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Eastwood, DiCaprio play doubles in Globe noms

16 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

COMPLETE COVERAGE:

List of nominees

Film nominees react

Risky Business: Anne Thompson's take

Grove: Votes impact Oscar coin

TV noms: 'Grey's' a top Globe contender

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. doubled down on Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio on Thursday as it announced nominations for the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

With seven nominations, Babel was the most-nominated film, followed by The Departed with six and Dreamgirls with five. In the television categories, the drama Grey's Anatomy and the comedy Weeds were the most nominated series, with four each.

Eastwood received two nominations in the same category, picking up noms as best director for his bookend films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. DiCaprio also twice scored in one same category, dominating the list for best dramatic actor with noms for his work as a Boston undercover cop in The Departed and a South African mercenary in Blood Diamond.

Helen Mirren did them one better. Not only did she receive two nominations in the category of best performance by an actress in a miniseries -- for Elizabeth I and Prime Suspect: The Final Act -- but she was gifted with a third nom, as best motion picture actress for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen.

For all their love of Eastwood, though, the 83 voting members of the HFPA did not nominate Flags as best drama. They spread their noms among Babel, Bobby, Departed, Little Children and Queen.

For best motion picture comedy or musical, the noms went to Borat, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine and Thank You for Smoking.

Joining Eastwood as best director nominees are Stephen Frears for Queen, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Babel and Martin Scorsese for Departed. Despite its five nominations, Dreamgirls failed to earn a nomination for its director, Bill Condon, who may have been edged aside by the dual Eastwood noms.

As if offering an antidote to Babel, a globe-trotting tale of cultural misunderstandings, the nominations themselves took on a multicultural hue. Babel supporting actresses Adriana Barraza, who hails from Mexico, and Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi were invited to the Globes' annual party, to be held Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton and broadcast live by NBC. London-born comedian Sacha Baron Cohen crashed the best actor in a comedy lineup with his alter ego, Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev. And the circle of nominated composers read like a survey of world music with the French-born Alexandre Desplat (The Painted Veil), British-born Clint Mansell (The Fountain), Argentinean Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel), Italian Carlo Siliotto (Nomad) and German-born Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code).

A strong streak of Anglophilia also carried through the nominations. In the best dramatic actress heat, for example, American Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars as an ex-con trying to re-establish her life in Sherrybaby, and the Spanish-born Penelope Cruz, playing a resilient widow in Volver, are pitted against such formidable British talent as Judi Dench, who portrays a repressed schoolteacher in Notes on a Scandal; Kate Winslet, who plays an adulterous suburbanite in Little Children; and Mirren in Queen.

In addition to DiCaprio, the best actor nominees are Peter O'Toole, earning his 10th Globe nomination by playing an aging rogue in Venus; Will Smith, for portraying a struggling dad in The Pursuit of Happyness; and Forest Whitaker, who stars as the mercurial Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

In the best actress in a comedy or musical category, the nominees are Annette Bening, who plays an unstable mom in Running With Scissors; Toni Collette, the long-suffering wife in Little Miss Sunshine; Beyonce Knowles, who portrays a rising recording star in Dreamgirls; Meryl Streep, for her turn as a fearsome magazine editor in Prada; and Renee Zellweger, who plays author Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter.

Collette picked up a second nomination as TV supporting actress for Tsunami: The Aftermath, and Knowles joined the pack of double nominees because she also shares in the composing credits for best song nominee Listen from Dreamgirls.

For best actor in a comedy or musical, the HFPA nominated Baron Cohen; Johnny Depp, scoring his second Globe nomination for playing Jack Sparrow, this time for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"; Aaron Eckhart, who appears as a tobacco lobbyist in Thank You for Smoking; Will Ferrell, who plays a man whose life unfolds like a novel in Stranger Than Fiction; and in what amounted to a surprise choice, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who dresses up as a London drag queen in Kinky Boots. Like Collette, Ejiofor picked up a second nomination for Tsunami, for which he earned a best actor in a TV miniseries nom. »

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Eastwood, DiCaprio play doubles in Globe noms

15 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

COMPLETE COVERAGE:

List of nominees

Film nominees react

Risky Business: Anne Thompson's take

Grove: Votes impact Oscar coin

TV noms: 'Grey's' a top Globe contender

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. doubled down on Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio on Thursday as it announced nominations for the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

With seven nominations, Babel was the most-nominated film, followed by The Departed with six and Dreamgirls with five. In the television categories, the drama Grey's Anatomy and the comedy Weeds were the most nominated series, with four each.

