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Bettany: Cheaper Than Jude Law

15 September 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Paul Bettany cites fellow Brit Jude Law as the reason he's securing major Hollywood roles - because he looks similar to the Cold Mountain star but costs less. The 33-year-old husband of actress Jennifer Connelly believes he's cast by directors who turn to him when Law proves too expensive for a film's budget. But the Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World star refuses to let the trend offend him - because he knows one day studios will be searching for cheaper version of Paul Bettany. He says: "I've been the beneficiary of producers saying, 'Get me that guy who looks like Jude Law but is cheaper. What's his name? - Paul Bettany' And then they go, 'Get me Paul Bettany' But soon they'll be saying, 'Actually, get me the guy who looks like Paul Bettany but is cheaper.'" »

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Bettany finds right 'Element' for Warners

30 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paul Bettany is in final negotiations to star opposite Harrison Ford in The Wrong Element for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow. Penned by Joe Forte, the project revolves around the kidnapping of the wife and daughter of a security expert (Ford), who is forced to steal a vast sum of money from a bank he's protecting in order to ransom his family. As his efforts come to the attention of law enforcement officials, he races to complete the illegal transfer of funds in time. Bettany would play Ford's nemesis. Warners and Village are co-financing the project, with Beacon Communications topper Armyan Bernstein producing alongside Jon Shestack, who has a deal at the studio. Village's Bruce Berman is executive producing. Jeff Clifford is the studio executive. Bettany, repped by ICM and the Personal Management Company, next stars in Wimbledon. He has appeared in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, A Beautiful Mind, and A Knight's Tale. »

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Nicole Is the Richest Aussie Star

15 April 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Nicole Kidman is Australia's richest entertainer, according to the new issue of Business Review Weekly. In its annual survey of the top 50 celebrities, the magazine estimated that the Oscar winner earned a staggering $18.6 million last year. Her income in 2002 was reported at $8.63 million. Also among the top-earning Aussies are rockers John Farnham and AC/DC, children's entertainers The Wiggles and Master & Commander: The Far Side Of The World director Peter Weir. »

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MIPTV: Studios turn Cannes into swag central

1 April 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- Some at MIPTV will argue that the worst is over in the TV industry, that business is back on track, and the salad days are here again. One indicator of how flush industry players are feeling can be found in the corporate goody bags handed out to most-valued acquisition execs at the Cannes mart. So, to find out what's in the swag bags this year, The Hollywood Reporter's team toured the Palais asking: "What's in your sack, Jack?" Since the Germans nearly all went broke, the only companies still exercising their largesse are the Hollywood majors. Paramount teased its buyers with two market mementos of hit shows ending their runs: their gift bag featured a tight-fitting Sex and the City T-shirt and a Frasier's picnic blanket. 20th Century Fox was glad-handing preferred buyers with a fancy corkscrew, plus a set of glass identity rings bearing the names of recent Fox properties like 24 and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Elsewhere, NBC Enterprises was putting the emphasis on its hit format Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, with a range of related merchandising in its handouts and a modest baseball cap. »

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'Master' on top at Golden Reels

1 March 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

An eclectic mix of films took top honors at the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards. The feature film awards were presented by seven-time Oscar winner Gary Rydstrom and former MPSE career achievement award-winner Charles L. Campbell at the Century Plaza Hotel on Saturday night. In the main heat, 20th Century Fox's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World won a Golden Reel for sound effects editing in a feature film. Miramax landed two Golden Reels -- for sound editing in a foreign film for City of God and another for music editing in a feature film for Cold Mountain. Walt Disney Studios won two awards, one for dialogue editing in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and one for music editing in an animated feature for Pixar Animation's Finding Nemo. »

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Editors discuss state of their art

29 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The art of editing and advances in edit systems were the topics foremost on the minds of the Oscar-nominated editors participating in the fourth annual Invisible Art/Visible Artists seminar organized by American Cinema Editors. Panelists included City of God cutter Daniel Rezende, Cold Mountain's Walter Murch, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King editor Jamie Selkirk, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World editor Lee Smith and Seabiscuit editor William Goldenberg. The panel opened to a standing-room crowd Saturday morning at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and was moderated by Alan Heim. The Oscar-winning editor played a clip from All That Jazz (1979) showing Roy Scheider spooling film on a now dated Moviola editing system. The clip inspired a discussion on the evolving nature of edit systems. »

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Caridi Case Accused Pleads Not Guilty

