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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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Stone Slams Slater Reports

21 December 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood beauty Sharon Stone has slammed reports she is dating her Bobby co-star Christian Slater. The pair recently attended several premieres of the Emilio Estevez-directed movie together, sparking rumors they were romancing. However, Stone's representative tells gossip site The Scoop, "They did Bobby together and went to two of the premieres together. Nothing else." »

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Stone and Slater Hook Up For the Holidays

19 December 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sharon Stone and Christian Slater have confirmed rumors they're dating and now plan to spend Christmas together. The starry couple, who co-star in new movie Bobby, sparked romance rumors when they attended a string of events together, but refused to confirm their relationship. But now 48-year-old Stone and her 37-year-old beau aren't hiding their affections for each other - they recently attended a party for fashion label Dolce & Gabbana at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles arm-in-arm and made sure everyone knew they were a couple. A source close to Stone says, "They're both really happy - but they don't have long-term expectations. It's a fun fling for the holidays and Sharon is a good influence. She rarely drinks and has three kids. It's a good match for now." »

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Estevez Planning Globe Celebration with Father

18 December 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Emilio Estevez was thrilled to hear his movie Bobby was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards - and plans to celebrate the triumph with his actor father Martin Sheen. Sheen is currently studying for a degree in English Literature at the National University Of Ireland in Galway, while his actor/director son lives in Los Angeles. Estevez's movie about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy is up for Best Motion Picture - Drama and Best Original Song for "Never Gonna Break My Faith." The Breakfast Club star enthuses, "I'm having to pinch myself this morning. I'm really thrilled for my pop, too. The Hollywood Foreign Press has been a wonderful supporter of the film since our spectacular first screening in Venice, Italy." Sheen stars alongside Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt and a host of other big names in the movie, which is directed and written by Estevez. »

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Eastwood, DiCaprio play doubles in Globe noms

16 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

COMPLETE COVERAGE:

List of nominees

Film nominees react

Risky Business: Anne Thompson's take

Grove: Votes impact Oscar coin

TV noms: 'Grey's' a top Globe contender

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. doubled down on Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio on Thursday as it announced nominations for the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

With seven nominations, Babel was the most-nominated film, followed by The Departed with six and Dreamgirls with five. In the television categories, the drama Grey's Anatomy and the comedy Weeds were the most nominated series, with four each.

Eastwood received two nominations in the same category, picking up noms as best director for his bookend films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. DiCaprio also twice scored in one same category, dominating the list for best dramatic actor with noms for his work as a Boston undercover cop in The Departed and a South African mercenary in Blood Diamond.

Helen Mirren did them one better. Not only did she receive two nominations in the category of best performance by an actress in a miniseries -- for Elizabeth I and Prime Suspect: The Final Act -- but she was gifted with a third nom, as best motion picture actress for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen.

For all their love of Eastwood, though, the 83 voting members of the HFPA did not nominate Flags as best drama. They spread their noms among Babel, Bobby, Departed, Little Children and Queen.

For best motion picture comedy or musical, the noms went to Borat, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine and Thank You for Smoking.

Joining Eastwood as best director nominees are Stephen Frears for Queen, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Babel and Martin Scorsese for Departed. Despite its five nominations, Dreamgirls failed to earn a nomination for its director, Bill Condon, who may have been edged aside by the dual Eastwood noms.

As if offering an antidote to Babel, a globe-trotting tale of cultural misunderstandings, the nominations themselves took on a multicultural hue. Babel supporting actresses Adriana Barraza, who hails from Mexico, and Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi were invited to the Globes' annual party, to be held Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton and broadcast live by NBC. London-born comedian Sacha Baron Cohen crashed the best actor in a comedy lineup with his alter ego, Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev. And the circle of nominated composers read like a survey of world music with the French-born Alexandre Desplat (The Painted Veil), British-born Clint Mansell (The Fountain), Argentinean Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel), Italian Carlo Siliotto (Nomad) and German-born Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code).

