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STAGE TO SCREEN Paltrow's Catherine is a former math student who quit her studies to nurse her aging father. By age 26, the father, Robert, had developed brilliant proofs on mathematical theory, but as an elderly man, he has slipped into mental illness. Audiences learn Catherine, 27, believes she, too, may be slipping into madness. One thing keeping her sane is a math proof she may, or may not, have written. Its authenticity is questioned by her new friend (Jake Gyllenhaal) and sister (Hope Davis) who believe her father wrote it and that Catherine stole it. Math, which is grounded in tangible facts, is a tool that playwright David Auburn uses to explore deeper issues of love, family ties and trust that cannot be proved by rules. Madden said the film differs from the play in the way events unfold. The director also delved deeper into Catherine's fears and self-confidence. But while the tale sounds heavy, Proof can be light and witty at times. "There is an absurdity in it, particularly in the relationship between the siblings," Madden said. Madden also directed Proof at London's Donmar Warehouse, a production in which Paltrow starred as well. In the years since Shakespeare in Love, for which Paltrow earned the best actress Oscar, Madden watched Paltrow mature as a person and actress. Her own father, Bruce Paltrow, died. She married rocker Chris Martin and they have a baby girl, Apple. "I think she's inevitably more confident and in control of what she's doing," Madden said. Again this year, there is Oscar buzz in the Hollywood air for Paltrow and Proof, but it is too early to know if the talk will prove true when the awards are given in March. Madden said it is fortunate the film is coming out early in this year's race and may escape the lofty expectations of a December contender, which it would have been in 2004. "If that contributes to it being what I would call, `under the radar,' then I don't mind that, because I think the film can stand on its own," he said.

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Long-Delayed Proof Hits Theaters Right on Time

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SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL SET: This year's festival features 1,000 artists and 43 events and will run in various locations throughout Greater Los Angeles until October 2.

Calendar of Events

Compiled by RAHUL VAIDYANATH Epoch Times Los Angeles Staff

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DAUGHTER CARES FOR TROUBLED FATHER: is the plot of Proof, starring Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins. Director John Madden and Paltrow attend the gala premiere of Proof during the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival this week in Toronto, Canada. The film opens in the U.S. on Friday. LOS ANGELES (Reuters)--When a film's release gets delayed, it usually spells trouble in Hollywood, especially in Oscar season. But when John Madden's Proof was pushed from last year to this, the director breathed a sigh of relief. "From my point of view, it was kind of bonus," said Madden, whose 1998 film Shakespeare in Love won the best film Oscar. Madden told Reuters the delay gave him a comfortable amount of time to complete Proof, which is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a young woman's emotional troubles as she cares for her mentally ill father. The decision also kept the film from getting lost among the other movies distributor Miramax Films offered last year, including Oscar nominees The Aviator and Finding Neverland. "It was frustrating for a moment, but to be honest it never really found a home at the end of last year," Madden said. "We didn't finish until late October, which was too late for it to be in festivals and I think that would have helped the movie." Proof, starring Gwyneth Paltrow as the daughter and Anthony Hopkins as her father, debuts at festivals in Venice and Toronto this month before opening in the United States on Friday. Early reviews for the movie are promising. Time magazine said, "Proof is a film on the side of the lost, blessed souls" and "Paltrow ... emphasizes the blessedness in the isolation of genius, giving a new dimension to a complex role." Show business newspapers The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety also turned in positive comments.

