A graduate of the Danish Film Institute, Bille August began his career in television and entered film production as a cinematographer on "Hemat i Natten/Homeward in the Night" (1977). The following ye...
Top Story: Cocaine Bust for Eminem's Ex-Wife
Kim Mathers, bad-boy rapper Eminem's former wife, was charged with possession of up to 25 grams of cocaine and two driving violations Monday, The Associated Press reports. St. Clair Shores, Mich., police told AP an officer stopped the 28-year-old Mathers on June 10. After arresting her on the driving charges, police say they found cocaine on her person and in the car. The drug charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. An arraignment was expected as early as Tuesday. Mathers was charged with possession of cocaine in July 2001 but not convicted.
Knight Arrested on Parole Violation
Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight could face another year in prison for violating his parole after he was arrested last month for allegedly assaulting a parking lot attendant for giving Knight the wrong parking spot, AP reports. Knight's lawyer, Robin Yanes, told AP the allegation is "ridiculous." "Have you ever seen the size of Suge? If he hit one of those little valets, the guy would be broken," Yanes said. No official charges have been filed, but parole officials said they will ask the California Board of Prison Terms to determine if Knight violated the conditions of his parole, stemming for his arrest in 1992 on assault and weapons violations.
Nicholson's Ex Pleads Guilty to Assault
Actress Rebecca Kelly, aka Rebecca Ann Broussard, the mother of Jack Nicholson's two children, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of assault after an incident of air rage on a 2002 Virgin Atlantic flight, AP reports. Kelly, who admitted to taking tranquilizers before boarding the plane due to fear of flying, allegedly became angry when airline staff stopped serving her alcohol on a flight from Los Angeles to London. AP reports she allegedly hit and swore at an attendant, then was handcuffed as the flight was diverted to Winnipeg, where she was arrested and spent a night in detention. Kelly was given conditional release and ordered to reimburse Virgin more than $26,000.
Lil' Kim Gets Gems Back
Lil' Kim's jewelry, valued at $250,000, was recovered at JFK International Airport Friday after it had disappeared a week earlier, AP reports. The missing jewelry, which had mistakenly been mixed with the hip-hop artist's regular luggage when she boarded a plane to Los Angeles June 20, was found wrapped inside a rag by a United Airlines worker in a locker room for airline employees, her attorney Mel Sachs told AP. No arrests have been made as yet.
Marvel Files Second Suit Against Sony
In the $10 million suit filed on Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Marvel Enterprises alleged that Sony Electronics has blocked efforts to license the Spider-Man brand for consumer electronics under a 1999 agreement with Sony's movie unit, Reuters reports. Marvel is also currently embroiled in a separate legal battle with Sony's movie division over licensing rights.
The Golden Swan Will Fly
No, that isn't a secret agent code, but the award that will be handed out at the first annual Copenhagen International Film Festival. Running Aug. 13-20, the festival with feature 14 European-made films in competition with the winners taking home Golden Swan statues, AP reports. The festival's three-member jury will be led Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos, Oscar-winning Danish director Bille August and Jan Troell from Sweden.
Role Call: Slater's All Alone, Herzog Explores Loch Ness
Christian Slater has signed up to play supernatural detective Edward Carnby in Alone in the Dark, a movie based on a video game franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will be loosely based on the video game's last franchise, the 2001 Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare, where Carnby uncovers the mystery of his close friend's death and teams up with an intrepid female anthropologist named Aline Cedrac. Ultimately, the pair discovers a gate into hell…How about a documentary on the Loch Ness monster? German filmmaker Werner Herzog is on board to helm The Enigma of Loch Ness which will explore the myth of Scotland's famous monster, delve into the locals' conception and look for clues to how the mystery began. Maybe ol' Nessy will show up!
