First-time director Sarah Watt won the top honors at Saturday night's Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, taking home both the Best Direction and Best Film prizes for Look Both Ways.
Watt also picked up the Best Original Screenplay award for the low-budget movie, her first feature-length production, at the Melbourne ceremony.
Elsewhere, the Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress honors went to Little Fish co-stars Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchett, respectively.
Russell Crowe, who hosted the event, picked up the International Award for Best Actor for his performance in Cinderella Man, while Emily Browning took home the International Award for Best Actress for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Rockers Nick Cave and Warren Ellis won Best Original Music Score for The Proposition.
The winners at the 2005 AFI Awards included:
Best Film--Look Both Ways
Best Lead Actor--Hugo Weaving for Little Fish
Best Lead Actress--Cate Blanchett for Little Fish
Best Direction--Sarah Watt for Look Both Ways
Best Original Screenplay--Sarah Watt for Look Both Ways
Best Adapted Screenplay--Robert Connolly, Elliot Perlman for Three Dollars
Best Supporting Actress--Noni Hazlehurst for Little Fish
Best Supporting Actor--Anthony Hayes for Look Both Ways
Best Editing--Alexandre De Franceschi, John Scott for Little Fish
Best Original Music Score--Nick Cave, Warren Ellis for The Proposition
Best Production Design--Chris Kennedy for The Proposition
Best Costume Design--Margot Wilson for The Proposition
Best Sound--Sam Petty, Peter Grace, Robert Sullivan, Yulia Akerholt for Little Fish
Best Cinematography--Benoit Delhomme for The Proposition
International Award for Best Actor--Russell Crowe for Cinderella Man
International Award for Best Actress--Emily Browning for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
International Award for Excellence in Filmmaking--Roger Savage for House of Flying Daggers
Byron Kennedy Award--Chris Kennedy
Longford Life Achievement Award--Ray Barrett
Readers' Choice Award--Cate Blanchett
Young Actor Award--Sophie Luck for Blue Water High
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Top Story: Oscar-Winning Actor Peter Ustinov Dies
Oscar-winning British actor and playwright Peter Ustinov died of heart failure Sunday night at a clinic near his home in Switzerland, Reuters reports. He was 82. Ustinov was hospitalized at the end of January after he came down with an undisclosed illness on his return from a holiday in Thailand and never recovered. "It was not a surprise, he was pretty ill. He had had a busy life and he was tired," his son Igor Ustinov told Reuters in a telephone interview. "But he certainly was not ready to go." An actor, writer and humorist, Ustinov, whose career spanned more than 60 years, won two Best Supporting Actor Oscars, for his clown in the 1960 epic Spartacus and his engaging con man in the 1964 actioner Topkapi. He also earned critical praise for his directorial efforts Romanoff and Juliet in 1962; a biting Cold War satire based on his own play, Billy Budd, in 1962; and the 1972 Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton comedy Hammersmith Is Out. Ustinov was knighted in 1990 by Britain's Queen Elizabeth but did not like to be known as "Sir Peter." He was also well known for charity work and continued to make public appearances until this last illness, raising money for the United Nations' Children Fund (UNICEF), for which he was an ambassador.
CBS Searches for Next Martha Stewart
CBS is looking for the next Martha Stewart and--lo and behold!--yet another reality TV show is born. According to Reuters, the network has teamed up with LMNO Productions to create a 10-episode reality show to discover the next lifestyle trendsetter. The program will feature 12 individuals living together and competing in the domestic arts such as interior decorating, cooking and party planning ,as producers throw them curves to test their imaginations and their grace under pressure. Casting will be open to both men and women, but a spokesman for LMNO told Reuters producers have not decided whether any men will necessarily make the cut.
