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Actor Kevin Spacey has stepped in to replace Tommy Lee Jones as host of next week's Nobel Peace Prize concert - after the Men In Black star pulled out. Spacey will now co-host the concert - to be aired across 100 countries worldwide - with actress Uma Thurman in honor of recipients Al Gore and the United Nation's climate change panel. Jones, who was former U.S. vice-president Gore's roommate at Harvard University, pulled out "for personal reasons." Kylie Minogue, Alicia Keys and Annie Lennox are due to perform at the show, which will be held in Oslo, Norway, on December 11 - the day after the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Also on the bill are British pop star Kt Tunstall, Earth Wind & Fire, A-ha singer Morten Harket and Junoon, one of Pakistan's most popular rock bands. »
In almost equal measure, Al Gore talked up the rosy outlook for his two-year-old cable news network Current TV and reiterated his bleak vision of the environment during a 40-minute session Monday with International TV Academy members in New York.
The former vice president told the 200 TV execs from the U.S. and abroad that we're all facing "a planetary emergency" and that the world has never seen anything like it.
He also volunteered that he would be meeting with President Bush next week to discuss how to move beyond partisan politics to tackle the problem.
Gore addressed the lunchtime gathering hours before receiving the International Academy's Founders Award for his efforts in setting up the Current TV cable news operation. The Monday gala at the Hilton also featured awards to foreign TV programs in various categories as well as the other key individual honor, the Directorate Award, to French broadcaster Patrick Le Lay.
In his prepared remarks, Gore hailed the successes of his channel so far in attracting younger demos, calling it arguably the fastest growing cabler in the country. »
Biel would play Sammy Joyce, a socially awkward small-town receptionist who has a nail accidentally shot into her head by a clumsy workman, eliciting wild sexual urges.
The uninsured Joyce goes on a crusade to Washington to fight for the rights of the bizarrely injured. She meets an immoral congressman (Gyllenhaal) who takes advantage of her sex drive and capitalizes on her crusade as Joyce heads into her own career in politics.
Red Wagon Entertainment (Jarhead) and Persistent Entertainment (Southland Tales) are slated to produce the project. Preproduction is set to begin in two weeks, aiming for a January start date for principal photography.
Neither star has a signed contract for the film, which is being presold by IM Global at the American Film Market. Their commitment could depend on juggling other features: Gyllenhaal recently was set to star in Doug Liman's untitled Moon project for DreamWorks and Jim Sheridan's Brothers with Tobey Maguire for Relativity Media. »
Current TV co-founder and Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore will give the keynote speech at the symposium "A Day of Dialogue: The Future of Non-Fiction Film."
The event will be held Nov. 6 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York.
The event, organized by the cable/satellite TV network and Web site CurrentTV with Fader magazine film production arm Fader Films, features discussions with emerging and veteran filmmakers interested in socially relevant nonfiction topics.
The participants include a who's who of bigwigs from the indie film world. Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter), Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room") and Marc Levin (Mr. Untouchable) will be on hand with Cinetic Media's John Sloss, Magnolia Pictures' Eammon Bowles and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment's Bingham Ray.
