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TENOR ANDREA BOCELLI VISITS ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST TO HONOR AMERICAN LEGEND DENNIS HOPPER; VARIETY ANNOUNCES HOPPER'S NEXT MOVIE,

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Lacco Ameno (Ischia, Italy) - Italian singer Andrea Bocelli presented Hollywood cinema star Dennis Hopper with the first Ischia Legend's Award in
ceremonies Wednesday night at the Ischia Film & Music Global Fest which
concludes Friday.

In honor of the rebellious actor and director, Bocelli sang "My Way," as Hopper held the silver plaque given to him by officials of the new Italian
film festival. A few minutes before, Bocelli himself was awarded a special honor in memory of Sir William Walton, an English composer who had a
residence in Ischia.

At an afternoon press conference, Hopper announced the start of a new film project, Gangster, which he will direct in Romania in October and is based on a script that was handed to him by a total stranger as he was shooting
another film in Bucharest.

Hopper, 67, in Italy to accept an achievement award at the Ischia Film & Global Fest, told a news conference that an American man approached him and asked him to read a script that he had written.

At first he said he declined at to accept the script but the stranger insisted so he took it on the airplane with the idea that he could read it then. At it turned out he did not read the script for weeks, but put it on a table at his house. He said it bothered him everytime he walked passed
the script so finally started reading it "and I couldn't stop."

Hopper said the story line is about two young Romanian kids who watch American gangster films such as Scarface and aspire to go to America and be part of the mob. One of the characters does make it to America and makes
his fortune as a bad guy like he saw in the films, while the other stays in Romania.

After the fall of the Communist regime in the late-1980s, the Romanian who immigrates to the United States returns and meets his own friend who is now a taxi driver.

The budget for the film is about $10-$12 million and is being produced by Philippe Martinez, who also accompanied Hopper to the news conference. The entire film will be shot in Romania.

Hopper said one of the actors under consideration to play a major role is Alec Baldwin but he stressed that the actual casting will begin in a month or so.

"The movie script starts in 1983 and then jumps to 2000," said Hopper, who smoked a cigar as he spoke to reporters.

"I think the story is actually about the influence that American films have on young people around the world. Here are two kids who smuggled
American mobster films and passed them around to friends. And they want to emulate what they are seeing. I don't see them as bad guys but they like to imitate the bad-ass cowboys who they see in American movies."

Asked if he likes to shoot films made in Europe, Hopper replied that the venue doesn't really matter to him "as long as I can make movies. But it has been easier to get work in Europe than it has been in my own country."

Hopper, a luminary for roles from Easy Rider to Apocalypse Now, is being honored with an Ischia Legend Award at flm festival in Italy, which runs
through Friday.

Hopper's resume of more than 145 films as an actor and seven as a director began while he was an adolescent with work in the '50s television series "Medic." He first hit the silver screen in a James Dean film Rebel Without A Cause. He also worked with Dean in Giant, but real fame came with Easy Rider in 1969, where he directed Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson after friends raised $400,000 to make the film he wrote with Fonda based on a Terry Southern novel. The alternative film was perfect for its times and
became a huge success, winning two Oscar nominations.

In 1971, Hopper had the hit The Last Movie. It was a nomination at the Venice Film Festival. Other Hopper successes included Francis Ford
Coppolla's Apocalypse Now in 1979, David Lynch's Blue Velvet in 1986, and his direction of Colors in 1988 with Sean Penn and Robert Duvall.

The odyssey of Hopper been one of Hollywood's longest, strangest trips. A onetime teen performer, he went through a series of career metamorphoses -- studio pariah, rebel filmmaker, and comeback kid -- before finally settling comfortably into the role of character actor par excellence, with a rogues' gallery of killers and freaks unmatched in psychotic intensity and demented glee. Along the way, Hopper defined a generation, documenting the shining hopes and bitter disappointments of the hippie ounterculture and bringing their message to movie screens everywhere.

