Wednesday, February 07, 2007

As Abraham Lincoln said 'To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men' (and women)

Sheldon said in 2000 that the profession of author suited him best: There is no budget to worry about, you can have as many characters as you want; you can give them all yachts ... Sidney Sheldon, a writer whose keen grasp of popular tastes fuelled a string of feverishly romantic and suspenseful books - and made him a perennial bestseller - has died of pneumonia in Palm Springs, California, at the age of 89.
I try to construct them so when the reader gets to the end of a chapter, he or she has to read just one more chapter. It's the technique of the old Saturday afternoon serial: leave the guy hanging on the edge of the cliff at the end of the chapter Novels made good junk and their author millions

The Zeccola Family: a land of refuge for film lovers If Tomorrow Comes – Be it Art or Idea
Pull back the curtains on one of Australia’s most influential film families. It was in his birthplace, a humble southern Italian village, that Antonio Zeccola first got a taste for film. Every weekend of his childhood, he would watch movies screened by his father in the village church hall. When the Zeccolas migrated to Melbourne, they brought their passion for film with them. Over the next fifty years, Antonio Zeccola built his own cinema chain. Today Palace Cinemas is a family enterprise run by Antonio, his wife and their four children. It’s a major force in Australian film culture. But the movie business is as high risk today as it ever was, and keeping the family venture afloat is a nerve-wracking operation.

Antonio Zeccola is the Managing Director of Palace Films and Palace Cinemas with a 40-year history of distributing quality local and international titles in Australia and New Zealand. He has received credit as Executive Producer for Paul Goldman's Australian Rules and again for Rolf de Heer's Alexandra's Project, which was officially selected for screening at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2003, where it was nominated for a Golden Bear.
Antonio has a strong commitment to the Australian film industry and has invested in three of the country's most highly anticipated films of 2006: The Book of Revelation, Ana Kokkinos' follow-up to the past Palace Films success Head On; Irresistible, starring Susan Sarandon and Sam Neill; and Macbeth in which the director of Romper Stomper, Geoffrey Wright, brings Shakespeare's play to gangland Melbourne.
Palace Cinemas is Antonio's exhibition division with 73 screens across 21 locations in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth making it Australia's only national group of cinemas dedicated to the presentation of quality film. Antonio's passion for restoring, reinvigorating and saving cinema icons has led him to recently acquire and refurbish the Chauvel Cinema in Sydney and the Westgarth Theatre in Melbourne.
From the foyer to the big screen, the founder of Palace cinemas supports Australian films, writes Gabriella Coslovich.
Talk about extreme makeover. The foyer of South Yarra's Cinema Como used to have about as much personality as a railway station waiting room. Not any more. The new-look Como, being launched on Thursday, is unrecognisable - think bordello meets Gilbert and Sullivan (that's a compliment). Ten Canoes sails off with swag of awards
GFN Productions
Executive Producers: Geoff Levy, Lynda House, Antonio Zeccola
Producers: Leesa Kahn, Catriona Hughes
Director: Alister Grierson
Writers: Alister Grierson, John Lonie
Sales and Distribution: Palace Films, Arclight Films

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"Books are humanity in print."
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