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Quint, Clooney, Watts, Cameron, Ledger and Hoffman will be at the Santa Barbara Film Festival next week!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Starting next Tuesday (Jan. 31st) I will be traveling to the West Coast. I'll be in LA for two already super-packed days before running up to the beautiful Santa Barbara for nearly 2 weeks.

This will be my 3rd year at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. It's unique in that it's timed just in between when the Oscars are announced and when the awards ceremony happens. It's also only a couple hours outside of LA, so they are able to get most of the big Oscar contenders up to rub some elbows, grease some palms, talk at panels and accept some awards.

This year they have George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts and James Cameron there to accept awards. I love when they do these tributes because they spend about 2 hours running through the subject's filmography, sometimes film to film. The Peter Jackson one in 2004 was great, they disappointed me by not showing a clip from CRITTERS 3 during Leonardo DiCaprio's tribute last year... however, I love this kind of thing. Each of the above listed gets one, according to the SBFF website.

That's not to take any focus away from their films... Over the course of the fest I'll be seeing flicks like HIDDEN BLADE, THE HAMILTONS, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, Natalie Portman flick FREE ZONE, Robert Towne film ASK THE DUST, WHO IS HARRY NILSSON (AND WHY IS EVERYBODY TALKIN' AT HIM) -with a ton of famous musicians there, by the way... including Brian Wilson, Mickey Dolenz, Randy Newman, etc-, Mike Binder's MAN ABOUT TOWN, poker documentary NO LIMIT and much more.

I have many interesting things lined up already, including a chat with one of the above listed famous people that I'm praying won't fall through, plus a ton of stuff going on in LA before I hit the fest. The LA stuff is secret for now, but you'll hear about most of it next week. Let's just say there's lots of tragedy and cheese involved.

For more information on the festival, head on over to the Santa Barbara Film Festival's Website Right Here!!!

I hope to see some of you Santa Barbara film-goers during my festing and I hope I stumble upon some great flicks while I'm there to let you folks know about. Keep a look out for the reports!


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  • Jan. 28, 2006, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Cameron Rules

    by Psalmolive

    First! First? First!

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Have fun

    by Cottonwood

    Sounds very cool, already looking forward to your reports, Quint, always a reading pleasure. And pls say hello to Clooney, he's the man du jour.

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 10:35 a.m. CST

    We're Coming to Get You Santa Barbara

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Sounds like a great happening, and I'm sad I canne be there. Just like every other Film Festival, I live six thousand miles away from it. I think they should give it cool names that reference films though, like Santa Barbarella...Something tells me my idea's not gonna catch on.

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Clooney? Cameron? Watts? Forget THEM -- we came to see QUINT!

    by team america


  • Jan. 28, 2006, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Clooney's da bomb diggity yo

    by Chief Redcock

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 12:33 p.m. CST

    I'm sure your "chomping" at the bit Quint ;-)

    by cagirl

    Seriously, have fun, the weather should clear up by then and it should be a nice festival.

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 2:27 p.m. CST

    You guys...

    by Quint

    Sepp... seriously... I should have had that headline. I am humiliated that I did not think of it. You made me sad. And cagirl... you know I love chomping... always chomping I am. Your never going to let me live that down, are you? Oh well... could be worse. I could have been caught with a tranny hooker... there's always Santa Barbara, I guess...

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Oh Christ...

    by Quint

    I used your instead of you're. cagirl is right! I am a dunce!

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 3:39 p.m. CST

    How about this for a trip...

    by phortonfour

    The Media and Film department at my college here in England have organised a trip to this festival, and also a tour round paramount studios, a tour round hollywood, and a hell of a lot of other amazing things. Pity I couldn't find the

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by cagirl

    Naw, they say the english language is one of the toughest languages in the world to learn. I'm not sure who they are but I guess they must be much smarter than me and you buddy. (Or should that be "you and I"?)

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST

    I'm jumping on the Spicoli band wagon!

    by cagirl

    What is up with this guy!? C'mon now! I've seen folks get banned from the site just for having the opposite opinion from Harry and voicing it with a few swear words. This guy is outright SPAMMING and he's still around. Let the madness end.

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Hey Quint no need to worry huh

    by seppukudkurosawa

    There's always time to make it the headline to your write-up...just make sure at the bottom of the article you have the words, "The title of this article was mercilessly stolen from the disturbed mind of Seppuku"... I'll get my lawyers to rendeszvous with your lawyers and we'll work something out ;)

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 4:31 p.m. CST

    A James Cameron interview...

    by Rindain

    ...would be a first for AICN, wouldn't it? It would be awesome if happens, and I think it's about time Cameron made some announcement about Project 880, don't ya think?

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Quint, just wondering, are we ever going to see the second part

    by brokentusk

    I assume you're holding off until nearer the film's release, or perhaps New Line asked you not to put it up yet - either way, I'd like to know the answer since the whole "stayed tuned for the next part of my set visit" has had me waiting for months now :)

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Whale Watching

    by Jocasta

    Why not catch 'Mozart and the Whale' from cool indie director Petter Naess, while you're there.

  • Jan. 28, 2006, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Jacasta, am definitely seeing Mozart & The Whale. Brokentusk - I have something cooking that'll make the second part of the Tenacious D set visit more interesting than originally planned. You got the bulk of what I saw onset with the first article, however you didn't get the interview with Liam Lynch. I was going to have that ready around this time, but the movie is now pushed back as they wait for JB's schedule to clear up so he can do some reshoots. I haven't been ordered or asked to hold off on the report, but it will be at least another month as I get Santa Barbara out of the way. I'm hoping to have something workable pre-SXSW, but I'm lazy, so...

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 2:40 a.m. CST

    And meet The Whale?

    by Jocasta

    Quint, can't wait for your review, I've seen the movie on DVD and it's really quite something and I believe the 'real' Whale will be there for the screening of his story. How about a one on one with the Orca himself? He's a pretty amazing guy and he believes pasionately about this film.

  • Jan. 29, 2006, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Alright Quint, I've called the hitman off.

    by brokentusk

    Thanks for the explantaion, I wonder when the movie's going to be released... haven't seen any posters or trailers for it yet... so I guess it could be a while still. Pity, I watched the Tenacious D London concert on DVD two nights ago at a friend's house - it was fucking brilliant, wish I could have been there.

  • Jan. 30, 2006, 2:18 p.m. CST

    I still don't get it.

    by Cabron

    Is this a real festival or just an excuse to go to Santa Barbara?

  • Jan. 31, 2006, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Wow, all those stars in Santa Barbara...

    by Heckles far from Los Angeles. Man, when some of them were in Palm Springs I thought that was a huge trip, but now... wow.

  • Jan. 31, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Naturally those celebrities are listed in order of importance...

    by Childe Roland Bizarro world. I kid, Quint. You're a good shit. Have fun. Don't eat all the shrimp at the buffet.

  • Jan. 31, 2006, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I'm chanting, "Cameron! Cameron! Cameron! Cameron!" Yeah

    by JDanielP

    Must know more, Jim. Please??? I'm such a huge fan. I'd love to see Mr. Cameron direct a superhero movie, another ALIENS flick, ...or how about that "HALO" movie?