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4 items from 2002

SPADA sets agenda for upcoming edition

29 October 2002 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The prospect of more New Zealand-European co-productions will be high on the agenda of the annual Screen Production and Development Assn. conference, Small Country, Big Picture, which runs Nov. 15-17 in Auckland. Nine leading European producers are attending to discuss co-production opportunities with local filmmakers, invited by the New Zealand Film Commission and government agency Investment NZ. The lineup includes several with a New Zealand film track record: Chris Auty, chief executive of the Film Consortium, whose sales division, the Works, is handling Niki Caro's Whale Rider; Karl Baumgartner, co-founder of German distributor Pandora, which released Jane Campion's An Angel at My Table and The Piano; Isabel Begg, head of business and legal affairs for BBC Films, which is producing New Zealand director Christine Jeffs' first film since Rain, Ted and Sylvia; Nik Powell of Scala Prods., which is developing Harry Sinclair's fourth feature, Surprising New Zealand; and Max Saidel who, before becoming director of feature film co-production and acquisition at TF1 in Paris, helped to acquire Peter Jackson's Braindead (known in the U.S. under the title Dead Alive) for release in Italy. »

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Kidman Turns Down Part for Her Kids

18 October 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood beauty Nicole Kidman turned down the lead role in the first film she produced - to concentrate on being a mother. The Moulin Rouge star spent five years developing the project with The Piano director Jane Campion but knew she had to prioritize when it came to casting. Instead, the lead in In The Cut is played by Meg Ryan. She says, "Jane wanted to go ahead with the film. As a producer I had to say, 'Well go ahead with the film, ' but as an actress I had to say, 'I can't do a film at this stage in my life.' My priority was to spend time with my family - my children - and I just wasn't in a position to work. It was hard for me because I'd been developing this for so many years. I read the novel and thought it was a fantastically written, if very strange, story and I went in with my own money and bought the rights to film it. I don't even have a production company. However, it was one of those things that wasn't meant to be." »

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Meg Ryan In Sadistic Porn Flick?

24 July 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood sweetheart Meg Ryan appears to be shedding her girl-next-door image - her latest movie is based on a gritty and sadistic novel. The French Kiss actress plays teacher Franny Thorstin in Jane Campion's film In The Cut, based on the book by Susanna Moore. The grim story deals with murder, sadism, and sex and "the book ends suddenly in a sick and sadistic way," according to one reader. Another reviewer remarked on Amazon's website, "To me, Susanna Moore's novel is more porn than literature." One Hollywood insider says, "Meg hasn't been that well received in her last few roles. She must really be looking to reposition herself." However Meg's spokesperson explains, "She's not repositioning herself. She's just excited about working with Campion." Her spokesperson adds Meg has done "intense, dramatic films before, such as Courage Under Fire and Hurly Burly. It's just that people remember her comedies." »

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Meg Ryan Takes On Naughty Role

15 February 2002 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Meg Ryan's to get sexy in her next movie after signing up for Nicole Kidman's producing debut. Kidman originally eyed erotic thriller In The Cut after optioning Susanna Moore's book out of her own pocket in 1996, but has since chosen to executive produce the film. The movie, to be directed by Oscar winner Jane Campion, will start filming in April in New York, and focuses on a teacher who lives to take chances by night. »

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