Actress Sophia Loren to appear at AFI Film Fest 2014

 
 

American Film Festival in Hollywood's Dolby Theater

American Film Festival in Hollywood’s Dolby Theater

 2014 AFI Fest 2014: Tech Showcases, Galas, Sophia Loren to name a few AFI FEST presented by Audi 2014 (video of Sophia Loren)

150-Red CarpetStarting with tonight’s opening night screening of A Most Violent Year, a mix of awards season contenders and under-the-radar indies can be seen, including Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler and Bennett Miller’s closing night film, Foxcatcher(SSN)

Film Development For 11/06/14: Wahlberg and Ferrell Re-Team For ‘Daddy’s Home,’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘LEGO: Batman’ In Development, and More

Other projects include 24 director Jon Cassar’s first studio feature, new attachments for adaptations Electric Boy Genius and The Shack, and at least two new projects based on comics. (SSN)

AFI Festival director is Jacqueline Lyanga

Also in Hollywood…

Title Announcement Means ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Is No Longer Just a Number

Disney and Lucasfilm confirm that the title of the J.J. Abrams-directed movie will be Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is still due to be released on December 18th, 2015. (EMP)ga

 

‘Downton Abbey’ Won’t Be Closing Down Any Time Soon

Emmy-winning show is renewed for a sixth season by ITV, with creator Julian Fellowes again writing, though no cast has been confirmed. Season Five starts airing in the U.S. January 4th, 2015. (VAR)

And, With the Addition of Demian Bechir, Casting on Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Is Complete

Channing Tatum also officially joins a cast that includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins and Tim Roth, and starts shooting next month in Colorado. (DH)

Mark Wahlberg Has Officially Signed Up To Be Colonel Steve Austin In ‘The Six Billion Dollar Man’

Updated adaptation of the famed ‘70s TV show starring Lee Majors will be directed by Wahlberg’s Lone Survivor helmer Peter Berg, and shoot next year for a 2016 release. (MF)

Seeing Kevin Spacey as Nixon and Michael Shannon as Elvis in a Movie About the Two Men Meeting?

The two-time Oscar winner and the one-time nominee team up in a film co-written by Princess Bride star Cary Elwes, and to be directed by Liza Johnson. (TP)

In the Wake of Marvel’s Massive Movie Slate Announcement,There’s another Movie coming

The studio originally had nailed down July 8, 2016 as the target for one of its movies, which was thought to be Dr. Strange. But since that is now coming out in November of 2016, will another surprise film be announced? (MP)

Trailer Buzz, Part 1: The Hobbit — Battle of Five Armies

The initial trailer for the final installment of the Hobbit trilogy, starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan and the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch, and directed by Peter Jackson, hits theaters December 17th. (VUL)

Trailer Buzz, Part 2: ‘Into the Woods’

The first look at the highly anticipated musical from director Rob Marshall, based on the Sondheim musical and starring Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and a host of others. Movie hits theaters Christmas Day.(IW)

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Hollywood Film Festival Shines a Light on Topical Issues such as homelessness

“This festival is about films and entertainment and I’m delighted to be on this panel to talk about homelessness,” said Manager Brenda Threatt, Winter Shelter System for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).

“This festival is about films and entertainment and I’m delighted to be on this panel to talk about homelessness,” said Manager Brenda Threatt, Winter Shelter System for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).

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“Homelessness is not entertainment; it is a serious crisis in our country and community. I think is extraordinary that people in this industry and the Hollywood film Festival have come together to bring light to this issue,” explained Brenda Threatt, Winter Shelter System manager, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

“This festival is about films and entertainment and I’m delighted to be on this panel to talk about homelessness,” said Manager Brenda Threatt, Winter Shelter System for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). .  Threat was among a half dozen panelist for the Hollywood Film Festival  (Oct. 16-19). “Homelessness is not entertainment; it is a serious crisis in our country and community. I think is extraordinary that people in this industry and the Hollywood film Festival have come together to bring light to this issue,” explained Threatt.

The 90-minute panel on homelessness was moderated by Executive Director John  Maceri, Ocean Park Community Center. In addition to LAHSA’s Brenda Threatt and John Maceri, the featured, distinguished  speakers included: Katie Stagliano, activist, The Starfish Throwers; Jacquelyn Aluotto, director and producer of the Nimby Experience and Evvy Shapero and Kara Fox, co-founders of Glamour Project.

“People end up in homelessness for various reasons, “said Threatt. “Any one of us could end up homeless for the same reasons. They are no different from us, they are people trying to live,” she said.

The 90-minute panel on homelessness was moderated by Executive Director John  Maceri, Ocean Park Community Center. In addition to LAHSA’s Brenda Threatt and John Maceri, the featured, distinguished  speakers included: Katie Stagliano, activist, The Starfish Throwers; Jacquelyn Aluotto, director and producer of the Nimby Experience and Evvy Shapero and Kara Fox, co-founders of Glamour Project.

The 90-minute panel on homelessness was moderated by Executive Director John Maceri, Ocean Park Community Center. In addition to LAHSA’s Brenda Threatt and John Maceri, the featured, distinguished speakers included: Katie Stagliano, activist, The Starfish Throwers; Jacquelyn Aluotto, director and producer of the Nimby Experience and Evvy Shapero and Kara Fox, co-founders of Glamour Project.

LAHSA, which will be counting the homeless in January, is seeking 5,000 volunteers to help in the Greater LA Homeless Count 2015. The last count showed 39,000 men, women and children in the City of LA have no place to call home. And in L.A. County homelessness amounts to around 58,000 over a 4,000 square mile area.

When asked “what can an individual do to help a homeless person,” she said, “We had several suggestions and the most basic one is to ‘care about them as people, to not step over them, not to ignore them, but to see them as human beings’. We should talk to our policymakers and make them accountable to these human beings who represent all of us,” explained Threatt.

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Ietef Vita or “DJ Gavem Moetavation” talks to writer, producer and photographer Makkida Asfaw about “From Gangs to Gardens”, a rap movie that premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival

Other highlights of the film festival on through tonight (Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014) included the debut showing of, “From Gangs to Gardens, Rap DJ Cavem Moetavation along with his midwife educates youth on eating healthier via organic garden (www.djcavem.com). D.J Cavem said, “We need to educate our youth to reduce obesity in schools and my music and this film is doing just that.”

Hollywood Film Festival Owner Brad Parks, Principal & COO of CineCause plans to launch new software in six months that will revolutionize filmmakers way they do business. Works like a DropBox, but more like a new private social network.

Hollywood Film Festival Owner Brad Parks, Principal & COO of CineCause plans to launch new software in six months that will revolutionize filmmakers way they do business. Works like a DropBox, but more like a new private social network.

And finally, during a break of the dozens of films on everything from homelessness to human trafficking, Film Festival Owner Brad Parks, COO, of CineCause exclusively announced that he has come up with a new software program that will revolutionize the way filmmakers, own and sell their films globally online. He says it’s similar to DropBox, but more powerful in how social impact filmmakers produce, share and manage their film properties.  The Hollywood Film Festival ends Sunday night.