MY FAVORITE FILMS AT THE 19TH ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!!! 
The valley comes alive with the rich sights and sounds of the 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. From trailblazing American films to great foreign language cinema, this is one of most exciting years of the festival.

There are many wonderful movies to choose from, but I specially want to direct your attention to three cinematic gems that will entertain you. With subjects raging from the blues to a haunted orphanage, these thought-provoking films will make your experience at the festival an enjoyable one.
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THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LIGHTS UP COACHELLA VALLEY!!! 


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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MEANWHILE -- INDIE BOX OFFICE IS DOWN! PLEASE SUPPORT OUR INDIE FAVORITES!!! 


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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WE'RE LIVING IN A MATERIAL WORLD -- RECORD BOX-OFFICE FOR MAJOR STUDIOS!!! 


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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OKLAHOMA FILM CRITICS ARE SAYING "NORBIT" IS... 


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
Runners-up:
"Juno"
"Zodiac"
"Atonement"
"Michael Clayton"
"Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead"
"King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters"
"Gone Baby Gone"
"Once"
"Eastern Promises"

Best Foreign Film:
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" by Julian Schnabel

Best Documentary:
"The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" by Seth Gordon

Best Directors:
Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, "No Country for Old Men"

Best Actress:
Ellen Page, "Juno"

Best Actor:
George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"

Best Supporting Actor:
Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"

Breakout Performance:
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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