Eastwood received two nominations in the same category, picking up noms as best director for his bookend films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. DiCaprio also twice scored in one same category, dominating the list for best dramatic actor with noms for his work as a Boston undercover cop in The Departed and a South African mercenary in Blood Diamond.

Helen Mirren did them one better. Not only did she receive two nominations in the category of best performance by an actress in a miniseries -- for Elizabeth I and Prime Suspect: The Final Act -- but she was gifted with a third nom, as best motion picture actress for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen.

For all their love of Eastwood, though, the 83 voting members of the HFPA did not nominate Flags as best drama. They spread their noms among Babel, Bobby, Departed, Little Children and Queen.

For best motion picture comedy or musical, the noms went to Borat, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine and Thank You for Smoking.

Joining Eastwood as best director nominees are Stephen Frears for Queen, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Babel and Martin Scorsese for Departed. Despite its five nominations, Dreamgirls failed to earn a nomination for its director, Bill Condon, who may have been edged aside by the dual Eastwood noms.

As if offering an antidote to Babel, a globe-trotting tale of cultural misunderstandings, the nominations themselves took on a multicultural hue. Babel supporting actresses Adriana Barraza, who hails from Mexico, and Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi were invited to the Globes' annual party, to be held Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton and broadcast live by NBC. London-born comedian Sacha Baron Cohen crashed the best actor in a comedy lineup with his alter ego, Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev. And the circle of nominated composers read like a survey of world music with the French-born Alexandre Desplat (The Painted Veil), British-born Clint Mansell (The Fountain), Argentinean Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel), Italian Carlo Siliotto (Nomad) and German-born Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code).

A strong streak of Anglophilia also carried through the nominations. In the best dramatic actress heat, for example, American Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars as an ex-con trying to re-establish her life in Sherrybaby, and the Spanish-born Penelope Cruz, playing a resilient widow in Volver, are pitted against such formidable British talent as Judi Dench, who portrays a repressed schoolteacher in Notes on a Scandal; Kate Winslet, who plays an adulterous suburbanite in Little Children; and Mirren in Queen.

In addition to DiCaprio, the best actor nominees are Peter O'Toole, earning his 10th Globe nomination by playing an aging rogue in Venus; Will Smith, for portraying a struggling dad in The Pursuit of Happyness; and Forest Whitaker, who stars as the mercurial Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

In the best actress in a comedy or musical category, the nominees are Annette Bening, who plays an unstable mom in Running With Scissors; Toni Collette, the long-suffering wife in Little Miss Sunshine; Beyonce Knowles, who portrays a rising recording star in Dreamgirls; Meryl Streep, for her turn as a fearsome magazine editor in Prada; and Renee Zellweger, who plays author Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter.

Collette picked up a second nomination as TV supporting actress for Tsunami: The Aftermath, and Knowles joined the pack of double nominees because she also shares in the composing credits for best song nominee Listen from Dreamgirls.

For best actor in a comedy or musical, the HFPA nominated Baron Cohen; Johnny Depp, scoring his second Globe nomination for playing Jack Sparrow, this time for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"; Aaron Eckhart, who appears as a tobacco lobbyist in Thank You for Smoking; Will Ferrell, who plays a man whose life unfolds like a novel in Stranger Than Fiction; and in what amounted to a surprise choice, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who dresses up as a London drag queen in Kinky Boots. Like Collette, Ejiofor picked up a second nomination for Tsunami, for which he earned a best actor in a TV miniseries nom. »

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Sir Galahad Rides Again in 'Mortal Armor'

14 December 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links  Mortal Armor: The Legend of Galahad  Laurence DunmoreThe Libertine Laurence Dunmore is going back in time, again. The director of The Libertine, has been tapped to helm a retelling of Sir Gallahad's quest for the Holy Grail titled Mortal Armor: The Legend of Galahad. The director's sophmore project is set to be a "coming of age" tale of the legendary knight and his journey to unlock the secrets of the the Christian lore. The project is penned by Joel Gross and overseen by producer Gale Ann Hurd. Production is set to begin next summer in the U.K. The legend of Galahad and the Quest for the Holy Grail is one that has inspired knights errant and knaves alike for centuries. Galahad was said to be a descendent of king David of Israel by his father Lancelot, and therefore a direct relation of Jesus Christ. This relation, »

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List of Golden Globe nominees

14 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MOTION PICTURES

Picture, Drama

"Babel", "Bobby", "The Departed", "Little Children", "The Queen"

