• disney.jpgThe TV division is doing great, but Disney is still facing major problems when it comes to churning out hit films. But don't blame the current administration - $200 million of the $313 million they lost last quarter came from that nightmarish pre-escape Miramax shelf dump. And Dark Water didn't help.
  • Awards season is now fully underway – and for the first time since the recent re-emergence of the category, the Best Animated Oscar nominee field looks wide open. The short list (which truly isn't very short) released yesterday includes every animated film you've seen this year (Robots, Madagascar, Corpse Bride) as well as a few you probably haven't (Steamboy, the yet-to-be-released Hoodwinked). Kim will have more on the short list later today.
  • The three agents who represent Nelly, Eve, Fat Joe and a host of other hip-hop personalities have formed a production team called The Coalition. They're working on TV and videogame properties around their stars at the moment, but early next year they plan to launch into production of two movies based on urban novels: Getting Unstuck Conscious, and True to the Game, by Terri Woods. The trio were fired last week by Sanctuary Urban Management for "just cause".
  • Paramount is hoping to include China in their simultaneous worldwide release of Mission: Impossible 3 and, to that end, the studio has asked the Chinese government to expedite their censorship review on the film, which will shoot in that country later this month. If all goes through, MI3 will only be the third film to include China in such a worldwide blitz, after Matrix: Revolutions and Revenge of the Sith.