Oscars Change Rules: Two Songs Company, Three Songs a Crowd
Friday, June 20th, 2008
Academy Awards limits song nominations - two per film
By Brian Frederick
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)
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.
Another rule change the music branch approved was denying members from voting if their songs were eligible for consideration in the original song category.
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.
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The Academy Awards will be telecast from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, February 22.
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Thursday, June 19th, 2008
Tim Burton, Village People, Sir Ben Kingsley and Shakira also set for Walk of Fame
By Gayl Murphy
Poised and ready to be walked on are Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., Sir Ben Kingsley, Walt Disney’s animated co-host Tinkerbell,
“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
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.
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.
When Paris Hilton doesn’t put artificial orange crap on her skin, she doesn’t look half bad.
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 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.
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