Advertisement

UPI NewsTrack Entertainment News

Crowley wins 'Survivor Gabon'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Robert "Bob" Crowley was declared the winner of the television competition series "Survivor Gabon: Earth's Last Eden" on the show's finale Sunday.

Advertisement

At 57, Crowley was the oldest contestant to ever win "Survivor," which has run for 17 seasons.

In addition to his title of winner, the high-school physics teacher from Maine also earned a $1 million prize.

"I played with gusto, with my heart," E! News quoted Crowley as saying to his fellow finalists Jessica "Sugar" Kiper and Susie Smith, as well as contestants who had been eliminated earlier in the show.

"I've played hard. My game strategy was to come in here and use my personality, my survival skills to make my life and your lives better. While I was here, I don't think I outwitted you. I don't think I outplayed you. The only thing I did was outlast you."


WFCC: 'Changeling' best movie about women

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The Women Film Critics Circle has named Hollywood's "Changeling" the year's best movie about women.

"Frozen River," directed by Courtney Hunt, was declared the best movie made by a woman, while its star Melissa Leo won the best actress award.

Advertisement

Screenwriter Jennifer Lumet picked up the prize for best storyteller for "Rachel Getting Married," Mickey Rourke took the best actor honor for "The Wrestler" and Abigail Breslin earned the title of best young actress for "Kit Kittredge" and "Definitely Maybe."

Sally Hawkins from "Happy-Go-Lucky" and Meryl Streep from "Mamma Mia!" tied in the best comedic actress category and "I've Loved You So Long" was named best foreign film.

Winning the award for best female images in a movie was "The Secret Life Of Bees," while "How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer" was named the best film not to get a theatrical release.

"Nothing But the Truth" earned the award for best equality of the sexes and "Cadillac Records" won the prize for best music.

"Wall-E" garnered the awards for best animated feature and best family film.

Streep was also honored with a lifetime achievement award and Natalie Portman was recognized with the WFCC's prize for acting and activism.

The Adrienne Shelly award for a film that "most passionately opposes violence against women" went to "Changeling" and the Josephine Baker award for "best expressing the woman of color experience in America" went to "Ballast."

The group's top 10 Hall of Shame for 2008 is: "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," "House of the Sleeping Beauties," "The Women," "The Life Before Her Eyes,"

Advertisement

"The Hottie and the Nottie," "Savage Grace," "Made of Honor," "The Family that Preys,"

"Hounddog" and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno."


'Shrek The Musical' opens on Broadway

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- "Shrek The Musical," starring Brian d'Arcy James as the titular ogre and Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona, opened on Broadway Sunday night.

Previews of the show began at The Broadway Theatre Nov. 8, following a pre-Broadway engagement at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre Aug. 14-Sept. 21.

"Shrek The Musical" was inspired by William Steig's children's book and the animated movie "Shrek." It features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and co-stars Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad, Daniel Breaker as Donkey and John Tartaglia as Pinocchio.

The BBC said Cameron Diaz, who has lent her voice to the character of Fiona in three "Shrek" flicks, was among the stars who turned out for the musical's opening night in New York.

Asked if she would ever consider playing Fiona on stage, Diaz told the British broadcaster: "No, absolutely not. What they do up there ... is, to me, impossible. It's wonderful, though. It's great to see all of the actors playing it together because when we do it for the animated (films) we never see each other. We never get to work with one another -- we all record separately and then they put it all together so you don't really get the dynamics and chemistry that you get with other actors ... it's a lot of fun to watch."

Advertisement

Ben Stiller and Joan Rivers also attended the musical's opening performance, the BBC said.


Naomi Watts gives birth to 2nd son

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Naomi Watts's publicist confirmed the British-Australian actress has given birth to her second son.

Watts and her actor beau Liev Schreiber are also the parents of Alexander Pete Schreiber, who was born in July 2007. Watts and Schreiber have been together since 2005and co-starred in the 2006 big-screen drama "The Painted Veil."

"I can confirm Naomi and Liev had a baby boy yesterday," the actress's representative told People magazine Sunday.

The report did not say where the baby was born or what his name is.

Watts is best known for her roles in "King Kong," "21 Grams" and "The Ring."

Schrieber has starred in "Walking and Talking," "Jakob the Liar," "A Walk on the Moon," "Kate & Leopold" and "The Manchurian Candidate." He will soon be seen in the movie "Defiance."

Latest Headlines