The 2012 Producer's Guild of America Awards are approaching, celebrating both Theatrical Motion Pictures and Long-Form Television with a new batch of nominees that the PGA has just released. Many of the films are no surprise—crossovers with the upcoming Golden Globes nominees abound. For theatrical motion picture include The Artist, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris; nominees for animated theatrical motion picture include Rango and The Adventures of Tintin.
The television nominees also offer some unsurprising names, including Mildred Pierce, Downton Abbey, Parks and Recreation, Boardwalk Empire,Game of Thrones, Mad Men and The Colbert Report.
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Producer: Thomas Langmann
Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend
Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Producers: Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin
Producers: Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green
Producers: Graham King, Martin Scorsese
THE IDES OF MARCH
Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum
Producers: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Producers: Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Producer: Denise Ream
KUNG FU PANDA 2
Producer: Melissa Cobb
PUSS IN BOOTS
Producers: Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou
Producers: John B. Carls, Gore Verbinski
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
Producers: Michael Rapaport, Edward Parks (*additional producers eligibility pending arbitration completion)
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
Producer: Philip Gefter
Producer: Simon Chinn
Producer: James Gay-Rees
Producers: Cameron Crowe, Michelle Panek
The David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television (Movies of the Week and Miniseries)
CINEMA VERITE (HBO)
Producers: Zanne Devine, Karyn McCarthy
DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Producers: Julian Fellowes, Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame
THE KENNEDYS (ReelzChannel)
Producers: Jon Cassar, Jonathan Koch, Stephen Kronish, Steve Michaels, Michael Prupas, Jamie Paul Rock, Joel Surnow
MILDRED PIERCE (HBO)
Producers: Todd Haynes, Pamela Koffler, Ilene S. Landress, Christine Vachon
TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO)
Producers: Carol Fenelon, Jeffrey Levine, Paula Weinstein
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:
30 ROCK (NBC)
Producers: Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Marci Klein, Jerry Kupfer, Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Jeff Richmond, John Riggi, Don Scardino
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
Producers: Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Faye Oshima, Bill Prady
Producers: Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Kenneth Silverstein
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
Producers: Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Jeffrey Richman, Dan O’Shannon, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker
PARKS AND RECREATION (NBC)
Producers: Greg Daniels, Dan Goor, Howard Klein, Amy Poehler, Morgan Sackett, Michael Schur
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
Producers: Eugene Kelly, Howard Korder, Stephen Levinson, Martin Scorsese, Rudd Simmons, Tim Van Patten, Terence Winter
Producers: Sara Colleton, John Goldwyn, Chip Johannessen, Robert Lloyd Lewis
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
Producers: David Benioff, Frank Doelger, Mark Huffam, Carolyn Strauss, D.B. Weiss
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
Producers: Brooke Kennedy, Michelle King, Robert King, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker
MAD MEN (AMC)
Producers: Jonathan Abrahams, Scott Hornbacher, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Blake McCormick, Dwayne Shattuck, Dahvi Waller, Matthew Weiner
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television
THE COLBERT REPORT (Comedy Central)
Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen T. Colbert, Richard Dahm, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart (*additional producers eligibility pending arbitration completion)
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW (Syndicated)
Producers: Mary Connelly, Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Geiger Schrift, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin A. Leman II, Jonathan Norman, Derek Westervelt
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER (HBO)
Producers: Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)
Producers: Ken Aymong, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney
THE 64TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS (CBS)
Producers: Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television
THE AMAZING RACE (CBS)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo
AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)
Producers: Charles Boyd, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Simon Fuller, Patrick Lynn, Nigel Lythgoe, Megan Michaels, Ken Warwick
DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
Producers: Ashley Edens Shaffer, Conrad Green, Joe Sungkur, Rob Wade
PROJECT RUNWAY (Lifetime)
Producers: Jane Cha Cutler, Desiree Gruber, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Colleen Sands
TOP CHEF (Bravo)
Producers: Daniel Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Dan Murphy, Nan Strait
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
30 FOR 30 (ESPN)
Producers: John Dahl, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons
AMERICAN MASTERS (PBS)
Producers: Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks
ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS (Travel Channel)
Producers: Christopher Collins, Julie Lei, Lydia Tenaglia, Tom Vitale
DEADLIEST CATCH (Discovery Channel)
Producers: Thom Beers, Jeff Conroy, John Gray, Sheila McCormack, Ethan Prochnik, Bill Pruitt, Matt Renner
UNDERCOVER BOSS (CBS)
Producers: Chris Carlson, Susan Hoenig, Eli Holzman, Sandi Johnson, Stephen Lambert, Allison Schermerhorn
ANDERSON COOPER 360º (CNN)
BBC WORLD NEWS AMERICA (BBC)
NBC NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS (NBC)
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW (MSNBC)
60 MINUTES (CBS)
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (ESPN)
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL (HBO)
SPORTS CENTER (ESPN)
30 FOR 30 (ESPN)
2010 FIFA WORLD CUP (ABC / ESPN / ESPN2)
U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP (CBS / ESPN2 / Tennis Channel)
DORA THE EXPLORER (Nickelodeon)
PHINEAS AND FERB (Disney Channel)
SESAME STREET (PBS)
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (Nickelodeon)
ASK A NINJA (blip.tv)
THE GUILD (WatchTheGuild.com)
PARKS AND RECREATION PRESENTS: "APRIL AND ANDY'S ROAD TRIP" (NBC.com)
30 ROCK PRESENTS JACK DONAGHY, EXECUTIVE SUPERHERO (NBC.com)
WEB THERAPY (LStudio.com)
*These programs were not vetted for producer eligibility this year but winners in these categories will be announced at the official ceremony on January 21st.
