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12 items from 2005


Smith Reportedly Quits 'Fletch' Film

4 October 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Cult movie maker Kevin Smith has reportedly quit the planned Fletch Won film after spending years fighting for pal Jason Lee to play the reporter created in the 1980s by Chevy Chase. The Clerks director's decision to walk away from his labor of love comes after a spat with producer David List, according to film gossip website MovieHole.net. List tells the site, "Kevin Smith is no longer affiliated with the Fletch film as writer or director. His type of comedy just isn't Fletch. The movie is going to be made, and, if all goes as planned, should be in production in early 2006." List insists Smith's departure was amicable. Garden State star Zach Braff has long been a favorite of producers to play the lead character in the long-awaited follow up to 1989 movie Fletch Lives. Meanwhile, List claims funnyman Chase is being targeted for a cameo appearance in the new Fletch film. The producer adds, "I think it would be great. I think everyone will welcome his being a part of it." »

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Portman's Pregnancy Made To Measure

19 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen siren Natalie Portman was sad to turn her back on action sequences in the final Star Wars movie Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith, because her character Padme Amidala is pregnant with Anakin Skywalker's twins. The Garden State beauty accepted the challenge of seeing out her sci-fi role by sporting a strap-on bump to simulate Padme's different stages of pregnancy. Despite her regret at having to take a more pedestrian role, Portman is aware action sequences featuring a pregnant woman would have upset lots of viewers. The 23-year-old tells Empire magazine, "There's definitely a lot less action for me. It would be kind of ridiculous to have a pregnant woman doing that. Not to mention unethical." On her prosthetic attachment, Portman adds, "There were a couple of different sizes. I think they made the bump to my measurements, but I didn't have to have, like, a cast made of my stomach. They made it for my proportions, because having a six-foot girl's bump would have looked kind of ridiculous on me." »

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'Anchorman,' 'Mean Girls' top MTV noms

5 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Mean Girls top the list of nominees for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards with four nominations each, MTV said Wednesday. Spider-Man 2, Kill Bill-Vol. 2, Napoleon Dynamite, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" and Garden State follow with three nominations each. Nominees for the 14th annual awards, which will be taped June 4 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to air at 8:30 p.m. June 9, were chosen through a national poll of MTV and MTV2 viewers. In the best movie category, Kill Bill-Vol. 2, Napoleon Dynamite, Spider-Man 2, Ray and The Incredibles will compete for the MTV Movie Award. »

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'Anchorman,' 'Mean Girls' top MTV noms

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

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Mean Girls top the list of nominees for the 2005 MTV Movie Awards with four nominations each, MTV said Wednesday. Spider-Man 2, Kill Bill-Vol. 2, Napoleon Dynamite, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Garden State follow with three nominations each. Nominees for the 14th annual awards, which will be taped June 4 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles to air at 8:30 p.m. June 9, were chosen through a national poll of MTV and MTV2 viewers. In the best movie category, Kill Bill-Vol. 2, Napoleon Dynamite, Spider-Man 2, Ray and The Incredibles will compete for the MTV Movie Award. »

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Sideways Captivates Independent Spirit Awards

26 February 2005 | IMDb News

This year's Independent Spirit Awards turned into a Sideways coronation, as the hit comedy won all six awards it was nominated for. In addition to taking Best Picture, the movie won Best Director for Alexander Payne, Best Screenplay for Payne and Jim Taylor, and acting awards for Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, and Virginia Madsen. (The fourth Sideways co-star, Sandra Oh, got an honorable mention as the sole cast member who could drink all the others under the table.) With Sideways getting the lion's share of awards, there was scant room for other movies, with the closest competitors nabbing only two awards each. Maria Full of Grace won the Best Actress honor for Catalina Sandino Moreno as well as Best First Feature, while The Motorcycle Diaries nabbed Best Cinematography and Best Debut Performance for Rodrigo de la Serna. Other winners included indie hit Garden State for Best First Feature, The Sea Inside for Best Foreign Film, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster for Best Documentary, and Mean Creek for the John Cassavetes Award, which honors films made for under $500,000. Get all the Independent Spirit Award winners »

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Vintage year at Indie Spirits as 'Sideways' wins

26 February 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards took a big drink of Sideways Saturday, as the wine-soaked comedy picked up six trophies, including one for best feature. In addition, the Fox Searchlight release, produced by Michael London, earned awards for Alexander Payne as best director and Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor for best screenplay. In the acting categories, its lead actor Paul Giamatti took home honors as best male lead, while Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen scored in the supporting acting categories. The award for best female lead went to Catalina Sandino Moreno, who plays a reluctant drug runner in HBO Films/Fine Line Features' Maria Full of Grace. The film's writer/director Joshua Marston also received an award for best first screenplay. Zach Braff's debut film, Garden State, a Fox Searchlight release, was named best first feature, while Jacob Aaron Estes' Mean Creek, released by Paramount Classics took the John Cassavetes Award for best feature made for under $500,000. »

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WGA nominees surrender some secrets

