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Van Houten two-timing leading men

12 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Black Book star Carice Van Houten continues to notch the names of Hollywood's leading men on her dramatic bedpost.

The actress, who recently wrapped the role of Tom Cruise's love interest in United Artists' Valkyrie, has booked back-to-back roles in Warner Bros.' Body of Lies and Universal's Repossession Mambo that will see her appear opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Jude Law, respectively.

In Lies, an Iraq-set spy thriller being directed by Ridley Scott, Van Houten will play DiCaprio's love interest.

Russell Crowe also stars in the movie, which is being produced by Donald De Line and Scott.

The sci-fi thriller Mambo follows a repo man (Law) made up of artificial organs who struggles to make payments after receiving a heart transplant and must go on the run from his former partner. Van Houten will play Law's wife.

Miguel Sapochnik is directing Mambo, and Scott Stuber and Mary Parent are producing. Production is set to begin this month in Toronto.

Van Houten is repped by CAA. »

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Law Cleared of Paparazzo Assault

12 October 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood heartthrob Jude Law has been cleared of claims he assaulted a photographer. The actor was arrested last month after allegedly attacking a paparazzo outside his London home. He was questioned by police and released on bail. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided not to pursue charges against him. Law tells People.com, "The police have told me that they and the CPS have examined the photographer's allegation extremely carefully and made the decision that there is no further action to be taken. Of course I am delighted to be vindicated." A police statement confirms, "No further action will be taken and he will not be required to return on bail." The star always disputed the allegations against him. His lawyer said in a statement last month, "Mr. Law provided the police with a statement regarding his denials of allegations by a 'paparazzi' photographer against him and made his own allegations concerning the photographer." »

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Jude Law-Breaker?

5 September 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jude Law found himself on the wrong side of the law when he allegedly attacked a photographer outside his London home on Tuesday. The unnamed photographer claims Law viciously assaulted him outside the actor's north west London home, punching him in the face and kicking him to the ground. Police were called after the incident, which left the photographer needing hospital treatment. The photographer tells WENN, "I was at a bus stop near Jude's house but I wasn't taking pictures of him. My camera was still in the bag. He was by himself when he recognized me and started accusing me of being a pedophile and that all I wanted to do was take pictures of his children. He then punched me in the face and started kicking me. I was shocked at his behavior. You would expect that sort of behavior from a yob, not from a big Hollywood actor." A police spokesperson says, "Police were called out in to the Maida Vale area after reports of a disturbance and inquiries are being made." Law was later seen attending Marylebone police station where he was briefly held on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. The actor, who has denied the claims, was bailed and is due to report back to the authorities in October. »

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Sleuth

31 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This review was written for the festival screening of "Sleuth".Venice International Film Festival

VENICE, Italy -- Kenneth Branagh's new version of the crime caper "Sleuth" looks smashing and it features several great lines by screenwriter Harold Pinter. But despite top-flight acting from Michael Caine and Jude Law, it loses its grip in the third act and let's the air out of what might have been a memorably gripping film.

The idea of Caine doing a remake of the 1972 production in which he costarred but playing the Laurence Olivier role, and Jude Law, who has already stepped into Caine's shoes in "Alfie", doing Caine's part will no doubt intrigue audiences. The quartet of big names and a tight 86-minute running time also will help, but the film's downbeat tone won't encourage huge boxoffice.

The Joseph L. Manciewicz original was a theatrical romp some 50 minutes longer than the new version and Olivier, having mocked Anthony Quayle for stooping to it onstage, hammed it up mercilessly.

Pinter's screenplay pares the plot to the bone: two men argue and subject each other to humiliating game-playing over the love of a woman. Out-of-work actor and part-time chauffeur Milo Tindle (Law) shows up at the impressive country mansion of wealthy bestselling novelist Andrew Wyke (Caine) to demand that he grant his wife a divorce.

Pinter sets the rules at the front door showing that this is an all-male affair with the two men comparing the size of their ... cars. Wyke never misses a chance to observe that Tindle is what the English call an oik, an ignorant young man of little worth, mocking everything about him including his name, parentage, accent, job, appearance, you name it. The younger man grins and explains what he and Wyke's missus like to do with each other.

