Happy Birthday: Brooke Shields

brookeshieldsHappy Birthday actor Brooke Shields

Born: Brooke Christa Shields
May 31, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA

Married to: Chris Henchy (4 April 2001 – present) (2 children)

Andre Agassi (19 April 1997 – 9 April 1999) (annulled)

Read reviews of the best of the actor:

Quotes:

While promoting the film Pretty Baby (1978), 12-year old Brooke was asked, “What does good in bed mean?” Brooke cheekily replied; “When I’m sick and stay home from school watching TV and my mom brings me soup – that’s good in bed.”

Brooke’s joking comment on her TV commercials for jeans: “If my jeans could talk, I’d be ruined.” (1980)

“I’m so naive about finances. Once when my mother mentioned an amount and I realized I didn’t understand, she had to explain: ‘That’s like three Mercedes.’ Then I understood.” (1981)

“I’m always amazed when people assume things about me – that foul language must upset me, or someone’s being gay must upset me. They think, ‘O-o-oh, she’s the most celebrated virgin.’ And really, I was surrounded by such an eclectic group of people my whole life.” (2000)
People think of me as a mannequin, all show and no substance.

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Happy Birthday: Lea Thompson

leathompson.jpgHappy Birthday actor Lea Thompson

Born: Lea Katherine Thompson
May 31, 1961 in Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Married to: Howard Deutch (23 July 1989 – present) (2 children)

Read reviews of the best of the actor:

RED DAWNRed Dawn
1984
dir. John Milius
Starring
Patrick Swayze
Thompson

Back to the FutureBack to the Future
1985
dir. Robert Zemeckis
starring
Michael J. Fox
Christopher Lloyd

Back to the FutureBack to the Future II
1989
dir. Robert Zemeckis
starring
Michael J. Fox
Christopher Lloyd

MOVIE POSTERJ EDGAR
dir. Clint Eastwood
Stars:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Armie Hammer

BACK TO THE FUTURE IIIBack to the Future III
1990
dir. Robert Zemeckis
starring
Michael J Fox
Christopher Lloyd

movie posterALL THE RIGHT MOVES
1983
dir. Michael Chapman
Stars:
Tom Cruise
Lea Thompson

Happy Birthday: Colin Farrell

colinfarrell.jpgHappy Birthday actor Colin Farrell

Born: Colin James Farrell
May 31, 1976 in Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland

MOVIE POSTERTOTAL RECALL
dir. Len Wiseman
Stars:
Colin Farrell

HART'S WARHart’s War
2002
dir. by Gregory Hoblit
Starring
Bruce Willis
Colin Farrell



ALEXANDERAlexander
2004
dir. Oliver Stone
Cast
Colin Farrell
Angelina Jolie

The Way BackThe Way Back
dir. Peter Weir
Stars:
Jim Sturgess
Ed Harris



MIAMI VICEMiami Vice
2006
dir. Michael Mann
starring
Farrell
Jamie Foxx

MOVIE POSTERHORRIBLE BOSSES
dir. Seth Gordon
Stars:
Jason Bateman
Charlie Day

IN BRUGESIn Bruges
dir. Martin McDonagh
Starring
Farrell
Paul Gleason

MOVIE POSTERMINORITY REPORT
2002
dir. Steven Spielberg
Stars:
Tom Cruise
Colin Farrell

DaredevilDaredevil
2003
dir. by Mark Steven Johnson
starring
Affleck
Jennifer Garner

MOVIE POSTERDEAD MAN DOWN
2013
dir. Niels Arden Oplev
Stars:
Colin Farrell
Noomi Rapace

CRAZY HEART Movie PosterCrazy Heart
dir. Scott Cooper
Cast
Bridges
Maggie Gyllenhall

MOVIE POSTEREPIC
2013
dir. Chris Wedge
Stars:
Amanda Seyfried
Josh Hutcherson

MOVIE POSTERFRIGHT NIGHT
dir. Craig Gillespie
Stars:
Anton Yelchin
Colin Farrell

MOVIE POSTERSAVING MR. BANKS
2013
dir. John Lee Hancock
Stars:
Emma Thompson
Tom Hanks

