End of Week Recap: Ashton Kutcher's Twitter Gaffe, Morgan Freeman's Lifetime Achievement Award and a Nun Sues Disney

All eyes were on the revolving door that was the Oscars as Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy stepped down from their gigs and Brian Grazer and Billy Crystal came to the rescue. The trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman debuted, Ashton Kutcher's Twitter debacle and more (frivolous) lawsuits highlight this week in movie news, pics and videos. Let's take a look back…

 
News
 
 
Ashton Kutcher came under fire for a tweet expressing outrage over Penn State firing legendary football coach Joe Paterno. Unfortunately for Kutcher, he hadn't looked into why Paterno had been fired before he clicked the "Tweet" button. Paterno was fired in the wake of a child sex-abuse scandal in which he admitted to having heard from one of his staffers about an incident in 2002 involving one of his former coaches and a child, which took place on campus facilities. While Paterno reported it to the higher ups at the university, he did not report the incident to the police. The day after Kutcher tweeted his initial outrage over Paterno's firing, the actor surrendered his Twitter account to publicists and expressed apologies to anyone he offended.
 
MGM has acquired the rights to the Where's Waldo? franchise with plans to adapt it into a live-action movie. This will undoubtedly be the most frustrating 90 minutes you spent staring at a theater screen.
 
Jessica Chastain is set to play the late Princess Diana in a film based on a secret love affair she had with a heart surgeon. The project is scheduled to begin filming in March.
 
Sacha Baron Cohen has become the latest addition to Quentin Tarantino's ever-expanding cast of actors for Django Unchained. Cohen will play Scotty, a gambler who purchases Django's slave wife (Kerry Washington) for his own entertainment.
 
Rumors are swirling that Colin Firth may sign on to play the lead villain in Spike Lee's remake of the 2007 Korean suspenser Oldboy. Josh Brolin is already set to play the title character.
 
With Immortals hitting theaters this weekend, director Tarsem Singh is busy looking for his next project and it may be a big screen adaptation of Samurai Jack. One can only imagine what a live-action feature version of the stylish Cartoon Network series would look like, but if we've learned anything from Singh's style, it'll look gorgeous, have lots of slo-mo 3D kill shots and be somewhat thin on plot.
 
Adam Sandler joked about a palm tree that was partly covering his Jack & Jill billboard. Sony execs had the tree cut down. R.I.P. Tree.
 
Speaking of R.I.P., rapper/actor Heavy D died Tuesday after collapsing outside his condo in Beverly Hills. He was 44. There is no evidence of foul play and Beverly Hills police state his death is believed to be medically related.
 
Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Murray was placed on suicide watch while he awaits sentencing.
 
The original story for the third Harold & Kumar movie was very different from the 3D Christmas one currently in theaters. Read on about Harold & Kumar and the Legend of Eazy-E's Stash.
 
 
Morgan Freeman will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes. No word yet on if he'll narrate his highlight reel.
 
A Marc Jacobs ad featuring Dakota Fanning has been banned for being "sexually provocative"…and there's a sentence I would have never imagined writing.
 
George Tillman Jr., the man behind Notorious and Faster, will direct Miles, a biopic about jazz legend Miles Davis.
 
China has officially submitted Flowers of War to AMPAS for Academy Award consideration. The Zhang Yimou directed drama stars Christian Bale as an American trapped in Nanking, China when the city is invaded by Japanese troops in 1937.
 
The People's Choice Awards nominees were announced this week. Among the movies vying for Favorite Movie are Bridesmaids, The Help, Pirates 4, Transformers 3 and the final Harry Potter movie. Favorite actor pits Daniel Radcliffe, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson and Ryan Reynolds against each other while on the ladies side, Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon are nominated. You can view the full list here.
 
If one awards show isn't enough, the nominees for the European Film Awards were announced. The Best Picture category finds The Artist, The Kid with a Bike, In A Better World, The King's Speech, Le Havre and Melancholia vying for the monochromatic trophy . Melancholia dominates the field with six noms.
 
Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko and Tom Waits have joined the cast of Seven Psychopaths. Harrelson replaces Mickey Rourke who left the production after a contentious exchange with director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges).
 
Elizabeth Olsen and Glenn Close, two actresses who are generating Oscar Buzz with their respective movies, will team up for the historical drama Therese Raquin. The story, which dates back to the late 1800's, tells the story of a young woman who is unhappily married to her first cousin Camille by an overbearing, well-intentioned and deeply selfish aunt. Therese falls into a turbulent and sordid affair with her husband's friend and together, the couple conspires to drown Camille during a boat trip. Filming begins in spring.
 
A nun is suing Walt Disney Co. and Sony Pictures for allegedly stealing her life story and turning it into Sister Act. Yes, the movie from 1992 that spawned a sequel and a Broadway show.
 
Keeping with the lawsuit theme, an Oregon man is suing Lionsgate claiming he was forced to change his hairstyle because his image was used without authorization for the character played by Russell Crowe in The Next Three Days. The man is suing for $250,000 in damages, plus attorney and court fees and a percentage of the film's gross sales.
 
And then there's Spain, who fined distributor TriPictures for more than $40,000 because the Larry Crowne poster features Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts riding a scooter without wearing helmets. The poster violates local law prohibiting publicity materials "that may incite excessive speed, reckless driving" and other similar dangerous behavior.
 
Sony Pictures Classics acquired the rights to Hysteria, a romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.
 
Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Rooney Mara and Guy Pearce are all being considered for roles in Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden move.
 
Action legend Sonny Chiba has signed a four-picture deal with Assembly Line. The first film will be Bushido, an action drama written by Chiba.
 
We'd be remiss if we didn't touch up on the big story of the week – Oscars musical chairs, minus the music. Brett Ratner stepped down from the producing gig on Monday following a series of ill-advised comments. The next day, host Eddie Murphy exited, leaving the Academy with a few urgent employment opportunities. Brian Grazer stepped in Wednesday to take over as producer and on Thursday, Oscar vet/safe pick Billy Crystal tweeted that he would be hosting the show this year. Coincidentally, our poll on who should replace Murphy saw a ground-swell of support for a Muppets Oscars with Kermit and Co. snagging almost 30% of the vote. Crystal was a distant second with 12%, with Tom Hanks third at 6%.
 
 
Pics & Posters
 
New posters this week for Coriolanus, Texas Killing Fields, Snow White and the Huntsmen, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, War Horse, Think Like a Man, Beauty and the Beast 3D, Red Tails, Carnage, We Bought a Zoo, Underworld: Awakening and The Darkest Hour.
 
 
A few first look images were released this week. First, Bruce Willis in Looper. Also, a still from the Toy Story short Small Fry set to screen before The Muppets.
 
 
Cookie Monster Meme
 
 
Millenium Falcon Bass
 
 
That Will Ferrell is one crafty guy
 
 
Horror Stationary
 
 
Lego-ception
 
 
Lion King fan art
 
 
The economy has even affected Mickey
 
 
As long as the shirt doesn't smell like him... 
 
Up Baby
 
 
Walking Dead Shoe
 
 
Zombie Identification Chart
 
 
With them, the Force is.
 
 
 
Videos & Trailers
 
J. Edgar Interview
 

 
Immortals Interview
 

 

 
 

 
 

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Contraband UK Trailer
 

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