The forum will begin with the helming talk "Inside the Directors Studio," followed by filmmakers breaking into small groups to meet with sales agents, film fest programrs and distribution execs. Participants will be able to pitch their ideas to a Current TV creative exec at the end of the day. »
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work raising awareness about climate change. Gore, whose climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth won an Academy Award, shares the prize with the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The panel comprises 2,500 leading climate scientists and researchers from more than 130 countries. Nobel chairman Ole Danbolt Mjoes revealed the committee had chosen the winners "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change." Gore and the panel will share a $1.5 million prize, and Gore has already stated that he will donate his share to the non-profit Alliance for Climate Protection. »
Former U.S. Vice-President and Live Earth co-organizer Al Gore's son has pleaded guilty to possession of illegal drugs and will enter rehab to avoid serving time in prison. Al Gore III agreed to spend 90 days in a residential rehab clinic during an Orange County, California court hearing on Monday. The 24-year-old was pulled over by police for speeding on Independence Day. During a search of his hybrid Prius, cops found a stash of prescription drugs, including 140 Vicodin pills, and marijuana. Gore had faced three years and eight months in prison. Orange County District Attorney spokeswoman Susan Kang-Schroeder denied Gore is receiving preferential treatment: "This is what anyone coming off the street would be eligible for. Gore didn't get any more or any less than anyone else." »
The Break-Up star Jennifer Aniston has a novel way to save the environment - she brushes her teeth in the shower. The actress revealed her eco-friendly tip on the eve of Al Gore's Live Earth concerts on Saturday. She says, "I take a three-minute shower. I even brush-wash - brush my teeth while I shower. Every two minutes in the shower uses as much water as a person in Africa uses for everything in their life for a whole day." The 24-hour Live Earth concert launched this past weekend in Sydney, Australia and continued across the world with events in Japan, China, South Africa, Germany, London and Brazil, before concluding in New York. »
Former U.S. Vice-President and Live Earth co-organizer Al Gore has spoken about his son's Independence Day DUI and drug possession arrest. Gore's son Al Gore III, 24, was pulled over by police who caught him speeding on an Orange County, California freeway on Wednesday. During a search of his hybrid Prius, cops found a stash of prescription drugs and marijuana. The politician's son was jailed and later bailed. His concerned father, who is preparing for this weekend's Live Earth spectacular, says, "We love him very much and we're just happy that no one was hurt, that he's safe and getting treatment. We're treating it as a private family matter." It isn't the first time Gore's son has faced legal problems for his marijuana use; he was also arrested by police in 2003 for possession. At the time, Gore III was sentenced to serve time in a substance abuse treatment program. »
Read about how broadcasters view Live Earth
Having backed the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, progressive-minded Participant Prods. said Monday that it is embarking on a new, environmentally friendly documentary inspired by Saturday's Live Earth concerts.
Participant CEO Jim Berk said that British director Brian Hill will helm the project, to be produced by Hill and Katie Bailiff through their Century Films. Although it will include footage from the concerts, the currently untitled feature will move on to focus on the stories of individuals around the world who are working to combat the effects of global change.
Live Earth, a series of eight concerts taking place worldwide, is being overseen by Kevin Wall, executive producer of Live 8, and Al Gore and the Alliance for Climate Protection. All of the film's proceeds will be donated to the Alliance for Climate Protection, Berk said.
"As a result of our relationship with Al Gore and the success of 'An Inconvenient Truth' in altering the public's perceptions and the dialogue about global warming, we are excited about the Live Earth events," Participant president Ricky Strauss said. »
Former Vice President Al Gore opened the TriBeCa Film Festival in New York Wednesday night, where he helped raise awareness about the connection between filmmakers and the issues of global warming. The festival was founded by actor Robert De Niro in 2002 following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center to promote the city as a center for filmmaking. The event now includes a mission to raise awareness about climate change and opened with an array of global warming-themed films. Gore, who narrated the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, thinks artists play a role in getting climate change messages across. He says, "Art, music, film, dance, poetry - all the arts - have long been our greatest tools to explore the regions of imagination that defy our efforts to think rationally about subjects that our emotions tell us are too painful to contemplate. Somehow, we do have to penetrate that shell of denial." »
NEW YORK -- Al Gore pumped up the political heat and star power at the Tribeca Film Festival's opening news conference Wednesday as he unveiled a selection of eco-themed shorts drawn from the SOS Short Films Program that are playing the fest.
While the festival's screenings got under way, organizers also discussed Tribeca's growth as a film market, which next year could include screenings for Tribeca films at the Cannes market in May.
At the curtain-raiser, director Rob Reiner, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Live Earth concerts producer Kevin Wall and Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal joined Gore onstage at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. They announced nine global warming-themed shorts for Tribeca's opening night and plans for 51 more from a host of international directors.
In addition to the Tribeca Film Festival, the SOS films will be shown at the Live Earth concerts around the world July 7, either on stage screens during band transitions or by broadcast partners.
Bloomberg introduced An Inconvenient Truth star Gore as "the hottest leading man of the moment, an Oscar winner (and) matinee idol."
Said Gore: "This is not going to be a political event ... at all. It's not only nonpartisan but nonideological. It's just focused on awareness and pointing people toward solutions."
Rosenthal said: "We are filmmakers not scientists. However, film is about culture, and filmmakers can be agents of cultural change."
Several people onstage reacted strongly to the suggestion that politicians or commentators could trigger a backlash against filmmakers who address environmental issues, even though, as Gore said, the "tipping point" has almost been reached in popular support for their ecological efforts.
