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Cannon, Wood, McAvoy all break through

25 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Nick Cannon has been named breakthrough actor of the year for his role in the film Bobby by the Studio Magazine/Chopard Revelation Awards, one of four official events at the Festival de Cannes. Cannon, who will receive his award Friday at the Carlton Hotel, becomes the first black actor to receive the honor and will share the award with James McAvoy, who won for his performance in The Last King of Scotland. Also at the event, Evan Rachel Wood will be honored as breakthrough actress of the year for Running With Scissors. "It was a great privilege to have been a part of the amazing ensemble cast of 'Bobby, ' and now to be recognized among such tremendous talents as Evan Rachel and James is truly an honor," Cannon said. »

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Krumholtz to take 'Walk,' go 'Raw'

5 April 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

David Krumholtz has landed a double bill with producer Judd Apatow that involves Universal Pictures and Columbia Pictures.

The Numbers star will write and topline Attorneys at Raw for Universal and Apatow Prods. He also has signed on to co-star in Columbia's John C. Reilly comedy vehicle Walk Hard, which Apatow also is producing.

Based on Krumholtz's pitch, Attorneys is described as a comedy that focuses on two young attorneys who decide they want to become rappers.

Universal's Holly Bario is overseeing the project for the studio.

Meanwhile, Krumholtz will play a slippery record producer in Walk Hard, which chronicles the messy life of fictional music legend Dewey Cox (Reilly). Jake Kasdan is directing from a screenplay he penned with Apatow. Jenna Fischer and Kristen Wiig also star.

Sony's Matt Tolmach and Jonathan Kadin are shepherding for the studio.

Krumholtz, whose film credits include Bobby, Sidewalks of New York and Slums of Beverly Hills, next appears in Live! opposite Eva Mendes.

He is repped by the Gersh Agency, the Collective and attorney Warren Dern. »

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ICM signs Ice-T, actor Rodriguez

6 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ice-T and Freddy Rodriguez have signed with ICM.

Ice-T has signed with the agency in all areas. The rapper-actor-producer-author, now part of the cast of NBC's Law & Order: SVU, began his career as a pioneering force in the West Coast hip-hop scene. He then moved into acting, landing his first film role in the 1991 feature New Jack City. Ice-T, who also is a lecturer and wrote the book "The Ice Opinion", is managed by Jorge Hinojos.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez was nominated for a supporting actor Emmy for his role as Federico on HBO's Six Feet Under. This past year, he appeared in the feature film Bobby, which earned a SAG Award nomination for best ensemble cast. His recent credits include the films Lady in the Water, Poseidon and Harsh Times. Rodriguez will be honored next week as ShoWest best supporting actor. He next appears in Grindhouse, a horror film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino that the Weinstein Co.'s Dimension Films is releasing April 6. () »

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Rodriguez in the ShoWest spotlight

5 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Freddy Rodriguez will be honored as supporting actor of the year at ShoWest, the annual film industry convention set for March 12-15 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.

Rodriguez, who most recently appeared as part of the ensemble cast of Bobby, which the Weinstein Co. released through MGM, will next be seen in Dimension Films' Grindhouse, which opens nationwide April 6.

"Since bursting onto the scene with his critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated role on HBO's 'Six Feet Under,' Rodriguez has gone on to bring impressive performances to such notable films as 'Dreamer,' 'Lady in the Water' and 'Bobby, ' " said Mitch Neuhauser, ShoWest co-managing director.

He will be presented with the award March 15 at ShoWest's closing-night ceremony.

Rodriguez will appear in director Robert Rodriguez's half of Grindhouse, which is titled Planet Terror.

Rodriguez received an Emmy nomination, two SAG Awards as part of a dramatic TV series ensemble, two Alma Awards and three Imagen Awards for his work on Six Feet Under. His film credits include Harsh Times, A Walk in the Clouds, Dead Presidents and Poseidon, and he has made guest TV appearances on Scrubs and "ER."

ShoWest is managed by Nielsen Business Media, parent company of The Hollywood Reporter. »

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'Shutter' role developing for Jackson

1 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Joshua Jackson is set to join Rachael Taylor in Regency Enterprises' psychological thriller Shutter, which begins shooting March 12 in Tokyo. Also joining the cast are David Denman (The Office), James Kyson Lee (Heroes) and John Hensley ("Nip/Tuck").

From director Masayuki Ochiai, Shutter, a remake of a 2004 Thai film, centers on a young American couple (Jackson and Taylor) on their honeymoon in Tokyo, who begin seeing ghostly images in their photos as well as around them.

