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19 items from 2004


Bening speaks in key of joy

10 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

"Make time for poetry" and never forget to revel in "the sheer joy of being" -- those were some of the words of wisdom Annette Bening shared with a ballroom full of high-powered executives Tuesday as the Oscar-nominated actress delivered the keynote address at the annual Women in Entertainment breakfast hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and Lifetime Television at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Bening's humanistic entreaties brought an uplifting tone to a morning that included a few emotional good-byes -- to outgoing Paramount Pictures chairman Sherry Lansing and Lifetime president and CEO Carole Black -- and a call for women to use their hard-won power in areas far beyond showbiz delivered by The Reporter editor-in-chief and publisher Robert J. Dowling. "You have achieved parity" in the entertainment business, Dowling said. "Now you have to strive to do more, to be more, to deliver more. ... You are the power. What is that power? It's the power to influence people. It's the one power that truly rules and it's arguably the most sought-after power in the world. You make the products that not only penetrate the world but also have a profound influence on it." »

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Nat'l Board of Review finds 'Neverland' '04's best pic

2 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Miramax Films' Finding Neverland, a study of playwright J.M. Barrie and his inspiration for creating Peter Pan, was named best film of the year Wednesday by the National Board of Review. The New York-based nonprofit, composed of film professionals, educators and historians, hailed Jamie Foxx as best actor for his performance as Ray Charles in Ray and Annette Bening as best actress for her portrayal of a stage diva in Being Julia. The supporting actor kudos went to Thomas Haden Church, who plays a man enjoying one last bachelor romp before his wedding in Sideways, and Laura Linney, who plays sex researcher Alfred Kinsey's supportive wife in Kinsey. Closer, director Mike Nichols' drama about two intertwined couples, won an award for best acting by an ensemble. Michael Mann was named best director for his moody and noirish thriller Collateral. In citing the year's top 10 films, in descending order, the group listed Finding Neverland, The Aviator, Closer, Million Dollar Baby, Sideways, Kinsey, Vera Drake, Ray, Collateral and Hotel Rwanda. »

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Nat'l Board of Review finds 'Neverland' '04's best pic

2 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Miramax Films' Finding Neverland, a study of playwright J.M. Barrie and his inspiration for creating Peter Pan, was named best film of the year Wednesday by the National Board of Review. The New York-based nonprofit, composed of film professionals, educators and historians, hailed Jamie Foxx as best actor for his performance as Ray Charles in Ray and Annette Bening as best actress for her portrayal of a stage diva in Being Julia. The supporting actor kudos went to Thomas Haden Church, who plays a man enjoying one last bachelor romp before his wedding in Sideways, and Laura Linney, who plays sex researcher Alfred Kinsey's supportive wife in Kinsey. Closer, director Mike Nichols' drama about two intertwined couples, won an award for best acting by an ensemble. Michael Mann was named best director for his moody and noirish thriller Collateral. In citing the year's top 10 films, in descending order, the group listed Finding Neverland, The Aviator, Closer, Million Dollar Baby, Sideways, Kinsey, Vera Drake, Ray, Collateral and Hotel Rwanda. »

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Finding Neverland Named Best Picture by National Board of Review

1 December 2004 | IMDb News

Clap if you believe in movie awards! This year's awards season got underway today with the National Board of Review's announcement of Finding Neverland as their choice for Best Film. However, it was the only award that the J.M. Barrie biopic picked up, as the erstwhile awards group, made up of film historians, students and educators, spread the wealth around generously, giving just one award to all movies except Sideways, which nabbed the Adapted Screenplay award and a Supporting Actor nod for Thomas Haden Church. Oscar shoo-in Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for Ray (the first of many such awards, no doubt), while Annette Bening was named Best Actress for Being Julia; Supporting Actress honors went to Laura Linney (Kinsey), and Closer won the group's ensemble acting award. In the directing categories, Michael Mann was named Best Director for Collateral, and Zach Braff won the Directorial Debut award for Garden State; the very original Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind picked up the Original Screenplay award. Other winners included The Sea Inside (Foreign Film), Born Into Brothels (Documentary), and The Incredibles (Animated Film). Interestingly, two of the year's most polarizing movies, The Passion of the Christ and Fahrenheit 9/11, both received the awkwardly-worded honor of "Special Recognition of Films that Reflect the Freedom of Expression," along with Conspiracy of Silence.

