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The 24-year-old actress is being recognized for her performance as Latika in the Danny Boyle pic, her first lead role following her modeling career.
Other honorees include Dustin Hoffman, who will receive the Chairman's Award; Gus Van Sant, who will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award; and Alexandre Desplat, who will be honored with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing.
Miss Freida Pinto is the source of love and humility in the bittersweet flick, "Slumdog Millionaire." And now, the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor the actress with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in the movie.
Congratulations Miss Freida, and click Read More to see the full article, and updated information on the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will honor Freida Pinto with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in Slumdog Millionaire from Fox Searchlight. This is the final award to be announced for the Awards Gala, presented by Cartier, on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by .Entertainment Tonight.s. Mary Hart. The Festival is scheduled to be held January 6-19, 2009.
Festival chairman Harold Matzner said, .Slumdog Millionaire is one of the best films of 2008 and »
When it comes to crafting our annual Top 10 Films lists, The Hollywood Reporter's movie critics have a time-honored tradition of casting a large and wide net, and 2008 is no exception. The picks here display an ample range of films, so much so that no single film appears on all six lists. Every list contains at least one film not found on any other list. And each critic has a different best film.
The "winning" film, appearing on five of six lists, is "Slumdog Millionaire," Danny Boyle's Mumbai medley of magic realism and breathtaking romanticism, which is shaping up as one of the most lionized films of 2008.
After that, it's wonderfully wild, ranging from that head-scratcher (for »
- By Kirk Honeycutt
Note: I wanted to let you know you can also follow my predictions over at the Los Angeles Times in their Buzzmeter section as I join a large crew of Oscar prognosticators in predicting this year's Oscar nominees. Now, to the predictions... Well, I hope you all had a Happy Holidays and were able to get through the snow and into the theaters, at least here in the States I believe there was a point that 50% of the country was covered in snow, which I am sure made it tough for some to justify driving to the cinema. Either way, all of the major contenders have hit theaters at this point with the December 31 release of Defiance and Good marking the final installments for 2008, but neither of them are vying too hard for any of the top categories outside of what I hope will be a score nomination for James Newton Howard »
- Brad Brevet
Wow, the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala is shaping up to be a star-studded extravaganza! Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ron Howard, and Gus Van Sant are just some of the creative folks being honored.
Congratulations Mister Sean!
To read the full press release, and if you're interested to purchase tickets, click Read More!
Palm Springs, CA (December 26, 2008) . Marking a Festival first, Academy Award® winner Sean Penn will be honored two years in a row at the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) Awards Gala on Tuesday, January 6, 2009. Penn will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting, after being presented last year with the Director of the Year Award for Into the Wild. Past honorees »
Note: This interview was done at the press junket for “Milk”. I finally got around to transcribing it this weekend. Sorry for the delay.Already playing is Gus Van Sant’s “Milk”. Since I’ve already written about the film when I posted the movie clips a few weeks back, this intro will be brief. All you really need to know is…the performances are all top notch. Sean Penn is Harvey Milk. And this is a film you really need to see. Anyway, I recently participated in roundtable interviews with most of the cast and the one below is with Emile Hirsch. In the movie, Emile plays one of Harvey Milk’s close friends and biggest supporters Cleve Jones. During our interview, Emile talked about the making of “Milk”, what he has coming up, and a lot more. As always, you can either read the transcript below or listen »
This is the season for critics to turn out lists of the best mov ies of the year. Un fortunately, many consist of highly publicized, big-budget movies that opened between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, while ignoring earlier films.
In other words, critics let studio publicists tell them which movies deserve to be on their lists. As usual, I try to avoid this end-of-year syndrome. Here it goes:
1. "In The City Of Sylvia" (Jose Luis Guerin, France/Spain): Follow that woman! Minimalist romancer riffs on "Last Year at Marienbad."