Baywatch Star Discusses JFK, Jr.-Bessette Love Triangle
The A&E Network is set to air a special one-hour documentary and exclusive interview Monday night with former Baywatch star and Calvin Klein model Michael Bergin, in which he says he had an affair with Carolyn Bessette, John F. Kennedy Jr.'s wife. This marks the first time Bergin has spoken publicly in great detail about the Bergin-Bessette-Kennedy love triangle, which began when he dated Bessette for several years before her marriage. In The Other Man: JFK, Jr., Carolyn Bessette & Me, Bergin says their relationship rekindled in Los Angeles in 1997 after she was married, and at one point she spent 11 days with him when Kennedy was on a kayaking trip with his friends. Bergin was living in Hawaii in July 1999, when Kennedy and Bessette were killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.
Soprano Star De Matteo Joins Joey
The Sopranos star Drea De Matteo has landed the role of Joey Tribbiani's sister on NBC's upcoming Friends spinoff, Joey. According to The Hollywood Reporter, De Matteo will play Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) sister Gina, a hairdresser who lives in Los Angeles with her son. Like Joey, Gina is a strong person who isn't afraid to speak her mind and has a way with the opposite sex. And expect her to be a tad bit smarter than Joey, too.
Nick Lachey in ABC's Hot Mamma
Singer turned reality TV star Nick Lachey has been cast opposite Gina Gershon in the ABC comedy Hot Mamma, about a hip wedding planner and single mom (Gershon) and her more conservative daughter. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lachey will play a struggling actor who works odd jobs and runs errands for the women in exchange for boarding. The casting comes form Lachey's development/talent deal with ABC and its Disney-owned corporate sibling, Touchstone TV.
William Shatner Has Two Feet Back on Earth With The Practice Spinoff
Former Star Trek star William Shatner is expected to make a permanent return to primetime in David E. Kelley's spinoff to canceled legal drama The Practice, which is wrapping its eight-year run this season. Shatner has already appeared on The Practice as Danny Crane, the senior partner in the law firm that represents Alan Shore (James Spader) in his wrongful termination lawsuit against Young, Frutt & Berluti, the company around which The Practice revolved.
Singer Howie Day Arrested After Madison Gig
Singer Howie Day, who opened for the band Barenaked Ladies at a concert Wednesday in Madison, Wis., was charged Friday with two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct in connection with a post-concert incident on his tour bus, The Associated Press reports. According to a criminal complaint, Day was arrested Wednesday for allegedly locking a woman in a bathroom on the tour bus after she refused his sexual advances, broke the cell phone of another woman trying to call police and then poured beer on them. "That was probably wrong of me," Day said about breaking the phone. "But I felt violated."
Hagar Joins Van Halen for Summer Tour
After an eight-year split, singer Sammy Hagar is returning to rock band Van Halen-- just in time for a summer concert tour. The band will hit the road this summer for the first time in almost six years in a tour of indoor North American arenas, starting with a June 11 performance in Greensboro, N.C., Reuters reports. Hagar first joined Van Halen in 1985 after original vocalist David Lee Roth quit to launch a solo career. But Hagar left the group in early 1996 claiming that he was fired by his bandmates, who countered he had quit. Van Halen found itself a new singer--Gary Cherone--but the change didn't gel with fans and the band's popularity faded, as did their deal at Warner Bros. Records.
Role Call: Disney Mulls Toy Story 3
Walt Disney Co. studio chief Dick Cook said Friday he was leaning toward making the third installment of Toy Story, Pixar Animation Studios Inc. 's 1995 hit, a feature film rather than a straight-to-video project. Although Disney and Pixar plan to part ways after two more films together, the Mouse House still retains
It's crunch time, as networks prepare to premiere brand new seasons of their tried-and-true shows and launch new ones in hopes of fattening up their viewership. Although the premiere week for the fall 2003 TV season doesn't officially begin until Monday, Sept. 22, some networks have already gotten a head start.
UPN, for example, has already debuted five new series, including Jake 2.0, Eve, All of Us, Rock Me Baby and The Mullets, and has already premiered its recurring shows Enterprise and WWE Smackdown!.
The WB, meanwhile, rolled out new series Steve Harvey's Big Time, All About the Andersons, Run of the House and Pepsi's Play for a Billion, and premiered current favorites including 7th Heaven, What I like About You, Reba and Everwood.
The FOX network premiered only one new show, The O.C., which was immediately successful. Last week it debuted its Saturday lineup with Cops, America's Most Wanted and Mad TV.
