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30 Rock: Alec Baldwin, Co-Stars Finish Last Episode

15 December 2012 12:47 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Jack Donaghy has left the building. On Thursday, Alec Baldwin tweeted that he had finished the last episode of 30 Rock.

He first wrote, "Waiting for the call. From the Governor. That 30 Rock isn't over." A few hours later, he sent the above picture and wrote, "Last day at the office for Jack."

Then, "All actors have debts to other actors. Mine is to the great Gene Hackman. Without Royal Tenenbaum, there'd be no map to Jack D." Baldwin followed that up with other inspirations, listing Clifton Webb, Paul Lynde, George C. Scott, Kenneth Mars, Madeline Kahn, Eve Arden, and Doris Roberts.

Early this morning, Baldwin tweeted, "Last tweet for now. On the water off Lower Manhattan, 3 am, Friday, December 15... It's goodbye to my friend, Jack Donaghy."

Other castmember tweets: »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Mumbai Film Festival

30 August 2012 8:51 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The Mumbai Film Festival (October 18 – 25, 2012) is the largest film festival in India with over 100,000 attending.  The Festival is 14 years old itself but Reliance Big Entertainment, the company that backs both Dreamworks and Im Global, one of U.S.’s foremost international sales agents, has backed this festival for the last 4 years and the result is a scaled up festival.  It is part of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image, a not for profit trust founded in 1997 by Indian Film Industry personalities led by renowned filmmaker late Hrishikesh Mukherji.  Its 220 films are all free.  

Parenthetically, though not part of the festival itself, Mumbai is "'in the news" with the Tiff's City-to-City program focusing on Mumbai. This was organized by Cameron Bailey directly with filmmakers in Mumbai and is not a Mumbai Film Festival program…Also of interest is that Mumbai also hosts India's largest international Queer Film Festival For Everyone which was held in May of this year with the Alliance Francaise de Bombay.

The Mumbai Film Festival also works with Unifance and French Rendez-Vous.

Sections include Discovery, Retrospective - this year to feature 50 years of the Cannes Critics Week, International Competition which awards $200,000 to a first feature.  

Three new developments are taking place this year.

1.  To celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema, the festival is launching a new competition for Indian films (called 'India Gold') with cumulative cash rewards of around $30,000 Us. The winners will be selected by an international jury to be announced.

2. The festival is moving to historic South Bombay. The festival, previously held mostly in the Juhu and Andheri districts of Mumbai – where Bollywood is located -  will now take place in the south of the city, the historic center of old colonial Bombay with  amazing Victorian landmarks – train station, court house, with the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Ncpa) and Inox Theatre as the main venues. The retrospective of restored films will be screened in a third theater - a historic art deco theater named the Liberty Cinema – so named because it was built in 1949, the year of India's independence from Britain. For more information on the Liberty see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Cinema

3. The Spotlight on Film Restoration and Preservation. For the first time, a section of the festival (programmed by Ian Birnie, U.S. Representative for the Mumbai Film Festival) will be devoted to screenings of restored classic films with a particular focus on Twentieth Century Fox. Screenings will be introduced by various archivists all of whom are leading experts in the field. A panel will bring together Western archivists and their Indian counterparts and the discussion will focus on the economic challenges and new technologies that are changing the future of film preservation.  

The American participants are:  

            Schawn Belston, Senior VP, Library and Technical Services, Twentieth Century Fox

            Margaret Bodde, Executive Director, The Film Foundation

            Mike Pogorzelski, Director, The Academy Film Archive

            Douglas Laible,  Managing Director, World Cinema Foundation

TheTwentieth Century Fox Archive will present 8 films spanning 40 years in the 'Fox Classics' series. Note: all were restored in-house at Fox, and by Fox in association with the Academy Film Archive (Afa) and with The Film Foundation (Ff)

Sunrise (1928/b&w/94 min.) dir: F.W. Murnau; w /George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston.(Fox/Afa)

How Green Was My Valley(1941/b&w/118 min.) dir: John Ford; w/ Walter Pigeon, Maureen O'Hara. (Fox/Afa)     

Laura (1944/b&w/88 min.) dir: Otto Preminger; w/ Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb. (Fox in-house)

Leave Her to Heaven(1945/color/110 min.) dir: John Stahl; w/ Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain. (Fox/Afa/Ff)  

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953/color/91 min.) dir: Howard Hawks; w/ Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell.(Fox in-house)

Wild River(1960/color/110 min./CinemaScope) dir: Elia Kazan; w/ Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet. (Fox/Afa/Ff)

The Leopard (1963/color/187 min.) dir: Luchino Visconti; w/ Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale.(Fox/Ff/Cineteca di Bologna)  

Two for the Road(1967/color/110 min./Panavision) dir: Stanley Donen; w/ Audey Hepburn, Albert Finney. (Fox/Afa)

In addition to the Fox titles, 7 additional restored films will be screened.

