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    Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    VENICE (Reuters) - Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," a tale of homosexual love in the mountains of Wyoming, won Venice's Golden Lion on Saturday, beating film festival favorite George Clooney in the race to take the top prize.
    The latest movie by the director of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Hulk" is adapted from a story by Annie Proulx and stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as love-struck cowboys whose forbidden affair begins in 1963 and ends 20 years later.

    Taiwan-born Lee described "Brokeback Mountain" as a story of love against adversity. Independent and low-budget, like several U.S. entries at the festival, it was filmed in Canada to save money.

    "After two big movies, I decided to make a small movie that really moved me," said Lee, who flew back from the Toronto Film Festival to take the award.

    "I have the impression this is the most auteur-specialist of all film festivals and I never thought I would come here. I can't tell you how proud I am."

    Critics had predicted Clooney's black-and-white tale of 1950s broadcasting courage, "Good Night. And, Good Luck," would win the Golden Lion, beating the 19 other films in competition.

    Clooney, adored in Venice, did not go home empty-handed, winning an award for best screenplay with co-writer Grant Heslov.

    His star, David Strathairn, won the best actor prize for his intense portrayal of journalist Edward R. Murrow, who used television to expose the bullying tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy in his anti-communist crusade.

    "This film is a tribute to the reporters who are in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Africa, in our poor city of New Orleans, to bring us the truth," Clooney told a news conference.

    "I don't believe it is a political statement per se. I felt that if I kept this in a historical context you could make your own decision."
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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    Yes, but were they eating pudding?
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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    This just in...
    Actor Jake Gyllenhaal smiles at a news conference for 'Brokeback Mountain' at the 30th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto September 10, 2005. The movie portrays the story two young men, a Wyoming ranch hand
    and a rodeo cowboy, who after meeting in the summer of 1963 form a life-long bond. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    Oh, I completely forgot about Brokeback Mountain!

    It comes to theatres in December, right?

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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    Did that thar cowboy ride bareback? Oh Yippy! Yippy Kiyay!

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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    Couldn't read anything above...just too busted up about this:

    "Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival"

    Can you think of 4 double-entandras?...I can!

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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    Would that make it an Octo-entandra?

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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    ORDDU: Well, I can assure you, ducklings, that I'm going to see this film--with or WITHOUT my sisters!! Any movie with a cowboy in it catches the attention of a witch like me! Why, I can't tell you how excited my broom stick is, just THINKING about this film!!

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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    Hmmmm... Jake Gyllenhaal...

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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    I keep thinking it's Bareback Mountain.

    Sorry, I have a one track mind.
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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    Quote Originally Posted by openattheseams
    Oh, I completely forgot about Brokeback Mountain!

    It comes to theatres in December, right?
    Release Date: December 9, 2005 NY, LA, SF;
    wider release: December 16)
    Studio: Focus Features
    Director: Ang Lee
    Screenwriter: Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana
    Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris,
    Anne Hathaway (our own Princesss Mia!!!), Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid
    Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
    MPAA Rating: R (for sexuality, nudity, language and some violence)
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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    yay it was shot in calgary neways hot actors and a hot scene
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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    OOOoooh maaan. ..... I SO need to see this movie!
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    Re: Gay cowboy film rides off with top prize at Venice Film Festival

    Ang Lee's 'Brokeback' explores 'last frontier' By Anne Thompson

    There's no doubt that a $13 million quality movie like Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," which has wowed festivalgoers and reviewers in Telluride, Venice and Toronto, will play well in big movie markets around the country. The question is, how broad will it go?

    No one knows that answer, because no one has ventured into this territory before. The movie is a groundbreaker. There's never been a homosexual cowboy movie, and while the indies have been supplying gay romances to the art house circuit for years, and gay series like "***** as Folk" and "Will & Grace" have been pulling big numbers on TV, there hasn't been a mainstream gay love story since 1982's "Making Love," which bombed and was blamed by many for damaging Harry Hamlin's career. "It's the one last frontier," says Lee.

    So what took Hollywood so long to make a gay love story
    full article at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr..._id=1001477928
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