A strong streak of Anglophilia also carried through the nominations. In the best dramatic actress heat, for example, American Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars as an ex-con trying to re-establish her life in Sherrybaby, and the Spanish-born Penelope Cruz, playing a resilient widow in Volver, are pitted against such formidable British talent as Judi Dench, who portrays a repressed schoolteacher in Notes on a Scandal; Kate Winslet, who plays an adulterous suburbanite in Little Children; and Mirren in Queen.

In addition to DiCaprio, the best actor nominees are Peter O'Toole, earning his 10th Globe nomination by playing an aging rogue in Venus; Will Smith, for portraying a struggling dad in The Pursuit of Happyness; and Forest Whitaker, who stars as the mercurial Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

In the best actress in a comedy or musical category, the nominees are Annette Bening, who plays an unstable mom in Running With Scissors; Toni Collette, the long-suffering wife in Little Miss Sunshine; Beyonce Knowles, who portrays a rising recording star in Dreamgirls; Meryl Streep, for her turn as a fearsome magazine editor in Prada; and Renee Zellweger, who plays author Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter.

Collette picked up a second nomination as TV supporting actress for Tsunami: The Aftermath, and Knowles joined the pack of double nominees because she also shares in the composing credits for best song nominee Listen from Dreamgirls.

For best actor in a comedy or musical, the HFPA nominated Baron Cohen; Johnny Depp, scoring his second Globe nomination for playing Jack Sparrow, this time for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"; Aaron Eckhart, who appears as a tobacco lobbyist in Thank You for Smoking; Will Ferrell, who plays a man whose life unfolds like a novel in Stranger Than Fiction; and in what amounted to a surprise choice, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who dresses up as a London drag queen in Kinky Boots. Like Collette, Ejiofor picked up a second nomination for Tsunami, for which he earned a best actor in a TV miniseries nom. »

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Eastwood, DiCaprio play doubles in Globe noms

15 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

COMPLETE COVERAGE:

List of nominees

Film nominees react

Risky Business: Anne Thompson's take

Grove: Votes impact Oscar coin

TV noms: 'Grey's' a top Globe contender

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. doubled down on Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio on Thursday as it announced nominations for the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

With seven nominations, Babel was the most-nominated film, followed by The Departed with six and Dreamgirls with five. In the television categories, the drama Grey's Anatomy and the comedy Weeds were the most nominated series, with four each.

Eastwood received two nominations in the same category, picking up noms as best director for his bookend films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. DiCaprio also twice scored in one same category, dominating the list for best dramatic actor with noms for his work as a Boston undercover cop in The Departed and a South African mercenary in Blood Diamond.

Helen Mirren did them one better. Not only did she receive two nominations in the category of best performance by an actress in a miniseries -- for Elizabeth I and Prime Suspect: The Final Act -- but she was gifted with a third nom, as best motion picture actress for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen.

For all their love of Eastwood, though, the 83 voting members of the HFPA did not nominate Flags as best drama. They spread their noms among Babel, Bobby, Departed, Little Children and Queen.

For best motion picture comedy or musical, the noms went to Borat, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine and Thank You for Smoking.

Joining Eastwood as best director nominees are Stephen Frears for Queen, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Babel and Martin Scorsese for Departed. Despite its five nominations, Dreamgirls failed to earn a nomination for its director, Bill Condon, who may have been edged aside by the dual Eastwood noms.

As if offering an antidote to Babel, a globe-trotting tale of cultural misunderstandings, the nominations themselves took on a multicultural hue. Babel supporting actresses Adriana Barraza, who hails from Mexico, and Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi were invited to the Globes' annual party, to be held Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton and broadcast live by NBC. London-born comedian Sacha Baron Cohen crashed the best actor in a comedy lineup with his alter ego, Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev. And the circle of nominated composers read like a survey of world music with the French-born Alexandre Desplat (The Painted Veil), British-born Clint Mansell (The Fountain), Argentinean Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel), Italian Carlo Siliotto (Nomad) and German-born Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code).