Actress, Drama

Penelope Cruz, "Volver"; Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal"; Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Sherrybaby"; Helen Mirren, "The Queen"; Kate Winslet, "Little Children"

Actor, Drama

Leonardo DiCaprio, "Blood Diamond"; Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Departed"; Peter O'Toole, "Venus"; Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness"; Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"

Picture, Musical or Comedy

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," "The Devil Wears Prada", "Dreamgirls", "Little Miss Sunshine", "Thank You for Smoking"

Actress, Musical or Comedy

Annette Bening, "Running With Scissors"; Toni Collette, "Little Miss Sunshine"; Beyonce Knowles, "Dreamgirls"; Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada"; Renee Zellweger, "Miss Potter"

Actor, Musical or Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"; Johnny Depp, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"; Aaron Eckhart, "Thank You for Smoking"; Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Kinky Boots"; Will Ferrell, "Stranger than Fiction"

Supporting Actress

Adriana Barraza, "Babel"; Cate Blanchett, "Notes on a Scandal"; Emily Blunt, "The Devil Wears Prada"; Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"; Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel"

Supporting Actor

Ben Affleck, "Hollywoodland"; Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls"; Jack Nicholson, "The Departed"; Brad Pitt, "Babel"; Mark Wahlberg, "The Departed"

Director

Clint Eastwood, "Flags of Our Fathers"; Clint Eastwood, "Letters from Iwo Jima"; Steven Frears, "The Queen"; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Babel"; Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"

Screenplay

Guillermo Arriaga, "Babel"; Todd Field and Tom Perrotta, "Little Children"; Patrick Marber, "Notes on a Scandal"; William Monahan, "The Departed"; Peter Morgan, "The Queen"

Foreign Language

"Apocalypto", USA; "Letters from Iwo Jima", USA/Japan; "The Lives of Others", Germany; "Pan's Labyrinth", Mexico; "Volver" Spain

Animated Film

"Cars", "Happy Feet", "Monster House"

Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, "The Painted Veil"; Clint Mansell, "The Fountain"; Gustavo Santaolalla, "Babel"; Carlo Siliotto, "Nomad"; Hans Zimmer, "The Da Vinci Code"

Original Song

"A Father's Way" from "The Pursuit of Happyness"; "Listen" from "Dreamgirls"; "Never Gonna Break My Faith" from "Bobby"; "The Song of the Heart" from "Happy Feet"; "Try Not to Remember" from "Home of the Brave"

TELEVISION

Series, Drama

"24," Fox; "Big Love", HBO; "Grey's Anatomy", ABC; "Heroes", NBC; "Lost", ABC

Actress, Drama

Patricia Arquette, "Medium"; Edie Falco, "The Sopranos"; Evangeline Lilly, "Lost"; Ellen Pompeo, "Grey's Anatomy"; Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

Actor, Drama

Patrick Dempsey, "Grey's Anatomy"; Michael C. »

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Eastwood, DiCaprio play doubles in Globe noms

14 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. doubled down on Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio on Thursday as it announced nominations for the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

With seven nominations, Babel was the most-nominated film, followed by The Departed with six and Dreamgirls with five. In the television categories, the drama Grey's Anatomy and the comedy Weeds were the most nominated series, with four each.

Eastwood received two nominations in the same category, picking up noms as best director for his bookend films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. DiCaprio also twice scored in one same category, dominating the list for best dramatic actor with noms for his work as a Boston undercover cop in The Departed and a South African mercenary in Blood Diamond.

Helen Mirren did them one better. Not only did she receive two nominations in the category of best performance by an actress in a miniseries -- for Elizabeth I and Prime Suspect: The Final Act -- but she was gifted with a third nom, as best motion picture actress for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen.

For all their love of Eastwood, though, the 83 voting members of the HFPA did not nominate Flags as best drama. They spread their noms among Babel, Bobby, Departed, Little Children and Queen.

For best motion picture comedy or musical, the noms went to Borat, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine and Thank You for Smoking.

Joining Eastwood as best director nominees are Stephen Frears for Queen, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Babel and Martin Scorsese for Departed. Despite its five nominations, Dreamgirls failed to earn a nomination for its director, Bill Condon, who may have been edged aside by the dual Eastwood noms.

