April 18, 2014

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“STATE 194″ a documentary about Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

See the trailer for STATE 194, a documentary from director Dan Setton chronicling Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s campaign for Palestine to become the 194th state recognized by the United Nations.
The story has continued to develop after the UN General Assembly voted by an overwhelming majority to recognize Palestine as a non-Member Observer State on Nov. 29, 2012.
The vote came exactly 65 years after the UN passed a resolution to partition Palestine, allowing for the formation of the state of Israel on November 29, 1947.
STATE 194, produced by Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc.), will be making its European Premiere at the Berlinale on 8 February in the Panorama section.
TRAILER
Trailer: http://www.takepart.com/state194
SYNOPSIS:
If you build the foundations of peace . . . will it come?
This fascinating question lies at the heart of STATE 194, a vital and revealing look deep inside Israel and Palestine at the men and women trying to seize an historic opportunity to end the conflict and make implementing the two-state solution a reality right now. From the halls of power, across youthful social networks and on the streets, it is a remarkable story of those who are attempting to transform an endangered thread of hope into something tangible.
This journey-still-in-progress begins with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who in 2009 launched a daring campaign to change his people’s destiny. For decades, acts of war and terror, political wrangling and diplomacy have failed to solve the territorial disputes of the region; settle the questions of Palestinian independence and Israeli security; or halt ongoing violence. But Fayyad envisioned a different approach. Taking his surprising inspiration from the Israeli battle for U.N. recognition in 1948 – which centered on building the bedrock of civil society to demonstrate their readiness to be a nation — he forged an ambitious 2-year plan to pave roads, raise schools and fast-track creating the core institutions of governance across the West Bank. Fayyad decided even if statehood was stalled, progress didn’t have to be. The plan achieved rapid and dramatic improvements in key development areas, leading President Mahmoud Abbas to take a different risk: presenting the case to the United Nations that Palestine was ready to become the 194th member nation.
Participant Media presents STATE 194 directed by Dan Setton and produced by Setton and Elise Pearlstein. The executive producers are Jeff Skoll and Diane [...]

Jane Campion to head up the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival

Director, Jane Campion, is to head up the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, taking over the role from Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Martin Scorsese and John Boorman.
From New Zealand, Jane Campion stood out from her earliest works: in 1986 she won short film Palme d’or for Peel and garnered the interest of critics internationally for Sweetie, the first feature she presented in competition at the Festival de Cannes. After An Angel at my Table, she returned to Cannes with The Piano, which won the Palme d’or in ’93, as well as the best actress award for Holly Hunter.
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Photo by AFP at Cannes Film Festival
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Directors Guild Awards: And the Winners are…

Ben Affleck wins the Directors Guild of America award for Best Feature Film.
List of winners below:
Feature Film: “Argo,” Ben Affleck
Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man,” Malik Bendjelloul
Dramatic Series: “Breaking Bad: Fifty-One,” Rian Johnson
Comedy Series: “Girls,” pilot, Lena Dunham
Movie for Television or Mini-Series:
Musical Variety Program: “66th Annual Tony Awards,” Glenn Weiss
Reality Program: “Master Chef,” episode #305, Brian Smith
Children’s Program: “Let It Shine,” Paul Hoen
Daytime Serial: “One Life to Life: Between Heaven and Hell,” Jill Mitwell
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Oscar Forecast: Oscar Veteran Actors and Directors

When Meryl Streep took home the Best Actress award for The Iron Lady last year, some commentators called it a “lifetime achievement award,” implying that she beat out the competition more due to her body of work than her performance in that film. Others have speculated that veterans are more likely to win Oscars because they are more talented than their peers – the reason they are veterans in the first place.
But does any of this actually correspond with the facts? The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is no. Despite the beliefs that veteran actors win more awards for their talent or their career achievements, veterans actually win 17% less often than relative newcomers.
Here, we will define an Oscar veteran as an actor who has received more than five nominations either in the lead or supporting category. There are currently 33 members of this exclusive club, with the newest – Denzel Washington – just added this year thanks to his sixth acting nomination for his role in Flight.
In the 84 years of Oscars (excluding this year), there have been, coincidentally, 84 acting nominations for those I have defined as Oscar veterans, counting only nominations after their first five. In these nominations, only 14 times has a veteran emerged victorious, for a rate of 16.7%. The overall average for acting nominees is 20%, since one out of five wins each category. Technically, before 1936 the number of acting nominations varied each year, but the first Oscar veteran was Norma Shearer, who did not receive her sixth nomination until 1938 for Marie Antoinette.
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Robert Redford on Sundance Film Festival, Awards Live Stream and More

Day Nine of the Festival was dominated by a film that garnered significant conjecture even prior to its Friday night premiere at Eccles.
Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad offered a pair of thoughtful and idiosyncratic performances portraying Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in Joshua Michael Stern’s poignant biopic, jOBS.
Also featured on the eve of closing night coverage is the first-ever adaptation of a David Sedaris story in Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s slick drama C.O.G…
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Star Trek may bleed into Star Wars – J.J. Abrams

