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Camerimage: ‘Chicago’ Editor Martin Walsh Reflects on Diverse Career

Camerimage: ‘Chicago’ Editor Martin Walsh Reflects on Diverse Career
Bydgoszcz, Poland — Cutting together Rob Marshall’s “Chicago” may have won Martin Walsh an Oscar but to this day the Brit editor flees when he hears the soundtrack.

Just part of the price when you spend nine months assembling what has been described by Camerimage cinematography fest as “an editing marvel” — and one that took three times longer to edit than to film.

“I was pretty fried,” Walsh confesses. “It’s not the top of my list of things to listen to.”

Walsh, whose 30-plus films including “V for Vendetta” and “Bridget Jones’s Diary” have earned him an award this week in Poland for “unique visual sensitivity,” says it’s an important morale boost for filmmakers besides helmers and thesps to be honored.

“It’s great — it’s a rarity for us background people.”

It was probably fated that Walsh would take on a musical at some point in his career,
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In The Works: Disney Rewards 'Pirates' Helmer Rob Marshall with Sondheim's 'Into the Woods'

In The Works: Disney Rewards 'Pirates' Helmer Rob Marshall with Sondheim's 'Into the Woods'
For once a studio is matching director Rob Marshall with an assignment for which is he is well-suited. Marshall moved from Broadway choreographer/director (Tony-winning "Cabaret") and television musical director (Emmy-winning "Annie") to inconsistent Hollywood filmmaker--from Oscar-winning "Chicago" to over-budget flops "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "Nine." Luckily for him, Disney is rewarding Marshall for directing the last "Pirates of the Caribbean" iteration, the 3-D "On Stranger Tides" (whose $1 billion worldwide gross should be properly credited to producer Jerry Bruckheimer) with the job of producing and directing original writer James Lapine's film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway fairytale musical “Into the Woods."...
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'Chicago' Creatives Sue Miramax Over Profits

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'Chicago' Creatives Sue Miramax Over Profits
By the Hollywood Reporter

The creatives behind the original Broadway musical "Chicago" are accusing Miramax of some accounting theatrics in connection with the hit 2002 film.

Nicole Fosse, heir to director/choreographer/co-writer Bob Fosse, along with composer John Kander and the estate of late lyricist Fred Ebb, on Wednesday sued Miramax and Walt Disney Pictures, claiming they've been shortchanged by more than $12 million from "the old razzle-dazzle" approach to accounting for profits from the Best Picture winner.

Read more in the Hollywood Reporter.
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'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' taps Oscar winner Bill Condon as director

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'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' taps Oscar winner Bill Condon as director
It's official -- the fourth installment in the "Twilight Saga" movies has announced its director. Bill Condon, most famous for writing and directing "Dreamgirls," "Kinsey" and "Gods and Monsters," has won the job as director. Condon won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Gods and Monsters" in 1999 and was nominated for a second Oscar for his screenplay of "Chicago." He most recently directed the pilot for the new Showtime series "The Big C" and he also produced the 81st Academy Awards telecast in 2009.

More as this story develops...
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'Chicago' creative team sues Miramax for profits

'Chicago' creative team sues Miramax for profits
The creatives behind the original Broadway musical "Chicago" are accusing Miramax of some accounting theatrics in connection with the hit 2002 film.

Nicole Fosse, heir to director/choreographer/co-writer Bob Fosse, along with composer John Kander and the estate of late lyricist Fred Ebb, today sued Miramax and Walt Disney Pictures., claiming they've been shortchanged by more than $12 million from "the old razzle dazzle" approach to accounting for profits from the best picture Oscar winner.
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And the title of the new 'Pirates of the Carribean' movie is...

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"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" is the title for the next installment of the Disney adventure series. The announcement was made at Disney's inaugural D23 Expo, running Sept. 10-13.  The film will hit theaters in Summer 2011. As previously reported, Rob Marshall ("Chicago") has been tapped to direct this fourth film. Gore Verbinski, who helmed the first three installments, bowed for this one in April. Back in June, Johnny Depp -- who has skillfully done his best Keith Richards impression as pirate Jack Sparrow in the first three films -- was still hinting at being uncommitted to "Pirates 4." "Obviously virtually no cinema's...
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Queen Latifah Reveals Past As Sexual Abuse Victim

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Queen Latifah Reveals Past As Sexual Abuse Victim
Rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah has opened up for the first time about her harrowing childhood as a victim of sexual abuse in a candid new magazine interview.

The Chicago star, real name Dana Owens, grew up in New Jersey with her mother Rita. Her dad, policeman Lancelot Owens, left the family home after her parents divorced when she was 10 years old.

Latifah reveals she would often be placed under a babysitter's care, but her life was turned upside down when one teenage male sitter decided to take advantage of the youngster.

She struggled to come to terms with the traumatic experience for years, and refuses to let pals and potential lovers get "too close" to her as a result.

She tells Essence magazine, "He violated me. I never told anybody. I just buried it as deeply as I could and kept people at an arm's length."

Single Latifah, who has long been rumoured to be a lesbian, even admits the abuse has caused irreparable damage to her love life - suggesting she previously turned down a marriage proposal because of her childhood tragedy.

