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Knightley Shuns Hollywood for London

28 December 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Keira Knightley has blasted Hollywood residents for leading an insular existence, insisting she could never survive in such a stifling environment. The British beauty - who has bagged a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Atonement - has become a prominent name in Hollywood, but couldn't bear to live amongst her movie-obsessed contemporaries. Instead, Knightley has chosen to stay in London - because it offers so much more variety. She tells Cosmopolitan magazine, "It's a funny place - I could never live in Hollywood, because there's nowhere to escape to. You find yourself sitting around a lot and every conversation you have is about the movies. "I think you have to be in a city that has different walks of life that you can observe - and, for me, that's London." »

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Atonement

14 December 2007 3:11 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Plot: Based on Ian McEwan’s 2002 heartbreaking novel, this is a story of 13-year-old Briony accusing her sister (Kiera Knightley) and lover (James McAvoy) of a crime they didn’t commit. Things spiral beyond Briony’s control when World War II affects everyone in unforeseen ways. Who’s it for: This is a film about societal classes and a privileged little girl pushing too far. The romance feels real between Knightley and McAvoy and there is a bit of heartbreak. Expectations: Ideally, I was thinking this is a film I wanted to watch with my wife. Potentially heartbreaking/romantic. Scorecard Actors: Kiera Knightley as Cecilia Tallis: Knightley seems at her best when working with director Joe Wright. They were together for her nominated performance in “Pride & Prejudice.” The absolute »

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Globe nominees speak out

14 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Complete coverage:

'Atonement' out front

Strike curbs enthusiasm

Nominees react

'Massive sweep' for Focus

'Damages' leads TV pack

In a year of topical, often violent films, a period love story like "Atonement" stands out. But the forces behind the most nominated film of the Golden Globes aren't sure it is all that different from other current fare. Director Joe Wright said that while he saw the movie as a "classic love story, it's also about young men at war, and what can be more relevant than that?" Star James McAvoy said the film's universality makes it appealing even in this age of the blockbuster. " 'Atonement' is about basic human issues like redemption and forgiveness," he said. "Its success doesn't depend on timing or on fashion or on fad. It doesn't depend on hitting its target market. I've talked to interviewers who are 'Transformers' kind of people, and having seen the movie they end up coming out moved by it."

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John Travolta is not immune to the excitement surrounding nominations and awards: Until he received the phone call with news of his "Hairspray" nom, the actor was up all night staring at the clock in his New York apartment. "You try not to anticipate it happening, but you can't help it," he said. "I had to prove to myself that I could go the distance with this part." Travolta said he wouldn't rule out showcasing his musical talents again. "I'd love to do another musical in the near future," he said, "but it's a special art form -- one that needs to be honored and really cared for."

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"I'm in the old section of Paris drinking Edith Piaf's favorite champagne, Bollinger, which has become mine," said exuberant "La Vie en Rose" star Marion Cotillard of her best musical actress nomination. "The first big reaction was when it did well in France, and then the film got recognition all around the world. It's just been a series of surprises, and I hope it never ends." Picturehouse president Bob Berney wasn't surprised by Cotillard's success. "For me, it was expected. I think when people in Los Angeles met her in person, it was shocking to them how different she was from the character."

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Sitting in her London home and nine months pregnant, Helena Bonham Carter was more concerned Thursday with begetting a child than a Golden Globe statue. "Right now, I'm trying to have a baby," she said. "When I'm done with the labor and contractions, I can think about award shows -- which I suppose can take longer than the labor and contractions." Bonham Carter also is surprised that she could pull off songs and lyrics. "Pretty much from the womb I wanted to be in a musical, but I never thought I could sing beyond the bathroom," she said.

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The morning of the Golden Globe nominations was different for "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes this year. "I slept through (the announcement)," she said. "Grey's", which won the best drama series Globe last time around, landed two noms: best drama and best supporting actress for Emmy winner Katherine Heigl. Rhimes' other series, the "Grey"'s spinoff "Private Practice", didn't get a nom, but she is OK with that. "It's fine", she said. "We enjoy the work on the show, and hopefully will have the chance of doing more of it on both 'Practice' and 'Grey's.' " Production on both shows has been suspended because of the writers strike. The work stoppage also has modified the way Rhimes celebrates her show's nominations. "Today I'll take my daughter to school, will walk the picket line and will keep reorganizing my closet," she said.

