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The countdown to the Golden Globes is on, and if last year's exciting show is any indication, 2015's festivities have a lot in store for us. Stars haven't wasted any time getting the party started, popping up at a handful of pre-Globes parties. Over at the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala, James Franco and Zach Braff got goofy, and Johnny Depp and Amber Heard shared a steamy kiss. Meanwhile, fashionable ladies have been debuting new looks at various events, with Jessica Chastain bringing big glamour to the Film Independent Filmmaker Grant and Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch, and Diane Kruger and Beth Behrs stunning at the Anonymous Content Party. The Help Haiti Home benefit proved to be one of the weekend's biggest parties, drawing the likes of former President Bill Clinton and Salma Hayek, who let loose with Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon. That's just the beginning of the fun - »
This March, cinephiles of all persuasions will congregate in Austin, Texas for 2015’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Each year, the beloved event proves worth the trek, with plenty of terrific dramas, comedies and genre pics on display (last year’s festival screenings included such great flicks as Neighbors, Chef, Open Windows, Stage Fright and The Guest). And today brings exciting news regarding next year’s festival, now that some of the films that will be making their world or U.S. premieres at SXSW 2015 have been announced.
Among the premieres are Dredd director Alex Garland’s anticipated sci-fi thought piece Ex Machina, Michael Showalter’s latest romance Hello, My Name is Doris and The Invitation, a horror-thriller from the director of Jennifer’s Body. With many more titles to be announced in the coming weeks, this is already shaping up to be a terrific year for SXSW.
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- Isaac Feldberg
The 2015 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival will open with the world premiere of a documentary about comedian, actor and author Russell Brand, organizers announced Thursday.
Organizers also announced six other films that will screen at this year’s festival, including documentaries about singer Mavis Staples, NBA star Serge Ibaka and anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez.
- Steve Pond
This March will mark my fourth straight year attending the South by Southwest Film Festival. Every year creates many memorable moments, whether it be seeing the world premiere of Short Term 12 when it was on no one's radar or seeing Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman fight on stage when there was a problem with the screening file for The Raid 2, I always have a good time seeing as many movies I can in a short amount of time. And I am happy to be covering it for the first time as press for RopeofSilicon. The opening night films for SXSW have been hit and miss. My first year it was The Cabin in the Woods, and unfortunately, they cannot all be that great. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Chef followed after that. This year, SXSW has chosen the documentary Brand: A Second Coming as the opening night film. »
- Mike Shutt
SXSW also announced half a dozen titles for its lineup — Michael Showalter’s comedy “Hello, My Name Is Doris,” starring Sally Field; Karyn Kusama’s thriller “The Invitation”; Jessica Edwards’ Mavis Staples documentary “Mavis!”; Grantland Features’ first film “Son of the Congo,” following NBA star Serge Ibaka’s return to his homeland; Sara Hirsh Bordo’s documentary “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story”; and the North American premiere of Alex Garland’s directorial debut “Ex Machina,” starring Oscar Isaac.
“Firebrand Ondi Timoner’s bold and lively documentary on Russell Brand knocked us out with its humor, insight and raw energy, pulling back the curtain on a truly passionate figure as he grapples with fame, influence and where we are as a 21st century society, »
- Dave McNary
The 2015 People's Choice Awards brought a wealth of style and beauty to the red carpet Wednesday night. Between the bright hues, eye-catching sequence and sleek jumpsuits, we couldn't decide on our favorites. Luckily we didn't have to. E! Style Collective member and senior fashion editor at Marie Claire Zanna Roberts Rossi had no problem narrowing the star-studded pool down to her top three. The style guru set her eyes on Portia De Rossi, Katharine McPhee and Beth Behrs as her style and beauty champions. Photos: 2015 People's Choice Awards red carpet arrivals Ellen DeGeneres' better half beamed in a Zuhair blue jumpsuit featuring cutouts—which will sure to be on best dressed »
6 items from 2015
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