Saturday, September 17 to Sunday, October 2 LOS ANGELES REGION - The 2005 World Festival of Sacred Music features 1,000 artists and 43 events over 16 days. From the throat singers of Tuva, Siberia to music from the Czech Republic, Korea, Thailand, Mexico, and the magnificent diversity of Los Angeles artists - the festival provides opportunities to cross boundaries of religion, class, culture, race, and language, to share cultural traditions and to contemplate the spiritual, ethical and ecological questions of our times. The first festival was initiated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1999 to mark the millennium with a message of peace, cultural understanding, and spirituality. Please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office (310) 825-0507 for ticket info. Website: Sunday, September 18 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Join Sierra Sage and Farmer George Kibby for a Sustainable Food Festival. Festivities include a gourmet vegetarian meal prepared by Chef Mark Cleveland of Avanti Café, an organic farm tour, heirloom tomato tasting, and concert by Conjunto Jardin, winner of the L.A. Weekly Music Award in 2003. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for children 12 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Mail a check payable to Sierra Sage to Gail Prothero, 29302 Sandalwood Court, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. The ticket, with directions to the event, will be mailed back. For more information, please contact Gail Prothero at (949) 347-1255. Website: http://angeles. Ongoing until Sunday, September 18 COSTA MESA ­ Maureen McGovern stars in Little Women, the Broadway Musical at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa CA. The Little Women National Tour makes its stop in Orange County, telling the saga of the March sisters as they grow up in Civil War America. Tickets are $64.75 to $21.25. To order single tickets, call (714) 755-0236. Ongoing until November 6 LOS ANGELES ­ The Threepenny Opera, a masterpiece by German writers Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, returns to the Odyssey Theatre. Originally written in 1928, The Threepenny Opera is one of Europe's most cherished productions, detailing the story of Macheath, a thief who comes undone as he learns the delicate balance of civilization and poverty. Brecht insists his work was "education first, entertainment second". Tickets are $23 to $28, running time is 3 hours. For more information, contact (310) 477-2055. Website: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until September 18 LOS ANGELES ­ Young Valiant, a new play by Oliver Mayer discusses the quintessential nuclear family's examination of family values and love. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm. Reservations are strongly recommended. Casa 0101 Theater is located at 2009 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles. All tickets are $15 and $12 for students. Special Group rates are available. To purchase tickets, make reservations or for further information please log on to or call (323) 263-7684. Ongoing until January 17 LOS ANGELES ­ Collapse? is a groundbreaking multimedia exhibit that examines the possibility of environmental failure in Southern California by looking at ancient civilizations and the lessons contemporary societies must learn in order to survive. The exhibition has been inspired by ideas in the latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond: "Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed". The exhibit is presented by the National History Museum of Los Angeles County at 900 Exposition Boulevard. For more information, please call (213) 763-DINO (3466). Website: Ongoing until Sunday, September 25 COSTA MESA - More than 100 activities, workshops, and performances await you and your family at this September's fourth annual Festival of Children. Showcasing more than 50 children's charities from Orange and Los Angeles counties, this year's events features more than 100 live performances, arts and crafts activities, celebrity appearances and story-telling with favorite children's characters. This event is being held at the South Coast Plaza, San Diego Freeway (405) & Bristol St. in Costa Mesa. Hours are 11:00am ­ 5:00pm weekdays. Please see online schedule for information on daily events at or call (877) 492-KIDS (5437), Ongoing until September 30 CULVER CITY - Birds is an interactive exhibit of live birds, Bird Brain trivia, art, games, and prizes, saluting all feathered friends who talk, squawk, sing and soar. STAR ECO Station is a non-profit environment education museum and exotic wildlife rescue center. STAR ECO Station is located at 10101 W. Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. Please call (310) 842-8060 for more information, website Wednesdays through Sundays until September 25 FULLERTON ­ Children of Lent: Painting and Poems in Creole will explore a range of styles of Haitian art. The exhibit will be a selection of contemporary Haitian paintings, each one accompanied by an appropriate poem in Creole translated into English. The exhibit is being held at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center at 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton. Admission is $2 - $5 and children aged 12 and younger are admitted free. Hours are from 12:00pm ­ 4:00pm. Please call (714) 738-6595 for more information.

