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The 10th annual Riverside International Film Festival, featuring 176 features and shorts from around the world, will get under way Friday with an opening night gala.

The festival spotlights films from Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

However, the curtain rises on the nine-day event with a screening of the American-made “Queens of Country,” a comedy-romance starring Lizzy Caplan and Ron Livingston.

Prior to the movie, invited guests will gather for a gala honoring longtime Hollywood fashion designer Randy McLaughlin.

The two-time Emmy- nominated costume artist will receive a lifetime achievement award, festival organizers said.

His Hollywood Graffiti Gown, a hand-beaded black piece displaying the names of more than 400 female stars who wished to be identified with it, will also be on display.

The garment is scheduled for the auction block, with all proceeds earmarked for HIV/AIDS awareness charities.

The opening night festivities will take place at the Culver Center and Fox Performing Arts Center downtown, while all screenings will be held at Regal Riverside Plaza Stadium 15.

“RIFF is organized by members of this community to showcase film as an important part of the Riverside arts network,” said Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge. “We are proud to welcome the international film community with features from some of the industry’s most innovative filmmakers and up-and-coming directors.”

The festival will include an Animation Night as well a High School Film Day, sporting documentaries and shorts made by or about teenagers.

Among the suspense films on the schedule is a 2012 indie from Australia titled “Searching for Sonny,” about a group of friends whose stage play becomes eerily similar to real life.

The Yugoslavian comedy-drama “Just Between Us,” showing Monday, explores the ramifications of infidelity, while the documentary “5 Days in Denver,” showing April 27, recalls clashes between protesters and police at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The festival will conclude April 29 with a “Best of the Fest” series of screenings.


Check out a recent interview of Lizzy did for Queens Of Country with Red Eye Chicago:

Do not read this interview with “Queens of Country” star Lizzy Caplan and picture her as moody Janis Ian from “Mean Girls.”

This year Caplan becomes a leading lady, not a sidekick. She not only delivers a knockout turn in “Country,” which opens the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival Thursday, but stars in the anticipated romantic comedies /Sundance successes “Save the Date” (with Alison Brie) and “Bachelorette,” (with Kirsten Dunst), which some expect to be this year’s “Bridesmaids.”

In the funny, strange “Queens of Country,” Caplan (who participates in a Q&A following the 7 p.m. screening at the Wicker Park Arts Center) plays Jolene, who distracts herself from an unhappy life with her fiance (Ron Livingston) through a relentless search for the owner of a lost iPod. The device contains the old country music Jolene loves, and she’s sure the owner must be the man of her dreams.

From her home in L.A., the 29-year-old actress (also known for “New Girl,” “Party Down,” “Hot Tub Time Machine” and the upcoming Showtime series “Masters of Sex”) talked about being mocked for wearing a cowboy hat, her big year ahead and when life feels like a country song.

What were your thoughts on country music growing up, and how have they changed since making the movie?
For some reason it seems to be a popular thing to say that you like all kinds of music except country. I hear that a lot. And I think I used to say that when I was a kid, not knowing what the hell I was talking about. I wasn’t raised listening to these guys or girls so it was sort of new to me. They talk about it a little bit in the movie in a very odd way—like everything else in the movie—the difference between old country and new country. I haven’t found too much new country I’m a fan of, but that old stuff, man, I can listen to it all day.

If it makes you feel any better, I think my line used to be, “Everything but country and classical.”
[Laughs.] I never said that because I played classical. So I was clearly a much more highbrow child than you were.

I know you listened to a lot of old country preparing for the movie, and you commented on the “general badassery” of those singers. How much did that influence you? When I watch too many British movies, I almost start talking with an accent.
Oh, no, you’re that guy?

I said almost!
[Laughs.] OK good. I think it’s fun to get totally [immersed] in a role, and it was very easy to do that with this because we shot it in this little town in Arizona called Cave Creek that seemed almost stuck in time. They’ve very into country music. It’s like, the population is, you’re either a cowboy or a biker; that’s the vibe I got. It’s an amazing town. There’s no chain restaurants in Cave Creek. There’s nothing but these little mom and pop shops. It’s fantastic. So it was easy for us to soak up the feel of the time—the movie takes place now, but it’s supposed to feel like a throwback to a bygone era, and that’s exactly what that town feels like. Since we were there for so long—we were there for two months—we were staying in a resort in Carefree, Ariz., which is right next to Cave Creek. It was the off-season I guess because it was over 100 degrees and the weather was miserable. Only the movie people, we were the vast majority of the population of this resort, so we just kind of scooted around on golf carts and we would drink in the bar at the resort or the nearby bar. We just got fully into the whole culture. I wore a cowboy hat every day and then wore a cowboy hat for like a month when I got home until the teasing—I thought the teasing would subside and it didn’t so I [stopped wearing it].

