David O. Russell is Outstanding Director of the Year at the SBIFF

It is that time of year again for the Santa Barbara International Film Fest, on the heels of the Palm Springs Fest, where many of the Oscar contenders were in attendance.  Those selected to be part of this year’s fest here in lovely SB include Bruce Dern, Cate Blanchett,...
Posted On 01 Feb 2014

Santa Barbara Fetes Forest Whitaker

It was a cold night in Santa Barbara, one of the more beautiful places on the planet. The ocean stretches out longways on your left. On your right, giant homes dot the hillside, twinkling lights within. The Kirk Douglas award was being held at the Bacara resort, an opulent palace...
Posted On 06 Jan 2014

Emma Thompson to Receive Modern Master Award from SBIFF

The Santa Barbara Film Fest will honor Emma Thompson with the Modern Master Award, their highest honor: Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor actor, screenwriter and producer Emma Thompson with the Modern Master Award at the 29th edition of...
Posted On 19 Nov 2013

Oprah Winfrey to Receive Montecito Award from SBIFF

It was just announced that Oprah Winfrey will receive the prestigious Montecito Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival on February 5, 2014. Winfrey receives the award for her work in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and as a celebration of her overall career.   In The Butler,...
Posted On 12 Nov 2013

London Film Festival Wrap-up: The Last of the Unjust

Cor, I stink. And my nails are shockingly long. They enter the room before I do. My last shower was Friday, and I figure 48 hours is about the limit I ought to go without washing. Fuck it, 72 hours will have to do this time. It’s not like I’m spending my time in a sterilised...