Music Takes Center Stage at 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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‘A Celebration of Music in Film’ Event on January 19 Headlined by Talent from Low Down:  A tribute to jazz legend Joe Albany featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, composer Ohad Talmor with a reading by Elle Fanning; The Fela! Band and Rae Spoon Also to Perform

Belle & Sebastian set for Festival’s Music Café on January 20, presented by Airbnb and Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute has highlighted the roster of music performances to take place at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, including talent from Low Down – featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, composer Ohad Talmor and and a reading by Elle Fanning – who will perform at the ‘A Celebration of Music in Film’ event on January 19, 8:00 p.m. MT, at Sundance House Presented by HP at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Also at the event will be The Fela! Band, performing music from the film Finding Fela, which honors the music of legend Fela Kuti, creator of Afrobeat music, and critically acclaimed artist Rae Spoon from the documentary-musical My Prairie Home. The event is hosted by the Sundance Institute Film Music Program.

Peter Golub, Director of the Sundance Institute Film Music Program and producer of ‘A Celebration of Music in Film,’ said, “All year round we work with composers and filmmakers, giving them a chance to think, experiment, and work with mentors on what happens when one puts film and music together. Our Sunday night ‘Celebration’  puts a spotlight on the crucial role that music plays in filmmaking by presenting the most exciting music from this year’s slate of films.

Tracy McKnight, music supervisor and co-programmer of ‘A Celebration of Music in Film,’ said, “We’re thrilled to be showcasing such an incredible line up of talent for our 15th anniversary show! From jazz to afrobeat to singer/songwriters, all of the music featured in each of these amazing films is an incredible part of our evening. We could not be more excited and honored to give music the center stage on this special night.”

The event is open to all Festival credential holders (21 and older); A limited number of spots on the guest list will be given away via Twitter @sundancefestnow.

Festival’s Music Café and Airbnb to Host Belle & Sebastian on January 20
Indie pop act Belle & Sebastian will play a live show on Monday, January 20 at 9:30 p.m. at the Festival’s Music Café, in connection with band member Stuart Murdoch’s film God Help The Girl, which will have its world premiere at the 2014 Festival. The concert is presented by Festival sponsor Airbnb and Sundance Institute, and the after-party and DJ set will be held at the Airbnb Haus.

Murdoch said, “On behalf of the group and myself, I’d like to say how excited we are to be playing a short concert at the bequest of the Sundance Film Festival. In Park City, in Utah, in the snow. Did i say how excited we were? I’m like, vibrating.”

The musical starring Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray, was written and directed by Murdoch and produced by Barry Mendel. The other members of Belle & Sebastian assisted in making the music and film in various capacities. Tickets and more info can be obtained by emailing belleandsebastianatsundance@gmail.com.

Additional Music Programming by ASCAP, KCRW and BMI
Additional musical components of the Festival include daytime performances programmed by ASCAP (Jan 17-24) and three nights (January 17-19) of live musical performances hosted again by LA public radio station KCRW, and presented by Acura, at the Festival’s Music Café. BMI will also host a roundtable discussion about “Music & Film: The Creative Process,” (January 22, 11:00 a.m. MT at Sundance House Presented by HP) as well as their annual Music Showcase: BMI Snowball Produced by BMI (January 22, 8:00 p.m. MT at Sundance House Presented by HP).

Sundance Institute Film Music Program
With the goal of nurturing the development of music in film, the Film Music Program connects composers and directors, giving them first-hand experience of the collaborative process. At the Sundance Film Festival, the program raises the profile of music in film through a series of concerts and panels. Year round, whether through international collaborations or through direct consultations with filmmakers, the Film Music Program is committed to enhancing the role of music in film. The Film Music Program is made possible by generous support from Time Warner Foundation and The Film Music Foundation.www.sundance.org/filmmusic

Sundance Institute Announces Jury Members for 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally to Host Feature Film Awards Ceremony, Livestreamed on January 25 at sundance.org/live

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Sundance Institute announced the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on January 21 at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl. Feature film awards will be announced at a separate ceremony on January 25 in Park City, hosted by husband-and-wife duo Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally and livestreamed at www.sundance.org/live. Offerman headlines the film Nick Offerman: American Ham in the Festival’s Premieres section. Mullally voices a character in the English-language version of Ernest and Celestine, which will have its world premiere in the Festival’s new Sundance Kids section.