The Academy Film Archive will present two recent restorations from their ongoing project to restore all the films by the great Indian director Satyajit Ray:

Charulata(1964/b&w/117 min.) w/ Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee.

The Chess Players (1977/color/129 min.) w/ Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi

The Film Foundation will present two recent restorations:

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1945/color/163 min.) dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger; w/ Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook.  

Once Upon a Time in America  (1984/color/ ??? min.) dir: Sergio Leone; w/ Robert DeNiro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern.

The World Cinema Foundation will present its new restoration of a classic Indian film:

Kalpana (1948/b&w/155 min.)

The Cineteca Bologna will present two restored Italian silent classics as part of an Italian Cinema retrospective. 

Sections of the Festival

Dimensions Mumbai, a short film competition of films dealing with any aspect of life in Mumbai and targeted to the Mumbai Youth below 25 years was introduced in 2008.

An International Competition for the First Feature Film of directors with the award money of Us $ 150,000 (Us $ 100,000 for the Best Film and Us $ 50,000 for the Jury Grand Prize) was introduced in 2009.  The UK Film 'White Lightn'in won the 2011 Best Film Award and Austria-Italy co-production La Pivillina won the Jury Grand Prize.

The Audience Choice Award carrying U.S. $ 20,000 for any film participating in the Festival, (excepting the Retrospectives and Tribute sections) was introduced in 09 as well.  The Indian Film 'Road to Sangam' won this award.

International Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred on the Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos.

A new initiative Mumbai Young Critics was introduced in '09 as well.  24 college students selected from more than 80 aspirants recommended by the colleges in Mumbai went through a workshop conducted by the German writer and film critic Daniel Kothenschulte for three days before the Festival. This group watched the films in the festival, wrote about them in Festival publications and newspapers and also selected a film for the Mumbai Young Critics Award.

Last year the festival  showcased over 200 films from 60 countries across various sections at its three venues- Cinemax Versova, Cinemax Sion and Metro Big Cinemas.

The festival hosts a special section ‘4me Rendez-Vous’, in collaboration with Unifrance, Embassy of France in India and Consulate General of France in Mumbai. The section screens the best of New French Cinema, which last year included ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’, ‘The Conquest’ and ‘Declaration of War’ amongst others. 

Last year's highlight was the special presentation by Lee Yong Kwan, Director, Busan International Film Festival, who presented a selection of the latest Asian Films from Busan.

Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred on the legendary actor Morgan Freeman.  Olivia Harrison widow of George Harrison presented the documentary film “George Harrison: Living in the material World”.

The Festival strengthened and consolidated its academic activities with an Indo-German Script Development Workshop scheduled from 11th to the 13th of October just ahead of the festival opening. Speakers at the workshop included the renowned directors Dani Levy, Thorsten Schulz, Screenwriters Anjum Rajabali and Sooni Taraporevala amongst others.

This year's  Festival continues to facilitate cinema business with the Mumbai Film Mart, created 'by' the industry, 'for' the industry, 'in' the industry hub - Mumbai, the Film Capital of India. The Mumbai Film Mart saw participation from the biggest Entertainment Industry players, both from India and abroad. In the three days, over 2,000 meeting requests were received, 400 meetings were carried out face to face, while an equal number took place among the senior decision makers from leading film production houses, buyers, sellers, festival programmers and independent filmmakers as they milled around and networked with each other.

Among the many firsts, the Mart attracted all the forthcoming big ticket films such as ‘Ra One’, ‘Don 2’, ‘Rockstar’, ‘Ricky Behl v/s Ladies’, ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘DesiBoyz’ , tabled for acquisition and distribution in the non-traditional markets for Indian Cinema in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Germany, France and Latin America. The focus on these countries attracted leading buyers that included Huayi Brothers Media Corp. (China), NikkatsuCorp.(Japan), Happinet Corp.(Japan), Showbox (Korea), Apex Entertainment (Korea), Cj Entertainment (Korea), Top Films (Ukraine), Novo films (France), Rapid Eye (Germany), Im Global (USA), amongst many others.

The International Jury will be responsible choosing the winners out of 14 films, all first features of debut filmmakers around the world, awarding them with a huge cash prize. This way we would like to recognize and encourage the first time filmmakers, going in line with the festival theme of discovery.

Apart from the main international section, there are many other sections including the world cinema, Indian Frame, New Faces in Indian Cinema, Documentaries etc. Please do check out their website www.mumbaifilmfest.com for more information. Last year, it screened about 220 films from 60 countries.

