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Article about a caroling event for 20 Feet From Stardom

20 December 2013 11:45 AM, PST

Paul Shaffer accompanying Darlene Love in "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" as the holiday revelers join in. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Invited for caroling and cocktails by David Letterman's Late Show musical director Paul Shaffer and Doc NYC's Thom Powers, organised by Peggy Siegal, illustrious guests celebrated Morgan Neville's Oscar short listed documentary 20 Feet From Stardom with three of its stars - Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill.

At the Rum House in the Edison Hotel, on a Times Square already in the process of being prepared for New Year's Eve, I felt as though I entered into a scene from Woody Allen's Hannah And Her Sisters. I don't know which - an imaginary one with Glenn Close, Steve Buscemi, Jo Andres, Gretchen Mol, Robert Wuhl, and Richard Kind, directed by Paul Haggis. The evening was all about the joy of performance.

The film documents the careers »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Alliance of Women Film Journalists announces awards

20 December 2013 8:22 AM, PST

Sandra Bullock kicking ass in Gravity.

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists announced the winners of its annual awards today, with 12 Years A Slave the big winner as it has been across the awards lists so far. Though Best Actress went to Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, there were two special awards for Sandra Bullock - the Kick Ass Award for a female action star and another celebrating her success as an older actress still able to command leading roles. Meanwhile, Michael Doglas won an award for Most Egregious Age Gap with his love interest co-star in Last Vegas.

Those awards in full:-

Best Film

12 Years a Slave

Best Director

12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen

Best Screenplay, Original

HerSpike Jonze

Best Screenplay, Adapted

12 Years a Slave – John Ridley

Best Documentary

Stories We TellSarah Polley

Best Animated Film

The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki

Best Actress

Cate BlanchettBlue Jasmine »

- Jennie Kermode

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Interview with Alessandro Nivola about Ginger And Rosa and more.

19 December 2013 5:59 AM, PST

Alessandro Nivola, Elle Fanning and Alice Englert in Ginger And Rosa

In the second half of our conversation, Alessandro Nivola discusses his role in Ginger And Rosa, Sally Potter's directing style, what he and Ethan Hawke share with Sam Shepard, future film projects with Hawke, and Nivola's wife Emily Mortimer's creation with Paolo Sorrentino. Bird rescues with Shepard, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and a trip to August: Osage County complete the circle.

Anne-Katrin Titze: Last week at Monkey Bar, you mentioned the very different styles of directing between David O. Russell in American Hustle and Sally Potter in Ginger And Rosa.

Alessandro Nivola: Sally is a very different type of personality. Intellectually just so bright, she has a very particular aesthetic herself, a very keen eye for detail. The process of working on that film was really the opposite. We spent a long time rehearsing scenes and talking about them. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Interview with Simon Trevor about White Gold

17 December 2013 4:45 AM, PST

African Elephants in White Gold: "This time around it's much more serious because there's less elephants and more demand."

White Gold, Sydney's Pollack's Out Of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, along with Michael Apted's Gorillas In The Mist starring Sigourney Weaver have one man in common, Simon Trevor, the director of White Gold.

On the red carpet at MoMA for the film's premiere he told me - "We couldn't sit by and watch all those elephants being killed without trying to make everybody aware of this."

Sigourney Weaver, Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple, Meredith Vieira, Iman, Christie Brinkley, Stacy Bendet, Hanneli Mustaparta, Tara Subkoff, Kyleigh Kuhn, Mia Moretti with Cleo Wade, Cynthia Rowley, David Schwimmer with Zoe Buckman, among others, walked the red carpet with Chuck Close and producer Arne Glimcher in support of the cause.

Simon Trevor on the red carpet at MoMA: "We couldn't sit by »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Online Film Critics' Society awards announced

16 December 2013 8:39 AM, PST

The winners of this year's Online Film Critics' Society awards were announced today, with 12 Years A Slave the outright winner, taking not just Best Picture but three of the acting awards. Selected by an international group of critics, these awards represent a diverse base of interests, with over 250 people contributing votes in a tightly fought contest.

Alongside the awards for this year's films, a special award was presented in memory of Roger Ebert and his invaluable contribution to film criticism.

Those award winners in full:

Best Picture

12 Years A Slave

Best Animated Feature

The Wind Rises

Best Film Not in the English Language

Blue Is The Warmest Color

Best Documentary

The Act Of Killing

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity

Best Actor

Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years A Slave

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor

Michael Fassbender - 12 Years A Slave

Best Supporting Actress

Lupita Nyong'o - »

- Jennie Kermode

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Goodbye Joan Fontaine

16 December 2013 5:32 AM, PST

Joan Fontaine

The iconic actress Joan Fontaine has died at the age of 95. Star of Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca, she went on to win an Oscar for her work in Suspicion, setting the standard for the director's many cool blondes. She also gave the screen a memorable Jane Eyre and appeared in the likes of Gunga Din and Letter From An Unknown Woman.

The sister of Olivia de Havilland, Fontaine began her career on the stage but was quickly signed by Rko and groomed for stardom, starring alongside Katharine Hepburn in Quality Street. Alongside her film career, she worked in television and became a successful radio star. She retired in 1994 to spend more time with the dogs she adored.

Fontaine died peacefully at her home in Carmel-by-the-sea, California. She is survived by a daughter from her second marriage, Deborah, and by an adopted daughter, Martita, from whom she had become estranged. »

- Jennie Kermode

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Walking With Dinosaurs red carpet feature

16 December 2013 2:47 AM, PST

Walking With Dinosaurs and the forces behind Tim Hill, Justin Long, John Leguizamo, Skyler Stone. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Sunday morning, invited by Twentieth Century Fox films to the red carpet at Cinema 1, 2, 3, on Manhattan's Upper East Side, I walked with dinosaur lovers big and small to celebrate the premiere screening of Walking With Dinosaurs (directed by Barry Cook and Neil Nightingale with Tim Hill as Executive Producer). Three longtime dinosaur aficionados, John Leguizamo, Justin Long and Skyler Stone, who give their voices to the photorealistic prehistoric 3-D adventurers, told me about their very first dino-encounters.

Produced by BBC Earth, the animated feature using the latest technology takes us back 70 million years. We follow the fate of Patchi, a Pachyrhinosaurus with a whistling hole in his ear and a great deal of courage, voiced by Justin Long, as his herd migrates through what is now Alaska. Together with his older brother »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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