Movie News in 60 Seconds: George Clooney, Nazi Hunter; ‘Devil Inside’ Wins, Audiences Lose; New Oscar Doc Rules

Movie News in 60 Seconds: George Clooney, Nazi Hunter; ‘Devil Inside’ Wins, Audiences Lose; New Oscar Doc Rules

Jan 09, 2012

The Descendants

It Had to Be Nazis: For his fifth outing as a director, George Clooney plans to make The Monuments Men, based on a nonfiction account by Robert M. Edsel about the effort by the U.S. military to track down artwork stolen by Nazis during World War II. Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov will write the script, and Clooney will star. (The Wrap)

U.S. Box Office: With no other new films opening wide, The Devil Inside easily won the weekend box office derby, grossing an estimated $35.1 million, even those audiences nationwide were reported to be booing at the ending of the movie. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol ($20.5 million), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows ($13.9 million), and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ($11.3 million) all held up nicely. (Movie City News)

New Oscar Doc Rules: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences plans to require that all contenders for the Best Documentary Oscar be reviewed by either the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times. As originally reported, the intention was to trim the number of movies that the doc branch nominating committee must view, which this year numbered 124. (New York Times)

But, Wait, There’s Moore: After the NYT broke the news above, Indiewire followed up with Michael Moore, who is an Academy member; Moore says that the ‘review requirement’ is only one of a number of new rules that will be announced later this week. The most notable new rules are that the entire documentary branch of 160 or so members will vote for the “shortlist” and the nominees; the entire Academy will vote on the winner, not just the doc branch. (Indiewire)

TV to Big Screen: Actress Megan Mullally claims that a script for a movie based on the Party Down comedy series is in process and that filming will begin in late spring or early summer. Not to put a damper on party plans, but it’s probably best to await confirmation from someone on the production side. (The Hollywood Reporter)


 

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