As if offering an antidote to Babel, a globe-trotting tale of cultural misunderstandings, the nominations themselves took on a multicultural hue. Babel supporting actresses Adriana Barraza, who hails from Mexico, and Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi were invited to the Globes' annual party, to be held Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton and broadcast live by NBC. London-born comedian Sacha Baron Cohen crashed the best actor in a comedy lineup with his alter ego, Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev. And the circle of nominated composers read like a survey of world music with the French-born Alexandre Desplat (The Painted Veil), British-born Clint Mansell (The Fountain), Argentinean Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel), Italian Carlo Siliotto (Nomad) and German-born Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code).

A strong streak of Anglophilia also carried through the nominations. In the best dramatic actress heat, for example, American Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars as an ex-con trying to re-establish her life in Sherrybaby, and the Spanish-born Penelope Cruz, playing a resilient widow in Volver, are pitted against such formidable British talent as Judi Dench, who portrays a repressed schoolteacher in Notes on a Scandal; Kate Winslet, who plays an adulterous suburbanite in Little Children; and Mirren in Queen.

In addition to DiCaprio, the best actor nominees are Peter O'Toole, earning his 10th Globe nomination by playing an aging rogue in Venus; Will Smith, for portraying a struggling dad in The Pursuit of Happyness; and Forest Whitaker, who stars as the mercurial Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

In the best actress in a comedy or musical category, the nominees are Annette Bening, who plays an unstable mom in Running With Scissors; Toni Collette, the long-suffering wife in Little Miss Sunshine; Beyonce Knowles, who portrays a rising recording star in Dreamgirls; Meryl Streep, for her turn as a fearsome magazine editor in Prada; and Renee Zellweger, who plays author Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter.

Collette picked up a second nomination as TV supporting actress for Tsunami: The Aftermath, and Knowles joined the pack of double nominees because she also shares in the composing credits for best song nominee Listen from Dreamgirls.

For best actor in a comedy or musical, the HFPA nominated Baron Cohen; Johnny Depp, scoring his second Globe nomination for playing Jack Sparrow, this time for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"; Aaron Eckhart, who appears as a tobacco lobbyist in Thank You for Smoking; Will Ferrell, who plays a man whose life unfolds like a novel in Stranger Than Fiction; and in what amounted to a surprise choice, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who dresses up as a London drag queen in Kinky Boots. Like Collette, Ejiofor picked up a second nomination for Tsunami, for which he earned a best actor in a TV miniseries nom.

COMPLETE COVERAGE:

List of nominees

Film nominees react

Risky Business: Anne Thompson's take

Grove: Votes impact Oscar coin

TV noms: 'Grey's' a top Globe contender

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Cohen's 'Sweeney Todd' Role Not Confirmed

29 November 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory filmmaker Tim Burton has slammed reports Sacha Baron Cohen has signed up to star in upcoming film Sweeney Todd, insisting talks with the Borat funnyman are far from concluded. Earlier this month, media outlets claimed Cohen had landed the coveted villain role of Adolfo Pirelli opposite leading man Johnny Depp and Burton's partner Helena Bonham Carter. But Burton tells movie magazine Empire, "It's very early days of discussions. I don't know that got out there. The internet is a very strange place." The film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical is scheduled to begin filming in February. »

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'Pirates' DVD sails away with U.K. record

27 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has plundered the U.K. DVD record books to become the fastest-selling DVD of all time, the company said Monday.

The second film in the trilogy, which went on sale Nov. 20, sold just short of 1.5 million copies nationwide in its first week of release, accounting for one in four DVDs purchased in the U.K. this past week.

The Johnny Depp starrer beat out the previous Week 1 sales record of 1.4 million units held by Warner Home Video's '"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." However, it falls short of the combined VHS/DVD record held by Titanic, with 2.2 million sales in its first week.

BVHE said demand has been so great that it has ordered one million extra copies from its plant in Mexico, adding that if sales continue as they are, it believes the DVD could sell up to three million copies by the end of the year. »

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Halloween DVD roundup

27 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The calendar commands. We obey. Here's a roundup of fall's most horrific DVDs.

Before Freddy Krueger morphed into a bobblehead doll and beloved pop icon, he was a slayer and molester of small children, more interested in ghastly homicide than one-liners. Nowadays, he's "The Henny Youngman of horror", says horror pic pundit David Del Valle. "We forget that he was this child killer."

New Line offers an eye-opening reminder with the rerelease of "A Nightmare on Elm Street", the real-deal original and by far the best movie in the Freddy franchise. The double-disc set proves a significant upgrade from NL's last "Nightmare", bringing back to life most of the extras from the definitive Elite laserdisc of the late '90s.