Luke Dawson wrote the screenplay. Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Doug Davison are producing with Takashige Ichise. Alex Sundell is overseeing for Regency president of production Sanford Panitch.

20th Century Fox will distribute.

Jackson now appears in Bobby and will next be seen in Stuart Townsend's indie film Battle in Seattle starring Charlize Theron. He is repped by WMA, Michael Bircumshaw of Waterstreet and attorney Steve Warren.

Denman plays Roy, Pam's on-again/off-again boyfriend on the hit NBC comedy The Office. He can next be seen in Miramax Films' Smart People and MGM's Fan Boys. He's repped by APA and Hofflund Palone. »

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Predictable SAG winners -

29 January 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- One of many awards that confirm the heavy favs for Feb’s Oscar winners, the Screen Actors Guild crowned names that we are overwhelmingly familiar with. Here’s the list of winners excluding the television awards.    ActorLeonardo DiCaprio - "Blood Diamond"Ryan Gosling - "Half Nelson"Peter O'Toole - "Venus"Will Smith - "The Pursuit of Happyness"Winner: Forest Whitaker - "The Last King of Scotland" ActressPenelope Cruz - "Volver"Judi Dench - "Notes on a Scandal"Winner: Helen Mirren - "The Queen"Meryl Streep - "The Devil Wears Prada"Kate Winslet - "Little Children" Supporting ActorAlan Arkin - "Little Miss Sunshine"Leonardo DiCaprio - "The Departed"Jackie Earle Haley - "Little Children"Djimon Hounsou - "Blood Diamond"Winner: Eddie Murphy - "Dreamgirls" Supporting ActressAdriana Barraza - "Babel"Cate Blanchett - "Notes on a Scandal"Abigail Breslin - "Little Miss Sunshine"Winner: Jennifer Hudson - "Dreamgirls"Rinko Kikuchi - »

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Sound picks: Golden Reel noms set

26 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Clint Eastwood will be honored as Filmmaker of the Year at the 54th annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards, set for Feb. 24 at the Beverly Hilton.

The Motion Picture Sound Editors also will recognize Richard L. Anderson, who has worked as a sound editor on such films as Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Color Purple, Madagascar and Flushed Away, with the Career Achievement Award.

The MPSE also announced nominees for the Golden Reel Awards, which acknowledge the year's best work in dialogue & ADR, effects & foley, and music.

For domestic feature, dialogue & ADR, the nominees are "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," Flags of Our Fathers, World Trade Center, The Last King of Scotland, Letters From Iwo Jima, Apocalypto, Little Miss Sunshine and The Da Vinci Code.

For domestic feature, effects & foley, they are Dead Man's Chest, Flags, Blood Diamond, Iwo Jima, WTC, Superman Returns, Mission: Impossible 3 and The Prestige.

In feature animation, effects & foley, the nominees are Cars, Happy Feet, Over the Hedge, Flushed Away, The Ant Bully and Ice Age: The Meltdown.

For feature film music, the nominees are Apocalypto, Dead Man's Chest, Babel, Children of Men, Click, Lucky Number Slevin, The Proposition and Bobby.

For musical feature, the nominees are Dreamgirls, "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny," Copying Beethoven, Take the Lead and A Prairie Home Companion.

The foreign features nominees are Casino Royale, Pan's Labyrinth, Babel, Children of Men, United 93, Curse of the Golden Flower, Slevin and The Black Dahlia.

The Golden Reels also include categories for TV, direct-to-video, special venues and computer entertainment. »

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Fishburne betting on Col's '21'

19 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Laurence Fishburne is in final negotiations to board Columbia Pictures' Vegas-set thriller 21.

Liza Lapira and Josh Gad also have joined the cast of the blackjack tale.

The film is based on Ben Mezrich's best-seller, "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions." Fishburne will play a Vegas security chief who hunts down the group.

Jim Sturgess and Masi Oka already have boarded "21," which will be helmed by Robert Luketic.

Shooting is set to begin next month in Boston and Las Vegas.

Kevin Spacey, who also will appear in the film, is producing alongside Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca.

Sony's Elizabeth Cantillon and DeVon Franklin are shepherding for the studio.

Fishburne, whose recent film credits include Bobby and Akeelah and the Bee, also is a theater veteran whose credits include Without Walls and Fences. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in What's Love Got to Do With It.

