The international ensemble "Babel" stood tall as nominations were announced this morning (Jan. 23) for the 79th Annual Academy Awards, although the musical "Dreamgirls" was shut out of the best picture race despite earning eight nominations to seven for "Babel." "Dreamgirls" garnered best supporting actress and actor nods for Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy, respectively.
The Motion Picture Assn. of America has turned thumbs down on advertising materials featuring severed fingers that Lions Gate Films had distributed to Web sites to promote its upcoming horror film "Saw II."
Rob Moore, who has been overseeing day-to-day operations at Revolution Studios, has been named president of worldwide marketing, distribution and operations at Paramount Pictures by Paramount chairman/CEO Brad Grey.
Accusing Revolution Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment of copyright infringement and unfair competition, Marvel Enterprises and 20th Century Fox have filed suit against Sony and Revolution, claiming that the upcoming Sony/Revolution sci-fi comedy "Zoom" uses key elements from the "X-Men" franchise.
In an effort to raise the bar for Oscar nominees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has adopted new rules affecting which producers will be eligible for best picture consideration as well as the number of lyricists and composers who can qualify in the original song category.