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Despite the sometimes nasty nature of her character on FX's "Damages", Glenn Close insisted she really is a nice person. Close learned of her nomination for best TV drama series actress from a friend in Florida while visiting her hometown of Greenwich, Conn. The multiple award-winner, who won a Globe in 2005 for "The Lion in Winter" and was nominated in 2006 for "The Shield", said her character gets noticed because it's rare for a woman her age to get such a role. "She keeps people off balance all the time, and people are intrigued by that," she said.

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"Eastern Promises" and "Atonement" producer Paul Webster was in London heading to a massage for his "dingy shoulder" when he learned of the three "Promises" and seven "Atonement" noms. "My masseuse was absolutely unimpressed, and I think she elbowed my shoulder even harder than usual," he said. Webster was especially happy about the noms for David Cronenberg's "Promises". "I think it's belated and deserved recognition for one of the world's greatest filmmakers. Long may it continue," he said. Webster called "Atonement" star Keira Knightley, who was "her usual modest self" and asked whether his wife was coming. "She wants to talk with her about what to wear," he said.

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"Woo-hoo!" shouted "The Simpsons Movie" director David Silverman when he learned of the animated feature's Globe nomination. Producer James L. Brooks' reaction was a little less Homeresque at first. "I had the feeling that any human being should have when the phone suddenly rings at 5 a.m. -- that something bad has happened," he said. "It was somebody telling me I was nominated, but by then I had already put five bullets in the wall." Jokes aside, the pair said it was a great feeling to have the movie be recognized in a world of CGI and 3-D animated tales, especially one 18 years in the making. "Anytime that wiggly drawings are acknowledged, it's a true honor," "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening said. Silverman said he'll celebrate the nomination with a haircut, a new shirt and perhaps a doughnut. But for showrunner Brooks, he'll head to the picket line with the rest of the striking writers. "Of course, there's a pall", he said. "We live by diffusing our misery with jokes. This is not a great holiday season in town, and it's painful. The amazing thing is the kind of goodwill on the line every day, and that's sustaining people."

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"Hairspray" producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were once a rare pair in Hollywood pushing traditional movie musicals, but Thursday saw their latest film nominated for best musical or comedy. "A few years ago, there were no musicals nominated in this category," Meron said. "Craig and I made it our mission to bring them back, first on TV ... and then in film. If it wasn't for the success of (our project) 'Chicago, ' there probably wouldn't be a 'Dreamgirls' or 'Sweeney Todd.' What a change." Their track record helped persuade John Travolta to don a dress. "We felt a great burden of responsibility when we talked to John about doing his first musical in nearly 30 years," Zadan said. "We promised him we could take this all the way, so it was wonderful to see him nominated. And just a year ago, (best musical actress nominee) Nikki Blonsky was scooping ice cream."

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Tom Wilkinson said he was polishing shoes at his house in the U.K. when he got the call that he was nominated for his supporting role in "Michael Clayton". "It's a great feeling in the sense that even at my great age, I'm still doing decent work which people are interested in," he said. "And I love the Golden Globes. Have I ever won one? No, no, I don't think I have -- but it's always the best time."

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Somehow, David Duchovny's manager was able to penetrate the actor's "hotel fortress" in Vancouver to alert him of his Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a TV comedy series. "She said it was an awards-related emergency," Duchovny said. The "Californication" star had been up all night shooting scenes for the new "X-Files" movie. He made sure to turn off all his devices and hang a "do not disturb" sign but nevertheless was thrilled to hear the news. "Awards are nice in the moment, but (a nomination) is wonderful because it brings attention to the show," he said. The multiple-award winner -- he won a best actor Globe in 1997 for TV's "The X-Files" -- planned to celebrate by going back to sleep, dreaming he was never awakened and waking up to live it all over again.

