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By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Richard Raymond‘s Desert Dancer, a drama about a young dancer in present-day Iran that stars Slumdog Millionaire‘s Freida Pinto, will kick off the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the historic Arlington Theatre on Jan. 27, 2015, the fest’s organizers announced this week. Sbiff also announced that its Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking, which hasn’t been presented in five years, will go to the Cousteau family.
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- Anjelica Oswald
Slate great piece on why we need less reboots and more original genre fiction - interesting points made that aren't just the usual bitching
Interview talks to the director of Wild Tales, which I loved at Tiff, Damián Szifrón
Shark Robot Avengers as cold cereal t-shirts. The best ones are clearly Thorrios and Loki Charms 'bifrosted!"
- NATHANIEL R
Richard Raymond's Desert Dancer, a drama about a young dancer in present-day Iran that stars Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto, will kick off the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the historic Arlington Theatre on Jan. 27, 2015, the fest's organizers announced this week. Sbiff also announced that its Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking, which hasn't been presented in five years, will go to the Cousteau family. Desert Dancer, which is based on the life story of Afshin Ghaffarian, will be released by Relativity Studios in select cities on March 20 before expanding wider on March 27.
- Scott Feinberg
Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer will open the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, set to run from January 27-February 7.
The Attenborough Award For Excellence In Nature Filmmaking will go to the Cousteau Family – Jean-Michel and his son and daughter Fabien and Celine. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Santa Barbara Film Festival announced Wednesday it will open its 30th anniversary edition with “Desert Dancer” from Relativity Studios on January 27 at the Arlington Theatre.
Based on a true story, the film from helmer Richard Raymond stars Freida Pinto as a self-taught Iranian dancer who forms an underground dance group in the midst of a tumultuous 2009 presidential election.
“Raymond has delivered an extremely timely and thought-provoking movie about love, truth and the freedom that comes from following your passions,” stated Roger Durling, Sbiff executive director.
The festival also announced that it will honor the Cousteau family, Jean-Michel and his children Fabien and Celine, with its Attenborough Award For Excellence in Nature Filmmaking, the first time in five years the honor has been awarded. Sbiff will present the award to the Cousteaus, “for their decades-long commitment to educating the public and discovering the mysteries of the ocean,” Jan. 28 at the Arlington Theatre. »
- Kevin Noonan
The Santa Barbara Film Festival is sending out announcements. That must mean it’s Oscar season officially. The first of their special announcements is the Us premiere of Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer, »
- Sasha Stone
To celebrate International Day of the Girl on the 11th of October, World Vision is bringing a special screening of Girl Rising to Dublin on October 2nd at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum. Girl Rising was directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins and is narrated by Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington. It is a ground-breaking critically acclaimed feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. It is also a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for girls around the world. "It's a powerful film that has the potential to inspire change in the world. If you're not moved, you're not breathing," said Alicia Keys. '' It's a simple fact. There is nobody »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
A-listers unite! Wow, talk about a star-studded ad campaign. L'Oreal Paris managed to pull in a ton of Hollywood power players, like Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria, Blake Lively, Jane Fonda, Julianne Moore and Freida Pinto. The campaign is for the beauty brand's latest lipstick launch, Collection Exclusive Pure Reds. And in the ads, all the women pose clad in white, which of course makes all their red lipstick really pop. The campaign (shot by Norman Jean Roy) also features beauties like Laetitia Casta, Liya Kebede, Natasha Poly and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Even though all the women sport gorgeous red lips—they are all wearing different hues. The idea is that the colors match their varying »
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” began its rise to box office supremacy on Thursday night, taking in approximately $4.1 million from 10 p.m. shows in 2,750 theaters. Also read: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Could Be $60 Million Gorilla at Box Office Matt Reeves-directed sequel of the franchise reboot stars Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, and Keri Russell as the humans this time around, replacing the cast of 2011's “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which starred James Franco, Freida Pinto, and John Lithgow. The humans, of course, play second bananas to the super-smart apes; their leader, Caesar, »
- Jordan Zakarin
Rome – Selena Gomez, Jessica Chastain, Freida Pinto, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Omar Sy, Sullivan Stapleton, Leo Howard, and Lena Headey are among expected attendees at Italy’s Ischia Global Film and Music Festival, the informal event on the Italo isle in the bay of Naples which prides itself on its relaxed atmosphere.
Gomez (pictured) is coming to present the European preem of William H. Macy’s directorial debut, “Rudderless,” this year’s Sundance closer about a grieving father, played by Billy Crudup, who finds salvation from the discovery of his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. The 21-year-old actress and pop singer will also be feted with one of two Ischia Kids Global Icons awards, the other one going to Leo Howard, the 16-year-old star of Disney Xd’s “Kickin’ it.”