Last but not least, NBC introduced two new skeins, Whoopi and Happy Family.
For the most part, networks have been rerunning their season finales to whet viewers' appetites. Still lost as to when your favorite shows are set to debut or when to catch the newest buzz shows? Hollywood.com has compiled a nifty schedule of the fall TV season for you:
Thursday, Sept. 18
New! 8 p.m.: Threat Matrix (ABC)
8 p.m.: Survivor: Pearl Islands (CBS)
8:30 p.m.: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment (The WB, new timeslot)
9 p.m.: Extreme Makeover (ABC, new timeslot)
Friday, Sept. 19
8 p.m.: Wanda at Large (FOX, new timeslot)
New! 8:30 p.m.: Luis (FOX)
New! 8:30 p.m.: Like Family (The WB)
9 p.m.: Boston Public (FOX, new timeslot)
Monday, Sept. 22
8 p.m.: Yes, Dear (CBS, new timeslot)
8 p.m.: Fear Factor (NBC, two-hour premiere)
8:30 p.m.: Still Standing (CBS, new timeslot)
9 p.m.: Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
New! 9:30 p.m.: Two and a Half Men (CBS)
New! 10 p.m.: Las Vegas (NBC)
10 p.m.: CSI: Miami (CBS)
Tuesday, Sept. 23
8 p.m.: 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (ABC)
New! 8 p.m.: Navy NCIS (CBS)
8 p.m.: Gilmore Girls (The WB)
New! 8:30 p.m.: I'm with Her (ABC)
9 p.m.: According to Jim (ABC)
9 p.m.: The Guardian (CBS)
9 p.m.: Frasier (NBC, one-hour premiere)
New! 9 p.m.: One Tree Hill (The WB)
9:30 p.m.: Less Than Perfect (ABC)
10 p.m.: NYPD Blue (ABC)
10 p.m.: Judging Amy (CBS)
10 p.m.: Law & Order: SVU (NBC, new timeslot)
Wednesday, Sept. 24
8 p.m.: My Wife and Kids (ABC, one-hour premiere)
8 p.m.: 60 Minutes II (CBS)
8 p.m.: Ed (NBC)
9 p.m.: The Bachelor (ABC, two-hour premiere)
9 p.m.: The West Wing (NBC)
New! 10 p.m.: The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. (CBS)
10 p.m.: Law & Order (NBC)
Thursday, Sept. 25
8 p.m.: Friends (NBC, super-sized episode)
8:45 p.m.: Will & Grace (NBC, super-sized episode)
9 p.m.: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
New! 9:30 p.m.: Coupling (NBC)
10 p.m.: Without a Trace (CBS)
10 p.m.: ER (NBC)
Friday, Sept. 26
8 p.m.: George Lopez (ABC, one-hour premiere; new timeslot)
New! 8 p.m.: Joan of Arcadia (CBS)
New! 8 p.m.: Miss Match (NBC)
8 p.m.: UPN Movie Friday (UPN)
New! 9 p.m.: Hope & Faith (ABC)
9 p.m.: JAG (CBS, new timeslot)
9 p.m.: Dateline (NBC)
9:30 p.m.: Life with Bonnie (ABC, new timeslot)
New! 10 p.m.: The Handler (CBS)
10 p.m.: Boomtown (NBC, new timeslot)
Saturday, Sept. 27
8 p.m.: The Wonderful World of Disney (ABC, new timeslot)
8 p.m.: 48 Hours Investigates (CBS, new timeslot)
8 p.m.: NBC Saturday Movie (NBC)
9 p.m.: Hack (CBS, new timeslot)
10 p.m.: The District (CBS, new timeslot)
Sunday, Sept. 28
7 p.m.: America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC, new timeslot)
7 p.m.: 60 Minutes (CBS)
7 p.m.: Dateline (NBC)
New! 8 p.m.: 10-8 (ABC)
New! 8 p.m.: Cold Case (CBS)
8 p.m.: Charmed (The WB, two-hour premiere)
8 p.m.: American Dreams (NBC)
9 p.m.: Alias (ABC)
9 p.m.: CBS Sunday Movie (CBS)
9 p.m.: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC)
10 p.m.: The Practice (ABC, return to old timeslot)
New! 10 p.m.: The Lyon's Den (NBC)
Monday, Sept. 29
10 p.m.: Third Watch (NBC, new timeslot)
Wednesday, Oct. 1
8 p.m.: Smallville (The WB, new timeslot)
New! 8:30 p.m.: It's All Relative (ABC)
9 p.m.: The King of Queens (CBS, one-hour premiere; new timeslot)
