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Famous Names Associated with Best Live Action Shorts Still in Contention for Academy Awards

29 November 2012 7:12 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Edoardo Ponti, Bryce Dallas Howard live action shorts among 11 movies still in contention for Oscar 2013 A Brazilian inmate trying to convince his mother to get him a cell phone, two young Afghans’ rite of passage to manhood, and the relationship between a couple of European mountaineers and heart-surgery survivors are among the topics featured in the 11 movies still in contention for the 2013 Academy Award in the Best Live Action Short category. Why 11 instead of 10 semi-finalists? As per the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ press release, that odd number was the result of a tie in the nominations balloting. The release adds that 125 live-action shorts had originally qualified. (Photo: Edoardo Ponti, Nastassja Kinski, Enrico Lo Verso The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars.) The 11 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title: The Factory / A Fábrica, Aly Muritiba, director (Grafo Audiovisual) Asad, Bryan Buckley, director, and Mino Jarjoura, producer (Hungry Man) Buzkashi Boys, »

- Andre Soares

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Cinema Italian Style Festival Announces 2012 Lineup; Taviani Brothers' 'Caesar Must Die' to Open

23 October 2012 1:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cinema Italian Style's 2012 edition of its film festival will be held November 13-18 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, the Aero Theater in Santa Monica and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, Luce Cinecitta and the American Cinematheque announced Tuesday. The Taviani brothers' docu-drama "Caesar Must Die," which won the Golden Bear in Berlin this year and has been selected as the official Italian entry to the 85th Academy Awards, will open the fest. A comic double feature of Carlo Verdone's "A Flat for Three" and Roan Johnson's "The First on the List" will close. Read More: Berlin Review: Italian Prisoners Do Shakespeare in High-Concept Doc 'Caesar Must Die' Other highlights include a celebration of the late producer Carlo Ponti with a screening of "Two Women," for which Sophia Loren took home an Oscar for Best Actress half a century ago; and the U.S. premiere of Stefano Mordini's. »

- Chris Pomorski

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Frozen in time: Sophia Loren, June 1964

15 September 2012 4:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Outrageous beauty, a million dollar movie deal and a dream home outside Rome: it's hard being Sophia Loren

Many actresses have loved, before friends and certainly for the still camera, to play the "homebody": to show they can combine red-carpet smiles with a down-to-earth way in the kitchen garden; whistle up a rustic lunchtime banquet for 30 and serve it without fussings or frissons or primping about drips. Yet none with such verisimilitude as Sophia Loren; waiting tables, juggling seven hands and six different smiles, had been living through some very difficult teenage years.

Even here in 1964, living in her and producer Carlo Ponti's 50-room mansion near Rome's Lake Albano, complete with acres of poplars and sheep, and stuffed inside with medieval hangings and masters both old and modern, and having just made headlines for her $1m advance for The Fall of the Roman Empire, there's an earthy authenticity. »

- Euan Ferguson

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Exclusive: Cinema Retro Interviews Elsa Martinelli

14 September 2012 11:40 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Elsa Martinelli reads the article in Cinema Retro #23 about the filming of Howard Hawks' Hatari! (Photo copyright: Roland Schaefli. All rights reserved.

By Roland Schaefli

When Elsa Martinelli checked out our “Hatari!” article in issue #23 of Cinema Retro while attending the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, she enlightened us about how she induced baby elephants to follow her around in the film. Not surprisingly, we ended up following her everywhere. Here are a few highlights of one of our discussions.

We did an article about the making of “Hatari!” and how the locations look today.

Oh. They must have changed a lot.

Not that much. The Ngorongoro Crater (where the pre title sequence was shot) is full of tourists, of course.

Back then, we were to first to actually go down there. But you were very lucky to travel there nowadays. You know, we were there four months and »

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Big picture: Sophia Loren for Christian Dior

15 June 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

She isn't listening to her husband, film producer Carlo Ponti, glimpsed in the mirror, yet the casual way she is seated on the floor suggests an intimacy

Her expression – fixed gaze, mid-cigarette puff, idly picking her thumbnail – says she's taking the wardrobe advice she's hearing seriously. But then Sophia Loren isn't listening to her husband, film producer Carlo Ponti, glimpsed in the mirror. She's taking advice from the couturier Christian Dior, in whose studio she sits during a fitting in 1960. The casual way she is seated on the floor suggests an intimacy. Unsurprising, given that the designer dressed her and countless other Hollywood stars for screenings, society events and general movie star gadding around. Dior also dressed the cinematic elite in their films: "Miss Sophia Loren's wardrobe specially created by Christian Dior" announce the credits for Stanley Donen's 1966 film Arabesque.

This image is taken from the book Stars In Dior, »

- Imogen Fox

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