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Movie PosterThe Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
dir. Terry Gilliam
Stars:
Christopher Plummer
Lily Cole
Heath Ledger

MOVIE POSTERSEVEN PSYCHOPATHS
2012
dir. Martin McDonagh
Stars:
Colin Farrell
Woody Harrelson

MOVIE POSTERWINTER’S TALE
2014
dir. Akiva Goldsman
Stars:
Colin Farrell
Jessica Brown Findlay

MOVIE POSTERASK THE DUST
2006
dir. Robert Towne
Stars:
Colin Farrell
Salma Hayek

MOVIE POSTERVERONICA GUERIN
2003
dir. Joel Schumacher
Stars:
Colin Farrell
Cate Blanchett

SEE TOP 100 COLIN FARRELL PHOTOS

2012

and Ali Larter

Alicja Bachleda

and Amelia Warner

and Angelina Jolie

and Bella Heathcote

and Bono

and Brendan Gleeson

and Bridget Moynahan

and Britney Spears

and Bryan Cranston

and Claudine Farrell

and Clemence Poesy

and Donald Sutherland

and Ed Harris

and Ewan McGregor

and Girlfriend

and Glenda Gilson

and Jennifer Garner

and Jessica Biel

and Jim Sturgess

and Jon Voight

and Kate Beckinsale

and Keira Knightley

and Kim Bordenave

and Mother

and Neil Jordan

and Noomi Rapace

and Saorise Ronan

and Selena Gomez

and Tom Cruise

as Alexander the Great

as Bullseye

as Jesse James

as John Smith

as Vampire

at Airport

at Comic Con

at Oscars

at TIFF

Autograph

Bald Head

Beard

Blonde

Body

Boots

Close UP

Earrings

Ears

Eyebrows

Eyes

Face

Facial Hair

Fashion

Glasses

Goatee

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Hairstyle

Hat

Hot

in A Bridge To Far

in Alexander

in American Outlaws

in Crazy Heart

in Daredevil

in Fright Night

in Horrible Bosses

in In Bruges

in Miami Vice

in Minority Report

in Phone Booth

in Scrubs

in SWAT

in The Recruit

in Tigerland

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Long Hair

Measurements

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Happy Birthday: Clint Eastwood

clinteastwood.jpgHappy Birthday Clint Eastwood

Born: Clinton Eastwood Jr.
May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, California, USA

Read reviews of the best of the director/actor:

A FISTFUL OF DOLLARSA Fistful of Dollars
1964
dir. Sergio Leone
Starring<br Eastwood
Marianne Koch

FOR A FEW DOLLARS MOREFor a Few Dollars More
1965
dir. Sergio Leone
Starring
Eastwood
Lee Van Cleef

The Good The Bad and the UglyThe Good The Bad And The Ugly
1966
dir. by Sergio Leone
starring
Eastwood
Eli Wallach

PLAY MISTY FOR MEPlay Misty For Me
1971
dir. Eastwood
Starring
Eastwood
Jessica Walter

Dirty HarryDirty Harry
1971
dir. Don Siegel
starring
Eastwood
Harry Guardino

MAGNUM FORCEMagnum Force
1973
dir. Ted Post
Starring
Eastwood
Hal Holbrook

HIGH PLAINS DRIFTERHigh Plains Drifter
1973
dir. Clint
Cast
Eastwood
Verna Bloom

THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOTThunderbolt and Lightfoot
1974
dir. Michael Cimino
Cast
Eastwood
Jeff Bridges

THE GAUNTLETThe Gauntlet
1977
dir. Clint Eastwood
Cast
Eastwood
Sondra Locke

Escape from Alcatraz, dir. Don Siegel starring EastwoodEscape from Alcatraz
1979
dir. Don Siegel
starring
Eastwood

FIREFOXFirefox
1982
dir. Clint Eastwood
Starring
Eastwood
Freddie Jones

PALE RIDERPale Rider
1985
dir. Eastwood
Starring
Eastwood
Michael Moriarty

IN THE LINE OF FIREIn the Line of Fire
1993
dir. Wolfgang Petersen
Starring
Eastwood
John Malkovich

