L.A. Critics pick Calley

For the first time in its history, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. has honored a former studio chief with its annual Career Achievement Award. The organization selected John Calley for that honor in voting Sunday. Calley, who led three film studios in his 40-plus-year career — Warner Bros., United Artists and Sony — has had a second career as a producer of such films as "The Loved One" and "Catch-22." He also partnered with Mike Nichols to produce such films as "Postcards From the Edge" and "The Remains of the Day."


Amin Matalqa's "Captain Abu Raed" won the grand prize for best dramatic feature, worth $100,000, at the Heartland Film Festival, which focuses on upbeat films about the human condition. At the fest's Crystal Heart Awards Gala in Indianapolis on Saturday, Gini Reticker's "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" was named best documentary feature, a prize worth $25,000.