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"I'm so excited! It's mother and daughter getting nominated," Nikki Blonsky quipped about her "Hairspray" nom for best performance by an actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical, and that of her co-star John Travolta in the supporting actor category. Blonsky, who heard the news in Toronto, said the moment her name was uttered was as shocking and exciting as the moment she found out she got the part. "It was a huge shock to me, a huge and utter shock. I was crying, jumping and throwing things," she said.

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Producer Kathleen Kennedy woke up to see her flight from New York to Los Angeles canceled because of a snowstorm, but at least two of her films were nominated: "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Persepolis". And they're in an unlikely category for the oft-nominated Hollywood vet: best foreign-language film. "This is exactly what the Academy Awards should be about: promoting films that don't have the resources of some with an $80 million-$100 million marketing budget," she said. "The only frustration is 'Diving Bell' not being qualified for the foreign-language Oscar, which is and will continue to be confusing to people. But the writing and directing nominations are a big help."

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Of all the people who were surprised by the best picture drama nomination for the Russian mobster movie "Eastern Promises", perhaps the most surprised was the man who made it. Director David Cronenberg, who had never been nominated for a Golden Globe, had been girding for one major nomination; he never saw the other one coming. "I'd have been surprised if Viggo wasn't nominated, but I really didn't expect the movie to be nominated," he said.

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Julie Taymor sat in bed in New York and watched the nominations live. "It's wonderful to be a dark horse because it means people are voting with their heart," the ecstatic "Across the Universe" director said of her film's inclusion in the best musical lineup. Her hope now is that more people will see the film. "It's about tremendous joy and inspiration, and that's what I want to hear -- that people were moved and transformed by the work."

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Golden Globe nominations are no stranger to "Charlie Wilson's War" screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who received noms for the politically themed films "A Few Good Men" (1992) and "The American President" (1995). »

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'Atonement' leads Golden Globe noms

14 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Complete coverage:

List of nominees

Nominees react

'Massive sweep' for Focus

'Damages' leads TV pack

Strike curbs enthusiasm

"Atonement", the tony British drama of love, lies and war, led the pack with seven nominations -- including best drama and acting noms for its two leads, Keira Knightley and James McAvoy -- as the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on Thursday morning announced its nominations for the 65th annual Golden Globes.

"Charlie Wilson's War", a comic look at the roots of the U.S.' involvement in Afghanistan, followed with five nominations, including best comedy or musical.

On the TV side, the top contenders with four nominations apiece are the FX dramatic series "Damages", which revolves around a lethal legal case, and the HBO telefilm "Longford", which looked at a crime and its punishment in Great Britain. NBC's comedy "30 Rock", HBO's "Entourage" and ABC's freshman entry "Pushing Daisies" both scored three noms, as did the HBO telefilm "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee".

But this year's wide-open film awards season didn't get much narrower as a result of the Globe nominations as the HFPA chose to include a whopping seven films in its best drama category. In addition to "Atonement", the crowded list includes several looks at criminal behavior, "American Gangster", "Eastern Promises" and "No Country for Old Men"; two very different takes on American business, the oil-struck "There Will Be Blood" and "Michael Clayton", with its corporate intrigue; and the inspirational college drama "The Great Debaters". According to the HFPA, the expanded category came about because three films tied for fifth place.

That should make the competition for prime tables even tougher when the Globes ceremony, broadcast live by NBC, is held Jan. 13 at the Beverly Hilton.

In the case of the best comedy or musical category, the HFPA was a little more selective, nominating three musicals -- the Beatles-inspired "Across the Universe", the '60s-inflected "Hairspray" and the bloody "Sweeney Todd" -- along with two comedy-dramas, "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Juno", a wry look at an unexpected teen pregnancy.

With just five nominations in the best directing category, the contest suddenly got fiercer. On the dramatic side, brother filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen were nominated for "No Country" along with Ridley Scott for "Gangster" and Joe Wright for "Atonement". The only director with a film from the musical category is "Sweeney Todd"'s Tim Burton. The fifth nominee is Julian Schnabel for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," which also was nominated for best screenplay and best foreign-language film.

