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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.

For more information go to

-- Susan King

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

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

De niro 

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

Edward Burns 
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

Low cost 
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

SXSW 2011: Audience and jury awards go to Texan drama 'Natural Selection'



A first-time filmmaker's story of a Christian housewife on a quest was the big winner at the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival on Tuesday night.

"Natural Selection," directed by Robbie Pickering and starring Rachael Harris, won both the grand jury and audience awards at the Austin, Texas, festival. Harris, who played Ed Helms' controlling girlfriend in "The Hangover," is Linda White, a barren woman leading a sheltered existence in suburban Texas whose world is turned upside down when she discovers that her dying husband has an illegitimate son, played by Matt O'Leary. Harris and O'Leary also won two of the festival's three breakthrough-performance awards, with the third going to Evan Ross of the carjacking drama "96 Minutes."

The documentary jury winner was "Dragonslayer," Tristan Patterson's debut film about an Orange County professional skateboarder named Josh "Skreech" Sandoval.

"Kumare," Vikram Ghandi's story of transforming himself into a false prophet, won the audience documentary award.

The festival screened 140 features, and additional awards will be announced on Saturday. A complete list of Tuesday night's awards can be found at

-- Rebecca Keegan in Austin, Texas /@thatrebecca

Photo: Rachael Harris in "Natural Selection." Credit: SXSW

Spirit Awards: 'Get Low' wins best first feature


Director Aaron Schneider's "Get Low," starring Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek, has won the Film Independent Spirit Award for best first feature. Schneider shares the prize with producers David Gundlach and Dean Zanuck.

Photo: A scene from "Get Low" Credit: Sony Pictures Classics


Oscars 2012: Who's going to be on next year's best picture list?

Tree of life 
Are you as burned out on 2010's Oscar season as we are? If so, take a look into the future to see who we are going to be tired of by next February. We've compiled a completely arbitrary -- but intriguing -- list of what films could be making it to the winner's circle in 2012. Feel free to chime in with your predictions because, really, this time next year we will all likely have been proved wrong.

(Please note: these are in no particular order.)

1. "Contagion": Steven Soderbergh, Oscar winner for "Traffic," is back with another ensemble piece, this time an action-thriller centered on a team of doctors that must deal with a deadly disease outbreak. The film features an all-star cast with Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marion Cotillard, along with this year's nominee in the supporting actor category John Hawkes. It may be too "Bourne Identity" for the academy but it's not a bad place to start. (Opens Oct. 21)

2. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close": Stephen Daldry ("The Reader") helms this adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel about a 9-year old boy who searches New York City for a lock that matches a key left by his father (Tom Hanks), who was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. Eric Roth ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") adapted the book and the pedigree of cast and filmmakers has Oscar written all over it. And for that extra boost, uber-producer Scott Rudin is behind this one too. (Not yet dated.)

3. "The Descendants": Alexander Payne ("Sideways") is finally back with a new film, seven years after "Sideways" was released. Payne adapted Kaui Hart Hemmings' novel about a Hawaiian land baron, played by George Clooney, who tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.(Not yet dated.)

4. "Tree of Life": Terrence Malick ("The Thin Red Line") has returned with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn starring in a story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s. The film has been kicking around a while but that seems to be more an issue of a corporate distribution shuffle than any knock against the film. (Opens May 27)

5. "The Iron Lady": Meryl Streep pairs up with her "Mamma Mia" director Phyllida Lloyd in this biopic of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The script is written by British playwright Abi Morgan and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" writer Michael Hirst. Jim Broadbent co-stars as Mr. Thatcher. The British-financed flick does not yet have a U.S. distributor.

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Video highlights of the ACE Eddie Awards

Being an organization of savvy film editors, the American Cinema Editors compiled a reel of highlights from the ACE Eddie Awards held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The video is below. See the list of winners here.

Being a journalist who is often not savvy about video operations, I shot two segments on my own that offer extended looks at two peak acceptance speeches: Christopher Nolan ("Inception") offering thanks for the honorary filmmaker of the year award, and Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter ("The Social Network") accepting the prize for best editing of a dramatic feature. Both videos are after the jump -- and are a bit jumpy, truth be told, due to my unsteady grip on the camera. Sorry!

-- Tom O'Neil

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