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The Departed: Those We Lost in 2008

21 December 2008 11:00 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

(from left) Paul Newman, Bernie Mac, George Carlin, Estelle Getty, Roy Scheider and Heath Ledger For the past two years I have started doing a recap of a select group of notable names we lost from the entertainment world (and a few others) over the past year. This is by no means an all-encompassing list, but I think it's a pretty good representation of the cream of the crop when it comes to the people that left us in 2008, and I must say, we lost A Lot of big names this year... A Lot! Brad Renfro (Died January 15, 2008) - Former child star who began his career aged 12, playing the boy at the centre of 1994 mafia drama The Client. He died of a reported accidental heroin overdose. Bobby Fischer (Died January 17, 2008) - Reclusive chess champion who died of kidney failure who became as well known for his chess as he was »

- Brad Brevet

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Australia

11 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Casting Directors: Ronna Kress and Nikki Barrett Director: Baz Luhrmann Writers: Baz Luhrmann and Stuart Beattie Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Bryan Brown The Pitch: During World War II, an English aristocrat (Kidman) inherits a massive ranch and teams up with a rough-hewn drover (Jackman) to protect her new property from a takeover plot.Baz Luhrmann tackles everything in large-scale, unorthodox fashion. After completing his "red curtain" trilogy — Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge! — he decided to go back to his cultural roots with the epic Australia, which follows an Englishwoman who teams with an Aussie cattle driver to save her inheritance, just as World War II comes knocking Down Under. He turned to Australian casting director Nikki Barrett (Candy, The Proposition, Babe: Pig in the City) and American CD Ronna Kress to populate the film, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Kress is accustomed to Luhrmann's scale, »

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Kidman to play transsexual, Theron to play wife

14 November 2008 7:39 AM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

You have to hand it to Nicole Kidman. In her career, the Aussie actress has juxtaposed standard Hollywood fare (often box-office disasters) with challenging, non-traditional roles in independent films with little to no commercial appeal. For every Cold Mountain, there's a Birth, where she played a woman convinced her dead husband had been reincarnated into the body of a 10-year-old boy; or a Dogville, the Lars Von Trier's three-hour melodrama on human nature at its worst; or a Fur, an "imaginary portrait" of famed photographer Diane Arbus that saw her lover Robert Downey Jr., covered head-to-toe in hair. Even her Oscar-winning role as Virginia Woolf in The Hours was a bit of a gamble. »

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Film Festival Shifts

10 November 2008 2:17 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

December 2008:

Rich Raddon, Festival Director of Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival, has resigned from the post he has held since 2000.

November 2008: Two top Rome Film Festival honchos, Giorgio Gosetti and Teresa Cavina, have left the festival after its closing day. Gosetti and Cavina, who are Rome's best known reps on the international festival circuit, were co-directors of Rome's Cinema 2008 section, which made up most of the fest's competition lineup.

Tiziana Finzi, the newly appointed Director of the Miami International Film Festival, was born in Trieste, Italy. She studied Architecture in Venice and History of Cinema in Trieste, where she prepared a thesis on American film director Robert Kramer. After her studies she collaborated with film magazines in Italy and abroad. In 1994 she began working with the Venice Biennale's Venice Film Festival , where in the programmation office she had the opportunity to work in the field of independent cinema, debut feature films and documentaries. She has been a consultant for several international film festivals and institutions such as Italy's Pesaro Film Festival,Taormina Arte Film Festival, Italia Cinema – Italian Film Promotion Agency, and the Alpe Adria Cinema section of the Trieste Film Festival. Since 1999 she has been working for Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland as chief of programmer of the sections “Cinéastes du présent” and “Compétition Vidéo”and “In Progress” . As a result of her wide experience as a film researcher in the domain of independent cinema and because of her interest in film experimentation and visual communication, she has collaborated with important museums and institutions of contemporary arts. In January 2005 she was the art coordinator and consultant for video /installation “Notte 266” by Masbedo, produced by C P Company /Stone island for Pitti Immagine, Firenze. She lives and works "around" for several institutions and magazines about contemporary culture. Since August 2005 Tiziana Finzi has been the deputy director of Locano International Film Festival,Switzerland. And now, year 2008, she joins the Miami International Film Festival whose mission is to bridge cultural understanding, endorse tolerance and encourage artistic development and excellence within a vigorous academic setting by provoking thought through film. By bringing the best of world cinema to Miami, MIFF presents the city and the film industry with a singular platform that fosters creative and technical talent.

Colin Stanfield has taken the reins to Nantucket Film Festival, replacing Jill Burkhart.

