Entertainment News November 28 - TOP 3 Stories for Tuesday
DECEMBER FILM FESTIVAL DETAILS ANNOUNCED
It could be the best lineup in WILDsound history. December's Film Festival features 8 short films from around the world in every single genre and range.
And WILDsound's Screenplay Festival features the full reading of the award winning screenplay My Khruschev September. Khruschev was the winner of over 100 screenplays submitted for that round and will have some of the top actors in the world reading the script.
SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
“I’m Not There” squeaked ahead of the pack for this year’s Spirit Award kudos with four nominations plus the inaugural Robert Altman Award. The rumination on Bob Dylan drew noms for film, director (Todd Haynes), supporting actress (Cate Blanchett) and supporting actor (Marcus Carl Franklin).
Also receiving four mentions each were “Juno,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and “The Savages.” Lisa Kudrow and Zach Braff revealed the nominations Tuesday morning at the Sofitel Hotel in West Hollywood. The lighthearted duo set the tone for the noms as darker pics “A Mighty Heart” and “Lust, Caution” trailed with three each. Dramedy “Rocket Science” also landed three.
Noms for best feature are: “I’m Not There,” “Diving Bell,” “Juno,” A Mighty Heart” and Gus Van Sant’s latest, “Paranoid Park” — an IFC pic that debuts next year but screened at Cannes.
Just as striking scribes are demanding a higher percentage of the new media dollars Hollywood takes in, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the state needs more digital infrastructure. Rollout of broadband throughout California will help create 1.8 million jobs and $132 billion in payroll over the next decade, Schwarzenegger said Tuesday before a panel discussion sponsored by the USC Annenberg School for Communication's Center for the Digital Future at the W Hotel in Westwood.
The governor will present his digital plans next month in a report compiled by a broadband task force. Schwarzenegger's goal to have the state's residents connect to the Internet via high-speed lines were part of an overall view of California's need to spend more on infrastructure -- from improving roads to water distribution.
"There's a huge lack of infrastructure in this state," Schwarzenegger said. "We've got 37 million people and infrastructure built for half."