April 17, 2014

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Hollywood Film Fest injects new talent into the heart of the filmmaking industry

The 17th Annual Hollywood Film Festival (HFF), hailed by “Variety” as “the ultimate networking opportunity” and by The New York Times as “the first mandatory stop in the awards season.” A long-standing and well-respected celebration of the very finest in big-screen storytelling, HFF presents promising filmmakers with countless opportunities to network with the industry’s top executives and brightest stars. It’s no wonder so many winners of HFF have secured representation and distribution deals through outlets including HBO, Miramax, IFC, 7th Art Releasing, Indican, and Starz, among others.
Jon Fitzgerald is the new Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival.
In the last ten years, HFF has seen a total 96 Oscar nominations and 32 Academy Awards presented its official selections and to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards, HFF’s companion event. HFF awards are covered by print and online media, as well as by cable and network television stations the world over. Heralded as a “pre-Oscar showcase” by “The Los Angeles Times,” last year’s event honored Richard Gere, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, John Hawkes, and Quentin Tarantino. Few events can compete with HFF’s heady mix of A-List star power and career-making industry exposure or with its desire to help deserving talents find their place on the world stage.
HFF has launched numerous successful careers and has exponentially increased the visibility of the talents it honors. After HFF hosted the world premiere of his first film, The Poor & Hungry, director Craig Brewer secured the sale of Hustle & Flow to Paramount Studios for a cool $9 million. That picture would go on to snag an Academy Award for Best Original Song and an Oscar nomination for its star, Terence Howard. Other notable HFF successes include director Robert DeFranco, (who sold his film, Telling You, to Miramax) and Zoe Clarke-Williams, who was signed to direct an MGM film after being honored at the festival. HFF-winning documentarian Janine Hoskins sold her film, My Khmer Heart, to HBO.
   
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MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The Hollywood Film Festival bridges the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community, providing an avenue of discovery for emerging filmmakers.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Festival will initiate a series of meetings between independent filmmakers and industry professionals, through the Hollywood Network program. And with an aim toward promoting philanthropy and social awareness, HFF engineered the “Hollywood Gives Back” [...]

THE PLAYROOM, starring John Hawkes and Molly Parker, will hit NY and LA theaters

THE PLAYROOM, starring John Hawkes and Molly Parker, will hit NY and LA theaters on February 8th.
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, with standout performances especially from up-and-comer Olivia Harris, who plays Maggie in the film. If you are interested in speaking with the talent or reviewing the film, please let me know and I would be happy to coordinate.
In 1970s suburbia, Maggie and her younger siblings spend the night telling each other stories in the attic. Downstairs, as their parents entertain guests over the course of a gin-soaked evening, truths are unearthed and betrayals come to light.
With standout performances from John Hawkes, Molly Parker, and a cast of talented young actors, Julia Dyer’s second feature is an honest and challenging look at the reality behind the façade of a seemingly perfect American family.
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Oscar nominations have many of us scratching our heads this morning…

What a crazy morning. As Oscar tends to do, they delivered their annual “WTF?” but instead of them inserting their nominees, they took out the nominees. Insane. Simply insane.
My reactions to the nominees are below:
Best Picture
• Amour
• Argo
• Beasts of the Southern Wild
• Django Unchained
• Les Miserables
• Life of Pi
• Lincoln
• Silver Linings Playbook
• Zero Dark Thirty
I’m so happy I was wrong about Amour getting trumped by all the loud December openings. It’s well deserved. The only surprise (and to some it isn’t a surprise) is Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained making the cut here over Moonrise Kingdom, who many thought would make the cut. As we trickle down through every category, and if you already saw the Best Director lineup, this looks like a race between Lincoln, Life of Pi, and Silver Linings Playbook at this point.
Prediction – 7 for 9 (missed Amour and Django for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Moonrise, and The Master at #10)
Predicted Winner – Lincoln
Snub – Moonrise Kingdom, The Master, The Impossible
Best Achievement in Directing
• Michael Haneke – Amour
• Ang Lee – Life of Pi
• David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
• Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
• Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
I spoke about the possibility of Benh Zeitlin sneaking in for Best Director when DGA was announced and his film is a director’s type of film. What’s more insane is it came at the expense of three big Oscar favorites, Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, and David O. Russell. When it comes to Affleck, I discussed back in November that Oscar may not have fully forgiven him or take him seriously yet as a director to be taken seriously here. It’s sad because he’s delivered three solid films under his directorial belt that are worthy of citation. I’m glad Argo managed the Picture nom though but George Clooney as a Producer probably had something to do with that more than Affleck.
I can’t explain why Bigelow missed. Is it the woman card? The controversy surrounding the film at the moment? Not sure at all. Tom Hooper directing a musical and missing makes sense. They Academy at large doesn’t go all the way for musicals unless the Weinstein Company is pushing it or its 40 years ago. Congratulations Ang Lee, you are officially in the running to win your second Directing Oscar. Russell is in the heat of the race too. Can’t believe what we [...]

