Academy Pulls Oscar Nom, Pine Walks The Line, CW Pilots iZombie Comic, Zooey Hilfiger and Another Bieber Bust
01.31.14 by BJSprecher
OSCARS When the little-heard song "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the barely-seen movie of the same name was nominated for an Oscar a couple weeks ago, just about everyone was left scratching their heads. The nomination immediately became tinged with scandal when it was revealed that the song's composer, Bruce Broughton, happened to be a former governor of the music branch of the Academy and a current member of the prestigious organization's executive committee. Broughton admitted to EW that he "wrote some people" and asked them to consider the song because he was afraid it would get overlooked, but said that he didn't do anything wrong by doing so.
Apparently, the Academy did not share Broughton's take on the events that led to the nomination because they have removed the song from consideration. In a statement, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy, said, "No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one's position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one's own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage." The Academy will not replace the song with another nominee.
PINE Star Trek and Jack Ryan star Chris Pine has signed on to star in David Gordon Green's new thriller, The Line, according to THR. Written by Sang Kyu Kim (The Walking Dead), the movie centers around a grieving patrol agent (Pine) who goes on the run to protect a 10-year-old child orphaned by criminal cartel violence. Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh (Welcome to the Punch) are producing the project.
BIEBERVERSE Hot on the heels of his DUI arrest in Miami, 19-year-old pop star Justin Bieber has been arrested in Toronto on one count of assault in the beating of a Toronto limo driver last December. Bieber surrendered himself to authorities amidst a crush of rabid fans and paparrazi. Police allege Bieber was a member of a party picked up by limousine from a nightclub in the early morning hours of Dec. 30. En route to a hotel, an altercation broke out inside the limo and one passenger struck the driver in the back of the head. Bieber's attorney maintains his client is innocent.
No stranger to rebellious teenage pop stars, "Achy Breaky" crooner Billy Ray Cyrus offered to help Bieber through his tough times. Cyrus told Access Hollywood that Bieber needs to "chill out" and "get back to life," even inviting the teen idol down to Tennessee to hang out with him: "Let's go up to the teepee, build a fire, step away and just, you know, maybe take a break for a little bit, just think about what's important."
TV The CW recently picked up The Flash starring Grant Gustin and now the network has ordered up a pilot adaptation for another DC Comics property: iZombie. Created by writer Chris Roberson and artist Michael Allred, iZombie was first published by DC Comics's Vertigo imprint in 2010. In the comic book, Gwen Dylan is a revenant, an animated corpse, who works as a gravedigger so that she has access to brains, which she needs to consume regularly to retain her memories. In the planned series, Gwen will be a medical student who attempts to solve unsolved homicides. Sort of a medical drama-meets-cop show-meets-zombie thrill ride. Here's the synopsis from EW:
A med student-turned-zombie takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.
FASHION Quirky actress and musician Zooey Deschanel has teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger on a new capsule collection that reflects her love of vintage clothing. Hilfiger raved about his new muse, telling WWD that "her sense of humor, her sophistication" remind him of Audrey Hepburn. "They are Sixties-inspired short dresses," Hilfiger said. "There is a lot of red, white and blue, but done in a Zooey way with interesting detail and flirty fabrics." The collection will include sixteen dresses, eyeliner and bangs not included.
ALIVE Though Stuart Beattie's fantasy-action movie I, Frankenstein was DOA in its debut in the States — opening in 6th place, with a take of just $8.3 million — it's alive and kicking in Eastern Europe, taking the top spot at box offices in Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. It also performed well in Germany, Brazil and Mexico. Lakeshore Entertainment will likely earn back its money on this one, but plans for I, Frankenstein to launch a Underworld-esque franchise pretty far-fetched.