In addition to their year-end awards, the National Board of Review also names a top ten list for the year, led by their winner for Best Film. This year's list is (in order): Finding Neverland, The Aviator, Closer, Million Dollar Baby, Sideways, Kinsey, Vera Drake, Ray, Collateral, and Hotel Rwanda.

The full list of the 2004 National Board of Review awards:

Best Film: Finding Neverland

Best Foreign Language Film : The Sea Inside

Best Documentary : Born into Brothels

Best Animated Feature: The Incredibles

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Ray

Best Actress : Annette Bening, Being Julia

Best Supporting Actor : Thomas Haden Church, Sideways

Best Supporting Actress : Laura Linney, Kinsey

Best Acting by an Ensemble : Closer

Breakthrough Performance Actor : Topher Grace, In Good Company and P.S.

Breakthrough Performance Actress : Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera

Best Director : Michael Mann, Collateral

Best Directorial Debut : Zach Braff, Garden State

Best Adapted Screenplay : Sideways , Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor

Best Original Screenplay: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman

Outstanding Production Design : House of Flying Daggers

Career Achievement : Jeff Bridges

Special Filmmaking Achievement: Clint Eastwood, for producing, directing, acting, and composing the score of Million Dollar Baby

William K. Everson Award for Film History : Richard Schickel

Producers Award: Jerry Bruckheimer

Special Recognition of Films that Reflect the Freedom of Expression : Fahrenheit 9/11, The Passion of the Christ, Conspiracy of Silence »

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Hollywood fest to fete Bening, DiCaprio

28 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Annette Bening and Leonardo DiCaprio have been tapped for top honors at the upcoming Hollywood Film Festival. They are slated to receive the Hollywood Actress of the Year Award and the Hollywood Actor of the Year trophies at the festival's gala awards ceremony Oct. 18 at the Beverly Hilton. The fest runs Oct. 12-18. "Annette Bening and Leonardo DiCaprio represent excellence in the art of acting, and it gives us great pleasure to honor these talented professionals and their accomplishments at this year's festival," HFF founder Carlos de Abreu said. After being absent from the big screen for a brief time, both will soon be making the rounds in upcoming films. Bening toplines Istvan Szabo's Being Julia, due for release Oct. 15 from Sony Pictures Classics. DiCaprio, who most recently starred in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, toplines Martin Scorsese's upcoming Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator for Miramax Films and Warner Bros. Pictures. Aviator is due for release Dec. 17. »

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San Sebastian draws record crowd

28 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MADRID -- Political-themed features, social documentaries and creative independent movies set the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival alight this year as Spain's top festival garnered its biggest audiences ever. General consensus among festivalgoers was that San Sebastian has earned its spot as Europe's fourth-biggest festival, with smooth operations, quality cinema and international draw. That international pull saw not only Woody Allen debut his Melinda and Melinda on opening night but also had Annette Bening and Jeff Bridges swooping into town to pick up their respective Lifetime Achievement awards. »

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Bening, Beatty get Toronto fest started in style

10 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TORONTO -- The indie film world got down to business here Thursday as the Annette Bening starrer Being Julia launched the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, which will be released domestically by Sony Pictures Classics, unspooled with a gala screening at Roy Thomson Hall as the first of myriad star-studded events north of the border. Julia director Istvan Szabo and the cast -- led by Bening, Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon -- were on hand for the screening. Bening, who was accompanied on the red carpet by her husband, Warren Beatty, said of her starring role: "I'm really proud of it. Working with Istvan Szabo was a valuable experience." Asked if the role had Oscar potential, Bening said, "Only time will tell." »

