News Roundup: Oct. 21


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The British Film Institute awarded Miramax Films co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein with its prestigious Fellowship Award in London Sunday, The Associated Press reports. Under the Weinsteins’ leadership, Miramax has released the Oscar-winning films Shakespeare in Love and The English Patient, as well as Clerks, Chocolat and The Cider House Rules. This is the first time the award, which recognizes individuals for outstanding contribution to film and television, has gone to the head of a studio. Past recipients include Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, Michael Caine, Clint Eastwood, Akira Kurosawa, Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Altman.


Angelina Jolie, who is building a home in Cambodia, says she has had the land around her residence cleared of land mines. Jolie, a supporter of the Adopt-A-Minefield charity, plans on living in the Southeast Asian nation part-time with her 1-year-old son, but tells the AP she is scared he will step on a land mine. “I’m terrified that he could go for a walk and step on something, so I’m very aware of what parents there must feel.”

Steven Spielberg has filed a restraining order against a woman who stalked him and claimed he implanted a mind-control device in her head. According to, Spielberg‘s security team believes the woman, Diana Louisa Napolis, suffers from a delusional disorder and poses a serious risk of violent confrontation with the filmmaker.


In Matrix-related news, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Prodigy and former Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha are all reported to be contributing to the soundtrack to The Matrix Reloaded. According to, the artists will be asked to watch clips from the film for musical inspiration. The Matrix Reloaded is already being touted as 2003’s biggest blockbuster. The film hits theaters May 15.


Martin Scorsese will executive produce an HBO film about abolitionist John Brown, Variety reports. Cloudsplitter will be an epic retelling of Brown’s crusade to abolish slavery, which lead to his attack on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, in 1859 and sparked the Civil War. Raoul Peck will direct the movie, which is based on a novel by The Sweet Hereafter author Russell Banks.

Jumping on the American Idol bandwagon, the USA Network announced Friday a nationwide search for the next country sensation. According to Reuters, open auditions for Nashville Star will kick off at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville Oct. 22. The winner will get a recording contract from Sony Music Nashville.


The 1970s British rock group Queen, whose hits include “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You,” got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday. Members Brian May and Roger Taylor attended the unveiling ceremony in front of Ivar Nightclub.

Radiohead took home Q music magazine’s best act in the world award for the second year in a row, BBC News reports. Oasis was nominated in three different categories but failed to collect a single award. Other winners included Coldplay for best album, Swedish rock sensation The Hives for best live act and Pink’s “Get the Party Started” for best video. Moby took best producer.