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Theater Review: Holiday Cheer Runneth Over in ‘We 3 Lizas’

Chicago – What is the remedy for the holiday blues? How about a dose of “Liza with a ‘Z’!” The sparkling and funny “We Three Lizas” is back for the holiday season from About Face Theatre of Chicago, just in time for the lights and tinsel. Danielle Plisz, Mark David Kaplan and Bethany Thomas play the three title Liza Minellis, with a deft direction by Scott Ferguson.

Play Rating: 4.0/5.0

Premiering last holiday season, and back by popular demand, the musical play has a merry and bright crafting at the new Stage 773 in Chicago. This is a twist on “A Christmas Carol,” involving New York fashion and trends, with a dose of past, present and heavenly Liza Minnelli. All three Lizas add the pizazz, but it is the amazing Danielle Plisz – as young Liza – that heightens her every scene with an impression that is so amazing, you’ll believe that Ms. M
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39th Fnc: 2010 Edition is a Festival Heavy on Discovery

Apart from the classic auteurs in the Special Presentations section, the 39th Festival du nouveau cinéma will be filled to the gills in new works from across the globe. I view the extremely popular film festival as sort of a B-side for film festival circuit items that generally find a spot in a major film fest such as Cannes and afterwards would normally fall through the cracks. Think the Nyff's much wilder, Canadian cousin. Over 295 films - this includes shorts, fiction and documentary, animation, retrospectives, tributes, professional panels, outdoor interactive installations, the festival which takes place between the 13th to the 24th of October, furiously promotes not only world talent, but local French Canadian filmmakers. Among the notable titles, we have Michelangelo Frammartino's Le Quattro volte, Olivier Assayas' Carlos and Alex de la Iglesia's The Last Circus and Wang Bing will be in town for a Master Class for Venice-winning The Ditch.
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Torino Gay Film Festival 2010: Boy In A Bathtub, Leo’S Room, Rosa von Praunheim

Maria Beatty’s Boy in a Bathtub (top); Enrique Buchichio’s Leo’s Room (middle); João Gabriel Vasconcellos, Rafael Cardoso in Aluisio Abranches‘ From Beginning to End (bottom) Maria Beatty will be honored with a screening of Boy in a Bathtub at the Torino Glbt Film Festival – Da Sodoma a Hollywood (Turin’s Glbt Film Festival – From Sodom to Hollywood) on Wednesday, April 21. Set in 1920s Paris, Boy in a Bathtub tells the story of a courtesan who seduces a very young man — only to turn him into an androgynous "love slave," with whom his/her mistress can do as she pleases. Also at Torino, the international premiere of Rosa von Praunheim’s New York Memories, in which the filmmaker, accompanied by his new partner, [...]
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Guadalajara Film Festival (aka Ficg) Celebrates 25 Years

This year's Guadalajara Film Festival (Ficg - Festival International de Cine Guadalajara) has so many events, sections and sidebars that one barely knows where to begin. Established in 1986 it now has an attendence of about 66,000 with industry attendence at about 3,000 all of whom are interested in interacting with one another and with filmmakers in an extremely friendly upbeat environment. Its festival has a competition for Mexican and Iberoamerican fiction, docs and shorts, French features with a focus on Agnes Varda, animation, alternative, childrens, and of course gala sections. It has a film market, numerous panels and has incorporated several key international initiatives.

About my ever active Women Directors' Tally: Of 160 new features at the festival, 27 are by women, equalling 16%. Those women are the ones who are currently playing the most important festivals: Paz Fabrega, Natalia Smirnoff, Florence Jaugey, Maria Novaro, Renate Costa, Urszula Antoniak, Elizabeth Chi Vasarhelyi, the ones not
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Berlin Rights Roundup

It's a wrap! The Martin Gropius Bau is empty and the final pickups follow. This is a work in progress and readers are invited and welcome to contribute. Presales have returned in reaction to the reduced number of finished films on offer over the past two markets. Presales applies across the board from Us to French and even Italian films. English language films are increasingly coming out of the major non English language territories but local product is impacting sales on Us films internationally. Business was quickly wrapped up but it was done with a healthy number of buys reported. Lower prices have become accepted but the market must have product as this event proved.

Adriana Chiesa has licensed Federico Moccia’s teen trilogy to Savor to Spain. The first title, Sorry If I Love You (Scusa Ma Ti Chiamo Amore) grossed $27m when released by Medusa on 600 prints in Italy.
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