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31 December 2005

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  • Best Actor form guide

    Great performances come in waves. Or at least, that is howit feels looking at the prospects for best actor this year. They are thin onthe ground compared to last year when monumental performances by Javier Bardem,Paul Giamatti, Liam Neeson, Christian Bale and Kevin Bacon were excluded fromthe awards shortlist in the face of other great work. Ironically, for all the great performances last year, it wasultimately a one-horse race, with Jamie Foxx dominating the best a
  • Best Actress form guide

    It is an unusually rich year for actresses in Hollywoodmovies and some of the most versatile performers in the business arefrontrunners for awards glory. Leading the pack is the indomitable Judi Dench, giving anoutstanding performance in Mrs Henderson Presents. But she is, ironically, competing with several actresses under theage of 30 - Reese Witherspoon, Claire Danes, Keira Knightley (who shared sceneswith Dench in Pride & Prejudice),Zhang Ziyi and Q
  • Best Adapted Screenplay form guide

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY FRONTRUNNERS 1 Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Brokeback MountainSource: short story by E Annie ProulxMcMurtry and Ossana, who together optioned the rights afterthe short story first appeared in The New Yorker in October 1997, faithfully adapted Proulx's impeccably precise shortstory into a feature screenplay, giving voices to the characters, fleshing outthe
  • Best Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects form guide

    CINEMATOGRAPHY Dion Beebe, MemoirsOf A GeishaDion Beebe, who earned an Oscar nomination in 2003 forRob Marshall's Chicago, was determinedto capture the reality of 1930s Japan in Marshall's follow-up MemoirsOf A Geisha. B
  • Best Make-Up, Costume Design form guide

    MAKE-UPKate Briscoe and Noriko Watanabe, Memoirs Of A GeishaThere was a lot riding on Kate Briscoe during the shoot of MemoirsOf A Geisha, Rob Marshall's epic adaptation of Arthur Golden's bestseller. The make-up department head was responsible for executing thevision of make-up designer Noriko Watanabe and preserving the integrity of thefilm's key image - the intricately drawn white visage of the geisha. 'It was a dr
  • Best Supporting Actress form guide

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1. Amy Adams, JunebugAdams - who has been seen in small but memorable roles in CatchMe If You Can, among other films - won aspecial acting prize at Sundance this year. She could go all the way to anOscar nomination for her delicious performance as the pregnant, na've andadoring sister-in-law Ashley in Phil Morrison's Junebug.
  • Government subsidy supports Hou Hsiao-hsien project

    Taiwan's award-winning director Hou Hsiao-hsien has raised $450,000 in government subsidies for the production of Nie Yinniang, his long-cherished martial arts film about a female assassin.In the Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D.) short story that inspired the film, a 10-year-old girl is kidnapped by a Buddhist nun and arduously trained until adulthood to kill without compassion or remorse for the greater good of society.Director Hou and scriptwriter Chu Tien-wen were attracted to the stor
  • Greek Sirens attract more admissions than Kong

    A stellar performance from local comedy Sirens in the Aegean has left Greece as the only European territory other than Italy in which King Kong failed to storm the box office.To the astonishment of many, the comedy managed 200,000 admissions in its second week, leaving King Kong a distant second with 82,000 admissions for its first week.Sirens, directed by veteran Nikos Perakis, is a follow-up to his 1984 hit Loafing and Camouflage, another comedy inspire
  • Intermedia signs video deal with Warner Home Video

    Internationalmedia's subsidiary Intermedia Film Distribution has signed a 10-year exclusive distribution deal with Warner Home Video (WHV) for titles from its film library.The deal will give WHV the worldwide home video rights and pay-per-view, video-on-demand and television rights in the USA, Canada and Germany.The films include Point Break, G.I. Jane, Vanya On 42nd Street, and Timecop. As part of the deal, Intermedia will receive a $ 3.5m non-refundable recoupable advan
  • Production Awards form guide

    The frontrunners in this year's awards race inproduction, costume design, and make-up are impressing Academies both sides ofthe Atlantic. The sumptuous world of the Geisha in 1930s Japan, theJamestown settlement of 1607, Jerusalem in the 12th Century or London duringthe Blitz. The range of design spectacle and period opulence on showin the films of 2005 gives the crafts categories of both US and UK Acad
  • Production form guide

    PRODUCTION DESIGN/ ART DIRECTIONWynn Thomas, Cinderella ManRecreating a landmark boxing venue so closely associated with New York City - a municipality that has historically swept away its architectural history - was the challenge for Cinderella Man's production designer Wynn Thomas. So he did what so many film-makers do. He went to Toronto. "We looked in New York and the tri-state area, Philadelphia, even Montreal," says the veteran production designe
  • Weinstein Co returns The Promise to producers

    The WeinsteinCompany has returned distribution rights to Chen Kaige'sThe Promise (akaMaster Of The Crimson Armor) to thefilm's producers Moonstone Entertainment and China Film Group.TWC had boughtrights in North America, UK, Australia and South Africa to the film at Cannesthis year but those territories are now available again and Moonstone's Etchie Stroh, who produced and sold the film, said that heis
  • Woody Allen prepares 2007 Barcelona shoot

    Woody Allen is to shoot a film in the Barcelona in 2007 with local producer MediaPro.MediaPro general manager Jaume Roures said that his company had signed a deal with Allen to back an as-yet unscripted film by the director set in Barcelona."We signed a contract in which Woody Allen commits to shooting a film in Barcelona, during the first semester of 2007 at the latest," Roures told the Catalunya Radio station. The untitled film will include Spanish actors in the cast, he added.All
  • Woody Allen prepares 2007 Spanish shoot

    Woody Allen is to shoot a film in Spain in 2007 with local producer MediaPro.MediaPro general director Jaume Roures said his company has signed a deal with Allen to back an as-yet unscripted film by the director set in Spain, and likely Barcelona.Roures told that a contract was signed for MediaPro toproduce the film for a likely 2007 shoot."We're not excessively worried about the script because we know it will begreat," Roures said. "You can give Woody Allen cart