- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Murphy tops Razzies

Lindsay Lohan and Eddie Murphy scored multiple nominations yesterday for the Razzies, which sort out the worst films Hollywood dredged up the previous year.

According to Associated Press, Miss Lohan’s thriller “I Know Who Killed Me,” in which she plays two characters who may or may not be the same person, received a leading nine Golden Raspberry Award nominations, among them worst picture of 2007.

Mr. Murphy’s “Norbit,” released amid a film-honors season that earned him an Academy Award nomination for “Dreamgirls” last year, received eight Razzie nominations, five of them for Mr. Murphy — more than anyone has ever gotten in a single year.

Besides worst picture, “Norbit” had nominations for Mr. Murphy as worst actor in the title role, supporting actress as Norbit’s beefy wife, supporting actor as an Asian man and worst screen couple for Norbit opposite either of Mr. Murphy’s other characters. Mr. Murphy also shared a screenplay nomination for co-writing “Norbit.”

The other worst-picture nominees were “Bratz,” a live-action take on the cartoon about four chic young girls; “Daddy Day Camp,” with Cuba Gooding Jr. starring in a sequel to Mr. Murphy’s “Daddy Day Care”; and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry,” Adam Sandler and Kevin James’ comedy about firefighters posing as a same-sex couple.

Winners of the Razzies, a spoof of Hollywood awards, will be announced on Feb. 23 — a day before the Oscars.

Polanski pic screened

Thirty years after director Roman Polanski fled the United States and a conviction for unlawful sex with a minor, a filmmaker has reopened the sensational case in a documentary that is shaking up the Sundance Film Festival.

“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” debuted this weekend at Sundance, the top U.S. event for independent movies, and already director Marina Zenovich’s nonfiction film has secured a worldwide distribution deal from the powerful Weinstein Co., Agence France-Presse reports.

Daily Variety also reports that the documentary division of HBO acquired North American rights to the film, and that it is seen as a top contender in the Sundance documentary competition.

Miss Zenovich told Reuters her documentary does not apologize for the French-Polish director, but her take on the murky justice and media hype around the Mr. Polanski case might make Americans see him in a different light after he was vilified in the 1970s for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

While Mr. Polanski has gone on to rebuild his life and career in France and won the highest U.S honor for a filmmaker with the 2003 Academy Award for best director for “The Pianist,” he has never returned to the United States nor cleared his name.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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