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Finding Neverland Named Best Picture by National Board of Review

1 December 2004 | IMDb News

Clap if you believe in movie awards! This year's awards season got underway today with the National Board of Review's announcement of Finding Neverland as their choice for Best Film. However, it was the only award that the J.M. Barrie biopic picked up, as the erstwhile awards group, made up of film historians, students and educators, spread the wealth around generously, giving just one award to all movies except Sideways, which nabbed the Adapted Screenplay award and a Supporting Actor nod for Thomas Haden Church. Oscar shoo-in Jamie Foxx won Best Actor for Ray (the first of many such awards, no doubt), while Annette Bening was named Best Actress for Being Julia; Supporting Actress honors went to Laura Linney (Kinsey), and Closer won the group's ensemble acting award. In the directing categories, Michael Mann was named Best Director for Collateral, and Zach Braff won the Directorial Debut award for Garden State; the very original Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind picked up the Original Screenplay award. Other winners included The Sea Inside (Foreign Film), Born Into Brothels (Documentary), and The Incredibles (Animated Film). Interestingly, two of the year's most polarizing movies, The Passion of the Christ and Fahrenheit 9/11, both received the awkwardly-worded honor of "Special Recognition of Films that Reflect the Freedom of Expression," along with Conspiracy of Silence.

In addition to their year-end awards, the National Board of Review also names a top ten list for the year, led by their winner for Best Film. This year's list is (in order): Finding Neverland, The Aviator, Closer, Million Dollar Baby, Sideways, Kinsey, Vera Drake, Ray, Collateral, and Hotel Rwanda.

The full list of the 2004 National Board of Review awards:

Best Film: Finding Neverland

Best Foreign Language Film : The Sea Inside

Best Documentary : Born into Brothels

Best Animated Feature: The Incredibles

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Ray

Best Actress : Annette Bening, Being Julia

Best Supporting Actor : Thomas Haden Church, Sideways

Best Supporting Actress : Laura Linney, Kinsey

Best Acting by an Ensemble : Closer

Breakthrough Performance Actor : Topher Grace, In Good Company and P.S.

Breakthrough Performance Actress : Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera

Best Director : Michael Mann, Collateral

Best Directorial Debut : Zach Braff, Garden State

Best Adapted Screenplay : Sideways , Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor

Best Original Screenplay: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman

Outstanding Production Design : House of Flying Daggers

Career Achievement : Jeff Bridges

Special Filmmaking Achievement: Clint Eastwood, for producing, directing, acting, and composing the score of Million Dollar Baby

William K. Everson Award for Film History : Richard Schickel

Producers Award: Jerry Bruckheimer

Special Recognition of Films that Reflect the Freedom of Expression : Fahrenheit 9/11, The Passion of the Christ, Conspiracy of Silence »

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Affleck Meets Garner's Parents

1 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Jennifer Garner has taken her new beau Ben Affleck to her hometown of Charleston, West Virginia, to meet her parents. The Daredevil co-stars recently spent a few days in Garner's old stomping ground, where they enjoyed a trip to the local Park Place Stadium Cinema on 21 September to see Garden State. A source says, "They were trying to be casual." When an employee recognized them, they reportedly offered autographs in exchange for her keeping it quiet. The next day, the couple headed to a nearby airfield and took a private jet to Washington, DC, to co-host a fundraiser for the A-T Children's Project. »

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London film fest strong on world cinema

15 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Organizers of this year's Times BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday announced a lineup light on U.S. fare but with a strong representation from world and European cinema. During this year's edition of Europe's largest non-competitive film festival, Hollywood presence will be felt with the unspooling of animated film The Incredibles at a family gala presentation, with Focus Features' Vanity Fair and Warner Independent Pictures' We Don't Live Here Anymore also bowing as gala presentations. Sundance hit Tarnation will unspool during the event's Experimenta strand as one of that section's galas, while other movies from the U.S. include D.E.B.S., Bad Santa, Door in the Floor, Down to the Bone, Criminal and Garden State. Announcing this year's lineup of 180 features and 103 shorts, LFF artistic director Sandra Hebron said she was delighted with the "diversity and quality" of the selection. »

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Garden State

26 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Garden State's lead character has been in a vegetative state since he was 9, but he finally comes out of it, more than oddly enough, after returning for his mother's funeral. That's the kind of dark peculiarity that characterizes this droll and bracing love story. A crowd-pleaser here at Sundance, this intelligent comedy should be a prime contender for the Audience Award.