Soon the author has an offer to make. He will let Tindle keep his wife if he will do him the favor of breaking into his highly stylized home and stealing some gems worth close to a million pounds. He says he doesn't want his wife back and but wishes to provide for her and needs the insurance money. Of course, there's a catch and this is merely the opening serve in what will become a three-set match.

The setting is Wyke's opulent home filled with modern art and all kinds of doors, windows, mirrors, sky-lights, ladders, stage lights, and even an elevator, that operate by remote control. He also has an elaborate security set-up with cameras that number up to the 800s.

Tim Harvey's production design captures the mood of the piece brilliantly and Branagh and cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos make the most of it. Composer Patrick Doyle's nimble score adds greatly to the film's enjoyment.

Pinter produces some cracking lines of dialogue that Caine and Jude relish to the full. He even has Law ask: What's it all about? The two actors deliver movie star performances of the highest level and their gamesmanship is hugely entertaining. Until, that is, the third set when a grimmer mood takes over along with considerable homoerotic banter that seems to have little grounding and lacks wit. "Sleuth" is the kind of film that should leave audiences with a wicked smiling shiver, but that's not the case here.

SLEUTH

Sony Pictures Classics

Produced by Timnick Films, Castle Rock Entertainment, Media Rights Capital, Riff Raff Film Prods.

Credits:

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Screenwriter: Harold Pinter, from the play by Anthony Shaffer

Producers: Kenneth Branagh, Simon Halfon, Jude Law, Simon Moseley, Marion Pilowsky, Tom Sternberg

Director of photography: Haris Zambarloukos

Production designer: Tim Harvey

Music: Patrick Doyle

Co-producer: Ben Jackson

Costume designer: Alexandra Byrne

Editor: Neil Farrell

Cast:

Milo Tindle: Jude Law

Andrew Wyke: Michael Caine

Running time -- 86 minutes

MPAA rating: R

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Sleuth

31 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Venice International Film Festival

VENICE, Italy -- Kenneth Branagh's new version of the crime caper Sleuth looks smashing and it features several great lines by screenwriter Harold Pinter. But despite top-flight acting from Michael Caine and Jude Law, it loses its grip in the third act and let's the air out of what might have been a memorably gripping film.

The idea of Caine doing a remake of the 1972 production in which he costarred but playing the Laurence Olivier role, and Jude Law, who has already stepped into Caine's shoes in Alfie, doing Caine's part will no doubt intrigue audiences. The quartet of big names and a tight 86-minute running time also will help, but the film's downbeat tone won't encourage huge boxoffice.

The Joseph L. Manciewicz original was a theatrical romp some 50 minutes longer than the new version and Olivier, having mocked Anthony Quayle for stooping to it onstage, hammed it up mercilessly.

Pinter's screenplay pares the plot to the bone: two men argue and subject each other to humiliating game-playing over the love of a woman. Out-of-work actor and part-time chauffeur Milo Tindle (Law) shows up at the impressive country mansion of wealthy bestselling novelist Andrew Wyke (Caine) to demand that he grant his wife a divorce.

Pinter sets the rules at the front door showing that this is an all-male affair with the two men comparing the size of their ... cars. Wyke never misses a chance to observe that Tindle is what the English call an oik, an ignorant young man of little worth, mocking everything about him including his name, parentage, accent, job, appearance, you name it. The younger man grins and explains what he and Wyke's missus like to do with each other.

Soon the author has an offer to make. He will let Tindle keep his wife if he will do him the favor of breaking into his highly stylized home and stealing some gems worth close to a million pounds. He says he doesn't want his wife back and but wishes to provide for her and needs the insurance money. Of course, there's a catch and this is merely the opening serve in what will become a three-set match.

The setting is Wyke's opulent home filled with modern art and all kinds of doors, windows, mirrors, sky-lights, ladders, stage lights, and even an elevator, that operate by remote control. He also has an elaborate security set-up with cameras that number up to the 800s.

Tim Harvey's production design captures the mood of the piece brilliantly and Branagh and cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos make the most of it. Composer Patrick Doyle's nimble score adds greatly to the film's enjoyment.

