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Outfest announces gala screening for 2011

Patty Outfest, the nonprofit Los Angeles organization dedicated to "nurturing, showcasing and protecting" lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media, announced Thursday morning its galas for the 29th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which takes place July 7-17.

"Gun Hill Road," a family drama written and directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green and starring Esai Morales, opens the festival July 7 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

The U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece film is "Circumstance," which screens July 12 at the DGA Theatre. Winner of the Audience Award: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival this year, the drama revolves around two teenage girls in Tehran.

"Weekend," from British filmmaker Andrew Haigh, is the International Dramatic Centerpiece Film, which screens July 13 at the DGA. The drama revolves around the relationship between two gay men. "Weekend" won the 2011 SXSW Emerging Visions Audience Award.

The Documentary Centerpiece, "Hit So Hard," which screens July 14 at the Ford Theatre, chronicles the life of  Hole drummer Patty Schemel.

Tom Tykwer's ("Run Lola Run") latest film, "3," has been selected for the Broad Stage Gala on July 11. And the Closing Night Gala is "The Perfect Family," screening at the Ford Theatre on July 17. Kathleen Turner, Jason Ritter, Emily Deschanel and Richard Chamberlain star in the comedy-drama.

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-- Susan King

Photo: Hole drummer Patty Schemel. Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

TCM Classic Film Festival: Warren Beatty on sex, politics and being 'a delicate flower'

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"Making a movie for me is very similar to vomiting," Warren Beatty told an audience at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood on Saturday night. "You don't like to vomit, but you know you may feel better if you do."

Beatty, 74, was attempting to explain the 13-year span since the last movie he directed, "Bulworth," to an audience at a screening of "Reds," the 1981 epic that won him a directing Oscar. In a jovial conversation with actor Alec Baldwin, co-host of TCM's "The Essentials," Beatty covered such divergent topics as sleeping with your leading lady, running for political office and preparing for a coming "revolution" in the movie business.

The star of "Bonnie & Clyde," "Shampoo" and "Bugsy" makes few public appearances these days, but he showed considerable self-awareness Saturday night at the Mann Chinese Theater 6 in Hollywood, joking about the "infinite narcissism" and "sluggish decision-making" that has contributed to his directing only three movies in the last 30 years. "I'm a delicate flower," Beatty said. "I don’t like it when people say things are not perfect."

In "Reds," Beatty played communist journalist John Reed, Diane Keaton was feminist writer Louise Bryant and Jack Nicholson appeared as playwright Eugene O'Neill. The unlikelihood of anyone making a film like "Reds" again — "a 3 1/2-hour movie about a communist who dies," as Beatty described it -- provided a springboard for a discussion about the future of the movie business.

The executives who greenlighted "Reds" at Paramount Pictures during the height of the Cold War, including then-studio head Barry Diller and Gulf + Western chief Charles Bludhorn, "are the people to admire in this, 'cause they said all right, let's make this," Beatty said.

Today, Beatty said, "you can't take the liberties we took. You can't take the risk of boring the audience. The rules about a captive audience don't apply."

"We're in the middle of a revolution about how and where to see movies," he added. Pointing to giant home screens and the tiny screen on the cellphone in his pocket, the filmmaker predicted "a coming war between exhibition and production."

"Ticket prices are going to have to be variable," Beatty said, noting that polling he did before the release of "Reds" indicated that the film's target audience of liberal intellectuals would have been willing to pay up to four times as much as the standard ticket price to see it.

Although the hot-button issue upon the release of "Reds" was its sympathetic portrait of a communist, now that the Cold War is over, Beatty said the film's more resonant theme is the strident feminism of Keaton's character.

"The most important revolution that occurred in our lifetime is the revolution of the female," he said.

While filming "Reds," Beatty and Keaton began dating. According to "Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America," a 2010 biography by Peter Biskind, Keaton was one of the approximately 12,775 women Beatty bedded over the course of his career.

Baldwin broached Beatty's Casanova reputation with a wink, asking the filmmaker the "pros and cons of directing a woman in a lead role who is a special friend of yours."

"It can be confusing," Beatty said, of having off-screen relationships with co-stars. "It can get in the way. It's very hard to meet someone [on screen] that you already know. It can also be a big advantage."

Despite making political films and stumping for liberal politicians and causes, Beatty has resisted efforts to get him to run for public office. "To serve in public office now makes one more a ratifier than a leader," he said, and cited as a deterrent the experience of his friend, former Democratic Sen. Gary Hart, whose presidential campaign was derailed by reports of an extramarital affair.

In 2005, Beatty said he was retiring from the movie business, but on Saturday night the actor implied that he may be readying a comeback. His four children, with wife Annette Bening, are growing up.

