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Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson in Athens February 5, 2008

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Daniel Day-Lewis is oil tycoon Daniel Plainview in Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama ‘There Will Be Blood’.

The business of oil lies at the heart of “There Will Be Blood” Paul Thomas Anderson’s powerful drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

The director and lead actor are expected in Athens this month for the film’s Greek premiere. Organized by Audio Visual Enterprises, the Premiere Nights Athens Film Festival and Cerebral Palsy Greece, the event is scheduled to take place on February 14 at the Pallas Theater.

Proceeds from the premiere will benefit highly active Cerebral Palsy Greece, an association which enjoys a particularly strong bond with Day-Lewis.

Besides “black gold,” the film tells a story of greed, revenge and religion. In turn-of-the-century California, Daniel Plainview, a poor miner raising his only child, becomes an oil tycoon. The film has been nominated for eight Oscars later this month.

For tickets to the premiere > Cerebral Palsy Greece, 117 M. Geroulanou Street, Argyroupolis, Athens, tel 210 9622290; Pallas Theater, CityLink, 5 Voukourestiou Street, Athens, tel 210 3213100, by credit card tel 210 8108181 and www.ellthea.gr; Fnac (The Mall); Ster Cinemas, Ster Ilion: 67A Dimocratias Avenue, Ilion, Athens, daily from 4 p.m. to 8p.m., tel 237 1000 and Ster Aghios Eleftherios, 375 Acharnon Avenue, Athens.

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Greek moviegoers opt for local films November 14, 2007

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Yiannis Smaragdis’s historical drama ‘El Greco’ is ahead in the box-office battle so far.

Recent box office figures, since the season’s “unofficial” start in late August, show that, so far, local audiences prefer to watch local productions as well as family films. Two of the three Greek films that have opened are currently in the box office top five, while the third, despite a generalized attack by the critics, made an impressive debut in the first four days of screenings.

Despite initial hesitation, Yiannis Smaragdis’s “El Greco” has been recognized for its love of the subject matter and the quality of its production. Up to now, the film has sold more than 565,000 tickets. Olga Malea’s “First Time Godfather” is also on the right ticket path. An entertaining story coupled with recent political history references, the movie has attracted 189,000 viewers. Nikos Zapatinas’s “Kiss of Life” which opened last week, is also expected to do well.

Judging from the figures, it seems that audiences are eager to watch Greek films, when the latter are aimed at movie theaters, as opposed to being screened at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

The second element emerging from the recent figures is that family entertainment is a sure bet. The fifth installment of Harry Potter, for instance, reached 400,000 tickets, “Ratatouille” climbed to 270,000 tickets, “Shrek the Third” reached 190,000 tickets, “The Simpsons Movie” notched 125,000 tickets, while recently released “Surf’s Up” has already surpassed 40,000 tickets.

Film genres which have traditionally attracted large audiences to movie theaters, namely action, crime, science fiction or comedy, appear to be on a downward spiral. All this points to the changing habits of moviegoers. The cinema public’s basic core, young people, are now downloading movies from the Internet or picking up counterfeit DVDs.

Top 10 >

  • El Greco : 565,000
  • Harry Potter 5 : 400,000
  • Ratatouille : 270,000
  • Shrek The Third : 190,000
  • First Time Godfather : 189,000
  • The Bourne Ultimatum : 170,000
  • Rush Hour 3 : 140,000
  • The Simpsons Movie : 125,000
  • Zodiac : 120,000

The Caveman October 1, 2007

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CAVEMAN By Rob Becker, A comedy about lives, loves and relationships in Greek > PLANNED OPENING NIGHT THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER 2007

caveman1.gif  The comedy hit CAVEMAN is the longest running solo show in Broadway history and will be featured for the first time in Greece in Theatre Coronet. Written by Rob Becker and adapted and directed by Anastasia Papastathi this one-man phenomenon has been seen by more than 7 million people in more than 30 countries and in over 15 different languages. The performers, in exchange, Gerasimos Gennatas and Giorgos Iliopoulos, have a prehistoric look at the battle of the sexes that goes straight to the funny bone.

The hero of the show is Sotiris, sympathetic and kind but at the same time primitive and macho. In other words: the average Greek. Sotiris, after a quarrel with his wife, finds himself on the street with all of his belongings. Starting from the basic question that is nagging him: “why don’t men and women get along?’’, a series of comic situations develop from the prehistoric age until today.

The participation of the audience, which is a very lively aspect of the show, leads to surprising situations. This prehistoric look at the battle of the sexes is full of hilarious scenarios that celebrate the differences and similarities between men and women and how they relate.

caveman2.jpg  Here is what the press said about CAVEMAN >

  • “A comic phenomenon!” -The New York Times
  • Becker’s message: “if men and women would spend as much time trying to understand each other as (we) do trying to change each other … (we) would get along a lot better and laugh a lot more.” -The Courier-Journal
  • The “outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap” -Chicago Sun Times
  • “Hysterically Funny! Couples who were seen arguing before the show, stroll out into the night holding hands.” -Variety

Writer: Rob Becker
Adaptation – Direction: Anastasia Papastathi
Translation: Erato Tati
Music: Heimberg 5000
Light: Valentin Galle
Scenery: Bernard Jonsson
Costumes: Keira Coltrane
Production: Theatre Coronet & Mogul Theater
ACTOR: Gerasimos Gennatas 

CORONET Theater, 11 Frinis Street, Pangrati, Athens, tel 210 7012123 and 210 7012511, www.coronet.gr

Related Links > www.caveman.gr

Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Festival September 30, 2007

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The Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas, 196-10 Northern Blvd., Flushing, will hold their annual Greek Festival Thursday, October 4 through Sunday, October 7. 2007.

It marks the 36th Anniversary of the festival that has become an annual tradition for the church since 1971 when St. Nicholas was the first community to sponsor an ethnic festival in the New York metropolitan area.

Greek music will set the mood of being in an Athenian café or on a Grecian isle. Along with Greek foods, the foods of Cyprus will be offered. After enjoying these cuisines, festival-goers can satisfy their sweet tooth by tasting baklava, loukoumades and other Greek pastries.

For those looking for a bargain there will be a flea market. For the serious shopper there will also be vendors selling new merchandise. For the youngsters there will be games, popcorn and sweets.

A highlight of a visit should be a tour of the church. The church, erected in 1971, was cited by the Queens Chamber of Commerce for its architecture. The church was designated a Shrine Church in 1972 when Archbishop Iakovos received at St. Nicholas the relics from the grave of St. Nicholas in Bari, Italy. These relics have been enshrined in a reliquary. Encircling the walls of the church are six 30 foot by 12 foot panels depicting scenes from the Bible.

The festival is held on Thursday, October 4 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, October 5 from 6 to midnight; Saturday, October 6, noon to midnight, and Sunday, October 7 noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

St. Nicholas welcomes all to come for a taste of Greece and Cyprus in Flushing. For more information, contact Rev. Fr. Paul C. Palesty, Pastor, or Kristine Marames, Publicity Chair, at 718-357-4200.