Composition of Mami:

Shyam Benegal, Eminent Filmmaker – Chairman

Amit Khanna, producer, lyricist and Chairman of Reliance Entertainment 

Amol Palekar, acclaimed actor-director 

Ashutosh Gowarikar (Oscar Nominee - Best Foreign Language Film for Lagaan) 

Farhan Akhtar, one of the youngest directors and actor

Jaya Bachchan, acclaimed and award winning actress 

Karan Johar, director-producer of some of the most successful films at the box office 

Ramesh Sippy, well known filmmaker of Sholay fame

Shabana Azmi, renowned actress who has won acclaim and awards Internationally 

Yash Chopra, producer-director, doyen of the Hindi film industry.

Narayan is the Director and head programmer, Anu is second in command.  

And there is a selection committee that screens all the competition films – industry people and critics in Mumbai.

 

About Reliance Big Entertainment

Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (Rbel) is the flagship media and entertainment arm of India's Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, with a significant presence in film entertainment (film production, distribution, and exhibition), broadcasting and new media ventures.

Rbel's motion picture brand, Reliance Big Pictures ( www.reliancebigpictures.com ) has built a impressive film production slate in Hindi, English & other Indian languages, which it markets and distributes worldwide. Following Reliance Big Picturess association with Im Global, the company now benefits from an international sales team with an excellent reputation and global presence dedicated to selling its Bollywood and regional language slate. Going into production in November is the $45 million ðDreddð, which Reliance Big Entertainment is co-financing with Im Global.

In Hollywood, Reliance Big Pictures has partnered with Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider on the formation of DreamWorks Studios and hasdevelopment deals with Nicolas Cage's Saturn FilmsJim Carrey's Jc 23 EntertainmentGeorge Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, Chris Columbus'1492 Pictures, Tom Hanksð Playtone Productions, Brad Pitt's Plan B EntertainmentJay Roach's Everyman Pictures, Brett Ratnerðs Rat Entertainment,Julia Robertsð Red Om Films and Brian Grazer and Ron Howardðs Imagine Entertainment.

Also worth noting: the competition section of the festival is for first features and carries a Grand prize of Us$100,000 and a Jury prize of Us$50,000.00, with a percentage of the money of allocated to the sales agent who submitted the film. With 14 features, the odds are better than most lotteries…  This was last year's lineup  http://www.mumbaifilmfest.com/Mami/films_list.php   The Salesman, one of the films their U.S. Representative Programmer, Ian Bernie (former longtime Lacma programmer) selected, won the Jury Award and Best Actor. 

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DVD Playhouse--August 2012

1 August 2012 1:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Allen Gardner

A Separation (Sony) This drama from Iran won the 2011 Best Foreign Film Oscar, telling the story of a couple who file for a legal separation, with the wife pushing for a divorce. He won’t leave his Alzheimer’s-afflicted father behind, while she is wanting to take their young daughter with her to the United States. After a series of misunderstandings, threats and legal actions, the couple find that there is more than just their marriage that’s on the line. Hyper-realistic to a fault, reminiscent of the neo-realist films that came out of post-ww II Europe, but also repressive and redundant in the extreme, with the characters seeming to throw the same temper tantrum for two hours straight while the story, meanwhile, seems stalled. Wildly overpraised film is a real litmus test, with viewers seeming to be staunch defenders or equally impassioned detractors. It did win an Oscar, »

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Myrna Loy Biography

12 March 2012 3:17 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Myrna Loy biography: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood Many believe that Myrna Loy is the best American actress never to have been nominated for an Academy Award. Despite having played leads and supporting roles in more than 100 movies (in addition to a few dozen bit parts during the silent era), Loy was invariably bypassed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But that's the Oscar and the Academy's loss. For starters, Loy was a delightful light comedienne in movies such as W.S. Van Dyke's The Thin Man and Jack Conway's Libeled Lady. One of the greatest — and most beautifully politically incorrect — dialogue exchanges in movies can be heard in Rouben Mamoulian's 1932 musical Love Me Tonight: Jeanette MacDonald: "Don't you think of anything but men, dear?" Myrna Loy: "Oh yes, schoolboys." Loy could be a remarkable dramatic actress as well, as can »

- Andre Soares

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Blu-ray Release: Titanic (1953)

8 March 2012 2:44 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012

Price: Blu-ray $24.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The high-definition debut of the 1953 disaster movie Titanic is timed for the 100-year anniversary of the day the fated ship sank.

Long before Kate and Leo rode the classic cruise liner, Clifton Webb (Stars and Stripes Forever), Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity) and Robert Wagner (TV’s It Takes a Thief) played Titanic passengers.