19 February 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The man accused of pirating actor Carmine Caridi's "screener" copies of Oscar-considered movies has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and copyright infringement. Caridi, 70, star of such films as Godfather: Part II, has already become the first person to be expelled from Academy Of Motion Pictures, Arts And Sciences for his part in the affair - and now Russell William Sprague, 51, is trying to escape conviction of federal charges. Sprague - who was sent copies of films by Caridi - was arrested last Month at his Chicago home, and is charged with conspiring to violate copyrights on The Last Samurai, Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World and The Matrix Revolutions. »

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'King' returns with 4 BAFTAs; 'Master' commanding

16 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Hobbits, elves and Orcs lorded it over the Royal Navy at the Orange British Academy Film Awards Sunday as Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World each picked up four prizes but the Tolkien epic was named best film. King also won in the major categories of adapted screenplay, cinematography and special effects. Helmer Peter Jackson lost out, however, to Peter Weir as best director for Master and Commander, which also won for production design, costume design and best sound. Lost in Translation leads Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray won the best acting awards while the supporting actor prizes went to Renee Zellweger for Cold Mountain and Bill Nighy for Love Actually. »

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'Lord' of the BAFTAs

16 February 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and Lost In Translation were the big winners at Sunday's Orange British Academy Film Awards. The final installment of the JRR Tolkien adaptations picked up five BAFTAs out of 13 nominations, including Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and Film Of The Year (as voted by the public), at the star-studded ceremony at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. Lost In Translation garnered the top acting accolades as teen star Scarlett Johansson won Best Actress In A Leading Role and Bill Murray was honored with Best Actor In A Leading Role, which was accepted on his behalf by director Sofia Coppola. Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World was another big achiever on the night, garnering four golden masks, including The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction for Peter Weir. Master And Commander star Paul Bettany, who won Best Actor for his role in the seafaring film at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards last week, accepted Weir's award as the movie-maker was in America filming and paid tribute to him, saying, "Peter is a genius." The big shock of the evening was Cold Mountain's performance - after garnering 13 nominations, it only won Best Actress In A Supporting Role for Renee Zellweger and the Anthony Asquith Award For Achievement In Film Music. Girl With A Pearl Earring also lost out in all ten categories it was nominated in. See all the BAFTA winners. »

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'Master and Commander' wins top London critics prize

12 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World sailed to victory Wednesday at the London Film Critics' Circle awards, beating Oscar favorite Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King to the best film title. The sea-faring tale also scooped prizes for Paul Bettany as best British actor, and for John Collee and Peter Weir as joint best screenwriters. »

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DGA panel offers insight into craft

9 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The myth of the autocratic director demanding endless takes in the pursuit of preplanned perfection was punctured Saturday morning as the DGA nominees for outstanding achievement in directing feature film gathered to talk shop at the guild's 13th annual nominees symposium. A SRO crowd packed the DGA's main theater as moderator Jeremy Kagan introduced the nominees -- Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Clint Eastwood (Mystic River), Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) and Peter Weir (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World). While Eastwood's well-known practice of shooting first or second takes and then moving on was frequently referred to by his fellow panelists, Eastwood underscored that the technique was as much an aesthetic preference as an economic dictate. »

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Top ASC nod to Schwartzman

9 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Seabiscuit director of photography John Schwartzman found himself in the winner's circle at the 18th annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards gala Sunday night at the Century Plaza Hotel. Schwartzman, ASC nominated for Pearl Harbor in 2002, was one of two American DPs along with John Toll (The Last Samurai), nominated in a five-film race that included three Australians: Russell Boyd for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Andrew Lesnie for New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and John Seale for Miramax's Cold Mountain. »

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3rd DGA nom is a charm for Jackson

9 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King continued to build awards season momentum as Peter Jackson took home the top honors for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film at the 56th annual DGA Awards held Saturday night at the Century Plaza Hotel. Jackson, who also received nominations for each of the first two installments of his epic trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, claimed his first DGA award for the trilogy's grand finale. He prevailed over a competitive field of nominees that included Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation, Clint Eastwood for Mystic River, Gary Ross for Seabiscuit and Peter Weir for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. In accepting the award, Jackson said, "I am so proud to accept this for making a film that, thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien's book, promotes the values of courage, of friendship and faith." The DGA award makes Jackson the front-runner in the current Oscar race -- where he is nominated as best director and New Line Cinema's King is up for 11 awards -- since only six times since 1949 has the winner of the DGA award failed to win the best directing Oscar. Jackson also picked up a Golden Globe as best director. »