Pinter produces some cracking lines of dialogue that Caine and Jude relish to the full. He even has Law ask: What's it all about? The two actors deliver movie star performances of the highest level and their gamesmanship is hugely entertaining. Until, that is, the third set when a grimmer mood takes over along with considerable homoerotic banter that seems to have little grounding and lacks wit. Sleuth is the kind of film that should leave audiences with a wicked smiling shiver, but that's not the case here.

SLEUTH

Sony Pictures Classics

Produced by Timnick Films, Castle Rock Entertainment, Media Rights Capital, Riff Raff Film Prods.

Credits:

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Screenwriter: Harold Pinter, from the play by Anthony Shaffer

Producers: Kenneth Branagh, Simon Halfon, Jude Law, Simon Moseley, Marion Pilowsky, Tom Sternberg

Director of photography: Haris Zambarloukos

Production designer: Tim Harvey

Music: Patrick Doyle

Co-producer: Ben Jackson

Costume designer: Alexandra Byrne

Editor: Neil Farrell

Cast:

Milo Tindle: Jude Law

Andrew Wyke: Michael Caine

Running time -- 86 minutes

MPAA rating: R

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Braga doing 'Mambo' for Universal

30 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alice Braga has been cast as the female lead opposite Jude Law and Forest Whitaker in Universal's futuristic thriller "Repossession Mambo".

Miguel Sapochnik is directing from a script by Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner. Based on Garcia's novel, the story follows Remy (Law), a repo man made up of artificial organs, who receives a heart transplant. When he struggles to make the payments, he must go on the run from his former partner.

Braga will play Beth, who married but lost touch with Remy while he was serving in the Army. Ten years later, Beth -- down on her luck and retrofitted with artificial organs -- is reunited with Remy as they seek to run.

Scott Stuber and Mary Parent are producing through their Stuber/Parent shingle along with Andy Davis. Production is slated to begin Oct. 15 in Toronto.

Universal's Jeffrey Kirschenbaum is overseeing for the studio and Jon Mone will supervise for Stuber/Parent.

Braga next will be seen in Warner Bros. Pictures' "I Am Legend", which opens Dec. »

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U.S. fare speaks to Toronto in fest lineup

23 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday unveiled its most American-friendly lineup in years, capped off with new titles from Renny Harlin, Paul Schrader and Robin Swicord.

Toronto boasts no official competition. But the Hollywood contingent booked for the twice-nightly gala screenings at Roy Thomson Hall looks set to turn the high-profile venue into an industry shindig.

Among the six new gala titles are Harlin's "Cleaner", a Sony Pictures Entertainment thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson as a cop-turned-crime scene cleaner; the Richard Attenborough-directed love story "Closing the Ring", starring Shirley MacLaine, Mischa Barton and Neve Campbell; and Schrader's "The Walker", a ThinkFilm release starring Woody Harrelson and Lauren Bacall that comes to Toronto by way of Berlin, Cannes and Sydney.

Also joining the Roy Thomson Hall party are two Sony Pictures Classics releases: Kenneth Branagh's Michael Caine-Jude Law starrer "Sleuth", which first bowed in Venice, and Swicord's "The Jane Austen Book Club", starring Jimmy Smits, Amy Brenneman and Maria Bello. Also booked for a gala is French director Alain Corneau's "Le Deuxieme Souffle", starring Daniel Auteuil and Monica Bellucci.

Those titles join such earlier Roy Thomson Hall entries as Julie Taymor's "Across the Universe", Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream", Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton", Gavin Hood's "Rendition", Terry George's "Reservation Road" and Aristomenis Tsirbas' "Terra".

Toronto, which in recent years has stepped up efforts to make its festival more Hollywood friendly, also has included 28 U.S.-produced films in its 50-strong Special Presentations sidebar.

The latest Special Presentations titles include the Michael Moore documentary "Captain Mike Across America", Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," Melisa Wallack and Bernie Goldmann's "Bill", Gillian Armstrong's "Death Defying Acts" and Jason Reitman's "Juno", the follow-up to "Thank You for Smoking", which was a Toronto festival breakout hit two years ago.

Also joining today are the latest works from Jonathan Demme, Alison Eastwood, Brian De Palma, Thomas McCarthy and Anand Tucker.

