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Events of the Week: ‘Pam & Tommy’ Finale, ‘The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey’ and More

As Hollywood events return to full force in New York and Los Angeles amid the coronavirus pandemic, here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings, including red carpets for the Pam & Tommy finale, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Upload and All The Old Knives.  Santa Barbara International Film Festival  SBIFF […]

Leonard Maltin Doesn’t Need a Namesake Nod From Santa Barbara (But He Has One)

Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival — the 37th edition of which will happen in person March 2-12 — are practically synonymous. Maltin has moderated the fest’s tributes to A-listers for decades, prompting SBIFF executive director Roger Durling to rename the fest’s Modern Master Award after Maltin in […]

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Top Oscar Nominees, Including All Five Directing Finalists, Set for Panels (Exclusive)

All five of this year’s best director Oscar nominees — Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza), Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car) and Steven Spielberg (West Side Story) — will participate in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Directors of the Year Award tribute, The Hollywood Reporter […]

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Penelope Cruz to Receive Montecito Award

Penélope Cruz, the star of Pedro Almodóvar’s 2021 film Parallel Mothers, for which she is nominated for the best actress Oscar, will receive the Montecito Award at the 37th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, SBIFF announced Thursday. The honor will be presented on Tuesday, March 8, following an in-person, career-retrospective conversation moderated by SBIFF […]

Santa Barbara Film Fest: ‘Spencer’ Star Kristen Stewart Set for American Riviera Award (Exclusive)

Kristen Stewart, the young but veteran actress who is popular with the public and beloved by film critics, will receive the American Riviera Award — which recognizes “actors who have made a significant contribution to American cinema” — at the 2022 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in recognition of her body of work and Oscar-buzzed […]

Santa Barbara Film Fest: ‘King Richard’ Stars Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis to Share Performer of the Year Honor

Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis, who portray the parents of Venus Williams and Serena Williams in Reinaldo Marcus Green‘s King Richard, will share the outstanding performer of the year award at the 37th Santa Barbara International Film Festival in March 2022, the festival announced Thursday. The duo will be on hand for a career retrospective […]

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Plans Unveiled for In-Person 2022 Edition

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival — a fest on the American riviera that has become an important stop on the road to the Oscars — has joined the growing list of film festivals that have announced plans to return to in-person gatherings. The 37th edition of SBIFF will take place in-person from March 2-12, […]

Santa Barbara Brings Drive-In Screenings, Virtual Panels to Annual Fest

The festival's executive director Roger Durling discusses why he wanted to make sure there was more than a virtual option for the Oscar precursor.

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Four of Five Oscar-Nominated Directors Set for Tribute (Exclusive)

Lee Isaac Chung, David Fincher, Thomas Vinterberg and Chloé Zhao will participate in a virtual sitdown with THR's Scott Feinberg.

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Carey Mulligan Set for Cinema Vanguard Award (Exclusive)

The presentation will be made on Monday, April 5, and, like most of the rest of the fest, which will run from March 31-April 10, it will take place virtually.

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Bill Murray Set for Maltin Modern Master Award (Exclusive)

The 70-year-old's most recent performance was in Sofia Coppola's 2020 comedy 'On the Rocks,' for which he received a Golden Globe nomination last week.

Santa Barbara Film Fest: ‘Mank’ Scene-Stealer Amanda Seyfried to Receive Montecito Award

The presentation will be made on Friday, April 9, and, like the rest of the fest, which will run from March 31-April 10, it will take place virtually.