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Durst To Make Directorial Debut


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Rocker Fred Durst will make his feature directorial debut on the independent film THE EDUCATION OF CHARLIE BANKS. The story centres on a Vassar College student who gets an unannounced visit from the scariest kid from his old New York neighbourhood. Jesse Eisenberg, who played son WALT BERKMAN in The Squid and the Whale, will star in the film, along with Jason Ritter and Chris Marquette. The Limp Bizkit frontman has stepped behind the camera before - he directed many of the band's music videos. Shooting on the project begins 12 June (06) in Providence, Rhode Island.

Baumbach Thought He'd Missed Out On Nomination


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The Squid and the Whale writer/director Noah Baumbach was terrified when he woke up at 8.50am (PST) on Tuesday (31JAN06) without any news of an Oscar nomination - because he thought he'd been overlooked.

But Baumbach's mood quickly changed when he checked his mobile phone and heard a high-pitched message from actress Laura Linney telling him he'd received a Best Original Screenplay nomination.

He says, "I looked at the clock and realised I wasn't being woken up by the phone, which indicated to me that maybe it wasn't great news.

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Kidman And Leigh Set To Star With Squid Director


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Film-maker Noah Baumbach is set to cast Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, as well as his real-life wife Jennifer Jason Leigh, in the follow-up to his acclaimed film The Squid and the Whale.

The actresses will play sisters in the untitled comedy-drama being distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The film is "another multi-generational story that takes place over a weekend and follows a mom and her son who visit the mom's sister," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Brokeback, Crash, Capote And Good Night Up For Guild Awards


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Brokeback Mountain, CRASH, CAPOTE and GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK have been nominated for awards by the Producers Guild Of America (PGA) and Writers Guild of America (WGA).

The four films, together with Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, have been nominated for Best Picture at the PGA Awards, which takes place on 22 January (06) at the Los Angeles Universal Hilton.

In the new animation category, Chicken Little will fight MADAGASCAR, ROBOTS, TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE and Wallace And Gromit: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT, while Clint Eastwood will be honoured with the Milestone Award for his long film career.

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Brokeback Mountain Tops Satellite Awards


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Gay cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at the Satellite Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (17DEC05), picking up four accolades.

Ang Lee picked up Best Director for the film, which was also named Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Editing and Best Song for A LOVE THAT WILL NEVER GROW OLD, at the 10th annual awards, which are organised by the International Press Academy.

Meanwhile, Philip Seymour Hoffman was named Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama for CAPOTE, while Felicity Huffman garnered Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama for TRANSAMERICA.

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


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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.

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Brokeback Mountain Leads Golden Globe Nominations


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Gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain looks a likely winner at next year's (06) Academy Awards after picking up seven Golden Globe nominations today (13DEC05) - the traditional precursor to Oscar success.

The film, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, received nods for Best Picture - Drama, as well as acting mentions for Ledger and Supporting Actress and real-life partner Michelle Williams, whose career has soared since her days in teen soap DAWSON'S CREEK. Director Ang Lee was also tipped for a gong.

Ledger will battle Russell Crowe (Cinderella Man), Terrence Howard (Hustle and Flow), Philip Seymour Hoffman (CAPOTE) and David Strathairn (GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK) for Best Actor in a drama.

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Afi Hails Top Films And Tv Of 2005


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Steven Spielberg's movie about a massacre at the 1972 Olympic Games, Munich, and blockbuster King Kong are among the American Film Institute's (AFI) top ten films of 2005.

Also acknowledged in the list are Brokeback Mountain, THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, CRASH, A History of Violence, The Squid and the Whale, GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA and CAPOTE.

The top ten was voted by a jury of movie industry professionals. A similar panel voted 24, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, GREY'S ANATOMY, DEADWOOD, HOUSE, Lost, RESCUE ME, SLEEPER CELL, SOMETIMES IN APRIL and VERONICA MARS as the top TV shows of 2005.

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Capote Claims First Big Film Prize


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Philip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal of writer Truman Capote in biopic CAPOTE has earned the film the first of the movie award season's big prizes.

The film was named the Best Feature at the Independent Feature Project's 15th annual Gotham Awards in New York yesterday (30NOV05).

The movie's director, Bennett Miller, also claimed the Breakthrough Director award.

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Baldwin Dreams Of Oscar Nomination


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Actor Billy Baldwin is desperate to land an Oscar nomination for his latest role because he's sick of attending the big night as someone's date.

The BACKDRAFT star's portrayal of tennis coach IVAN in acclaimed new film The Squid and the Whale is already receiving Oscar attention and Baldwin is hoping to get his first nod.

The actor has attended the Academy Awards twice - but was a date on both occasions.

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