WHO WILL PLAY LEGENDARY DESIGNER HALSTON IN A PLANNED FILM? 


He was the man behind Liza Minnelli's sequined look, and he led a glamorous Studio 54 lifestyle. Now, uber-producer Harvey Weinstein is thinking of relaunching the cult '70s designer and fashion icon!

WHO IS RUMORED TO PLAY THE PART?

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A MOVIE ABOUT SLAIN PAKISTANI LEADER BENAZIR BHUTTO? 


Here comes the inevitable. According to the Hollywood Reporter, a film is being planned on the life of slain Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto.

Karachi-based Skies Unlimited Films told Pakistani-English newspaper the Daily Times that the film on Bhutto will be made in collaboration with Indian filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.

Pakistani writer-poet Aqeel Ahmad Ruby is penning the script of the film, which is in preproduction. Aneela Khan, a producer with Skies Unlimited, was quoted as saying that the film's director "will soon be announced."

THE BIG QUESTION -- WHO WILL PLAY BHUTTO?

Khan said, "We have not decided yet. It could be someone famous or a completely new face. There are possibilities that some of the scenes would be shot in India, but we are not sure."

Khan added that "the basic motive behind this announcement is just to dedicate this film to Benazir Bhutto.

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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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