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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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IPA launches nominees for Satellites

2 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

In the rush to bestow year-end nominations, the International Press Academy on Thursday announced noms in 48 categories for the 10th Satellite Awards, to be presented Dec. 17. For best motion picture drama, the group nominated A History of Violence, Capote, Brokeback Mountain, Cinderella Man, Memoirs of a Geisha and The War Within. For best comedy or musical, it hailed Rent, Shopgirl, Hustle & Flow, Happy Endings, Walk the Line and Kung Fu Hustle. »

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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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'Banshee' will wail at Oxygen net

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

Cable network Oxygen said Thursday that it's getting into the action-thriller business with Banshee, an original movie that will star Taryn Manning. In the project, Manning (Hustle & Flow, 8 Mile) will portray a car thief on the run from a killer whose car she has stolen. The project, a co-production with Wishmaker Films, will premiere next year in late summer or early fall. Banshee marks a big departure for the women's-themed network, as Oxygen's previous movies -- which have included the Jennifer Love Hewitt starrer Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber and the upcoming Laura Prepon-Carrie Fisher telepic Romancing the Bride -- have been romantic comedies. »

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Kodak prize due Singleton at ShowEast

12 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- John Singleton will be honored with the Kodak Award this month at the 2005 ShowEast Convention in Orlando. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker, who helmed this summer's revenge drama Four Brothers and produced the critically praised indie hit Hustle & Flow, will receive the award presented each year to an executive or filmmaker who has reached the top of his or her profession. »

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Shakur script lives to 'Tell' at Insomnia

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

Insomnia Media Group has acquired Live 2 Tell, the only film script ever written by the late rap star Tupac 2Pac Shakur. The script was acquired from the performer's mother, Afeni Shakur, who will produce the project with Preston Holmes, associate producer of Hustle & Flow. Insomnia will develop Live 2 Tell as a feature film, with principal photography to begin in March. The script, which actor-rapper Shakur wrote in 1995 as a starring vehicle for himself, centers on a black teen from the projects who becomes a drug kingpin and then turns his life around. Jeff Bowler and Bret Saxon are set to produce. »

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Vengeance for 'Brothers' in arms

12 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With lowbrow comedy the seeming genre of choice this summer, Sony Pictures' Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo should do some business this weekend. But the film will be up against the John Singleton-directed Four Brothers, which is likely to take the top spot among the frame's new offerings. Also bowing is Universal Pictures' horror thriller The Skeleton Key and Miramax's long-shelved The Great Raid. Singleton, fresh off the Sundance fave Hustle & Flow, which he produced, has again partnered with Paramount Pictures, with whom he recently signed a three-picture deal. This time around, the re-energized director has signed up Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Garrett Hedlund and Andre Benjamin (from the hip-hop duo OutKast) to play foster brothers who return home to avenge the death of their foster mother. A remake of the classic Western The Sons of Katie Elder, Brothers alters the revenge story to create more crossover appeal. Attracting primarily males, it still seems to have some traction with older females, which should propel it to the top of the heap. The film is looking to gross in the high teens, with a possibility of crossing into the $20 million range. The R-rated film will open in 2,533 theaters. Released in December 1999 by Buena Vista, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo swindled its way to $65 million and attracted a good-sized following on DVD. But Disney passed on the sequel, giving Sony a chance to capitalize on Schneider's raunchy humor. »

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Weekend belongs to pimps, bros

11 August 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With lowbrow comedy the seeming genre of choice this summer, Sony Pictures' Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo should do some business this weekend. But the film will be up against the John Singleton-directed Four Brothers, which is likely to take the top spot among the frame's new offerings. Also bowing is Universal Pictures' horror thriller The Skeleton Key and Miramax's long-shelved The Great Raid. Singleton, fresh off the Sundance fave Hustle & Flow, which he produced, has again partnered with Paramount Pictures, with whom he recently signed a three-picture deal. This time around, the re-energized director has signed up Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Garrett Hedlund and Andre Benjamin (from the hip-hop duo OutKast) to play foster brothers who return home to avenge the death of their foster mother. A remake of the classic Western The Sons of Katie Elder, Brothers alters the revenge story to create more crossover appeal. Attracting primarily males, it still seems to have some traction with older females, which should propel it to the top of the heap. The film is looking to gross in the high teens, with a possibility of crossing into the $20 million range. The R-rated film will open in 2,533 theaters. Released in December 1999 by Buena Vista, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo swindled its way to $65 million and attracted a good-sized following on DVD. But Disney passed on the sequel, giving Sony a chance to capitalize on Schneider's raunchy humor. »