The 39 year old adds, "I never really let a person get too close to me. I could have been married years ago, but I had a commitment issue."

Jackman Plans Carousel Trip With Oscars Partner Hathaway

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Hugh Jackman is trying to persuade his Oscars dancing partner Anne Hathaway to join him on the Carousel.

The Aussie star has developed a script for the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and he wants Hathaway to play Julie Jordan opposite his Billy Bigelow.

He says, "I've been looking to do a musical film for some time and after things like Moulin Rouge!, Chicago and Hairspray, I think there's a real opportunity there."

And he's clear only Hathaway will do as his leading lady: "I've been filling up her answering machine with messages about Carousel."

Hathaway, who joined Jackman for a song and dance at the Oscars, is about to embark on her own musical journey - she will star in a new theatre and film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland's life.

Weinstein Tips Nine For Oscar Glory

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Weinstein Tips Nine For Oscar Glory
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is predicting Oscar success for his latest project - movie-musical Nine.

The film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Nicole Kidman, recently wrapped shooting and is scheduled to hit cinemas in November.

The all-star cast is directed by Rob Marshall, who also helmed critically-acclaimed 2002 musical Chicago - which garnered six Academy Awards, including a Best Supporting Actress gong for Catherine Zeta-Jones.

And Weinstein is sure the winning formula will be repeated with Nine.

He says, "Most definitely. You'll see a lot of nominations. You'll see a lot of dancing too. Really, this is a great musical, a lot of great musical numbers.

"It's directed by Rob Marshall. We won the Oscar for Chicago; hopefully we'll get in the arena again."

Latifah To Sing Oscars Tribute

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Latifah To Sing Oscars Tribute
Queen Latifah will honour Hollywood's deceased stars at the Oscars by performing during the show's In Memoriam montage.The former rapper will sing standard I'll Be Seeing You as movie clips and photographs of those who have passed away in the last year are flashed onto a huge screen at the Academy Awards on 22 February.

Latifah, real name Dana Owens, made her Oscars performance debut in 2003 when she was among the Chicago nominees. She sang I Move On from the film with Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Catherine Zeta-Jones to star in 'Cleo'

Catherine Zeta-Jones to star in 'Cleo'
Catherine Zeta-Jones is going back to the boards.

Zeta-Jones, who won an Oscar for her turn as the scheming Velma Kelly in Rob Marshall's "Chicago," is set to star in "Cleo," a period musical to be directed by Steven Soderbergh. Song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to take a lead role in a retelling of the story of Cleopatra, Antony and Caesar set in the 1920s (also the era of "Chicago's" shenanigans).

Joseph Mankiewicz co-wrote and directed the most famous "Cleopatra," the 1963 historical epic that starred Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison and Richard Burton. It was hugely expensive and considered a flop but was ultimately nominated for best picture and won four Oscars.

Soderbergh, repped by Anonymous Content, is now shooting the indie movie "The Girlfriend Experience" for 2929 as part of his six-picture deal with the company. He's also developing a Liberace biopic that Richard Lagravenese is scripting and Jerry Weintraub is producing,
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Miramax Settles Chicago Lawsuit

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Miramax Settles Chicago Lawsuit
Bosses at Miramax film studios have settled a lawsuit over the profits from hit movie Chicago - paying one of the film's producers a reported $9 million (GBP4.86 million).

Marty Richards filed a suit against the company in 2006, accusing film chiefs of using deceptive accounting practices to freeze him out of the money made by the Oscar-winning picture.

But according to New York Post gossip column PageSix, the legal action has now been settled - with the Disney-owned company reportedly offering Richards the multi-million dollar payout.

Latifah To Adopt?

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Latifah To Adopt?
Queen Latifah has reportedly made plans to start a family by adopting a child from her native U.S.

The Chicago star announced in June her plans to start a family, telling reporters it would "happen eventually".

But according to National Enquirer, the 38-year-old is ready to become a first-time mum by adopting a child from America.

Latifah - real name Dana Owens - has spoke to the publication about adopting, but would not confirm if she was going ahead with the plans.

She says, "I can understand why people go outside the U.S. You can adopt someone here, and the birth parents have three years to come back and get that child. That's terrifying.

"(American children) can use just as much assistance as someone from around the world. I want to do something here."

Latifah has always remained tight-lipped about her personal life, despite repeated claims she is dating her female personal trainer Jeanette Jenkins.

However, a source tells the National Enquirer the pair "are hoping to have a little one by Christmas."

Zeta-Jones' Tribute To Grandmother

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Zeta-Jones' Tribute To Grandmother
Catherine Zeta-Jones paid tribute to her late grandmother by reading a poem at her funeral.

The actress flew from her home in Bermuda to join relatives at the funeral of her beloved grandmother, Zeta Jones, in Swansea, Wales on Thursday.

There was no sign of her husband Michael Douglas or their two children.

The Chicago star wore black as she read William Wordsworth's poem Daffodils to 150 relatives and friends.

