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July 24, 2009 9:20 AM
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QuickShots | WGA, San Sebastian & Venice, Comic-Con, Good-Bad Films and "Balibo"

Writers Guild of America, West Announces Election Slate

The Writers Guild of America, West has announced the final slate of candidates for the 2009 WGAW Officer and Board of Directors election. The Officer candidates are as follows: President - John Wells, Elias Davis; Vice President - Tom Schulman, Howard Michael Gould; Secretary-Treasurer - Christopher Keyser, David N. Weiss. There are 17 candidates nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGAW's Board of Directors, as follows: Patric M. Verrone, Howard A. Rodman (inc.), Billy Ray, Jeff Lowell, Jed Weintrob, Dan Wilcox (inc.), Jan Oxenberg, Chip Johannessen, Mick Betancourt, Luvh Rakhe, Carleton Eastlake, David Wyatt, Jennifer Heath, Eric Wallace, Steven Schwartz, Ian Deitchman, Linda Burstyn. For more information, visit the WGA website.


San Sebastian Unveils Titles for 57th Event

Spanish cinema will participate at San Sebastian Festival with three movies competing in the Official Selection. "Los condenados" (The Damned), "La mujer sin piano and Yo, tambien" (Me Too) plus another three in Zabaltegi-New Directors "Mascares" (Masks), "Ori" and "Zorion Perfektua" (Perfect Happiness)). Additionally, Fernando Trueba, winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award for "Belle epoque" (1992), will present his new film, "El baile de la Victoria" (The Dancer and the Thief), as part of the Official Selection out of competition. For more information and film descriptions, visit the San Sebastian website.


Venice Critics' Week unveils lineup

The Venice Film Festival's Critics' Week has unveiled its lineup featuring 10 world debuts with a largely Eurocentric focus, complemented by two topical Iranian works, and one from South Korea, Nick Vivarelli reports in Variety. Opening the independently run section is Swedish sci-fi animation "Metropia" by Tarik Saleh. Also on tap are Erik Gandini's doc "Videocracy," "Cafe Noir" by Chung Sung-il, "A Rational Solution" by Jorgen Bergmark, "Domaine" by Patric Chiha, Good Morning Aman" by Claudio Noce, "Kakraki" by Ilya Demichev, "Foxes" by Mira Fornay and doc "Tehran" by Nader T. Homayoun. Ali Karim's Iranian drama "Chaleh" will close out the section.


Comic-Con on the Red Carpet and Inside with all the Heros, real and unreal

The Los Angeles Times is going to town with their in depth coverage of Comic-Con, with videos featuring red carpet interviews with Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman ("Kick-Ass") and others, while the paper profiles a slew of The Con's weekend offerings, including the too hot to be human cast from "Twilight," including Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Ashley Greene. "At the end of the day it's just a part," The L.A. Times quotes Pattinson from the panel on the latest installment of "Twilight." "As a really bad analogy, you step on a stone and it flies away and you just try not to drown afterward."


10 Comic-Con hits that became box office bombs

Spout's Christopher Campbell gives the lowdown on some real b.o. disasters that came out of The Con, including films with high profile big wigs like Jonny Depp ("From Hell"), Charlize Theron ("Aeon Flux") and directors such as Darren Aronofsky ("The Fountain") and Tim Burton ("Alice in Wonderland").


The worst best films ever made

"La Dolce Vita," "The Searchers," "Schindler's List" and "The Shawshank Redemption" made a list of the "best of the worst" films ever, notes Tim Lott for Britain's Guardian.


EU approves Italian tax incentives to film industry

The European Commission approved Thursday a package of tax incentives that Italy wants to introduce to bolster investment in the film industry, AFP reports.


Review: Melbourne International Film Festival opener, "Balibo"

"Based on the true story of five Aussie journalists (aka The Balibo Five) who were murdered by Indonesian militia in East Timor in 1975, "Balibo" "feels so convincing the supporting cast, all of whom contribute solid and authentic performances, find themselves constrained by the screenplay's matter-o-fact authenticity," writes blogger Luke Buckmaster in Cinetology from the Melbourne International Film Festival, the event's opening night gala.


Tidbits:

Rooftop film will present screenings of "Troll 2" and "Best Worst Movie" on consecutive days next week. Troll 2will screen Thursday, July 30, and Best Worst Movie will have it's New York Premiere on Friday, July 31st. Both screenings will be on lawn of Automotive High in Williamsburg. For more information, visit the event's website.

LA's Downtown Film Festival and The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live have unveiled their first ever music fest at teh museum running seven consecutive nights during the film festival, Saturday, Aug. 15 through Friday, August 21. Many of the film programs - 7 nights, 7 artists, 7 films - will include artist and filmmaker Q&As, live musical performances and after-screening parties. Check out the fest's site for more info.

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