Shoah Project Wraps Up
Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, established to save the personal stories of Holocaust survivors and witnesses, has completed the bulk of its mission and is transferring its archive to the University of Southern California.
Spielberg created the foundation in 1994, after his Holocaust drama "Schindler's List" introduced the Hollywood mogul to a number of survivors.
The foundation filmed more than 52,000 interviews, then began cataloguing them. Now that task is done, it announced Friday, and USC will assist with the next step: making these materials available to interested parties.
The transfer to the university's Leavey Library in Los Angeles will take place over the next few months, and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education is scheduled to open on campus in January.
'Tsotsi' Wins in Toronto
As the Toronto International Film Festival finished its 30th edition last night, the big winner was a low-budget film based on an Athol Fugard novel.
"Tsotsi," about a Johannesburg gangster who steals a car and finds an infant in the back seat, won the People's Choice award, which has proven to be a reliable indicator of future Academy Award nominations. Previous recipients include "Hotel Rwanda," "American Beauty" and "Life Is Beautiful."
Among the films "Tsotsi" beat out were "Brokeback Mountain," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, and "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story," which stars Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning. "Tsotsi" stars two first-time actors, Presley Chweneyagae and Terry Pheto.
Noted . . .
* A subdued Courtney Love was sentenced Friday for violating her probation by using drugs. But instead of 180 days in jail, she will serve her time in a live-in drug treatment center. A Los Angeles judge said the headway that Love, 41, had made in rehabilitation earned her the lighter sentence.
* A Los Angeles photographer who was convicted of trying to sell topless pictures of Cameron Diaz after forging her signature on a contract has been sentenced to more than 31/2 years in prison. John Rutter, whom prosecutors accused of trying to blackmail Diaz for $3 million over the steamy, bondage-themed photos taken before she was famous, was found guilty in July of attempted grand theft, forgery and perjury.
. . . and Quoted
"To say that this is overwhelming is probably the understatement of the millennium."
-- Johnny Depp, as he set his handprints and footprints in concrete in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday.
-- Compiled by Scott Butterworth
from wire reports