'Darfur Now' Screening + Sacha Baron Cohen 'Brüno' Trailer & 'State of Play' Images

Darfur Now by Theodore Braun'Darfur Now.'

Darfur Now and The Devil Came on Horseback, both focusing on the ongoing Darfur crisis, will screen as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 27th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, April 15, '09, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.

Darfur Now is a call for people everywhere to take action against the human tragedies taking place in Darfur, Sudan. Director Theodore Braun and producer Cathy Schulman will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

The Devil Came on Horseback by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern

Directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, The Devil Came on Horseback depicts the events in Darfur through the eyes of an American marine who has since tried to spread the word about the atrocities he witnessed.

The 27th annual Contemporary Documentaries series continues through June 3. The series showcases feature-length and short documentaries nominated for the 2007 Academy Awards, as well as “other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.”

All films will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). For additional information, visit www.oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.


Via David Hudson's The Daily, who got it via Ed M. Koziarski's brief piece in The Chicago Reader:

Queer Cinema 101 is a five-week film series showcasing gay-themed films picked by gay film critics. The weekly series kicks off Monday, April 13 at Chicago's GLBT Center on Halsted and continues through Monday, May 11.

The five films are:

  • The Celluloid Closet (1995, above, k.d. lang sings “Secret Love”), hosted by Richard Knight Jr., Cinema Writer, Windy City Times, Monday, April 13; round table discussion afterward the screening
  • Velvet Goldmine (1996), hosted by Hank Sartin, Film section Editor and Critic, Time Out Chicago, screens Monday, April 20
  • The Killing of Sister George (1968), hosted by Charlie Shoquist, Film Critic, Gay Chicago Magazine , screens Monday, April 27
  • Parting Glances (1986), hosted by Gregg Shapiro, Film Critic, Chicago Free Press, screens Monday, May 4
  • Victor Victoria (1982), hosted by Jonathan Lewis, Editor and Film Critic, Gay Chicago Magazine, screens Monday, May 11; screening followed by a round-table discussion

Sacha Baron Cohen in Bruno

Written by Sacha Baron Cohen and directed by Dan Mazer, Brüno stars Cohen as a flamboyant Austrian fashionista who, in his desire to become “the biggest Austrian celebrity since Hitler,” decides to launch himself in the United States, adopting an African baby (à la Madonna) in the process while trying to pass for straight.

As a result of several sex scenes, Brüno has been slapped with a NC-17 rating in the US. I don't believe anyone was surprised. Its distributor, Universal, will now have to trim the sex bits in order to get the mockumentary an R rating. Apparently, one sequence involves anal intercourse, the sort of stuff that drives the MPAA censors wild. That and the other soon-to-be-cut moments will most likely be included in the DVD release.

Note: The above trailer is restricted.

Brüno opens in the US on July 10.

Official site.


Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe in State of Play
Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe

Directed by Kevin Macdonald and adapted by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy, and Billy Ray from Paul Abbott's television series, the thriller State of Play stars Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, Jeff Daniels, Justin Bateman, and Michael Berresse.

State of Play opens in the US on April 19.

Photos: © Universal Pictures

Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Russell Crowe in State of Play

Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Russell Crowe

Helen Mirren, Russell Crowe in State of Play

Helen Mirren, Russell Crowe

Jeff Daniels, Russell Crowe in State of Play

Jeff Daniels, Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck in State of Play

Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck in State of Play

Ben Affleck

Helen Mirren in State of Play

Helen Mirren

Rachel McAdams in State of Play

Rachel McAdams

Ben Affleck in State of Play

Ben Affleck

Robin Wright Penn, Ben Affleck in State of Play

Robin Wright Penn, Ben Affleck

Photos: © Universal Pictures

SAG Awards key dates

The key deadlines for the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced today by SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams (best known for her role as the distraught mother in Poltergeist). This will be the 16th edition of the annual event honoring performances in motion pictures and primetime television.

Submissions for the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards will open Monday, July 13, 2009, at www.sagawards.org/submissions. The nominations will be announced Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. On Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in the United States, TNT and TBS will simulcast the presentation of the Actor statuettes from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET/PT (which unfortunately means tape delay for those on the West Coast), 7 p.m. Central and 6 p.m. MT.

As per SAGs press release, "Actor® nominees are selected by separate film and television nominating committees, each consisting of 2,100 SAG members from around the country, randomly selected anew each year. All active members of SAG will receive ballots to determine who will receive Actors® for the outstanding performances of 2009."

Among the 2009 SAG Award winners were best actor Sean Penn for Milk, best actress Meryl Streep for Doubt, best supporting actress Kate Winslet for The Reader, best supporting actor Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight, and the cast of Slumdog Millionaire for the best ensemble.

The 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and director. Kathy Connell is the producer. JoBeth Williams, Daryl Anderson, Shelley Fabares, Paul Napier and Yale Summers are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O'Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production.  More information is available online at www.sagawards.org.

The Screen Actors Guild is the nation's largest labor union representing working actors. It was established in 1933, and currently represents more than 120,000 actors working in film, television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos and other new media formats. More information is available online at www.sag.org.

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3 Comments to 'Darfur Now' Screening + Sacha Baron Cohen 'Brüno' Trailer & 'State of Play' Images

  1. boago phiri

    This book provides an insight of what the outside world is ignoring. The images are touching and fills my heart with anger as the international communities are turning a blind eye into this barbarican and inhumane genocide. We have to act now or else more people are going to die.

  2. V

    I hope the movie arrives soon to Chile :3!
    Btw, Bruno looks better with longer hair, just like now :)

  3. apuha

    his satire is so concentrated, it hurts. I cannot wait to see Brüno, which will most definitely upset and piss me off.