The overhauled video and audio alone justify New Line's double dip. Images are on the dark side, with a bias toward artsy-creepy blues. Compared to the 2001 disc, there's much more detail, less grain, less fuzziness. Aspect ratio is the original 1.85:1, enhanced for 16x9 monitors. Audio gets a big upgrade to nerve-rattling Dolby 5.1-EX and DTS-ES 6.1 surround. Fans have griped that a handful of audio effects are MIA.

Writer-director Wes Craven, star Heather Langenkamp and several co-conspirators do a new commentary. (Johnny Depp, who made his film debut here as the weenie boyfriend, doesn't participate.) The second feature-length talk with Craven and company dates back to the 1996 laserdisc. Either one is a good choice.

Three new featurettes cover the Freddy phenomenon. "The House That Freddy Built: The History of New Line" takes us from "Nightmare" to "The Lord of the Rings". The company-line docu tells how close this production was to never happening because of skittish financiers. At one point, a crew member's credit cards came into play. Peter Jackson later wrote a script for a "Nightmare" sequel, the docu says, but it was rejected. "Never Sleep Again" does a good job covering the production, mixing in plenty of deleted footage. "I dream of Freddy all the time", says actress Langenkamp, now in her 40s. "Night Terrors" looks at dream symbolism through the ages and how Freddy fits in.

The docus incorporate much of the material presented on Disc 1 via New Line's ambitious but annoying InfiniFilm scheme, in which viewers detour from the film to view extras that are announced by pop-ups.

****

Takashi Miike knows the outer limits of American cable. "Imprint", the notorious Japanese director's entry in Showtime's "Masters of Horror" series, proved too extreme for the network.

"Banned from cable TV" the DVD slipcase shouts. Not even a close call, most rational viewers will agree.

"Imprint" loiters in the darkest places of civilized life, exploiting incest, abortion, spousal abuse, child molestation, torture and more. "What system, what producer would greenlight this?" Miike muses in the extras. "For me this is like a car accident."

A better question: Why bother to watch such a thing? Miike is hugely talented, as he proved with the domestic shocker "Audition". The hourlong "Imprint's" dark beauty can't be denied. Visually, it's reminiscent of Kurosawa's final poetic works. The plot goes from strange to absurd in the final 15 minutes, but the story still fascinates with its twists and "Rashomon"-like shuffling of realities. For those who can bear it, "Imprint" proves a singular experience.

The story is set on a Japanese island, near the end of the 19th century. The American anti-hero, played by Billy Drago, shows up at a low-rent brothel seeking a working girl he promised to marry years ago. A hooker, beautiful despite a deformed face, gives him tea and comfort, then launches into a long story about her past and his lost love. "I am surrounded by madness", the seeker proclaims once he has heard enough. But the madness has just begun.

Miike is interviewed at length in the extras. He seems like a decent guy, well versed in fast-and-furious filmmaking. Miike is full of practiced quotes: "Human nature itself is horrific." "The object of horror is not (to reveal) a lunatic but yourself." A text essay on the director and his many genre films will be helpful for most viewers.

The commentators, oddly enough, are not big fans of the work. Chris D. of the American Cinematheque and writer Wyatt Doyle call Miike's decision to shoot in English a cop-out, pointing to the shaky performances of Japanese players who had to learn their lines phonetically. They expect more from Miike. Good talk.

Anchor Bay's single-disc presentation retails for $16.98. It includes a pair of decent making-of docus that add up to about 70 minutes. The letterboxed images (1.77:1, enhanced) are flawless and richly colored. Audio is fine.

****

One of the many cool things about "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" was its cheap-o documentary feel. The images on previous home video releases were true to its low-low-budget origins, but now Dark Sky Films has gone and gussied up the 1974 indie classic.

"Chain Saw" looks and sounds as good as it's going to get on this "Ultimate Edition". The high-def transfer, from the mother 16mm negatives, reveals surprisingly vibrant colors and detail. Audio has been remixed in 5.1 and stereo, allowing appreciation of its chilling soundtrack, hugely influential and ahead of its time.

The DVD features two docus: "The Shocking Truth" (from 2000) and the looser "Flesh Wounds". "Truth" tells the downbeat tale of how the filmmakers and actors were cut out of the film's juicy profits, with an alleged mob-front company taking the blame. A commentary with director Tobe Hooper and "Leatherface" Gunnar Hansen comes from previous editions; a new track features the actors and the innovative production designer Robert A. Burns. Hours of grisly fun await the faithful in the other extras. Retail: $29.98.

