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    Palm Springs To Honor MacLaine, Theron, Newman & Others

    The 17th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced another group of honorees for its upcoming festival. Actress Shirley MacLaine will receive the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award this year, while actress Charlize Theron will be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, and composer Thomas Newman will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing. The awards will be presented on January 7, 2006 at the event's awards gala. Other previously announced honorees include director David Cronenberg, actor Jake Gyllenhaal, actor Terrence Howard and producer Michael London. The festival will take place January 5 - 1...

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    "Henderson," "Brokeback," and "Three Burials" Highlight Santa Fe Fest

    The 2005 Santa Fe Film Festival opened this week with Stephen Frears' "Mrs. Henderson Presents" with Judi Dench, ushering in the event which is screening 200 films from nearly 40 countries. Dench plays a plucky British widow in the feature who keeps alive a legendary London music hall during the hei...

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    The Guardian: How a heart-throb became the voice of liberal America

    George Clooney was adamant about one thing last week: he was not attacking the President in his gripping new film about the Middle East - he was slamming the entire geopolitical system. "It is not an attack on the Bush administration, but it is an attack on the system that has been in place for 60 o...

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    AP: Film to Recieve the Stanley Kramer Award

    "Good Night, and Good Luck" is being recognized by the Producers Guild of America. The film will receive the 2006 Stanley Kramer Award, which honors movies that shed light on social issues, the guild announced Monday. The film's producer and co-writer, Grant Heslov, will accept the prize at the 17th...

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    Reuters: Cowboy romance 'Brokeback' faces challenge

    It has wowed film festivals, won rave reviews and sparked Oscar buzz, but when "Brokeback Mountain," a.k.a. the gay cowboy movie, begins playing to general audiences on Friday, it faces its toughest challenge yet -- wooing mainstream America. Winning over middle America is important for the roughly ...

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    indieWIRE Presents: "Meet the Film Bloggers"

    On Friday December 16th, indieWIRE continues its monthly series with Apple Store - SoHo that presents indie film professionals discussing various aspects of the filmmaking process. indieWIRE is pleased to bring together some of it's favorite film bloggers to discuss their corner of the blogosphere. Bloggers confirmed so far include: Karina Longworth (Cinematical), Scott Macaulay (Filmmaker Magazine Blog), Alison Willmore (IFC News), Andrew Grant (Like Anna Karina's Sweater), Aaron Dobbs (Out of Focus), S.T. VanAirsdale (The Reeler) and Michael Koresky (Reverseblog: The Reverse Shot blog). The event will be moderated by indieWIRE Editor in Ch...

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    Global Peace Film Fest Kicks Off with "Innocent Voices," "Favela Rising"

    The Third Annual Global Peace Film Festival opened yesterday, December 7, in Orlando, FL. The festival, whose mission is the promotion of peace and peacemaking activities around the world through film, is showcasing an international selection of feature-length and short films and documentaries.

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    CineMart Announces Selections for 23rd Event in Rotterdam

    The 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam has announced 45 projects that will screen in its market, CineMart, which will take place January 29 - February 2 in the Dutch city. The program includes new productions by established art house directors such as Pablo Trapero, Guy Maddin, Alexej German...

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    Production Report: "Hiding Divya," "Ira & Abby," Monopoly," "Superheroes," "Turkey Creek"

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: indieWIRE's monthly production report looks at independent films in various stages of production. If you'd like to tell us about a film in production for future columns, please contact us.]

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    Reuters: Artie Lange film lands indie distributor

    Indie distributor Echo Bridge Entertainment has bought North American rights to the comedy feature "Beer League," starring Artie Lange, a sidekick on Howard Stern's syndicated radio show. Echo Bridge plans a theatrical release in the spring. Lange co-wrote the script with Frank Sebastiano, who makes...

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