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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.


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-- 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.


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-- 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.


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Tribeca Film Festival announces selections for Spotlight and Cinemania

-- Susan King

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

The Academy of Motion Pictures to fete Sophia Loren

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that the life and career of Oscar-winning Italian screen icon Sophia Loren will be celebrated at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on May 4.

The 76-year-old Loren was the first performer to win an Oscar for a non-English speaking role. She won lead actress for Vittorio De Sica's "Two Women," which was released in the United States in 1961. De Sica also directed her to another Oscar nomination in 1964's "Marriage Italian Style," in which she appeared with frequent costar Marcello Mastroianni. She also received an honorary award in 1990 as "one of the genuine treasures of world cinema."

After becoming an international sensation and sex symbol in the early 1950s in Italy, she came to Hollywood to make her first American film, "The Pride and the Passion" in 1957. She was last seen in Rob Marshall's 2009 musical "Nine."

The gala evening will feature film clips and remarks from friends and colleagues and will conclude with an onstage conversation with Loren.  For more information, go to

-- Susan King

Photo: Sophia Loren. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / 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

Eddie Murphy to receive Comedy Icon Award at first annual Comedy Awards

Eddie murphy Eddie Murphy will be the inaugural recipient of the Comedy Icon Award at the first Comedy Awards, which will be presented April 10 on multiple MTV Networks outlets, including Comedy Central, Spike, CMT, TV Land, Logo and Nick at Nite.

Murphy, who got his start on "Saturday Night Live" and made his film debut in 1982's "48 HRS," will be honored for his work in stand-up, sketches, film and television.

"Eddie Murphy's impact in the world of comedy is immeasurable," Casey Patterson, an executive producer at MTV Networks Entertainment Group, said in a statement Monday. "From the characters he created on 'SNL,' to his groundbreaking stand-up performances and unforgettable film roles, Murphy changed the game forever.''

Several presenters and attendees were also announced Monday, including Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Matt Stone, Stephen Colbert and Kristen Wiig.


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-- Susan King

Photo: Eddie Murphy in 1983. Credit: Entertainment Studios / Anchor Bay Entertainment

Russell Simmons, Ricky Martin big winners at the GLAAD Media Awards


The 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards were presented in 25 of the 32 media categories Saturday evening at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York. Additional awards will be presented in Los Angeles on April 10 and in San Francisco on May 14.

Here's a list of the GLAAD award winners:

Excellence in Media Award: Russell Simmons

Vito Russo Award: Ricky Martin

Outstanding Drama Series: "True Blood"

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character):  the "30 Rock" episode "Klaus & Greta"

Outstanding Digital Journalism-Multimedia: "Bridal Bliss: Aisha and Danielle" by Bobbi Misick (

Outstanding Talk Show Episode: "Ricky Martin Coming Out as a Gay Man and a New Dad" on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

Outstanding TV Journalist-Newsmagazine: "Gay Teen Suicides" (series) "Anderson Cooper 360"

Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Rutgers Student Tyler Clementi's Suicide Spurs Action Across the U.S." by Judy Peet of the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J.

Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Rich, the New York Times

Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: the Denver Post

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: "The Advocate/Out"

Outstanding Music Artist: Scissor Sisters, "Night Work"

Outstanding Comic Book: "X-Factor" by Peter David

Outstanding Los Angeles Theater: "Something Happened" by L. Trey Wilson

Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway: "The Pride" by Alexi Kaye Campbell

Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway: "When Last We Flew" by Harrison David Rivers.

For a complete list of winners, go to

— Susan King

Photo: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer in outstanding drama series winner "True Blood." Credit: Jaimie Trueblood/HBO

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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Tribeca Film Festival announces a lineup of feature films

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, which takes place April 20-May 1 in lower Manhattan, announced Monday morning the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections as well as the films in a new section entitled Viewpoints. The remaining 44 films in the 10th edition of the festival will be announced on March 14.

This year's selection of feature films hail from 32 countries with 42 world premieres, 19 North American premieres and seven U.S. premieres. Fifty-three of the filmmakers in the festival are presenting their feature directorial debuts.

