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The Newsdesk 01.22.09 – Ledger Scores Oscar Nod; Myers Leads Razzies

• Heath Ledger was nominated for a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Dark Knight. (For a complete list of nominees, click here.)

• Warner Bros. is planning on turning the Tom and Jerry cartoons into a CGI Alvin and the Chipmunks-like franchise. The movie will find the duo teaming up in a Homeward Bound -style tale. That’s wrong on so many levels.

• The Razzie Awards bestowed seven nominations on Mike Myers’s Love Guru. Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, and Paris Hilton’s Hottie & the Nottie were among the other nominees. Kim Kardashian went the Halle Berry route and thanked the voters for her nomination.

• Despite tanking with The Spirit, producer Michael Uslan is intent on trying pulp heroics again with a new version of The Shadow. He hints that we’ll be seeing multiple Shadows — none of which will be played by Alec Baldwin, unfortunately.

• Screenwriter John August ( Big Fish ) has landed two high-profile gigs, scripting Preacher, for Sam Mendes, and Frankenweenie, for Tim Burton. August is good, but it’ll be difficult to improve on the Burton original of Frankenweenie.

• Mark Ruffalo is joining the growing ranks of character actors turned directors, helming the Orlando Bloom-Laura Linney feature Sympathy for Delicious.

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