Tuesday, April 15, 2003
MTV announces movie nominees
New York -- Tobey Maguire and Viggo Mortensen were nominated for best male performance, and the movies they star in -- "Spider-Man" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" -- each received a leading five nominations for this year's MTV Movie Awards.
"Spider-Man" and "The Two Towers" were among the nominees Monday for best movie, along with "8 Mile," "Barbershop" and "The Ring."
Kirsten Dunst, who played Maguire's on-screen love interest in "Spider-Man," is up for best female performance, and the two were recognized in the best kiss category. Willem Dafoe, who plays the superhero's nemesis, the Green Goblin, is up for best villain.
"The Two Towers" also was nominated for best on-screen team and best action sequence. And the film's tortured creature, Gollum, was nominated in a new category: best virtual performance.
The 12th annual MTV Movie Awards will be given out May 31, with the ceremony scheduled to air at 8 p.m. CDT June 5.
Car found, guns gone
Richmond, Calif. -- Police found Sean Penn's stolen 1987 Buick Grand National, but two guns that were inside the car remain missing.
The car was found Saturday in Richmond, about nine miles from the Berkeley street where it was stolen last week.
A loaded 9 mm Glock handgun and a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver that were left inside haven't been found, Richmond police Sgt. Enos Johnson said.
The three-time Academy Award nominee had a concealed weapons permit for the guns, police said.
Jolie has wild idea
Phnomh Penh, Cambodia -- Angelina Jolie has agreed to provide more than $1.3 million over five years to protect virgin wilderness in northwestern Cambodia.
The first installment of $350,000 is expected to arrive within 10 days. Over the next four years, the actress will give $250,000 every year to fund the conservation project for nearly 52,000 acres of forest known as the "100 Elephants Forest."
The forest is in a remote area of the country controlled for years by the defunct guerrilla movement, the Khmer Rouge. The area is believed to be home to some of the last remaining wild tigers and elephants in Cambodia, a spokesman said.
Brisbane, Australia -- Oscar-winner Russell Crowe is honeymooning in style -- Australian style, that is.
Over the weekend, the "Gladiator" star and his new wife, Danielle Spencer, stayed in a motel in Rockhampton on Australia's east coast and dined on takeout fried chicken.
After a lavish wedding ceremony last week at his estate near Coff's Harbor, the Crowes are now on a "self-drive honeymoon" around Australia, Brisbane's Courier-Mail newspaper reported. The paper ran a photo of the newlyweds outside the Red Rooster restaurant in Rockhampton.