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Crowe Considers Aubrey Return

12 September 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Russell Crowe is being plagued by fans of seafaring literary hero Captain Jack Aubrey who want him to return to the high seas for a Master & Commander sequel. The Oscar winner has yet to sign up for a sequel, even though the rest of the entire cast in contracted to return in a second film. He says, "It comes up all the time, man. People I meet - bankers, doctors, pilots - are always pulling me aside and saying, 'So, Captain Aubrey. When do you think he might set sail again? Contractually, with Fox, I'm not required to (appear in a sequel). Everybody else is if they want to do another one. I think Paul Bettany is contracted for three (movies)." Crowe admits he's not completely against the idea of returning as Aubrey. He adds, "There are 20 books and there are so many more adventures. You never know. There are some intriguing ideas, like bringing in his dad, his wife, other characters from the books." »

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Big name scribes set for SPARK

10 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- Creative teams from eight projects will receive advice from such high-profile advisors as Master and Commander scribe John Collee as part of the 2005 SPARK script-writing hothouse, organizers announced Tuesday. A joint venture of the Australian Film Commission and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, SPARK is modeled on similar script incubation programs around the world including the Sundance Lab in the United States and Equinox in France. From Aug. 28?Sept. 4, the teams will attend an intensive residential workshop near Noosa, Queensland, where they will receive script advice from a team of local and international advisors including American writer Susan Shilliday (Legends of the Fall) and David Veloz, the U.S. screenwriter of Natural Born Killers and Behind Enemy Lines. Collee will also contribute to the workshop. »

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Miramax plans appeal of R rating on 'Raid'

4 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Miramax Films plans to appeal the R rating that the Rating and Classification Administration has awarded to the World War II drama The Great Raid, which opens Aug. 12. Citing "strong war violence and brief language," the board restricted the movie to audiences under 17 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. "There have been a number of war films with comparable levels of violence that were given a 'PG-13' rating, including such films as Hotel Rwanda, Master and Commander and Pearl Harbor ..." said Miramax co-head Harvey Weinstein, whose tenure ends Sept. 30. "The violence is not there to shock the audience, rather it's to show them an accurate depiction of what happened and is by no means excessive." »

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Boxoffice preview: Biz fights back against downturn

3 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This might be the weekend that the boxoffice turns around. With Cinderella Man reaching adult audiences, Lords of Dogtown targeting skater fans of all generations and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants aiming at the tween girl audience, there's every reason for hordes of moviegoers to be crowding the nation's theaters. Also, last weekend's holdovers should have fairly strong second weekends, which could result in an end to the 14-week downturn at the boxoffice. Universal Pictures will bow the Imagine Entertainment production Cinderella Man on 2,813 screens. Starring Russell Crowe as a beleaguered boxer whose comeback encourages a nation struck down by the Depression, Cinderella has a similar feel and release pattern to Universal's Seabiscuit, which bowed in 1,000 fewer sites in summer 2003. That film opened to $20.1 million at the end of July on its way to grossing $120 million and also told of a sports hero that inspired the country during the Depression. Other comparable films include Crowe's previous star turn in 20th Century Fox's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which opened to $25 million from 3,000 theaters in November 2003, and DreamWorks' Road to Perdition, which bowed to $22 million on about 1,800 screens in July 2002. Cinderella has received mostly positive reviews, and with a pedigree cast and crew including director Ron Howard and co-stars Renee Zellweger and Paul Giamatti, the film could open in the $25 million range. With the exception of Lions Gate's Crash and Universal's The Interpreter, there hasn't been much in the marketplace for adult audiences. Regardless of its opening numbers, Cinderella has the potential to play strongly through the summer. Cinderella's opening bow coupled with strong sophomore sessions for DreamWorks' Madagascar and Paramount's The Longest Yard as well as a third weekend from Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith could result in a weekend where four films all vie for the top spot. All should gross in the $25 million-$30 million range, which could help the overall boxoffice improve its numbers. »

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Boxoffice preview: Biz fights back against downturn