Toronto will unspool 352 films between Sept. 6 and 15 -- 261 features and 91 shorts. The lineup includes 101 world premieres and 108 North American premieres, many of which will bow in Venice before jumping the pond to Toronto. In addition, 71 of the films are directorial debuts.

The festival lineup promises a strong French contingent, including a dozen titles arriving in Toronto with U.S. distribution deals in hand.

High-profile French titles looking for U.S. distribution include Amos Gitai's "Disengagement", Claude Chabrol's "La Fille Coupee En Deux", which will bow in Venice, and Eric Rohmer's "Les Amours D'Astreet et De Celadon," another North American premiere by way of Venice.

John Kochman, executive director of Unifrance USA, said the strong French presence in Toronto is due primarily to festival co-directors Piers Handling and Noah Cowan remaining "unreconstructed Francophiles" eager to program French titles in their event.

Other new titles announced Wednesday include Wayne Wang's "The Princess of Nebraska" and "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers," both portraits of Chinese immigrants in the U.S. Wang will bring the two indie titles films to the festival's Masters program.

Toronto added eight more documentaries to its Real to Reel section, including films by Paul Crowder and Murray Lerner, Olga Konskaya and Andrea Nekrasov, Julian Schnabel, Ran Tal, Philippe Kholy and Grant Gee.

In addition, the previously announced "Body of War", co-directed by Ellen Spiro and talk show legend Phil Donahue, will see its premiere accompanied by a live performance by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, who wrote original songs for the Iraq documentary.

The festival has its usual complement of films about war and political protest that, according to festival co-director Noah Cowan, reflect a "seriousness of purpose and a real sense of drive to tell political stories."

"In many ways, the body of films recalls the American independent movie of the 1970s," he added.

American auteur films including Alan Ball's "Nothing Is Private", a drama about sexual politics and bigotry set against the backdrop of the 1991 Gulf War, De Palma's war drama "Redacted" and Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" reflect anti-war "provocation," Cowan said.

Toronto's lineup also includes a surprising number of crime-themed dramas, including Alexi Tan's "Blood Brothers", a drama about three friends taking on a life of big-city crime; Comeau's fugitive drama "Le Deuxieme Souffle"; Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," a thriller about a botched robbery; Brad Furman's "The Take", about the aftermath of an armored car heist; and Ira Sachs' "Married Life", a drama about a husband who kills his wife to spare her the shame of divorce.

Cowan said that the crime-themed movies this year recall the '70s-era vigilante movies that coincided with Vietnam.

"When the U.S. is faced with wars that are frustrating in their inability to be totally understood, that comes out in their films," Toronto's top programr said.

"Just as the 1970s, there's films that reflect paranoia about government and police corruption and which come from a frustration and rage about what's happening in the world," he added.

Other Toronto highlights announced Wednesday include talks by President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, an update on Bill Maher and Larry Charles' anti-religion documentary and a briefing on the ongoing crisis in Darfur courtesy of International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and Don Cheadle.

Toronto is set to open Sept. 6 with Jeremy Podeswa's "Fugitive Pieces" and close 10 days later with another Canadian film, Paolo Barzman's "Emotional Arithmetic".

A complete list of titles screening at Toronto follows:

Galas:

"Across the Universe", Julie Taymor, U.S.

"L'Age Des Tenebres", Denys Arcand, Canada

"Blood Brothers", Alexi Tan, Taiwan/China/Hong Kong

"Caramel", Nadine Labaki, Lebanon/France

"Cassandra's Dream", Woody Allen, Britain

"Cleaner", Renny Harlin, U.S. »

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New Endeavors: Branagh, Levy

10 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kenneth Branagh and Eugene Levy have signed with Endeavor. Branagh is filming the feature Valkyrie, in which he plays Henning Von Tresckow. He most recently directed Sleuth, starring Jude Law, which will be released this year by Sony Pictures Classics, and the HBO Films adaptation of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, which premieres Aug. 21.

His recent acting credits include the films Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Celebrity along with HBO's Warm Springs, A&E's Shackleton and HBO/BBC's Conspiracy, which won him an Emmy in 2001 for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie.

Branagh also directed The Magic Flute, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Hamlet, the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination for adapted screenplay. He continues to be repped by manager Judy Hofflund.

