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May 22, 2008

Indiana Jones returns to the screens

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

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The new film about the fictional character Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones Jr. played by Harrison Ford premiered worldwide on May 22, four days after the opening of the 61st Cannes Film Festival in France.

The film is about the fictional mystery surrounding the crystal skulls, which do exist in reality, but are considered fakes by some sceptical scientists. “Some of them are quite good, but some of them look like they were produced with a Black & Decker in someone’s garage”, Professor Ian Freestone of Cardiff University said, arguing that the ancient Aztecs or Mayans might not have had instruments with modern tool capabilities for the task.

The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by George Lucas (Lucasfilm).

Alongside Ford, the film features stars Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett. The latter of the two was ‘butched up’ for the role of the Soviet agent, the main villain in the film.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours and 3 minutes. The film budget was US$185 million and it will need to gross US$400 million or more at theatres to make a profit for Paramount Pictures.

The previous film of the franchise was released in May of 1989 — 19 years ago.



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February 15, 2008

International row after Spielberg quits 2008 Beijing Olympics

International row after Spielberg quits 2008 Beijing Olympics

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Steven Spielberg in 1999.

The Beijing National Stadium, where the opening ceremonies will take place.

On Wednesday, United States film director Steven Spielberg withdrew from his position as artistic adviser to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. “Conscience will not allow me to continue with business as usual,” he said.

“Sudan’s government bears the bulk of the responsibility for these ongoing crimes but the international community, and particularly China, should be doing more to end the continuing human suffering there,” Spielberg’s statement said. “China’s economic, military and diplomatic ties to the government of Sudan continue to provide it with the opportunity and obligation to press for change.”

China immediately expressed regret over his decision and suggested that “ulterior motives” may be at play. “It is understandable if some people do not understand the Chinese government policy on Darfur, but I am afraid that some people may have ulterior motives, and this we cannot accept. … China is also concerned about the humanitarian situation in Darfur. [But] empty rhetoric will not help. We hope that relevant people will be more pragmatic,” said Liu Jianchao, the Deputy-Director General of the Information Department in China’s foreign ministry.

Following Spielberg’s withdrawal, other organizations called for boycott of the Games. However, United Kingdom Minister for the Olympics Tessa Jowell rejected such calls. “The world has known for the last seven years that Beijing would host the Olympics,” Jowell told The Times. “Most progressive governments accept that there are wholly unacceptable aspects of Chinese policy, but that did not stop the International Olympic Committee awarding them the games. A call for a boycott doesn’t serve any purpose and it would be a great pity. This doesn’t mean, however, we should be distracted from the urgency of Darfur.”

“China is also concerned about the humanitarian issues there, but we have been playing a positive and constructive role in promoting peace in Darfur,” Liu said, adding that China is working with the United Nations to provide aid and resolve the crisis.

Critics of China contend that China supports the Islamic regime in Sudan because it buys two-thirds of the country’s oil exports and also sells it weapons. Further, China has been defending the government in Khartoum in the United Nations Security Council. Since 2003, fighting between government-backed militia and rebels in Darfur has led to the death of more than 200,000 people and displaced some 2.5 million others.

Meanwhile, United States President George W. Bush confirmed that he still plans to attend the Games in Beijing. “I view the Olympics as a sporting event. On the other hand, I have a different platform to Steven Spielberg, so I get to talk to Hu Jintao [President of China] and I do remind him he can do more to relieve the suffering in Darfur.”

Bush followed this by saying: “I’m not going to use the Olympics as an opportunity to express my opinions to the Chinese people in a public way because I do it all the time with the president.”



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January 23, 2007

\”Sunshine\”, \”Queen\” in the spotlight as 79th Annual Academy Award nominations announced

“Sunshine”, “Queen” in the spotlight as 79th Annual Academy Award nominations announced

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

At 5:36:30 a.m. local time Tuesday, Hollywood was abuzz as the Academy Award nominations were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and past Oscar nominee Salma Hayek. The winners from these nominations will be announced at the 79th Academy Awards ceremonies in Los Angeles on 25 February, 2007.

