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BVIT, Irish b'caster extend deal

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

LONDON -- Buena Vista International Television said Monday that it has extended its output deal with Irish terrestrial broadcaster RTE, covering rights to such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Chicago and Calendar Girls. The package also includes the Quentin Tarantino revenge saga Kill Bill-Vol. 1 and Kill Bill-Vol. 2 and such television series as Desperate Housewives and Lost. The deal was announced by Alison Homewood, BVITV vp sales Europe, Middle East and Africa, and RTE director of broadcast and acquisitions Dermot Horan. »

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Satellite orbits 6 films for best drama

10 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

At the ninth annual Satellite Awards, Maria Full of Grace, Kinsey, Hotel Rwanda, Kill Bill-Vol. 2, Vera Drake and The Aviator will compete in the best drama category. Nominees for best comedy/musical are Ray, The Merchant of Venice, Sideways, Napoleon Dynamite, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and The Phantom of the Opera. The Satellites, voted by the International Press Academy to recognize film and TV in 34 categories, will be awarded Jan. 23. »

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Thurman and Balazs Buy a Home Together

23 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Kill Bill star Uma Thurman is solidifying her romance with hotelier Andre Balazs by purchasing a New York state mansion with him. The lovebirds, who got together after Thurman's marriage to Ethan Hawke crumbled, have purchased the former Hudson Valley estate of Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione. George Cole Auctions sold off the contents of Guccione's former summer house at the end of the summer. Auctioneer George Cole, who is also a licensed real estate broker, says Balazs and Thurman attended the auction, expressed interest in the property and have a contract to buy it. Cole has declined to disclose the purchase price. The 55-acre estate boasts a 16-room mansion which is situated in the hamlet of Staatsburg. Guccione lost the property, which he called The Willows, in February after defaulting on a $14.5 million loan. Last year he resigned as chief executive of Penthouse International, three months after the publishing arm of the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. »

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Thurman and Balazs Not Marrying

18 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Uma Thurman has slammed rumors she is engaged to hotelier boyfriend Andre Balazs, because she's not divorced from husband Ethan Hawke yet. American magazine In Touch this week claimed Balazs had proposed to the Kill Bill star with a four-carat diamond ring, and Thurman was now looking for a Prada wedding dress. But representatives for the pair assure Pagesix.Com a wedding is a long way off, because they are both still married - Thurman to Hawke and Balazs to model Katie Ford. »

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Bush Voted Year's Top Film Villain

28 October 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American President George W. Bush has topped an unlikely poll in Britain - as this year's top screen villain. Bush won the dubious accolade for his unauthorized appearance in Michael Moore's anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. The politician beat out the likes of Doc Ock, played by Alfred Molina, in Spider-Man 2; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface; Andy Serkis' Gollum from Lord Of The Rings trilogy; and Elle Driver, the assassin played by Daryl Hannah in Kill Bill. Almost 10,000 people voted in the poll, conducted by Total Film Magazine. »

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Stars Team Up for Environmental Campaign

31 August 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Daryl Hannah, Christian Slater, Dean Cain and Rob Lowe are among a host of stars who have teamed up to pledge their support for environmental awareness. The stars are taking part in the Explore Your Environment campaign in collaboration with clothing manufacturer Eddie Bauer, the Environmental Media Association (EMA) and the Conde Nast publishing group, where they'll appear in a string of magazines talking about their efforts to conserve the planet's resources. Kill Bill beauty Hannah has a solar-powered home, a car that uses vegetable oil and an organic garden. Slater's environmental efforts include shopping only at supermarkets where he can buy organic products. He says, "Every time my son picks up a piece of trash, he educates me about the importance of simple actions. If we all did two per cent more, everything would change." While Cain likes to enjoy an array of outdoor pursuits in a clean environment, Lowe is especially passionate about the cause because his son has asthma. He notes, "The environment is the one cause everyone has in common, regardless of political affiliation." »

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Tarantino's Fears for Oscar Chances

12 August 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino fears he has ruined Uma Thurman's chances of landing an Oscar nomination because he split his Kill Bill story into two films. The stunning actress plays The Bride who seeks vengeance for the murder of her wedding party in last year's Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and this year's Kill Bill: Vol. 2. Tarantino split the movie in two after failing to cut it to an acceptable length - but he now fears the decision could backfire, come the Academy Awards. He explains, "If I tried to turn it into a three-hour or two-and-a-half-hour movie, all the scenes that would go would be scenes I think give the movie its weight, its resonance. If I truly, truly believed the film would have had more impact shorter, I would have done it that way. I think the only thing that might have been lost in that decision is we could have gotten considerably more awards play if the film had been one big, giant epic. As one big movie, Uma would have gotten a best-actress nomination, for sure. I'm still hoping we're going to do good at the Oscars in 2005." »

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Fete du Cinema promo results up 43%

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

PARIS -- Over its three-day run that ended Tuesday, the 20th edition of the Fete du Cinema -- France's annual movie promotion -- attracted 4.3 million viewers, a 43% increase over last year's turnout, organizers said on Wednesday. The National Federation of French Cinemas (FNCF), which organized the promotion in 5,300 theaters across France, said the results equaled the record turnout in 1999. It was spurred by the popularity of such new releases as Shrek 2 and The Ladykillers and Cannes hits Kill Bill: Vol. 2 and Bad Education. French films Les Choristes (The Choristers), Mariages (Marriages) and Double Zero did particularly well, the Federation said. »

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U.K. cinema in May off '03 haul by 5%

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

LONDON -- U.K. cinema admissions for last month totaled 13.1 million, down 5% from the same period last year, according to Cinema Advertising Assn. figures released Tuesday. But the Warner Bros. Pictures release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on May 30 conjured up the highest weekly admissions total on record, 6.8 million being the magic number. Van Helsing was the monster hit of the month, scaring up £5 million ($9 million) in its opening weekend and a total of £13.8 million ($24.9 million) by month's end. Troy battled its way to second place with £11.3 million ($20.4 million) for Warners, and The Day After Tomorrow stormed into third place, taking £8.5 million ($15.4 million) for 20th Century Fox. Kill Bill-Vol. 2 continued its spree for a second month with a new kill of £4.3 million ($7.8 million) for Buena Vista International. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was hot on its heels in fifth place with a monthly total of £4.2 million ($7.6 million). »

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Tarantino signs for film museum

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

MOSCOW -- Quentin Tarantino has thrown his weight behind a campaign to save Russia's world famous cinema museum from closure, signing an online petition pledging his support for a rally in central Moscow due to take place Wednesday. Tarantino visited the Musei Kino while he was in Russia last week for the screening of Kill Bill-Vol. 2, which opened the Moscow International Film Festival. The museum is home to 400,000 exhibits, documents, set designs and movie artefacts spanning a century of Russian and world filmmaking. »

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French turnstiles register 10.9% jump so far in '04

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

PARIS -- Film admissions in France registered a 10.9% surge in the first five months of the year, with 83.5 million tickets sold through the end of May, compared with a year-earlier 75.7 million, the Centre National de la Cinematographie (CNC) said Thursday. The CNC said cinema admissions rose 3.2% to 182.6 million for the 12-month period June 2003-May 2004. While ticket sales dipped 1.3% in March from a year earlier, April admissions rose 44.1%, with U.S. films like Starsky & Hutch and the French films Two Brothers, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Valerie Guignabodet's comedy Mariages! (Marriages) and Christophe Barra-tier's Les Choristes (The Choristers) pulling in crowds. Entries in May increased 10.6% year-over-year, aided by the release of such films as Stephen Sommers' Van Helsing and Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill-Vol. 2. The market share for French films changed little in the five-month period, at 42.2%, while U.S. films lost out slightly, cornering 45.8% of the market, compared with a year-earlier 47.1%, CNC said. »

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'Kill Bill 2' set to open Moscow film fest

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

MOSCOW -- Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol. 2 will open the 26th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival on June 28 with star David Carradine in attendance, organizers said. The festival will screen 17 films in international competition and in addition feature a program focusing on debuts by young and promising directors. Meryl Streep, due to arrive on June 22, her 55th birthday, will receive the festival's Konstantin Stanislavsky award given annually to those stars who best epitomize the method acting the Russian-born actor pioneered. British director Alan Parker (Evita, Angel Heart) will lead an international jury that includes Polish actor-director Jerzy Stuhr and Russian producer Armen Medvedev. »

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Brosnan: "Let Tarantino Make a Bond Film"

20 May 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

007 star Pierce Brosnan is desperate to make a James Bond film with maverick movie-maker Quentin Tarantino. The Kill Bill auteur recently revealed his ambitions to make a Bond movie, and Brosnan - rumored to be stepping down as the superspy after making his fourth 007 film - thinks he'd be fantastic. When asked what Tarantino would add to the franchise, Brosnan gushes, "Life. A great sense of excitement and danger and the perspective of a film-maker who's really made people sit up and watch his movies. He's got a cutting edge which we got with the last Bond film Die Another Day with Lee Tamahori's sense of flair. They allowed him, more than any other director, to go out there with it. So someone like Quentin would be magnificent, whether it's me as Bond or some other guy." »

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Thurman and Hannah Continue Feud

19 May 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Kill Bill co-stars Uma Thurman and Daryl Hannah have again demonstrated their ill-feeling towards each other at the Cannes Film Festival. Reports of a feud between the pair surfaced following the British premiere of Kill Bill: Vol 2 last month, when the actresses reportedly instructed hotel and cinema staff to ensure they were kept separate from each other. The blonde stars were again at odds on Sunday at the screening of Quentin Tarantino's violent epic at the French bash. Firstly, Thurman attempted to take Tarantino away from Hannah as the pair posed for pictures, and then sources revealed they had ordered separate areas to be created at the after-show party so they wouldn't clash. An insider says, "Each star had their own tent at the bash but seating organizers were told that Daryl and Uma's areas couldn't be next to each other. They don't appear to be the best of pals." »

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Angelina Tells Uma To "Grab Happiness with Both Hands"

18 May 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie superstar Uma Thurman has reportedly accepted a proposal from lover Andre Balazs - on the advice of new confidante Angelina Jolie. The gorgeous duo bonded over drinks at the Cannes Film Festival this week, where Uma poured out her heart to the Tomb Raider star over her failed marriage to Ethan Hawke. But sage Angelina - who was left heartbroken when husband Billy Bob Thornton left her - told Uma not to dwell on the past and to grab happiness with the smitten hotelier. And Uma allegedly took her words to heart, by telling Balazs she will marry him. A source tells British newspaper the Daily Star, "Angie wanted Uma to feel like a woman and not just a wronged wife or single mother. After the circus of Kill Bill, the end of her relationship with Ethan and the birth of her children, it's now finally all about her." »

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Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Gets 15-Minute Ovation at Cannes

18 May 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Controversial film-maker Michael Moore's new documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 was given an unprecedented 15-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday. The film - which is vying for the Palm D'Or at the glitzy French event - looks at the links between President George W. Bush and the Bin Laden family, as well as the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners of war by American servicemen. Amid the controversy stirred up by Disney's decision not to distribute the film, the audience - which included Kill Bill beauty Darryl Hannah and rocker Mick Jagger - demonstrated their approval by hollering "Bravo" and clapping the piece for over 15 minutes. Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein - who is vying to buy the film from Disney and distribute it via another company - enthuses, "It was the longest standing ovation I've seen in over 25 years." »

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The Vine: Biker pic revs up with Tarantino

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

Following their successful collaboration in Kill Bill-Vol. 2, Quentin Tarantino is set to team again with Larry Bishop, the actor who played the foul-mouthed owner of a strip club in the hit movie. Tarantino and Bishop will produce Hell Ride, a motorcycle movie that Bishop is writing and will direct and star in. Sources say Tarantino might star in the movie as well. Michael Madsen, who also starred in Bill, is attached to star in what is being described as a spaghetti biker film. The story deals with the characters Pistolero (Bishop), the Gent (Madsen) and Comanche (Tarantino) and the deadly unfinished business between them. As befitting the genre, the budget would be low, and the movie would shoot in August or September. It is unclear whether Tarantino would produce under his A Band Apart productions shingle or his Rolling Thunder Pictures. Bishop starred in several biker movies in the late '60s and early '70s, including The Savage Seven, Chrome and Hot Leather and Angel Unchained. He also wrote, directed, co-produced and starred in 1996's Mad Dog Time, whose cast included Diane Lane, Gabriel Byrne and Burt Reynolds. He is repped by the Coppage Co. Tarantino is repped by WMA, while Madsen by Writers and Artists Group International. »

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Coppola and Tarantino Share Suite

17 May 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie makers Sofia Coppola and Quentin Tarantino's reported romance is blossoming - they've been sharing a hotel suite at the Cannes Film Festival. The Kill Bill director is on the jury panel at the annual French Riviera event and walked down the red carpet with the Lost In Translation creator at the festival's opening day on Wednesday. According to British newspaper the Daily Express, Cannes sources claim the pair are sharing a suite at the Carlton Hotel. Tarantino has been single for quite some time, while Coppola split from her husband Spike Jonze last year. »

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'Troy' wins weekend horse race

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

Warner Bros. Pictures' Troy scored an epic win at the weekend boxoffice as the Brad Pitt starrer collected an estimated $45.6 million to debut in first place, according to studio figures compiled Sunday. Last weekend's champion, Universal's monster movie Van Helsing dropped one spot to No. 2 with an estimated $20.1 million. Paramount's high school comedy Mean Girls fell from second to third place with an estimated $10.1 million. The romantic comedy Breakin' All the Rules from Sony's Screen Gems unit debuted in fourth place with an estimated $5.3 million, in a tie with 20th Century Fox's Denzel Washington thriller Man on Fire. Sony's 13 Going on 30 took sixth place with an estimated $4.2 million. Warner Bros.' New York Minute landed at No. 7, down from fourth place a week ago, wtih an estimated $3.8 million. New Line's Laws of Attraction fell in love with eighth place with an estimated $2.1 million. Miramax's Kill Bill-Vol. 2 added an estimated $1.5 million to its totals at No. 9. Lions Gate's Godsend rounded out the weekend top 10 with an estimated $1 million. Final figures will be released Monday. »

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Thurman's 'Worst Dressed' Accolade Comes Back to Haunt Her

7 May 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood beauty Uma Thurman's accolade of 'Worse Dressed' at this year's Oscars is returning to haunt her - wacky designers are sending her dozens of ugly garments. Thurman topped most magazine and entertainment program's lists of the most unattractive Academy Awards gowns, after she walked down the red carpet in a white tulle Christian Lacroix dress. Now, according to friends of the Kill Bill star, the blonde actress is being inundated with bizarre clothes. A pal says, "She's been getting all sorts of offers. "One was all leather and another came with a mask. Uma likes to be different, but she's not that different." Thurman recently admitted she'd picked the gown so she could stand out from her peers, saying, "Everyone looked the same. Everyone had it down to such a perfect tee in their spaghetti-strapped, sequined or chiffon, body-hugging, gym-hour promoting things. "You get bored. I'm glad it was me they panned." »

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