- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Numbered days

Internet Movie Database

Pamela Anderson has just “five to 10 years left” to live because of hepatitis C.

The actress, who says she contracted the condition from her ex-husband Tommy Lee, told radio host Howard Stern about the effects of the liver disease before adding that she has adopted a much healthier lifestyle in an attempt to survive long enough to see her young sons, Dylan, 5, and Brandon, 7, turn 21.

“I’ve got a good five to 10 years left. I feel good. Pretty good. But it is deadly. I’ve got to make sure I’m around,” she said. “Every time I have a health check, my liver is getting healthier.”

Screener flap continues

Los Angeles Daily News

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has canceled its annual awards in response to a controversial ban on sending videotapes and DVDs to members for screening purposes. The decision could affect the awards season leading up to the Oscar ceremony in February.

The influential 50-member group has championed such films as “Unforgiven,” which helped elevate the 1992 Clint Eastwood-directed Western to Oscar front-runner status. The group also boosted Hilary Swank on her way to a best-actress Oscar when it honored her for the then-little-known 1999 film “Boys Don’t Cry.”

“It’s not just any critics’ award; it’s in Oscar’s back yard,” said Tom O’Neil, author of the book “Movie Awards.” “It’s a loud reminder that this isn’t just about Oscar voters. Everybody in the industry depends on the screeners.”

In an effort to thwart piracy, the Motion Picture Association of America announced nearly three weeks ago that its member studios would be banned from sending out “for your consideration” screeners.

The screeners have given exposure to smaller independent films that have scored in major categories at the Academy Awards in recent years, including “The Pianist,” “Talk to Her,” “Monster’s Ball” and “Boys Don’t Cry.”

“I think that screeners help these smaller films, and it will be more difficult for them to even get made, to get the financing,” said critics association President Jean Oppenheimer. “Critics fit into this whole process, the critics’ groups. Academy members look at what we voted for.”

A teleconference between movie studio heads and MPAA President Jack Valenti last Thursday has given many in the film community some hope that a compromise has been forged, but none has been announced.

Cliff-hanger

Associated Press

The Jamaican government has honored Jimmy Cliff with an Order of Merit award for his work in film and music.

“It’s great to be appreciated by your own,” Mr. Cliff, 55, said Monday after accepting the medal, which is one of the country’s highest civilian honors.

Several of his songs, including “The Harder They Come” and “Many Rivers to Cross,” are considered reggae classics.

Mr. Cliff, whose real name is James Chambers, also starred in the 1973 film “The Harder They Come.”

‘Osama’ movie nabs prize

Associated Press

Afghan director Siddiq Barmak’s “Osama” has won the top prize at the International Festival of New Film and Media in Montreal.

“Osama,” a joint production among people in Afghanistan, Japan and Ireland, was one of the first features produced in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban almost two years ago.

The film takes the point of view of a young girl whose mother dresses her as a boy so she can avoid the restrictions of the Taliban.

Mr. Barmak was barred from working in the country until the Taliban’s ouster.

“It is a really rare film because we don’t see Afghan film that much,” festival spokesman Adrian Gonzalez said.

The prize awarded Sunday included a $7,500 grant.

American ‘Werewolph’

RollingStone.com

Despite a new album and two EPs due before the end of the year, Ryan Adams also has been working on a side project called Werewolph, which he describes as “alt-metal.”

Mr. Adams has been working on an album, “Nothing to Lose but Your Life,” with the Werewolph group, but no release date has been set.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire and Web reports.

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