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Redford and Streisand, Together Again Onscreen?

"Extra's" Jerry Penacoli caught up with actor Robert Redford, as he readied for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, to talk about a possible onscreen reunion with his "The Way We Were" co-star, Barbra Streisand.

While Redford said he isn't into doing sequels, per se, he did like the idea of having "The Way We Were" characters Hubbell and Katie come together after living separate lives. "Yes, to me that would be an interesting love story. To see these people -- who had this sexual passion, tremendous heat that led them into marriage -- grow apart and mature, going through separate life journeys and then coming back together again. That appeals to me a lot."

The veteran actor said he's talked with Streisand about it, and she had a good idea about the story. "We would come back together again over a situation with our daughter, who's now grown. That sort of gets in that territory that I'm talking about. That would be interesting to me, that kind of love story."

Redford admitted he didn't realize how beloved the film was until he and Streisand were on "Oprah" in October.

"You don't pay attention to that so much," the actor explained. "First of all, I haven't seen the film for a while. I saw a rough cut of it and then never saw it again, so I wasn't even sure what was in the film. And because I have a habit of not wanting to look back on things that have been done, I wasn't aware of the reaction to it so much. I knew it was considered a good love story, , but didn't know how much."

As for his labor of love, the Sundance Film Festival started 30 years ago on a shoe string budget, and now the festival generates more than $60 million for the state of Utah. "I guess what sits at the heart of it is the power of film," Redford said. "It was independent when we started it. They said it's not going to work, you can't promote it when you're not going to have trailers for the films. That's not the point, we're not in this for the commercial aspects. We're in it for the diversity. When we go through our selection process, we focus on what's the real independence, what are the fresh ideas."


             Santa Barbara International Film Festival

                       JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 6, 2011

WWW.SBIFF.ORG  For schedule and Ticket Information

Story and Photos by Bonnie Carroll

SBIFF 2011 JAN 27 - JANUARY 31(See final stories 4/1/11)

  

The 26th Annual Festival is now in full swing, with fabulous films from around the world being viewed, and red carpet awards flowing. The premiere film was Gilles Paquet-Brenner's "Sarah's Key" Staring Kristin Scott Thomas. This is an outstanding and unforgetable film. The evening also included celebrities and local politicians, who celebrated at the opening gala party at Paseo Nuevo in downtown Santa Barbara. The Hollywood Reporter and Studio 7 were sponsors for the gala.

The American Riviera Award went to Annette Benning "The Kids Are Alright" who was walked hand-in-hand down the red carpet by her husband Warren. Benning was glowing and thrilled with the award. Actor Kevin Costner made the award presention to the American beauty.

Chopin Vodka was the sponsor for The American Riviera Award.

The Writer's Panel was a collection of the best in the business, representing award winning writers from around the world. The creative force of women in the biz was the focus of the Women's Panel. A Blogger's Panel was held at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to discuss the future of film journalism, and a Producer's panel featured the "Movers & Shakers" in the business.

The Press breakfast at Moby Dick's Restaurant on Stearns Wharf included a bevy of talented film makers who shared information on their films, and were interviewed by attending press. One of the most interesting film makers attending was a brilliant couple who brought "The Last Lions" to the SBIFF. This is a film that took many years in the bush to make and no one should miss it. It's fantastic. Another film that delighted me was "The Great Vasquez" a fun Spanish entry as well as "Patisserie" a delightful and moving film created around a French pastry shop in Japan.

James Franco had crowds of young women screaming for him as he exited his limo in front of the Arlington Theatre to accept the Outstanding Performance of the Year Award for his performance in Danny Boyle's 127 Hours. Also on the red carpet for the World Premiere of "Good For Nothing" were Director Mike Wallis, Actress Inge Rademeyer and Actor Cohen Holloway. Their outstanding western film, which was shot in New Zealand was considered the hot film to see at this year's festival.

THE KING'S SPEECH CAST WERE PRESENTED THE ENSEMBLE HONOR AND GEOFFREY RUSH RECEIVED THE MONTECITO AWARD

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter walked the red carpet with Montecito Award Honoree Geoffrey Rush. Rush spent an amazing amount of time doing interviews and talking with fans, as did Colin Firth. The Kings Speech has been nominated for 12 Oscars and also had a sweep at the SAG and BAFTA awards. Billy Baldwin was also seen posing for photos and signing autographs.

The Modern Master Award was presented to Christopher Nolan for "Inception" by Leonardo Di Caprio and the Presenting sponsor for this years Modern Master Award was lynda.com.                

lynda.com Presenting Sponsor for SBIFF

Look for final red carpet photos and film review news from SBIFF in our March  Issue. BC 


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