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17 items from 2003


German funding changes to stem flow to Hollywood

30 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- Will 2004 be the year Hollywood is forced to give up its addiction to German taxpayer cash? A new revision of Germany's Media Ruling, which was passed this summer, is aimed at closing a loophole that allows German taxpayers to write off investments in film funds that pump money into U.S. productions. The Media Ruling has been a lucrative source of cash for the budget-challenged U.S. film business. In the past five years alone, more than $12 billion has made its way from Germany to Hollywood, according to the German government. The list of projects partially or completely financed by German film funds is long and includes such studio blockbusters as the first two The Lord of the Rings films, Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, as well as independent films The Human Stain and Beyond Borders. »

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'Pirates' tops list for hair, makeup

17 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A pirate, a samurai and the heroic little people from the shire lead the nominations for the fifth annual Hollywood Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards. Walt Disney Studios' Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl plundered four noms, while New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King captured three. Warner Bros. Pictures' The Last Samurai and Universal Pictures' Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat are neck and neck with two noms apiece. The guild gave best contemporary makeup recognition to Miramax Films' The Human Stain, 20th Century Fox's Daredevil and Columbia Pictures' Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Universal's Seabiscuit will race against Samurai and Pirates in the best period makeup heat. »

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AFI top 10 a split decision

16 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The American Film Institute has anointed 10 movies -- ranging from American Splendor, the biopic of eccentric comic book author Harvey Pekar, to Mystic River, Clint Eastwood's brooding look at dual tragedies afflicting a tightknit Boston community -- as its most outstanding motion pictures of the year. It has also singled out 10 outstanding television programs -- ranging from the globe-trotting spy series, Alias, to the Baltimore-set crime saga, The Wire. In an awards year that has been overshadowed by the contentious screener issue, the AFI's movie choices were evenly divided with five films from the major studios and five from independent distributors. The indie offerings that secured a place on the AFI's fourth annual list include HBO Films/Fine Line Features' American Splendor; Miramax Films' The Human Stain; Fox Searchlight's In America; Focus Features' Lost in Translation; and Newmarket Films' Monster. The films chosen from major distributors include Finding Nemo, from Pixar/Disney; Warner Bros. Pictures' The Last Samurai; New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; 20th Century Fox/Universal Pictures/Miramax's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; and Warners' Mystic River. »

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AFI top 10 a split decision

15 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The American Film Institute has anointed 10 movies -- ranging from American Splendor, the biopic of eccentric comic book author Harvey Pekar, to Mystic River, Clint Eastwood's brooding look at dual tragedies afflicting a tightknit Boston community -- as its most outstanding motion pictures of the year. It has also singled out 10 outstanding television programs -- ranging from the globe-trotting spy series, Alias, to the Baltimore-set crime saga, The Wire. In an awards year that has been overshadowed by the contentious screener issue, the AFI's movie choices were evenly divided with five films from the major studios and five from independent distributors. The indie offerings that secured a place on the AFI's fourth annual list include HBO Films/Fine Line Features' American Splendor; Miramax Films' The Human Stain; Fox Searchlight's In America; Focus Features' Lost in Translation; and Newmarket Films' Monster. The films chosen from major distributors include Finding Nemo, from Pixar/Disney; Warner Bros. Pictures' The Last Samurai; New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; 20th Century Fox/Universal Pictures/Miramax's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; and Warners' Mystic River. »

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Kidman shares her big night with directors

17 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Praised as a risk-taker, Nicole Kidman was awarded the 18th annual American Cinematheque Award Friday night at a dinner in her honor at the Beverly Hilton. But the evening also served as a celebration of the auteur theory, since in accepting the award, Kidman paid tribute to the directors with whom she has surrounded herself -- among them, Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), Stephen Daldry (The Hours), Robert Benton (The Human Stain) and Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain) -- who also were among those she dubbed her "film family" seated with her at the head table. "I am proud of one thing," Kidman said in acknowledging the tribute, which was presented to her by Adrien Brody, this year's best actor Oscar winner for The Pianist. "It is that I have searched out or I have been searched out by visionaries, and I've surrendered whatever I have to them. Testified Naomi Watts, a 20-year pal of the Australian-born Kidman: "You make audiences absorb and feel. You make actors watch, learn and steal ... You have directors dueling over you and producers crawling over broken glass, begging, 'Say yes.' " Director-producer Sydney Pollack, who co-starred with Kidman in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, noted: "I think Nicole's work in this film is powerful, ingenious and brave ... Stanley adored her." He called it "the start of an amazing growth period for her. ... She's really blossomed and the power of her work has culminated with her being here tonight." Others who rose to praise Kidman included Lauren Bacall and Danny Huston, who co-star with her in the upcoming Birth; fellow actors Stockard Channing, Matt Dillon, Allison Janney, Michael Keaton, Wayne Knight, Natalie Portman and Chloe Sevigny as well as Miramax Films' co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, who said: "Nicole Kidman has been a force for great integrity in my life." »

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Barrett makes latest entry in 'Diary' sequel

