Movie News in 60 Seconds: Heather Graham Awarded, Parents Ask Academy “Not to Reward” Doc, Another ‘Nutcracker’ Coming

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Heather Graham Awarded, Parents Ask Academy “Not to Reward” Doc, Another ‘Nutcracker’ Coming

Dec 01, 2011

Boogie Nights

You’re Never Too Young: Actress Heather Graham will be honored with a Career Achievement Award at the upcoming Bahamas International Film Festival. She first gained notice with a supporting role in Drugstore Cowboy in 1989; eight years later, she broke out as Rollergirl in Boogie Nights, pictured above. (Indiewire)

Parents Make Plea: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, one of the 15 films that made the short list for Academy Award consideration as Best Documentary, has come under fire from the parents of one of the young boys found murdered in the case under consideration. The parents have asked the Academy “not to reward” the film, as they believe the three suspects (AKA the West Memphis Three) who were recently released after years in prison are, in fact, guilty. (Associated Press)

New Family Film: A new version of venerable holiday classic The Nutcracker is being lined up as Adam Shankman’s next project. The man who directed Hairspray and the upcoming Rock of Ages aims to make “a drama with action and a love story that aspires to be similar in tone to Alice in Wonderland,“ though we wonder if they don't mean 'similar in huge box office returns to Alice in Wonderland.' (Deadline)

Legendary Writer Drops Lawsuit: Known as a terrific writer and a galvanic personality who has never backed down from a fight, Harlan Ellison has voluntarily dropped a copyright infringement lawsuit against the makers of In Time. As our own Peter Hall detailed at the time, the lawsuit alleged that the film ripped off his award-winning short story “Repent, Harlequin! Said the Ticktockman,” but Ellison has now seen the film … and wisely decided not to pursue matters. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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