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Voting Opens For People's Choice


Pride And Prejudice Oliver Twist Pedro Almodovar Roberto Benigni Jean-Pierre Jeunet Peter Cattaneo The Full Monty Wolfgang Becker Anders Thomas Jensen Luc Dardenne Christian Carion Luc Jacquet Roman Polanski Paradise Now HANY ABU-ASSAD JOE WRIGHT Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Steve Box

VOLVER, Pride And Prejudice and Oliver Twist have all been nominated for the European Film Academy's People's Choice Award.
The prestigious award allows film fans across Europe to select their favourite film by registering their vote at www.peopleschoiceaward.org. Voting closes on 31 October (06).
Previous winners of the gong have included Pedro Almodovar's HABLE CON ELLA, Roberto Benigni's LA VITA E BELLA, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's AMÉLIE, Peter Cattaneo's The Full Monty and Wolfgang Becker's GOOD BYE, LENIN!
The full list of nominees is:
ADAM'S ÆBLER by Anders Thomas Jensen
ELEMENTARTEILCHEN by OSKAR ROEHLER
L'ENFANT by JEAN-PIERRE and Luc Dardenne
JOYEUX NOEL by Christian Carion
LA MARCHE DE L'EMPEREUR by Luc Jacquet
OLIVER TWIST by Roman Polanski
Paradise Now by HANY ABU-ASSAD
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by JOE WRIGHT
ROMANZO CRIMINALE by MICHELE PLACIDO
STESTI by BOHDAN SLAMA
VOLVER by PEDRO ALMODOVAR
WALLACE + GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT by Steve Box and NICK PARK.

Paradise Now Director Urges Protesters To Make Own Film


HANY ABU-ASSAD Paradise Now

Director HANY ABU-ASSAD, creator of controversial suicide bomber movie Paradise Now, has hit out at angry protesters - saying they should retaliate by creating their own movie. The Academy Award-nominated film came under attack last week (01MAR06) from a 32,000 signature-strong petition urging Oscar officials to disqualify it from the Best Foreign Language Film shortlist. But movie-maker Abu-Assad argues the drama, which follows two West Bank friends hired to be suicide bombers in Tel Aviv, forces the audience to question the terrorists' motivation. Speaking at the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles yesterday (04MAR06), where the screenplay won Best Foreign Film, he says, "The only answer I can give them is please go and make your own movie. "I understand the pain that some people have and I think it's not a problem to protest against a film. It's better than to use violence. "We all have different opinions about it. This is why we have films - you give the right to people to judge it as they want."

Three Wins For Capote At Independent Spirit Awards


Philip Seymour Hoffman Caroline Baron Brokeback Mountain Sarah Silverman Amy Adams DUNCAN TUCKER Matt Dillon Dan Futterman Paradise Now Paul Haggis GARRETT SCOTT IAN OLDS IAN GAMAZON NEILL DELA LLANA Monsoon Wedding Felicity Huffman ROBERT ELSWIT Ang Lee

CAPOTE was given a last-minute Oscars boost at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California yesterday (04MAR06) when the biopic claimed three of five honours, including a Best Actor prize for Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film also claimed the Best Screenplay award and new mum Caroline Baron took home the event's Producers Award. Meanwhile, CRASH, TRANSAMERICA and Brokeback Mountain picked up two awards each - the latter claimed the Best Feature prize. The irreverent anti-Oscars was hosted by provocative comedienne Sarah Silverman, who shocked guests and the live TV audience with quips about feminine hygiene and sex. The full list of winners is: Best Supporting Female - Amy Adams (JUNEBUG) Best First Screenplay - DUNCAN TUCKER (TRANSAMERICA) Best Supporting Male - Matt Dillon (CRASH) Best Screenplay - Dan Futterman (CAPOTE) Best Foreign Film - Paradise Now Best Documentary - ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM Best First Feature - Paul Haggis (CRASH) Truer Than Fiction Award - GARRETT SCOTT + IAN OLDS (OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND) Someone To Watch Award - IAN GAMAZON + NEILL DELA LLANA (corr) (CAVITE) Producers Award - CAROLINE BARON (CAPOTE + Monsoon Wedding) Best Female Lead - Felicity Huffman (TRANSAMERICA) Best Cinematography - ROBERT ELSWIT (GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK) The John Cassavetes Award - CONVENTIONEERS Best Director - Ang Lee (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) Best Male Lead - PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (CAPOTE) Best Feature - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.