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VARIETY
Hopper down for 'Gangster' pic
Thesp enjoys making European fare for the bigscreen

By SHERI JENNINGS

LACCOS AMENO (Ischia, Italy) -- Dennis Hopper announced a new film project, "Gangster," at a press conference Wednesday on the Italian island of Ischia.
Pic is set to begin shooting in October and will span the years previous to the fall of the communist regime in 1989 until today.
Hopper is on the island for the world preem of his pic, "'The Piano Player," and to accept the Ischia Legend Award at the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival, which runs through Friday.
He is en route with producer Philippe Martinez to Romania where they will begin pre-production.
Hopper says he decided to sponsor the project after reading a script an American expat handed him while he was on location in Bucharest filming "Out of Season," also with Martinez. Hopper had never seen the man before.
Pic concerns two Romanian boys who aspire to go to the U.S. after seeing bootleg films of "Easy Rider" and "Scarface." One eventually makes it Stateside and the other stays in Romania. The two unite after the fall of the communist regime in 1989.
Casting, according to Martinez will begin next month.
His production shingle Lucky UK Film Services will finance the $10million - $12 million project.
Hopper told journalists that his relationship with Hollywood has been "love-hate" over the years. "I met Martinez, he has financing and can greenlight projects. It doesn't matter where I make movies as long as I know I can make them."
He added that, in the U.S., "studios control the projects and the distribution. A lot of time the picture just goes onto (video) tape or DVD. It's more interesting to make films in Europe and actually get them on the screen."

Lacco Ameno (Ischia, Italy) - Italian singer Andrea Bocelli presented
Hollywood cinema star Dennis Hopper with the first Ischia Legend's Award in
ceremonies Wednesday night at the Ischia Film & Music Global Fest which
concludes Friday.

In honor of the rebellious actor and director, Bocelli sang "My Way," as
Hopper held the silver plaque given to him by officials of the new Italian
film festival. A few minutes before, Bocelli himself was awarded a special
honor in memory of Sir William Walton, an English composer who had a
residence in Ischia.


At an afternoon press conference, Hopper announced the start of a new film
project, Gangster, which he will direct in Romania in October and is based
on a script that was handed to him by a total stranger as he was shooting
another film in Bucharest.

Hopper, 67, in Italy to accept an achievement award at the Ischia Film &
Global Fest, told a news conference that an American man approached him and
asked him to read a script that he had written.

At first he said he declined at to accept the script but the stranger
insisted so he took it on the airplane with the idea that he could read it
then. At it turned out he did not read the script for weeks, but put it on
a table at his house. He said it bothered him everytime he walked passed
the script so finally started reading it "and I couldn't stop."

Hopper said the story line is about two young Romanian kids who watch
American gangster films such as Scarface and aspire to go to America and be
part of the mob. One of the characters does make it to America and makes
his fortune as a bad guy like he saw in the films, while the other stays in
Romania.

After the fall of the Communist regime in the late-1980s, the Romanian who
immigrates to the United States returns and meets his own friend who is now
a taxi driver.

The budget for the film is about $10-$12 million and is being produced by
Philippe Martinez, who also accompanied Hopper to the news conference. The
entire film will be shot in Romania.

Hopper said one of the actors under consideration to play a major role is
Alex Baldwin but he stressed that the actual casting will begin in a month
or so.

"The movie script starts in 1983 and then jumps to 2000," said Hopper, who
smoked a cigar as he spoke to reporters.

"I think the story is actually about the influence that American films
have on young people around the world. Here are two kids who smuggled
American mobster films and passed them around to friends. And they want to
emulate what they are seeing. I don't see them as bad guys but they like
to imitate the bad-ass cowboys who they see in American movies."

Asked if he likes to shoot films made in Europe, Hopper replied that the
venue doesn't really matter to him "as long as I can make movies. But it
has been easier to get work in Europe than it has been in my own country."


Hopper, a luminary for roles from Easy Rider to Apocalypse Now, is being
honored with an Ischia Legend Award at flm festival in Italy, which runs
through Friday.

Hopper's resume of more than 145 films as an actor and seven as a director
began while he was an adolescent with work in the '50s television series
"Medic." He first hit the silver screen in a James Dean film Rebel Without
A Cause. He also worked with Dean in Giant, but real fame came with Easy
Rider in 1969, where he directed Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson after
friends raised $400,000 to make the film he wrote with Fonda based on a
Terry Southern novel. The alternative film was perfect for its times and
became a huge success, winning two Oscar nominations.

In 1971, Hopper had the hit The Last Movie. It was a nomination at the
Venice Film Festival. Other Hopper successes included Francis Ford
Coppolla's Apocalypse Now in 1979, David Lynch's Blue Velvet in 1986, and
his direction of Colors in 1988 with Sean Penn and Robert Duvall.


The odyssey of Hopper been one of Hollywood's longest, strangest trips. A
onetime teen performer, he went through a series of career metamorphoses --
studio pariah, rebel filmmaker, and comeback kid -- before finally settling
comfortably into the role of character actor par excellence, with a rogues'
gallery of killers and freaks unmatched in psychotic intensity and demented
glee. Along the way, Hopper defined a generation, documenting the shining
hopes and bitter disappointments of the hippie counterculture and bringing
their message to movie screens everywhere.

