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'It's Complicated' Movie with Meryl Streep & Steve Martin + Sandra Bullock & Jeff Bridges to Receive Festival Honors

Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin 'It's Complicated'

Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Lake Bell  in It's Complicated
Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Lake Bell in It's Complicated

Written and directed by Nancy Meyers (Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday), It's Complicated is an upcoming romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep as a divorced mother of three kids who unexpectedly finds herself torn between an attorney ex-husband (Alec Baldwin) and an architect paramour (Steve Martin).

Meryl Streep in It's Complicated

Something's Gotta Give earned Diane Keaton an Oscar nomination, but Meryl Streep's all-but-inevitable Oscar nod will most likely come by way of her Julia Child in Julie & Julia. Co-stars Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, however, if properly pushed in the best supporting actor category, have a better chance of being mentioned come Oscar time.

Also in the It's Complicated cast: John Krasinski, Rita Wilson, Zoe Kazan, Hunter Parrish, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Mary Kay Place, Lake Bell, Alexandra Wentworth, Daryl Sabara, and John Patrick Stuart.

Produced by: Nancy Meyers, Scott Rudin

Meryl Streep, Steve Martin in It's Complicated

It's Complicated, which is scheduled to open in the US on Dec. 25, has won the National Board of Review's best ensemble award.

Photos: Melinda Sue Gordon / © 2009 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

Synopsis and film information from the It's Complicated press release:

Jane Adler (two-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep) is the mother of three grown kids, owns a thriving Santa Barbara bakery/restaurant and has – after a decade of divorce – an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, attorney Jake (Alec Baldwin). But when Jane and Jake find themselves out of town for their son's college graduation, things start to get complicated.

Meryl Streep in It's Complicated

An innocent meal together leads to several bottles of wine, which in turn becomes a laugh-filled evening of memories about their 19-year marriage… and then to an impulsive affair. With Jake remarried to the much younger Agness (Lake Bell), Jane is now, of all things, the other woman. Caught in the middle of this renewed romance is Adam (Steve Martin), an architect hired to remodel Jane's kitchen. Also divorced, Adam starts to fall for Jane, but soon realizes he's become part of an unusual love triangle.

Should Jane and Jake move on with their separate lives, or has the passage of time made them realize that they really are better together than apart? It's…complicated.

Meryl Streep, John Krasinski, Caitlin Fitzgerald in It's Complicated

Nancy Meyers wrote and directed this romantic comedy that opens in the U.S. on Dec. 25.

Also in the It's Complicated cast: John Krasinski, Caitlin Fitzgerald (both above, with Streep), Rita Wilson, Zoe Kazan, and Hunter Parrish.

Photos: Melinda Sue Gordon / © 2009 Universal Studios.

Sandra Bullock, the star of the year-end sleeper hit The Blind Side, will receive the Santa Barbara Film Festival's American Riviera Award on Friday, February 5, 2010.

Among Bullock's credits are Love Potion No. 9, While You Were Sleeping, Practical Magic, Miss Congeniality, The Net, A Time to Kill, 28 Days, Murder By Numbers, The Lake House, the Academy Award winner Crash, the recent hit The Proposal, and the recent flop All About Steve.

As per the SBFF's website, the American Riviera Award, sponsored by Chopin Vodka, “was established to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema.” Past recipients include: Mickey Rourke (09), Tommy Lee Jones (08), Forest Whitaker (07), Philip Seymour Hoffman (06), Kevin Bacon (05) and Diane Lane (04).

Probably not coincidentally, most honorees were tapped for the award at a time when they were being tapped for Oscar consideration as well. It's Bullock's turn now, though her performance in The Blind Side will more likely land her only a Golden Globe nod. Even so, an Oscar nomination isn't really out of reach, if only for sentimental reasons. After all, Bullock has never even been nominated.

Tickets for the American Riviera Award Presented by Chopin, which takes place Friday, February 5 at the Arlington Theatre are available now, discounted 20% until December 31, 2009 and can be purchased through www.sbfilmfestival.org or by calling 805.962.8543.

Mini-Paks for the festival (NOT passes) are discounted 20% until December 31, as well, while Festival Passes and Packages are currently discounted at 15% and on sale exclusively at www.sbfilmfestival.org and 805.962.8543. Ticketing fees will apply for all Film Festival Passes, Mini-Paks and event tickets.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs February 4-14, 2010.

Jeff Bridges to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival Award

Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart

Jeff Bridges will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 2010 edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) to be held January 5-18, 2010. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will take place on Tuesday, January 5, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The ceremony will be hosted by Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart.

Past honorees of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Liam Neeson, Nicolas Cage, John Travolta and James Stewart.

Oscar buzz seems to be a requirement for most of the award-giving at Southern California events taking place early in the year. Four-time Oscar nominee Bridges, who has just received a Spirit Award nomination for his broken-down country music singer in Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart, is a potential Oscar contender. Also in the Crazy Heart cast are Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell.

Believe it or not, Jeff Bridges, who turned 60 this past Dec. 4, has been around acting in movies for four decades. His Oscar nominations were for best supporting actor in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show (1971), Michael Cimino's Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), as a lead in Starman (1984), and back in the supporting category in The Contender (2000).

Among Bridges' other film credits are The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Open Road, Iron Man, Surf's Up, Seabiscuit, The Fisher King, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Blown Away, Fearless, The Big Lebowski, Against All Odds, The Vanishing, Texasville, The Morning After, The Last American Hero, and Heart of the West.

His father was actor Lloyd Bridges. His brother is actor Beau Bridges.

Toronto to Host International India Film Academy Awards

Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in Jodhaa AkbarToronto will be the setting of the 2011 International Indian Film Academy Awards; the Ontario metropolis will be the first North American city to host the event. The annual Indian Academy Awards ceremony is the culmination of a four-day celebration of Indian filmmaking. The 2011 edition will take place between June 16-19.

The first International India Film Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Millennium Dome in London in 2000, which was followed by festivities in cities as diverse as Amsterdam, Dubai, Singapore, and Johannesburg. The awards ceremony is reportedly watched by 350 million people worldwide and attracts tens of thousands of tourists to the hosting city.

Earlier this year, Macao was the setting of the awards ceremony. The top IIFA Award winner was Ashutosh Gowariker's period romance Jodhaa Akbar (photo), starring Bollywood icons Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in a tale of Muslim-Hindu love set in 16th-century India. Jodhaa Akbar took home 11 trophies including best picture, best director, best actor, and best music (Slumdog Millionaire's A. R. Rahman).

Sarab Singh Neelam's 'Ocean of Pearls' Release

Omid Abtahi in Ocean of Pearls
Omid Abtahi in Ocean of Pearls

Sarab Singh Neelam's Ocean of Pearls, a drama about traditional (Sikh) values coming into conflict with life in 21st-century North America, opens exclusively in the Los Angeles area on Friday, December 18, at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in West Hollywood. Director Neelam will take part in a q&a following the 7pm shows on Friday, December 18, and Saturday, December 19.

According to the Ocean of Pearls press release, Neelam is the first Sikh director in American Cinema to make a film with Sikh lead actors.

Written by Neelam and V. Prasad, Ocean of Pearls follows a young Toronto-based Sikh doctor – turban and long hair and all – whose life is upended following a career-driven move to Detroit. The film stars Omid Abtahi, Heather McComb, Brenda Strong, Navi Rawat, and Ajay Mehta.

Last year, Ocean of Pearls won audience awards at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific and Toronto ReelWorld film festivals.

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