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The Oscar nominees were announced yesterday.
What’s up with The Dark Knight being snubbed out of Best Screenplay (let alone Best Directing/Pic)?

Weinstein also had to shed a lot of dough for The Reader to be nominated for Best Pic.

In the TV world, pilots continue to be picked up.
ABC has ordered Eastwick, a show loosely based on the 87 movie about 3 witches starring Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeifer and Jack Nicholson. The pilot is penned by Jack & Bobby‘s Maggie Friedman.

In addition, NBC ordered Mercy, a dramedy revolving around 3 nurses “bound together in friendship”. FNL‘s Liz Heldens is currently writing the pilot.

Other dramas are said to be on the verge of pickups by NBC, such as Dario Scardapane and Peter Berg’s Trauma, an emergency medical procedural taking place “out in the field”, and another project by Alias/Heroes/Lost‘s Jesse Alexander.

The Disney-ABC TV Group is currently in full restructuring with ABC and ABC Studio merging and renamed “ABC Entertainment Group”. ABC’s programming chief Stephen McPherson will head the division.

NBC has meanwhile hired a global marketing firm, Naked Communications, to reposition the net’s brand.

There’s an inextricable link between marketing and programming… These two things define the brand. We’re all aligned against the same goals.

Will they spearhead the network and bring them to less SF/Genre-friendly sked?
Will Chuck be back?
Will NBC change its mind on various pilot picks?
Tune in at an undisclosed future date to find out the electrifying conclusion of NBC: The Brand-Over.

And George Clooney has finally accepted to return for an E.R. cameo. The show’s co-creator, John Wells, recently ordered a closed set for a Clooney appearance.

Also, here is a little clip from Pixar’s next movie, Up.
UPDATE: Vimeo removed the vid.

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