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11 items from 2005


Cheadle joins 'Nightline' for Uganda report

22 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- A few months after Don Cheadle went to Africa on a humanitarian mission and brought Nightline along for the trip, the actor and the show are back in Africa. The Hotel Rwanda star is reporting for the ABC News show tonight on his visit to Uganda, where children are being pressed into service and abused by the Lords Resistance Army. The LRA is a rebel group that has been fighting the Ugandan government for 20 years. Cheadle, who traveled to Uganda with his family for a screening of Hotel Rwanda, visited shelters in the country where the children go to avoid being taken by the LRA, which is known to abduct children between ages 8 and 14 either as soldiers or for sex. »

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Cheadle Finally Visits Hotel Rwanda

22 August 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Don Cheadle has finally visited the hotel on which he based his critically-acclaimed movie Hotel Rwanda. The 40-year-old actor toured the Hotel des Milles Collines in Rwanda's capital Kigali last month, speaking with several of the more than 1,000 people who were sheltered there by manager Paul Rusesabagina - the character portrayed by Cheadle in the film - during the country's 1994 genocide. Cheadle, who earned an Oscar nomination for the film, says, "All of their experiences were the stuff of epic films - things they had to go through in those 100 days. It was amazing." The Hollywood actor, who had never seen the hotel because the 2004 film was shot primarily in South Africa, met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, attended the premiere of Hotel Rwanda in Uganda and toured displaced-person camps in the country's northern provinces. He now plans to write a book with John Prendergast of the nonprofit International Crisis Group about how individual Americans can respond to Africa's problems. He explains, "It's really talking about my path out of apathy, and what people can do who are having the same questions and feelings. I had the same concerns and skepticism about sending aid to some shadowy situation where I didn't know if a warlord was going to get the money." »

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Lions Gate gets 'Crash' course in TV

28 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After a detour to the big screen, Paul Haggis' Crash is about to reach its original destination: television. FX has put in development a TV series based on Lions Gate Films' hit indie to be produced by Lions Gate Television. Don Cheadle, one of the stars of the gritty drama about race relations in post-Sept. 11 Los Angeles, is likely to appear in and direct several episodes of the project if it goes into series. Sources said talks are under way with all other members of the cast, including Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser and rapper Ludacris, to reprise their roles from the film. Bobby Moresco, who co-penned the script for Crash with Haggis, is in negotiations with Lions Gate TV to write the pilot script, sources said. »

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Clooney Honored by Hollywood

28 June 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood heart-throb George Clooney was celebrated at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday night with a career retrospective. Guests including Sam Rockwell, Virginia Madsen, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Allison Janney and Clooney's Ocean's Eleven co-star Don Cheadle, honored Clooney, from his work on ER to a movie career including roles in big budget movies The Perfect Storm and Ocean's Eleven. The actor told reporters, "You try to do a little bit to make it that you can afford to do the things you are most passionate about. It's a trade-off. If you do it well, if you're lucky, you sort of bounce back and forth and you're about to sort of constantly go back and touch the things that are important to you." »

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Cheadle To Replace Denzel As Drug Lord?

1 June 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hotel Rwanda star Don Cheadle may have given controversial movie American Gangster a new lease of life after the project was halted due to financial restrictions. Denzel Washington was originally slated to star as 1970s Harlem, New York drug lord Frank Lucas, but budget constraints led to the film getting scrapped; Cheadle has now expressed interest in taking on the lead. If the film does go into production with Cheadle in the lead, it will reunite the actor with Hotel Rwanda director Terry George. »

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Cheadle Wrecked George's Italian Palace

6 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie star Don Cheadle fears he won't be invited back to George Clooney's palatial home on the banks of Lake Como in Italy after "trashing" it the last time he stayed there with his family. The Hotel Rwanda star took his family to hang out at his superstar pal's Italian home just after he finished shooting scenes for Ocean's Twelve and decided to take Clooney literally when he told him to make himself at home. Cheadle says, "It was really nice until we got there and then sort of trashed the place. I was there with my family and we stayed long after George left and we just thought, 'You know, why don't we make this like it's our place?' "So we did cook-outs in his bedroom... and did barbecues. It was nice." »

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SAG names Foxx, Swank as best actors

6 February 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Asked if he thought five black actors being nominated for Oscars is a significant mark in the road, Ray star Jamie Foxx said, "Yes, this is a beautiful milestone." Foxx said there are so many negative stereotypes in music, in movies and on television, that "when there's a chance to do something with passion, then we should let it happen." He noted Don Cheadle and Morgan Freeman and their contributions to making young people aspire to do more with their lives. "When the weakest link of the chain is strengthened, it makes everybody stronger together. When a kid in a big jersey and chains sees you and says, 'You think this might be getting some nominations or an Oscar nod?' they become a part of this. When I used to watch these ceremonies (I said to myself), 'What's with all the suits and the trophies?' But by seeing us and allowing us to be ambassadors -- I like going the extra mile -- it's for those kids. Every black film is not going to be fabulous, but when it is let it be recognized." Foxx said he used to be skeptical when an actor got onstage to accept an award and started balling. "It's hard, you try to be tough, but I cry a little bit. I used to be like, 'Look at Vhing Rhames up there crying! Look at him!' Now I'm at that point in my life when I'm like that, too." Foxx said he's looking forward to starting Miami Vice. "Michael Mann will bring weight to it," Foxx said, assuring a few skeptics in the press room. »

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Hotel Rwanda

2 February 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This review was written for the festival screening of Hotel Rwanda.

Following on the promise of his 1996 directorial debut, Some Mother's Son, writer-director Terry George delivers a compelling dramatization of a Rwandan man's quiet heroics in the midst of his country's 1994 civil war.

Both tough and tender, the movingly rendered production often strikes a devastating chord without resorting to any of the manipulative string-pulling known to accompany movies about "men who made a difference."

But the film's biggest secret weapon is a commanding turn by the always-reliable Don Cheadle as selfless hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina. Required to appear in virtually every scene, Cheadle impressively carries the entire picture, delivering the kind of note-perfect performance that's absolutely deserving of Oscar consideration.

With the right kind of marketing, Hotel Rwanda has the crowd-stirring potential to generate solid awards season business.

When we first meet Cheadle's Rusesabagina, the eager-to-please manager of a posh hotel caters to his important guests with precision hospitality. He knows whose checked briefcases should be returned containing a couple of bottles of good scotch, just in case he may need a little assistance down the road.

Paul is required to cash in on those stockpiled favors a lot sooner than anticipated when tension between his country's Hutu extremist and Tutsi populations erupts into an all-out blood bath.

Amidst all the slaughter (three months later one million people would be killed), Paul turns the luxurious, Belgian-owned Hotel Mille Collines into a shelter not only for his own wife and family, but also to shield hundreds and hundreds of Tutsi refugees who were being hunted down and massacred.

Only slightly less shameful is the general indifference his country's plight is met with by the rest of the world, leaving Rusesabagina to call upon his rapidly dwindling resources to save as many lives as he can until a promised United Nations rescue materializes.

Despite the socio-political context, the film also functions as an effective romantic drama centered around the moving relationship shared by Rusesabagina and his wife Tatiana (equally well-played by Sophie Okonedo), a woman of similar resolve.

Rounding out the fine performances are Nick Nolte as a sympathetic but essentially powerless UN officer and Joaquin Phoenix as a photojournalist who becomes emotionally involved with a Rwandan woman.

Reminiscent of The Killing Fields in its blend of unflinching realism (actually staged in South Africa) and human drama, Hotel Rwanda also calls to mind the work of Jim Sheridan, with whom George collaborated on In the Name of the Father and The Boxer.

Those production values are reinforced by the immediacy of Robert Fraisse's cinematography and by Andrea Guerra's evocative, multi-layered score.

United Artists

A United Artists presentation in association with Lions Gate Entertainment

A South Africa/United Kingdom/Italy co-production in association with The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa

A Miracle Pictures/Seamus production in association with Inside Track

Credits:

Director: Terry George

Screenwriters: Terry George, Keir Pearson

Producers: Terry George, A. Kitman Ho

Executive producers: Hal Sadoff, Martin F. Katz, Duncan Reid, Sam Bhembe

Director of photography: Robert Fraisse

Production designer: Johnny Breedt

Editor: Naomi Geraghty

Costume designer: Ruy Filipe

Music: Andrea Guerra.

Cast:

Paul Rusesabagina: Don Cheadle

Tatiana: Sophie Okonedo

Jack: Joaquin Phoenix

Colonel Oliver: Nick Nolte

Running time -- 110 minutes

MPAA Rating: not yet rated »

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'Sideways' leads SAG Award noms

12 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

As nominations continue to rain down on the past year's films, SAG, which announced nominations for its 11th annual SAG Awards Tuesday morning, rounded up what are beginning to look like the usual suspects -- citing performers in The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, Ray and Sideways while also giving a strong show of support to Hotel Rwanda. The casts for all six films were nominated in the category of outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. In addition, Don Cheadle, star of Hotel Rwanda, who plays Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who sheltered Tutsi refugees during the 1994 massacre in Rwanda, was nominated as best lead actor. Sophie Okonedo, who plays Rusesabagina's wife, Tatiana, was nominated in the supporting actress category. In the television categories, the SAG nominations arguably were more predictable: The Sopranos received its fifth ensemble nomination and led the TV competition with four nominations. Among the other series, sitcoms Will & Grace and Everybody Loves Raymond followed with three nominations each. »

