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David Strathairn Starring in Edward James Olmos’ ‘The Devil Has a Name’ (Exclusive)

David Strathairn Starring in Edward James Olmos’ ‘The Devil Has a Name’ (Exclusive)
Edward James Olmos will direct and star alongside David Strathairn in “The Devil Has a Name.” The film is described as an environmental, dark comedy. Both men are Oscar nominees — Olmos for “Stand and Deliver” and Strathairn for “Good Night and Good Luck.”

The film centers on an unhinged oil baron who gets in a bruising standoff with a stubborn farmer after the water on his film was poisoned by her company. This portrait of corporate greed is based on a true story.

In addition to directing, Olmos will play Santiago, a Mexican immigrant and confidant, while Stratharin will star as the oil-empire fighting farmer.

Stratharin’s best known film projects include “Sneakers,” “The Bourne Legacy,” and “Eight Men Out.” He also won an Emmy Award for HBO’s Temple Grandin and recently appeared in Amazon Studio’s “McMafia.”

Olmos is best known for his work in “Blade Runner” and the cult TV series “Battlestar Galatica.” He previously
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Sean Penn and Hollywood Blacklist Victims Share Stories with The Hollywood Reporter 65 Years Later

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Sean Penn and Hollywood Blacklist Victims Share Stories with The Hollywood Reporter 65 Years Later
The Hollywood blacklist, a list of actors, directors, screenwriters and other U.S. entertainment professionals linked to Communism during the Red Scare of the 1940s and 1950s, was a professional death sentence. Whether real or merely suspected, those whose names appeared on this list saw their life's work thwarted, and many of their careers in show business destroyed.  Hollywood has been depicting the witch hunt of Communists for decades in films like "Guilty by Suspicion" and "Good Night and Good Luck," and documentaries like "Yoo-hoo! Mrs. Goldberg" and "Hollywood on Trial" show the anti-Communist campaigns in non-fiction form.   With the 65th anniversary of the Hollywood blacklist nearing, The Hollywood Reporter profiled several of the writers and actors who fell victim to this tragedy. Whether by watching Lee Grant, who admits that even now she can't refer to her late ex-husband Arnold Manoff as a Communist because...
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Clooney Honored by Hollywood Stars

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Clooney Honored by Hollywood Stars
Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney was toasted by a host of fellow stars when he received the 2006 American Cinematheque Award in Beverly Hills on Friday. The lavish event, which was held to raise money for film-making charity American Cinematique, was attended by director Oliver Stone and actors Julia Roberts, Christian Slater, Salma Hayek, Geoffrey Rush and Lindsay Lohan. They paid tribute to the 45-year-old, whose film credits include Good Night, And Good Luck, Syriana and Ocean's Eleven. Slater said, "There's no man probably more worthy of getting some awards. He's a great artist, great director, and a phenomenal humanitarian. I think he serves as a great example to other actors, myself included." Clooney said of the event: "Basically, what it is, really, is a bunch of your friends who are gonna roast the hell out of you. But when it's done, you're raising money to help American Cinematheque, which actually does some great things."

Clooney and Zellweger Dating Again?

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Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney has reportedly reconciled his romance with fellow Oscar winner Renee Zellweger. The Good Night, And Good Luck director and star, 45, and Zellweger, 37, were romantically linked for two months in late 2001, shortly before Clooney started dating on/off girlfriend Krista Allen. Website PageSix.com reports Clooney and Zellweger met at the Tower Bar restaurant in Los Angeles' Sunset Tower Hotel on Sunday for a romantic dinner. According to onlookers, the pair "cuddled, held hands and then slow danced to the piano music." Zellweger annulled her brief marriage to country singer Kenny Chesney in December.