- By V.A. MUSETTO
By Matt Singer
It feels completely appropriate in a year of incredible financial turmoil, particularly in the independent film sector, that so many good movies were made about people teetering on the edge of economic extinction. My own list features two such films, without even getting around to "Slumdog Millionaire," "Frozen River" or the small but immensely powerful "Shotgun Stories." Movie stars were feeling the pinch, too: in the semiautobiographical "Jcvd," audiences saw faded action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme resorting to begging his agent for money to pay for his divorce.
Stars, and studios too. Even before the bottom fell out of the economy, Hollywood studios were beginning to shutter their indie divisions; Paramount eliminated Vantage, Warner Brothers closed Picturehouse and Warner Independent and absorbed New Line. It wasn't much better for smaller distributors: David O. Russell's upcoming "Nailed" was in the news all summer because its production kept »
- Matt Singer
"Slumdog" received six nominations, including the Attenborough Award for British film of the year, director of the year and British actor of the year for Dev Patel.
Competing for director of the year are Clint Eastwood ("Changeling"), Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler") and David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button").
- By Stuart Kemp
The Screen Actors Guild revealed the nominees for this year's SAG Awards yesterday. John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, dominated the nominations this year, with nods in five categories. It was followed by Gus Van Sant's Milk and David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which nabbed three nominations each. »
I figured with the Screen Actors Guild Awards arriving in less than 12 hours I would jump the gun and get some Oscar predictions in since the SAGs could make next week's installment a little more interesting, or perhaps they could keep everything just the same. Who knows? There were a few major moves as some contenders I had in the #2 and #3 slots moved entirely out of the top five this week while the name on top of the Best Actor category was the only topline switch among the bunch. A couple of my personal favorites from over the course of the year have been moved out of the top five, names such as Elsa Zylberstein (I've Love You So Long) and Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), but at the same time Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) has moved herself right back into contention with a fantastic amount of rewards coming from the critics recently. »
- Brad Brevet
In an Advocate.com article, writer James Kirchick slams Penn for his political leanings, arguing that any adulation he receives from the gay community should be tempered because of his affection for Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez and Cuban strongman Raul Castro.
Chávez and Castro are guilty of flagrant human-rights abuses, Kirchick writes: "Gay rights are human rights, as Milk said, and Penn discredits both »
- The Boston Society of Film Critics split the vote -- Wall-e and Slumdog Millionaire tied for Best Film honors. Curiously, it’s Gus Van Sant’s work in Paranoid Park and Milk that received kudos in some main categories. See the complete list of winners below:… Best Picture: Tie: Slumdog Millionaire and Wall-EBest Actor: Tie: Sean Penn for Milk and Mickey Rourke for The WrestlerBest Actress: Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger for The Dark KnightBest Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina BarcelonaBest Director: Gus Van Sant for Milk and Paranoid ParkBest Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for Milk Best Cinematography: Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li for Paranoid ParkBest Documentary: Man on WireBest Foreign-Language Film: Let the Right One InBest Animated Film: Wall·EBest Film Editing: Chris Dickens for Slumdog MillionaireBest New Filmmaker: Martin McDonagh for In Bruges Best Ensemble Cast: Tropic Thunder »
- It would have been a surprise if the S.F. Film Critics' Circle would have snubbed one of their own. It helps that Gus Van Sant did an excellent job with Milk. While Van Sant’s biopic picked up four awards, the wins worth signaling out is the Best Supporting Actress kudos for Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler and a Best Documentary win for quasi-experimental pic from Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg). See the complete list of winners below:… Best Picture: "Milk"Best Director: Gus Van Sant, "Milk"Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, "Milk"Best Adapted Screenplay: Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon"Best Actor: Tie: Sean Penn, "Milk" // Tie: Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, "Happy Go Lucky"Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"Best Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler"Best Foreign Language Film: "Let the Right One In"Best Documentary: "My Winnipeg"Best Cinematography: Wally Pfister, »
