McDormand to be film fest chair

McDormand to be film fest chair

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Frances McDormand is to head up the jury at Spain's San Sebastian film festival this month, organizers said.
Bardem signs up for 'Biutiful' role

Bardem signs up for 'Biutiful' role

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Spanish actor Javier Bardem has signed on to star in Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Spanish-language film "Biutiful," Variety.com said.

After Clooney, Venice fest features indies

VENICE, Italy, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- George Clooney will kick off the 2008 Venice Film Festival with his latest effort but after that independent movies will hold sway, officials said.

Sony Pics picks up Tommy Lee Jones' film

TORONTO, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North and South American rights to Tommy Lee Jones' feature film directorial debut.

Directors of 'L'Enfant' win Palme D'Or

CANNES, France, May 23 (UPI) -- Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, brothers who directed "L'Enfant," have won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film festival in France.

New Paramount chief sets first big project

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- Paramount Pictures' first major project under new studio head Brad Grey will be "Babel," starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

Tommy Lee Jones will direct

LOS ANGELES, July 14 (UPI) -- Tommy Lee Jones will make his feature film directing debut with "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday.

Real accident inspired '21 Grams'

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The man who wrote acclaimed films "21 Grams" and "Amores Perros" said they influenced by his own experience in a real-life car crash.

Guillermo Arriaga Jord├ín (Spanish pronunciation: ) (born 13 March 1958) is a Mexican author, screenwriter, director and producer. He received the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay Award for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

Arriaga was born in Mexico City and spent his childhood in one of the most violent sectors of the metropolis. At the age of 13 he lost the sense of smell after a brutal street fight that would later serve as inspiration for some of his work.

Before engaging in his writing career, Arriaga tried out a variety of jobs and professions, amongst which were that of boxer, basketball player and professional soccer player.

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