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Bening, Beatty get Toronto fest started in style

10 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TORONTO -- The indie film world got down to business here Thursday as the Annette Bening starrer Being Julia launched the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, which will be released domestically by Sony Pictures Classics, unspooled with a gala screening at Roy Thomson Hall as the first of myriad star-studded events north of the border. Julia director Istvan Szabo and the cast -- led by Bening, Jeremy Irons and Michael Gambon -- were on hand for the screening. Bening, who was accompanied on the red carpet by her husband, Warren Beatty, said of her starring role: "I'm really proud of it. Working with Istvan Szabo was a valuable experience." Asked if the role had Oscar potential, Bening said, "Only time will tell". »

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San Sebastian to honor Allen, Bridges, Bening

3 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MADRID -- Woody Allen, Annette Bening and Jeff Bridges will each receive a Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers said Friday. In addition to receiving the prestigious award, Allen will debut his Melinda and Melinda at the festival's opening-night gala and will be the subject of a retrospective showcasing his work. The festival said in a statement that it chose Bening for the award as "an actress with an unconventional career; capable of slipping into any skin she has to until endowing it with a unique personality." »

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San Sebastian to honor Allen, Bridges, Bening

3 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MADRID -- Woody Allen, Annette Bening and Jeff Bridges will each receive a Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers said Friday. In addition to receiving the prestigious award, Allen will debut his "Melinda and Melinda" at the festival's opening-night gala and will be the subject of a retrospective showcasing his work. The festival said in a statement that it chose Bening for the award as "an actress with an unconventional career; capable of slipping into any skin she has to until endowing it with a unique personality." »

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'Door' finds passage into San Sebastian

28 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MADRID -- Tod Williams' The Door in the Floor has been added to the official section competition lineup at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival and has been selected to screen at the closing ceremony, festival organizers said Friday. The movie's star, Jeff Bridges, and Williams are expected to be on hand to support the film, an adaptation of the John Irving novel A Widow for One Year. Bridges stars with Kim Basinger in the film about the destruction of a marriage after the death of a couple's two teenage sons Istvan Szabo's Being Julia is the final title to be added to the official section, organizers said Friday, though it will screen out of competition. Julia stars Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons and Bruce Greenwood. Based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel The Theater, the film tells the passionate life of a theater actress in London in the 1930s. The festival runs Sept. 17-25. »

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'Door' finds passage into San Sebastian

27 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MADRID -- Tod Williams' "The Door in the Floor" has been added to the official section competition lineup at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival and has been selected to screen at the closing ceremony, festival organizers said. The movie's star, Jeff Bridges, and Williams are expected to be on hand to support the film, an adaptation of the John Irving novel "A Widow for One Year". Bridges stars with Kim Basinger in the film about the destruction of a marriage after the death of a couple's two teenage sons. Istvan Szabo's "Being Julia" is the final title to be added to the official section, organizers said Friday, though it will screen out of competition. "Julia" stars Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons and Bruce Greenwood. Based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel "The Theater", the film tells the passionate life of a theater actress in London in the 1930s. The festival runs Sept. 17-25. »

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'Door' finds passage into San Sebastian

27 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MADRID -- Tod Williams' "The Door in the Floor" has been added to the official section competition lineup at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival and has been selected to screen at the closing ceremony, festival organizers said. The movie's star, Jeff Bridges, and Williams are expected to be on hand to support the film, an adaptation of the John Irving novel "A Widow for One Year". Bridges stars with Kim Basinger in the film about the destruction of a marriage after the death of a couple's two teenage sons. Istvan Szabo's "Being Julia" is the final title to be added to the official section, organizers said Friday, though it will screen out of competition. "Julia" stars Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons and Bruce Greenwood. Based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel "The Theater", the film tells the passionate life of a theater actress in London in the 1930s. The festival runs Sept. 17-25. »

