Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Film Celebrities join Steven Spielberg on the 66th Jury - Cannes Film Festival 2013

American director and producer Steven Spielberg will preside this year over a star-studded Jury. Well known international film celebrities listed below, will offer their expert opinions to select winners during this years Cannes Film Festival 2013. Their tasks and challenges as part of the Jury of the 66th Festival de Cannes is to decide between the various films in Competition, who is deserving and worthy of the renown, prestigious and coveted prizes. The prizewinners will be announced during the Closing Ceremony on May 26th, culminating in the award of the most coveted title of all – the Palme d’Or -


-Vidya Balan (Indian actress)
-Naomi Kawase (Japanese director)
-Nicole Kidman (Australian actress/producer)
-Lynne Ramsay (British scriptwriter/director/producer)
-Daniel Auteuil (French actor/director)
-Ang Lee (Taiwanese director/producer/scriptwriter)
-Cristian Mungiu (Romanian scriptwriter/director/producer)
-Christoph Waltz (Austrian Actor)

For more information on this years Cannes Film Festival see

*Merci beaucoup de Agence de Presse /Press release Cannes Film Festival 2013 *

Actors! Great event 'For Actors by Actors' this Friday 26th April in partnership with Hollyshorts Film Festival

Actors in LA! Are you looking for something different from the norm? Something that encompasses your aspirations and growing accomplishments as an actor in the film world, expanding into the filmmaking process.....with a view to the process, realities of actually making your own films.....lets not forget of course, actually doing the aforesaid, not just a dream of the future. Just the ticket is right here! For Actors by Actors (F.A.B.A) provides just that. 

Friday 26th April's event is open to all to find out more about F.A.B.A and the Hollyshorts Film Festival , including a Red carpet reception at 6pm, open bar, and a evening of  film screenings created by members of F.A.B.A. Reserve your spot at

I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with Company Founder, Actor, Director Alex Feldman to find out more about what F.A.B.A can offer today's generation of actors and future filmmakers -

-Why did you create F.A.B.A?

 I wanted to build a creative community where successful working professionals can provide guidance and opportunities to aspiring artists.

- What type of services are you wishing to provide to actors and filmmakers ?

For Actors By Actors is a support system. We provide Actors with valuable resources, education, and industry awareness. We work with each of our members on their individual goals and equip them with the tools necessary to accomplish those goals.

- How do you consider F.A.B.A to be different to other such similar ventures that exist in LA? 

Because our entire faculty is comprised of working professional actors, we are able to teach from experience, not just theory. As the fast paced entertainment industry changes and evolves, we change and evolve with it. In addition to focusing on the creative craft of acting, our classes target the Business of Acting in Los Angeles. We often invite filmmakers, writers, producers, casting directors, talent agents and managers, to sit in on classes and provide their point of view in an effort to demystify Hollywood's collaborative industry. We also provide Headshots, Reels, and Audition Tapes. F.A.B.A. is a one-stop shop for Actors of all ages.

- Can you explain the significance of the cross partnership & relationship between yourselves F.A.B.A & the Hollyshorts Film Festival?

Partnering up with Hollyshorts is part of our on-going effort to create opportunities for our members. The upcoming screenings (Friday April 26th 2013) will feature films created by F.A.B.A. members. We encourage all actors to create their own projects and guide them trough the filmmaking process. I am a long time collaborator of Hollyshorts Film Festival and I am very grateful for the support Hollyshorts provides for F.A.B.A. To find out more about what F.A.B.A. has to offer, please visit us at


*Thanks to Alex Feldman for his time, & Hollyshorts Film Festival*

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Kim Novak, honorary guest at the 66th Cannes Film Festival 2013

Kim Novak, iconic actress of the Golden Era of Hollywood's great classic movies, will be a honorary invited guest of this year's 66th Cannes Film Festival ( which will take place May 15th-26th in Cannes, France. Novak will be attending the screening of Alfred Hitchcock classic film 'Vertigo',  ( which will be shown in its newly restored format as part of the Cannes Classics section of the Festival.

Vertigo was considered one of Kim Novak's greatest performances as the disturbed heroine, of which Hitchcock described himself as a 'love story with a strange atmosphere' -

On her role in Hitchcock's Vertigo – Novak said -

“What was interesting was that the scene reflected what I was going through at the time: it was the story of a woman who was forced to be someone she wasn’t.”

Circumstances being that as a result of which Novak was unwilling to accept the iron rule of the studios, which at that particular time did not allow any room for flexibility, and took the decision to retire from Hollywood prematurely in order to devote herself to painting and other activities, away from the Hollywood scene.