A strong streak of Anglophilia also carried through the nominations. In the best dramatic actress heat, for example, American Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars as an ex-con trying to re-establish her life in Sherrybaby, and the Spanish-born Penelope Cruz, playing a resilient widow in Volver, are pitted against such formidable British talent as Judi Dench, who portrays a repressed schoolteacher in Notes on a Scandal; Kate Winslet, who plays an adulterous suburbanite in Little Children; and Mirren in Queen.

In addition to DiCaprio, the best actor nominees are Peter O'Toole, earning his 10th Globe nomination by playing an aging rogue in Venus; Will Smith, for portraying a struggling dad in The Pursuit of Happyness; and Forest Whitaker, who stars as the mercurial Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

In the best actress in a comedy or musical category, the nominees are Annette Bening, who plays an unstable mom in Running With Scissors; Toni Collette, the long-suffering wife in Little Miss Sunshine; Beyonce Knowles, who portrays a rising recording star in Dreamgirls; Meryl Streep, for her turn as a fearsome magazine editor in Prada; and Renee Zellweger, who plays author Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter.

Collette picked up a second nomination as TV supporting actress for Tsunami: The Aftermath, and Knowles joined the pack of double nominees because she also shares in the composing credits for best song nominee Listen from Dreamgirls.

For best actor in a comedy or musical, the HFPA nominated Baron Cohen; Johnny Depp, scoring his second Globe nomination for playing Jack Sparrow, this time for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"; Aaron Eckhart, who appears as a tobacco lobbyist in Thank You for Smoking; Will Ferrell, who plays a man whose life unfolds like a novel in Stranger Than Fiction; and in what amounted to a surprise choice, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who dresses up as a London drag queen in Kinky Boots. Like Collette, Ejiofor picked up a second nomination for Tsunami, for which he earned a best actor in a TV miniseries nom. »

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Eastwood, DiCaprio play doubles in Globe noms

14 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. doubled down on Clint Eastwood and Leonardo DiCaprio on Thursday as it announced nominations for the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

With seven nominations, Babel was the most-nominated film, followed by The Departed with six and Dreamgirls with five. In the television categories, the drama Grey's Anatomy and the comedy Weeds were the most nominated series, with four each.

Eastwood received two nominations in the same category, picking up noms as best director for his bookend films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima. DiCaprio also twice scored in one same category, dominating the list for best dramatic actor with noms for his work as a Boston undercover cop in The Departed and a South African mercenary in Blood Diamond.

Helen Mirren did them one better. Not only did she receive two nominations in the category of best performance by an actress in a miniseries -- for Elizabeth I and Prime Suspect: The Final Act -- but she was gifted with a third nom, as best motion picture actress for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen.

For all their love of Eastwood, though, the 83 voting members of the HFPA did not nominate Flags as best drama. They spread their noms among Babel, Bobby, Departed, Little Children and Queen.

For best motion picture comedy or musical, the noms went to Borat, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine and Thank You for Smoking.

Joining Eastwood as best director nominees are Stephen Frears for Queen, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Babel and Martin Scorsese for Departed. Despite its five nominations, Dreamgirls failed to earn a nomination for its director, Bill Condon, who may have been edged aside by the dual Eastwood noms.

As if offering an antidote to Babel, a globe-trotting tale of cultural misunderstandings, the nominations themselves took on a multicultural hue. Babel supporting actresses Adriana Barraza, who hails from Mexico, and Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi were invited to the Globes' annual party, to be held Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton and broadcast live by NBC. London-born comedian Sacha Baron Cohen crashed the best actor in a comedy lineup with his alter ego, Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev. And the circle of nominated composers read like a survey of world music with the French-born Alexandre Desplat (The Painted Veil), British-born Clint Mansell (The Fountain), Argentinean Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel), Italian Carlo Siliotto (Nomad) and German-born Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code).