HEREAFTERHEREAFTER
dir. Clint Eastwood
Stars:
Matt Damon
Cécile De France

ABSOLUTE POWERAbsolute Power
1997
dir. Clint Eastwood
Cast
Eastwood
Ed Harris

UNFORGIVENUnforgiven
1992
dir. Eastwood
Starring
Eastwood
Gene Hackman

Mystic RiverMystic River
2003
dir. Eastwood
Starring
Sean Penn
Tim Robbins
Kevin Bacon

LETTERS FROM IWO JIMALetters from Iwo Jima
2006
dir. Eastwood
Starring
Ken Watanabe
Kazunari Ninomiya

FLAGS OF OUR FATHERSFlags of our Fathers
2006
dir. Eastwood
Starring
Ryan Phillippe
Jesse Bradford

ChangelingChangeling
dir. Eastwood
Starring
Angelina Jolie
John Malkovich

GRAN TORINOGran Torino
2008
dir. Eastwood
Starring
Eastwood
Bee Vang

INVICTUS Movie PosterInvictus
dir. Eastwood
Stars:
Morgan Freeman
Matt Damon

MOVIE POSTERJ EDGAR
dir. Clint Eastwood
Stars:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Armie Hammer

MOVIE POSTERMILLION DOLLAR BABY
2004
dir. Clint Eastwood
Starring:
Clint Eastwood
Hilary Swank

MOVIE POSTERTROUBLE WITH THE CURVE
dir. Robert Lorenz
Stars:
Clint Eastwood
Amy Adam

MOVIE POSTERJERSEY BOYS
2014
dir. Clint Eastwood
Stars:
Vincent Piazza
Christopher Walken

WATCH TOP CLINT EASTWOOD MOVIE SCENES

DO YOU FEEL LUCKY PUNK? – Watch DIRTY HARRY (1971). After shooting down their getaway car, Inspector Callahan (Clint Eastwood) confronts one of the bank robbers who is reaching for a gun.

THREE WAY STANDOFF – Watch The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Blondie (Clint Eastwood) shoots Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef), knocking him into an open grave while Tuco (Elli Wallach) fumbles

DEATH BED REQUEST – Watch Million Dollar Baby (2004) . Maggie (Hilary Swank) remembers her journey and asks Frankie (Clint Eastwood) if he will end her life.

THE WAY IT’S GOING TO BE – Watch Million Dollar Baby (2004) . Watch Frankie (Clint Eastwood) makes a deal with Maggie (Hilary Swank) that he will train her.

HOPE – Watch Changeling (2008). Watch Mrs. Collins (Angelina Jolie) tells Detective Ybarra (Michael Kelly) that Davy’s story gives her hope that her son is still alive.

FINDING INSPIRATION – Watch Invictus (2009) . Watch Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) and Francois (Matt Damon) talk about what inspires them.

HANG EM – Watch Hang ‘Em High (1968). Watch Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) gets hung by a posse despite proclaiming his innocence.

SEAN PENN AND TIM ROBBINS – Watch Mystic River (2003). Watch climax scene where former childhood friends get lost in the confusion of adulthood. Both actors won OSCARS for their performance

WE ALL HAVE IT COMING KID – Watch Unforgiven (1992) . Watch a classic movie line from Eastwood’s OSCAR winning film. The scene where William Munny is turning to the dark side

UNFORGIVEN FINAL SCENE – Watch Unforgiven (1992) . Watch the classic final gunfight from the film. William (Clint Eastwood) gives into his promises to his wife and becomes a killer again

MALKOVICH AND EASTWOOD – Watch In the Line of Fire (1993) . Watch two classic scenes between Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich in the cat and mouse chase thriller film

WHISTLE DIXIE – Watch The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) . Scene from one of the greatest lines in movie history. Clint Eastwood: Are you going to pull those pistols or whistle Dixie.

HAT BLASTING – Watch For a Few Dollars More (1965). Monco (Clint Eastwood) and Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef) shoot each other’s hats.

APOLOGIZE TO MY MULE – Watch A Fistfull of Dollars (1964). When some gunmen refuse to apologize to his mule, Joe (Clint Eastwood) shoots them all.