Zeta Jones, who the actress was named after, passed away last week (begs11Aug08). The 91-year-old is the mother of Zeta-Jones' businessman father Dai. She is believed to have suffered from ill health in her final days.

Zeta-Jones' Son Eyes Hollywood Career

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Zeta-Jones' Son Eyes Hollywood Career
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas' eight-year-old son is planning a career in Hollywood.

Dylan, whose grandfather is Hollywood veteran Kirk Douglas, has started taking drama classes - and he ensures his teachers are aware he is from a famous acting family.

The Chicago star explains, "My son went to his first drama lesson and he turned to his teacher and said 'Don't worry, I'm a really good actor. It's in my genes."

Nine Stars Set For Dance/Drama Bootcamp

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Nine Stars Set For Dance/Drama Bootcamp
The stars of new movie musical Nine are to be marched through a Fame-style bootcamp to make sure they can sing and dance when director Rob Marshall calls for action.

The Chicago filmmaker is setting up a drama school, where his stars, including Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis and Marion Cotillard can work exclusively on their high notes, dance steps and even their dialect.

Spaniard Cruz reveals, "We have a camp in London where you go from the dancing room to the singing room, to the acting room to the dialect coach.

"It's all day like that and I can't wait to get started."

Golf Is The Game Of Love For Zeta Jones

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Golf Is The Game Of Love For Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones snubs romantic breaks with her actor husband Michael Douglas in favour of a relaxed game of golf.

The Chicago actress is a huge fan of the laid-back sport, and credits it with keeping her relationship with Douglas in check - as they have time to catch up properly on the green.

But the star insists she can annoy her superstar partner, as she is too eager to pass on her golfing tips.

She says, "He listens to me when I give him tips - but if he's having a bad day he pretty much tells me to shut up.

"But I use the time to catch up properly with him - golf is great way to spend time together and we have a good chat."

And the star can't imagine life without her hobby - insisting it makes her think straight.

She explains, "It clears my mind and I'm not thinking about anything except that little white ball. I also go to the driving range and hit balls like they were going out of fashion."

Steve Conrad on "The Promotion"

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By Stephen Saito

When Steve Conrad's directorial debut went into production, it was originally called "Quebec," a reference to the hometown of the character played by John C. Reilly, a middle manager who competes with another middle manager (Seann William Scott) for the top job at their supermarket. It was a small detail, but more so than most, Conrad's films are about the accumulation of small details. Maybe that's the reason why in the few months since the oddball comedy, which is now called "The Promotion," premiered at the Sxsw Film Festival in March, it's been hailed as "a comedy that balances broad farce and actual humanity with wit, warmth, and weirdness" (Cinematical) and dismissed as something that should be "added to the Geneva Conventions' list of humanitarian abuses" (The Hollywood Reporter).

What's particularly odd about the extreme reactions to Conrad's film is that he explores a subject that's
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Cruise Pals Pay Tribute To Movie Star

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Cruise Pals Pay Tribute To Movie Star
Tom Cruise's second Oprah TV special turned into a tribute show on Monday as the movie star's famous friends honoured the actor in video messages.

Cruise invited Oprah Winfrey to his Telluride, Colorado home for a show that aired in America on Friday and the actor returned to the TV talk show host's Chicago, Illinois studio for a chat that aired on Monday.

Surrounded by movie billboards, advertising the blockbusters from his 25 years-plus as a film star, Cruise was feted by costars and Hollywood pals like Dustin Hoffman, Will Smith and Renee Zellweger as he celebrated his career.

Smith revealed, "There's not a single piece of press... a single image in the 25 years of his career that gets anywhere near capturing who he is."

And his Collateral co-stars Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jamie Foxx also offered tributes.

Smith cooed, "Nothing that he's done professionally holds a candle to who he is as a human being."

Cruise's Jerry Maguire co-star Zellweger recalled her famous film line, 'You had me at hello,' for her tribute: "I didn't need to conjure motivation to say that line... He's just kinda special."

There was even a video nod from Cruise's new pal, Victoria Beckham, who revealed she and husband David went to see Jerry Maguire on their first date.

She recalled, "When we got to know Tom, we told him the story... and he sent us the jacket that he wore in one of the scenes, and he signed it."

Renee Zellweger has 'Proof'

Renee Zellweger has 'Proof'
Renee Zellweger is reteaming with her Chicago producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to executive produce Living Proof, an original movie for Lifetime.

Toplining the movie is Harry Connick Jr., Zellweger's co-star in the upcoming feature Chilled in Miami.

Proof, from Sony Pictures TV, tells the true story of Denny Slamon (Connick), a UCLA doctor who developed the breast cancer drug Herceptin 2, and his relentless battle to keep the drug trials afloat and save the lives of thousands of women. It's based on a book by NBC medical correspondent Robert Bazell.

The caliber of talent involved in the film represents the evolution of network's original-movie strategy under Lifetime Networks president and CEO Andrea Wong and president of entertainment Susanne Daniels.

Daniels said that when she joined the network in September 2005, she became aware of the "loyalty and passion" viewers had for the network's original films.

"I recognized that there was an opportunity to go in a direction where we could reinvigorate the movies and in doing so reinvigorate the brand," she said.
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