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News Archive: July 2006
AJS Reminder
Posted at 3:03 PM (PDT) on Monday, July 24, 2006

The Alinyiikira Junior School's most pressing need at the moment is classroom space. Enrollment is increasing and they need to construct another four-room block as soon as possible.

We already have 93.5% of the money needed to build the block. If everyone who visits this web site were to contribute just one or two dollars apiece, we would soon have the entire amount needed. We could donate it to the school in honor of Gillian's birthday (August 9)!

To make a donation and help us reach our goal, please visit our donations page.

Thank you very much for your support!

Ten Emmy Nominations for Bleak House
Posted at 7:35 AM (PDT) on Thursday, July 6, 2006

The 58th Primetime Emmy® Awards and Creative Arts Emmys Nominations

Outstanding Art Direction For A Miniseries, Or Movie
Simon Elliot, Production Designer
Bill Crutcher, Art Director

Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie
Kieran McGuigan, Director of Photography

Outstanding Costumes For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
Andrea Galer, Costume Designer
Charlotte Morris, Assistant Costume Designer

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Justin Chadwick, Director

Outstanding Makeup For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Non-Prosthetic)
Daniel Phillips, Makeup Department Head

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Charles Dance as Mr. Tulkinghorn

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Denis Lawson as John Jarndyce

Outstanding Miniseries
Producers TBA

Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Andrew Davies, Screenplay by

For a complete list of today's nominations, click here.

The 58th Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday August 27 at 8/7c NBC, with Conan O'Brien as host of the Shrine Auditorium ceremony.

Psychologies Magazine Interview
Posted at 10:40 AM (PDT) on Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Gillian is on the cover of Psychologies Magazine, UK(August Edition).

To view the photos, click here.

To read the transcript, click here.

Thanks to Rachel and Wendy!

Win one of ten copies of A Cock and Bull Story on DVD (UK)
Posted at 11:57 AM (PDT) on Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Brought to you in association with The Guardian, UK and Lions Gate Home Entertainment, UK.

For all the information, terms, and conditions, click here.

You may order copies in advance at:

Amazon UK (available July 10) (available July 11)
Amazon Canada (available July 11)

If you purchase the DVDs through our online links, the referral fees will benefit Neurofibromatosis, Inc. Thank you for your support!

The DVDs should also be available for rental at your favorite video stores.

Bleak House now showing in Australia
Posted at 10:26 AM (PDT) on Monday, July 3, 2006

What the Dickens
By Michael Idato
The Sydney Morning Herald
July 3, 2006

When the long-running alien conspiracy drama The X Files ended in 2002 after nine years, its flame-haired star Gillian Anderson was at a professional crossroads. Her success on American TV, as the cool, adroit FBI special agent Dana Scully, made her a household name. Greater things should have followed. In the eyes of casting directors, however, she was a square peg in a city of round holes.

"It is a particular dilemma," Anderson says. "With someone like Jennifer Aniston, who was on television for a long time playing a specific character, what she has to offer in Friends is easily translatable to film, in terms of romantic comedy. You can see the marketable options.

"With Scully, I think, producers and directors have a hard time seeing how having Scully in their films would be beneficial and marketable. What they're not doing is taking into consideration that I might actually be able to do something other than Scully, so when someone is given my name they think, 'How does Scully fit into it? How does that seriousness or that aspect she brings to the screen fit in?' "

Faced with a choice between repetition or reinvention, she chose the latter, moving to London, where she had spent a decade as a child, and taking the first steps towards a transformation that is confirmed in the BBC's latest adaptation of Charles Dickens's Bleak House.

It is an outstanding adaptation from the pen of Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, House of Cards, Tipping the Velvet), and Anderson, in a sweeping, powerful performance, easily silences her doubters. Boy, can she do more than Scully!


LKOS: Expect a World Premiere in Uganda
Posted at 10:23 AM (PDT) on Monday, July 3, 2006

By John Nagenda
June 30, 2006
New Vision

Last year, a film company called Cowboy Films, came to town. (The Cow stood for its producer/owner Lisa, the Boy for her husband, somewhat younger than herself!)

The President, when I took the advance filming team to meet him, was amused at the name’s reasons. What Lisa and her crew wanted was to film the book, The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden, and to do so here in Uganda. Usually the venue would have been the ubiquitous South Africa, failing which, Kenya. But the book, despite its title, is a fiction based on Amin Dada, so why not film it in Uganda?

The argument struck the President like an arrow, as it was bound to do. But Cowboy, operating on a slim budget, wanted some favours, including the waiving of some taxes, especially VAT. The President said yes, seeing that the film, if successful, would appeal greatly to potential tourists, business people and those needing beautiful surroundings for movies.

For Director, the already highly held Kevin Macdonald, with an Oscar and a Bafta, was secured, as were big actors led by Forrest Whittaker. The film was duly shot in Uganda.

Those who have seen the “rushes” are going crazy. Your columnist had been lucky enough to be directed by the President to be the government coordinator for the project.

In London last week, enjoying a glass of a great red in Lisa’s grand house, I was assured that Last King was about ready to hit the world between the eyes.

Nominations were expected for awards such as the Oscars, particularly Whittaker as the Monster, but, unlike trash such as Raid on Entebbe, played “in the round” not as plywood.

Expect a world premiere right here in our town, and who better to grace it than the one who gave the project the first, vital push, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni? Enjoy Uganda!

Gillian at PETA Humanitarian Awards, UK
Posted at 10:20 AM (PDT) on Monday, July 3, 2006

PETA Holds First-Ever Humanitarian Awards Event in Britain

On 28 June 2006, a constellation of compassionate stars showed up to party with PETA at Stella’s boutique in Mayfair, London.

Pamela Anderson joined PETA President Ingrid Newkirk and PETA Vice President Dan Mathews to give Humanitarian Awards to some of the latest movers and shakers to support PETA’s campaigns against cruelty to animals.

Sweeping the super-siblings category, Stella, who narrated our undercover fur-farm investigation, was given an award for her “kick ass” contribution to animal-friendly fashion, while her sister Mary McCartney, who shot the provocative PETA anti-fur ads of both singer Sophie Ellis Bextor and rocker Tommy Lee, was honoured for devoting her time and considerable talent to animal rights.

Actor Gillian Anderson – known to legions of adoring fans for her starring role in The X-Files as well as for her critically acclaimed role in the BBC’s Bleak House – went home with a Humanitarian Award for putting the truth out there about cruelty to animals in Covance’s laboratories and at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Read more and take a look at our Cafe Press "We Must Be Their Voices" items.

Thanks to Wendy!

Click here to view photos of Gillian at the PETA Humanitarian Awards at Stella McCartney's Store in Burton Street, London (June 28, 2006).

Thanks to Philiater for the photos!

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