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Singleton Slams 'Hustle & Flow' Critics

9 August 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Producer John Singleton has hit out at criticism new black movie Hustle & Flow was written and directed by a white man, Craig Brewer - insisting they are missing the point of what is a 'black movie'. The film, which stars Terrence Howard as a pimp who tries to make it as a rapper, has earned vast critical acclaim since its release in the US last month - but Brewer's participation has raised eyebrows in the black community. But Singleton says, "That guy's got so much soul. More soul than a lot of brothers out here. What is a black film? Is an Eddie Murphy film a black film. People all over the planet are fascinated with black culture. Black culture is pop culture." And he is pleased he surprised some of his own critics: "People think I'm some militant guy, and my first protege wears a cowboy hat. I want to produce his first redneck movie." »

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'Charlie' still sweet on b.o. as newcomers fail to charm

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

For the second consecutive weekend, the same three films sat in the top three spots at the boxoffice as audiences largely overlooked most of the new offerings at the ticket window. Of the new arrivals, Paramount Classics' Hustle & Flow had the best performance and was in the fewest theaters, while DreamWorks' The Island was the biggest disappointment among this past weekend's four new wide releases. Warner Bros. Pictures' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was in the first position with $28.3 million in receipts, down 50% from its opening salvo. The Johnny Depp starrer, helmed by Tim Burton and carrying the family-friendly PG rating, has wrapped up $114.1 million in just 10 days. New Line Cinema's Wedding Crashers had a considerable hold on its sophomore frame, taking its vows in second place with $25.7 million, down a meager 24% from its debut. The R-rated comedy, starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn and directed by David Dobkin, has a 10-day dowry of $80.4 million. »

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'Flow' pair hustles to Paramount

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

On the eve of the debut of his first studio-distributed film, Hustle & Flow, writer-director Craig Brewer and producing partner Stephanie Allain have entered into a two-year, first-look deal with Paramount Pictures, distributor of Flow. Brewer and Allain's new company, Southern Cross the Dog, will develop projects for Paramount Pictures and specialty division Paramount Classics. "From the moment I first saw 'Hustle & Flow, ' I knew that Craig was a filmmaker that I wanted to have a home at Paramount," Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey said. "He is an exciting new talent, and combined with Stephanie's seasoned producing expertise, they make a fantastic team." »

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Friedman exits Par COO post

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

Robert G. Friedman is exiting his post as chief operating officer and vice chairman of the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures, Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey said Tuesday. Friedman has served as vice chairman since 1997, when he joined the studio, and was named chief operating officer in 2002. "Rob has made many valuable contributions to Paramount's history. ... We thank him for his many years of dedication and hard work here at the studio and wish him the very best," Grey said. Friedman had been expected to leave Paramount ever since Grey took over from former studio chairman Sherry Lansing this year. Friedman, whose contract expires in December, said he is leaving to pursue other interests, though he plans to supervise the release of Craig Brewer's Hustle & Flow and Richard Linklater's remake of The Bad News Bears, which both open July 22. He will serve as a consultant to the studio for the remainder of the 2005 slate. "I've been a studio rat for 35 years," Friedman said. "I'm wide open to look at all my options. There are all sorts of exciting opportunities in the media and entertainment world today." »

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Friedman exits Par COO post

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

Robert G. Friedman is exiting his post as chief operating officer and vice chairman of the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures, Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey said Tuesday. Friedman has served as vice chairman since 1997, when he joined the studio, and was named chief operating officer in 2002. "Rob has made many valuable contributions to Paramount's history. ... We thank him for his many years of dedication and hard work here at the studio and wish him the very best," Grey said. Friedman had been expected to leave Paramount ever since Grey took over from former studio chairman Sherry Lansing this year. Friedman, whose contract expires in December, said he is leaving to pursue other interests, though he plans to supervise the release of Craig Brewer's Hustle & Flow and Richard Linklater's remake of The Bad News Bears, which both open July 22. He will serve as a consultant to the studio for the remainder of the 2005 slate. "I've been a studio rat for 35 years," Friedman said. "I'm wide open to look at all my options. There are all sorts of exciting opportunities in the media and entertainment world today." »