Levy most recently co-starred in the film For Your Consideration, which he co-wrote with Christopher Guest. He co-wrote and co-starred in three other collaborations with Guest: A Mighty Wind, Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman.

Levy, a Second City Theater and Second City TV alum, also has appeared in such films as the American Pie franchise, Bringing Down the House, Serendipity and Father of the Bride as well as the TV series Mad About You and The Drew Carey Show. He continues to be repped by 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Jared Levine. »

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Whitaker, Law do the Uni 'Mambo'

18 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jude Law and Forest Whitaker are set to topline the futuristic adventure thriller "Repossession Mambo" for Universal Pictures.

Miguel Sapochnik, a one-time storyboard artist, will make his feature directorial debut with the film, which centers on a repo man made up of artificial organs who, after receiving a heart transplant, struggles to make payments. He must go on the run from his former partner.

Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner penned the screenplay.

Scott Stuber and Mary Parent are producing through their studio-based shingle.

Universal's Jeffrey Kirschenbaum is overseeing for the studio, which is eyeing a September start date.

Law is no stranger to the sci-fi genre. His credits include "Gattaca", "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" and "A.I. Artificial Intelligence". The actor, who most recently appeared in "All the King's Men" and "The Holiday", next appears in "My Blueberry Nights", which unspooled in May at the Festival de Cannes.

Law is repped by Endeavor and attorney Karl Austen. He is additionally repped by Tor Belfrage of Julian Belfrage and Associates and Miguel Sapochnik, Rachel Holroyd and Jenne Casarotto of Casarotto Ramsay & Associates and manager Seth Jaret. »

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'Blueberry' an acquired taste for some

17 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- My Blueberry Nights drew mixed reactions Wednesday from the world press corps attending the premiere of Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai's first English-language film.

"Because I found it predictable, it was not like a typical Wong Kar Wai film," said Sylvia Toh, a reporter for Singapore's New Press. "Wong captured Americana well, and I enjoyed the film visually, but Norah Jones was a little self-conscious."

London Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye said he liked the film but added that after all his years covering film festivals he could tell that many in the audience did not share his view. "There was a quiet respect for the film, but no love," he said. "Some people are giving Norah a hard time about it, but I thought she was lovely."

The packed screening at the Palais des Festivals was followed by a news conference at which Wong, Jones and co-star Jude Law fielded questions about working on a film of firsts -- singer Jones' first screen appearance and Wong's first film in English. »

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Live from Cannes: Day 1 (Past & Present)

16 May 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Jet lagged journalists make it their temporary workplace; film market folk make deals in the millions and the jet set make it their playground. Cannes is big stakes commerce, champagne chic and is the sweet tooth desert plate for film addicts who’ve managed to make a profession out of watching moving images. From afar, I’ve been in awe of this festival and have treasured many of the films that have made their international splash here. In the first hours of getting my feet wet, my goose-bumpish response to the setting and journey ahead is identifiable by the pre-organismic smirk on my face. Please join me for the next 11 days ahead – its safe say that we are in for something special.In Tradition we Trust: The red carpet of all red carpets.Cannes turns 60 this year and it doesn’t show its age. With its contemporary feel and lottery-winning poses, »

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'Love affair' with Asia will be felt at Cannes fest

16 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

BEIJING -- The influence of Asia will be felt from the moment Wong Kar Wai's My Blueberry Nights lights the opening-night screen Wednesday at the 60th edition of the Festival de Cannes.

Shot in the U.S., the Hong Kong director's English-language debut stars Jude Law and features the acting debut of singer Norah Jones. It joins three other Asian films in the official selection at Cannes.

"There is definitely some kind of love affair between Cannes and Asian cinema," said Christine Pernin, chief China representative of Unifrance, the French government's cultural envoy.

Also In Competition is Breath, the 14th film by Kim Ki-duk, one of South Korea's biggest names on the international film festival circuit. Breath stars Taiwanese actor Chang Chen as a man awaiting execution who falls for a betrayed wife.

Also from Korea is Secret Sunshine, by Lee Chang-dong, a former minister of culture and tourism and one of Korea's most respected filmmakers. Lee's 2002 film Oasis -- about a social misfit who falls in love with a woman with cerebral palsy -- won the FIPRESCI prize and Marcello Mastroianni awards at Venice.