Also, Novak will be participating and gracing the closing ceremony of the 66th Film Festival de Cannes on Sunday 26th May 2013, where she will be awarding one of the prizes to one lucky entrant.

Kim Novak, first attended the Cannes Film Festival in 1959, for the presentation of the 'Middle of the Night' a film by Delbert Mann (Palme d'or 1955) for 'Marty'. Other noted roles included the prostitute with a big heart in 'Kiss Me, Stupid' by Billy Wilder, the witch in Richards Quine's 'Bells Book and Candle' and the adulteress in another Quine film 'Strangers When We Meet'

For further information on this year's lineup at the Cannes Film Festival see
Kim Novak

*merci beaucoup/ thank you to Cannes Film Festival Presse/Press Department

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies, ArcLight Hollywood, April 24th 2013


Special Evening Returns to ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday, April 24
Tickets on Sale April 11:

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today its collaboration with Target and MAGNUM® Ice Cream Bar for the return of the special one-night-only event, Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies. The popular program initiated in 2007 will present fans with a rare chance to see classic films alongside the community’s top filmmakers and stars who made them. Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies will take place on Wednesday April 24 at the ArcLight Hollywood. Tickets will go on sale on April 11 through the ArcLight Hollywood website ( and in person at the ArcLight Hollywood box office at 6360 West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA90028.

The films and artists confirmed to participate include:
-Kathy Bates presenting MISERY(1990)
-Cher presenting MOONSTRUCK (1987)
-Sally Field presenting NORMA RAE (1979)
-Peter Fonda presenting EASY RIDER (1969)
-Harrison Ford presenting BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT
-Samuel L. Jackson presenting PULP FICTION (1994)
-Shirley MacLaine presenting TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983)
-Demi Moore presenting GHOST (1990)
-Mike Myers presenting SHREK (2001)
-Sidney Poitier presenting IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
-Kurt Russell presenting THE THING (1982)
-Kevin Spacey presenting THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995)

"AFI Night at the Movies is a tradition grand in scale, but simple in message -- to bring artists and audiences together to celebrate their common bond at the movies," said Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO. "It's an evening akin to a firework show of American film, where across genre and across decades, we marvel at the power of the movies and their makers."

For the third year, Target returns as the presenting sponsor for AFI Night at the Movies. At this seminal cinematic event, MAGNUM Ice Cream will introduce its newest premium product MAGNUM Gold®. 2

“Target is proud to once again present AFI Night at the Movies where film enthusiasts get the chance to experience iconic films in a truly unique and memorable way,” said Shawn Gensch, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Target. “We are passionate about the entertainment industry, and Target is honored to bring together some of Hollywood’s most legendary actors and filmmakers for one special evening.”

Nick Soukas, Director of Ice Cream at Unilever added, “Through our strong relationship with Target, MAGNUM is thrilled to deliver indulgences to legendary artists and audience members at AFI Night at the Movies, a spectacular celebration of American film.”

The concept for the event was came about in 2007 when the American Film Institute and Target partnered to kick off Target Presents AFI’s 40th Anniversary with an original evening dedicated to AFI’s history. The event brought together 10 film luminaries to present films including Julie Andrews, Warren Beatty, Billy Crystal, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Tippi Hedren, Angela Lansbury, George Lucas, Jack Nicholson, Rob Reiner and Sylvester Stallone. Bookending a year of 40th anniversary events, Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies in 2008 continued to pair classic American films with the stars who made them including Annette Bening, Jim Carrey, Sean Connery, Cameron Diaz, Jodie Foster, Dustin Hoffman, Shirley MacLaine, Steve Martin, Rita Moreno, Mike Myers, Keanu Reeves and Denzel Washington.

Target Presents AFI Night at the Movies is a special event for all ages. Tickets to each individual screening are $30 and include a large popcorn and soda, as well as a Magnum ice cream bar. Tickets go on sale on April 11 at 10:00 a.m. through the ArcLight Hollywood website ( and in person at the ArcLight Hollywood box office at 6360 West Sunset Blvd. Information about the event will be available on

About Target Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,787 stores – 1,784 in the United States and three in Canada – and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information visit

Launched in 1989, MAGNUM was the first handheld ice cream targeted as a premium adult offering. Today, MAGNUM is one of the world’s leading ice cream brands, selling one billion units annually worldwide, and it is the biggest brand of Unilever ice creams.

AFI (American Film Institute) is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – now in its 41st year; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI Fest presented by Audi, AFI Docs presented by Audi and the AFI Silver Theatre; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory, renowned for the quality of its instructors and speakers, and its notable alumni. For more information about AFI, visit or connect with AFI at and

*Special thanks to PMK.BNC and the American Film Institute for this press release*