Charlize Theron Turns Ugly

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 02/08/2004 - 16:00

Many an actress will tell you they want to be taken seriously for more than their sexy screen persona. Halle Berry proved that with Monster's Ball a few years back, and now, at the height of her own success, comes another Monster played by the leggy and statuesque Theron.

The Conversations - Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 02/02/2004 - 16:00

In 1997, the English Patient won 9 Oscars, with veteran editor Walter Murch claiming two of those for sound and picture editing. The film also saw the beginning of a friendship between Murch and author Michael Ondaatje on whose book the film was based.

Ondaatje was fascinated by the film-editing process, and when he finished his novel Anvil's Ghost, asked Murch if he would do a series of talks with him. Murch agreed and the series of conversations that they had between Spring 2000 and June 2001 was compiled into this inspiring book.

Interview with Youngest Ever Nominee for Best Female Actor Oscar

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 02/01/2004 - 16:00

The courtyard of Park City's Marriott Hotel was a far cry from New Zealand for half-Maori Keisha Castle-Hughes. Lying back on a hotel deck chair, sipping elegantly out of a can of coke, the now 14-year old young actress is shy, quietly spoken, and unphased by the journey she has undertaken.

"I can't believe it", she says, offering a half smile, nervously accepting praise.

The Oscar Effect

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 01/26/2004 - 16:00

There's no doubting Oscar's effect on us.

The Oscars mean...

Studios hold back their best until the Academy Awards draw close. They want their films to be fresh in the notoriously short memories of the 6000-odd Academy members when they vote in January. For films to qualify they have to be released by Christmas. 

The Oscars mean...

Waiting even longer for that topical documentary to appear on television because of the Academy's rules forbidding television (or internet) broadcast during the competition period.

The Oscars mean...

Julia Roberts Sets Limits

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 01/25/2004 - 16:00

Los Angeles

Julia Roberts begins by excusing herself for having the flu.

"I keep on throwing up, which is quite disgusting, but don't worry, I'm not contagious," Roberts says laughingly. Never a big fan of press junkets, with a reputation for being difficult, the Oscar-winning actress was surprisingly good-humoured when promoting the Fifties-set Mona Lisa Smile last month.

Super Size Me and The Corporation attract controversy at Sundance

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 01/19/2004 - 16:00

There's nothing like controversy to get you in the public eye. Hacks gobble it up. We all gobble it up. Especially when it strikes close to home.

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has been serving it up with relish in his documentary Super Size Me at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

For the Michael Moore-ish (it even sounds like Moore's book Downsize This) investigation into America's obsession with fast-food he ate McDonalds, accepting super sizes if offered, for a whole month to see what it would do to him.