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Fifty Shades of Grey: Still a better love story than….actually, not really

Finally, it’s here. The mommy-pornographic, masturbatory, former Twilight fanfiction fantasy hit that has taken the sexually-frustrated world by storm: “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the movie. Now, to...
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My Not so So Ordinary Eight Days as an Intern

The 2015 Santa Barbara Film Festival came to a close this past Sunday. With it goes the star sightings, the hip boxed water for pass holders and the influx of visitors to downtown Santa Barbara. But w...
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Directors Given Prestigious Honors at SBIFF Chazelle, Linklater, Miller, Poitras and Tyldum Reflect at Arlington

The Outstanding Directors of the Year tribute event was admittedly more low-key than one would imagine. While there was certainly a long line to get into the Arlington, there weren’t any screaming f...
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Women’s Panel Highlights Male-Dominance in Film Industry

The phrase “women in show business” conjures a variety of onscreen stereotypes: the distressed damsel, the young clandestine coquette and the sensual temptress, amongst others. The cause for this ...
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“McFarland, USA” Tells the American Story Picking and Running: Disney Film Explores Teenage Life in Central Valley

Kevin Costner plays Coach Jim White in Disney’s “McFarland, USA,” which tells the true story of a coach who inspired his seemingly hapless students to form a cross country team and go the distan...
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“Partners in Crime” Sheds Light on the Truths of the Teenage Psyche

Chang Jung-chi’s thriller is all about uncovering secrets, discovering lies and exposing the truth. One would expect as much from a story centered on the sleuthing adventures of high school boys, bu...
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SBIFF Awards Steve Carell at Ceremony Looking Back on his Career

“Woo! Steve!” shouted someone way in the back of the Arlington Theatre. In one of the front rows, the man of the hour himself shot up in his seat, turned around and yelled, “Hey! Quiet!” in tr...
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Novelist Bruce Wagner Opens Film “Maps to the Stars” at SBIFF Spoiler Alert! New Film Deals with Incest, Hollywood and Murder

Sex, murder, incest — these are a few themes in the film “Map to the Stars,” written by novelist Bruce Wagner. Though the trailer makes the film seem like a satire on Hollywood’s demented life...
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“The Truth About Lies” Delves into Self-Identity

On one level, “The Truth About Lies” is largely an account of writer and director Phil Allocco’s own life’s misfortunes. On a deeper level, it delves into the human issue of self-identity. The...
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South Korean Thriller “Confession” Debuts at SBIFF

Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. -Murphy’s law
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Documentary “Caffeinated” is Stimulating, Fresh

Ironic story: right before I went to see this documentary, I sat on a State Street bench, catching up on my Gothic literature reading. I yawned, and some random man passing by me said, “You should g...
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Cousteau Family Honored with the Attenborough Award “Secret Ocean 3D” Grants Cousteau Excellence in Nature Filmmaking Award

The second day of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival found the Arlington Theatre packed with many eager to meet the legendary Cousteau family. Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean explorer Ja...
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“It Starts With the Script” Writer’s Panel SBIFF Panel Uncovers the Process and Art Behind Screenwriting

Like most Hollywood professions, the art and business of screenwriting is perplexing. Career paths don’t necessarily follow the same direction (although the formulaic nature of scripts themselves ar...
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A-List Celebrities Flood to the Arlington for Virtuosos Award

Hollywood’s newest, hottest and brightest stars arrived in chauffeured SUVS on Sunday, Feb. 1 to receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Virtuosos Award. A virtuoso is defined as ...
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Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones Honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award “Theory of Everything” Stars Speak to the Nexus on the Red Carpet

Eddie Redmayne has been on a roll lately. Nominated for over 25 awards for his leading role as Stephen Hawking in the biographical film “The Theory of Everything,” the 33-year-old British actor ha...
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