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The 12th annual Palm Beach International Film Festival kicks off April 19. And after hitting a rough patch with demanding celebrities - including a run-in with Chinatown's Faye Dunaway, who ditched a premiere last year when her reported demand for $50,000 was refused - festival officials say they're bringing in several showbiz staples who save their drama for the big screen. "It's been quiet so far," festival spokeswoman Terri Neil said. "Everybody's been a real pro."
The iconic star of 1970s classics A Clockwork Orange and Caligula recently seen in HBO's Entourage and NBC's Heroes, Malcolm McDowell is traveling to Boca to push his new thriller, The List, along with costar Hilarie Burton, from the CW's young-adult fare One Tree Hill. McDowell even committed to staying through the weekend.
Dylan McDermott (TV's The Practice), actor-director Peter Bogdanovich (Paper Moon, The Last Picture Show) and A Bronx Tale's Chazz Palminteri will be spotted on diverse red carpets as well. More than 120 films are scheduled to be shown at Sunrise Cinema in Boca's Mizner Park, the Muvico Parisian at CityPlace and two new venues: the Maltz in Jupiter and The Theatre, a WPB church turned into a small art house by former Carefree owner Jon Stoll.
He spent Friday on the Boca Resort golf course and took in Palm Beach sights. "It's very clean, maybe a little too clean."
"This is a great honor. I'm very happy about it. When I think of lifetime achievement, I think, `Wait my life is not over yet. I still have a few movies left in me yet. I was thrilled to be offered the show (Heroes). It has such wonderful scenes. I don't want to ruin it for people, but this Monday's show is going to be a humdinger."
On accepting the sharp pointed crystal award for Lifetime Achievement, “I must remind myself not to sit on this very fine award.” Commenting on the crop of young performers in the festival, he mused, “Honestly, do we really need more actors?”
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