DiCaprio Sets Sights on Teddy Roosevelt Story

LOS ANGELES (Reuters)--Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who played eccentric aviation pioneer Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese's last film The Aviator, is ready to charge up San Juan Hill as Teddy Roosevelt in the director's next movie. Paramount Pictures said on Monday it has optioned rights to the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the 26th U.S. president, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, by Edmund Morris. Scorsese will direct and DiCaprio will star in the title role. Screenwriter Nicholas Meyer, whose recent feature credits include The Human Stain, will adapt the book for the big screen, a spokeswoman for the Viacom Inc.-owned studio said. The Morris biography focuses on Roosevelt's youth and his personal journey from frail child of privilege to Spanish-American War hero as commander of the Rough Riders cavalry regiment, which set the stage for his celebrated political career. As U.S. vice president under William McKinley, Roosevelt became the youngest man ever to assume the presidency after McKinley's assassination in 1901. "His life reads like a movie that requires a big bag of popcorn," Meyer told Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety," which first reported Paramount's book deal. "We start at 25, as he begins to transform himself through sheer force of will from this asthmatic, near-sighted 125-pounder to this Sherman tank of a man so tough that he once got shot on the way to make a speech and completed his talk, bleeding with a bullet in his chest," Meyer said. The attempt on Roosevelt's life came in 1912, during his unsuccessful campaign for a third White House term as nominee for the "Bull Moose" party. The film adaptation of the Roosevelt story would mark the fourth collaboration between DiCaprio and Scorsese, who made Gangs of New York and The Aviator together. The two currently are working on The Departed, a remake of the Hong Kong crime drama Infernal Affairs. DiCaprio and Scorsese both received Oscar nominations for their work in The Aviator.

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Jackson: Mariah Carey to Perform on Katrina Song

LOS ANGELES (Reuters)--Michael Jackson has recruited pop superstar Mariah Carey, rappers Snoop Dogg and Jay Z, "Godfather of Soul" James Brown and other top artists to perform on a charity single for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, his spokeswoman said on Monday. Also joining Jackson will be retrorocker Lenny Kravitz; rappers Wyclef Jean, Laryn Hill and Missy Elliott; R&B crooners Ciara, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Yolanda Adams, R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige; and 1970s soul icons the O'Jays, spokeswoman Raymone Bain said. "Mr. Jackson is continuing to reach out to artists who would like to work with him on this project, which he humbly hopes will make a tremendous difference to all individuals who have been affected by this tragedy, Bain said. Jackson, who raised more than $60 million for African famine relief in the mid-1980s with a campaign built around his anthem "We Are the World," announced last week that he had been moved by images of Katrina's devastation to write a song for the hurricane's victims. Bain has said that the 47-year-old singer, who left his Neverland Valley Ranch in California for Bahrain after his June acquittal, will return to the United States to record the song, tentatively titled "From the Bottom of My Heart." All proceeds will be donated to hurricane victims, she said.

HOWARD HUGHES TO ROOSEVELT: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, nominated for Best Actor for his role in The Aviator, is chosen to portray Teddy Roosevelt in an upcoming film directed by Martin Scorsese.

Britney Spears Gives Birth to Baby Boy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) --Pop singer Britney Spears gave birth to a baby boy at a Los Angeles hospital Wednesday, Us Weekly magazine reported on its Web site. Representatives for Spears were not immediately available for comment on the report, which said the 23-year-old entertainer gave birth by Caesarean section shortly before 1 p.m. PDT at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center. Hospital officials declined to comment. The magazine said Spears was taken to the hospital early Wednesday morning with a police escort and accompanied by her husband, dancer Kevin Federline. Spears, who married Federline in September last year, had been previously reported as saying she planned to have the baby by Caesarean section to avoid the pain of a natural birth. The singer became a worldwide pop phenomenon at the age of 16 and has sold more than 60 million albums. She made no secret of her desire to become a mother at a young age and put touring, performances and public appearances on hold after her marriage. Federline, 27, has two young children by his former girlfriend, actress Shar Jackson.



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