Alright y'all, I'm a proud Palm Springs resident! Palm Springs, of course, is the little sister of Hollywood! And right now, the small community is buzzing for the 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival!
Honestly? I'm very happy with their line-up! I'll post my favorite films in the festival coming up...
For now, here are some highlights -- and yes, there's a "Hairspray" sing-along too! Check out their website for more info!
*** James Newton Howard To Be Honored At 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala -- Howard to receive Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing
*** Golden Globe Award-Nominated Atonement Director Joe Wright To Be Honored At 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala -- Wright to Receive Sonny Bono Visionary Award
*** Academy Award® Winner Halle Berry To Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award At 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
*** Daniel Day-Lewis To Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award At 19th AnnualPalm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
*** "Hairspray" To Be Honored At 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala -- Netflix to Host Friday Outdoor Sing-Along Screening of "Hairspray" and Festival to Present Ensemble Performance Award to Film’s Cast
*** "Juno" To Receive Chairman’s Vanguard Award at 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
*** Jerry Weintraub To Be Honored at 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
*** Sean Penn To Receive Director Of The Year Award At 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
*** Emile Hirsch To Receive Rising Star Award At 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
*** Nikki Blonsky To Receive Rising Star Award At 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
*** Marion Cotillard to Receive Breakthrough Performance Award for La Vie En Rose at 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival
Cotillard First Honoree Announced for Festival's January 5, 2008 Awards Gala
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Box office receipts for indie films were down 4%! Even though the top 15 indie distributors posted a combined box office total of $1.03 billion, down slightly from the 1.04 billion in 2006.
Oh there are still clear indie box-office winners. Among them, "No Country for Old Men," "Juno," and "Atonement."
Here's the breakdown:
*** Fox Searchlight is first having posted total domestic box office of $136.2 million!
*** Miramax came in second gaining $125.4 million!
*** Focus posted box office of $124.8 million coming in third!
*** Paramount Vantage came in next, posting receipts of $60.9 million!
*** Picturehouse gained $58.3 million in box office receipts!
*** Sony Pictures Classics saw $37.8 million, but it's down from $59.7 million in 2006.
*** Warner Independent came in last with box office of $15.6 million!
Let's talk about the highest-grossing independent films in recent years!
"March of the Penguins" $77.4 million
"Little Miss Sunshine" $67.6 million
"Brokeback Mountain" $59.5 million
"Sideways" $49.5 million
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It was a good year for major Hollywood studios. Many cash cows emerged such as "Spider-Man 3," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," and "Shrek 3." The three-quels pretty much saved the year!
The combined 2007 domestic box-office clocked in at $9.62 billion! WOW! It's a 4% gain from 2002, and a 5% bump over 2006.
And get this, ALL 6 major studios reached the $1 billion benchmark!
*** Paramount won thanks to their partner, Dreamworks! Total? $1.49 billion!
*** Second is Warner Bros. posted $1.42 billion!
*** Disney came in third, posting receipts of $1.36 billion!
*** Sony was fourth with total box office of $1.24 billion!
*** Meanwhile, Universal posted receipts of $1.1 billion!
*** Fox saw box office of $1.01 billion!
*** New Line garnered $485 million at the box office!
*** Lionsgate was up 11%, posting total receipts of $368 million!
*** MGM made $363 million, up 122%!
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The "Obiously Worst Film" of the year!
I do agree with them on this, and that movie is probably the reason why Eddie Murphy did not win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Dreamgirls."
But, "No Country for Old Men," once again, took the top prize at the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards.
Here's the complete list:
Best Film of 2007:
"No Country for Old Men" by Joel and Ethan Coen
"Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead"
"King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters"
"Gone Baby Gone"
Best Foreign Film:
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" by Julian Schnabel
"The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" by Seth Gordon
Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Ellen Page, "Juno"
George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"
Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"
Best Supporting Actor:
Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"
Ellen Page, "Juno"
Best Animated Film:
"Ratatouille" by Brad Bird
Best First Feature:
Ben Affleck, "Gone Baby Gone"
Obviously Worst Film:
"Norbit" by Brian Robbins
Not-So-Obviously Worst Film (tie):
"Youth Without Youth" by Francis Ford Coppola
"Bee Movie" by Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith
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Mister Steven Speilberg has been busy developing the film "The Trial of the Chicago Seven" for DreamWorks. The movie is about anti-Vietnam War activists arrested at the 1968 Democratic Convention.
The BIG questions -- will this be Spielberg's next film, and did he find his activist star?
Well, according to London's Sunday Times, Sacha Baron Cohen is attached to play Abbie Hoffman.
But according to Variety, a rep for Spielberg would neither confirm nor deny the report.
Let's see how busy Mister Steven is going to be:
***he's planning on directing a film about Abraham Lincoln (Tony Kushner wrote the script, and Liam Neeson is set to star -- INTRIGUING!!!)
***he's also partnering with Peter Jackson to direct one of the 3D toons in the "Tintin" trilogy.
***he's, of course, busy doing post-production for a little film called "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
But "The Trial of the Chicago Seven" sounds like a timely film with our current political climate, so perhaps, Mister Steven should opt to do this first!
Regardless, all of the above mentioned projects sound exciting, and I can't wait!
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