10 Screenwriters To Watch
Variety has compiled its annual list of ten screenwriters to watch. Among them is “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire” scribe Geoffrey Fletcher. “I thought that writing was not only a good way into the industry, but probably a good way to stay there,” Fletcher told Variety, noting he was working as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and NYU when “Precious” director Lee Daniels came to him. Check out the full list of screenwriters here.
Brazil Takes Film Spotlight in NYC
The 7th Cine Fest Petrobras Brasil-NY gets underway on Sunday, August 2 at SummerStage in Central Park with a concert by a hot Brazilian singer, Silvia Machete and screening of Brazil’s number one film of the year, “If I Were You 2.” The festival will continue at the Tribeca Cinemas from Monday, August 3 – 7. The fest will screen 16 features as well as shorts from Latin America’s largest country. For more information and a line up of films, visit the event’s website.
AmPav to Host L.A. screenings of Emerging Filmmaker Showcase winners
The American Pavilion, which is a communication and hospitality center for the U.S. at the annual Cannes Film Festival, will screen winners of its Emerging Filmmaker Showcase on Saturday, August 8th. The 7pm screenings and reception will serve as the Closing Night festivities of “The American Pavilion’s L.A. Intensive” program and will take place at the Los Angeles Film School. The four winners (“Freedom to Choose,” best doc; “Heroes of Orange County,” best student doc; “Kolaborator,” best narrative; “Danzik,” best student narrative) will screen with honorable mentions during the event. For more information, visit AmPav’s website.
Greengrass’s “Green Zone” Heads To 2010
The upcoming awards season has one less Matt Damon vehicle in contention, as Paul Greengrass’s Iraq-set “Green Zone” has been moved from a late 2009 release date to March 12, 2010. A thriller about a pair of CIA agents on the trail of certain Weapons of Mass Destruction and a foreign correspondent following their mission, “Zone” marks a reteaming of Damon and his “Bourne” director Greengrass. The move might help Damon’s Oscar chances overall, though, leaving more room for his work in Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” and Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant!”
Hollywood Prop House Auction
20th Century Props in North Hollywood, California is auctioning off its inventory from Tuesday through Saturday Aug. 1 and plans to close. Hollywood’s second-largest prop house is going out of business with its owner saying he has fallen victim to film and TV production leaving California for other U.S. states that lure producers with tax incentives and fewer restrictions. Reuters reports.
Talking “Adam” with director Max Mayer and Hugh Dancy
At first the British actor Hugh Dancy seemed to be entirely wrong to play the title character in “Adam,” said Max Mayer, the film’s writer and director. The trouble was that Mr. Dancy, 34, seemed too charming, too intuitive, too easy in himself — just right for a movie like “Ella Enchanted” (he played Prince Charmont) but not so perfect for a character who was not so perfect. Sarah Lyall speaks to “Adam” director Max Mayer and British actor Hugh Dancy in the New York Times.
FilmBuff goes live
Cinetic’s FilmBuff cable VOD channel is now live, and to celebrate, they’ve uploaded a new clip from Michael Almereyda’s feature, “New Orleans Mon Amour,” starring Elisabeth Moss and Christopher Eccleston. Also in the mix is a trailer for Dave McLaughlin’s “On Broadway,” and a look back at the “Madonna pap smear” scene from 1991’s “Slacker.”
FSLC hosts screening and debate about Conservatives for “Kansas”
Film Society of Lincoln Center is hosting a screening of “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” and discussion with New York Observer national correspondent Joe Conason and New York Times editor Chris Suellentrop with National Review Online editor Kathryn Jean Lopez and conservative author and editor Ryan Sager. Filmmakers Laura Cohen, producer, and Joe Winston, director, will also serve on the panel, taking place Thursday, August 6th, Walter Reade Theatre. For more information, visit their website.
– The New York Children’s International Film Festival will host a pre-release screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s “Ponyo” on Sunday, August 9.
– The Brooklyn Independent Cinema series will host its all shorts program on Monday, August 3 with six films. For more information, visit their website.
– VH1 and VH1 Classic will present the television premiere of “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” on Saturday, October 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT as part of its Emmy Award-winning VH1 Rock Doc franchise. The documentary made its world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and opened theatrically on April 10. VH1 Films will release the DVD on October 6.
– Ben Lyons, E! Entertainment Television personality and co-host of the nationally syndicated, “At the Movies,” will host the 5th annual HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF) opening night celebration, which takes place on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at the DGA Theatre in Hollywood.
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