In Secret Sunshine, Lee again tackles a challenging subject, the story of a grieving widow who travels to her late husband's hometown only to find that her newfound religious faith fails her when she is struck by another tragedy.

The lone Japanese entry In Competition comes from director Naomi Kawase, who, at 27, won the Camera d'Or at Cannes in 1997 for her first feature film, Moe No Suzaku. Kawase is back this year with Mogari No Mori (The Mourning Forest). »

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'300' & 'Dead Man's Chest' Lead MTV Movie Award Nominations

1 May 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

War epic 300 and sequel Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest are leading the nominations for the 2007 MTV Movie Awards with five and four nods apiece. Both films have been nominated for the Best Movie award, alongside Blades Of Glory, Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan and Little Miss Sunshine. 300 star Gerard Butler is up for Best Performance and Best Fight, while Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro have been nominated for Breakthrough Performance and Best Villain respectively. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest actors Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley have also both picked up nods for Best Performance, while Bill Nighy is up for Best Villain. The nominations are: Best Movie: 300, Blades of Glory, Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, Little Miss Sunshine, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Best Performance: Gerard Butler - 300; Johnny Depp - Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; Keira Knightley - Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls; Beyonce Knowles - Dreamgirls; Will Smith - The Pursuit Of Happyness Breakthrough Performance: Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada; Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine; Lena Headey - 300; Columbus Short - Stomp The Yard; Jaden Smith, The Pursuit Of Happyness; Justin Timberlake - Alpha Dog Best Comedic Performance: Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada; Sacha Baron Cohen - Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan; Will Ferrell - Blades Of Glory; Adam Sandler - Click; Ben Stiller - Night At The Museum Best Kiss: Cameron Diaz & Jude Law - The Holiday; Will Ferrell & Sacha Baron Cohen - Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby; Columbus Short & Meagan Good - Stomp The Yard; Mark Wahlberg & Elizabeth Banks - Invincible Marlon Wayans & Brittany Daniel - Little Man Best Villain: Tobin Bell - Saw III; Jack Nicholson - The Departed; Bill Nighy - Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; Rodrigo Santoro - 300; Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada Best Fight: Jack Black & Hector Jimenez vs. Los Duendes (Wrestling Match) - Nacho Libre; Gerard Butler vs. 'The Uber Immortal' (The Spartan/Persian Battle) - 300; Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Ken Davitian (Naked Wrestle Fight) - Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan; Will Ferrell vs. Jon Heder (Ice Rink Fight) - Blades of Glory; Uma Thurman vs. Anna Faris (Super Girl Fight) - My Super Ex-Girlfriend Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet: Evan Almighty ; Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer ; Hairspray; Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix ; Rush Hour 3 ; Transformers »

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Daniel Craig Is Britain's Best-Dressed Man

2 April 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

James Bond star Daniel Craig has been crowned the best-dressed man in Britain by magazine GQ. The new 007 has topped the publication's annual style list, beating Conservative politician David Cameron and Hollywood star Clive Owen. Craig becomes the first James Bond since Sir Sean Connery to take the title. A GQ statement reads, "No Bond since Sean Connery has worn it better. It works because the 007 uniform seems like an upgrade of what Craig would naturally wear." Elsewhere in the top ten, Jude Law was fifth, David Beckham sixth, Pete Doherty seventh and British royal Prince Harry 10th. Eccentric comedian Russell Brand came eighth, but was also named the worst-dressed man. A GQ spokesperson explains, "Some can't stick him (Brand) but to others he's British exuberance encapsulated." »

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Lohan & Williams Team Up After Rehab

28 March 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lindsay Lohan and Robbie Williams have formed a new friendship after recently completing separate rehab stints. Lohan was spotted out in Hollywood on Monday night with the former Take That singer - but the pair's representatives are keen to point out they're not a couple. Mean Girls star Lohan recently underwent rehab in California, while Williams battled his demons in Arizona, and now the new friends are leaning on each other for support. Meanwhile, Lohan has told America's People magazine that she is in love, but refuses to confirm reports she's dating British actor Jude Law. She says, "I'm dating and I'm really happy and I'm having fun." She also tells the magazine that life is good after her recent stint at rehab facility the Wonderland Center in Los Angeles. Lohan adds, "There's no way you can't learn a lot in a program like that, and it's good. I recommend it for anyone who needs it." »

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Par tracks down 'Sleuth' rights

27 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Paramount Pictures International has picked up U.K., Australia, New Zealand and South African distribution rights to Kenneth Branagh's update of Sleuth, starring Jude Law and Michael Caine.

