The 2010 Palm Springs ShortFest has announced its program including films directed by James Franco, Kirsten Dunst and Glenn Close.
The fest, held June 22-28 at the Camelot Theater in Palm Springs, Calif., will showcase 314 shorts selected from more than 3,000 submissions. The fest will award a total of $90,000 to helmers judged across 17 categories by a jury of biz professionals.
First place winners in four categories will become eligible for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for short film Oscar noms.
Dunst’s “Bastard,” Close’s “Pax” and Franco’s “The Clerk’s Tale,” “The Feast of Stephen” and “Herbert White” will all bow at the fest.
Franco will also participate in a conversation with Variety editorial director Peter Bart on June 26.
Other shorts will include the acting talents of Meryl Streep, Forrest Whitaker, Helena Bonham-Carter and Vincent D’Onofrio.
For the fest’s full lineup and information on its panels and events, visit www.psfilmfest.org.
More candid pictures of Kirsten leaving court on June 1st have been added to the gallery.
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More and bigger pictures has been added from photoshoot set 108. The pictures have a slight tag but a still amazing!
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I’ve added many more movie stills from Dick to the gallery.
Comedy about two high school girls who wander off during a class trip to the White House and meet President Richard Nixon. They become the official dog walkers for Nixon’s dog Checkers, and become his secret advisors during the Watergate scandal.
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He didn’t convince the jury of his innocence, but he did prove he’s stupid.
Self-confessed dimwit James Jimenez was convicted yesterday of swiping actress Kirsten Dunst‘s purse from the penthouse of a Soho hotel.
Jurors delivered a guilty verdict even though they essentially bought the car mechanic’s alibi: that he was too dumb to carry off the crime.
One juror said the panel was struck by “just how immensely stupid he came across…He didn’t seem capable of a premeditated crime.”
Jimenez had argued that he was too dopey – his lawyer called him “Mongoloid” – to realize his pal Jarrod Beinerman was sneaking him into the hotel to steal stuff.
He also claimed that Beinerman was invited to the hotel for the “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People” movie shoot in 2007 because he was a drug dealer.
During the trial, defense lawyer Robert Parker asked Dunst if she smoked pot. The “Spider-Man” starlet denied it, but her assistant admitted she had pot.
Outside court yesterday, Parker claimed that Dunst has in the past publicly admitted to using marijuana. “If that is true, she clearly mislead the jury,” he said. “She committed perjury.”
“Kirsten Dunst publicly stated she smokes pot, she got on the stand and said she didn’t smoke pot,” Parker added.
“I’d like to inquire further about her public statements concerning marijuana.”
The jury was unswayed by the insinuations and convicted Jimenez of burglary and tresspass – after jurors at his first trial deadlocked on the charges.
As Jimenez was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs he winked at his mother, Nilsa, and said, “Bye, mom.”
“I don’t care what I have to do,” she said later. “If I have to go bankrupt, I will go bankrupt. But I will prove my son is innocent.”
TrustNordisk has closed several presale deals on Lars von Trier‘s sci-fi drama “Melancholia,” starring Kirsten Dunst.
Pic has been bought for Switzerland by Frenetic, for Italy by BIM Distribuzione, for Thailand by IPA, and for Germany and Austria by Concorde.
TrustNordisk also sold Susanne Bier’s upcoming drama “In a Better World” to Hong Kong (First Distributors), Colombia and Central America (Cineplex), Lithuania (Scanorama), Korea (Cinus) and Japan (Longride).
Pic had sold to more than 20 countries prior to Cannes.
TrustNordisk also sold opera adaptation “Juan” to Benelux (Four Corners/Wild Bunch) and Switzerland (Praesens Film), family film “Karla and Jonas” to France (NinetySeven) and kid film “Ploddy the Police Car” to Iran (Century 21) and Benelux (Jekino).
I was there with the on-location drug dealer AND I’m a myopic, drunken Mongoloid.
It’s throw everything against the wall time for the Brooklyn car mechanic accused of swiping Kirsten Dunst‘s $2,000 Balenciaga purse after sneaking into a 2007 movie shoot at the SoHo Grand hotel.
In summations today, the defense lawyer for convicted shop lifter, gun toter and car thief James Jimenez argued his client had permission to be at the shoot because his friend was an invited guest — the guy who “delivered” drugs to the penthouse greenroom used by Dunst and Brit actor Simon Pegg.
That, plus the fact that his client is “a little Mongoloid.”
Jimenez was “intoxicated” that night, has terrible, “myopic” vision and “you may even say [he's] a little Mongoloid,” defense lawyer Robert Parker announced before jurors began their deliberations.
“But being dumb is not a crime,” he said of Jimenez, who testified he didn’t know he was at a hotel — “I thought it was just a building, I don’t know,” — and didn’t know there was a shoot going on despite the paparazzi and giant lights outside.
“I thought it was construction, or something, I don’t know,” he told jurors.
The actress — who starred as superhero love interest Mary Jane in all three Spider-Man movies — is the only reason everyone is in court, the lawyer claimed.
“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the name Kirsten Dunst,” defense lawyer Robert Parker said, telling jurors the burglary charge against Jimenez would never have been pursued if it involved “you or I.”
Then there’s the “I’m here with the drug dealer” defense, in which Jimenez is claiming he had to have had someone’s permission to have been able to wander around restricted areas of the hotel so freely.
Dunst, Pegg, and two assistants who’d been on the penthouse floor had all testified that Jimenez and his former co-defendant had never been invited to the floor.
But that didn’t stop the defense lawyer from trying to surround the penthouse in a figurative haze of pot smoke — telling jurors that Jimenez’s co-defendant was a “big drug dealer” and grilling Dunst’s assistant on the small baggie of marijuana the assistant admitted having in her own purse, also stolen.
“Someone wanted them to be there,” Parker said of the two men’s ability to roam the hotel — prosecutors would say “case” the hotel — for about an hour without anyone kicking them out.
Meanwhile, prosecutor Patricia Stolfi urged jurors to ignore all the nonsense and focus on the video clearly showing Jimenez prowling the hotel for an hour before exiting with a heavy-looking white shopping bag.
“The defendant tries to blame everyone else but himself,” she said.
Deliberations began at lunch.
Candids on Kirsten leaving court on June 1st have been added to the gallery.
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