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The Newsdesk 12.17.08 – Canadians Love Lucy, Studios Use AFTRA to Hurt SAG

It’s now a sibling rivalry: SAG’s sister union, AFTRA, is profiting from SAG’s potential walk-out. At least, that’s what Fox, Warner Bros. and Disney want you to think.

Canadians like stories about struggling Americans: The Toronto Film Critics Association gave Wendy and Lucy their best picture award and Michelle Williams best actress for her performance. They also liked Rachel Getting Married, about a dysfunctional American family.

• It looks like High School Musical 3: Senior Year could win an Oscar. Forty-nine tunes have been deemed eligible to compete in the best original song category and eleven of them are from the Disney movie.

Time announced today that Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou was a finalist for their 2008 person of the year. He lost to some guy named Barack Obama.

• Fox and Warner Bros. will have their day in court. Just not yet. A Los Angeles federal judge has moved the trial for Watchmen back two weeks to Jan. 20 after declining to issue a ruling on whether Fox or Warner Bros. controls the rights to the project. 

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