U.S. DOCUMENTARY JURY

Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman is a Grammy Award–winning singer/songwriter and international recording artist. She has made eight studio albums since her multiplatinum debut in 1988, includingTracy Chapman, Crossroads, Matters of the Heart, New Beginning, Telling Stories, Let it Rain, Where You Live, and Our Bright Future. In 2008, Chapman made her theatre debut composing the music for a new production of Athol Fugard’s classic 1961 play Blood Knot, which opened at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre. She has toured extensively in the last 25 years in the United States and abroad and has appeared frequently to support social and humanitarian causes, including for the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour, the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute, and concerts for Tibetan Freedom, Farm Aid, the Special Olympics, and amfAR.

Charlotte Cook
Charlotte Cooke is the director of programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival. She was previously head of film programming and training at the Frontline Club in London, an organization dedicated to championing independent journalism and freedom of expression. Cook has worked with the BBC’s Storyville, the Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation’s Puma Catalyst Awards, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where she curated the Conflict|Reportage program. She has also written extensively for a number of different publications and was the main photographic researcher for the launch of London’s The Times online archive project. In addition to her programming activities, Cook advises organizations on media literacy, specializes in investigative journalism on international conflict, and has an academic background in the role technology plays for the media.

Kahane Cooperman
Kahane Cooperman is the producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has been with the show since its inception in 1996, moving from field producer to senior producer, supervising producer and then coexecutive producer from 2005 to 2013. For her work, she has received ten Primetime Emmy Awards and two Peabodys. Cooperman began her career in documentaries at Maysles Films in New York City. She has produced and directed several documentaries, including the short Cool Water, which premiered at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival, and Making Dazed about Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, which was acquired by the Criterion Collection. Kahane also produced the feature doc Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam, directed by Nick Broomfield. Currently, Cooperman is producing two independent docs, Going Pro and Judee Sill and is on the advisory board of the Montclair Film Festival. She holds an MFA in film from Columbia University.

Morgan Neville
Morgan Neville is an award-winning filmmaker who has spent 20 years working as a cultural documentarian. Neville has been nominated for three Grammys for his music films: Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied, and Johnny Cash’s America.His other films include Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues, The Cool School, and Troubadours,which screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Through his company, Tremolo Productions, Neville has also produced films such as The Rolling Stones’ Crossfire Hurricane,Pearl Jam Twenty, The Night James Brown Saved Boston, and Beauty Is Embarrassing. His most recent film is 20 Feet from Stardom, which premiered on Day One of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and went on to become the top-grossing documentary of the year. Continue reading

2014 Sundance Film Festival to Host Special Preview Screenings of Boyhood by Richard Linklater

The Sundance Institute announced that the 2014 Sundance Film Festival will host special preview screenings of Boyhood by Richard Linklater, premiering Sunday, January 19, 9:45 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre. The 2014 Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

Boyhood / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Richard Linklater) — Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a groundbreaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the center is Mason, who with his sister Samantha, are taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood. Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater.

With the addition of Boyhood, the 2014 Festival will present 121 feature-length films, representing 37 countries and 54 first-time filmmakers, including 35 in competition. These films were selected from 12,218 submissions (72 more than for 2013), including 4,057 feature-length films and 8,161 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 2,014 were from the U.S. and 2,043 were international. 100 feature films at the Festival will be world premieres.

 

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals Announce Dame Helen Mirren as 2014 Woman of the Year

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces Academy Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren as the recipient of its 2014 Woman of the Year Award. The Pudding is proud to honor a talented and renowned actress whose performances have garnered international critical acclaim.

The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to promote freedom of expression in all aspects of the

Helen Mirren, Photo Credit: Trevor Leighton. (PRNewsFoto/The Hasty Pudding Theatricals)

Helen Mirren, Photo Credit: Trevor Leighton. (PRNewsFoto/The Hasty Pudding Theatricals)

performing arts, to encourage satire, comedy and the cultivation of young talent, not just at Harvard but around the world. The Institute is comprised of The Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), The Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comedie Française and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.

The Woman of the Year Award is the Hasty Pudding Theatricals oldest honor, bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year Award has been given to many notable and talented entertainers, including Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, and most recently, Marion Cotillard.