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'Sideways' leads SAG Award noms

12 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

As nominations continue to rain down on the past year's films, SAG, which announced nominations for its 11th annual SAG Awards Tuesday morning, rounded up what are beginning to look like the usual suspects -- citing performers in The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, Ray and Sideways while also giving a strong show of support to Hotel Rwanda. The casts for all six films were nominated in the category of outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. In addition, Don Cheadle, star of Hotel Rwanda, who plays Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who sheltered Tutsi refugees during the 1994 massacre in Rwanda, was nominated as best lead actor. Sophie Okonedo, who plays Rusesabagina's wife, Tatiana, was nominated in the supporting actress category. In the television categories, the SAG nominations arguably were more predictable: The Sopranos received its fifth ensemble nomination and led the TV competition with four nominations. Among the other series, sitcoms Will & Grace and Everybody Loves Raymond followed with three nominations each. »

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Screen Actors Guild Nominations Go Sideways

11 January 2005 | IMDb News

Perennial awards favorite Sideways dominated the Screen Actors Guild nominations with a field-best four nominations, including Best Ensemble Cast. The Alexander Payne comedy also nabbed three individual acting nominations as well for lead Paul Giamatti and supporting players Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, putting it just ahead of a number of films that received three nominations each, including The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, and Hotel Rwanda; all those movies also earned Best Ensemble nominations alongside Ray and Sideways. Jamie Foxx was once again the actor of the hour, taking home three individual nominations for Ray, Collateral, and TV movie Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story as well as an Ensemble nod for Ray. Foxx was followed by Hilary Swank, who received two solo nominations, for Million Dollar Baby and HBO movie Iron Jawed Angels, and an Ensemble mention for Million Dollar Baby.

With their film nominations, the SAGs threw a number of new names into the awards season mix, including Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), James Garner (The Notebook), Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland), Cloris Leachman (Spanglish), and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda). A few noticeable absentees included Liam Neeson (Kinsey), Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside), and the entire cast of Closer, an actor-driven movie if there ever was one. On the TV side, familiar shows (The Sopranos, Everybody Loves Raymond, etc) rubbed elbows with a handful of newcomers, including Arrested Development and Desperate Housewives, and Patricia Heaton pulled a Hilary Swank of her own, getting two individual nominations for Everybody Loves Raymond and TV movie remake The Goodbye Girl as well as an Ensemble nomination for Raymond.

The SAGs will be handed out on Saturday, February 5. Here's the (very long) list of film and TV nominees:

FILM

Male Actor in a Leading Role: Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda; Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator; Jamie Foxx, Ray; Paul Giamatti, Sideways

Female Actor in a Leading Role: Annette Bening, Being Julia; Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace; Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake; Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby; Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways; Jamie Foxx, Collateral; Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby; James Garner, The Notebook; Freddie Highmore, Finding Neverland

Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Cate Blanchett, The Aviator; Cloris Leachman, Spanglish; Laura Linney, Kinsey; Virginia Madsen, Sideways; Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda

Ensemble Cast: The Aviator; Finding Neverland; Hotel Rwanda; Million Dollar Baby; Ray; Sideways

TELEVISION

Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Jamie Foxx, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story; William H. Macy, The Wool Cap; Barry Pepper, 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story; Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers; Jon Voight, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Glenn Close, The Lion in Winter; Patricia Heaton, Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl; Keke Palmer, The Wool Cap; Hilary Swank, Iron Jawed Angels; Charlize Theron, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Male Actor in a Drama Series: Hank Azaria, Huff; James Gandolfini, The Sopranos; Anthony LaPaglia, Without a Trace; Jerry Orbach, Law & Order; Kiefer Sutherland, 24

Female Actor in a Drama Series: Drea De Matteo, The Sopranos; Edie Falco, The Sopranos; Jennifer Garner, Alias; Allison Janney, The West Wing; Christine Lahti, Jack & Bobby

Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development; Sean Hayes, Will & Grace; Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond; Tony Shalhoub, Monk; Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives; Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond; Megan Mullally, Will & Grace; Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City; Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond

Ensemble in a Drama Series: 24; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Six Feet Under; The Sopranos; The West Wing

Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Arrested Development; Desperate Housewives; Everybody Loves Raymond; Sex and the City; Will & Grace

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: James Garner »

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