Naomi Watts to Be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival! 


Naomi Watts, who gave a wonderful performance in the upcoming "The Impossible," is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting at the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

The Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and the Festival will run from January 3 to 14. I live in Palm Springs, and I live for this event :happy

Here's the full press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 19, 2012) – The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Naomi Watts with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at its Awards Gala. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14, 2013.

“We're delighted to pay tribute to Naomi Watts, one of the most gifted and versatile performers to grace the screen,” said Palm Springs International Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner. “The Impossible, the true story of the tsunami that stunned the world with its fury, is the vehicle for Ms. Watts to display the talent and sensitivity that cinema lovers have come to expect and appreciate from her. It is our honor to present the 2013 Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award to Naomi Watts, for a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination.”

Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams, and Kate Winslet. Ms. Watts was previously honored at the Festival for her Academy Award-nominated performance in 21 Grams.

Watts stars in the Summit Entertainment film The Impossible, based on the true story of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Directed by J.A. Bayona, The Impossible also stars Ewan McGregor and newcomer Tom Holland, with a screenplay by Sergio G. Sánchez adapted from the story by María Belon based on her experiences. The film releases on December 21, 2012.

After getting her start on Australian television, Naomi Watts has proven to be a force in Hollywood. With her breakout appearance in Mulholland Drive she went on to star in the critically acclaimed 21 Grams, for which Watts received a best actress Academy Award®- nomination. Her other work includes King Kong, The Painted Veil, J. Edgar, The Ring, I (Heart) Huckabees, Eastern Promises and Fair Game. She will next be seen in Movie 43, with Liev Schreiber; Two Mothers with Robin Wright; and Sunlight Jr. with Matt Dillon. Watts recently completed shooting the highly anticipated biopic Diana in the lead role as the iconic Princess Diana.

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Danny Boyle, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Title Sponsor, in the City of Palm Springs. Presenting Sponsors are Spencer’s, The Desert Sun, Entertainment Tonight, Wells Fargo, Regal Entertainment Group, Bank of America and Wintec. Major sponsors are Panavision, Ocean Properties Development, Raymond|Lawrence, Chihuly, Telefilm Canada. The Festival’s Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.


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Larry Clark's "Marfa Girl" Wins Top Prize at Rome Film Festival 


MAIN COMPETITION

Golden Marc’Aurelio for Best Film: "Marfa Girl" by Larry Clark

Best Director Award: Paolo Franchi, "And They Call It Summer" ("E la Chiamano Estate")

Special Jury Prize: "Ali Has Blue Eyes" ("Alì ha gli occhi azzurri") by Claudio Giovannesi

Best Actor Award: Jérémie Elkaïm, "Hand in Hand" ("Main dans la main")

Best Actress Award: Isabella Ferrari, "And They Call It Summer" ("E la Chiamano Estate")

Best Emerging Actor Award: Marilyne Fontaine, "A Child With You" ("Un enfant de toi")

Best Technical Contribution: Arnau Valls Colomer, for the cinematography of "Never Die" ("Mai morire")

Best Screenplay Award: Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue for "The Motel Life"

CINEMAXXI COMPETITION

The International Jury, chaired by Douglas Gordon and composed of Hans Hurch, Ed Lachman, Andrea Lissoni and Emily Jacir, awarded:

CinemaXXI Award (for feature-length films): "Avanti Popolo" by Michael Wahrmann

Special Jury Prize – CinemaXXI (for feature-length films): "Picas" by Laila Pakalnina

CinemaXXI Award for Short and Medium Films: "Panihida" by Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu

PROSPETTIVE ITALIA COMPETITION

The Jury chaired by Francesco Bruni and composed of Babak Karimi, Anna Negri, Stefano Savona, and Zhao Tao awarded:

Prospettive Award for Best Feature Film: "Cosimo e Nicole" by Francesco Amato

Prospettive Award for Best Documentary: "Pezzi" by Luca Ferrari

Prospettive Award for Best Short Film: "Il gatto del Maine" by Antonello Schioppa

Special mentions: Cosimo Cinieri and in memory of Anna Orso for "La prima legge di Newton"

THE AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT/ SECOND FILM

The International Jury, chaired by Matthew Modine and composed of Laura Amelia Guzmán, Stefania Rocca, Alice Rohrwacher and Tanya Seghatchian, awarded:

Award for Best Debut Or Second Film: "Ali Has Blue Eyes" ("Alì ha gli occhi azzurri") by Claudio Giovannesi

Special mention: "Razzabastarda" by Alessandro Gassman

AUDIENCE AWARD

BNL Audience Award for Best Film: "The Motel Life" by Gabriel Polsky, Alan Polsky

COLLATERAL AWARDS

LANCIA 2012 ELEGANCE IN MOTION AWARD Claudia Pandolfi

ENEL CUORE FOR SOCIAL CINEMA AWARD "The Eye of the Shark" ("El ojo del tiburón") by Alejo Hoijman

