Movie Festivals: Articles


'The Doll' Movie: Greedy & Gluttonous Church Officials + German Mary Pickford in Early Ernst Lubitsch Comedy

The Doll with Ossi Oswalda and Hermann Thimig. Early Ernst Lubitsch satirical fantasy starring “the German Mary Pickford” has similar premise to that of the 1925 Buster Keaton comedy Seven Chances. 'The Doll': San Francisco Silent Film Festival presented fast-paced Ernst Lubitsch comedy starring the German Mary Pickford – Ossi […]


'Amazing Tales from the Archives': SFSFF Remembers Pioneering Female Documentarian & World War I Era (!) Sound Films

“Amazing Tales from the Archives”: Pioneering female documentarian Aloha Wanderwell Baker remembered at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival – along with the largely forgotten sound-on-cylinder technology and the Jean Desmet Collection. 'Amazing Tales from the Archives': San Francisco Silent Film Festival & the 'sound-on-cylinder' system Fans of the earliest […]


Cannes Winners Diane Kruger & Sofia Coppola Oscar Chances + Bypassed Michael Haneke & Robert Pattinson

In the Fade with Diane Kruger: Fatih Akin's Avenging Woman drama may give its German-speaking star the chance to become next awards season's Isabelle Huppert. Diane Kruger: 2017–2018 awards season's Isabelle Huppert? (See previous post: “Cannes Winners vs. Oscar Nominations.”) The Cannes Film Festival's 2003 Female Revelation Chopard Trophy winner, […]


'The Audition': Martin Scorsese Short Starring DiCaprio and De Niro Pulled from Venice

The Audition poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest […]


Venice Film Festival Jury: Oscar Winner Alfonso Cuarón President

'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis […]


Bruce Dern 'Nebraska' Tribute: AFI FEST

Bruce Dern in 'Nebraska': AFI FEST 2013 highlight The Los Angeles-based AFI FEST, which kicked off last Thursday, Nov. 7, continues until next Thursday. On Monday, Nov. 11, the highlight of AFI FEST 2013 is Alexander Payne's Nebraska (7:00 p.m. at TCL Chinese Theatre), likely to earn a Best Actor […]


Paolo Sorrentino: Starz Denver Film Festival Honor

Paolo Sorrentino to receive Starz Denver Film Festival 2013 honor Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino will receive the fifth Maria and Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival. Sorrentino will be handed his award prior to the screening of The Great Beauty / La grande bellezza […]


J.R.R. Tolkien Descendant Holocaust Movie: Bel-Air Film Festival

J.R.R. Tolkien descendant's movie to be screened at Bel-Air Film Festival: Nicholas Tolkien's Holocaust-themed drama 'Terezin' The 2013 Bel-Air Film Festival, to be held October 7-13 in the Los Angeles area, will present the World Premiere of 23-year-old British writer-director Nicholas Tolkien's Terezin at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, […]


Sharon Stone, Jon Favreau: Catalina Film Festival Honorees

Sharon Stone, Jon Favreau honored at 2013 Catalina Film Festival Sharon Stone and Jon Favreau were two honorees at the 2013 Catalina Film Festival, which ran September 18-23 in the small town of Avalon on the island of Catalina, located southwest of the Los Angeles Basin. Stone, best known for […]


Kinky (Sex) Film Festival Call for Entries + Oregon Independent Film Festival Returns

'Kinky (sex) film festival' looking for entries: CineKink 2014 (image: 'Strange Live Acts') CineKink, which bills itself as “the kinky film festival,” is looking for “films and videos, of any length and genre, that explore and celebrate a wide diversity of sexuality.” In the last decade, CineKink has screened an […]


Toronto Film Festival Dates and Movies: 'The Love Punch'

Toronto Film Festival 2013 Dates and Movies (image: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson in 'The Love Punch') The Toronto Film Festival 2013 dates are September 5 to 15. The Opening Night Gala film is Bill Condon's bound-to-be-controversial The Fifth Estate, which is not a belated sequel to Serge Leroy's The Fourth […]


Lesbian Love Story Wins Palme d'Or

Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in 'Blue Is the Warmest Color.' Lesbian love story Blue Is the Warmest Color wins Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or The 2013 Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday evening. Earlier in the day in Paris, an estimated 150,000 bigots took to the […]


Tribeca Film Festival: Nora Ephron Prize Goes to Meera Menon

Tribeca Film Festival 2013 Nora Ephron Prize goes to first-time filmmaker Meera Menon for 'Farah Goes Bang' First-time writer/director Meera Menon has received the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize, which includes a $25,000 cash prize, for Farah Goes Bang, playing in the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival's Viewpoints section. The Nora Ephron […]


Cannes Jury: Most Prestigious Ever?

