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10 items from 2006


Chicago film critics circle 'The Departed'

28 December 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The Chicago's film critics gave a trio of year’s best prizes to The Departed picking up Best Feature, director and adapted screenplay. The usual suspects won for acting awards and Emmanuel Lubezki looks like a sure pick for best cinematography at the Oscars this year for Children of Men. Futuristic film The Fountain won for best original score. Finally Rian Johnson was named most promising filmmaker for Brick. Here are the complete noms and winners (*). Best Picture"Babel"**The Departed**"Little Miss Sunshine""The Queen""United 93"Best Foreign-language Film:"Apocalypto"**Letters From Iwo Jima**"Pan's Labyrinth""Tsotsi""Volver"Best DIRECTORClint Eastwood for "Letters From Iwo Jima"Stephen Frears for "The Queen"Paul Greengrass for "United 93"Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for "Babel"**Martin Scorsese** for "The Departed"Best Original Screenplay"Babel" -Guillermo Arriaga"Letters From Iwo Jima" -Iris Yamashita"Little Miss Sunshine" -Michael Arndt**The Queen »

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Phoenix critix tap United 93 as Best Pic

21 December 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Following in the steps of the Dallas assn., the critics from sunny state Arizona also selected United 93 as the best feature. Here is the complete set of winners of the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards. Winners of the 2006 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Film: "United 93" directed by Paul GreengrassRunners-up (in alphabetical order): "Babel""Bobby""Borat""Children of Men" "The Departed""The Last King of Scotland" "Letters from Iwo Jima" "Little Miss Sunshine""The Queen"Best Foreign-Language Film: "Letters from Iwo Jima," directed by Clint EastwoodBest Director: Martin Scorsese, "The Departed" Best Actor: Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"Best Actress: Helen Mirren, "The Queen"Best Supporting Actor: Jack Nicholson, "The Departed"Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Notes on a Scandal"Best Original Screenplay: Michael Arndt, "Little Miss Sunshine"Best Adapted Screenplay: William Monahan, "The Departed"Best Ensemble Acting: "Little Miss Sunshine"Best Documentary: "An Inconvenient Truth, »

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Las Vegas Critics pic The Departed

18 December 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The folks who live in the city of sin picked Martin Scorsese and his Infernal Affairs remake as best pic and director for 2006. Here are this year's picks from Las Vegas Film Critics Society 2006. The complete list of Las Vegas Film Critics Society 2006 award winners: Best Picture: The Departed Best Director: Martin Scorsese Best Actor: Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland Best Actress: Helen Mirren The Queen Best Supporting actor: Djimon Hounsou Blood Diamond Best Supporting actress: Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted): Jason Reitman "Thank You For Smoking" Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki Children of Men Best Film editing: Thelma Schoonmaker "The Departed" Best Score: Thomas Newman "The Good German" Best Song: "Ordinary Miracle," David Stewart and Glen Ballard, "Charlotte's Web," performed by Sarah McLachlan Best Family film: Charlotte's Web Best Documentary: An Inconvenient Truth Best Animated film: Monster House Best Foreign film: Pan's Labyrinth »

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Broadcast Film Critics Association noms

12 December 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Promoting themselves as a barometer for Oscar predictions – this pretty much group all the favorites and safe picks. Leading the pack are “Babel," "The Departed," "Dreamgirls" and "Little Miss Sunshine" each with seven nominations each. Now its in 12th year, the Critics Choice Award is voted on by film critics from almost 200 television, radio and online critics. The 12th annual Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, January 12, 2007, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Best Picture Babel Blood Diamond The Departed Dreamgirls Letters From Iwo Jima Little Children Little Miss Sunshine Notes on a Scandal The Queen United 93 Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio - Blood Diamond Leonardo DiCaprio - The Departed Ryan Gosling - Half Nelson Peter O'Toole - Venus Will Smith - The Pursuit of Happyness Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland Best Actress Penelope Cruz - Volver Judi Dench - Notes »

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Breslin, Ward checking in as 'Grey's' guests