The Woman of the Year festivities, presented by The Related Companies, will begin at 2:45 p.m. on January 30, 2014, when Mirren will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge. Following the parade, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actress. At 4 p.m., Mirren will be presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the presentation. Afterward, Hasty Pudding cast members will perform several musical numbers from the group’s production Victorian Secrets. Ms. Mirren will also receive a tour of the new Hasty Pudding Clubhouse, which recently relocated to the historic Hyde-Taylor House in Harvard Square.

How very saucy of the Hasty Pudding organisation to offer me their award,” said Dame Helen Mirren. “As someone who adores Pudding in all its manifestations… Suet, Christmas, Treacle, Bread and Butter, Yorkshire, Plum, Figgy, etc., etc., I am so looking forward to the famous Hasty Pudding.”

It gives us great pleasure to bestow Ms. Mirren with our prestigious Woman of the Year Award recognizing her significant contributions to entertainment,” said Tony Oblen, ’14, President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.” “We look forward to welcoming Ms. Mirren and celebrating and honoring her achievements in a truly unique and memorable way.”

Helen Mirren has won international recognition for her work on stage, screen and television. For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 of “The Queen,” she received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award®, and BAFTA Award for Best Actress.

In 2013, she again met critical acclaim for reprising her role of Queen Elizabeth II, this time in Peter Morgan’s play “The Audience.” For her performance, she was awarded the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, the highest honor in British theatre.

Mirren will be seen starring in the upcoming Walt Disney Studios’ film “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” Her recent projects include HBO’s 2013 biopic “Phil Spector,” a role for which she received Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations; Summit’s action sequel “Red 2,” and Disney’s animated sequel “Monsters University.” In 2012, Mirren starred in Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock,” a role for which she received Best Actress nominations from the Golden Globes, SAG, and BAFTA.

Her film career began with Michael Powell’s “Age of Consent,” but her breakthrough film role came in 1980 in John Mackenzie’s “The Long Good Friday.”  Mirren earned her first Oscar® nomination for “The Madness of King George” for which she also won Best Actress honors at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.  Her second Oscar® nomination came for her work in Robert Altman’s 2001 film “Gosford Park.” Mirren earned both Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in “The Last Station,” playing Sofya Tolstoy.

Mirren has worked extensively in the theatre in many varied and challenging roles over the years. She has received two Tony Award nominations, for her work in “A Month in the Country,” and for her role opposite Sir Ian McKellen in “Dance of Death.”  She also received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in “Mourning Becomes Electra” at London’s National Theatre.  In 2009, Mirren returned to the National Theatre in the title role in “Phèdre,” directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.

On television, Mirren starred in the award-winning series “Prime Suspect” and earned an Emmy Award and three BAFTA Awards, as well as numerous award nominations.  She won another Emmy Award and earned a Golden Globe nomination when she reprised the role of Detective Jane Tennison in 2006’s “Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act,” the last installment in the PBS series. Mirren was also honored for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in the HBO miniseries “Elizabeth I,” winning an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award®. Helen Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will announce their Man of the Year at a later date and the recipient will be honored on February 7, 2014.

Hallmark Introduces Exclusive New Sarah Jessica Parker Collection

Timeless greeting card, stationery and gift wrap collection created by one of the world’s most fashionable, iconic women

Sarah Jessica Parker showcases one of the gift boxes in her new Hallmark collection, which includes greeting cards, stationery and gift wrap, available exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown stores.

Sarah Jessica Parker showcases one of the gift boxes in her new Hallmark collection, which includes greeting cards, stationery and gift wrap, available exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown stores.

Hallmark Cards, Inc. introduces the Sarah Jessica Parker Collection, a new offering of greeting cards, stationery and gift wrap, sold exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown® stores, to help women (and men) celebrate life’s joyous moments and find beauty, meaning and happiness in the little moments in between.

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When you think of Hallmark, you think of kindness and caring. Those are values that are important to me, that reflect the wife, friend and mother I want to be and what I want to help foster in others,” said Sarah Jessica Parker. “I’m excited to be involved in a project that will give people something tangible and fun, warm and sincere, to hold onto and remember the people and relationships that really matter.”