Clooney and Soderbergh Separate

Clooney and Soderbergh Separate
George Clooney and producing partner Steven Soderbergh have decided to close down their Section Eight production company, which they founded six years ago. The Syriana star will officially part ways with Soderbergh on 1 August to launch Smoke House, a Production Company he is forming with his Good Night, And Good Luck collaborator Grant Heslov. Section Eight will continue to produce Clooney's upcoming movies, including Ocean's Thirteen and The Good German, both directed by Soderbergh. Soderbergh has said he would like to focus more on film-making and less on the film development and producing process. Clooney and Heslov co-wrote and produced Good Night, And Good Luck together and will both run Smoke House, which is named after a long-time Burbank, California, restaurant across the street from the company's offices on the Warner Bros studio lot.

Clooney's Oscar Goodies Fetch Prize Sum

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The bag of Oscar goodies given to Good Night, and Good Luck actor-director George Clooney has fetched $45,100 at an online auction to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The auction for relief organization United Way was extended into the early hours of Wednesday morning due to the high volume of bidders. The bag contained a host of items including a BlackBerry 8700c, a Kay Unger kimono and a Tahitian-pearl necklace. Clooney won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in Syriana at the ceremony earlier this month.

Clooney Attacks "Timid" Democrats

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Clooney Attacks
Outspoken Hollywood star George Clooney has blasted the Us Democrat party for failing to voice opposition in the run up to the Iraq war. The actor and director, who has been branded unpatriotic in some quarters for his overtly political projects Syriana and Good Night, And Good Luck, made the tirade via a posting on The Huffington Post blog site. He singled out party leaders for being afraid to attract negative press, or appear unfaithful to their country. He writes, "The fear of (being) criticized can be paralyzing. Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. In 2003, a lot of us were saying, 'Where is the link between Saddam (Hussein) and (Osama) Bin Laden? What does Iraq have to do with 9/11?' We have to agree that it's not unpatriotic to hold our leaders accountable and to speak out."

Lucas: "The Blockbuster Is Dead"

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Movie mogul George Lucas predicts Hollywood will soon start shifting away from mega-budget blockbusters in favor of making more independent films for less money. Alongside Steven Spielberg, Star Wars creator Lucas is cited as being chiefly responsible for the blockbuster phenomenon that has gripped the movie industry for the last three decades. But he now believes big-budget films can no longer be profitable and are going out of fashion, as evidenced by this year's Academy Award nominees, including independent movies Crash and Good Night, And Good Luck. Lucas tells the New York Daily News, "The market forces that exist today make it unrealistic to spend $200 million on a movie. Those movies can't make their money back anymore. Look at what happened with King Kong. I think it's great that the major Oscar nominations have gone to independent films. Is that good for the business? No - it's bad for the business. But movie-making isn't about business. It's about art. In the future, almost everything that gets shown in theaters will be indie movies. I predict that by 2025 the average movie will cost only $15 million."

Stars Sing Up a Storm at Independent Spirit Awards

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The OC star Peter Gallagher and Alessandro Nivola were among the actors showing off their singing skills alongside Macy Gray and Dwight Yoakam at the Independent Spirit Awards in California on Saturday when they performed witty ditties to honor the Best Film nominees. Gallagher offered up a musical tribute to Brokeback Mountain on stage at the event in Santa Monica, California, while Nivola joined Zooey Deschanel to honor The Squid & The Whale with a quirky rendition of "You're The One That I Want" from Grease. Meanwhile, Gray sang a tribute to Capote and Yoakam performed "Act Drastically" to the tune of "Act Naturally" as a way of honoring The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada, in which he starred. And George Clooney's best pal, actor Richard Kind, stunned the actor/director when he stepped up to honor his film, Good Night, And Good Luck.

Brokeback Wins Best Feature at Independent Spirit Awards

Brokeback Wins Best Feature at Independent Spirit Awards
Four films took home two honors each at the Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature winner Brokeback Mountain. The heavy Oscar favorite also nabbed Best Director for Ang Lee (also Oscar nominated ), and the acting winners were also four people who will be attending the Academy Awards on Sunday: Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Felicity Huffman (Transamerica), Matt Dillon (Crash), and Amy Adams (Junebug). Winning two alongside Brokeback were Capote (Best Male Lead and Screenplay), Transamerica (Best Female Lead and First Screenplay), and Crash (Best Supporting Male and First Feature). Also taking home awards were the aforementioned Junebug, Good Night, and Good Luck (Cinematography), Paradise Now (Foreign Film), and in a bit of surprise, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which bested Grizzly Man for the documentary award. Sadly, the most nominated film, The Squid and the Whale, walked away with nothing.

