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AWARDS

 

 

 

The 87th Academy Awards (2015 Oscar) Nominations were announced by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, directors Alfonso Cuarón, J.J. Abrams and actor Chris Pine, Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:30 AM/PT at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills, California. Nine Oscar nominations went to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson, including Best Picture; and eight nominations went to The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum including Best Director.

 

The 87th Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) for outstanding film achievements of 2014, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris will be held at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre & Highland Center and televised live on ABC Network and in over 220 countries worldwide on Sunday, February 22, 2015, 7:00 PM/ET | 4:00 PM/PT.   

 

*  OSCARS 2015 Nominees


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FILM FESTIVAL

 

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The 24th New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF 2015) commence January 14-29, 2015 at the Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in Lincoln Center, New York. Presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the festival will showcase 47 films from eleven countries.  NYJFF 2015 Opening and Closing Night Premieres are The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer, directed by Asaf Galay and Shaul Betser; and Felix and Meira, directed by Maxime Giroux.

 

*  NYJFF 2015 Premiere of The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer Photos

*  NYJFF 2015 Premiere of The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer Videos

   

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The 2015 Sundance Film Festival presented by the Sundance Institute will be held at Park City, Utah, Thursday, January 22 - Sunday, February 1, 2015. The festival presents groundbreaking American independent films, panel discussions, workshops, gala premieres, awards ceremony, art and music events. This year's Salt Lake City Gala and Closing Night Premiere are A WALK IN THE WOODS, directed by Ken Kwapis, Friday, January 23; and GRANDMA, directed by Paul Weitz, Eccles Theatre, Friday, January 30.

 

 

 

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FILM  NEWS

 

 

 

HOME, a DreamWorks 3D film, directed by Tim Johnson starring Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Steve Martin in cinemas March 25, 2015.

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FILM  REVIEWS

 

 

 

 

WHIPLASH is a thrilling and triumphant music drama set in present day New York City about Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) a 19-year-old talented drummer student at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory of Music (fictitious school) is compelled to be the best despite the cost. Accepted into professor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) elite jazz class who runs it militaristic, instilling the fear of God by emotionally and psychologically tormenting his students, Andrew’s challenge begins. The ending is spellbinding, a shear masterpiece! The movies soundtrack by Justin Hurwitz is superb! Full Story 

 

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TIME OUT OF MIND is a genuine heartfelt extraordinary film that reveals a day in the life of George (Richard Gere), a homeless man on the streets of New York City. It intricately captures the heart and mind of George, the implications of society view on homelessness, his relationship with Dixon (Ben Vereen), another homeless man and Maggie (Jena Malone) his daughter. TIME OUT OF MIND, an IFC Films theatrical release is set for 2015. Full Story 

 

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FASHION NEWS

 

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The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Autumn/Winter 2015 Collections (MBFWNYF15) commence February 12-19, 2015 at the tents in Lincoln Center and venues throughout New York. Presented by IMG Fashion, MBFW New York’s largest semi-annual media event that showcase the latest fashion by established and emerging designers from around the world. For designer lineup and schedule, visit  http://mbfashionweek.com/new-york/schedule    

 

* CAROLINA HERRERA Spring 2015 RTW Collection

* CUSTO BARCELONA Spring/Summer 2015 RTW Collection

* TADASHI SHOJI Spring 2015 Show

* REEM ACRA Spring 2015 Fashion Show

* TIMO WEILAND Men's Spring 2015 Collection

* BETSEY JOHNSON Spring 2015 PRENUP Show

 

 

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MUSIC NEWS

 

 

 

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards hosted by two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J will be held at STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA, and televised live on CBS Television Nettwork Sunday, February 8, 2015, 8:00PM/ET. Presented by the Recording Academy, produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, the GRAMMY awards for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music of 2014. This year's GRAMMY performers include AC/DC, Ariana Grande, Common, Ed Sheeran, Eric Church, John Legend, Madonna, Miranda Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Sam Smith and Usher. Album of the Year

 

* 2015 GRAMMY nominations complete list

 

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TECHNOLOGY NEWS

 

 

 

The 6th Annual 2015 Digital Book World Conference and Expo (DBW15) was held at the New York Hilton in Midtown, January 13-15. Produced by F&W, A Content and eCommerce Company, DBW is the world’s largest digital publishing that features the latest in digital content and digital book strategies.

 

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ON DVD/BLU-RAY @ Amazon.com

 

 

AKA Doc Pomus, directed by William Hechter

Welcome to Kutcher's: The Last Catskills Resort, by Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg

Dancing in Jaffa, directed by Hilla Medalia

George Harrison: Living in the Material Worlddirected by Martin Scorsese
FOUR SEASONS LODGE, directed by Andrew Jacobs

The Jewish Cardinal, directed by Ilan Duran Cohen

Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, directed by Bestor Cram

Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight 1970, directed by Murray Lerner

Listen to Your Heart, directed by Matt Thompson

Love is the Messeage: A Night at the GALLERY 1977, by Gary Turzilli, Jim Bidgood & Nicky Siano

MADEA'S TOUCH LOVE, produced by Tyler Perry

Out of Print, directed by Vivienne Roumani 

Orthodox Stance, directed by Jason Hutt 

Still Bill, co-directed by Damani Baker and Alex Vlack

Still the Drums, directed by Talbot Perry Simons

Nas: Time is Illmatic, directed by One9

Web Junkie, directed by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia

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