Returned to form with "A Song for Martin," detailing the effect of Alzheimer's disease on a married couple
Directed the unexceptional remake of "Les Miserables"
Directed two episodes of the ABC adventure series, "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"
Director of photography on "Hemat i Natten"
Returned to cinematography for several years
Helmed "Return to Sender" (2005)
Directed first English-language feature, "The House of the Spirits"
Feature directing and screenwriting debut, "Honning Maane/Honeymoon"
Directed first short, "Kim G"
Directed "Goodbye Bafana" a film about the relationship between Nelson Mandela and James Gregory, his censor officer and prison guard; based on the book Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend by James Gregory
Directed second feature film, "Zappa"
Helmed "Smilla's Sense of Snow"
August's film, "Twist and Shout" (1985), is released in the United States
A graduate of the Danish Film Institute, Bille August began his career in television and entered film production as a cinematographer on "Hemat i Natten/Homeward in the Night" (1977). The following year saw his first work as a director; he made both a short film, "Kim G.", and the feature "Honning Maane", which he also wrote. The latter was a generally well-received if small-scale study of a young couple which suggested a way with actors and an attention to character detail. August did not direct another feature, though, for five years, during which he worked in television and shot such features as "Man kan inte Valdtas/Manrape/Men Can't Be Raped" (1978), directed by Jorn Donner, and "The Grass Is Singing" (1981), a British-Swedish co-production about a woman having problems adjusting to Africa's bush country.
August's work suggested a honing of his visual sense, but he was eager get back to directing. He returned to the helm with the first of two successful films (which he also wrote) about teen life, "Zappa" (1983), and followed up with one of Scandinavia's most popular films ever, "Twist and Shout" (1985), which also received a modest US release. Both films again reflected a bittersweet approach to character study and, in capturing the rock `n' roll era of the 60s, suggested August's penchant for historical recreation. These qualities came to the fore in what has generally been regarded as his most successful film to date, "Pelle the Conqueror" (1987). The first of August's literary adaptations of epic novels, "Pelle" explored a father-son relationship through the grueling journey of Swedish emigrants trying to find a better life in Denmark at the turn of the century. Splendidly acted, especially by Max von Sydow, and filled with strikingly dramatic vignettes, the film was acclaimed internationally, winning an Oscar as Best Foreign Film.
August continued in this successful vein when Swedish film legend Ingmar Bergman chose August to direct the screenplay for Bergman's biographical study of his parents in the decade before he was born in 1918, "The Best Intentions" (1991). Originally made as a miniseries for Swedish TV, the film also played well in a re-edited version for the international art-house audience, who primarily read the film as reflective of Bergman's downbeat but nostalgic and moving sensibilities. Perhaps the most important aspect of the film for August, though, may have been the sterling performance of the actress Bergman chose to play his mother, for Pernilla August soon became the director's wife.
Despite the acclaim for his intense, well-acted and visually rendered historical character studies, some critics began to complain that August seemed to be leaning toward lengthy epics whose many subplots were just on the edge of sapping his films' narrative energies. These criticisms came to the fore when August directed his first English-language film, a disastrous adaptation of Isabel Allende's "The House of the Spirits" (1993). Critics found the famed cast, including Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, generally at sea and the director ill at ease with this would-be study of political and emotional turmoil in Latin America. After helming a few installments of the US adventure series, "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" in 1992-93, August retreated to what would seem to be his terra firma, the Scandinavian miniseries, for his subsequent time and locale-spanning saga, "Jerusalem" (1996). Again August's effort featured an international cast in an epic marked more by highlights than by any one story. Hollywood talent again beckoned him, though, to helm a US-Scandinavian co-production, an adaptation of Peter Hoeg's acclaimed mystery "Smilla's Sense of Snow" (1997).
born c. November 1991; mother, Pernilla August
born on February 13, 1958; formerly married to screenwriter Klas Ostergren; chosen by Ingmar Bergman to star as his mother in the autobiographical family saga, "Best Intentions" (1992), directed by August; married in 1991; divorced in 1997