Sunday, July 09, 2006

A few more Odds-N-Ends

Editor's Note: A few items that don't fit anywhere else ----

EW's Book 7 death predictions
In the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly, the magazine offers their odds on various characters perishing in the final Harry Potter book.

The odds are summarized below.

Ron: 20-1,
Ginny: 6-1,
Hagrid: 3-2,
Hermione: 50-1,
Snape: 2-1,
Harry: 9-2,
Voldemort: even odds. Editor's Note: Hopeful sign, for what it's worth. (That Harry's odds of surviving are better than youknowho's?) Hagrid's not lookin too healthy though!

And while we're talkin Harry.......

Scholastic hopes for 2007 release of Book 7
Fans have speculated that HP 7 will hit shelves a year from today, and now an article by CNN Money describes how a 2007 release for the final Harry Potter book is just what the struggling American publisher needs.

Scholastic's shares have fallen by 6 percent this year, and because of this drop, it has become more expensive for the company to borrow money.The company is optimistic that its profits won't completely flat-line following the publication of Harry Potter 7.

Drew Crum, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus who follows Scholastic, said: "Post Potter, Rowling is on record saying she'll continue to publish books. Given Scholastic's relationship with her, they should be in good position to work with her. Of course, it will be nearly impossible to duplicate Potter but anything she writes will create some demand." Editor's Note: So speculation about book 7 coming out next summer isn't so much because JKR said so, but because Scholastic's bank account WISHES it to be so.

Academy Invites 120 to Membership
Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended membership invitations to 120 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves in the field of theatrical motion pictures. The group will be the only new voting members invited to join the organization in 2006.

Two years ago the Academy decided to slow membership growth, and to become even more selective in choosing members,” said Academy President Sid Ganis. “Instead of inviting every proposed person who has achieved the minimum qualifications for his or her branch, the membership committees are selecting the most exceptionally qualified names from those lists.”

Procedures instituted two years ago allow the organization to fill vacancies resulting from death and transitions to retired (non-voting) status and grow by a maximum of 30 new members annually.

Candidates for Academy membership are considered by committees made up of prominent representatives of each of the organization’s 14 branches — art directors, executives, film editors, etc. Candidates can either be proposed by the committees or by two current members of their branch. In addition, individuals nominated for Academy Awards®, if not already members of the organization, are considered by the appropriate committees, though not necessarily invited to membership. This year, 39 of the invitees were 2005 nominees and eight won Oscars®.

Though the great majority of AMPAS members are based in the U.S., membership is open to qualified filmmakers around the world. The Academy roster currently includes theatrical motion picture makers from 36 countries.

New members will be welcomed into the organization at an invitation-only reception on Wednesday, September 20, at the Academy’s Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills. Editor's Note: There were quite a few other people besides those I've listed below. But these are the ones you are most likely to have HEARD of ---

Amy Adams
Eric Bana
Maria Bello
Dakota Fanning Editor's Note: So she can vote for Oscars, if not for President?
Jake Gyllenhaal
Terrence Howard
Felicity Huffman
Keira Knightley
Heath Ledger
Hayley Mills
Barry Pepper
Joaquin Phoenix
Jon Polito
Ving Rhames
Liev Schreiber
David Strathairn
Rachel Weisz

Harry Gregson-Williams
Alberto Iglesias
Dario Marianelli
Dolly Parton

Noah Baumbach
Jeffrey Caine
Jean-Claude Carrière
Dan Futterman
Tony Kushner
Bobby Moresco
Josh Olson

SAG, AMPTP reach basic cable agreement
SAG has reached a deal with Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on a new agreement covering live-action basic cable productions that includes the first increase in residuals for those shows in 16 years.

The deal, which runs through June 30, 2008, calls for the residual for the repeats of basic cable live action to increase from 12% to 17% of the performer's minimum for the first repeat and smaller increases for subsequent runs.

In addition, performers will receive a lump-sum payment covering the first through fourth reruns of a show at the time the first rerun airs. The deal approved by SAG's National Executive Committee on Friday, calls for actors to receive payments retroactive to Jan. 1. Editor's Note: Lookie! All the kids playing NICE with one another for a change.


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