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3 items from 2009

Kielbasa to head Virginia Film Fest

26 May 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jody Kielbasa has joined the University of Virginia's College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences as the new director of the Virginia Film Festival, which runs from Nov. 5-8 in Charlottesville, Va.

He succeeds Richard Herskowitz, who stepped down in November after 15 years as artistic director.

"We're thrilled to have Jody on board in this capacity," said Arts & Sciences associate dean Bruce Holsinger, who chaired the search committee. "The Film Festival plays a significant role in the College's arts community, and Jody Kielbasa is the ideal leader at this exciting time for arts at U.Va. more broadly."

For the past decade, Kielbasa served as the founding executive director of the Sarasota Film Festival in Sarasota, Fla. He also recently co-produced the independent film "The Deal," starring William H. Macy and Meg Ryan and directed by Steven Schachter. »

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LL Cool J to star in "NCIS" spin-off for CBS.

25 February 2009 | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Rapper/actor Jj Cool J will star in an offshoot of CBS's "NCIS" where he'll apparently play a tough and charming former Navy Seal who works undercover for the NCIS Unit in La and is an expert on the Middle East.   This will air as one half of a two-part episode of "NCIS" later this season. "NCIS" showrunner Shane Brennan created the show which yet has to be titled and will serve as an and executive producer for CBS Paramount Network TV.   LL Cool J was last seen in Steven Schachter's comedy "The Deal" alongside William H. Macy, Meg Ryan, Elliot Gould and Jason Ritter.   »

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On DVD: "Patti Smith: Dream of Life," "The Deal"

27 January 2009 7:15 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Michael Atkinson

The DVD era has been very generous to low-grade biodocs focused on culty, semi-obscure pop wonders -- everyone from the Holy Moly Rounders to Roky Erickson, Benjamin Smoke, Townes Van Zandt, Gary Wilson, Joy Division, They Might Be Giants, Scott Walker, et cetera, have received their official, devotional, feature-length eulogy. Graveside homilies they are, too, there's little point in denying it -- for the aging musicians of the '60s, '70s and '80s as well as for our long-lost younger selves, now only faint traces of remembered élan, hope and indestructibility. Of course, Patti Smith, like Leonard Cohen and the Ramones (so nicely requiem-ed in 2003's "End of the Century"), is far from little known, but she still occupies that musty corner of pop legend-dom: more admired than listened to, known for her history more than her songs, aging into a kind of marginal retro-hipness »

- Michael Atkinson

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