News Nuggets: Oscar-winning producer Richard D. Zanuck dies at age 77

Producer Richard D. Zanuck dies at age 77: “Richard D. Zanuck, whose distinguished producing career included the best picture Oscar winners ‘The Sting’ and ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ the blockbuster ‘Jaws’ and such well-regarded films as ‘The Verdict’ and ‘Cocoon,’ died Friday of a heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 77 … Regarded as one of the more progressive producers in Hollywood, Zanuck was partnered with his wife, Lili Fini Zanuck, in the Zanuck Co … In 1999, Zanuck and his longtime partner, David Brown, received the Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It marked the first time that an honoree was a second-generation recipient – Zanuck’s father, former 20th Century Fox head of production and chairman Darryl F. Zanuck, was given the award in 1938, 1945 and 1951.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Intenational Emmys to be showcased at Asia Television Forum: “The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ATF, Asia’s leading entertainment content market, jointly announced the launch of an International Emmy Award Nominees showcase, which will debut at ATF 2012. Under the auspices of the International Academy, ATF will invite the current year’s International Emmy Award Nominees from Asia, to speak on a Panel and discuss their experiences leading up to their Emmy Nomination. The International Academy will also be present for the first time on the ATF show floor, with an exclusive International Emmys branded lounge, open to ATF VIPs.” MEDIA MUGHALS

Considering the awards prospects of “Won’t Back Down” based on new trailer: “The trailer looks great. Viola Davis will give another masterful performance and this time there won’t be the griping that it wasn’t progressive enough for black actresses and there won’t be the griping that it’s too white guilty. Look, what ho! A film starring not one but TWO women! No tits shots, no ass shots, no – can it be – love interest? BUT, of course, the critics will rip it to shreds because it won’t be ‘edgy’ enough. It will be too on the nose for them, too syrupy, too preachy, too sappy. And the bloggers will start waxing philosophic about how it won’t be a box office draw because of this or that. But the studio will open it anyway. Audiences might go pay to see it, you never know, maybe there are a few out there willing to leave their flat screen media centers for the evening.” AWARDS DAILY

News cast recording of “Evita” is the top-seller: “… the New Broadway Cast Recording of ‘Evita’ has debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Cast Album chart. Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Nigel Wright with Tim Rice as Executive Producer, this is the first complete English language stage recording of the show since the original 1979 Broadway cast album. With the new release also featuring a special bonus track of ‘No Llores por Mi Argentina’ (the Spanish language version of ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’), the New Broadway Cast Recording of ‘Evita’ is also being embraced by Latin music fans around the world – even charting at #1 in iTunes soundtrack sales in Argentina.” PR NEWSWIRE

Hatfields and McCoys” could establish History Channel winning streak at the Emmys: “The History channel has the beginnings of an Emmy pedigree when it comes to scripted miniseries, which on the surface seems incongruous since the first such project that the network has handled through completion–the lauded ‘Hatfields & McCoys’–has yet to earn an Emmy nomination even though it is considered a strong contender to do so in several categories next week when the primetime nominees are announced. Still, the alluded to Emmy track record was set, at least indirectly, by History’s first scripted miniseries endeavor, ‘The Kennedys,’ which the channel ultimately decided not to run due to a political controversy over alleged historical inaccuracies … ‘The Kennedys’ wound up winning four Emmys–for Lead Actor (Barry Pepper), Sound Mixing, Makeup, and Hairstyling in a Miniseries.” SHOOT ONLINE

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