Veteran producer Iain Smith has been named the new Chair of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). He succeeds John McCormick, Chair since 1996. Smith’s producer credits include Cold Mountain, Children of Men, Wanted and Seven Years in Tibet. He has served on the UK Film Council board, the Scottish Film Council, the Scottish Film Production Fund, the Scottish Film Training Trust and as governor of the National Film and Television School. He is currently a Scottish Screen board member, Chair of the Film Skills Strategy Committee, deputy Chair of the British Film Advisory Group and a director of the Children’s Film and Television Foundation. Smith said, “In these changing times the festival will be leading the way towards the discovery and showcasing of new talent and ideas in both a local and an international context.” Smith’s most pressing task will be to find a co-artistic director for the 2009 edition (June 17-28), since current artistic director Hannah McGill will be on maternity leave. »

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Jude Caught 'Breaking The Law'

8 October 2008 11:59 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Jude Law could find himself in trouble after he was photographed driving whilst apparently using his mobile phone.

The Cold Mountain star was photographed with one hand on the steering wheel while holding the phone to his ear in London on Tuesday.

Using a phone while driving has been outlawed since 2003.

It's not the first time the 35-year-old has been snapped using a phone at the wheel; a similar picture appeared in the British media in July. »

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"Appaloosa" La Premiere Photography!

26 September 2008 7:49 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out red carpet photos from La premiere of New Line Cinema's "Appaloosa" including Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger and more! The preem took place at the Academy Theater / Beverly Hills, CA. on September 18th. The film makes its expansion this weekend into 800+ venues. Also in the cast are Jeremy Irons, Timothy Spall, Lance Henriksen, Mike Watson, Rex Linn, Tom Bower, Boyd Kestner, Gabriel Marantz. Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen ("Eastern Promises"), four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris ("Pollock"), Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger ("Cold Mountain") and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons ("Reversal of Fortune") star in the Western "Appaloosa," adapted from the Robert B. Parker novel. All images copyright© Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos Set in 1882 in the Old West territory of New Mexico, "Appaloosa" revolves around city marshal Virgil Cole (Harris) and his deputy and partner Everett Hitch (Mortensen), who have made their reputation as peacekeepers in the »

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Ekland: 'Kidman uses too much Botox'

20 August 2008 7:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Former Bond girl Britt Ekland has accused Nicole Kidman of using too much Botox. Ekland said the actress is unable to show a range of emotions because her face has been frozen by the anti-wrinkle treatment. Kidman, who recently gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose, has never admitted to using Botox. Ekland, 65, said: "It's fatal when actresses use Botox. I remember seeing Cold Mountain, (more) »

- By Beth Hilton

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Ekland Slams 'Botoxed' Kidman

20 August 2008 5:10 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran actress Britt Ekland has accused Nicole Kidman of compromising her career by using Botox.

Although Kidman has never admitted to using the facial-freezing treatment, former Bond girl Ekland is convinced that the Oscar-winner has resorted to cosmetic treatments in a bid to look more youthful.

And the 65-year-old insists that Kidman, 41, will not benefit if she is having the treatment.

Ekland says, "It's fatal when actresses use Botox. I remember seeing Cold Mountain, and it really looked to me like Nicole Kidman had been using it.

"Her face was neither sad nor glad - nor anything, she was just like a painted doll. I thought: 'Why would she do that?' " »

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Composer to honor Anthony Minghella

1 July 2008 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Composer Gabriel Yared will conduct a concert dedicated to the memory of director Anthony Minghella at the Ghent International Film Festival on Oct. 15.

Yared worked with Minghella on "The English Patient," "Cold Mountain" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley;" he won an Oscar for his "Patient" score and was nominated for his work on the other two films.

The tribute concert will feature suites that Yared composed for those films performed by a chamber orchestra and solo soprano.

The Ghent International Film Festival, in its 35th edition, focuses on film music; other events at this year's festival will include performances by Kadril, Tuur Florizoone, Dario Marianelli and Angelo Badalamenti. »

- By Ann Donahue, Billboard

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Sydney Pollack Dies at 73

27 May 2008 4:12 AM, PDT | IMDb News

Acclaimed director, producer, and actor Sydney Pollack has died of cancer. He was 73. »

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Zellweger Paranoid About Shopping

23 March 2008 3:56 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Renee Zellweger has become paranoid about grocery shopping after a nosey reporter went public with everything she had in her basket.

The Cold Mountain star has moved to New York in a bid to escape the hardcore paparazzi and media in Los Angeles, but still can't escape the occasional over-zealous journalist - even when she's miles from home and shopping late at night.

She says, "I had to call my friend from a grocery store in Toronto and I remember saying, 'You know what, I think I'm turning into a paranoid freak because I swear to God people are looking in my shopping basket and deciding that I'm politically incorrect for my non-organic milk.'