Get all the Independent Spirit Award winners and photos from the awards in our Road to the Oscars section.

Ledger Skeptical About Oscar Win

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Ledger Skeptical About Oscar Win
Heath Ledger is convinced he won't win the Best Actor Oscar next month, because the other nominees are too good. The Australian actor - nominated for his role in Brokeback Mountain - is up against Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Joaquin Phoenix (Walk The Line), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) and David Strathairn (Good Night, And Good Luck). He said at the presentation of his movie Candy at the Berlin International Film Festival Wednesday, "There are so many great actors who are nominated and who all deserve the award. Let's wait and see who will win. Of course, I'm proud to be nominated. But it's already great to be involved in a movie that wins so many prizes and is received so well."

Clooney, Stewart Poke Fun at Cheney

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Oscar-nominee George Clooney and awards host Jon Stewart have publicly mocked US Vice President Dick Cheney during a star-studded Academy Awards lunch. Clooney, renowned for his opposition to the Bush administration, joked that Cheney had initially invited him to the hunting trip, at which he accidentally shot a colleague. And he told the Beverly Hills audience on Monday that he planned to return Cheney's generosity by bringing him along to the Academy Awards next month. He says, "I'm bringing Dick Cheney as my date. It's so nice - he called me up and wanted me to go hunting so I invited him to be my (Oscar) date. I don't know if that's overly political." Oscar producer Gil Cates also promised the 116 nominees attending the lunch that the show's host, Jon Stewart, would mention the shooting incident again during the ceremony. He said, "Jon told me that part of the show that night will have him talking about how Cheney stands by the shooting and he would do it again, and that the guy was wrong, he obviously shouldn't have been there." Clooney has been named in three Academy Award categories, including Best Director for his efforts with the politically-charged Good Night, And Good Luck.

Oscars Affect Clooney's Basketball Schedule

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Oscar nominee George Clooney has joked that his appearance at the Academy Awards next month will depend on his basketball commitments. The Hollywood heart-throb is tipped for success in the Best Supporting Actor category for Syriana, as well as receiving nods for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Good Night, And Good Luck, which is up for six gongs in total at the star-studded ceremony. But laid-back Clooney jested he'd only pencil the date in his diary if it fits into his weekend sporting regime. He said, "What day is it on? Is it a Sunday? If it's on a Sunday, I can play basketball, cause Sunday's basketball day. Yeah, then I can play basketball. What time does it start? It starts early. Five o'clock? So, you've got to get there earlier, you've got to leave at 3:30 cause there'll be a long line. Play ball at noon. I can make it. I can still make it there."

Brokeback Leads Oscar Nominations

Brokeback Leads Oscar Nominations
Brokeback Mountain was the dominant movie at this morning's announcement of the Academy Award nominations with eight nods, including Best Picture. The cowboy romance also scored mentions for director Ang Lee and actors Heath Ledger (Best Actor), Jake Gyllenhaal (Supporting Actor) and Michelle Williams (Supporting Actress). Following behind Brokeback were three films with six nominations apiece: fellow Best Picture nominees Crash and Good Night, and Good Luck, and the lush epic Memoirs of a Geisha, which scored its six nods in technical categories. Rounding out the Best Picture race were Capote and Munich, each with five nominations (Walk the Line also received five nominations). In something of an unusual development, all the Best Picture nominees this year also received corresponding Best Director nominations.

