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Australian Film Academy Makes China Awards Outreach

Australian Film Academy Makes China Awards Outreach
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts is to introduce an award for Asian film excellence as part of its annual prize ceremony.

Aacta’s Asian engagement program was unveiled at a banquet event Wednesday on the margins of the Shanghai International Film Festival. Actors Sam Neill and Rachel Griffiths were on hand to introduce the new award. Films from 17 countries will be eligible.

The final prize will be decided by a jury, headed by Russel Crowe. It also includes Chinese director Lu Chuan, Korean writer, director and producer Kim Ki-Duk, Indian actor Anupam Kher Indian actress Shabana Azmi, Chinese actor Liu Ye, American producer Gary Kurtz, British producer and distributor Adam Torel and veteran Australian film critic Margaret Pomeranz.

The Aacta awards will be presented at an awards ceremony on Dec. 6, 2017 at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

“We want to encourage more co-production and more co-operation,” said Aacta CEO Damian Trewhella. “As the Asian screen industry continues to grow and the traditional borders to content distribution are breaking down, audiences across the world are discovering what other regions have to offer.”

Aacta will also develop a range of film forums in Australia and regionally as part of the Asia engagement program.

China and Australia have had an official film co-production treaty for the past ten years. This year will see the release of the largest Australia-China co-production to date, the Kimble Rendall-directed “Guardians of the Tomb,” starring Li Bingbing.

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‘McFarland USA’ To Close Santa Barbara Film Festival: Full Lineup

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.

The festival runs from January 27-February 7.

Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.

World Premieres

A Better You, USA

Directed by Matt Walsh

Cast: Brian Huskey,
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'McFarland, USA' will close out 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival

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'McFarland, USA' will close out 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival
A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team,
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B'Town mourns Peter O'Toole's passing

B'Town mourns Peter O'Toole's passing
New Delhi, Dec 16: Bollywood celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher and Madhur Bhandarkar, have mourned the death of veteran British actor Peter O'Toole.

O'Toole, best known for his role in "Lawrence Of Arabia", died Dec 14 following a long illness at the Wellington hospital, London.

Celebrities took to Twitter to express their grief. Here is what they have to say:

Amitabh Bachchan: What? Peter O'Toole no more! That is most sad!

Anupam Kher: My first acting job was of an extra with Peter O'Toole in "Kim". I had one line with him. His presence and performances were mesmerising. Rip.

Madhur.
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Gene O'Neill Talks 'Killing the Marketplace' - Part 1

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Author Gene O'Neill is a man with a plan. That plan is to write and get paid. He hopes that readers begin to recognize his work and seek him out. He certainly has the skill set having graduated from Clarion in a class filled with, what are now, successful writers. But he was sidetracked along the way because the one thing more important to him than writing is family. But now he is back on track and I was able to sit down with him in late 2012 at Dark Delicacies and have an extensive conversation.

One of the first things you wrote that sticks in my head was the Burden of Indigo short story in Twilight Zone Magazine in 1981. What had you done prior to that that made you think "Hey, I can write short stories"?

About a year before that I won a Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association writing
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Top 10: Movie Trilogies

Article by Dan Clark

With the release of The Dark Knight Rises and the completion of the Dark Knight Trilogy it had me thinking of where it falls when compared to other classic trilogies. Trilogies used to be reserved for a select few, but now everything has a trilogy. I mean Step Up had a trilogy…until they made another movie and now it’s a quadrilogy. To be fair there is a lot of plot in that series so four movies were absolutely necessary. In fact I’m quite surprised Step Up Revolutions wasn’t split up into two parts. That’s not to say that there aren’t any great ones out there, because there are quite a few and I hope to point out some of those today. I created a list of what I think are the best trilogies ever made. I considered a few things when making this list.
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Acorn DVDs: A Women of Substance and Who Do You Think You Are?

