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Liza Minnelli To Receive Jack Valenti – Los Angeles, Italia Legend Award

11 February 2015 6:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Liza Minnelli will be feted by the 10th Los Angeles-Italia Festival with its Jack Valenti – Los Angeles, Italia Legend Award.

The annual pre-Oscars event comprising movies and music and celebrating showbiz ties between Italy and Hollywood will run Feb. 15-20 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

The award, named in memory of long-time MPAA president Jack Valenti, will be presented to Minnelli on the evening of Feb. 20 during the fest’s closing night ceremonies.

“We are extremely honored and delighted to be presenting this year’s Jack Valenti Legend Award to the talented and lovely Liza Minnelli,” enthused fest topper Pascal Vicedomini and its honorary chair Mark Canton in a statement. “As in prior years our board aims to recognize highly talented Italian-Americans who have made an impact on the industry and without a doubt, Liza fits the bill.”

Al Pacino and Anjelica Huston are the prize’s prior recipients. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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L.A. Italia Ff to honour Liza Minnelli

10 February 2015 8:58 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The lead actress Oscar winner for Cabaret will be honoured with the 2015 Jack Valenti – Los Angeles Italia Legend Award at the L.A. Italia Film Festival.

Liza Minnelli will receive the award at the closing night ceremony. Prior recipients include Al Pacino and Angelica Huston.

The honour, named after the flamboyant former MPAA president Jack Valenti, is presented to an outstanding Italian-American who has made substantial contributions to the global film industry.

“We are extremely honoured and delighted to be presenting this year’s Jack Valenti Legend Award to the talented and lovely Liza Minnelli,” said festival founder and producer Pascal Vicedomini and festival honourary chair Mark Canton.

“As in prior years our board aims to recognise highly talented Italian-Americans who have made an impact on the industry and without a doubt, Liza fits the bill.” 

The L.A. Italia film festival runs from February 15-21 in Hollywood and will feature a record 50 films including five world and 14 American »

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Berlin: Films Distribution Powers Up Pre-Sales on Moretti’s ‘Mia Madre’ (Exclusive)

6 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin – Paris-based Films Distribution has closed a robust brace of first-round pre-sales on Italian Palme d’Or winner Nanni Moretti’s “Mia madre,” which looks a good bet for festivals later this year.

The director’s hallmark mix of drama and comedy, including sardonic satire, “Mia madre,” now in late post, stars Margherita Buy (“The Caiman,” “Days and Clouds”), in her third collaboration with Moretti, as what’s said to be a Moretti alter ego: a film director whose assured persona on set contrasts with her doubts and fears as she cares for her ailing mother at home.

Reportedly a scream, John Turturro plays a famous, demanding American actor while Moretti limns the director’s brother.

Fandango Films, which co-produces out of Italy with Moretti’s Sacher Film, has Italian rights. Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, “Madre Mia’s” French producer, will release “Mia Madre” in France.

In early pre-sales, »

- John Hopewell

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Coen Brothers Video Essay: 'Coen Country'

6 February 2015 9:39 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Steven Benedict has created a fascinating little video essay exploring the characters and themes of the films from Joel and Ethan Coen as the characters banter across films exploring what Benedict refers to as the "Coens' dominant concerns: identity, miscommunication and morality." My only wish is that he had cut the music after John Turturro's Pete Hogwallup from O Brother, Where Art Thouc says, "That don't make no sense." It comes almost right at the minute mark and sort of offers a perfect turning point in the video. A small criticism, it just seemed like the music could have shifted from that moment forward, but otherwise this is a pretty impressive bit of work. Beyond what true glimpse into exploring the work of the Coens it offers, just how long it must have taken alone is impressive and entertaining. Just another reminder of how weird, wacky, dark and disturbing »

- Brad Brevet

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Jimmy Kimmel To Be Feted By Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival

3 February 2015 5:50 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – Jimmy Kimmel will be feted by the 10th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival with its “Award of Excellence” presented to Italian-Americans who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment.

Kimmel, host and executive producer of the Emmy-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC’s longest-running late-night talk show, will receive the nod during the annual pre-Oscars event celebrating showbiz ties between Italy and Hollywood, which will run Feb. 15-21 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

“There is no one more deserving to receive our ‘Excellence Award’ than Jimmy Kimmel,” enthused event topper Pascal Vicedomini in a statement. “ Vicedomini went on to praise Kimmel for the unique style in which he “brilliantly comments upon the contemporary scene, as he skewers both pop culture and breaking news on a nightly basis through his monologues and video montages.”

Previous editions of Los Angeles-Italia have honored Al Pacino, David O. Russell, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Jimmy Kimmel To Be Feted By Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival

3 February 2015 5:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Jimmy Kimmel will be feted by the 10th Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival with its “Award of Excellence” presented to Italian-Americans who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment.