9 p.m.: Angel (The WB)
New! 10 p.m.: Karen Sisco (ABC)
Thursday, Oct. 2
8:30 p.m.: Scrubs (NBC)
Friday, Oct. 3
New! 8:30 p.m.: Married to the Kellys (ABC)
Saturday, Oct. 4
10 p.m.: L.A. Dragnet (new timeslot)
Sunday, Oct. 5
New! 9 p.m.: Tarzan (The WB)
Wednesday, Oct. 8
9:30 p.m.: Becker (CBS, new timeslot)
Monday, Oct. 20
8 p.m.: Joe Millionaire (FOX, new timeslot)
New! 9 p.m.: Skin (FOX)
Tuesday, Oct. 28
9 p.m.: 24 (FOX, commercial-free)
Wednesday, Oct. 29
8 p.m.: That '70s Show (FOX)
New! 8:30 p.m.: A Minute with Stan Hooper (FOX)
9 p.m.: The Bernie Mac Show (FOX)
9:30 p.m.: Cedric the Entertainer Presents (FOX)
Thursday, Oct. 30
New! 8 p.m.: Tru Calling (FOX)
New! 9 p.m.: The O.C. (FOX, time-period premiere)
Sunday, Nov. 2
7:30 p.m.: King of the Hill (FOX)
8 p.m.: The Simpsons (FOX)
New! 8:30 p.m.: The Ortegas (FOX)
9 p.m.: Malcolm in the Middle (FOX)
"I wish!" That's what pop crooner Enrique Iglesias told The Mail on Sunday's Popworld magazine about his so-called romantic relationship with bawdy tennis player Anna Kournikova. Iglesias insists that they had a great time shooting the video for his new single "Escape," but that's where it ended. "She's crazy, but in a cool way. I heard rumors that I would not kiss her because she had a cold sore," he told the magazine, "but that's not true."
Who knew comedian Bill Murray was such a baseball aficionado? Murray has apparently taken an interest in the new minor league baseball team in Brockton, Mass., and showed up unannounced at the team's offices last month to tour its new $17 million stadium. The Brockton Rox's principal owner, Van Schley, told The Associated Press that Murray might become an owner in the future.
Former Miss America Pageant CEO Robert L. Beck, who was fired in the wake of a rules-change scandal that would have let women who had been divorced or had abortions compete for the Miss America title, is taking the organization to court. Blake is suing the Miss America Organization for several issues, including wrongful termination and severance pay, according to the AP.
Franz Reuther, the man behind the 1989 Milli Vanilli lip-synching debacle, is in hot water again. According to the AP, Reuther's company demolished a 1928 mansion in Miami Beach, Fla., despite being denied permission by city officials. His company could be fined as much as $120,000.
It looks as though Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling might have a case of writer's block. The popular children's author is late on delivering her fifth installment, entitled Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The book was originally scheduled for publication for July 2002, but Scholastic, the book's publisher, told stockholders it now expects to publish before June 2003, The New York Times reports.
Four weeks into the filming of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, director Jonathan Mostow has replaced newcomer Sophia Bush with Claire Danes. According to Variety, Mostow felt Bush looked too young for the part.
In the Biz
Jennifer Lopez will star in and produce a film based on a modern version of Prosper Merimee's 19th-century short story Carmen for Universal Pictures, according to Variety. Craig Pearce, who co-wrote Moulin Rouge, will revamp the story, and Lopez will star as the Gypsy temptress.
