With temps on the rise and many more beach days to come, why not take a ferry ride off the Bay State and attend two great film fests, the 12th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) and the 15th Annual Nantucket Film Fest, happening this week.
The PIFF will get things started this Wednesday, June 16th with an opening party including live music and plenty of good eats. The four day fest will be featuring over 50 films from around the world. Each year the fest is dedicated to honoring the work of not only acclaimed but emerging directors, producers and actors. PIFF’s mission is to contribute to the economic and creative vitality of America’s oldest art colony. The film screenings will be all around P’Town, including the Whalers Warf Cinema and the Art House Cinemas. Talented filmmaker Kevin Smith and the beautiful Tilda Swinton will both be in attendance and will be honored at this year’s fest. Smith is to receive the 2010 Filmmakers on The Edge Award and Swinton is to receive the 2010 Excellence in Acting. Check out the PIFF web site for tickets, times and venues.
The three day NFF will kick things off June 17th and like the PIFF will be featuring films from all over the world. The festival’s mission is to promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting in the world of cinema. The festival will start things off with a screening of Toy Story 3. Oh and the stahs who are attending this year’s festival are wicked awesome! On Saturday, the quaint island will shake with laughter by the All-Star Comedy Round Table event including Ben Stiller, New Hampshire’s own Sarah Silverman, SNL funny man, Andy Samberg and the hilarious Zach Galifianakis! Yup, and tickets are still available at a cool $25! You might want to think about booking your ferry now. For more information on screenings and venues check out NFF web site.
Both fests have quite a line up of films, events, honorees and stahs! Why not spend the last week of spring cruising the Atlantic and celebrating the film community in Hollywood East. Check out both PIFF and NFF for all the latest.
★ Last Saturday was a busy day in Boston for celebrity events; Chelsea Handler had a book signing in Brookline, and Tinsley Mortimer of “High Society” on the CW made an appearance at The Estate.
★ Our own Matt Dolloff interviews Emmy award winning Northeastern U professor.
★ Conan O’Brien announces plans to team up with George Lopez to create all-new late-night line-up on TBS.
★ New Hampshire Film Office survives first round of state budget cuts, what happens next?
★ Matt Damon receives mid-career achievement award from American Cinematheque.
★ Connecticut’s Chloe Sevigny talks about her recent Golden Globe win.
On Sunday, September 20, the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired on CBS, hosted with much aplomb by Neil Patrick Harris. Some of the more notable winners that evening include Glen Close for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and Michael J. Fox for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. In addition to the winners, gowns, after-parties, and critiques of Harris’s hosting job, yet another interesting aspect of the show was the numerous New England connections to those that attended.
Though they say its an honor just to be nominated, many of the humorously entertaining north-easterners did not get to take home their own awards. Seth MacFarlane’s “Family Guy” was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Though the Connecticut funnyman’s series lost to “30 Rock”, its ability as an animated series to stand alone in a category against live-action sitcoms speaks for itself. New Hampshire’s funny honey, Sarah Silverman, also lost in her category for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, but took it in stride while sporting a fake mustache on camera.
Concord, MA born Steve Carell lost out to Alec Baldwin for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, so be nice if you see him at the general store he bought in Marshfield. One comedy winner for the evening did include Beverly, MA native, and writer for “30 Rock”, Matthew Hubbard, who won an Emmy that evening in both the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series category and Best Comedy, for his additional role on the show as a producer.
Though he was neither nominated nor presenting, Brookline, MA’s John Hodgman, better known as “The PC Guy” on the now iconic Mac vs. PC commercials, played sidekick yet again, this time helping announce the show between Harris’s appearances as host on stage and in pre-taped skits.
Hollywood East is often associated with descriptions like “on the brink” or “up-and-coming.” And while a great deal of the entertainment industry here in New England is indeed still developing, much of the talent that emerges from these northeastern states is hardly juvenile. Just take a look at New England’s representation in the pool of Primetime Emmy Award nominees:
Steve Carell (Concord, MA) has been nominated in the category Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Michael Scott in NBC’s “The Office.” Sarah Silverman (Bedford, NH) has been nominated in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her self-portrayal in Comedy Central’s “The Sarah Silverman Program.” And Glenn Close (Greenwich, CT) has been nominated in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Patty Hewes on FX Network’s “Damages.”
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 20 at 8pm on CBS. Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the show at L.A.’s NOKIA Theatre. Despite original plans to time shift the presentation of some awards, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences confirmed in an official statement on August 12 that the presentation of all 28 awards will be live during the telecast.
See the video below for the complete Primetime Emmy nomination announcements, which aired on July 16.
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