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Toronto critics laud 'History,' 'Capote' film

21 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TORONTO -- The Toronto Film Critics Assn. on Wednesday chose David Cronenberg's A History of Violence as the best picture of 2005 and also gave Toronto-based Cronenberg the best director prize for his New Line film's exploration of family violence. Capote earned three nods: best male performance for star Philip Seymour Hoffman, supporting actress for Catherine Keener and best first feature for helmer Bennett Miller. Laura Linney was named best actress for her role in the seriocomic family tale The Squid and the Whale, while her director, Noah Baumbach, snagged the screenplay prize. »

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Brokeback Rides Off with More Critics' Awards

12 December 2005 | IMDb News

Brokeback Mountain continued to dominate the year-end critics' awards, winning Best Picture, Actor and Director from the New York Film Critics Circle, and two more honors from the National Board of the Review. The Ang Lee western was the dominant movie for the New York critics, scooping up awards for leading man Heath Ledger and director Lee in addition to Best Picture. Hot on its heels was David Cronenberg's A History of Violence, which nabbed both supporting honors, for William Hurt and Maria Bello; Reese Witherspoon was named Best Actress for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. Other winners included The Squid and the Whale (Screenplay), 2046 (Foreign Language Film and Cinematography), and Capote (First Feature). At the National Board of Review, Brokeback received two awards - Best Director and Best Supporting Actor for Jake Gyllenhaal - but was passed over for Best Picture, which went to Good Night, and Good Luck. Philip Seymour Hoffman, who's emerging as the favorite for Best Actor, won the group's lead award for Capote, while Emmy winner Felicity Huffman received the Best Actress award for Transamerica. Gong Li was the surprise Best Supporting Actress winner for Memoirs of a Geisha, and Terrence Howard of Hustle & Flow received another breakthrough performance award. Ensemble acting went to Mrs. Henderson Presents, and screenplay honors were given to The Squid and the Whale (original) and Syriana (adapted). The National Board of Review also named their top ten films of the year, listed below. Here's the list of winners for both groups: New York Film Critics Circle: Picture: Brokeback Mountain Actor: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line Supporting Actor: William Hurt, A History of Violence Supporting Actress: Maria Bello, A History of Violence Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain Screenplay: The Squid and the Whale Non-Fiction Films: Grizzly Man and White Diamond Foreign Language Film: 2046 First Feature: Capote Animated Feature: Howl's Moving Castle Cinematography: 2046 National Board of Review: Picture: Good Night, and Good Luck Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote Actress: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica Supporting Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain Supporting Actress: Gong Li, Memoirs of a Geisha Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain Ensemble Acting: Mrs. Henderson Presents Breakthrough Performance: Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow, Crash, Get Rich or Die Tryin' Original Screenplay: The Squid and the Whale Adapted Screenplay: Syriana Top 10 Movies of 2005: Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck, A History of Violence, Match Point, Memoirs of a Geisha, Munich, Walk the Line »

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L.A. Film Critics Pick Brokeback Mountain

11 December 2005 | IMDb News

Heralding the opening of this year's awards season, the Los Angeles Film Critics bestowed their honors this weekend, naming Brokeback Mountain as Best Picture. The western, about two cowboys who fall in love, also won the Best Director award for Ang Lee, and star Heath Ledger was the runner-up for Best Actor. Besting Ledger was Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose portrayal of Truman Capote in Capote was voted Best Actor, and Hoffman's co-star, Catherine Keener, was named Best Supporting Actress for that film and three others in which she appeared this year: The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and The Interpreter. For Best Actress, the critics group went far against the grain, choosing Vera Farmiga for the indie film Down to the Bone. Best Supporting Actor went to William Hurt for A History of Violence, and Screenplay honors were shared by Capote and The Squid and the Whale. The official awards ceremony is scheduled for January 17. Here's the entire list of winners: Picture: Brokeback Mountain Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote Actress: Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone Supporting Actor: William Hurt, A History of Violence Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener, Capote, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and The Interpreter Director: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain Screenplay: Capote & The Squid and the Whale (tie) Foreign Language Film: Cache Documentary/Nonfiction Film: Grizzly Man Animation: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Music/Score: Howl's Moving Castle Cinematography: Good Night, And Good Luck Production Design: 2046 New Generation: Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow Career Achievement: Richard Widmark Independent/experimental: La Commune (Paris, 1871) »

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Spirits ink 6 noms for 'Squid'

30 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With six nominations, Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale, the autobiographical tale of two boys dealing with the divorce of their demanding parents, led the nominees for Film Independent's 2006 Independent Spirit Awards, announced Tuesday. The Samuel Goldwyn Films release will compete for best feature with Focus Features' Brokeback Mountain, Warner Independent Pictures' Good Night, and Good Luck and Sony Pictures Classics' Capote and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which picked up four nominations each. »

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Spirits ink 6 noms for 'Squid'