A strong streak of Anglophilia also carried through the nominations. In the best dramatic actress heat, for example, American Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars as an ex-con trying to re-establish her life in Sherrybaby, and the Spanish-born Penelope Cruz, playing a resilient widow in Volver, are pitted against such formidable British talent as Judi Dench, who portrays a repressed schoolteacher in Notes on a Scandal; Kate Winslet, who plays an adulterous suburbanite in Little Children; and Mirren in Queen.

In addition to DiCaprio, the best actor nominees are Peter O'Toole, earning his 10th Globe nomination by playing an aging rogue in Venus; Will Smith, for portraying a struggling dad in The Pursuit of Happyness; and Forest Whitaker, who stars as the mercurial Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

In the best actress in a comedy or musical category, the nominees are Annette Bening, who plays an unstable mom in Running With Scissors; Toni Collette, the long-suffering wife in Little Miss Sunshine; Beyonce Knowles, who portrays a rising recording star in Dreamgirls; Meryl Streep, for her turn as a fearsome magazine editor in Prada; and Renee Zellweger, who plays author Beatrix Potter in Miss Potter.

Collette picked up a second nomination as TV supporting actress for Tsunami: The Aftermath, and Knowles joined the pack of double nominees because she also shares in the composing credits for best song nominee Listen from Dreamgirls.

For best actor in a comedy or musical, the HFPA nominated Baron Cohen; Johnny Depp, scoring his second Globe nomination for playing Jack Sparrow, this time for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"; Aaron Eckhart, who appears as a tobacco lobbyist in Thank You for Smoking; Will Ferrell, who plays a man whose life unfolds like a novel in Stranger Than Fiction; and in what amounted to a surprise choice, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who dresses up as a London drag queen in Kinky Boots. Like Collette, Ejiofor picked up a second nomination for Tsunami, for which he earned a best actor in a TV miniseries nom.

COMPLETE COVERAGE:

List of nominees

Film nominees react

Risky Business: Anne Thompson's take

Grove: Votes impact Oscar coin

TV noms: 'Grey's' a top Globe contender

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'Bobby' actors criticize Bush

12 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Bobby cast members took center stage Monday at the Dubai International Film Festival to condemn President Bush's policies in the Middle East, while extolling the idealism of the Kennedy era.

"Last month's elections reflect the American people's desire to have a better quality of leadership -- a leadership that is not just responsible to us but to our position in the world," Laurence Fishburne said at a packed news conference attended by international television crews and print journalists, with a majority hailing from the Arab world. "As a leader among nations, a lot of people look to America with hope. Unfortunately in the last seven to eight years, we have not lived up to that hope. Certainly, I am embarrassed by that."

Joshua Jackson -- who in the film plays Wade Buckley, a political aide and passionate believer in Bobby Kennedy -- added, "For a liberal and humane person, this seems like a dark time in America today." Responding to Fishburne's comments, he added: "No American can say they are embarrassed or it's not their fault -- because you only get the democracy you deserve." »

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'Bobby' actors voice dissent to Bush policy

12 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Bobby cast members took center stage Monday at the Dubai International Film Festival to condemn President Bush's policies in the Middle East, while extolling the idealism of the Kennedy era.

"Last month's elections reflect the American people's desire to have a better quality of leadership -- a leadership that is not just responsible to us, but to our position in the world," Laurence Fishburne said at a packed news conference attended by international television crews and print journalists, with a majority hailing from the Arab world. "As a leader among nations, a lot of people look to America with hope. Unfortunately in the last seven to eight years, we have not lived up to that hope. Certainly, I am embarrassed by that."

