June 2008 Archives

Emmys leak early nominee finalists

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In an unprecedented move designed to head off the kind of cyberspace leaks that have played havoc with the nomination process the past two years, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Thursday opted to release onto its Web site the top 10 finalists for nominations for the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in the outstanding comedy series and drama series categories.

The lists represent voting from the entire TV Academy membership and comprise 50 percent of the nomination tally. The other 50 percent will be determined this weekend during Blue Ribbon Panel screenings of submitted episodes before a collection of judges. The final list of nominees will be revealed July 17.

'Wall-E' bow kicks off Oscar season

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(Photo illustration by Thomas Conner)

With Pixar’s newest blue-chip animated movie ‘‘Wall-E’’ hitting theaters Friday, the 2008 Oscar race is finally off and running.

It’s an unofficial starting gun, of course. Technically, any movie that’s had a commercial release of at least a week in Los Angeles County since the start of the year is eligible to compete. But the first half of the year rarely yields much in the way of Oscar fodder, and this year has been no exception.

MTV Movie Awards moving to Hollywood

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The MTV Video Music Awards are going Hollywood.

After broadcasting from Las Vegas last year, the awards will air live from Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles on Sept. 7, MTV announced today.

Last time around, the Oscar songs category was three times ‘‘Enchanted’’ — a trick that may never be repeated.

The number of original songs that can be nominated from a single movie will now be limited to two, according to a rule change by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The academy’s governors approved the change late Tuesday.

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