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17 items from 2003


End of road near for Salter Street

17 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TORONTO -- Salter Street Films, which last year co-produced the Oscar-winning Michael Moore documentary Bowling for Columbine, will close down in the spring as parent Alliance Atlantis Communications shutters its film and TV production division and lays off as many as 70 employees. Kym Robertson, Alliance Atlantis vp corporate and public affairs, said Tuesday that the closure of Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Salter Street Films will mean the loss of about 10 jobs. Other production facilities to be closed as part of the restructuring of Alliance Atlantis include an office in Vancouver, Cafe Prods. in London and Great North Production in Edmonton, Alberta. »

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The year in review: film

14 December 2003 4:35 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He was derided and mocked at Cannes. But Vincent Gallo's egotistical road movie could be the finest film of the year, says Peter Bradshaw

Don't mention the war! That was the Hollywood approach to the attack on Iraq in 2003, a determination to look in the other direction and declare business as usual. When it came to the Academy awards in March, the movie establishment was in agonies of pusillanimity and indecision, unsure how to mark the ongoing hostilities other than solemnly declaring that their annual backslapping would have less glitz. The stars and players of movieland are terrified of boat-rocking at the best of times, so all the presenters and award-winners stayed shtum about Iraq, other than implying, in fine Clintonian style, that they supported the soldiers but not necessarily the war.

There was one exception. On receiving his best documentary Oscar for his anti-gun, anti-war film Bowling for Columbine, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Michael Moore Takes on Acting Role

3 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning documentary maker Michael Moore has made his big screen acting debut, playing a political journalist in upcoming movie The Fever. The politically-outspoken Bowling For Columbine director stars alongside Vanessa Redgrave and her daughter Joely Richardson in the HBO Films production, which is currently in post-production in London. The film, directed by Redgrave's son and Richardson's half-brother Carlo Gabriel Nero, is adapted from Wallace Shawn's play of the same name, and follows the political awakening of a middle-class woman. Moore plays a rebellious reporter covering politics in countries under turmoil. Jason Blum, who produced the film with Redgrave, says, "Michael has one big scene with Vanessa, and we were a little nervous because no one's ever really seen him act before. But he totally pulled it off." Bosses have yet to decide if the film will be released to cinemas or make its debut on cable TV. »

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Showtime docu push includes Welles bio

7 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Showtime is mounting a big push in the documentary arena with a new slate of acquisitions and original productions to air under the Sho Exposure banner. The monthly documentary showcase will kick off Oct. 14 with the premiere of Orson Welles: The One Man Band, a narrated by director Peter Bogdanovich, a friend and confidant of Welles' in the years leading up to the legendary helmer's death in 1985 at age 70. "This is a form of programming that people seem to be responding to right now," Showtime entertainment president Robert Greenblatt said, citing the success of recent docus like Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine, which will have its pay TV premiere on Showtime next year. "We wanted to give it a higher-profile slot and put everything that we're doing in documentaries under one (branding) umbrella." »

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Cusack Attacks Michael Moore

10 June 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood star John Cusack has attacked filmmaker Michael Moore for failing to support the Democratic party in the last American presidential elections. Moore, who won the Best Documentary Oscar at this year's Academy Awards for his anti-gun film Bowling For Columbine, threw his backing behind left-wing candidate Ralph Nader in the 2000 elections - but Cusack believes that he should have joined him in tactical support of Democratic candidate Al Gore instead - to ensure Republican George W. Bush was beaten. Cusack explains, "He lost a lot of credibility when he went and campaigned for Ralph Nader because he was dead wrong when it counted. I'm not a huge fan of the Democratic party, but I knew there was a huge difference between them and the Bush crowd. Don't tell me Al Gore would have handed out the contract to rebuild Iraq before he'd given the order to bomb it." »

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Docs put light on Sunny Side

