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Maguire Enters Cider House; DGA Passes Amendment; AMPAS Sturges Tribute Growing; Foreign Language Fi

AMPAS Sturges Tribute Growing; Foreign Language Film Ballots
Mailed

Compiled by Eugene Hernandez



>>Maguire Enters Cider House

Tobey Maguire has signed to play the lead in Miramax's production of
"The Cider House Rules," their upcoming production based on John
Irving's acclaimed novel. Irving also wrote the screenplay. The film
will be directed by Lasse Hallstrom ("My Life as a Dog," "What's Eating
Gilbert Grape
"), with principal photography set to begin in September in
western Massachusetts. The film is being produced by FilmColony's
Richard Gladstein ("54," "Hurlyburly") will produce.

>>DGA Tightens Rules Regarding Eligibility For Office

The National DGA membership voted 3230 to 345 in favor of a
constitutional amendment requiring candidates for Guild elected
positions to have worked under a DGA contract for at least 30 days in
the seven years prior to the election. The amendment covers all DGA
elected positions, including delegates to the national convention, all
Guild Councils and the National Board of Directors. Prior to the passage
of the amendment, there was no minimum requirement in terms of days
worked and the amendment does not restrict participation in Guild
meetings, service on Guild committees or the right to vote in Guild
elections.

>>AMPAS Adds To Sturges Tribute; Calls For Foreign Language Submissions

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has added
actresses Frances Ramsden and Frances Dee to the lineup of those
participating in the Academy's Centennial Tribute to Preston Sturges.
Ramsden began her career as Miss Otis in Sturges' film "The Sins of
Harold Diddlebock
" (1947), which also starred Harold Lloyd who reprised
the role of Diddlebock which he originated in the 1925 Fred C.
Newmeyer/Sam Taylor-directed "The Freshman." "Sins" was also known as
"Mad Wednesday" in its 1950 re-cut edition. Dee starred in the
Sturges-penned "If I were King" in 1938, which also starred Ronald
Coleman, Basil Rathbone and Ellen Drew. Others expected to take part in
the tribute include Ken Bowser, the director of "Preston Sturges: Rise
and Fall of an American Dreamer
"; actor Eddie Bracken ("The Miracle of
Morgan's Creek
," "Hail the Conquering Hero"); Sturges' widow Sandy
Sturges, and Paramount producer A. C. Lyles. Bowser will moderate the
conversation portion of the program. The event is on Wednesday, August
19th at 8pm in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater, and will kick off a
retrospective of Sturges' films at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
For information about the tribute, call 310/247-3600 for retrospective
ticket information, call 213/857-6010.


The AMPAS has also mailed invitations to 73 countries, inviting them to
submit films for consideration in the category of Best Foreign Language
Film. A new rule regarding eligibility in this category requires each
submitted film to have had a public showing "for at least seven
consecutive days in a commercial theater in its home country between
November 1, 1997 and October 31, 1998. Last year's rules did not specify
the length of the run. Also, the film must have been made with a
predominately non-English dialogue track in the language of the
submitting country. Nominations will be announced on February 9th, 1999
and the 71st Annual Academy Awards will be presented on March 21st,
1999.

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