21 August 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Abigail Breslin, who is onscreen in Fox Searchlight Pictures' critically acclaimed film Little Miss Sunshine, is set to guest star in an upcoming episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy. In addition, Fred Ward has signed on for a guest-star role on the Touchstone Television medical drama, marking the veteran actor's first guest-starring stint on a TV series. Ten-year-old Breslin will appear in an episode titled Sometimes a Fantasy that has not yet been given an airdate but is the third episode to have been shot for the show's third season, which premieres at 9 p.m. Sept. 21. Ward will make his appearance on one of the first five episodes of the season. No details were provided about their characters. »

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Breslin, Ward checking in as 'Grey's' guests

20 August 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Abigail Breslin, who is onscreen in Fox Searchlight Pictures' critically acclaimed film Little Miss Sunshine, is set to guest star in an upcoming episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy. In addition, Fred Ward has signed on for a guest-star role on the Touchstone Television medical drama, marking the veteran actor's first guest-starring stint on a TV series. Ten-year-old Breslin will appear in an episode titled Sometimes a Fantasy that has not yet been given an airdate but is the third episode to have been shot for the show's third season, which premieres at 9 p.m. Sept. 21. Ward will make his appearance on one of the first five episodes of the season. No details were provided about their characters. »

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Little Miss Sunshine

23 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

This review was written for the festival screening of Little Miss Sunshine.

PARK CITY -- A screwball family takes to the road and wondrously finds itself in this crowd-pleaser at Sundance. A brainy blend of farce and heart, this is one of those movies that veteran moviegoers complain they don't make anymore. Most winningly, Little Miss Sunshine should radiate warm appreciation across age and class lines.

Centering on the Hoover clan, a brood as goofy as any in this dysfunctional age, Sunshine rambles cross-country in the comic fashion of a latter-day National Lampoon's Vacation. Up front in the crowded yellow VW are Pop, a tightly wired motivational speaker; Mom, a decidedly desperate housewife; oldest child Dwayne, who refuses to speak; and tiny Olive, who dreams of winning a beauty contest. Further back are the extended, and even more addled family members: cantankerous gramps and Mom's depressed professorial sibling. As quirky as the tribe it transports, the VW not only can't start without a running push but incessantly honks.

As this aggregation sputters and rambles toward California (where else?), each member must confront a personal failure. Screenwriter Michael Arndt has brilliantly woven each family member's problems into an endearing and transforming amusement. Under the splendid modulation of co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Sunshine careens along with a perfect combustion of character and comedy.

It's a tribute to the well-assembled cast that each character is not only antic in their own way but also identifiably human and sympathetic: Greg Kinnear shows fiber in the father's surface shallow character, while Toni Collette infuses an addled vulnerability to her role as the overstretched mom.

Alan Arkin is inspirationally whacko as a man nearing the end of his run. He is truly the court jester and, to a large extent, the off-center compass of this film's moral pinions. As the kids, Paul Dano is expressive as the non-talking Dwayne, while young Abigail Breslin is a vital blend of klutziness and grace as the ambitious grade-schooler. As the suicidal Proust scholar, Steve Carell distills an array of emotions into a credible whole.

Fueling this fun are the smart technical contributions: Credit composer Mychael Danna for the frothy sounds and Kalina Ivanov for the nutty middle-class production design.

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Fox Searchlight

A Dayton/Faris Film and Big Beach/Bonafide production

Credits:

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Screenwriter: Michael Arndt

Producers: Marc Turteltaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa

Director of photography: Tim Suhrstedt

Production designer: Kalina Ivanov

Music: Mychael Danna

Costume designer: Nancy Steiner

Editor: Pamela Martin

Cast:

Olive: Abigail Breslin

Richard: Greg Kinnear

Dwayne: Paul Dano

Grandpa: Alan Arkin

Sheryl: Toni Collette

Frank: Steve Carell

MPAA rating: R

Running time -- 101 minutes »

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Little Miss Sunshine

22 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARK CITY -- A screwball family takes to the road and wondrously finds itself in this crowd-pleaser at Sundance. A brainy blend of farce and heart, this is one of those movies that veteran moviegoers complain they don't make anymore. Most winningly, "Little Miss Sunshine" should radiate warm appreciation across age and class lines.

