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    Big Weekend for "Brokeback" As L.A. Critics and Audiences Embrace New Film

    Film reviewers in Los Angeles unveiled the year's first list of critics' picks, naming Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" the best film of 2005. The news came this weekend as the movie, about a pair of Wyoming ranch hands who unexpectedly fall in love in 1963, opened in limited release and racked up siz...

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    AFI Picks Top 10 of '05

    The American Film Institute has announced its Top Ten for 2005, naming the feature films that are " most outstanding achievements in film." Chosen as AFI's Movies of the Year, in alphabetical order, are: "Brokeback Mountain", "Capote", "Crash", "The 40 Year-Old Virgin", "Good Night, And Good Luck", ...

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    "Brokeback" Leads BFCA Nominations

    "Brokeback Mountain" is leading the list of nominees for the Critics Choice Awards (list via MovieCityNews), presented each year by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The film received 8 nominations, including best picture, director, actor, supporting actor, supporting actress, screenplay and m...

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    NY Times: After Mixed Reviews, Chris Rock Will Not Return as Oscar Host

    The comedian Chris Rock, who gave the often staid Academy Awards a jolt this year by mocking movie stars and taking a camera crew into a black neighborhood to talk to moviegoers, will not be returning to host next year's Academy Awards, his spokesman said. "He didn't want to do it in perpetuity," said Matt Labov, Mr. Rock's publicist. "He'd like to do it again down the road." Gil Cates, who is producing the awards program for the 13th time, would not confirm the decision, saying only that he had not yet chosen a host and that Mr. Rock did a "great job" this year. He said he would announce his choice for the March 5 broadcast on ABC before the...

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    Santa Barbara Fest Honoring Hoffman, Watts, Ledger

    Actors Philip Seymour Hoffman, Naomi Watts, and Heath Ledger will be honored at the 21st Santa Barbara International Film Festival, along with director James Cameron. As previously announced, George Clooney will be at the festival to receive the Modern Master Award. Hoffman, currently starring in "Capote," will receive 'The Riviera Award' on February 11th for an actor who has influenced American cinema. Watts, starring in the upcoming "King Kong," will receive the Montecito Award recognizing a performer who has given classic and standout performances, on February 4th. Ledger will be honored with the 'Breakthrough Performance of the Year' awar...

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    Palm Springs To Honor MacLaine, Theron, Newman & Others

    The 17th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced another group of honorees for its upcoming festival. Actress Shirley MacLaine will receive the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award this year, while actress Charlize Theron will be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, and composer Thomas Newman will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing. The awards will be presented on January 7, 2006 at the event's awards gala. Other previously announced honorees include director David Cronenberg, actor Jake Gyllenhaal, actor Terrence Howard and producer Michael London. The festival will take place January 5 - 1...

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    "Cache" and "Sophie Scholl" Top European Film Awards

    Michael Haneke's "Cache" won five awards Saturday night at the European Film Awards, presented in Berlin, while Marc Rothemund's "Sophie Scholl, the Final Days" won three prizes. "Cache" won the awards for best European film, best European director, best actor for Daniel Auteuil, best European edito...

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    "Capote" and "Murderball" Win Top Gotham Awards; "Squid" & "Sex Addict" Also Honored

    Bennett Miller's "Capote" and Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro's "Murderball" were among the big winners Wednesday night at the annual Gotham Awards, nabbing the Best Feature and Best Documentary awards respectively at a ceremony hosted this year by actress Kyra Sedgwick and presented by the I...

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    "The Squid and the Whale" Leads List of Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

    Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was later acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Entertainment, leads this year's list of Independent Spirit Award nominations, Film Independent announced this morning at an event in Los...

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    LA Times: Anthony Hopkins: Wild Dark Horse in the Best Actor Derby

    Stand back, derby watchers! Making a last-minute dash onto the best actor track is wily old Anthony Hopkins, riding a 1920 Kiwi motorcycle at record speed. Hopkins is so determined to break into that Oscar race that he and Magnolia Pictures "are screening the hell" out of "The World's Fastest Indian," according to Pete Hammond, who moderates many of Variety's screenings. "The World's Fastest Indian" is the real-life story of a 72-year-old New Zealand man who spends his retirement building an Indian motorcycle that he takes, without much funding or a support team, to race in Utah, where he sets a new land-speed record that still stands today. ...

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