Bloomberg, who recently proposed 127 programs to reduce his city's impact on global warming by 30%, cited what his father told him about the Joseph McCarthy political witch hunts of the 1950s. »
Reformed rockers The Police will headline the US leg of former US Vice President Al Gore's summer Live Earth environmental awareness mega-gig. The trio will be joined onstage at New Jersey's Giants Stadium on July 7 by fellow reunited rock act Smashing Pumpkins, Alicia Keys, Akon, Dave Matthews Band, Bon Jovi, AFI, Kanye West, Roger Waters and Fall Out Boy. Yesterday Madonna was announced as the headlining act for the UK leg of Live Earth at London's Wembley Stadium, which will also feature reformed Genesis, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and James Blunt. Live Earth concerts will also be held on July 7 in Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo. The shows are aimed at highlighting the issue of climate change. »
NEW YORK -- Al Gore will be the opening act at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, hosting of the global warming-themed SOS Short Films Program. Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana will hit Tribeca mid-fest for the gala world premiere of Curtis Hanson's romantic drama Lucky You, and the Tribeca curtain will fall with the premiere of Antonio Ferrera and Albert Maysles' art project docu The Gates.
The April 25 opening night SOS program will feature seven shorts and music performances by acts set to appear at Live Earth, an international 24-hour concert benefitting Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection. The July 7 Live Earth event will be produced by Gore and SOS founder Kevin Wall.
Sixty SOS shorts are now being filmed by an array of acclaimed indie directors, including Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast), Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) and Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil). The seven opening night films will be announced at the TFF opening press conference on April 22. »
Former US Vice President Al Gore to set to receive an honorary International Emmy Award for his contribution to television. Gore, 58, whose documentary An Inconvenient Truth won two Oscars last month, will accept the Founders Award at a ceremony in New York City in November. The organization's president Bruce Paisner says, "We in the media industry are honored that one of the world's leading political figures has joined our global community of broadcasters." »
Former Vice President Al Gore has been tapped to receive the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 2007 International Emmy Founders Award at the 35th International Emmy Awards Gala on Nov. 19 in New York. The award recognizes Gore's role in launching cable/satellite channel Current TV and his ongoing effort to alert the world to global warming. Meanwhile, James Lipton, host of Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio, will receive the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award during the Creative Arts & Entertainment Emmy Awards on June 14 in Hollywood. Lipton, who also serves as dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School, has had a long career as actor, director and producer in theater, film and television as well as choreographer, playwright, lyricist, screenwriter and published author.
Mainstream players across Europe and Asia are developing revolutionary citizen journalism strategies in a bid to maintain a dialogue with their increasingly fickle viewers.
Five channel programming head Lisa Opie unveiled plans last week to open its flagship news program Five News to video input from viewers, saying the network will move user-generated content from the fringes of its fare to center stage.
"Our relationship with viewers is set to change radically," she said of the relaunch. "Viewers are already encouraged to send in their own filmed reports and suggestions for stories. Instead of being an appendage, it will now sit at the heart of what we do."
Five plans to weave citizen journalism input -- user-generated video, messaging and short reports -- through its news and talk shows throughout the day.
Similar moves are being played out by other RTL-owned channels in Europe, including Germany's RTL and Spain's Antena 3.
The Spanish channel, 19%-owned by RTL, has begun hosting a Web site to allow viewers to post video clips for its TuClip news show before the best are selected to go on air. »
Showtime said Friday that it will air a special update to the Oscar-nominated documentary An Inconvenient Truth immediately following the film's world TV premiere, which has been scheduled for 8-10 p.m. March 11. The docu, featuring Al Gore on a quest to educate the public on the dangers of global warming, was nominated for two Oscars: best documentary feature and best original song for Melissa Etheridge's "I Need to Wake Up". The special, produced last year as a follow-up to the film's release, features Gore further discussing the ways in which the global warming problem has grown while offering practical ways to confront it. »
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As the 79th Annual Academy Awards headed into the stretch, the suspense finally ended: Buoyed by a best directing win for Martin Scorsese, "The Departed", a tale of Boston lowlifes, surged to the fore as the best picture winner.
Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren, who have been king and queen of this awards season, consolidated their reigns by claiming the trophies for best actor and best actress. Emotions ran high as the victors in the major categories all celebrated first-time Oscar wins.
Hollywood also took a stand against global warming by giving two awards -- best song and best documentary -- to "An Inconvenient Truth", a filmed lecture by former Vice President Al Gore, who made two visits to the stage of the Kodak Theatre on Sunday during the ABC broadcast.