Cannes jury. Cannes jury Steven Spielberg was named the president of the Cannes Film Festival 2013 jury a few weeks ago. Earlier today, festival organizers announced Spielberg's fellow jury members. It's a star-studded international cast: Asian Film Award nominee and Indian Film Academy winner Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture), Cannes […]


Ben Affleck Political Thriller Tops PGA Awards + Sundance Double Winner Surprise

PGA Awards 2013 winners Update: Ben Affleck's Argo wins Theatrical Motion Picture PGA Award. Argo producer Ben Affleck tells Steve Pond “I had totally convinced myself they were going to read another name.” Affleck's fellow Argo producers are George Clooney and Grant Heslov. The Producers Guild of America is currently […]


Daniel Radcliffe Gay Poet + Doha Tribeca Offers Religion & Politics

'Kill Your Darlings' Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. Daniel Radcliffe 'Kill Your Darlings,' Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, and producer Stephenie Meyer: Sundance 2013 movies Beasts of the Southern Wild, Keep the Lights On, Middle of Nowhere, Safety Not Guaranteed, Smashed, The Sessions (then known as “The Surrogate”), How to Survive […]


Ken Loach Turns Down Turin Film Festival Award

Ken Loach turns down Turin Film Festival career award in solidarity with laid-off workers Ken Loach, well-known for his sympathies for the underdog, has turned down the Turin Film Festival's Gran Premio Torino and will not attend a previously scheduled screening of his film The Angels' Share on November 26. […]


Sex-Themed Movies Top Rome Film Festival Awards

Larry Clark movie, controversial “Italian Shame” win at Rome Film Festival 2012 Larry Clark's Marfa Girl, a loosely structured drama featuring intertwining stories, boozing, spanking, and teen sex in a small Texan border town, won the Marcus Aurelius Award for Best Film at the 2012 edition of the Rome Film […]


'Arbitrage' at San Sebastian: Finding Bill Clinton

Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon present Nicholas Jarecki's Arbitrage at 2012 San Sebastian Film Festival Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon were present at the 2012 San Sebastian Film Festival's opening night screening of Nicholas Jarecki's Arbitrage on Friday, Sept. 21. Set in the universe of the very wealthy and very powerful, […]


'On the Road' Again: Kristen Stewart Resurfaces & New Film Clip

On the Road movie trailer UK. Aug. 22, '12: Walter Salles' On the Road, a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's '50s novel, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2012, where it was greeted by mixed reviews. Ultimately, Salles' On the Road movie failed to win any Official Competition awards at […]


Cannes Winners: Old Age Drama & Mob Mentality Indictment

Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills: Cosmina Stratan, Cristina Flutur While delivering her intro for the Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony, Mistress of Ceremonies Bérénice Bejo waxed poetic: “If festivals are the parentheses, films are the words, the exclamation points…” In fact, there were quite a few exclamation points among the […]


'Maps to the Stars': Robert Pattinson-David Cronenberg Collaboration? + 'Amour' Trailer & Critics Favorite

Maps to the Stars for Robert Pattinson / David Cronenberg? Above, Pattinson in Cronenberg's Cosmopolis (Paul Giamatti in background) Robert Pattinson hates Twilight, according to those who have taken seriously his (jokingly) dismissive take on the movie series that has made him world famous. Anyhow, whatever his feelings in regard […]


Kathleen Turner Conversation & Woody Allen-Cate Blanchett Movie Project + Leonardo DiCaprio & Polar Bears

Kathleen Turner Actress Kathleen Turner, perhaps best remembered for seducing William Hurt in Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat and for romping about with Michael Douglas in Robert Zemeckis' Romancing the Stone, will be present on May 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival's Bell Lightbox to discuss her career in films […]


Roberto Benigni & Woody Allen 'To Rome with Love' Clichés & Politics + Tribeca Movies

Roberto Benigni, To Rome with Love According to English-language reports, Italian critics have given a mixed reception to Woody Allen's To Rome with Love (formerly known as Nero Fiddled and Bop Decameron, and currently known as A Roma con amore in Rome itself). They've reportedly complained that writer-director Allen presents […]


Cannes Movies: Alains Resnais, Woody Allen & Abbas Kiarostami + Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart?

