Brad Pitt's battle with the paparazzi continued on Friday night when
a photographer was arrested on the set of his new movie The Assassination of
Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in Fort Edmonton, Canada.
Photog David Buston was discovered by security staff hiding in a building on
the Western movie's set--which is closely guarded from the public.
But Buston insists he is not a paparazzo because he concentrates mainly on
photographing sporting events and weddings.
The 55-year-old says, "I suppose it would be a good thing in the paparazzi
[circles], but also the better guys who do it don't get caught. It's not
necessarily a feather in my cap."
And he maintains he was treated fairly when police arrived to arrest him for
mischief and interference: "The police were really quite nice guys and they
seemed to understand that I was trying to make a living."
Production spokesperson Lee Anne Muldoon says, "It is not unusual for us to
have paparazzi when we are shooting on public streets. It is unusual to find
them that close to our location, where we have locked things off to the
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Meanwhile, Pitt and George Clooney shocked a student when they
offered him $1,800 in return for a lift to New York City.
The pair, who were traveling with Cindy Crawford's husband Rande Berger,
waved down the student after their plane had been diverted due to stormy
weather, leaving them stranded in upstate New York.
The young man's kind deed was not only repaid with the promised reward, but
the Ocean's Twelve co-stars also whisked him off to the glitzy Mandarin Hotel
for a night of luxury in the centre of the city.
Pitt, Clooney and Berger are currently planning to create their own Rat
Pack-style hotel complex in Las Vegas.
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Winners of the second annual Tribeca Film Festival were announced at the Stuyvesant High School Auditorium in Tribeca Sunday, with French director Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi taking the prize for emerging narrative feature filmmaker for her Italo-French comedy, It's Easier For a Camel.... The comedy revolves around a walthy woman, Frederica, whose money is keeping her a prisoner rather than giving her a life of ease.
The French director also stars in the pic and walked away with best actress honors, Variety reports. Tedeschi collected a $25,000 prize for her film plus six months of services from PMK/HBH Public Relations.
Igor Bares won the actor category for his role in Some Secrets, along with Ohad Knoller in the Israeli army love story Yossi & Jagger.
Tribeca also honored Li Yang's tale of Chinese mine workers, Blind Shaft, which won the Silver Bear award at Berlin earlier this year.
In the documentary category, Mohamed Zran won the prize for emerging documentary feature filmmaker for Song for the Millennium. The prize includes $25,000 and six months of services from PR firm PMK/HBH.
Prize for documentaries by directors with two or less previous films went to Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Hugo Berkeley for A Normal Life, with honorable mentions going to Laura Gabbert's Sunset Story and Francesca Comencini for Carlo Giuliani, a Boy.
For directors with more than two previous features, Moslem Mansouri won for Trial with Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill picking up an honorable mention for Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.
The winners picked up $25,000 worth of services from Technicolor Creative Services New York.
The documentary short film award went to Harvey Wang for Milton Rogovin: The Forgotten Ones.
Lars Daniel Krutzkoff Jacobsen won the narrative short film category with Precious Moments, and Richard Linklater's Live From Shava's Dance Floor received a special citation.
The Budweiser/TriggerStreet.com audience award for feature film went to the documentary by David G. Berger, Holly Maxson and Kate Hirson, Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton and Chen Kaige for Together. Both films will share the $25,000 prize.
The MTV Films Award for student visionary film went to Enrico Kahn for Make Up.
Presenters at this year's festival included Martin Scorsese, Kevin Spacey, Whoopi Goldberg, Parker Posey, Nora Ephron, Sheila Nevins, Fisher Stevens and Sandra Bernhard.
In what analysts saw as further evidence of perilous instability under the feet of Michael Ovitz, Alan Berger, a top manager at Ovitz' Artists Management Group, has bailed out of the company and has moved to Creative Artists Agency.
Berger, who had spent 13 years at ICM before joining Ovitz's talent management firm two years ago, represents such high-profile news talent as Katie Couric, Larry King, Connie Chung, and her husband, Maury Povich.
Another high-profile Berger client is NYPD Blue co-creator, David Milch. They are all expected to follow Berger to CAA.
Bobby Garfield (David Morse) returns to his small hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend and remembers the fateful summer in 1960 when his whole world changed. The story flashes back to when 11-year-old Bobby (Anton Yelchin) and his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully-John (Will Rothhaar) capture the pure joy of youthfulness. When a mysterious stranger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) moves upstairs and starts to pay attention to Bobby the boy suddenly realizes what's truly missing from his life--the love of a parent. Bobby's mother Liz (Hope Davis) is embittered by the death of Bobby's father and shows little compassion for her son's growing needs. Ted fills a void with the boy opening his eyes to the world around him and helps Bobby come to terms with his real feelings for Carol--and his mother. But Ted also has some deep dark secrets of his own and Bobby tries hard to stop danger from reaching the old man.
The performances make the film especially in the genuine camaraderie of the kids. Yelchin Boorem and Rothhaar never deliver a false move with an easiness that makes us believe we are simply watching three 11-year-old children grow up together. Yelchin in particular is able to get right to the heart of this young boy who misses his father and clings to the only adult who will listen. And his scenes with Boorem simply break your heart. (Davis) does an admirable job playing a part none too sympathetic. She manages to show a woman whose been beaten down but who does truly love her son in her own way. Morse too is one of those character actors you can plug in any movie and get a performance worth noting. In Hearts you want to see more of him. Of course the film shines brightest when Hopkins is on the screen. It may not be an Oscar-caliber performance but the actor is unparalleled in bringing a character to life--showing the subtleties of an old man looking for some peace in his life.
If you are expecting the Stephen King novel you may be disappointed. Screenwriter William Goldman and director Scott Hicks (Shine) deftly extracted the King formula of telling a story through a child's eye and explaining how the relationships formed as a child shaped the adult later. Hicks did an amazing job with his young actors especially Yelchin and Boorem. But where the novel continued into a supernatural theme explaining Brautigan's fear of being captured by "low men in yellow coats" (a reference to King's The Dark Tower series) the movie downplayed the mystical elements instead giving real explanations for Brautigan's man-on-the-run. That was the one problem with Hearts--we needed more danger. Introducing men from another dimension may not have been the way to go but had there been more tension the film would have resonated more especially when Bobby risked his own safety to save Ted.