27 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARIS -- International documentary market Sunny Side of the Doc is anticipating an overall upswing of more than 20% for its 14th edition, which runs June 25-28 in the southern French port city of Marseilles. "Nobody today can finance their own documentaries. (A smaller market) is a necessity," said the market's general commissioner, Yves Jeanneau, on Monday, who cited the success of Etre et Avoir (To Be and to Have) and Bowling for Columbine for part of this year's growth. More than 285 exhibitors have signed up for this year's market, up from last year's 237, along with an expected 230 buyers and commissioning editors -- both figures keeping up with the 20% growth. »

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Michael Moore Faces Oscar Opposition

21 April 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Outspoken filmmaker Michael Moore now faces a dirty campaign to try and strip him of his Oscar for his documentary Bowling For Columbine. Website Revoketheoscar.com claims Moore's anti-gun picture is full of "invented facts, fabricated events, and staged scenes" and should be disqualified as a documentary on the grounds that it is "fiction." The website also complains that Moore's editing of an interview with pro-gun lobbyist Charlton Heston was unfairly depicted to make him sound more incendiary. It says, "When Heston gave a mild and conciliatory speech, Moore simply edited the footage and inserted footage from a different speech a year later to make it sound arrogant." The site concludes by asking supporters to send letters to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences to revoke Moore's award. »

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Singapore fest lineup has political tone

15 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

SINGAPORE -- With a selection most distinctive for its politically and religiously controversial films, the 16th Singapore International Film Festival is set to run Thursday to May 2 with 350 features, shorts and animation titles from 45 countries. Among the films screening are Michael Moore's Oscar-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine; the 9/11-themed collection of shorts 11'09"01; Andre Heller and Othmar Schmiderer's Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary, documenting an interview with Adolf Hitler's secretary Traudl Junge; and Peter Mullan's 1960s Catholic drama The Magdalene Sisters. »

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Cates Chose To Drown Out Michael Moore

26 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscars producer Gil Cates drowned out Best Documentary award winner Michael Moore with music on Sunday night to prevent a clash at the Kodak Theatre. Cates feared those booing and those applauding the outspoken Bowling For Columbine director would provoke ugly scenes, so he chose to cut off his controversial anti-war speech early. But Cates was happy to kill the music and let Best Actor winner Adrien Brody have a few extra moments to pay tribute to a pal fighting in Iraq. Cates says, "I thought it was inappropriate for Michael Moore to start calling names but I was happy to let Adrien Brody have his moment. It was a great speech." »

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Moore "Delighted" with Speech Reception

26 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bowling For Columbine director Michael Moore was delighted with the response to his anti war tirade when accepting an Oscar for best documentary. Moore didn't think he was going to win the Oscar at the Sunday ceremony - and thought he might remain silent if he did. Before the awards he said, "I may say nothing - just ask for a moment of silence and stand there for those 45 seconds." But he's delighted he changed his mind. Despite a generally unimpressed reception from the audience, he labels the response to his out-burst "wonderful." He added, "The people that seemed to disagree with it all seemed to be in one section - up in the balcony." »

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Academy Awards Results.... and all that jazz

24 March 2003 | IMDb News

Razzle-dazzle hit Chicago triumphed at the 75th Academy Awards®, taking home six statuettes, including Best Picture and Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones (somewhere Bob Fosse is smiling). Surprise winner Adrien Brody nabbed the Best Actor award for his performance in The Pianist (and grabbed a hefty kiss from Halle Berry), while Nicole Kidman won (by a nose?) for her turn as Virginia Woolf in The Hours. Chris Cooper took home Supporting Actor for Adaptation, and another surprise winner, Roman Polanski , won Best Director for The Pianist, which all in all got three Oscars, confounding expectations. Frida and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers won two each, while The Hours, Bowling for Columbine, Road to Perdition, Adaptation, 8 Mile and Spirited Away garnered one Oscar each.