Cate Blanchett scored a double-header, picking up a best dramatic actress nom for her regal turn in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and supporting actress recognition for her Dylanesque performance in "I'm Not There". With best dramatic actor and supporting actor noms for, respectively, "The Savages" and "Charlie Wilson's War", Philip Seymour Hoffman was much in evidence. Clint Eastwood, though he didn't appear on film this year, also earned two nominations for his score and song for "Grace Is Gone", the study of an Iraq War widower.

Still, for all their largesse, the 82 voting members of the HFPA ignored several possible nominees. Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" was left out in the cold, save for score and song nominations. "Knocked Up" and "Superbad", which were both critical and commercial hits, also got the cold shoulder. Laura Linney, who stars with Hoffman in "Savages", wasn't awarded a nomination like her co-star. Tommy Lee Jones, lauded by critics for performances in both "In the Valley of Elah" and "No Country" wasn't mentioned. And the 3-D "Beowulf" didn't make an appearance in the Globe's new animated feature category, which encompasses just "Bee Movie", "Ratatouille" and "The Simpsons Movie".

With co-productions figuring prominently on both the studio and indie fronts, there were plenty of bragging rights to go around. »

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2008 Golden Globes Noms: Atonement leads the pack

13 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Atonement may have gotten the largest overall number of noms, but we should expect a different outcome for total number of wins coming January. 13th. Today's list of noms sort of reminds me of what they are doing in schools today to boost self-confidence and not bruise egos: handing out medals/trophies to every single student not for 'winning' but for their 'participation'. In an embarrassing attempt to include everyone, there will be a total of 12 titles vying for Best Movie of the year (Best Drama has a ridiculous number of 7 noms, while Best Comedy/Musical has a five.  Despite this, I'll be glued to the set.  The glorified dinner party also sorts its nominations out in the most bizarre of manners - take for example the Best Dramatic performance of the year for an actress: hands down you'd think that Marion Cotillard and La Vie en rose would »

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Interview: The Cast of Atonement

13 December 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- A dazzling screen adaptation by director Joe Wright based on the bestseller by Ian McEwan and scripted by Christopher Hampton, with career bests from leads James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, the best romantic film since the English Patient acts as a canvas that shows the unbearable consequences of how one lie can destroy the outcome of more than one. A lavish film and first rate in this production, this could be a major contender for the Oscars - because it's tailor made.   I met at a press roundtable with James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, screenwriter Christopher Hampton and Vanessa Redgrave in Beverly Hills, CA.James McAvoyYama Rahimi: Your role is such iconic role and performance that will mark your career. Were you aware of that when you read the script? James McAvoy: No I didn't but it was a role that I wanted from the first reading. I knew it was a special film. »

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Atonement Leads Golden Globe Nominations

13 December 2007 | IMDb News

Atonement was the dominant movie at this morning's announcement of the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods, including Best Picture (Drama) and three acting nominations. The adaptation of Ian McEwan's acclaimed bestseller also received nominations for directing, screenplay, and score as well as for its two leads, James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, and a supporting actress mention for young Saoirse Ronan. Critical favorite No Country for Old Men received four nominations, including picture, supporting actor (Javier Bardem), and directing and screenplay nominations for Joel Coen and Ethan Coen; legal thriller Michael Clayton also received four nods, including picture and three acting nominations for George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton. Rounding out the dramatic Best Picture nominees -- there were an unprecedented seven in all -- were American Gangster, Eastern Promises, The Great Debaters, and There Will Be Blood. Over on the Comedy/Musical side, Charlie Wilson's War led the pack with five nods, including Best Picture (Comedy/Musical), three acting nominations for stars Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and a screenplay nomination for Aaron Sorkin. Tim Burton's blood-filled adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd received four nominations in the Comedy/Musical categories for picutre, Best Actor (Johnny Depp), Best Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), and a directing nod for Burton. Indie hit Juno also scored well, with mentions for star Ellen Page and screenwriter Diablo Cody as well as a best picture nod, and summer musical Hairspray bounced back to life with nominations for picture, lead actress (Nikki Blonsky) and supporting actor (John Travolta). The other nominee for Best Picture (Comedy/Musical) was the Beatles musical Across the Universe. In the television categories, FX newcomer Damages was the leading series contender with four nominations, while the HBO movie Longford also received four nods. Freshman hit Pushing Daisies, returning comedies Entourage and 30 Rock, and miniseries Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee received three nominations each.

