Originally created 09/29/05

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NEW YORK - John Singleton will be honored with the fourth annual DaimlerChrysler "Behind the Lens" award.

Singleton, 37, is being recognized for his work as a writer, director and producer of feature films that have provided a platform for change in the depiction of black stories on the screen.

The award will be presented Oct. 23 in Los Angeles. Previous winners are Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles and Reuben Cannon. Recipients are chosen by an advisory panel of industry professionals.

"As one who always works behind the scenes, it is very gratifying to be honored by one's peers and those who appreciate the hard work we put into telling stories of our America," Singleton said in a recent statement.

His screen credits as a director include "Four Brothers," "Boyz N the Hood," "2 Fast 2 Furious" and "Rosewood."

DaimlerChrysler will present $25,000 to a charity chosen by Singleton.


WOODSTOCK, N.Y. - Kevin Bacon will talk music and Steve Buscemi will be honored as a maverick at the Woodstock Film Festival.

The sixth annual festival, which runs Wednesday through Sunday, includes "Winter Passing," starring Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell and Ed Harris; Atom Egoyan's "Where the Truth Lies," starring Bacon and Colin Firth; "Lonesome Jim," directed by Buscemi and starring Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler; and "Fateless," a historical drama about Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.

Bacon will appear on a movie music panel. Buscemi will receive the Maverick Award for creativity and independent vision.

While countless regional film festivals have cropped up in recent years, Woodstock has managed to leverage its countercultural cachet and proximity to New York City to continued success. (The town still benefits from its association with the 1969 Woodstock concert, which was held in Bethel.)

Co-founder Meira Blaustein said that although she expects this year's event to attract more than 10,000 people, the festival aims to remain true to its independent roots.

"It's not our goal to become huge," she said. "We don't want to be huge, we want to be high quality."

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NEW YORK - Mariah Carey, Kenny Chesney and Rob Thomas will perform at the 2005 American Music Awards.

The awards will be presented Nov. 22 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles during a three-hour ABC-TV special hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.

Additional artists will be added to the lineup and announced at a later date, ABC said Tuesday.

Nominees in pop/rock, country, soul/rhythm & blues, rap/hip-hop, Latin, alternative, contemporary inspirational and adult contemporary categories were chosen on the basis of record sales. Winners will be selected by a survey of about 20,000 listeners.

Carey, Chesney and Thomas are among the nominees.

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