Sanata Barbara’s Kirk Douglas Award goes to… Michael Douglas!

Posted by · 10:36 am · September 7th, 2011

The press release, in part: In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, Michael Douglas will be bestowed with his father’s honor, the 2011 KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The 6th annual black-tie Gala dinner will take place at The Four Seasons Biltmore in […]

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Santa Barbara fest announces acquisitons program

Posted by · 4:51 pm · August 31st, 2011

The press release for this went out yesterday but I’m just now getting around to posting. In part: In 2012 the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will continue on its path to becoming one of the world’s most sought after and prestigious film festivals with the debut of its first ever Acquisitions Program, which will […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘King’s Speech’ marches on

Posted by · 5:49 pm · February 4th, 2011

• “The King’s Speech” continued its cruise through phase two of the season with a widely unexpected Directors’ Guild victory… • … and scooped top honors at a surprise-free Screen Actors’ Guild Awards ceremony. • Following this brace of wins, this week’s Off the Carpet column said what we were all thinking: the race is over. […]

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So this happened

Posted by · 9:27 am · February 2nd, 2011

I was previously engaged.

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SANTA BARBARA: Rush toasted with Montecito Award, ‘King’s Speech’ cast receives ensemble honor

Posted by · 8:51 am · February 1st, 2011

Last night saw Santa Barbara’s tribute to “The King’s Speech” star Geoffrey Rush.  Looking suave with a cleanly shaved head (for his current role on stage in “Diary of a Mad Man”), Rush held court with trademark affable humor and tales of his comparatively brief Hollywood career thus far. I Tweeted this and that from […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Women in the biz

Posted by · 6:20 pm · January 31st, 2011

I really should take the time to write up Saturday’s women’s panel here in Santa Barbara, not least of all because it seems to have been neglected in most outlets.  It’s an undervalued annual program, always moderated with class by Madelyn Hammond and featuring some of the most formidable female talents working in the industry. […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Nolan crowned as Modern Master

Posted by · 12:41 am · January 31st, 2011

“He no longer challenges our ideas about film,” actor Leonardo DiCaprio said of Christopher Nolan tonight, before presenting him with the Modern Master Award.  “He has helped define them.” It was a great bow on a fine evening meant to celebrate the director’s work over the last decade.  The Modern Master designation is Santa Barbara’s […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Ladies love cool James

Posted by · 3:04 pm · January 30th, 2011

Last night saw the presentation of the Outstanding Performance of the Year honor to “127 Hours” star James Franco at Santa Barbara fest, and it’s one of the best tributes I’ve seen here.  But it didn’t start out that way. Franco was late getting out of Los Angeles, where he was rehearsing for next month’s […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Writers on writing

Posted by · 4:01 pm · January 29th, 2011

Today saw Santa Barbara’s annual “It Starts with the Script” writers panel, moderated by Anne Thompson.  Participating were Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3”), Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”), C. Gaby Mitchell (“Get Low”), David Seidler (“The King’s Speech”), Scott Silver (“The Fighter”) and Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”). I was a little late […]

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CINEJABBER: SBIFF

Posted by · 2:53 pm · January 29th, 2011

I’m bouncing from this to that in Santa Barbara this afternoon. iPhoning this in. But here’s your weekly open thread.

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SANTA BARBARA: Bening receives American Riviera Award

Posted by · 11:48 pm · January 28th, 2011

The 26th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicked off a week of tributes tonight with the presentation of the American Riviera Award to “The Kids Are All Right” and “Mother and Child” star Annette Bening (with hubby Warren Beatty in tow). The award is given annually to an American actor “who has had a […]

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CINEJABBER: Find a happy place

Posted by · 12:27 pm · January 22nd, 2011

Catch up with the idea behind these weekend posts here. Three more days.  And then it’ll be five more weeks.  This season is unrelenting. It’s also more of a mud-slinging affair behind the scenes than I’m used to.  At least people are more vocal about the mud-slinging than normal (because let’s face it, Oscar campaigns […]

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Geoffrey Rush to receive Santa Barbara’s Montecito Award

Posted by · 10:38 am · December 6th, 2010

The press release, in part: The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award® winning actor Geoffrey Rush with the Montecito Award at the 26th edition of the Festival, which runs January 27– February 6, 2011…The Tribute will take place Monday, January 31, 2011, at the historic Arlington Theatre. The Montecito Award was created […]

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Kidman to receive Santa Barbara’s Cinema Vanguard Award

Posted by · 11:24 am · November 21st, 2010

The press release, in part: The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 26th edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 -February 6, 2011, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, February […]

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James Franco tapped for Santa Barbara’s Outstanding Performance of the Year Award

Posted by · 10:58 am · October 19th, 2010

Odd, I was just having a Twitter discussion about who might receive this honor from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and my honest guess was James Franco.  Lo and behold, he’s been tapped for the honor. The press release, in part: The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to present James Franco with […]

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Nolan tapped for Modern Master Award in Santa Barbara

Posted by · 8:48 am · October 14th, 2010

Pete Hammond originally reported this news yesterday and the press release dropped shortly thereafter, but “Inception” director Christopher Nolan will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s highest honor — the Modern Master Award — in January.  Here’s the release, in part: Established in 1995, [The Modern Master Award] was created to honor an individual […]

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Harrison Ford to receive Santa Barbara’s Kirk Douglas Award

Posted by · 3:44 pm · September 29th, 2010

The press release, in part: In recognition of his contributions to the world of film, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is honored to present the fifth annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM to the legendary Academy Award-nominated actor/producer Harrison Ford… “I’m delighted to give this award to Harrison Ford,” commented Kirk Douglas. […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Slumdog,’ Sundance, Santa Barbara

Posted by · 7:41 am · January 31st, 2009

It slipped my mind to do this yesterday, but here’s the week that was: • “Slumdog Millionaire” steamrolled through the week’s precursors, taking the Producers Guild Award… • … before landing top honours at the SAG Awards, which we live-blogged for your pleasure. • Still on “Slumdog,” a potential smear campaign against the film was […]

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