“We are increasingly becoming a fest for hot rising young stars,” says Ischia topper Pascal Vicedomini, who also tops sister event Capri Hollywood. »
- Nick Vivarelli
I personally haven't seen any Planet of the Apes movies other than Tim Burton's (yes, I'm ashamed to say so), but the newer films directed by Rupert Wyatt and Matt Reeves look amazing, and I can't wait to see them! Below, you guys can tell us all what you thought of this one, and how much you can't wait for the next! A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 American science fiction film directed by Rupert Wyatt and starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, and Andy Serkis. Written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, it is 20th Century Fox's reboot of the Planet of the Apes series, intended to act as an origin story for a new series of films. »
Here's a look at some new release date changes: The Weinstein Company and Dimension Film family feature Paddington will now open on Christmas Day instead of its original December 12, 2014 release. TWC's The Coup, John Erick Dowdle’s action thriller starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan, will open March 6, 2015. TWC's Underdogs, Phillip Rhee's family action film in which he stars alongside Beau Bridges, Tom Arnold, and Mirelly Taylor, moves from August 27, 2014 to January 16, 2015. Relativity has moved Hector and the Search for Happiness up a week from September 26th to September 19th. Simon Pegg stars as a psychiatrist who sets out on a global quest to find out if happiness exists. Relativity's Desert Dancer, the biopic of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian starring Reece Ritchie and Freida Pinto, moves from August 15th to March 20, 2015 Hit the jump for more on each film. The biggest bit of news in this change to the »
- Dave Trumbore
Every Wednesday, FM writers Simon Columb and Brogan Morris write two short reviews on Woody Allen films … in the hope of watching all his films over the course of roughly 49 weeks. If you have been watching Woody’s films and want to join in, feel free to comment with short reviews yourself! Next up is You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Everyone Says I Love You…
Simon Columb on You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger…
Squeezed between Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight in Paris are two less-known features. Whatever Works harks back to earlier scripts while You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is a mish-mash of actors and threads of stories that are, ultimately, forgettable. Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) divorces his wife, Helena (Gemma Jones), while daughter Sally (Naomi Watts) struggles with her own husband, Roy (Josh Brolin). Roy falls for younger-model Dia (Freida Pinto) as Sally »
- Gary Collinson
Bold lip fans, take note! Just because the mercury is rising you don't have to put away your favorite berry, burgundy, and oxblood lip colors. Even though vampy lipsticks tend to hibernate like knee-high boots during the spring, celebs like Kim Kardashian, Hilary Duff, and Freida Pinto have all worn dark shades recently. "Mahogany lips actually suit all skin tones and eye colors since those shades are both cool and warm on the color wheel," celebrity makeup artist Rae Morris tells Us Weekly. "Matte lip colors will look [...] »
Cannes - Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer, starring Freida Pinto, Tom Cullen and Reece Ritchie, will serve as the opening night film at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest on July 13 in Ischia, Italy, it was announced today by the fest’s founder and producer Pascal Vicedomini. Desert Dancer is a musical film set during the 2009 riots against the Iranian regime, and is based on the story of Afshin Ghaffarian, who dreamt of becoming a ballet dancer despite a government ban. The film costars Nazanin Boniadi and Reece Ritchie. Its choreography is by Akram Khan, who also created the opening ceremonies of the
- Gregg Kilday
‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ trailer: New trailer for 2014 ‘Planet of the Apes’ film shows humans are the most dangerous apes of them all (image: Caesar in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’) The new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is out. Caesar and his fellow genetically modified apes enjoy a peaceful existence until created-in-God’s-image apes — that’s self-delusional humans — discover the Gmo apes’ hiding place in a lush forest. Much like gays were blamed for the AIDS virus a few decades ago, the virtuous and righteous humans (Gary Oldman among them) blame the Gmo apes for a virus that all but wiped out humankind. Enter the military, ever eager to save the world for peace and happiness by way of some heavy-duty weaponry. Needless to say, I’m ardently rooting for Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow Gmo apes. Check out the »
- Andre Soares
Politics may make strange bedfellows, but Washington D.C.'s most star-studded night always makes for some interesting table talk. At the 100th annual White House Correspondents Association dinner, emceed this year by Joel McHale, expect to see the usual oddball mix of celebrities seated with politicians seated with media folk, who host tables in a massive ballroom under the Washington Hilton. To the uninitiated, watching the A-listers make their way to their seats seems a bit like Harry Potter's Hogwarts "sorting hat" is at work sending each boldface name to the right place. Where's Anna Kendrick headed? She'll be at the Huffington Post's table, »
For those of us who don’t get invited to the White House Correspondents Dinner (and are 100 percent bitter about it), the majority of the event’s fun comes from hearing which random trainwreck celebrities show up each year. Did Lindsay Lohan pop in again? What about Ozzy Osbourne?
So the bad news for all of us stuck at home on May 3 — again, totally bitter — is that 2014′s dinner is looking disappointingly normal. For starters, Joel McHale is serving as the evening’s entertainer, which sets a healthy, funny tone for the night. And whom will McHale be entertaining? The Wrap reports that Rosario Dawson, »
- Samantha Highfill
The Apes movies practically defined the law of diminishing returns. Franklin J Schaffner’s seminal science-fiction, Planet of The Apes was one of the biggest hits of 1968. An ingenious adaptation of Pierre Boule’s novel, it won an Oscar for John Chambers’ iconic make-up effects and took the ‘Twist Ending’ to a new level, possibly never surpassed.
Despite the colossal box office returns of its predecessor, Beneath The Planet of The Apes had its budget halved – a penny-pinching exercise that would continue throughout the series. By the time of Conquest of The Planet of The Apes, allegory had taken over spectacle, and the films became a running commentary on racial oppression and the contemporary 1970s actions of the Black Panther movement. Cleverly, the five original Ape movies form a long circular narrative, with the time-travelling chimpanzees of Escape From The Planet of The Apes, giving birth to a son whose »
- Cai Ross
Hollywood will once again return to Washington for Saturday's White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Among those due to attend this year's ”nerd prom,” to be emceed by “Community” star Joel McHale, are Rosario Dawson, Julianna Margulies, David McCallum, Gloria Estefan, Jeff Goldblum, Sofia Vergara, Tony Goldwyn and Madeline Stowe. Other celebrity guests include Freida Pinto, Jessica Simpson, Darren Criss, Kristen Bell, and Anna Kendrick. Also read: Joel McHale to Host White House Correspondents’ Dinner Traditionally, one of the big questions every year is whether the funny speech given by the emcee will be outshined by the comic speech given by »
- Ira Teinowitz
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