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It's a Boy for Crowe and Spencer

22 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Now he's master, commander and dad. Academy Award-winning actor Russell Crowe and his wife, Danielle Spencer, became parents for the first time this weekend when Spencer gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday in Australia. The 6 lb, 2 oz. boy was named Charles Spencer Crowe, and according to the couple's publicist, mother and child are both doing well. Crowe and Spencer were married in April of this year, and the actor recently received a Golden Globe nomination for Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World. --Prepared by IMDb staff »

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7 cookin' in effects bake-off

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

The 2003 visual effects Oscar race began Friday with the announcement of seven films that made the first cut. New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Universal Studios' The Hulk and Peter Pan, 20th Century Fox's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and X2, Buena Vista Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and Warner Bros. Pictures' Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines will compete Jan. 21. The seven will go head-to-head at a "bake-off" Jan. 21 when 15-minute clip reels will be shown and each film's respective supervisors will make their case before an audience of their peers at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The final three nominations will be announced Jan. 29. Most noteworthy in this year's race is the range of effects -- from one of the most massive CG battles in movie history to more than an hour of unidentifiable visual effects on the open sea. "Visual effects nominations don't have to go to the big, so-called 'visual-effects movies'," said Richard Edlund, visual effects branch governor. "Master and Commander is a very mature decision by the committee. It could not have been done without extensive and sophisticated visual effects work." The bigger surprise, however, is that Warners' The Matrix Revolutions is missing from the 2003 race. The original Matrix won the visual effects Oscar for 1999. »

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'Mystic' leads BFCA Awards with 8 noms

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

Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, a dark tale of tragedy affecting a tightknit Boston community, leads the list of nominees for the ninth annual Critics' Choice Awards, announced Tuesday by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. The Warner Bros. Pictures release scored eight noms, including best picture, best director and composer for Eastwood, best actor for Sean Penn, best supporting actor for Tim Robbins, best supporting actress for Marcia Gay Harden, best acting ensemble and best writer for Brian Helgeland, who adapted Dennis Lehane's novel on which the film is based. Other leading contenders include In America with seven nominations, Big Fish and Lost in Translation with five noms each, Cold Mountain and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King with four noms each and The Last Samurai and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with three noms each. »

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Satellites tune in Fox, Warners

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

Fox Searchlight and Warner Bros. Pictures each scored two nominations among the seven films cited for best motion picture drama by the International Press Academy on Tuesday as IPA unveiled its nominations for the eighth annual Satellite Awards. The drama nominees include Fox Searchlight's In America and thirteen, Warners' The Last Samurai and Mystic River, Newmarket Films' Whale Rider, 20th Century Fox's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. »

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'Mystic' leads BFCA Awards with 8 noms

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

Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, a dark tale of tragedy affecting a tightknit Boston community, leads the list of nominees for the ninth annual Critics' Choice Awards, announced Tuesday by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. The Warner Bros. Pictures release scored eight noms, including best picture, best director and composer for Eastwood, best actor for Sean Penn, best supporting actor for Tim Robbins, best supporting actress for Marcia Gay Harden, best acting ensemble and best writer for Brian Helgeland, who adapted Dennis Lehane's novel on which the film is based. Other leading contenders include In America with seven nominations, Big Fish and Lost in Translation with five noms each, Cold Mountain and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King with four noms each and The Last Samurai and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with three noms each. »

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'Nemo' dominates again as market awaits 'King'

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

Clear the decks. The Hobbits are returning in the final segment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. As the world market awaits the opening this coming weekend of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the entrenched Walt Disney Co./Pixar film Finding Nemo dominated the international scene for a fifth consecutive weekend, hauling in $31.5 million from 5,192 screens in 26 countries. Nemo's weekend performance, which lifted the cume to $330.2 million, was hailed as the fourth Disney title to cross the $300 million mark at the overseas boxoffice, joining The Lion King, Armageddon and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Other titles making a little hay before the arrival of King were Love Actually, S.W.A.T. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Elf. No new significant titles are being scheduled this coming weekend in markets where King is booked, the exception being Peter Pan in Australia, where the finale of the Peter Jackson-directed saga moves in the following week. »

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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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NYFCC crowns 'King' as year's best picture

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

NEW YORK -- New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was chosen as the year's best film Monday by the New York Film Critics Circle. According to outgoing chairman Andrew Johnston, the film, which opens Wednesday, scored a "fairly decisive" victory. But despite the honor, the third film in director Peter Jackson's trilogy based on the novels of J.R.R. Tolkien was shut out of the remaining categories. Sofia Coppola edged out Jackson as top director for her hip Tokyo-set tale of disillusionment, Lost in Translation, from Focus Features. Films from various specialty companies dominated the remainder of the list. Lost's Bill Murray was named best actor by the NYFCC, beating out heavier dramatic performances this year by the likes of Sean Penn (Mystic River, 21 Grams) and Russell Crowe (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World). »

