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Julia Roberts Career Tribute After Fourth Oscar Nomination: Video

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 1:08pm PST
Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: With last week’s Supporting Actress nomination for August: Osage County, Julia Roberts earned her fourth Oscar nom. She’s been named once before in the category for Steel Magnolias (1989) and twice for lead actress — for 1990′s Pretty Woman and of course her Academy Award-winning performance in 2000′s Erin Brockovich.  But it has been 13 years between nominations. When she was honored with the Spotlight Award at this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival, organizers put together an entertaining reel that spans the breadth of her career that bookends those supporting nominations for Magnolias and August. Looking at it you see what I would call the definition of a modern movie star.  Here it is:

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Palm Springs Film Fest To Honor U2

By | Monday December 30, 2013 @ 6:00am PST

U2The band U2 will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival next month, where previously announced fellow honorees include Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and the cast of American Hustle. The Sonny Bono honors typically go to directors, but this year will be presented to the rock musicians for their “humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice”. U2 (AKA Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr.) contributes the song “Ordinary Love” to The Weinstein Co.’s 2014 Oscar contender Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom which has already notched a Golden Globes nomination for Best Original Song. U2 was previously Oscar-nominated for the song “The Hands That Built America,” written for Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.

Related: Was Rushing ‘Mandela’ To Make Toronto A Misstep? (Video)

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Palm Springs Film Festival Unveils Full 2014 Lineup; UK Period Drama ‘Belle’ Is Opening-Night Film

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 9:44am PST

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014 -- smallPalm Springs, CA (December 20, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announces its complete line-up including Galas, Premieres and New Voices/New Visions. The Festival will launch on Friday, January 3 with the U.S. Premiere of opening night film Belle directed by Amma Asante, and screenings playing throughout the day. The Festival will wrap on Sunday, January 12 with Le Week-End directed by Roger Michell. 187 films from 60 countries, including 77 premieres (8 world, 22 North American and 47 U.S.), will unspool at the Festival, running from January 3-13, 2014 in Palm Springs, California.

“This year’s lineup is particularly diverse in theme and content, encompassing vintage work by established directors alongside auspicious debuts by a vast number of newly emerging talents,” said Festival Director Darryl Macdonald. “The overall quality of the films vividly reflects the banner year we’ve seen in Cinema worldwide, with a trend towards more personal, character-driven stories that defy easy genre labels, making for a much richer, more satisfying cinematic experience.”

“We launch our 25th anniversary edition with Amma Asante’s entertaining and inspiring Belle and wrap with Roger Michell’s enchanting tragi-comic Le Week-end (starring Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent), thus illustrating the festival’s commitment to celebrating the work of both emerging and seasoned filmmakers,” said Artistic Director Helen du Toit. “A further pool of exciting new talent is featured in our New Voices/New Visions showcase – which bodes extremely well for the future of international cinema. In addition we will present an archival program of 7 audience favorites, including an outdoor screening of Cinema Paradiso. Many of our archival selections went on to win the foreign language Oscar® making our audience a harbinger of award winners and box office success.”

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BelleThe Festival will open with the US premiere screening of Belle (UK), followed by a reception at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Directed by Amma Asante, Belle is a period drama inspired by the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of a Captain in the Royal Navy, stationed in the Caribbean. The film stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sarah Gadon, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sam Reid, Tom Felton, Matthew Goode, Penelope Wilton and Miranda Richardson. Director Asante is expected to attend the film screening.

Closing the Festival is Le Week-End (UK), directed by Roger Michell. The film stars Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as an old married couple looking to rekindle their love affair with Paris and with one another in this spiky, self-lacerating comedy.

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Palm Springs Film Festival Unveils Lineup For Canadian Cinema, Awards Buzz And Modern Masters Programs

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 6:00am PST

palmsprings__131119151421-200x190The 25th annual event today announced a new program focusing on Canadian cinema and also announced the films in its Awards Buzz and Modern Masters lineups. The Palm Springs International Film Festival will screen 45 of the 76 official submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Additional film programs will be announced in the coming weeks. Read More »

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Lupita Nyong’o & Composer Thomas Newman On Palm Springs Fest Honors List

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014 -- smallPalm Springs, CA (December 9, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Lupita Nyong’o with the Breakthrough Performance Award for 12 Years a Slave and Thomas Newman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for Saving Mr. Banks at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen and Julia Roberts. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-13, 2014.

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Julia Roberts On Palm Springs Fest Honor List

By | Friday November 22, 2013 @ 6:01am PST

Palm Springs, CA (November 22, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award® winning actress Julia Roberts with the Spotlight Award for August: Osage County at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey and Steve McQueen. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-13, 2014.