Penélope Cruz, Alessandro Tiberi, Woody Allen's To Rome with Love Cannes movies at the 2012 festival The 2012 Cannes Film Festival buzz keeps getting stronger for a variety of movies. So far, the only confirmed screening is that of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, which will open this year's festival on […]


War on Drugs & Military Rape Top Sundance + Aki Kaurismäki Booed in Rotterdam

Ra'anan Alexandrovicz's The Law in These Parts Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, the story of a young girl growing up in Louisiana (to be released by Fox Searchlight) was the top U.S. narrative feature at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In, a […]


Robert Pattinson & Michael Fassbender: Berlin Film Festival Movies + Foreign Language Oscar Semifinalists

Robert Pattinson in Bel Ami: Berlin Film Festival. A week or so ago, we wondered if the Robert Pattinson period drama Bel Ami would be screened at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. If so, would it be listed as a Word Premiere? The issue revolved around the fact that earlier […]


Salma Hayek Legion of Honor Induction Controversy + Kristen Stewart Cannes Entry?

Salma Hayek: Mexican actress in Legion of Honor controversy. Salma Hayek: Legion of Honor controversy There hasn't been much buzz about Marthe Keller's induction into France's Legion of Honor. Or the induction of actresses Dominique Blanc and Anny Duperey. Hardly a surprise, since the only film people that matter in […]


Bruce the Shark Leaves Universal + 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Filmmakers vs. Critic Brouhaha

Bruce the Shark and director Steven Spielberg, the de facto Jaws stars. Universal Studios Orlando is getting rid of the Jaws ride, starring Bruce the Shark, so as to replace it with something new to compete with rival theme park Islands of Adventure. One of the biggest box office hits in […]


Mike Leigh vs. Isabelle Adjani: Berlin Film Festival Gets 'Outspoken' President

Mike Leigh to be Berlin Film Festival Jury President. No Mike Leigh film has taken home the Berlinale's Golden Bear, but Happy-Go-Lucky was in contention in 2008, eventually earning star Sally Hawkins that year's Best Actress Silver Bear. More than a decade ago – in 1997 to be exact – […]


Lesbian Romance & Teen Pregnancy, Vanessa Paradis & Jafar Panahi: AFI FEST

This Is Not a Film: Jafar Panahi AFI FEST has announced the list of movies screening in the festival's 2011 World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts programs. Both World Cinema and Breakthrough feature numerous films having their U.S. premieres, including Chantal Akerman's Almayer's Folly, Jean-Marc Vallée's Café du Flore, Alexander […]


Arturo Ripstein Rips San Sebastian Film Festival, Frances McDormand

Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein isn't at all happy his film Las razones del corazón / The Reasons of the Heart failed to win the Golden Shell at the 2011 edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival a couple of weeks ago. As quoted in the Mexican publication La Jornada (via […]


Nadine Labaki Musical 'Where Do We Go Now?': Toronto Surprise Winner

Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now? Lebanese actress-filmmaker Nadine Labaki's second feature, the musical Et maintenant, on va où? / Where Do We Go Now?, was the surprise winner of the Toronto Film Festival's Cadillac People's Choice Award. Toronto doesn't have a jury like Cannes, Berlin, or Venice; festivalgoers […]


W.E. Reviews: Madonna Movie Lambasted at Venice Film Festival

James D'Arcy as King Edward VIII, Andrea Riseborough as Wallis Simpson in Madonna's W.E.. Singers have been dabbling in movies with varying degrees of success for as long as feature films have been around. Opera star Geraldine Farrar became a movie star for Cecil B. DeMille in early silent era […]


Channing Tatum & Kate Mara: Toronto Film Festival Line-Up

Americano with Mathieu Demy, Geraldine Chaplin 360 – Fernando Meirelles, World Premiere – Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's classic La Ronde, in 360, director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Peter Morgan combine a modern and dynamic roundelay of original stories into one, linking characters: from different cities and countries in a vivid, […]


Michelle Yeoh & Jane Fonda + Madonna & Brad Pitt: Toronto Film Festival Galas

Albert Nobbs with Glenn Close Albert Nobbs Rodrigo Garcia, World Premiere – A witty Irish-set period drama about the lives of staff at Dublin's most luxurious hotel: the illegitimate child of a maid, a beautiful couple's impossible love, and Albert… a woman who pretends to be a man to survive. […]


Roman Polanski, Madonna: Venice Film Festival

Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz in Roman Polanski's Carnage What do Roman Polanski, David Cronenberg, George Clooney, Todd Solondz, Tomas Alfredson, and Madonna have in common? In addition to human genes, they'll have movies screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival according to Variety's Nick Vivarelli. […]


San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2011 Highlights: Stephen Horne, Matti Bye Ensemble, Mont Alto Orchestra

The Terra Nova in Herbert G. Ponting's The Great White Silence A few words about the 2011 edition of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival: SFSFF 2011 was quite crowded; as a result, the programs sometimes started late, but they were always well organized. The choice of the venue couldn't […]


