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THE DEPARTED PREMIERE BENEFITS THE FILM FOUNDATION

9/27/2006 12:00:00 AM

On Tuesday, September 26th, Warner Bros. hosted the premiere of Martin Scorsese's new film THE DEPARTED at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York, with an after-party at Guastavino’s. The evening benefited Scorsese’s non-profit film preservation organization, The Film Foundation. 

Set in Boston, the tightly-paced film tells the tales of two undercover informants - one a member of the local crime syndicate who has infiltrated the State Police, the other a State Trooper who’s gone deep undercover as a criminal in the syndicate. When it becomes apparent to both the police and the mob that moles are in their midst, each informant must race against time to discover the other’s identity. 

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin, and Anthony Anderson, many of whom were among the guests at the premiere. 

A special thanks to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, DirecTV, Absolut, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal & LaViolette, Endeavor, the Firm, and Technicolor/Thomson for their support of the evening. 

PICTURE: (from left to right) Cast from THE DEPARTED: Mark Wahlberg, Jack Nicholson, director Martin Scorsese, Vera Farmiga, Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio

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THE FILM FOUNDATION AND VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE PRESENT “REEL TALK” WITH ROB MARSHALL

12/3/2005 12:00:00 AM

As part of the ongoing “Reel Talk” series, The Film Foundation and Vanity Fair presented a special evening surrounding Rob Marshall’s latest film, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2005) at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood on Saturday, December 3, 2005. The “Reel Talk” series of events has successfully celebrated the art and history of film and spotlighted the need for film preservation since its inception in 2003. This memorable evening featured a special advanced screening of MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2005) starring Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li, and Ken Watanabe. Vanity Fair Associate Publisher of Creative Services Renee Lewin opened the evening with a few remarks and acknowledged the successful long term partnership of The Film Foundation and Vanity Fair. Immediately following the screening, director Brad Silberling led an illuminating dialogue with Rob Marshall about the unique experience of making the film. In attendance were also the film’s stars Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh. The evening was sponsored by Banana Republic, with a special thanks to Columbia Pictures, Dreamworks, Spyglass Entertainment, Audi, Level Vodka, Tassimo and Lutthansa for raffling two business class airline tickets.

PICTURE: (from left to right) The evening's moderator Brad Silberling with MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA stars Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh and director Rob Marshall.

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FOCUS FEATURES, THE FILM FOUNDATION, AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATE THE PREMIERE OF THE CONSTANT GARDENER

8/8/2005 12:00:00 AM

On Monday, August 8th, Focus Features, The Film Foundation, and Amnesty International co-hosted the premiere of Fernando Meirelles’ latest film, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, at Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York City.

Based on the best-selling John le Carré novel, the film stars Ralph Fiennes as a British career diplomat who sets out to uncover a global, pharmaceutical conspiracy after his pregnant, activist wife (Rachel Weisz) is brutally murdered. 

The film’s stars Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, and director Fernando Meirelles attended the event, along with Liam Neeson, Kathleen Turner, and Focus Features’ co-presidents David Linde and James Schamus. A party was held at Compass immediately following the screening.

Picture: THE CONSTANT GARDENER'S stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz at the film’s premiere

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HFPA Charity Luncheon

Elizabeth Snead

7/28/2005 12:00:00 AM

Golden Globes aren’t the only things the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hands out. At the org’s annual summer luncheon, Brad Pitt, Jack Valenti, Kevin Bacon and other luminaries stopped by the Beverly Hills Hotel to pick up checks worth $1.5 million for assorted good causes.

It was Pitt’s first public appearance since being hospitalized for viral meningitis, and the tanned actor certainly looked the picture of health. But he didn’t stay for lunch, skipping out after HFPA prexy Philip Berk handed over the funds. “On behalf of Martin Scorsese and the Film Foundation, I want to thank the Foreign Press for your generosity, leadership and unwavering commitment to film preservation,” Pitt said. “And, personally, thanks for the money.”

Industryites who missed Valenti’s signature cheery yellow shirt were once again treated to the ensemble. The former MPAA chief showed up to accept for the Anne and Kirk Douglas Playground Grant Awards, which builds playgrounds in L.A. public schools. “(Kirk) has been a star for 60 years, and he would be here today except he is home recovering from two knee replacements. Only Spartacus could make that kind of commitment.”

Also on hand were Ziyi Zhang for FilmAid International, Bacon for Film Independent, Sally Field for the Sundance Institute and “Happy Endings” star Jesse Bradford for Columbia University film scholarships.

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