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News 01/28/2007

Katie Holmes won't be appearing in the Batman Begins sequel The Dark Night, despite the fact that her character, Rachel Dawes, will return. Her rep told the Wall Street Journal Holmes was unable to accept the role due to a "scheduling conflict," and that she will be starring opposite Queen Latifah in the low-budget crime caper Mad Money instead.

Dominic Scott Kay, the 10-year-old actor who voiced Wilbur the pig in Charlotte's Web, is suing a woman who helped finance a short movie he directed, claiming she unfairly demanded creative control and distribution rights. Saving Angelo, which stars Kevin Bacon, is based on Kay's real-life attempt to nurse a badly injured, abandoned dog back to health.

Meryl Streep is skipping the SAG Awards on Jan. 28, where she is a Best Actress nominee for The Devil Wears Prada, in favor of co-hosting the 10th annual benefit for Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment with former Vice President Al Gore, where she will present Prince Charles with the Global Citizen award. The actor stated that she committed to the competing event a year ago, before she knew she would be nominated.

Nicole Kidman was taken to the hospital Wednesday night after she was involved in a car accident on the Los Angeles set of her upcoming film, The Invasion. According to a statement from Warner Bros., the actor was riding in a rigged camera car at the time of the crash, and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. She was released shortly thereafter and was planning to resume production Thursday.

News 01/24/2007

Ladbrokes, the British bookmaker, has given 10-to-11 odds that Martin Scorsese's The Departed will win the Oscar for best picture this year. Babel is close behind with 9-4 odds. Little Miss Sunshine follows at 4-1. Dark horses are The Queen with 8-1 odds and Letters from Iwo Jima at 12-1. In the acting category, the bookmaker has already stopped taking bets on Helen Mirren in the best actress category, who is regarded as a shoo-in.

News 01/23/2007

Babel, The Departed, The Queen, Little Miss Sunshine, and Letters from Iwo Jima are vying for Oscar love in the Best Picture category at the 79th Annual Academy Awards. In a surprise twist, Golden Globes champ Dreamgirls did not make the cut in the Best Picture category but led the field in overall nominations with a total of eight; Babel was close behind with seven nominations. Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond), Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson), Peter O'Toole (Venus), and Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) are going up against virtual lock Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) in the Best Actor category. Should the race go as expected, it will be O'Toole's eighth loss in the category, which would give him the record for most nominations without winning. Penélope Cruz (Volver), Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada), and Kate Winslet (Little Children) are competing with front-runner Helen Mirren (The Queen) in the Best Actress category. This is the 14th nomination for two-time Oscar winner Streep, adding to her record as the most-nominated actor of all time. Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel), Clint Eastwood (Letters from Iwo Jima), Stephen Frears (The Queen), and Paul Greengrass (United 93) are competing for the chance to block Martin Scorsese (The Departed) from yet another attempt at Oscar glory. A sixth defeat would give Scorsese the record for most losses in the Best Director category. Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children), Djimon Honsou (Blood Diamond), Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls), and Mark Wahlberg (The Departed) are up for Best Supporting Actor; Adriana Barraza (Babel), Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), and Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) are competing for Best Supporting Actress.

Keira Knightley is suing Britain's Daily Mail, claiming it implied she lied about having an eating disorder by illustrating a Jan. 11 article about a teenage girl who died of anorexia with a photo of a bikini-clad Knightley. The actor publicly denied suffering from anorexia last summer at the London premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, saying, "I don't have it. I'm very sure I don't have it."

Italian filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli was admitted to a Rome hospital with an irregular heartbeat, his son said Tuesday. The 83-year-old Oscar-nominated director was said to be "doing well."

Inspired by last year's documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated, The Motion Picture Association of America announced a new system of determining movie ratings designed to make the process more understandable to filmmakers. The organization have designated a longtime employee as a liaison to filmmakers to offer advice on scripts and guidance on how ratings are determined.

News 01/22/2007

Stomp the Yard danced atop the box office for the second week in a row, with an estimated $13.3 million. Night at the Museum held steady at number two with an estimated $13 million and Dreamgirls moved up into third place with an estimated $8.7 million, buoyed by its success at the Golden Globes. Also entering the top ten for the first time and buoyed by the Golden Globes are are the Mexican R-rated fantasy pic Pan's Labyrinth with an estimated $4.7 million (seventh place in its fourth week of release) and The Queen, starring Golden Globe-winning actress Helen Mirren, came in ninth place with an estimated $3.7 million in its 17th week of release.

Sharon Stone's performance in Basic Instinct 2 finally got the recognition it deserves, with a leading seven nominations for the 2007 Razzie Awards, which recognize the worst films and performances of the year. The Wayans brothers' Little Man also racked up seven nominations for the dishonors, which will be awarded Feb. 24, the day before the Academy Awards.

Little Miss Sunshine pulled an upset victory at the 18th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards Saturday, beating out Babel, Dreamgirls, The Departed, and The Queen for Best Feature Film. "The Office" won Best TV Comedy and "Grey's Anatomy" won Best TV Drama.

Leonardo DiCaprio told Newsweek he wanted to give up acting for a while after making Titanic, because he hated being objectified as just "another piece of cute meat," but acknowledged that the role opened doors for him in his career.

Angelina Jolie paid a visit to Vietnam last week for a meeting on behalf of the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Project, the charity she set up in her son's name. According to People magazine, the actor is focusing on a project to help subsistence farmers grow and sell bamboo, an endeavor that could raise their monthly income from $25 to $100-300. Brad Pitt declined to accompany his other half in favor of staying home to babysit the brood.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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