****

"Rest Stop", another tale of Texas terror, comes from Warner's new direct-to-video operation, Raw Feed. The movie starts as a kidnapping thriller, a redneck version of "The Vanishing", before veering off into psycho killer territory. Director John Shiban ("The X-Files") gets decent performances out of his young star, Jaimie Alexander, and from Joey Lawrence, who plays a doomed cop. Extras include three alternate endings and a strange short about the film's family of Spam-eating freaks. Retail: $24.98.

****

The "Mystery Science Theater" gang would have a blast with 1975's "The Devil's Rain," a work equally sinister and shlocky. Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert and William Shatner get top billing, along with a game Ida Lupino. Young talent includes hero Tom Skerritt and John Travolta, making his film debut. Borgnine reportedly refused to do another movie involving satanism after supernatural goings-on during filming, but director Robert Fuest says diplomatically that he, um, hadn't heard anything about that. "If you stop and analyze (the movie), you get into trouble," Fuest cautions. "Rain" was made with the "special participation" of Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey, who's seen marrying a lucky couple in a newsreel extra. Another Dark Sky title; retail: $14.98.

****

Two Boris Karloff sets hit the market in time for Halloween. Universal's "The Boris Karloff Collection" comes marketed as horror but in reality is a set of five moody costume pieces with scattered thrills. Go with Universal's recent rereleases of "Frankenstein" and "Dracula". Sony's four-movie "Icons of Horror" set delivers. Buy it for the pair of mad-scientist tales, "The Man They Could Not Hang" (1939) and "Before I Hang" (1940), as well as the famed "The Black Room" (1935). "Boris Karloff was to the horror movie what Fred Astaire was to the musical," the package proclaims. Truth in advertising. The Universal set goes for $29.98, and the Sony set brings $24.96.

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Carter Reunites with Burton and Depp for Musical

19 October 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Helena Bonham Carter will re-team Tim Burton and Johnny Depp in the big screen adaptation of Sweeney Todd. Carter, Burton's longtime off-screen partner, has starring roles in Burton-directed films such as Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Big Fish and Planet Of The Apes. Carter and Depp starred in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory together and both voiced characters in Burton's animated film Corpse Bride. She will play the devious Mrs. Lovett in the new film, a role originated onstage by Angela Lansbury, who is a murderess who dispenses of her victims' bodies in meat pies and becomes the girlfriend and accomplice of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, played by Depp. In most stage productions of the musical, Mrs. Lovett has been nearly a decade older than the Demon Barber and is usually someone in her fifties, but Carter and Depp are both in their early forties. Media reports has British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen joining the cast as rival barber Signor Adolfo Pirelli, but the studio would not confirm whether he'll be part of the film. Shooting begins early next year for a late 2007 release. »

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Disney Denies Bloom Departure

13 October 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Disney bosses have hit out at reports they're planning to kill off Orlando Bloom in the fourth Pirates Of The Caribbean installment, insisting the story is completely unfounded. According to British newspaper reports, Bloom's character Will Turner is deemed "not necessary" to the sea-faring saga, although his castmates Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp are unaffected by the cutbacks. However, a representative for the film tells moviehole.net they haven't even agreed on a fourth movie, let alone the cast. He says, "We are working closely with Disney and want you to know that while we cannot comment on specific plot points, such rumors are completely unfounded." »

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Clooney Hails "Masculine" Owen

4 October 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

George Clooney has hailed English actor Clive Owen as the biggest thing to hit Hollywood in years. The Syriana star is regularly impressed by Closer star Owen's smoldering performances on the big screen, as well as movie stalwart Johnny Depp. Clooney says, "Clive is the big find in the past two or three years. I think he's a movie star. He's, like, a man - there's a sexuality and a masculinity that I think is really interesting. Johnny just keeps doing really good stuff. He's just a really, really smart and good actor." »

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Keith Richards "Drunk" on 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Set

25 September 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Keith Richards appearance in the second Pirates Of The Caribbean sequel descended into chaos after he reportedly got so drunk on the movie set, the film's director had to prop him up. The hellraising Rolling Stones guitarist finally shot his long awaited cameo as Johnny Depp's father in Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End earlier this summer, but he is unlikely to remember the occasion which concluded months of speculation. Bill Nighy, who plays Davy Jones in the film, tells Empire Online that Richards was inebriated by the time the production team retrieved him from his trailer to shoot his scene, and he required a little support from director Gore Verbinski. The 62-year-old rocker is reported to have remarked, "If you wanted straight, then you got the wrong man." »

