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Kristen Wiig Stars In BIFF Closing Night Film

Kristen Wiig Stars In BIFF Closing Night Film

The 2013 Bermuda International Film Festival wraps up tonight [Apr. 18] with a screening of the forthcoming Kristen Wiig-Annette Bening comedy “Girl Most Likely” as its closing movie. “Girl Most Likely” — then provisionally titled “Imogene” — premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival last... Read more of this article

Photos: BIFF 2013 “Sweet Sixteen” Launch Party

Photos: BIFF 2013 “Sweet Sixteen” Launch Party

The Bermuda International Film Festival kicked off the 2013 event by throwing itself a “Sweet 16″-themed launch party last Friday [Apr. 12]. Margaritas on Bermudiana Road hosted the Hollywood-inspired party to mark the sixteenth anniversary of BIFF. BIFF attendees rubbed shoulders with visiting film directors and actors, jury members, the... Read more of this article

Film Writer: BIFF’s “All-Star Game Philosophy”

Film Writer: BIFF’s “All-Star Game Philosophy”

Independent film website Indiewire says that in relative terms if the venerable New York Film Festival were as successful as the  Bermuda International Film Festival [BIFF] – which opened on Friday [Apr. 12] — about two million people would crowd into the Lincoln Center for its annual screenings. In a glowing piece about BIFF —... Read more of this article

National Museum Salutes BIFF Opening Day

National Museum Salutes BIFF Opening Day

To salute the opening day of the 2013 Bermuda International Film Festival [BIFF], the Bermuda National Museum yesterday [Apr.12] uploaded a gallery of rare production sketches and storyboards from the locally produced 1977 blockbuster “The Deep”  at its Facebook page. Based on the bestselling novel by Peter Benchley and shot primarily... Read more of this article

Video: Jonathan Winters’ “Passage To Bermuda”

Video: Jonathan Winters’ “Passage To Bermuda”

Antic funnyman Jonathan Winters — whose inspired flights of comedic fancy were once famously recruited in the service of Bermuda’s sedate tourism industry — died on Thursday [Apr. 11] at his home in California. He was 87. In 1963 Mr. Winters [pictured] was deliberately cast very much against type when he hosted and narrated “Passage... Read more of this article

“Scottish Curse” Struck Heston In Bermuda

“Scottish Curse” Struck Heston In Bermuda

There’s a reason actors refer to Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” as the play that dare not speak its name — and an accident-plagued Bermuda production only added to the superstition. According to a theatrical superstition called the “Scottish Curse”, speaking the name “Macbeth” outside a theatre will cause... Read more of this article

The Empire Strikes Back At Lucas In Bermuda

The Empire Strikes Back At Lucas In Bermuda

The empire struck back when “Star Wars” creator George Lucas was in Bermuda recently — with the acclaimed filmmaker falling under the spell of “Downton Abbey”, the phenomenally successful period drama about a wealthy household’s struggle to adapt as the sun slowly sets on the British Empire. Peter Bradshaw —... Read more of this article

UK Travel Writer Lives Out Bermuda Fantasy

UK Travel Writer Lives Out Bermuda Fantasy

British writer, broadcaster and self-described “hip-hop intellectual” Lindsay Johns was finally able to live out one half of longstanding fantasy when he visited Bermuda earlier this year — a destination that has fascinated him since he first saw the locally produced film “The Deep.” Writing in last week’s [Mar. 30]... Read more of this article

Photos: Grace Kelly’s 1949 Bermuda Trip

Photos: Grace Kelly’s 1949 Bermuda Trip

She was Hollywood royalty before becoming the genuine article by marrying Monaco’s Prince Rainier in 1956 — but just a few years earlier aspiring actress Grace Kelly was paying her way through drama school by accepting modelling assignments, including one in Bermuda in 1949. Her fairytale marriage to Prince Rainier was billed as the “Wedding... Read more of this article

Capote’s Holly Golightly: An All-Bermudian Girl

Capote’s Holly Golightly: An All-Bermudian Girl

Holly Golightly — the cheerfully non-conformist heroine of Truman Capote’s novella “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” — was witty, naive, achingly beautiful and part Bermudian, at least in spirit. A composite of Bermuda-born Oona O’Neill [pictured] and her girls-about-town friends Gloria Vanderbilt and Carol Marcus,... Read more of this article

Actor Kevin Costner Sues Bankrupt Distributor

Actor Kevin Costner Sues Bankrupt Distributor

Morgan Creek Production Inc. on Friday [Mar. 29] sued actor Kevin Costner in New York bankruptcy court looking to halt a California lawsuit he launched against the studio over profits from the blockbuster 1991 movie “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” saying the estate of the company’s bankrupt Bermuda partner couldn’t afford the California... Read more of this article

J.D. Salinger 1966 Bermuda Letter For Sale

J.D. Salinger 1966 Bermuda Letter For Sale

Reclusive author J.D. Salinger remains best known for dissecting the “phony” adult world in “The Catcher In The Rye” and his various short stories — but he also proved himself a dab hand at capturing the minutiae of Bermuda life in a letter he sent to a friend from the island in 1966. When New York-born Jerome David Salinger... Read more of this article

Arthur Rankin Easter Basket Of Holiday Specials

Arthur Rankin Easter Basket Of Holiday Specials

Although their names are now as synonomous wih Christmas as snowflakes and carols, Bermudian filmmaker Arthur Rankin Jr. and American partner Jules Bass also made animated seasonal specials for Thanksgiving, Halloween and … Easter. There were actually three Rankin-Bass Easter specials, to be exact. The first — “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”... Read more of this article