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Joe DirtHis face (along with that dry, dead-pan sound of his barbs) is familiar to anyone who's into comedy...
David hails from Birmingham, Michigan and made his intial major mark on Saturday Night Live (where he did take-offs on H. Ross Perot, Michael J. Fox, Kasey Kasum, Tom Petty, Matthew Broderick, Joan Rivers, Kurt Cobain, Kato Kaelin and Brad Pitt), eventually working in movies like Coneheads (the tax guy), PCU (lead of the ultra-conservative WASP frat) but is most remembered for his double-team duties with the late Chris Farley (they were friends off camera, while at odds with each other on camera). Their best effort being the very funny and popular Tommy Boy. They also appeared in Saturday Night Live Producer Lorne Michaels feature film Black Sheep.
Most recently his voice is heard in the big screen animated offerings Beevis and Butthead Do America and The Rugrats Movie.
His newest feature film offering (which he co-wrote with Fred Wolf), Joe Dirt is currently in theaters everywhere (from Columbia Pictures). Joe's a janitor who gets promoted up to on-the-air radio foil for talk crazy Dennis Miller (I don't want to go off on a rant, folks, but Miller's another SNL alumni). Joe spills his heart out on the air about his "whoa is me" life history, winning over the audience. He also attempts to win the heart of Brandy (played by Brittany Daniel).
You can also catch him as Dennis Finch each and every week on the NBC TV series Just Shoot Me! Check your local listing for day and time. -- NBC Photo by Chris Haston
THE MUMMY RETURNS Everybody's favorite mummy is back in theaters on May 4th! Starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Oded Fehr, Patricia Velazquez and The Rock. Directed By Stephen Sommers. From Universal. PG-13.
I just loved the first one and can't wait to see the second. For me it was the event of the year, when the original Mummy came out. I remember being let down a little by The Matrix but swept off my feet by this film!
If The Mummy Returns is half as interesting as the web site everyone should be happy!
Out On Video
Mission Impossible 2 A dandy film. Superior in every way to the first offering with Tom Cruise in the lead role. The bathtub scene with South African actress Thandie Newton is a fantastic bit of cinema choreography by director John Woo! MI2 features Ving Rhames (the ex-CIA agent) making a return from the original big screen MI feature, with Dougray Scott as the villain and Anthony Hopkins as the head honcho. Excellent direction by John Woo.
Film festivals are where you get to see films you rarely see elsewhere. Foreign film offerings, films from new filmmakers, documentaries, restored classics, animation and short subjects. Some festivals are competitive (meaning the filmmakers are awarded prizes or awards by a panel of invited experts) while others are just for pure exhibition.
Virtually every nation and many large cities offer annual "fests." There are often special guests who show up for individual screenings and you get to see many film firsts. I saw first features by John Carpenter ("Dark Star"), the director of "Escape from New York" and "Cradle Will Rock", along with Paul Verhoeven’s Dutch film debut ("Turkish Delight") at the 1971 Los Angeles Film Exposition. Verhoeven went on to direct "Robocop" and "Basic Instinct" here in the U.S. many years later.
Cannes International Film Festival May 9th to May 20th. This is the world’s most famous festival. Invited industry and press professionals only. Just telling you so if you are going to France you’re certain to see lots of celebrities although you can’t get in to see any of these cutting edge movies.
The festivals listed below, however, are open to anyone, including filmmakers who would like to submit entries for next year (it’s a little late for this year)!Ottawa and Yellow Knife
Canadian Films on Tour which began in January, will have final screenings in Yellow Knife and Ottawa provinces during May. Suite 450 - 380 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver BC Canada V5Y 3T7 email@example.com
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival which began at the end of April is winding down with the last few screenings on May 1st to 3rd. 17 Madison Ave. Toronto, Ontario. firstname.lastname@example.org
Inside Out Toronto Lesbian And Gay Film Festival May 17th to 27th 401 Richmond Street West, Ste 219, Toronto Ontario Canada M5V 3A8 email@example.com
Mexico - Acapulco
Acapulco Black Film Festival June 4th to 9th. Daily events plus regular screenings in an ideal locale! Film Life, Inc. 100 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013 abff@GoSeeBlackMovies.com
United Kingdom - Luton, England
Filmstock International Film Festival June 1st to 15th. Luton, UK (England). Music and movie villains is the theme this year. firstname.lastname@example.org
VC Filmfest May 17th through 24th at the Directors Guild of America and Japan America Theatre. Showcasing the talents of Asian and Asian American filmmakers. Southern California Asian American Studies Center, Inc.120 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3805 email@example.com
The Telluride Mountain Film Festival runs from over the Memorial day weekend from the 25th to the 28th of May with films and videos playing in four theaters. PO Box 1088, Telluride, Colorado 81435 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tenth Annual Florida Film Festival June 8th to 17th Enzian Theater (Orlando) 1300 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL
25th Anniversary Atlanta Film & Video Festival June 8th to 16th Spike Lee, Susan Seidelman, Steven Spielberg and Craig Baldwin are on the list for this year. IMAGE Film & Video Center 75 Bennett Street, NW Suite N-1, Atlanta, GA email@example.com
Maui Film Festival At Wailea June 13th to 17th Castle Theater, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului, HI firstname.lastname@example.org
Athens International Film and Video Festival. May 1st to 5th. P.O. Box 388, Room 407, 75 W. Union St., Athens, OH 45701 email@example.com
Cinevent May 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2001 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. Silent classic films, often with live music performances. Many rare and unusual films from the start of the 20th century up to the 1950s. Plus many dealers with films, videos, posters and memorabilia. Very unique event. They sometimes have important guests showing up for screenings. P.O. Box 13463, Columbus. OH firstname.lastname@example.org
Nantucket Film Festival June 20th to - 24th P.O. Box 688, Prince Street Station, NY, NY 10012 email@example.com
Fort Worth Gay & Lesbian Film Festival June 21st to 24th at the Caravan of Dreams and AMC Sundance 11 in downtown Fort Worth. Q Cinema, 215 W. Eighth St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102 firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploratorium, San Francisco, 3601 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA
Pacific Film Archive Theater - 2575 Bancroft Way at Bowditch, Berkeley,CA
Baton Rouge Gallery, City Park Pavilion at 1442 City Park Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA
American Museum of the Moving Image, 35 Avenue at 36 Street , Astoria, NY email@example.com
Galapagos/Ocularis, 70 N. 6th St., Bronx, NY
North West Film Center, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR
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