Joshua Jackson -- who plays Wade Buckley, political aide and passionate believer in Bobby Kennedy -- added, "For a liberal and humane person, this seems like a dark time in America today." Responding to Fishburne's comments, he added, "No American can say they are embarrassed or it's not their fault -- because you only get the democracy you deserve." »

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Slater taking his act to CAA

11 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Christian Slater has signed with CAA. The actor, onscreen in Emilio Estevez's feature film Bobby, recently portrayed Randle P. McMurphy in the London stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and had a guest-starring role on the NBC comedy series My Name Is Earl. His upcoming films include the 2007 Sundance Film Festival submission Slipstream, written and directed by Anthony Hopkins; He Was a Quiet Man, with William H. Macy; and the Weinstein Co.'s animated Igor, also featuring the voices of John Cleese, Jeremy Piven, Steve Buscemi and Molly Shannon. Slater, who was with ICM, continues to be repped by Untitled Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller and Hoberman. »

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'Bobby' actors voice dissent to Bush policy

11 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Bobby cast members took center stage Monday at the Dubai International Film Festival to condemn President Bush's policies in the Middle East, while extolling the idealism of the Kennedy era.

"Last month's elections reflect the American people's desire to have a better quality of leadership -- a leadership that is not just responsible to us, but to our position in the world," Laurence Fishburne said at a packed news conference attended by international television crews and print journalists, with a majority hailing from the Arab world. "As a leader among nations, a lot of people look to America with hope. Unfortunately in the last seven to eight years, we have not lived up to that hope. Certainly, I am embarrassed by that."

Joshua Jackson -- who plays Wade Buckley, political aide and passionate believer in Bobby Kennedy -- added, "For a liberal and humane person, this seems like a dark time in America today." Responding to Fishburne's comments, he added, "No American can say they are embarrassed or it's not their fault -- because you only get the democracy you deserve." »

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Cannon at WMA for multitasking

1 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Actor-producer-musician Nick Cannon has signed with WMA in all areas. Cannon is onscreen in the Weinstein Co.'s feature film Bobby.

He also created, executive produces and stars in MTV's sketch-comedy/improv series Wild'n Out and is the creator of MTV's upcoming sketch-comedy series Short Circuitz, which he is executive producing and directing as well as appearing in.

Cannon was repped by Endeavor. He continues to be managed by the Collective. »

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Weinstein goes O1 in '07 for Italy

30 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ROME -- Italy's 01 Distribution has signed an exclusive three-year deal with the Weinstein Co. that will see the Italian company distribute a total of eight Weinstein films in Italy, the Rome-based company said Thursday.

Terms of the deal were not released but Weinstein films are expected to be hitting Italian cinemas via the new deal beginning early next year. Titles on tap include the Emilio Estevez-directed drama Bobby, Michael Moore's heath-care system documentary Sicko and Scarlett Johansson starrer The Nanny Diaries, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.

The deal was signed during the Venice International Film Festival but first made public Thursday.

01 Distribution is affiliated with RAI Cinema, the film arm of Italian state broadcaster RAI. »

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Dubai fest promises diverse slate

28 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As it enters its third year, the Dubai International Film Festival, which kicks off with Emilio Estevez's Bobby on Dec. 10, promises a vast lineup of international films, including one of the largest displays of Arabic films from the Gulf States, the Middle East and North Africa.

Some 115 films from 47 countries have been scheduled to screen during the 8-day event, which has lined up celebrity guests from Hollywood, Bollywood and the Arab world.

"We are featuring more films than ever before and we have cast the net wide geographically as well," festival chairman Abdulhamid Juma said in a statement. "Festival guests will be able to see a Moroccan film in the morning, an African film in the afternoon and a Hollywood offering in the evening."

Juma added that the festival was particularly proud of the extent of its Arab programming, which he said the festival "will continue to expand as part as part of our mandate to stimulate Arabic filmmaking."

The festival's program is divided among films in and out of competition. »

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B.O. thanks to 'Feet,' 'Casino'

27 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Warner Bros. Pictures' Happy Feet and Sony Pictures' Casino Royale held up remarkably well over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, taking the top two spots for the second consecutive frame with impressive estimated takes of $51.6 million and $45.1 million, respectively. Meanwhile, Denzel Washington did his job opening another movie above the $20 million mark, with his Buena Vista Pictures actioner Deja Vu grossing an estimated $20.8 million over the three-day portion of the weekend and $29 million for the five days.