Amazing Tales from the Archives: Orphan Films at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Eugen Illés' The Fall of Jerusalem The 16th San Francisco Silent Film Festival first morning program, “Amazing Tales from the Archives - The Archivist As Detective,” presented the many problems identifying “Orphan Films” – unlabeled pieces of footage discovered in vaults or estates. The first example of such an orphan […]


GYPSY's Martin Sulik, Ján Mizigár Photo: Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Ján Mizigár, Martin Sulik Ján Mizigár received a Special Mention Award at the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for his performance as an adolescent confronted with difficult issues in Martin Sulik's Gypsy. The Czech-Slovak coming-of-age drama also won the Special Jury Prize, the European Cinemas Label Award, and the […]


Saturn Awards: Christopher Nolan Mind-Bending Sci-Fier Tops

Film Best International Film * Monsters. The Complete Metropolis. Centurion. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mother. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. Best Science Fiction Film * Inception. Hereafter. Iron Man 2. Never Let Me Go. Splice. TRON: Legacy. Best Fantasy Film * Alice in Wonderland. The Chronicles of Narnia: […]


Sean Connery 'Tells Off' Steve Jobs & George Clooney Movie to Open Venice

Sean Connery stars in Louis Vuitton ad Sean Connery has been in the news of late: First there was the “gay kiss” (more on that later), then The Donald (a.k.a. Donald Trump) announced he wanted Connery to open his Scottish golf complex, and now comes a letter – fake, but […]


Turkish Drama 'Hayde Bre': Shanghai Film Festival Best Film

Orhan Oguz's Hayde Bre Orhan Oguz's Turkish drama Hayde Bre won the Golden Goblet for Best Feature Film at the 2011 Shanghai International Film Festival. [List of Shanghai Film Festival winners.] The Shanghai Film Festival's Official Competition jury led by Barry Levinson wrote the following in a statement about Hayde […]


Outfest: Patty Schemel Documentary & Gay Romance 'Weekend'

Chris New, Tom Cullen in Andrew Haigh's Weekend Kathleen Turner, Richard Chamberlain, Esai Morales: Outfest 2011 Outfest 2011's four centerpieces are Maryam Keshavarz's Teheran-set drama Circumstance (U.S. Dramatic), winner of the Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year; Andrew Haigh's Weekend (International), a sleeper hit at […]


Lars von Trier 'Not Mel Gibson' But Cannes' 'Persona Non Grata' Following 'I Understand Hitler' Remark

This probably isn't the last of Lars von Trier – according to him, his project with Martin Scorsese is still a go – but the 'persona non grata' filmmaker has found the need to explain himself once again, this time to The Hollywood Reporter. Von Trier apparently wants to make […]


James Franco, Julie Taymor: Los Angeles Film Festival 2011

James Franco in Gus Van Sant's Milk James Franco and Julie Taymor will be on hand at the Los Angeles Film Festival to present films/clips and to take part onstage “conversations.” Franco will present the world premiere of The Broken Tower, which he wrote, directed and stars in. The film […]


Los Angeles Film Festival Gala Screenings: Ryan Reynolds + Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling, Drive. Also at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2011: the world premiere of Chris Weitz's A Better Life and the North American premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn's Palme d'Or competitor Drive, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. Best known at this stage for handling a vampire (Robert Pattinson), […]


Lesbian Drama Best Film: Tribeca Film Festival Awards

Carice van Houten and Rutger Hauer in 'Black Butterflies' Carice van Houten, 'She Monkeys': 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Awards Writer-director Lisa Aschan's feature film debut, the Swedish lesbian drama She Monkeys / Apflickorna, took top honors at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Co-written by Josefine Adolfsson, the Best Narrative Feature […]


Gay Rights & Sperm Donor + Julianne Moore Is Sarah Palin & Catherine Deneuve Closing Cannes

Controversial 'I Am' Topics: From Anti-Gay Discrimination & Child Abuse to Abusive Cops & Sperm Donor Search "Why can't the guy get AIDS from a popular Bollywood actress?" According to 41-year-old Indian filmmaker Onir (right), that's what one potential backer asked him when he tried to raise funds for his […]


Tribeca NYC Jury: From Whoopi Goldberg to Souleymane Cissé

Tribeca NYC film festival jury member Whoopi Goldberg. The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 20-May 1, has announced its jurors. [Full list of Tribeca 2011 jury.] In the internationally eclectic list are found Malian filmmaker Souleymane Cissé, Your Highness' David Gordon Green, The Tillman Story's Amir Bar-Lev, Bullets […]


Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Mel Gibson: Cannes 2011 High Star Wattage

Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson, The Beaver “More Stars Than There Are in Heaven” used to be MGM's tagline. Now that the old home of Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Elizabeth Taylor, et al. has been reduced to less than a shadow of its former itself – the latest announcement […]


Cannes Veterans: From Pedro Almodóvar & Lars von Trier to the Dardenne Brothers and Aki Kaurismäki

Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya in Pedro Almodóvar's La piel que habito / The Skin I Live In The list of 19 films in competition for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or was announced earlier today. According to festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux and festival president Gilles Jacob, 1,715 entries […]


Jodie Foster-Mel Gibson 'The Beaver' Early Reviews: SXSW Film Festival

Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson in Foster's The Beaver Jodie Foster's drama – with comedic touches – The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson as an unbalanced executive who communicates through a hand-puppet beaver, had its world premiere on Wednesday night at the SWSX Film Festival. “This is not a comedy,” Foster told […]


Erotic 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?', Mr. Leather Contest: CineKink NYC

'Indietro,' with Madison Young: Eroticism and bondage in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' reboot of sorts. CineKink NYC: Mr. Leather contest, erotic/bondage 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' reboot The 8th annual CineKink NYC, a “specially-curated program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality,” will […]


'Troubadours' with James Taylor and Carole King Wins Santa Barbara Film Festival Award

James Taylor and Carole King in Troubadours. James Taylor and Carole King documentary 'Troubadours' wins Santa Barbara Film Festival Audience Award The winners of the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival were announced Sunday morning, Feb. 7, at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort. Notable among them was Audience Award winner […]


George Eastman House Max Ophüls Film Noirs & Berlin Competition

George Eastman House movie 'The Reckless Moment': Crime drama with James Mason and Joan Bennett. George Eastman House movies: Max Ophüls dramas 'The Reckless Moment' and 'Caught' Located in Rochester, New York, the George Eastman House has been preserving movies for decades. In addition to its film preservation work, the […]


Jennylyn Mercado Snub + Catholics vs. 'Father Jejemon' Child Abuse Subplot: Metro Manila Film Festival Controversies

Jennylyn Mercado in 'Rosario': Period feminist drama has been a Metro Manila Film Festival box office disappointment. Metro Manila Film Festival: Jennylyn Mercado Best Actress snub while feminist 'Rosario' a box office disappointment Jan. 3 '11 update: Actor-turned-director Albert Martinez's Rosario, a feminist period drama toplining film & television star […]


Royal Drama Tops British Independent Film Awards But Director Snubbed + Jennifer Lawrence Wins Stockholm

Royal drama The King's Speech with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. Tom Hooper's real-life-inspired crowd-pleaser topped the British Independent Film Awards with five wins, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Firth), and Best Supporting Actor (Rush) – but curiously, not Best Director. Royal drama tops British Independent Film Awards The King's […]


Sex-Starved Housewives & Bloody Iranian Elections + Veteran Marina Vlady: Sundance Movie Line-Up

Sex-starved housewives everywhere are represented by Agnes Kittelsen, who also happens to be the “perfect” housewife, in Anne Sewitsky's Happy, Happy / Sykt Lykkelig – one of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Dramatic Competition entries. Also in the Happy, Happy cast: Henrik Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens, and Joachim Rafaelsen. […]


Nicole Kidman Movie Risk Taker Tribute + Patricia Norris Lifetime Achievement Award

Best Actress Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (for Stephen Daldry's The Hours) and potential Oscar nominee for John Cameron Mitchell's upcoming Rabbit Hole, will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 26th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs January 27 -February 6, 2011. The Nicole Kidman […]


Angela Lansbury as Katherine Heigl's Daughter: 'Adaline'

Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey in John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate Angela Lansbury, the three-time Oscar nominee well-remembered today thanks to the cheesy television series Murder She Wrote, will play Katherine Heigl's daughter in Adaline, to be directed by Andy Tennant, the man who brought you The Bounty Hunter, Fool's Gold, […]


Annette Bening & Harrison Ford + Javier Bardem to Receive Film Festival Honors

Annette Bening, a top contender for the 2011 Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as a lesbian mother in The Kids Are All Right, will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's (SBIFF) American Riviera Award. The ceremony honoring Bening, 52, will take place at the Arlington Theatre on […]


Incest, Ghosts and Robert Pattinson: Gay Movies from South America and Spain

Cristian Mercado, Manolo Cardona in Javier Fuentes-León's Undertow. The 23rd edition of image+nation, Montreal's lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender film festival, will kick off with a screening of Javier Fuentes-León's Peruvian drama Contracorriente / Undertow at the Cinéma Impérial on Thursday, Oct. 28. The World Cinema (Dramatic) Audience Award winner […]


Lesbian Couple & Vampires Rule Gotham Awards + Oscar Contender Nicole Kidman?

