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Two BIFAs for LKoS
Posted at 6:25 AM (PST) on Thursday, November 30, 2006

LONDON, Hammersmith Palais -- Kevin Macdonald won the best director prize for his "The Last King of Scotland" at the ninth annual British Independent Film Awards on Wednesday night.

Anthony Dod Mantle was awarded the technical achievement award for the cinematography on "Last King of Scotland".

For a complete list of winners, click here.

BIFAs are now regarded as the kick-off to the international awards season which culminates in the BAFTAs and Academy Awards in the Spring. The BIFAs also have a real purpose to promote British Independent film talent to an ever growing audience worldwide.

Three more awards for Bleak House
Posted at 11:14 AM (PST) on Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Royal Television Society (RTS) Craft & Design Awards 2005/2006 were presented on Monday 20 November 2006 at the Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2.

Among the winners...

Tape & Film Editing - Drama

Paul Knight: Bleak House BBC Drama/WGBH Boston/Deep Indigo for BBC One

�Editing at its most skilful � delicately treading the line between being modern, bold and fresh but also demonstrating the important skill of just telling a great story. Simple, clever, witty, emotive and exciting.�

Make Up Design - Drama

Daniel Phillips: Bleak House BBC Drama/WGBH Boston/Deep Indigo for BBC One

�The winner grasped the opportunities presented by the period setting, showing great courage in the range of looks and styles created for a huge cast of vibrant characters.�

Costume Design - Drama

Andrea Galer: Bleak House BBC Drama/WGBH Boston/Deep Indigo for BBC One

�Brilliantly achieved, the range of costumes created for the huge cast was notable for historical accuracy as well as the richness of the on-screen look. The winner was a vital part of a quite extraordinary design effort.�

An Award for LKoS!
Posted at 6:42 AM (PST) on Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The 17th Stockholm International Film Festival

Best Cinematography 2006: Anthony Dod Mantle for "The Last King of Scotland"

The jury's motivation: "Powerful images ranging from the delicate to the hard-hitting, which do not only take you back in time, but also stimulate all senses".

For a complete list of winners, click here (pdf).

MAG Auction Block: Gillian's Flip-Flops
Posted at 6:24 AM (PST) on Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Fans get chance to buy celebrity shoes
28th November 2006
Life Style Extra, UK

Thousands of celebrity fans are expected to bid for a chance to own shoes belonging to David Bowie, Pamela Anderson and Heather Mills in a charity auction beginning today.

The celeb shoe sale on eBay kicked off with the estranged Mrs McCartney launching the sale of 60 pairs of signed shoes from stars including Ricky Gervais to politician and ex-Celebrity Fit Club contestant Anne Widdecombe.

The model has also bravely put her signed tan brown stiletto boots up for bids, inevitably inviting comparison with her husband, who donated his shoes at the last auction.

Paul McCartney's shoes went for �2,550 in the previous sale, the highest price out of any of the pairs in the March auction.

Oscar-winner Dame Judi Dench's signed black suede heels are also expected to generate intense interest, as are former-Beatle bandmate of McCartney, Ringo Starr's Patrick Cox black leather shoes.

Other prominent pairs include Susan Sarandon's silver Jimmy Choos and Paula Radcliffe's Nike racers, as well as Pamela Anderson's shoes designed by Stella McCartney

Just ten minutes into the ten-day sale, David Bowie's signed white ankle boots had received six bids, pushing the bid to �122, from the 99p price all of the pairs start at. Mills' boots had not received any bids.

The auction is being held to raise money for landmine charity Mines Advisory group (MAG), which employs over 2,500 people worldwide to clear landmines and unexploded bombs in countries such as Lebanon, Angola and Afghanistan.

Heather Mills said: "MAG works tirelessly to improve the everyday lives of millions of people around the world. By bidding generously, people not only have the chance to facilitate this work, but also to own a unique piece of celebrity memorabilia."

Spokesman for MAG, Mark Knight said: "We are expecting huge interest - last time we had thousands of bids - people have donated shoes from all walks of life.

"At this time of year, people are looking for Christmas present ideas, and what could be better than a pair of celebrity shoes?

"It's difficult to predict which pair will sell for the highest price. David Bowie's shoes are probably a good bet, but in the last sale, Keith Noone, from Herman's Hermits, donated shoes, which sold for �1,070.

"However, I think it is safe to say that Gillian Anderson's wedge sandals (flip-flops) will sell for more than Anne Widdecombe's trainers she wore on Celebrity Fit Club."

MAG's executive director, Lou McGrath said: "The support from celebrities for the shoe auction has been fantastic and resulted in an impressive collection of footwear.

"The money raised will play a vital role in clearing the remnants of conflict, preventing injuries and deaths and regenerating communities.

"The money is especially needed for our work in Lebanon, where the UN estimates there are around 100,000 unexploded bombs at 359 separate sites."

The auction can be seen on eBay at or

Gillian Gives Birth to Baby Boy
Posted at 5:40 PM (PST) on Sunday, November 19, 2006

By Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna

Gillian gave birth to a baby boy on Nov. 1 in London, her manager Connie Freiberg confirms to PEOPLE.

This is her second child, her first with boyfriend businessman Mark Griffiths.

Oscar Griffiths was born three weeks early, but "both he and Gillian are just fine," says Freiberg.

"They are extremely happy � the entire family," she adds.

Gillian, who lives in London, plans to take a few months off before deciding on her next project. She was last seen in BBC's Emmy award-winning Bleak House and in The Last King of Scotland.

Heads Up! Upcoming MAG Auction: Gillian's Shoes
Posted at 10:52 AM (PST) on Thursday, November 16, 2006

Launching at 12 noon on Tuesday 28th November!

MAG's (Mines Advisory Group) second Give Landmines the Boot Celebrity Shoe Auction is going to be even better than the first, with over 60 pairs of shoes from celebrities from the fields of music, film, art and sport.

More details coming soon.....

Wee message from Gillian
Posted at 9:03 AM (PST) on Friday, November 10, 2006

Hey everyone,

I know that you're due for another proper letter and I will try to bang one off before Christmas but in the meantime I want to pre-recommend a book to you. Pre because I haven't actually gotten a chance to read it yet. But it is Elizabeth Rosners' (Speed Of Light) new book called Blue Nude. Christmas presents perhaps?


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