News Nuggets: Kim Novak cries ‘rape’ after ‘The Artist’ samples ‘Vertigo’ score

Actress Kim Novak cries foul over “The Artist‘s” use of “Vertigo” score: “In what could explode into the first major controversy of the current Oscar season, actress Kim Novak has just cried ‘rape,’ accusing ‘The Artist’ of ‘cheating’ by using composer Bernard Herrmann‘s love theme from ‘Vertigo’ in its own score. It’s no secret that composer Ludovic Bource quotes extensively from Herrmann’s famous piece of music during a climactic sequence in the silent movie, directed by Michel Hazanavicius … [Novak] concluded, ‘It is morally wrong for the artistry of our industry to use and abuse famous pieces of work to gain attention and applause for other than what they were intended.'” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Tough economic times are the cause of Hollywood’s sudden nostalgia boom: “This year, at the top of most pundits lists we are seeing a return to the kinds of movies that might have worked in the Great Depression of the 1930s, when pure entertainment ruled the roost and Shirley Temple and Astaire and Rogers were must-sees. With frontrunners and early award magnets like the Weinstein Co’s black-and-white silent film ‘The Artist,’ Martin Scorsese’s love letter to the earliest days of the movies in Paramount’s ‘Hugo,’ Woody Allen’s nostalgic and romantic ‘Midnight in Paris‘ from Sony Classics, and the Weinstein’s glistening film-about-the-making-of-a-film ‘My Week with Marilyn‘ (just longlisted for a leading 16 BAFTA awards), it is a different kind of race entirely.” DEADLINE

Rihanna is the top-selling digital artist of all time: “Rihanna has notched 47.5 million digital downloads, 5.1 million ahead of second-place Black Eyed Peas., Fergie and co. did notch the No. 1 most downloaded song of all time, ‘Feeling,’ which has sold a staggering 7.68 million downloads. Eminem is the third most downloaded artist of all time, with sales of 42.3 million. Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift rounded out the top five.” NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Kristen Wiig and Paul Feig discuss the success of “Bridesmaids“: “Both Wiig and Feig said that the movie was so successful because it is so very relatable. Even though it’s a comedy, they were both very focused on the emotional aspect of the movie to set the tone for the film. ‘You have to have a real story to tell,’ Feig said. ‘And you have to have a solid emotional based to build the comedy on.'” EW.COM

Sean Penn will receive the Joel Siegel Award at Critics’ Choice: “Siegel was the ‘Good Morning America’ film critic for over a quarter of a century as well as a BFCA member. The award is meant to ‘honor those who understand, as Joel did, that the greatest value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others.’ Among other charitable and political endeavors he is and has been associated with, Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization in the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010.” IN CONTENTION

Andie MacDowell discusses her daughter Rainey Qualley‘s upcoming role as Miss Golden Globe: “‘[It was] a complete surprise,’ Andie told on Monday of her daughter being recruited for the on-stage post, one previously held by Melanie Griffith (and many years later, Melanie’s own daughter, Dakota Johnson), Laura Dern, Joely Fisher, Clint Eastwood’s daughter Kathryn Eastwood and Rumer Willis. ‘[I’m] so thankful for her,’ Andie continued of Rainey, a songwriter and actress. ‘She’s working really hard to try and make it in this business.'” ACCESS HOLLYWOOD

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