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The Newport Beach Film Festival announces 2020 Award Winners & Nominees

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OCFS screened films RICHARD JEWELL, HONEYLAND, LITTLE WOMEN, MARRIAGE STORY, 1917, TWO POPES, JOKER, PARASITE, KNIVES OUT. Cynthia Erivo arrives at the premiere of HARRIET. Not pictured but worth mentioning this award season: PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, THE FAREWELL, JUST MERCY, and CLEMENCY.

The Newport Beach Film Festival and Orange County Film Society has screened five of this year’s ten Academy Award Best Picture nominees and ten of it’s twenty acting nominees, and three of it’s five Academy-voted Best director nominees.

In addition, Festival guest and honoree Cynthia Erivo is poised to become the youngest EGOT winner ever, having already won an Emmy, Grammy & Tony award.⁠ Cynthia is nominated for performance by an actress in a leading role for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in HARRIET and has a second nomination for the film’s theme song “Stand Up.”

On the documentary side, NBFF Alumni film FOR SAMA has been nominated for Best documentary feature, as is OCFS-screened HONEYLAND, which is also the first film ever to be nominated for the Academy Awards for International Feature and Documentary Feature in the same year.

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The cast of ABC’s “The Baker and the Beauty” talks Latina Inclusion, Immigration, and Marital Trends

Descending to ABC spring 2020, rom-com series “The Baker and the Beauty” will premiere on the small screen this April. The show centers around Daniel Garcia, who’s working at his family’s bakery. When he meets the A-list superstar Noa Hamilton during a night out, his life gets thrown into the spotlight. Can this unlikely pairing navigate the fame, and their families differences?

NDLYSS caught up with the cast at SCAD’s 2020 aTVFest to get the behind-the-scene scoop on the upcoming show. Press Play!

Additional camera personnel: Jeqhari Miles for NDLYSS

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Indie film ‘Go Back To China’ starring Anna Akana opens March 6 in select theaters

The semi-autobiographical film directed by Emily Ting follows spoiled rich girl Sasha Li (Anna Akana), who after blowing through most of her trust fund, is forced by her father (Richard Ng) to go back to China and work for the family toy business. What begins simply as a way to regain financial support soon develops into a life altering journey of self discovery, as Sasha discovers her passion for toy designing and learns to reconnect with her estranged family. A bittersweet portrait of a fractured family, the film also offers an honest look at the human cost of things that are made in China.

THEATERS:
Village East Theater – New York, NY

Laemmle Glendale – Los Angeles, CA

Four Star Theater – San Francisco, CA

Facets Theater – Chicago, IL

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Kim Cattrell honored with SCAD Icon Award

The Sex and the City star was honored with the SCAD aTVFest Icon Award along with a celebration of her new Fox TV series Filthy Rich.

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Hollywood heavyweight Kim Cattrall was honored by Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, (February 27) with the prestigious Icon Award at the university’s coveted aTVFest. 

The actress, 63, said, “It’s a great opportunity to pass along any knowledge that I have” to the next generation as she humbly accepted the recognition. 

Earlier in the day, Cattrell was joined by creator and showrunner (Tate Taylor) of Fox’s upcoming TV series Filthy Rich

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Filthy Rich is a 10-episode drama centering a Southern family corrupted amidst wealth, power and religion. When the patriarch of a mega-rich Southern family, notorious for his uber successful Christian channel, dies in a plane crash, his wife Margaret, played by Cattrall, and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. Taylor’s immediate go-to for the wife part was Cattrall.

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