"I have four kids -- 11, 14, 16 and 19 -- that I think of as small Middle Eastern countries with whom I have to negotiate," Beatty said. "Each one of them is more interesting than five movies. But I'm gonna make another movie. In fact. I'll make several. It would be better for them."

[For the Record 7:42 a.m. May 2: An earlier version of this post misspelled Charles Bluhdorn's name as Charles Bludhorn.]


TCM Film Festival: Peter O'Toole on camels, booze and an Oscar "outrage"

How Kirk Douglas made "Spartacus" happen

TCM Classic Film Festival: "Night Flight," "The Constant Nymph," "Hoop-La"

-- Rebecca Keegan

Photo: Alec Baldwin and Warren Beatty at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Credit: Adam Rose / TCM

2011 Tribeca Film Festival adds two more titles

The 10th Tribeca Film Festival, which takes place April 20 to May 1 in New York, announced two more titles to its lineup Monday morning.

Director Tony Kaye's ("American History X") latest film, "Detachment," will have its world premiere at the festival. Adrien Brody stars as a substitute teacher who is placed at a failing public school. Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu and James Caan also star.

The festival will also present a work-in-progress documentary, "Talihina Sky: The Story of the Kings of Leon," directed by Stephen C. Mitchell.

For more information go to the festival's homepage.


Tribeca Film Festival: Special events and panel series

Tribeca film festival closes with Edward Burns' latest

Tribeca Film Festival announces selections for Spotlight and Cinemania

-- Susan King

AFI Fest 2011 announces dates, calls for submissions

The American Film Institute's AFI Fest will take place Nov. 3-10 in Hollywood, it was announced Tuesday. In addition to making a call for entries, the institute said the event would be held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Mann Chinese 6 Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre of the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The market partner of the festival, the American Film market, will be held Nov. 2-9.

The AFI Fest typically presents an eclectic bill of new and old films, big-name fare and small independents, documentaries and foreign features. Previous movies that have screened at the festival that went on to success at the Oscars include "Black Swan," "The King's Speech," "The Fighter," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Walk the Line."

Filmmakers are also invited to submit narrative, documentary, experimental and short films online via the AFI website.


What do AFI and Critics' Choice pics say about the Oscar race?

L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable video: Jesse Eisenberg, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield

-- Susan King

Photo: Tom Hooper, left, and Harvey Weinstein attend a "The King's Speech" after-party during AFI Fest 2010 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Tribeca Film Festival: Special events and panel series

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The 10th Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 20 through May 1, will hold a selection of panels, special events and audience question-and-answer sessions.

The Tribeca Talks: The directors series features Alec Baldwin and Martin Scorsese, among others, who will moderate discussions with industry figures such as actor/director Robert De Niro, who is the Tribeca festival's co-founder, and directors Doug Liman and Souleymane Cisse.

Five new documentaries, including "The Education of Dee Dee Ricks and "Love Hate Love," will be part of the Tribeca Talks: After the Movie series.

Other highlights:

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will present the 10th-anniversary screening of the Oscar-winning film "A Beautiful Mind," followed by a conversation with director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsmith.

Veteran entertainer Harry Belafonte will discuss his career after the New York premiere of "Sing Your Song," a documentary on the noted singer, actor and humanitarian.

For a complete list of panels go, to the festival's website.


Tribeca film festival closes with Edward Burns' latest

Tribeca Film Festival announces selections for Spotlight and Cinemania

-- Susan King

Photo: Robert De Niro. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Tribeca Film Festival closes with Edward Burns' latest

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The 10th Tribeca Film Festival announced Monday morning that it will close with the world premiere of Edward Burns' latest comedy, "Newlyweds," on April 30.

"Newlyweds" is the 10th film written and directed by Burns and the sixth to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Shot in the TriBeCa neighborhood, the film chronicles a modern marriage. Burns, Caitlin Fitzgerald and Max Baker star.

The festival takes place April 20 through May 1.

For more information go to


Tribeca Film Festival announces selections for Spotlight and Cinemania

—Susan King

Photo: Edward Burns. Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times.

The 15th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels festival announces lineup

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The City of Lights, City of Angels French film festival on Tuesday evening announced the lineup for its 15th annual edition.

Offerings for the festival, scheduled to take place April 11-18 at the Directors Guild Theatre, include 26 shorts and 34 features, including two world premieres, eight international and North American premieres and four U.S. premieres.

The opening-night film is to be the romantic comedy "Service Entrance," directed and co-written by Philippe Le Guay and starring Fabrice Luchini and Sandrine Kiberlain. "It was the only film selected for the Berlinale this year and was released in February in France and is already a huge commercial and critical success," said the festival's director and programmer, Francois Truffart.

Other films of note are Cedric Klapisch's comedy "My Piece of the Pie"; "Little White Lies," the latest from writer-director Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One"); and "His Mother's Eyes" with Catherine Deneuve.

