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4 items from 2008

'Slumdog' Tops Satellite Winners

15 December 2008 1:25 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The winners of the 13th annual Satellite Awards were announced on Sunday and taking the top nods where Slumdog Millionaire for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Happy-Go-Lucky for Best Motion Picture (Comedy). The Happy-Go-Lucky win is no major surprise, but the Slumdog pull is just one more piece of hardware as it is slowly rising to the top of the pile in terms of becoming the Oscar Best Picture front-runner. Slumdog Millionaire also took home prizes for Danny Boyle for Director and A.R. Rahman for his score. Happy-Go-Lucky also went home with two awards with Sally Hawkins continuing her impressive run as of late taking Best Actress. Richard Jenkins didn't hurt his chances at becoming an Oscar nominee by upping his cred with a Best Actor win. Rosemarie Dewitt took hom Best Supporting Actress for Rachel Getting Married and Michael Shannon got a well deserved award for Best Supporting Actor from Revolutionary Road. »

- Brad Brevet

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'Slumdog,' 'Happy' top Satellite nods

14 December 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"Slumdog Millionaire" was named best motion picture drama and "Happy-Go-Lucky" was named best motion picture comedy or musical at the 13th annual Satellite Awards, presented Sunday at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.

The awards, voted by the International Press Academy, also chose "Slumdog's" Danny Boyle as best director and the film's composer A.R. Rahman for his score. "Happy-Go-Lucky's" Sally Hawkins was hailed as best actress in a comedy or musical.

The group gave its dramatic acting awards to Angelina Jolie for "Changeling" and Richard Jenkins for "The Visitor." Ricky Gervais was chosen best actor in a comedy or musical for "Ghost Town."

Supporting acting nods for film went to Rosemarie Dewitt for "Rachel Getting Married" and Michael Shannon for "Revolutionary Road."

A complete list of winners is available on the next page.

Other film winners

Foreign-language film, "Gomorra"

Animated or mixed-media film, "Wall-e"


- By Gregg Kilday

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"Australia" Review: A disaster of blockbuster proportions

25 November 2008 10:04 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

AUSTRALIAby Steve Ramos, Writer 'Australia’ is a disaster of blockbuster proportions   Amazing how a film stuffed with romance, action and wartime history only leads to utter frustration. More cinematic soup than epic moviemaking, director/co-writer Baz Luhrmann may claim something for every taste in his sprawling adventure “Australia” but he fails at each attempted genre. "Australia," arguably the biggest movie of the holiday season, is also a film of missed opportunities, few laughs, insufficient romance and clumsy action. For Luhrmann, director of the wonderful musical "Moulin Rouge!" and the romantic and hip "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet," “Australia” is the type of costly, creative misstep that derails careers.   English aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) travels to Australia in 1939 and partners with a horseman and cattle rancher nicknamed "The Drover" (Hugh Jackman). Together, they will work together to save the ranch she inherited from her late husband by driving her »

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New Old-Timey 'Australia' Pictures

4 November 2008 3:03 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

There's a bunch of new Australia photos over on the New York Times' website and, as usual, they are jaw-dropping and gorgeous. If you're a history and costume nerd like I am, you'll love this little feature, as the film's costume designer Catherine Martin elaborates on the authenticity and art behind some of the outfits. If you can tear your eyes away from Hugh Jackman's biceps, you might like to learn all about the shirt and belts encasing his ridiculously impressive frame. Says Ms. Martin: "The T-shirt he is wearing is, in fact, a shearer's shirt, a traditional shirt that has been in that style since the late 19th century. These are very traditional, classic Australian clothes, as is the plaited belt. Most of the stockmen made their own leather goods around the campfire. The second, so-called hobble belt is used to tie together the legs of horses to keep them from wandering off. »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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