"As soon as I said it, I felt ridiculous but the next day I read all about my trip to the grocery store, so I was being followed through the grocery store. That's weird to me." »

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Oscar winner Anthony Minghella dies

19 March 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

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Updated 6:29 p.m. Pt March 18

Writer-director Anthony Minghella, who died early Tuesday in London of an apparent brain hemorrhage, leaves behind a legacy of acclaimed work and a wide range of projects.

At 54, the British filmmaker known for his adaptations of literary material was, in many respects, in the prime of his career.

Minghella and the Weinstein Co. recently concluded a deal with HBO and the BBC to air the adaptation of the literary franchise "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" as a movie and 13-episode television series.

The filmmaker also was attached to write and direct the adaptation of Liz Jensen's France-based psychological thriller "The Ninth Life of Louis Drax," in development at the Weinstein Co., and had served as a producer on the recently wrapped "The Reader," the adaptation of the Oprah Winfrey-blessed German novel from the Weinstein Co. and Scott Rudin that's »

- By Steven Zeitchik and Gregg Goldstein

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Stars Pay Tribute To Minghella

19 March 2008 12:00 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey and Ralph Fiennes have paid moving tributes to Oscar-winning film director Anthony Minghella who died on Tuesday.

The British filmmaker - who the won Best Director Oscar for his 1996 movie The English Patient - died from complications following surgery for cancer of the tonsils and neck, which he underwent last week (Beg10Mar08) at London's Charing Cross Hospital. He was 54-years-old.

Paltrow, who starred in the director's Academy Award-nominated film The Talented Mr. Ripley alongside Jude Law and Matt Damon, stated she was "shocked" by the news, calling Minghella "a wonderful man".

American Beauty star Kevin Spacey, who was a close friend of the Cold Mountain moviemaker, says, "He was one of the greats and anybody who loves storytelling will realise that he had much more to do and it's an incredibly sad moment. I just found out and he was a great man and a great friend."

Brit actor Ralph Fiennes, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his starring role in Minghella's The English Patient, fondly remembers his time working on the hit film with the late director.

He says, "Anthony possessed a sensitivity and alertness to the actor's process that very few directors have.

"He directed most of The English Patient with an ankle in plaster, never losing his gentle humour and precision.

"His films deal with extreme aloneness and the redemptive power of love, even at the moment of death. I will remember him as a man who always wanted to get to the heart of the matter." »

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Law Pays Tribute To Minghella

18 March 2008 12:05 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Jude Law has paid tribute to Oscar-winning film director Anthony Minghella who died on Tuesday.

The filmmaker - who won a Best Director Academy Award for 1996 film The English Patient - died aged 54 from a brain haemorrhage at London's Charing Cross Hospital, where he had undergone a routine operation on his neck.

Law - who starred in Minghella's Oscar nominated movies The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain, and the 2006 movie Breaking And Entering - said he would miss the director "hugely".

He says, "(I'd) come to value him more as a friend than as a colleague.

"He was a brilliantly talented writer and director who wrote dialogue that was a joy to speak and then put it onto the screen in a way that always looked effortless.

"He made work feel like fun. He was a sweet, warm, bright and funny man who was interested in everything from football to opera, films, music, literature, people and most of all his family." »

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Jude Law Deeply Saddened by Anthony Minghella's Death

18 March 2008 9:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Two of the late director Anthony Minghella's most notable leading men, Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes, as well as his leading ladies, have expressed sadness and shock over the death of their friend and collaborator. Minghella passed away at age 54 early Tuesday after suffering a fatal hemorrhage following surgery for cancer of the tonsils and neck, said his rep. "I'm devastated, there is really no way to put it into words," says Minghella's Cold Mountain star Nicole Kidman, 40. "He was a gift to the world."Gwyneth Paltrow, 35, also recalled a man who was, in her words, "incredibly talented and »

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Director Minghella Dies

18 March 2008 9:13 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar winning film director Anthony Minghella has died. He was 54.

A spokesman for the filmmaker confirmed his death on Tuesday.

According to Variety, Minghella suffered a brain haemorrhage at Charing Cross Hospital in London, where he had undergone a routine operation on his neck.

Minghella began his career writing scripts for British television programmes before his play Made In Bangkok found mainstream success in London's West End in 1986.

Almost a decade later, Minghella won a Best Director Academy Award for The English Patient.

He was also nominated for two Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars - for 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley and 2003's Cold Mountain.

Minghella was working on one of 15 short movies, collectively entitled New York, I Love You, at the time of his death.

The moviemaker was appointed a Cbe (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the British monarch's birthday honours list in 2001. He was also chairman of the British Film Institute.

