Saturday, June 21, 2008

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Academy Awards limits song nominations - two per film

By Brian Frederick

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)
6/20/08 - -

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted on Tuesday to limit the maximum number of songs nominated for a film in the original song category.

Only two songs can be nominated for next year’s 81st Academy Awards.

Previously the maximum number was three.

The move is in step with preventing any single movie from dominating the original song category.

In the previous two years, ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘Enchanted’ each received three song nominations respectively, however, neither movie won the original song category.

The Academy did not limit the number of songs that can be submitted for consideration in a film during the first phase of the member voting process.
If a film has three or more songs considered for the second phase of voting, only the two songs with the most votes will be placed in the final group of five.

Another rule change the music branch approved was denying members from voting if their songs were eligible for consideration in the original song category.
Any member who has a song(s) in contention for an Oscar may not participate in the voting process but may ballot for the final winner.

If a member is unable to attend the annual screening of eligible songs and clips, DVDs with ballots will be distributed to those members and must be returned by mail.

After the Oscar finalists are announced starting at 5:38 a.m. PST (13:38 UTC) on January 22 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, the final phase of ballots are mailed out to all participating members on January 28 and must be returned by 5:00 p.m. PST (1:00 Feb 18 UTC) on February 17.

“And the Oscar goes to” – just one.
There are only two people who know who the eventual winners are for each Oscar category before they are read on live television to approximately 50 million American homes.

The winner’s envelopes are protected under lock and key.

Winning an Oscar can earn millions for studios and individuals who walk away with the coveted statue of plated gold.

The Academy Awards will be telecast from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, February 22.

Post your vote on Hollywood Today between now and February 21, 2009 and tell us who you think will be the winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Tim Burton, Village People, Sir Ben Kingsley and Shakira also set for Walk of Fame

By Gayl Murphy


(Hollywood Today 6/19/08)

— Hollywood celebrities being stepped on and loving it?

According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, not only are they loving it they’re so excited, they’re queuing up for it.

Poised and ready to be walked on are Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., Sir Ben Kingsley, Walt Disney’s animated co-host Tinkerbell,
Reality TV pioneer Mark Burnett (Apprentice, Survivor) Harry Shearer (Simpsons, Spinal Tap) , Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd, Batman Returns) and

The Village People among others, as the Walk of Fame Committee announced their recipients for the 2009 Hollywood Walk of Fame

“After much deliberation, the Walk of Fame committee has selected 25 of our greatest talents.

Fans and tourists from all over the world will enjoy seeing their favorite personalities receive this prestigious honor,” stated Earl Lestz Chairman of the Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee.

Lestz adds that the decision this year was particularity challenging because more stars and studios begged to lie down in the street.

“There was a significant increase of applications received this year and so many deserving celebrities. Our committee worked diligently to select those stars which would appeal to the masses.”

Chosen from among thousands of well-known celebrity and superstar nominees to be forever immortalized on the sidewalks of downtown Hollywood, the board met earlier this month and the 25 chosen were given final approval by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

With each pink terrazzo five-pointed bronze inlaid star to be placed in cement at different locations on the Walk, the inductees for 2009 are divided into four categories, Motion Pictures, Television, Recording and Radio

And the winners are…

MOTION PICTURES: Tinkerbell, Tim Burton, Leslie Caron, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey, Jr., Charles Durning, Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Jackman, Sir Ben Kingsley and William H. Macy

TELEVISION: TV show producer Mark Burnett, Desperate Housewife Felicity Huffman, Chuck Lorre, CSI’s William Petersen, Closer Kyra Sedgwick, and John Stamos

RECORDING: Kenny Baby Face Edmonds, Dave Koz, R ‘n’ B’s The Miracles, Doug Morris, Canadian rock band RUSH, Shakira and The Village People.

RADIO: Bill Handel and Harry Shearer

Created in 1958, the Hollywood Walk of Fame stretches 3 1/2 miles (roundtrip) from west on Hollywood Boulevard, Gower Avenue to La Brea Ave. and north to south on Vine St. between Yucca and Sunset Blvd.

The Walk of Fame was designated as a Cultural and Historic Landmark by the City of Los Angeles in 1978.
And to be considered for a sidewalk star, one must be thought of as sought after by the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, BAFTA and Golden Globe awards.

The design of the inlaid stars include a round bronze emblem indicating the category for which the honoree received the star, however over the years there have been a few design exceptions.
The star given to the crew of the Apollo XI space mission was named in four identical moons at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine and former LA Mayor Tom Bradley’s star is the seal of the city of Los Angeles.

Published by Carolina on June 20th, 2008 (2 hours ago)

When Paris Hilton doesn’t put artificial orange crap on her skin, she doesn’t look half bad.
Actually, she looked good while leaving her Manhattan hotel on Friday, even if she was posing juuusstt a little bit.

In an effort to unite the Democratic Party, Barack Obama's campaign announced today that he will be campaigning with Hillary Clinton next week.


The two senators will campaign together starting next Friday, June 27th.

The pair will also meet in Washington with some of Clinton's top contributors in an effort to try and calm donors who are still bothered by Obama's presidential campaign.

Few details are being released at the moment, though.

The news did come one day after Obama announced that he would reverse an earlier position and reject almost $85 million in public financing for the general election.

The announcement was received with a lot of criticism.

So, to draw the attention elsewhere, he made the announcement a week early about campaigning with Hillary.

Do U think Obama should have Hillary run as Vice President?


***Supermodel Kaki West will appear at the Eye Candy Expo in Los Angeles this weekend, meeting fans and signing autographs.

This three-day event, the only model expo in the world, comes to the LA Convention Center to showcase some of the premiere models and vixens in the industry today.

Kaki West ( is a renowned model with appearances in magazines such as Stuff, FHM, Cosmopolitan and GQ.

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