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Rome Film Festival names ‘Juno’ best film October 31, 2007

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“Juno,” a U.S. film about a teenage girl who gets pregnant and tries to find a couple to adopt her baby, won best film Saturday at the Rome Film Festival.

The best actress award went to Chinese actress Jang Wenli for “Li Chun” (And the Spring Comes), about a provincial opera singer who dreams of becoming the star of the Beijing Opera in the years between the end of the Cultural Revolution and the Tiananmen Square uprising.

Rade Serbedzija of Croatia won best actor for his role in the Canadian-Greek production “Fugitive Pieces.” In the film, he plays Athos, a Greek archaeologist who saves a Jewish child from Poland who is orphaned during World War II.

Canadian filmmaker Jason Reitman’s “Juno” tells the story of Juno (Ellen Page), a Minnesota teenager who becomes pregnant and tries to decide what to do with the baby. It was first runner-up for the people’s choice award at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival.

A 50-member public jury, made up of selected moviegoers from Italy and elsewhere in Europe, judged the in-competition films at the second annual Rome Film Festival. Bosnian director Danis Tanovic, who won the best foreign film Oscar with 2001’s “No Man’s Land,” presided over the jury.

Josh Hartnett’s vampire film tops US box office October 22, 2007

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Josh Hartnett’s vampire action film “30 days of night”, it has claimed the number one spot in its first weekend on release on the USA box office.

The movie, in which Josh Hartnett and Melissa George play cops fighting the undead in remote Alaska, toppled Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” with a first-weekend take of US$16 million.

Former number one “The Game Plan” slipped another spot to three, while George Clooney’s drama “Michael Clayton” claimed fourth place for a second week. Ben Affleck’s much-hyped and critically-acclaimed directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone” failed to impress cinemagoers, making just US$6 million in its opening weekend, and debuting at three, just ahead of sports spoof “The Comebacks”, which enters the box office countdown at six.

Daniel Radcliffe in gay role September 27, 2007

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Daniel Radcliffe, the Harry Potter wizard star-boy, has his sights set on following up his naked theatre debut in Equus by going gay at the movies.

daniel_radcliffe_portrait.jpg  Daniel, who bared all for his hit London play earlier this year, insists he’s up for a challenging homosexual role.

Daniel said: “I don’t think it would particularly affect me. I mean, I’d never play a gay character just for the sake of playing a gay character. If the script was good and it was a good gay character, then that wouldn’t bother me. Playing characters exploring their sexuality is a challenge. I’m 18 and so the parts I’m going to be given will be for characters around that age range when people are exploring their sexuality.”