He is repped by Paradigm, manager Helen Sugland and attorneys Jeffrey Finkelstein and Nina Shaw. »

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Golden Globes winners

16 January 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- While what else did you expect? It’s a diner party where the guests drink (sometimes get drunk) and make their speeches a tad to long (Beatty), it’s a predictable awards show where newbies make insignificant victory speeches and where acting vets have at least one great line to deliver. It’s a moment where I get to know more about what’s going on in T.V land, and a moment when I ponder whether I should ever give a mini-series a chance. Kudos go to the Hfp for picking Borat for best comedy actor (I didn’t think they had the ‘balls’) – but the real question is Dreamgirls for real? Despite picking up 3 awards, I have yet to see it, and probably won’t but will it be a contender during the bigger party next month. We’ll see how the noms turn out next week. »

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Race on as pair set 'Mad World' sequel

9 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World just got a little madder.

Ed Bass, one of the producers behind Bobby, and Karen Sharpe Kramer, the widow of Mad World director Stanley Kramer, have teamed to make a sequel to the comedy classic.

Titled "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, MAD World," the film would be, like the 1963 film, a large ensemble movie mixing comics and dramatic actors. The story follows the descendants of the characters from the first movie who are thrust into another madcap chase to find a cache of money after it is revealed that the money found in the first movie was counterfeit.

Bass' relationship with the sequel began in 1991 when he produced the Mad World documentary Something a Little Less Serious with Stanley Kramer. The two began planning a sequel, but Kramer became ill, and the project was put on hold. Kramer died in 2001.

A sequel was further derailed when Paramount released 2001's Rat Race, which had a similar concept.

Bass reconnected last year with Karen Sharpe Kramer -- who held the rights and had produced a TV remake of her husband's Western classic High Noon -- when making Bobby. »

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SAG nominees!

5 January 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Babel, Dreamgirls and Little Miss Sunshine garnered 3 noms each while Blood Diamond, The Departed, Little Children and Notes on a Scandal grabbed a pair each. Winners to be announced on Jan.28th, the SAG noms are chosen by a panel of 2,100 guild members. Here is the complete list for both film and television.Motion PICTURESActorLeonardo DiCaprio - "Blood Diamond"Ryan Gosling - "Half Nelson"Peter O'Toole - "Venus"Will Smith - "The Pursuit of Happyness"Forest Whitaker - "The Last King of Scotland" ActressPenelope Cruz - "Volver"Judi Dench - "Notes on a Scandal"Helen Mirren - "The Queen"Meryl Streep - "The Devil Wears Prada"Kate Winslet - "Little Children" Supporting ActorAlan Arkin - "Little Miss Sunshine"Leonardo DiCaprio - "The Departed"Jackie Earle Haley - "Little Children"Djimon Hounsou - "Blood Diamond"Eddie Murphy - "Dreamgirls" Supporting ActressAdriana Barraza - "Babel"Cate Blanchett - "Notes on a »

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DiCaprio nabs SAG noms for 'Diamond,' 'Departed'

4 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Leonardo DiCaprio was a triple threat in SAG Award nominations Thursday, when he was recognized for his leading role in Blood Diamond and supporting turn in The Departed and also figuring in a cast nomination for the latter, star-laden mob movie.

In the category of outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role, DiCaprio is joined by Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson, Peter O'Toole for Venus, Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness and Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland.

Nominations in the leading actress category are Penelope Cruz for Volver, Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal, Helen Mirren for The Queen, Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada and Kate Winslet for Little Children.

Other pictures figuring in the cast category are Babel, Bobby, Dreamgirls and Little Miss Sunshine.

Meanwhile, HBO's The Sopranos and the AMC miniseries Broken Trail topped nominations in the TV categories with three apiece. Steve Carell -- a member of the nominated Sunshine cast -- also figured in two TV slots, drawing a comedy series acting nomination for NBC's The Office, which numbered among comedy ensemble noms.

Mirren also drew a nomination for her performance in HBO's Elizabeth I. Alec Baldwin, among the cast of The Departed, and William H. Macy, in the Bobby cast, drew noms for TV performances in 30 Rock and "Nightmares & Dreamscapes," respectively.

"The SAG Awards always seem like a celebration of what we do and not just sheer competition," SAG president Alan Rosenberg said. "I am proud of the diversity of age and culture and race, which have always been a hallmark of SAG and also of the big ensemble casts. It appears that more writers are writing for bigger casts with varied characters, and that's always good for our members."

DiCaprio's nomination for Warner Bros. Pictures' Diamond follows a decision to push his leading role in the gritty African drama and place his work in Departed, also a Warners picture, in the SAG Awards' supporting actor category. DiCaprio is nominated for a Golden Globe as a lead actor for both pictures, and Oscar ballot rules allow members to nominate actors in either lead or supporting categories. »

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