Originally created 02/26/03

Entertainment briefs



Designer wins big on Grammy night with Norah Jones' dress

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Besides Norah Jones, the biggest Grammy winner might have been Michelle DeCourcy.

The Lake Oswego woman designed the black, stretch lace V-neck dress that Jones wore as she repeatedly walked to the stage at New York's Madison Square Garden Sunday night.

"Three friends called during the show and said, 'Turn on your TV. I think Norah Jones is wearing your dress,"' DeCourcy said.

The designer immediately recognized the dress as her own and got confirmation Monday from a music industry spokeswoman. Jones had picked up the dress at another music awards show.

"There is a company that buys different (designer) items," said DeCourcy said. During VH1's music awards, she said, the company had a room filled with free clothes where people in the music industry could select what they wanted.

Jones picked the black lace dress. DeCourcy had no idea the 23-year-old singer would wear it to pick up her five individual Grammy Awards, including best new artist and album of the year for "Come Away With Me."

The high visibility is bound to have a positive influence on DeCourcy's business. Not too shabby for someone who only recently learned how to sew.

"I was a corporate accountant," she said.

'Chicago' and 'Gangs of New York' take top film editing awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "Chicago" and "Gangs of New York" won the 2003 American Cinema Editors awards for best feature film editing.

"Chicago," which won in the comedy or musical category, and "Gangs of New York," which took top honors on the dramatic category, beat out other Oscar nominees including "About Schmidt," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "Adaptation," among others.

Actress Lauren Graham of the WB series "Gilmore Girls" was master of ceremonies for the 53rd annual "Eddie" Awards Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The awards recognize excellence in film and television editing.

Filmmaker Kathleen Kennedy became the first woman to receive the ACE's Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award, presented by "Pleasantville" director Gary Ross and Michael Kahn, who has edited nearly all of Steven Spielberg's films.

Best-selling author Michael Ondaatje, who wrote "The English Patient," received the Robert Wise Award, presented each year to a journalist whose stories have illuminated editors and their craft.

Michael Moore's "Bowling For Columbine" won for best documentary.

Television winners included HBO's "Sex and the City" and "The Sopranos."

On the Net:

American Cinema Editors Web site: http://www.ace-filmeditors.org/

Universal resort executive named state film commission

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Gov. Jeb Bush named a Universal Orlando Resort executive to be the state's new film commissioner.

Susan Albershardt, who has worked for more than 25 years in the film and television industry as a writer, producer and promotions vice president, replaces Rebecca Mattingly. She's now the assistant manager of television development at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Albershardt said she'd push for state and city governments to offer more incentives for production companies to film in Florida.

"Those incentives are very, very important to big projects here that really affect our economy in a major way," Albershardt said Monday.

At a news conference announcing the new film commissioner, Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan said many other states are becoming attractive to film and television producers because of tax incentives and breaks.

"Florida is poised to become a huge, prominent player in the world of film on an international scale," Brogan said. "The opportunity to take our film community to the next level is there, if we make the right decisions."