In this quirky comedy, Zach Braff stars as a young actor who returns from L.A. for his Mom's funeral, the first time, he's been back in nine years. Andrew is a bit on the dry side; in fact, he can't even drop a tear for his Mother's death. It's not that he's unsympathetic, but he's been in a haze since he was 9, tranked up on anti-depressants, prescribed at the start by his well-meaning psychiatrist father (Ian Holm).

Garden State is a cornucopia of story threads -- homecoming yarn, gross-out romp, revitalization saga and, ultimately a love story. That's a lot to pack into the thin frame of an indie budget, but writer/director Zach Braff has threaded a powerful and intelligent personal story through a genre all too rare today – romantic comedy.

Most amazing, Garden State is an intelligent and wrenching story of great debilitation, namely the lead character's emotional numbness. Yet, Braff probes it with such astute clarity, bracing it with abundant doses of comedy and ironic insights. It's an extremely well-modulated and mature work, especially for a first-time filmmaker. A heady mix of visual gags and revealing dialogue, Garden State never trades on its character's vulnerabilities or goes for the obvious, good-feel arc. It's a bracing and sometimes startling mix of dark, odd humor with tender moments. Braff pulls this off smartly and satisfyingly through the technical work of production designer Judy Becker's whose set bristles with sharp-humored objects, as well as cinematographer Lawrence Sher's whose compositions pack insight into the character's psychological states. While there are a few stray strummy moments of pat quirkiness, Garden State is a remarkably consistent comedy, hard-edged and big-hearted all at once.

Keys to New Jersey, or better yet, financial backers to Braff for his auteur-like accomplishment. In large part, it is a result of the excellent cast, including Natalie Portman as a wounded, waif-like epileptic and Peter Sarsgaard as Andrew's stoner friend.

GARDEN STATE

Camelot Pictures and Jersey Films Screenwriter/director Zach Braff

Producers Gary Gilbert, Dan Halsted, Pamela Abdy, Richard Klubeck

Executive producers Danny De Vito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher

Co-producer Bill Brown

Line producer Ann Ruark

Director of photography Lawrence Sher

Editor Myron Kerstein

Music Chad Fisher

Production designer Judy Becker

Costume designer Michael Wilkinson

Music supervisors Amanda Scheer Demme, Buck Damon

Casting Avy Kaufman

Art director Laura Ballinger

Color/Stereo

Cast

Andrew Largeman: Zach Braff

Gideon Largeman: Ian Holm

Samantha: Natalie Portman

Mark: Peter Sarsgaard

Carol: Jean Smart

Tim: Jim Parsons

Dr. Cohen: Ron Liebman

Running time 112 minutes

MPAA Rating: R »

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Portman Ignores Flowers To Make Political Statement

30 July 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Natalie Portman's political T-shirt statement on live American TV Thursday morning, left bosses so worried, her interviewer asked her cover it with a bunch of flowers. The Star Wars beauty made an appearance on TV show Good Morning America to promote her new movie Garden State, but her bold T-shirt bearing presidential hopeful John Kerry's name and picture prompted veteran journalist Diane Sawyer's fear her network ABC would fall foul of pre-election guidelines. Partway through the interview, a smiling Sawyer said, "Now if I'm gonna talk to you, you're gonna have to hold flowers here in front of the John Kerry (T-shirt). We can't just have John Kerry the whole time. Who do we bring in for equal time?" A stunned but laughing Portman shot back, "Come on, you've got (Bill O'Reilly's) The O'Reilly Factor. That's on television; that evens it out!" She also took the opportunity to voice her support for the Democratic contender, adding, "I love John Kerry! I just think he has the perfect combination of compassion and intelligence and composure under pressure and I'm just a huge fan." »

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Sarsgaard to book 'Flight Plan'

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

Peter Sarsgaard is in negotiations to board Touchstone Pictures/Imagine Entertainment's Flight Plan opposite Jodie Foster. Robert Schwentke is helming the Brian Grazer-produced project, with lensing scheduled for September. Described as a Hitchcockian thriller, Flight Plan follows the in-air plight of a woman whose daughter mysteriously disappears while on board a passenger jet. Sarsgaard has a lead part of a passenger sitting near Foster who tries to help her get the situation under control. Flight Plan is based on a pitch from Peter Dowling with Billy Ray penning the current draft. Robert DiNozzi is executive producing. At Disney, Brigham Taylor and Louanne Brickhouse are shepherding. Jim Whitaker is overseeing for Imagine. After noteworthy performances in independent features including Fox Searchlight Pictures' Boys Don't Cry and Lions Gate Films' Shattered Glass, Sarsgaard has been drafted for big parts in studio fare. He recently completed work opposite Kate Hudson in Universal Pictures' Skeleton Key. Sarsgaard is repped by CAA, MJ Management and attorney Jodi Peikoff. He next stars in Zach Braff's directorial debut, Garden State, for Searchlight and Miramax Films, and Searchlight's Kinsey for Bill Condon. »