Kimmel, host and executive producer of the Emmy-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC’s longest-running late-night talk show, will receive the nod during the annual pre-Oscars event celebrating showbiz ties between Italy and Hollywood, which will run Feb. 15-21 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

“There is no one more deserving to receive our ‘Excellence Award’ than Jimmy Kimmel,” enthused event topper Pascal Vicedomini in a statement. “ Vicedomini went on to praise Kimmel for the unique style in which he “brilliantly comments upon the contemporary scene, as he skewers both pop culture and breaking news on a nightly basis through his monologues and video montages.”

Previous editions of Los Angeles-Italia have honored Al Pacino, David O. Russell, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Michael Keaton remembers Harold Ramis, tackling Shakespeare, Ron Howard's 'Gung Ho'

25 January 2015 7:55 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Santa Monica — Michael Keaton is having the time of his life. Cruising along an awards circuit that has brought him plenty of kudos for his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" and probably more opportunities to talk about himself than he'd prefer, he seems consistently high on life and not at all phased by the grind. He's not someone who has really sought out this kind of attention and acclaim, often retreating to his ranch in Montana away from the Hollywood fray, but now that he's feeling the love? Let's just say I doubt anyone's having as much fun with all of this than he is. On the eve of this year's Oscar nominations announcement, I met Keaton for coffee and a light lunch at one of his favorite Santa Monica spots to chew on as much of his career and the awards »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Exclusive: CEO Alex Bafer tells us about the return of Carolco

25 January 2015 11:40 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Almost 20 years after it closed, Carolco is back. CEO Alex Bafer tells us about its revival and a "very big" future sci-fi blockbuster.

At the height of its 80s and 90s powers, Carolco was one of the biggest independent film studios in Hollywood. Its distinctive logo appeared on some of the most successful movies of the era - the Rambo series, Terminator 2, Total Recall, Basic Instinct - but the studio also found a place for smaller-scale, unique films such as Angel Heart and Jacob's Ladder.

Then a combination of recession, a faltering TV and home video label and cinematic misfires - not least the infamous Cutthroat Island - saw Carolco file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December 1992. And with that, Carolco seemed to be finished.

On the 20th January, however, it was announced that the Carolco brand is back. A company once called Brick Top Productions has acquired the Carolco name, »

- ryanlambie

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Class Disparities and Prostitution Tackled in Early Female Director's Drama

23 January 2015 5:01 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' among Library of Congress' Packard Theater movies (photo: Mary MacLaren in 'Shoes') In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – aka the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, Virginia. These range from pioneering woman director Lois Weber's socially conscious 1916 drama Shoes to Robert Zemeckis' 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. Another Packard Theater highlight next month is Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent Western The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Also, Howard Hawks' "anti-High Noon" Western Rio Bravo (1959), toplining John Wayne and Dean Martin. And George Cukor's costly remake of A Star Is Born (1954), featuring Academy Award nominees Judy Garland and James Mason in the old Janet Gaynor and Fredric March roles. There's more: Jeff Bridges delivers a colorful performance in »

- Andre Soares

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Coen Brothers Named Presidents of Cannes Film Festival Jury

19 January 2015 9:40 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This is the first time the festival has appointed two presidents

Directors Joel and Ethan Coen have been named the presidents of the jury at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the festival announced on Monday.

The festival press release:

For the first time in the history of the Festival de Cannes, not one but two leading figures will chair the Jury.

Indeed, American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have accepted the invitation from President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux to become the Presidents of the 68th edition of the Festival.

“We look forward to returning to Cannes this year »

- Steve Pond

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DVD Review – God’s Pocket (2014)

15 January 2015 1:08 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

God’s Pocket, 2014.

Directed by John Slattery.

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro and Eddie Marsan.

Synopsis:

A blue collar worker (Hoffman) tries to cover things up when his stepson is killed in a suspicious accident, but a local reporter (Jenkins) senses that something’s amiss.

Mad Men is one of many TV shows that have given us so much over its seven year run: millions have been transfixed on the stories of Don Draper and co as they advertise and smoke their way through 1960’s corporate America. But amongst the storylines and character arcs, its given us a wealth of superb talent. The likes of Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss have taken Hollywood by storm, but now its the turn of actor-turned-director John Slattery (Iron Man 2) to take a stab at making a splash in Hollywood, and with co-star Christina Hendricks in tow, moves »

- Scott J. Davis

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‘God’s Pocket’ DVD Review

13 January 2015 8:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Philip Seymour HoffmanChristina HendricksEddie MarsanRichard JenkinsJohn Turturro, Caleb Landry Jones, Jack O’Connell | Written by John Slattery, Alex Metcalf | Directed by John Slattery

Last year when we lost Philip Seymour Hoffman we lost one of the best actors of our generation, or any generation.  It’s hard to comprehend the loss that the movie industry had with his passing (and the passing of others), but if we have something, we have his movies to show just how good he was.  God’s Pocket is an example of him at his best, a film so dark that it makes you feel bad for the inevitable moments you can’t help but laugh.

