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By KAREN BUTLER, United Press International   |   Jan. 20, 2003 at 10:33 AM   |   Comments

'CHICAGO' WINS THREE GOLDEN GLOBES

"Chicago", a musical comedy about murderous women and dreams of stardom, won three Golden Globe awards on Sunday, including best musical or comedy movie.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association also honored the movie version of Bob Fosse's Broadway hit with Golden Globes for Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger for best actor and actress in a musical or comedy.

"The Hours" -- a story about three women, each living a lie -- won for best drama movie. Its star, Nicole Kidman, won for best actress in a drama movie for her performance as the writer Virginia Woolf.

Jack Nicholson won for best actor in a drama movie for his performance in "About Schmidt" as an aging insurance man who must re-examine the worth of his life.

The director of "About Schmidt," Alexander Payne, and co-writer Jim Taylor, won for best screenplay.

"Gangs of New York" -- Martin Scorsese's epic tale of the battle for control of the streets of New York in the mid-19th century -- won two Golden Globes. Scorsese won for best director and U2 won for best song, "The Hands That Built America".

The 60th annual Golden Globe awards did not shed much light on this year's Academy Award prospects. By winning the top movie honors, "Chicago" and "The Hours" solidified their status as Oscar contenders, but no film has yet put together an Oscar bandwagon.

"Adaptation" joined "The Hours" and "Gangs of New York" and "About Schmidt" as a double winner Sunday, with supporting actress and actor awards for Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.

In the TV categories, the FX channel's cop drama "The Shield" won two Golden Globes, one for best drama series and one for best actor in a drama series, Michael Chiklis.

HBO was the big winner in the TV categories, with six wins, including best comedy series for "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and best actress in a drama series for Edie Falco in "The Sopranos".

HBO's World War II drama, "The Gathering Storm", won two trophies, one for best miniseries or TV movie, and one for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie, for Albert Finney.

(Thanks to UPI's Pat Nason in Hollywood)


RICHARD CRENNA DEAD AT 76

Veteran character actor and voice performer Richard Crenna has died in California of pancreatic cancer at age 76.

With more than 115 screen and television credits on his resume, Crenna is best-known for his roles in "Our Miss Brooks," The Real McCoys" and "Slattery's People." An accomplished radio personality, the California native also won an Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in the 1985 TV movie "The Rape of Richard Beck" and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was seen most recently on the popular drama, "Judging Amy."

Crenna's family says he succumbed to pancreatic cancer Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is survived by his wife and three children.


'KANGAROO JACK' TOP BOX OFFICE DRAW

"Kangaroo Jack" was on top at the box office this weekend, taking in an estimated $17.7 million.

Another newbie, "National Security" starring Martin Lawrence, was No. 2 at $15.7 million. The third new major release for the weekend, "A Guy Thing" starring Julia Stiles, Jason Lee and Selma Blair, came in at No. 7 with $7.1 million in ticket sales.

The comedy "Just Married" was No. 3 at $12.5 million and "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" was fourth at $11.4 million.


PRODUCERS GUILD NOMINATES SIX

The Producers Guild of America nominated six films for its Darryl Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in theatrical motion pictures, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

The selections included the family comedy of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," the musical "Chicago," the drama "Gangs of New York," "Adaptation" and "Road to Perdition."

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