30 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With six nominations, Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale, the autobiographical tale of two boys dealing with the divorce of their demanding parents, led the nominees for Film Independent's 2006 Independent Spirit Awards, announced Tuesday. The Samuel Goldwyn Films release will compete for best feature with Focus Features' Brokeback Mountain, Warner Independent Pictures' Good Night, and Good Luck and Sony Pictures Classics' Capote and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which picked up four nominations each. »

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'The Squid and the Whale' Claims Six Indie Spirit Nominations

30 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Laura Linney was in for a big shock when she read out the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards nominations yesterday - her hit new movie The Squid Amd The Whale picked up six nods. Noah Baumbach's autobiographical tale of two boys dealing with their parents' divorce, led the list of nominees for the indie film prize-giving, which traditionally takes place on the eve of the Oscars. The film will compete for Best Feature along with Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, Capote, The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada and Good Night, And Good Luck, while stars Linney and Jeff Daniels have both been nominated as Best Actress and Best Actor respectively. Daniels will be up against Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain) and David Strathairn (Good Night, And Good Luck). Meanwhile, Linney will compete for the Best Actress prize with Felicity Huffman (Transamerica), Dina Korzun (Forty Shades Of Blue), S. Epatha Merkerson (Lackawanna Blues) and Cyndi Williams (Room). »

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Six Indie Spirit noms to 'Squid'

29 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With six nominations, Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale, the autobiographical tale of two boys dealing with the divorce of their demanding parents, led the nominees for Film Independent's 2006 Independent Spirit Awards, announced Tuesday. The Samuel Goldwyn Films release will compete for best feature with Focus Features' Brokeback Mountain, Warner Independent Pictures' Good Night, and Good Luck and Sony Pictures Classics' Capote and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which picked up four nominations each. »

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'Squid' lead Indie Spirit noms pack with six

29 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With six nominations, Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale, the autobiographical tale of two boys dealing with the divorce of their demanding parents, led the nominees for Film Independent's 2006 Independent Spirit Awards, announced Tuesday. The Samuel Goldwyn Films release will compete for best feature with Focus Features' Brokeback Mountain, Warner Independent Pictures' Good Night, and Good Luck and Sony Pictures Classics' Capote and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which picked up four nominations each. »

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Interview: Jesse Eisenberg

3 October 2005 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The Squid and the Whale is story that walks that thin line of drama and comedy. As easy it is to laugh at many situations in the film there is also that potential to be disgusted, to cry, to feel uncomfortable as you watch the harsh realities that are sometimes too ugly to look at, let alone make a movie about. Set in the 1985, The Squid and the Whale is told through the eyes of a New York teenager and his younger brother who learn their parents are getting a divorce. Stuck in the middle they choose sides and react differently to the separation. The older brother is unable to see the reality that surround him and he begins talking like his intellectual father and even imagining he wrote “Hey You” by Pink Floyd. The younger brother acts like a grown man filled with thoughts of sex, drinking, and sports. »

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Leigh and Baumbach Wed

28 September 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Single White Female star Jennifer Jason Leigh has married her film-maker boyfriend Noah Baumbach. The Hollywood-born actress, 43, and New Yorker Baumbach, 35, became husband and wife in an undisclosed location over the Labor Day weekend. Ecstatic Baumbach confirmed the nuptials had taken place to US magazine People at the New York Film Festival premiere of his drama The Squid And The Whale on Monday night. He enthused, "I expect to be with her the rest of my life." The couple plan to split their time between Leigh's home state of California and Baumbach's beloved Big Apple. He explains, "We're New Yorkers with a country place in Los Angeles." »

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Daniels hitching ride on Col's 'RV'

22 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jeff Daniels has boarded Columbia Pictures' RV. The picture is being directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and produced by Red Wagon's Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher. Daniels joins Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth and Cheryl Hines in the cast. The comedy follows a man (Williams) and his dysfunctional family who rent an RV and head for the Rockies, ending up in a campground community. Daniels plays an annoyingly helpful man who is considered the patron saint of the RV world. His character also is the husband of Chenoweth's stay-at-home businesswoman, who sells products out of her trailer. Columbia's Jonathan Kadin is overseeing. Daniels earned praise for his performance in the Sundance feature The Squid and the Whale. Daniels just completed shooting Goodnight, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney, as well as Every Word Is True. He is repped by ICM. »

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Goldwyn, Sony reel in 'Squid'

9 February 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Tuesday the joint acquisition of the Sundance Film Festival hit The Squid and the Whale. Goldwyn will handle domestic distribution of the film, from writer/director Noah Baumbach, and Sony will take care of international and home video. The movie, starring Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline, won the best director prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at last month's festival. Sources put the price of the film at $3 million, though neither Goldwyn nor Sony would comment on the purchase price. Other distributors, including Focus Features and Roadside Attractions, at one time had been circling the drama. »

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