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Producer Cohn receives UNESCO nod

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

Oscar-winning producer Arthur Cohn was honored with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) annual award in recognition "of his outstanding and meritorious achievements" at a ceremony this past weekend in Dusseldorf, Germany. In hailing Cohn, the only producer to win six Academy Awards, UNESCO made mention of his films with children's themes such as Central Station, Two Bits and The Chorus. UNESCO noted, in giving the award, that Cohn is a "dreamer, but at the same time his successes in cinema are a significant reality. (He) has always succeeded in making unusual films which are considered memorable, but at the same time, he (has) always realized that dreams are not enough for children. There must be dreams that can be realized in life. In fact, Cohn deserves the UNESCO award both for his cultural and educational achievements in line with an organization which was created by the U.N. for culture and education." »

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France feels cinema-attendance vertigo

8 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PARIS -- French cinema attendance for the first six months of the year plummeted 15% compared with last year's first-half figure, with 87.5 million buying tickets, according to estimates released Friday by the National Federation of French Cinemas. The exhibition body said Friday that a sluggish economy combined with glorious weather encouraged people to stay outdoors and away from the movies. But the lack of strong releases, French and American, was the main cause for the slump in ticket sales. Last year's first-half figures were the best in 20 years, largely because of such strong releases as Les Choristes, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and the Walt Disney Co.'s Brother Bear. Admissions in the second quarter fell 18% to 4.3 million, dragged down by an average drop of 20% in cinema attendance in small towns, the FNCF said. First-quarter sales saw an 11% drop from the sales for the same period in 2004. The weak figures for this year 2005 were still an improvement over results for the first six months of 2003. »

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'Dogs' day at Bermuda festival

29 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Stray Dogs was named best narrative feature of the eighth Bermuda International Film Festival. Directed by Iranian Marziveh Meshkini, the film tells the story of two young children left to fend for themselves in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Murderball, from directors Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro, was recognized as best documentary feature, while the Bermuda Shorts Award was given to Goodbye, Cruel World. Les Choristes (The Chorus) picked up the Audience Choice Award; the runner-up was Mad Hot Ballroom. Seventy films from 20 countries were shown, while a special sidebar highlighted Iranian cinema. »

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'The Chorus' Singer's Father To Sue Producers

10 March 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Producers of hit French film Les Choristes (The Chorus) are facing a possible legal battle after a young chorist's father claims she wasn't paid for singing on the soundtrack. Father Francis Hartmann claims his daughter Lucile, from the Lyon, France-based Saint-Marc Choir was "exploited" by the Galatee Films company. While Lucile's voice was included on the soundtrack, Francis claims she wasn't paid and did not appear in the movie. A lawyer for the studio said the parents of the children decided the choir should keep the $27,740 payment from Galatee "for its own activities". Francis fumes, "Seeing that the film generated more than $132 million in revenue, I do not see why our children, who've worked like animals, should not receive their proper share. There's been a shameless exploitation of the children. The film has destroyed the soul, the essence of the choir... It has become totally taken over by show business and money." »

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'L'Esquive' tops French film awards

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

PARIS -- L'Esquive (The Dodging), a small-budget drama about alienated youth in a French suburb, was the surprise winner at France's top honors, the Cesars, on Saturday night, scooping up the coveted award for best French film of 2004, and the best director Cesar for its helmer, Tunisia-born Abdellatif Kechiche. Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation won the Cesar for best foreign film, while Ken Loach's Ae Fond Kiss and Emir Kusturica's Life Is a Miracle tied to share the award for the best film from the European Union. Shot with a largely amateur cast of teenagers, L'Esquive also won the best screenplay award for Kechiche and co-writer Ghalia Lacroix. The $1 million film fended off strong competition from big-budget films including Jean-Pierre Jeunet's World War I drama, A Very Long Engagement, Olivier Marchal's police thriller 36 Quai des Orfevres, starring Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu, and the small-budget French boxoffice triumph of the year, The Chorus, which will vie for two Oscars Sunday: best foreign language film, and best original song. »

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'L'Esquive' tops French film awards

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

PARIS -- L'Esquive (The Dodging), a small-budget drama about alienated youth in a French suburb, was the surprise winner at France's top honors, the Cesars, on Saturday night, scooping up the coveted award for best French film of 2004, and the best director Cesar for its helmer, Tunisia-born Abdellatif Kechiche. Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation won the Cesar for best foreign film, while Ken Loach's Ae Fond Kiss and Emir Kusturica's Life Is a Miracle tied to share the award for the best film from the European Union. Shot with a largely amateur cast of teenagers, L'Esquive also won the best screenplay award for Kechiche and co-writer Ghalia Lacroix. The $1 million film fended off strong competition from big-budget films including Jean-Pierre Jeunet's World War I drama, A Very Long Engagement, Olivier Marchal's police thriller 36 Quai des Orfevres, starring Daniel Auteuil and Gerard Depardieu, and the small-budget French boxoffice triumph of the year, The Chorus, which will vie for two Oscars Sunday: best foreign language film, and best original song. »

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Beyonce Leaves Minnie Devastated by Oscar Rejection

