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Brendan Fraser And Haggis Awarded Damages Over Crash Lawsuit


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Moviemaker Bob Yari has been ordered to pay actor Brendan Fraser and director Paul Haggis $12 million (£7.5 million) in damages for improperly withholding profits from hit 2004 film Crash.

In 2007, Haggis launched legal action against the movie's producer Yari, claiming he had breached a profit sharing agreement made in 2002 and failed to give him the correct money he is owed.

Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Buckley ruled earlier this year (11) that Yari had breached his contract by "diverting funds to third parties" from the profits of the $100 million (£63 million)-grossing movie.

And Yari has now been ordered to pay $12 million to Fraser, who played Rick Cabot in the film, and Haggis - although it is unknown how the damages will be split between both parties.

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Movie Academy Qualifies 4 Hurt Locker Producers


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The motion picture academy has decided that four producers among the seven listed in the credits for The Hurt Locker will be officially recognized as nominees for the best film Oscar and that three producers among the eight listed for The Blind Side will be recognized. When the announcement of Oscar nominees was announced this week, the producer credits for the two films were tagged "TBD" (to be determined). The decision to select four persons for the Hurt Locker nomination was regarded as extraordinary since the academy's rules limit producer nominations to "those three or fewer producers who have performed the major portion of the producing functions." However, the rules also allow the academy to name more in case of "a rare and extraordinary circumstance." In 2006 Bob Yari sued the academy after his name was omitted from the list of nominees for the best film, Crash . The lawsuit was later tossed out.

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What Doesn't Kill You Review


OK
A recovery film being touted as a crime thriller, What Doesn't Kill You suffers from the problem of most recovery stories in that it essentially has no final act. With the average character study this isn't really an issue, but for a film that starts off with an armored car robbery going badly awry (narration over a freeze-frame of a robber desperately blasting away tells us: "Never do armored cars"), the lack of satisfying denouement seriously damages what is otherwise a perfectly solid drama.

The movie is billed as the true-life story of the film's director/co-writer Brian Goodman, a South Boston guy who spent a few years in jail before getting his break in Ted Demme's Monument Ave. and showing up in several projects by Rod Lurie (a producer on this film). Being that Goodman made a career in Hollywood as the kind of square-jawed tough who got mowed down by the G-Men in the final reel of an old Republic serial, it's fitting that his first project as filmmaker would be this scrappy piece about his pre-Hollywood life as a second-string Southie hoodlum.

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Crash Producer's Oscar Fight Killed At Appeal


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A Los Angeles appeals court has ruled CRASH producer Bob Yari cannot sue the Producers Guild Of America (PGA) and the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (AMPAS) in an effort to be awarded an Oscar retroactively.
Yari was one of six producers on Crash, but only two producers are eligible to be nominated in the Best Picture category - an Academy Award the movie won in March 2006.
The PGA selected writer/director/producer Haggis and Cathy Shulman for Crash, a decision approved by Oscar bosses at AMPAS.
Yari, who helped finance the film, was furious when he learned he and three other producers had been left out, and took legal action in February 2006.
A court ruled that same year (06) that private organisations can make their own decisions regarding awards, a decision upheld by the 2nd District Court Of Appeals on Tuesday (25Mar08).
Yari describes the ruling as "unfortunate".
As well as Best Picture, Crash also won Oscars for Best Screenplay (Haggis) and Best Editing (Hughes Winborne).

Resurrecting The Champ Review


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You could say that young sportswriter Erik Kernan (Josh Harnett) has a greater need for resurrection than the down-for-the-count ex-boxer he wants to write about. That's because, sadly, Kernan hasn't been able to match his dead dad's sharp writing and sterling reputation on the Denver Post. The only thing that makes his professional resurrection possible with his story idea is the passion to tell it, and he's pleading for the assignment.

When Erik first comes upon the man they call "Champ" (Samuel L. Jackson), the homeless resident has just been violently attacked by a small gang of vicious delinquents trying to prove their manhood with an act of cowardice typical of the goons and bullies in this part of town. After suffering their blows, the victim lies nearly helpless on the grounds of his minimal stakeout in a downtown alley. Once more, Champ is down, but this is the life he's accepted and adapted to with stoic resolve.