Gotham Awards Nominations: Troubled Lesbian Couples, Ballerinas & Vampires The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), which bills itself the United States' “oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers,” announced today the nominees for the 20th Gotham Independent Film Awards. A total of 26 films, among them early awards-season favorites The Kids […]


Award-Winning Czech Screenwriter Jirí Krizan Dies

Jirí Krizan, a Czech screenwriter whose family was persecuted by Czechoslovakia's Communist rulers, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the village of Branky. Krizan was 68. Krizan (born Oct. 26, 1941) wrote about two dozen screenplays, among them Shadows of a Hot Summer, which shared the […]


Colin Firth & Werner Herzog: AFI FEST

Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi has announced its Centerpiece Galas: Diego Luna's Abel, Richard J. Lewis' Blarney's Version (perhaps best known as the movie that cost Rachelle Lefevre the role of the evil vampire Victoria in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Derek […]


Halloween Movies: 'The Man Who Laughs' & 'Eyes Without a Face' + Rare John Ford

Paul Leni's The Man Who Laughs, starring Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin. Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Alida Valli, Pierre Brasseur, Angela Lansbury, Conrad Veidt, Sean Connery, John Wayne, Gene Wilder, silent film stars Mary Philbin and Buster Keaton, and lots of zombies (it's Halloween, after all) are some of the performers […]


Peter Mullan 'NEDS': San Sebastian Film Festival Winners

Peter Mullan's Glasgow-set drama Neds (above), about a distraught teenager who joins a street gang in the early '70s, won the Golden Shell for Best Film at the 2010 edition of Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival, which came to a close this past weekend. As the sensitive teen-turned-gangbanger, newcomer Conor […]


'Lula' Movie: Brazil Controversial Foreign Language Oscar Submission

Lula, The Son of Brazil: Mother Glória Pires and her seven children, including Felipe Falanga (yellow shirt) as the boy Lula Unanimity isn't what it used to be. First, Quentin Tarantino's Venice Film Festival jury unanimously decides to hand out awards to the director's friends. Now comes a unanimous decision […]


'Somewhere' Movie Tops Venice: Sofia Coppola Ex-Boyfriend Quentin Tarantino Headed Jury

Somewhere movie with Elle Fanning and Stephen Dorff Sofia Coppola's Somewhere movie, hardly a unanimous critical hit (see further below), was the unanimous Golden Lion winner at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. Coppola's fellow Italian-American filmmaker – and former boyfriend – Quentin Tarantino headed the seven-person jury, which also included […]


Karlovy Vary Film Festival: Spanish Family Drama Wins Top Prize

The Mosquito Net's producer Luis Miñarro and director Agustí Vila (top); Best Actor co-winner Mateusz Kosciukiewicz Agustí Vila's psychological family drama La Mosquitera / The Mosquito Net won the Crystal Globe at the 2010 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, held in the Czech spa city. [Karlovy Vary 2010 list of […]


Alicia Silverstone & 19th-Century Lesbian Romance: Outfest Movies

Maxine Peake in James Kent's The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (top); Alicia Silverstone, Clueless (upper middle); Lio in Myriam Aziza's The Evening Dress (lower middle); Jane Lynch, A Gaythering Storm (bottom) James Kent's The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, Amy Heckerling's 1995 sleeper hit Clueless, Myriam Aziza's […]


Sensual Argentinean Gay Drama 'Plan B,' Religious Bigotry in 'Children of God': Outfest

Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro in Marco Berger's Plan B (top); Fernanda Cardoso's Bloomington (bottom) Synopses from the Outfest website for Saturday, July 10. Plan B Best-laid plans are put to the test in this topsy-turvy romantic comedy from Argentina. After being dumped by Anna, Bruno secretly befriends Anna's new boyfriend […]


Incestuous Gay Brothers, Wild Women's Prison & George Takei in Bed: Outfest

Rafael Cardoso and João Gabriel Vasconcellos in Aluízio Abranches' From Beginning to End. Aluízio Abranches' Do Começo ao Fim / From Beginning to End, Donatella Maiorca's Viola di mare / Purple Sea, Steve Balderson's Stuck!, and the two short film showcases “Queerer Than Fiction” and “Flesh 4 Fantasy” are among […]


'Metropolis,' Norma Talmadge and Louise Brooks: San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Louise Brooks (center) in Diary of a Lost Girl (top); Fritz Lang's sci-fi classic Metropolis (upper middle); George O'Brien (center) in John Ford's The Iron Horse (lower middle); Norma Talmadge in Sam Taylor and Henry King's The Woman Disputed (bottom) The San Francisco Silent Film Festival kicks off on July […]