Hoffman plays Mickey, a loser who spends his days making money through petty crime and gambling, then spending it in the local bar before stumbling home drunk to his wife Jeanie (Christina Hendricks).  When »

- Paul Metcalf

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Berlinale to host Francesco Rosi tribute

13 January 2015 3:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Italian director and screenwriter died on Saturday.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) is to pay homage to Francesco Rosi, one of one of Italy’s most-celebrated and influential filmmakers from the 1950s to the 1990s.

The director and screenwriter, who inspiring the likes of Francis Coppola and Martin Scorsese with his Italian post-war neo-realist style, passed away on Saturday (Jan 10) at the age of 92.

In homage, the Berlinale has added Many Wars Ago (Uomini Contro) to the upcoming programme, Rosi’s 1970 anti-war drama set on the mountainous Austrian-Italian front during the First World War.

Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said: “The loss of Francesco Rosi is the loss of an outstanding filmmaker. With their explosive power, Rosi’s films are still persuasive today. His works are classics of politically engaged cinema.”

Rosi’s films often examined corruption and criminality and some of his best-known films told the stories of real events and real people in order »

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

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Feature: Top 25 Interviews of 2014, By Patrick McDonald

12 January 2015 12:48 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the specialities of HollywoodChicago.com is the film and personality interview. The majority of these chats came through me, Patrick McDonald, and I couldn’t narrow it down to a top 10 or even a top 20. For 2014, there were 25 top interviews, and it is a diverse range of voices.

It is a privilege to get the opportunity to participate in the promotional tours, awards ceremonies, film festivals, book appearances, phoners and other lucky happenstances that feature the notable among us. To whittle down the list, I mostly thought about what was said in these interviews, whether inspirational or provocative – plus the status of the participants, whether they are up-and-coming or established.

The interview highlights are broken down by “Background and Behind-the-Scenes” and the “Memorable Quote” associated with each subject, and are often accompanied with exclusive photography by Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com. Four notables who just missed the »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Francesco Rosi, Palme d’Or-Winning Italian Director, Dies at 92

10 January 2015 12:16 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Italian director Francesco Rosi, known for socially engaged investigative dramas, including 1972 Palme d’Or winner “The Mattei Affair,” and for his depiction of the complex roots of corruption in Italy, died Saturday at his home in Rome. He was 92.

The cause of death was complications from bronchitis, according to Italian press reports.

After starting out as an assistant to Luchino Visconti in the late 1940s, Naples-born Rosi kicked off his directorial career at the 1958 Venice Film Festival, where his first feature “La sfida” (“The Challenge”), which delved into the intricacies of the Neapolitan mob, scooped the Special Jury prize.

Rosi’s 1962 Berlin Silver Bear winner “Salvatore Giuliano” rigorously reconstructed the perverse criminal power play in postwar Sicily. His “Hands Over the City” took on rapacious real-estate developers and their political cronies in Naples and scooped the 1963 Venice Golden Lion.

Palme d’Or winner “The Mattei Affair” is an investigation »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #46. Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre

7 January 2015 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Mia Madre

Director: Nanni Moretti // Writers: Nanni Moretti, Francesco Piccolo, Valia Santella

After winning the Palme d’Or in 2001 for The Son’s Room, Italian director Nanni Moretti has only made two films since, 2006’s The Caiman and 2011’s We Have a Pope. He presided over the Cannes Jury in 2012, and is finally back in 2015 with his latest title, Mia Madre, stars John Turturro and reunites Moretti with regular collaborator, actress Margherita Buy, who will be the film’s main protagonist this time around. The film will relate the tragicomic mishaps of a committed filmmaker who is going through a personal and professional crisis.

Cast: John Turturro, Margherita Buy, Nanni Moretti

Production Co.: Arte France Cinema, Le Pacte, Films Boutique, Fandango, Sacher Film.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: Considering he’s competed six times at Cannes, we’re sure to see this be announced as part of »

- Nicholas Bell

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DVD Review: 'God's Pocket'

1 January 2015 3:17 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆The feature debut from Mad Men actor John Slattery (who plays the wonderfully urbane Roger Sterling in the hit AMC show), God's Pocket (2013) may not share the same air of sophistication as the stylish ad industry ratings winner, but this sleazy tale of small town Joes and two-bit hustlers is easily pulled through by its impressive ensemble cast. For his first film, Slattery calls on the talents of Mad Men co-star Christina Hendricks, the sorely missed Philip Seymour Hoffman (in his penultimate role), the always excellent Richard Jenkins and John Turturro, alongside a host of other familiar faces. Though missteps are made, Slattery strikes an effective balance between black comedy and noirish morbidity.

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- CineVue UK

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Film Review: Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014): A Story Better Realized Previously

1 January 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Film Review, a movie directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Aaron PaulSigourney Weaver, Ben KingsleyJohn Turturro, Indira Varma, Christian BaleJoel Edgerton, María Valverde, Emun Elliott, Golshifteh Farahani, Hiam Abbass, Dar Salim, Serhat Metin, and Kane Headley-Cummings. The story of Moses isn’t [...]

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- Tyler Morgan

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