Oscars: Our 2012 Hollywood Film Awards Favorites!

This year should be no different. At the Hollywood Film Awards(r) last October 22, 2012, special honors went to Richard Gere for career achievement; Bradley Cooper for actor; Marion Cotillard for actress; Robert De Niro for supporting actor; Amy Adams for supporting actress; Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and the cast of “Argo;” John Hawkes for breakout performance; David O. Russell for director; Dustin Hoffman for breakthrough director; Quentin Tarantino for the screenwriter award; Quvenzhané Wallis for the New Hollywood Award; Samantha Barks, Bella Heathcote, Tom Holland, John Magaro, Ezra Miller, and Kelly Reilly with the Spotlight Awards; Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for producers; Wally Pfister for cinematographer; Dylan Tichenor for editor; Sarah Greenwood for production designer; Peter Ramsey with “Rise of the Guardians” for animation; and Jeff White with “The Avengers” for visual effects.

Celebrities and Hollywood notables who attended the Hollywood Awards included Eddy Hartenstein, Los Angeles Times Publisher and Tribune Company CEO, Chris Evans, Tom Ford, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hillcoat, Helen Hunt, Melissa Leo, Ray Liotta, Tony Mendez, Christopher Nolan, Edward Norton, Eric Roth, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Shankman, and Kerry Washington, among others.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said Festival and Awards Founder, Carlos de Abreu.

The gala awards presentation was hosted by Nancy O’Dell of “Entertainment Tonight” and attendees were treated to the music of Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra.
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2013 Golden Globe nominees revealed

The nominations for the 70th annual Golden Globe awards are being announced in Los Angeles. The Golden Globe awards are voted for by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helmes were on hand with the The Hollywood Foreign Press Association to announce the nominees.
It has already been announced that Silence of the Lambs actress Jodie Foster will receive the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at January’s event, held in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Best Motion Picture, Comedy
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director, Motion Picture
Ben Affleck, Argo
Katherine Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight
Best Performance by an actress in a TV series, Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Best TV Series, Comedy
Big Bang Theory
Episodes
Girls
Modern Family
Smash
Best TV Movie or Miniseries
Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields and McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals
Best Animated Film
Brave
Frankenweenie
Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck it Ralf
more nominees coming… come back
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Helen Hunt talks “The Sessions,” nudity, and being an effective listener – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Whomever floated the theory that there are no good roles for actresses older than a certain age forgot to tell Helen Hunt.
Sometimes she needs to hand the juicy roles to herself, as when she starred in her own directorial debut “Then She Found Me.” Other times, choice roles are offered to her, as when Ben Lewin pursued the 49-year-old beauty to play a no-nonsense sex therapist in the Sundance Film Festival prize winner “The Sessions.”
Hunt’s patient, in the film, isn’t exactly ordinary. Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) is a polio survivor who’s largely paralyzed from the neck down and confined to an iron lung. But his research into sexual intercourse has this freelance journalist interested in finally losing his own virginity, and Hunt’s character has accepted the challenge to make that wish come true.
Lewin’s “The Sessions” opens in limited release on Oct. 19, launching what Fox Searchlight hopes is a fruitful awards campaign for the film, it’s tender screenplay, and the emotionally captivating performances of the entire cast. It was a pleasure to sit down with Hunt at the Toronto International Film Festival and discuss this unique film, and the special tests that came with the role.
There’s a line in the screenplay that struck a chord with me. Mark says, “A door had opened in me that I could not close.” And I’m wondering if you’ve ever had a metaphorical door open for you at any point that you just weren’t able to close.
Well, I discovered after reading this script and speaking to the real woman whom I played this term she used, which was “Sex Positive.” And that was my job in the movie, to come in and be the embodiment of a positive way of being with sexuality … a sense that there is no need for shame, that what you feel is accepted. That you can say what you like and what you don’t like. All of those very kind-of “uncool” things when you are looking at movies.
I want that for my kids when they grow up, you know? I want there to be an atmosphere that they will need to make themselves that says, “I’m going to have a safe, positive sexual life.” It is your right to want that.
I want that, too! But we’re Catholic.
Right. [Laughs] Bummer!

These characters, too, are such excellent listeners.
That’s such a good [...]

