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'The Artist' stars and other Oscar nominees set for Santa Barbara film fest Saturday

February 2, 2012 | 11:56 am

The Artist

Among the many events for Oscar nominees to attend as awards season heats up is the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which this weekend will feature panels with filmmakers including “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius and “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig.

The festival, which kicked off Jan. 26, wraps Sunday after a weekend of multiple panels and final screenings. Among the films still screening are the Adrien Brody-starrer Detachment and the documentary Nothing Like Chocolate,” which received a standing ovation at its premiere last weekend.

Sharing the stage with Hazanavicius and Feig at the directors panel at 11 a.m. Saturday are five other directors who also helmed Oscar-nominated films, including “Rango” director Gore Verbinski and "Hotel Rwanda" director Terry George, nominated this year for his short film, "The Shore."

Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein will moderate the Movers & Shakers panel at 2 p.m. Saturday for a Q&A with six filmmakers behind some of this year’s Oscar best picture nominees, including “The Descendants” producer Jim Burke and “Hugo” producer Graham King.

SBIFF also presented awards to Viola Davis, Christopher Plummer and Martin Scorsese. On Saturday, "The Artist" stars Bérénice Bejo and Jean Dujardin will receive the festival's Cinema Vanguard Award.

Festival tickets and schedule are available at Sbiff.org.


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Photo: "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius (left) will participate on SBIFF's directors panel Saturday. The film's stars, Bérénice Bejo (center) and Jean Dujardin (right), will receive the festival's Cinema Vanguard Award that evening. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.

Golden Globes: Producer Graham King hits a triple

December 15, 2011 | 11:25 am


Producer Graham King has won an Oscar ("The Departed"), worked on any number of critical and commercial hits ("The Town," "Traffic," "Rango") and supports one of the better soccer teams in Barclays Premiere League (Chelsea). But the feat he pulled off in Thursday's Golden Globe nominations bears special mention, because King's productions were nominated in three top categories: drama, animated movie and foreign language film.

"It was quite a morning," King said. "It was surprising to have all three — three filmmakers doing three totally different genres. I'm not sure when it's been done before."

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King financed "Hugo," which not only was nominated for dramatic motion picture but also for director (Martin Scorsese) and score (Howard Shore). King produced  "Rango," nominated as best animated film, and co-financed "In the Land of Blood and Honey," a foreign-language movie directed and written by first-time filmmaker Angelina Jolie.

"It's so wonderful for Angie to get this recognition," King said of Jolie, whose 2010 movie "The Tourist" was produced by King. "It's the first time she's directed anything."

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While "Hugo" is doing steady business at the box office and "Rango" was a solid hit with global receipts of more than $245 million, "In the Land of Blood and Honey" does not arrive theaters until Dec. 23. But the film, shot largely in Hungary and set in the Bosnian war, did not qualify for Academy Award foreign-language film consideration.

"This was a true collaboration and I am forever indebted to our cast and crew, who experienced their own personal tragedies in the Bosnian War and gave me an authentic  perspective into the conflict," Jolie said in a statement.


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Photo: Producer Graham King, left, Brad Pitt and producer Tim Headington arrive at the premiere of "In the Land of Blood and Honey" held at ArcLight Cinemas on Dec. 8 in Hollywood. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Lara Croft and 'Tomb Raider' look to get back to the big screen (again)

March 7, 2011 |  7:00 pm


“Tomb Raider” remains among the most popular video games in history. But is there room for another movie?

Graham King, the producer behind hits “The Departed” and “The Town,” will take another crack with Lara Croft. The producer announced Monday that his GK Films has acquired “Tomb Raider” movie rights from game company Square Enix. King aims to have a new film about the artifact-hunting heroine in theaters within two years. No writer or director has yet been hired.

It's not the first time a "Tomb Raider" reboot has been attempted. Warner Bros. and "Sherlock Holmes" producer Dan Lin began developing a new version of the game in 2009, when the studio had acquired a stake in game publisher Eidos, which has since been acquired by Japanese video game publisher Square Enix. The idea at the time was to revamp the character in a new way, reimagining her origins and beefing up her love interest.

But the film didn't get off the ground, and rights reverted from Lin and Warner Bros. to Square Enix.

Since the original video game came out in 1996, "Tomb Raider" and its eight sequels have sold  35 million copies around the world. A new sequel is scheduled to be released this year.

Paramount Pictures released two “Tomb Raider” films, helping make a star out of Angelina Jolie. The first film, 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” grossed more than $270 million worldwide, and the 2003 sequel “Lara Croft Tomb  Raider: The Cradle of Life” grossed more than $156 million worldwide.

--John Horn

Photo: A scene from the "Tomb Raider" video game. Credit: Eidos


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