23 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jacinda Barrett, a veteran of MTV's The Real World, has landed another high-profile acting role, joining the cast of the upcoming sequel to the 2001 hit Bridget Jones's Diary. Returning for the sequel, titled Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, are Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Barrett will play Bridget's co-worker in the film, which is being directed by Beeban Kidron. The Working Title Films production is being distributed by Miramax and Universal Pictures. The sequel was adapted by Andrew Davies and Helen Fielding from Fielding's book. In it, Bridget discovers that life with Mark Darcy isn't quite as perfect as she dreamed. Barrett, who most recently appeared on the big screen in the 2000 thriller Urban Legends: Final Cut, has been busy lately with a trio of highly anticipated projects in the works. She next appears opposite Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins in the upcoming Miramax drama The Human Stain, followed by roles in the Walt Disney Co.'s John Travolta starrer Ladder 49 and Fox Searchlight's White on White. Barrett is repped by ICM. »

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Hollywood fest marquee: 'Glass,' 'Stain'

8 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The U.S. premiere of 11:14, a closing-night premiere of Shattered Glass and a special event screening of The Human Stain are among the highlights of this year's Hollywood Film Festival lineup. The seventh annual edition of the fest, which begins Oct. 15, will feature 10 world premieres and 28 U.S. premieres. Director Greg Marcks' drama 11:14 will open the festival, while Billy Ray's Shattered Glass will hold down the closing-night slot. The festival's centerpiece gala premieres include Keith Gordon's The Singing Detective, Peter Rosen's Khachaturian and Peter Webber's Girl With a Pearl Earring. A special screening of The Human Stain honoring Anthony Hopkins will be held Oct. 21. "Since the Hollywood Film Festival's inception, we have tried to have a mixture of films that are from Hollywood as well as from around the world, and that is reflected in our lineup," said Carlos de Abreu, the festival's founder and executive director. "Our mandate is to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and independent and emerging filmmakers." Details: www.hollywoodfilmfestival.com. »

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Kidman & Hopkins Film Delayed

16 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The opening of Nicole Kidman and Sir Anthony Hopkins' new drama The Human Stain is to be delayed in America to give the film a better chance of winning an Oscar next year. Despite having had its premiere in New York last week, the film will now open on October 31 - four weeks after its original release. Rick Sands, a spokesman for Miramax - the company behind the film - says, "This is a less competitive date for this quality, thought-provoking film. A new date will also allow the talent to travel more extensively in promoting the film." »

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Nicole Kidman's Guilt Over Kids

9 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie superstar Nicole Kidman is guilt-stricken about the confusing lives her children lead - because the single mum regularly has to drag them onto her film sets. The Moulin Rouge actress has two adopted kids - eight-year-old Connor and Isabella, 11 - with her ex-husband Tom Cruise, and is often accompanied by them on the sets of her films. But she makes sure they're not in the vicinity while she's filming certain scenes, especially saucy ones. She says, "With (new film) The Human Stain I wouldn't have them around during a sex scene. My kids come to the film sets and they give their opinion in terms of the different characters I play. They have a complicated life, and it's something I feel guilty for." »

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Toronto 'back to normal'

5 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off Thursday night with a sigh of relief from festival organizers in a year that saw Toronto hit by the SARS scare, a major power outage and a weak economy overall. "They threw everything at us this year," festival director and CEO Piers Handling said. "But we managed to come through." Handling's statements came as the festival opened with a gala screening of Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions at Roy Thomson Hall. Invasions will be released in the fall by Miramax Films. TIFF managing director Michelle Maheux said in her comments that the fest was "getting back to normal this year," with "thankfully no raining frogs or locust invasions." This year's SARS scare created concern that some would shy away from the festival, but attendance certainly didn't seem down as a cavalcade of major stars hit town to launch such films as The Human Stain and Matchstick Men. »

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Miramax hunting 'Animal'

2 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

VENICE, Italy -- Miramax Films is set to snap up North American rights to Lakeshore Entertainment's upcoming movie adaptation of Philip Roth's The Dying Animal, sources close to the deal said. The movie will mark the second time Miramax has partnered with Lakeshore for North American rights on an adaptation from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. Lakeshore and Miramax are at the Venice International Film Festival with the Robert Benton-directed movie The Human Stain, starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman. The movie screened out-of-competition on the Lido at the weekend with Benton and Hopkins jetting in to support it. Kidman did not make the trip. »

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Steindorff teams with Vegas trio for Stone Village

13 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Producer Scott Steindorff has teamed up with Las Vegas entrepreneurs Andrew Molasky and Danny and Robin Greenspun to expand Steindorff's Stone Village Prods. into a full-fledged entertainment entity called Stone Village Entertainment, which will be divided into Stone Village Pictures for feature production and Stone Village Television for small-screen production. Molasky and the Greenspuns will provide a multiyear, multimillion dollar overhead and development fund as well as a discretionary fund, which will allow Stone Village to acquire and develop literary properties, which has been Steindorff's modus operendi. Steindorff is one of the producers of the upcoming Miramax Films release The Human Stain, based on the Philip Roth novel, as well as one of the executive producers of HBO's Empire Falls, based on the novel by Richard Russo. »