Still, the Thanksgiving frame at the North American boxoffice was down compared with last year at this time as even the strongest of this year's performers couldn't compete with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which reaped $81.2 million a year ago.

The five-day holiday frame this Thanksgiving earned an estimated $208 million for the top 12 films, a 3% drop-off compared with last year's take of $215.4 million.

Regency Enterprises fielded two films that didn't perform as well as expected: 20th Century Fox's release of Regency's Deck the Halls bowed to a relatively weak $16.9 million for the five days, while Warners' release of its Regency co-production The Fountain battled with New Line Cinema's Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny for the 10th spot in the boxoffice derby.

According to estimates, Fountain beat out Tenacious D for the three-day period. Fountain, featuring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, grossed $3.72 million, while Tenacious D, starring Jack Black and bandmate Kyle Gass, earned an estimated $3.27 million.

MGM's release of the Weinstein Co.'s Bobby earned the ninth-place spot in its second-week expansion, but its five-day take of $6 million was not what the companies were hoping for.

George Miller's long odyssey making Happy Feet seems to have paid off, with the full holiday frame increasing the CG-animated penguin movie's 10-day gross to $100 million. With no other major animated movies set to enter the marketplace, the PG-rated Happy Feet is likely to play strong through the remainder of the year.

"Our outstanding performance is due to our ability to draw in both families and adults unaccompanied by kids," Warners distribution president Dan Fellman said. "We're spreading out a little bit. Last weekend, the picture skewed 60/40 female, and this weekend we are evening out."

Casino, a co-production between Columbia Pictures and MGM, also is proving its strength. »

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B.O. thanks to 'Feet,' 'Casino'

26 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Warner Bros. Pictures' Happy Feet and Sony Pictures' Casino Royale held up remarkably well over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, taking the top two spots for the second consecutive frame with impressive estimated takes of $51.6 million and $45.1 million, respectively. Meanwhile, Denzel Washington did his job opening another movie above the $20 million mark, with his Buena Vista Pictures actioner Deja Vu grossing an estimated $20.8 million over the three-day portion of the weekend and $29 million for the five days.

Still, the Thanksgiving frame at the North American boxoffice was down compared with last year at this time as even the strongest of this year's performers couldn't compete with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which reaped $81.2 million a year ago.

The five-day holiday frame this Thanksgiving earned an estimated $208 million for the top 12 films, a 3% drop-off compared with last year's take of $215.4 million.

Regency Enterprises fielded two films that didn't perform as well as expected: 20th Century Fox's release of Regency's Deck the Halls bowed to a relatively weak $16.9 million for the five days, while Warners' release of its Regency co-production The Fountain battled with New Line Cinema's Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny for the 10th spot in the boxoffice derby.

According to estimates, Fountain beat out Tenacious D for the three-day period. Fountain, featuring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, grossed $3.72 million, while Tenacious D, starring Jack Black and bandmate Kyle Gass, earned an estimated $3.27 million.

MGM's release of the Weinstein Co.'s Bobby earned the ninth-place spot in its second-week expansion, but its five-day take of $6 million was not what the companies were hoping for.

George Miller's long odyssey making Happy Feet seems to have paid off, with the full holiday frame increasing the CG-animated penguin movie's 10-day gross to $100 million. With no other major animated movies set to enter the marketplace, the PG-rated Happy Feet is likely to play strong through the remainder of the year.

"Our outstanding performance is due to our ability to draw in both families and adults unaccompanied by kids," Warners distribution president Dan Fellman said. "We're spreading out a little bit. Last weekend, the picture skewed 60/40 female, and this weekend we are evening out."

Casino, a co-production between Columbia Pictures and MGM, also is proving its strength. »

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Lohan plays the victim in 'Killed Me'

8 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lindsay Lohan will star in I Know Who Killed Me, a psychological thriller being directed by Chris Sivertson for TriStar Pictures. Frank Mancuso is producing via his 360 Pictures banner.