Best Picture:

Chicago - Marty Richards

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Adrien Brody for The Pianist

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Nicole Kidman for The Hours

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Chris Cooper for Adaptation.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Catherine Zeta-Jones for Chicago

Best Director:

Roman Polanski for The Pianist

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:

Talk to Her - Pedro Almodóvar

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:

The Pianist - Ronald Harwood

Best Animated Feature:

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi - Hayao Miyazaki

Best Foreign Language Film:

Nowhere in Africa(Germany)

Best Cinematography:

Road to Perdition - Conrad L. Hall

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration:

Chicago - John Myhre, Gordon Sim

Best Costume Design:

Chicago - Colleen Atwood

Best Editing:

Chicago - Martin Walsh

Best Sound:

Chicago - David Lee, Michael Minkler, Dominic Tavella

Best Music, Original Score:

Frida - Elliot Goldenthal

Best Music, Song:

8 Mile - Eminem, Bass, Jeff (III), Luis Resto(For the song "Lose Yourself".)

Best Makeup:

Frida - Beatrice De Alba, John E. Jackson

Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Ethan Van der Ryn, Mike Hopkins

Best Effects, Visual Effects:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke

Best Documentary: Feature:

Bowling for Columbine - Michael Moore, Michael Donovan

Best Documentary: Short Subject:

Twin Towers - Bill Guttentag, Robert David Port

Best Short Film: Animated:

The Chubbchubbs - Eric Armstrong

Best Short Film: Live Action:

Der er en yndig mand - Martin Strange-Hansen, Mie Andreasen

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Peace Reigns at Spirit Awards

24 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Peace messages ruled at Saturday night's Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California - but not everyone was taking the war in Iraq that seriously. Host John Waters began proceedings at the 18th annual prize giving by welcoming guests in what he called "these scary times." But then added jokingly, "Saddam Hussein? George Bush? No one will stop me from getting my gift bag." But other peace messages were much more serious - Elvis Costello received a standing ovation for opening the show with his anthem "Peace, Love & Understanding," actor Don Cheadle read out a peace statement from the event's organizers and reality movie-maker Michael Moore used his Best Documentary award to lash out at American President George W. Bush. The Bowling For Columbine director raged, "We have a fictitious President, who was put in office with fictitious results and he's now conducting a war for fictitious reasons. This is absolutely insane. The lesson for the children of Columbine this week is that violence is an accepted means to resolve a conflict and it's a sad, sick and immoral lesson." Best Supporting Actor winner Dennis Quaid simply said, "I'd like to send out a prayer to the Iraqi people." Meanwhile, Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal told guests, "This time I get the opportunity to tell something for you the people from the United States to do, which is, 'The only way to stop this war, is you, '" when he picked up the Best Foreign Film award for Y Tu Mama Tambien. »

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Academy Awards Results... and all that jazz

23 March 2003 | IMDb News

Razzle-dazzle hit Chicago triumphed at the 75th Academy Awards®, taking home six statuettes, including Best Picture and Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones (somewhere Bob Fosse is smiling). Surprise winner Adrien Brody nabbed the Best Actor award for his performance in The Pianist (and grabbed a hefty kiss from Halle Berry), while Nicole Kidman won (by a nose?) for her turn as Virginia Woolf in The Hours. Chris Cooper took home Supporting Actor for Adaptation, and another surprise winner, Roman Polanski , won Best Director for The Pianist, which all in all got three Oscars, confounding expectations. Frida and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers won two each, while The Hours, Bowling for Columbine, Road to Perdition, Adaptation, 8 Mile and Spirited Away garnered one Oscar each.

Best Picture:

Chicago - Marty Richards

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Adrien Brody for The Pianist

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Nicole Kidman for The Hours

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Chris Cooper for Adaptation.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Catherine Zeta-Jones for Chicago

Best Director:

Roman Polanski for The Pianist

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:

Talk to Her - Pedro Almodóvar

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:

The Pianist - Ronald Harwood

Best Animated Feature:

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi - Hayao Miyazaki

Best Foreign Language Film:

Nowhere in Africa(Germany)

Best Cinematography:

Road to Perdition - Conrad L. Hall

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration:

Chicago - John Myhre, Gordon Sim

Best Costume Design:

Chicago - Colleen Atwood

Best Editing:

Chicago - Martin Walsh

Best Sound:

Chicago - David Lee, Michael Minkler, Dominic Tavella

Best Music, Original Score:

Frida - Elliot Goldenthal

Best Music, Song:

8 Mile - Eminem, Bass, Jeff (III), Luis Resto(For the song "Lose Yourself".)

Best Makeup:

