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As was covered in our previous article about the event, the First Time Fest gives new filmmakers the opportunity to get their film established and distributed so that their efforts may be recognized for their future works. With the winner receiving full distribution of their film from Cinema Libre Studios as well as support on their future projects. All filmmakers received expert advice from filmmakers who had trouble getting their start and the special winners would also receive a trip to Scandinavia, because why not? The closing night ceremony was held at the 42West Nightclub in New York City and featured the filmmakers in the competition as well as Julie Taymor getting honored for her cinematic contributions.
Taymor received the John Huston Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema for her career ever since she started with Titus, a Shakespearean adaptation starring Anthony Hopkins in the lead role. She continued to »
- Catherina Gioino
If copious audience tears are anything to judge a film by, then Guadalajara Mezcal Prize contender “Las horas contigo,” (The Hours With You), by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta, is set to be one of the buzz films at Guadalajara.
Aguilar, who holds an Mfa in screenwriting from the American Film Institute (AFI) and has lived in L.A. the past five years, also penned screenplay. Her mother is Angeles Mastretta whose bestselling novels include “Arrancame la vida,” which helmer/producer Roberto Sneider took to the big screen.
Sneider, who has known Aguilar since she was in her teens, produced “Las horas contigo” after Aguilar showed him her first draft.
“I told her this would be a perfect first film after reading it,” said Sneider, whose other producing credits include “Frida,” “Dos crimenes” and most recently, “Deserted Cities,” which he also penned and helmed, starring Gael Garcia Bernal. Budgeted at $2 million, “Hours »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Valeria Golino has been reading, writing, drinking coffee, acting, and thinking about Fellini. Her impressive debut feature, "Honey," opened in New York last Friday and expands to Los Angeles this weekend, but she’s in need of inspiration for her next film. "I need my '8 ½,'" Golino said in a recent interview. It just so happens Fellini’s assistant director on that film was the Italian Lina Wertmüller, the first woman nominated for the Academy Award in directing (for "Seven Beauties") That was 1976. Since then, the list of Italian female filmmakers has not exactly blossomed. Of the films screened by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in the New Italian Cinema series last year, three out of eleven had female directors — not enough to fill one page of Silvio Berlusconi's little black book. You may recognize Golino and her curly locks from "Rainman," "Frida," "Hot Shots," or even "Big Top Pee Wee. »
- Judith Dry
Two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty) and Academy Award nominee Salma Hayek Pinault (Savages, upcoming The Prophet) will star in the drama A Three Dog Life, based on thebest-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas, it was announced today by producers J. Todd Harris (The Kids Are All Right) and Clark Peterson (Monster).
The film is written and will be directed by Nick Guthe (Mini’S First Time), who also produces.
The Solution Entertainment Group (“The Solution”) will represent international rights at the ongoing European Film Market in Berlin. CAA and Wme Global are co-representing Us rights.
When Abigail Thomas’ (Hayek Pinault) husband, Rich (Travolta), gets hit by a car, his brain is shattered and he has no memory of his past life. Subject to hallucinations, rage and terror, he is forced to live in an isolated institution to control the side effects of his near-death accident. »
- Michelle McCue
Contributed By: Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson
Well, we’ve just returned from AMPAS with our credentials badge for Wamg to be among the many outlets covering the Academy Awards nominations tomorrow morning.
With the announcement less than 24 hours away, and for the Oscar obsessivas (like us), this has been one of the toughest years to call. Even those of us who compulsively watch the race 365 days a year, all the categories are wide open, with expected surprises and snubs. This is always the best type of Oscar race to watch and we’ll bring you the news of who gets in and who isn’t invited to Hollywood’s biggest party of the year.
Actor, and tall-drink-of-cool-water, Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the 86th Academy Awards nominations on Thursday, January 16.
Boone Isaacs and Hemsworth will unveil the nominations at a 5:38 a. »
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5 items from 2014
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