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January 22, 2009 | Susan King
There will be glitz and glamour, as well as world and North American premieres, at the 24th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which opens this evening with Rod Lurie's political drama "Nothing but the Truth." The festival has also become known for featuring Spanish and Latin American cinema, movies from Eastern Europe, Asian, extreme sports and nature films. This year is no exception.
January 30, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Come late January, drive up the Pacific Coast Highway about 90 miles north of Hollywood and there it is: the last stop on the awards season trail before the Oscars. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival , which kicks off Thursday night wi th the premiere of director Fisher Stevens' deep-sea documentary “ Mission Blue ,” provides a showcase for nearly 200 movies (including 24 world premieres) and star-studded tributes expected to draw about 70,000 attendees over the festival's 11-day run. On Friday, “American Hustle” director David O. Russell is to receive the festival's outstanding director award, his latest accolade after collecting a Golden Globe for best motion picture musical or comedy and receiving an Oscar nod for best director.
The flags tell all. Pinkish flags, sporting strips of celluloid and palm trees have been flapping freely along State Street for the past few weeks. It happens every year around this time, reminding us that film festival time is at hand. Twelve years ago, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins today and runs through March 16, was born of a marriage of commerce and art (palm trees and celluloid). But maybe a film festival was inevitable here.
October 25, 2013 | By Susan King
Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") is the recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Whitaker, who is also a producer and director, will receive the honor at a black-tie gala Dec. 15 at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara. "Forest Whitaker is an exceptional man and actor," Kirk Douglas said in a statement. "His commitment to human causes, his passion for what is right, and his dedication to his craft are inspirational and at my age, inspiration is rare.
January 27, 2005 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
In the thick of Hollywood's awards season, it is rare and downright surprising to pass up an opportunity for a self-congratulatory moment. Yet that is exactly what Roger Durling has done as the 20th anniversary of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival gets underway Friday night and runs through Feb. 6.
August 26, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from the Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Here and There: Dates have been set for the eighth annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It will be March 4-14. . . . Republic Pictures has picked up the motion picture and TV rights to two autobiographies by Chris Sizemore and plans a sequel to the story of her life that was depicted in "The Three Faces of Eve."
December 19, 1997
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has extended its deadline for film submissions to Monday. All entries must by submitted in 1/2-inch VHS. An entry fee of $40 is required. The 1998 festival will run March 5-15. Information: (805) 963-0023.
March 16, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The Santa Barbara International Film festival lost four of its eight-member board of directors, who resigned shortly after the festival's conclusion last week, citing difficulties with executive director Phyllis de Picciotto. According to the Santa Barbara News-Press, the members felt De Picciotto failed to carry out the board's plans for the two-year-old festival and instead ran what board member Ian Bernard called "the Phyllis de Picciotto Film Festival."
February 7, 2013 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Here are some things you need to know about Quentin Tarantino. He pens his screenplays longhand, not on a word processor. "I can't write poetry on a computer, man," he says. If you're an actor, don't expect to improvise. Ever. "You hire an actor to learn the lines and say them," Tarantino says. Unless you're Samuel L. Jackson, who can wing it. OSCAR WATCH: 'Django Unchained' And if you're with the filmmaker and he stumbles upon one of his movies on cable TV, don't expect to go anywhere.
January 2, 2011
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January 24, 2008
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has a knack for luring award front-runners, so no wonder several Oscar nominees, including Cate Blanchett, pictured, Julie Christie, Casey Affleck, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Bird, will be feted this year. Need another reason to make the drive? The fest opens tonight with the comedy "Definitely, Maybe" before unspooling 220 more films. "The festival is a mosaic . . .
January 21, 2007 | Jane Engle; Benoit Lebourgeois
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February 3, 2006 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
It's no accident that the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is positioned between the Golden Globes and the Oscars, to take full advantage of filmmakers and stars eager to polish the fruits of their labors. This year's event plays host to 19 Oscar nominees, including four of the foreign-language contenders as well as George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Felicity Huffman and Heath Ledger, to name just a few.
February 3, 2005 | Steve Harvey
Curt Smith had forgotten that the city of L.A. now has a 311 hotline for reporting potholes. After bouncing into the same crevice three days in a row in West L.A., he got out an old 10-digit pothole hotline number and phoned it. But he reached some folks who provide a different kind of service: phone sex. (And, no, they don't work at City Hall.) Here's the most amazing part of the story: Before he got around to trying the 311 number, the pothole had been filled.
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