Frida - Beatrice De Alba, John E. Jackson

Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Ethan Van der Ryn, Mike Hopkins

Best Effects, Visual Effects:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke

Best Documentary: Feature:

Bowling for Columbine - Michael Moore, Michael Donovan

Best Documentary: Short Subject:

Twin Towers - Bill Guttentag, Robert David Port

Best Short Film: Animated:

The Chubbchubbs - Eric Armstrong

Best Short Film: Live Action:

Der er en yndig mand - Martin Strange-Hansen, Mie Andreasen

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Moore Complains Oscars Are Fixed

19 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bowling For Columbine supremo Michael Moore believes the Oscars are rigged so he can't win. The anti-gun movie has been nominated in the category of Best Documentary and is up against French film Winged Migration. But rules mean that Academy voters must see every film in the category they are voting for - so voting in the documentary strand is minimal, and tends only to attract high-brow critics who may turn their nose up at the popular Bowling For Columbine. Michigan native Moore is subsequently fuming at news that members have been unable to view rival movie Winged Migration - as it means they can't vote for his film at all. He requested that Sony Classics screen the film, but has had his plea turned down. Moore says of Sony Classics co-President Michael Barker, "He said no. He said in so many words that this is what's best for them. I told him we should all be supportive of each other's films. Especially in this category, which has a history of embarrassment. It's not about winning. It's about democracy. Let's let people vote. I'm more than happy to live with a vote that reflects the will of the majority." Vice president of United Artists marketing Dennis O'Conner counters, "It really limits the number of people who can vote. Sony does it all the time." »

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'Schmidt' nabs 4 Golden Trailers

14 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The trailer for New Line's About Schmidt led the Golden Trailer awards Thursday evening, gathering four wins including Best of Show. Other honors given out at the fourth annual ceremony, held at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, went to Spirited Away, The Hours and Bowling for Columbine.

Best Comedy: About Schmidt

Best Documentary: Bowling for Columbine

Best Family/Animation: Spirited Away

Most Original: Read My Lips

Best Romance: Secretary

Trashiest: The Rules of Attraction

Best Foreign: Read My Lips

Best Trailer No Movie: 12 Twisted Tricks

Best Voice Over: About Schmidt

Golden Fleece (trailer that made the movie look better than it was): Blue Crush

Best Independent: The Fast Runner

Best Horror/Thriller: The Ring

Best Drama: The Hours

Best Music: About Schmidt

Best Action: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Best of Show: About Schmidt »

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HBO takes aim at Moore series

13 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Is Michael Moore ready to bowl for HBO? Moore, Oscar-nominated for his documentary feature Bowling for Columbine, is in discussions with the premium cable outlet to develop a nonfiction series. The project is only in the early talking stages, but it would presumably include some of the satirical and socially conscious material the liberal-leaning filmmaker tackled in his earlier TV newsmagazine-style series The Awful Truth and TV Nation. Moore is riding high in Hollywood these days on the strong buzz and Oscar nom for Columbine, which pulled off a surprise win for best original screenplay Saturday at the 55th annual Writers Guild Awards. HBO declined comment on the project. Moore is repped by Endeavor. »

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Satirist Moore Storms Out of Britain

7 January 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American satirist Michael Moore has stormed out of Britain after a bust up with the London theatre hosting his one-man show. The Bowling For Columbine moviemaker performed Michael Moore - Live! to packed audiences for two months before Christmas at The Roundhouse in Camden, North London. But on the penultimate night he reportedly flew into a rage, verbally attacked everyone associated with the theatre because he thought he wasn't being paid enough. During the performance he complained he was making just $750 a night. A member of the stage crew says, "He completely lost the plot. He stormed around all day screaming at everyone, even the £5-an-hour bar staff, telling them how we were all conmen and useless. Then he went on stage and did it in public." Staff retaliated by refusing to work the following night, which led to the show being held up for an hour. Eventually he made a groveling apology to staff and the angry audience finally took to their seats. A source reports that Moore then packed his bags and flew to New York the next day without saying thank you or goodbye to anyone. »

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