Get all of the Academy Award Nominations in our Road to the Oscars section

'Brokeback Mountain' Wins Lee DGA Honor

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Ang Lee has won another award for Brokeback Mountain after his controversial movie was named Best Feature Film at the Directors Guild Of America (DGA) Awards on Saturday night. Brokeback Mountain is now the firm favorite to win the Best Picture Oscar in March. Taiwanese director Lee beat out competition from George Clooney for Good Night, And Good Luck, Paul Haggis for Crash, Bennett Miller for Capote and Steven Spielberg for Munich. Elsewhere, Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man was named Best Documentary, while the Best Movie For Television award was shared between Joseph Sargent's Warm Springs and George C. Wolfe's Lackawanna Blues. Hollywood veteran Clint Eastwood was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Los Angeles ceremony.

Brokeback Takes Directors Guild Award

Brokeback Takes Directors Guild Award
It was yet another victory for Brokeback Mountain as Ang Lee won the Directors Guild Award for the seemingly Oscar-bound film. Lee bested fellow nominees George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck), Paul Haggis (Crash), Bennett Miller (Capote) and Steven Spielberg (Munich) for the honor; it was also Lee's second DGA Award, as he had previously won in 2000 for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It's yet another in a long line of Brokeback victories, as the film was the big winner at the Golden Globes (taking home four awards) and recently nabbed the Producers Guild of America award, as well as numerous critical honors. The DGA win gives Brokeback and Lee a solid lead in the Oscar race, as only six of the DGA's winners since 1949 have not won an Academy Award -- in fact, Lee's Crouching Tiger win was one of the exceptions, as the Best Director Oscar in 2000 went to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic. Academy Award nominations will be announced Tuesday. The DGA also gave Clint Eastwood (last year's winner for Million Dollar Baby) a Lifetime Achievement Award, and picked Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) for their documentary award, though surprisingly, the film didn't made the short list for the Best Documentary Oscar. The DGA also gave out awards for television -- here's the entire list of winners: Feature Film: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain Documentary: Werner Herzog, Grizzly Man Dramatic TV series: Michael Apted, Rome Comedy TV series: Marc Buckland, My Name Is Earl Television movie: Joseph Sargent (Warm Springs) and George C. Wolfe (Lackawanna Blues) Reality TV show: Tony Croll (Three Wishes) and J. Rupert Thompson (Fear Factor) Musical variety show: Matthew Diamond, Great Performances: Dance in America - Swan Lake with American Ballet Theater Daytime drama: Owen Renfroe, General Hospital Children's programming: Chris Eyre, Edge of America Commercials: Craig Gillespie Lifetime Achievement Award: Clint Eastwood

'Brokeback Mountain' Takes Top PGA Award

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'Brokeback Mountain' Takes Top PGA Award
Controversial movie Brokeback Mountain was named Best Picture at the 17th annual Producers Guild Of America (Pga) awards Sunday night, keeping it on track for Oscar glory in March. The Ang Lee-directed film's producers, Diana Ossana and James Schamus, collected the award at the event at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Previous PGA form now points towards Brokeback Mountain being a likely Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards - 11 out of the 16 films to take the top PGA prize have gone on to win the Oscars equivalent. Producers Claire Jennings and Nick Park picked up the Best Animated Picture award for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. The Ellen DeGeneres Show won Best TV Series, while the award for Best Long-Form TV Show went to The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers. Lost picked up Best TV Drama while Entourage picked up Best Comedy TV series. 60 Minutes won Best Nonfiction TV Series. Veteran film-maker Clint Eastwood was presented with the Milestone Award, while producer Grant Heslov took home the Stanley Kramer Award for George Clooney film Good Night, And Good Luck. Legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman collected the Lifetime Achievement Award. He told the audience, "Today, with the new methods of delivering our films on the internet etcetera, we may see the power of the major (studios) diminish a little more and we may see the producers assume their rightful place." Norman Lear won the PGA Achievement Award In Television, and AOL boss Jon Miller took home the Vanguard Award.

Brokeback Rides Off with More Critics' Awards

Brokeback Rides Off with More Critics' Awards
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

L.A. Film Critics Pick Brokeback Mountain

L.A. Film Critics Pick Brokeback Mountain
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)

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

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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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