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Starz To Offer First Original Drama Series: Crash


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Movie channel Starz, which, unlike other pay-TV cable outlets like HBO and Showtime, has never produced original dramatic programming, has signed a deal with Lionsgate to develop a series based on the 2004 movie Crash. Several of the movie's producers, including Paul Haggis, Don Cheadle, Bobby Moresco, Bob Yari, Mark R. Harris, and Tom Hunan, will also oversee the TV series. Haggis, who also co-wrote the screenplay of Crash, told Broadcasting & Cable magazine that he had originally envisioned it as a TV show. "I am thrilled that it's coming full circle and can't wait to see how it expands and transforms," he said.


29/01/2008

Kickin' It Old Skool Review


Weak
Haven't I seen this movie before? More to the point: Haven't I seen Jamie Kennedy make this movie before?

Well, not exactly. While Malibu's Most Wanted featured a goofy white guy obsessed with rap culture -- to the extreme annoyance of everyone around him -- Kickin' It Old Skool gives us Kennedy as a goofy white guy obsessed with... breakdancing culture. The key difference? In Old Skool Kennedy is a coma victim who awakens 20 years after a junior-high talent show (after breakdancing his way to a concussion, of course), only to find a world that's unlike the '80s. Wait, haven't I seen this movie before?

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The Hoax Review


Very Good
Everybody loves a good con artist, a guy who can bluff his way into or out of anything. He's isn't violent, not a gangster, but a smooth-talking charmer whose poker face doesn't flinch no matter how dangerous or delicate the situation gets. Lasse Hallström's latest, The Hoax, offers a portrait of such a con artist, a real-life fabulist who makes James Frey (the disgraced "non-fiction" writer behind 2003's A Million Little Pieces) and his shenanigans look like chump change.

Richard Gere, perfectly cast, plays Clifford Irving, a down-and-out writer who in 1971 wrote (and nearly got published) a fake biography of Howard Hughes. Desperate to jump-start his career, Irving duped his editor Andrea Tate (Hope Davis) and the top dogs at McGraw-Hill into believing he was not only a friend of Hughes, the notorious recluse, but that the billionaire had tapped Irving to write his life story. Smelling a publishing sensation, McGraw-Hill offered Irving a then-record publishing deal, and the writer suddenly found himself the crown prince of the publishing world.

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Crash (2004) Review


Excellent
In Crash, a simple car accident forms an unyielding foundation for the complex exploration of race and prejudice. Thoroughly repulsive throughout, but incredibly thought provoking long after, Paul Haggis' breathtaking directorial debut succeeds in bringing to the forefront the behaviors that many people keep under their skin. And by thrusting these attitudes toward us with a highly calculated, reckless abandon, Haggis puts racism on the highest pedestal for our review.

There is no better place for this examination than the culturally diverse melting pot of modern-day Los Angeles. In just over 24 hours, Crash brings together people from all walks of life. Two philosophizing black men (Ludacris and Larenz Tate) steal the expensive SUV belonging to the white, L.A. District Attorney (Brendan Fraser), and his high-strung wife (Sandra Bullock). A similar vehicle belonging to a wealthy black television director (Terrence Howard) and his wife (Thandie Newton) is later pulled over by a racist cop (Matt Dillon) and his partner (Ryan Phillippe). Soon, many of these people get mixed up with a Latino locksmith (Michael Peña), a Persian storekeeper (Shaun Toub), and two ethnically diverse, dating police detectives (Don Cheadle and Jennifer Esposito).

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A Love Song For Bobby Long Review


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In a year-end blitz of small films about dysfunctional, broken families (e.g., Around the Bend) comes this variation on the theme set in a tacky section of New Orleans. While a confident cast ultimately makes something of the drama, a certain awkwardness in the storytelling sets up discordant side tracks as it attempts to live up to its title.

Purslane "Pursy" Hominy Will (Scarlett Johansson) has lived most of her 18-year life without the mother from whom she's estranged but whose memory she cherishes. As a teenage independent she's become hardened and jaded beyond her years. When her live-in boyfriend tells her that he received word of Lorraine's death several days after the fact, she rages at the dumbshit for neglecting to let her know right away. She storms out of the house with all her possessions and buses her way from Florida back to the town she grew up in and to her childhood home, a day too late to make the funeral.

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Kickin' It Old Skool Movie Review

Kickin' It Old Skool Movie Review

Haven't I seen this movie before? More to the point: Haven't I seen Jamie Kennedy...

The Hoax Movie Review

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Crash (2005) Movie Review

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