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SBIFF Announcements

I need to go to sleep cause I have a big day tomorrow… but I can’t.  I’M SO EXCITED. This is better than any Christmas Eve, ever.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced today that we will be honouring Leonardo DiCaprio with the American Riviera Award. LEOOOO DiCAPRIOOOO!! *paper bag breathing*

Honestly though, I’ve really come to respect DiCaprio as an actor, and I think he’s been fairly wise in the choices he’s made recently in the roles he takes on. This guy has had one hell of a career so far, and has many years to go. Look at him! He is lovely.

Which reminds me, I meant to tell you all to go see DJANGO UNCHAINED if you haven’t already. It’s MFing fantastic.

Check out for more info about Leo and his award!! :D

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The End and Beginners

The last movie I watched in 2012 was The Beginners.  A beautiful story basically about endings and beginnings, love, and life, and how it’s never too late to feel fulfilled in the life you’ve led. A very moving and wonderful film, which I really recommend. It’s strange to know that the screenwriter (whose story it was loosely based on), is from Santa Barbara, where I live. SBIFF honoured Christopher Plummer last year too, and Ewan McGregor stopped by when Cinema Society (a SBIFF Members-only group that enjoys advanced screenings and Q&As throughout the year), screened The Impossible several weeks ago.  My life is so weird.

The first movie I’m watching in 2013 is One Week. I love this movie so much, especially now that I am not living in Canada any more. I’ve only seen it once before but it stuck with me. It’s a Canadian film about a cross-country trip taken by a young man (Joshua Jackson) who is diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. It also deals with his relationship with his fiance as a result… And really, I just love that it’s filled with things like adorable Canadian accents, recognizable landscapes, inside Canadian jokes, great music, the Stanley Cup, and cameos by Gord Downie, and Joel Plaskett. I fucking love Canada.

Interesting that both of these movies involve cancer, but I think the bigger picture is about not wasting time with your life, and living it to the fullest before you have some sort of “reason”, like a diagnosis. It’s about holding on, and letting go, and is a poignant reflection on a year passed, and hope in the year forthcoming. 2012 was a very interesting year for me in my personal life, so thank god for these moments, and bring on 2013.

I love movies.

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I Blog My Job - Disclaimer

I officially start a new job next Wednesday. As a result, I’m going to blog the sh*t out of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (if/when I have time). Here’s my disclaimer. ;)

I DO work for the festival and have been involved with them for the past 4 years. They do NOT pay me to blog about it (I’m just excited and can’t help myself!).  I do NOT officially represent the festival, nor am I the voice of the festival. The views herein are mine and mine alone!

I WILL answer questions about the festival, if you have any. The information revealed here is public - I will not reveal behind the scenes details, sensitive information, or previously unannounced information.

You have been warned ;)

Check out for more info!

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Hey Anne Hathaway! I think I love you now. 

(Via Jezebel.)

Matt Lauer asked Anne about that photo of her vagina and she ended her response with: “I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality among unwilling participants, which brings me back to Les Mis.”

OK, like, sure, I’m vomiting all over Les Miserables, but that’s talent. She went from vagina photo to Les Mis without even blinking. And the Oscar goes to.

Anne Hathaway also shut down (skip to about 53 seconds) Jerry Penacoli when asked about her catsuit in Dark Knight Rises, by saying, “Are you trying to lose weight? What’s the deal, man? You look great. No, no, seriously, we have to talk about this… What do you want? Are you trying to fit into a catsuit?”

Speaking of douchebag Jerry Penacoli and his sexist manner towards women, Scarlett Johansson also called him out on his BS. And it was beautiful.

Or how about that time Emma Stone called out the indifference in interview questions in comparison to her male actor counterpart? 

Emma Stone: They ask who is my style icon, what’s the one thing that I can’t leave my house without. I’m always like, “My clothes!” I can pretty much leave without anything. It’s fine as long as I’m not naked.
Andrew Garfield: I don’t get asked that—
Emma Stone: You get asked interesting, poignant questions because you are a boy.
Teen Vogue: It’s sexism.
Emma Stone: It is sexism.

Or going back to Scarlett Johansson, she did almost the exact same thing (skip to around 1:40):

Reporter: I have a question to Robert and to Scarlett. Firstly to Robert, throughout Iron Man 1 and 2, Tony Stark started off as a very egotistical character but learns how to fight as a team. And so how did you approach this role, bearing in mind that kind of maturity as a human being when it comes to the Tony Stark character, and did you learn anything throughout the three movies that you made? And to Scarlett, to get into shape for Black Widow did you have anything special to do in terms of the diet, like did you have to eat any specific food, or that sort of thing?

Scarlett: “How come you get the really interesting existential question, and I get the like, “rabbit food” question? 

What I’m trying to say, really, is that I love how these actresses are stepping up to the contrast of females to males in Hollywood. Even though they have to go through the sexism, inequality and general rudeness of media outlets, they’re using their popularity to stand up to it and make others question what is wrong and unjustified in the way they are being treated.

(via romanticdaydreams)

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Stephen Chbosky, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman on-set of Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

I met Stephen Chbosky briefly earlier this year. He is a darling. Nice people still exist in Hollywood!!  ;)


Stephen Chbosky, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman on-set of Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

I met Stephen Chbosky briefly earlier this year. He is a darling. Nice people still exist in Hollywood!!  ;)

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The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, “that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about Basketball Diaries?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?” The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it. The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory.

“Events like this,” I said, “if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn’t have messed with me. I’ll go out in a blaze of glory.

In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of “explaining” them. I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy.
Roger Ebert.

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