TAKE A LOOK AT 100 PHOTOS OF CLINT EASTWOOD

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SEE – A PERFECT WORLD CLINT EASTWOOD PHOTO

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SEE – HONKY TONK MAN MOVIE POSTER PHOTO

SEE – HONKY TONK MAN KYLE EASTWOOD PHOTO

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SEE – INVICTUS MOVIE POSTER PHOTO

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SEE – LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA MOVIE POSTER PHOTO

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Interview with Creative Director Sami Kriegstein (Los Angeles Music Video Festival)

The Los Angeles Music Video Festival (LAMVF) exists to celebrate the art of the music video and to bring together the independent music and independent film communities of Los Angeles and beyond. We hope to encourage and promote the development of independent music video producers and their audience.

Interview with Sami Kriegstein
Founder, Creative Director | Los Angeles Music Video Festival
Producer | Figures of Speech

Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

Sami Kriegstein: I’m extremely proud of the safe space we’ve created for music video makers and the unique flavor of experimentation and poetic storytelling you only really find in this genre. So much of the glory of music videos goes to the artist or band; we celebrate the filmmakers and their team members and really bring them out of the shadows for the fest. We also create very real opportunities for attendees by introducing them to directors’ reps, music video commissioners, commercial production companies and more. It is the coolest thing in the world to know that we directly impacted someone’s career with our festival, and we hear those stories all the time.

MT: What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2016)?

SK: 2016 is going to have a focus on dance in videos as an underlying theme. If you attend the festival this fall, you can expect some mind-bending screenings, eye-opening panel discussions with directors, choreographers, commissioners and artists, great food and drinks, unique performances, and maybe a workshop or two. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Cinefamily again this year and hosting the fest at the beautiful Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax.

MT: What are the qualifications for the selected films?

SK: Selected submissions must all reasonably represent the music video genre (emphasis on a song paired inextricably from some kind of visual storytelling), and must have been completed in the past 12 months. Obviously the work needs to be original; but for our STUDENT and UNOFFICIAL categories the song used in the video does not need to be authorized or licensed. Beyond that, there are very few restrictions or qualifications. We instruct our screeners to look for emotional connection and creativity…there are so many great music videos that get the job done but when you watch something that really makes you stop in your tracks, that makes you smile in spite of yourself, or cry, or laugh, or dance, or want to share it with all your friends; that’s the magic we look for.

MT: Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?

SK: I can’t speak to other festivals but I can say that we always have entries we wish we could screen and honor that we just can’t find space for. As a grassroots fest we are restricted in the number of music videos we can program over a few days in a single location. I hope that as we get bigger we can increase the number of screenings and share the spotlight. Last year we started to post honorable mentions online leading up to the fest, which felt good. This is an issue we constantly grapple with. We want to make sure as many filmmakers and artists as possible get that extra visibility in such an oversaturated content environment.

MT: What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

SK: Our team is really motivated by love for creativity, and of course, love for music videos. We are all connected to the indie film and indie music communities and see so much great work go up on various internet sites and get sort of lost in the shuffle…the festival is our way of collectively celebrating the amazing work being done. It’s cool shit. It deserves a moment of recognition.

MT: How has the festival changed since its inception?

SK: Every year the festival changes cosmetically, meaning the venue changes or the number and types of events change; but honestly things haven’t changed much at all, which is a point of pride. The spirit has stayed 100% the same: we want to put on a kickass event, we want to show you some badass videos you’ve never seen before, we want to show you some familiar videos in ways you never expected, we want everyone to have a blast and leave inspired and be so glad they came.

MT: Where do you see the festival by 2020?

SK: I would love to see the fest in multiple cities and hosting events all year round. I think there’s so much potential for this kind of programming…the sky is the limit.

MT: What film have you seen the most times in your life?

SK: I’m gonna guess the music video I’ve seen the most times in my life might be Thriller…

MT: In one sentence, what makes a great music video?

