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SBIFF: Steve almighty: SBIFF honors actor Steve Carell in a hilarious evening

Steve Carell greets the fans Friday outside the Arlington Theatre before accepting the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Mr. Carell was recognized for his Oscar-nominated performance in "Foxcatcher."

Steve Carell greets the fans Friday outside the Arlington Theatre before accepting the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Mr. Carell was recognized for his Oscar-nominated performance in “Foxcatcher.”

With a resume of some of the funniest movie and television characters of the last 15 years, Steve Carell’s appearance at the Arlington Theatre last night was a treat for the fans.

The evening had sold out long before the Santa Barbara International Film Festival started.

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SBIFF kicks off its 30th year tonight with opening film “Desert Dancer”

The 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival opens tonight for 12 days of celebrities; world premiere films; popular panels on writing, producing and directing; and much more. In a show of its expanding success, the festival now starts two days earlier and ends nearly a week later on a Saturday, a change after many years.

SBIFF as usual has a bevy of Oscar contenders ready to be honored and walk the red carpet, events that cause Santa Barbarans to flood the street outside the Arlington Theatre for a chance to see Hollywood’s best. Honored this year are Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, the Cousteau family, Michael Keaton and a selection of breakthrough actors in the festival’s Virtuosos Award evening.

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