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'Pirates' returns for 10th hitch

18 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

For the most part, overseas moviegoing has tapered off as kids return to their schoolbooks and adults settle down to their work schedules, but there's still plenty of new action around for die-hard movie fans. New releases, including high-profile independent offerings as well as notable local-language entries, are finding places in the overseas boxoffice charts. Some of the local-language films are "going through the roof," a major company distribution executive said. But in the midst of the subdued early fall action, there's a nonstop locomotive in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which propped up the weekend boxoffice thanks to a record five-day bow in Italy of $13.4 million from 1,026 screens. The Johnny Depp starrer, back at No. 1 for the 10th time in 11 weeks after relinquishing the lead to Cars following nine straight weeks at the top, earned $18.3 million over the weekend from 4,292 screens in 36 territories. The international cume reached $613.2 million, making Dead Man's Chest the sixth film in history to top $600 million at the overseas boxoffice. Cars, meanwhile, came in second (for a U.S. film) over the weekend with $7.9 million from 3,339 screens in 24 countries, lifting its cume to $192.6 million. »

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'Pirates' returns for 10th hitch

18 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

For the most part, overseas moviegoing has tapered off as kids return to their schoolbooks and adults settle down to their work schedules, but there's still plenty of new action around for die-hard movie fans. New releases, including high-profile independent offerings as well as notable local-language entries, are finding places in the overseas boxoffice charts. Some of the local-language films are "going through the roof," a major company distribution executive said. But in the midst of the subdued early fall action, there's a nonstop locomotive in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which propped up the weekend boxoffice thanks to a record five-day bow in Italy of $13.4 million from 1,026 screens. The Johnny Depp starrer, back at No. 1 for the 10th time in 11 weeks after relinquishing the lead to Cars following nine straight weeks at the top, earned $18.3 million over the weekend from 4,292 screens in 36 territories. The international cume reached $613.2 million, making Dead Man's Chest the sixth film in history to top $600 million at the overseas boxoffice. »

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'Cars' puts brakes on 'Pirates' overseas run

11 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The end of the summer season saw a major decline in the overseas boxoffice as kids began the trek back to school and vacation periods came to an end. Without consequential product in store and no surprises on the horizon, slow weekends are anticipated until about mid-October, when the major studios get ready to unleash their year-end holiday hopefuls. Favorable weather in parts of Europe and the Pope's visit to Germany were also cited as factors that held back moviegoing this past weekend. The bid by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest to dominate the overseas market for a 10th successive weekend ended at nine as Disney stablemate Cars outraced the Johnny Depp starrer to the weekend finish line. Thanks largely to market-ruling openings in Germany and Austria, the CG-animated Cars drove to an $8 million weekend from 3,699 locations in 32 countries, lifting its international gross to $182.4 million. Dead Man's Chest, meanwhile, bagged $6.9 million in its ninth session from 4,176 screens in 43 territories to register an eye-catching overseas cume of $592 million. »

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'Cars' puts brakes on 'Pirates' run

11 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The end of the summer season saw a major decline in the overseas boxoffice as kids began the trek back to school and vacation periods came to an end. Without consequential product in store and no surprises on the horizon, slow weekends are anticipated until about mid-October, when the major studios get ready to unleash their year-end holiday hopefuls. Favorable weather in parts of Europe and the Pope's visit to Germany were also cited as factors that held back moviegoing this past weekend. The bid by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest to dominate the overseas market for a 10th successive weekend ended at nine as Disney stablemate Cars outraced the Johnny Depp starrer to the weekend finish line. Thanks largely to market-ruling openings in Germany and Austria, the CG-animated Cars drove to an $8 million weekend from 3,699 locations in 32 countries, lifting its international gross to $182.4 million. Dead Man's Chest, meanwhile, bagged $6.9 million in its ninth session from 4,176 screens in 43 territories to register an eye-catching overseas cume of $592 million. »

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'Pirates' Breaks $1 Billion Barrier

11 September 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has become only the third film to break through the $1 billion international box office barrier. The swashbuckling sequel - which stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom - now only trails Titanic and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King in the history books. James Cameron's Titanic made $1.8 billion following its release in 1997, while the concluding part of Peter Jackson's trilogy earned $1.1 billion. »

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This Filthy World

8 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TORONTO -- Emerging from a mock confessional booth on a purple-draped stage where flower arrangements and heaps of garbage set a mood of sweet decay, John Waters has come not only to pine for vanished decadence but to dream up new transgressions for a world with few remaining taboos. He's doing it for the children -- the college kids, to be precise, who have come to see the entertaining one-man show captured in this performance documentary.