SK: A great music video* is one that surprises and affects you on an emotional level; the visuals should feel intimately tied to the music; you should be left full, like you ate a rich and satisfying meal…whether it was a hearty steak dinner, a somber and painstakingly crafted omakase or a fizzy boozy brunch shared with all your craziest friends.

MT: How is the film scene in your city?

SK: I split my time between LA and NYC and obviously both places are Mecca’s for film (and music). The only downside there is, festivals and screening events often get overlooked because there’s just so much going on all the time. It can be harder to get people to come out and play.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go towww.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Festival Director Jes Reyes (Altered Esthetics Film Festival)

Over the past ten years Altered Esthetics has hosted over 100 group exhibitions, launched a solo exhibitions program for emerging artists, and have brought the work of more than 500 artists to public view – many of whom were sharing their artwork with the public for the very first time. Altered Esthetics largest program is the the Ae Film Festival (formerly the Ae Art House Film Festival), an annual event dedicated to the organization’s mission to foster an inclusive and sustainable arts community through exhibitions, education, and outreach.

Going on its 3rd season, the Ae Film Fest will present July 27-31, 2016.

Altered Esthetics is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization /  www.alteredesthetics.org

Interview with Festival Director Jes Reyes:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

Jes Reyes: We offer exhibition opportunities for artists who create experimental short films. We aim primarily at exhibiting Minnesota-based works – all to demonstrate the active presence of moving image artists in our home state. 81% of artists exhibited at the 2014 Ae Film Festival were practicing Minnesota-based film/video artists. In 2015, we exhibited 30% Minnesota-made projects. For our 2016 season, exhibiting this July, we will showcase 55% local artists.

In addition to showing local artists, the film festival also works to represent gender equality within Ae’s film/video lineup. Both in 2014 and 2015, male and female identified artists exhibited at 50% each. Representing cultural and racial diversity is also an aim and success of this festival.

MT: What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2016)?

JR: Community and conversation – we do a lot of outreach to partner with filmmakers, artists, and local groups to show off the amazing talents that live and create in the Twin Cities. This festival is about coming together once a year to celebrate those local artists. We want our programming to spark conversations, especially around the artwork and what the moving image is and can be. We will also offer the experience to see short films from international and national-based artists, too.

MT: What are the qualifications for the selected films?

JR: Films generally have to be 12 minutes or shorter. We have a preference for experimental works and moving image that explores contemporary art practices.

MT: Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?

JR: It is hard to get selected for a film festival, especially if you are emerging or not apart of the larger network or local film communities. I know this first hand as an artist. It is one of the very reasons I started the Ae Film Festival.

Declining a film for exhibition – it’s probably one of the hardest parts of my job. You can’t show everything. What generally happens on our end is that programming gets organized based upon themes that arise from submissions. We then select films by what works best together when it comes to planning screenings.

MT: What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

JR: What motivates us is our appreciation and admiration towards the medium, as it is a diverse and progressive art form. We find value in representing artists and aim to share their work.

MT: How has the festival changed since its inception?

JR: The amount of programming has definitely changed. We started off as a one-night event and now – three years in – we have stretched out to four to five days of screenings.

MT: Where do you see the festival by 2020?

JR: In my eyes, the festival is a living and breathing organism. It will continue to grow into whatever it wants to be – whatever the community wants it to be.

MT: What film have you seen the most times in your life?

JR: I have probably seen Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon the most. I return to it often.

MT: In one sentence, what makes a great film?

JR: I am always looking for honesty in a film, so a great film is one that explores reality rather than constructs reality.

MT: How is the film scene in your city?

JR: We have a diverse film community in the Twin Cities that includes a variety of opportunities and festivals, which I adore. We are also supportive of each other. I do feel that this is all because of the excellent resources in the area and how our community appreciates and advocates for the arts.
About the Festival Director:

Jes Reyes is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and arts administrator. Recent photography and video art of hers has exhibited with Artists in Storefronts, Altered Esthetics and the Walker Art Center. Components (2015), a short silent video poem in collaboration with Katie Rensch, premiered recently with with Made Here, a public art project of Hennepin Theatre Trust. Jes is the founder of the Ae Film Festival, Altered Esthetics largest group exhibition program.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go towww.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.