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American Cinematheque Unveils Three-Day Tribute to Iconic Filmmaker Irwin Winkler

American Cinematheque Unveils Three-Day Tribute to Iconic Filmmaker Irwin Winkler
Los Angeles’ American Cinematheque has announced it will host “A Tribute to Irwin Winkler,” celebrating the legendary filmmaker whose frequent collaborations with Martin Scorsese have led to several critically acclaimed and iconic films over nearly four decades spent together. The pair have worked together frequently — and quite successfully — over the years, and their shared credits include “New York, New York,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

The three-day event will feature showings of their past films, capped off by a rare, in-person conversation between the two Oscar winners. On Saturday, December 3, Winkler and Scorsese will be on hand at the Egyptian for an 80-minute conversation about their past work together, along with discussion about their latest project, “Silence,” which arrives on December 23 after a twenty-eight-year development period.

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‘Carry On’ Wins Top Prize at Palm Springs International ShortFest

The winners of the Palm Springs International ShortFest were announced Sunday, with Rafael Haider’s “Carry On” taking home the best of festival award.

Other notable wins include Haider’s “Submarine,” which received the future filmmaker award, with Marc Fouchard’s “The Way of Tea,” David Darg’s “Body Team 12″ and Gabriel Osorio’s “Bear Story” winning audience awards.

“It’s been a spectacular success on all fronts for ShortFest this year, with a uniformly ecstatic response from audience and filmmakers alike for the screenings, the panels and seminars and the special events the Festival mounted,” said festival director Darryl Macdonald in a statement. “With record numbers of attendees and filmmakers, the Festival lived up to its growing reputation as one of the most important events of its kind in the world.”

330 short films screened at the festival, which runs from June 16-22, along with more than 3,000 filmmaker submissions available in the film market.
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Tribeca Film Festival 2012: What Drives Robert De Niro

Tribeca Film Festival 2012: What Drives Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro in “Red Lights

Robert De Niro and his longtime producing partner Jane Rosenthal have been working together for more than 20 years at Tribeca Productions. Over that time, they have produced more than two dozen movies, ranging from indie fare like the funny but financially unsuccessful Hollywood satire “What Just Happened?” to wildly profitable franchise films, like the “Meet the Parents” trilogy.

In 2002, they started the Tribeca Film Festival as a creative response to the devastation of downtown
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Cannes Update: Trabalahar Cansa (Hard Labor), Poliss, Puzzle of a Downfall Child

Cannes Update: Trabalahar Cansa (Hard Labor), Poliss, Puzzle of a Downfall Child
Two out of the three Cannes films that Simon Abrams reviews here may never be screened for stateside art-house audiences. But one is a must-see for everyone, he writes: The restored print of Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Panic in Needle Park director Jerry Schatzberg’s 1970 debut feature, is a must-see. Cannes director Thierry Fremaux introduced the screening of Puzzle, whose star, Cannes festival poster girl Faye Dunaway, attended tonight’s screening along with Schatzberg. The film is a knockout psychodrama about the inner life of a reclusive fashion model (Dunaway) and her doomed romances with men ranging from a wealthy and obnoxious playboy (Roy Scheider) to a modest photographer (Barry Primus). If the Criterion Collection or another equally important cultural institution (perhaps the Film Society ...
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Understanding Scorsese: A Martin Scorsese Profile (Part 2)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the second of a five-part feature... read part one here.

“It’s true that some films will involve me more than others,” admitted American filmmaker Martin Scorsese. “It’s also true that I might have never made Taxi Driver [1976] were it not for the success of Alice [Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, 1974]. The question of commercialism is a source of worry. Must one make a choice, must it be a matter of either setting your sights on winning an Academy Award and becoming a millionaire, or making only the movies you want to make and starving to death?” The $1.3 million production about a lonely New York City taxi driver (Robert De Niro), who has an unrequited romantic attachment with political campaign volunteer (Cybill Shepherd) and becomes a vengeful angel for a child prostitute (Jodie Foster), potently harnessed the sense of public disillusionment fueled
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Understanding Scorsese: A Martin Scorsese Profile (Part 1)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary American filmmaker Martin Scorsese in the first of a five part feature...