Minghella leaves wife Carolyn Choa, son Max and daughter Hannah. »

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Oscar-Winning Director Anthony Minghella Dies

18 March 2008 6:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

British filmmaker Anthony Minghella, who won a Best Director Oscar in 1996 for The English Patient, has died, his London-based agent confirmed to the Associated Press. He was 54. He succumbed to a fatal hemorrhage early Tuesday morning at Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith, west London, his rep tells People. Minghella had an operation last week for a growth in his neck, which "seemed to have gone well." Minghella's other movies included 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley, which made a star out of Jude Law, and 2003's Cold Mountain, which won an Oscar for its Supporting Actress Ren »

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Director Minghella Dies

18 March 2008 6:24 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar winning film director Anthony Minghella has died. He was 54.

A spokesman for the filmmaker confirmed his death on Tuesday.

Minghella began his career writing scripts for British television programmes before his play Made in Bangkok found mainstream success in London's West End in 1986.

Almost a decade later, Mighella won a Best Director Academy Award for The English Patient.

He was also nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley and 2003's Cold Mountain.

Minghella was filming one of 15 short movies, collectively entitled New York, I Love You, at the time of his death.

He was also chairman of the British Film Institute.

Minghella was appointed a Cbe (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the British monarch's birthday honours list in 2001.

Minghella leaves wife Carolyn Choa, son Max and daughter Hannah. »

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Truly Madly Deeply and Sadly: R.I.P: Anthony Minghella

18 March 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Add this to the 'dearly departed way too soon' column. The man who gave us film treasures as The English Patient, The Talented Mr Ripley and Truly Madly Deeply has died suddenly at the age of  54. Variety reports that the director died because he "suffered a brain hemorrhage" after "routine operation on his neck". In recent years, the British filmmaker gave us a pair of underwhelming directorial efforts in Cold Mountain (2003) Breaking and Entering (2006), but picked up the producer's hat back in 2001 with Tom Tykwer's Heaven and Catch A Fire. He was currently producing The Reader and had optioned properties (with Sydney Pollack at Mirage) I Don't Know How She Does It, The Silver Linings Playbook, The Amulet of Samarkand, The Ninth Life of Louis Drax (a film which he was looking to direct as well) and finally a possible remake for The Lives of Others. He had »

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Director Anthony Minghella Dies at 54

18 March 2008 | IMDb News

Director Anthony Minghella, who won an Academy Award for directing the 1996 epic The English Patient, has died at age 54, his agent announced today. Variety reports that a spokesman for Mr. Minghella said he suffered a brain hemorrhage on Tuesday morning at Charing Cross Hospital in London, while in for a routine neck operation. A director who worked in theater and television (most notably for the series Inspector Morse and the lush, haunting The Storyteller series), Minghella made his feature film directorial debut with the ghost story/romance Truly, Madly, Deeply, which starred Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman. The film won Minghella a BAFTA award for his screenplay and effectively launched his film career. The little-seen indie romance Mr. Wonderful followed in 1993, but it was three years later that Minghella had his biggest success with The English Patient, an adaptation of the novel by Michael Ondaatje. Aggressively marketed by Miramax and arriving near the height of the independent film movement (though the film, with its epic scope, pushed the definition of indie filmmaking), the film became a surprise success, ultimately taking in $78 million in the US and winning a whopping nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture as well as Director for Minghella. Three of the film's stars, Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas and Juliette Binoche, were Oscar-nominated, with Binoche taking home the Best Supporting Actress award in a shocking upset over Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall.

Minghella followed up that success in 1999 with the moody thriller The Talented Mr, Ripley, another book-to-film adaptation based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Though the film starred high-profile actors Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, it was the then little-known Jude Law who walked away with the film with his role as a callow, rich playboy. The film earned Law a Best Supporting Actor nomination and Minghella another Adapted Screenplay nod. Minghella tried to replicate his successful literary adaptation formula with Cold Mountain, a high-profile version of the bestselling Civil War novel that, ironically, was filmed partly in Romania. Despite another big (and some said, overly aggressive) push by Miramax and a cast that included Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Renee Zellweger, Natalie Portman and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the movie was considered a major under-performer, though it did earn $95 million in the US alone and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Zellweger. Major nominations for Best Picture or Director, however, failed to materialize. Minghella worked on a smaller scale with the London-based drama Breaking and Entering, which reteamed him with both Law and Binoche, and had just completed filming on The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, the pilot for a TV series based on the novel by Alexander McCall Smith. Beginning in 2000, Minghella also became a producer, with credits including The Quiet American, The Interpreter, and the recent Oscar winner Michael Clayton. In 2005, Minghella also staged an acclaimed version of the opera Madame Butterfly, which played at the English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

Minghella is survived by his parents, his siblings in the entertainment industry Dominic Minghella and Edana Minghella, two other sisters, his wife, choreographer Carolyn Choa, and two children, Max Minghella and Hannah Minghella. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff

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