Get all of the Golden Globe Nominations in our Road to the Oscars section

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Knightley Topless for Magazine Cover

6 December 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British beauty Keira Knightley has gone topless for the cover of an upcoming U.S. magazine. The Atonement star covers her nipples with braces and a gloved hand for the provocative new Sam Taylor-Wood shot that graces the cover of the December/January issue of Interview magazine. The actress says, "We ended by taking my clothes off. Why does that always happen? Because I say yes, I suppose!" »

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Knightley Defends Legal Action Over Anorexia Story

16 November 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Keira Knightley has defended her decision to sue the Daily Mail after the British newspaper insinuated she was an anorexic - because she feared the story would cost her film roles. The paper printed photos of a stick-thin Knightley in a bikini and implied her frame had inspired a teenager, who had died from anorexia. The Atonement actress was appalled by the article, sued the newspaper and was awarded a settlement. She insists it was necessary for her to get tough. Knightley explains, "It could potentially have ruined my career because if I had been anorexic, there is no way I would have been able to do a lot of the action movies that I do. People wouldn't have hired me. When things are written that are trying to ruin my career, as that one (story) was, I obviously have to take that very seriously." »

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'Elizabeth,' Loren big draws at Rome festival

20 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ROME -- The European premiere of Elizabeth: The Golden Age was the big event on the first full day of the RomaCinemaFest, with star Cate Blanchett and director Shekhar Kapur attracting applause from a red carpet crowd noticeably fuller than the one from opening night a day earlier.

Earlier, Sophia Loren received a standing ovation at the Sistine Theater when she was awarded a lifetime achievement award.

The festival, which concludes Oct. 27, got under way Thursday with a limited schedule. But Friday featured a full lineup, with Elizabeth and several events related to the Focus India sidebar dominating the day.

Brad Isaacs' Have Dreams Will Travel and Un Chateau en Espagne (My Very Best Friend) from Isabelle Doval also premiered Friday, both in the Alice in the City sidebar for young moviegoers. And, after a 30-minute documentary on her career, Loren charmed a standing-room-only crowd with anecdotes from her early years in the film business.

The weekend schedule in Rome is expected to attract even more attention, with the world premiere of Francis Ford Coppola's first film in a decade -- Youth Without Youth -- and the European premiere of Francois Girard's Silk, starring Keira Knightley and Michael Pitt, on tap. »

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Tokyo fest rolls out red carpet

19 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TOKYO -- The 20th annual Tokyo International Film Festival kicks off with an opening reception today and begins in earnest Saturday night with a red-carpet event that officially launches the nine-day event.

The opening film, the premiere of Shochiku/Universal Japan co-production "Midnight Eagle", tells the story of a stealth bomber that goes missing in the mountains of northern Japan. Directed by Izuru Narushim and starring Takao Osawa, Yuko Takeuchi and Hiroshi Tamaki, it was made with the help of the Japanese military.

The closing film, "Silk", is a collaborative venture of Japan, Italy and Canada. Directed by Francois Girard, "Silk" is the story of a married silk trader who is drawn to a mysterious Japanese woman from a nobleman's court. Set in Japan and based on a novel by Alessandro Baricco, it stars Keira Knightley, Michael Pitt, Miki Nakatani and Koji Yakusho.

A jury of six, led by Alan Ladd Jr., will select the winner of the festival's main competition, the $50,000 Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, as well as a $20,000 Special Jury Prize. »

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Big names, films boost MEIFF startup

12 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- The inaugural Middle East International Film Festival unfurls Sunday having shipped in a coterie of big industry names that likely will guarantee the event international attention in the coming week. The screening program is a mixture of big-name projects and debuts from emerging talent.

