Film

SHORT FEST PICKS: ROBIN RECOMMENDS

SHORT FEST PICKS: ROBIN RECOMMENDS

By | June 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons This year’s 20th anniversary celebration of our popular Palm Springs International Short Film Festival features an exceptionally strong line up of clever, creative and engaging films. I’d be hard pressed to pick one film package as superior to all the...

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Let the Short Film Fest Begin: Free Online Shorts Available Now!

Let the Short Film Fest Begin: Free Online Shorts Available Now!

By | June 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons The Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market officially begins at the Camelot Theaters June 17 and runs through the 23rd. This entertaining fest will present 320 plus films from over 50 countries! But if you feel like a quickie now, all...

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Palm Springs International Film Society

Palm Springs International Film Society

By | January 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons Belgium, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Norway, Israel, Japan and Morocco were just a few of the countries around the globe filmgoers were able to visit during the 25th Annual Palm Spring International Film Festival. New cultures were discovered in the theater and new...

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A Filmmaker Enters A Revolution

A Filmmaker Enters A Revolution

By | January 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm | No comments

By Heidi Simmons As inexpensive video technology has become readily accessible around the world, cameras are now in the hands of many, changing how we view the world. For filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, her documentary, The Square, is a powerful experience she hopes will resonate...

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Action Filmmaker Dean Devlin Moves Transit in Positive Direction: Palm Springs International Film Festival

Action Filmmaker Dean Devlin Moves Transit in Positive Direction: Palm Springs International Film Festival

By | January 9, 2014 at 6:11 am | No comments

By Heidi Simmons How does a little story about Filipino immigrants in Israel grab the attention of the man behind the action blockbusters Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla and Patriot? For writer and producer Dean Devlin it was the beautifully photographed and expertly...

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10 DIRECTORS TO WATCH

10 DIRECTORS TO WATCH

By | January 9, 2014 at 6:09 am | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons Sunday (January 5) morning, Variety honored Jonah Hill, John Lee Hancock and "10 Directors to Watch" at a brunch presented by Mercedes-Benz at the Parker Palm Springs during the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Most of the director’s names...

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“MODERN MASTERS” AT PSIFF

“MODERN MASTERS” AT PSIFF

By | January 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons This great series features ten films selected from international directors who have set the standards for current cinema. The “Modern Masters” section features films from directors Vinko Bresan, François Dupeyron, Agnieszka Holland, Hirokazu ...

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MOVIE MATTERS

MOVIE MATTERS

By | December 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm | No comments

ROBIN E. SIMMONS ANSWERS QUESTIONS FROM “SCREENERS” MAIL BAG I love getting email from “CV Weekly” readers who respond to my Screeners column. Here’s a selection from the past year: Dear Mr. Simmons, I didn't get GRAVITY. I walked out after only 20 minutes. I...

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Bob Odenkirk Q&A

Bob Odenkirk Q&A

By | November 27, 2013 at 2:35 am | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons Bob Odenkirk, the second of seven kids, has been acting, writing, directing and producing for the last 30 years. His lengthy credits include doing a ventriloquist act for his family when he was nine, working as DJ at WIDB, Southern Illinois Carbondale’s...

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The Stanley Kramer Film Festival & Awards

The Stanley Kramer Film Festival & Awards

By | November 20, 2013 at 10:48 pm | No comments

by Rachel Montoya Opening Night on Friday, celebrated the Centennial of the Stanley Kramer "films that changed the world", paying tribute to Sidney Poiter, Spencer Tracey, and Katharine Hepburn in the classic shown in every country "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner". It was the...

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Val IS Sal

Val IS Sal

By | November 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm | No comments

By Robin E. Simmons Val Lauren plays Sal Mineo in James Franco’s indie film “SAL.” The film has developed a strong following. It quickly sold out at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The movie recounts the last day in the life of actor Sal Mineo who was a...

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The Stanley Kramer Film Festival

The Stanley Kramer Film Festival

By | November 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm | No comments

New Program at Palm Springs Cultural Center November 15, 2013 – November 17, 2013 The Palm Springs Cultural Center is pleased to announce a new addition to its annual line-up of cultural programs and special events. The Stanley Kramer Film Festival will debut at Camelot...

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Q&A WITH “ESCAPE PLAN” PRODUCER MARK CANTON

Q&A WITH “ESCAPE PLAN” PRODUCER MARK CANTON

By | October 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm | No comments

By Robin Simmons Robin Simmons: Do you remember the first movie you saw in a theater? Mark Canton: Yes. (Laughs. Long pause) Robin: Well? What was it? Mark: The first was SHANE. Actually, the first two I saw were SHANE and OLD YELLER. Robin: Good ones. I think...

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PARADIGM SHIFT AT PARKLAND

PARADIGM SHIFT AT PARKLAND

By | October 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm | No comments

On November 22, 1963, John Hugh was a first year medical student at Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital. Disappointed at not having time see the Presidential parade as it passed through Dallas, he had lunch in the doctors’ cafeteria. Still wearing his lab coat, and not yet...

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Lights! Camera! Action! At The Palm Springs Film Factory

Lights! Camera! Action! At The Palm Springs Film Factory

By | September 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm | No comments

By Denise Ortuno Neil There’s no argument that the Coachella Valley has long been a respite for Hollywood movie stars and heavy hitters in the entertainment industry, with its close proximity to the entertainment capital, it’s a no brainer. But over the years the...

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TALKING WITH THUNDER LEVIN

TALKING WITH THUNDER LEVIN

By | August 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm | No comments

SHARKNADO SCREENWRITER OPENS UP by Robin E. Simmons SHARKNADO has captured our attention with its unashamedly over-the-top title and poster. What makes it all the more entertaining; the self-aware movie is devoid of irony or tongue-in-cheek moments. It goes full-throttle for...

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MOVIE FILMED AT FANTASY SPRINGS SET TO AIR ON SYFY CHANNEL IN JULY

MOVIE FILMED AT FANTASY SPRINGS SET TO AIR ON SYFY CHANNEL IN JULY

By | July 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm | No comments

Brace yourself for a windstorm of blockbuster proportions blowing through a TV near you. Coming to Syfy Channel on Thursday, July 18th the original movie, Blast Vegas, starring Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle") and Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show). The Syfy...

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IPACinema

IPACinema

By | July 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm | No comments

By Selma Grows The Indio Performing Arts Center (IPAC) presents a new entertainment format beginning July 20th. The IPAC has provided the Coachella Valley with an artistic “PULSE” for live theater and community service. The IPAC now proudly presents: IPACinema “Films...

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Saying ‘I Do’ To Love: A Tale Of Love And ICES

Saying ‘I Do’ To Love: A Tale Of Love And ICES

By | May 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm | No comments

By Judith Salkin It’s been a relatively short time-frame since the Christopher Street riots of the late 1970s to the Supreme Court deliberating on the legality of Prop 8 in California and the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, and the states that have enacted marriage...

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