The estate of late actor Walter Matthau has sued Columbia Pictures for breach of contract over profits on the films Cactus Flower and California Suite. The suit alleges Matthau was entitled to gross participation on the two films and claims Columbia reported only 20 percent of home video receipts, failed to report full cable receipts and obtained secret profits, according to Variety. The suit seeks at least $1 million in damages. Matthau died at age 79 in July 2000.
Emilio Estevez has written the script for and will likely star in a project tentatively entitled Bobby about the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy, Variety reports. Shooting is scheduled to begin in August.
More on the Kennedy front: CBS has commissioned a TV movie based on Richard Blow's biography of John F. Kennedy Jr., American Son. According to Variety, the network is currently looking for a writer to adapt the book, which hits bookstores this month.
The Price Is Right veteran Bob Barker will host the 29th annual Daytime Emmy Awards live from New York on May 17, Variety reports. Barker, whose Price Is Right is now in its 30th season, will also be competing in the game-show host category against Alex Trebek, Ben Stein and Nancy Pimental, and Pat Sajak. The Daytime Emmys will air from 9-11 p.m. on CBS.
Compensation, a film about black culture in Chicago, Ill., is one of four winners of the 2002 Paul Robeson Awards at the 28th annual Newark Black Film Festival in Newark, N.J., the AP reports. Other winners included the short narrative Monster, the documentary Keep on Walking and the experimental film In Check. The festival begins June 26 at the Newark Museum, and the award-winning films--chosen from 41 entries--will be screened Aug. 7.
George Sidney, who directed dozens of musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun, Show Boat and Kiss Me Kate, died at his home Sunday of complications from lymphoma. He was 85. The former child actor presided over the Screen Directors Guild for 16 years, founded Hanna-Barbera productions and worked with many legends--including Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Elvis Presley.
Roy Schatt, the photographer known for his photographs of actor James Dean, died Saturday at his Manhattan home of congestive heart failure. He was 92. Schatt photographed a multitude of celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Grace Kelly, Elia Kazan and Joanne Woodward. His photos are exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Chicago Art Institute.
PASADENA Calif., July 20, 2000 - Substance reigned over style as NBC unveiled its new Fall lineup to the media this week. Gone were the matching color schemes and meals by the pool that ABC employed to fete reporters just a few days ago; in their stead, there were neon peacocks and buffet trays with sternos. And the consensus among critics at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel was that ABC surely hung window dressing on everything because it only had four new series to pump. NBC, on the other hand, needed no frills to roll out seven new series and two miniseries.
Not surprisingly, the Q-and-A sessions were shorter, with less time for breathing in between. Trashy dramatist Aaron Spelling unveiled his high-camp "Titans," a Dallas-for-the-millennium evening soap with vixens, sex and greed, and starring Yasmine Bleeth, Casper Van Dien ("Sleepy Hollow") and Victoria Principal. Critics broke into applause during a preview, when Bleeth tells Van Dien she is pregnant with his baby - even while walking down the aisle to marry his father.
Katey Sagal showed has ditched her Peg Bundy wig to play a neighborhood witch with heart in the coming-of-age sitcom, "Tucker." Oliver Platt ("Bulworth") and indie film queen Lili Taylor spoke about their New York newspaper drama "Deadline." And writers and producers hailing from "The Late Show with David Letterman" brought out the romantic comedy "Ed," starring Tom Cavanaugh ("Providence"), about a New York lawyer who gets fired, catches his wife cheating and moves back to his hometown to buy a bowling alley.
Then there was Michael Richards ("Seinfeld"), promoting his sitcom "The Michael Richards Show," an Inspector Clouseau meets Ernie Kovacs P.I. romp. Steven Weber ("Wings") was on hand to tout "Cursed," co-starring Chris Elliot ("There's Something About Mary'), about a guy who, uh, gets cursed. And, David Alan Grier ("In Living Color") joked about starring in the sitcom "DAG" about a demoted secret service agent who guards the demanding First Lady, the slimmed-down Delta Burke, saying "You will always hear these lines: 'It's because I'm black.'"
