Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rose McGowan and Taylor Kitsch are among the directors who will have films at the 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest, PSISF organizers announced on Thursday.

Actors appearing in the films at the festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, include Oscar Isaac, Danny DeVito, Sarah Paulson, Natalie Dormer, Ioan Gruffudd, Nick Offerman, Jenna Fischer, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Tony Hale and Alex Karpovsky.

The festival will also include “Human Voice,” a new short from Italian director Edoardo Ponti featuring Ponti’s wife, Sophia Loren.

The 330 films to screen in the desert resort town 100 miles east of Los Angeles will include 84 world premieres, 71 North American premieres and 22 U.S. premieres. They will appear in 52 thematically-organized programs and will screen from June 17 to June 23 at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs. A 3,000-film short film market will run concurrently.

The complete line-up will be posted on www.psfilmfest.org on June 8, with tickets on sale on June 10.

In a press release announcing the selection, PSSF director Kathleen McInnis said this year’s submissions moved “away from the angst-ridden drama of the past few years, and more towards hopefulness and sheer fun.”

The festival’s films will include “Dawn” (photo at top), the directorial debut of actress McGowan; “Pieces,” directed by Kitsch; “Columbite Tantalie,” directed by Ejiofor, “Jerome’s Boquet,” directed by Bebe Neuwirth

Others include Sarah Paulson in “#twitterkills,” Nick Offerman in “The Gunfighter,” Jenna Fischer in “It’s Okay,” Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent in “The Phone Call,” Shohreh Aghdashloo in “Still Here,” Oscar Isaac in “Ticky Tacky,” Danny Devito in “Today’s The Day” and Alex Karpovsky in “The Young Housefly.”

Also: Jayma Mays in “Awkward Expressions of Love,” Natalie Dormer and Rufus Sewell in “The Brunchers,” Ian Hart in “Conversation with a Cigarette,” Lee Meriwether in “The Curse of the Un-Kissable Kid,” Alan Ruck in “DESTROYER,” Ioan Gruffudd in “Eddie,” Martin Starr in “Leonard in Slow Motion,” Mark Strong in “Nosferatu in Love,” Josh Ackland and Juliet Stevenson in “The Portrait,” Luke Kirby in “Sure Thing,” Sally Kirkland and Burt Young in “Tom in America,” Tony Hale and Frankie Faison in “Trouble & the Shadowy Deathblow,” Rutger Hauer in “Turn,” Richard Kind in “What Cheer?,” Barry Bostwick, Missi Pyle, Cheyenne Jackson, Rob Riggle and Carmen Electra in “Dragula” and Pyle in “Somebody’s Mother.”

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Dubai: Hollywood actor Taylor Kitsch is heading to Dubai. The Canadian hottie, best known for his roles in John Carter and Battleship, will be a guest at the Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from April 3 to 5.

Kitsch will join a number of celebrity guests, including Giancarlo Esposito, best known as the chilling villain Gus from the award-winning show Breaking Bad, Seth Green, Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White, Sylvester McCoy, Christopher Sabat and Max Landis.

The stars will take part in panel discussions at the event, which celebrates everything pop culture. A complete schedule of the panel discussions and workshops is available through the event’s official website mefcc.com.
Attendees will also be able to buy autograph and photo coupons, which they can cash in for a signature from or a picture with their favourite guest. A schedule of celebrity signings has yet to be confirmed.

Tickets to the MEFCC are available in the form of VIP passes at Dh500, weekend passes at Dh160 and one-day passes at Dh85. VIP passes grant entry for Thursday, April 3, between 4pm–8pm, Friday, April 4, between 12pm–10pm and Saturday, April 5, between 12pm–9pm. Weekend passes are only for Friday and Saturday, while one-day passes can be bought for either Friday or Saturday. Thursday activities between 12pm-3pm are reserved for school and university bookings and are not available to individuals. Tickets are available through ticketmaster.ae.

Source: Gulf News

Sky Atlantic is to show the UK premiere of HBO movie The Normal Heart.

Starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts the film is an adaption of Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play.

The drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

Ruffalo stars as Ned Weeks, a Jewish-American writer and gay activist who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers. As we follow Ned’s journey we meet Emma Brookner (Roberts), a polio survivor who treats several of the early victims of HIV/AIDS and Ned’s lover, Felix Turner (Bomer), a New York reporter.

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LOS ANGELES (January 14, 2014) “Lone Survivor,” the Navy SEAL drama starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch earned $38.5 million in its first weekend in wide release, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The Universal film directed by Peter Berg is based on Marcus Luttrell’s memoir about a Navy SEAL team on a mission in Afghanistan.

The opening exceeded expectations and marked the second biggest opening in January after the $40.1 million debut of 2008′s “Cloverfield.”

Disney’s “Frozen” was in the No. 2 spot in its eighth weekend, earning $15 million and brining its domestic total to $317 million.

Paramount’s controversial “The Wolf of Wall Street” was No. 3 in its third weekend with $9 million for a total haul of $78.6 million.

Source: KWTX

On New Year’s Eve, the 32-year-old actor is slated to host the second annual fundraiser at Lustre Pearl for the Music for Life, a charitable organization that raises money to combat hunger and poverty in Africa. Last year’s event, also hosted by Kitsch, collected more than $150,000 for the organization.

The actor, whose real name is Taylor Kitsch, played catch with Denver’s running backs.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos will take a break from football today during the start of their bye week for a private screening of the movie, “Lone Survivor.”

Actor Taylor Kitsch, who stars in the movie with Mark Wahlberg, and the Marcus Luttrell, the actual Navy SEAL upon whom the movie is based, will also meet with the team. Kitsch, who starred as running back Tim Riggins in the TV series Friday Night Lights, watched the Broncos practice Tuesday morning.

Kitsch spent the early portion of practice chatting with Broncos coach John Fox, then played catch with Denver’s running backs before the session was closed to the media.

“It’s kind of a team-building kind of thing. Obviously it was kind of neat to see him,” Fox said. “I think our guys are excited about it, and I know I am.”

Some Broncos players had to be alerted to who Kitsch was after practice. But not tight end Jacob Tamme, who told USA TODAY Sports that “Friday Night Lights” was one of his all-time favorite television shows. Tamme was giddy Tuesday afternoon after meeting Riggins and producer/director Peter Berg, who ran both the television show and “Lone Survivor.”

“I didn’t get a chance to express myself yet, but I’m going to tell them how big a fan I was,” Tamme said. “I’m really excited about this movie. I read the book [“Lone Survivor”] a couple years ago. I’m psyched about it.”

Tamme resisted watching “Friday Night Lights” when it debuted in 2006, but was immediately drawn in. Asked to pick a favorite moment or actor from the show, Tamme couldn’t single out just one episode, though he said he was a big fan of the actor Kyle Chandler, who played coach Eric Taylor.

“The great thing about that show was, all the actors were good. And all the writing was good. And how it was made was so good,” Tamme said. “See, I did not want to like it. I really didn’t. When I first started watching it, I was like, I’m not going to like it. And it was just so good, I had to.”

Source: USA Today