Based on Anthony Shaffer's Tony award-winning play -- which was made into a 1972 film starring Caine and Lawrence Olivier -- the updated version has been scripted by Harold Pinter. It is the Nobel Laureate's first screenplay in a decade.

Sleuth tells the story of an out-of-work actor who becomes embroiled in an affair with the wife of a wealthy writer, who in turn is having an affair with a much younger woman.

The film is produced by Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Simon Halfon, Simon Moseley and Marion Pilowsky.

"We are delighted to be distributing 'Sleuth' in the English-language markets," said Andrew Cripps, president of Paramount Pictures International. »

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Lohan Jets To New York To Spend Time with Law

19 March 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Lindsay Lohan is so smitten with British movie hunk Jude Law she flew from Los Angeles to New York just to spend time in the same hotel as the Alfie star. The Mean Girls actress boarded a late night flight from Los Angeles on March 8 and checked into a suite at the swanky 60 Thompson hotel, where Law has been staying while shooting his new movie My Blueberry Nights. American publication Life & Style reports the couple didn't let the 14-year age difference between them get in the way of friendship, reportedly meeting up for a late-night rendezvous on two successive nights - after partying at hip New York club The Box. It is not known if the couple plans to take their friendship any further and embark on a complicated romance - Lohan's ex Jamie Burke is currently dating Law's former girlfriend Sienna Miller. A pal tells the publication, "(Jude and Lindsay) are still very much in touch, talking and e-mailing. It probably won't turn into anything serious, but it's definitely not over." »

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Law awarded French medal

2 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- British actor Jude Law, who recently added producer to his resume for the remake of "Sleuth", wowed a conspicuously female-heavy media crowd Thursday as he picked up the French accolade Ordre des Arts et des Lettres here.

The actor received the medal at the French ambassador's residence at Kensington Palace Gardens, one of the capital's most exclusive addresses.

French Ambassador Gerard Errera told the small and exclusive audience that Law's medal was for someone who has not only distinguished himself in both theater and film and the promotion of the arts but also for what he has done "as a human being."

Errara drew chuckles from the intimate gathering when he observed that France was a strange country and that giving such an award to "foreigners, including British people" only reinforced that view.

For his part, the British actor said he was speechless after having the medal pinned to his chest. "At the age of 15 I discovered French films. »

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New 'Lives' for Mirage

1 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Weinstein Co. has renewed its exclusive first-look deal with Mirage Prods., the production company run by Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella. The first new project under the pact, which has been extended for three years, will be an English-language remake of The Lives of Others, the German film by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck that won the Oscar for best foreign-language film Sunday.

Mirage has had a long-standing relationship with Weinstein Co. co-heads Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Most recently, the Weinstein Co., Mirage and Miramax Films produced Minghella's Breaking and Entering, a drama in release starring Jude Law, Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright Penn.

Other Mirage projects included in the renewed deal are I Don't Know How She Does It, a comedy based on Allison Pearson's best-selling novel, which will reunite The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and director David Frankel; The Amulet of Samarkand, based on the first novel in Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy, which screenwriter Hossein Amini is adapting; The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, based on a novel by Liz Jensen, which Minghella will write and direct; The Reader, a love story based on the Bernard Schlink novel; and a potential TV series. »

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Sienna Still Wants a Family

2 February 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British star Sienna Miller is still looking forward to getting married and having a family, despite her devastating split from Jude Law. The Alfie star was crushed when her former fiance admitted having an affair with his children's nanny, but insists the experience hasn't put her off having a family one day. She tells America's Life magazine, "I can't wait. In a world where you're encouraged to have your universe revolve around yourself, suddenly it doesn't. I know I want that because I have way too much love to give. If I have a child, it can all go there. Life, I think, will totally make sense." »

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