May 31, 2006

“Prada” to open L.A. Film Festival in style

By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "The Devil Wears Prada,"
a satire starring Meryl Streep as the editor of a woman's
fashion magazine, will kick off the Los Angeles Film Festival
on June 22, eight days before its theatrical release, organizer
Film Independent said Tuesday.

More than 265 feature films and shorts will be presented
during the 10-day festival, to be held primarily at venues in
and around Westwood for the first time.

The June 30 Centerpiece Premiere will be "Quinceanera," an
East Los Angeles-set saga that won the top drama awards at the
Sundance Film Festival. Sony Pictures Classics will release the
film in August.

"Little Miss Sunshine," starring Greg Kinnear and Steve
Carell in the story of a family road trip and a preteen beauty
pageant, will close the festival July 2. Fox Searchlight will
release the Sundance acquisition this summer.

While most of the films will be presented in Westwood, the
festival will screen six at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in
Hollywood. That lineup includes such musically inflected films
as the Sex Pistols documentary "The Filth and the Fury" and
"Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man."

George Lucas, who is serving as the festival's guest
director, has selected three films: Jean-Luc Godard's
"Masculine Feminine," Akira Kurosawa's "The Seven Samurai" and
Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop
Worrying and Love the Bomb."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter