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10 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
A pair of scripted cable series made modest debuts Monday. The ABC Family drama Beautiful People found 1.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. While its lead-in, drama Wildfire, premiered stronger last month to nearly 2 million, the launch tied the channel's highs for original series among 18- to 34-year-olds. Showtime's new comedy Weeds started softly in its 10 p.m. Monday perch, where it attracted 488,000. The series actually got more sampling during a sneak preview Sunday following the series finale of Queer as Folk, where it found 547,000. By way of comparison, Weeds topped drama Huff, which opened to 456,000 in November, but fell far short of Fat Actress, which premiered to 924,000 in March. Showtime is giving viewers plenty of opportunities to sample Weeds, repeating the episode Wednesday, Friday and Sunday in primetime. »
15 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
LONDON -- Fox International Channels will celebrate the first anniversary of its British entertainment channel FX by adding 1.4 million homes to its distribution, it was announced Friday. FX, which currently airs on Sky to more than 7 million homes, will achieve the distribution growth via a carriage agreement with leading cable group NTL and will roll out the new service in the spring. FX, which launched in the United Kingdom in January 2004 premieres such shows as HBO's The Wire and Carnivale as well as reruns including NCIS, and will shortly be launching Showtime's dark comedy Huff. "The NTL deal seals a great first year for FX," Fox International Channels U.K. vp broadcasting and marketing Jason Thorp said in a statement. "We're obviously very proud that the quality of the product allowed us to broker the deal during such a competitive period in the multichannel market." »
11 January 2005 | IMDb News
Perennial awards favorite Sideways dominated the Screen Actors Guild nominations with a field-best four nominations, including Best Ensemble Cast. The Alexander Payne comedy also nabbed three individual acting nominations as well for lead Paul Giamatti and supporting players Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, putting it just ahead of a number of films that received three nominations each, including The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, and Hotel Rwanda; all those movies also earned Best Ensemble nominations alongside Ray and Sideways. Jamie Foxx was once again the actor of the hour, taking home three individual nominations for Ray, Collateral, and TV movie Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story as well as an Ensemble nod for Ray. Foxx was followed by Hilary Swank, who received two solo nominations, for Million Dollar Baby and HBO movie Iron Jawed Angels, and an Ensemble mention for Million Dollar Baby.
With their film nominations, the SAGs threw a number of new names into the awards season mix, including Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), James Garner (The Notebook), Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland), Cloris Leachman (Spanglish), and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda). A few noticeable absentees included Liam Neeson (Kinsey), Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside), and the entire cast of Closer, an actor-driven movie if there ever was one. On the TV side, familiar shows (The Sopranos, Everybody Loves Raymond, etc) rubbed elbows with a handful of newcomers, including Arrested Development and Desperate Housewives, and Patricia Heaton pulled a Hilary Swank of her own, getting two individual nominations for Everybody Loves Raymond and TV movie remake The Goodbye Girl as well as an Ensemble nomination for Raymond.
The SAGs will be handed out on Saturday, February 5. Here's the (very long) list of film and TV nominees:
Female Actor in a Leading Role: Annette Bening, Being Julia; Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace; Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake; Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby; Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Jamie Foxx, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story; William H. Macy, The Wool Cap; Barry Pepper, 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story; Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers; Jon Voight, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Glenn Close, The Lion in Winter; Patricia Heaton, Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl; Keke Palmer, The Wool Cap; Hilary Swank, Iron Jawed Angels; Charlize Theron, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives; Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond; Megan Mullally, Will & Grace; Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City; Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond
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3 items from 2005
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