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DGA coronates Peter Jackson for 'Return of the King'

8 February 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Jackson won the top honors for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film for New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King at the 56th annual Directors Guild of America Awards held Saturday night at the Century Plaza Hotel. Jackson, who also received nominations for each of the first two installments of his epic trilogy based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, took home his first DGA award for the trilogy's grand finale. He prevailed over a competitive field of nominees that included Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation, Clint Eastwood for Mystic River, Gary Ross for Seabiscuit and Peter Weir for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. In accepting the award, Jackson said, "I am so proud to accept this for making a film that, thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien's book, promotes the values of courage, of friendship and faith." »

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'King' leads Oscar race with 11 nominations

28 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sounding a royal fanfare, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences saluted Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the third installment in the epic trilogy from New Line Cinema, with a triumphant 11 nominations Tuesday morning. But if that film's dominance was virtually preordained when the Academy announced its nominations for the 76th Annual Academy Awards, it was one of the few sure things that actually lived up to its advance billing. In a season full of epic movies, a number of the biggest pictures failed to sweep through every branch of the Academy. King, with noms for best picture and best director, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, its nearest competitor with 10 nominations, including its own picture and director citations, led the field, although neither was able to nail down any acting nominations. »

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'King' leads Oscar race with 11 nominations

28 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sounding a royal fanfare, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences saluted Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the third installment in the epic trilogy from New Line Cinema, with a triumphant 11 nominations Tuesday morning. But if that film's dominance was virtually preordained when the Academy announced its nominations for the 76th Annual Academy Awards, it was one of the few sure things that actually lived up to its advance billing. In a season full of epic movies, a number of the biggest pictures failed to sweep through every branch of the Academy. King, with noms for best picture and best director, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, its nearest competitor with 10 nominations, including its own picture and director citations, led the field, although neither was able to nail down any acting nominations. »

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CAS sounds off with nominees

22 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Cinema Audio Society on Wednesday announced its nominees for outstanding achievement in sound mixing. Noms in the motion picture categories were given to New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 20th Century Fox's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, the Walt Disney Co.'s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Warner Bros. Pictures' The Last Samurai and Universal's Seabiscuit. In the movies and miniseries television heat are CBS' A Painted House and Hitler: The Rise of Evil (Part 2) and HBO's And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Angels in America (Part 2) and My House in Umbria. »

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3 MPSE noms for 'Pirates'

21 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Motion Picture Sound Editors have selected nominees in 19 categories for the 51st annual Golden Reel Awards. The Walt Disney Co.'s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl anchored three noms in the feature film race. Miramax's Cold Mountain, Dimension Films' Kill Bill-Vol. 1, Warner Bros. Pictures' The Last Samurai, New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 20th Century Fox's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Universal Pictures' Seabiscuit and Screen Gems' Underworld each received two nominations. "The meeting with the board went faster than usual this year," MPSE president David Bondelevitch said. "One thing we're particularly proud of is (that) we recognize films nobody else might have voted for." »

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'Cold Mountain' tops BAFA noms with 13

19 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- A lovelorn army deserter nosed ahead of large armies of Orcs as Cold Mountain notched up 13 nominations while The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King battled to 12 nominations for this year's Orange British Academy Film Awards announced Monday. Both movies were nominated in the best film, best director, best adapted screenplay, film music and a host of technical categories, with Mountain picking up a duo of acting nominations including actor in a leading role for Jude Law and a supporting actress nomination for Renee Zellweger. Only Ian McKellen from the cast of nominated director Peter Jackson's third instalment of Rings secured an acting nomination for this year's awards. McKellen will vie for actor in a supporting role. The BAFA nominations, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), were dominated by the two movies with Peter Webber's Girl With a Pearl Earring running a close third with 10 nominations. Following up with a tally of eight nominations apiece were Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation and Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. »

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FBI on purloined screener case

16 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The FBI has confirmed that it has entered the case of the pirated Academy screeners. It is looking into four films -- Sony Pictures' Something's Gotta Give, Warner Bros. Pictures' The Last Samurai, 20th Century Fox's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Fox Searchlight's thirteen. According to multiple studio sources, illegal copies of those films that have appeared on the Internet have been traced back by the respective studios to screeners intended for use by Carmine Caridi, a member of the actors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The studios have turned over information to both the Academy and the FBI, sources said. "We are looking into it," FBI spokeswoman Laura Bosley said, offering no further details. But sources close to the investigation said Caridi has been identified as a person of interest. »

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