Today marked a sunny day for The Dark Knight.
Also for a guy who grows younger as he gets older and a kid who beats all odds to win Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
The Producers Guild of America has announced its nominations for best movies, documentaries and TV shows. Nods in this movie category often foreshadow what’s to come by way of Oscar later on.
The 20th Annual PGA Awards will take place Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Paladium.
The complete list of nominees is as follows. First, for theatrical movies:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall
The Dark Knight
And for documenaries:
Man on Wire
Standard Operating Procedure
Julie Bilson Ahlberg
Trouble the Water
And for animation:
Kung Fu Panda
And for episodic TV/comedy:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Lori Jo Nemhauser
And for episodic TV/drama:
David E. Kelley
Mark A. Baker
Todd A. Kessler
Robert Lloyd Lewis
Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
And for "nonfiction" TV:
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List
Lisa M. Tucker
This American Life
And for "live and competition" TV:
Bertram van Munster
Hayma “Screech” Washington
The Colbert Report
Stephen T. Colbert, DFA
Real Time with Bill Maher
And for "long-form" TV"
Bernard and Doris
A Raisin in the Sun
Finally, honorary awards and recipients:
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television
MySpace founders Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson
The Stanley Kramer Award
Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen
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Top Story: Lewis Hospitalized for Steroids
Jerry Lewis has been hospitalized several weeks to help wean himself off the steroid medication, prednisone, which he had been taking to combat his pulmonary fibrosis, The Associated Press reports. The 77-year-old comedian voluntarily checked himself into a Las Vegas hospital on Oct. 13 to try to recuperate and strengthen his lungs, as well as bring down the noticeable bloating which occurs with taking the drug. "The important thing is he's fine and I would say in a few months he's going to be active again in the business," agent Jeff Witjas told AP. "He's slimming down to his normal weight. This is all a good thing." Lewis' manager Claudia Stabile told AP the hospitalization was designed to improve his condition, but she didn't know if he would switch to an alternative drug for treating the illness after stopping prednisone. "Hopefully the condition will improve enough where he won't have to take meds," she said. AP reports the entertainer is expected to be out in time for a March 4 show being planned at the Orleans hotel-casino. Along with pulmonary fibrosis, which is an increase in fibrous tissue in the lungs, Lewis has been plagued with other ailments, including spinal meningitis, chronic back pain and diabetes.
Kidman Gets Award
Nicole Kidman gave credit to the directors she has worked with in her acceptance of the American Cinematheque award Friday night in Los Angeles. Reuters reports the 36-year-old actress paid tribute to her "film family" including directors Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), Stephen Daldry (The Hours), Robert Benton (The Human Stain) and Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain), who were among those seated with her at the head table. "I am proud of one thing," the Oscar-winning Kidman said in acknowledging the tribute, which was presented to her by last year's Oscar best actor Adrien Brody. "It is that I have searched out or I have been searched out by visionaries, and I've surrendered whatever I have to them." Also in attendance were her two children, Isabella and Connor. The 18th annual ceremony will air on AMC Dec. 1.
Potter Books Break Sales Record
Setting a new record Monday, sales for the Harry Potter books hit 250 million worldwide, to Potter author J.K. Rowling's agent, Christopher Little, told Reuters. They have been sold in more than 200 countries and translated into 60 languages, ranging from Gujarati to Ancient Greek. The latest, launched in India this month, was in Hindi, Reuters reports. "J.K. Rowling's books have paved the way for a new generation of exciting children's writers, causing a revolution in children's enthusiasm for reading," Little told Reuters. The agent also added Rowling has started writing the sixth installment, but no release date has been set.
MPAA's Final Word: Screener Ban Stays As-Is
The Motion Picture Association of America's chief Jack Valenti gave the final word Friday that screeners will go to Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voters only, putting an end to the speculation that the MPAA and the studios would make further compromises for other organizations such as the Golden Globes' Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Many were very disappointed since Valenti had been taking meetings with the various organizations over the last few weeks and seemed sympathetic to their concerns, Variety reports. "I was a little bit surprised, truthfully," Independent Feature Project/New York executive director Michelle Byrd told Variety. "It felt like in the conversations we've been having, he's been a man of his word. So we were hopeful. Everybody would've been happy to see the ban lifted, but I think now it's final."
Beckhams Heading for Splitsville?
Soccer star David Beckham and his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria, are continuing to deny British tabloid reports that their marriage is on the skids. Last weekend, London's Sunday Mirror ran a story claiming Victoria threatened to walk out unless her husband moved back to Britain from Spain, where he plays for Madrid's soccer team. AP reports a spokesperson for the couple called the statement "rubbish" and stated they may consider legal action. "Contrary to newspaper reports, our marriage is not in crisis," the Beckhams said in a statement last September in rebuttal to a similar tabloid story saying their marriage is in trouble.