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Noyce helms 'Pastoral' for Lakeshore

1 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Phillip Noyce has come aboard to helm Lakeshore Entertainment's big-screen adaptation of Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral. The company hopes to secure the male lead shortly, with production beginning in the spring. Pastoral focuses on Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete and devoted family man who is living the American dream in thriving, triumphant postwar America. Swede's picture-perfect life unravels when he must face the harsh reality that his beloved daughter Merry has become a revolutionary terrorist bent on destroying everything he has valued in the life he has built for his family. John Romano adapted the screenplay, which is being produced by Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. There is no domestic distributor on board yet. Noyce, repped by Endeavor, most recently directed the critically acclaimed features Rabbit-Proof Fence and The Quiet American. The project marks Lakeshore's third project based on a Roth novel following The Dying Animal, in development, and The Human Stain, which will be brought to the big screen by Miramax this year with Nicole Kidman, Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise starring. »

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Nicole Misses Out on Icon Award

5 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Nicole Kidman was forced to pull out of Monday night's CFDA Fashion Awards in New York due to filming problems back in Los Angeles. The Aussie actress had to give up the chance of picking up the ceremony's Fashion Icon honor in person, when she was asked back to reshoot scenes with Sir Anthony Hopkins for The Human Stain. Lauren Bacall claimed the award on Kidman's behalf, stating, "I'm very proud to accept this for her." »

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Roth's 'Pastoral' to Lakeshore

22 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lakeshore Entertainment has acquired the rights to Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral, Lakeshore chairman Tom Rosenberg and president Gary Lucchesi said Monday. The project marks Lakeshore's third acquisition of a Roth novel following The Dying Animal and The Human Stain, the latter of which will be brought to the big screen by Miramax this year with Nicole Kidman, Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise starring. Pastoral focuses on Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete and devoted family man who is living the American dream in thriving, triumphant postwar America. Swede's picture-perfect life unravels when he must face the harsh reality that his beloved daughter Merry has become a revolutionary terrorist bent on destroying everything he has valued in the life he has built for his family. The book is part of Roth's American postwar trilogy that also includes I Married a Communist and The Human Stain. "Philip Roth is our greatest living novelist," Rosenberg said. "I look forward to casting American Pastoral with the same caliber of talent that we were able to assemble for The Human Stain. " »

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Award-winning cinematographer Escoffier dies

16 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jean-Yves Escoffier, a French cinematographer who shot the original Three Men and a Cradle for Coline Serreau, has died of a heart seizure in Los Angeles. He was 52. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. He died April 1. A graduate of the Ecole Louis Lumiere in Paris, Escoffier was known in Europe for his collaboration with director Leos Carax, with whom he made three films: Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (The Lovers on the Bridge), for which he won a European Academy Felix Award; Mauvais sang (Bad Blood); and Boy Meets Girl. He received a Cesar Award for his work on Trois Hommes et un couffin, as the Cradle film was titled in French. Escoffier came to the United States during the early 1990s and shot 14 features, including The Crow: City of Angels, Gummo, Good Will Hunting, Nurse Betty, Possession and Cradle Will Rock. His last completed feature, The Human Stain for director Robert Benton, will be released in the fall by Miramax and Lakeshore. Before his death, Escoffier was working on director Wong Kar-wai's futuristic drama 2046. Escoffier also made many award-winning short dramatic films and documentaries. He shot the claymation project Le Chateau de sable (The Sand Castle), which won the 1978 Oscar for best animated short. He was director of photography for commercials and music videos, collaborating with Luc Besson, Jean Pierre Jeunet, David Lynch, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Phil Morrison and Mark Romanek. »

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Washington, King linking up with 'Charles'

28 February 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Regina King and Kerry Washington have been cast in Crusader Entertainment's biopic Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Story, with Jamie Foxx to star as the legendary musician and Mark Rydell directing. Production begins at the end of March. A domestic distributor is expected to come aboard the project shortly, with Warner Bros. Pictures emerging as a top contender. Charles, penned by Jimmy White, follows Charles' rags-to-riches story from his poor beginnings in Albany, Ga., to his rise through the music industry while battling racism, drug use and love problems. Charles, now 72, lost his sight to glaucoma at age 6. King has been cast as Charles' outrageous mistress Margie Hendrix. She comes to Charles as a singer who joins his band, begins an affair with him, has his baby and later overdoses. Washington will play Charles' wife, Della, a singer who stands by her man and tries to hold their family together despite Charles' womanizing and drug use. Crusader, led by president Howard Baldwin, has a first-look distribution deal at Paramount Pictures. The production company optioned Charles' life rights nearly two years ago, with Foxx boarding the project in May. King, repped by the Gersh Agency and manager John Carrabino, next stars is Revolution Studios' Daddy Day Care and MGM's Legally Blonde 2: Red White & Blonde Washington, repped by Abrams Artists Agency and manager Catherine Atkinson at Washington Square Arts, next stars in Paramount Pictures' Against the Ropes, Miramax Films/Lakeshore Entertainment's The Human Stain, and the indie features The United States of Leland and Sin. »

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