Brian De Palma's "Redacted" and Gavin Hood's "Rendition" are among the films making their debut in the Middle East.

Joe Wright's "Atonement", starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, will open the UAE capital's first film fest, which runs through Oct. 19.

The festival's official competition section features 12 fiction films, including Nadine Labaki's "Caramel", Nic Balthazar's "Ben X" and Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's animated "Persepolis". The six shortlisted documentaries in the nonfiction group include Joshua Asen and Jennifer Needleman's "I Love Hip Hop in Morocco" and Socheata Poeuv's "New Year Baby".

More than 102 screenings covering films from the five sections will take place during the week, with tickets to general screenings available free of charge by registering with the Web site, MEIFF.com.

Within the festival, a central program taking place Monday through Wednesday is the Film Financing Circle, one of several initiatives created to maximize networking opportunities between local talent and international executives and filmmakers. »

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'Atonement' to open Abu Dhabi fest

28 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- The inaugural Middle East International Film Festival -- Abu Dhabi will launch Oct. 14 with the opening night screening of Joe Wright's Atonement.

The Focus Features/Working Title drama about the repercussions of a false accusation stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. The six-day event, presented by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, will also feature Todd Haynes' I'm Not There, Brian De Palma's Redacted, Gavin Hood's Rendition and Claude Lelouch's Roman de Gare.

The fest will be held in the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi. It will also host the first annual Film Financing Circle conference on international co-productions from Oct. 15-17. »

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'Atonement' will open Middle East film fest

27 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Joe Wright's Atonement will kick off the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Oct. 14.

The opener was announced Wednesday by Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei, director general of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.

The Keira Knightley-James McAvoy starrer heads a list of films earmarked for MEIFF's Special Presentations sidebar that includes I'm Not There from director Todd Haynes. Themed around the music and life of Bob Dylan, the film won the special jury prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Other MEIFF titles selected include Brian De Palma's Iraq war drama Redacted; Rendition, directed by Gavin Hood; and Claude Lelouch's Roman de gare.

Veteran choreographer Otis Sallid will direct the dance numbers for the opening- and closing-night galas.

"We are honored to present these outstanding films by such talented directors, and look forward to celebrating the art of filmmaking here in Abu Dhabi," Al-Mazrouei said.

"It is an honor to receive such outstanding support from international studios in our inaugural year," added executive director Nashwa Al-Ruwaini. »

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Beckhams Top Overrated List

27 September 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

David and Victoria Beckham have topped a quirky new U.S. magazine poll to find the Most Overrated People, Places and Things. Radar magazine has named the famous couple at the top of its new over-hyped list - ahead of cupcakes, Botox and Brad Pitt. Writer Michael Musto calls soccer star David "overpaid" and his wife "a pointless collection of body parts". Also on Radar's Overrated 100: blogging, sex with virgins, cocaine, Keira Knightley, pilates, Ronald Reagan, The Dalai Lama, Jake Gyllenhaal and hit TV show Grey's Anatomy. »

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Knightley Is Too Self-Conscious for Premieres

26 September 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Keira Knightley hates attending Hollywood premieres, because she's too self-conscious to enjoy herself. The British actress claims she spends her entire time on the red carpet dreading the way her look will be interpreted in the press the following day. Knightley tells Allure magazine, "I absolutely hate red carpet events. I don't like the fact that people write 'Oh you look like crap' or 'I don't like your arms'. I'm not Wonder Woman! I have self-esteem issues. Everybody does. You know, skinny people are allowed to feel s**t about themselves too." »

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Knightley Says No to Hollywood Blockbusters

21 September 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British actress Keira Knightley has turned her back on major Hollywood roles - because they do not challenge her emotionally. The Atonement star, 22, says she "cannot imagine" doing another big-budget Pirates Of The Caribbean-style movie. Instead she wants to concentrate on quirky small-budget films which stretch her acting skills. She says, "I can't imagine ever doing another one. I had five months off from Pirates during the summer last year, when I made Silk and Atonement, and it was so great - I want to be able to explore emotions in smaller projects. That's not to say I won't suddenly read a big Hollywood blockbuster and go 'oooh, that might be good...' But I haven't yet." »

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'Bourne' leader once again at int'l boxoffice

17 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The last of the summer tentpoles almost single-handedly kept the international boxoffice momentum going over the weekend as The Bourne Ultimatum finished No. 1 by raking in an estimated $20.8 million from 4,333 screens in 46 markets.