Nominees

Best motion picture of the year

  • Babel (Paramount and Paramount Vantage) An Anonymous Content/Zeta Film/Central Films Production Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik and Steve Golin, Producers
  • The Departed (Warner Bros.) A Warner Bros. Pictures Production Nominees to be determined
  • Letters from Iwo Jima (Warner Bros.) A DreamWorks Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures Production Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and Robert Lorenz, Producers
  • Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight) A Big Beach/Bona Fide Production Nominees to be determined
  • The Queen (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) A Granada Production Andy Harries, Christine Langan and Tracey Seaward, Producers

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Leonardo DiCaprio in Blood Diamond (Warner Bros.)
  • Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson (THINKFilm)
  • Peter O’Toole in Venus (Miramax, Filmfour and UK Council)
  • Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happiness (Sony Pictures Releasing)
  • Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

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  • Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight)
  • Jackie Earle Haley in Little Children (New Line)
  • Djimon Hounsou in Blood Diamond (Warner Bros.)
  • Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls (DreamWorks and Paramount)
  • Mark Wahlberg in The Departed (Warner Bros.)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Penélope Cruz in Volver (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal (Fox Searchlight)
  • Helen Mirren in The Queen (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)
  • Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada (20th Century Fox)
  • Kate Winslet in Little Children (New Line)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Adriana Barraza in Babel (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
  • Cate Blanchett in Notes on a Scandal (Fox Searchlight)
  • Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight)
  • Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls (DreamWorks and Paramount)
  • Rinko Kikuchi in Babel (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)

Best animated feature film of the year

  • Cars (Buena Vista) John Lasseter
  • Happy Feet (Warner Bros.) George Miller
  • Monster House (Sony Pictures Releasing) Gil Kenan

Achievement in art direction

  • Dreamgirls (DreamWorks and Paramount)
Art Direction: John Myhre
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
  • The Good Shepherd (Universal)
Art Direction: Jeannine Oppewall
Set Decoration: Gretchen Rau and Leslie E. Rollins
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Picturehouse)
Art Direction: Eugenio Caballero
Set Decoration: Pilar Revuelta
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Buena Vista)
Art Direction: Rick Heinrichs
Set Decoration: Cheryl A. Carasik
  • The Prestige (Buena Vista)
Art Direction: Nathan Crowley
Set Decoration: Julie Ochipinti

Achievement in cinematography

  • The Black Dahlia (Universal) Vilmos Zsigmond
  • Children of Men (Universal) Emmanuel Lubezki
  • The Illusionist (Yari Film Group) Dick Pope
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Picturehouse) Guillermo Navarro
  • The Prestige (Buena Vista) Wally Pfister

Achievement in costume design

  • Curse of the Golden Flower (Sony Pictures Classics) Yee Chung Man
  • The Devil Wears Prada (20th Century Fox) Patricia Field
  • Dreamgirls (DreamWorks and Paramount) Sharen Davis
  • Marie Antoinette (Sony Pictures Releasing) Milena Canonero
  • The Queen (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) Consolata Boyle

Achievement in directing

  • Babel (Paramount and Paramount Vantage) Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • The Departed (Warner Bros.) Martin Scorsese
  • Letters from Iwo Jima (Warner Bros.) Clint Eastwood
  • The Queen (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) Stephen Frears
  • United 93 (Universal and StudioCanal) Paul Greengrass

Best documentary feature

  • Deliver Us from Evil (Lionsgate) A Disarming Films Production Amy Berg and Frank Donner
  • An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount Classics and Participant Productions) A Lawrence Bender/Laurie David Production Davis Guggenheim
  • Iraq in Fragments (Typecast Releasing) A Typecast Pictures/Daylight Factory Production James Longley and John Sinno
  • Jesus Camp (Magnolia Pictures) A Loki Films Production Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
  • My Country, My Country (Zeitgeist Films) A Praxis Films Production Laura Poitras and Jocelyn Glatzer