Then there were the two miniseries, the biblical drama "In the Beginning" starring Jacqueline Bisset and Martin Landau, and the Kennedy wives' drama "Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot," which features Jill Hennessey ("Law & Order"), Lauren Holly ("Dumb and Dumber") and Leslie Stefanson ("The General's Daughter"), respectively.
NBC's marathon unveiling ended with a celeb-fest at Jillian's Hi-Life Lanes, a bowling alley at the tourist-beseiged Universal City Walk shopping mall. While the food was, again, unspectacular, everyone was handed disposable cameras to take pictures of things like Rob Lowe and Kathy Ireland talking (two perfect creatures that seem freakish standing together), Martin Sheen mugging with "Daddio" tyke Mitch Holleman, and "Will & Grace" actor Eric McCormack discussing how the characters will soon have significant others. In short, the stars pranced, the critics howled.
The works of August Strindberg long considered one of the world's
greatest dramatists are often characterized as misogynistic and not
Working out his own psychological problems (he was illegitimate and
thrice married) the Swedish author wrote essays titled "Woman's
Inferiority to Man" and grappled with the battle of the sexes in several
of his plays including the one-act "Miss Julie" that has made its way
to film in an adaptation directed by Mike Figgis.
While it's unlikely that this film will achieve blockbuster status it
should find a receptive audience from the art-house crowd.
"Miss Julie" is essentially a two-hander pitting a spoiled neurotic
aristocrat's daughter against her father's handsome if coarse footman.
The pair engages in a flirtation that leads to sex that leads to
recriminations and ultimately to tragedy. Strindberg was not only
writing about the battles between men and women but also the class
struggle with the footman often viewed as a social climber.
In addition to providing great roles for two strong actors the play is
malleable enough to accommodate a more contemporary resonance. For
example in some productions a racial element is introduced as in a
1980s production that moved the play's setting from Sweden to South
The play has been filmed three times before -- a 1912 Swedish silent
the 1951 Swedish version with Anita Bjork long considered the standard
and a 1972 British adaptation with a stunning performance by Helen
Mirren. Now it's Saffron Burrows' turn to tackle the role in Figgis'
filming of Helen Carpenter's translation.
A predominant theme in Figgis' work is the fall from grace never more
baldly addressed than in 1999's "The Loss of Sexual Innocence." So it
follows that he would be attracted by Strindberg's play as it depicts
the castigation of both of its key players. While there are inherent
pitfalls to filming what is essentially a two-character drama played out
on one set Carpenter's adaptation "opened up" the action just enough
and the virtuoso camerawork by Benoit Delhomme aided Figgis in his
It also helped that the director hired three fine actors each
contributing sterling work. Although the fine Irish actress Maria Doyle
Kennedy was saddled with the basically thankless role of Christine the
overworked cook and lover to the footman Jean she still managed to make
an impression. Burrows looks appropriately regal and aristocratic but
at first she appears miscast. Only as the film unfolds do her acting
choices in the early scenes come to make sense and her performance grows
in stature and power.
Matching her is the extraordinary Scottish actor Peter Mullan (perhaps
most known for his searing work as a recovering alcoholic in "My Name Is
Joe"). Compact and fiery Mullan crafts a portrait of a man who both
knows his station but aspires to something more. He and Burrows also
share that ineffable thing called screen chemistry and each seems to
elicit the best from the other.
Some may quibble about the necessity for yet another version of this
work but as the world moves into a new century Figgis and company
clearly point out that for all the advances in technology the
fundamental difference between the sexes continues. "Miss Julie" may be
set in the 1880s but it continues to resonate in the 1990s and beyond.
* MPAA rating: R for language and a scene of sexuality.
Saffron Burrows: Miss Julie
Peter Mullan: Jean
Maria Doyle Kennedy: Christine
An MGM/UA presentation. Director Mike Figgis. Screenplay Mike Figgis and
Helen Cooper. Play August Strindberg. Producers Mike Figgis and Harriet
Cruickshank. Director of photography Benoit Delhomme. Editor Matthew
Wood. Production designer Michael Howells. Costume designer Sandy
Powell. Running time: 1 hour 43 minutes.