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Hanging '8': Braff rewrites Fox surf flick

15 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Garden State writer-director-actor Zach Braff has come on board to rewrite the surfing flick 8 Track for Fox 2000. Shawn Corridan wrote the first draft of the script, which Fox optioned last year with Brendan and Emmett Malloy attached to direct and Gil Netter producing. 8 Track is described as a gritty coming-of-age story set in the surfing world. Rodney Ferrell originally brought the project to Fox 2000 for Elizabeth Gabler. Braff's writing credits include the Sundance hit Garden State and the upcoming Andrew Henry's Meadow, which he also will direct. Repped by CAA, BenderSpink and attorney David Fox, the Malloy brothers' credits include Out Cold and numerous music videos. Braff is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment and attorney David Fox of Myman, Abell, Fineman, Greenspan and Light. »

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'Garden,' 'Giants' bookend Nantucket fest

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

Zach Braff's critically acclaimed film Garden State will open the ninth annual Nantucket Film Festival, which will close with the surfing documentary Riding Giants. The festival will feature the world premiere of the docu Weapons of Mass Deception and the East Coast premiere of The Door in the Floor, based on John Irving's book A Widow for One Year. The program includes a tribute to screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, with Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Jim Carrey participating, and a staged reading of Sideman, the screenplay adaptation by Warren Light of his Tony Award-winning play. The fest runs June 16-20. »

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L.A. film fest cultivates 'Garden State'

6 May 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Los Angeles Film Festival will celebrate its 10th annual run June 17 by unspooling Zach Braff's directorial debut, Garden State. Also handpicked for the festival roster is a centerpiece showing June 23 of Richard Linklater's Before Sunset, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, and a closing-night gala June 26 featuring Fox Searchlight's The Clearing, with Robert Redford and Helen Mirren. Garden State stars Braff, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard in the story of a guy (Braff) who comes home to attend his mother's funeral only to reunite with old acquaintances who help him rediscover his life. Sunset casts Hawke and Delpy as strangers who met by chance in Vienna nine years earlier only to cross paths again in Paris. Clearing revolves around Wayne and Eileen Hayes (Redford and Mirren), who have their seemingly perfect life disrupted when Wayne is kidnapped. »

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Braff tending 'Meadow' for Parker, TCF

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

Zach Braff -- whose directorial debut, Garden State, raked in positive reviews and a $5 million distribution deal at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival -- has found a follow-up project. The Scrubs star is teaming with his brother to adapt D. Burn's novel Andrew Henry's Meadow for 20th Century Fox. Braff and his brother, Adam Braff, will co-write the screenplay and serve as executive producers on the John Davis-produced project. Meadow, for Hutch Parker's TCF division, is the story of a boy inventor who escapes suburbia to a beautiful meadow where he builds a child's utopia in the trees. There he becomes a reluctant hero who leads a band of fellow outcasts on a mission to awaken their families before it's too late. At the studio, the project is being overseen by senior vp production Debbie Liebling for Parker. Zach Braff is repped by CAA, Sandra Chang at Industry Entertainment and attorney Ken Richman. His Garden State opens July 30 from Fox Searchlight and Miramax Films. Adam Braff is repped by UTA, Helena Heyman at Industry Entertainment and attorney Jared Levine. »

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Sarsgaard not spooked by 'Skeleton'

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

Best supporting actor Golden Globe nominee Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to star in a lead role opposite Kate Hudson in The Skeleton Key for Universal Pictures, sources said. Shooting is scheduled to start in April with Iain Softley at the helm. Penned by Ehren Kruger, the New Orleans-set story follows a young woman (Hudson) who begins to experience spooky things in the home of the elderly couple for whom she's caring. Sarsgaard plays the love interest of Hudson's character. Daniel Bobker is producing the project, with Universal's Holly Bario overseeing at the studio along with Scott Stuber. Sarsgaard is repped by CAA, Jon Rubinstein at MJ Management and attorney Jodi Peikoff. Sarsgaard was nominated for a Golden Globe for his turn as Chuck Lane in Lions Gate Films' Shattered Glass. He next stars in Fox Searchlight's Kinsey for Bill Condon and Zach Braff's directorial debut, Garden State. »

