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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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    Palm Springs International Film Festival to Honor Cronenberg, Gyllenhaal and London

    The 17th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor David Cronenberg with its 'Visionary Award,' Jake Gyllenhaal with the event's Desert Palm Achievement Award,' and Academy Award nominee Michael London with its 'Producer of the Year Award,' at the festival's annual awards gala, announced PSIFF board chairman Earl Greenburg. The awards gala will once again star Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart on Saturday, January 7th at the new Palm Springs Convention Center. The event will also honor Terrence Howard with the 'Rising Star Award.' Founded in 1990 by then Mayor Sonny Bono, the PSIFF is scheduled from January 5-16. The event ...

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    AP: Hopkins to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

    Sir Anthony Hopkins will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 63rd annual Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Wednesday. Nominated for six Golden Globes since 1978, Hopkins is arguably the greatest living film actor, said Philip Berk, presi...

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    IDA Picks "Favela Rising" and "Our Brand is Crisis"

    Matt Mochary and Jeff Zimbalist's "Favela Rising" and Rachel Boynton's "Our Brand is Crisis" shared the feature film award from the International Documentary Association (IDA), the organization announced today. The prizes will be presented on December 9th at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles. Marshall ...

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