Source: Producer's Guild
Though she has only been out of rehab for 3 weeks, Lindsay Lohan could already be in trouble again, as TMZ has learned the 24-year-old actress failed her court-mandated drug test last week. If the report is true, the tabloid celebrity could find herself right back in jail: according to the terms of Lohan's probation, a positive drug test will result in 30 days back in prison, without exception. TMZ is now claiming she tested positive for cocaine.
Of course, friends close to Lohan are arguing the report is false, and Los Angeles District Attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons told TMZ her office has received no official notification of the test results; still, TMZ is insisting "we have confirmed [the report] is indeed true."
Unfortunately, there will be no passing 'Go,' no collecting $200 for Lohan this time around: the new judge presiding over her case, Elden Fox, has already warned Lohan that a failed drug test would result in a month-long jail sentence.
However, to tell the truth, I sort of doubt that this story is true. Lohan is currently in an outpatient treatment program where she is subject to random drug testing up to twice a week; how dumb would she have to be to put any drug in her body knowing full well it would put her back in jail? Then again, this is Lindsay Lohan we're talking about. "Smart life choices" are not really her forte. Stay strong, Lindsay. Haters gonna hate. Seriously though, you might want to cool it with the blow for a little while.
Top Story: Blake Loses Lawyer, Trial Postponed
Robert Blake's murder trial has been postponed indefinitely after Blake's lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr. quit the case, citing "irreconcilable differences," AP reports. Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp canceled the jury selection that was to begin in less than two weeks and postponed the trial indefinitely following a one-hour meeting with Blake and Mesereau. Judge Schempp set a hearing date for Feb. 23, by which time Blake should have a new lawyer. Best known for his TV role as a tough talking cop on the '70's drama, Baretta, Blake, 70, is accused of murdering wife Bonnie Lee Bakely outside a restaurant in 2001. Spokeswoman for the district attorney's office Sandi Gibbons said, "We had no idea this was coming. It's like being punched in the stomach. It's like having the rug pulled out from under us. We're a little shell-shocked right now." This is the third lawyer Blake has lost.
That '70's Show Stars To End Run Next Season
Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher will be around a little longer than originally planned, AP reports. Though Grace, 25, had made it know that this season would be his last, he has decided to stay on for one more season. Ashton Kutcher will also remain on the show though next season. The comedy has aired on Fox since 1998.
Paris Hilton May Host Pageant
Notorious party girl and now TV star Paris Hilton may host Donald Trump's Miss USA Pageant on NBC, AP reports. Trump reportedly got the idea while Hilton's parents were visiting his estate in Palm Beach. ""I've known Paris since she was a little girl. She's a fine girl ... I think she will give the pageant its highest TV ratings," the real estate tycoon told US Weekly.
Christian Groups Behind The Passion of the Christ Opening Day
Christian groups are going so far as buying out entire theaters so people may watch Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion of the Christ and then discuss its message in church, AP reports. Says Josh Baran, a public relations executive publicizing the film, "They're going to bus them to theater. They will give assignments in many churches--go to the movie, we're going to talk about it." Other groups are going still further, standing in line to buy people tickets to the film, free of charge. Cory Engel, pastor of Harvest Springs Community Church in Great Falls, Montana explains, "This is a window of opportunity we have. Here's a guy who's putting his money into a movie that has everything to do with what we do. Churches used to communicate by having a little lecture time on Sunday morning. People don't interact that way anymore." The Passion of the Christ will open in 2,000 theaters on Ash Wednesday, a remarkable number considering the film is self-financed by director Gibson and all the dialog is in Aramaic and Latin. Jewish and Christian groups have expressed concern that Gibson's film depicts Jews as being solely responsible for the death of Jesus. "When they attack him, they attack millions of people in middle America," said Jennifer Giroux who created a website devoted to getting people to watch the film, "We have watched films concerning the Holocaust with compassion, concern and with sorrow, and we just want to be able to watch this beautiful, beautiful movie about our faith."