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ACADEMY AWARD WINNER ACTOR F.MURRAY ABRAHAM MAY TEAM WITH SOPHIA LOREN AND DIRECTOR LINA WERTMULLER

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Lacco Ameno d�Ischia (July 15) -American actor F. Murray Abraham, 64, says he
has been contacted by an intermediary to do a film project with Italian
movie great Sophia Loren and Italian producer Lina Wertmuller.

He said told a news conference at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest that
discussions are "just beginning" but if it is to be done the location
would be somewhere in Italy,

In a reply to a reporter's question about how he views working with such as
famous icon as Ms. Loren, Abraham tipped his hat and replied: "As far as
I'm concerned Sophia Loren is okay with me."

Asked if he would consider it to be such an honor to work with Ms. Loren
and the director of the legendary film "Swept Away," that he would perform
for free, Abraham--known for his comic wit-- laughed, "No, no, I'm a new
grandfather and I need the money!"

He said that to his knowledge there is no script but "you don't question
the script when you are about to working with somebody like Ms. Loren."

With 70 film roles to his credit in America, Italy, England and other
countries, Abraham is being honored with a special International Arts
Academy Award in ceremonies on the Green Island near Naples. Abraham is of
Italian/Syrian heritage.

Abraham, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and the son of an automobile
mechanic, has shown to be one of the great talents of contemporary cinema
and stage, playing important roles such as King Lear and Othello. His most
famous role is that of Antonio Salieri in the 1984 film "Amadeus" relating
the composer's competitive rivalry with Mozart.

Recently, he appeared in a new film, "The Bridge of San Luis Rey."
For the last three months, Abraham said he has been working on a stage
production of "The Jewel of Malta" in New York City.

Abraham, in response to his views on film making, said he would like to
"see some of the directors in America be put on a very strict budget. Give
them $1 million dollars each instead of $100 million dollars to one. Give
them one month to shoot. You may get new directors, new actors and maybe
one good movie."

"The world now is more interesting than the movies and this should not be,
"he lamented, saying that art should instead be the leader in the venue of
creativity..

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FANS FLOCK TO OPENING OF ISCHIA GLOBAL FILM & MUSIC FEST; OPENING NIGHT.GALA HONORS STEFANIA SANDRELLI AND OTHER FILM STARS

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Lacco Ameno (July 14) - The Ischia Global Film & Music Fest opened Sunday
night with gala prize awards and cinema fans flocking to the Green Island
for looks at favorite stars.

Peter Greenaway and Stefania Sandrelli were honored at an opening night
dinner at the Regina Isabella Hotel, headquarters for the event that runs
through July 18. Greenaway received the Angelo Rizzoli Audiovisual Prize
and Sandrelli accepted the Ischia Legend Award.

English director Greenaway was cited for his innovative eight-country
European co-production of his latest film, "The Suitcases of Tulse Luper."
It is the first of a trilogy, and was screened earlier this year at the
Cannes Film Festival. Luce Institute, a co-producer of the Ischia
Festival, is a distributor of "Suitcases." Promoting co-productions and
utilizing new digital resources are major themes of the festival. The
prize is named for the legendary producer and publisher who created the
golden era of entertainment on Ischia from the 1950's through the 1970's.

Ms. Sandrelli, a screen beauty for 40 years, has been in more than 100 film
and television productions. She is most recently been working in a
thriller with Portuguese director Manuel de Oliveira, filming with John
Malkovich, Chatenne Deneuve and Irene Papas.

"By this prestigious acknowledgement, the International Academy of Art of
Ischia emphasizes the extraordinary contribution of this queen of actresses
in building the artistic and cultural memory of Italy," declared Giancarlo
Carriero, president of the organization that is co-producing the festival.

In the latest of more than 100 film and TV productions, Ms. Sandrelli will
appear in a thriller by Portuguese master Manuel de Oliveira, starring with
John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve and Irena Papas. She also is completing
the Renzo and Lucia television series.

Her first international role was in the American film Divorce - Italian
Style in 1962. She has appeared in films of Italy, France, Germany, United
Kingdom, Algeria, Hungary, Bulgaria and elsewhere, most of them thrillers
or romances. In 2001 alone, she was in three films: Sons and Daughters,
Probably Love, and The Last Kiss.

