- - Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Directors Nolan, Favreau against premium VOD service

Christopher Nolan and Jon Favreau are among the latest posse of directors opposing a new premium video-on-demand (VOD) service backed by Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox and Sony, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The “Inception” and “Iron Man” directors are joined by Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shyamalan and David Dobkin, along with “The Hurt Locker” scribe Mark Boal and producer Jim Cardwell, formerly president of Warner Home Video.

Together, they’ve added their signatures to an open letter prepared in April by the National Association of Theatre Owners that slams DirecTV’s Home Premiere premium VOD offering, which allows customers to order a movie at home for $29.95 two months after its theatrical release.

As the Hollywood Reporter previously reported, James Cameron topped the list of original signatories to the letter, which argues that shortening films’ theatrical window is a detriment to the moviegoing experience.

So far, neither DirecTV nor the four studios will say how the service is doing, but there is persistent buzz that it has fallen flat among consumers. The latest movies offered include Warners’ “Sucker Punch,” Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” and Sony’s “Battle: Los Angeles.”

Witherspoon to receive MTV Generation Award

Reese Witherspoon better make some room on her trophy shelf.

MTV says Ms. Witherspoon will receive its Generation Award at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, according to the Associated Press.

The 35-year-old Oscar winner is being recognized for her range as an actress and for delighting the MTV audience throughout her career. MTV President Stephen K. Friedman called Ms. Witherspoon “one of the most versatile and accomplished performers of her time.”

“Saturday Night Live” star Jason Sudeikis will host Sunday’s ceremony at the Gibson Amphitheater, where Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Steve Carell, Shia LaBeouf, Patrick Dempsey, Cameron Diaz, Selena Gomez and Nicki Minaj are among those set to present the prizes.

Fans voted online for the winners in categories such as best kiss, best villain and best line from a movie. MTV chose Ms. Witherspoon, who joins previous Generation Award winners Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.

Snooki loses license after Italy fender-bender

Italian police say they have revoked the international driver’s license of Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi after the “Jersey Shore” star was in a fender-bender with a police car.

Florence road safety coordinator Mario Rondinelli told the Associated Press on Wednesday that two policemen were slightly injured but not hospitalized after the minor traffic accident Monday.

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