21 February 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A yellow bathrobe just might be the secret to becoming a successful screenwriter, according to one of the participants in Beyond Words, a panel session featuring this year's WGA Award nominees in the film categories. The Thursday night event, presented by the WGA and The Hollywood Reporter at the Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills, offered insights and hilarious examples of how the writing process really works. The nominees involved included Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Zach Braff (Garden State), Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda), Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby), Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries), Alexander Payne (Sideways), John Logan (The Aviator) and Julie Delpy (Before Sunset). In a discussion of rituals and process moderated by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) most of the panelists admitted that they procrastinate -- a lot -- when it comes to getting down to work. Rivera said writer's block was nature's way of preventing mistakes, and Kaufman said he spun his wheels a lot, not doing much. Payne said that not doing much was the process, and that you need eight hours to write two hours. »

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WGA nominees surrender some secrets

18 February 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A yellow bathrobe just might be the secret to becoming a successful screenwriter, according to one of the participants in Beyond Words, a panel session featuring this year's WGA Award nominees in the film categories. The Thursday night event, presented by the WGA and The Hollywood Reporter at the Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills, offered insights and hilarious examples of how the writing process really works. The nominees involved included Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Zach Braff (Garden State), Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda), Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby), Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries), Alexander Payne (Sideways), John Logan (The Aviator) and Julie Delpy (Before Sunset). In a discussion of rituals and process moderated by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) most of the panelists admitted that they procrastinate -- a lot -- when it comes to getting down to work. Rivera said writer's block was nature's way of preventing mistakes, and Kaufman said he spun his wheels a lot, not doing much. Payne said that not doing much was the process, and that you need eight hours to write two hours. »

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'Sideways' ripe at USCAF

9 February 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Fox Searchlight swept the third annual Comedy Film Honors of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, which takes place in Aspen today through Sunday. USCAF said Tuesday that Sideways won four of its five awards for the year's best comedic film work, with Garden State clinching the fifth. Sideways producer Michael London won for best feature, with Alexander Payne taking the best director and Paul Giamatti winning the best performance honor. Payne and Jim Taylor also won the best screenplay award. Zach Braff takes home the best first-time director award for Garden State. The executive committee of the Comedy Film Honors include Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, the Farrelly brothers and Barry Levinson, among others. »

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Fox Music chief urges better film tunes

26 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- Movie studios must take some of the blame for the decline in popularity of film soundtrack albums, Fox Music chief Robert Kraft said on a "Music for Images" panel at the Midem international music market Tuesday. "After the success of Titanic, soundtrack albums were made for every film, and songs were crow-barred into films," Kraft said. "Soundtracks were bogus. Songs are often just marketing vehicles, and the music gets forgotten. The music must serve the film." The song soundtrack to the movie Garden State has been a recent success, but Kraft said it was because the featured tracks were particular to the film. "The director picked all the songs himself," he said. Panelist Jason Bentley, who is a disc jockey on Los Angeles radio station KCRW and also works as a film music supervisor (The Matrix), said the soundtrack to Garden State succeeded where Spider-Man 2, for example, did not. "You need music that's organic to the film and that resonates and makes people feel the movie. 'Garden State' did that," Bentley said. »

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WGA looks at small print for '04 noms

14 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The screenplays for several of this season's leading award contenders, including The Aviator, Million Dollar Baby and Sideways, were nominated Thursday by the WGA. But the group also tapped several well-regarded movies that haven't had as much impact on this year's races, such as Garden State, The Motorcycle Diaires and Mean Girls. The winners will be announced Feb. 19, when the 57th annual WGA Awards are staged by the WGA West at the Palladium in Hollywood and by the WGA East at the Pierre Hotel in New York. The original screenplay nominees are John Logan for Miramax Films' The Aviator, Zach Braff for Fox Searchlight Pictures' Garden State, Keir Pearson and Terry George for United Artists' Hotel Rwanda and Bill Condon for Fox Searchlight Pictures' Kinsey. The category also included a nomination for Charlie Kaufman for his screenplay for Focus Features' Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which was based on a story by Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth. The adapted screenplay nominees are Before Sunset, Mean Girls, Million Dollar Baby, The Motorcycle Diaries and Sideways. »

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WGA looks at small print for '04 noms

14 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The screenplays for several of this season's leading award contenders, including The Aviator, Million Dollar Baby and Sideways, were nominated Thursday by the WGA. But the group also tapped several well-regarded movies that haven't had as much impact on this year's races, such as Garden State, The Motorcycle Diaires and Mean Girls. The winners will be announced Feb. 19, when the 57th annual WGA Awards are staged by the WGA West at the Palladium in Hollywood and by the WGA East at the Pierre Hotel in New York. The original screenplay nominees are John Logan for Miramax Films' The Aviator, Zach Braff for Fox Searchlight Pictures' Garden State, Keir Pearson and Terry George for United Artists' Hotel Rwanda and Bill Condon for Fox Searchlight Pictures' Kinsey. The category also included a nomination for Charlie Kaufman for his screenplay for Focus Features' Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which was based on a story by Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth. The adapted screenplay nominees are Before Sunset, Mean Girls, Million Dollar Baby, The Motorcycle Diaries and Sideways. »

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