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Be ready to be star-struck! Celebrity spotting enters a new realm as A-list stars from around the world descend on Dubai for the sixth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) from December 9 to 16.Diff Chairman Abdulhamid Juma said the celebrity attendance at Diff 2009 reflects the increasing global appeal of the festival. .These celebrities are not making a nominal appearance but most of them are integral part of movies that are being screened at Diff, making their presence even more relevant..Headlining the celebrity list from Hollywood is Gerald Butler, the Ps, I Love You and The Ugly Truth star, who will receive the Variety International Star of the Year at Diff.He joins a power-pack including Matt Dillon, Oscar-nominated for his performance in Crash; Christina Ricci (Penelope); Mandy Moore (Licence to Wed); Christopher Lambert (Southland Tales) and Jason Flemying (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Broken Embraces star »
- With more coin invested in the film, Michael Radford (most recently directed William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Flawless) is finally receiving the greenlight for his Spanish Civil War comedy. Shooting officially begins on August 31st in Andalusia with Maria Valverde (from Gonzalo López-Gallego's thriller El rey de la montaña, and she top-lined The Anarchist's Wife which played at Sundance) who is, I imagine, a co-lead. La Mula was set to commence shooting exactly the same time over two years ago, but I imagine the budget for the film is perhaps not epic scale Alejandro Amenábar's Agora had their initial investors fighting to get this movie made. Filming in a foreign language is not foreign to Radford, he directed the Italian language money maker Il Postino and he is set to be shooting in Spanish language for La Mula, which is based on the screenplay and book by Juan Eslava Galan. »
Writer of 2007s "Flawless," Edward Anderson sits in the director's chair for the first time in horror film "Shuttle," a 2008 SXSW movie entry, which is now pushing forward with an April 7, 2009 DVD release date. Light on scares or gore "Shuttle," utilizes a character reveal at midpoint to add a twist where one is usually found in the ending and an intensity chills throughout. Not bowing to conventional story development Anderson finds his stride in this 106 minute tightly written thriller.
Beginning with good friends Mel (Peyton List) and Jules (Cameron Goodman) returning from a southern holiday these two comely girls quickly flirt, then entice Seth (James Snyder) and Matt (Dave Power) to join them in a cheap airport shuttle ride. Pretty boy and wanton ladies man, Seth engrosses himself with bubbly, blonde Jules while laidback, complainer Matt warms to Mel, a recent dumpee from a previous cheating fiancé. Add in one neurotic, »
- Michael Ross Allen
3 items from 2009
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