Raids Seize Thousands of Counterfeit CDs
New York authorities confiscated over 55,000 compact discs and recording equipment in raids of four locations as a result of an 18-month investigation, Reuters reports. "We have undercover agents working with police on the streets to fight piracy," Recording Industry Association of America spokeswoman Amy Weiss said. Some of the seized compact discs contained music that had yet to be released to the public. Most were urban or Latin music styles.
CBS CEO Tisch Dies
Self-made billionaire Laurence "Larry" Tisch, best known for rescuing CBS Inc. from a hostile takeover in 1986 and running the network until 1995, died Saturday in Los Angeles from complications of gastric cancer, Variety reports. He was 80.
Producers Top Broadway Sales
The limited run of The Producers starring original cast members Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick broke box office records when tickets went on sale Sunday. As of midnight, sales on Sunday totaled $3.6 million for a 12-hour period--the highest one-day take in Broadway history, John Barlow, a spokesman for the show, told AP Monday. For more information about getting tickets, check out the special offer on www.broadway.com.
HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm scored three out of five Directors Guild of America award nominations today for comedy, while The Sopranos and The West Wing each got two nods among dramatic series.
Additional nominations in the comedy category went to NBC's Will & Grace (four-time DGA winner James Burrows got his 19th career DGA nod); and Sex and the City.
In addition to NBC's The West Wing and The Sopranos, HBO's Six Feet Under got a nod in the dramatic series category.
The 55th annual Directors Guild of America Awards dinner, which will honor winners in TV and film categories, will be held March 1 at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa.
Here is the full list of nominees:
Daniel Attias, "Back to the Garden" episode of HBO's Six Feet Under
Paris Barclay, "Debate Camp'' episode of NBC's The West Wing
Alex Graves, "Posse Comitatus'' epidode of NBC's The West Wing
John Patterson, "Whitecaps'' episode of HBO's The Sopranos
Tim Van Patten, "Whoever Did This'' episode of HBO's The Sopranos
James Burrows, "Marry Me a Little'' episode of NBC's Will & Grace
Larry Charles, "The Nanny From Hell'' episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
Bryan Gordon, "Special Section'' episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
Michael Patrick King, "Plus One Is the Loneliest Number'' episode of HBO's Sex and the City
David Steinberg, "Mary, Joseph & Larry'' episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
Marty Callner, Robin Williams Live on Broadway, HBO
Matthew Diamond, From Broadway: Fosse/Great Performances: Dance in America, PBS
Jerry Foley, Late Show with David Letterman #1876, CBS
Louis J. Horvitz, The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC
Glenn Weiss, The 56th Annual Tony Awards, CBS
Bobby Garfield (David Morse) returns to his small hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend and remembers the fateful summer in 1960 when his whole world changed. The story flashes back to when 11-year-old Bobby (Anton Yelchin) and his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully-John (Will Rothhaar) capture the pure joy of youthfulness. When a mysterious stranger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) moves upstairs and starts to pay attention to Bobby the boy suddenly realizes what's truly missing from his life--the love of a parent. Bobby's mother Liz (Hope Davis) is embittered by the death of Bobby's father and shows little compassion for her son's growing needs. Ted fills a void with the boy opening his eyes to the world around him and helps Bobby come to terms with his real feelings for Carol--and his mother. But Ted also has some deep dark secrets of his own and Bobby tries hard to stop danger from reaching the old man.
The performances make the film especially in the genuine camaraderie of the kids. Yelchin Boorem and Rothhaar never deliver a false move with an easiness that makes us believe we are simply watching three 11-year-old children grow up together. Yelchin in particular is able to get right to the heart of this young boy who misses his father and clings to the only adult who will listen. And his scenes with Boorem simply break your heart. (Davis) does an admirable job playing a part none too sympathetic. She manages to show a woman whose been beaten down but who does truly love her son in her own way. Morse too is one of those character actors you can plug in any movie and get a performance worth noting. In Hearts you want to see more of him. Of course the film shines brightest when Hopkins is on the screen. It may not be an Oscar-caliber performance but the actor is unparalleled in bringing a character to life--showing the subtleties of an old man looking for some peace in his life.
If you are expecting the Stephen King novel you may be disappointed. Screenwriter William Goldman and director Scott Hicks (Shine) deftly extracted the King formula of telling a story through a child's eye and explaining how the relationships formed as a child shaped the adult later. Hicks did an amazing job with his young actors especially Yelchin and Boorem. But where the novel continued into a supernatural theme explaining Brautigan's fear of being captured by "low men in yellow coats" (a reference to King's The Dark Tower series) the movie downplayed the mystical elements instead giving real explanations for Brautigan's man-on-the-run. That was the one problem with Hearts--we needed more danger. Introducing men from another dimension may not have been the way to go but had there been more tension the film would have resonated more especially when Bobby risked his own safety to save Ted.