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Paramount Pictures COO Friedman exiting studio

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

Robert Friedman is exiting his post as chief operating officer and vice chairman of the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures, it was announced Tuesday by Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey. Friedman has served as vice chairman since 1997 when he joined the studio and was named chief operating officer in 2002. His responsibilities included oversight of all domestic and international marketing, publicity, and distribution operations at the studio, as well as Paramount Home Entertainment and specialty division Paramount Classics. Friedman will stay at Paramount through the release of two upcoming titles, Hustle & Flow and The Bad News Bears, which both open July 22. He will serve as a consultant on the remaining titles on the 2005 slate. »

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Brewer back in 'Black' for Par Classics

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

Craig Brewer will write and direct Black Snake Moan for Paramount Classics. The film, whose title comes from a 1920s blues record by Texas' Blind Lemon Jefferson, is the writer-director's follow-up feature to Hustle & Flow, the dramatic Audience Award winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival, set to be released July 13 by Paramount Classics and MTV Films. Black, budgeted at about $13 million, reunites Brewster with Hustle producers John Singleton and Stephanie Allain. Paramount Classics is in negotiations with Samuel L. Jackson to play the lead. Christina Ricci is set to star, and Justin Timberlake is in discussions about a role. »

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L.A. fest adds 'Hustle' to slate

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

The Los Angeles Film Festival, which runs June 16-26, has announced several additions to its program, including a special showing of Paramount Classics and MTV Films' Hustle & Flow, directed by Craig Brewer, which will screen June 17. Also added to the schedule: Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers, to screen June 25; Alexandra Shiva's documentary StageDoor, on June 18; a reading by Macy Gray at Family Day, June 25; and a "Storytelling Evening With Shane Black," director of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, June 24. »

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CineVegas fest rolls out film lineup

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

The CineVegas Film Festival on Monday announced its roster of films for this year's event, which will be held at the Palms Casino Resort and Brenden Theatres on June 10-18. The festival, in its seventh year, will open with MTV Films' Hustle & Flow, directed by Craig Brewer and produced by John Singleton. It will close nine days later with the world premiere of George A. Romero's Land of the Dead, the most recent of the director's zombie flicks. Romero will receive the Vanguard Director Award before the premiere. Director Wim Wenders also will be presented with a Vanguard Director Award before a screening of his Land of Plenty. The festival's Marquee Award will be given to Christopher Walken on June 14. The actor will participate in a talk with a moderator before the screening of his film, King of New York. »

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Schindler, Mitchell consult with Columbia

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

Deborah Schindler, who previously served as president of Red Om Films, Julia Roberts' production company, and Elvis Mitchell, the former New York Times film critic, are joining Columbia Pictures as executive production consultants. Schindler will act as Columbia's principal liaison in its new New York office, working with the studios' Los Angeles production and development team. She also will oversee the development of projects and supervise the studio's East Coast-based productions. Operating as consultant to Columbia, Mitchell will canvas the film festival circuit on behalf of the studio. He already had stepped into his new role at last month's Sundance Film Festival, where he was in the hunt early on for the film Hustle & Flow, which ultimately was acquired by Paramount Pictures/MTV Films. Mitchell, who is known to have close ties to Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Amy Pascal, also will evaluate the Columbia library for potential remakes; serve as a consultant to Columbia's acquisition team; and, according to Sony, operate as an executive, supervising projects. »

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'Forty Shades of Blue' Wins Big Prize at Sundance

31 January 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rip Torn movie Forty Shades Of Blue was the big winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival as the annual independent exhibition wrapped up on Saturday night. The family drama, directed by Ira Sachs, claimed the top prize in the competition at the Utah festival. Director Eugene Jarecki made it a double Sundance success for his family when his film Why We Fight claimed the festival's grand-jury prize for documentaries - his brother Andrew Jarecki's acclaimed Capturing The Friedmans won the same award in 2003. Meanwhile, the festival's Audience Award went to hip-hop film Hustle & Flow, which earlier in the week became the most successful film in Sundance history when it was sold to bosses at Paramount Pictures and MTV for $9 million. The other Sundance winners were directors Henry Alex Rubin and Adam Shapiro's Murderball, a film about disabled athletes, which claimed the Audience Documentary Award. »

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