"My secret is to find proposals with the right scripts," said Ms. Sandrelli
in recalling her 42 years of successes with artists of the great screen
from Germi to Bertolucci, from Scola to Muccino. "The main reason for my
emotional stability is my beautiful family. It has endured with me with
great tenacity and protected me. I am convinced more than ever that the
family is the sure reference point for a person in the mad run-up to fame."


Ms. Sandrelli and Greenaway joined Indian superstar Kabir Bedi; Louis J.
Horvitz, director of the Academy Awards telecasts; and other international
entertainment industry leaders to attend starlite outdoor ceremonies at the
famous Regina Isabella Hotel.

LOUIS J. HORVITZ, AWARDED IN ISCHIA AND NOMINATED FOR AN EMMMY FOR HIS DIRECTION OF THE 2003 ACADEMY AWARDS TV SHOW

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Lacco Ameno d'Ischia (July 17) - The director of the Kennedy Center Honors, Louis J. Horvitz, received a double dose of good news with his double espresso on the island of Ischia in Italy. While on the island off Naples Thursday to accept a special lifetime achievement award during the Ischia Global Film and Music Fest, he learned of his nomination in Los Angeles for an Emmy for his direction of the 2003 Academy Awards. The Emmy nomination is in the category for outstanding direction of a variety-music or comedy special.

Horvitz won his first Emmy in 1996 for direction of The Kennedy Center Honors, then two later Emmy awards for his direction of the Oscar telecasts.

What a magical experience,� Horvitz said, �to be sipping an espresso doppio lungo with my wife [Steffanee Leaming] in the palazzo of Luchino Visconti overlooking a spectacular Ischia sunset and hearing a festival publicist shout to me with glee, �Louis J. Louis J. You just got a nomination for the Emmy awards. Congrats!� Va bene �tutto bene�I was absolutely blown away �an ischia award and an Emmy nomination�.wow!�

The 55th Emmy Primetime Award ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on Sept. 21 � an event that Horvitz also directs

K. DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER CALLS FOR REVOLUTION IN CINEMA INDUSTRY

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Lacco Ameno d�Ischia (July 14) �U.K. Director Peter Greenaway who is in Italy to
accept a top prize at an international film festival, on Sunday called for
the entertainment industry to break away from old-fashioned technologies
that are gravely handicapping the production and distribution of films.

"The great days of the cinema are over," declared Greenaway. "We have to
reinvent the cinema" in order to survive and grow with the future advances
in technological innovations.

He said the cinema as we have known it over the decades "died in September
of 1983 when the remote control was introduced to the world." As soon as
that happened, he said, entertainment became an interactive experience,
while the cinema remained for the most part a passive medium.

"Cinema needs entrepreneurs who have vision. We have to break away from
the 120-minute straight jacket," he told reporters attending the Ischia
Film & Music Fest which runs through Friday off the coast of Naples.

Greenaway was awarded an Angelo Rizzoli Prize for the festival for his work
in getting eight European nations to cooperate in the making of the film
"The Tulse Luper Suitcases." The film, which has many technical
innovations, will be distributed in Italy in September.

For the past 21 years Greenaway has worked with Dutch producer Kees
Kasander. "At the beginning, he told me that he would support my film
career as long as I didn't want three Elizabeth Taylors on an aircraft
carrier with a farm full of pigs."

Greenaway's "The Tulse Luper Suitcase" was screened at Cannes. Luciano
Sovena, general executive of the Luce Institute, a co-producer of the
Ischia festival, said the film "was revolutionary in contrast to its
competitors, but perhaps it was too brave to gain the Golden Palm or other
acknowledgements."

Greenaway said that today's films are seen 75 per cent on TV, 20 percent on
DVD and only 5 per cent in the theater. He is working on new digital
technologies for internet and DVD distribution.

Louis J. Horvitz, director of the last seven Academy Awards, traveled to
the Green Island to accept an honorary award and to screen the American
Film Institute's salute to Robert De Niro, which he produced in Los
Angeles. In his remarks, Horvitz agreed with Greenaway's pleadings for the
industry to investigate new and innovative technologies in the areas of
production and distribution.

"It is important to understand that the opportunities in outlets, such as
cable televison, is 100 times more today than six or seven years ago,"
Horvitz said. "For example, in the United States, there are 500 different
outlets to view what you want to see." The challenge therefore, he said,
is for the promoters to get across to the potential audience when the
production will be aired, on what station, the date and the time.

Horvitz, who is Cuban, studied filmmaking at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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