Ellen DeGeneres, in her first gig as Oscar host, set a kinder, gentler tone for the show, produced by Laura Ziskin -- instead of needling celebrities, DeGeneres treated the A-list crowd as conspirators in a glittering house party. The 4,830 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences responded in kind by doling out the 21 feature film awards to 13 films as if to leave out as few contenders as possible. Of the movies that entered the evening with four nominations or more, only "Blood Diamond" and "Notes on a Scandal" went home without a prize.
"Could you double-check the envelope, please?" Scorsese said jokingly of the honor, which eluded him in his five previous nominations. "I mean, I'm overwhelmed with this honor from the Academy and also the honor of being presented by my old, old friends." He admitted that over the years both friends and strangers had told him he deserved to win, so he added, "Friends of mine over the years and friends who are here tonight are wishing this for me and my family, I thank you. This is for you."
Moments later, Graham King took the stage as producer of the Warner Bros. Pictures release and proclaimed the win for the hard-boiled crime film "such a joy, such a joy." In addition to execs at Warners, he made special mention of the film's star, Leonardo DiCaprio, with whom he has worked on four projects, saying: "I just want to tell you, from the bottom of my heart, that to me, Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio, what amazing performances he does every single time. Every time. I love you, man."
While Scorsese thanked Brad Grey, chairman of Paramount Pictures, who unsuccessfully appealed to the Academy to be included among the producers allowed to come onstage on behalf of the film, King did not mention Grey among his thank-yous.
With six wins, Warners stood apart from the other studios, while three specialty film distributors -- Fox Searchlight, Paramount Vantage and Picturehouse -- took three Oscars apiece. DreamWorks, to its credit, had a share in three wins because it produced "Dreamgirls", which took home two trophies, with Paramount, and "Letters From Iwo Jima", which claimed one, with Warners.
"Departed" also earned editor Thelma Schoonmaker, who won editing Oscars for Scorsese's "Raging Bull" and "The Aviator", her third Academy Award. "Believe me", she testified of her longtime collaboration with the director, "I know I wouldn't be standing here if it wasn't for him."
As he accepted his prize for best adapted screenplay, "Departed"'s William Monahan also paid tribute to Scorsese. "Everyone who worked on 'The Departed' was, you know, it's easy to say, at the top of their game before they started," he said. "And under Marty's direction, it only got higher after that."
Mirren completed her royal tour of the awards circuit by earning her first Oscar, after two previous nominations, for her performance as Elizabeth II in Miramax Films' "The Queen". Even though the win appeared preordained, Mirren appeared to take a deep breath and collect herself as Philip Seymour Hoffman opened the envelope.
"You know, my sister told me all kids love to get gold stars, and this is the biggest and the best gold star I have ever had in my life," Mirren said as she contemplated the trophy. »
Former US Vice President Al Gore, Cameron Diaz and hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams have joined forces to promote an international campaign to raise environmental awareness. The trio were in Los Angeles yesterday to announce the initiative called Save Our Selves - The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis. Promoters are planning a 24-hour concert called Live Earth that will take place on seven continents on July 7. More than 100 music acts, including Pharrell, John Legend, Black Eyed Peas, Fall Out Boy and Kelly Clarkson, will participate. Diaz told the audience, "This is the only issue in the history of mankind that affects every single one of us - our planet is in danger. But at least someone is doing something about it." Promoters said the concerts will take place in Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; Sydney, Australia; London and cities to be announced in Japan, Brazil and the United States. Pharrell added, "Our atmosphere, our planet, is being abused, and we need to make this part of our daily consciousness. On July 7, you're going to see the biggest party on earth!" »
Meryl Streep has been forced to scrap plans to attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday because she has a date with Prince Charles and former US Vice-President Al Gore. The actress is nominated for a SAG Award for portraying mean fashion boss Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, but she won't be attending the glitzy Los Angeles prize-giving. In a statement, Streep's publicist explains, "Meryl Streep will not be able to attend the Screen Actors Guild Award ceremonies... She will be co-hosting the 10th annual benefit for Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment. Vice President Al Gore and she will present the Center's Global Citizen award to HRH The Prince Of Wales for his outstanding commitment to sound environmental stewardship. The event was planned a year ago, and Ms. Streep felt she was unable to renege on her commitment, in spite of the honor of a nomination." »
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