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Kingsley Infuriates Workmates Over Knighthood

20 July 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actor Sir Ben Kingsley enraged workers and co-stars on his new film Mrs Harris - by ignoring people who failed to address him by his proper title. The Schindler's List actor stars alongside Annette Benning and Ellen Burstyn in the drama, and caused tension on set with his insistence that everyone referred to him as "Sir Ben" at all times. One disgruntled source tells Page Six.com, "He insisted everyone call him by his title, 'Sir,' and if they didn't he would get angry or ignore them. He takes that knighting thing very seriously. He was very adamant and it turned off a lot of people." Sir Ben was knighted in 2001 by British monarch Queen Elizabeth II. »

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Broadway's Mayer has Hollywood under his 'Skin'

8 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Top Broadway director Michael Mayer (Thoroughly Modern Millie) is solidifying his big-screen career, signing on to direct the Annette Bening starrer Under My Skin, which is set up at UA. Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen of Jinks/Cohen and Atlantic Streamline topper Marco Weber are producing the film, which falls under Atlantic Streamline's first-look co-financing deal with UA. (The two parties are co-producing the film). Atlantic Streamline's executive vp production Vanessa Coifman is executive producing with UA president Danny Rosett overseeing for the studio. »

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Szabo's 'Julia' will kick off Toronto fest

30 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TORONTO -- Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival said Tuesday that the world premiere of the comedy Being Julia, starring Annette Bening, will open the festival Sept. 9. Istvan Szabo's latest film, a Hungarian-British-Canadian co-production that also stars Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon, Shaun Evans and Juliet Stevenson, will bow in Toronto ahead of an Oct. 15 release via Sony Pictures Classics. »

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Szabo's 'Julia' will kick off Toronto fest

30 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TORONTO -- Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival said Tuesday that the world premiere of the comedy Being Julia, starring Annette Bening, will open the festival Sept. 9. Istvan Szabo's latest film, a Hungarian-British-Canadian co-production that also stars Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon, Shaun Evans and Juliet Stevenson, will bow in Toronto ahead of an Oct. 15 release via Sony Pictures Classics. »

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Rydell takes 'Shot' with Yari Prods.

22 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Mark Rydell has found his next project in Jump Shot. The project is being set up at Bob Yari Productions, with Bob Yari executive producing and financing the film. Rydell will direct and also will produce together with David Greathouse. Annette Bening is understood to be circling the project, for which she is being sought for a leading role. Christopher Walken is also involved in early talks about the project. The film is based on a script by Robert Tannen and is described as having a Traffic-like structure. Jump Shot intertwines three stories about how gambling and addiction destroys people's lives. Is is eyeing a summer shoot in Miami and New Orleans. Rydell's directing credits include On Golden Pond, The River and The Rose. Bening's most recent credits include Mrs. Harris, Being Julia and Open Range. Rydell, Greathouse and Tannen are all repped by ICM. Rydell is managed by Graham Kaye of CPG. Greathouse and Tannen are repped by Jeff Frankel and Scott Whitehead of Colden, McKuin & Frankel. Bening is repped by CAA. »

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Sevigny wed to 'Love' for HBO, Playtone

26 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Chloe Sevigny has been tapped to co-star in HBO's drama pilot Big Love, from Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone Prods. Rodrigo Garcia has come on board to direct. Additionally, the Oscar-nominated actress has been cast opposite Ben Kingsley and Annette Bening in the Killer Films/Number 9 Films indie feature Mrs. Harris, financed by HBO, and in Lars von Trier's Manderlay. Big Love centers on a polygamist's relationship with his three wives. Sevigny will play one of the wives. Will Scheffer and Mark V. Olsen penned the script and are executive producing with Hanks and Goetzman. Production is scheduled to begin in April. »

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