The San Francisco Film Festival begins Thursday, April 21, with Mike Mills and Ewan McGregor hosting a screening of the terrific new drama Beginners at the Castro, but until then, moviegoers can feast on this Saturday's "Heavy Metal Monster Mash" festival, featuring five rockin' adventures including Heavy Metal (1981), The Monster Squad (1987), Trick or Treat
With forty years of commitment and service under his belt, Robert Redford has proven that there is no time limit on social activism. This year he's dedicated to "The Art of Activism," a series of events born at the Redford Center's new headquarters in Berkeley. Redford plans to share his pearls of wisdom in person on February 4 at Kabuki Cinemas from 7-9 p.m.. Over the course of the evening, he'll guide you through what motivates people to get involved and what it means for him to be an activist. To complement Redford's speech, two locals—Victor Diaz and Avery Hale—will be honored. Diaz is principal at Berkeley Technology Academy, while Avery founded the charity "Step by Step" at age 12. The affair will end with a call-to-action for all participants.
Harrison Ford could have retired decades ago, living quite comfortably off the royalties he earned from the first Star Wars trilogy. Instead, he’s holding court in a chilly conference room at the Ritz Carlton, promoting Extraordinary Measures, in which he stars opposite Brendan Fraser as a brilliant but socially maladroit doctor devising a groundbreaking treatment for Pompe disease.
A blaze of flashbulbs lit up the St. Francis ballroom at the 52nd SF Film Society Awards Gala where high-wattage Hollywooders turned gala patrons into paparazzi.
The bad news? The ensuing rush to swarm honoree Robert Redford required hotel security to form a phalanx around the still-sexy septuagenarian star so he could safely return to his hotel room. Really, folks: we just don’t do that in EssEff.
Apparently all celebs aren't following Ashton Kutcher's cue. "I'm not on Twitter. I like to spend a bit more time digesting," Robert Redford said Thursday at the 52nd annual San Francisco International Film Festival's Awards Night in the Westin St. Francis. Redford was the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award, which goes to an actor who "exemplifies brilliance, independence and integrity," while fellow Bay Area resident Francis Ford Coppola was present and honored, as well, for receiving the Founder’s Directing Award. Yet despite his 50 years worth of work and recognition, Redford remains just as humble as the day he started. "I'm kind of shy of awards, it's never something that I take for granted" he confessed.
Al Gore, Robert Redford and CNN's formidable international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour graced the Opera House Monday night for the 20th Anniversary of the Goldman Environmental Prize, a prestigious awards ceremony (often called "The Oscars" of environmental activism) honoring 6 "normal" people (1 from each inhabited continent) for their grassroots work in crusading for environmental issues. While the star-power was definitely a draw, it was the inspirational and often heart-wrenching stories of courage (many of the recipients have endured death threats for their work) that the 3,200 attendees were there to honor.
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