Truffart said he is also very high on the comedy "Low Cost," written and directed by Maurice Barthelemy, which will have its world premiere at the festival. "It will be released in France in May," Truffart said. "If people like comedies like 'Naked Gun' or 'Airplane!' -- this is the French 'Airplane!' It's very funny."

French comedy director Bertrand Blier, who won the foreign-language-film Oscar for 1978's "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs," will be feted at the festival with a screening of his 1979 black comedy, "Cold Cuts," as well as his newest film, "A Clink of Ice." Blier will also take part in a one-hour moderated conversation.

Another French icon, actress Nathalie Baye, will be participating in the festival after the screening of the comedy "Beautiful Lies," in which she plays the mother of Audrey Tautou's character.

Besides "Cold Cuts," the festival will also highlight such vintage films as Jacques Demy's "Lola," as well as a film from director by Claude Chabrol, who died last year. That film will be selected by Martin Scorsese.

The festival will also be celebrating the work of the students of the La Femis film school in Paris with a selection of shorts that will be seen throughout the programming.

"Nothing to Declare," the latest comedy from actor-director Dany Boon, whose 2008 European blockbuster "Welcome to the Sticks" opened the City of Lights three years ago, will be the festival's closing-night offering.

For a complete lineup, go to

-- Susan King

Photo: Jean-Paul Rouve, center with fist raised, and Judith Godrèche, stewardess, right, in a scene from the movie "Low Cost." Credit: Stagiaire MARKETING2/Pamela Duhesme/Les Films du Kios

Tribeca Film Festival announces selections for Spotlight and Cinemania

The 10th Tribeca Film Festival, which takes place in Lower Manhattan from April 20 to May 1, on Monday morning announced its feature film selections for its Spotlight, Cinemania, Special Screenings and Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film festival.

The Spotlight section features 33 films; 16 documentaries and 17 narratives:

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BAFTA Awards: 'The King's Speech' is crowned with seven wins

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It was no big surprise when the British period drama "The King's Speech" won seven Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday evening at the Royal Opera House in London.

The surprise came when Tom Hooper, the film's director and recent recipient of the Directors Guild of America Award, came up empty handed. It was David Fincher who won best director honors for "The Social Network."

Still, it was "The King's Speech's" night. The historical piece about George VI's attempts to rid himself of his stutter before becoming King of England, won outstanding film, outstanding British film, lead actor for Colin Firth (he won the award in this category last year for "A Simple Man"), original screenplay for David Seidler, supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush, supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter and score for Alexandre Desplat.

"The King's Speech" is also nominated for 12 Academy Awards and is the favorite to take home Oscar's biggest prize.

Besides Fincher's win for best director, "The Social Network," the drama about the founding of Facebook, also won for Aaron Sorkin's adapted screenplay and editing.

"Toy Story 3" earned best animated film honors, and Roger Deakins took home the cinematography prize for "True Grit."

"Inception" won three awards for production design, visual effects and sound, while "Alice in Wonderland" won for costumes and makeup and hair.

Sweden's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" won outstanding film not in the English language and writer-director Chris Norris of "Four Lions" won outstanding British debut by a writer-director or producer.

Outstanding short film went to "Until the River Runs Red," while "The Eagleman Stag" won for animated short.

Tom Hardy of "Inception" won the Rising Star honor and, as previously announced, the "Harry Potter" franchise was given the outstanding British contribution to the cinema honor. Veteran actor Christopher Lee won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Fellowship award, the organization's highest accolade.

— Susan King

Photo: Geoffrey Rush, left, Colin Firth and Derek Jacobi in "The King's Speech." Credit: The Weinstein Co.

'The King's Speech' earns Santa Barbara fest honor


The cast of "The King's Speech" has been named the best motion picture ensemble of the year at the 26th Santa Barbara Film Festival.

The drama about the struggles of England's King George VI to control his stuttering problem received the Producers Guild of America award Saturday night and is poised to earn several Academy Award nominations Tuesday morning. Colin Firth, who plays the monarch, has already won the Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Movie Award for his performance and is considered the favorite to receive the lead actor Oscar.

Besides Firth, the period drama also stars Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi and Claire Bloom.

The award will be handed out on Jan. 31 at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre during the 11-day festival. Firth, Bonham Carter and others in the cast are expected to attend, as well as Tom Hooper, the film's director. Rush is also receiving another honor that night -- the Montecito Award Tribute.

"We are thrilled to not only recognize the extraordinary performance by Geoffrey Rush, but to be able to celebrate Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, two of our generation's most incredible actors, as well as a Broadway and West End stage and screen legend like Claire Bloom, who launched her career with Charlie Chaplin, is a dream come true," said the festival's executive director Roger Durling in a statement.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival takes place Jan. 27-Feb. 6.

For more information go to

--Susan King

Photo: Colin Firth, left, and Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech." Credit: Laurie Sparham/The Weinstein Co.


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