Los Angeles Film Festival Awards: 'A Family,' 'Four Lions' & 'Thunder Soul'

Christopher Morris' Four Lions (top); Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith's Presumed Guilty (middle); Marc Landsman's Thunder Soul (bottom) Christopher Morris' Four Lions, about a group of klutzy terrorists out to ruin the London Marathon, won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival. Four […]


'Waiting for Superman,' Gay Orthodox Jews & US Military Lies: Los Angeles Film Festival

Pat Tillman as shown in Amir Bar-Lev's The Tillman Story (top); Flora and David in Lisa Leeman's One Lucky Elephant (middle); Jesper Christensen in Pernille Fischer Christensen's A Family (bottom) The documentaries One Lucky Elephant and The Tillman Story, Pernille Fischer Christensen's A Family, and Hossein Keshavarz's Dog Sweat are […]


Lesbian Family, Christopher Nolan & Colombian Drug Lords: Los Angeles Film Festival

Annette Bening, Julianne Moore in lesbian comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right Downtown Los Angeles every day: traffic jams, pollution, more traffic jams. Downtown Los Angeles today: traffic jams, pollution, more traffic jams, a National Basketball Association Championship game, the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival, (many?) more […]


Indie Gay Film Actor Matthew Montgomery to Receive Philadelphia QFest Honor

Matthew Montgomery and Steve Callahan, Role/Play (top); Montgomery in Robert Gaston's Flight of the Cardinal (bottom) Described as “an unheralded superstar in the American independent gay filmmaking scene,” Matthew Montgomery, among whose credits are Gone, But Not Forgotten, Back Soon, Socket, and Pornography: A Thriller, will be the recipient of […]


Artistic License: How Far Can It Go? The Robert Pattinson 'Libishomem' Nonsense

Artistic license in 'Breaking Dawn': Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart in Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (top); Robert Pattinson, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed in Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon (bottom). Does this man look like a “Libishomem” to you? In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, officially two […]


'Mahler on the Couch' & Silverdocs Documentary Festival

Percy Adlon and Felix O. Adlon's Mahler auf der Couch / Mahler on the Couch will be screened as part of Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival at the REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles on Thu., June 24, at 8:00 p.m., Regal 1, and on Sat., June 26, at 1:45 […]


'Uncle Boonmee,' Juliette Binoche & Best Actor Tie: Cannes Film Festival Winners

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thai drama Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (top); Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men (middle); Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's A Screaming Man (bottom) Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a dreamlike Thai drama about a man dying of kidney failure that left many […]


Gene Tierney 'Laura' Academy Screening with Cara Williams + Tribeca Winner 'Here and There'

Clifton Webb, Gene Tierney Laura: Classic 1944 film noir. Starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb, Otto Preminger's classic 1944 film noir Laura, one of the best in the genre, will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series “Oscar Noir: […]


Cannes: Juliette Binoche & Jailed Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi

Juliette Binoche, William Shimell in Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy “The fact that a filmmaker has been imprisoned is itself intolerable. If the Iranian government continues to refuse to release Jafar, then we need explanations. Jafar Panahi was inclined to make his films under clandestine, illegal circumstances, but that's not his […]


James Franco 'Howl' Outfest Opening Night Gala, Student Academy Awards' Foreign Finalists

Aaron Tveit, James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in Howl Documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl, their debut narrative feature, will be the Opening Night Gala screening at the 28th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Outfest) at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on July 8. Starring […]


Sibel Kekilli & Eric Elmosnino Win Tribeca + 'Bodyguards and Assassins' Tops Hong Kong Film Awards

Sibel Kekilli in Feo Aladag's When We Leave. Feo Aladag's Turkish-German drama Die Fremde / When We Leave, which recently received six Lola nominations, was voted best narrative film at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. In When We Leave, Sibel Kekilli, the star of Fatih Akin's 2004 European Film Award […]


South-East European Film Festival: Lesbian Documentary & War Drama

Kostana Banovic's Hopsctoch. The 2010 edition of Los Angeles' South-East European Film Festival (website) continues this evening with screenings of three US premieres beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut in the Mid-Wilshire Area: Kostana Banovic's Ploha / Hopscotch, Mariá Takács' Secret Years, and Zvonimir Juric and Goran Devic's The […]


Two-Time Oscar Winner Luise Rainer at TCM Festival

Luise Rainer in Sidney Franklin's The Good Earth (1937) (top); Richard Bennett, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Don Dillaway, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins in Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (upper middle); Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe in Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959) (lower middle); Joan Crawford, Conrad […]


Roger Ebert Film Festival Screening 'Pink Floyd The Wall' + 'Avatar' DVD Breaks Record

'Avatar' DVD Avatar sold 3.2 million DVD (including Blu-ray) copies on its first day out (not including rentals), last Thursday, according to figures provided by 20th Century Fox (via Deadline.com). Earlier reports had Avatar selling 4 million units. James Cameron's 3D sci-fier – on DVD in plain old HD 2D […]


Torino Gay Film Festival: 'Another Love Story' & 'Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!'