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'Primer' gets surprise win at Sundance

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

PARK CITY -- A film with a budget "about the price of a used car," according to its director, has stunned the independent film world by winning the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In a less-surprising development, HBO Films continued its roll at Sundance -- where, last year, its American Splendor captured the Grand Jury Prize -- by claiming audience awards Saturday in the dramatic and documentary categories. For this year's Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, writer-helmer Shane Carruth's Primer beat out several films that had carved mountain-high profiles during the previous week -- including Zach Braff's Garden State, Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman and John Curran's We Don't Live Here Anymore, all of which star major talent and found homes with indie distributors. Carruth was nearly speechless at his own upset, thanking "the cast, who was also the crew." He remembered when the project "wasn't a Sundance film but was a bunch of guys moving furniture" at his parents' home, which he used as a location. The Dramatic Competition jury consisted of Danny Glover, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ted Hope, Frederick Elmes and Lisa Cholodenko. »

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Saying buy-buy to Sundance fest

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

PARK CITY -- From the romantic dramedy of Garden State to the low-budget science fiction of Primer, and everything in between, there was something for everyone at the Sundance Film Festival this year as a steady stream of diverse films found deals here in what indie watchers called an unprecedented year. The robust business -- and the high quality of films available -- kept the indie world on a buying spree. As light snow blanketed town Sunday morning and signaled an altering of the landscape, Sundance also had been transformed in other ways: The opening weekend of movies was peopled by enough stars for a Hollywood premiere, while the closing awards ceremony permitted some gritty, indie gems to shine. As a result, specialty distributors from Miramax Films to Palm Pictures left sated, plucking films from the fest's wide-ranging lineup. »

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Sundance won by 'Primer,' a low low-budget pic<BR clear="none"/>

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

PARK CITY, Utah -- Primer, a film whose director says had a budget "about the price of a used car," stunned Park City and the indie film world Saturday night by winning the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In a less surprising development, HBO continued its roll at Sundance after last year's American Splendor, by winning in both the dramatic and docu audience awards categories. For the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, writer-helmer Shane Carruth's Primer beat out a bevy of films that had carved mountain-high profiles here over the past week-plus, such as Zach Braff's Garden State, Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman and John Curran's We Don't Live Here Anymore, all of which found homes with indie distributors and starred major talent. »

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Sundance won by 'Primer,' a low low-budget pic

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

PARK CITY, Utah -- Primer, a film whose director says had a budget "about the price of a used car," stunned Park City and the indie film world Saturday night by winning the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In a less surprising development, HBO continued its roll at Sundance after last year's American Splendor, by winning in both the dramatic and docu audience awards categories. For the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, writer-helmer Shane Carruth's Primer beat out a bevy of films that had carved mountain-high profiles here over the past week-plus, such as Zach Braff's Garden State, Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman and John Curran's We Don't Live Here Anymore, all of which found homes with indie distributors and starred major talent. »

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Gilbert, Halsted enter 'Box' ring

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

Fresh off their Sundance hit Garden State, Camelot Pictures' Gary Gilbert and Dan Halsted are financing and producing The Box, a psychological thriller that Richard Kelly and Eli Roth are co-writing. Roth will direct. Kelly and Sean McKittrick also will produce via their newly formed shingle, Darko Entertainment. The Box revolves around an unhappy married couple who receive a small wooden box on their doorstep. At the push of a button, the box brings its bearer instant wealth but also instantly kills someone the bearer doesn't know. Kelly and Roth will loosely adapt the screenplay from the Richard Matheson short story Button, Button, which was the basis for a cult classic episode of CBS' 1980s revival of The Twilight Zone. Kelly optioned the short story last year. »

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Execs catch second wave of offerings

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

PARK CITY -- After a frenzied weekend of wheeling and dealing at the Sundance Film Festival, film acquisitions executives took a short breather Monday but by Tuesday were already heading back to the bargaining tables as their attention turned to a second batch of films. With some of the festivals highest-profile titles -- such as Zach Braff's Garden State and the fest's opener, the surf documentary Riding Giants -- already spoken for, some smaller films have taken their turn at the top of distribution companies' wish lists. Two titles attracting interest are Nicole Kassell's The Woodsman and Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace. Both films, which mark the directorial debuts of their helmsmen, have emerged as possible contenders for the Sundance grand jury prize, according to indie watchers. »

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