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By PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter  |  Dec. 18, 2001 at 4:39 PM
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The International Press Academy -- a splinter group from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- has announced its nominations for the best films of 2001, with "Moulin Rouge" leading the pack in the running for the sixth annual Golden Satellite Awards.

Director Baz Luhrmann's MTV-style take on Paris at the dawn of the 20th century received 14 nominations, including best picture, actor, actress, supporting actor, director and screenplay. Director Peter Jackson's screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" was second with nine nominations.

Nicole Kidman received two best actress nominations -- one for "Moulin Rouge," the other for "The Others" -- a horror-suspense picture that received six nominations.

Also scoring six nominations, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." "Gosford Park" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" had five each.

The nominees for best drama movie are "Sexy Beast," "Memento," "The Deep End," "In the Bedroom" and "The Others." The nominees for best comedy or musical movie are "Moulin Rouge," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Bridget Jones's Diary," "Gosford Park" and "The Royal Tenenbaums."

The IPA will also present awards for outstanding TV show, and honor Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden with its Mary Pickford Award, in ceremonies in Los Angeles on Jan. 19.


The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has announced the nominees for its 13th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which will be presented in three separate awards ceremonies next spring in New York (April 1), Los Angeles (April 13) and June 1 (San Francisco).

The awards are presented each year to recognize "fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives."

There was only one nominee for outstanding film in wide release, "The Mexican." The DreamWorks release featured a gay hitman who was assigned by a mob boss to ensure the safe return of a priceless antique pistol.

The nominees for outstanding film in limited release are "Big Eden," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Nico and Dani," "Punks" and "Songcatcher."

The nominees for outstanding TV comedy are "The Ellen Show" (CBS), "Sex and the City" (HBO), "Some of My Best Friends" (CBS) and "Will & Grace" (NBC). Nominees for outstanding TV drama series are "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (UPN), "The Education of Max Bickford" (CBS), "ER" (NBC), "Queer As Folk" (Showtime) and "Six Feet Under" (HBO).

"Anatomy of a Hate Crime" (MTV), "Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City" (Showtime), "A Glimpse of Hell" (FX), "Stranger Inside" (HBO) and "What Makes a Family" (Lifetime) were nominated for outstanding TV movie.


After NBC announced that it will program a special Playboy Playmates edition of its hit reality-based series, "Fear Factor," against Fox's coverage of the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, Fox issued a statement praising its own family values and suggesting that viewers might find NBC to be something less than family-friendly.

NBC said the two-part, 80-minute episode of "Fear Factor" would run opposite the Super Bowl halftime show, which will feature a performance by U2 -- and again immediately after the game, when Fox plans to run a special one-hour version of the hit comedy, "Malcolm in the Middle."

Six Playmates will compete, but the network hasn't said yet what sort of grossed-out trials they'll be put to.

The Fox statement characterized the football game and "Malcolm" as "a night of television the whole family can watch together," and said that "NBC's programming choice speaks for itself."


The American Medical Association is accusing NBC of putting profits ahead of public health in its decision to accept ads for hard liquor.

In a statement Monday, AMA chairman-elect J. Edward Hill, MD called the decision "shockingly irresponsible" and called on NBC to rescind the new policy immediately.

"With an ad for Smirnoff vodka this weekend," said Hill, "NBC became the first major network in approximately 50 years to air advertisements for hard liquor."

Dr. Hill pointed out that the ad ran just two weeks after the AMA House of Delegates adopted a resolution calling for the organization "to work with appropriate agencies to draft legislation minimizing alcohol promotions, advertising and other marketing strategies aimed at adolescents."

The AMA, as a matter of policy, lobbies for a total statutory prohibition on ads for alcoholic beverages outside of retail or wholesale outlets.

"We will not give up on those efforts," said Dr. Hill.

NBC said when it announced the decision to carry the ads that they would be restricted to the 9 pm-11 pm time slots and would not be shown on programs where less than 85 percent of the audience is over 21. Dr. Hill said the restrictions are inadequate.

"Do not be fooled by the network's list of guidelines for the ads," he said. "They are nothing more than window dressing designed to fool the public and distract critics of this preposterous plan."

NBC defended itself from the AMA criticism in a statement.

"We have taken strong actions to ensure that the advertising is not targeted toward young people," said the network.


According to a report in Daily Variety, Hollywood producers Lionel Chetwynd and Ted Steinberg are developing an American TV version of a Japanese reality-based show in which contestants get a shot at big money for proving they can live on subsistence wages.

The one-hour weekly show, "Minimum Wage," will pit two middle-class couples against one another in a competition to see who can save up the most money while living for one month on the minimum wage -- which was last raised by Congress to $5.15 per hour on Sept. 1, 1997.

The Japanese TV show is called "Live Frugally on $100 for a Month."

Variety said Chetwynd and Steinberg are pitching the show to U.S. broadcast networks this week.


Miramax Films has decided to postpone the opening of Meg Ryan's upcoming romantic comedy, "Kate & Leopold" -- holding up the release by four days until Christmas Day in hopes of giving it a chance for a stronger opening than it seemed to be headed for on its original release date this Friday.

Studio executives said all signs pointed to a huge weekend for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," and some economic reports indicated that women -- who are expected to account for the bulk of "Kate & Leopold's" business -- will be preoccupied this weekend with last-minute holiday shopping.

The Christmas opening puts Ryan's movie in direct competition with "Ali," "The Shipping News" and "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius."


Steve Martin has sold a screen adaptation of his best-selling novella, "Shopgirl," to Lakeshore Entertainment, and plans to star in the movie.

Martin is expected to start work on the picture after he finishes shooting the Disney comedy "In the Houze" with Queen Latifah.


Singers Chris Isaak and Dwight Yoakam and comedians Cedric the Entertainer and Willie Barcena have signed up to accompany Jay Leno on a mini-tour of U.S. military installations to entertain the troops at Christmas time.

NBC announced Tuesday that the performers will depart with Leno for an undisclosed location this Friday, and perform this Saturday and Sunday before returning to the United States on Monday, Christmas Eve. Highlights from the performances will be aired Dec. 26-28 on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."


MTV comedian Tom Green has filed for divorce from actress-producer Drew Barrymore, less than six months after the couple were married.

In court papers filed in Los Angeles Monday, Green cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the breakup. In a statement issued through a publicist, he said he still loved Barrymore.

"Drew is a wonderful woman," said Green. "I love her very much. I wish our marriage could have worked out. I wish her much happiness."

As of Tuesday morning, Barrymore had not made a public statement about the matter.

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