21 February 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The news R&B beauty Beyonce Knowles has replaced Minnie Driver to perform at the Oscar ceremony next Sunday left the British actress-turned-singer devastated. Driver is said to be "inconsolable" after finding out she will no longer be singing Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Learn To Be Lonely" at the Academy Awards. The 34-year-old was considered the obvious choice to perform the song, which is nominated for the Best Original Song award, as she sang it in movie The Phantom Of The Opera. However, hugely popular Destiny's Child hitmaker Knowles recently stepped in to perform the track. A close source says, "Minnie just doesn't have the pulling power or the voice of Beyonce. Minnie is devastated and inconsolable. She'd told everyone that this was to be her big break as a singer." Knowles is also singing two other nominated songs at the 77th Academy Awards - including "Look To Your Path" from Les Choristes (The Choir) and The Polar Express theme "Believe." »

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'Choristes' shines at Lumieres

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

PARIS -- Les Choristes (The Chorus), the feel-good film about an inspired schoolteacher who brings music and hope into a dreary 1940s French reform school, was named best French film of 2004 on Wednesday at the 10th annual Lumieres Awards. The film, which bagged Oscar nominations for best foreign-language film and best song, also will compete for eight Cesar awards Feb. 26, including best film and best director. The Lumieres are presented by the Academie des Lumieres, whose member base of more than 200 foreign correspondents in Paris vote on the honors. Jean-Pierre Jeunet was voted best director for his World War I saga A Very Long Engagement, which will vie for two Oscars and 12 Cesars. »

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Beyonce a Triple Threat at the Oscars

11 February 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Beyonce Knowles will have her work cut out at the 77th Academy Awards on February 27 - she's singing three of the five nominated songs. The Destiny's Child star had already signed up to duet with Josh Groban on The Polar Express theme "Believe" and now she has agreed to sing the Original Song nominees from Phantom Of The Opera and Les Choristes. Phantom star Minnie Driver was considered the obvious choice to sing Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Learn To Be Lonely" at the Oscars as she sang the tune on the film soundtrack, but Knowles has stepped in to perform. She'll also sing "Look To Your Path" from Les Choristes. Meanwhile, rockers Counting Crows will perform their Shrek 2 Best Song nomination, "Accidentally In Love," while there's no confirmation as to who will sing the fifth nominated song, The Motorcycle Diaries' "Al Otro Lado Del Rey" at the awards show. »

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The Aviator Leads 77th Academy Award Nominations

25 January 2005 | IMDb News

As expected, The Aviator flew high at this morning's announcement of the 77th Academy Award nominations, grabbing a field-best 11 nods, including Best Picture. The Howard Hughes biopic also scored nominations in most of the major categories, including Best Director for Martin Scorsese, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett), and a surprise nod for Alan Alda for Best Supporting Actor. Following behind The Aviator were Finding Neverland and Million Dollar Baby, each with seven nods apiece. Both movies were nominated for Best Picture, though Neverland didn't get a nomination for director Marc Forster; Baby, however, scored a two-fer for Clint Eastwood, who got both Best Actor and Best Director nominations. Ray (six nominations) and Sideways (five nominations) rounded out the Best Picture race; both movies also received Best Director nominations.

There were very few surprises all around, as heavy favorites in the acting categories all drew nominations, including Jamie Foxx, who was nominated for Best Actor for Ray and Supporting Actor for Collateral. The most glaring omission was that of Sideways' Paul Giamatti, who was left out of the Best Actor race, though his co-stars Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen were both honored. Another surprise was the inclusion of Mike Leigh on the Best Director list for Vera Drake, the only Best Director nomination without a corresponding Best Picture nod. In the Foreign Language Film category, the most notable omission was House of Flying Daggers, though expected nominees Les Choristes (which grabbed a surprise Best Song nomination) and The Sea Inside rubbed shoulders with films from Sweden and South Africa. Pixar will take on DreamWorks yet again in the Best Animated Feature race, with The Incredibles going up against fellow box office behemoths Shrek 2 and Shark Tale.

The Academy Awards, overseen by first time host Chris Rock, will be handed out on Sunday, February 27th.

See the entire list of this year's nominees and more coverage in IMDb.com's Road to the Oscars »

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Officials: Bangkok a success

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

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Despite coming on the heels of the Asian tsunami, organizers of the third Bangkok International Film Festival, which closed Sunday, were quick to proclaim this year's program a success, citing higher attendance and an increase in activity for its trade show component. Prizes handed out at the festival included the award for best film going to Alejandro Amenabar's The Sea Inside. The award for best director was split between Christophe Barratier (Les Choristes) and Park Chan-wook (Oldboy). More than 300 exhibitors and 650 people attended the sidebar Bangkok Film Market, more than three times last year's attendance. Market director Christine Rush said deals that were "the direct result of meetings and negotiations begun or concluded" at the market amounted to $250 million, up from about $100 million last year. »

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Long list of Cesar noms for 'Engagement'

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

PARIS -- Jean-Pierre Jeunet's World War I saga, A Very Long Engagement, swept up 12 nominations on Monday for the Cesar Awards, France's top film honors, including best film, best director, and best actress for Audrey Tautou. Les Choristes, France's contender for a foreign-language Oscar nomination, and 36 Quai des Orfevres, the police thriller starring Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil, each nabbed eight nominations. Choristes and 36 Quai will vie with Jeunet's film and two relatively small-budget French productions - teenage drama L'Esquive (The Dodging), directed by Tunisian-born Abdellatif Kechiche, which earned five nominations, and Arnaud Desplechin's Rois et Reine (Kings and Queen), about the parallel lives of two ex-lovers, which secured seven noms. »

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