L.A.R.A. (LIBERA ASSOCIAZIONE RAPPRESENTANZA DI ARTISTI) AWARD FOR BEST ITALIAN ACTOR Paolo Sassanelli for "Cosimo e Nicole"

A.I.C. AWARD FOR THE BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Lü Yue for "1942"

AMC AWARD FOR BEST EDITING Hughes Winborne and Fabienne Rawley for "The Motel Life"
Lifetime Achievement Award to Nino Baragli

GOLDEN BUTTERFLY AWARD (voted by students) "1942" by Feng Xiaogang

TAODUE LA CAMERA D’ORO 2012 AWARD FOR BEST EMERGING DIRECTOR AND BEST PRODUCER
Best Emerging Director - Alina Marazzi for "Tutto parla di te"

Best Producer - Gianfilippo Pedote for "Tutto parla di te"

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"Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2" Takes Box-Office Crown 


Last weekend, we said goodbye to the "Twilight" franchise and the final film took the top box-office spot easily! "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" opened at No. 1 with $141.3 million in North America. Overseas, the final chapter took in $199.6 million for a grand box-office total of $340.9 million.

RELATED POSTS:

"Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" movie review
My fun interviews with:
KRISTEN STEWART
ROBERT PATTINSON
TAYLOR LAUTNER
MICHAEL SHEEN
ELIZABETH REASER AND NIKKI REED
KELLAN LUTZ AND JACKSON RATHBONE
DIRECTOR BILL CONDON

The finale now ranks eight on the Top 10 list of all-time box-office debuts with 2009's "New Moon" at No. 7 ($142.8 million) and last year's "Breaking Dawn Part 1" at No. 9 ($138.1 million).

By the way, more males decided to watch the final "Twilight" but it's still a female-driven flick.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Skyfall," fell to No. 2 with $41.5 million. So far, the James Bond movie has sold $161.3 million worth of tickets.

At No. 3 was the impressive Civil War drama, "Lincoln," from directed Steven Spielberg. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln" expanded more theaters this past weekend for with $21 million.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office films for the weekend of Nov. 16th:

1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2," $141.3 million ($199.6 million international).

2. "Skyfall," $41.5 million ($49.6 million international).

3. "Lincoln," $21 million.

4. "Wreck-It Ralph," $18.3 million ($4.8 million international).

5. "Flight," $8.6 million ($1 million international).

6. "Argo," $4.1 million ($8.7 million international).

7. "Taken 2," $2.1 million ($2 million international).

8. "Pitch Perfect," $1.3 million ($4.1 million international).

9. "Here Comes the Boom," $1.2 million ($2.5 million international).

10 (tie). "Cloud Atlas," $900,000 ($5 million international).

10 (tie). "Hotel Transylvania," $900,000 ($7.8 million international).

10 (tie). "The Sessions," $900,000.

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Win Exclusive “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2” Prizes from Summit Entertainment! 


This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, we’re giving away a bunch of super-cool and totally collectible “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2” memorabilia courtesy of our friends at Summit Entertainment.

All you have to do is like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy), like the post of the contest, and you have a chance to win them all! (Check video of the prizes below)

One lucky winner will be chosen on Friday, the 23rd, the day after Thanksgiving and that winner will get (sorry international friends, but this is only limited for US residents):



• TWILIGHT BAG
• TWILIGHT T-SHIRT
• TWILIGHT CAP
• TWILIGHT TATTOOS
• TWILIGHT TRADING CARDS (COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVE)
• TWILIGHT KEY CHAINS
• TWILIGHT PENS
• TWILIGHT SLAP BRACELETS
• TWILIGHT DOUBLE SIDED POSTER

Lots of cool stuff to make you the envy of your fellow Twihards!

Again, here’s how to enter:

1) Go to my Facebook page on www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy
2) Like my page
3) Like the contest post

And that’s it! Just like me forever and ever!

One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD BY 5PM (PACIFIC)!



It’s as easy as that! So what are you waiting for? Go to my Facebook page right now, and good luck!



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"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" Movie Review -- Why I Love the Film! 


“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” finally arrives in theaters near you, and it concludes the love story between Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel, director Bill Condon creates an ending fit for the franchise.

Yes, the “Twilight” finale has turned me into a gushing, bumbling 12-year-old Twihard! I was underwhelmed by “Part 1” but everything is okay now Twihards, because “Part 2” rocks! Why? Watch my review.



Here are the links of the full interviews, click on the name(s) to see:

KRISTEN STEWART
ROBERT PATTINSON
TAYLOR LAUTNER
MICHAEL SHEEN
ELIZABETH REASER AND NIKKI REED
KELLAN LUTZ AND JACKSON RATHBONE
DIRECTOR BILL CONDON

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