Here's a look at what was announced Monday morning:

World Narrative Feature Competition

"Angels Crest" (U.K., Canada) -- directed by Gaby Dellal; with Jeremy Piven, Elizabeth McGovern, Mira Sorvino and Kate Walsh.

"Artificial Paradise" (Mexico) -- directed and co-written by Yulene Olaizola.

"Black Butterflies" (Germany, Netherlands, South Africa) -- directed by Paula van der Oest.

"Blackthorn" (Spain, France, Bolivia, USA) -- directed by Mateo Gil; with Sam Shepard.

"Cairo Exit" (Egypt, United Arab Emirates) -- directed and co-written by Hesham Issawi.

"Grey Matter" (Rwanda, Australia) -- directed and written by Kivu Ruhorahoza.

"Jesus Henry Christ" (USA) -- directed and written by Dennis Lee; with Toni Collette and Michael Sheen.

"The Kite" (India, USA) -- directed and written by Prashant Bhargava.

"The Last Rites of Joe May" (USA) -- directed and written by Joe Maggio; with Dennis Farina.

"Romantics Anonymous" (France, Belgium) -- directed and co-written by Jean-Pierre Ameris.

"She Monkeys" (Sweden) -- directed and co-written by Lisa Aschan.

"Turn Me On ..." (Norway) -- directed and written by Jannicke Systad Jacobsen.

World Documentary Feature Competition

"Bombay Beach" (USA, Israel) -- directed by Alma Har'el.

"The Bully Project" (USA) -- directed by Lee Hirsch.

"The Carrier" (USA) -- directed by Maggie Betts.

"Cinema Komunisto" (Serbia) -- directed by Mila Turajlic.

"Give Up Tomorrow" (USA, U.K.) -- directed by Michael Collins.

"Jiro Dreams of Sushi" (USA) -- directed by David Gelb.

"Koran by Heart" (USA, U.K.) -- directed by Greg Barker.

"Love During Wartime" (Sweden) -- directed and written by Gabriella Bier.

"Marathon Boy" (U.K., USA, India) -- directed by Gemma Atwal.

"Our School" (USA, Switzerland) -- directed by Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma.

"Semper Fi: Always Faithful" (USA) -- directed by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon.

"Despicable Dick and Righteous Richard" (U.K.) --directed by Joshua Neale.

Viewpoints--narratives and documentaries that present a "snapshot of international independent cinema that immerses audiences in distinctive perspectives."

"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye" (USA, France) -- directed by Marie Losier.

"Love Always, Carolyn" (Sweden) -- directed by Maria Ramstrom and Malin Korkeasalo.

"Donor Unknown" (U.K.) -- directed by Jerry Rothwell.

"Flowers of Evil" (France) -- directed by David Dusa.

"Gnarr" (Iceland) -- directed by Gaukur Ulfarsson.

"Gone" (USA) -- directed by Gretchen Morning and John Morning.

"The Good Life" (Denmark) -- directed by Eva Mulvad.

"The Journals of Musan" (South Korea) -- directed by Park Jungbum.

"Lotus Eaters" (U.K.) -- directed and co-written by Alexandra McGuinness.

"Magic Valley" (USA) -- directed and written by Jaffee Zinn.

"Maria My Love" (USA) -- directed and written by Jasmine McGlade Chazelle.

"The Miners' Hymns" (USA, U.K.) -- directed and co-written by Bill Morrison.

"My Last Round" (Chile, Argentina) -- directed and written by Julio Jorquera.

"NEDS" (U.K.) -- written and directed by Peter Mullan.

"Rid of Me" (USA) -- written and directed by James Westby.

"Splinters" (USA) -- directed by Adam Pesce.

"Stuck Between Stations" (USA) -- directed by Brady Kiernan.

"The Swell Season" (USA) -- directed by Nick August-Perna, Chris Dapkins and Carlo Mirabella-Davis.

"Treatment" (USA) -- directed by Steven Schardt and and co-writer  Sean Nelson.

"White, White World" (Serbia, Germany, Sweden) -- directed by Oleg Novkovic.

For more information go to

--Susan King


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