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Sarah Jessica Parker Collection – gift bags

Sarah Jessica Parker Collection - stationery

Sarah Jessica Parker Collection – stationery

Sarah Jessica Parker Collection

Sarah Jessica Parker Collection

Parker collaborated with the creative team at Hallmark to develop design themes that reflected her personality, often pairing vintage artwork from the Hallmark archives with more modern touches and embellishments, such as gemstones, ribbon and tulle. Parker also helped set the editorial ‘voice’ of the cards — opting for simple, authentic and heartfelt messages. Continue reading

19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS (2014) – BEST PICTURE: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

NEWLY-MINTED 2014 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED ACTRESSES, ACTORS AND DIRECTORS WON BIG

“12 YEARS A SLAVE” NAMED BEST PICTURE AT 19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

“GRAVITY” ROCKETS TO A RECORD SEVEN WINS

“AMERICAN HUSTLE” FOLLOWS WITH FOUR

Glamorous Porsche Vehicles Displayed at Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Porsche 911 and Panamera S E-Hybrid make red carpet appearance at Los Angeles awards show

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts arrives at the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts arrives at the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced the winners for the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards last night, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show aired on The CW Network at 8:00PM ET/PT and was hosted by Aisha Tyler. A live pre-show aired in various local markets before the awards ceremony. Stars walking the red carpet mingled with the Porsche 911 and Panamera S E-Hybrid, debuted by Porsche Cars North America, Inc., the exclusive importer of Porsche vehicles in the U.S. and the official sponsor of the 2014 ceremony.

Since its inception in 1995, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards has been a star-studded bellwether event of the movie awards season. Among the night’s attendees were Barkhad Abdi, Jensen Ackles, Amy Adams, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Cate Blanchett, Abigail Breslin, Daniel Bruhl, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Chastain, Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Coogan, Bradley Cooper, Chris Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Will Forte, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor,  Adele Exarchopoulos, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bill Hader, Tom Hanks, Ethan Hawke, Jonah Hill, Liam James, Spike Jonze, Sir Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson, Jared Leto, Juliette Lewis, Richard Linklater, Nia Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kellan Lutz, James Marsden, Melissa McCarthy, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Dermot Mulroney, Sophie Nelisse, Lupita Nyong’o, Bob Odenkirk, David O’Russell, Jared Padalecki, Jeremy Renner, Margot Robbie, Julia Roberts, Sam Rockwell, Julia Roberts, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Tye Sheridan, Ian Somerhalder, Kevin Spacey, June Squibb, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mark Wahlberg, Isaiah Washington, Marlon Wayans, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Continue reading

Matthew McConaughey Presents Esteemed Critics’ Choice Louis XIII® Genius Award to Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater

LOUIS XIII & Broadcast Film Critics Association Honor the ‘Before’ Trio at the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16:  (L-R) Actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and director-screenwriter Richard Linklater, winners of the Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 16: (L-R) Actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and director-screenwriter Richard Linklater, winners of the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

LOUIS XIII Cognac from the House of Rémy Martin(R), and the Broadcast Film Critics Association bestowed the second annual “Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award” to Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater presented by Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) at the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony. The writer-actor-director trio received the honor for demonstrating unprecedented excellence in the cinematic arts. LOUIS XIII is celebrated globally as a genius blend of superb cognacs and is committed to recognizing genius in other creative areas.

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16:  Actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke (L) and Julie Delpy, winners of the Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 16: Actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke (L) and Julie Delpy, winners of the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16:  Actor Matthew McConaughey (2nd from L) poses with actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director-screenwriter Richard Linklater, winners of the Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 16: Actor Matthew McConaughey (2nd from L) poses with actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director-screenwriter Richard Linklater, winners of the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

As the collaborators responsible for one of cinema’s most compelling and unique romantic sagas, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke created a trilogy that captures the passage of time and the legacy of romance. The genius of their approach to
this extended love story lies in its unvarnished honesty. Nearly 20 years ago in the film “Before Sunrise,” a romance ignited between two soul mates on a train to Vienna and defined a generation. In the decades that followed, that generation grew up and the complicated characters played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke matured right along with them. In 2004’s “Before Sunset” and 2013’s “Before Midnight,” the conversation between the French Céline and American Jesse continued to unfold in real time – a special cinematic effect which has long fascinated Richard Linklater.

The ‘Before’ films are more than a love story, they’ve evolved into a cinematic project about life itself, about maturing, making decisions and living with the consequences,” said Joey Berlin, president of the Broadcast Film Critics Association which gives out the Critics’ Choice Awards. “It is a filmmaking experiment that captures the passage of time in its own unique way. At this moment in time, Linklater, Delpy and Hawke have created a peerless trilogy. We cannot wait to see how it matures into a quadrilogy and beyond.Continue reading