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Palm Springs To Honor Matthew McConaughey With Desert Palm Achievement Award

Palm Springs, CA (November 8, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Matthew McConaughey with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14.

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Blancanieves To Open Palm Springs Fest

By | Thursday December 20, 2012 @ 4:01am PST

Spanish director Pablo Berger’s re-imagining of the Snow White fairytale Blancanieves will kick off the Palm Springs Film Festival on January 3. The festival’s closing-night presentation January 13 will be Paul Andrew Williams’ Unfinished Song starring Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave. This year’s lineup, which as usual showcases numerous contenders for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, features 180 films from 68 countries. The festival concludes January 14. Additional films from the announcement: Read More »

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Robert Zemeckis To Receive Director Of The Year Award At Palm Springs Fest

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 9:57am PST

Palm Springs, CA (November 28, 2012) – The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award® winning director Robert Zemeckis with the Director of the Year Award for Flight. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 5, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Helen Hunt and Naomi Watts. The Festival runs January 3-14.

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Palm Springs Festival Set For January 3-14

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 5:17pm PDT

Palm Springs, CA (September 12, 2012) – The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), scheduled from January 3 – 14, 2013, will hold its annual star-studded Awards Gala on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Gala honors individuals in the film industry with awards for acting, directing, achievement in film composition and lifetime achievement.

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Canadian Comedy Wins Audience Award At Palm Springs International Film Festival

A Canadian comedy about a prolific sperm donor, and a U.S. documentary about the history of women jazz musicians, were among the top award winners today at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Sponsored by the city of Palm Springs, this is one of North America’s biggest film festival attracting about 130,000 people each year to consider features and documentaries from around the world. “This year’s line up encompassed a particularly satisfying blend of challenging but highly compelling works, more broadly accessible crowd pleasers and debut films distinguished by their distinctive storytelling craft and technical prowess,” Festival Director Darryl Macdonald said.

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‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’ To Open Palm Springs Festival

By | Thursday December 22, 2011 @ 1:37pm PST

Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing In The Yemen will open the 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Thursday, January 5, fest officials announced today. Closing gala presentation January 15 will be Almanya, Welcome to Germany. Salmon Fishing In The Yemen stars Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas in the unconventional comedy adapted by Simon Beaufoy from Paul Torday’s novel. Salmon Fishing opens March 9 in the US through CBS Fims. The closing movie Almanya, Welcome To Germany is also a comedy, observing multiple generations of a German-Turkish clan. It’s directed by Yasemin Samdereli. Traditionally a foreign-langage film showcase, the festival for 2012 features 187 films from 73 countries, including 60 premieres — 2 world, 22 North American and 36 U.S. Read More »

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Palm Springs Fest Announces First Films

By | Monday December 19, 2011 @ 10:56am PST

The Palm Springs International Film Festival’s first offerings announced today include a new program focusing on Arab Cinema, the New Voices/New Visions section for emerging filmmakers, the John Schlesinger lineup for first documentary features as well as 40 of the 63 official submissions for the foreign-language film Oscar — perfect for those that need to get their screenings in before the Academy Awards. The fest’s complete lineup will be announced later this week for its 23rd edition January 5-16, but here’s the foreign-language slate from the Awards Buzz section. It includes early critics group favorite A Separation (Iran) and China’s Christian Bale-starrer The Flowers Of War:

· Breathing (Austria), Director: Karl Markovics

· Bullhead (Belgium/Netherlands), Director: Michaël R. Roskam

· Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Brazil), Director: Jose Padilha

· Tilt (Bulgaria/Germany), Director: Viktor Chouchkov

· Monsieur Lazhar (Canada), Director: Philippe Falardeau

· The Flowers of War (China), Director: Yimou Zhang

· Alois Nebel (Czech Republic/Germany), Director: Tomáš Lunák

· Superclásico (Denmark), Director: Ole Christian Madsen

· Le Havre (Finland/France, Germany), Director: Aki Kaurismäki

· Declaration of War (France), Director: Valérie Donzelli

· Pina (Germany), Director: Wim Wenders

· Attenberg (Greece), Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari

· A Simple Life (Hong Kong/China), Director: Ann Hui

· The Turin Horse (Hungary/France, Germany, Switzerland), Director: Bela Tarr

· Volcano (Iceland/Denmark), Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson

· Abu, Son of Adam (India), Director: Salim Ahamed

· A Separation (Iran), Director: Asghar Farhadi

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