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Zoe Saldana As Songstress Nina Simone

Zoe Saldana, the co-star of the futuristic fable AVATAR, has come aboard to star as the iconic singer Nina Simone in NINA, a new biopic about the singer/songwriter/activist. David Oyelowo will co-star as her manager. Cynthia Mort wrote the script … Continue reading

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MARGIN CALL Director To Work With Robert Redford

J.C. Chandor, who was nominated for an Oscar last year for his original script for the Wall Street drama MARGIN CALL, has written and will direct an open water thriller titled ALL IS LOST to star the iconic actor Robert … Continue reading

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Tony Scott Dead As Suicide

British-born director Tony Scott, director of a string of high-octane blockbusters and the brother of fellow director Ridley Scott, died Sunday by jumping from a suspension bridge into Los Angeles Harbor. He was 68. It was reported in the press … Continue reading

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New Distribution Company To Launch In Toronto

Film veterans David Fenkel, Daniel Katz and John Hodges are teaming up on A24, a new distribution company the will launch at next month’s Toronto Film Festival. The company hopes to release eight to 10 films a year, several of … Continue reading

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Maysles Film Added To Focus Forward

GE and CINELAN have announced that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Albert Maysles (SALESMAN, GIMME SHELTER) will join the roster of award-winning directors contributing to its FOCUS FORWARD – Short Films, Big Ideas initiative. Four short films from the initiative premiered at this … Continue reading

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Film Forum’s Tribute To A Baad Assssss

Pioneering black filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles will celebrate his 80th birthday with a surprise-filled tribute at New York’s Film Forum on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30 pm. The director of many cult classics including 1971’s SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG inaugurated … Continue reading

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John Travolta To Be Honored In Zurich

The Zurich Film Festival will honor John Travolta with its lifetime achievement award, the Golden Eye, at this year’s festival, which runs September 20 to 30. The iconic actor of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and PULP FICTION has been in the … Continue reading

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Love Letter To Liv Ullman At Montreal World FF

One of cinema’s most compelling actresses, Swedish film star and international film icon Liv Ullmann will attend next week’s Montreal World Film Festival for the Canadian premiere of the film LIV AND INGMAR, which examines her intimate relationship as muse … Continue reading

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Major Shakeup At Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Film festival veteran Peter Scarlet, who has previously been the topper at such festivals as San Francisco and Tribeca, has officially left the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), where he has served for five years. Ali Al Jabri, who worked … Continue reading

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Early Kubrick Film Finally Comes To DVD

New York-based distributor Kino Lorber will release on dvd iconic director Stanley Kubrick’s rarely-seen first feature film, FEAR AND DESIRE, newly restored by the Library of Congress. Since its original release in 1953, the film has rarely screened to the … Continue reading

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