,” and Chris Penn (1965-2006), who appeared in “Rumble Fish,” “Reservoir Dogs” and “Short Cuts.”

There is also a tribute to Ukrainian auteur filmmaker Larisa Shepitko, whose works “Heat, »

- Will Tizard

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Time Machine: Veterans Wallach and Coppola - Godfather 3 in Common - Are Special Oscar Honorees

24 April 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »

- D. Zhea

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Great Movie Characters: Tom Hagen

15 April 2015 4:10 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Alex Simon

For the one person on the planet who's never see the Godfather films--spoilers Ahead.

Few characters in film history have displayed the cunning, charm and utter moral ambiguity as that of Tom Hagen, the Corleone family lawyer in Francis Coppola’s first two Godfather films. In Mario Puzo’s novel, as well as the film adaptation, it’s revealed that Hagen (played by Robert Duvall) was found living on the street as an 11 year-old by pre-teen Sonny Corleone (played in the film as an adult by James Caan) and unofficially adopted by Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) as one of their own. Puzo’s novel reveals that Don Vito never formally adopted Tom, as he felt it would have been disrespectful to the boy’s real family, who were torn apart by their father’s alcoholism.

Throughout both films, Hagen remains the voice of reason and rational thinking, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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From Kubrick to Marilyn Monroe, Oscar Has a Stellar List of Shut-Outs

13 February 2015 4:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are 195 individuals nominated for Oscar this year. And when the winners are named Feb. 22, they will become part of film history, joining such greats as Billy Wilder, Ingrid Bergman, Ben Hecht and Walt Disney.

But 80% of the contenders will go home empty-handed. However, there is good news: They are in good company as well.

Here is a sampling of nominees that didn’t win: “Citizen Kane,” “Chinatown” and “Star Wars”; directors Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman; writers Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and David Mamet; actors Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd.”; Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; and Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.”

They managed to do Ok, though.

It’s hard to say why they didn’t win. Sometimes tastes change. Sometimes there’s too much competition in one year. Frank Capra’s 1939 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington »

- Tim Gray

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Classic Film Series presents Dog Day Afternoon

6 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

These days you’re more likely to see a good Al Pacino impression than a good Al Pacino movie, and that’s just sad.

Pacino turns 75 this year, and it’s easy to forget just how powerful and influential an actor he was in his prime. His early performances in films such as Panic in Needle Park (1971), The Godfather (1972) and Serpico (1973) oozed intensity and sexuality. But it was in Dog Day Afternoon (1975) that he exploded off the screen like some kind of acting banshee.

Based on an actual event, Dog Day Afternoon finds Sonny Wortzik (Pacino) and pal Sal Naturale (John Cazale) attempting to rob a Brooklyn bank. Sonny needs the money to pay for his partner Leon’s sex reassignment surgery. The heist fails and becomes a comic hostage situation with the hyper Sonny both threatening and entertaining the hostages and the crowds who’ve gathered to watch the proceedings. »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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