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6 items from 2005

CAA brings in Lesak, Heyman

10 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In a surprise move, CAA has recruited UTA partners Jason Heyman and Martin Lesak to serve as agents in its film and TV talent departments, respectively. The hiring of Heyman and Lesak is expected to be a boon to CAA's presence in the comedy arena. Heyman and Lesak's combined client roster at present includes such marquee names as Will Ferrell, Dave Chappelle, Patricia Heaton, Jamie Kennedy, Andy Richter, Drew Carey, Amanda Bynes and American Pie star Jason Biggs. As of late Friday, however, it was still unclear which clients would follow them from UTA to CAA. »

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TNT sizing up Heaton to lead 'Ring' telefilm

23 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Just a week after the series finale of Everybody Loves Raymond aired, co-star Patricia Heaton is lining up her next project. TNT confirmed that the actress is in final negotiations to star in the cable network's movie The Engagement Ring, a romantic comedy/drama in the vein of Moonstruck. In the story, a engagement ring lost 50 years ago leads to a breakup between two childhood sweethearts who remain resentful neighbors after each inherits neighboring wineries. Now, the woman's daughter (Heaton) and the man's nephew meet over business and find that their growing attraction is hindered by the misunderstandings of the past. »

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Director Apted an ideal choice for Walden's 'Grace'

5 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Michael Apted has signed on to direct the political thriller Amazing Grace for Walden Media. Grace is based on the life of William Wilberforce, a young idealist who as a member of Britain's Parliament navigated the cutthroat world of backroom politics in 18th century England to end slavery in the British Empire. Apted will be working from a screenplay by Academy Award nominee Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things). Producers on the film include Terrence Malick, Ed Pressman, Patricia Heaton, David Hunt and Ken Wales. Jeanney Kim will serve as executive producer. Walden vp production Jackie Levine and creative executive David Kaufmann will oversee the project on behalf of Walden, reporting to executive vp production Alex Schwartz. Apted, president of the DGA, is repped by CAA. Knight is also repped by CAA. »

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Gibson & Heaton Get Fired Up Over Euthanasia Battle

23 March 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mel Gibson and actress Patricia Heaton are weighing in on a controversial US euthanasia battle, urging the husband of coma victim Terri Schiavo to sign over the care of his wife to her parents instead of fighting to let her die. The two pro-life campaigners are horrified that Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, seem to have lost a fight to have their daughter's feeding tube re-installed. Instead, a federal judge has awarded Schiavo's husband Michael the right to remove the tube, and let his wife literally starve to death. In a statement released yesterday, an angry Gibson has thrown his weight behind Schiavo's parents' ongoing fight. He fumes, "I fully support the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Schindler to save their daughter... from a cruel starvation. Terri's husband should sign the care of his wife over to her parents so she can be properly cared for." And former Everybody Loves Raymond star Heaton is just as fired up about the euthanasia battle. She says, "I don't know how the courts allowed this to happen but it's a very, very dark day for people with disabilities. There's a woman, who is disabled, who is being starved to death. Terri Schiavo is not brain dead; she's alive, she's breathing, she's disabled. People on Death Row get more of a shot at appealing their sentence that Terri Schiavo is getting - and she hasn't committed any crime." Heaton even went so far as to call Schiavo's mother on Saturday - the day after her daughter's feeding tube was removed. She says, "She said they did this to Terri before and she lasted seven days before the tube was put back in... I don't think there's that much time left." Heaton is planning to fast on Good Friday to "show some solidarity". »

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ABC, Touchstone love Heaton for new deal

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

As she closed a big chapter of her career with the taping of the final episode of CBS' hit comedy Everybody Loves Raymond over the weekend, the show's Emmy-winning star Patricia Heaton is making the move to ABC, inking a development deal with the alphabet network and its sister studio Touchstone TV. Under the seven-figure pact, which will run more than a year, Heaton would star in series and longform projects for the studio and the network, on which she will serve as co-executive producer. Through Four Boys Films, her production company with husband David Hunt, she also will develop and executive produce TV movies and series. »

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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:


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


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


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