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If you're in Los Angeles and have some free time today, why not join in on the L.A. Film Festival Hunt for a chance to win cool prizes? The fest is giving LA-area film fans the opportunity to show off their cinematic eye by snapping photos of five L.A. landmarks for the chance to win Virgin America airline tickets, L.A. Film Fest Tickets, and Restaurant Gift Cards.
Here's how to play:
Visit each of the 5 landmarks (Filmmaker Desk, Nokia Sign, Concession Stand, Virgina America Banner, any Festival Signage) and strike a pose depicting any movie in one of the following genres: Horror, Comedy, Sports, Art-House, or Action, making sure the landmark listed is visible in the photo. Then post the photo on Twitter along with what movie you're depicting and the tag #lafilmfest (at the Virgin America landmark you must also tag #VirginAmerica in your tweet).
For a full list of rules and a map of the locations, LAFilmFest.com. Good luck!
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You may have missed the Los Angeles Film Fest's opening-night flick last night, Richard Linklater's Bernie, with stars Jack Black, Matthew McConoughey and Shirley MacLaine introducing it, but the 17th annual festival is in full swing through June 26.
That means you can still check out more than 200 films, music videos and shorts from more than 40 countries. The festival offers everything from outdoor screenings to celeb-filled galas to panels of industry experts.
Young Hollywood is basking in Maui's sun (and accolades) this week. Yesterday, Andrew Garfield, Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund came out to support Megan Fox as she received the Iris Award at Maui Film Festival's Celestial Cinema.
Andrew and Olivia will receive their own honors at the festival this week when they presented with the Shining Star Awards, while Garrett will receive the Rising Star Award.
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Now that the the Cannes Film Festival has wrapped up after another star-studded year, we'll have to wait for until TIFF in September for the next big film fest. In the meantime, there a few smaller festivals worth checking out, including the Los Angeles Film Festival.
The LA Film Festival will take place between June 16 – 26. It was just announced that Bernie, starring Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey, will kick off the fest on June 16 at the Regal Cinema Stadium 14 L.A. Live.
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It looks like this year's Cannes Film Festival turned out to be Festival de Sean Penn. Not only did Penn have two winning films in the fest, he was also honored at the first Cinema For Peace inaugural dinner for his charity work in Haiti.
On Saturday, This Must Be The Place, in which Sean plays an aging rock star, won the festival's prestigious Ecumenical Jury Prize. And on Sunday, the Cannes Film Festival awarded its highest prize, the Palme d'Or, to The Tree of Life, a film by Terrence Malick which also stars Penn, along with Brad Pitt. Though the movie won top honors at the fest, there's some questions about how regular Joes (a.k.a. the rest of us) will embrace the movie, especially since it features dinosaurs, little dialog, and Sean Penn as Brad Pitt's adult son.
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Londoners are notoriously weather obsessed, wont to conjecture if the clouds will break to reveal a sliver of sunshine, the tiniest hint of pleasant warmth in contrast to its typical cold. It's a fallacy that the city is always bathed in grey, however. We recently had a long-time resident tell us, "summer in London makes all those months of chilly hell totally worth it." That said, if you happen to visit from May through September, we highly suggest seizing the opportunity to do anything alfresco.
Outdoor film screenings are an ideal way to enjoy the temperature rise, which can range from ever-so-slight to overwhelmingly muggy. After the jump, we've rounded up some of the best ways to catch a flick with the sunset as the backdrop.
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We knew Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were going to have a good night in Cannes, but we didn't think it would be this good! After premiering Brad's new movie, the highly anticipated Tree of Life, at the Palais des Festivals, the couple joined a few of their celeb friends, including Naomi Campbell, at the L'Affable restaurant to celebrate.
L'Affable is a pretty affordable place when it's not Film Festival season. A prix fixe dinner menu runs 39 Euros, whereas lunch of a few courses is only 25 Euros.
Though Brad and Ange looked flawless when they arrived at the place, by the time they emerged a few hours later, he had an ear-to-ear grin and she looked completely disheveled, with messy hair, smeared make-up and glassy eyes. We're not sure what happened inside the party, but based on the looks of Brangelina, we're guessing a lot of alcohol was involved!
The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing with the premieres of several new movies over the weekend, including Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, but it's the parties that have people buzzing.
The weekend's biggest bash was thrown by financing group Red Granite and featured fireworks and performances by Kanye West with Jamie Foxx and Pharrell Williams on Carlton Beach. Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper were among the A-Listers there to dine on gourmet pasta, sushi, and canapés while sucking down free top shelf liquor.
But tonight, things will really get interesting as the fest's most anticipated film, The Tree of Life, premieres at Palais K followed by an afterparty with the film's stars, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and their significant others, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson.
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This year the star-studded event will be held at at the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, and will include a formal dinner and a live auction, with proceeds benefiting amfAR.
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The Apple Store, SoHo, and the Apple Store, West 14th Street in New York City, have teamed up with the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival to honor those behind the fest's most buzzed-about films. Both stores will be offering exclusive "Meet the Filmmakers" sessions through April 30, and everyone is welcome to attend.
Check out a few of week's highlights below:
It might be too late to sign up as volunteer for a the Tribeca Film Festival, but you're not yet out of time to volunteer at the Nantucket Film Festival, which kicks on June 22nd. The four-day festival includes programs, panels and screenings with some of Hollywood's most notable directors, producers, screenwriters and actors on Nantucket Island. Last year, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, and Andy Samberg were among the fest's A-List panelists.
According to the fest's website, they are looking for "seriously dedicated individuals to work at the Festival's theaters and production office." Though the festival is unable to provide housing for volunteers, they do accept volunteers from around the world. To lend a hand, download the Nantucket Film Festival Volunteer Application and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org and by fax at 646-365-3367.
This year's complete program information and festival passes will be available April 26.
The most talked about film at the festival will likely be Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, if for no other reason than its red carpet, featuring the movie's stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, and their significant others, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson. Penn has double-duty this year with a second film in competition, This Must Be the Place, too.