Américo Ortiz de Zárate's Otra historia de amor / Another Love Story (1986), Monika Treut's My Father Is Coming (1982), and Evgeny Afineevsky's Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! (2009) are a few of the screenings to be held at the 25th Torino GLBT Film Festival on its closing night, […]


Robert Pattinson & Sexually Explicit 'Taxi Zum Klo': Torino Gay Film Festival

Maria Beatty's Boy in a Bathtub (top); Enrique Buchichio's Leo's Room (middle); João Gabriel Vasconcellos, Rafael Cardoso in Aluisio Abranches' From Beginning to End (bottom) Maria Beatty will be honored with a screening of Boy in a Bathtub at the 2010 Torino GLBT Film Festival - Da Sodoma a Hollywood […]


Los Angeles' South East European Film Festival: 'The Other Irene'

Andrei Gruzsniczki's The Other Irene with Andi Vasluianu looking for his missing wife (top); Nik Xhelilaj in Artan Minarolli's Alive!, about Albanian blood feuds (upper middle); Igor Sterk's 9:06, an unusual suicide case (lower middle); Maria Takacs' Secret Years featuring closeted lesbians during Communism (bottom) The 5th SEE Fest – […]


Cannes Un Certain Regard: Manoel de Oliveira, 101, Xavier Dolan, 21

More from Cannes 2010. The Un Certain Regard sidebar promises to be about as interesting as – if not more interesting than – the main competition. What with Jean-Luc Godard's documentary Socialisme and Cristi Puiu's Aurora. Not to mention 101-year-old Manoel de Oliveira (Angelica) competing with 21-year-old Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats). […]


SXSW Film Festival Winners: Lena Dunhan, Guy Maddin

Brotherhood Writer-director Lena Dunhan's feature-film debut, Tiny Furniture was the jury prize winner for Best Narrative Feature at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, currently being held in Austin, TX. The film follows a young college grad (Dunham) who returns to her mother's TriBeCa home only to find herself mired in […]


Roman Polanski & 'Honey': Berlin Film Festival Winners

Roman Polanski, in the news since his arrest in Switzerland last September and currently fighting extradition to the United States, received the Silver Bear for Best Director for the political thriller The Ghost Writer. In The Ghost Writer, Ewan McGregor has the title role, becoming involved with a former British […]


Santa Barbara Film Festival Awards: 'Exam'

Stuart Hazeldine's Exam (top); Kaarina Hazard, Heikki Nousiainen in Klaus Härö's Letters to Father Jaakob (bottom) The Santa Barbara International Film Festival came to a close today. Held about in the coastal town 90 miles north of Los Angeles, the festival attracted a number of Hollywood personalities, including honorees Colin […]


'Snow and Ashes,' 'American Jihadist': Slamdance Winners

The Slamdance Film Festival winners were announced Jan. 29. The Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Film went to Charles-Olivier Michaud's Snow and Ashes (above), in which a war correspondent wakes from a coma to discover that his collaborator has disappeared. The Best Documentary Film was Mark Claywell's American Jihadist. […]


Monsters & Porn Stars + Joan Crawford & Kristen Stewart: Eclectic SXSW Movies

SXSW Film Festival line-up The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced the complete feature lineup for this year's Festival, March 12 – 20, 2010 in Austin, Texas. Over the course of nine days, 119 features will screen at the festival, with 55 of those having their […]


Psychotic Murderers, Anti-Semitism & Censorship: Berlin Film Festival

Lene Maria Christensen, Johan Philip Asbæk in A Family (Zentropa / Rolf Konow) (middle, upper); Moritz Bleibtreu, Tobias Moretti in Jud Süss – Film Without a Conscience (Petro Domenigg / Concorde Film) (middle, lower) Also of note at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival are Michael Winterbottom's violent crime drama The […]


Swedish Oscar Winners + Meryl Streep Beats Herself at Golden Globes

At a meeting held Monday, the 2009 Guldbagge (Golden Beetle) jury comprised of Katinka Faragó, Nils Petter Sundgren, Pia Johansson, Jannike Åhlund, Johan Renck, Mikael Marcimain and Guldbagge jury chairman Eva Swartz Grimaldi (not voting) picked Niels Arden Oplev's box office smash The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the […]