Paradise Now Sparks Oscar Uproar


Paradise Now Steven Spielberg Munich

Academy Award-nominated movie Paradise Now is under attack from Israeli families who lost children in Palestinian suicide attacks, and they are urging Oscar officials to disqualify the film. The bereaved relatives claim to have a 32,000 signature-strong petition against the movie's nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie charts two West Bank friends hired to be suicide bombers in Tel Aviv. YOSSI ZUR, whose teenage son ASAF was killed in a bus bombing, says, "What they call 'Paradise Now' we call 'Hell Now', each and every day. "It is a mission of the free world not to give such movies a prize." The controversial film, which won a Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film in January (06), explores the perspectives of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, and whether their frustration justifies resorting to violence. Steven Spielberg's multi Oscar-nominated movie Munich, about 11 Israeli athletes massacred at the 1972 Olympic Games, has also met with controversy. Film industry experts claim an Oscar nomination has never been withdrawn since the awards began in 1928.

Cinema For Peace Honours Good Night, And Good Luck


George Clooney Steven Spielberg Munich HANY ABU-ASSAD Paradise Now Bertrand Tavernier CBS Edward R Murrow Joseph Mccarthy Unicef

George Clooney's GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK will be honoured as the Most Valuable Movie Of The Year at today's (13FEB06) charity event Cinema For Peace.

Clooney's second project as a director, which he also wrote the script for, beat competition from Steven Spielberg's Munich, HANY ABU-ASSAD's Paradise Now, Bertrand Tavernier's HOLY LOLA as well as ALI SAMADI AHADI's and OLIVER STOLTZ' LOST CHILDREN.

The film explores the life of legendary CBS reporter Edward R Murrow, whose journalism brought down controversial US senator Joseph Mccarthy in the 1950s.

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Brokeback Mountain Claims Big Four At The Golden Globes


Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee Clint Eastwood Johnny Cash Walk the Line Reese Witherspoon Joaquin Phoenix Ryan Phillippe Desperate Housewives Felicity Huffman Paul Newman George Clooney Rachel Weisz The Constant Gardener Diana Ossana Paradise Now John Williams Memoirs Of A Geisha Emmylou Harris Bernie Taupin GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA Philip Seymour Hoffman Sandra Oh Geena Davis Hugh Laurie Steve Carell The Office Jonathan Rhys Meyers S Epatha Merkerson Lackawanna Blues Lost Anthony Hopkins

Critically-acclaimed western Brokeback Mountain cleaned up at the Golden Globe Awards last night (16JAN06) by claiming four top honours.

The controversial film, which has been banned from some US cinemas for its gay themes, took home Best Movie (Drama), Best Screenplay and Best Song prizes at the 63rd annual Golden Globe Awards, while Ang Lee picked up the night's Best Director honour from his hero Clint Eastwood.

And there were triple celebrations for Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line when Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix claimed the acting honours in the Comedy/Musical movie category and the film picked up the Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) prize.

Continue reading: Brokeback Mountain Claims Big Four At The Golden Globes

Brokeback, Good Night, Producers And Match Point Tops Globe Nominations


Brokeback Mountain The Producers Match Point Ang Lee Heath Ledger Michelle Williams George Clooney David Strathairn Mel Brooks Nathan Lane Will Ferrell Woody Allen Scarlett Johansson The Constant Gardener Walk the Line Desperate Housewives MARCIA CROSS Eva Longoria Teri Hatcher Felicity Huffman Everybody Hates Chris Lost Anthony Hopkins A History of Violence Pride And Prejudice The Squid and the Whale Kung Fu Hustle Paradise Now

LATEST: Brokeback Mountain, The Producers, Match Point and GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK will lead the way at next year's (06) Golden Globe Awards.

Ang Lee's gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain tops the nominations with seven nods, including Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Actor - Drama for Heath Ledger, Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for Michelle Williams and Best Director.

George Clooney's black and white drama Good Night, And Good Luck is up for four trophies, including Best Motion Picture - Drama and Best Actor - Drama for David Strathairn, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay for Clooney, who has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in SYRIANA.

Continue reading: Brokeback, Good Night, Producers And Match Point Tops Globe Nominations

Cache Is The Big Winner At European Film Awards


Michael Haneke Daniel Auteuil Julia Jentsch Sean Connery HANY ABU-ASSAD Paradise Now Hotel Rwanda A Very Long Engagement George Clooney

French movie CACHE (HIDDEN) grabbed a trio of top gongs at the European Film Awards in Berlin, Germany, yesterday (03DEC05).

Cache film-maker Michael Haneke was named Best Director, the thriller's male lead Daniel Auteuil was awarded the Best Actor gong, and the movie's producers were presented with the Best Film award.

German actress Julia Jentsch was named Best Actress for her performance in SOPHIE SCHOLL, DIE LETZTEN TAGE (SOPHIE SCHOLL, THE FINAL DAYS).

Continue reading: Cache Is The Big Winner At European Film Awards

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