3 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This might be the weekend that the boxoffice turns around. With Cinderella Man reaching adult audiences, Lords of Dogtown targeting skater fans of all generations and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants aiming at the tween girl audience, there's every reason for hordes of moviegoers to be crowding the nation's theaters. Also, last weekend's holdovers should have fairly strong second weekends, which could result in an end to the 14-week downturn at the boxoffice. Universal Pictures will bow the Imagine Entertainment production Cinderella Man on 2,813 screens. Starring Russell Crowe as a beleaguered boxer whose comeback encourages a nation struck down by the Depression, Cinderella has a similar feel and release pattern to Universal's Seabiscuit, which bowed in 1,000 fewer sites in summer 2003. That film opened to $20.1 million at the end of July on its way to grossing $120 million and also told of a sports hero that inspired the country during the Depression. Other comparable films include Crowe's previous star turn in 20th Century Fox's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, which opened to $25 million from 3,000 theaters in November 2003, and DreamWorks' Road to Perdition, which bowed to $22 million on about 1,800 screens in July 2002. Cinderella has received mostly positive reviews, and with a pedigree cast and crew including director Ron Howard and co-stars Renee Zellweger and Paul Giamatti, the film could open in the $25 million range. With the exception of Lions Gate's Crash and Universal's The Interpreter, there hasn't been much in the marketplace for adult audiences. Regardless of its opening numbers, Cinderella has the potential to play strongly through the summer. Cinderella's opening bow coupled with strong sophomore sessions for DreamWorks' Madagascar and Paramount's The Longest Yard as well as a third weekend from Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith could result in a weekend where four films all vie for the top spot. All should gross in the $25 million-$30 million range, which could help the overall boxoffice improve its numbers. »

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Crowe Shocked by Al-Qaeda Kidnap Threat

9 March 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe was stunned to discover he was a kidnap target for Muslim terrorist group Al-qaeda. The Federal Bureau Of Investigation warned Crowe and a number of other big screen stars prior to the 2001 Academy Awards that Osama Bin Laden wanted to kidnap them - nine months before Bin Laden spearheaded the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington DC. New Zealand-born Crowe says, "That was the first conversation in my life that I'd ever heard the phrase al-Qaeda. And it was something to do with some recording picked up by a French policewoman, I think, in either Libya or Algiers. I don't think that I was the only person. But it was about - and here's another little touch of irony - it was about taking iconographic Americans out of the picture as a sort of cultural-destabilization plan." Following the warning, Crowe was accompanied to the Oscars - where he picked up the Best Actor award for Gladiator - by FBI agents, who also guarded him while he shot subsequent movies A Beautiful Mind and Master And Commander. He jokes, "I never fully understood what the f**k was going on. Suddenly it looks like I think I'm f**king Elvis Presley, because everywhere I go there are all these FBI guys." »

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Producers Guild Nominations Announced

5 January 2005 | IMDb News

A period piece, an ensemble comedy, a boxing drama, a big-budget biopic, and an animated extravaganza were among the nominees for this year's Producers Guild of America awards. In a marked constrast to last year's epic-driven slate, lower-budget and more intimate movies dominated the guild's picks, with Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, and awards fave Sideways going up against the large-scale The Aviator and, in a bit of a surprise, Pixar's latest animated hit, The Incredibles. All five movies are up for Golden Globes in their respective Best Picture categories, with Sideways dominating the critical awards season.

Though not as reliable a barometer as the Directors Guild Awards, the PGA nominees are a pretty good harbinger of things to come and in the past have helped prognosticators whittle down the competition for the Best Picture Oscar; four of last year's six nominees -- Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World, Seabiscuit, Mystic River, and winner The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King -- went on to snag Best Picture nominataions (the other PGA nominees, Cold Mountain and The Last Samurai, was passed over for Lost in Translation). In weeding out the favorites, the PGA relegated a number of movies to also-ran status, including Kinsey, Closer, Ray, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and the year's two most polarizing films, Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion of the Christ.

The PGA also announced its nominees for long-form television: Angels in America, Horatio Hornblower: Loyalty, Ike: Countdown to D-Day, The Lion in Winter and Something the Lord Made.

Eleven of the PGA's past 15 feature film winners have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar, and this year's winner will be announced January 22nd -- three days before the naming of this year's Academy Award nominees.

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