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Hollywood Film Fest Announces Celebrate Hollywood Lineup

Continuing with the re-launch of the Hollywood Film Festival, executive director Jon Fitzgerald has announced the Celebrate Hollywood lineup for this year’s festival, recognizing films that have been shot in Hollywood, or reference show business. The 18th Annual Fest runs from Oct. 16 to Oct. 19.

“Celebrate Hollywood provides opportunity to pay homage to the motion picture capital and its impact on entertainment,” says Fitzgerald. “As the Festival grows and becomes more relevant in the community, and as incentives continue to be given for filmmaking in Hollywood, we expect this will become one of the more competitive sections of the Fest.”

Seven films will be represented in the category, including “Alex of Venice,” starring and directed by Chris Messina (“The Mindy Project”), “Sister,” directed by David Lascher and starring Reid Scott (“Veep”), Illeana Douglas and Barbara Hershey, “Becoming Bulletproof,” directed by Michael Barnett, “The Dramatics (A Comedy)” directed by Scott Rodgers,
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Hff unveils Celebrate Hollywood line-up

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Hollywood Film Festival executive director Jon Fitzgerald announced the strand that rounds out the programme as the festival’s October 16-19 dates draw closer.

Celebrate Hollywood recognises “films shot in Hollywood, or which reference show business.”

The seven titles are: Becoming Bulletproof by Michael Barnett (Us Premiere); Alex Of Venice (pictured) by Chris Messina; Sister by David Lascher; The Dramatics (A Comedy) by Scott Rodgers; The Toy Soldiers by Erik Peter Carlson; Time Lapse by Bradley King and B P Cooper; and You Must Be Joking by Jake Wilson.

Hff will also pay tribute to a filmmaker in the CineCause Spotlight category “who successfully demonstrates the power of film to create change.”

“Celebrate Hollywood provides opportunity to pay homage to the motion picture capital and its impact on entertainment,” said Fitzgerald. “As the festival grows and becomes more relevant in the community, and as incentives continue to be given for filmmaking in Hollywood, we expect
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Peter Dinklage Set For ‘The Thicket'; John Magaro Joins ‘The Finest Hours'; Celebrity Death Pool Pic Adds 6 To Cast

Peter Dinklage Set For ‘The Thicket'; John Magaro Joins ‘The Finest Hours'; Celebrity Death Pool Pic Adds 6 To Cast
Peter Dinklage is set to star in period crime drama The Thicket, based on Joe Lansdale’s novel. He plays Shorty, a crafty bounty hunter enlisted to find a woman who has been kidnapped by a violent killer at the turn of the 20th century. He and his fellow trackers venture into the deadly no-man’s land known as the Big Thicket, a place where blood and chaos reign. Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang is producing with Dinklage and the actor’s manager David Ginsberg. Dinklage stars on HBO’s Game Of Thrones and next appears in the comedy features Taxi and Pixels. He is repped by CAA, attorney Karl Austen and Ginsberg.

John Magaro has been cast in Disney’s The Finest Hours. The Craig Gillespie-directed film chronicles the massive rescue mission that’s launched when a pair of oil tankers split in two off the coast of
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Hff unveils Horizons strand

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Jon Fitzgerald and his team at the reboot Hollywood Film Festival with its emphasis on socially conscious films have unveiled the line-up of features by first-time directors.

The roster includes the world premiere of Pancakes by Yasu Shibuya, the previously announced world premiere of My Name Is Water by Justin Arana and the Us premiere of

Also set to screen in Horizons are: Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear; Andy Landen’s Sequoia Sister by David Lascher; Time Lapse by B.P. Cooper and Bradley King and Alex Of Venice (pictured) by Chris Messina; The Dramatics by Scott Rodgers; and You Must Be Joking by Jake Wilson.

“New talent continues to be the lifeblood of Hollywood,” said Fitzgerald. “Horizons is a natural fit in providing a platform for emerging directors to be on the industry’s radar.”

The Hollywood Film Festival will run from October 16-19. To see the full line-up visit the official website.
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Variety Honors Hollywood’s New Leaders

Variety Honors Hollywood’s New Leaders
Bert Marcus, 31

Producer, Bert Marcus Prods.

Most documentaries bored USC grad and former Clear Channel worker Marcus, so he decided to make interesting ones like “Teenage Paparazzo” (acquired by HBO at Sundance 2010), “How to Make Money Selling Drugs” (snatched up by Tribeca Films at Toronto 2012) and, hopefully, his upcoming boxing exploration “Champs” (partly produced by Mike Tyson, who calls Marcus “a fighter”).

Andrew Carlberg, 29

Film/TV/theater producer, Western Skies Prods.

Carlberg’s feature “Some Girls” (written by Neil Labute), premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, the first narrative feature to receive a day-and-date theatrical premiere via Vimeo’s on-demand platform. He’s also completed “The Dramatics,” the feature debut of Upright Citizens Brigade and Funny or Die alum Scott Rodgers.

Jessica Alba, 32

Co-founder and president, the Honest Co.

Alba may be a top-earning actress, but she’s more than a pretty face: she co-founded Honest Co. in 2012 with author-activist Christopher Gavigan.
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Variety Honors Hollywood’s New Leaders

Variety Honors Hollywood’s New Leaders
Bert Marcus, 31

Producer, Bert Marcus Prods.

Most documentaries bored USC grad and former Clear Channel worker Marcus, so he decided to make interesting ones like “Teenage Paparazzo” (acquired by HBO at Sundance 2010), “How to Make Money Selling Drugs” (snatched up by Tribeca Films at Toronto 2012) and, hopefully, his upcoming boxing exploration “Champs” (partly produced by Mike Tyson, who calls Marcus “a fighter”).

Andrew Carlberg, 29

Film/TV/theater producer, Western Skies Prods.

Carlberg’s feature “Some Girls” (written by Neil Labute), premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, the first narrative feature to receive a day-and-date theatrical premiere via Vimeo’s on-demand platform. He’s also completed “The Dramatics,” the feature debut of Upright Citizens Brigade and Funny or Die alum Scott Rodgers.

Jessica Alba, 32

Co-founder and president, the Honest Co.

Alba may be a top-earning actress, but she’s more than a pretty face: she co-founded Honest Co. in 2012 with author-activist Christopher Gavigan.
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Sean Astin To Co-Star In ‘Surgeon General’

Exclusive: The Lord Of The RingsSean Astin has joined Jason Issacs and Kathryn Morris in CBS’ drama pilot Surgeon General. Written by Samuel Baum and produced by CBS TV Studios, the project centers on Dr. John Sherman (Isaacs), the most powerful doctor in the nation, the Surgeon General, who has 315 million patients. Astin, repped by Innovative, LuberRoklin and Dave Feldman, will play Dr. Fischer, a psychiatrist and a member of Dr. Sherman’s team, overseeing the nation’s mental health. He will next be seen in The Call.
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