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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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Disney/Pixar fish leading o'seas race for 4th week

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

For the fourth weekend in a row, overseas moviegoers had no trouble Finding Nemo, which dominated the international market with a mammoth take of $45.9 million from 5,189 screens in 26 countries. The Disney/Pixar CGI-animated film has hit an offshore gross of $283.4 million and appears on its way to pass the $300 million mark this coming weekend. With Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King set to enter the year-end holiday market with a massive splash starting Dec. 17, a number of other high-profile titles -- either expanding into new markets or enjoying favorable holdovers -- are displaying varying degrees of vigor in the run-up to the richest boxoffice period of the year. Among the current contenders -- in addition to runaway Nemo -- with a substantial number of screens working are S.W.A.T., Love Actually, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, The Matrix Revolutions, Kill Bill-Vol. I, Elf and the single opening in Japan of The Last Samurai. »

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'Mystic River' tops Nat'l Board of Review '03 nods

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

Mystic River, Clint Eastwood's brooding adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel about a tight-knit Boston community driven apart by a series of crimes, was named best film of the year Wednesday by the National Board of Review. Sean Penn, who stars in Mystic River as an ex-con whose daughter is missing, was named best actor for both Mystic and 21 Grams, in which he plays a dying man who receives a new chance at life. The best actress honor went to Diane Keaton, who plays a woman who finds herself falling for her daughter's older lover, Jack Nicholson, in the upcoming Something's Gotta Give. Warner Bros. Pictures' Mystic River headed the board's list of the top 10 films of 2003, which also included, in descending order, The Last Samurai, The Station Agent, 21 Grams, House of Sand and Fog, Lost in Translation, Cold Mountain, In America, Seabiscuit and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. »

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Nat'l Board of Review: 'Mystic River' year's best

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

Mystic River, Clint Eastwood's brooding adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel about a tightly knit Boston community driven apart by a series of crimes, was named best film of the year by the National Board of Review on Wednesday. Sean Penn, who stars in Mystic River as an ex-con whose daughter is missing, was named best actor for both Mystic and 21 Grams, in which he plays a dying man who receives a new chance at life. The best actress honors went to Diane Keaton, who plays a woman who finds herself falling for her daughter's older lover, Jack Nicholson, in the upcoming Something's Gotta Give. Warner Bros. Pictures' Mystic River headed the board's list of the top ten films of 2003, which also included, in descending order, The Last Samurai, The Station Agent, 21 Grams, House of Sand and Fog, Lost in Translation, Cold Mountain, In America, Seabiscuit and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. »

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'Mystic River' Tops National Board of Review Awards

3 December 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Drawing first blood in the year-end award frenzy, the National Board of Review gave its best picture honors to Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, and awarded River star Sean Penn with the Best Actor award for his performances in both that film and 21 Grams. While those awards were not entirely unexpected (River has been one of the most acclaimed movies of the year), the group had a few surprises up its sleeve, citing Diane Keaton as Best Actress for the upcoming comedy Something's Gotta Give and an out-of-the-blue Alec Baldwin for Best Supporting Actor for Sundance hit The Cooler. Indie fave Patricia Clarkson took Best Supporting Actress for her work in Pieces of April and The Station Agent, while Edward Zwick nabbed Best Director for The Last Samurai, which finished second behind Mystic River in the group's top ten list. French-Canadian flick The Barbarian Invasions won Best Foreign Film. Breakthrough performance honors went to Paul Giamatti (American Splendor) and Charlize Theron (Monster) and an ensemble award was given to the cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

The year's top ten films as named by the National Board of Review: Mystic River, The Last Samurai, The Station Agent, 21 Grams, House of Sand and Fog, Lost in Translation, Cold Mountain, In America, Seabiscuit, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. --Prepared by IMDb staff »

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'Nemo' tops $231 million as new int'l records are set

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

"The little fish swallowed the big boat," said an international distributor, as Finding Nemo swam to new boxoffice heights over the weekend while Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World ran into stormy seas as it entered new ports. Love Actually remained a strong force at the overseas boxoffice, Bad Boys II hit the top as it made its final stop in Japan, S.W.A.T. conquered Australia, The Matrix Revolutions added fittingly to its substantial cume, Kill Bill: Vol I maintained a solid pace, Intolerable Cruelty continued to score in holdovers, Elf showed promise with a strong bow in the United Kingdom and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was No. 1 in Italy. Setting new records as Buena Vista International's biggest opening ever in many markets or as the biggest opening in industry history for an animated film, Nemo hauled in $37 million from 4,592 screens in 22 countries, raising its offshore gross to a remarkable $230.8 million. »