Speaking of Faith...Faith Evans To Attend Rehab Clinic
As part of an agreement wherein drug charges will be dropped, Faith Evans and her husband have agreed to complete a 13-week drug-counseling program, AP reports. Evans and her husband Todd Russow were charged with marijuana and cocaine possession and having improper license plate tags after the couple was pulled over in suburban Atlanta last month. Evans is the widow of rapper Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1997.
Role Call: Affleck a Brat, McGraw Goes Out On Friday
Ben Affleck has signed on to star in a new adaptation of Josephine Tey's novel Brat Farrar, Variety reports. Affleck will play the eldest of sibling in a story of familial strife following the death of the patriarch. Affleck's character was thought to have died as a boy, but returns to claim a portion of the deceased wealth. The 1963 novel was adapted once before in 1993 as the film, Paranoiac. Fight Club scribe Jim Ohls' script will more closely follow the novel's plot than the previous adaptation did...
Country singer Tim McGraw will start filming this week on a film adaptation of H. G. Bissinger's Friday Night Lights also starring Billy Bob Thornton, AP reports. McGraw, who previously acted in the unreleased indie, Black Cloud, will play an alcoholic father who tries to relive his youthful football success through his son. The film takes place in a football-obsessed Odessa, Texas. McGraw's wife, Faith Hill, will be seen later this year in the remake of The Stepford Wives.
Top Story: Will & Grace's Morrison Charged
Best known as the sharp-tongued maid Rosario on NBC's Will & Grace, actress Shelley Morrison, who was arrested April 23 for allegedly trying to steal costume jewelry valued at $446 from a Los Angeles department store, will not be charged with a felony, the L.A. County District Attorney told Reuters. Even though the amount is officially over the cutoff of $400, authorities have decided to charge the 66-year-old actress with a misdemeanor. Alleged theft amounts are "generally upwards to $1,000 before we start considering felony prosecution," District Attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons told Reuters. Morrison's lawyer, Donald Etra, told Reuters his client was "relieved and gratified that she is not being charged with a felony." He added: "At this point, she stands innocent." Morrison was released on $20,000 bail and her arraignment is set for May 14.
Tribeca Film Festival Picks Eclectic Group to Judge
The 2nd annual Tribeca Film Festival has decided to pick a varying group to judge their films in competition. According to The Associated Press, the list includes Queen Noor of Jordon; filmmaker Michael Moore; actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Candice Bergen; documentarian Barbara Kopple; Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan; fashion designer Miuccia Prada; Sheila Nevins, vice president of HBO and Cinemax, and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. The festival runs May 3-11.
AMPAS Honors Director Vincente Minnelli
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a program tonight in tribute to the late Vincente Minnelli, City News Service reports, to honor the centennial of the director's birth. Minnelli directed such classic musicals as Gigi and Meet Me in St. Louis and films such as the original Father of the Bride and Lust for Life. Leslie Caron, Cyd Charisse and Kirk Douglas, each of whom starred in Minnelli's films, are scheduled to participate in the program.
Actor Conaway Sues Las Vegas Hotel
Actor Jeff Conaway, co-star of the hit '80s show Taxi, has sued the Las Vegas hotel Mandalay Bay, claiming security guards broke his arm in June 2002 when he was staying there. According to AP, Conaway had been gambling in the establishment but, after awhile, was repeatedly told he was not allowed to continue to gamble. When the 52-year-old actor asked to speak to a supervisor, he was surrounded by security guards who "viciously, and without provocation ... violently slammed him to the floor of the casino," AP reports the suit claims. Officials from the hotel had no comment.
Mr. T Wants Some Respect
In more legal news, Mr. T, aka Laurence Tureaud, slapped a lawsuit against Best Buy Co., Inc., claiming the nation's largest electronics company used a likeness of him in a print ad without his permission, AP reports. The suit claims the ads are devaluing a "unique persona that (he) developed for (more than) 20 years and is of great economic value to him." The 52-year-old actor of the hit '80s TV series The A-Team is seeking unspecified damages.
Michael Jackson's Home Videos a Ratings Dud
Apparently, no one wants to see Michael Jackson's attempts at being normal. According to AP, the Fox special Michael Jackson's Home Videos did poorly when it aired last Thursday, only snagging 7.8 million viewers. This pales in comparison to the 27.1 million people who tuned in last February to watch British journalist Martin Bashir's interview with the self-proclaimed King of Pop.
