Here's a complete list of winners for this year's SAG Awards...
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Winner!
The Station Agent
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - Winner!
Peter Dinklage, The Station Agent
Ben Kingsley, House of Sand and Fog
Bill Murray, Lost In Translation
Sean Penn, Mystic River
Film: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Patricia Clarkson, The Station Agent
Diane Keaton, Something's Gotta Give
Charlize Theron, Monster - Winner!
Naomi Watts, 21 Grams
Evan Rachel Wood, Thirteen
TV: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Al Pacino, Angels in America - Winner!
Justin Kirk, Angels in America
Paul Newman, Our Town
Forest Whitaker, Deacons for Defense
Jeffrey Wright, Angels in America
TV: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Sex and the City, HBO - Winner!
Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
Will & Grace, NBC
TV: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Tony Shalhoub, Monk - Winner!
Peter Boyle, Everybody Loves Raymond
Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace - Winner!
Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond
Lisa Kudrow, Friends
Debra Messing, Will & Grace
Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond
TV: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Meryl Streep, Angels in America - Winner!
Anne Bancroft, Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Helen Mirren, Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Mary-Louise Parker, Angels in America
Emma Thompson, Angels in America
TV: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Six Feet Under, HBO - Winner!
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS
Law & Order, NBC
The West Wing, NBC
Without a Trace, CBS
TV: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under - Winner!
Stockard Channing, The West Wing
Tyne Daly, Judging Amy
Jennifer Garner, Alias
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Allison Janney, The West Wing
TV: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Kiefer Sutherland, 24 - Winner!
Peter Krause, Six Feet Under
Anthony LaPaglia, Without a Trace
Martin Sheen, The West Wing
Treat Williams, Everwood
Film: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain - Winner!
Maria Bello, The Cooler
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Whale Rider
Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April
Holly Hunter, Thirteen
Film: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Tim Robbins, Mystic River - Winner!
Alec Baldwin, The Cooler
Chris Cooper, Seabiscuit
Benicio Del Toro, 21 Grams
Ken Watanabe, The Last Samurai
Screen Actors Guild Awards 40th Annual Life Achievement Award
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Unidentified life forms, uncharted planets and even a galaxy far, far, away. ... Let's face it, astronomy geeks, it's Hollywood -- not NASA -- that has been winning the space race all along.
Given that proverbial truth, it makes sense that the first images of Mars to really enter the popular imagination will not be crappy photos taken from some nameless satellite but from "Mission to Mars" (opening wide Friday), a big-budget flick directed by the spectacle-oriented Brian DePalma, whose testosterone-laden resume ranges from "Scarface" to "The Untouchables" to "Mission: Impossible."
This ersatz Mars flick -- from the folks at Disney -- has not only beaten the real space cowboys to the planet but Warner Bros.' "Red Planet" as well. The two studios had battled, from pre-production on, to launch their respective Mars flicks before the other. So stiff was the competition that many thought this spring would see the two films opening within months (if not weeks) of each other -- that is until Warners yelled uncle and announced that "Red Planet" wouldn't bow until November. Which brings us back to -- and leaves us with -- "Mission to Mars."
Co-starring Gary Sinise and Tim Robbins, "Mission" is about a team of astronauts dispatched on a rescue mission to the putative planet. If the sneak peeks are any indication, the film looks to be a visual feast that is more stylistically and aesthetically akin to Stanley Kubrick's quietly minimal "2001: A Space Odyssey" than, say, to the excessively showy "Armageddon."
This isn't to say there won't be the usual nifty special effects, splashy explosions and so forth in "Mission to Mars." This is just to say that they'll probably be done with tasteful restraint worthy of the subject on hand. After all, the flick does lay claim to excavating the origins of life. And we know how Hollywood likes to be reverential and stuff. (Yeah.)
In other new releases:
-- Marking his return to the screen this week is director-in-exile Roman Polanski. The filmmaker's new flick -- and he hasn't had one of those since 1994's "Death and the Maiden" -- is "The Ninth Gate" (opening wide Friday), a horror tale about a book finder (Johnny Depp) on the trail of two lost demonic tomes. So after six years away from theaters, is Polanski rusty? Let's just say there's no one who mixes suspense and character study with results as haunting as Polanski. Unconvinced? Go rent "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown."
-- Remember "Fail-Safe," the 1964 black-and-white drama with Henry Fonda as the president who nukes New York City to compensate for the Russians accidentally bombing Moscow? Well, you can watch that particular crisis played out anew in color in Paramount's "Deterrence" (opening in limited release Friday). Set in a 21st century-style political climate (the commies are out; the Iraqis are in), Sydney Pollack stars as the president who must decide whether to drop the bomb.