Best documentary short subject

  • The Blood of Yingzhou District A Thomas Lennon Films Production Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
  • Recycled Life An Iwerks/Glad Production Leslie Iwerks and Mike Glad
  • Rehearsing a Dream A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
  • Two Hands A Crazy Boat Pictures Production Nathaniel Kahn and Susan Rose Behr

Achievement in film editing

  • Babel (Paramount and Paramount Vantage) Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise
  • Blood Diamond (Warner Bros.) Steven Rosenblum
  • Children of Men (Universal) Alex Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón
  • The Departed (Warner Bros.) Thelma Schoonmaker
  • United 93 (Universal and StudioCanal) Clare Douglas, Christopher Rouse and Richard Pearson

Best foreign language film of the year

  • After the Wedding A Zentropa Entertainments 16 Production Denmark
  • Days of Glory (Indigènes) A Tessalit Production Algeria
  • The Lives of Others A Wiedemann & Berg Production Germany
  • Pan’s Labyrinth A Tequila Gang/Esperanto Filmoj/Estudios Picasso Production Mexico
  • Water A Hamilton-Mehta Production Canada

Achievement in makeup

  • Apocalypto (Buena Vista) Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
  • Click (Sony Pictures Releasing) Kazuhiro Tsuji and Bill Corso
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Picturehouse) David Marti and Montse Ribe

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • Babel (Paramount and Paramount Vantage) Gustavo Santaolalla
  • The Good German (Warner Bros.) Thomas Newman
  • Notes on a Scandal (Fox Searchlight) Philip Glass
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Picturehouse) Javier Navarrete
  • The Queen (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) Alexandre Desplat

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • I Need to Wake Up from An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount Classics and Participant Productions) Music and Lyric by Melissa Etheridge
  • Listen from Dreamgirls (DreamWorks and Paramount) Music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler Lyric by Anne Preven
  • Love You I Do from Dreamgirls (DreamWorks and Paramount) Music by Henry Krieger Lyric by Siedah Garrett
  • Our Town from Cars (Buena Vista) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • Patience from Dreamgirls (DreamWorks and Paramount) Music by Henry Krieger Lyric by Willie Reale

Best animated short film

  • The Danish Poet (National Film Board of Canada) A Mikrofilm and National Film Board of Canada Production Torill Kove
  • Lifted (Buena Vista) A Pixar Animation Studios Production Gary Rydstrom
  • The Little Matchgirl (Buena Vista) A Walt Disney Pictures Production Roger Allers and Don Hahn
  • Maestro (Szimplafilm) A Kedd Production Geza M. Toth
  • No Time for Nuts (20th Century Fox) A Blue Sky Studios Production Chris Renaud and Michael Thurmeier

Best live action short film

  • Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea) A Peliculas Pendelton and Tus Ojos Production Javier Fesser and Luis Manso
  • Éramos Pocos (One Too Many) (Kimuak) An Altube Filmeak Production Borja Cobeaga
  • Helmer & Son A Nordisk Film Production Soren Pilmark and Kim Magnusson
  • The Saviour (Australian Film Television and Radio School) An Australian Film Television and Radio School Production Peter Templeman and Stuart Parkyn
  • West Bank Story An Ari Sandel, Pascal Vaguelsy, Amy Kim, Ravi Malhotra and Ashley Jordan Production Ari Sandel

Achievement in sound editing

  • Apocalypto (Buena Vista) Sean McCormack and Kami Asgar
  • Blood Diamond (Warner Bros.) Lon Bender
  • Flags of Our Fathers (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by Paramount) Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
  • Letters from Iwo Jima (Warner Bros.) Alan Robert Murray
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Buena Vista) Christopher Boyes and George Watters II

Achievement in sound mixing

  • Apocalypto (Buena Vista) Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Fernando Camara
  • Blood Diamond (Warner Bros.) Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer and Ivan Sharrock
  • Dreamgirls (DreamWorks and Paramount) Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer and Willie Burton
  • Flags of Our Fathers (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by Paramount) John Reitz, Dave Campbell, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Buena Vista) Paul Massey, Christopher Boyes and Lee Orloff

