News Nuggets: Which December films could be Razzie contenders?

Considering December’s crop of Razzie contenders, including “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked“: “‘ALLLVINNN!!!??!??’ That was our response when we learned that neither ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ nor its ‘squeakquel’ were nominated for a Razzie. We think there’s a good chance that’ll change, thanks in part to a high-profile (and awful) trailer before the widely seen ‘The Muppets.’ Hearing your children laugh at sexy girl chipmunks singing ‘Bad Romance’ is blood-curdling.” GRANTLAND

The Producers Guild announces its documentary nominees: “The nominated films, listed below in alphabetical order, are: ‘Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest’; ‘Bill Cunningham New York’; ‘Project Nim’; ‘Senna’; ‘The Union.’ Producers Guild arbitrations for individual producer credit determination for all film and television categories are still underway … All 2012 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 21, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.” PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA

Victim’s parents urge the Academy to ignore “Paradise Lost 3”: “Todd and Dana Moore made the request in a letter sent Nov. 22 to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ documentary division. In it, the Moores argue that ‘Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory’ glorifies Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, who were released from prison in August after their sentences were set aside and they pleaded guilty to lesser charges … Director Joe Berlinger defended the film but also acknowledged that he understood the parents’ grief. ‘We feel tremendous sorrow for them,’ Berlinger told the Jonesboro Sun for a story in Wednesday’s editions. ‘We understand why a film that comes to a different conclusion than they do would make them feel this way. We stand by our films. We fervently believe the West Memphis Three are innocent.'” EW.COM

The Artist” leads the Washington DC critics’ nominations: “Not far behind the New York film critics’ vote is the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association, which today made a firm declaration for Michel Hazanavicius‘s ‘The Artist.’ The film (which won the NYFCC prize) led the field with eight nominations. There wasn’t much wealth-spreading or unique thinking going on. The group tried to shake things up by tipping its hat to Tom McCarthy‘s ‘Win Win‘ in the Best Film category, but they couldn’t be bothered to chalk it up anywhere else other than the Best Original Screenplay category.” IN CONTENTION

The Academy holds a special screening of “Wings,” the first Best Picture winner: “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences said today that it will screen its first Best Picture Oscar winner, the 1927 silent film ‘Wings,’ on January 18 next year as part of a celebration of Paramount Pictures’ 100th anniversary … The movie, which starred Clara Bow, Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper, first premiered in 1927. It also was the only silent film to win the Best Picture Oscar, something worth noting especially this year with the awards buzz surrounding Michel Hazanavicius’ black-and-white silent ‘The Artist’ …” DEADLINE

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