-- Other films bowing in limited release this week include the doc "Condo Painting" (New York only, Friday) and the Japanese anime "X" (Seattle only, Friday).
Films getting expanded releases this week include the Irish comedy "The Closer You Get" and the documentary "Sex: The Annabel Chong Story".
When "Mission to Mars" touches down on thousands of screens Friday, the flick about space pioneers will help pioneer a little cinematic history.
Disney has elected to project the sci-fi actioner starring Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins and Don Cheadle, in digital format on 12 screens. This means that in a dozen theaters, good ol' scratch-prone and dust-attracting celluloid won't be running through projectors. Instead, "Mission to Mars" will be fed from DVD disks on players through prototypal digital projectors using Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing chip.
The participating theaters include four AMC screens in San Francisco, Orlando, Fla., Chicago and (where?) Olathe, Kan., as well as Disney's own El Capitan in Hollywood. Later, "Mission to Mars" will get digital lift-offs in cities such as Boston, Tokyo, London, Paris and Brussels, Belgium.
Digital projection -- using the Texas Instrument and competing Hughes/JVC technologies -- got a big boost in June when the first trials, involving four screens in the New York and Los Angeles areas, projected "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" digitally. Digital projection of other features, including "An Ideal Husband" and "Toy Story 2," followed. With the planned "Mission to Mars" onslaught, the industry now knows there won't be any turning back.
At the current ShoWest 2000 convention in Las Vegas, look for companies such as Panasonic, IMAX and Barco to announce that they will be manufacturing digital projectors using the TI technology. Even celluloid king Eastman Kodak is going the digital route as it slyly prepares its own A-Z solution for the digitizing and digital delivery of features to theaters.
And Disney, too, will continue the digital mania when both the upcoming "Dinosaur," due this May, and "102 Dalmatians," scheduled for November, pass through more digital projectors on their way to more big screens -- maybe even in theaters near you.
Roman Roamin'? Certain suits at Artisan Entertainment have insisted that Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti would be instrumental in getting director Roman Polanski back into the States to promote his upcoming thriller "The Ninth Gate." (Polanski fled these shores in 1978 after pleading guilty to "unlawful sexual intercourse" with a 13-year-old girl.) Well, Garcetti is up for re-election in L.A. today, and Artisan's "The Ninth Gate" opens Friday -- and there's still no sign of Polanski, who now lives in France. Yet another Artisan suit insists that "there's still a 50/50 chance" Polanski will soon make his first trip back to the United States since fleeing. ...
Jungle Heat: Look for a Peruvian sizzler, "Captain Pantoja and the Special Service," to land a well-known U.S. distributor this week. Directed by Francisco J. Lombardi and starring Angie Cepeda, the sensual comedy about sex-starved soldiers stationed deep in the Amazon jungle has generated terrific word of mouth among certain fussy critics at film festivals, most recently in Miami. Those Who Should Know say Cepeda "has the heat and appeal of a Jennifer Lopez."
Looks like the Red Planet will generate most of this weekend's box-office green. "Mission to Mars" should blast off in first place with about $25 million, according to studio-tracking studies that see everything else in the marketplace flying in a much lower orbit.
The most recent tracking scores for "Mission," starring Gary Sinise and Tim Robbins as astronauts on a Mars-bound expedition, show the film being pegged as the No. 1 flick of choice by 17 percent of potential audiences.
"They're certainly $20 million-plus, maybe even $25 million-plus," says one distribution executive, predicting substantial ticket sales.
So, who wants to go to "Mars?"
"It's a young male demographic," the exec points out. "That audience is impulse driven. They'll be out there Friday night and on the weekend."
The weekend's only other wide opening, the Roman Polanski-directed horror-thriller "The Ninth Gate," with Johnny Depp, seems doomed to be a distant second on the chart. As of today, only 6 percent to 8 percent of moviegoers was listing it as their must-movie movie of the weekend, according to tracking scores.
"I think a lot of their audience is [young males who are also] the 'Mission to Mars' audience," a studio executive says. "So I would put them in the high single digits -- $7-8 million."
Another indication "The Ninth Gate" is in for a rough ride? A Page Six gossip item in the New York Post, which noted that at a recent critics screening, "The crowd burst out into laughter for the [film's] last 15 minutes."
The rest of the Top Five could stack up this way, according to the studio insider: the hit man comedy (and defending box-office champ) "The Whole Nine Yards" (perhaps piling up as much as $5-5.5 million); "My Dog Skip" ($4 mil); and "Drowning Mona" and Madonna's "The Next Best Thing" coming in with about $3.5 mil each.
Holdovers expected to fill out the lower rungs on the weekend's charts: "Pitch Black," "Snow Day," "Reindeer Games," and Best Picture hopefuls "American Beauty" and "The Cider House Rules."