So, it’s officially official. Disney just put out a press release, which means I can write about it without fear of it being debunked moments after publication. J.J. Abrams is indeed directing Star Wars: Episode VII. And what do I have to say about that? Well… not much really.
There is indeed a part of me that feels that it is wholly inappropriate and/or unnatural that the same director will be behind new Star Trek *and* new Star Wars movies. Back in the old days, I believed in the perhaps simplistic idea that every franchise would get their own special director. Sam Raimi had Spider-Man, Bryan Singer had X-Men, and Chris Nolan had Batman. Obviously that idea no longer exists.
Bryan Singer can helm X-Men and then go on to attempt to reboot Superman with Superman Returns before taking back the X-Men franchise from Matthew Vaughn, who is now rumored to be among Warner’s top choices for a Justice League movie. Even with more and more franchises being rebooted and/or changing hands, it seems like an awfully incestuous little circle, with only a handful of directors seemingly ending up helming these major properties. Say what you will about Marvel, but they deserve kudos for thinking outside the box on pretty much every major film thus far when it comes to a director.
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Dimension Films to release DARK SKIES

Dimension Films will release DARK SKIES on February 22, 2013. The film is a supernatural thriller from Jason Blum, the groundbreaking producer of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise, INSIDIOUS and SINISTER.
Dark Skies from the producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister comes Dark Skies: a supernatural thriller that follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family.
Cast includes Keri Russell,J.K. Simmons,Josh Hamilton. Producer is Jason Blum and Writer/Director:
Scott Stewart (PRIEST, LEGION)
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Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights – Get involved

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award seeks to identify and honor people who embody Robert F. Kennedy’s belief in the power of individual moral courage to overcome injustice. Founded in 1968, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights (RFK Center) has honored 44 human rights defenders working in 26 countries since 1984. The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Laureates are individuals who stand up to oppression at grave personal risk in the non-violent pursuit of human rights.
Each year, we invite the public to nominate outstanding champions of human rights who are leading efforts to secure dignity for all people.
Click here to nominate someone for the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
Do you know someone who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to bringing justice and human rights to the people who need them the most, despite serious personal risk or sacrifice? If so, please nominate your own human rights champion for the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
2013 marks the 30th year anniversary of the Award. Please help us honor Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy of advancing social justice for all by nominating a human rights defender today. We depend on our friends and allies like you to help us find our next partner working for a better, more just world.
The Award recognizes the work of outstanding individuals and provides support for the work of the Laureate through litigation; public awareness campaigns; advocacy to governments, the United Nations, regional bodies, other international entities and non-governmental organizations; and by generating domestic and international support for their cause.
Please note that nominations must be submitted in English. An independent panel, all experts in the field of human rights, selects the recipient based on their dedication and accomplishments toward social justice and the non-violent and effective tactics used to achieve their goals.
I hope you will take a moment to learn more about the nomination process, and if you know someone fighting every day for justice, please submit their name.
The deadline for submitting a nomination is March 1, 2013.
Click here to nominate someone for the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
Thank you for your help.
Sincerely,
Santiago A. Canton
Director, Partners for Human Rights
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights
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CBS Films acquired comedy “Toy’s House” at Sundance

CBS Films announced today it has acquired domestic rights to the coming–of–age comedy TOY’S HOUSE. Directed by Jordan Vogt–’Roberts from a screenplay by Chris Galletta, the movie premiered to rave reviews on Saturday, January 19th at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
TOY’S HOUSE stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Erin Moriarty, Marc Evan Jackson, Thomas Middleditch and Tony Hale.
TOY’S HOUSE follows three teenage boys (Robinson, Basso and Arias) as they head into the wilderness with a plan to build a house and live off the land. The film marks the feature directorial debut of Jordan Vogt– Roberts.
Tyler Davidson of Low Spark Films, Peter Saraf of Big Beach and John Hodges are the producers with Richard Rothfeld and Jordan Vogt–’Roberts serving as executive producers.
Vogt–’Roberts commented, ‘TOY’S HOUSE couldn’t have found a better home than with CBS Films. We set out to make a comedy that was hilarious and full of heart – but most importantly we set out to make a comedy that was engaging. CBS Films is so passionate about this movie and share my thoughts that comedy can be poignant and beautiful. The response at Sundance has been overwhelming and I can’t wait for CBS Films to share TOY?S HOUSE with audiences everywhere.’
Scott Shooman who negotiated on behalf of CBS Films said, ‘While comparisons to movies like Stand By Me and The Goonies are inevitable, we found TOY’S HOUSE to be a fresh, funny and heartwarming story that is a loving throwback for a new generation.’
John Sloss of Cinetic Media negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.
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Matthew McConaughey starts 2013 with another great performance

A close backwoods cousin to Stand By Me (1986), Jeff Nichols’ Mud is an often moving and unpredictable coming of age story that benefits from some striking visuals and all around strong acting from its cast. Much like in Take Shelter (2011), Nichols is very interested in masculinity and what it means to be a man in a tough America, though this time around there’s more in the way of youthful adventures and less in the way of potential doomsday. The filmmaker is pulling from all sorts of other works, though “Huckleberry Finn” is likely the one most will recognize, though the early works of David Gordon Green were on my mind as well.

The work however, the work is still that clearly is his own. Not being a huge fan of his earlier work, Mud is top-notch with excellent writing and direction, not to mention the performances by Tye Sheridan and Matthew McConaughey. Reese Witherspoon is no slouch herself, while newcomer Jacob Lofland impresses. Though not perfect, and running about 15 minutes too long, it’s got a lot of things going in its favor. With the right push, I could see this making the long haul from the festival circuit to the awards season.
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