Achievement in visual effects

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Buena Vista) John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall
  • Poseidon (Warner Bros.) Boyd Shermis, Kim Libreri, Chaz Jarrett and John Frazier
  • Superman Returns (Warner Bros.) Mark Stetson, Neil Corbould, Richard R. Hoover and Jon Thum

Adapted screenplay

  • Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (20th Century Fox) Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Peter Baynham & Dan Mazer, Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Peter Baynham & Anthony Hines & Todd Phillips
  • Children of Men (Universal) Screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón & Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby
  • The Departed (Warner Bros.) Screenplay by William Monahan
  • Little Children (New Line) Screenplay by Todd Field & Tom Perrotta
  • Notes on a Scandal (Fox Searchlight) Screenplay by Patrick Marber

Original screenplay

  • Babel (Paramount and Paramount Vantage) Written by Guillermo Arriaga
  • Letters from Iwo Jima (Warner Bros.) Screenplay by Iris Yamashita, Story by Iris Yamashita & Paul Haggis
  • Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight) Written by Michael Arndt
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Picturehouse) Written by Guillermo del Toro
  • The Queen (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) Written by Peter Morgan

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January 31, 2006

Nominations announced for 78th Academy Awards

Nominations announced for 78th Academy Awards

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Poster for the 76th Academy Awards.

Oscar®-winning actress and Academy member Mira Sorvino and Academy President Sid Ganis announced the nominees for the 78th Annual Academy Awards in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Today, the nominees for the 78th Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles, California.

Best Picture nominees this year are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck., and Munich. The director of each of these films received director nominations. Nominees include George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck.), Paul Haggis (Crash), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), Bennett Miller (Capote), and Steven Spielberg (Munich). This is the first time since 1981 that every Best Picture nominee also received a nod for Direction.

Brokeback Mountain leads this year’s Oscar pack overall, with eight nominations. Brokeback is followed by Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck., and Memoirs of a Geisha, who each earned six. Capote, Munich, and Walk the Line each received five nominations. King Kong, Pride and Prejudice, and The Constant Gardener picked up four nominations, while Cinderella Man, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and War of the Worlds pick up three. A History of Violence, Hustle & Flow, Mrs. Henderson Presents, North Country, Syriana, and Transamerica each received two nods each.

Best Animated Feature Film nominees are Howl’s Moving Castle, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. None of these films used primarily CGI-animation, the first year this can be claimed, since the 2001 creation of the award category. Corspe Bride marks both Tim Burton and Mike Johnson’s first nominations. Wallace & Gromit’s Steve Box is celebrating his first nomination, while co-producer Nick Park has three Oscars for Best Animation Short, a fourth nomination, of which he lost to himself in 1990. Hayao Miyazaki won the Best Animated Feature award in 2002, for Spirited Away.

Uniquely neither animation powerhouse, Disney or DreamWorks, is directly nominated in the category. Disney’s Buena Vista Entertainment distributes Miyazaki film Howl’s Moving Castle, while DreamWorks distributed Wallace and Gromit, animated by Aardman Animations.

Best Foreign Language Film nominees include Italian film Don’t Tell, France’s Joyeux Noël, Palestine’s Paradise Now, Germany’s Sophie Scholl – The Final Days, and South Africa’s Tsotsi. Italy has been up for an Oscar 27 times, France 34 times, and Germany has had six nominations. This is only South Africa’s second nomination, with the first coming last year, and Palestine’s first ever Academy Award nomination.

Nominees for Best Documentary Feature are Darwin’s Nightmare, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, March of the Penguins, Murderball, and Street Fight. March of the Penguins, produced in France, actually grossed more than any of the Best Picture nominees, the first time in history such an occurrence has happened.

The top 19 films in box office received a total of only 14 nominations, with a majority of these in the categories of Visual Effects, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.

Perhaps one of the most interesting stories for Hollywood as a whole, is the tremendous success of Participant Productions in its first year of operation. eBay founder Jeff Skoll’s movie house produced nominees Good Night and Good Luck. (6), North Country (2), Syriana (2), and Murderball (1). The company aims to fund feature films and documentaries that promote social values while still being commercially viable.