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Three films top $20 million in close weekend contest

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

It was a tight battle for international boxoffice honors as three high-profile entries each scored more than $20 million over the weekend. Finding Nemo went to the head of the class with $22.3 million from 16 countries, followed closely by The Matrix Revolutions, with $21.5 million from 107 markets, and newcomer Love Actually, with $20.3 million, also from 16 countries. Intolerable Cruelty, though not in the same league as the front-runners, nevertheless maintained a steady pace with a $6.2 million weekend from 25 markets. With the major studios starting to dig in for the most lucrative moviegoing season, new aspirants are surfacing in limited dates before going wide, among them Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Elf, 21 Grams and School of Rock. »

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Crowe Snubs Oscars

24 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie hard man Russell Crowe is refusing to attend the 2004 Oscars ceremony - because he wants to spend time with his soon-to-be born baby son. The Gladiator star is a favorite to be nominated Best Actor award for his role in Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World at the February event next year. But Russell's wife Danielle Spencer is due to give birth to the couple's first child within the next eight weeks in her native Australia - which rules out any trip to the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Russell says, "There's no way I'll go to the ceremony, even if I'm nominated. Nothing has priority over my schedule of becoming a dad." Crowe has already won a Best Actor Oscar in 2001 for his portrayal of Maximus in Gladiator. »

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Crowe Accused of Attacking Waitress

21 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

An angry waitress has accused Russell Crowe of launching a foul-mouthed attack on her after she offered him a snack. Vanessa Boni was working at a London party to celebrate the release of the Australian actor's new movie Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World when she approached him with a tray of salmon nibbles. But the temperamental star, who was chatting to singer Sting and his wife Trudie Styler when the alleged incident occurred, reacted furiously to the 20- year-old servant - much to the shock of his celebrity pals. She says, "I was in a special VIP room and offered him a snack. But he said to me, 'F*** off, with your f***ing salmon.' I was completely and utterly shocked and just walked away. Sting and Trudie also looked shocked. I refused to serve him for the rest of the night and made a formal complaint. There was no evidence he was drunk - it was early in the evening. It was just outrageous." »

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'Elf' frosts rivals, takes No. 1 spot; 'Master' in second

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

New Line Cinema's Elf surprised boxoffice-watching girls and boys by taking the weekend's No. 1 spot, with an estimated $27.2 million. The Russell Crowe starrer Master and Commander came aboard with a better-than-expected estimate of $25.7 million. Fox's $150 million film, co-produced with Universal Pictures and Miramax Films, hit cruising speed after glowing reviews in the major papers Friday. Last weekend's No. 1 film, Warners' The Matrix Revolutions, uploaded about $16.3 million -- a nasty dropoff of 66%. Disney's Brother Bear cuddled to an estimated $12 million, while Warners' newcomer Looney Tunes: Back in Action churned up $9.5 million. »

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'Master'-NFL pairing rides promo wave

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

What was Russell Crowe, costumed as a 19th century ship's captain, doing mixing it up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers as they took the field at the beginning of Fox NFL Sunday? On the surface, 20th Century Fox's magisterial new film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Fox's down-and-dirty Sunday broadcast couldn't be more different. But, in fact, the epic seafaring adventure and the weekly gridiron battle both covet the same male audience -- an audience that the companies behind the movie and the broadcast hope will respond to their shared themes of leadership, teamwork and courage. That is why Fox, the studio, in its attempt to blanket the market in advance of its film's debut today in 3,100 theaters, targeted Fox Sports. »

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'Master' fires away at 'Matrix'

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

Men will be the coveted audience this weekend when 20th Century Fox goes head-to-head with last weekend's No. 1 film, The Matrix Revolutions, unleashing its large-scale battle on the sea with its Oscar hopeful Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. But the more interesting tussle of the weekend could turn out to be the unlikely matchup between Warner Bros. Pictures' Revolutions and New Line Cinema's Elf, which scored big in its debut weekend and went on to beat Revolutions on some key weekday grosses. Fox's Master and Commander -- the $150 million film co-produced with Universal Pictures and Miramax Films -- tells the story of Royal Navy Capt. Jack Aubrey, played by Oscar winner Russell Crowe, and his quest to destroy a superior French vessel during the Napoleonic Wars. »

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