- Slumdog Millionaire continues it domination of year-end kudos locking up Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Assn. Top Film and Top Director awards. Among the more noteworthy selections is Anne Hathaway’s win for Rachel Getting Married which bets out some stiff competition and the most successful picture with subtitles this year picked up the best Foreign Language film of the year. Tell No One had a miracle run at the box office and made over six million and some change in a crazy theatrical run. See the complete list of winners below:… Film: "Slumdog Millionaire" Runners-up:"Milk""The Dark Knight""The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button""The Wrestler""The Visitor""Frost/Nixon""Doubt""Wall-e""Happy-Go-Lucky" Actor:Sean Penn for "Milk"Runners-UpMickey Rourke for "The Wrestler"Frank Langella for "Frost/Nixon"Brad Pitt for "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button"Richard Jenkins for "The Visitor" Actress: Anne Hathaway for "Rachel Getting Married »
The film critics groups continue their love-a-thon with Sally Hawkins as best actress, but — surprise — the San Diego journos just picked Kate Winslet in "The Reader," not "Revolutionary Road." Penelope Cruz may have dominated early critics' prizes in the supporting race, but now Marisa Tomei is wrestling laurels away. No shockeroo that San Francisco's critics heaped awards on "Milk," including best pic, director, actor and screenplay. After all, the film is set in America's West Coast gay capital. Other awardees: Best director: Gus Van Sant, "Milk" Best actor (tie): Sean Penn, "Milk" and Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler" Best actress: Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky" Best supporting actor: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight" Best supporting actress: »
Unsurprisingly, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle heaped many of their honors on Milk, the biopic about hometown hero Harvey Milk. Gus Van Sant's film won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay for Dustin Lance Black, and Bes Actor for Sean Penn, who shared the honor with The Wrestler's Mickey Rourke. It probably says a lot in favor Heath Ledger that the group bypassed the many deserving supporting actors from Milk to hand the Joker their award. The Dark Knight got a deserved nod for Wally Pfister's cinematography, making the San Francisco bunch one of the few critic's groups to hand Batman some much-deserved hardware. The group actually made a number of refreshingly unusual decisions, which I guess speaks to the spirit of Harvey Milk himself. Check out the full list of their awards below, taken from the group's website. Best Picture "Milk" Best Director Gus Van Sant, »
The movie, set in the California city, picked up the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay awards, and Van Sant lifted the Best Director honour.
The full list of winners - voted by film critics in the San Francisco area - is as follows:
Best Picture - Milk
Best Foreign Language Film - Let the Right One In
Best Documentary - My Winnipeg
I could hear the audience laugh, hard, at the comedic lines in Gus Van Sant's new biopic Milk. I could feel them sigh and fidget, equally as hard, during the difficult moments. And, I wondered: would they be reacting this way if this were a film about a fictional gay rights activist and not Harvey Milk? If this were a political drama, not a biopic, would the aura of importance and Oscar buzz be as inevitable and unquestionable? I think the answer to that second question is probably yes: anything Van Sant or star Sean Penn is associated with is usually (and rightly) prime for critical adoration, though Penn didn't even chew the scenery before swallowing it in the bloated mess of All The King's Men. But, the first question troubles me, not because Milk is a particularly bad biopic -- it actually has a lot more vigor and »
- Rob Turbovsky
Critic circles are going to be unveiling their top tens of 2008 at a furious clip and as evidence I have four new lists for you today over the next few pages as critics from St. Louis, San Diego, San Francisco and those Southeastern folk have weighed in with their picks for the best films and performances of 2008. As noted in the teaser above Milk comes out with two pics for Best Picture while The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Slumdog Millionaire also took a top prize each. Sean Penn continues to battle with Mickey Rourke for the Best Actor slot and even tied in San Francisco as they just couldn't make up their minds and offered up another tie. Heath Ledger took Best Supporting Actor on all four lists and Kate Winslet gets a bit of love for Revolutionary Road from the St. Louis crowd and for The Reader »
- Brad Brevet
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