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    Dame Helen Mirren to be Honored at 22nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival

    Dame Helen Mirren will be honored with a tribute and receive the award for "Outstanding Performance of the Year" for her role in "The Queen" at the upcoming 22nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the event announced Tuesday. The event will take place Friday, January 26th during the 22nd SBIFF, which takes place January 25 - February 4. "It is an honor to celebrate Dame Helen Mirren's performance in this role," commented SBIFF executive director Roger Durling in a statement. "She beautifully captured the conflict this woman felt in a time of personal tragedy and public loss. The way she was able to balance power and vulnerabil...

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    Starz Launches Film Studio: Overture Films

    Starz, LLC has announced the creation of Overture Films, a company described in an announcement Monday as "a new motion picture studio." The new production and distribution outfit will be headed by CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett, both formerly of MGM. A unit of Liberty Media's premium movie service and production/distribution arm, Overture will produce, acquire and release 8 - 12 feature films per year, with a mandate to, "produce quality films that take creative risks and break new ground." Based in Los Angeles with releases set to start in the middle of next year, Overture will begin with a slate that is made up of 60% productions an...

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    Foundation to Help Women Filmmakers Established in Memory of Adrienne Shelly

    The Adrienne Shelly Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the memory of writer/director/actress Adrienne Shelly, is being founded by her husband, Andy Ostroy. Plans include a Womens' Filmmaking Scholarship Fund, with a particular emphasis on awarding film school scholarships and helping women make the transition from acting to directing. "I know what Adrienne would want most would be to help women get a chance to pursue their dream," commented Ostroy in a statement. More initiatives from the foundation will be announced at a later date. Those wanting to contribute can send checks made out to The Adrienne Shelly Foundation, via B...

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    The Guardian: "Red Road" rolls over competition

    "Red Road," the Cannes jury prize-winning thriller about a CCTV operator bent on revenge, has swept the board at this year's Scottish Baftas. The movie won five awards, including best film, best actress for Kate Dickie, best actor for Tony Curran, as well as best director and best screenplay for And...

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    SF360: Second Look at 3rd I South Asian Film Festival

    Three days, nine films, eight shorts, and endless bliss courtesy of last weekend's fourth annual 3rd I South Asian Film Festival. This year's lineup showcased a wide range of tastes. Opening night at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Theater Friday started off with a super rare screening of British Asian ...

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    "The Lives of Others" and "American Blackout" Take Top High Falls Film Festival Honors

    Floian Henckel Von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others" won the High Falls Film Festival's audience award for best narrative over the weekend, concluding the event, which emphasizes women in film. "Lives" is Germany's official entry for best foreign-language Oscar consideration. Ian Inaba's "American Blackout" won best documentary, while "Sintonia," written and directed by Jose Mari Goenaga took best short. And, "Sticks & Stones" by Rehema Imani Trimiew won High Falls' "Audience Award from the Women of SoFA" prize. As previously announced "Copying Beethoven" (which opened the fest) director Agnieszka Holland as well as actors Shirley Knight (...

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    "Volver" "Avatar" and "Sharkwater" Among Winners at 21st Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival

    Ishai Setton's "The Big Bad Swim" won the best American indie award, while Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" took best film at the 21st Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Sunday. Also taking jury prizes were Lluis Quilez's "Avatar" (best short), Rob Stewart's "Sharkwater" (best doc), David Wall best director for "Mrs. Worthington's Party," George Gallo best screenplay for "Local Color," and Adolfo B. Alix Jr.'s "Donsol" (best low budget feature). Joe Pantoliano won best actor for his role in "Canvas," while Monic Hendrickx took best actress for her role in "Leef!" Michael Negrin took best cinematographer for "Local Color," and the festival's...

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    NY Times: Scenes From a Marriage Not Unlike His Own

    "Apoplectic with fear" is how the writer and director Jeff Lipsky summed up his state of mind a few weeks before the release of "Flannel Pajamas." Opening in New York on Wednesday, the film traces the arc of a marriage from the characters' first flush of attraction through the relationship's small daily erosions. "My whole future is going to be carved out in 96 hours," Mr. Lipsky said, his nervous energy and Woody Allen-like persona surfacing at regular intervals during a late breakfast in SoHo with the film's male lead, Justin Kirk, in town from Los Angeles. Nancy Ramsey reports.[Free NY Times online subscription required to view full articl...

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    SF360: Mary Badham, on a "Mockingbird" mission

    I was six months old when I went to my first movie--and I swear I remember images from it. You see, I sometimes have flashes of shots from "To Kill a Mockingbird," but all of them are upside-down. My mother tells me that I saw the film from a bassinette on the theater seat--thus began my life-long l...

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    "Volver" and "Pan's Labyrinth" Prepare to Break Out of the Foreign Language Niche

    The rich are getting richer; the poor are getting poorer. That's what the Democratic Congress will inherit when they officially take control of the country's legislature in January. The same state of affairs applies to foreign-language films in the United States. While there are a handful of films t...

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