Written by Jeff Hammond, the script revolves around Aubrey Fleming (Lohan), a young woman who is rescued after being abducted and tortured by a serial killer. When Fleming returns home, she claims to be someone else, raising questions as to whether she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or if something more sinister is going on.

The movie is scheduled to begin shooting next month.

Sivertson wrote and directed such fare as the 2005 dramatic thriller The Lost and co-wrote and co-directed the 2001 horror movie All Cheerleaders Die. He is repped by CAA.

Lohan next appears in Emilio Estevez's all-star ensemble movie Bobby and recently completed shooting Georgia Rule opposite Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman. She is repped by CAA, Untitled, and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern.

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'World Trade Center' Wins First Film Honor of the Season

25 October 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oliver Stone's gripping 9/11 drama World Trade Center was named Best Film in the first major awards show of the 2006/2007 season, beating out Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest at the Hollywood Awards on Monday night. The night's big award was voted for by online film fans. The other big winner at last night's honors was Robin Williams, who claimed the Hollywood Career Achievement Award and poked fun at his recent rehab stint. The recovering alcoholic told the star-studded Beverly Hilton audience, "It's fun to come out of rehab and come somewhere with an open bar." Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker earned the Hollywood Actor of The Year Award for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King Of Scotland, while Penelope Cruz's turn in Volver earned her the Hollywood Actress of the Year Award. Ben Affleck claimed the Best Supporting Actor prize for playing TV Superman George Reeves in Hollywoodland. Affleck took time to heap praise on his actress wife Jennifer Garner, who had to leave the event early to take care of the couple's baby daughter, during his acceptance speech. He said, "The woman who is babysitting my daughter tonight, she's the reason I was able to be here. She's, in fact, the reason most of the good things have happened to me in my life. She is spectacular." Affleck's Forces Of Nature co-star Sandra Bullock picked up the night's Best Supporting Actress trophy for her portrayal of Harper Lee in new film Infamous. Lindsay Lohan and Derek Luke were honored with Breakthrough Actor and Actress of the Year Awards, while Lohan's starry movie Bobby was handed the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award. Oliver Stone also claimed the Director of The Year prize for World Trade Center. »

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London Film Fest opens with 'Scotland'

19 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- This year's Times BFI London Film Festival kicked off Wednesday evening with the unspooling of Kevin Macdonald's fictional feature debut The Last King Of Scotland at the Odeon Leicester Square. The red carpet gala, one of a baker's dozen of special gala events programd by the organizers of the 50th edition of the U.K.'s largest non-competitive film festival, was introduced to a packed house by festival director Sandra Hebron. Oscar winner Macdonald was on hand to introduce his film. The next two weeks will see a host of glittering events in the U.K. capital, with gala bows from the U.S. including Emilio Estevez's Bobby, John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus and Stranger Than Fiction, directed by Marc Forster. To help celebrate the festival's 50th year, organizers are planning to make "behind the scenes" video podcasts available to subscribers. The festival runs Oct. 18-Nov. 2. »

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London Film Fest opens with 'Scotland'

18 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- This year's Times BFI London Film Festival kicked off Wednesday evening with the unspooling of Kevin Macdonald's fictional feature debut The Last King Of Scotland at the Odeon Leicester Square. The red carpet gala, one of a baker's dozen of special gala events programd by the organizers of the 50th edition of the U.K.'s largest non-competitive film festival, was introduced to a packed house by festival director Sandra Hebron. Oscar winner Macdonald was on hand to introduce his movie debut. The next two weeks will see a host of glittering events in the U.K. capital, with gala bows from the U.S. including Emilio Estevez's directorial debut Bobby, John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus and Stranger Than Fiction, directed by Marc Forster. To help celebrate the festival's 50th year, organizers are planning to make "behind the scenes" video podcasts available to subscribers. The festival runs Oct. 18-Nov. 2. »

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