Great White Will Do Benefit Tour
Surviving members of the metal rock band Great White will do a nationwide tour to raise money for the families of the victims who died in a tragic club fire Feb. 20. "Their thoughts from the beginning have been, 'What are we going to do to help the victims?' And the only thing they do is perform," Great White's attorney Ed McPherson told AP. The band's guitarist Ty Longley was among the 99 people who were killed when pyrotechnics ignited the roof of the Rhode Island club.
Music Industry Continues Fight Against Piracy
The record industry continued their war against online piracy when an instant message went out Tuesday warning hundreds of thousands of users of the song-swapping Internet sites Grokster and Kazaa that they could be "easily" identified and face "legal penalties" for their actions, Reuters reports. Cary Sherman, president of the Recording Industry Association of America told Reuters millions more will get notices in coming weeks.
Role Call: Crow 4 on the Way, Dunst Gets Mushy at Wimbledon
Dimension Films has decided to resurrect the Crow franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Boreanaz, Edward Furlong, Dennis Hopper and Tara Reid will star in Wicked Prayer, the fourth installment of the supernatural series about the afterlife and retribution…On the lighter side, Kirsten Dunst and A Beautiful Mind's Paul Bettany will star in the romantic comedy Wimbledon. AP reports the film revolves around a nearly washed up British tennis player (Bettany), who gets into Wimbledon and falls for an up-and-coming American tennis player (Dunst).
Winona Ryder didn't have to show up for the latest court date in the ongoing saga involving her shoplifting arrest, but the judge ensured that both she and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office would be back before his bench next month when he refused her attorney's bid to replace the prosecutors.
Attorney Mark Geragos had sought to have the district attorney's office removed from the case and replaced with lawyers the California attorney general's office, filing a motion claiming that county prosecutors had "an axe to grind" against his client and had behaved in an unprofessional manner.
"I'm ascribing to them efforts to humiliate my client and stop her from having the right to a fair trial," said Geragos, who claimed district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons inaccurately described a department store security videotape early in the case, alleging that Ryder was caught on camera using scissors to remove anti-theft tags from merchandise. He said there's no such scene on the videotape.
However, Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox ruled that Geragos had not shown sufficient cause to persuade him to replace the district attorney's office, which has denied having any specific beef with the Oscar-nominated actress. Fox decreed that inaccurate comments did not indicate bias on behalf of Steve Cooley, the current district attorney, or any of his staff. Both sides were ordered to return to court August 13, when the trial date will be set.
Assistant Attorney General Sharlene Honnaka was also on hand to testify in an attempt to keep her office from assuming the case. Honnaka said she believed there was inadequate reason to disqualify the district attorney's office.
The shoplifiting charges against Ryder--who has entered a plea of not guilty and is free on $20,000 bail--stem from a December felony arrest at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills in which she was accused of attempting to steal over $5,000 worth of merchandise after store security officers allegedly observed her cutting security sensor tags off of items in a fitting room. She is also charged with the illegal possession of painkillers. If convicted, she faces more than three years in prison.
During Ryder's preliminary hearing, Geragos argued that the actress, 30, had indeed paid for the purchases and has publicly suggested that the department store wanted to stage a high-profile shoplifting arrest during the busy holiday season and targeted his famous client. Geragos did not indicate if he would appeal today's ruling.
Although Winona Ryder has no criminal record, prosecutors may try to introduce evidence of alleged prior misdeeds in the actress's shoplifting case, Reuters reports. Exactly what the alleged prior misdeeds are has not been divulged.
A notice filed three weeks ago by prosecutors indicates plans to show that Ryder's alleged theft is part of a pattern of behavior, according to Reuters.
Los Angeles District Attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons told Reuters, "We have filed notice of a motion to admit other acts. But we may or we may not file the motion, and we are not commenting at this point."
Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox ordered Ryder to stand trial last week after hearing testimony from a Saks Fifth Avenue security guard that she saw the actress kneeling on the floor of a fitting room using scissors to cut security sensor tags off handbags.
But Ryder's attorney claims the actress is being targeted because of her celebrity status and has accused Saks security staff of "lying through their teeth."
Ryder has pleaded not guilty to stealing $4,700 worth of designer goods from the Saks store in Beverly Hills last December. Among the 21 items she allegedly stole are a Gucci dress, a Dolce & Gabbana purse, a Marc Jacobs sweater, Calvin Klein socks and a Natori handbag valued at $3,595.
Ryder, 30, is due to be arraigned Friday on charges of burglary, grand theft, vandalism and possession of the painkiller Oxycodone without a prescription.