The 78th Academy Awards presentation will be held on Sunday, March 5.

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Nominee Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain.

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote
  • Terrence Howard – Hustle & Flow
  • Heath Ledger – Brokeback Mountain
  • Joaquin Phoenix – Walk the Line
  • David Strathairn – Good Night, and Good Luck

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • George Clooney – Syriana
  • Matt Dillon – Crash
  • Paul Giamatti – Cinderella Man
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – Brokeback Mountain
  • William Hurt – A History of Violence

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Judi Dench – Mrs. Henderson Presents
  • Felicity Huffman – Transamerica
  • Keira Knightley – Pride & Prejudice
  • Charlize Theron – North Country
  • Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams – Junebug
  • Catherine Keener – Capote
  • Frances McDormand – North Country
  • Rachel Weisz – The Constant Gardener
  • Michelle Williams – Brokeback Mountain

Adapted Screenplay

  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Capote
  • The Constant Gardener
  • A History of Violence
  • Munich

Original Screenplay

  • Crash
  • Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Match Point
  • The Squid and the Whale
  • Syriana

Nominee David Strathairn in Good Night, and Good Luck.

Achievement in Art Direction

  • Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • King Kong
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Pride & Prejudice

Achievement in Cinematography

  • Batman Begins
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • The New World

Achievement in Costume Design

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Mrs. Henderson Presents
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Walk the Line

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club
  • God Sleeps in Rwanda
  • The Mushroom Club
  • A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin

Achievement in Film Editing

  • Cinderella Man
  • The Constant Gardener
  • Crash
  • Munich
  • Walk the Line

Achievement in Makeup

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Cinderella Man
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Achievement in Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Score)

  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Constant Gardener
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Munich
  • Pride & Prejudice

Achievement in Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song)

  • In the Deep – Crash
  • It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp – Hustle & Flow
  • Travelin’ Thru – Transamerica

Nominated short One Man Band.

Best Animated Short Film

  • Badgered
  • The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
  • The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
  • 9
  • One Man Band

Best Live Action Short Film

  • Ausreisser (The Runaway)
  • Cashback
  • The Last Farm
  • Our Time is Up
  • Six Shooter

Achievement in Sound Editing

  • King Kong
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • War of the Worlds

Achievement in Sound Mixing

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • King Kong
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Walk the Line
  • War of the Worlds

Achievement in Visual Effects

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • King Kong
  • War of the Worlds

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September 10, 2005

Celebrities contribute to Katrina relief

Celebrities contribute to Katrina relief

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Published:Wednesday, September 7, 2005Updated:Saturday, September 10, 2005 (Travolta, Preston, Moore, Stones, Three Doors Down, Johnson, Smith)

After Hurricane Katrina passed across the United States, various artists and media stars have leapt at a call to action.

John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston flew his private plane to deliver a load of supplies and tetanus vaccine to Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Part of a Scientology project which has been using their non-massage “assists”, in an interview Preston mentioned that “auditing” had also been performed on victims.

Kevin Smith is holding an online auction on his Web site.

Sean Penn actually went to Louisiana. After loading down a small boat with his entourage, it was discovered one of them had neglected to seal a hole in the bottom. Penn was wearing a white vest rather than a life vest while bailing. After the motor wouldn’t start, the crew paddled down a flooded New Orleans street. Bystanders jeered at whether any victims could fit aboard the crowded craft. No report on rescue stunts. Local authorities had previously been criticized for not allowing volunteer boaters in to help.

Morgan Freeman, whose home fared well, is organizing an online auction of celebrity items at charityfolks.com, to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Curt Schilling opened his home to a family of nine driven out of their New Orleans home. The Schilling family will provide housing for the Fields for a year while their home in New Orleans is rebuilt and repaired.

Some celebrities “graced” disaster zones with their presence in the days following Katrina.

Singer Macy Gray and television personality Phil McGraw visited Houston’s Astrodome.