What was the comment that broke the camel’s back?
It was just incessant. Like I know I’m not a cowgirl or whatever. [Laughs.] It was just me loving this movie that I had just finished and people were just rolling their eyes at me. I probably would have done the same thing to a friend. Like, “We get it, you just did a movie that had line-dancing and country singers in it. We get it. Now you’re wearing a cowboy hat. It’s so adorable.”
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I am finally working on adding previous event pics of Lizzy! Here are ones of Lizzy from 2011-2009. Thanks to Roberta for all the HQs!

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I have added a bunch of previous photoshoots of Lizzy including more from Sundance that are Save The Date related!

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Winners were recently announced for 2012 NewNowNext Awards. Lizzy was nominated for for Next Mega Star for her performance as Julia on New Girl. She lost to Josh Hutcherson who currently stars in The Hunger Games. If anyone is interested in watching, the show airs on Monday!

I have added two more promotional stills of Lizzy in Queens Of Country:

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I have finally added the poster of Lizzy’s latest film, Frankie Go Boom:

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Lizzy will be attending Chicago International Music And Movies Festival to premiere Queens OF Country:

The Chicago International Music And Movies Festival has announced its initial lineup and it’s pretty damn good. Lizzy Caplan, Joe Lo Truglio, and Matt Walsh will all be in town for the Chicago première of Queens Of Country, a movie about a gal named Jolene with Dolly Parton hair who falls in love with the owner of a mystery iPod. Walsh and Lo Truglio will stay on for the local première of Walsh’s directorial debut, High Road, along with former SNL-er Horatio Sanz. The fest runs April 12-15 all over Chicago.

Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost): A Film About Bobby Bare Jr. will screen at The Hideout as part of a special “in-progress preview,” and Bare will perform after the screening. Members of The Sugarhill Gang will be “Rappers Delight”-ing all over town with their documentary I Want My Name Back.

A full lineup is available over at the CIMMfest website, and both single screening tickets and festival passes are on sale now.


It will be happening on April 12 at 7pm. Buy tickets.

I have added some more Sundance portraits of Lizzy for LA Times and Bachelorette:

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January 22 2012: 2012 Sundance Film Festival – “Bachelorette” – Portraits #2

Not that you needed further proof that 2012 was going to be the year of Lizzy Caplan, but the actress steals her scenes in “frankie go boom” with the fervor of someone trying to become your next favorite indie queen. She manages to lift what could have been a rote comedy of sibling rivalry and escalating embarrassment into something heartfelt and human.

“frankie go boom” (title intentionally lowercase), which had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on Saturday night, is one of those movies you’ll stumble upon at 1 a.m. on Showtime and wonder how director Jordan Roberts managed to get everyone you love into the same movie. There’s Caplan as Lassie, the female lead, Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”) as the titular Frankie, Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) as his ne’er-do-well brother, Bruce, and Chris Noth and Ron Perlman — as a manic Hollywood star and a transgender ex-con, respectively. Toss in supporting turns from Whitney Cummings, Nora Dunn and Sam Anderson (Bernard from “Lost”!), as well as a brief cameo from Adam Pally (“Happy Endings”) and “frankie go boom” is almost always enjoyable, if only because of the cast’s considerable charm and chemistry.

If it doesn’t amount to much else, that’s because the story is somewhat disjointed: it revolves around a missing sex tape, Bruce’s desire to become a director, and Frankie’s push to overcome his biggest fears. Where the film shines is in the little moments between Lassie and Frankie, two damaged souls who become bound together by the various forms of humiliation, both big and small, they experience throughout the film.

“I wanted to make a comedy about a second chance in love, a second chance at whatever thing you got slapped down in. I was fascinated by humiliation, and by overcoming humiliation,” Roberts, making his directorial debut with “frankie go boom,” said during the post-screening Q&A. “I love comedies that are grounded in the real world; it’s a broad comedy but we really wanted to make it feel emotionally real.”

Good thing he cast Caplan, then, who is tasked with handling a lot of that emotion. Best known for her role on “Party Down” (and for playing Janis Ian in “Mean Girls”; suck on that!), Caplan made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in January for her performances in “Bachelorette” and “Save the Date.” (Vulture called her a contender for Sundance “It-Girl.”) In “frankie,” she takes what could be another variation on the Manic Pixie Dream Girl — Lassie literally runs into Frankie while drunkenly riding her bike one night — and makes her into someone three-dimensional. There’s a scene at the end of the first act, where Lassie — through tears — must explain why she’s biking-while-intoxicated; it’s both heartbreaking and hilarious, and Caplan nails the tonal subtleties with ease.

“What Lizzy does in the backseat of that car, in that early scene, is so extraordinary to me,” Roberts said. “She threw herself in, 100 percent.”

Judging from her recent run of choices and performances, that seems par for Caplan’s course.


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