In the earlier film, Webb and Stanwyck played unhappily married Mr. and Mrs. Sturges. When the ship hits an iceberg, their custody battle for their two children, who are also on board, is the least of their worries.

Directed by Jean Negulesco (How to Marry a Millionaire), the drama movie won an Oscar for its screenplay and was nominated for art direction.

For the Blu-ray, the classic film was remastered and comes with these special features:

commentary by film critic Richard Schickelcommentary by cinematographer Michael D. Lonzo, »

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This week's new films

24 February 2012 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rampart (15)

(Oren Moverman, 2011, Us) Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Ned Beatty, Sigourney Weaver, Ice Cube. 108 mins

Harrelson looks scarily at home as the most corrupt cop in Los Angeles: drinking, smoking, cheating and brutalising his way to notoriety, then stubbornly denying all culpability. It's less a straight cop story than a fragmented study of a – personally as well as professionally – rotten man. There's almost too much in the mix, but it's told with great style and anchored by a fearsomely committed performance.

Safe House (15)

(Daniel Espinosa, 2012, Us) Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga. 115 mins

A spy thriller that gives you what you'd expect: Washington as a suave rogue spy; Reynolds as the rookie who brings him in; frenetic action; double crosses; shifting allegiance; and a bit of waterboarding for kicks.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (12A)

(John Madden, 2011, UK) Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel. 124 mins

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- Steve Rose

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Laura – review

24 February 2012 4:46 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Otto Preminger's whodunnit-noir still grips, with its superb halfway-point coup de cinéma

Lovers of 1940s Hollywood – and of course movie-lovers in general – should savour every last drop of this rerelease, directed by Otto Preminger, made in 1944 and coming complete with an ad for Us war bonds in the closing credits. It's a fascinating whodunnit-noir with a superb coup de cinéma halfway through. Dana Andrews is the rugged Detective Mark McPherson; on account of heroic gunshot wounds in the leg, the press have dubbed him "Detective with the silver shinbone". (Something, perhaps, to set aside Preminger's 1955 movie The Man With the Golden Arm.) McPherson is investigating the gruesome murder of Laura Hunt, played by the exquisitely beautiful Gene Tierney. In flashbacks, we see how she was swept up into fashionable cafe society by her infatuated but platonic bachelor admirer, the waspish newspaper columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) – the equal, surely, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Film Review: 'Laura' (BFI re-release)

23 February 2012 2:00 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆  Otto Preminger's film noir masterpiece Laura (1944) opens with the ominous line "I shall never forget the weekend Laura died". From there we meet hardboiled NYPD detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) in a stylish New York apartment and observe his interview with the waspish Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb). This ageing aristocrat/journalist shamelessly types his newspaper column from his bathtub as he answers McPherson's questions about his murdered protégé and close companion Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney).

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Top 7 Films Based on Memoirs

2 January 2012 8:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

When a famous person writes about her life it’s an autobiography, when a normal person does, it’s a memoir. Last weekend saw the release of Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo based on Benjamin Mee’s beautiful memoir. Here are seven other films, based on memoirs from normal folks with interesting stories in the hands of good filmmakers.

7. Cheaper By the Dozen (1950)

Recap: Unlike the 2003 remake, the original Cheaper By the Dozen film follows the Gilbreth family of New Jersey which had 12 children. Their efficiency expert father, Frank (Clifton Webb) attempts to raise his family as he would run a factory, with mixed results. As one would expect, things break down when it comes to teenagers.

Reason: Frank Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth wrote this memoir of their childhood as two of a dozen children which I had the fortune »

- Megan Lehar

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Preminger's "Laura" @ Film Forum NYC

2 January 2012 6:25 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

New York's Film Forum is screening Otto Preminger's Laura (1944) through Thursday. "What's worth noting is how precarious the film's path to existence was," writes the New Yorker's Richard Brody, "and on what a fine yet obviously amazingly strong thread Preminger's career was dangling." J Hoberman in the Voice: "Elevated by studio boss Darryl Zanuck from 'B' picture status, Laura opened at the Roxy, became a critical and popular hit, was nominated for five Oscars (winning for cinematography), and launched Preminger's directorial career. Still, alternately sprightly and turgid, if abetted by its haunting, ubiquitous score, it's far from a great movie — most beloved by second-generation surrealists who appreciate it for its time-liquidating dream narrative of l'amour fou. See that movie if you can; for me, Laura is a flavorsome but flawed anticipation of two far more delirious psychosexual cine-obsessions: Vertigo and Blue Velvet."

The New Yorker's Anthony Lane suggests that »

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