“Marty never gave me much trouble,” stated Charlie Scorsese of his famous filmmaking son. “Marty and his friends used to drink my liquor and fill empty bottles with water and Kayro syrup, but they were good boys. Marty was sickly, though, and couldn’t keep up with the other boys. That’s how the thing with the movies got started.” The elder Scorsese, who earned a living as a clothes presser in the New York City garment district, served as an early cinematic influence for the Academy Award-winning director. “Having asthma,” recalled Martin Scorsese, “I was often taken to movies because they didn’t know what else to do with me.” As for his lack of athletic prowess, Scorsese remarked, “On my block, people took games seriously. If a kid dropped
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Primus and Roberts Join Screening of 'The Rose'; Midler Cancels

Actors Barry Primus and Doris Roberts and Oscar®-nominated sound mixers Jim Webb and Theodore Soderberg will join director Mark Rydell in the onstage discussion following the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 30th anniversary screening of "The Rose" on Friday, September 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey will host the evening. Oscar-nominated actress Bette Midler was originally scheduled to participate in the event, but has had to cancel for personal reasons. Instead, she will provide a special video message dedicated to the cast, crew and fans of the film.
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Lake Arrowhead fest announces winners

Lake Arrowhead fest announces winners
LeVar Burton's "Reach for Me" took home the best feature film award and the best of the festival award at the 10th anniversary Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, which concluded Sunday.

At the fest's awards luncheon at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, director Joe Dante received the award for Special Achievement in the Art of Independent Filmmaking.

Other awards were presented to Georgina Lightning's "Older Than America," which received the June Lockhart Special Achievement in Film Award, and James Chressanthis' "Laszlo and Vilmos: No Subtitles Necessary" was presented with a Special Recognition Award.

Chris McDonald served as the host for the ceremony, with Seymour Cassel, Charlie Robinson, Barry Primus, Cynthia Stevenson, Brett Cullen and Chris Mulkey all serving as presenters.
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'Jackson' to open Lake Arrowhead film fest

'Jackson' to open Lake Arrowhead film fest
J. F. Lawton's "Jackson" will serve as opening-night film of the 10th annual Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, to be held at the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa from April 2-5. Barry Primus and Charlie Robinson, who star in the film as two bums whose lives are affected by a $20 bill, will attend the opening.

The lineup also includes such features as Francesco Lucente's "Badland," LeVar Burton's "Reach for Me," Duane Crichton's "Saving God" and Charles Evered's "Adopt a Sailor" and such short films as Chris Jones' "Gone Fishing" and Peter Beigen's "Ceremonies of the Horsemen."

Cinematographer Wally Pfister will present an award to fellow cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond and the late Lazslo Kovacs, which Zsigmond will accept on their behlf. The two filmmakers are the subject of James Chressanthis' documentary "No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos."

At the fest's Friday night gala, Jim Thebaut will receive the
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De Niro takes cut of Primus' '20%'

De Niro takes cut of Primus' '20%'
NEW YORK -- Robert De Niro is executive producing writer-director Barry Primus' upcoming dramatic comedy "20% Fiction."

The film centers on a respected acting coach dissatisfied with his superficial life in Los Angeles. He finds love and self-fulfillment after moving to a small town and working with its quirky residents.

De Niro produced and co-starred in Primus' 1992 sophomore directorial effort, Mistress. Primus has served as De Niro's acting coach, and the two longtime friends have acted together in such films as New York, New York, Night and the City and Guilty by Suspicion.

Bret Saxon, Jeff Bowler and Ari Palitz of Insomnia Media Group are financing the film and producing with Deco Entertainment's Nicholas Celozzi and Freddy Braidy. Principal photography is slated to begin in late September in Los Angeles.

Insomnia's recent projects include Zak Penn's The Grand. Braidy produced the Paris Hilton starrer Bottoms Up.

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