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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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Jennifer Aniston Sells Out the Arlington to Fans “Cake” Star Receives Montecito Award

The street facing the Arlington Theatre in Downtown Santa Barbara was completely blocked off to cars while staff anxiously scurried to make sure everything was in place. A mass of reporters and photog...
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Emotions Spring Up During Michael Keaton’s Tribute

Michael Keaton is well-loved. A man who has done genres from salacious comedy to psycho-thriller, he’s scored admiration from co-stars and directors alike in his career, which began in 1968 when he ...
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SBIFF: “Desert Dancer” Premieres on Opening Night Plus Exclusive Interviews with Star Reece Ritchie and Director Richard Raymond

Even though Santa Barbara is mostly famous for its beaches and natural landscapes, every year at the end of January the coastal city becomes the place to be for filmmakers and movie lovers. The Santa ...
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Artsweek Picks for Santa Barbara International Film Festival

  “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D” Phi Do, staff writer In many ocean documentaries, large creatures like dolphins, sharks and whales often dominate the frame. But thanks to the gro...
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SB International Film Festival Promises Big Celebrities and Films

Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Eddie Redmayne walk into Wildcat, sit down and sip on $10 whiskey sours while a crowd of Gauchos dance their faces off to “I don’t give a f*ck,” the latest ram...
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2015 Golden Globes: An evening full of laughter, winners and a surprising F-Bomb.

19.3 million people watched the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday, kicking off awards season with a bang of surprises. From the shenanigans of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, to the surprisin...
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“Big Eyes” Review: Amy Adams rules in biographical. Christoph Waltz, not so much. Spoiler Alert!

Tim Burton made a colorful comedy-drama?  Is he well? His newest take to the silver screen is “Big Eyes,” based on the real-life drama surrounding artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her swindl...
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