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A Woman of Substance Acorn Media DVD

A Woman of Substance – that is one way to describe Emma Harte who is the central figure Acorn Media’s 1 May DVD release. This box set contains three British/American productions that follow the Harte saga from beginning to end. The trilogy begins with a Woman of Substance, which is followed by Hold the Dream and To Be The Best. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, Harte is a creation of novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford. Movie star Deborah Kerr brings a certain big screen glamour to the role of Ms Harte in her senior years. Jenny Seagrove plays the young Emma Harte before transitioning into the role
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Interview: Jameel Saleem Talks Exit Strategy

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Interview: Jameel Saleem Talks Exit Strategy
Read our exclusive interview with actor and screenwriter Jameel Saleem, who plays James in the upcoming film ‘Exit Strategy.’ The self-described “un-romantic” comedy, which is set to hit select theaters in the Philadelphia area on February 10, 2012, follows Saleem’s character, James, as he’s evicted from his apartment. He moves in with his new girlfriend of three months, Kim, played by Kimelia Weathers, and discovers she’s not what he wants in a relationship. He enlists the help of his best friends, Carville, portrayed by Quincy “Qdeezy” Harris, and Leona, played by Noelle Balfour, as well as Kevin Hart and L.A. Power 106 radio host Big Boy, to find a relationship...
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Kevin Hart and Power106's Big Boy in Exit Strategy (Video)

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart is starring in a new film, "Exit Strategy." Breaking up is hard to do. But how do you know what's the right way to do so? From Ask Around Entertainment, comes "Exit Strategy", an un-romantic comedy for Valentine.s Day, starring Jameel Saleem, Kimelia Weathers, Quincy .QDeezy. Harris, Kevin Hart and Power 106's Big Boy (also an Executive Producer on the film). In Exit Strategy, James (Saleem) gets evicted from his apartment and moves in with his girlfriend of three months Kim (Weathers) and quickly discovers she's everything he never wanted in a woman. He enlists best friends Carville (Harris) and Leona (Balfour), plus high-schooler Scoop (Sinise) and strangers Big Boy and Kevin Hart to find
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25 Best Horror Films / Thrillers of 2011 (so far)

Filmmakers have continued to push boundaries and find new innovative ways to elicit the emotions of fear, disgust and horror from viewers. Since Alfred Hitchcock directors strived to provoke viewer’s nightmares, hidden fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. Although a good deal of it is about the supernatural, others have focused more on a plot about morbidity, serial killers, a disease/virus outbreak, surrealism and more. This year we see vampires, outbreaks, poltergeists, aliens, zombies, and psychological horror/character studies featured on our list.

What is considered to be a horror film has varied from decade to decade. These days, the term “horror” is applied to films which display more explicit gore, jump scenes/scares or supernatural content whereas early horror movies were largely based on classic literature of the gothic/horror genre, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
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The Best Films Of 2011 … So Far!

While most blogs/sites post their “best of the year so far” lists in June, I like to wait until August – with good reason. You see, we here at Sound On Sight cover various film festivals across the globe. Five of the biggest fests (Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, Tribeca and Fantasia) all take place before August, while five other major fests (The New York Film Fest, Fantastic Fest, Tiff, Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, BFI London) all begin sometime in September or later. And since their are so few good films theatrically released in the first three or four months of the year, I feel like August is the best time to post this list. It gives us one more opportunity to further promote these great movies, before they are drowned out by all the major players heading our way. Before you read my list, there are a few things you should know.
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Promo Clips & Trailer For Indie Rom-Coms “Exit Strategy” And “Cream Soda”

Looks like Russ Parr won’t be the only national radio personality in the film business soon. Nationally syndicated radio host Big Boy will be joining him in this arena as executive producer of Exit Strategy, a romantic comedy starring Jameel Saleem and Kimelia Weathers.

Synopsis for the film: The romantic comedy centers around a man named James (Jameel Saleem) who is evicted from his apartment and forced to move in with his girlfriend of three months, Kim (Kimelia Weathers) and quickly discovers she’s not his type. When he enlists his friend Carville (Quincy ‘QDeezy’ Harris) and Leona (Noelle Balfour) to help him find an exit out of the relationship, things go haywire, as Kim refuses to let her boyfriend leave peacefully.

“I’m a movie fan — and when QDeezy brought this to me, I thought it’d be something my listeners would be in to,” Big Boy told AllHipHop.
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