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In Defense of Carlos de Abreu

For years and years, Movie City News founder David Poland and others have piled on Carlos de Abreu‘s annual Hollywood Film Awards. The very loosely juried late October celebration kicks off the auditorium portion of Hollywood film awards season following the film-festival triumvirate of Telluride, Venice and Toronto.

HollywoodFilmAwardsLogoIn light of today’s announcement that the event will be televised starting this fall in partnership with Dick Clark Productions, we would like to make a couple of humble suggestions. Firstly, we think now is the perfect time for de Abreu’s harshest critics to ratchet down the tiresome attacks a little.

Sites like Movie City News rely greatly on film awards season ad money. We’re not suggesting that Poland and his colleagues are in the habit of molding their coverage to fit that month’s banner advertisers or sponsors. But awards season bloggers, awards season event hosts, awards season studios… They’re all feeding at the same trough.

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Hollywood Film Festival Recruits Slamdance, AFI Vet

This is a good move for the Hollywood Film Festival.

For years, the fall event has been synonymous with the stewardship of founder Carlos de Abreu. But by the time the 17th annual edition rolls around in late October, it will also bear the imprint of new executive director Jon Fitzgerald. The co-founder of Slamdance is bringing along with him CineCause, a philanthropic platform he launched last year to try and connect social-issues films with matching charities. From this morning’s announcement:

This year the Festival is pleased to be offering a select number of short films to Internet audiences, providing streaming opportunities to industry professionals and the online community.

“I’m very excited to have the chance to build on the success of the Hollywood Film Festival, and look forward to incorporating this and other new elements. Filmmakers will have opportunities to expand their connections, leverage entertainment to recognize important causes and broaden their reach to the online community, here in the film capital of the world,” says Fitzgerald.

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Filmmaker Craig Brewer Says ‘Hooray’ for Hollywood Film Festival

The awards portion of the annual Hollywood Film Festival, running at the Arclight Cinemas October 20-24, has its fair share of detractors. Most notably MovieCityNews.com grand poobah David Poland, who each year takes a running jump at the ceremony’s transparent, self-serving mechanics.

But the wholly separate film festival has done a lot of good over the years, including way back in 2000, when the event showcased then-unknown Craig Brewer. With the Footloose remake currently in theaters, Brewer will be in town tomorrow night for a tribute Q&A and special screening of a restored version of his early drama The Poor and the Hungry. He spoke with Sean O’Connell, lead journalist for festival founder Carlos de Abreu‘s spinoff website HollywoodNews.com, about how critical the early HFF support was:

“I remember getting a call from Carlos saying that he wanted to show it in the digital showcase. It was a huge deal for me. Some people dream of Sundance and other festivals. For me, with the size of this movie, it just felt like some validation that somebody outside of Memphis saw it and appreciated it. It was a fantastic experience. Probably one of the best of my life.”

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Carlos, the Awards Season Terrorist

While many LA film journalists scoff privately at the mercenary aspects of the Hollywood Movie Awards, set for Monday, October 25th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, few are willing to state these same opinions publicly. So thank goodness for David Poland.

In a tart take-down of the annual event shared earlier this week, Poland – who once served as an Advisory Board member for the ceremony – marvels at the way Hollywood Film Festival founder Carlos de Abreu (pictured) is able to bilk the studios for talent, sponsored table money and silent subservience.

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Hollywood Film Fest Honors Dustin, Josh and Kristin

The 12th annual Hollywood Film Festival will dole out the “Hollywood Career Achievement” award to Dustin Hoffmandustin.jpg, the “Hollywood Actor of the Year” to Josh Brolin josh.jpgand “Hollywood Actress of the Year” to Kristin Scott Thomas.

“It is a privilege to honor and to celebrate Dustin Hoffman’s extraordinary talent and remarkable career, as well as the exemplary work of actor Josh Brolin and actress Kristin Scott Thomas,”kristin.jpg said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival.

Winners will all receive their plaudits at the fest’s gala ceremony Aug. 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Stiller, Tomei, Pattison and ‘Bees’ Cast To Pick Up More Awards

As if awards season were ever over, the 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival announced a new flock of winners with Ben Stiller stilller.jpgfor its Best Comedy of the Year award, Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei marisa.jpgfor the Best Supporting Actress of the Year award, Robert Pattison for its New Hollywood Award and the cast of “The Secret Life of Bees” for its Best Ensemble of the Year Award.

All three (and then some) winners should be showing up at the gala ceremony on Oct. 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotelrobpattison.jpg.

The Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards are co-chaired by Paul Haggis, who with his Oscar in tow, is no stranger to awards in Hollywood.

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival.

Said De Abreu: “It is an honor to recognize the great work and talent of Ben Stiller, Marisa Tomei, the principal cast of ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ and Robert Pattinson at this year’s festival.”

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