“The Sessions” set to open one week earlier than expected – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Ben Lewin’s “The Sessions” has been pleasing crowds since the Sundance Film Festival, where it took home the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize, then competed for the fest’s Grand Jury Prize. After a strong showing at the Toronto International Film Festival, “Sessions” has decided to get in front of mainstream crowds a week earlier than planned.
Lewin’s film, about a handicapped man (John Hawkes) hoping to lose his virginity to a sex therapist (Helen Hunt), will now open in limited release on Oct. 19 – one week earlier than the announced Oct. 26 date, Deadline reports. This will give the film a limited-release debut to continue building on the buzz before it finally goes wide in most major markets.
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Any why not? The film’s finished, and has been collecting positive reviews for the honest portrayal of sexual curiosity. Hawkes and Hunt each give stellar performances in difficult roles, while William H. Macy brings levity and insight as Hawkes’ parish priest, a soundboard for the man’s complicated emotional journey.
Here’s the latest trailer for “The Session,” Fox Searchlight’s main Oscar player which is expected to score nominations is several key categories. Are you happy you can watch it a week earlier? Let us know below:

Read more of our exclusive Awards coverage:
Our “Silver Linings Playbook” review
Ben Affleck’s “Argo” scores
Producer Harvey Weinstein
“Lawless” director John Hillcoat
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Kudos for Judd Apatow, John Hawkes, Quvenzhané Wallis, Wally Pfister, and “The Avengers” at Hollywood Film Awards

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that writer/director/producer Judd Apatow will be given the “Hollywood Comedy Award”; actor John Hawkes will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award”; actress Quvenzhane Wallis will receive the “New Hollywood Award”; cinematographer Wally Pfister, A.S.C. will receive the “Hollywood Cinematographer Award”; and Disney and Marvel Entertainment’s “The Avengers,” directed by Josh Whedon, produced by Kevin Feige and with visual effects from VFX supervisors Janek Sirrs and Jeff White will receive the “Hollywood Visual Effects Award.”

“We look forward to celebrating these exceptionally talented filmmakers and artists for their outstanding work and creative vision,” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards.
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 22, 2012. The event honors cherished stars and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance. 
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show reached a total TV audience of more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.

Aside from celebrating accomplishments on screen, the Hollywood Film Awards established the “Hollywood Gives Back” program to expand and continue highlighting and assisting important local and national charities to raise funds. Over the years, the Hollywood Film Awards has contributed to such charities as the following: The Art of Elysium, Artists For Human Rights, Artists for Peace and Justice, MatchingDonors.com, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Enough Project, and Variety The Children’s Charity of So. CA, among others.
Further, the Hollywood Film Awards selects individuals to be recipients of their “Hollywood Humanitarian Awards” in recognition of their contribution to the betterment of their communities or society at large. Prior recipients include Nobel Peace Prize winner and ex-President of East Timor, Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Father Rick Frechette, and actor and activist Sean Penn.
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Audiences will get to experience Judd Apatow’s next film, “This Is 40,” when it is released by Universal Pictures on December 21, 2012. An original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete [...]

“The Sessions” gets an official poster – TORONTO 2012

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Ben Lewin’s “The Sessions’ has been high on our list as we prepare for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, for various reasons. The drama burst out of the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year surfing a wave of positive buzz. We are hearing that John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy are awards-worthy. And the subject matter, at the very least, can be described as “intriguing.”
Fox Searchlight dropped a poster for the upcoming film, which we’ll share below (in addition to the trailer). Here’s what we know about “Sessions” so far.
Back when it was winning over Sundance crowds, it was known as “The Surrogate.” It stars Hawkes (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”) as a predominantly paralyzed man who – on the encouragement of his therapist – attempts to experience sex with the help of a sex surrogate (Hunt). If that, alone, doesn’t pique your interest, the hint of the performances in the trailer below should have you lined up for “Sessions” when it opens on Nov. 8.
We’ll be covering Lewin’s crowd-pleasing drama, which is based on the autobiographical writings of journalist Mark O’Brien, during TIFF. And we expect to continue tracking the film’s progress through the lengthy awards season. For now, here’s the new poster, and the trailer (which has been around for a few weeks). Share your thoughts below:

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Oscars: Jitters building for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman

HollywoodNews.com: The second half of the year is upon us. The race is about to heat up with big Oscar hopefuls coming down the pike. Our John Foote will be in attendance at the Toronto International Film Festival and many films will be unveiling themselves to critics alike. There is a very unclear yet still feasible shape to the race looking from ten thousand feet.
There are internet jitters building for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. With the trailers released and now the film being pushed up to September, it looks as though we may be in store for a master class in filmmaking. Phoenix also looks to be a lead contender for his first Oscar after delivering in his previous nominated works, Gladiator (2000) and Walk the Line (2005). Phoenix does have tough competition ahead of him including what looks to be a critical darling-type performance coming from John Hawkes in Ben Lewin’s The Sessions. Early word is very positive for the film and the turns by Hawkes along with co-stars Helen Hunt and William H. Macy. Since Hawkes’ initial nomination two years ago for Winter’s Bone, he hasn’t shown any signs of letting up. He was arguably left off last year in Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene and will be seen later this year in Julia Dyer’s The Playroom and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. There seems to be a tremendous following and support for him in his current state. Speaking of Spielberg, we’re still awaiting some type of marketing material for his upcoming Lincoln biopic. No poster or trailer has been released with very few stills leaked online. One starts to think if it will even be ready in time.
Taking a look at the next couple of months, the circuit will begin to reveal itself. To read more www.awardscircuit
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