The genre, and the fact that Waters isn't a star on the stand-up circuit, suggests a niche appeal at the boxoffice, but fans will be very pleased. The endearingly louche filmmaker might even win the love of some viewers who can't be bothered with his button-pushing features.

Directed by Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin, the high-def pic is shot and edited conventionally, which suits it fine. Waters' anecdotes are so colorful, conjuring such outrageous imagery, that it's a relief the filmmakers aren't trying to compete.

There's the image, for instance, of this man-of-the-world as a young child who counts Captain Hook among his top three heroes: Lacking the villain's curly locks, he tapes a mass of his father's ties to his head, sticks a coat hanger out one sleeve and scares off the family housekeeper for good.

Or of the ceremony he staged when protege Traci Lords decided to tie the knot, and he needed to be baptized to qualify for a church wedding. At a stolen altar, with a clergy license obtained for Waters by Johnny Depp's people, The Pope of Trash cleansed the porn legend's sins and (from the sound of it) threw in a little therapy for free.

That episode is one of the monologue's occasional hints that Waters is a good deal less jaded than some would think. Cracks in his ironic facade appear momentarily when a subject like capital punishment comes up, though that doesn't keep him from getting some laughs. And while his suggestions for would-be-rebel teens are deliberately silly, they seem to spring from a genuine sympathy for today's youth, for whom garden-variety transgressions would hardly raise a parent's eyebrow.

His most inspired cultural commentary comes, not surprisingly, on the subject of art. Drawing connections between art house cinema and schlockmeister sensationalists like Kroger Babb, he imagines how university film programs might again become something special.

None of which is to suggest that This Filthy World is an agenda-driven film. While ostensibly a micro-memoir touching on every point in Waters' bad-taste oeuvre (paying particular attention, naturally, to his late friend Divine), he'd rather you call it vaudeville than a lecture. The term doesn't quite fit -- he hasn't yet booked the freaks and low-rent strippers to open for him onstage, and the monologue as it is dips in rare moments to the feel of straightforward stand-up comedy -- but even if he's never able to mount a full-scale return to the happy depravity of his youth, Waters is one of bad behavior's most likable champions.

THIS FILTHY WORLD

Filthy World Llc./Red Envelope Entertainment

Credits:

Director: Jeff Garlin

Screenwriter: John Waters

Producers: Michele Armour, Jeff Garlin

Executive producer: Ted Sarandos

Director of photography: Dan Shulman

Production designer: Vince Peranio

Editor: Rob Naylor

Performer: John Waters

No MPAA rating

Running time -- 90 minutes »

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Hutchence Back To Life

7 August 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links > Slide Away > Nick Egan official site > Michael Hutchence The rumors have been confirmed and fans of Aussie rockers Inxs can finally get another taste of the former front man and longhaired heartthrob Michael Hutchence. The lead singer, who recorded 12 albums with the group until his death in 1997, was said to be the spirit of Inxs – a position that cannot be replaced (although they tried with the CBS reality TV talent search “Rock Star: INXS”). It is that spirit that director Nick Egan will attempt to capture in his biopic on the star, currently titled Slide Away after a posthumous duet that paired Hutchence with U2's Bono. Egan, a personal friend of Hutchence and director of many of the band’s music videos, was originally hesitant to take on the project. Producer Clark Westerman (Pretty, Baby, Machine/I, Lucifer) convinced Egan after five years of deliberation saying, »

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Groom Reno Hopes for Third Time Lucky

31 July 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

French actor Jean Reno married his long-term love Zofia Borucka in Baux-De-Provence, southern France, on Saturday. The Da Vinci Code star, who turned 58 today, wed French-American model/actress Borucka, 35, in a ceremony in the town hall, which was officiated by the town's mayor Gerard Jouve, a friend of Reno's. French singing legend Johnny Hallyday and politician Nicolas Sarkozy performed witness duties at the town hall ceremony, before joining the couple for a blessing at the local church. Reno wore a white suit on the day, while Borucka looked stunning in an off-the-shoulder long cream gown. Reno's Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard, actor Johnny Depp and his partner Vanessa Paradis, Brad Pitt and Sir Elton John were rumored to be among the celebrity guests at the reception that evening. The marriage is the first for Borucka, while Reno has been wed twice before, to Nathalie Dyszkiewicz and Genevieve Reno. »

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