NEW YORK — USA Films' 'Traffic,' Steven Soderbergh's panoramic portrayal of the North American drug trade, came away from the 66th annual New York Film Critics Circle awards last week with the best-film prize and other top honors. The critics, convening at Sardi's in Manhattan, gave the director nod to Soderbergh for both 'Traffic' and 'Erin Brockovich,' and supporting actor kudos to Benicio Del Toro for 'Traffic.'

HOLLYWOOD — A controversial Leonardo DiCaprio film called 'Don's Plum,' which he starred in four years ago — before 'Titanic' made him a superstar — has landed a prime spot at the Berlin Film Festival (Feb. 7-18). The film, made for $100,000 by first-time director R.D. Robb, also stars Tobey Maguire, Heather McComb, Meadow Sisto, Jenny Lewis, Kevin Connolly, Scott Bloom and Amber Benson.