The otherwise undistinguished early fall stanza was notable for debut action in the U.K., the largest foreign market for American films. Sony's Superbad, which has grossed $111.3 million domestically, opened to an estimated $2.9 million from 425 screens, placing either second or third in the territory. (Superbad also opened in New Zealand with about $155,000 from 53 locations.)

Lionsgate's 3:10 to Yuma, the Western co-starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale that has generated about $28.6 million in two Stateside frames, also made its U.K. bow with an estimated $750,000 from 303 screens. And New Line's actioner Shoot 'Em Up, with Clive Owen, gunned down an estimated $780,000 from 294 locations.

Topping the U.K. market for the second consecutive weekend was New Line/Entertainment Film Distributors' Run, Fat Boy, Run. Director David Schwimmer's comedy nabbed an estimated $3.6 million from 411 screens for a market cume of about $9 million.

Working Title Films/Universal International's Atonement starring Keira Knightley was second or third in the U.K. with an estimated $2.9 million from 412 locations, a mere 9% drop from its opening stanza. The 10-day market cume for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's romance novel stands is $8.9 million.

DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures International's Disturbia also made its U.K. debut and grossed an estimated $1.4 million from 405 screens. Overall, the serial killer thriller took in about $3.1 million from 1,321 locations in 51 markets for an overseas cume of $28.3 million.

PPI also introduced A Mighty Heart in Germany, Spain and four other smaller European markets. »

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WMA loses its U.K. chief to rival

13 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- WMA U.K. chief Caroline Michel has jumped ship to become chief executive of rival British agency PFD.

One of the U.K.'s most established and largest talent agencies, PFD's roster of clients includes Keira Knightley, Richard Curtis, Kate Winslet, Mike Leigh and Alan Bennett.

The agency's parent company, CSS Stellar, made the appointment public Wednesday, with Michel's hire attributed to the efforts of CSS executive chairman David Buchler. He described the hire as "part of the long-term reshaping of CSS as we seek out the right people across all our business areas and place them within the group to make significant impact over the long term."

Buchler also described Michel's exit from WMA as "entirely amicable" and said she is scheduled to start "shortly."

Michel said the opportunity to join PFD was "unmissable."

"The challenge is to build on the company's successes and develop the business recognizing that the entertainment sector is the fastest-growing industry in the world," she said.

Michel added that WMA was "a wonderful place to work" and that it had given her the opportunity to "work alongside some of the best people in the business."

She said: "I have loved being there, and I am sure that there will be many mutual opportunities to explore with WMA in the future."

Michel has headed the London arm of WMA since August 2005, joining the outpost after a career in publishing. »

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WMA's Michel takes over at PFD

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LONDON -- William Morris Agency U.K. chief Caroline Michel has jumped ship to become chief executive of rival British agency PFD.

One of the U.K.'s most established and largest talent agencies, PFD's roster of clients includes Keira Knightley, Richard Curtis, Kate Winslett, Mike Leigh and Alan Bennett.

The agency's parent company, CSS Stellar, made the appointment public Wednesday, with Michel's hire attributed to the efforts of CSS executive chairman David Buchler.

For his part, Buchler described the hire as "part of the long-term re-shaping of CSS, as we seek out the right people across all our business areas and place them within the group to make significant impact over the long term."

He also described Michel's exit from WMA as "entirely amicable" and said she is due to start "shortly."

Michel said the opportunity to join PFD was "unmissable."

"The challenge is to build on the company's successes and develop the business recognizing that the entertainment sector is the fastest growing industry in the world," she said. »

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