Centering on the Hoover clan, a brood as goofy as any in this dysfunctional age, "Sunshine" rambles cross-country in the comic fashion of a latter-day "National Lampoon's Vacation". Up front in the crowded yellow VW are Pop, a tightly wired motivational speaker; Mom, a decidedly desperate housewife; oldest child Dwayne, who refuses to speak; and tiny Olive, who dreams of winning a beauty contest. Further back are the extended, and even more addled family members: cantankerous gramps and Mom's depressed professorial sibling. As quirky as the tribe it transports, the VW not only can't start without a running push but incessantly honks.

As this aggregation sputters and rambles toward California (where else?), each member must confront a personal failure. Screenwriter Michael Arndt has brilliantly woven each family member's problems into an endearing and transforming amusement. Under the splendid modulation of co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, "Sunshine" careens along with a perfect combustion of character and comedy.

It's a tribute to the well-assembled cast that each character is not only antic in their own way but also identifiably human and sympathetic: Greg Kinnear shows fiber in the father's surface shallow character, while Toni Collette infuses an addled vulnerability to her role as the overstretched mom.

Alan Arkin is inspirationally whacko as a man nearing the end of his run. He is truly the court jester and, to a large extent, the off-center compass of this film's moral pinions. As the kids, Paul Dano is expressive as the non-talking Dwayne, while young Abigail Breslin is a vital blend of klutziness and grace as the ambitious grade-schooler. As the suicidal Proust scholar, Steve Carell distills an array of emotions into a credible whole.

Fueling this fun are the smart technical contributions: Credit composer Mychael Danna for the frothy sounds and Kalina Ivanov for the nutty middle-class production design.

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Fox Searchlight

A Dayton/Faris Film and Big Beach/Bonafide production

Credits:

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Screenwriter: Michael Arndt

Producers: Marc Turteltaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa

Director of photography: Tim Suhrstedt

Production designer: Kalina Ivanov

Music: Mychael Danna

Costume designer: Nancy Steiner

Editor: Pamela Martin

Cast:

Olive: Abigail Breslin

Richard: Greg Kinnear

Dwayne: Paul Dano

Grandpa: Alan Arkin

Sheryl: Toni Collette

Frank: Steve Carell

No MPAA rating

Running time -- 101 minutes »

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Sundance sales begin with ray of 'Sunshine'

22 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARK CITY -- Marking the first big buy at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights to Little Miss Sunshine, the audacious comedy debut from husband-and-wife rookie filmmakers Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, early Saturday morning. Sources placed the deal at north of $10 million, the record set by Miramax Films' purchase of Happy, Texas in 1999. The dark comedy, which stars Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano and Greg Kinnear as a dysfunctional family taking a little girl (Abigail Breslin) to a California beauty contest, drew a standing ovation at the Eccles Theater Friday evening. Negotiations among the filmmakers, Cinetic Media's John Sloss, 20th Century Fox senior vp acquisitions Tony Safford and Searchlight exec vp Joseph De Marco went through the night, closing at the Cinetic lodge in Deer Valley at 8 a.m. "We look forward to sharing this perfect gem with the world," said Searchlight president Peter Rice. "It's in the tradition of movies that have worked well for Searchlight, from 'The Full Monty, ' 'Waking Ned, ' and 'Sideways' to 'Garden State'." »

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Searchlight takes shine to 'Miss Sunshine'

21 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARK CITY -- Marking the first big buy at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights Saturday to Little Miss Sunshine, the audacious comedy debut from husband-and-wife rookie filmmakers Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. Sources placed the deal at north of $10 million, the record set by Miramax Films' purchase of Happy, Texas in 1999. The dark comedy, which stars Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano and Greg Kinnear as a dysfunctional family taking a little girl (Abigail Breslin) to a California beauty contest, drew a standing ovation at the Eccles Theater Friday evening. »

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