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5 items from 2004


Putnam lands exec vp post at HBO Films

7 October 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

HBO has upped Keri Putnam to the post of executive vp HBO Films. Putnam, who is responsible for overseeing the development and production of movies for HBO Films, is credited with shepherding a large chunk of the division's most successful and award-winning projects for the cable outlet, including Joseph Sargent's Something the Lord Made, Gus Van Sant's Elephant, Mira Nair's Hysterical Blindness and the upcoming Stephen Hopkins-directed The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. "Keri has impeccable taste, is an accomplished manager and has great relationships with talent," HBO Films president Colin Callender said. "This promotion is an acknowledgment of and a testament to the central role she has played in the evolution of HBO Films and its slate." Putnam had served as senior vp HBO Films since 1999. Before that she was vp HBO NYC Prods. since its inception in 1996. Under the East Coast banner, she was responsible for some of that division's most successful projects, including If These Walls Could Talk, Christopher Reeve's directorial debut In the Gloaming and Subway Stories. »

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Freshman curriculum set at mtvU

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

MTV's college-centric cable channel mtvU will enroll new programming in the fall, including a special that turns P. Diddy and Marilyn Manson into substitute teachers. The show mtvU Stand-Ins is one of seven new programs joining the schedule of the channel, which is available to more than 6 million students at campuses nationwide. Stand-Ins springs celebrity professors on unsuspecting students. Also new to mtvU is Best Film on Campus, a contest for college filmmakers to be judged by filmmakers Joel Schumacher, Gus Van Sant and Allison Anders. Semifinalist films will air on mtvU; the winner gets to pitch CAA and MTV Films, which also will provide an internship. Additionally, mtvU is teaming with Amnesty International for a campaign to raise awareness for the human rights crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. CBS News will contribute reportage on the crisis. In addition, a search for a campus VJ and the top college cartoonist also get their own mtvU programs. Formerly known as CTN: College Television Network, mtvU was relaunched in January. »

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MK2 picks up Van Sant's 'Last Days'

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

PARIS -- French independent distributor MK2 said on Friday it had acquired French distribution rights for Gus Van Sant's latest film, Last Days. Inspired by the story of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, the film stars Michael Pitt (The Dreamers and Van Sant's Finding Forrester) in the lead, Italian director-actress Asia Argento (The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things) and Lukas Haas (Mars Attacks!). Written by Van Sant, Last Days is currently being shot in New York by cameraman Harris Savides who also filmed Van Sant's Elephant and Gerry. It is produced by HBO Films and Dany Wolf -- the same team that worked on Elephant, the Palme D'Or winner at Cannes last year -- also distributed by MK2 in France. Fine Line Features will distribute Last Days in the U.S. »

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Jury told to spread wealth at awards time

12 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CANNES -- Festival organizers this year have pledged to enforce rules on prize-giving to avoid a repetition of last year, when Gus Van Sant's Elephant picked up the Palme d'Or as well as best director honors. Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux said that jury president Quentin Tarantino and other jurors have been told that the rule of "one major prize" per movie will be strictly applied. "We're not going to change the rules; we're going to respect the rules," Fremaux said. "That means that the jury has made an undertaking to give all the awards (to different films). There are rules which everyone signs up for. It's important that everyone knows the awards will be handed out according to the rules." »

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Van Sant set to rock with 'Last Days'

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

Gus Van Sant is preparing to step from the high school hallways he explored in his Palm D'Or-winning Elephant to Seattle's grunge music scene with his next outing, Last Days. The Oscar-nominated director is close to packaging up Last Days with Michael Pitt on board to star and HBO Films on board to finance, sources confirmed. Van Sant has a previous relationship with HBO after working together on the Columbine-inspired Elephant. Pitt and Van Sant are known to have been collaborating on the project for several years. It is described by sources as a film loosely inspired by events in the Northwest rock 'n' roll scene during the mid-1990s. Lukas Haas is in talks to join Pitt in the project. »

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