Celebrities visiting New Orleans include Michael Moore (opposite side of lake), singer Harry Connick, Jr., CNN’s Anderson Cooper, actor Jamie Foxx, singer Faith Hill, actor Matthew McConaughey, singer Lisa Marie Presley, comedian Chris Rock, and The Oprah Winfrey Show contributor Lisa Ling and interior decorator Nate Berkus.

Oprah Winfrey visited New Orleans, Houston, and Mississippi.

Donations with press releases

Personality Contributions Beneficiary
Jerry Lewis Half of Monday telethon Salvation Army
Shelter From the Storm (US TV networks) Friday telethon  
BET Relief Telethon Friday BET telethon National Urban League and the American Red Cross
MTV ReAct Now Saturday MTV telethon several
Dave Matthews Band Sept 12 concert
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
 
Grand Ole Opry Country Reaches Out Sept 27 telethon  
Serena Williams $100 for every ace she hits on the tennis court  
Jay Leno celebrity motorcycle auction  
Barry Manilow matching contributions
manilowfund.com
Red Cross
David Banner Sept. 17 benefit concert in Atlanta  
 
Lance Armstrong $500,000 Affected cancer survivors.
Nicolas Cage $1 million Red Cross
George Clooney $1 million United Way
Ellen DeGeneres $500,000 + donations  
Celine Dion $1 million Red Cross
Hilary Duff $250,000 Red Cross & USA Harvest
Michael Jackson charity single  
Jay-Z and Diddy $1 million Red Cross
Magic Johnson jobs  
Ludacris $100,000  
The Rolling Stones $1 million Red Cross
Steven Spielberg $1.5 million American Red Cross and Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
Three Doors Down $300,000 Better Life Foundation

Celebrities in the storm

Singer Fats Domino was missing during the New Orleans flood but has since reached safety.

Celebrities out of the storm

New Orleans residents who were out of town during the Hurricane included:

  • Juvenile, who left New Orleans before the storm.
  • Dave Pirner, who was visiting his Minneapolis hometown.
  • Master P, whose family members are missing.
  • The Neville Brothers have relocated to Round Rock, Texas.

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March 26, 2005

Dick, Spielberg among Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductees

Dick, Spielberg among Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductees

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Seattle, Washington — The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame announced this week the names of its four inductees for 2005. They include filmmaker Steven Spielberg, author Philip K. Dick, artist Chesley Bonestell and animator Ray Harryhausen.

Scheduled to take place on May 6 in Seattle, this will be the first induction ceremony since the hall of fame moved to Seattle from its previous home in Lawrence, Kansas. Induction into the hall is not based on any single work, according to the hall’s press release, but for a lifetime of creative endeavors that “shaped” the science fiction genre.

Inductees come from four categories: film, television and media, literature, art, and a category called “open” which is designed for individuals who do not fit into one of the other categories. 2005 is the first year the hall inducted people for works other than literature.

The class of 2005

Only two of the inductees, Spielberg and Harryhausen, are alive to accept the honor. Dick and Bonestell died in the 1980s.

Chesley Bonestell
His special-effects matte paintings for films Destination Moon and War of the Worlds inspired the creation of the Chesley Award to honor achievement in science fiction and fantasy art.
Philip K. Dick
Prolific author of many science fiction novels, novellas and short stories – many of which have gone on to be Hollywood science fiction blockbuster films. He died in 1982 before the release of the first of the films based on his work, Blade Runner, which was based on his book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. His work has been turned into other Hollywood films, such as Total Recall based the short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, Screamers story Second Variety, Spielberg’s Minority Report based on Dick’s short story of the same name, Paycheck based on Dick’s short story of the same name, and the upcoming Keanu Reeves film, A Scanner Darkly which also is based on Dick’s novel of the same name.
Ray Harryhausen
Honored for his Oscar-winning stop-motion animation techniques using metal armatures and synthetic flesh in such classic science fiction films as Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years B.C, and Clash of the Titans.
Steven Spielberg
Director of such science fiction film classics as E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Jurassic Park.

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