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Two More Gotham Awards Announced; Hazlett To Direct; "The Mummy Strikes!"

Two More Gotham Awards Announced; Hazlett To Direct; "The Mummy Strikes!"

Mummy Strikes!”

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz and Eugene Hernandez

>> Darren Aronofsky and Richard LaGravenese have been selected by the IFP
to receive the 1998 Gotham Open Palm and Award Writer Award,
respectively. Aronofsky was the recipient of the DGA Directing Award at
the 1998 Sundance Film Festival for the soon-to-be-released “Pi,” and
LaGravenese is the writer of “The Fisher King,” and “The Horse Whisperer,”
among others. The Open Palm Award carries with it a package of goods and
services valued at over $25,000.

This year’s Open Palm jury consisted of actor/director Paul Bartel,
filmmakers Tom DiCillo and Barbara Kopple, and film critics Janet Maslin
and Amy Taubin. Other nominees for the award were Lisa Cholodenko
(“High Art“), Chris Eyre (“Smoke Signals“), Vincent Gallo (“Buffalo 66“)
and Harmony Korine (“Gummo“). Additionally, some of the jurors felt that
Korine should get a special mention for “Gummo,” however Maslin was
likely not one of those supporting Korine, as The New York Times called
his film: “The worst film of the year” when plugging her review on the
front page of the Arts section.

>> Producer John Hazlett (“The Suburbinators,” “Kitchen Party“) is set to
make his directorial debut with “Bad Money,” which he co-wrote with
playwright Blake Brooker and will also produce. The film stars
Oscar-nominee Graham Greene (“Dances With Wolves“), Karen Sillas (“What
Happened Was…
“), Tamsin Kelsey (“Kitchen Party“) and Alisen Down
(“DaVinci’s Inquest“). To be shot entirely on location in Calgary,
Alberta, the $1.3 million film is being produced with the participation
of Telefilm Canada’s Vancouver office, the Canada Television and Cable
Production Fund-Licence Fee Program and the A-Channel Drama Fund. The
film will be distributed in Canada by Vancouver-based Red Sky

>> Dimension Films has nabbed the North American rights to Russell
Mulcahy’s horror effort, “Talos The Mummy.” The film stars Jason Scott
Lee, Louise Lombard, Sean Pertwee (“Shopping“), Lysette Anthony, Michael
Lerner (“Barton Fink“), Honor Backman (“Goldfinger“), Christopher Lee
(“The Man With the Golden Gun“) and Shelly Duvall (“Nashville“). Mulcahy
co-wrote the screenplay with John Esposito, and the film was produced by
Silvio Muraglia and Daniel Sladek. Mulcahy’s previous directing credits
include “Highlander” and “The Shadow“).

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