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Dreamgirls And The Departed Triumph At Satellite Awards


Bill Condon Jennifer Hudson Forest Whitaker Helen Mirren Meryl Streep The Devil Wears Prada Joseph Cross Leonardo Dicaprio Hugh Laurie Salma Hayek Tony Plana James Spader Boston Legal Desperate Housewives MARCIA CROSS Clint Eastwood Peter Morgan William Monahan Chris Cornell Casino Royale Tom Stern Pirates Of The Caribbean X-Men Patricia Field

Movie musical DREAMGIRLS and THE DEPARTED have been given another Oscars boost after claiming four awards each at the International Press Academy's (IPA) 11th annual Satellite Awards.
Dreamgirls picked up Best Director (Bill Condon) and Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson), while The Departed claimed Best Film, Drama and Best Ensemble Cast among its haul.
The Satellite Awards were also good for Forest Whitaker (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) and Helen Mirren (THE QUEEN), who both added to their acting accolades in the drama categories, while Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) and Joseph Cross (RUNNING WITH SCISSORS) claimed the acting honours in the Comedy or Musical categories.
Dreamgirls star Hudson and Leonardo Dicaprio (The Departed) took home Best Supporting Actress and Actor honours.
In the TV categories, medical drama HOUSE and it's star Hugh Laurie won big, while Salma Hayek's new hot show UGLY BETTY claimed Best Comedy and its star Tony Plana claimed Best Supporting Actor.
James Spader claimed Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical Series (Boston Legal), while pregnant Desperate Housewives star MARCIA CROSS took home the Best Actress honour in the same category.
The full list of movie winners is:
Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama - HELEN MIRREN (THE QUEEN)
Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama - FOREST WHITAKER (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND)
Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical - MERYL STREEP (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA)
Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical - JOSEPH CROSS (RUNNING WITH SCISSORS)
Actress in a Supporting Role - JENNIFER HUDSON (DREAMGIRLS)
Actor in a Supporting Role - LEONARDO DiCAPRIO (THE DEPARTED)
Motion Picture, Drama - THE DEPARTED
Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical - DREAMGIRLS
Motion Picture, Foreign Language - VOLVER
Motion Picture, Documentary - DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Director - Clint Eastwood (FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS) + BILL CONDON (DREAMGIRLS)
Original Screenplay - Peter Morgan (THE QUEEN)
Adapted Screenplay - William Monahan (THE DEPARTED)
Original Score - GUSTAVO SANTOLALLA (BABEL)
Original Song - YOU KNOW MY NAME by Chris Cornell (Casino Royale)
Cinematography - Tom Stern (FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS)
Visual Effects - Pirates Of The Caribbean: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
Film Editing - X-Men: THE LAST STAND
Sound Editing - DREAMGIRLS
Art Direction - FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
Costume Design - Patricia Field (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA)
Best Ensemble Cast - THE DEPARTED.

An American Werewolf In Paris Review


Weak
Rather limp updating of John Landis's classic horror/comedy An American Werewolf in London, Scott and Delpy just don't muster a lot of enthusiasm for the material. By skewing this toward a teen audience, the comedy is lost (for plot summary, see title of film). The action is dull and predictable, and the digital werewolves look awfully phony. Good for a little goofy fun, but that's about it.

Freaked Review


OK
Most stars spend the millions (or hundreds of thousands) they make on big budget films buying up real estate, new cars, fancy trophy spouses, designer luggage, and small, rodent-like dogs that don't really qualify as dogs but sadly think they do. (There is some innate "wolf-like" attitude in even the slightest of Chihuahuas, it's the glint of their teeth extended over tiny lips, the snarl; little dogs still have that "wild hunt" bred deep within them. This all seems very tangential but so is Freaked. I'm making a point here.) Alex Winter, hot off the success of the Bill and Ted films, decided to take his money and invest it in an off-the-wall comedy about circus freaks and hideous mutants. Makes sense, right?

Thing is, Winter had a great intuition unfortunately neither Hollywood nor the public was in a like mind. Freaked floundered and sank and now, after years of rumors, the gimp is back out of the trunk. And it's a groovy thing.

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